Wishlist & What to Buy | Sephora VIB Sale, August 2018

Recently, Sephora came out with an announcement that it’d be changing its reward program, and as part of that change, there would be a sale. That sale starts today, and I thought I could share some items on my wishlist (at this point though, I’ve already gone ahead and purchased them) and recommendations for what to buy.

As with usual Sephora sales, Rouge members get first access and the highest discount (20% this time), though unlike usual sales, the code you use to get the discount can only be used once.

Wishlist

As usual when Sephora has a sale, I try really hard to edit down my basket so that I don’t overspend and overstock on items that I won’t get to using for a while. I managed to limit my basket to just 3 items this time around, but to be completely honest, it’s because Dermstore and Biossance both just had sales with 25% off, so I picked up some items there instead. (The Biossance sale is ongoing until Monday! Get your Biossance goods there 🙂 ) Regardless, I thought I could share my Sephora basket items as well as the items I purchased from Dermstore and Biossance that could also be found at Sephora.

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Biossance Squalane + Glycolic Renewal Facial (2.02 oz, $68): I’m excited to use this because it claims to be a scrub, peel, and mask all in one, and glycolic acid does amazing things for my skin.

Biossance Only the Good Clean Beauty Gift Set ($72, $115 value): If it wasn’t evident already, I’m a pretty big fan of Biossance. This set was a no-brainer for me, since it included a full-size Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil (1 oz, $72), a 1 oz Squalane + Micronutrient Fine Mist (full-size 2.53 oz, $32), and a little 0.4 oz Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum (full-size 1 oz, $78). I’ve been ambivalent about the oil, but I wanted to use it more and see if I would change my mind, and I’ve wanted to try the latter two since they were released.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Smashed (0.52 oz, $26): I’m nearing the end with my current lip mask and have been dying to try this one for ages, so I definitely took advantage of the sale this time to pick it up.

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Shampoo (8 oz, $42): I’m not generally one that likes spending too much on hair products, but I’ve heard amazing things about this, and I do get dry scalp when it gets dry in the winter.

Saturday Skin No Bad Days Set ($39, $69 value): This is an amazing value, and I’ve been really wanting to try all of their stuff ever since my friend let me try her Saturday Skin eye cream. These samples will be great for me to bring on my travels later this year as well. The set includes a 0.67 oz Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel (full-size 2.53 oz, $28), a 1.01 oz Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist (full-size 4.39 oz, $34), a 0.51 oz Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream (full-size 1.01 oz, $46), and a 1.01 oz Featherweight Daily Moisturizing Cream (full-size 1.69 oz, $49).

Supergoop! Glow Stick Sunscreen SPF 50 (1 oz, $25): When traveling, I love bringing stick products with me, since it means less liquids. I’ve heard great things about this one, so I hope it’ll be good! I love that it has such a high SPF.

What to Get

Rather than list specific things that are good to get during sales, I thought I’d just say that the best thing to buy during these sales are value sets. As you can see, I’ve picked up two value sets – one from Saturday Skin and one from Biossance. Value sets are great ways for trying new products or for getting travel-friendly sizes of products you like. Sales are the best time to pick up these sets because they’re usually pretty pricey, especially for higher-end brands, because you’re maximizing your savings.

For example, the Biossance set retails for $72, which is the price of just the Squalane Oil. This is already a great deal, but with the discount, you’re saving even more money. If you were to buy the set during this Sephora sale, you could save an additional $14 if you are a VIB Rouge member.

When looking at value sets to pick up, make sure you look at the descriptions for each set! The Sephora site is pretty good in that it tells how much each set is worth. If it doesn’t, that means the value set doesn’t actually save you money, and, in that case, it wouldn’t be worth it to purchase the set. Also look at what’s included in the set. If there are more items that you don’t care for than do, I’d say pass – you’d only be spending money on stuff you didn’t want, which defeats the purpose of using value sets to save money.

What are some items you’re planning to pick up during this sale?

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AT A GLANCE | Biossance

Biossance is a skincare company based in the Bay Area (yay!) that has its focus on effective, safe skincare that also does not harm the environment or animals. One of the core ingredients in the majority of their products is squalane, something that your skin naturally has, but which your body makes less of over the years, and Biossance harvests this squalane from a sustainable source, sugarcane.

I’ve long heard many good things about Biossance products, specifically their bestselling Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil (1 oz, $72), and the company’s focus on clean beauty only furthered my interest in what it had to offer. A couple of months ago, I finally decided to give some Biossance products a try.

Products in My Collection

Out of the five products pictures, I’ve tried three. I’ve included my thoughts on the ones I’ve tried below:

  1. Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil (deluxe sample pictured here – full size is 1 oz, $72): I really enjoyed this, though honestly, I’m not sure if I would commit to a full-size product, as it’s quite pricey, and I have lower-priced oils that work just as well, if not better. I love the sample system that Biossance has on its site (more about this below) and will likely get a sample of this again in the future. I kept this in my travel pouch, and it got quite a few uses before I ran out.
  2. 100% Squalane Oil (deluxe sample pictured here – full size is 3.4 oz, $58): I probably enjoyed this even more than the Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, because this one is multi-use. I particularly enjoyed using it on my hair. I will be repurchasing this in the future.
  3. Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel (0.5 oz, $54): I haven’t used this yet, but it’s next in line after I use up my current nighttime eye cream.
  4. Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer (1.6 oz, $52): I’ve been using this for a couple of weeks now as my daytime moisturizer, and I really enjoy it. My skin definitely feels more radiant since I started using this. The packaging is also great – it’s a pretty hefty feeling tub that feels like it could double as a weapon. I love trying new moisturizers so it’s difficult to say whether I’ll come back to it, but it’s definitely on the top of my list of repurchases if I don’t discover something new I’ll want to try.
  5. Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths (25 cloths for $18): I received one cloth as a sample when I purchased the eye gel and moisturizer. I’ve yet to try this, but I’m keeping it in my beauty bag in my purse right now, on hand in case I ever need a makeup wipe. To be honest, I’m not sure I’ll ever purchase the full box, since I much prefer just getting drugstore wipes.

Biossance’s “Free” Sample Offering

As their products are pretty pricey, I really appreciate that they offer “free” samples to try via their site. For just a $5 shipping fee, you can choose from three different sets of deluxe samples.

  1. Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil and the 100% Squalane Oil
  2. Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel and 100% Squalane Oil
  3. Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer and Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil

All but the Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer sample are 4 ml (or approximately 0.14 oz). The gel moisturizer sample is 3 ml. When I got the samples, only option 1 was available, and personally, I think it’s where you’ll get the most bang for your buck. Oils only require a few drops per use, whereas a moisturizer or eye cream would require more.

 

Overall, I’m impressed, but not mindblown, by their products. They’ve released new products since I did this mini-haul though, and I’m definitely interested in giving those a try.

Have you tried Biossance products before?

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