My “NO REGRETS” Sephora Recommendation List

My “NO REGRETS” Sephora Recommendation List

Hey everyone!

On a previous post, I talked about a few things I was planning to purchase in the Sephora Spring Bonus Rouge Event. I thought it would be fun to also chat about things that I love and highly recommend to check out. All products mentioned today are things I feel very familiar with and have been using consistently for months/years!

All of the products mentioned are holy grail, zero-regret items! 

I’ll try to list out products from the order I use them in my application process. For the purposes of keeping this post concise, I won’t list out a recommendation for every category of makeup. That being said, please feel free to comment below or message me for a specific recommendation on the category you are looking for (e.g.: I won’t post an eyeliner or brow product, but I’m happy to share my thoughts on good options!)

With no further ado…..


My Sephora Sale Recommendations:

Facial Cleanser/Makeup Remover:

Drunk Elephant — Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser:  $34.00 USD

I did a review on this in a previous post HERE, so I’ll try to avoid sounding like a broken record: In short, this cleanser is next-level good. It literally takes off all makeup without a trace and leaves my dry skin feeling hydrated and SO super clean. I love it, I recommend it, and I don’t want to live without it. SO SO GOOD!! 

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Primer:

Ole Henriksen — Banana Bright Face Primer:  $36.00

My goodness this primer is so pretty. Once again, this is a product I’ve posted a rave review on you can find HERE. It just has a beautiful look on the skin without makeup, you can see that it has the most gorgeous subtle sheen. It feels nourishing and I can tell it just softens and smooths my complexion. I’ve found it does help the wear of my makeup throughout the day, and I’ve used it with several foundations with no piling or other texture issues. It honestly feels like a lightweight skincare product that brightens and gives an immediate boost of radiancy. You can also get it on the Ole Henriksen wesbite, they run really great sale promotions from time to time!

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Foundation:

There’s just no way I can only list one, y’all. I’ve got about 2-4 foundations that could be considered my HGs. To only pick one would be like admitting which child is your favorite! I’ll just quickly list ones that I love and I’ve used for years. I’m happy to give additional comparisons on these if y’all would want to see that in another post!

  • Too Faced- Born This Way Foundation: $39.00
    • This was one of the first high-end foundations I ever purchased. It makes your skin look  SO SO good, builds up to provide natural-looking full coverage, and it lasts ALL day on me. I think if used with the correct primers/setting powders, this foundation will work for any skin type. It’s just a go-to for a good makeup day for me.
  • 3. NARS– Sheer Glow Foundation: $47.00 USD
    • Do you ever have makeup products you literally want to hug? Is this weird? If I wanted to hug any of my makeup, I’d have to love on this one. It’s just GORGEOUS and somehow completely perfects and smooths my skin with medium coverage. I’m a fan of the NARS All Day Weightless Foundation as well, but this one holds a special place in my heart. It’s a dream come true for dry or normal skin and I just can’t live without it. ❤

Setting Powder: 

I could write a novel about the different nuances in my collection of setting powders. I’ve got so many powders I love and could sit here and rave about endlessly. Because my under-eyes are the only area that I always set 100% of the time, I’ll just recommend  my favorite one for this purpose.

**I talk about my dark circle products in detail HERE if you’re interested.

Laura Mercier — Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes: $28.00 


I can’t quite describe the magic sorcery that is this setting powder, and it is something you have to feel to understand the uniqueness it has. It is ultra-lightweight, and it brightens my under eyes unlike anything else I’ve tried. I do have lines around my eyes that will get extremely emphasized if I use the wrong powder. While I do still love it, I find that sometimes the Regular LM Setting Powder can get a little heavy on me. This sits on my eye area beautifully and creates a blurring effect that isn’t overly matte or drying. Beautiful stuff! 


Bronzer:

This is another hard category for me to narrow down to one product! Finding a good bronzer is SO personal. What can be a beautiful shade on me, might be too cool or overly warm on you. To further complicate this issue, some people prefer different finishes of bronzer (some like shimmer, others only wear matte finishes).  I do not contour in the most traditional sense–I use my bronzers to give my face a little bit of warmth and definition, I’m not really doing any sculpting per se.

I’ve got 2 products to recommend: a fantastic bronzer for the matte lovers out there, and more of an illuminating one for those on team glowy.

  • Matte Bronzer: Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder- $42.00 USD
    • If I had to live with just one bronzer forever, this would be it! It does have a matte finish, but it also has a really sneaky look of radiance to it as well. I have texture on my cheeks/jaw area that can look super emphasized if I use something over-illuminating with shimmer/sparkle. This bronzer works beautifully for me, it blends like a dream and doesn’t ever look streaky or “choppy” to apply. It sits on the skin so beautifully and it is a no-fail product in my collection.
  • Illuminating Bronzer: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer- $52.00
    • I promise I’m not contradicting myself by saying illuminating bronzers look horrible on my texture. They typically do! However, Hourglass obviously has some kind of magic fairy dust they put in with all of their powder products. It gives the MOST GORGEOUS glow to the skin, and I find that it just glides over and blurs my textured areas seamlessly. I really think this bronzer might be the “exception” for people who prefer matte finishes. It’s JUST.SO.PRETTY! 

Swatches: I have shades “02” and “03” of the LM & Hourglass is “Luminous Bronze Light”

*My hands are much lighter than the rest of my body from self-tan*

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Blush:

I could (and might) write a rather lengthy post on all of my favorite blush formulas/shades. To avoid overwhelming you right now, I’ll just talk about the beauty of that is the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in “Love Glow”

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I think this is THE blush for blush lovers. 

It’s fun to use and when actually applied on your cheeks, it is draw-droppingly stunning.  It has some subtle glow to it, but not in a way that emphasizes pores/texture. This blush just creates the most stunning “lit from within” glow, and I always get questions on what blush I have on when I wear it. You can’t put it on and not feel instantly happy and beautiful. The “Love Glow” shade has so much complexity in the tone; some days it looks like a true warm-toned pink on me, and sometimes it takes on the most gorgeous peachy-coral color. CT is a luxury brand with a luxury price tag to match, so I think that a sale event is the perfect time to pick this up!

Swatches of “Love Glow”

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[Now I’m SO tempted to pick up another shade :-/]


Lip Products: 

To be honest, most of my current favorite lip products can be found at the drugstore. I’ve found so many great formulas with awesome price-points lately that it’s hard for me to justify spending 3-4x the price at Sephora. That being said, I do have 2 higher-end recommendations if you are looking to pick up some new lippies during the sale.

Fenty Beauty Glosses — $18.00

The formula on these glosses have quickly become a collection-favorite. They are high-shine and plumping, without being sticky or greasy feeling. I love the lightweight feel these have, and they also wear really great and hydrate throughout the day! Not to mention, they have the most delicious, fruit-like smell that I’m obsessed with. Definitely give these a try if you haven’t already!!

NARS Velvet Lip Glides — $26.00

I own so many shades in this line, and I just absolutely LOVE them all. This is such an ideal formula for me when I want the pigmentation of a liquid lip and the shiny finish/comfort of a gloss. The shade range is beautiful and I just love the unique consistency in this line. I highly recommend checking these out!


I really enjoyed putting this list together –It’s so fun to share products you LOVE!

Makeup is expensive and it can be really stressful to find something worthy of your hard-earned dollars. I try not to put so much pressure on myself to buy everything and anything during a sale. That’s why I love reading what others’ recommend and try to do some research on what I truly feel MOST excited about purchasing. I also set a budget for myself this year to help prioritize products that would be of the most value to my collection.

Now I’m super curious to hear y’all’s thoughts: What do you plan to pick up on sale? Also, do you set a budget or make a list for yourself beforehand?

COMMENT BELOW AND HAPPY SHOPPING! 😉


Thanks so much for reading!

xo

Jena


 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored, all opinions are honest and my own. All products mentioned were purchased by myself. Some links are affiliate.

REVIEW: Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser

REVIEW: Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser

Hey everyone!

I came to chat about my latest impulse purchase from Drunk Elephant, The Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser. I saw it on DE’s Instagram and knew I wouldn’t be able to pass this one up.

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I bought mine online for $34 USD from Sephora. (I am pretty sure the Drunk Elephant website ships to more international locations than Sephora)

I love a cleanser that takes off all my face/eye makeup easily, without having to do 1000 extra steps to clean up leftover product. Considering the claims and high quality Drunk Elephant always tends to have, I had pretty high expectations for this one.

Just a few quick specs on it:

  • Its a rich oil, balm formula that claims to melt all dirt, makeup, & sunscreen off (even water-resistant formulas)
  • DE recommends for normal, dry, combo, and oily skin types
  • A few key ingredients are non-fragranced fruit extracts (blueberry, kiwi, and strawberry) and fruit oils (cranberry seed oil, acai fruit oil, watermelon seed oil) for moisture
  • It also comes with a small tube of Bamboo Booster— a mix of bamboo and charcoal powder to help exfoliate away built-up dead, dry skin.
    • This is an optional step recommended to use 1-2x/week along with the balm. (Due to excess irritation, DE doesn’t really recommend using the booster with retinols. I’m on an RX retinol, so I decided to skip this step for now). 

*Here’s a photo of the Bamboo Booster that comes with the cleanser (not sure if they are planning on selling this separately or not?). It’s a small little 3gm sample tube.

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Suggested Use:

  • Apply to dry skin, and massage the product in with dry fingertips
  • Add water to activate, rinse with warm water, and pat dry OR remove with a soft, damp cloth

**I used this with a full face of makeup on as directed, and rinsed with warm water.

 

The first thing I immediately LOVED about this product was the packaging. I do really like several other balm cleansers that come in a jar, but contamination is always an issue if you dip into it with makeup-covered hands.  DE solved this problem brilliantly, by providing a little scoop that has a magnet to attach perfectly on top of the container. SO CLEVER!

Here’s a photo of the magnetic scoop that comes with the cleanser:

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Random Q: Am I the only one that LOVES how each product in the DE line has its own individual color? Just such a fun little detail I really appreciate! 💚💚

On my first use of this, I think I used about scoop and a half, which was probably a little too much. You really don’t need much product to cover your whole face with a thin layer. I love how you can just rinse it off with water—some products with this consistency require you to use some type of cloth to actually pull the product off your skin.

didn’t have any issues with burning or sensitivity in my eye area. It will cause a little bit of blurriness if it gets in your eyes; if you’re a contact lens wearer like me –you might want to remove your contacts before using this. The balm is also completely odorless, so you don’t have to worry about it being over-fragranced. 

When I washed it off, I was genuinely shocked at how SOFT my face felt right away. It did basically remove all makeup on my face, including mascara and eyeliner.  My skin felt super clean, but not stripped or that overly “tight” feeling. It truly felt like a cleanser/moisturizer all in one step. I didn’t feel the need to go in with another cleanser or micellar water, but I did use my favorite toner on a cotton round.


 

I’ve used this product about 3 or 4 times total, and so far I am so so happy with it. It just works SO well and truly melts everything off. I would compare the effectiveness to the Clinique Take the Day Off Balm, which I also love; but this one really provides a higher level of moisture and noticeable smoothness to my skin. Because the effects of this cleanser aren’t really “dewy” or radiant, I think this would work on all skin types. It just provides so much nourishment and softness.

I just LOVE this product so much. As of now, it’s a game changer for my skincare routine and really exceeded my expectations. I’ll definitely keep using it and update on any more long-term effects seen from it.

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Has anyone bought this or is planning on picking it up? Please tell me ALL your thoughts about it!!

Thanks so much,

Jena

 

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored and all products were purchased by me. Thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. Some links may be affiliate.