what i’m buying (and not buying): sephora vib sale and ulta platinum sale

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It’s that time of year again, the Sephora VIB Sale and Ulta Perks/Platinum Prestige Sale! I’m a VIB Rouge and Ulta Platinum member, which just means I spend a crazy amount of money at both of those shops throughout the year.

Like I’ve mentioned previously, I’m on a low-buy this year. I’m not planning on buy a lot of things during this sale and thought I would share what I think you should buy and what I think you shouldn’t buy. Here were go…

what you shouldn’t buy, and what you should buy instead…

eyeshadow palettes: this is probably where I spent majority of my money last year. However, when I did my collection declutter, I realized that I had too many similar eyeshadow shades in various palettes. I gave some away and I haven’t bought a palette since the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette (which is now permanent, so the hype has died down). If you’re a makeup junkie like me, you probably have those shades somewhere in your collection. With palettes, you probably only use a few shades, so unless you know you’ll use them all, you should steer clear from them.

what you should buy instead…if you think you need a specific shade (for example, you really have been wanting a metallic blue eyeshadow), opt for buying single shadows instead. By doing this, you can be more deliberate with your shopping. You might end up buying only one or two shadows and those pans last a long time. Or, you might realize you don’t need any of those shadows after all.


lip products in the same nude shade: I’m sure you have a ton of lip products in your collection. This is the time to evaluate your collection and find what you don’t have. For me, I know I end up buying the same pink nude shades in every formula. Lip products are my vice, so I’m making sure I’m not putting any lip products in my cart that I might have a dupe for already.

what you should buy instead…opt for the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains, which now comes in so many fun colors. Plus, at the $14 price point, you could get a couple and not hurt your wallet. If you’re burnt out by the liquid lipstick trend, this is a formula you should go for – it’s comfortable, long-lasting, and highly pigmented.


highlighters: They seem to be on trend at the moment, so you could easily get overwhelmed with all the releases just in the past couple of months. Here’s another instance of shopping your collection. Before picking our a highlighter, test them out in store. Chances are you probably have something similar in your collection.

what you should buy instead…If you’re going for glowy skin, start with skincare. This is a good time to pick up skincare, especially since it’s something that you need all year around. I’m picking up some sunscreen now that we’re getting to that time of year. Plus, skincare is usually pricey, so I love to use coupons to save on them.

So, what are you buying and not buying during the sales? Let me know in the comments below!

’til next time, xo!

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