Ahhh the twice a year sale has finally come around yet again! Every year this sale gives me an excuse to try something new that I've been wanting to try for a while! Additionally it lets me stock up on my makeup and regular skincare items for the next couple of months! I have put together a list of all the things I have purchased and I'll give a review on why I love these items!
I'll start off first with skincare, because after all that is the base, what you put on your skin can affect how well other products work on it! I have gone on a long and very challenging journey with my skincare, it has been frustrating for the most part but finally now we are on good terms.
Cleansing the skin is very important, for someone who has battled with terrible acne for about 9 years, (geeze that makes me sound so old) it has been a process of trying everything and anything to combat my uncooperative skin. I can happily say that I have found a face wash that after a couple of weeks really did smooth it out and change the texture of it!
Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser $30
The one thing that I attribute the biggest change in my skin to, other than my dermatologist is this peel. Not only has this gotten rid of the uneven texture throughout my skin but it has also erased any sign of the acne scars which used to cover my face. These are pricey but I couldn't urge you enough to give these a chance. They say that they are daily peels and I do use them in 3-5 day jaunts but typically use them on a every other day basis to save money and prevent my skin from becoming too sensitive. I use the extra strength peels, those are a little more intense than the standard peel. The main difference between the two is that the intensive peel has 7 different types of acid whereas the universal peel has only 5 different acids. The extra acids increase the anti-aging benefits and completely eliminated all the acne scarring.
Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel - Dr. Dennis Gross $150
Next up I couldn't live without this mouisturizer, I have dry and delicate skin so I need something that is intensive but does not break me out. Believe me finding that combination in a mouistrizer was really hard to do! Since starting to use this lotion in late 2016 I haven't bought any other face lotion, we are in a committed relationship at this point. It is calming and has many healing ingredients but most notably Tiger Grass (Centella Asiatica) this has been recognized as an ingredient that has been proven to help heal inflammation, redness, and blemishes.
Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream - Dr. Jart $48
Any skincare routine can't be complete without a sunscreen. I would be lying if I told you I always wore sunscreen, but since a pretty young age I've gone through the ebb and flow of using different face creams with sunscreen in them! Even though most people would scoff at me calling myself old I have become more aware of preventative skincare and sunscreen by far takes the cake for the biggest thing you should do to prevent premature aging! This sunscreen not only protects your skin from the sun but it also is color correcting, so it prevents redness with a green tint. By no means does this make your face tinted green, once rubbed in it turns into a nice universal beige color. I swear by this, sometimes I use this moisturizer solely as my foundation for the day!
Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 $52
Some miscellaneous items up next! Like those things that you need and always use! I wanted to stock up and be prepared this sale so I grabbed a couple of my favorite things! Lets talk deodorant, no one wants to be smelly so here's what I use. Keep in mind though that this isn't an antiperspirant so you will need to reapply before you go to the gym and when you know you are going to be sweating. But other than that this keeps me fresh all day without any of the toxic things found in mainstream deodorants. I picked one of these and the mini version as well for on the go!
The Healthy Deodorant - LAVANILA $14
Next up is stuff for your mouth, because no one wants bad breath, everyone should want to be minty fresh. I'll admit though that these items are a little bit extra, like who need to buy toothpaste and mouthwash that are this pricey. I am fully aware of the price but I do in fact like how these products perform and make my mouth feel clean for a long period of time when using them together!
MARVIS Whitening Toothpaste $13.50
I promise that you really only need the smallest amount of this mouthwash. It is incredibly strong and potent. The cap may look small but it is the perfect size to dilute the solution before using it!
MARVIS Strong Mint Mouthwash Concentrate $22.50
While we are on the topic of the mouth I might as well share my favorite things that keep my lips moustirized year round. Ever since I picked this up its been in my handbag or on my person ever since, and another added bonus, it lasts forever. Mine typically lasts me a whole year.
Rosebud Salve $6
Strawberry Lip Balm $7
Rose & Mandarin Lip Balm $7
These all so good but if you need something with a little bit more color this is my go to! It is the perfect peachy nude! And on top of that it smells delicious and does not get sticky like other glosses do!
Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss - Too Faced $19
When it comes to foundation finding the right one is almost as hard as finding skincare products that mesh well with you skin. When I found this foundation I was super excited and knew that I would be repurchasing! It can be light to decently full coverage and I really love how it looks on the skin! I apply it with a very damp beauty blender and that way it comes out as a very dewy and light coverage look! Not to mention it has SPF in it, more protection for your skin! I'm all about that!
Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ - It Cosmetics $38
The one thing that I don't think I could live without at this point in my makeup routine has to be these illuminating drops. I have never had a highlighter be more beautiful and natural looking than this one. I have also never received more complements on my highlight or "natural glow" than I have with this product. It is pricey, but it is 100% worth it. Not only does this highlighter make your cheekbones glow but during the summer when you want that all over glow just put a drop of this into your lotion and boom you look like glowing goddess!
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops $42
Last but not least, my one first time purchase in this haul is the new Summer Friday mask. I have seen all the buzz about it on social and I am super excited to see what this mask will do for my skin! I have very dry skin, so this mask is an exciting new option in the mask market for me personally!
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask $48
And this concludes my Sephora haul! These are my staple items that I buy regularly! I hope that this can help anyone who is struggling to find a product or just likes reading about what other people buy...because personally I enjoy learning what other people purchase.