Your Guide to the Sephora Spring Sale

April 26, 2020

Sephora Spring Sale

It's the most wonderful time of the year.  It's the Sephora spring sale and your girl has been SHOPPING.  Not just pick up a few things here or there I mean just throw it in the bag shopping.  My justification is that I've been really responsible with my money since this lockdown and I deserve one little splurge in the interest of self-care.  So I decided to really invest in upholding my current skincare regimen as well as trying out a few new products that will help address some of my skincare concerns.

The sale is 20% for Rouge members until 5/1, 15% off for VIB members until 4/29, and 10% off for Insiders until 4/27 ( welp today so you better get on the good foot if you want to get something).

Treating my skin has really been an uphill battle for years.  I suffer from Seborrheic Dermatitis which causes inflammation and flaking of the skin.  It can be very frustrating at times, as flare-ups cause very painful visible dry patches on my face, scalp, and ears.  I have seen a dermatologist who helped me to really get it under control during one of my worse flare-ups, but since then I have done a lot of research to find ways to treat the skin, specifically on my face, with products that were less harsh and nonsteroid based.  I have been asked why I would spend so much on skincare, but I would far rather invest in healing my skin issues then investing in makeup to just hide the problem and make it worse.

Now that I've spilled all of my tea, I wanted to give you all a more in-depth look at some of the products that I have been using and have really worked for me as well as some new products I decided to give a try.  As you go through this list please keep in mind that my skin concerns may be different than yours so it's important to identify what products will address your personal concerns.  My skin is extremely dry.  DRY AS THE SAHARA DESERT DRY so after much research and trial and error I curated a regimen that focused on providing moisture and evening skin tone ( as I have some hyperpigmentation and discoloration from picking at the dry patches I would get during flare-ups).  So without further ado let's get into this.


So my two favorite cleansers right now are the Clinque's Take the day off and Farmacy's Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser.  I use the Clinique cleansing balm to remove my makeup prior to cleansing.  It is a creamy balm that kinda suds up once you add water to your face and rub it in.  It truly does get EVERYTHING off.  Ever since using it, I have stopped using makeup wipes completely.  This product absolutely does a better job of removing makeup than a makeup wipe has ever done for me, and it doesn't strip my skin of moisture either.  Once I complete that step I use the Farmacy Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial cleanser to gently remove any remaining dirt.  I absolutely love this cleanser because it gets my skin very clean and doesn't leave any residue or strip my skin of moisture.  A lot of gel cleansers I used in the past would only exacerbate my skin issues but this one has really been a winner.


Fresh's Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner is the GOAT when you have dry skin.  I was recommended this product by one of the lovely Sephora sales associates.  Toners are important in your skin regimen because they help to remove the dirt and oil in your pores that your cleanser did not get off when cleaning the surface.  Clogged pores lead to breakouts so you really want to make sure you're incorporating them into your regimen.  This one is very soothing and gentle, and most importantly not drying.


I have been alternating between two different serums and I love them both.  I've been using the Fresh Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice and the Claudalie Vinoperfect Anti Dark Spot Serum.  Fresh's Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice is packed with vitamin C, E and B5.  The Vitamin C is great for skin brightening so if your struggling with dullness and uneven skintone this is the serum for you.  It's also very light weight so it works well for any skin type.  The Claudalie Vinoperfect Anti Dark Spot Serum has been the most effective serum for dark marks.  If you are struggling with uneven skin tone, blotchiness, or hyperpigmentation this is absolutely the serum for you.  You won't see an immediate difference but you will absolutely see difference overtime.  That truly goes with any skincare product or regimen.  It takes time for products to actually make a difference in your skin.  Think of it this way,  it takes about 30 days for new skin cells to generate so that is how long it will take for you to truly see the results of a new skincare product.


The Tatcha dewy skin cream is the best moisturizer that I've ever used.  It's very rich and moisturizing and is one of the only creams that I've used that has been able to keep my skin hydrated all day.  The best part, is that it leaves a very dewy finish after it's applied.  So if you're looking for hydrated plumped skin,  natural glow, and you struggle with dryness this is absolutely the product for you.  I will say, that if you have oily skin I would not recommend this for you.  It will likely be way to heavy on your skin.  


I have not tried any other facial oils and likely won't because the Farmacy Honey Grail Oil has been so beneficial to my skin.  It is a very lightweight oil that absorbs into the skin beautifully and adds to the glow.  The oil really helps to lock in the moisture of the products that I used prior to this step and creates a very strong protective barrier over my skin.  A little goes a VERY long way with this product.  I typically only use 1-2 drops whenever I use it, so one bottle lasts me for MONTHS.  If you are oily I would still suggest you incorporate this step into your routine.  Keeping your skin hydrated when you have oily skin is even more important, as your skin actually produces more oil when it's dry to attempt to combat its dehydration.


Forget all the rumors and lies we were told growing up as black woman.  I remember believing that I didn't need sunscreen because I had a higher level of melanin in my skin than white people.  I'm here to tell you that is a lie, black girls need sunscreen.  I'm gonna say that one more time so it really sinks in here.  BLACK GIRLS NEED SUNSCREEN.  Not just at the beach or on vacation either.  You need sunscreen every single day that you are going outside.  Furthermore,  there are certain ingredients in your skincare that make your skin more sensitive to sun damage, and when you use those products and go out into the sun you are leaving your skin open to far greater damage than you even began with.  So let's make sure we are protecting those beautiful faces ladies.  Do yourself a favor and incorporate sunscreen into the end of your AM facial routine.  My personal suggestion would be Supergoop's Unseen Sunscreen.  It is extremely smooth and light and does not leave a white cast on your skin or have any flashback.   In my opinion, it's the best.

Tinted Moisturizer

As I get older I get a little lazier when it comes to glam, and I notice when I do have to put makeup on I HATE the feeling of foundation.  It oftentimes feels heavy and like my skin is suffocating.  It also doesn't help that a day or two after wearing it I notice a breakout somewhere on my face.  To try to negate this issue I started using tinted moisturizers because they were .... well moisturizing, and much lighter than a traditional foundation.  I also prefer more of a sheer coverage when it comes to my makeup.  So when doing my research for this sale I came across a skincare blogger, Chanel Tyler, who raved about the Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint.  I'm a creature of habit so I was really hesitant to give something new a try, but I decided to be brave this time and do it.  GIIRRRRRLLLLL I'm so happy I did because out of everything I purchased during this sale this is hands down the one I can't stop talking about.  This product not only provides BEAUTIFUL dewy natural coverage it also is PACKED with skincare benefits.  This is makeup that actually treats your skincare concerns while you wear it.  No more dry, irritated, suffocated skin after a day of wearing makeup.   Now you can have that natural coverage while actually treating your skin at the same time.  It's genius and I am never going to put foundation on my skin again, not after this gem of a product.

Well ladies, I hope this post helps you all make your final decisions before you hit checkout on that purchase.  Are there any products that have been holy grails for you that you plan on restocking on during this sale?  If so let me know in the comments below.  I would love to give something new a try.  I appreciate your recommendations just as much as you appreciate mine.


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