This past Valentine's Day, I wandered into Sephora, gift cards I had been saving in hand. Looking around at all the vibrant colors, I was instantly excited. Like a kid in a candy store, I couldn't decide which of my favorite brands to visit first. Suddenly, the most blindingly gorgeous, glowing skin caught my eye. I noticed the Sephora associate who possessed it was helping a fellow makeup artist. I meandered over and bid my time, waiting for the chance to ask her what foundation she had on...bc of course it had to be foundation making her skin glow, right?
After waiting awhile, finally impatience got the best of me and I had to interrupt. "Excuse me?" I asked her. " I was just wondering what foundation it is you're wearing?"
She looked at me and smiled. "I'm not wearing foundation," she replied.
Uh, What?! I immediately felt disappointed. Then, to be honest, a little bit angry.
She must be lying, I thought. Ugh one of those girls who won't share their beauty secrets! I hate that!
Disappointed, I walked away, continuing my beauty search throughout the store. These gift cards were burning a hole in my pocket and there was no way I could leave without spending them, especially on Valentine's Day.
Walking around the store, the stubborn Aquarius in me just could not let it go though. There had to be some way, something she was using to make her skin glow that way! I had to find out and wasn't letting anything stop me. I'm annoying like that, I know. But as a beauty addict, I needed to get my fix!
I approached her again. "Hi, I'm so sorry to bother you."
She turned and looked at me surprised.
"Do you have concealer or highlighter on? You're skin is just glowing!"
"Oh I just use lots of skincare products. ALOT. and Nars Concealor with iT Cosmetics CC Cream for daytime."
Wow! Ok great! Now we were getting somewhere! Thank You Jesus!
Gently I asked her if she would mind sharing some of her skincare routine since it obviously truly worked. She smiled and agreed. Since the store was empty, she explained she had the time to show me her full skincare favorites and she wasn't kidding. It really was alot.
It turned out she was the Sephora educator and had come to the store merely to supervise. As we walked around the store together as she shared with me her skincare journey. To my surprise, she explained she had previously had painful acne prone skin, acne so bad she was left with horrible scarring. Since she works at Sephora now, she is able to try every product and learn in depth about all of the products available in the industry. She came up with her routine through trial and error and it is extensive, but it works. She now has skin so clear and glowing , she no longer even needs foundation.
I'm so happy I was able to find out from a Sephora beauty insider what her all time favorite Sephora products are for the ultimate skincare routine! Her gorgeous skin was proof in the pudding bc, like I said, she absolutely GLOWED!! I've been using her recommended products now for the past few days and my skin has not broken out and yes, I think it's looking plumper and glowing more too. This skincare Sephora haul was a great way to spend my gift cards and I'm so grateful to my friends who gave them to me.
These beauty products are definitely Sephora must haves of 2017 and in the video below, I demonstrate how to use them and in what order. Some of her steps were surprising, like putting oil drops on top of moisturizer, but honestly my skin is already looking & feeling amazing and its only been a few days. I also suffered from acne my entire life and have been skeptical to try any new products. But I trust this beauty Insider and also know Sephora has a great return policy. They have never made me uncomfortable when having to return an item. I appreciate that so much!
Here is the list of products as shown my Youtube video below. All information in quotes below was taken from
1. Clinique Cleansing Balm available at
The Sephora Beauty Insider actually recommended the Algenist Anti Aging Cleaning Balm but it was sold out.
"This non-drying, rich melting cleanser is the best of biotechnology and offers an unparalleled sensorial experience. The powerful formula combines both alguronic acid, a patented antiaging breakthrough, and microalgae oil, a new source of nourishing oil, to visibly replenish and smooth skin. This transforming cleanser melts into a silky oil to lift away all traces of long-wearing makeup gently and effectively. Upon contact with water, this lightweight oil turns into a milky emulsion and rinses clean to wash away impurities, leaving skin beautifully cleansed, soft, and radiant-looking "
2. Origins Checks and Balances Cleanser available at
"comfortably refreshed after cleansing"
3.Origins Modern Friction Exfoliater available at
"removes dead cells, uneven patches, and signs of skin damage and discoloration. Fine lines and pores appear instantly diminished"
4. Tatcha the Plumping Essence available at
"youthful radiance.. improved skin texture and a smooth luster..Plumping hydration..Maximizes performance of all skin care"
5. Fresh Rose Deep Hydratin Serum available at
"healthy-looking, glowing complexion"
6. Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream available at
"support healthy skin elasticity"
7. Torres Wild Rose Brightening Oil available at
"It provides significant antioxidant action while repairing the look of fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin's overall tone and texture...supports natural collagen synthesis, and provide powerful skin brightening, tone repair, and antioxidant protection against free radical and UV damage.. delivers anti-thermal aging activity and anti-inflammatory benefits while improving skin's luminosity. The silky oil easily absorbs into skin, delivering a fresh, dewy, enviable glow."
No wonder she was glowing!
8. Dr. Dennis Gross Face Peel available at
"delivers antiaging actives, nourishes, and keeps skin balanced, smooth, and radiant. Skin immediately looks refreshed and perfectly prepped..Expect to see improved texture and diminished fine lines."
For daytime, she recommended starting with
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer available at
Then on to iT Cosmetics CC Cream at https://goo.gl/vavFRp
with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer https://goo.gl/LvfsJn to conceal underage circles mixed
with Sephora: SEPHORA COLLECTION : Bright Future Color Correctors: color correcting
available at https://goo.gl/94alm9
Next Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder : setting-powder-face-powder at https://goo.gl/3g9E7u
Finally a spritz of First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Vital Greens Face Mist
Bring in the DUPES!!!
I realize these beauty products are pricey and you can definitely use less expensive versions on the same items, creating your own custom and affordable 10 step beauty routine. You can start by
1. Using a this amazing cleansing balm dupe by Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser https://goo.gl/Hu0ntn
2. Then a deep cleanser that is also gentle like L'oreal 360 Deep Facial for Sensitive Skin https://goo.gl/lRQldY
3. Next using a scrub like Boots No 7 Skin Radiance Exfoliator
4. Then pat on a toner like Burts Bee's Rosewater
https://goo.gl/FvfgCq using your hands.
5. Now a serum like Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Dry Skin Cocktail
6. On to a moisturizer like Lumene Bright Now Sleeping Cream
7. Then some extra skin loving TLC with Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C+ Beauty Drops at https://goo.gl/mey8i9 on TOP of your moisturizer
8. Eye Time! Use a serum like Sudden Change Under-Eye Firming Serum
9. Then a firming Eye cream like Yes to Blueberries
10. Plump Your Lips with Lip Mask Try My Favorite Vaseline Lip Therapy Lip Balm Rosy Lips https://goo.gl/4WesgA
This is a routine you would only do at night. For the day, you do want to make sure and use a high SPF and CC creams are amazing.
Start with a primer like Wet n Wild CoverAll Face Primer
Then Use a CC Cream with SPF. Try Physicians Formula Super CC + Color-Correction + Care Cream SPF 30 available at
Then Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer at https://goo.gl/ehXSQs mixed with little Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Concealer Stick Brightener for a Bright Eyed Effect! Available at Walgreen's at
Now on to a a dusting of Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Loose Powder available at https://goo.gl/ZcGYlU on top to set.
Use a big fluffy brush for a light and even distribution of powder.
Finally a spritz of No7 Facial Hydrating Water Spray at https://goo.gl/BqrfcO and your good to glow!
For the Complete List of Products Check out my Luxury Glowing Skin Kit Dupes at
Walgreens has great discounts on skincare items, right now they're having buy 2, get one free! Also, don't forget to join their Beauty Enthusiast Club. It's free to sign up and gets you money back on purchases! Yesterday I got $15 back and I dont even shop there too much! Sign up at https://www.walgreens.com/balancerewards/beauty.jsp
Hope these work as good for you, as they are for me! Let me know if you decide to try any of these products!
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