SephoraSephora kicked off a bonus points event on October 14th. From October 14th through October 24th, Rouges will get 4X points, VIBs will get 3X points, and Insiders will get 2X points on all purchases with code YAYPOINTS. Plus, we have the Sephora Holiday Savings Event to look forward to in November.
For a broader range of my all-time favorite formulas and products (which were updated this month!): Best Blushes, Best Highlighters, Best Eyeshadows, Best Eyeshadow Palettes, Best Lipsticks, Best Lipglosses, Best Eye Brushes, Best Face Brushes.
Pro-shopping tip: both brands and retailers compete heavily between now and the beginning of December. Your best bet is shopping a brand directly, as they typically have 20% to 30% off (sometimes even better, especially if you are after more than a few products). While not yet populated with deals for the year (most are under embargo!), you can check out our Black Friday Beauty Deals 2021 post to get an idea of what to expect from brands and retailers based on last year’s sales. You can also check out our always-updated makeup sales & deals post for available sales at any given time (bookmark, as it updates daily!).
The list is surprisingly sparse for mid-October, but this year has felt like 1) less new, limited edition product releases, and 2) the ones that have launched have released later than usual. I’m typically mostly done with holiday launches by early November (and that’s because I’m catching up!). I have some new-for-holiday palettes that I’ll be reviewing in the next few weeks, so I’ll come back to this post to update it in full should any of those do well! 🙂
Pat McGrath Huetopian Dream Mothership Eyeshadow PalettePat McGrath Huetopian Dream Mothership Eyeshadow Palette ($125.00 for 0.47 oz.) will work best… Read full review.
Effective last holiday season, I stopped purchasing kits/sets of products I’ve already reviewed in an effort to minimize waste and conserve review budget for other things. I still think that mini sets and kits are often great holiday gifts, so here’s a list of some you’ll find at SephoraSephora this holiday season.
Laura Mercier Mini Shimmer & Glow Caviar Stick SetLaura Mercier Mini Shimmer & Glow Caviar Stick Set ($29.00) includes three mini-sized eyeshadow pencils in Cocoa, Amethyst, and Copper. (Reviews)
Rare Beauty Selena’s Faves 4-Piece Mini SetRare Beauty Selena’s Faves 4-Piece Mini Set ($30.00) includes mini-sized versions of Joy liquid blush, Mesmerize liquid luminizer, Inspire Lip Souffle, and Perfect Strokes mascara.
Tom Ford Mini Lip Color Lipstick SetTom Ford Mini Lip Color Lipstick Set ($80.00) includes five travel-sized Lip Colors in Paperdoll, Casablanca, Black Dahlia, Night Porter, and Scarlet Rouge. (Reviews)
I find that I am drawn to sets from brands that I have, generally, good success with over more than one product. If you’re unfamiliar with my skin type, I have normal-to-dry skin that is somewhat acne-prone (mostly cystic acne on cheeks) but that hasn’t been too much of an issue in the last few months. I can sometimes get flaking around my cheeks and nose area, regardless of season. I don’t feel my skin is sensitive to most ingredients as I can switch products regularly without my skin reacting negatively.
Laneige Midnight Minis SetLaneige Midnight Minis Set ($18.00) includes five, deluxe-sized mini Lip Sleeping Mask in five different flavors. I like the feel and texture of this balm–more for daytime for me–and I know it’s a very popular product within the community, so it’s one of those sets that tops my gift-giving list in particular.
Farmacy Garden Party Green Clean TrioFarmacy Garden Party Green Clean Trio ($42.00, $66 value) includes three 1.7 oz. cleansing balms in new, limited edition scents. The original Green Clean has been a go-to for a couple of years now–probably have gone through half a dozen tubs at least!–so this is one of the sets I’ll be indulging in personally. Also, a nice touch: for every purchase of tis trio, Farmacy will donate five meals to families in need.
Sephora Collection Holy Sheet!Sephora Collection Holy Sheet! ($48.00, $87 value) includes 20 of Sephora’s bestselling skincare sheet masks (which are supposed to be in recyclable packaging). If you’re someone who routinely uses skincare masks, I’d say full-sized masks in jars are a better bet, but if you’re someone who rarely finishes masks in a jar, sheet masks may be a better alternative. I’ve been a fan of Sephora’s various sheet masks since they launched.
Dermalogica Our Best Cleanse & Glow Holiday KitDermalogica Our Best Cleanse & Glow Holiday Kit ($95.00, $143 value) includes the Precleanse, Special Cleansing Gel, and Daily Microfoliant. I have had good luck using Dermalogica’s products, and I’m actually working my way through a bottle of Precleanse at the moment! I tend to prefer gel-based cleansers for light cleansing (e.g. in the morning). Since I use a lot of chemical exfoliants, the gentleness of the Daily Microfoliant fits into my routine well.
First Aid Beauty Your Future Looks FABFirst Aid Beauty Your Future Looks FAB ($49.00, $112 value) is a tempting set for me personally this year, as we go through a fair amount of First Aid Beauty products in my household. Hubby uses the KP Bump Eraser Budy Scrub, and Ultra Repair routinely, while we both have used the cleanser (I rotate through cleansers… all the time).
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration SetFresh Rose Deep Hydration Set ($68.00, $101 value) includes five of Fresh’s rose-based products. I like the feel of their lip balm, but I find it’s very short-wearing so it’s not something I’d go out of my way to purchase, but I love the other four products. There’s something about the scent of Fresh’s rose line that really relaxes me (though the actual perfume offering is NOT the same!). I’ve purchased a few of Fresh’s Rose sets in the past, so I probably will skip this specific set since I have at least one jar of the face cream in reserve and one I’m using right now.
Dr. Jart+ 10 Mask Must-HavesDr. Jart+ 10 Mask Must-Haves ($67.00, $96 value) is another set that I tend to pick up during the holiday season to keep me stocked for the upcoming year. I’m not the most consistent mask-user, which is why I have found that sheet masks can sometimes be a better fit for my lifestyle as jar masks expire long before I get close to making a dent in them.
Fresh Cleanse & Mask DuoFresh Cleanse & Mask Duo ($19.50, $28 value) is a perfect gift to give (or receive) that is indulgent without totally breaking the bank. It includes the brand’s Soy Face Cleanser and Rose Face Mask, both products I love using.
First Aid Beauty FAB AID Ultra Repair Cream Home & Away KitFirst Aid Beauty FAB AID Ultra Repair Cream Home & Away Kit ($46.00, $60 value) includes 8 oz. and 2 oz. jars of the brand’s top selling Ultra Repair Cream (this is the go-to cream for hubby; I like it too, but I don’t commit).
Forvr Mood Mini Candle Gift SetForvr Mood Mini Candle Gift Set ($50.00) includes four 2.5 oz. candles in four of the brand’s core scents. I haven’t purchased many candles in the last few years, because I don’t like lighting them (I forget to put them out), but I did purchase several of the Forever Mood minis over the past year because they have nice throw without having to be lit… ever.
La Mer Creme de la Mer DuetLa Mer Creme de la Mer Duet ($350.00, $440 value) is a duo that I look for each holiday season, because my mom loves the original moisturizing cream, so it’s something I give to her each year. Any time I can save a little on this product, I jump (already purchased this one!).