My 2017 Sephora Sale Picks & Tips

This weekend is the start of Sephora’s much-hyped bi-annual Beauty Insider sale! The early access weekend ends tonight, but starting next Friday, November 10th, all of Sephora’s reward members will be able to shop the sale. VIB and VIB Rouge status will get you 20% off, while Beauty Insiders will get 15% off. After heavily narrowing down my initial picks, I landed on just three items. Girl’s gotta stick to a budget. I’ll share the products I did pick up and some of the other ones that might just have to make their way onto my Christmas list instead.


Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask ($45) After eyeing this K-beauty face mask since its sellout launch in Sephora earlier this year, the Watermelon Glow mask was a must-try product for me. Not only does the product smell like actual watermelon, the formula is packed with AHA and hyaluronic acids, meaning it will exfoliate and hydrate while you sleep leaving you with a just-got-a-facial glow. It was a splurge purchase, but I’m hoping that it will be my go-to for solving dull, dry winter skin.


Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara ($18) This was definitely my most wild card purchase. I’ve never used this mascara before, and I’ve never even heard of it. I usually use the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, but sometimes that can look a bit too dramatic for everyday minimal makeup. I liked the sound of a “naturally glossy” mascara, and it had pretty solid 5-star reviews, so I picked it up. Luckily, Sephora has a really good return policy, but hopefully I won’t need it!


Clinique All About Eyes Rich ($32.50) After keeping my Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment for much (much) longer than is recommended, I was in need of a new eye cream. I debated between this Clinique one and the Belif one, but in the end decided to go with Clinique (helped in part by the $15 price difference). I usually love Clinique skincare, and at just 24 years old I don’t feel the need to buy the most powerful eye cream yet.

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Sephora Sale Tips

  1. Plan ahead. Sephora can be a whirlwind experience of supermarket sweep level excitement, and sticking to a budget can be hard amidst all of that. With a little foresight and research, you’ll probably buy less and be happier with the purchases you do make.
  2. Use Sephora’s list feature. Speaking of planning ahead, if you log into your account on Sephora’s website or app you can utilize the list feature by “loving” items. It’s up to you whether you want to use this strictly to remember products you love or as more of a wishlist. I personally like using it as a wishlist so that whenever I get a good recommendation I have a place to remember it.
  3. Shop online. While you can’t use more than one code, every online order comes with three additional samples. It’s also a good time to use up some of those reward points when you don’t have to make a rushed decision at the register. If you’re willing to wait, shopping the sale online can be less stressful and get you more samples to try out.