Sephora Sale: My Favourites and Gift Ideas

With the Sephora sale open to all Beauty Insiders, I wanted to share my full skincare and make up routine! The sale is running until October 30 – November 9 (depending on your tier), and Beauty Insiders receive 10% off at Sephora, VIB receive 15%  off and Rouge receive 20% off. I will put all of the details below!

I also wanted to share my favourite gift & stocking stuffer ideas because it’s a great time with the sale just before the holiday season, to pick up some gifts early!

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to email me or send me a message on Instagram @emscourtney

Please note affiliate links are being used in this post!

Sale Details:

Rouge: 20% off, Use Code HOLIDAYFUN

Rouge 20%: Oct 30-November 9

VIB 15%: November 3-9

Insider 10%: November 5-9


One item I missed out on in the last sale because it was sold out is the Jo Malone Hand Soap & Body Wash but they are sold out. These are the two I had my eyes on: Nectarine Blossom & Honey Hand Soap & Body Wash AND Wood Sage & Sea Salt Hand Soap & Body Wash.

This sale I am also going to stock up on a few items below that are empty. Plus, I think it’s a great time to buy stocking stuffers: Hair bobbles, single use face masks, mini travel sized items etc. I am testing out a new way to share gift guides, so check it out below and let me know what you think?!


Gift Ideas

All of these are great Stocking stuffer ideas or Gift ideas that I would absolutely love to receive and think they make really lovely gift ideas for this Holiday season!

1. LANEIGE Good Night Kit
A duo of sleeping beauty essentials to wake up with nourished skin and lips.
2. Caudalie Vinosource Holiday Cracker
A trio of moisturizing heroes for visibly restored skin.
3. invisibobble That's Crackin' SLIM Trio
A SLIM Trio Cracker is a highlight under the tree with two new colors—a light pink with pearl shine and a silver one with a special bead spiral.
4. Caudalie Mini Mask Trio Set
A collection of masks inspired by Vinothérapie Spa rituals that offers busy women perfect skin looks in record time.
5. SEPHORA COLLECTION Holiday Coconut Foot Mask
A limited-edition foot mask that is enriched natural-origin coconut oil extract.
6. Too Faced Mini Better Than Sex Mascara Ornament
A limited-edition Christmas ornament that comes with a mini Better Than Sex Mascara.
7. Benefit Cosmetics Beauty Thrills Set
A limited-edition set that includes a mini face primer, a mini mascara, and a mini brow gel.
8. NEST New York Festive Votive Candle Mini Set
A petite votive set to fill your home with three iconic seasonal scents—Birchwood Pine, Holiday, and Blue Cypress & Snow.
9. Jo Malone London Sweet & Spirited Travel Cologne and Candle Set
This duo contains the spirited Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne for her and sweet Nectarine Blossom & Honey Miniature Candle for her home.
10. NEST New York Mini Diffuser Set
A petite diffuser set to fill your home with three iconic seasonal scents—Birchwood Pine, Holiday, and Spiced Orange & Clove.
11. L'Occitane Almond Home & Away
A gift set that contains a full- and mini-size shower oil and a full- and mini-size concentrate.
12. Slip Silk Pillowcase - Standard/Queen
A standard queen-size pillowcase made of the highest grade mulberry silk for the ultimate beauty sleep. Comes in 9 different colours.
13. Slip Silk Sleepmask
A sleep mask made of the highest grade mulberry silk for the ultimate beauty sleep. Comes in 7 colours.


My Normal Skincare Lineup

Skin Type & Background:

I have always had dry, but prone to breakouts type skin.

Two and a half years ago when I first moved downtown, I went into Sephora and had a Skin Fit consultation. This is where they get to know you skin type, give you an oxygen facial, and apply some of their products that they recommend for you. I believe you have to spend around C$75 at Sephora, and then this service is free!? You book the appointment ahead of time, and then that C$75 (?!) spend can include products that you buy after the appointment. I honestly cannot recommend this enough! It was a game changer for my skin and so helpful!

Below I will go over my favourite makeup products as well as my morning and night routine and tell you the products that were recommended for my skin.

Morning Routine:

Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser 150ml - LOOKFANTASTIC

Face Wash:

Earlier this year I made a switch to a new face wash. I have been using Caudalie Vinopure Pore Purifying Gel Cleanser, which has been working great. I used to start my morning using Clarimatte™ T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel but it seems like this has been sold out since the last sale, so sadly I don’t think this line is being offered anymore!

Another tip is using baby facecloths. I wet my face with my hands, apply the above face wash, and use these to wash away the excess face wash. They typically come in a pack of… maybe 10 or more?! and I use them once, and then toss them in the laundry (let them dry first). I find this to be way better on my skin because I am not washing my face with the bacteria left over from the day before.

Here are the ones I have – yes I buy the cute baby prints.

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Eye cream:

The eye cream that I use is ORIGINS GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff. I gently pat this on under my eyes, up to the outer corners. I am really careful not to get it too close to my lash line – I am not sure if anyone else is sensitive to this, but if I get creams or oils near my lash line I get styes (not nice!!!).

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, 1.7 Fl Oz: Beauty

Face cream: 

This is where I was first introduced to Sunday Riley!! I have been a huge fan of their Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream! I have recommended this to countless people and they all come back telling me how much they love it. I lightly pat this onto my face. It’s really important not to rub (so I have been told) because it is more likely to create wrinkles, so I am really delicate with the skin on my face! I absolutely love this as a face cream. I never have any issues with breakouts!

Makeup Products:

After my Morning Routine, I start applying my makeup, but I always want to ensure I start with a fresh clean face first! I tried to list these in the order that I apply them, hopefully this helps you understand my process.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Moonstone | Beautylish


BECCA COSMETICS Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter

I apply highlighter to the upper area of the cheekbones, on the Cupid’s bow, and a tiny dusting down the bridge of the nose. I find this gives a really nice illumination without taking it too far! You can do this with any highlighter/illuminating product. I used the GLAMGLOW Glow Start illuminating moisture for a while just because I received a good sample size and it had enough shimmer.


Under Eyes: 

YSL: Touche Eclat All-Over Brightening Pen

I apply this brightening pen under my eyes to cover up dark circles. I find that I do not have under eye puffiness, but rather dark circles and this has really helped cover them! I use shade 2 Luminous Ivory – for fair to light complexions with yellow undertones.

Benefit | Brow Pencil Party Goof Proof & Precisely My Brow Duo | Cult Beauty | Cult Beauty

Brow Pencil:

BENEFIT COSMETICS Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape & Fill AND BENEFIT COSMETICS Precisely, My Brow Pencil Waterproof Eyebrow Definer

I used to get my eyebrows waxed and shaped at the Benefit Brow Bar at Sephora pre covid when I was downtown more often, and have used their products for the last three years. I use both of the pencils above, and during Benefit’s Brow Day they had 50% off their precisely my brow pencil, so I gave that a try. It gives more of a fine brow detail. Both are great! I absolutely love them!! I use the brow pencil in shade 3 – warm light brown. I have dark eyebrows in comparison to my hair colour, so I am always trying to lighten them up a bit, rather than using a darker shade.

Gel sourcils transparent 24-hour brow setter| Benefit Cosmetics

Brow Setter: 

BENEFIT COSMETICS 24-HR Brow Setter Shaping & Setting Gel

I use this to set my brows after applying the brow pencil. I love that this keeps my brows in perfect shape/form all day!!



SMASHBOX Step-By-Step Contour Kit

I love this contour kit! I have used it for a few years and if you are not that experienced with makeup, I think this kit is really helpful. It comes with a brush, the three contour shades, as well, it tells you where to apply it! I buy shade Light/Medium.


TARTE Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

On a day where I need a little extra rosiness, I apply this blush! I believe this was the Sephora birthday gift a few years back, and I have been using it since! I use the colour Exposed – nude pink.

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Powder Foundation: 

BENEFIT COSMETICS Hello Happy Velvet Power Foundation

I’ve  been using this product for years now and I love it!! I really love light coverage, so applying this powder foundation all over my face is perfect. I use the shade ‘I Love Me’ Ivory.


URBAN DECAY Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette

I love these classic eyeshadow colours and I tend to play it pretty natural on my eyes, going with a natural smoky lid! The Naked Palettes have been a go to for me for years, but I really feel like this basics palette has all that I need for day to day! I also have the Smoky Palette, but I don’t think Sephora carries this anymore.

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Eye Liner: 

BENEFIT COSMETICS Roller Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

I tend to have a pretty natural eye look from day to day, but when I want to dress it up a little, I apply this liner to my upper eyelid. I think it really defines and boosts my lashes more and lasts a really long time!

Lash Curler: 

TWEEZERMAN ProCurl Eyelash Curler

Pre-work from home days, when I wore mascara often, I always always curled my eye lashes! I love to have a natural but full lash, without chunks of mascara showing. I find using an eyelash curler really helps spread my lashes out before applying mascara.

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ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara

This is a new mascara for me this Sephora sale, but I am really excited to try it! It carries the “Clean at Sephora” label, and is 99% natural ingredients. When it comes to our eyes, I think it is really important to be careful with what you are putting on and around them, so I am very excited to try this product! It is labeled as a build-able and flake-free! I typically curl my lashes, apply one coat of mascara, let it dry for a few minutes, then go back, curl again and apply one last coat!


CHARLOTTE TILBURY Matte Revolution Lipstick

This is one of my go to’s in the shade Very Victoria – taupe nude.


JO MALONE LONDON Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne | Holt Renfrew Canada

JO MALONE LONDON Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

I received this as my Sephora birthday gift this year and I love it! I don’t love overly floral scents or super strong scents, so this is a perfect mix for me!

Night Routine:

First I want to start by saying how important it is to change your pillowcase often! You sweat and produce oils that stay on your pillowcase, and even though you go to bed with a clean face, you put it on a pillowcase, that after a few days, is dirty! I really find this helps my skin.

Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser 150ml - LOOKFANTASTIC

Face Wash:

My night routine also includes  Caudalie Vinopure Pore Purifying Gel Cleanser, with one slight difference. I use my Foreo Mini to help get a deeper clean. I could probably use this in the morning and at night, but I don’t have time for that  (I try to have a really quick routine to get me out the door faster – and sleep in longer!). If you have never heard of Foreo, check it out! I really think it is a great product and my skin feels really soft after using it.

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Makeup Remover:

Alcon Systane Eyelid Cleansing Wipes

If you have been following me for a little while and follow me on Instagram, you know I struggle with eye problems and had surgery earlier this year, so eye care is extremely important to me. I used to get Styes weekly, which is horrible. My ophthalmologist recommended these wipes for me and when I wear eye makeup, they are a game changer. They take off all of my makeup but are also safe for your eyes! Definitely recommend to anyone. Also, I love the smell, I swear they smell like almond extract?!  You can order them on amazon, or pick them up at your local drugstore or Walmart.

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Face Mask: 

Two of my favourites are Origins: Original Skin™ Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay and GLAMGLOW: SUPERMUD® Activated Charcoal Treatment

The Rose Clay mask I use more often, I think my skin looks glowy after, and I don’t think it is as harsh on my skin as I find the GlamGlow is. Though, If I have a little breakout, then I use the GlamGlow on the breakout every night until it goes away.

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Eye Mask Review | Allure

Eye Mask:

Another new addition to my skincare collection this Sephora sale!

I love doing an occasional under eye mask, and I wanted to give these a try! They aim to brighten, hydrate, and reduce the appearance of dark circles.


summer fridays mask (mini size) | Travel size beauty products, Jet lag, Sephora

Eye Mask:


A new one to my list! I got a sample of this and loved it. I have jut been using it under my eyes and it makes them so hydrated!

Shiseido White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream | Ulta Beauty

Eye cream:

SHISEIDO White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream

I purchased this last sale and it has been working really well for dark circles under my eyes! I only use it at night, and I think it is working better than the Fresh: Rose Eye Gel Cream I was previously using!

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, 1.7 Fl Oz: Beauty

Face cream: 

I use Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream at night as well. Like I said, I really love this cream and because it is really lightweight, it is great at night too. Caudalie Vinosource SOS Deep Hydration Serum, 1 Ounce: Premium Beauty

Face serum:

I got a sample of Caudalie Vinosource SOS Deep Hydration Serum and I have been loving it so much, so definitely worth getting the full size. I find it really gives my skin a boost of hydration, especially in the dryer months plus I love the subtle scent.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment 30 ml | Beautylish

Good Genes All-In One Lactic Acid Treatment:

Good Genes All-In One Lactic Acid Treatment is one of the products that Sunday Riley sent to me, and I have heard incredible things about this product, but was always hesitant to purchase. Everyone was right though – it is an incredible product. I apply it before bed in those areas where I am starting to find wrinkles creeping up on me, and I have noticed they are disappearing, which is great! Once I started to see a difference on my face, I started to apply it to a scar on my hand, and even though that isn’t what this is for – I have seen some reduced scarring appearance!!

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask reviews, photos, ingredients - MakeupAlley

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask I got a sample of this after here so many good reviews. I definitely love it and put it on before bed every night!

Slip Silk Sleep Mask:

Slip Sleep Mask Pink: Beauty

CAN $70.00 click here | US $50.00 click here 

Multiple Colours Available!

slip - Silk Pillowcase, Standard

Slip Silk Pillowcase

CAN $119.00 click here | US $85.00 click here

I absolutely love my silk pillowcase and eye masks and if you want to read all of the amazing skin and hair benefits I have personally noticed, I just wrote a dedicated post about it here.

Please note that the links in this post may be affiliate links, which means if I inspired you to make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission on the sale. It doesn’t make any difference to you as the buyer, but I make a small compensation from the brand via rewardStyle.

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