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Sephora VIB Wishlist + Tips for the Best Sale


For a few days each November, Sephora offers a cool 20% off all purchases to its VIB and VIB Rouge members. It’s a great time to stock up on beauty staples, buy a few gifts, or try things you wouldn’t normally buy. For the past few years, I’ve used the November VIB sale to score holiday value sets, along with pricier items for which I’m not too keen on paying full price.

If this is your first time shopping the sale, here are a few tips:

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October 19, 2016

Easy Way to a Natural and Subtle Sunless Tan

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Two steps to a subtle, sunless tan

I recently discovered a foolproof way to get a natural and subtle sunless tan. As a pale gal, I like using self tanner on my body in the summer months, just to… take the edge off. I always protect my skin with sunscreen while out in the sun, so I rely on sunless tanners if I want a bit of a tan. My goal isn’t to deepen my skin tone dramatically — I just like to add just a hint of colour.

Here is my 2-step method for getting an ultra natural looking sunless tan that will last just as long a traditional sunless tan.

What you’ll need for subtle, sunless tan

  • Exfoliating mitt or cloth
  • Moisturizer
  • Tanning mitt
  • Buffing brush
  • Self tanning mousse

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June 20, 2016

Bronzer Roundup for Light to Medium Complexions

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I have a bit of a bronzer problem. Bronzer is my go-to category, so I’ve acquired a bit of a collection. Here’s my roundup of tips and favourites.

Bronzer is one of those products that needs the right tools. Most other products can withstand a bit of improvisation, like using those horrendous sponge-tip applicators that come with drug store eyeshadow (they work in a pinch!). Bronzer is not one of those products. Do not use the silly brushes that come with some bronzers, they are completely useless. If you have the right brush, your bronzer will look great even if you don’t have quite the right shade.

Before I jump into sharing my product recommendations, let me start with my two favourite brushes for applying bronzer.

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May 20, 2016

5 Tips for Buying Single Pan Eyeshadows

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Want to build your own custom eyeshadow palette? Here are my tips for getting started.

I know I’m in the minority, but eyeshadow palettes don’t really do it for me. I have an extreme minimalist aesthetic when it comes to eyes, and most palettes contain too many shades that I know I won’t use. I once spent my Shoppers Optimum points on the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, and gave it away six months later because I just never, ever used it.

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May 13, 2016