One question I get asked a lot prior to Sephora’s winter sale (20% off for VIBs with code VIBTOPIA, 11/7 through 11/11!) is, “What do you recommend?” This is a loaded question! There are so many ways to answer this question! The way I tend to frame my answer is in the context of, “What have I wanted to buy but felt was a little too expensive normally? What favorites do I need to stock-up on?” I think sales offer us an opportunity to indulge in something that might be above our price point comfort zone the rest of the year, or be more willing to take a chance on a brand we’re not familiar with (because they’re not cheap!) as well as stock-up on things we know we’ll use over and over again.
Of course, it being the holiday season, there are also plenty of seasonal offerings to indulge in like sets and palettes–you can see my top palette picks in full here as well as some picks for sets and kits generally. Those both cover some of the seasonal offerings, and this post is less focused on seasonal/limited edition as it is just really fantastic products that I highly recommend from trying them.
Products to Indulge In — Lips
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick ($22 @ Sephora, see my review here) — great if you love creamy, more emollient lipsticks with high pigmentation and moderate lasting power
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains ($34 @ Sephora, see my review here) — long-wearing, moderately pigmented color that doesn’t dry out lips
Givenchy Le Rouge ($36 @ Sephora, see my review here) — creamy, luminous opaque lip color that wears well, makes lips look smoother than they really are
Guerlain Rouge G Lip Color ($49.50 @ Sephora, see my review here) — Rouge G is a long-time favorite (still reigning supreme after years and years of trying new formulas) for long-wear, hydration, opacity, and feel
Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick ($21 @ Sephora, see my review here) — superbly hydrating, smooth, rich color that wears well
Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss ($24 @ Sephora, see my review here) — for a high-gloss, insanely shimmering/glimmering gloss
Products to Indulge In — Face
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush ($26 @ Sephora, see my review here) — a variety of gorgeous shades from intensely pigmented to subtly neutral with a soft, blendable formula
Illamasqua Velvet Blusher ($26 @ Sephora, see my review here) — perfect for someone who loves the feel and blendability of of a cream blush but look and finish of a powder
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ($45 @ Sephora, see my review here) — a gorgeous finishing/luminizing powder to give that something special to the skin (and don’t forget the Ambient Lighting Palette!)
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($ @ Sephora, see my review here) — creates a lovely, smooth canvas and helps keep makeup on longer
Products to Indulge In — Eyes
Most of what I wanted to recommend (in terms of what came to mind) were palettes, which I’ve recommended previously here.
Hourglass Visionaire Eyeshadow Duo ($38 @ Sephora, see my review here) — buttery, soft texture and intense color payoff
bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow ($30 & up @ Sephora, see my review here) — one of my all-time favorite eyeshadow formulas for texture and color payoff
Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows ($30 @ Sephora, see my review here) — obsessed with these pigmented cream eyeshadows that wear well
Products to Indulge In — Nails
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18 @ Sephora, see my review here) — high-shine, long-wearing formula with a nice range of colors/textures
Illamasqua Nail Varnish ($17 @ Sephora, see my review here) — one of my all-time favorites for application, wear, and range
Guerlain Nail Lacquer ($23 @ Sephora, see my review here) — so glossy and high-shine, pigmented, long-wearing
Products to Stock-Up On
These are your favorites, but this is a little list of basics that we sometimes blank on but often have a favorite we use quite frequently, so consider what you reach for in these product types:
Lip Balm/Lip Care
Top/Base Coats (for nails)
Are you indulging in Sephora’s upcoming VIB sale? What’s on your list? What would you recommend to someone?
And if you aren’t a VIB, while Sephora has hinted at upcoming promotions for BIs as well, they haven’t confirmed what that means (could just be more samples, free shipping, etc. or it could be really awesome), Beauty.com’s F&F sale is open to all with 20% off.
The Dior Golden Winter Holiday Color Collection is inspired by Versailles at the heart of winter. The collection is based around shades of pink and gold, which have been among the most emblematic codes of the House of Dior since the first couture collection in 1947. Today, the tradition continues with Raf Simons, whose current creations feature gorgeous combinations of pink and gold.
5-Couleurs Eyeshadow ($60.00) (Limited Edition)
Golden Snow (634)
Golden Flower (644)
Diorific Lipstick ($36.00) (Limited Edition)
Dior Addict Gloss ($29.50) (Limited Edition)
Enchanted Rose (451)
Pink Fantasy (776)
Diorific Vernis ($26.00) (Limited Edition)
Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo ($39.00) (Limited Edition)
Inspired by the magnificent adornments of Versailles, the Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo combines two versions of Diorific Vernis: a sumptuous gold lacquer to apply as a base and luminous crystal micro-pearls to sprinkle on top for a three-dimensional result.
Availability: November 2013 at retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s; Sephora has a sneak peek of select items now!
The Dior Little Black Palette Collection for Holiday 2013 is inspired by the elegance of Parisian style. Featuring sleek black patent and tassel finishing.
Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara Set ($28.50) (Limited Edition)
Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara duo features the revolutionary curved-brush mascara to style every single lash from top to bottom. Its high-precision formula gives you intense definition without clumping or smudging and it even strengthens and smoothes your lashes for long-lasting vitality. Duo includes: Iconic Overcurl mascara and 5 Couleurs eyeshadow palette in Bleu de Paris.
Diorshow New Look Set ($28.50) (Limited Edition)
Diorshow New Look mascara delivers infinite volume and an unparalleled lash-multiplying effect. The exclusive nano-brush catches and coats every last lash from the roots with the precision of a couturier’s hand. Paired with a mini 5 Couleurs eyeshadow palette in Royal Khaki for the perfect eye effect.
Couture Lip & Nail Palette ($55.00) (Limited Edition)
The iconic Rouge Dior 999 shade takes center stage in a palette of hues for your lips and nails. Includes Rouge Dior 999, Creme de Rose, and sparkling red gloss lip colors and Rouge Dior 999 Nail Lacquer.
Couture Eye Palette ($55.00) (Limited Edition)
Dior’s eye palette designed for the holidays features eyeshadow, base, liner and highlighter, all in flattering neutral shades. It even includes applicator brushes and a mirror, making on-the-go touch-ups a breeze.
Face Palette ($85.00) (Limited Edition)
A pretty zip-around case contains all you need to look your finest this holiday season, including two sets of eyeshadows and lip colors, shimmering Diorskin Nude pressed power, a travel-size of Dior’s newest mascara Diorshow Iconic Overcurl and an assortment of applicators for eyes, lips and face.
Availability: Now @ Nordstrom; official launch is October
Dior recently released the latest Rouge Dior Lipstick range, which is supposed to have “luxurious, full-coverage lip color” with a “satiny finish.” It’s a lightweight, lightly creamy, moderately hydrating, and easy to apply formula. Trafalgar was richly pigmented and almost had full coverage in a single stroke. It applied smoothly, evenly, and didn’t bleed or feather outside my natural lip lines. It lasted well for six hours, and it left behind a warm, reddish stain that lingered for another hour or so.
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