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Now is a great time to be a Sephora Insider: Vacation savings for members started last Friday and run until November 15. The first few days are exclusively reserved for VIB Rouge members (people who spend more than $ 1,000 per year), who get 20% on their entire purchase. Then, starting November 9, the sale opens to VIB members (people who spend at least $ 350 per year) and Beauty Insiders, who get 15% and 10% off their purchase, respectively. To take advantage of the sale, use code YAYHOLIDAY at checkout. And maybe the best part: you can redeem the code as many times as you want. Shipping is free when you use code FREESHIP, no minimum required. It’s arguably one of the best-selling beauty products of the year, with plenty of discounts on some of our time-tested favorites, making it a great time to restock your basics or take a lengthy look. advance on holiday shopping for your beauty obsessed loved ones. .
Dyson recently released a new colourway for their iconic hair dryer, which is loved by curly-haired people around the world, including myself. It reduces the risk of heat damage with its super-fast drying time and it’s also incredibly quiet. We suspect this limited-edition shade will go quickly – so if you’re thinking of grabbing that, or the beloved Airwrap, don’t be bored.
And to ensure the hair stays healthy, we recommend this hair mask from Briogeo, which Rio says is a solid dupe for the more expensive Christophe Robin masks. According to Rio, it’s ridiculously hydrating without being heavy and leaves her hair bouncy, soft and tangle-free.
Paula’s Choice AHA / BHA Serum was one of the skincare stars of the year. Long beloved by beauty publishers and skincare Twitter, it’s often credited with giving its users an otherworldly glow. It uses gentle yet powerful chemical exfoliators to resurface the skin, which means a more even complexion, a brighter complexion (aka glow) and less acne. Best of all, it comes in a gift box, so you’ll also get an accompanying peel, which will take your whole routine to another level.
Topicals is another skincare star of the year. It exploded onto the scene in the summer of 2020 and quickly became a staple in skincare routines everywhere thanks to its inclusive skin philosophy, cute packaging, and highly effective products. The products were so effective that they were often out of stock and hard to find. But now you can hook them up to Sephora. Go for the fan favorite Faded Serum or get the Faded Body Mist, which Rio said was incredibly effective in fading her eczema scars.
This eye cream by Ole Henriksen is a favorite with dermatologists and Rio, who says her dark circles have become “less cadaverous, more French” after four months of continuous use. An added bonus, it layers well under makeup.
Sephora is also offering a discount on its Sephora Collection private label, offering 30% off code-free. That includes this eye pencil, which makeup artist Janice Kinjo told us comes in a range of stunning colors and lasts a long time, long time.
Another darling of the Sephora collection: this liquid lipstick. To say I’m obsessed with it is an understatement. This is my favorite red because it is both classic and exciting. It’s also suitable for virtually anyone, thanks to its slightly cool blue base. It’s also a favorite of Cut’s beauty director Kathleen Hou, who says it’s basically “Ruby Woo in liquid form”.
We would be remiss not to mention this advent calendar because, well, it’s the season. This one, from Benefit, was recommended by strategist writer Chloe Anello, who noted that it includes some of Benefit’s biggest hits, like the brand’s Hoola Matte Bronzer as well as minis of its popular mascaras. .
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SPF is essential, even during the winter months. We’ve written a lot on this one from Supergoop. It also serves as a makeup base and is a good option for oily skin. Plus, it dries clearly, so you don’t have to worry about a white, pasty plaster.
Now is a good time to purchase skin care tools like the NuFace, which sends gentle micro-currents through the skin that increase the body’s cellular energy. This helps tone and sculpt the muscles of the face over time. It’s a favorite of dermatologist Dr Corey Hartman, who says he “hasn’t seen anything yet surpass the effectiveness and design of NuFACE Trinity” in terms of facial definition and contour.
Also on the front of expensive skin care devices, Dermaflash is on sale. It simulates an in-office procedure called dermaplaning that removes all of the peach fuzz on your face. This physical exfoliation process also removes dead skin, revealing a brighter, hairless glow. It’s a favorite of this particular writer; I use it about once a month (or whenever I feel like it if I forget to do it) and still get compliments on my skin a few days later.
Tower28 makes some of my favorite beauty products, which give skin a sun-kissed glow when you return from vacation, and are formulated for sensitive skin as well. I’m particularly fond of the brand’s cream blushes – they come in a range of shades to suit a wide variety of skin tones. They are also a favorite of makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts. Vogue teens Development Director Mi-Anne Chan says it’s “all you want a cream blush to be.”
I also support the brand’s lip gloss, which has a non-sticky but still shiny feel. I keep the clear in intense rotation but I also like the Cashew nude shade, which gives my lips the slightly pink shade that I have been looking for since I saw Christina Milian’s glossy lips in “Love Don’t Cost a Thing “.
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