Celine’s Guide to the 2017 Sephora Rouge VIB Sale

Sephora only does sales twice a year during November and sometime in April/May, and it varies from the status of your VIB membership. Rouge members typically get 20% which is pretty high at an earlier date, and the rest gets 15% at a later date. I admit, I’m not proud of the fact that I have pertained my membership even though I’ve moved back for 3 years – this means I spend much more money that I would like, but hey, research right?

I remember way back when I was on a college budget, I would research on which items to get before the sale so I knew what I’d be spending my money on. Because I have tried a number of items from Sephora, I figured this guide might help someone out there who’s trying to decide what to get in the sale. Remember, Sephora only does two sales in a year.

One very important tip I always recommend is to stock up on your favorites or whatever’s been on your wishlist. I try to allocate a balanced number of skincare, makeup, tools so I make sure not too spend so much on one type. However, everyone’s spending habits are different – I could think that I won’t want to splurge on skincare but it might not be the same for the next person.

For me, I’d usually opt for Gift Sets as it is close to the holidays and Sephora usually rolls out amazing bundles. With that being said, I’d always splurge on skincare brands which I don’t typically buy full-sizes of (say, La Mer, Drunk Elephant, Sunday Riley). After all, these bundles are pretty cost effective because you get to try smaller sizes of these items first before committing to a full size.

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This is amazing for those with drier skin types. I’ve used La Mer when I was trying to diminish the appearance of my hyperpigmentation and I do vouch for this brand in helping me do so. The set contains the Eye Concentrate (which is a best seller), the Revitalizing Hydrating Serum (I’ve heard great things about this), The Moisturizing Soft Cream (I used to use this during the winter months) and the Treatment Lotion (This is a thicker toner and I remember that it helps my skin feel plump and hydrated).

This set isn’t a must but it’s a nice splurge for yourself.

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If I could summarize this year’s skincare trend, it would have been how Vitamin C and exfoliating acids have flood the market. I can attest that Vitamin C does wonders to my face and it really has given me that glowy-brightening effect. This year especially, after changing up my diet and giving up a lot of toxic habits, my skin has dramatically improved. It was also after I added a few vitamin C based serums and Lactic Acid from my Sunday Riley Good Genes serum.

However, I had purchased my Sunday Riley Good Genes serum in a set with the Luna Oil which did not work well on my skin so I opt to return it. However, this set is an amazing deal at $90. You can 3 products – Tidal Brightening Enzyme Cream (I haven’t used this particular product but I’m aware that enzymes plays a part in chemical exfoliation which helps with diminishing the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. This is typically applied at night), Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment (amazing product but might be harsh on the skin when used daily. I used mine every month last time and barely got through half the bottle), C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum (Vitamin C serum. Enough said.)

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If you don’t decide to get anything and have been overwhelmed by the selection, at least get this set. If you have not tried any of the products (which is really impossible because come on, have you never heard of the beauty blender?), it’s a bonus because these are really some of Sephora’s best sellers.

For instance, a Beauty Blender has already been included so that’s $20. There’s also the YSL Touche Eclat which is about $40 if you buy the full size. Furthermore, there is also a brow wizz and a Smashbox primer. If I am a make up beginner, I would totally get that because you are really getting a nice value.

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This. is. a. damn. good. deal. Get it. No excuses. It’s $25 for 3 glitter eyeshadows that I LOVE. The full size is $22. So this is a damn good deal. Trust me. Get it. It’ll be nice for the holidays.

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When you first see the thumbnail of this, you would think you’re only getting 17 sample sizes. But… Do you know that you can exchange it for one of the bottles of the sample sizes? Like, a full size bottle. What a good deal no? Some of the perfumes are really high end as well. They have brands like Kat Von D (I love their new Saint perfume), Marc Jacobs Daisy (classic), Tom Ford (!!!), Atelier Cologne, Giorgio Armani… so you are getting a great deal.

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Tatcha is one brand I probably won’t buy a full size of. I barely finish a full size product and they tend to be expensive. Tatcha has one of the best (most expensive) packaging in the market so I’m pretty sure I’m paying for packaging.

This set here is surprisingly affordable and it is in my wishlist. It is $27 and you get a classic enzyme rice powder and the Camellia cleansing oil. The Classic Rice Enzyme Powder is worth it, even at $27. I would buy it. It’s a good exfoliator but not one I can use every week. I use mine every month, read about my skincare routine here.

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Both priced under $30, I think this two are awesome deals as a start to introducing your skincare line to Drunk Elephant. I had purchased those two before and sold all 4 mini sized ones at an awesome price, so if it doesn’t work out, I’m pretty sure you can sell it as a preloved – because who these days do not love Drunk Elephant?

Personally, I am not a fan of really acid-concentrated skincare so I was very cautious into trying these. I tried the Glycolic Night Serum and it was actually pretty effective. I just can’t see myself investing in a full-sized bottle because it is… out of my budget.

I would therefore highly recommend these two sets for those who are still curious about Drunk Elephant and has yet to try them.


What I will be getting :

I’m just going to include a list of what I’ll be getting. This isn’t a confirmed list as I’m still looking at the whole product list and taking some out. But I hope this helps!

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