Monday, April 4, 2022


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Sephora Spring Savings Event Details (4/1 - 4/11)


  • Rouge (4/1 - 4/11)
    • Sephora Rouge Members, The Spring Savings Event is here!
    • You have FIRST ACCESS to shop, with 20% off your favorite Sephora products. Shop NOW before anyone else through 4/4!
    • Rouge Members can use their 20% discount as many times as they want from 4/1-4/11. In store and online.
      • Use code SAVESPRING to redeem online
      • Also! 30% of All Sephora Collection through 4/11.
    • Disclaimer: Discount is available for multi-use online and multi-use in-stores. Discount does not apply to taxes, shipping, or other fees. Some limitations apply. See store for details. Available in the US and CA.
    • Additional disclaimer included where SC offer is featured. *Exclusions/terms apply. Beauty Insider only except at Sephora at Kohl’s.
  • VIB (4/5 - 4/11)
    • Sephora VIB Members, The Spring Savings Event is here!
    • VIB members can use their 15% discount as many times as they want from 4/5 – 4/11 In store and online.
      • Use code SAVESPRING to redeem online
      • Also! 30% of All Sephora Collection starting from 4/1- 4/11
    • Disclaimer: Discount is available for multi-use online and multi-use in-stores. Discount does not apply to taxes, shipping, or other fees. Some limitations apply. See store for details. Available in the US and CA.
    • Additional disclaimer included where SC offer is featured. *Exclusions/terms apply. Beauty Insider only except at Sephora at Kohl’s.
  • Insiders/All Tiers (4/7 - 4/11)
    • Sephora Beauty Insiders, The Spring Savings Event is here!
    • Insiders can use their 10% discount as many times as they want from 4/7-4/11. In store and online.
      • Use code SAVESPRING to redeem online
      • Also! 30% of All Sephora Collection starting from 4/1 - 4/11
    • Disclaimer: Discount is available for multi-use online and multi-use in-stores. Discount does not apply to taxes, shipping, or other fees. Some limitations apply. See store for details. Available in the US and CA.
    • Additional disclaimer included where SC offer is featured. *Exclusions/terms apply. Beauty Insider only except at Sephora at Kohl’s.


Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream ( $89.00 for 0.5 oz, $175.00 for 1 oz. and $280.00 for 1.75 oz. from Sephora): is a very rich and emollient cream that is deceptively thin in texture, and yet its richness becomes evident as you massage it into the skin. The texture is heavier than expected, but it melts into the skin in such a satisfying and luxurious way. You can really feel the richness imparted by the presence of the nourishing Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, and Shea Butter. Therefore, it is no surprise that it is aptly called The Rich Cream, and that it was formulated for normal to dry skin, more mature skin and for skin subjected to colder and drier climates. My normal/combination skin would dictate that I should have tried Augustinus Bader's The Cream, rather than The Rich Cream, but my penchant for face oils made me more interested in the ingredients used in the latter, rather than the former. 

I used this ultra-nourishing cream twice a day and I found it intensely moisturizing, without being in the least bit greasy. My skin had a pronounced clarity, and it was vibrant, luminous, soft and supple after about a week of use. I noted that going through the full month of use, to coincide with a full skin cell turnover cycle, was a very wise choice. My skin had the same freshness and clarity that I experience when I regularly exfoliate my skin, but without exfoliating a single time in that 30+ day trial period, and that is quite remarkable to me. I also noted that my little spot of hyperpigmentation had faded considerably and my fine lines were noticeably softened.

Worthy of note: this cream is fragrance-free, cruelty-free, vegan, free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan.
Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water (
$15.00-$66.00 for 3.38 oz.- 12.85 oz. and $108 for 21.98 oz. from Sephora): is one of my holiest of holy grail products, and I have been using it for many years now. My eyes can be particularly sensitive when it comes to makeup and makeup removers, and I have even found many so-called gentle eye makeup removers to be very irritating for my eyes. Koh Gen Do's Cleansing Spa Water removes all traces of makeup and eye makeup without irritating sensitive eyes or skin, and it leaves the skin soft, clean and hydrated. On the nights that I am too tired to do my full skincare routine, I use this multi-tasker to clean my skin and remove all traces of makeup. Not only is it incredibly effective, but it neither strips the skin, nor does it leave behind an oily residue.
TATCHA The Water Cream ($68.00 for 1.7 oz. from Sephora): is something that I
couldn't resist purchasing. I have a serious penchant for gel-cream textured moisturizers that immediately melt into the skin, that deeply hydrate and that leave behind no greasy or sticky residue. This does all of that, and more!

This antioxidant-rich cream, with its oil-free formula, boasts an emollient lightweight gel texture that melts into the skin upon contact and immediately delivers deep hydration. Skin is left silky smooth, soft and supple with a gorgeous dewy glow. It balances excessive oil production, without drying or mattifying the skin. It is recommended for normal to oily skin types, as well as for people seeking anti-aging benefits. Everything about this moisturizer is luxurious from its packaging to its beautifully experiential application, to its undeniable results.
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Foundation with Hyaluronic Acid ($44.00 for 1 oz. from Sephora): was one of those purchases that I didn't overthink, but instead I immediately jumped on it sight unseen, and without reading a single review. I am a big fan of Charlotte Tilbury, and a Hyaluronic Acid-based medium coverage foundation with a glow sounded perfect to me. I took a look at the 30 shade descriptions and stock swatches, and decided that 3 Cool (fair with cool pink undertones) would be a perfect match for me, and it definitely is.

This is a hydrating foundation that offers medium buildable coverage, and the natural lit from within glow is beautiful and not in the least bit overdone. In addition to hydrating, the Hyaluronic Acid plumps fine lines and smoothes the skin. It allows skin to show through, but it does cover redness, hyperpigmentation and it beautifully blurs imperfections. I prefer light coverage and a my-skin-but-better look, and this foundation delivers, but it is buildable without looking cakey, unnatural or glittery, if you prefer more coverage.

I have normal/combination skin, and the hydration feels comfortable without feeling greasy or rich. This formula should work for most skin types including dry and dehydrated skin. The finish is gorgeous, and is almost like a Zoom filter when you see your skin online!

If you prefer matte finishes in your foundations, then you may not like this finish since it is decidedly glowy and luminous. Think about the way in which face oils can give you a glow, and then imagine the embodiment of that in a foundation, and la voilà, Charlotte created just that! 
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in The Rock Chick ($53.00 for 0.18 oz. from Sephora): is  one of those palettes that I overlooked while shopping online because it is described as a palette of "silvery greys, charcoals and dark grey glitter shades"– and while I knew those shades would be perfect for my cool-toned skin, I really didn't need, or want, any more shades in that range. However, once I swatched this palette in person, I knew that I had to have it because it is, in fact, more of a taupe palette, and taupes are my all-time favorite shades.
Left to Right:
The Prime shade is a gorgeous golden taupe shade with shimmer
The Enhance shade is a stunning grey/brown taupe with shimmer
The Pop shade is a light golden taupe glitter
The Smoke shade is a beautiful grey/brown matte
VISEART Bridal Satin Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 from Sephora): This beauty was in my shopping cart forever, and when it was on sale at Sephora I finally picked it up after years of wanting it. Bridal Satin includes 12 satin-textured powder eyeshadows that are creamy to the touch and that offer stunning buildable coverage. 

It offers a range of warm and cool-toned shades that can easily be mixed, blended and customized. There are no matte shadows in this palette, but they can easily be used with other mattes in your collection for a variety of textures.
Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencils ($29.00 each for 0.04 oz. from  Sephora): One of the first things that I noticed about this wonderful formula was the extent to which it was so creamy to the touch and easy to blend. It glides across the skin without any tugging or pulling, and it deposits color evenly and effortlessly. It allows you to create a very clean crisp line, but gives you enough time before setting to make a smoky smudged line as well. Once it does set, it is completely waterproof and lasts on me all day long, and without a primer.
Barbarella Brown is a deep and blackened brown without red undertones.
Bedroom Black is a deep black.
Elizabeth Violet (now called Velvet Violet) is a gorgeous slightly muted violet purple.
Westman Atelier Lip Suede Les Nudes ($80.00 for 0.16 oz. from Sephora): is a gorgeous sheerer-leaning lip palette that is perfect for people who love customizable nude shades the provide a truly beautiful wash of color. This is a very nourishing lip palette filled with good-for-you skincare ingredients that moisturize and condition the lips. The pigments are 100% natural and range in shades from more pigmented shades such as warm rose and mulled wine to the lighter shades peony and café crème. You can easily mix the shades to customize your perfect nude shade, but the entire palette is intentionally more sheer. You can apply these shades with a brush or with your finger for sheer to light pigmentation with a beautiful sheen. As is the case with sheer to light coverage lipsticks of this sort, they lack the longevity of richly pigmented formulas that stain the lips, but I do not find the wear time lacking. This palette is very comfortable to wear and it boasts the perfect amount of cushion. In short, it feels and looks amazing on the lips, and it offers a couple of hours of wear-time on me. This cruelty-free palette is also vegan.
Left to RightMulled Wine, Café Crème, Peony and Warm Rose. 
Westman Atelier Squeaky Clean Liquid Lip Balm in Chou Chou ($38.00 for 0,21 oz. from Sephora): is a gorgeous pale pink, is a translucent liquid lip balm with the consistency of a lip gloss. It is lightweight, non-sticky and it has the perfect amount of cushion for very comfortable wear. Chou Chou is a beautiful pale pink with a stunning sheer and glossy finish. The formula is nourishing, hydrating and it's filled with skin-loving ingredients. Furthermore, it has a wonderful light and refreshing citrus aroma, but it isn't long-lasting. It doesn't boast the longevity of a stickier traditional lip gloss, but it is a wonderful tinted treat for the lips. It works well alone, but is also a gorgeous topper for lipstick. I really love this formula, and I will eventually purchase another one, but I will get one of the more pigmented shades next time.

While it is quite sheer, it does provide a lovely light wash of color

As you probably remember, last year I purchased each of the Westman Atelier brushes. My journey began by dipping my foot into the pool with a single purchase, and that gave way to another, and then another until I had all 8. These email my most beloved and used brushes. They are synthetic cruelty-free brushes that are handcrafted in Japan by one of the very best traditional brush-makers. Please click on my individual reviews below to read each review in my picture-filled posts:

Westman Atelier Blender Brush (Reviewed HERE), Westman Atelier Powder Brush (Reviewed HERE), Westman Atelier Foundation Brush (Reviewed HERE), Westman Atelier Baby Blender Brush (Reviewed HERE), Westman Atelier Spot Check Brush (Reviewed HERE), Westman Atelier Eye Shadow II Brush, (Reviewed HERE), Westman Atelier Eye Shadow I Brush (Reviewed HERE), Westman Atelier Lip Brush (Reviewed HERE).

My Holy Grail eye makeup remover of all-time is, without question, LANCÔME Paris Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover ($15.00 for 1.7 oz,, $30.00 for 4.2 oz. and $40.00 for 6.7 oz. from Sephora), and the reasons are many. This is an ultra-gentle and emollient bi-phase makeup remover that is formulated with the perfect balance between the water and the oils used. It effectively removes every single trace of makeup without tugging– including waterproof varieties– and it doesn't need to be rinsed off. It nourishes the delicate skin around the eyes as well as the lashes, and it is suitable for people with sensitive eyes and skin. It has no detectable aroma, and it can also be used to remove even the most tenacious matte lipsticks, and it does so with ease. This has been my favorites eye makeup remover for years, and I have yet to find one that comes close, by comparison.

Overall Assessment: Sephora's VIB Sale is the best time to shop for expensive luxury products, and that is when I make all of my luxury purchases!

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  1. I finally placed a small order last night. I am trying to clean out my "beauty room" aka my office from the piles of skincare and beauty products on my rug. But I must say I was truly tempted by the Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream - maybe if I had been Rouge with the better discount, I might have done it. All of your recommendations are wonderful. I love the KGD Spa Water too, and I think I have the gorgeous Viseart Bridal Palette, perfect for us cool-toned gals!

    1. I can't wait to see your order, Allison! AB The Rich Cream is definitely worth trying at some point, but 20% Off would definitely be preferable since it is such an expensive luxury splurge! Bridal Satin is definitely worth picking up who it is on sale, and I think that you would get a lot of use from many of the shades in the palette!

  2. You have some really beautiful products! I've tried ther Tacha cream and it feels so good! And that CT quad had some pretty shades -- I didnt think they would swatch that way!

    1. Thanks, Claudia! I always save my beauty splurges for their VIB sales! I love this CT quad, and the TATCHA Water Cream is one of my favorites!

  3. I ordered the Augustus Bader on your recommendation. I didn't know that gray palette from CT existed but while I love those colors I'm afraid I wouldn't wear it. My sister told me to keep away from Gucci since it's super fragranced. I love the Gucci mascara though.

    1. Marcia, I can hardly wait to see what you think about The Rich Cream, and I hope that you have the same amazing results that I am having! This Charlotte Tilbury palette is actually more of taupe than gray, but your definitely should save your money if you don't think that you would use it. It's a pity that Gucci makes heavily fragranced makeup, there really is no point in doing that!


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