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Sephora Fall VIB Sale Picks

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Sale Dates: 11/10-11/15


VIB: 20% off 20FORVIB

Beauty Insiders: 15% off INSIDER15

I know everyone always says October is their favorite month (leaves changing, pumpkin everything etc), but mine has always been November. November always signals the start of the holidays for me, which begins with my birthday mid-month, Thanksgiving shortly after followed by LOTS of shopping then Christmas and New Years! It really is the best time of year.

November also marks the Sephora Fall VIB Sale for Beauty Insiders. The Sephora Beauty Insider program is a rewards program that’s free to join and allows you to gain a point for every dollar spent at Sephora. It also gains you access to weekly deals, and their twice yearly sales site wide. There are different tiers to the program – Beauty Insider, VIB and VIB Rouge. Your tier depends on the amount spent in a calendar year. If you guessed that I’m a VIB Rouge you guessed right. Please don’t look up how much that means I spend there in a year and PLEASE do not tell Kevin! LOL. To be fair, I buy everything from Sephora. From makeup, to skincare, to haircare almost my entire bathroom is from Sephora.

During their twice yearly sales, I stock up BIG time. I mean, it would be silly not to with how good the sales are (talking 10-20% sitewide depending on your tier). The exact dates for the November sale are still up in the air, but it typically starts the first or second weekend with the VIB Rouge, then moves down the tiers until the end of the month. If you’re wondering what to buy, I’ve sorted out my top pics for different categories below! My post from Tuesday on holiday lipsticks also has a ton of products that will be on sale as well! Happy shopping (and saving!)



‘Tis the season right?! One of the best things about Sephora is that year-round they have a “gift” section separated into different price categories. These are some of my top picks (most below $60). A lot of these would be great as a whole gift or even separated out into stocking stuffers/smaller gifts for different people. Endless Options! My top 3 picks in this section are below!

  1. Fresh Sugar Lip Beauty Box: You get 6 of these tinted lip balms at $45, which is a crazy good deal considering they normally retail for $24 individually (and this is without an extra % off!). This is a great present to get and then divvy up into stocking stuffers or individual gifts!
  2. Beauty Blender Gold Mine: This is very similar to a gift set I got for my sister last year. Again, another instance of saving crazy money considering one beauty blender alone retails for $20 and this set of 2 + a cleanser and blotting papers comes in at $40. It’s the perfect gift to introduce someone to beauty blenders. Wondering what these are? Read more about how you use them in my post here.
  3. Too Faced Best Year Ever Collection: This collection of 3 mini eyeshadow palettes is great to separate out into individual gifts at a very affordable price. It also comes with a variety of shades so is likely to have something everyone likes.



These are my must-have sale picks for makeup at Sephora. A lot of these are staples in my beauty regime, and some are palettes I’ve been dying to try! Again, my top 3 picks are below!

  1. Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette: I received this palette as a gift from a friend a few months ago and use it almost every time I wear makeup. I barely touch my other palettes because I’m so obsessed with this one. It has all warm-toned colors with enough for both summer and winter looks, which makes it great to use all year-round. It’s also highly pigmented so a little goes a long way. With the sale, this palette will be below $50, which is a seriously good deal!
  2. Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick: This is a recent purchase for me that I’ve been using the last few weeks. In my foundation post, I talked about using the regular Double Wear Stay In Place foundation, which is also an amazing product. However, sometimes with the Stay In Place foundation I would find my skin looking really dry when in fact I have normal – oily skin most of the time. Lately, I’ve been feeling like I need something lighter and not so full coverage. So enters the Nude Cushion Stick. The Stick has the same shades as the Stay In Place original with the same staying power (in my opinion) just without the heaviness. I’m obsessed with the glow this foundation gives me and how buildable it is! 😍
  3. Ready to Roll Brush Set: This set is perfect for the beginner make-up enthusiast or for someone looking to re-vamp their brush collection. For 10 brushes, this is already a good deal, but with the sale it’ll be even better!

Sephora carries some of the best skincare products out there. In my opinion, their skincare products already come at pretty affordable prices, but I always like to stock up during the sale. Make sure to check out my 3 essentials and snag yours at the lower price!

  1. Origins Checks and Balances Face Wash: This is hands down one of my favorite skin products of all time. A Sephora sales rep introduced me to it last year, and I use it almost daily. It’s perfect for normal or combination skin as it will literally balance out your oily/dry areas (hence the name Checks and Balances). It has a foamy texture when wet and works well with a brush like a Clarisonic if you have one.
  2. Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment: This acne treatment works wonders on blemishes. It almost always eliminates blemishes within a day or two. However, it is very drying, so make sure to use a good moisturizer before applying it and use it once a day! Also, mine typically lasts 6 months with sometimes daily use so you get a lot for what you pay for!
  3. Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Cream: A gift from the anti-aging gods! I bought this eye cream last Spring during the VIB sale and have used about half of it. A little goes a long way and it’s one of the most effective products out there. Definitely worth the money!

Haircare products are some of my most purchased items from Sephora, which might surprise you. But, they have SO many quality brands at good prices. I’ll be highlighting my favorite go-to products that I’m planning to stock up on during the sale. You’ll notice most are from 3 brands – Alterna (personal fave!), Living Proof, and Amika. And, I’ve actually included 4 must-have products below because I’m really that much of a hair-lover 😜

  1. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo: Hands-down the BEST dry shampoo out there. And trust me, for a girl who washes her hair only twice a week, I’ve tried the gamut of products. This dry shampoo is a step above the rest because it actually cleans your hair when you spray it on your roots. What?! I know! After a sweaty workout, this product eliminates oil and grease to allow you to style your hair any way you want. I’ve actually been running super low on this dry shampoo for a few weeks and have been using my travel size to get me through to the sale LOL #hardlife. If there’s one thing you pick up from this post, let this be it!
  2. Amika Bombshell Blow Out Spray: This spray is perfect for us fine-haired ladies. It’s a spray so it won’t weigh your hair down like a mousse would. Also, it works when you both blow dry and air dry your hair. I use mine every time I wash my hair!
  3. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo + Conditioner: Alterna products are a step above the rest. I discovered this brand largely on accident after using my Beauty Insider points to purchase a few samples of their shampoo. After I used the samples, I was hooked, and this is now my go-to shampoo/conditioner. I even got my sister hooked. We’re also convinced this makes your hair thicker over time. This stuff is MAGIC you guys! Cannot rave about it enough 💕
  4. Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction: This is another product I use every time I wash my hair. You only need a little so you can make even a sample size last months. Just as the name says, it protects your hair in 10 different ways from anti-breakage, heat protection, UV protection, smoothing, etc. yet is still light enough for fine hair. This was a game-changer in my hair routine, and I think is another reason why my hair feels thicker and healthier than it has before!

Whew! Didn’t realize this post would be so long! But there are just SO many good products I didn’t want to miss one! Make sure to stay tuned for the Sephora Fall VIB Sale, and I’ll be sure to update this post once they release the official dates. 🤗

Kev and I had a great time at the Minnesota Wild Hockey game on Tuesday! Unfortunately, they lost, but it was still a really fun experience. Tonight, we’re going over to my sisters to have dinner since my Dad is in town for a workshop. My Dad is a donut aficionado so tomorrow I’m taking him to Bogart’s for a morning treat before he leaves for home. I’m excited to see his face once he sees all their flavors!




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5 Face Sunscreens You Need For Summer

If you’re like me, sunscreen is a necessity just about anytime of the year. And I’m not only saying this because I’m naturally as pale as Casper and genetically pre-disposed to skin cancer. I mean, that’s a big part of it, BUT I also believe in preserving my skin to look as youthful as possible for as long as possible. If you expose yourself too much sun over time, you run the risk of having your skin look like your favorite leather bag and, let’s be honest, that’s just not cute. Finding the perfect sunscreen for your face is difficult. But I’ve gathered a list of my top five, non-comedogenic, face sunscreens to get you through this summer and beyond!

I.SUNSCREEN: Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen (55 SPF)

Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen is my go-to sunscreen in the Summer. It’s 55 SPF, break-out free, oil-free and water-resistant. However, although it is lighter-weight than regular sunscreen, it’s still too heavy to wear under a full face of makeup in my opinion. I use this when I’m out on the beach, hiking or having a no-makeup day.

II. PRIMER SUNSCREEN: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (15 SPF)

This primer acts as both a base for your favorite foundation and a sunscreen because it contains 15 SPF. I use this primer a lot in the winter or during the summer when I know I’m going to be in and out of the sun throughout the day (i.e. running errands). This primer also does not cause photo flashback. Flashback is something to watch out for when wearing sunscreen underneath makeup. If you take a photo of yourself with flash on, your face will literally “flashback” and appear A LOT whiter than your body. You may actually look like Casper then! So going with a SPF below 20 when you know you may be taking photos should avoid this issue!

III. BB CREAM: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream (30 SPF)

Sometimes if I’m in a rush or having a lazy day, I’ll throw on a light BB cream and head out the door. Maybelline Dream BB cream is my favorite. Their regular BB cream contains 30 SPF, which is perfect for everyday wear. They also have a BB cream that contains 2% salicylic acid but NO SPF. If you’re a guy or girl that breaks out easily but still wants a lightly tinted cream to even out your skin tone, this is definitely the BB cream for you. Just make sure to use a primer or lotion with SPF since the BB cream doesn’t have it.

IV: TANNER: Jergens Natural Glow Daily Face Moisturizer (20 SPF)

Jergens Natural Glow Face Moisturizer is my go-to all year round and especially in the summer. It creates an even, natural glow while also containing 20 SPF – a win-win, right?! I break out SO easily, and this daily moisturizer does not break me out. I will often use this in conjunction with the Jergens body moisturizer in between self-tanning sessions to avoid streaking and to make the tan last longer.

V: TO REAPPLY OVER MAKEUP: Kate Sommerville UncompliKated Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray (50 SPF)

I stumbled across this recently at the recommendation of a co-worker and am now obsessed. Have you ever applied a daily sunscreen, completed your makeup routine for say an afternoon barbecue and then avoided reapplying sunscreen later for fear of messing up your makeup you spent so long applying? You’re not alone! This spray will solve all of your problems. Not only is it 50 SPF, but you can spray it over your already completed make-up routine without fear of messing anything up. What more can you ask for?

I own all of these sunscreens and have used all of them at various times. If you’re going to have any in your arsenal, I’d say start with the basic Neutrogena Sunscreen and a Primer sunscreen (Hourglass or other brand) to ensure you’re covered every day of the week.  Shop any of these products below or click the links in the post!

Do you have any sunscreens you use on a daily basis that you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments below!




Three Steps to All-Day Foundation

3 Steps to All Day Foundation

My version of a living nightmare – It’s 10AM, and it’s been approximately 3-4 hours since I’ve completed my morning makeup routine. I’m washing my hands under the wonderful lighting in my workplace (or at the mall, in my own bathroom etc) only to find that my foundation is literally running off of my face or caking into patches. There really is nothing worse.

Maybe it’s my combo skin (oily t-zone, normal everywhere else) or the time of year, but I struggled with this for years. It’s embarrassing and downright frustrating.  I always felt like shouting, “I swear I know how to do my makeup”! If you’ve ever struggled with this or do struggle with this, I’m here to help with three easy steps!

There is one caveat however – one of the most important things you can do to create a lasting makeup base throughout the day is to have a great skin-care routine. Talk to your dermatologist or a skincare professional at your local Sephora and determine what products work best for you. Switching to Origin’s Checks and Balances and away from over-drying acne care products literally changed my makeup routine (and my life). Although I still struggle with occasional acne, my skin actually does better using fewer products that contain things like salicylic acid and benzyl peroxide.  I think it’s safe to say that you can probably get by with the wrong skincare routine, but using the right products will make your life a whole lot easier!

Here are my three steps to lasting foundation with all products linked below:


3 Steps to All Day Foundation

Why prime? Primer smooths pores and fine line while also creating a barrier between your skin and your foundation giving your foundation something to latch onto throughout the day.  It’s also an easy way to take care of common skin concerns. Is redness, dryness, oiliness or dullness an issue for you? There is likely a primer than can help correct your skin concern before you start going overboard with other products. Make Up For Ever makes my favorite primer and has a full line of different types of primers for different concerns. I use the hydrate primer all over because it helps decrease the amount of oil my face produces by making it properly hydrated in the first place. Many times you get oily it’s probably because your face is so dehydrated it’s actually over-producing oil. I also use the redness correcting primer on my nose and any blemishes.

NOTE: Make sure you always match ingredients in your primer to your foundation. At the very least, never pair an oil-based foundation/primer with a water based primer/foundation as the two will quite literally slide off one another.


3 Steps to All Day Foundation

This is a lesson I learned the hard way: If your foundation doesn’t say all-day wear, long-lasting, 24 hour wear or something to that effect, it is not meant to last all day. Okay, maybe you think that’s obvious! But, when I first got into makeup it didn’t occur to me to even be on the lookout for the “key words.” And I was sorely disappointed when my favorite foundation didn’t last the entire workday. My go to foundation for the last few months has been Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place and concealer is Kat Von D Lock-It. Both are so pigmented you can easily cover any skin concern.

Estee Lauder is a bit pricier however it’s well worth the money. One bottle usually lasts me 6-9 months using it 4-6 times a week because the formula is so good. I’ve been using for it 2 years and have yet to find another foundation I like better. They also have an amazing selection of shades, so it’s easy to match almost any skin tone.

I typically apply my foundation by dotting it around my face with a (clean!) finger and blending with a kabuki or oval brush.  I do use concealer for blemishes, under-eye, and highlight, but this isn’t necessary! A beauty sponge is the best way to blend concealer under my eyes, and I use a a concealer brush for blemishes.


3 Steps to All Day Foundation3 Steps to All Day Foundation

You might think I’m crazy, but I set my face three ways –

Under Eyes: I set my under-eye concealer with Kat Von D Lock-It Powder to keep it from caking or my mascara running. This also helps your under-eye from getting overly creasy! I’ve had this one pot of Lock-It Powder for 18 months and am only half-way through it! It lasts SO long.

All over + Blemishes: I use Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Foundation Powder to set the rest of my face. I KNOW it’s super unconventional to use a foundation powder to set liquid foundation, but try it once, and you’ll never go back to setting your face any other way! It’s the perfect way to ensure your liquid foundation doesn’t budget and is especially good for setting concealer over blemishes. Just make sure to tap your brush off and don’t use that much.

Final Step: Spray entire face with a setting spray like Mac Fix+ (gets rid of that “cakey” look from powder) or Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control  – if you’re like me, you use both! If you’re going to choose one, I’d go with the Urban Decay De-Slick as it will actually keep your foundation on all day.

I’ve linked all of these products as well as my brushes below.

**You can find all Mikasa Products including the only beauty sponge I ever use (and only $11!) linked here . For 25% off your entire order use code LOMEYERBLOG25**

Do you have any techniques you use to create an all-day look? Share them below!




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