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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…time for a Sephora sale!

A collage of images featuring items from the Sephora sale

Over the last few years, I’ve had a lot of fun (too much fun according to my bank account) testing out different skincare, makeup, and hair products.

I look for items that are long-lasting, good-quality, and (unless it is something truly magical) are fairly priced compared to the market.

I hope you enjoy shopping alongside me and finding some great deals/gifts!

2023 Holiday Sale Top Picks

Here are some of my forever favorite products!

My MUST HAVES

Ride or Die Products

  • Sunday Riley Good Genes. One of those magical products. You will notice a difference OVERNIGHT. Total glow! Also, it smells amazing.
  • C-Serum. A total must-have in a skin-care routine. I use Dr. Dennis Gross. I’ve also used Drunk Elephant C-Serum, but wasn’t as wowed as other reviewers.
  • Fresh Facial Cleanser. Melts makeup off your face without the need for makeup remover. I bought the value size last spring, use it daily, and my bottle is still going strong.
  • Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen. The texture of this is incredible and nothing like any other sunscreen you’ll try. It goes on like makeup primer and isn’t greasy at all (I plan to try the mineral version too).
  • Flowerbomb Perfume. I’ve worn this for six years+ and running and still adore it. Perfume almost never goes on sale, so this is THE time to buy it. I also like to stock up on the travel size for my purse.
  • Fan Fest Mascara. I am a mascara junkie, and this one blew me away. Huge length and volume and EASY to wash off.
  • Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette. The #1 neutral palette. You cannot go wrong.
  • Anastasia Brow Gel. My eyebrows are CRAZY and this keeps them looking good.
  • KVD Tattoo Eyeliner. For the perfect line with zero smudge.
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Foundation. Lightweight and makes skin look flawless. I hate heavy, cakey makeup. This one feels so light, I forget I have it on.
  • Ultra HD Concealer. Absolute favorite; you can also use it on your eyelids to hold your eye shadow in place. Previously I swore by NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer.
  • NARS Blush. My forever favorite blush. I usually wear the Dolce Vita. It’s a perfect, natural-looking pink.
  • Lip Cheat Lip Liner. I NEVER thought I’d wear lip liner (um, am I my mother?) but I adore this one. It really does make lipstick look better and last longer. The pillow talk color is perfect. I want to try the matching lipstick.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Powder. Other than mascara, this is my must-have. My typical makeup routine is tinted sunscreen + a swipe of this powder to eliminate shine. It also helps other makeup stay in place.
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. You went to all the work to do your makeup, so make it last! This setting spray will keep your makeup looking fresh all night. It even keeps lipstick from rubbing off on a mask.
  • Lip Mask. OBSESSED. This makes your lips baby soft and is very long-lasting (I’ve had mine almost a year and there is plenty left).
  • Sugar Lip Balm in Shimmer Bloom. It has just a hint of color and is super moisturizing. An easy alternative to lipstick and you don’t need a mirror to put it on.
  • Fenty Glow Lip Gloss. The holy grail of gloss. It looks good on EVERYONE and isn’t overly sticky or goopy.
  • IGK Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo. I have tried EVERY dry shampoo out there, and this is THE ONE if you need a serious option. It’s perfect if you work out regularly and also have to deal with sweaty hair.

Other Favorites

Skin Care

  • Dr. Dennis Gross Daily Peel Pads. An alternative to Sunday Riley Good Genes, it works in much the same way. Serious glow power! (I switched to Sunday Riley because the packaging is more environmentally friendly. Both products work very well.)
  • Retinol. Retinol is your friend when it comes to anti-aging. I use a .5% about 3-4 nights per week.
  • Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb. One of the most affordable step-up eye creams out there.
  • Drunk Elephant Polypeptide Moisturizer. I absolutely love this moisturizer’s texture and scent. I eventually switched to less expensive ROC because priority-wise, the Good Genes/Dr. Dennis Gross, C-Serum, and retinol made a bigger impact on my skin than a higher-end moisturizer.
  • Fresh Brightening Mask. This is a more “for fun” product, but it does brighten your face right away. I like using this about 2x per week, especially if I have something I am looking forward to that day. The texture is to die for.
  • Undereye Masks. Bye-bye undereye bags! These come with me on any red-eye flight. I also use them when I have an event I need to wake up super early for (like that time I was on GMA and a film crew was knocking on my door at 4 a.m.!).

Makeup

Hair Care

  • Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo. If you need a lighter formula (say your workouts don’t leave your scalp as gross as mine—sorry, TMI), this one is lovely. It also adds volume.
  • Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner. I have fine hair that likes to get flat on top and frizzy on the bottom (fun combo). This is the absolute best shampoo/conditioner combo I have ever used. It gives my hair volume without making it look greasy, flat, or dry.
  • OUAI Leave-In Conditioner. Mist this over damp hair before blow-drying. It makes your hair look sleek and is very lightweight/non-greasy.
  • Opaplex No. 6. I use this on the ends of my hair before blow-drying it, and I love it! My ends stay smooth and feel better protected from heat.

Happy shopping! If you have any favorite products of your own, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at wellplated.com and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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