Sephora VIB Sale | Recommendations | Skincare

If you haven’t read it, take a moment and check out this post detailing the must-have info about the upcoming Sephora VIB Sale. As a refresher, the sale offers Rouge and VIB 20% off and Insiders 15% off. The dates are:

  • Rouge: Fri 11/3/2017 – Mon 11/6/2017 and Fri 11/10/2017 – Wed 11/15/2017
  • VIB: Fri 11/10/2017 – Wed 11/15/2017
  • Insiders: Fri 11/10/2017 – Wed 11/15/2017

It’s almost here! The Sephora VIB sale starts this Friday and today we’re talking skincare! I regret having come to the skincare party a little late. I’ve struggled with my skin over the years and even took Accutane for a stint in my early 20’s to help get the situation under control. A couple of years ago I realized instead of focusing on the search for a holy grail foundation, I should really be putting my time, and money, into taking better care of my skin.

These days, I adhere to a fairly regimented skincare routine. I haven’t quite hit 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine levels…but there are nights I fear I am coming seriously close. Hands down, the majority of my annual Sephora budget is allocated to skincare. To provide some context, I have oily, but dehydrated, aging skin with visible pores and texture from breakouts of yore. It all sounds so attractive when you lay it out like that…


I am going to be completely transparent here. Like my list of makeup recommendations, there are certain areas where I don’t necessarily recommend investing in pricey products – cleanser is one of them.

I will delve into the details of my skincare routine another day, but suffice to say it kicks off with a double cleanse. For the uninitiated, this essentially means removing all makeup, SPF, etc and then going in a second time with a cleanser to truly cleanse the skin – as opposed to just rubbing makeup further into the pores. You can either use an oil-based cleanser, micellar water, or makeup remover as a first step. For eye makeup, I love these pads. They take everything off without having to rub or irritating my eyes. Sometimes I just use them to take all of my face makeup off too. (Don’t judge.) For my second step – the actual cleanse – I use Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser. It thoroughly cleans my skin without leaving it dry or tight. However, if you are ready to go all in and think this sale is the time to do it, I would recommend the Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist. It’s a little spendier, but it seems to last forever, deep cleans and somehow moisturizes skin in the process. If I were to splurge on a cleanser, it would be this one. (Splurge might be an overstatement – this really is an average price in terms of high-end cleansers.)


After cleansing, I pat (not rub) my face dry and follow with an acid toner. Most days I use these pads and am very happy with both the strength and price point. Once or twice I week I use Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Daily Peel. If they were not extortionately expensive, I would use them more often, but we all have to draw the line somewhere. These pads are like a having a mini-peel each week. If you are new to acids, maybe start with the Universal Daily or Sensitive.

Speaking of acids, there are two that I recommend picking up while they are 20% off. The first is Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment. It is spendy, but it is worth the splurge. It is said to be formulated with high potency, purified grade lactic acid that immediately exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells, revealing smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin. And it does. It does all. of. the. things. If you are just delving into anti-aging nighttime skincare you can’t go wrong with the Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit. This will cover all of your bases from acids to retinol couched in soothing essential ingredients.

The second acid product I swear by is the First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Resurfacing Liquid 10% AHA. I struggle with congested skin and this has really helped to clear things up for me. I alternate this product on the nights I am not using a retinol. It contains four acids and is a more wallet-friendly alternative to the Good Genes.

Vitamin C

Like all proven actives, Vitamin C tends to be an investment product. It is inherently unstable and requires both the correct chemical compound and delivery method to ensure efficacy. The two stand-outs at Sephora are Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum and Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum. The composition and airtight dispenser ensure the integrity of the products for the 6 or so months it will take you to finish them.


Even with oily skin, it is still crucial to be using a moisturizer twice a day. At night, I default to another drugstore favorite – the CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM. This is fabulous because it restores the protective skin barrier and is formulated with hyaluronic acid to help retain skin’s natural moisture and niacinamide to help calm skin. For daytime, I have begun reaching for the Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb. It’s an ultra-lightweight, oil-free gel-cream that absorbs quickly and hydrates my skin.

(Side Note: You may notice that Cerave keeps making an appearance. Their products are so well made and stand up to many of the high-end options out there. Please don’t tell them-I am afraid they will raise their prices! I will be trying their retinol and eye cream next when it’s time to replace mine!)


For extra credit, I would consider picking up a mask if you are not already using one. This might be a good time to consider a holiday set so that you can explore a variety of masks. Last year, I purchased the Peter Thomas Roth MASK-A-HOLIC Kit. It’s a great value and I’m still working through some of them despite masking regularly. For the same experience at a slightly lower commitment, check out their Peter Thomas Roth Meet Your Mask 6 Pc. Mask Sampler Kit. Sheet masks get a lot of screentime, but tubs will offer a better value and often times more active ingredients.


The last product I wanted to share it actually a tool. I love my Foreo LUNA Mini 2. Because I do wear makeup and sunscreen with such regularity, it is crucial to me that every single bit of it is removed at night. This is one of those products that gives you pause when you think; so apparently I have never actually been getting my face clean – What have I been doing with my life? It is most definitely a purchase that warrants waiting for 20% off, but around the holidays it tends to be available in gift sets with other products for the same price. The best part? You can use it with any cleanser (except clay based) and there is no brush head to replace. Oh – and it waterproof! I keep mine in the shower. It comes with a charger that literally only needs to be used once every few months. I think I have charged mine 3 times in the year I have had it with daily use.


Let’s talk skincare! What are you using and loving? Is there anything on your list for the sale that you have been coveting?

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