Sephora VIB Sale 2016
Today is the first day of the Sephora VIB sale! Once a year, for just 4 days, Sephora offers 20% off everything online and in-store and this is when I go crazy. The sale is open to VIB shoppers, meaning those who have spent $350 at the store in the last year. When I was in high school, I thought this was mind boggling – who would spend that much?? I am semi embarrassed to admit that I am now one of those people.
Anyway, now that I’m in my late 20s and my skin is dry as the Sahara, I love stocking up on a year’s worth of skincare during the Sephora VIB sale. Skincare gets expensive and if I can save 20%.. well, it helps to justify the purchase in my mind.
Sephora has a smaller 15% off sale typically in April every year, but I like to maximize and hold out for the November sale and just order everything at once. I usually order online because I like the convenience and also because online, you can get 3 samples with each order. In store, you may or may not get samples depending on the generosity of the sales associate. Also it becomes manic in store and I like to avoid the crowds if I can!
My Top 9 Must Haves from the 2016 Sephora VIB Sale
Enter code 20VIB at checkout, valid November 11th – 14th
You can also shop in store or in the JC Penny Sephoras if you prefer to test things out in person.
The discount works on your entire cart, no exclusions. Yipee!
1. Dr. Jart Masking All the Way Set |
Every year Dr. Jart has a really cute holiday set of their cult sheet masks and while normally I think it’s quite pricey to buy Dr. Jart in the US (they’re a Korean brand and known for affordable masks in South Korea), during the VIB sale it’s a great deal. Plus, the packaging is adorable – it comes in a holiday box. With 7 masks in the box, its about $4 a mask with the sale – which is pretty good for premium sheet masks.
2. Tom Ford Soleil Contouring Compact |
Tom Ford has, in my opinion, the most beautiful, glamorous makeup packaging and holy cow do you pay for it. I love their bronzers and cheek palates but they’re not something I can regularly pick up unless on sale. Even though it’s a tad pricey, the pigment and finish is stunning and worth every penny. Plus, the palattes are much bigger than you’d expect and will last a solid year. This palette comes with a highlighter / blush / bronzer trio in their cult favorite colors.
3. Sunday Riley #Squadgoals Skincare Essentials Kit |
The name on this set is pretty cute. I am 100% hooked on Sunday Riley ever since I gave it a go at last year’s VIB sale (last year’s review post here). The brand is known for its acid based products (AHAs) and feature retinol, lactic acid, hyaluronic acid and alpha arbutin to chemically (gently!) exfoliate the skin and clear out blackheads, blemishes and acne. Typically AHA products can be a bit drying so Sunday Riley produces their products primarily in oil form. I swear by a nightly dose of the Luna oil. In the mornings my pores are tighter, cleaner and the results are visible when I stop using it. This full set includes the cleanser, luna sleeping oil, tidal brightening water cream and good genes – the latter of two I haven’t tried yet so I’ll be giving those a go.
Each Sunday Riley product on its own is about $100 so I love picking up the sets – especially if you’ve never tried the brand before, they’re a good deal.
Last year, I bought 2 sets of the Sunday Riley Power Couple duo which includes travel size features of Good Genes Treatment and the Luna sleeping oil. They’ve brought the sets back again this year and if you’ve never tried the brand before I would recommend picking up the starter set.
4. Drunk Elephant Let’s B Clear |
Continuing on the skincare AHA thread, this is a new-to-me brand that I’ve heard amazing things about for years now. The Drunk Elephant skincare line is focused entirely on AHA products and I can’t wait to test these out and compare them to Sunday Riley.
If you want just their AHA products, Sephora also carries this Drunk Elephant set.
5. GLAMGLOW Gift Sexy Supermud Set |
This set has a trio of GLAMGLOW’s best selling 3 masks. I love DIY pot type masks that you apply yourself just as much as I love sheet masks and GLAMGLOW’s thirstymud is my hands down favorite in the line since it’s hydrating for all skin types. I also use their clearing and tinglexfoliating mask when I feel acne coming on.
6. Luna mini 2 mint with Belif |
If you’ve never tried a cleansing device you need one pronto! I’ve been using a Clarisonic for years and years now but this would be a great set for anyone whose never tried either brand. It comes with the Luna mini 2 device, which is the updated version of the Luna with a larger surface area to clean more efficiently. The device is made out of silicone, is smaller than the Clarisonic (and thus travel friendly) and uses sonic vibrations to gently cleanse the skin. The Luna 2 device is $139 on its own so with the set you’re getting the belif products free, even without the sale. Seriously the sets at Sephora are the best buy so I loveee holiday season when all the sets come out!
Belif is another Korean skincare brand perfect for those with dry skin. Actually scratch that – their products are good for oily skin as well since they make water based moisturizers that are non greasy. If you’ve ever tried the pink tub of Clinique, the Belif aqua bomb is very similar but more hydrating.
This Luna + Belif set comes with the aqua bomb cream plus a cleansing foam, toner and essence (haven’t tried those last three from the line). If you already have a cleansing device but want to try Belif, they have a limited edition ‘don’t be flaky’ set with just those hit skincare products to try.
7. NARS Mindgame Velvet Lip Glide Set |
Can’t get your hands on the Kylie lip kit sets? Save your money on the overpriced reality tv products and get these tried and trusted NARS lipsticks. The velvet line applies in a hydrating liquid layer and dries semi-matte. I am a huge fan of NARS.
8. Bite The Perfect Bite Lipstick Set |
I don’t tend to wear eyeshadow so I like to experiment mostly with lip color and I always purchase the holiday sets since they allow you to try a whole range of colors at a reasonable price. The sets typically have mini lipsticks (not the full size) but that’s fine with me since sometimes I find I’m allergic to certain colorants and I honestly have never used up a full size tube of lipstick. This way if I don’t like a color or have to chuck it because it makes my lips puff up like a pufferfish… it’s ok.
Bite came out a couple years ago and is famous for their lipsticks, which are ultra creamy, hydrating and quite pigmented. I think Bite is also in the Sephora birthday set (or maybe it was last year) so hopefully you’ve already tried them and know how great they are! This holiday set comes in a cute reusable tin.
9. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Surreal Light |
I am obsessed with highlighting but admittedly a bit too nervous to try contouring with multiple shades of foundation, super dark bronzers etc. Instead I like to highlight with illuminators and add a dab of blush so that you’re not really darkening the face but just lighting up certain parts. Hourglass makes some of the best highlights and illuminators and this set comes in a gorgeous marble case. So so pretty.
And there you have it, my picks for the 2016 Sephora VIB Sale! I also like to stock up on my beauty staples – the Dior and Clinique eyebrow pencils, NARS creamy concealer, YSL perfume etc. What do you recommend from the sale? Let me know in the comments below – I’m always looking for new stuff to try!
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