Friday, November 9, 2018

My Top Ten Picks for the Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event


My top 10 picks for the Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event for VIB Members. 
Get your carts ready...the *Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event for VIB Member access has arrived and runs from 11/9-11/12, offering VIB Members 20% off their purchases (with code VIBBONUS)! This is a apropos time to kick off your holiday shopping, both for others and yourself, while scoring incredible values both online and in-store. 

To help you to navigate the event, I have carefully curated exactly 10 products that I'm loving and, consequently, am thrilled to recommend as you take advantage of this brimming-with-beauty event. 

Kindly scroll on for a my top 10 recommendations--in all the major categories--for the Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event as well as the products in action and the Bottom Line...
What's on your Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event list? 
Skin and complexion. 
// SKIN and COMPLEXION //

1. Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light: I have mentioned this brilliant light device countless times in both blog posts and videos and wholly suggest it for those seeking a truly effective micro-current device with the anti-aging, clarifying and brightening capabilities of infrared light. It's portable (battery-powered...no cord!) and each time that I use it (it's always on my nightstand) I can calibrate the results. Factor in a 20% off savings and this the right time to give the Trio-Light a try. 

2. La Mer The Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation SPF 20: I picked this foundation up on a whim in NYC last month and still find myself reaching for it constantly (wearing it again as I type this sentence!). The medium coverage has a stunning dewy quality that makes skin look nourished and youthful. Couple that with immense lasting power and the fact that it comes with a refill and this foundationphile is completely smitten. Warm Bisque is my perfect fall-to-winter match. 

3. Go-To Exceptionoil: This brand new skincare line features resplendent minimalist packaging that houses formulas with maximum impact. The multi-tasking, cleverly-monikered Exeptionoil can be used on skin, nails, heels and hair with equal efficacy. Lightweight and rife with 100% natural oils and butters, I love slathering my skin in it post-shower while keeping the portable tube in my work bag for on-campus dry skin emergencies. 

A swatch of the La Mer The Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation SPF 20 in Warm Bisque...my perfect match. 

Face. 
 // FACE //

4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 4: I have all three previous Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palettes and, like favorite foods or pairs of jeans, love them all in different yet distinct ways. Volume 4 is a beautiful blend bronzer, blush, highlighter and finishing power in shades that are sure to complement fair-medium skin tones. The generous pink compact is breathtakingly beautiful and the seemingly endless custom creations this palette yields is commendable. 

5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette: This 100% vegan palette features six brand new shades of gossamer powder to define features while softening imperfections with the whisper of a brush. The slightly deeper shades extend its reach to a variety of complexions and since it's recent launch, it's been in and out of stock frequently. In turn, I suggest snapping it up should it be available when you're in the midst of shopping! Continue scrolling for side-by-side comparison swatches of both new Hourglass palettes. 

6. NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette: I am always on the hunt for an all-inclusive way to bronze, blush and glow and this holiday release from NARS checks all the boxes. The Laguna bronzer (a consistent best-seller) warms the complexion without overwhelming soon-to-be winter skin, the Orgasm blush is luminous peachy pink perfection that always looks right on the cheeks and the radiant Orgasm Highlighting Blush delivers major light to the face while avoiding an overly shimmery effect. The culminating look is every bit as pretty as it sounds. 

7. Lawless Seal the Deal Setting Powder: The Internet is ablaze with positive reviews of this clean, talc-free loose powder formula. It comes in three finishes--Translucent, Brightening and Golden--each with the capacity to blur fine lines and imperfections while setting one's face without looking white or flat. 

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 4
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Power pairing. 
The NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette
Swatches of the NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette in direct sunlight. 
The case for the NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette is next-level, no?
The Lawless Seal the Deal Setting Powder:
Swatches of the Lawless Seal the Deal Setting Powder in Brightening. 
In this case, definitely judge a palette by its cover...this baby is full of gold. 
// EYES //

8. Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette: Do you really need another eyeshadow palette? In short, yes. This gilded wonder is replete with 15 matte, satin and glitter finish formulas in exquisite neutral, gold and peacock blue shades. If Cleopatra could transport to the modern age, I sincerely believe this would be at the top of her eye makeup list. As is the case with all of Natasha Denona's shadows, the formula is buttery, blendable, crease-free and long lasting...to reiterate, if you love gold tones as I do, you unequivocally need this palette. 

The Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette
Swatches of the Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette in sunlight. 
Lips. 
// LIPS //

9. Hourglass Confession Refillable Lipstick Set: As a longtime fan of this particular lip formula, I eagerly await the holiday shade releases and this trio does not disappoint. The two metallic pink cases (equal parts chic accessory and impromptu self-defense accoutrement) come with three interchangeable refills that resonate with the festivity of the months ahead. I Woke Up (worn in the images at the end of this post) is a lovely light rosy neutral, If Only is an easy medium rose (consider it a "my lips but better" shade) and I Can't Live Without is a red current with plenty of pizzaz. 

10. Fenty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Diamond Milk: Believe it or not, this opalescent gloss is my first Fenty purchase and I am glad it's become my foray into the brand. Non-sticky and intensely incandescent, Diamond Milk is a gorgeous pearly wash of shine with enough opacity to add interest and dimension on its own or over lip color. So very pretty. 

A gorgeous fusion of style and substance: the Hourglass Confession Refillable Lipstick Set




The following images reflect all 10 of my picks in action I afternoon sunlight. Top from Reformation and denim by Moussy...


The eye look, via the Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette





Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you found my succinct top 10 list for the Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event for VIB Members helpful and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell! 

As a reminder, Rouge and VIB members will receive 20% off their purchases through 11/12 (with codes ROUGEBONUS and VIBBONUS, respectively) and All Beauty Insider Access (which offers 15% off purchases with code BIBONUS) will run 11/16-11/19. As is always the case with this exciting event, shop early and often for the best selection of all the products on your list!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video tutorial and a host of new product procurements...cannot wait to share. 

xx and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor 

**Thanks to Sephora for sponsoring this post. PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-18 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Disclaimer: *Offer valid on merchandise purchases in Sephora U.S. stores, Sephora Canada stores, Sephora inside JCPenney stores, and online. Offer not valid on jcp.com. Not valid on purchases of customizable sets online or through Sephora’s Customer Service. Not valid on Google products. Not valid on previous purchases, purchases of gift cards or eGift cards, FLASH, PLAY! by Sephora, gift wrap, taxes, or shipping & handling charges. Clients are limited to the purchase of one Dyson item, three Drunk Elephant items, and three Tatcha items per SKU per transaction. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. Sephora is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen promotion cards. Promotion card has no cash value and may not be altered, sold, or transferred. Relevant Beauty Insider status must be attained prior to redemption. No minimum purchase required. Due to heavy demand, Sephora FLASH delivery times cannot be guaranteed for this promotion. Not valid on orders shipping outside the U.S. or Canada. Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotion codes or Rouge Reward. Sephora and JCPenney employees are not eligible for this offer. Offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora at its sole discretion at any time. If you recently qualified for a new tier, please check your email for an updated offer.

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