Category Archives: Sephora

Cool stuff to get for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to buy things like candy, flowers and cards. But it is also a good time to treat yourself to pink themed beauty or drop hints for non-perishable gift ideas to your sweetheart!  Here are eight products on the top of my list.

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iluminage Me Glow Beauty Boosting Eye Mask

Sleep soundly while your skin gets repairs via this eye mask made with copper threading. Copper promotes skin renewal, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Lasts 100 washes, $25 at

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo Limelight

This new highlighter from Kevyn Aucoin is almost too pretty to use…almost. The ombre highlighter is highly pigmented, gives skin a strobed glow and lasts all day, $58.

Oasis lip Gel in Blush Crush

This cool lip product from H20 Plus is part lipstick, part lip gel and its transparent. It applies like a dream and has a nice minty flavor. It comes in six different shades (including a completely clear version) and costs just $12. Get it online at ULTA and but hurry – it sells out frequently.

Hard Candy Blooming Lip Oil

Lip oils are great for keeping lips moist in the dry winter air, but they can be a little pricey. Hard Candy Cosmetics has a new lip oil made with ten essential oils and a ph adjusting  formula that creates a shade unique to your lips. It lasts for 8 hours and will only set you back $6, get it at Walmart.

Valentine Shampoo Bar Giftset

If you’ve never used a shampoo bar, now is the time!  Bath and body purveyor Basin White is offering a choice of your favorite shampoo and conditioner bar in a cute heart tin for just $17.99. Each bar lasts about 50-75 washes and they are great for travel.

Philosophy Amazing Grace Dry Shampoo

Two of my favorite things are dry shampoo and Philosophy’s Amazing Grace. This limited edition dry shampoo cleanses and texturizes with the lovely scent of Amazing Grace, $24 at Also available in Pure Grace. 

Lash Couture Mink Lashes by KISS

These super thick lashes by KISS have the look of mink but are 100 percent cruelty free. Easy to apply and reusable, you can skip the serums and extensions for lashes that are more than “battable”. Get them at Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart stores, $5.99 per pair and $5.99 for adhesive.

Voluspa Vermeil  Prosecco Rose Candle

Technically candles aren’t beauty but they sell them in the beauty section so I’m going with it. It’s pretty, pink and smells of Rosé, cassis and white rose petals. Made with coconut wax, essential oils and cotton wick, $18 to $30.





Dupe alert: NARS Goddess

One of my favorite creamy eyeshadows is NARS’ Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess. It’s that perfect rose gold color that wears well all by itself or layered with dry shadows. The only thing I don’t like about it is the price: $28 for .05 ounces. I don’t wear it everyday and it still runs out quick. That being said, it has been difficult to replicate the color till now.

theBalm Batter Up Long Wearing Eyeshadow Stick in Moonshot

I was walking around Kohl’s with some Kohl’s cash to spend and I came upon theBalm counter. They have a line of creamy stick eyeshadows called “Batter Up” with a color that almost identically matches NARS Goddess. Batter Up Long Wearing Eyeshadow Stick in “Moonshot” is a dream come true! The price is still $17 for the same amount of product, but still about 40 percent cheaper than the NARS version. Most of the makeup at Kohl’s isn’t eligible for coupons but you can use the Kohl’s cash you earn towards the purchase of makeup and beauty!


Sephora holiday haul

It’s that time of the year again. Time to redeem your beauty insider coupons! The amount of your coupon is based on your annual spend, with a minimum of $15 off a purchase of $50. I used mine to try out some new products and grab an old favorite:

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Intense Wrinkle Sheet Mask, $12

Gold infused masks were a favorite backstage at the VS Fashion Show this year. This sheet mask’s 24K gold and hyaluronic acid plump up skin, reduce inflammation and reduce the appearance of lines. Get them in singles or in a box of five for $68.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, $22

Hourglass has created a collection of finishing powders that mimic different types of light, making your skin look its best in any light. I got Dim Light, a neutral peach beige powder designed to blur imperfections and highlight your radiant undertones. For a limited time get a mini versions priced at $22 instead of $46.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, $12

This cult classic by NARS combines coverage with light diffusion to give skin a radiant glow. The full size ($28)  comes in 16 tones or try it out in two shades, Vanilla or Custard for just $12 each.

Rosebud Salve, $6

This made in Maryland lip balm moisturizes and gives lips that perfect rosy tint. It can also be used to soothe scratches, moisturize dry skin and even quell diaper rash. The little tin will last forever but its nice to have several around the house.

I got all this for $37 (before tax). Make sure you check your email and redeem your coupon before De. 12, 2016!



New Sephora store celebrates grand opening at Montgomery Mall

Sephora at the Westfield Montgomery is celebrating the opening of its new and improved location on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. The grand opening of the second floor location starts at 6 p.m. with a live DJ, giveaways and sweet treats.


Come in for a mini-makeover, a 45-minute full face makeover (with $50 purchase) and get a Sephora branded tote bag with any $25 purchase. Don’t forget to cash in your beauty insider points or get your birthday gift (if your birthday falls in September).

Sheet masks for places other than your face

Sheet masks are the latest and greatest product to hit the beauty scene. Made of cotton, linen or plastic, they slip on your face for 15 or so minutes without the mess of traditional treatment masks. The masks have targeted treatments for brightening, anti-aging and clarifying and range in price from a few dollars to hundreds. Here are a few interesting masks that don’t go on your face.

Dr. Jart’s Dermask Spot Jet Neck & Chin Lift

Dr. Jart's Dermask Spot Jet Neck & Chin Lift
Dr. Jart’s Dermask Spot Jet Neck & Chin Lift

You always hear about how we neglect our neck and chest. Dr. Jart has created a sheet mask that will shrink fine lines and plump up that decollete in just 30 minutes. Get two for $12 at



Tony Moly Trust Me Body Corset Mask

Tony Moly Trust Me Body Corset Patch
Tony Moly Trust Me Body Corset Patch

This mask is made to give your midriff and belly button area some extra moisturizing before you hit the beach or wear something daring. Apply to dry skin and leave on for six to eight hours (overnight?). Must be applied to dry skin. Get it online at ULTA, $3.50

Kocostar Hair Therapy Mask

kocostarhairtherapyThis sheet wrap is designed to use after your shampoo and condition for extra deep conditioning and damage control. Just wrap over towel dried hair for 15 minutes to give hair an extra special treat. Formulated with keratin, witch hazel and collagen, $15 at Anthropologie.

Tony Moly Changing You Magic Foot Peeling Shoes

tonymolyfootpeelingmaskRemember those magic baby feet products? This mask promises to help you shed that dead skin on your feet. First you wrap your feet in these mask sheets for an hour and half. Within four to six days the dead skin will start falling off your feet revealing the baby soft skin. Another product from Korea company, Tony Moly. Get them at ULTA for $6.50.

*Now through July 23, 2016 spend $15 in Tony Moly at ULTA and get a free Goat Milk Mask.