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Beauty 9 months ago

ultimate shopping guide to the sephora sale 2021


You guys know I shop at Sephora year round…but I save my BIG sephora hauls for their savings event because the savings on some of my holy grail skin + makeup products are SO GOOD. If you’re also shopping the sephora sale this week…today I wanted to round up some of my go-to hair, skin, and makeup products for y’all…as well as review NEW products I’ve tried out this past week AND what I ordered from the sale! Basically…your ultimate shopping guide to the Sephora sale is below haha!


Skincare Picks

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This has been one of my favorite moisturizers for about 3 years now! It's great for anti-aging and also helps with skin dullness / texture!

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One of my all-time favorite retinol creams! This stuff is POTENT so you have to ease your way into it haha but it helps diminish (and prevent) fine lines and wrinkles, and also helps a lot with dark spots! If you're looking for a good retinol in your skincare routine, definitely get this one during the sale.

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I bought this glow mask during the last sephora sale and it has become a regular in my skincare routine. It's called a 'mask' but I use it as a nightly moisturizer! It hydrates your skin and makes you wake up with glowing skin!

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This is the SPF I wear on my face every single day! It has a slight tinte to it which I love and gives UVA / UVB protection, which is so important for anti-aging!

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I LOVE this micellar water for getting off all my makeup! I put it on a cotton pad and then apply to my whole face to get all of my makeup off before washing my face. I love that it doesn't dry my face out and gets off even waterproof makeup!

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If I could only use one face mask for the rest of my life, it would be this one. It legitimately feels like you got a professional facial, without leaving your home! Exfoliates dead skin cells and leaves your skin feeling baby soft!

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This is a relatively new product in my routine (started using it this winter) and I'm obsessed. It has hyaluronic acid in it and my skin just feels QUENCHED anytime I put it on! I don't usually have dry skin but whenever it IS feeling dry, this is the moisturizer I use and my skin feels so hydrated and fresh!

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I like to think of myself as a lip balm connoisseur lol bc I have tried nearly every single one, and this one is HANDS DOWN my favorite! It feels so moisturizing and hydrating on your lips...without making you feel addicted to it if that makes sense. It delivers hydration that will last all day!

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This exfoliator and I go WAY BACK and it's still a product I 100% stand behind! If you struggle with enlarged pores or breakouts, this product will be your BEST friend. I've honestly never met anyone who tried this out and was not OBSESSED! You will thank me later!

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This is a product I have only used about 3x now but I'm including it in this round-up because it is a MIRACLE worker! This is a treatment you leave on overnight and only use 2-3x a week, but I noticed a huge difference after using it one night. I woke up with the smoothest skin. The texture looked really even and even though it has did not dry my skin out! I LOVE this stuff and can't recommend it enough!

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Makeup Picks

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Foundation / face

Charlotte Tilbury flawless finish – one of my holy grail makeup products I can’t live without. You can wear this as a primer, as your foundation, or as a highlighter! So many different ways to wear it and it really blurs all imperfections and gives a subtle glow! You know the ‘paris’ filter on IG stories? That’s what this product does for your skin haha

NARS foundation – this has been my go to foundation for a few months now! It is full coverage and really conceals any blemishes or pores, but doesn’t look cakey or heavy! I also love that it lasts ALL day long.

Wander foundation – I bought this foundation a few months ago after seeing another influencer share it who I think is a beauty expert…and I LOVE it! It’s a full coverage foundation but looks and feels SO natural. It legit doesn’t feel like you have anything on. Wander is also a vegan and cruelty-free brand!

Fenty primer – this is the primer I have been wearing for years now and still loving. It kind of instantly retouches your skin, minimizes the appearance of pores, and prolongs the wear of your makeup throughout the day!

Becca primer – I bought this primer back in January and have been LOVING IT! I use this primer when I really want a dewy / glowy makeup look! This primer gives your skin that ‘lit from within’ glow and lays so smoothly + evenly underneath foundation!


Powders / brushes

Hourglass bronzer – my favorite bronzer for years now. I’ve tried tons of new ones and always go back to this one! It gives such a good bronzy color without being too shimmery!

Laura Mercier finishing powder – I LOVE using this setting powder to set my under eye concealer! It helps brighten dark circles and also prevents your under eye concealer from getting creasy!

Hourglass brush– One of my all time favorite makeup brushes I’ve ever purchased. You can use this for your bronzer, setting powder, highlighter, and blush! I’ve had mine for about a year now and the quality is so good / applies your makeup so evenly!


Dior brow pencil – I’ve tried at least 8 different brow pencils and always go back to this dior pencil. It looks SO natural and is super easy to use!

Lancome mascara – I’ve been using this for about 3 months now and LOVE IT. I only wear mascara on my lower lashes because I have lash extensions but even on my lower lashes…this makes them super long and doesn’t clump or smear!

Naked reloaded eyeshadow palette – I am a creature of habit when it comes to eyeshadow! This one has all the colors I need for minimal / natural makeup, OR more of a dramatic / date night look.


I could include like 20 lipstick faves in this section haha I have so many that I love…but I’ll try and just include a few faves:

Tarte lipstick – I cannot recommend this lipstick enough. The colors are beautiful, it doesn’t dry your lips out, and the color actually lasts on your lips (without being a stain). I’m wearing the shade rum punch in all of htese photos, but salt lyfe is another fave! I ordered this in a few new colors during the sale that I can’t wait to try!

Fenty gloss bomb – one of my all time favorite lip glosses. I love that this has a creamy finish and not super shiny / glossy looking. It’s so hydrating and the colors are all so rich + pigmented. I personally love the color “mauve wive$”

Haircare Picks

Y’all…ORIBE IS NOW AVAILABLE AT SEPHORA and it’s not excluded from the sale!!! you will rarely (if EVER) see oribe for 20% off so definitely stock up while you can! I’m sharing my faves in the collage below. You can click on any product below to shop directly!




new products I’m trying + what’s in my cart!



WHEW. That was a lot of products haha but hopefully this makes your shopping a little bit easier! Let me know what you are buying from the sale or if there are any questions I can answer for you guys!

Thanks for reading!

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xo Lauren

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