Sephora

Sephora VIB Sale Favorites

Hello Friends! There’s currently a surprise sale happening at Sephora for VIB and VIB Rouge members! If you’re a Beauty Insider who’s spent over $350 in the last calendar year, you’re eligible to shop the sale. Unsure if you’re qualified? Check your status through your Beauty Insider account on their site! If you’re not familiar, Sephora’s Beauty Insider program is their free rewards program, and you can sign up with your email address! They do have a site wide sale for ALL Beauty Insiders twice a year. This sale will likely happen sometime in September-November. I’ll keep you all posted when that one goes live!

Today, I’m rounding up my must haves from the sale. Use code SUMMERSAVE to save site wide! VIBs save 15% and Rouges save 20% until 8/27! Hurry, favorites like the Estee Lauder foundation and T3 products always go fast! PS my dry shampoo I featured in this week’s tutorial is also part of the sale!


**click on the product below to shop it from Sephora!**

xoxo

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!


SALE CODES:

10% off with code HEYINSIDER

15% off with code HEYVIB

20% off with code HEYROUGE


MAKEUP


HAIRCARE


xoxo

Sephora Beauty Insider Event 2018: Favorite Products on Sale!

Popular Beauty Blogger Lauren Meyer of The Lo Meyer Blog shares her favorite items from the Sephora Beauty Insider Event and Sephora Sale 2018


It’s that time of year again! The Sephora Beauty Insider Event is underway with huge sales site wide!

As you all know, I buy a TON of my everyday beauty products from Sephora. I mean, the fact that I’m a “VIB Rouge” with them gives you some indication of how much I “invest” in makeup and beauty products every year (lol). I think it’s a solid investment, even if Kevin doesn’t always agree 😉

The sale is open to VIB Rouges only through today and opens to ALL beauty insiders tomorrow! There is still time to sign up to become a beauty insider! It’s Sephora’s free rewards program, and it’ll let you gain access to the sale starting tomorrow. Through the sale, VIB Rouges can get 20% off SITE WIDE with code “YESROUGE”. Starting tomorrow through 9/3, VIB members get 15% off site wide with code “YESVIB”, and Beauty Insiders get 10% off with code “YESINSIDER”.

This sale is the perfect time to stock up on your everyday necessities or splurge on those big ticket items. Last year, I splurged on my straightener and am so happy I grabbed it! No more damaged ends 🙌And, if you’ve been eyeing up my curling wand or my self-tanner those are both included too! This sale is also a great time to grab gifts for the holidays. Yes, I’m aware it’s still August, but your Nov-Dec frazzled self will thank you! Sephora has a TON of great gift sets that are perfect to give as is OR separate out into individual gifts.

I took an Instagram poll yesterday to see exactly what you all wanted in this post. A product roundup by category (like I did for the sale this Spring) or a round up of ONLY my favorite products I use. A roundup of my favorite products won out by a landslide! Below you’ll find just over 50 products that I use on a weekly basis from Sephora. Keep in mind – this includes everything from skincare to haircare to makeup/makeup brushes! I’ve captioned stand outs that I use everyday or highly recommend grabbing on sale like this lipstick that I wear in almost every photo (shade Caramello) and the only shampoo and conditioner I’ve used for the last 2 years!


Click on each item below to shop the product! And remember, items are selling out so if you want something – GRAB it! They have a very liberal return policy!

What items are you planning to grab?

xoxo

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The Best Drugstore Makeup Dupes for High-End Makeup

Popular Beauty Blogger Lauren Meyer of The Lo Meyer Blog shares The Best Drugstore Makeup Dupes for High-End Makeup


For the longest time, buying high-end makeup was a point of pride for me. In some cases, high-end makeup really is the best option. There are instances when the quality is better, and it lasts longer. But, after experimenting with quite a few drugstore products over the last few months,  there are a lot of instances when budget friendly alternatives perform just as well, if not better than their high-end counterparts. And, let’s be honest, if I can save a few bucks on makeup here and there, that leaves more money for the important things in life. Like shoes 😉

When I shared the drugstore foundation I’ve been using lately (and loving!) on Instagram stories last week, you all LOVED it! So many messages rolled in with requests to share all of my drugstore faves immediately. So, I’m excited to share a whole round up here! I’m giving my honest opinion on the best drugstore makeup dupes and also letting you know what products I think are worth paying a bit more for.


All of my drugstore to high-end dupes are in the graphics below separated by categories! Click on each image in the photo or product name below to shop! I’ve detailed my top finds at the bottom as well as the items that didn’t make the cut!

High End: Make Up Forever Primer | Estée Lauder Foundation | Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector | Kat Von D Translucent Powder

Drugstore: NYX Honey Dew Me UpL’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte | Pixi Color Corrector | NYX HD Finishing Powder


 

High End: Urban Decay Beached Bronzer | Tarte Blush | Tarte Highlight | Urban Decay Setting Spray

Drugstore: Milani Baked Bronzer | Milani Baked Blush | E.L.F. Highlight | NYX Matte Setting Spray


High End: Urban Decay Naked Basics | STILA Liquid Eyeliner | Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz | Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Drugstore: NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette |L’Oréal Infallible Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner | NYX Micro Brow Pencil | L’Oréal Lash Paradise Mascara


FOUNDATION

L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte ($13) dupe for Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place ($42)

Let me start off by saying, I am FIERCELY loyal to my Estée Lauder foundation. Or, I was. Prior to trying the L’Oréal Infallible, I had been using the Estée Lauder foundation for 2 years and had raved about it more than once on the blog and Instagram. Don’t get me wrong, it is a very good foundation. It’s mattifying, long wearing and doesn’t oxidize (turn orange throughout the day). But, the L’Oréal foundation is also just as mattifying, long lasting, doesn’t oxidize, AND it costs $13 as opposed to $43. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that this was literally the same product in different packaging. And, I think the L’Oréal is more mattifying over a longer period of time!

A few things to note: First, I have very sensitive, acne prone skin. Neither foundation broke me out. Second, both foundations have a range of shades to cover any skin type. I am neutral toned and, although the Estée Lauder definitely has a greater range of shades, I feel the L’Oréal foundation is neutral enough it can work for yellow, red or neutral undertones. (Foundation Pro-Tip: when in doubt, always go with a neutral shade!). I am currently between shade 106 and 107 of the L’Oréal depending on how tan I am and am shade 3N1 in Estée.

EYE BROW PENCIL

NYX Micro Brow Pencil ($10) dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21)

NYX is like high-end makeup disguised in drugstore packaging. The quality is hard to beat! Before trying their Micro Brow Pencil, I had been using various Anastasia Beverly Hill pencils (the Wiz then the Definer). Both are great, but rather pricey. One thing that always turned me off from drugstore brow pencils was that I felt they were either always too warm toned or not pigmented enough. The NYX pencil is a different story. Ever since I tried the NYX pencil in Ash Brown, I haven’t even considered picking up the more expensive, Anastasia alternative. It is a true dupe and saves you about $10 dollars. In my opinion, Ash Brown will work for most dirty blonde – darker brown tones as it’s easy to build upon to make it darker and is a true “ash” color (more cool v. warm toned).

TRANSLUCENT POWDER

NYX HD Finish Powder ($10) dupe for Kat Von D Translucent Powder ($30)

One of my first posts on the blog detailed my foundation routine, and translucent powder is a big step for me. I use it to set the concealer on my under-eye as well as on my lids before applying eyeshadow. Many people use it to set their whole face; however, I use a powder foundation for that. Now, I still have the same pot of Kat Von D powder I featured in this post. A little goes a long way, and it lasts forever. So you do truly get a lot for what you pay for. But, that being said, NYX works just as well and lasts just as long. It also does a great job at keeping you matte throughout the day. So, when I know I’ll be in humid conditions, I’ll often apply the NYX powder to my t-zone to avoid any excess oil.

EYELINER

L’Oréal Infallible Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner ($9) dupe for STILA Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($22)

Although I don’t often do a full winged eyeliner look anymore, I often like to line my upper lid with liquid liner. Given I have lighter colored lashes, I find this makes my eyes pop a bit more and accentuates my lashes. A girlfriend of mine, who is a pro at winged eyeliner, recommended Stila to me. She’s a med school resident and swears that Stila lasts all day. And, my thoughts are, if it lasts for someone who works as hard as med students do, it’ll probably work for the average Joe! But, the price tag always got me! When I discovered the L’Oréal dupe, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it lasts just as long as the Stila but costs only $9. I’m on my second L’Oréal Eyeliner and don’t plan on going back!


Here are some items that I didn’t find a good drugstore alternative for:

CONCEALER

I tried, but always go back to the Becca Aqua Luminous Concealer I’ve been using since last Fall. The reason being that it’s super hydrating and provides great coverage. So it works for both under-eye and blemishes. If you’re looking for a drugstore option, I suggest using Maybelline Instant Age Rewind for under-eye and Maybelline Fit Me for blemishes. The Age Rewind is great for covering dark circles but not pigmented enough for blemishes. Whereas the Fit Me I found to be too drying on the under-eye and can leave you with a “cakey/creasy” effect.

LASH PRIMER

I have tried 3-4 different lash primers but ALWAYS go back to Benefit Tinted Lash Primer. It’s the only one that separates and lengthens lashes but doesn’t cause your mascara to clump. Although L’Oréal makes a great Lash Primer, I found that it caused my mascara to become very clumpy over time. It’s as if some of the primer rubbed off on my mascara wand and ruined the product. Plus, the Benefit primer is tinted and is great for giving you that “no makeup makeup” look on days when you’re trying to look put together but don’t feel like going the whole nine yards!

POWDER FOUNDATION

I am sticking with my powder Benefit foundation. It lasts forever, so I’m okay paying the price because I know I’ll have it for years. Like I mentioned above, I like to use a powder foundation over my liquid to really help set everything in place. I found that a lot of the drugstore powder foundations I tried gave me a very cakey appearance and weren’t flattering. The Benefit is very natural yet pigmented. Something that’s hard to come by. This one is worth paying a bit more for!

BROW GEL

My favorite brow gel from Anastasia Beverly Hills just can’t be beat. It’s like super glue for your brows. After you fill in your brows, you apply this overtop to hold the hairs in place and make sure the product doesn’t smudge. I’ve tried other more budget-friendly products but they fail to keep the hairs or product in place. This is another one that I’m happy to pay a bit more for. Luckily, it lasts a long time. The last tube I picked up in October 2017 is still going strong!

LIPS

And, lastly, I’m still loving the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. It’s the only one I’ve found that lasts literally all day  – no matter how much you eat or drink – without getting flakey or dry. If you’re looking for similar shades at a better price, I suggest trying out NYX’s line of liquid lipsticks. However, they do not last nearly as long and you have to reapply after eating or drinking!


Phew! That got quite lengthy, but there’s so much to share I didn’t want to miss anything! I hope you all found this helpful! You can find most of these products at Sephora, Ulta (they have both high-end and drugstore products) or Target!

And, as a friendly reminder, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends THIS Sunday! Head here to read all of my posts for the sale and stay tuned Sunday for one last roundup of in stock items!

xoxo

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Reader’s Favorites for May – Instagram Round Up

Popular Fashion Blogger Lauren Meyer of the Lo Meyer Blog shares Reader's Favorites for May - Instagram Round Up


I know what you’re thinking, “Lauren, it’s almost July, May is a distant memory.” But, better late than never right? 😋

I had such a great response from April’s post that I wanted to be sure to squeeze this in, even after my blog break!

So, I rounded up the top 10 bestsellers from May in an Instagram round up! I’m including product, sizing & price details below every photo!

As always, thank YOU for your continued support of this blog! I’m truly honored to be able to call this my job and keep inspiring you all month after month! 😍


Top retailers include Nordstrom, Loft, Target, American Eagle, Sephora & Amazon

Popular Fashion Blogger Lauren Meyer of the Lo Meyer Blog shares Reader's Favorites for May - Instagram Round Up

Loft Tank Dress

  • XS – fits TTS – works for petites & regulars!
  • $70
  • comes in 2 colors

Popular Fashion Blogger Lauren Meyer of the Lo Meyer Blog shares Reader's Favorites for May - Instagram Round Up

AE Olive Tank

  • XS – TTS
  • $10 (on sale!)
  • comes in 6 colors!

Amazon Prime Bralette – This bralette has been a bestseller for the last few months!

  • S – typically a 34/32B
  • I suggest going with the padded version so you don’t have to wear a bra!
  • $14
  • comes in 5 colors (padded/unpadded versions!)

Popular Fashion Blogger Lauren Meyer of the Lo Meyer Blog shares Reader's Favorites for May - Instagram Round Up

AE Sweatshirt – I may be wearing this as we speak – LOL.

  • XS – TTS, oversized fit so size down if you want it tighter
  • $23 (on sale!)
  • Comes in 6 colors
  • Also comes in a similar tee version for $14 here
  • Super lightweight so perfect for summer mornings & nights.

Ripped Knee Skinny Jeans – bestseller for 2nd month in a row!

  • 26 – sized up for more of a straight leg fit; size DOWN if you want them to be skinnies; they don’t come in petite so I cuff them!
  • $58

Popular Fashion Blogger Lauren Meyer of the Lo Meyer Blog shares Reader's Favorites for May - Instagram Round Up

Topshop “Mom” Shorts – literally started posting these at the end of the month when I got them so you know they’re good if they’re already bestsellers!

  • US 4 (normally 25/0) – Size up one as these go off of UK sizes & have no stretch! (there’s a size guide on the product’s page)
  • $42 (on sale!)
  • High waisted so ultra flattering and perfect for hiding food babies 😋

Old Navy Double Strap Sandals – the comfiest, inexpensive sandals I’ve ever owned!

  • 7 – suggest sizing up if you’re a half size as they only have whole sizes (I’m typically 6.5)
  • $18 (on sale!)
  • Comes in 4 colors

Popular Fashion Blogger Lauren Meyer of the Lo Meyer Blog shares Reader's Favorites for May - Instagram Round Up

Loft Sweater Tank – shared again on Instagram yesterday because it’s THAT good!

  • XS – sizes running out quickly on this one, but it does come in limited petite sizes here. I could have easily sized down to XXS or XSP to have it be a bit shorter, but the XS works too! (there wasn’t too much of a difference to be honest!)
  • $45
  • Comes in 3 colors
  • Perfect to wear to work then out at night!

Popular Fashion Blogger Lauren Meyer of the Lo Meyer Blog shares Reader's Favorites for May - Instagram Round Up

Leith Wrap Top from Nordstrom – bestseller 2 months in a row!

  • XS – TTS – A girlfriend of mine who is taller (over 5’7″) also has this top, and it fits her well too!!
  • $27 (on sale!!)
  • Comes in 3 colors!
  • Another one that’s perfect for work to night!

Popular Fashion Blogger Lauren Meyer of the Lo Meyer Blog shares Reader's Favorites for May - Instagram Round Up

Levi 721 Skinny Jeans in “Rugged Indigo” – one of my favorite pairs and another bestseller of all time!

  • 25 – TTS – these have NO stretch so if you’re looking for a little give, size up! I cuff them as they don’t come in petite
  • $88
  • Also available here!

St Tropez Dark Self Tanner

  • $44 – & yes it’s worth it! (one bottle lasts about 3 months with weekly use)
  • The only self tanner that doesn’t turn orange because it has a green tint out of the bottle so gives you an olive glow!
  • Lasts 7-10 days even with shaving & working out!
  • I recently picked up the extra dark self tanner and am loving that even more!
  • Can be used on your face without breaking out; however, I use this serum on my face/neck every morning for anti-aging and tanning (again, worth it!)

Kevin & I are off to Madison today for one of my best friend’s weddings tomorrow! I remember when she and her fiancé first got together back in 2010 (I took the first photo of them!). So exciting they’re finally tying the knot! We’re squeezing in dinner tonight with my mom downtown and then going out with some friends! It’ll be a fun (and busy) weekend 🙂

Make sure to follow along on Instagram + Instagram Stories!

xoxo

PS – if you see any products in the photos above that you want details of that aren’t part of the “bestseller” roundup, please message me on instagram or email at lomeyerblog@gmail.com 💗


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