10 Things to Buy at the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale

Hi Dolls! If you are a beauty addict like yours truly, you are beyond excited for the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale beginning today, August 24th and running through September 3rd.

If you’re not familiar, and I can’t imagine you wouldn’t be, Sephora VIB Rouge Members have early exclusive access to the sale beginning today, August 24th, with 20 percent off in stores and online using the code YESROUGE. VIB Members can begin taking advantage of the sale on August 30th with 15 percent off in stores and online using the code YESVIB. Beauty Insiders can also begin taking advantage of all the beauty goodness on the same day and receive 10 percent off using the code YESINSIDER.

But enough with the formalities. Peep the deets below for my recommendations on the 10 things to buy at the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale.

I always start with my go-to, can’t live without products. For me there are two – Anastasia Brow Wiz and Makeup Forever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder.

In the world of natural, yet sculpted eye brows, there is no better pencil. My color is Soft Brown, but Anastasia has a wide range of hues – from blonde to those with the darkest of tresses.

For years I used a different face powder, but a mini-makeup over in Sephora made me an instant Makeup Forever brand loyalist. The sell for me was that it gives you full coverage over your liquid foundation; but is still light enough to be worn by itself during warm months. A light dusting is perfect for days when you skip the liquid foundation and want a more natural look.

I always load my cart with my favorite skincare during the Beauty Insider Sale and lately I have been obsessed with Asian beauty lines, especially SK-ll. The signature and award winning Facial Treatment Essence, with Pitera, will forever hold a place in my skincare rotation. This face cocktail is great for minimizing hyperpigmentation and fine lines, improving texture and brightness.

The Vitamin C Duo is everything for brightening, moisturizing and repairing. I use it as a part of my morning skincare regime.  And as a bonus, the scent is everything. 

My evening routine also includes Miss Riley. The Power Couple Kit with Good Genes, Luna Sleeping Oil, coupled with Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water work overtime while you sleep to brighten, refine, plump, moisturizer and even skin tone. The true definition of beauty sleep. Yep, all of that!

Do you mask? No! You should. Sephora has a mask for every skin type and ailment. I swear by the Primary Raw DoYou 2 Step Milk Peeling Kit. This lactic acid based sheet mask and oversized exfoliating swab helps with exfoliation, brightening and minimizing pores. I love anything that has a little tingle, and DoYou definitely does.

A Doll suffers from under eye puffiness, but has recently discovered facial rollers. I have two from The Body Shop, that I keep refrigerated. The coolness of the the metal really helps to reduce the puffiness. However, I’ve heard that Jade facial rollers work best. This will be a new purchase for me, so I will let you know what I think.

Don’t forget your palettes! I never miss an opportunity to pick up my day and evening eyeshadow palettes. For day, I love the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics, featuring six matte neutrals. In the evening, I create a smokey eye with Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Glimmer Contour Palette with shades of porcelain, copper, bronze, and sterling.

I’m also thinking about picking up a few fragrances, and I’m sure some other goodies will make their way into my basket. What about you? Drop a comment below letting me know what you’re picking up at the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

Sephora VIB Sale is Here!

Hey Dolls and fellow beauty junkies! It’s here, the Sephora VIB Sale! You know what it means, 20% off of everything for VIB members, today through November 14th. Purchases can be made in store on online using the 20VIB code at check out. Whether for yourself, or getting the jump on your holiday shopping, you’ll be sorry you missed.

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What’s on this Doll’s wish list?

Cartier Baiser Volè Fraiche ($98)

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GLAMGLOW FLASHMUD Brightening Treatment ($69)

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Hermès 7-Piece Colognes Collection Travel Set ($224)

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Hourglass Ambient Lightening Blush ($38)

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo ($23)

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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage Red ($21)

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Sephora Eye Opening Eye Contour Tutorial Brush Set ($45)

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Glitter, Gold & Everything Bold Clutch ($26)

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Beauty blender Two.BB.Clean Set ($40)beauty-blender

So, what’s on your wish list?

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

The Beauty Experiment

My guilty pleasure is beauty products – skin + body care, make-up, fragrances, nail polish – I’m in! My recent obsession has been on creating the perfect skin care routine. Ok not recent, this has been an ongoing quest. My skin is not bad, but could be better – hyper-pigmentation be damned! I’ve tried all types of creams, potions and lotions, everything from Prescriptives to La Prarie. On a recent jaunt to Sephora, for an angled eyeliner brush, I spied an end-cap of face and eye masks, something for every skin malady. My choice, the Perfecting & Brightening Pearl Mask in the pretty pink packaging. You should know that I am also drawn to packaging, the more minimal the better. A lot of products come home with me because of the packaging, but I digress.

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It was a week or so before I made time to try the mask. Honestly, I was somewhat leery, but let me say, I had a change of heart. Wednesday was a free night, perfect for a “pretty party.” I carefully read and followed the directions. Unfold the mask – check; apply the mask to a clean and dry face – check; and after 15 minutes remove the mask and gently massage, allowing the product to penetrate the skin, no need to rinse – check.

My first concern was that the mask would be flimsy, meaning that it would tear while trying to remove from the packaging; but nope, it’s made of fiber, no tears. It was also easy to apply, and covered the entire surface of my face with a little extra mask for under my chin. I have to say that I looked like The Mummy, but that’s the price of beauty. You can find a pic on Sephora’s Beauty Board, I don’t want to scare you away.

But what I loved that most is that you could “feel” the ingredients working – natural origin white pearl, which is said to even out skin tone, and broccoli extract for clarifying. Personally, I like to feel a little tingle in my products. There was also a cooling/soothing sensation. Once I removed the mask there was product left on my face which, following the directions, I massaged into my skin. I immediately looked in the mirror and my skin looked healthier and brighter (glowing) – pores significantly smaller. Now I’m no fool and know that bathroom lighting is not true lighting. But since it was not yet dark on the East Coast, I took my hand mirror outside on the deck to take a look, still pleased.

The very next morning I awoke and went to the mirror to see if I was still pleased with the results, and yep. Is my skin cured of its ails? Of course not. But, 48 hours in am I still pleased? Yes. I will certainly add this to my weekly skin care routine. And by the way, the price point is $6.00. Yesterday, did a supermarket sweep through Sephora and picked up the companion Perfecting & Brightening Eye Mask. I will post a follow up review on the eye mask in the next week or so.

This is only one of several face masks available at Sephora. Peep the selection here – Sephora Face Masks.

Do you mask? If so, leave a comment and share your experience.

Until Then | Keep Sharing the Pretty

The Pretty Domestic

Pretty Face: Hello Gorgeous!

I am addicted to beauty products ~ makeup, skin care products, nail polish, hair treatments, body creams, fragrances ~ you name it, I’m always in search of something new. In preparation for my spring and summer “look,” my latest purchases are these absolutely adorably packaged eye shadow collections from Two Faced Cosmetics. [HINT: They are also available at Sephora if you wish to use your Beauty Insider Reward Points.]

Natural Eye/Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

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Naked Eye Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection

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I’ve also started experimenting with the cat eye. I love the vintage ‘60s look! But a little note of warning; if you are moved to attempt the cat eye, start early, lest you’ll surely be late to your event, office, etc. It takes time and practice to get it just right!

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Anyway, no matter the time of year you’ll see a reoccurring theme with me around my makeup ~ one, I’m very monochromatic, and two, whatever I purchase is usually in the brown or neutral family.

Now I recognize that not everyone has the same aesthetic sense as I. Nor is everyone attracted to the same color palettes or style of makeup. So I decided to sit down with my longtime friend, sorority sister and certified makeup artist, Karen Nikki, for a “Q & A” on what spring and summer makeup trends she’s seeing. Check out our conversation.

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Karen Nikki with a flawless spring face!

Q. How long have you been interested in make-up? A. I’ve had a love affair with makeup ever since I was 17 or 18 years old! I even had my makeup professionally done for my senior portraits.

Q. Do you have any formal training in makeup artistry? A. I attended the Von Lee International School of Aesthetics in 2008, where I became a certified makeup artist. However, most of my training came from my time as an artist with MAC Cosmetics.

Q. How long were you with MAC Cosmetics? Have you worked for any other cosmetic companies? A. I signed on with MAC as a Freelancer in December 2008 and resigned as a permanent artist in June 2010. MAC is the only cosmetics company I’ve worked for. Working for MAC was an amazing experience, but working EVERY weekend began to take a toll on me. I was also beginning to lose my love for the art of makeup because it started feeling like a job. As a freelance artist, I pick my own jobs, my own hours and most importantly, makeup is fun again!

Q. On to what’s hot for spring and summer. I’m seeing a lot of pastels and neon colors, particularly oranges, in makeup palettes this season. Are those the “go to” colors for nails and makeup this season? What else are you seeing? A. Absolutely! Fashion directly influences the season’s makeup trends. Color blocking and neons are hot right now! It gets me so excited to see women (especially women of color) wearing bold, bright hues of color! Coral cheeks and lips are very on trend at the moment. While the classic red lip is trendy, yet timeless, embracing orangey reds will be hot for the summer. My favorite is MAC’s Lady Danger.

Bronzer has become the new blush! My fave bronzer is by Covergirl Queen by Queen Latifah. It comes in 3 shades and can be found in your local drug store. Metallic eye shadows have also made their way to the forefront of makeup for the upcoming seasons.

Q. What’s the one secret for keeping makeup looking dewy and fresh, and not heavy and caked during the warmer months? A. For many women, there is a very fine line between dewy and oily. I’ve never been a fan of adding powder when the skin gets too oily because this can make the face look very cakey. Rather, I prefer to remove the oil by using blot paper. This removes the excess oil without disturbing the makeup. You can also separate a 2~ply tissue into 2 thin sheets and use one to soak up any extra oil.

Q. What are the one or two items every doll on the go must have in her bag to look her best this spring and summer? And how do we take it from day to evening? A. I always find this question kind of difficult to answer because a woman’s makeup bag reflects the features she likes to accentuate. If you’re a person who loves to feature your lips, I would say, a good lip conditioner and lip gloss/lipstick are essentials. If you like to play up your eyes, liner and mascara are must haves! Some women prefer to stay pretty “clean~faced” and show off their beautiful skin. If this is you, keeping a nice tinted moisturizer and bronzer on hand are key. Transforming makeup from day to night can be as simple as adding a dark liner to the inner rim of the eye or switching that natural colored lip gloss to a bold color.

Q. And for our more natural dolls, who are in to little or no makeup, what are the musts for beautiful skin? A. Beautiful skin starts from the inside out, so water intake and a healthy diet are essential! Again, tinted moisturizer is my top recommendation for the woman who needs very little coverage, yet wants a finished, even complexion. Laura Mercier makes an excellent tinted moisturizer. To add a little color to the face, cheeks stains are great. A cheek stain is just a cream blush, but these are awesome because they can almost always be used on the lips as well. Two for the price of one! Can’t beat that!

Check out some the very animated Karen Nikki’s YouTube posts at http://www.youtube.com/user/ameritrini.

Thanks Karen Nikki!

Until Then,

~ L.

The Pretty Domestic