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Sephora Spring Sale Picks

Happy Friday Friends!! I know I normally do my Instagram round ups on Friday, but there is a HUGE Sephora sale happening that needs immediate attention! The weekly roundup will be up later today or tomorrow!

Twice a year, Sephora holds a site-wide sale for their Beauty Insiders. This is a big deal because they don’t hold site-wide sales any other time of year. I typically stock up on all of my beauty products for the next 6 months during these sales because, let’s be honest, good quality beauty products are expensive! If you’re not already a beauty insider, it’s free to sign up and you instantly gain access to the sale!

Typically, you get 10-20% off site-wide depending on the amount you spend at Sephora in a year. But, I was lucky enough to gain access to all of the sale codes, and I’m sharing them in this post! eeek!! It’s like Christmas!

The sale ends 5/6 and items WILL sell out. Some of my favorites that always go fast are my shampoo and conditioner that I’ve used for years and have also gotten my sister hooked on. We swear it makes our fine/thin hair thicker! My CC cream that I use on my hair before blow-drying. This stuff is life changing – makes my hair hydrated in the winter and not a flat mess in the summer! Also, I’ve had one tube over 2 years! And my foundation, which lasts a full 18 hours!

Also, this is a great time to invest in pricey items like my straightener and curling wand (which comes as a convertible base and wand attachment). These are the top products I would recommend. I’ve rounded up others I own and use regularly below in both makeup and hair categories!

And ICYMI, I did a spring makeup tutorial on stories yesterday – it’s all saved to my Instagram highlights and almost every product included is part of the sale! You can also find every product used linked here!


10% off with code HEYINSIDER

15% off with code HEYVIB

20% off with code HEYROUGE




What to Get at the Sephora Spring VIB Sale

Beauty Blogger Lauren Meyer shares What to Get at the Sephora Spring VIB Sale!

It’s here, it’s here!! The Sephora Spring VIB sale starts TODAY for all VIB Rouges! The sale opens up to all beauty insiders next weekend!

Twice a year, Sephora has a site-wide sale of 10-15% off EVERYTHING. Yes, everything! This only happens twice a year so you don’t want to miss it! I do most of my shopping for the year during these two sales and stock up on everything I need. There’s still time to become a beauty insider. It’s Sephora’s free point program, and you sign up with your email here. You’ll then have access to the sale that opens next weekend!

As you may have guessed, I’m a VIB Rouge (don’t ask how much I spend in a year to get to this level, lol). So, I spent all last night picking my top selections for every category. This way, you’ll have a guide to everything you need for the sale whether you’re shopping it now or next weekend!

I’ve separated everything into categories and selected items that I use on a daily basis and/or are most loved by my readers! For every category, I’m detailing my top 1-2 picks. This was hard to narrow down because I love everything, but I wanted to be sure to keep it easy to navigate for you guys!

Important Dates to Remember:

SEPHORA VIB Rouge ONLY Sale: 4/13/18-4/16/18

SEPHORA VIB SALE for All Levels: 4/20/18-4/23/18

Click on any image in the widgets or collage below to shop the product!

1 (shampoo, conditioner) | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11


Estee Lauder Double Wear: There’s a reason why this foundation has 4.5 stars with 3K reviews and 220K “favorites” on Sephora’s website. It is, hands down, the best foundation I’ve ever used. And that’s saying a lot because I’ve tried the gamut. This foundation lasts me the full 6 months in between sales because you only need a little bit to achieve a full coverage look. This will hide any blemishes or redness you have and give you that flawless appearance! Plus, it lasts 18+ hours, doesn’t clog pores, is oil free and does not oxidize. This means you won’t look orange after wearing it all day. Need I say more? If you get one face product, this foundation should be it! (side note – if you’re looking for a lighter weight version, this one is my go to for days when I just want a little bit of coverage!)

Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer: Believe it or not, a lot of people have multiple concealers. They use one for under-eye and one for blemishes. This concealer can do both for you. It’s extremely creamy so your under-eye won’t look cakey and your blemishes won’t appear dry no matter how much you put on. I fell in love with this one after getting it last Fall and still have some left! Safe to say, this lasts the full 6 months as well!


Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: The Modern Renaissance Palette is by far my most used palettes! I’ve had it since Fall 2016 and have only hit pan on one color! It has such a wide array of colors that it’s perfect for anytime of the year! I also love that it has a good mix of shimmer and matte shades so you can do a ton of different looks with it. If you’re looking for a palette that has more brown or warmer tones, this palette from Urban Decay is the one for you (and my 2nd most used palette!). And, if you’re looking to save some money, this is a perfect, budget-friendly option that has good everyday basics!


Sephora Liquid Lipstick: Sephora Collection’s liquid lipstick quality and price cannot be beat. I have a few different shades (05, 06 and 13 are my favorites!), and I’ve worn them for pretty much every occasion and can attest to their longevity! They are only $14, which is a steal when you consider the price of most high-end liquid lipsticks! With both matte and shimmer shades, you’re sure to find something you love!


Sephora Pro Smudge Brush #11: I actually picked up this brush on accident. I thought it was a bit bigger when I ordered it and first intended to use it for eyeshadow (clearly didn’t read the description, oops!). But, that being said, this is actually the most used eye shadow brush in my collection. I use it every time I put on makeup! I smoke out my upper liner with it and apply darker shadow to my under eye to achieve a smoked out liner look there as well. A must have in my opinion!

Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer #57: If you don’t believe that investing in quality brushes is worth it, think again. I thought the same thing until I picked up this concealer brush (I now have 2 of them!). This is the best brush I have ever used to hide blemishes. And, it consistently receives Allure’s Best of Beauty, so you know it’s good!


Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment: No less than a miracle in a bottle. I swear! As someone who suffers from adult cystic acne, this product is a LIFE SAVER!! The all caps is totally necessary – lol! But really, this is the only spot treatment product I’ve tried that instantly eradicates acne (see what I did there?). You dip a q-tip through the clear liquid at the top and into the pink sulfur product that settles at the bottom. Then you dab it on your spot and let it dry. I typically do this overnight. It easily cuts down on the life of my blemish by 3-4 days. I’ve even put it all over my nose to shrink my pores! Careful though, it can be very drying so make sure you’re using a good moisturizer (like this one)!


Alterna Shampoo & Conditioner: Like I said in this post, I’m absolutely in love with Alterna’s products. During this sale, I typically buy this shampoo and this condition in their largest containers, and they last me the next 6 months (and I have a LOT of hair). I credit this line for bringing life back to my hair after coloring it a ton in college and for making it feel thicker!

Living Proof Dry Shampoo: One of the questions I get asked most frequently about my hair care routine is which dry shampoo I use. Because we all know I hate washing my hair, so I had to get the best dry shampoo to do the job! I also reviewed this dry shampoo in my haircare post, so you can read more about it here. If you’ve been waiting to grab this, now is the time!

What products are you most excited to try? Happy Friday everyone!



Anti-Aging Skin Care: Saranghae’s 5 Step Routine

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Happy Friday Everyone! I’m pretty excited to bring you my review of Saranghae’s 5 step routine today! Saranghae is an award-winning Korean Anti-Aging Skin Care company that sells products around the world.  As I mentioned in this post, I’m pretty set on my skin care regime. But since starting Saranghae’s 5 step routine a few weeks back, I haven’t even touched my old skin care products. I am seriously blown away at the results! Let me preface this by saying that I am extremely, extremely skeptical of anti-aging skin care. I usually use my eye cream but don’t use any other anti-aging cream because I always break out. There’s a reason for my breaking out that I learned a few weeks ago, and I’ll share that here in a bit. For now, know that not only did I not break out from this skin care line, it actually made any residual acne go away without the use of traditional acne fighting products! This is beyond exciting for me – lol!

Why Saranghae? Why Korean skin care at all? Koreans are world-renowned for their flawless skin and anti-aging secrets. Don’t believe me? Just google “Korean Beauty Secrets” and watch how many results pop up from major publications like Allure, Marie Claire and Elle. It’s no secret that Korean women have harnessed anti-aging properties so effectively that it’s almost impossible to tell their age. So, it only makes sense that we take a page from their book and use the same products to our advantage as well. Saranghae’s 5 step routine is a comprehensive system that takes you from cleansing to moisturizing and beyond.

Their system is formulated with natural ingredients that help heal, regenerate and protect your skin against common aging culprits like pollution, UV rays and even gravity. This is a great page that shows how their ingredients differ from a traditional skin care line. For the longest time, I have been a proponent of using hair products that are free from harmful chemicals but never thought of my skin care in the same way. Saranghae’s 5 step routine made me realize how silly that was – if I was using “nice” products on my hair, why wouldn’t I do the same for my skin?!

Speaking of ingredients… When I first started this line a close girlfriend of mine happened to be staying with me, and we got to talking about my issues with anti-aging skin care.  She’s currently in her final year of med-school and told me that during her dermatology rotation, she learned that acne caused by any anti-aging products is really your skin’s way of detoxifying and if you ride it out (difficult I know), your skin should clear up and be 100X better than it was before you started. I didn’t experience any bad breakouts using this system and that may be because of the mostly natural ingredients.  However, if you try their 5 step routine and happen to get a breakout, know it’s actually a good thing. It means your skin is detoxifying and is getting ready to be better than ever!

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The Routine

This 5 step routine was easy for me to get down, and I’ve outlined it briefly below. They also include helpful, 1-2 minute videos on each step on their website.

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I. Cleanse: Nourishing & Moisturizing Oil + Foam Cleanser
  • This cleanser kicked my Clarisonic out the door. And that’s saying a lot! It’s incredibly gentle yet insanely effective. It even removed my Estee Lauder Stay-in-Place Foundation that’s technically water proof. You actually use this on dry skin, rinse with warm water and then pat dry!

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II. Deep Essence + Serum
  • The Essence + Serum is a product unique to Korean skin care. It takes Essence, a traditional Korean anti-aging product, with a typical North American anti-aging serum to form a very effective combination. It’s a gel like serum that you put all over your face and neck directly after drying.

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III. Moisturize: Firm & Lift Cellular Regeneration Cream
  • After letting the Essence + Serum dry (takes a few seconds), gently rub this into your face and neck. This moisturizer helps repair damaged skin reducing things like redness, age spots and wrinkles. It’s also a really effective moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores, which is hard to come by!

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IV. Eye Cream: Focus Renewal Eye Cream
  • The last step is to use the eye cream on your under eyes, above your eyebrows to reduce sagging, and I use it on my lids too. The thing I really like about this eye cream is its ability to sink into your skin and allow your under-eye concealer to go on smoothly. So often, I cannot use eye creams under makeup because they make my concealer crease or cake horribly. This wasn’t the case which was a pleasant surprise!
V. Mask: Elemental Essence Mask
  • Finally, on to one of my favorite parts of the system – the mask! I’m a bit of a sheet-mask junkie. I often will pick up a few from Sephora and use one over the weekend when I’m in the mood for self-care. Kevin HATES these only because they make me look like a ghost LOL. I usually use them later at night when he’s already asleep, and he freaks out anytime he sees me in one. They’re not the most flattering but they’re crazy effective! I use this mask after the cleanse step once a week. After letting it sink in for 15-20 minutes, I remove the mask and rub in the excess. I usually wait another 10 minutes and complete the rest of the routine. This is a great mask to use the night before an event because it gives you an incredible glow!

I will definitely be using Saranghae’s 5 step routine in the future and cannot recommend it enough, especially for those with sensitive skin! It’s $159 for the entire system and $139 if you choose the membership option. I’ve used it for 3.5 weeks so far and still have a TON of product left so a little goes a long way. Initially, it seems expensive. But considering my old eye cream alone was $55, while my face wash was $25 and my moisturizer $35, it’s really right in line with other skin care items out there. Plus, the fact that I don’t have to purchase replacement heads for my Clarisonic (~$20/piece) is a huge plus.

Saranghae’s website has a TON of good info to check out! They are also on most social media platforms so I’ve linked that below for you too!

I hope everyone had a great week! I’m happy to announce that Kevin and I officially passed our tests at the DMV yesterday! Still can’t believe this state makes you take a test when you move here, so crazy to me! Tonight, we’re going on a double date with my sister and brother-in-law to celebrate all of our birthdays. All four of our birthdays are within 7 weeks of each other or so from September-November so we wanted to take an adult night out to celebrate (sans the niece and nephews). Tomorrow is my niece’s first birthday! I can’t believe she’s already one 😭 We’re celebrating her birthday Thanksgiving weekend when our extended family is in town. Which is only two weeks away… eeeek! Already dreaming of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales LOL. I hope everyone has a great weekend!!



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Youtube (Where you can watch the instruction videos!)



“About Saranghae:
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**This post was done in collaboration with Saranghae; however, all opinions are 100% my own**

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