Sephora Sale Must-Haves

October 30, 2020 By mysistermademebuyit
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We are breaking down our Sephora Sale must-haves! Sephora has about 4 sales a year – two big % off sales and two sales where you can get $X off if you spend $X. The VIB sale in November is their best sale because they have all of their holiday gift sets out!

Missy and I went through the sale and picked out the things that we regularly use and rarely see on sale through other sites. We will also tell you what we will not be buying (AKA things we have returned to Sephora or wanted to return, but never received the motivation to actually return the items.

Jump To Lists:

  1. Skincare
  2. Makeup
  3. Hair


Good Genes, Caudalie VInoPerfect serum, Tatcha cleansing oil
Sarah’s Top Three
Missy’s Top Three
  1. Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb, $28
    • I love this moisturizer. I have combo oily/dry skin and this is a lightweight, gel-like moisturizer that not only hydrates my skin, but does not break me out! There is a reason it almost has 5k people have it rated as 4.5 stars on

  2. Sunday Riley – Good Genes, $122 (value set)
    1. Kathleen Jennings Beauty introduced me to the magic of Good Genes. It is a GENTLE exfoliator that you can wear everyday. Not only does it gently exfoliate, it also moisturizes and plumps up your skin. It is magic. If you have not tried before, I recommend getting the smaller size to try out. However, if you like it, you need to get the value pack because you basically get a half an ounce for free! That is a $40 value!

  3. Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum, $79
    • I have used a Vitamin C serum for at least 5 years. However, nothing has helped my hyperpigmentation on my face from melasma and the sun more than this serum has. I used it twice a day for about four months and saw a huge difference in my dark spots! Now, Sephora is not usually the cheapest you can get this (Cult Beauty is the cheapest!), but if you like to buy all of your skincare in one place, I recommend the value kit linked.
  1. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil, $72
    • This face oil is holy grail status for me. I know it is expensive. I have tried SO many other cheaper alternatives, but this one works the best, while others tend to break me out. It is worth the investment to me because it helps provide my skin the extra layer of moisture it needs.
  2. Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Oil Cleanser, $48
    1. I have been using oil cleansers as my cleanser for about four years now. If I am wearing makeup, I will double cleanser with an oil cleanser. I just recently tried this one and love it. It has a great slip and always gets all of my eye make-up off.

  3. Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum, $90
    • I have acne-prone skin, so I like to use this on an alternate night as my retinoid. It contains both a BHA (acid that gets into the pores and cleans them out) and a AHA (acid that exfoliates dead skin cells) that pack a powerful 1-2 punch. It is not as gentle as the Sunday Riley Good Genes, but that only contains an AHA. This stings a little, but it really helps keep my skin in check.

Skincare Bonus: Favorite Masks!

  • Youth to the People Superberry + Glow Dream Mask, $48
    • I received this mask in a Sephora Favorites last year and was surprised I had never heard of it. It is so good! First off – I don’t usually love smells, but the smell of this is delicious – a natural fruity smell. However, the best part — the texture. It is such a dreamy texture. It goes on like a silky, thick lotion and then you wake up with the most hydrated and plump skin. A+
  • Tata Harper Resurfacing BHA Glow Mask, $65
    • I have been using this mask for years now. It is another one that is expensive, but worth every penny. It is an exfoliating mask (uses BHA to clean my pores) that helps keep my blackheads at bay and make my skin look normal. I try to find other things that I like, but always end up coming back.


These are some of our favorite picks from Sephora. We love makeup from all brands, but Sephora does not carry all of the brands we love, cough, Westman Atelier, cough.

  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, $20 to $75 – Missy and I agree here — mainly because… Missy made me buy it. This primer is amazing. Fills in all of your pores without being too heavy. It is just gorgeous. Missy buys the value size every year and it lasts her a year.
  • NARS Tinted Moisturizer, $45 – This is Sarah’s favorite “foundation.” It i s just so easy to wear and blend in. It is not full coverage, but I don’t like full coverage. If I need it, I will just stick to my Westman Atelier foundation. However, I like this one because of the sunscreen.
  • Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint, $56 – This is Missy’s favorite foundation at Sephora. While Westman Atelier is not sold at Sephora and is currently my favorite foundation. However, I love this foundation in the winter time when my skin is extra dry. It provides medium to full coverage and helps increase your natural glow using hyalauronic acid.
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer or Hourglass Concealer – Missy and I both love the Hourglass concealer. She made me buy it a few months ago and I think it is is great coverage without drying out your eyes too much. However, I still love my holy grail NARS concealer too and did not want to leave it out.
  • Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush, $20 – Missy and I both love the Rare Beauty line. While Missy’s favorite blush is not sold at Sephora (Westman Atelier), this is a great option for $20. It is a liquid blush so you only need a little dot BECAUSE THE PIGMENT IS AMAZING. Just blend it out and you are ready to go!
  • Benefit Watts Up! Champagne Cream Highligher, $30 – Sarah’s pick. I love all highlighters. This was the first highlighter I ever used and it will always hold a special place in my heart. It is just so EASY to use. It is great for beginners because it is not too shiny, but still gives that youthful radiance.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, $65 – Missy’s pick. She loves Hourglass. She loves this palette because it gives you that “glowing from within” look. However, if you want to spend this much on a palette, you might as well get the holiday special palette they have right now where you would get all of these colors and three blushes for just $15 more, the Hourglass Ambient Light Face Sculpting palette.
  • Bobbi Brown Bronzer, $44– Sarah is still trying to figure out bronzer, so it is just Missy’s recommendation here. She has been using the Bobbi Brown bronzer for a long time. She uses it as a bronzer and as an eyeshadow.
  • Hourglass Unlocked Instant Extensions Mascara, $29 – Missy and I both love tubing mascaras because they do not smudge. While it is nice to have long eyelashes, it is so frustrating when you end the day looking like a panda! Missy loves the Thrive Causemetics mascara, but it is difficult to order since it is only available in Ulta stores. I love the Hourglass mascara because it did not flake on me like the Thrive mascara did. It is simply devine! Well worth it and will last through some crying sessions.
  • Laura Mercier Mini Caviar set, $35 – I love how easy these eyeshadow sticks are. I like Laura’s or Bobbi’s versions. I need a quick eyeshadow most days (if I even wear one). and like that these are quick and last the whole day.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $23 – Missy’s holy grail eyebrow pencil. I like to change up what I use from day to day, so I do not really have a preference here.

This one was so hard to narrow down because I love love love lipsticks, glosses, balms, liners, etc.

  • Sephora Color Enhancing Lip Oil, $5 – One of my favorite things I found this year! A follower told me about it and it was always sold out. Once I finally got my hand on it, I was in love! Shiny, moisturizing and a hint of color.
  • Rare Beauty Lip Souffle, $20 – Missy loves this lipstick. I have not tried it yet but she bought it in 5 differenc colors and layers them to make new colors.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution (Mini Trio), $25 – Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks are some of my favorite lipsticks. They are so pigmented and have a long wear time. I love the M.I.Kiss color and the Glowing Jen in the Hot Lips version. The linked set is a mini set of 3 different colors. They are small lipsticks, but I think it is a great way to try them out.
  • Clinique Almost Lipstick mini duo, $9 – We all know I am trying to bring back Clinique Black Honey. It is a color that looks great on everyone. It is semi-sheer, so it is easy to wear — especially if you are not used to lipsticks. This is a great price to try the Black Honey and the more pink color.


We have all seen my hair pics from my younger years. There is a reason that I get so excited about hair products. I have tried a ton of brands at Sephora and honestly like most that I have tried. I am highlighting a few of my favorite brands, but keep in mind these brands may have better deals towards Black Friday (like Living Proof).

  • Olaplex
    • It is a great time to stock up on Olaplex during the sales — especially the value kit! It is $60 for a $84 value. You can try out the shampoo, conditioner, the bond repair mask, and a frizz control leave-in. I also love the oil to use as extra frizz control and as a heat protectant.
      • Note: While I love Olaplex, I do not think the 0 is worth the money. I have used it a few times as a pre-treatment for the #3 and noticed little difference.
  • IGK
    • IGK is one of my favorite hair brands. Their First Class Dry shampoo is the only dry shampoo that can handle my third day of not washing my hair. I use the purple toning drops and the Mistress hydrating balm every single day – even when I am not doing my hair.
    • IGK Good Behavior Prep Spray – I used this spray on my hair and Rebecca’s hair and I think it might replace Olaplex 6 for me? I am not sure yet. It detangles, fights frizz, and protects against heat damage.
  • shu uemeru Shiki Worker Hair Primer – This is something Missy has started to use. She uses it to prime her hair before styling it. She said it leaves her hair moisturized and frizz free. It sounds like it works a lot like the IGK Good Behavior Spray.
  • Amika Soulfood mask -This conditioning mask does not get enough good Instagram press. It smells so good and leaves hair so soft. After I started to realize that hair masks can cost upwards of $75, $28 for a tub of this mask does not seem as bad! The best part is the fragrance is not too heavy, but smells so clean and lasts for days!

Hope you have fun shopping the sale! Let us know in the comments what your favorite products are or if you have any questions!

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