Sephora Spring Sale 2018: French Beauty Recommendations and Wish List

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It's that time of year again! Sephora rewards program members, Rouge, VIB and BI, are about to get a 10 or 15% off coupon valid on the entire store or website and go nuts with their purchases. Well, some of them. If you want to know the details and see my shopping guide with purchase recommendations as well as my wish list, just keep reading!


Any rewards program member will have access to a discount at a specific date. If you are not a member you can sign up now, and you will get the coupon for the first loyalty level. Here are the discounts, dates and codes to use:

- VIB Rouge members will get 15% off with code YAYROUGE between April 13 and 16, and then again April 20 to 23.
- VIB members will get 15% off with code YAYVIB on April 20-23.
- Beauty Insiders (BI, the default level when you sign up) will get 10% off with code YAYINSIDER on April 20-23.


Of course you could grab the latest makeup releases and all the hyped up products that everybody's talking about on Instagram. You know, like, glitter face masks and the newest highlighter. But if you're looking for tried and true products, here's a list of things you should consider. Some are cult classics, others are my personal favorites, and I consider all of them some of the best products you can buy from big French beauty brands.

Images are clickable (that's the first time I try to do that, let me know if you have issues!) and you can read why I picked each product below:

- Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder: simply one of the most flattering bronzers I've ever used. It comes in a bunch of shades to suit all skin tones, and you can also choose different variants from the original pictured here, such as the Sun Trio. Just one thing you should know: it is heavily scented.

- Lancôme Matte Shaker: it's been one of my favorite lipsticks since it launched last year (see my review of Beige Vintage and Plum Plum Girl). It's not fully matte, but it's comfortable, fun to use, and the colors are beautiful!

- Givenchy Le Rouge: if you want to treat yourself to a luxury lipstick, this is what you need. The real leather case is super fancy, the formula is fantastic, and the shade range gorgeous. I showed you my collection a while back.

- Lancôme Grandiôse: it's still my favorite mascara, even after I tried a bunch of other ones lately. It provides just the right balance of volume and length, and it's the best at keeping my very straight lashes curled up throughout the day. My review of Grandiôse has all the details and before/after pics.

- Klorane Make-Up Remover Water: I know you all want the dry shampoo from Klorane and you certainly should get it (check out my post to see which one of the three is best for your hair type), but this cleansing water with cornflower is my favorite product from the brand. If you have sensitive or dry skin, I highly recommend it as a morning cleanser! I also reviewed it last year.

- Rouge Dior: my very first high-end lipstick was from Dior (the shade was called Brun Award and.... I still have it, although I don't use it anymore!), and I've been a fan ever since. I think it's still one of the best luxury lipsticks you can get - and it's been reformulated every few years so the texture doesn't feel old-school waxy at all. It's super comfortable, flattering, long-wearing, and the colors are vibrant. Take a look at my post about the shade called Saint-Germain for the details.

- Guerlain Météorites: if you want soft radiance and a subtly blurred complexion, the Météorites are the best way to achieve natural luminous skin - they're so much better than the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders if you ask me. Just to be clear, they're not a highlighter, they're a finishing powder to use all over the face to brighten and even out the skin. They work great to breathe life back into your skin when you wear a matte foundation too.

- Caudalie Grape Water: I told you all about water mists and their benefits for the skin, and this one is the best you can buy at Sephora. It's not really water though, it's a "juice" extracted from vines, so it's packed with antioxidants.

- YSL All Hours Foundation: I've been trying lots of new foundations lately (I'll have a post about my tests soon) and this is the best full coverage, long-wearing foundation I've found yet. Most of them are too drying and emphasize texture, but this one wears beautifully on my skin.

- Dior 5 Couleurs: I think Dior did a fantastic job with the latest reformulation of their eyeshadow quints. I've been very impressed by the ones I've tried from this new range, both the all mattes (see my review of Dream) and the shimmer palettes (my post on Provoke). As usual the shadows are not 100% opaque, Dior is not ABH! But they pack a great amount of pigment, they're super blendable, the mattes are silky soft, and they look beautiful on the eyes, even if you have dryer and textured lids like me.

- YSL Tatouage Couture: I tried all the new liquid matte lipsticks from French brands last year, and this one turned out to be my favorite. It's so comfortable and the shades are so vibrant that I can live with the transfer - you can see my review of Carmin Statement for details. That being said, Guerlain's Intense Liquid Matte is also a great formula (my review).

- L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil: if you ever want to know what luxury in the shower feels like, try this. It's terribly expensive for a body wash, but it smells and feels so good!

- YSL Rouge Volupté Oil-in-Stick: YSL is just great at making fantastic lip products. This semi-sheer and glossy lipstick looks super flattering if you like juicy lips. I've showed you several shades, and my favorites are Rose Saint-Germain (49), Rose Rive Gauche (43).


It's a long wish list and I have a very small budget this year, so I probably won't be purchasing much. But I like to contemplate the possibility of getting these exciting products!

- Smashbox Cali Contour Palette: I'm obsessed with face palettes. I had ONE at the beginning of last year, and I think I have what, 6 now? Do I need this? Nope. But it does look great and the first reviews are pretty good.

- Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2018: I bought this kit last year and discovered sunscreens that I loved, so I'm tempted to get it again this year. I'm a little disappointed to see some repeats though.

- Too Faced Sex On The Peach set: I've heard good things about the primer, the powder and the setting spray from this range, so it could be a good opportunity to try them all.

- three brand new lip products by French brands that I want to try and eventually review here:
    - YSL Volupté Liquid Color Balm, that looks a lot like the brand's Tint-in-oil
    - the newly relaunched Guerlain Rouge G: you buy the bullet and the case separately so you can customize your lipstick. The cases are super pretty and I'm not sure which one I will pick!
    - Dior Addict Lacquer Plump. The first reviews are actually pretty bad so I'm very curious to see if this is a rare miss for Dior's lip range. It looks a lot like the Fluid Stick from a few years back, which I was not a big fan of (and mine turned bad very quickly which is unusual).

- Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Marine Moisture Rescue Set: I love to try new moisturizers, and this set is the price of the moisturizer alone with a deluxe size of the eye cream, plus packets of the mask. There's something about the words "marine moisture" that sounds really appealing to me.

- Sephora Cleansing Oil-in-Balm: I'm a fan of cleansing balms, I just find them much more convenient to use than oils. This one is definitely cheaper than big brands.

- Kat Von D Lock It Concealer: this is a rare product that I didn't think I'd like but got in a Sephora Play box, and ended up loving. It's one of the least cakey concealers I've tried in a long time, although I expected the exact opposite!

- Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh: as much as I dislike the original Double Wear because it looks terribly cakey on me, I fell in love with this Water Fresh version. It offers light coverage, and it looks beautiful on the skin. Plus Estee Lauder has a good shade match for me.

- Dr Jart+ Shake & Shot Rubber Masks: well, sometimes you have to buy stuff just because the packaging looks really cool!

Urban Decay UD x Kristen Leanne Daydream Eyeshadow Palette: I would never have bought this little palette full price, but it's been reduced to $13 and with an extra 15% off that's pretty cheap. I think it could make a good companion palette with all matte shades for the crease and brow bone.

Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum: I use a vitamin C serum every single day in the morning, and I'm a fan of the brand, so I feel like I should try this new product. If only it was a little more affordable...

- Nars NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palette Volume I: see first item in my wish list about my obsession with face palettes... I've also been really impressed with Nars collections lately, so this blush palette is very tempting!

Do you plan to shop the Sephora spring sale? What's on your wish list?

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