Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sephora VIB Sale Purchases

As all Sephora shoppers probably know, it's that time of year when Sephora offers a 10-15% discount coupon for Beauty Insiders. This coupon is valid on pretty much everything in the store and online. There may be exclusions, but it hasn't yet failed me. The sale runs until April 24.

This year is a little bit different for me as I've come to realize that there really wasn't all that much that I wanted to buy. In part, it's a desire to trim down purchases to necessary things. However, I do treat myself and I'm still lured by new product launches so this "haul" is a combination of all that. I refuse to entitle the post a "haul" as I really rather dislike that word. I don't think people should be "hauling" makeup. There's just something fundamentally wrong about hoarding perishable products. There's nothing right about hoarding anything really. I can understand the need to save money. But rather than buying in bulk, sometimes, it's better to buy just what you need. You may find you'll spend less in the long run.

So, here's what I've purchased so far...

The Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver is the one thing I buy whenever Sephora has a coupon. My children have eczema and my 10 year old daughter had a really bad bout of contact dermatitis on her face last December. It set me on a quest for a product that works to bring moisture back to her skin and helps lessen itching, is non-steroidal and very pleasant to use. This has come out as a real standout among the items that we tried. She loves it and that makes her actually use it so I will probably be buying this several times a year for the rest of my life. Because it's a bit expensive ($48/4 oz.), she really only uses it on areas that are prone to sensitivity, like her hands and wrists, as opposed to the entire body (we rotate various creams and lotions for that purpose, depending on the season). It can also be used on the face! Right now, she is finishing up a jar of Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream for her face but as that is really expensive and the Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver performs equally well, I guess we will be going with Kate from now on.

The other "necessity" in this purchase is the bareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener. I got a tube of this in September last year, I think. I've found that it's the one product I keep going back to now, when I am trying to camouflage some dark skin under the eyes. Make no mistake, this is not a concealer. I still love my Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen for that purpose but as I've gotten older, I realize that I have no patience waiting for any of these pens to pump out liquid. It really is easier to pull out a wand and have the product there. And it seems I haven't got as much to conceal anyway that an eye brightener and some translucent powder is enough to even out my under eye area. Plus, this one doesn't really sink into fine lines that badly. Anything that does is easily tamped out by doing a light press with the ring finger. So, this is my new go-to. If $23 for 0.18 oz. is a bit much for you, I've found some success with the Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer. It's comparable, I'd say. At $14, it conceals more and I've come to use it to cover up a pimple mark here and there. I use the shade Palmier and for bareMinerals, I use Luminous 2.