If you love makeup, you need to sign up for Sephora’s Beauty Insider program. Each dollar earns you points that can be redeemed for samples of new products or deluxe samples of beloved products. Once you reach VIB status, the best perk of all is that a few times per year, you can save 15-percent on everything in the store.
I’ve received a couple of e-mails this week from readers who wanted to know what “splurges” I recommend picking up at the sale. So here are my suggestions:
Brushes. If you have acne, you need the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage brush. It’s an acne covering laser. Also, I’ve had mine for five years, and I’m just starting to think about replacing it, so it’s good quality. I also like the Bobbi Brown blush brush.
Supersized Products. Sephora offers a number of your favorite products in XXL sizes. So if you know you love something, by all means, stock up. This super-sized Josie Maran Argan Oil keeps my skin glowing all summer long…it’s also great on split-ends.
Makeup. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (I wear Mood Light and Ethereal Light). I also think this NARS Oil-Free Primer is one of the greatest products that I’ve ever used.
Skincare. I’ve been trying to cut back on my use of really splurgy skincare products, but a sale always lures me back in. If you have oily skin or blackheads, try the GlamGlow SuperMud. The sale also gives me a chance to buy my new favorite anti-aging product, Philosophy’s Time in a Bottle at a discount.
Nails. How often can you say that you changed your polish after seven days and there were no chips? Happens to me every time I use Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab base and top coat. Makes any polish more durable, and I get 7-10 days of perfect nails. She also makes a mini-size for $25, in case you want to try a smaller size before you drop $50 on it.
So are you a VIB? If so, what will you be using your 15%-discount on?