The Best of the 2023 Sephora Sale


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The Sephora Holiday Savings Event is almost here, and I’ve compiled a list of my top 11 beauty products to help you shop. Each of the skincare, makeup, and fragrance items reviewed below are ones I consistently reach for and would without-a-doubt repurchase. I hope you know that when I recommend a highend product, you can be confident that I think you will love it as much as I already do.

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Dr. Jart+ Cryo Rubber Face Mask with Soothing Allantoin ($15): These cooling sheet masks are a must-have for self-care nights. The allantoin is hydrating and calming, and when I wake up the morning after using it, my skin tone truly looks more even and glowy! I definitely want to try the other versions soon, especially if they make a visible difference in my skin like this one.

Supergoop Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40 ($22 – $48): Looking to look glowy? This sunscreen is for you! I typically wear the bronze ‘Golden Hour’ shade to even out my skin tone on no-makeup days and the champagne ‘Sunrise’ shade for extra luminosity underneath makeup.

Saie Glowy Super Gel Lightweight Dewy Multipurpose Illuminator ($16 – $28): ‘Starglow’ is a universally flattering pearlescent champagne that gives a lit-from-within glow. Because it’s a gel, it’s a lot more hydrating, lightweight, and subtle than other illuminators and almost feels like skincare. I love wearing it alone, under makeup, mixed in with foundation, and on top of makeup as a highlighter.

Haus Labs Triclone Skin Tech Medium Coverage Foundation ($45): My only regret with this foundation is that I didn’t try it sooner! This formula is lightweight but provides buildable, medium coverage that looks like beautiful skin. I also love that the ingredients are good for my skin and not pore clogging. I wear the shade ‘230 Light Medium Cool’.

Kosas Revealer Concealer ($15 – $30): If you want a concealer that is medium-to-full coverage but also a hydrating, natural finish, you have to try this one. It’s great for concealing blemishes but also highlighting my under eyes, which can be challenging to find in a single formula. This line also has amazing shades for olive undertones, and I wear ’06 O.’

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer ($30 – $58): If you want to look radiant and sunkissed without having chunky shimmer all over your cheeks, this bronzer is worth the splurge. The baked powder is so smooth and has a more natural color payoff that never looks overdone. I wear ‘Radiant Bronze Light.’

Dior Rosy Glow Blush ($40): The ‘001 Pink’ shade is iconic for a reason! I was initially hesitant about how the cool-toned pink would look on my skin, but it’s surprisingly wearable for both natural and full-glam looks. The sheer, buildable formula blends into my skin effortlessly and lasts well throughout the day.

Makeup By Mario Ethereal Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($68): I am so happy that this palette is back in stock because not only is the color story absolute perfection but the glossy shimmers are beyond extraordinary. The wet-like shine and refined sparkles truly do look ethereal and stand out from every other shadow I’ve tried.

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencil Brow, Eye & Lip Liner ($22): I haven’t tried these pencils on my brows or eyes, but I love them on my lips. ‘Wherever Walnut’ is a beautiful rosy nude, while ‘Anywhere Caffeine’ is my go-to neutral-toned brown. They are great for overlining my lips because they sharpen so well, and they last so long without being drying.

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Tinted Lip Oil ($20): This product is unlike anything else in my collection. While it’s not as glossy as a true lip oil, it leaves behind a long-lasting stain. I love using ‘Honesty’—a nude brown with warm, red undertones—to line my lips before topping with a clear gloss.

Burberry Her Eau de Parfum ($38 – $168): This has been my most reached-for fragrance of 2023 by far. The notes are berries, jasmine, amber, and musk, but to me, this smells like cotton candy in the most elevated way possible. Sweet, feminine, and sophisticated!

Finally, I want to note that no one ever needs more beauty products and no one should ever feel pressured to shop. Although I do earn a small commission when someone purchases a product through my affiliate links, I choose to share my favorites because it makes me happy to talk about products I love, and I would have found similar posts so helpful when I was starting out with makeup.

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