Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist: 2017 Edition

It’s almost that time of year again!  No, I’m not talking about Christmas, Beauty Junkies, nor am I talking about the entire month of November which just happens to be the birth month of yours truly.  Like I have done for the past um…forever…I’m talking about what I wait for ALL YEAR LONG: the Sephora VIB Rouge 20% off sale. I formulate my list all year long.  I have my cart ready to go, and a note in the notes app on my phone where I compile things all year ’round.  I thought I’d share it all with you in case you needed some inspiration or, like me, you’re just nosey and want to see what other people will be picking up.


This year, I did something a bit different, and have listed my top 10 12, must have, holy grail products.


  • CLINIQUE Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – I’ve heard MakeupByTiffanyD rave about this and I’ve had a sample that I really loved.  I’m a die hard Origins Vitazing girl, but just might branch out a little
  • UD All Nighter Setting Spray – an old faithful.  I have to pick it up when it’s on sale knowing I go through 2 or 3 of these a year
  • Perricone MD  No Highlighter Highlighter – another Tiffany D recco!  This is a combo highlighter/skin product, so how could I not love this?
  • BEAUTYBLENDER  Gold Mine – this is a steal for 2 BeautyBlenders and a Blotterozzi.  I know I think might be a gimmick, but it this might also be the perfect time to give the Blotterozzi a try.
  • IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination Cream with SPF 50+ – I use the the regular CC cream and find myself putting a cream highlighter into it for the occasional bump of shimmer now that the seasons have changed and my tan is gone {full disclosure}.  I’d wonder if this would give the same finish to my skin as I so dearly love with the CC cream
  • CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops set – I have to have these.  I just can’t rationalize the full size bottle of this highlighter, and I truly love the way it gives the perfect pop on a variety of skin tones, the versatility of the cream, and the way it blends so smoothly on skin.  I’m afraid if I buy the full size that it’ll go bad before I’m halfway thru.  Here’s the perfect way to have a few bottles without the guilt
  • L’Occitane 4-piece Hand Cream Delights – winter = rough hands and skin for most of us.  This is my ride or die hand cream all year round, and also makes a great gift
  • Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt perfume – this is a new discovery for me and I like the under notes of all JM fragrances.  Wood Sage doesn’t give me any sort of a headache, and can we get more luxe with the packaging?
  • BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick – I have one of these already and quite like it, but the colour pulls a little too nude for my taste {Whip, if you’re wondering}.  So I think I’m going to pick this up in Eclair.
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner in Brownout – I’ve had a couple of these liners before and just love them.  They don’t transfer at all and stay put beautifully – all day – in the waterline.  I’d like to pick up another one, specifically in this shade
  • IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette – I’ve waited sosososo long for IT to come to Canada and have heard about this palette for years.  I think it’s so incredibly versatile and gives hundreds of different options.  What’s not to love?
  • YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick – I have a few of these, and the shade range, creamy texture and long wear time just can’t be beat.  Only BITE so far has provided a slightly longer wear time, but tend to have only matte shades.  Plus, this one smells just divine.
  • SHU UEMURA lash curler – I swear by this for eye shapes of all kinds and it’s about time I pick up a new one
  • Hermes Twilly perfume – While walking thru Saks the other day, I decided to stop and grab a sample after I’d heard Makeup by Tiffany D talk about this.  I’m skeptical about scent reccos from other people just because I’m prone to headaches.  This one has turned out to be a win for sure.  I’ve been in the market for a new perfume and I think this {and the Wood Sage & Sea Salt, of course} will be my new fall scent!



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Clinique Moisture Surge | Perricone MD Highlighter |Urban Decay All Nighter|  IT Cosmetics CC+ Illumination  Cream | CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops Set | L’Occitane Hand Cream  | Jo Malone Perfume | BITE Lippies | IT Naturally Pretty Palette | YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick










The Benefits of {Activated} Charcoal on Yo’ Face

Prompted by a recent purchase and vested interest in improving my own skincare routine {31’s no joke, y’all!}, I did a little research into charcoal and the benefits it can have on the body and, most importantly the skin: the body’s largest organ. {*Disclaimer: this is activated charcoal I’m talkin’ about, not the same as the stuff you use to BBQ…don’t go rubbin’ that on your face…}

Activated charcoal is sometimes administered in hospitals as an emergency treatment for poisoning.  Why?  The reason is simple: as chemicals bind to it, the charcoal can help remove those chemicals from the body.  It can be used internally and externally as an effective method to detox, whether in an effort to remove poison or just to cleanse the body.  Charcoal is inert, so it’s an all-natural, effective way to rid our bodies of what we don’t want.  What’s not to love?

There’s no real scientific studies to back the benefits of charcoal, so I’ll focus solely on how the binding action of charcoal is able to detoxify our bodies in a variety of ways, just as a little intro to show you just why I love it so much:

–          Activated charcoal traps toxins in it’s millions of tiny pores when non-corrosive poisons are present

–          It doesn’t absorb the toxins per se, but rather works through the chemical process of adsorption: the reaction of elements including nutrients, chemicals and toxins, soaked up and assimilated into the blood stream; it’s the chemical reaction where elements bind to a surface

–          The naturally porous surface of activated charcoal has a negative electric charge that causes positively charged toxins and gases to bind with it – those pores I’m referring to are created through a heating process


Ok, enough of the nerd stuff {but I’ll admit, this was fun to research ‘cause I pride myself on my expert level of nerdiness}

Similarly to the processes outlined above, charcoal can remove unwanted toxins from the skin’s surface.  What’s more, is that the natural-base and, thus, natural non-comedogenic nature of the product means it won’t clog pores or activate a breakout.  The charcoal {generally in a mask – this is how I’m referring to it, at least} will bind to the skin and aid in pulling the dirt and excess oil out of your pores.  Dirt in pores = clogged, more visible pores, and we all know what oil means: a shiny complexion and pimples.

I often use my charcoal mask as a spot treatment – it pulls the bad stuff right out of pimples and helps heal them much more quickly – but it can also be used as a deep cleaning treatment if you can find a charcoal-based cleanser {a mask might work for this too, and be sure to buy one designed for your specific skin type}.

A few caveats:

–          Use it sparingly – 1 to 2 times per week – so you don’t over-dry your skin

–          It could be used to treat acne in a light exfoliant soap form if you require the added deep cleaning

I’ve been using charcoal actively for about the last 6 months and let me tell you honestly – my skin has never looked better.  I’m a fan of Beautycounter products for personal reasons {comment below if you want a review!}, and they’ve made my skin do a complete 180.   I love that there’s a natural product at my fingertips that can benefit me in so many ways.   I’ve linked a few goodies below, and though I can only vouch personally for the Beautycounter products, YouTube has a wealth of reviews on the others.

Other uses:

–          Soothe and heal bites and other skin irritations

–          Treat dandruff and other scalp conditions

–          Whitening teeth {though I’m not sure how it tastes}

–          Treat alcohol poisoning and help prevent hangovers {you know I’ll be giving this one a go}

–          Alleviates gas and bloating {not your face, but you know, um…elsewhere…}


You can see why I love this stuff so much and I will absolutely continue to recommend it to my clients and use it on myself.  In case you’re interested, here’s a few links with the info I’ve consolidated above:


Got any questions? Leave ’em below and I’ll do my best to address them!


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Beautycounter Charcoal Cleansing Bar  |  Beautycounter Purifying Charcoal Mask  |  Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask  |  GLAMGLOW Super Mud Clearing Treatment