I’ve been a Sephora member on Rouge status for a lot longer than I care to admit. 

I absolutely adore purchasing beauty items. It’s a thing. What’s also a thing is the yearly Sephora Beauty Insider Sale. 20% off for Rouge and 15% off for VIB’s- online and in store, or both. That’s how we roll. 

Here are my top items! 

Let’s go!

1. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask ($26.00)

I absolutely cannot live without. Overnight lip masks have a very special place in my heart, but this one especially. It’s a thick salve thy gives your lips intense moisture and sheen while also healing chapped lips. They have it in 3 colors and I own them all, the original is my favorite however. I use it after I scrub my lips in the morning and I also use it underneath all my lipsticks. I have a tube next to my bed, one on the vanity, one at work, in the car and in my purse. I pretty much am never without it. It’s that good! The Bite Beauty concept is that if it’s not good enough to eat then it shouldn’t be on your lips and rightfully so! 

2. Korres White Tea Shower Gel ($18.50)

I had known Korres well before it even was sold in the US. The Greek pharmacy brand is clean, Parabeln free and the scents are amazing. When we stayed in Palma de Mallorca last year (read about it here) the Hotel Can Cera had Korres in room amenities and Daniel’s favorite shower gel was the white tea one. Since Sephora now carries the while line, this had got to be in my basket! 

3. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb (from $85.00)

I truly only wear three scents, YSL Black Opium – Jill Sander Sun and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. And Flowerbomb is absolutely a scent that people remember you by. It’s flowery but not overbearing. Soft but incredibly strong. And it’s these items where the sale is just making a nice difference. 

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Scissors ($22.50) & Brow Wiz ($21.00)

I love myself some Anastasia. And my brows are really where it’s at! I just love her scissors, they are super filigran and sharp. And the Brow Wiz is my absolute favorite of all brow pens that I’ve ever used. It’s just perfect. I go through them quite fast so I usually order 2 or 3 at the sale! My color is taupe (believe it or not, I don’t like my brows to be super bold when my hair is lighter so taupe is perfect for me!) 

5. First Aid Beauty Bouncy Mask ($38.00)

The mask definetly comes true to its name! It’s a gel based mask rich in hyalouronic acid. Hyalouronic acid is a super star ingredient that can bind water times one thousand. Sleeping in that mask just makes me wake up feeling replenished and super hydrated. I get HydraFacials regularly and this mask is like a HydraFacial in a bottle when it comes to the hydration. It’s a must. 

6. Amorepacific Color Correct Compact SPF 50 ($60.00)

An absolute must have for me, you get a dewy coverage and SPF 50. What’s not to love?! The color correct will really take care of any redness or patchiness and it gives me a flawless and dewy complexion that lasts all day. I apply it with a wet beauty blender which I like better than the sponge that comes with it. And it comes with a replacement catrtridge also. 

7. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye ($24.00)

My holy grail of concealers. I can say that I rarely ever leave the house without it. It’s absolute perfection. It’s a thick and full coverage concealer that does not set in fine lines and stays on all day long. I use the tiniest bit. So much so that I just opened the tube I bought last year. They also make a travel size that I keep in my travel make up bag every day. I’ve got crazy dark undereye circles and I would be absolutely lost without this magic potion. 

The sale is beginning November 3rd and lasts until the 6th. Go get your basket! 

Thank you for reading and happy shopping! 


Truth be told, I have not always been a fan of evening routines. There were times in my life where I may even have skipped one or two nightly facewash’s (honesty has always served me well #RealTalk).

But obviously, once I was headed to esthetics school in Germany all those years back, I’ve learned that not washing your face at night is about as bad as it gets. Big no no-don’t ever do that again-kind of bad. You want to prevent aging, break outs and lackluster skin- you have to wash your face. No way around it.

And recently I even stepped up the nightly wash and started to derma roll. I. AM. ABSOLUTELY. OBSESSED.

Let’s go!

“Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it for the rest of your life!” 

Step 1: Wash the day off 
I start of by getting my Makeup Eraser towel moist with super warm water. Nothing gets me into the ‘this-is-my-time-to-wind-down-and-I-need-to-enjoy-it’ mood better than just soaking up the days worries and makeup/pollution/dirt. I remove the most of my make up with the towel and then cleanse my skin with a small amount of the Lait VIP O2 followed by what I call the holy grail of all the exfoliator lotions, the Lotion P50 V 1970. This lotion (and the word ‘lotion’ is not doing this product justice -think more like liquid goddess that will change your skin and you’re halfway there), which gently exfoliates, purifies and regenerates the epidermis has been a game changer in my routine. Combined with the nightly derma rolling, this has absolutely made a huge difference in how my skin looks and feels.

Step 2: Get rolling

Derma rolling that is. Last spring, I had the professional treatment done by my dermatologist, the Micro Pen Vampire Facial, and I liked it. Doing more research on derma rolling at home, I ordered my Derma roller (mine has 540 needles and is .03) and included it into my routine. The results are amazing. My skin is more clear, my pores are smaller and even my chickenpox scar is getting lighter. I roll every single night for about 5-7 minutes, I always follow up with my serums as derma rolling opens the channels of your pores and product is able to penetrate so much better into the lower layers of your skin. I also derma roll over my lips. Dreamy!

Step 3: Quintessential serums

My nightly serums are applied one after the other, Serum Placenta is a skinrepair serum that revitalizes the skin and I massage it in paying special attention to my under-eye area. I follow up with Serum Erythros, and as the name suggests that helps with calming some redness I have on my cheeks. The combination of both quintessential serums after derma rolling is absolutely fantastic.

Step 4: Lashes and brows for days

I’m all about lashes and brows. (A few of my readers and friends, like Michele From The Pink Shed, are going to agree that I can talk about lashes and brows for days. Literally days.) Next to amazing skin, good lashes and brows are where it’s at for me. A little help never hurts, I have been a big supporter of growth serums. I am using my NeuLASH serum and NeuBROW serum regularly. Ok fine, I am obsessed and I use it every day. I’d be totally fine with Frida Kahlo brows.

Step 5: Nightly masking

Giving your skin an extra goody at night only makes sense, overnight, your skin regenerates itself while you sleep. I’ll do anything I can to help it out. I add a thin layer of Creme Masque Vernix, all over my face and neck. It is rich in antioxidants, peptides and lipids. I also use an eye cream (Creme Contour des Yeux Biosensible) that helps to nourish my dry eye area and helps with my dark circles. And I cannot go to bed without the ‘I-cannot-live-without’ lip mask (Bite Beauty Agave), it helped with my stint of exfoliating cheleitis and I never had better conditioned lips.

Step 6: Brush and shampoo (ish)

I try to not wash my hair more than 2-3 times a week, I have fine hair but lots of it. I work out 6-7 times a week though and if I had a middle name, the name Dry Shampoo would certainly be in the running. I started using Batiste when I traveled to the US from London Heathrow in December of 2009, believe me when I tell you that I was desperate to have my hair blown out, though I did not have enough time. I was activating my Green Card on this very flight and I wanted to look somewhat good for my Green Card picture that would be taken. In the beauty section of the airport Selfridges store I found Batiste Dry Shampoo and my life was forever changed. Anyhow, I spray a bit onto my scalp and let it sit, after a few I brush it out with my one and only Mason Pearson in pink (a gift from Daniel, he’s a keeper) and I bump my hair up in a bun and turn in.

What I love most about a good nightly routine is that I wake up the next morning and my skin looks and feels amazing.  It makes me believe that I accomplished something that helps my skin to be its best.

I do change my routine frequently and depending on the season and I will update the routine as I go along.

Thank you for reading and stay beautiful!

“Aging is a fact of life. Looking your age is not.” -Dr. Howard Murad 

Disclosure: As part of my responsibility as Spa Director I receive product to evaluate. For this post I would like to thank Laura from Biologique Recherche and Angelica from NeuLASH/NeuBROW for their generosity. However, none of my links are affiliate links!