What to Buy During Sephora’s Beauty Insider Spring Bonus Event: The Best Clean Skincare and Makeup Picks

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Sephora VIB Sale Spring 2019

Have you heard? Sephora just kicked off its annual Spring Bonus Event—which means you can save big on a huge selection of beauty products!

If you haven't shopped at Sephora before, know that every spring, the retailer gives its rewards program members a bonus discount. Depending on your level (Rouge, VIB or Beauty Insider), you can access between 10 and 20 percent off—that's an even bigger deal than last year!

So now is truly the time to stock up on your beauty essentials, plus those new products that you've been wanting to try.

Keep scrolling for all the details, plus the products that *I think* are really worth buying.

Sephora Spring Bonus Event Details

Sephora VIB Sale Spring 2019

The best clean skincare and makeup at Sephora

Rouge members, you're first! You get to shop the event before everybody else, starting on April 26th.

Not a Rouge? Not to worry—VIB and Beauty Insider members' time to shop is coming soon, starting on May 2nd. If you haven't become a member yet, you can learn more and join here (it's free!).

Rouge Members

  • Get 20 percent off purchases both in-store and online
  • Use the code HEYROUGE to redeem online
  • Flash your email to redeem in-store
  • Offer is for unlimited use
  • Shop between April 26th-May 6th

VIB Members

  • Get 15 percent off purchases both in-store and online
  • Use the code HEYVIB to redeem online
  • Flash your email to redeem in-store
  • Offer is for unlimited use
  • Shop between May 2nd-May 6th

Beauty Insider Members

  • Get 10 percent off purchases both in-store and online
  • Use the code HEYINSIDER to redeem online
  • Flash your email to redeem in-store
  • Offer is for unlimited use
  • Shop between May 2nd-May 6th


Editor’s Picks: Makeup Removers, Cleansers and Toners

Sephora cleansers and makeup removers

The best cleansers and makeup removers at Sephora

Editor’s Picks: Exfoliators and Peels

Sephora exfoliators and peels

The best exfoliators and peels at Sephora

  • Scrubs: For those who like physical exfoliation, I recommend powders instead of gritty scrubs (which can be too irritating). Tatcha and Dermalogica have some nice formulas.
  • AHA Treatments: If you're seeking a brighter complexion, Go-To, The Inkey List and First Aid Beauty are my picks for gentle lactic acid-based exfoliants. 
  • BHA Treatments: To not only brighten but also deep-clean your pores, choose salicylic acid. The strongest treatments are from First Aid Beauty, The Inkey List and B. Kamins, while Juice Beauty has a milder version.
  • AHA-BHA Treatments: Can't decide on AHAs or BHAs? Consider a blend of both. Tata Harper has a creamy serum that's good for beginners, while Omorovicza, Herbivore and Consonant have treatments that are a little more potent. Tarte and Moon Juice created what are probably the closest (and cheapest!) alternatives to the famous Lotion P50. Then there's Drunk Elephant's T.L.C. Framboos and Babyfacial for the highest possible AHA-BHA concentrations.

Editor’s Picks: Mists, Essences and Serums

Sephora mists, essences and serums

The best mists, essences and serums at Sephora

Editor’s Picks: Moisturizers, Eye Creams and Face Oils

Sephora moisturizers, eye creams and face oils

The best moisturizers, eye creams and face oils at Sephora

Editor’s Picks: Sunscreens

Sephora sunscreens

The best sunscreens at Sephora

  • Face Sunscreens: To be fully protected from both the aging and burning types of UV, you need a high-zinc sunscreen. There's a new one this year from REN Clean Skincare that I'm really excited about! I also recommend Drunk Elephant's Umbra Sheer and Umbra Tinte, as well as the Juice Beauty Oil-Free and CC Cream SPFs. If you don't mind silicones, you could try Supergoop! and MDSolarSciences.
  • Body Sunscreens: Juice Beauty and Shiseido have high-protection, water-resistant mineral sunscreens that are great for body (especially if you play sports or sweat a lot!). If you're not spending hours outdoors, Dr. Dennis Gross has a good mineral spray that will give you a little bit of protection.
  • Powder Sunscreens: Although I wouldn't rely on powder SPF alone, I do recommend it as a top-up to your regular daily sunscreen. I always carry some in my purse, so I'm never caught outside without protection. The best ones are from ILIA, Supergoop! and Tarte.

Editor’s Picks: Skincare Treatments

Sephora skincare treatments

The best skincare treatments at Sephora

  • Vitamin C: The gold standard of vitamin C is L-ascorbic acid, ideally in a formula with ferulic acid and vitamin E for stability. Drunk Elephant's C-Firma has all three, so it gives you maximum anti-aging benefits! Vitamin C derivatives are also a good choice for gentle brightening. I like Youth to the People and Skin Inc Supplement Bar.
  • Retinoids: I'm thrilled that Sephora is finally carrying a high-dose retinoid from Drunk Elephant, with one percent retinol. For a milder option, try The Inkey List, which has 0.05 percent retinol and 0.5 percent granactive retinoid.
  • Niacinamide: If you want something active, but with zero chance of irritation, niacinamide is for you. Skin Inc Supplement Bar has a lovely serum that works well under moisturizer. There's also Alpha-H with niacinamide and copper peptides.
  • Other: Although they're not as proven as the other skincare actives, the peptides and sea mayweed in Omorovicza's Lifting Serum could help to firm and relax wrinkles. There's also BIOeffect's EGF Serum, which signals cells to amp up collagen and elastin production.

Editor’s Picks: Face Masks and Sheet Masks

Sephora face masks and sheet masks

The best face masks and sheet masks at Sephora

  • Face Masks: For a quick brightening boost, my go-tos are Tata Harper, Omorovicza and Herbivore's Brighten and Blue Tansy masks. If I'm having a breakout, the clay mask from Indie Lee is incredible for drawing out impurities and taking down inflammation. And if I'm in need of hydration, I reach for my Dr Roebuck's jelly mask. I'm keen to try the Naturally Serious mask, too!
  • Sheet Masks: SK-II makes the best sheet masks, as far as I'm concerned, but they are a splurge. Go-To and Boscia make some good alternatives with clean ingredients.

Editor’s Picks: High Tech Tools

Sephora high tech tools

The best high tech tools at Sephora

  • Cleansing Brushes: I'm always talking about how much I love my Foreo Luna for deep-cleaning my skin—so now is the time to pull the trigger! PMD recently came out with a similar brush (theirs has a handle).
  • Microneedling: If you're interested in trying microneedling (an incredible treatment for resurfacing the skin), Sephora now carries several tools that are safe for home use. BeautyBio and StackedSkincare are rollers, while Nurse Jamie is a stamp.
  • Microcurrent: For tightening and lifting the skin, microcurrent does actually work, as long as you're consistent with it. I have the original tool, from NuFace. There's also ReFa, which is solar-powered.
  • Light Therapy: I'm obsessed with red light, which is anti-aging and anti-acne, so of course I'm dying to try the high-tech mask from Dr. Dennis Gross. Another option is the LightStim, which I find handy for travel. If you get the odd pimple, Foreo has a neat blue light wand to zap 'em.
  • Other: If your skin is easily inflamed, I think the ice roller from StackedSkincare wold come in handy. I'm also highly intrigued by the Conture toning device and the Cellu-Cup Glow Cup! (I use their Cellu-Cup for cellulite and it really works!)

Editor’s Picks: Foundations, Concealers and Powders

Sephora foundations, concealers and powders

The best foundations, concealers and powders at Sephora

  • Foundation: This is exciting! There are some new clean foundations at Sephora, including the silicone-free formulas from Guerlain, Kosas and Lawless. I'm buying them all to try! Other good bets are bareMinerals and RMS Beauty (the latter has a huge range of shades now, and sheers out beautifully with a brush). 
  • Tinted Moisturizer: For lighter coverage, I really like bareMinerals and Juice Beauty (both are silicone-free).
  • Concealer: I don't know about you, but I like to have a few different coverage options in my concealer wardrobe. For medium-to-full coverage that doesn't budge, I just bought the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r concealer, and it's great! I definitely want to try the Lawless silicone-free concealer next. For pimples, I'm a longtime fan of Make Up For Ever, and for good skin days, I like the sheer creamy coverage of RMS Beauty.
  • Powder: To avoid the cakey look, my favourite powder is from ILIA—it's so good at absorbing oil but never dries you out. RMS Beauty "Un" Powder and Tinted "Un" Powder are also fantastic and made with fine, high-quality silica.

Editor’s Picks: Blushes, Bronzers and Highlighters

Sephora blushes, bronzers and highlighters

The best blushes, bronzers and highlighters at Sephora

Editor’s Picks: Lip Balms and Lip Colours

Sephora lip balms and lip colours

The best lip balms and lip colours at Sephora

  • Lip Balms: For straight-up nourishment, Lano's pure lanolin balm will change your life! It's so healing, I never EVER get chapping now that I use it. I also like Herbivore's balm, which is thinner and perfect under lipstick.
  • Tinted Lip Balms: For a little hint of colour, my top picks include Bite Beauty (actually a leave-on lip mask), Tata Harper, Lilah B. and Caudalie. All so pretty!
  • Lip Colour: If you're seeking a clean lip colour, I would highly recommend checking out the RMS Beauty lipstick range. The colours and textures are beyond gorgeous! I'm also dying to try the new bold stains from Bite Beauty and the natural lipsticks from Kosas. For a luxury lippie, I love Charlotte Tilbury and Tom Ford.

Editor’s Picks: Beauty Supplements

Sephora beauty supplements

The best beauty supplements at Sephora

  • Collagen: Did you know Sephora is carrying supplements now? If you try anything, my number one recommendation is Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides—I take a couple scoops every single morning, and they're amazing for skin, hair and nail health! The Marine Collagen is good, too, just a little pricier.
  • Vitamin D: So many vitamins are loaded with chemical excipients, but not HUM Nutrition's Vitamin D. It's just D3, olive oil, gelatin, glycerin and water.
  • Digestive Enzymes: RMS Beauty now makes a clean enzyme formula that can help with digestion, energy and nutrient absorption.
  • Charcoal: I love activated charcoal for its ability to bind and carry out toxins. Four Sigmatic has a charcoal-based "lemonade" that you mix with water. It also contains chaga mushrooms, which are high in antioxidants.
  • Other: Few things actually help to fade dark circles, but HUM Nutrition's Dark Circle Supplement has tons of positive reviews! It contains milk thistle, dandelion root and artichoke leaf to support liver health.

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