Every year Sephora gives early access to Rouge members for the VIB Sale and every year without fail I end up spending way, way too much money. To all of my fellow VIB and VIB Rouge members, I know you understand the struggle; 20% off is a big deal, especially on prestige brands and fragrance. I spend about a week searching through the bestsellers, just in items, and gift sets on the Sephora site before the sale even starts so I know exactly what I’m getting myself in to and so I give myself time to really think about what I want. I put items into my cart days in advance so I can decide if I want to remove them after I’ve given them plenty of thought. I’d like to think that this method helps to reduce my impulse buying but let’s be serious, Sephora will always get me with some type of impulse buy.
Typically during the VIB sale I make more than one purchase. I will usually go into my local Sephora and test out and swatch a few items that I’ve been wanting to try out so I know which colors to get and if I like the formulation enough to splurge on it. I also like to check out any new to me perfumes as well as compare scents that are on my wish list so that I can narrow down my list and only get something I consider a top pick.
This year I tried to limit my buying to just one or two purchases. I made one big purchase so far and will possibly make one more small purchase of items I debated on buying as well as Christmas gifts for others; Rouge members get flash shipping so buying online tends to work out in my favor.
Here are the items from my first purchase. I will do a full review on each item after I’ve gotten the products and tested them out. I will also let you guys know what did and didn’t work out for me and if there was anything I had to return.
Wander Beauty New York Minute Makeup Kit: $39.00
– 0.30 oz/ 8.87 mL Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara in Tarmac
– 0.053 oz/ 1.56 mL, 0.007 oz/ 0.20 mL Eyes on the Fly Dual Cream Shadow and Eyeliner in Black Jet/Concrete Jungle
– 0.056 oz/ 1.65 mL Mini Carryon Lip and Cheek Gel in Pink City
– Limited-edition Wander Beauty Makeup Pouch
I have been wanting to try out Wander Beauty for a long time so I was really excited to see this gift set on Sephora.com. All of these products are cruelty free and are formulated without parabens, phthalates, mineral-oil, fragrance, and gluten.
Formula X Huda Kattan Edition Nail Polish in Date Night: $12.50
Nails Inc. Nail Polishes (from left to right): $14.00 each
– Nailpure Nail Polish in London Court
– Nailpure Nail Polish in Bond Street Passage
– Sweet Almond Nail Polish Powered by Matcha in Cornwall Gardens
I absolutely adore Nails Inc. nail polish. The packaging is so simple and sleek and the quality of the polish itself, especially the gel effect kind, is so, so good! This is without a doubt my favorite brand of nail polish so I was really excited to see these newer formulations. If you haven’t given this brand a try yet, I highly suggest doing so now.
Sephora Collection Blotting Papers in Calming Natural Tea Tree and Bamboo Charcoal: $8.00 each
I’ve never tried the Sephora brand of blotting papers so I was excited to see how great of a deal it was ($8 for 100 sheets!) and how awesome the reviews were. My usual go-t0 blotting paper is this one from Tatcha but I would love it if I could make the switch to these since they’re $4 less and you get over 3 times the amount in each package.
Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray (1oz.): $12.00
A coworker of mine suggested trying out this Boscia setting spray since I have such oily skin so I decided to give the smaller bottle a try.
Dr. Jart+ BB Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm: $36.00
I love Dr. Jart+ products, especially since some of the products have such good benefits for your skin. I have been on the hunt for a more full coverage BB cream with added SPF so I’m really hoping this one becomes holy grail status for me.
Prada Candy Gift Set: $122.00
– 2.7 oz/ 80 mL Eau de Parfum
– 0.34 oz/ 10 mL Eau de Parfum Rollerball
– 2.5 oz/ 75 mL Body Lotion
Prada Candy is one of my all time favorite perfumes so I was SO excited to see this value set with the largest size perfume bottle AND roller ball. The standard 2.7oz bottle of this perfume is $118.00 so to get a 2.5oz lotion and roller ball with it for just $4 more is SUCH a good deal.
Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler: $65.00
This type of set is an awesome idea for a Christmas gift if you’re not sure what kind of scent someone likes. The concept behind this is really cool; you get 15 perfume samples along with a scent certificate which can be used to redeem a full size bottle of one of the featured fragrances at no extra cost. The reason I decided to get this sampler instead of a perfume I knew I liked was because this actually turned out to be a much better deal. The perfume I wanted to buy was the Clean Warm Cotton Reserve Blend BUT the full size bottle (3.4oz) retails for $90 on Sephora.com. The voucher in this sampler can be redeemed for the 3.4oz size bottle so it will not only save me $25 but I will also get 15 perfume samples to try out as well!
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First Aid Beauty FAB Beautique: $48.00
– 6 oz/ 170 g Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum
– 2 oz/ 56 g Face Cleanser
– 28 x Facial Radiance Pads
– 0.34 oz/ 10 g Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration: $12.00
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Intensive Peel: $40.00
First Aid Beauty Winter Skin Savers: $38.00
– 4 oz/ 113 g Ultra Repair Cream
– 4 oz/ 113 g Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration Vanilla Citron
– 0.5 oz/ 14 mL Ultra Repair Lip Therapy
– 0.5 oz/ 14 mL Ultra Repair Lip Therapy Rosy Red
Can you tell I love First Aid Beauty? This brand is really great for sensitive skin like mine and is such a life saver during the winter months. I couldn’t pass up the winter skin savers kit which contains my holy grail lip salve in a limited edition rosy red tint and the ultra repair cream in a limited edition vanilla citron scent.
Jack Black Eye Balm De-Puffing & Cooling Gel: $25.00
My boyfriend absolutely loves this line for men. He has sensitive skin and majority of his skincare products are from Jack Black. They are super gentle on his skin and this eye balm has a steel ball applicator which makes it perfect for those groggy mornings when you just need something to help wake you up.
All photos from Sephora.com