We treat Sephora shopping sprees like we treat summer vacation. We look forward to it all year 'round, but we'd never embark on it without a plan in place—especially when it's for a special event. In this case, that special event has to do with Sephora's Beauty Insider program. Starting today, and running through May 6, the three tiers of the program (including Rouge, VIB, and Beauty Insider) have access to some of the retailer's most beloved products at a discounted price. You just have to know which products are up for grabs, and which discounts apply—in other words, you need all of the gritty details; That's where we come in.
Let's start with Rouge members, shall we? If that's you, head in-store or online, because from today through May 1, you'll have early access to the event (and the discounts). If you're shopping online, use code HEYROUGE to get 20% off of select beauty products. If you miss early access, don't fret. You'll still be able to receive 20% off of select beauty products through May 6.
As for all you VIB members out there, expect to receive 15% off of select beauty products from May 2 to May 6. This applies to both in-store and online shopping. If you're choosing the latter, be sure to use the code HEYVIB at checkout to receive the discount.
Finally, we have all Beauty Insider members. For you, Sephora is offering 10% off of select beauty products. If you're shopping in-store, you're all set. If you're shopping online, you'll need to use the code HEYINSIDER at checkout to receive the discount.
Now that the details are crystal clear, let's talk about the actual products that are up for grabs (because what's the purpose of a Sephora Beauty Insider event if not for scooping up old favorites or new discoveries?). Scroll on to see the 8 best products to buy.
1. Drunk Elephant C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum
Drunk Elephant's vitamin C-infused day serum addresses a couple of different skin issues. First, it does a number on dullness and dark spots, which only makes sense, considering vitamin C is an all-star brightening ingredient. Second, it targets fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin, thanks to its proprietary firming complex. Its potent blend of exfoliants and antioxidants also encourage cell turnover and free radical defense.
2. Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer
It's no secret that team Byrdie is fond of Tatcha, and that includes the Japanese brand's Silk Canvas product. The primer comes in the form of a velvety balm. Once applied, it preps the skin for makeup application, ensuring long-lasting wear without creasing, flaking, or smudging. It's formulated with real silk extracts and powder to smooth the skin, blur the look of imperfections, and rid the skin of excess shine.
3. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer
We have Rihanna to thank for this soft matte concealer. It's full-coverage, subtly brightening, and very creamy. We love the fact that it comes in 50 shades, running the gamut from the fairest to the deepest (just like the brand's matching foundation).
4. Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Moisturizer
If you're in need of a lighter moisturizer for spring and summer, this event is the perfect time to snag one, seeing as Fresh's Rose Deep Hydration Moisturizer is up for grabs. It's a gel-cream hybrid, meaning it will hydrate the skin without the thickness or weight of other, richer moisturizers. Instead, it uses hyaluronic acid, rosewater, and rose oil to hydrate the skin.
5. Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen
This product does exactly what you'd expect it to do. It provides the skin with vegan collagen from micro-algae. It promises to boost the skin's radiance, brightness, bounciness—and overall youthfulness—with continued use. (It's also worth noting that it's $115, which means a 20 or 15 or 10% discount will go a long way to save you money).
6. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Giorgio Armani is known for foundation. This one provides what the brand calls a "luminous" finish; we call it it light-to-medium. The smooth look of hydration and radiance it imparts is unrivaled by other foundations on the market, which is exactly why this is such a cult-favorite product. Now's the perfect time to re-stock (or try for the first time!).
7. Moroccanoil Treatment
This 'Treatment' is so vaguely named because it does a little bit of everything. Use the argan oil-infused formula to detangle, smooth, strengthen, and condition the hair; it even speeds up blow drying time if it's applied to damp hair from the mid-lengths to the ends. It's a multi-use product at its finest.
8. Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne
There's even perfume up for grabs during the Sephora Beauty Insider event. It's a Jo Malone perfume no less. The Peony & Blush Suede smells lightly floral, sweet, and warm—thanks to notes of peony, apple, and rose. It's a fragrance that smells just like springtime itself, so what better time to buy it?
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