It’s that time of year again! Sephora’s bi-annual Beauty Insider Savings Event is on, which means that their entire catalog of beauty products is on sale, from skincare and makeup to haircare and fragrance. I wasn’t sure if the sale would be happening this month, but it is and it’s happening right now! Today I’ll discuss all the details of the sale, the dates and discount code required for the sale, plus my absolute favorite picks and recommendations.
Sephora Spring 2020 VIB Sale Dates
The Sephora Spring 2020 VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) Sale has just launched and shopping dates are classified based on your Beauty Insider status:
20% OFF for Rouge Members: SHOP April 17th – May 1st
15% OFF for VIB Members: SHOP April 21st – April 29th
10% OFF for Beauty Insider Members: SHOP April 23rd – April 27th
You may be wondering how these Beauty Insider statuses are determined. You become a Rouge Member when you spend $1,000 or more during the calendar year, a VIB Member when you spend at least $350 during the calendar year and you can become a Beauty Insider simply by signing up!
Each level of rewards has its own perks. While all levels have access to a birthday gift and can shop Sephora’s Rewards Bazaar, VIBs and Rouge members receive special discounts and offers throughout the year. All members can redeem points earned for free product, but points are earned at different rates depending on tier. Per $1 spent, Beauty Insiders earn 1 point, VIBs earn 1.25 points and Rouge members earn 1.5 points. Of course, Rouge members get all the perks with free standard shipping on all orders and early access to products and exclusive events.
The good news is that Sephora’s Beauty Insider loyalty program is getting an overhaul and on April 30, 2020 the new program will be revealed. Can’t wait to see what’s in store!
The Sephora VIB Sale Discount Code
Let’s not forget one of the most important parts of the sale – the discount code!
The code for the spring saving event for ALL MEMBERS is:
NOTE: Some of these products are a bit pricey. I think its important to acknowledge that a lot of people are struggling financially right now. In these uncertain times, if you don’t have the budget, I would wait to purchase because these events come around twice a year. So if something looks good, and you’re not sure, wait until the next sale!
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Now, onto the good stuff. While many of my favorite skincare products come from the drugstore, there are a few favorites that I purchase at Sephora. Since these items are a bit expensive, now is the time to take advantage of the discount.
If you’ve read this blog before, you probably already know that Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment is one of my favorite beauty products. For my skin concerns, there is no other AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) product that performs as well. It exfoliates dead skin cells to reveal fresh radiant skin. Plus it’s been shown to plump fine lines and wrinkles in as little as three minutes. I reluctantly splurge for this all-in-one retexturizer, skin brightening and skin smoother.
NOTE: I usually gravitate to drugstore skincare since there are some really great affordable and effective products available at drugstore prices. So of course, I tried to find a drugstore alternative for Good Genes. You can read all about the results of that search here.
Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning is a staple in my skincare routine. I have been using this product for years and the results are predictable and effortless. I apply this milky lotion to my face, neck and sometimes décolleté every evening to reveal a natural-looking self-tan every morning. Since I exfoliate my skin often and use a light layer of this product, I can apply it every day without it making my skin too dark or muddy.
It sinks in quickly and doesn’t interfere with any other skin products, or makeup (if you want to use it during the day). The color is so natural and believable that I don’t mind splurging on this luxe facial self-tanner.
Related Post: 4 Steps to a Natural Looking Self Tan
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is a favorite of beauty editors and bloggers for good reason: it works! I love cleansing balms so it didn’t take long for me to give this one a try and I see what all the fuss is about.
Take The Day Off removes makeup, sunscreen, grease and dirt easily and melts into skin with it’s lightweight texture. Some cleansing balms are greasy, but not this one. It doesn’t irritate sensitive areas like eyes and rinses cleanly. It’s not the cheapest cleansing balm, so its good to take advantage of the discount during the sale.
I received the NuFACE – Trinity + Eye and Lip Enhancer Attachment Bundle as a birthday gift. This microcurrent facial toning kit has been on my wishlist for a long time and due to the price, I was hesitant to purchase. The FDA-cleared device improves facial and neck contour, skin tone, and the Eye and Lip Enhancer (ELE) attachment improves contour around the lips, eyes, and brows.
I am seeing the best results when I use the ELE attachment around my eyes. NuFACE is an investment but it is a device that really works, as long as you are consistent and are willing to put in the time. I am reviewing this tool now, and will dedicate a blog post to NuFACE in the future, but so far so good.
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If you didn’t already know, my content leans heavily toward skincare, but there are a handful of makeup products from Sephora that I just love:
To extend the wear of my makeup, I always reach for Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer. Tatcha products are heavenly, and this primer is no exception. The Silk Canvas is formulated with silk extracts to reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines, and other imperfections. It’s the ideal base for makeup. It allows your foundation and other products to be applied more evenly, all the while preventing clogged pores which can lead to breakouts. Hadasei-3 (Japanese superfoods green tea, rice, and algae) rejuvenates the skin and improves luminosity.
A thin application of this primer provides that soft filter look while protecting your skin from environmental aggressors and supporting the skin barrier. This product is a bridge between your skin and makeup that supports a healthy complexion. From the scent to the gorgeous packaging, this luxe product is gorgeous.
Tatcha recently introduced the sister product of The Silk Canvas, The Liquid Silk Canvas: Featherweight Protective Primer, an oil-free liquid primer, which I will be reviewing soon. Until then, The Silk Canvas is the primer that I will be reaching for to boost the staying power of my makeup and to protect my skin.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup is a matte liquid foundation that controls oil and is heat resistant and waterproof. It is buildable and feels quite lightweight even though it covers so well. It is available in over 55 shades in cool, neutral and warm undertones. I wear shade 2C3, Fresco, a Cool Rosy undertone.
When I first discovered Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup it was a revelation for me. I’d never used a foundation that literally stays put all day and is so long wear. It sets quickly, so I’ve learned to use tools like a foundation brush or damp makeup sponge to apply it. The extra effort is worth it for flawless oil-free full coverage.
Inspired by charmeuse silk, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation uses Armani’s Micro–fil technology for sculpting and brightening your skin. It is a buildable medium coverage foundation that has won InStyle’s Best Beauty Buy award-winner for “Best Liquid Foundation” for 13 years in a row.
I’ve seen Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation on InStyle’s best of beauty list for years. I finally decided to give it a try and now I see why it has so many fans. This foundation gives the most beautiful natural finish of any foundation I’ve ever tried. It’s not high coverage, but if you prefer more coverage, it is buildable. This might just be my new favorite foundation.
If you are interested in this foundation but now’s not the best time for you to give it a try, check out my review of Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and an affordable drugstore alternative.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 is one of the most expensive lip balms that I’ve tried, but it’s also one of the best. This award-winning lip balm is formulated with sugar, a humectant that prevents moisture loss, and meadowfoam, black currant, and grapeseed oils for moisture and softening. Vitamin C and E are included for additional moisture and beeswax protects the skin.
The balm comes in untinted, and in a variety of shades in satin and shimmer finishes. Fresh Sugar Lip Moisturizing Duo Gift Set comes with two smaller tubes of Fresh Lip Treatments: 0.07 oz/ 2.2 g Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy (Untinted) and Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 Rosé Tinted. The Rosé lip treatment is a pretty flushed shade and not nearly as bright as it appears in the photo. Another favorite shade is Sugar Nude, a peachy beige shimmer tint. The shimmer is very minimal and the color is a beautiful natural shade.
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FOR THE HAIR and BODY
Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner work together to re-link broken disulfide bonds in the hair caused by a variety of stressors, such as chemical, thermal and physical damage. They protect hair from split ends, frizz and other damage. Breakage is reduced and even flyways are improved. They are color-safe and good for all hair types.
You can add in Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 on weekly basis as a concentrated treatment to address and strengthen damaged hair and improve hair health. You apply this for 10 minutes prior to washing and conditioning your hair. It’s an extra step but really works to strengthen hair.
Olaplex Bond Bond Maintenance System of products has been a favorite for the past few years, and performs particularly well in warm, humid weather. You can read all about my results in this post on Frizz and Damage Repair for Your Hair: Olaplex Review.
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is formulated with guaraná, a plant found in the Amazon, whose fruit is rich in caffeine (5x that of coffee!) to boost circulation and smooth skin, cupuaçu butter to improve elasticity, antioxidant açaí, and coconut oil to soften and moisturize the skin.
If you are looking for a body care product whose scent is strong enough to replace your daily fragrance, this one might be the one. This body cream has a rich addictive warm and spicy scent with notes of salted caramel, pistachio, and vanilla. The cream is rich and absorbs quickly leaving your skin supremely soft.
With all the handwashing that has been going on lately, I’ve been applying one of my favorite hand creams on repeat: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. It is formulated with 20 percent shea butter, coconut oil, honey, and marshmallow root extracts for hydration and softness. They offer a small 1 oz size of this hand cream, but the large 5 oz tube is the best value.
Related Post: The Best Drugstore and Luxury Hand Creams for Dry Skin
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Final Thoughts on Sephora Spring 2020 VIB Sale
I hope these picks will give you a few ideas on Sephora products you can purchase at a discount for their Spring 2020 Savings Event. Many of these products are not cheap, so remember that Sephora currently has these events twice a year, so you will have another chance at some great discounts at the end of the summer.
For this sale I am looking forward to trying some self-tanning products from Isle of Paradise since summer’s coming, and Tatcha The Liquid Silk Canvas primer. What do you have your eye on for this sale? Are you shopping or waiting for the next sale? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading, and until next time…