Grab a cup of coffee or tea and cuddle up. This is going to be a long post because I really want to go in detail about what products I use. Sephora’s Beauty Insider Sale is one of my favorite sales of the year because I use it to stock up. Unless it’s an emergency or something I absolutely have to have, I don’t buy makeup outside of this sale if it’s available at Sephora. You can get up to 20% off so it’s truly beneficial to buy now for the rest of the season or until the next sale. I take this time to replenish on current favorites and buy items I’m lusting after.
If you aren’t a Sephora Beauty Insider, sign up here. It’s absolutely free and you can get rewards. It’s worth it just to be able to shop the sale since you will save at least 10%. The sale happens in tiers, so I’m breaking down when you can shop and then, of course, what I use and recommend!
Happy Shopping y’all!
APRIL 26 – MAY 1: Rouge Members get 20% off with code ‘HEYROUGE’
MAY 2 – 6: VIB Members get 15% off with code ‘HEYVIB’
May 2 – 6: Insiders get 10% with code ‘HEYINSIDER’
The foundation to any good makeup look is skin and having a good skincare regimen is crucial. I will stress I never, ever, go to sleep at night with my makeup on. I double cleanse (use a makeup remover and then cleanser) and then go through my skincare routine at night no matter how tired I am. These are some of my tried and true favorites. I know you’ll enjoy them too.
Dermalogica Pre Cleanse:- Exactly what it sounds like. Use this before you cleanse to remove all the makeup from your face. I can’t stress enough how important it is to “double cleanse.” If you wear makeup, especially the kind I recommend below, you must remove it before you actually wash your race. Otherwise, you’re just washing off the makeup and not actually cleaning your pores and skin. I love this cleansing oil for my current spring beauty regimen because of its lighter formula. I use one to two pumps.
Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil: A more affordable and also clean beauty pick for cleansing oils. I’ll put three to four pumps into my hands, rub them together and massage over my face for about 30 seconds. I take care to be soft around the eyes but still making sure to get the makeup off my eyes, especially my lash glue!
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser: A gentle but effective face wash that won’t leave your skin feeling tight or dry. This cleanser has a gel consistency, which will leave your skin feeling supple and soft. But don’t be fooled – your skin will definitely be clean.
Purity Cleanser: My holy grail cleanser for more than 11 years! I swear by this and if I don’t have a cleansing oil, I just cleanse with this twice for a super long period of time. This is one of the only cleansers that doesn’t dry out my face or make it feel tight and gets my face clean.
Drunk Elephant Exfoliator: This feels like fire ants are eating at your skin but when you rinse it off, your skin will be baby soft. I use this two to three times a week and leave it on for 20 minutes.
Kate Sommerville Exfoliator: Dubbed the 2-minute Hollywood facial and with good reason. This was the first exfoliator I fell in love with and it’s still a favorite of mine. Gets rid of dull skin and reveals a fresher look underneath.
Sunday Riley UFO Oil: I don’t use this regularly but only when I’m traveling and start to break out beforehand. Living up to its name, this clarifies your skin and really stops breakouts from getting worse.
SK-II Facial Essence: Probably the first holy grail treatment product I found. Johnny and I have a bottle for when things go awry, like texture on our skin, redness or we get super oily. This also is fantastic for normalizing your skin and getting it balanced.
Peter Thomas Roth Cloud Cream: The texture and feeling of this are truly unlike any other. It’s weightless and ultra soft while providing long-lasting moisture. I started using this last summer and I can’t imagine life without it.
Laniege Eye Sleeping Mask: Apply this at night before bed, wake up with the skin around your eyes so soft you’ll wonder if skincare fairies came to visit while you were sleeping. I sometimes cheat and use this during the day too.
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème: The very first eye cream I actually love and enjoy using! I use this in the morning to brighten and help with any puffiness. It truly helps makeup glide on around the eye area and you’ll notice how much brighter your eyes are after applying!
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen: Supergoop! sent me this to try last year and I instantly fell in love! The SPF 40 is crucial to protecting your skin from the harmful rays (full review here) and is completely clear! Makeup will glide right on like a dream.
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask: My go-to when it comes to travel and when my skin feels tired or ultra dry. If I know I’m traveling (road trips count!), I’ll use this the night before and when I arrive at my destination to give my skin its moisture back. If it’s a long flight, I’ll use it on the plane. This really plumps up your skin, feels refreshing and leaves you glowing.
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Eye Patches: Leave them in the fridge and apply on those mornings you can’t get out of bed or just feel beyond tired. The puffiness and bags under your eyes will thank you.
Estee Lauder Double Wear: My holy grail foundation for every day. The coverage you get with this foundation is incredible and this tops my list when it comes to my fall beauty products. I use shades Spiced Sand and Cashew.
La Mer Soft Fluid Foundation: A definite splurge and to be honest, I would not purchase this if it wasn’t on sale since the price tag is so high. However, you get the benefits of La Mer’s famous kelp broth in makeup. I use this for special occasions.
Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder: A beautiful foundation that’ll make your skin glow, truly. I love using this on days when I want a radiant glow to my makeup as opposed to a more matte finish. This glides on whether you use a brush or beauty blender. A definite favorite when it comes to my current spring beauty regimen. I wear shade Medium 7 when I’m tan.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless: If you want a foundation with good coverage and feels weightless, this is the one for you. This applies very well and looks natural on the skin. I recommend applying with a beauty blender to really press it into the skin. The lasting power on this is also quite good.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk – Nothing compares to the finish of this foundation. It truly looks like skin while giving incredible coverage. This is a must-have when it comes to fall my beauty products. My shade ranges from 6.5 to 7.5.
Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow: My holy grail tinted moisturizer and what I use on “no-makeup” days. It comes out gray but don’t be alarmed. It’ll match your skin and look flawless.
**I’m ordering a couple other tinted moisturizers so stay tuned!
NARS Concealer: My go-to concealer because of how bright this makes my undereye look. The formula is such a goodie and sits well on top of foundation or just alone with tinted moisturizer for a light look.
HUDA BEAUTY Overachiever Concealer: This packs a lot of power! Very opaque yet also easy to blend. This is my current go-to when it comes to concealer because of how it truly brightens under the eyes and helps highlight my face. I use shade 10 coconut flakes.
Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher: This concealer is like magic. The Charlotte Tilbury team sent this to me to try and I gotta say, it really plumps under the eyes! I love how it really moisturizes under the eyes as opposed to drying it out like many other concealers. I use shade 3 medium.
Charlotte Tilbury Powder: My favorite powder to use hands down, especially if I’m going to be photographed. This truly gives you an airbrush finish and your skin will look flawless. I use the color medium. This is also one of my go-to fall beauty products when I travel since it’s compact.
Lawless Setting Powder: A clean beauty favorite, this setting powder will keep you shine-free all day long. I love this for under the eyes.
La Mer Powder: So exorbitantly expensive but I’m going to give it a try because my friend who is a makeup artist swears by this. I’ll keep you posted!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Bronzer: I’ve been using this bronzer for contouring for years. I love shades Terracota and Earth.
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder: The only thing I’ll use to contour my nose, ha! I use shade medium and it is perfect for really sculpting the face. I use a pencil brush to really get a thin line and then blend it in afterward.
NARS Blush: A cult classic I have been using for years. I love shades Amour and Orgasm.
Tarte Blush: The color paaarty is the perfect pinky nude blush. Love it for summer with a little highlight.
Charlotte Tilbury Contour Wand: Fantastic for contouring and really sculpting the face right after foundation and concealer. The color doesn’t look muddy or dirty on the face but looks like a natural shadow.
HUDA BEAUTY Obsessions Palette: The mauve palette is a must get for your spring beauty regimen. These colors will complement any eye color and keep you on trend. The shadows are opaque, very easy to apply and blend.
Viseart Palette: Definitely on the pricy end but I promise you if you purchase this palette, you won’t need any other. My main travel palette has every color you’ll ever need. Plus, I can use the gray and brown shades to fill in my brows.
Urban Decay Palette: A great price point with all matte colors, this palette is a dream! Perfect for spring and into summer.
Kat Von D Liner: My holy grail eyeliner. You need this. End of discussion. I always have at least two or three on me because I can’t live without it.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow: I have been using this on my brows for years. It’s perfect for filling them in and keeping your hairs in place. I use the color Ash Brown and it’s perfect.
Eyebrow Gel: I use this when I don’t have time to really fill in my brows but need to do something. Love the brown color as it blends seamlessly.
HUDA Beauty Lashes: I’m very picky about what lashes I can wear since I’ve become more allergic to most false lashes. These feel comfortable, give a bit of drama but don’t look unnatural.
Too Faced Liquid Lipstick: Hands down my favorite lip product and has been for two years. I have the colors Cool Girl, Child Star and Sell Out. These last forever and I can eat, drink and still trust when I go on air at 11 pm, I still look good. The color Cool Girl is a favorite for my fall beauty products.
Lime Crime Plushie: Got this to try during my trip to New York and I love the color and formula! It’s not super long-lasting but does a great job and doesn’t leave my lips dry.
Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick: If you’re looking for a classic lipstick you can always turn to, this is it! Moisturizing, easy to apply and long-lasting. My favorite shades are Penelope and Bitch Perfect.
HUDA BEAUTY Liquid Matte Lipstick: A great liquid lipstick and available in tons of colors. The formula isn’t drying either. Love how there is a matching lip liner.
Charlotte Tilbury Pencil: One of my favorite pencils because of how creamy it is. The color pillow talk is a cult classic and a favorite when it comes to my spring beauty regiment. You can even just line your lips, apply lip balm and head out the door!
BITE Beauty Lip Pencil: Already on sale for $9 and now you can get at least an extra 10% off! I use shade 010 and 008.
HUDA Beauty: The formula is so easy to apply and really stays put. Gossip Gurl is my go-to shade.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Foundation Brush: The holy grail when it comes to foundation brushes. This brush may not look special but it will apply your makeup without any streaks. I couldn’t imagine applying makeup without it or my favorite sponge.
Beauty Blender: You have to get this and you have to use it wet. I have tried similar ones and they are just not as good. I use this to smooth out my concealer, cream contour and more.
Under Eye Brush: I use this to set my concealer under my eyes and to apply the Charlotte Tilbury powder.
Eyebrow Brush: What I use to apply any brow products, whether it’s Dipbrow or powder.
DUO Lash Glue: Love the applicator and how easy it makes applying lashes! Plus, I love how it has both dark and clear.
Rose Quartz Roller: I use this every night and in the morning if I have time. Use it in upward motions because our skin is like shingles. This really pushes the product into your skin.
Sensor Mirror: I have used this mirror since 2014 and couldn’t imagine doing makeup without it. The magnification can be a little scary but it really helps you apply your makeup flawlessly! I love the new collection because it comes in gold and rose gold.