Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sephora VIB Sale Top Picks

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The Sephora VIB Sale definitely is among the beauty events that causes great excitement in the hearts of the beauty product obsessed. Seldom are discounts offered on high quality skincare and makeup, therefore this is one of the great events to shop.

Like many, I scoured their website to find many of their treasures that are worth getting given the discount. Here are some of my top picks:
Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil ($79.00. Reviewed here): An advanced oil that delivers the performance of a powerful anti-aging serum with the unique experience of an oil. 
Fast absorbing and non-greasy, it instantly replenishes the skin with essential moisture while working to repair the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Formulated with microalgae oil combined with ceramides and a brown algae extract, it visibly restores elasticity and leaves skin looking firmer, more supple, and absolutely radiant. 
BITE Beauty High Pigment Pencil ($24.00. Reviewed herehere and here): A long-lasting, matte lip color. Made with a double-dose of premium micronized pigments, this lip pencil delivers a modern matte look. This lip color delivers super antioxidant resveratrol, which fights free radicals with potent long-term antiaging benefits. Each lip pencil contains the amount of resveratrol found in five glasses of red wine.
Clarisonic Mia3 White Caudalie Set ($199.00 a $267.00 value. Clarisonic review here): A travel-friendly skincare brush with three speeds paired with a four-piece collection of Caudalie products for softer, smoother, brighter skin.  This luxurious collection of Caudalie skincare products paired with the professional-quality skincare brush delivers an effective brightening and hydrating experience. Clarisonic's patented sonic technology gently removes the impurities traditional cleaning methods leave behind, cleansing six times better than your hands alone. In just 60 seconds, its sonic action removes impurities from pores so that creams, serums, and moisturizers are more effective. And with regular daily use you'll notice a reduction in dry patches, oily areas, and blemishes. 
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel ($16.00-$148.00. Discussed here): An extra-strength version of this bestselling antiaging treatment. This more powerful version of the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel provides higher concentrations of Alpha Beta® Acids—plus new antiaging boosters that deliver a stronger peel without added irritation or recovery time. Especially suited for stubborn skin conditions that have not responded favorably to other antiaging treatments, this peel improves the appearance of fine lines, reduces pores, and treats breakouts. Regular use can visibly improve dark spots and skintone. Easy to apply, simply sweep the pre-soaked cotton towelettes across the face according to the two-step system. 
Eve Lom Intense Hydration Serum ($95.00): An intensive, moisture-boosting treatment for long-lasting hydration and protection. Intense Hydration Serum gives skin an instant and long-lasting surge of moisture that helps protect from dryness and damage. This lightweight, highly effective concentrate is easily absorbed and visibly plumps and smooths the skin, easing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is Ideal for normal to dry skin, which is in need of extra hydration. 
Foreo Luna ($199.00): A silicone facial brush for combination skin that channels both T-sonic pulsations for deep and gentle cleansing, and lower-frequency pulsations to reduce the signs of aging. The LUNA for Combination Skin’s brush surface features up to 80 percent of thinner silicone touch-points for gentle cleansing, with two additional waves of thicker touch-points for cleansing oily patches. The anti-aging surface on the reverse side consists of a series of concentric silicone waves. The LUNA reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and leaves the skin looking and feeling firmer and more elastic. It removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores of dirt, oil, and makeup residue, while enhancing the absorption of the client's favorite skincare products. 
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Macro-Color Eyeshadow ($32.00. Reviewed here): A waterproof and 24-hour wear, innovative hybrid eye shadow for subdued to multidimensional eye looks. This eye shadow brings smooth, lasting colors to eyes with its hybrid formula—which is not a cream or a powder. Each shade can be intensified with a second pigment for a multidimensional effect. In just one swipe, it can sweep on a wet, shimmering smoky eye. One sweep of the eye color acts as a base shadow, and another layer brings a dramatic look. Formulated with Color-Fil™, a high resistance bi-polymer, it enables the eye shadow to adhere to the eyelid with cushiony suppleness for ultra-comfortable long wear. The easy-to-remove, 24-hour wear formula is crease-, flake-, and sweat-proof.
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Eye Shadow ($34.00): A 24 hour-wear waterproof eye shadow formula with the silky and long-lasting texture of a powder, and the comfort and smoothness of a cream. Bring a high-volt look to eyes. This innovative eye shadow delivers smooth, lasting colors to lids with a hybrid formula made up of a blend of 40 percent translucent, non-greasy oils fused with 60 percent high-intensity pearls to achieve intense color payoff. Each shadow is also formulated with Color-Fil™, a high resistance bi-polymer, to aid with adherence to the eyelid for 24-hour, crease-, flake-, and sweat-proof wear while allowing for easy removal. 

In just one swipe, these non-cream, non-powder formulas can create a wet, shimmering smoky eye. They are even further intensified with a second pigment for a multi-dimensional effect. One shade of the eye color acts as a base shadow, and another brings vibrant drama. 
Guerlain Météorites Compact ($62.00): A Météorites pearls compact that creates a subtle and natural effect by giving every skin tone just the right amount of light and correction. 
Guerlain’s Météorites Compact features a signature palette of corrective matte shades that range from refreshing pink to light-catching mauve that help to gently balance the complexion, while the dazzling pearls temper the shades’ intensity and blend harmoniously for perfectly tailored luminosity. Create soft, glowing skin that appears smooth, delicate, and natural with these Météorites pearls. Together, they create a subtle and natural effect by giving every skin tone just the right amount of light and correction while offering a violet fragrance that’s original and totally addictive.
Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick Compact ($53.00. Reviewed here): A shimmering, ruby-powder lipstick tucked inside a chic, Parisian case. Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact contains a ruby-powder formula that interacts with the light and creates a jaw-dropping pout of perfection. At first glaze, lips will be left defined, smoothed, plumped, and hydrated.

Tucked in a compact that marries beauty with high design, with one click, you will have a luminous lipstick and mirror at your fingertips. Designed by Lorenz Bäumer, the most talented jeweler from the Place Vendôme in Paris, it is the ultimate accessory of mystery and seduction.
Guerlain Écrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($93.00. Reviewed here): An alluring eye shadow palette that caters to your every whim, offering a range of iridescent, matte, and satin shadows. Featuring six sultry shades, this versatile eye shadow palette transforms your look with endless possibilities, from nude to couture to smoky. Packaged in a luxurious, silver-tone compact that you'll want to put on display, the universally flattering colors accent any eye shape. 

Each of Guerlain's Écrin six eye shadow palettes bears the name of a Guerlain boutique in Paris, and it includes a double-ended brush and mirror.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58.00. Reviewed here): A palette featuring three shades of Ambient Lighting Powder, the high-tech, soft-focus finishing powder that recreates the most exquisitely flattering types of light.  Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on skin. Unlike traditional powders, which merely cloak imperfections, Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. The powders deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer and lit from within. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography. With three universal shades available in the Ambient palette, you can create any desired effect. 

This palette includes Incandescent Light, a shade exclusive to this palette, and two existing shades, Dim Light and Radiant Light. This product is free of talc, gluten, fragrance, and nano particles.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush ($35.00. Reviewed here, here and here): A groundbreaking hybrid that combines the customized lighting effects of Ambient Lighting Powder with a spectrum of breathtakingly modern hues for seamless, soft-focus, and multidimensional color. Discover a new way to blush. Hourglass has fused Ambient Lighting Powder, the cutting-edge collection of finishing powders, with an array of vivid cheek colors, creating a hybrid product that is unique, contemporary, and revolutionary. Unlike traditional blush, which tends to be flat, Ambient Lighting Blush uses Photoluminescent Technology to exhibit depth and dimension. The airy, lightweight powders contain optically transparent particles that amplify the colors to a multidimensional level, effectively reinventing the way you view blush. 

Each handmade blush is formulated using an advanced miscelare technique to create the perfect balance of pigment and powder, and no two look alike. ("Miscelare" means “to mix” in Italian.) The six shades—ranging from soft coral to cool pink—offer a wardrobe of captivating accent lights for cheeks. They deliver a radiant, natural finish and offer buildable color to imbue the entire complexion with an otherworldly glow. 
Kate Somerville Exfolikate ($22.00-$175.00. Reviewed here): Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment is Kate's top-selling product, and the next best thing to seeing Kate in the clinic. This signature, expert formula works both physically and enzymatically to deliver safe, dramatic results in one application—and in the comfort of your own home. It effectively combats acne and blackheads, reduces discoloration, and polishes skin for a smooth complexion. Ideal for all skin types except sensitive skin, it harnesses the power of fruit enzymes to clarify skin by removing dead cells and eliminating bacteria. Skin will appear healthy, youthful, and vibrant. 

This product comes with a packette of Daily Deflector™ Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, a powerful antiaging sunscreen. The 0.5 oz mini size treatment comes with a holiday bag while supplies last. 
Kate Somerville Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment ($65.00): An exclusive oil treatment that improves the appearance of skin’s firmness and elasticity. Exclusive to Kate Somerville, rare dilo oil from Fiji is cherished for its multiple restorative benefits and promoting healthier-looking skin. Rich in essential natural lipids that work in harmony with skin’s own lipid layer, this unique, fast-absorbing oil helps to support the skin’s natural moisture barrier for deep hydration. This 100 percent natural oil also improves the look of skin firmness and elasticity, evens skintone, and helps to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. 
L'Occitane Divine Oil ($106.00): A complex with carefully-selected, 100 percent natural oils to improve visible signs of aging for a skin texture that appears transformed. 

This luxurious Immortelle Divine Youth Oil improves visible signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles while hydrating and refreshing. Paired with a complex of seven natural plant oils that are selected for their high concentration of essential fatty acids and nutrients, its lightweight and silky texture melts seamlessly into the skin. The result is skin that looks more radiant, smooth, and youthful. 
L'Occitane Almond Soothing and Beautifying Supple Skin Oil ($44.00): A moisturizing body oil that protects skin and restores elasticity and suppleness. Enriched with three essential oils—peppermint, palmarosa, and immortelle—this smoothing body treatment repairs and protects the skin. This naturally powerful formula fights against skin slackening and loss of elasticity, making it ideal for preventing the formation of stretch marks. Highly concentrated in almond oil, it supports the hydrolipidic barrier and deeply nourishes. Skin is left comfortable, incredibly soft, and deliciously fragrant with the scent of fresh almonds. 
Nars NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($79.00): A limited-edition eye palette featuring eight Dual Intensity Eyeshadows and a travel-size wet/dry brush, in a special NARSissist mirrored palette. These revolutionary shadows can be worn wet or dry and offer versatility from sheer to dramatic for a smooth transition from day to evening. They are specially formulated for crease-proof wear for up to eight hours. 

This set contains: 
- 8 x 0.03 oz Eyeshadows in Europa (gossamer pink peach), Himalia (shimmering topaz), Ursa Major (chocolate glaze), Subra (black orchid), Sycorax (black), Giove (navy), Lysithea (shark gray), Andromeda (alabaster) 
- Travel-size wet/dry brush
NARS Dual Intensity Blush ($45.00): A blush duo in one compact for endless cheek looks. 
These dual-intensity, silky, wet or dry blushes are uniquely formulated with NARS’ exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology, which allows for multidimensional effects. With a lightweight texture for a flawless finish and true color application, each duo features two ultra-modern shades that can be worn alone or layered together for limitless looks. Apply these shades wet to achieve a high-impact flush or dry to get a natural-looking glow.
Surratt Beauty Lipsliques ($34.00. Reviewed here): A twist-up lip color that provides a luxe alternative to lipstick and a sheer to medium finish. Lipslique goes on smooth and thick, delivering sheer yet buildable color. This moisturizing, high-coverage formula delivers lasting, subtle color and a glossy finish. 
Surratt Sculpting Brush ($90.00): An ultrasoft exacting brush designed to subtly shade and enhance the angles of the face. Sweep on complexion powders, bronzers, blushes, and more with the Surratt Artistique Sculpting Brush. It features a unique, Japanese design, and it’s perfect for enhancing sculpting and shaping techniques.
Surratt Beauty Highlight Brush ($115.00): An ultrasoft brush designed to sweep highlighter onto the high points of the cheeks. Create an incandescent glow with the Surratt Artistique Highlight Brush. With its unique Japanese handcrafted design, it’s perfect for applying color on top of the cheekbones.
Surratt Beauty Face Brush ($230.00): An ultrasoft face brush that seamlessly distributes powder makeup. Precisely sweep on face powders with this brush’s whisper soft strokes. With its unique Japanese handcrafted design and optimum shape, it’s ideal for finishing off any makeup look.
UD Naked 2 Palette ($54.00): The most anticipated sequel of the decade, Naked2 features a dozen pigment-rich taupe and gray-beige neutrals, plus five exclusive, new shades. The follow up to the original bestselling Naked palette, this stunning second edition proves that neutral is anything but boring. Showcasing a dozen completely different shades than the first bronze-based collection, it includes a stunning range from pale and deep, to matte and sparkly. You'll achieve a host of new neutral looks, smoky dramatic eyes, and everything in between. The palette also includes a double-ended, cruelty-free Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush (available only in this palette), and four sample packettes of Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

This set contains:
- 12 x 0.05 oz Eyeshadows in Foxy (cream bisque with matte finish), Half Baked (golden-bronze with shimmering finish), Booty Call (shimmering cork), Chopper (copper shimmer with silver microglitter), Tease (creamy pale brown with matte finish), Snake Bite (dark bronze shimmer with metallic base), Suspect (pale golden beige with shimmering finish), Pistol (light gray-brown with shimmering finish), Verve (oyster with shimmering finish), YDK (cool bronze shimmer with metallic base), Busted (deep brown with shimmering finish), Blackout (blackest black with matte finish)
- Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush 
- 4 x 0.025 oz Eyeshadow Primer Potion sample packettes 
Verso Skincare Super Eye Serum ($80.00. Review forthcoming): A firming and smoothing serum designed for the sensitive eye area. Verso Super Eye Serum diminishes the look of eye puffiness, dark circles, and lines. This light and refreshing serum is formulated with retinol 8, a stabilized vitamin A complex, which is eight times more effective than standard retinol in the same dosage. It supports the skin’s natural collagen while reversing the visible signs of aging. 

No Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates 

Verso products contain no dyes, mineral oils, or other harmful substances. In addition to its revolutionary antiaging effect, Verso Skincare has been developed to minimize the risk of irritated skin, so it is suitable for those with sensitive skin. 
Verso Skincare Super Facial Oil ($195.00): A penetrating and nourishing facial oil with concentrated retinol 8 complex in four glass vials, plus a sleek, black carry case. This lightweight, quick-absorbing formula contains healthy, rich sunflower and canola oils that hydrate and moisturize the skin while reducing inflammation caused by environmental stressors and UV exposure. It is the only existing facial oil with concentrated vitamin A (retinol 8), an antiaging active. It reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pigment spots to makes skin look smoother, firmer, and more elastic. 
Verso Skincare Super Facial Serum ($120.00. Review forthcoming): A healing and strengthening super facial serum. Formulated with a high dose of retinol 8—a stabilized vitamin A complex which is eight times more effective than standard retinol in the same dosage—Verso Super Face Serum supports skin’s natural collagen, reversing the visible signs of aging. Combined with other Verso creams or used on its own, this serum has profound effects on the skin, improving texture and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration. It has been developed to minimize the risk of irritated skin, so it is suitable for those with sensitive skin. 
Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE VOLUPTÉ Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 ($36.00. Reviewed here): An extremely smooth and creamy lipstick with a formula that transforms into a fluid veil of radiant color when it touches the lips. One of these Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE VOLUPTÉ Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 is sure to be your new signature color: they're sensual, radiant, and strong. With shades that drench the lips with densely pigmented color and a unique color-shine complex, lips are visibly smoothed, plumped, and radiant with luminous satin color.
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  1. Cosmic friend, YES to all of the above!

    1. Are you shopping the VIB Sale this time around? I picked up the Verso Eye and Face Serums that I had been wanting for a while! I hope that your weekend is going well! xoxox

  2. I did already -twice- yet have a third order in my mind. Should I?...........I'm only buying base make up: lots of Guerlain foundations and powders and Cover FX Drops in various colors to pretend I'm an alchemist, Hourglass powders, D&G foundations, concealers. I went crazy, a bit. Perhaps tonight I get Dior Nude air ayyyyyy.
    Happy Sunday my gorgeous one!

    1. I have only gone for firsts so far, but I am "studying" their website to see if there is anything else that I need! Nice selection of products that you purchased! I hope that you have been having a lovely weekend! xoxox

  3. I really must know why a brush that costs $230 is a must. What is so special about it for that price? Honestly, I am not above 'spending' for something but I just can't see this.....

    1. This is the type of obsession that makes sense if you have a penchant for handcrafted Japanese brushes! They are made to the most exacting standards using techniques employed by Japanese Masters for centuries. Once you enter the fold of handcrafted Japanese brushes there is no turning back! I have a large stash of Hakuhodo brushes, and absolutely love them!

  4. I think I'm going to resist this cult....


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