Let’s be real — beauty and skincare products can get really pricey. Figuring out what to buy at Sephora can be a challenge. There are so many different products, hundreds and thousands of beauty products from dozens of different brands. It can get really overwhelming. Here are some of my staples — the products I buy over and over, they’re always in my cart, and I typically need backups for. Pretty much holy grail beauty & skincare.
I’m here to help you find just what you need, broken down by what you might be looking for. Let’s go!
If you’re looking for…
A REALLY LONG-LASTING FOUNDATION:
LANCOME TEINT IDOLE ULTRA LIQUID FOUNDATION
Praise the lord, a foundation that says it lasts and actually does. As someone whose face literally eats makeup (there’s no other way to describe it) it shocks me how fresh my makeup still looks many hours later when I’m ready to wash it off and take that often dreaded look in the bathroom mirror. People that struggle with their foundation lasting on their skin no matter what they do know exactly what I’m talking about!
Plus, it also doesn’t look overly cakey or over-exaggerate imperfections, pores, etc. like many foundations can sometimes do. It has a natural matte finish, SPF, and nice coverage. I used to use it years ago and went back to it about 6 months ago. I barely ever wear anything else.
SOMETHING TO GIVE YOUR SKIN AN OVERHAUL:
This is my go-to for when I need to give my skin a quick “pick-me-up” but don’t have too much time for a full mask situation. It takes 2 minutes and is really effective at removing & dissolving dead skin. Key word is dissolving. You might be a little pink right after but it should go away by the time you’re done brushing your teeth so you can go ahead and apply makeup.
This is more serious business. I have tried so many chemical exfoliants and masks and NONE have been able to accomplish what this one has. Every time I use this, people notice. Like, people that see me and my skin up close & personal on a regular basis NOTICE and TELL ME my skin is looking great. From what I’ve read, it’s one of the most potent at-home-peels on the market. It’s pretty intense, which I like. I usually do this the night before a big event so that by morning any redness may have subsided, but trust and believe, your skin will look like glass afterwards. Glass skin? Yes, please!
A NON-DRYING, COMFORTABLE LIQUID LIPSTICK
My absolute fave liquid lipstick EVER. The formula is like nothing else – you get that long-lasting, velvety finish liquid lipsticks are loved for, but without that overly drying, tight-mouth many of them are hated for. It’s the most comfortable liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried.
It comes in array of gorgeous shades that easy to even mix and customize. I love to do a little “George” & “Cameron.” My other fave shade is “Brad” for a perfect natural pinky nude lip.
Plus, it’s all natural. No chemicals. And the packaging is super-chic and expensive- looking.
SOMETHING TO MAKE YOUR PIMPLE SHRINK OVERNIGHT
I don’t really use this all over my face as a mask. I’m a little bit of a rebel with certain products, this being one of them. I like to use this as a spot treatment overnight. I got the idea from watching @shanolahampton’s (Vee on Shameless) instagram stories. She didn’t mention the brand, but I could tell this was the mask she had on – it has a unique texture & dry down. So, I tried it and it’s been super helpful at minimizing blemishes. (They even have a mini travel-size version, perfect for using as a spot treatment!)
SOMETHING YOU CAN WEAR TO THE BEACH / POOL THAT DOESN’T LOOK OR FEEL HEAVY, LASTS, AND GIVES YOU SUN PROTECTION
It’s like skincare and makeup rolled into one – my two loves! I have been relying on this for YEARS since that time I forgot to put SPF on my face, fell asleep at the beach, and got 2nd degree burns on my face. Now, I don’t need to worry because not only will I look naturally cute at the pool, but my skin will be protected with SPF 50. It also doesn’t melt off, stays in place well, and doesn’t clog my skin and make me break out. I go nowhere vacation-wise without it.
A CONCEALER THAT ACTUALLY HIDES STUFF AND STAYS IN PLACE
My fave for covering up blemishes and imperfections. A little goes a long way so this pot should last you a while! It’s very pigmented and the texture is just right – not too dry that it clings to every crack and crevice, and not too creamy that it just slips off into another dimension after an hour. I wouldn’t use this for the undereye area, just on the rest of my face.
SOMETHING TO FADE ACNE SCARRING & RED SPOTS MUCH FASTER
I swear by this. I’m a huge fan of Ole Henriksen products, because they actually work. This helps fade those annoying post-acne red spots much more quickly than they would otherwise because it’s packed with Vitamin C. Also, I find it to be quite hydrating. I use this mainly at night, before bed. (there’s also a cute, mini version if you want to try before you spend the big bucks!)
A HYDRATING MASK THAT DOUBLES AS AN INTENSE MOISTURIZER
I’ve talked about this a lot over the past year or two and so many of you, to this day, message me about how much you love it. Overnight, shmovernight! If you have really dry skin, this is great to use even as a moisturizer under makeup. But, I also love to use it after an intense exfoliating treatment to really give me that glow up!
SOMETHING TO GIVE YOU A GORGEOUS GLOW
I LOVE this highlighter. It’s one of my go- to favorites. I know that it was created by Jaclyn Hill – a fellow JH initials girl. Youtubers supporting Youtubers. Hashtag!
RESTOCKING THE STAPLES
I personally like to use these sales to stock up on the products I’m always running out of. The stuff I’m always repurchasing that’s not as fun to talk about.
BEAUTY BLENDER: the best makeup sponge. It does it all – foundation, concealer, powder, blending, erasing, etc. Unfortunately, it’s a sponge & as such needs to be replaced every 1-3 months, depending on your skin type, etc.
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS BROW WIZ: I love these skinny pencils for brows, but let’s be real, when you’re someone that needs to be a Picasso and fully draw on a new set of brows every single day, they don’t last that long at all. Might as well stock up now that they’re less expensive.
LAURA MERCIER TRANSLUCENT POWDER: Everybody uses this powder, for a reason. It’s great. Let’s move on.
LANCOME DUAL FINISH PRESSED POWDER: Just the scent of this brings me back. Anyone that knows me, knows that I’ve been using this powder since before my Sweet 16. It’s the best for keeping in your purse because it not only mattifies but also has a bit of coverage too as it’s technically a powder foundation. It’s everything & more!
KAT VON D TATTOO LINER IN “TROOPER”: I have no brow hairs. I’m considering microblading. Until then, I use this to draw on tiny little brow hairs to make my brows look fuller. I want Gigi Hadid brows, you guys!
FRESH SUGAR LIP TREATMENT LIP BALM: This is a must for me. I have a little freckle on my lip from a time I went to the beach and didn’t have anything on my lips. Since then, regardless of learning to love the freckle, I’m a bit paranoid. SPF 15 plus lots of kissable hydration. Plus, this new red packaging is right up my alley.
So those are some of my faves from Sephora. Stuff I have purchased (& repurchased) with my own $$.