A Sephora VIB Sale Strategy (and a Skin Care Haul)

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I have revised my plan of attack for the Sephora VIB sale, because, let’s get real…only a few of the items I want are things I can’t function without (I’m talking to you, Kate Somerville Anti-Bac Clearing Lotion). Most of the things are things I only want because they’re on sale… I’m 100% my mother’s daughter that way (“It’s on sale? BUY IT. Don’t you ever pay full price, ever!”).

But really, how much do I actually need another bronzer, all-matte neutral palette or another coral lipstick?

Not much! LOL. But I still want them all, especially with new makeup coming out every five seconds, so I gotta check myself before I wreck myself…

How do I weed out unnecessary or spur-of-the moment purchases?

On the very first day of the sale, I put everything I want to buy into my cart, and then I wait… And wait. And wait. I let it all simmer there, brewing and stewing (and taunting me?). Then, juuuuust before the sale ends, I’ll see what’s left in my cart, and most of the time when I do this, there are things that have sold out, which whittles the list down, and from there I reevaluate what’s left and see what fits into my budget.

This tactic reduces the likelihood of me getting a whole bunch of things I mostly only want because they’re on sale.

sephora vib haul
‘Twas a skin care haul (regular prices shown)

Um…but K-Dawg, does this actually work?

Dude, it totally does! Forcing myself to wait and really think about my cart and the grand total $ staring back at me helps…because I know who I am, and I’m a spur-of-the-moment shopper.

Waiting also forces me to look around at what I already have in my stash.

For this last sale, I knew I needed another bottle of Kate Somerville Anti-Bac, sunscreen/face moisturizer for winter (ugh, dry skin), an eye cream and some chemical exfoliators for mature skin, because every morning lately when I wake up and look in the mirror, instead of seeing my face, I see freakin’ Gollum’s!

What my heart was telling me I wanted, though, was a bunch of makeup — a Charlotte Tilbury palette, Shiseido eyeliners and eyeshadows (they recently revamped their entire makeup line, and it’s supposed to be REALLY good), some Charlotte Tilbury blushes and bronzers, and a Dior foundation.

OK, and maybe a few other things were in there too, ha ha ha. You know me too well!

Step 1: Shopping my own stash

The Charlotte Tilbury palette ended up being sold out, but everything worked out because I rediscovered my BECCA Chrissy Palette, which more or less serves the same purpose. I’m a little sad panda, 🙁 but if the CT palette is still around for the next VIB sale and I’m still lusting after it, I’ll get it then.

becca chrissy teigen swatches
Hello, old friend…

As for skin care, after digging through my drawers and makeup bins at home, I found some Kate Somerville samples I’ve been meaning to test but haven’t gotten around to (see pic at the top), including a firming and brightening retinol and vitamin C serum (which I’m VERY excited about because I LOVE me some vitamin C), a hyaluronic acid essence and a moisturizing cleanser.

I also found a lost gift card to a local spa that I received last Christmas, which I’m going to use to get another exfoliator/brightening product, Skinceuticals C+E Ferulic.

The things you find when you actually look through your drawers!

Step 2: Whittling down the final cart

Ultimately, I ended up getting exactly what I needed to stick to my budget:

I’m a little bummed that I did pick up any color products, for sure, but I’m also excited about trying some new skin care…and hopefully not looking like Gollum first thing in the morning, ha ha!

Did you end up getting anything from the sale?

Oh, and if you got that CT palette, please note that I will have to vicariously live through you.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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