sephora VIB rouge and VIB sale event -- fall 2015

get your shopping carts ready for the Sephora VIB sale event! 

this is a great way to stock up on items you know you already love and use often, AND, it's also a chance to try those new products that you have been eyeing (or perhaps they are already in your shopping cart?! -- no judgement here!!). instead of repeating any skincare products i can't live without, see these posts here on my skincare routine must haves: 3 makeup items for an everyday look // AM // PM.

who | Sephora
what | 20% off all purchases!
when | VIB rouge (spends $1000 per calendar year): 11/06/15 - 11/09/15; VIB (spends $350 per calendar year):  11/13/15 - 11/16/15
where | or in store
use promo code at checkout | VIB Rouge: ROUGE20; VIB: VIB20

sharing a few of my picks with you! some items have sold out already but hopefully it'll come back in stock again or you can search for it using the store locator option. 


01 | Kevyn Aucoin the sculpting powder in medium -- i'm surprised i haven't wrote about this yet! but it is my FAVORITE contouring powder. there are a dozen out there and for a while i was using a bronzer to do this #whatwasithinking. this is a universal color, not at all muddy, or orange and helps to give you that sculpted effect. think of Adele in her latest video 'Hello.' if you want perfectly chiseled cheekbones, you need this. (in conjunction with the celestial powder). i've had mine for almost two years now and finally seeing a peek of the pan show through! #thefeelingofhittingpan
02 | NARS Steven Klein collaboration one shocking moment cheek palette -- NARS is known for their blushes and they are great blushes to start out with. this palette features four blushes (robotic, blaspemy, luster, and dolce vita), a contour and highlighter duo, and their famous bronzer in laguna. great palette for traveling. 
03 | Burberry wet & dry silk eyeshadow -- this is a great time to pick up ANYTHING Burberry. so let's go with the Burberry eyeshadows. my friend introduced these to me and these are like butter (BUTTAH) in makeup form. i only own three of the old formulation (they were re-formulated them earlier this year) in trench, midnight brown, and pale barley. pale barley is my favorite, what a beautiful neutral brown. the packaging on these are quite exquisite, metal casing and comes with a velvet pouch. now if i only knew how to apply these like the pros. PS -- i've read that people start using these eyeshadows in the top left hand corner. :) 
04 | Koh Gen Do aqua foundation SPF 15 -- a cult favorite in terms of mineral foundation. though it comes in limited shades (use to only be like three!!) these always look amazing on the makeup artists i see wearing them. if i had time for foundation, this is what i would be getting. formulated w/o parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. 
05 | Caolion premium hot & cool pore pack duo -- this is apart of the korean beauty feature at Sephora. i like the concept of this duo mask, "... a steaming mask that opens and deeply cleanses pores, then a cooling mask to tighten and minimize the appearance of pores." so far it has pretty good reviews, i definitely want to pick this up to try it. another k-beauty item i'd like to try is the Too Cool for School egg cream sheet mask, described as "a sheet mask infused with egg white and egg yolk extract to instantly hydrate for a bright and radiant complexion." both are formulated w/o parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. 
06 | Kiesque liquid palisade easy peel polish barrier -- when i saw this i was like WHOA! genius. (for people who can't paint nails... like me.) it's basically a "nail tape" that protects the cuticles from stains during application!! #easilyamused
07 | Anastasia dipbrow pomade (i use this in ebony) -- while i don't draw in my brows (i actually should because one is lighter than the other! #browsnotcreatedequal) all you need is the tiniest amount. the two or three times i've used this i lightly dip it into the pot and have to take some off onto a kleenex (basically wasting product) because it is EXTREMELY pigmented. but talk about #browsonfleek! color and holding power all-in-one. when this came out, it was all the craze. for those who don't want to mess with a separate brush for application, try her bestselling brow wiz in pencil form
08 | belif the true cream aqua bomb -- another line from the Korean beauty feature on Sephora. i've seen this on instagram a lot and it seems to do really well. it is described as, "gel-cream that 'floods' the skin with a rush of refreshing hydration and minimizes the appearance of pores for soft, smooth, supple skin for normal to combination skin types, including oily skin, and dry skin types looking for a lightweight moisturizer." it also comes in a smaller size and formulated w/o parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. 

what did you HAUL?! 

LOFT friends & family -- fall 2014

lovveeeee LOFT. it is the best place to pick up work friendly clothes (and then some) at a great price. and didn't i mention that their petites selection is amazing?

who | LOFT
what | 40% off all purchases. free shipping on $125. 
when | 11/12/14 - 11/16/14 (online & in-store)
where | and in-stores 
use promo code at checkout | SHAREIT

my picks:

01 | Zip sweatshirt jacket -- a french terry (soo soft) comfy casual jacket. also comes in black.
02 | Coatigan -- a coat? a cardiagn? yes, an all-in-one. and a good kind of all-in-one at that. 


03 | Paisley jacquard flare dress -- the fit and flare dress is always a good pick. normally i am not a fan of paisley but it is looking pretty good here in black. 
04 | Drapey velvet romper -- rompers aren't a summer thing anymore. here it is for the holidays. maybe you'll freeze a little but at least you'll be looking fabulous in the velvet. of course, i do not suggest wearing a romper to work.... 
05 | Delicate jeweled sweatshirt -- my first jeweled sweatshirt, and i can already tell there will be more. 

sephora VIB rouge and VIB sale event -- fall 2014

it is that time of the year again when Sephora hosts their VIB Rouge and VIB sale event. a few years ago this used to be a friends & family affair, but now it is only available to those who are beauty insiders (their loyalty program, free sign up) who hold a VIB Rouge status (spend $1000 per calendar year) or VIB status (spend $350 per calendar year). know anyone with that kind of status? ....take them to lunch, then casually stop by Sephora..... 

who | Sephora
what | 20% off all purchases online and in-store. 
when | 11/06/14 - 11/10/14 (online & in-store)
where | and in-stores 
use promo code at checkout | GIFTVIB

if you are a friend of a VIB Rouge or VIB member, you can... 1) ask to piggyback on their online order, or 2) accompany them in-store. both member types should have received a coupon voucher to use in store as well. 

this is a GREAT time to buy gifts! that's right. START EARLY. Sephora has released a ton of gift sets to jump start the season so check them out! gift sets are always a good way to try a few bestsellers from a particular brand. in addition, there is a gift set for any beauty product lover--nails, hair, lips, eyes, fragrances etc... again, if there is something you can buy off's F&F do that first since you can get it tax-free. 

i tried to order this morning and the site actually crashed a few times due to the amount of traffic! 

here are my picks: 

01 | Bobbi Brown mini long wear cream shadow stick trio in  smokey topaz (brown heather mauve), espresso bean (rich black chocolate shimmer), pink sparkle (light pink sparkle) -- great for the quick and easy eyeshadow application, or even liner! 
02 | Formula X the X look: holiday edition in obsessed (opaque classic merlot), impassioned (purple pearl), thrilling (opaque heather grey), temptation (iridescent gold pearl) -- gorgeous holiday colors!


03 | NARS digital world lip pencil coffret in two velvet matte lip pencils in Cruella (passionate scarlet red), Iberico (intense coral), and three satin lip pencils in peach coral, shocking pink, yu (shocking pink) -- haven't tried these but love the range of colors.
04 | Hourglass opaque rouge liquid lipstick -- i picked this up in the travel size tube in icon, a blue red. haven't tried it but i'm sure it won't disappoint considering it is by Hourglass
05 | Radical skincare skin perfecting screen SPF 30 -- this is a new brand to Sephora, i've read a lot about it and picked it up to try. SPF is ALWAYS A MUST. friends & family -- fall 2014

if you haven't shopped on, you are missing out! this is one of the sites i visit to purchase beauty products TAX-FREE! i repeat, TAX-FREE! i am always a fan of saving a couple bucks here and there. their friends & family sale just started today. details below:

who |
what | 20% off on any purchases. exclusions listed on 
when | 11/04/14 - 11/07/14 (online)
where |
how to get the discount | there is no promo code. the discount is link based. soo... 1) create an account on first or 2) use the link. the discount will automatically appear in your basket. note: the discount will not show for the items that are temporarily out of stock. has some brands that you cannot find at your typical Sephora or department stores. a few highlighted brands: BY TERRY, Eve Lom, jouer, Kevyn Aucoin, Lipstick Queen, NUXE, and TEMPTU

my picks:

01 | Clarisonic Mia 1 sonic cleansing system in white or pink, or the Mia 2 -- if you haven't already, check out my clarisonic mia review. this is a brush you must invest in! if you do anything for your skin, let this be it. now is the only time you will be able to purchase this brush at a discount and tax-free (great combo!), so i highly recommend that you jump on it! UPDATE: it looks like the Mia 1 is already temporarily out of stock :( however, have no fear, the Mia 2 is still available.


02 | Clarisonic replacement brush heads in sensitive -- stock up on the brushes you already use, or try some new ones. 
03 | Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. thirst quenching serum -- this is holy grail stuff right here in terms of hydrating. a staple i will never stray away from. 
04 | Kevyn Aucoin the sculpting powder in medium -- this is a great universal contouring powder, i love the finish and color. 
05 | NARS audacious lipsticks -- temporarily out of stock but hopefully they will be back soon. there is a shade for everyone in this collection. i love packaging on these. it is not the typical rubber NARS packaging, so it does not attract dirt. and it has a MAGNETIC closure, which i thought was super cool. my friend bought one recently and i'm jealous! 

baublebar friends & family -- fall 2014

there is no secret about how much i love BaubleBar. their friends & family is going on right now so... pick up your baubles! 

i shop at BaubleBar for many reasons--their quality (again, i'm about quality over quantity), customer service, reasonable prices, vault point program (for every dollar spent, you receive one vault point which can be applied to your next order during checkout for a deeper discount), variety of styles, the buried bauble (a featured bauble everyday at almost half price!), free shipping and returns. there is something for EVERYONE. so... please, i dare you venture onto their site and try not to like anything... !

if you haven't already, JOIN! you can join using my invitation here

who | BaubleBar
what | 25% off baubles. exclusions listed on 
when | 10/14/14 - 10/16/14 (online)
where |
use promo code at checkout | FRIENDS25

here are my picks (aside from all the ones i've already shared with y'all!):

01 | Ribbon letter monogram -- this is a great piece and i HIGHLY recommend it. i have something similar (from etsy) from long ago before i knew about BaubleBar. i wear it pretty much everyday. it is very meaningful to me since the initials i picked out are my dad's. <3. i wear it so much, i should consider getting it in real gold.


02 | Zodiac constellation pendant -- a long personalized necklace based on your zodiac sign
03 | Crystal rapunzel bib -- another great statement necklace
04 | Initial bar pendant -- there is something about bar necklaces
05 | Crystal bronte drops -- torn between the blue or clear?!

shopbop friends & family -- fall 2014

yet another F&F. this time it is Shopbop. you really can't beat their free 3-day shipping! things are already going fast, so grab them now. details below:

who | Shopbop
what | 25% off almost all full-price and sale items. exclusions listed on AND free 3-day shipping!
when | 10/14/14 - 10/16/14 (online)
where |
use promo code at checkout | FAMILY25

what did you pick up?