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Holiday Gift Guide: Sephora Beauty Wishlist

Anyone who knows us is quite aware of our love of beauty and skincare products. We can’t help but swoon over new opening new lipsticks, fragrances, luxurious skincare, and hair products…we’re self-proclaimed beauty addicts and we know we’re not the only ones out there. Today’s holiday gift guide highlights some of our favorite beauty products from Sephora. It is essentially our Sephora beauty wishlist, gifts and stocking stuffers we’re sure every cosmetics junkie would love to get. We’ll be sharing some coveted stocking stuffers and must-have beauty gifts to gift your loved ones this holiday season.Sephora. It is essentially our Sephora beauty wishlist, gifts and stocking stuffers we’re sure every cosmetics junkie would love to get. We’ll be sharing some coveted stocking stuffers and must-have beauty gifts to gift your loved ones this holiday season.

STOCKING STUFFERS

They say good things come in small packages and when it comes to stocking stuffers, you can’t go wrong with beauty products. Here are some of the beauty products we’re expecting in our holiday stocking.

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  • Sephora Ombre Obsession Face Palette – this innovative palette features four ombre shades, four single shades, and a luminizer.
  • Bite Beauty Bite Mix and Mingle – a lip duo collection with six limited-edition holiday pairings of moisture-rich, double-ended lipsticks in complementary shades for the season.
  • Bésame Cosmetics Lipstick & Matchbook Set – a set of five rich, highly pigment lipsticks housed in a portable matchbook, plus a full-size lipstick with a satin, matte finish that delivers full coverage in one coat.
  • Sephora Collection Kiss Me Balm – a kissable, scented lip balm with subtle or no color, that provides up to four hours of hydration.

GIFTS FOR UNDER THE TREE

Looking for great gifts to stock under the tree or the beauty addict on your Christmas gift list? We’re highlighting several Sephora gift ideas, from nail polish sets, makeup bags, skincare must-haves, fragrances, to cosmetics, that will bring joy and happiness to any beauty lover.

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First Aid Beauty Peace, Joy & Fab Kit – A five-piece set featuring FAB’s top-selling skincare solutions to hydrate, renew, and revive skin for an all over healthy-looking, happy complexion.

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Fresh Skincare Heroes – a collection of Fresh essentials that contains everything you need to cleanse, treat, and moisturize skin and lips, wrapped in a silver-embossed box adorned with a festive bow for the perfect gift.

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Formula X Bottle Service Set – a limited-edition 10-piece mini nail polish set with bestselling bold and neutral shades featured in premium champagne bottle packaging.

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bareMinerals Glimmer & Glow 5-Piece Radiant Complexion Collection w/ Bag – A five-piece radiant complexion collection ( Well-Rested Face & Eye Brightener, Prime Time Foundation Primer, Warmth All-Over Face Color, Turn On Gold Multi-Tasking Highlighter, and a angled face brush) in a gold makeup bag.

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Sephora Collection Breakups To Makeup Holiday Bag – a  fun, travel-friendly makeup clutch that holds all your beauty essentials and personal items.

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Atelier Cologne Nécessaire Nomade Set – discover 8 4ml (0,14 fl.oz) Colognes Absolues from the Originale, Matières and Azur Collections.

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Sephora Collection Stand Up and Shine Prestige Pro Brush Set – a makeup aficionado collector’s set with 12 high-performance PRO brushes and a special stand-up pouch. The set includes a Powder brush, Angled blush brush, Foundation brush, Concealer brush, Allover shadow brush, Small shadow brush, Crease brush, Smudge brush, Angled liner brush, Smoky liner brush, Lip brush, Brow comb, and spoolie.

We’re so excited to indulge in all the new beauty products we’re getting for Christmas. Tell me fellow beauty lovers, do you have a Sephora beauty wishlist? What’s on your holiday gift list this season?

MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Glam to Ghoul for Halloween

Halloween is days away, and while we love seeing the creative costume ideas people come up with, nothing beats a reveler with outstanding makeup. We were lucky to preview some of the outstanding and creative Halloween makeup ideas at MAKE UP FOR EVER‘s Glam to Ghoul for Halloween event; we’re usually only treated to the brand’s amazing work at the Makeup Show NYC. The talented pro makeup artists from MAKE UP FOR EVER showed us how to create classic glamorous, and wonderfully ghoulish beauty looks for this Halloween using the brand’s most popular makeup products….. and the results are amazing. With all three Halloween beauty looks being so drop dead gorgeous (no pun intended), it begs the question, will your makeup be glam, or ghoul this Halloween?

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The three looks were achieved using MAKE UP FOR EVER‘s Step 1 Skin Equalizer, specially designed primers that target and perfect all skin types, skin tones, and textures; Aqua Black Waterproof Creamy Eyeshadow pot, Artist Plexi-Gloss, a high-performing lip gloss with vivid color, incredible shine, and stay-on power; Artist Shadow, a collection of 210 highly pigmented eye shadows with incredible blendability, and intense even color payoff; Rouge Artist Intense, a show-stopping lipstick that boasts high pigmentation for dramatic, long-lasting color in just one stroke whether the color is natural or intense; Ultra HD Liquid Foundation, a lightweight, oil-free formula that provides medium coverage with a natural finish, and Ultra HD Stick Foundation, a fuller coverage foundation that leaves you with a flawless complexion that’s also ideal for touch ups and contouring; and Lash Show, a new line of 50 handmade Eyelashes (27 Natural and 23 Creative Impact False Eyelashes), designed for the easiest application to intensify eyes.

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We were very happy to get up close and personal with these stunning looks, which included a Dark Mermaid, Cyborg, and Skeleton Queen…but don’t quote me on that. Check out some video close-ups of all three Glam to Ghoul look.

All the MAKE UP FOR EVER products are available now at Sephora, Sephora.com, MAKEUPFOREVER.com and MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques. Happy Halloween!

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Class is in Session: Sephora’s Highlight & Contouring Beauty Class

For all you Beauty Insiders who need another reason reason to love Sephora, here is an amazing one. Did you know Sephora offers FREE beauty classes? That’s correct, your favorite beauty store is giving you more reasons to spend your spare time with the goddesses of glamour. The giant beauty retailer offers the following free classes with some of their most amazing Pro makeup artists: Contour + Highlighting, Flawless Foundation Color IQ, Day-to-Night Smoky Eye, Perfectly Paired Lips + Cheeks, Skin Care Basics, False Eyelashes, and Party-Ready Smoky Eye. We had the pleasure of attending the Contour and Highlighting class at the Union Square location, but this wonderful free class is also available at most Sephora’s retail locations, just enter your zip code in the FIND IT tool to see what classes are happening at the Sephora nearest to you.

During the class, Sephora Pro makeup artists took us step-by-step to perfect our contouring skills. They taught us how contouring and highlighting, using light and shading, can sculpt and shape our face, no matter the shape, to give us a flawless look, as well as so many amazing tricks and techniques.

We learned how through contouring, you will achieve the illusion of having a slimmer nose, more defined cheekbones, and jawline. In addition to the beauty class, Sephora also offers a complimentary, 15-minute, one-on-one, Contour Mini Makeover service at their Beauty Studio, which helps you master shadow and highlighting, sculpting, refining, and slimming your face, and helps you find the right powder or cream formulations, and brushes. Can’t make it in-store? Sephora also offers the Map My Beauty Pocket Contour Class, a first-of-its-kind, cross-platform, personal virtual make-up artist app, that analyzes a photo of you, and instructs you how to contour, based on your unique facial features. The app also allows you to can shop for contouring products, and share your looks through social media.

So if you’re looking to learn how to contour, or just want to perfect your contouring skills, sign up for this free class. trust us hen we say, you’ll leave the class as a contouring pro.

Holiday Gift Guide | Beauty Gifting Made Easy at SEPHORA

What I’m about to say will make your life extremely easier if you have a beauty lover in your life. If you ever want or need to make a beauty lover happy, get them a gift from Sephora. The retail beauty giant offers everything you can think of for any beauty addict: the makeup junkie, the fragrance lover, the skincare devotee, and the nail polish fanatic. For the holiday gifting season, Sephora has some great individual products and giftsets to stuff their stockings and make their Christmas morning even merrier.

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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set ($39.00/$126.00 value) – Just in time for all those Holiday parties, this limited edition set of nine iconic Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Shades offer a wardrobe of color options with a variety of matte, shimmer, and metallic finishes. Formulated with Color Cushion Technology, one swipe provides long-lasting, bold color with velvet-touch comfort that leaves lips feeling supple. This set comes housed in an edgy-chic, black monochromatic casing designed after Kat’s own studded bracelet—made to look as rock ‘n’ roll as the woman who wears it.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Rollerball & Lip Set and Elizabeth and James Black Rollerball & Lip Set ($29.00 each) – Give two essentials that are perfect for the modern girl on the go: An Elizabeth and James Nirvana rollerball, and a limited edition Elizabeth and James lip gloss in the shade of Nirvana Nude. Inspired by Ashley’s and Mary-Kate’s signature nude lip, the non-sticky gloss is perfect for all skin tones, giving lips a hint of color and refined shine with a subtle scent of vanilla.

Formula X Press Pods Gift Tags ($15.00) – Include an extra, unexpected treat on every gift this season with this pack of seven Holiday gift tags, each featuring a single-use manicure Press Pod in one of Formula’s most coveted cream or pearl shades. Each nail polish pod has enough lacquer to coat all 10 nails in two generous coats of Formula X’s patented No Compromise formula.

HOLIDAY GIFTSETS



Sephora Collection Color Festival Blockbuster Palette ($49.50/$241.00 value) – With 130 shades for eyes, lips, and cheeks, this festive and dazzling palette has everything a girl needs to explore endless beauty looks. The innovative design opens to reveal two mirrors and multiple trays organized by color intensities making it easy to find the perfect shade for any party. The palette even includes six tutorials to help master a variety of professional application techniques.

Sephora Favorites Skin Wonderland ($56.00/$141.00 value) – Indulge her with this perfectly edited, 11-piece set of must-have skincare oils, creams, cleansers, and treatments to pamper and address a wide range of skin concerns. Travel sizes of top-selling products from Shiseido, L’Occitane, Kate Somerville, Nude, AmorePacific, Caudalie, Josie Maran, Jurlique, Clarins, Lavanilla and Ole Henriksen are perfectly portable, yet generous enough to notice results.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer and Bleu Five-Piece Eye Essentials Collection ($79.00) – Discover the magic of midnight with this collection of eye essentials that captures the beauty of the Parisian night sky. Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Eyeliner in Blacquer, Highliner Gel Crayon in (Th)ink, Omega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Blacquer, and a petite mirror come tucked in a collectable makeup bag designed by Marc Jacobs.

Ole Henriksen Unwrap Your Radiance Collection ($48.00) – Unwrap radiance this holiday season with a lavish collection of brightening, collagen-boosting, age-defying products for day and night. This special gift set of six beloved Ole Henriksen skincare essentials will restore youthfulness and luminosity to your skin with potent actives, soothing botanicals and intoxicating scents.

We’ll probably add all of these to our holiday wishlist. Which of these Sephora holiday gift ideas are catching your eye? Share your favorite with us.

NYC EVENT ALERT: Meet Cara Delevingne w/ Burberry, Tomorrow at Sephora Meatpacking

To celebrate the launch of the My Burberry fragrance for women, British model and face of the campaign, Cara Delevingne, will be at Sephora Meatpacking, located at 21-27 Ninth Ave, tomorrow, October 21st from 6pm – 8pm, with the chance to meet the and even be photographed with the famed model.

Every purchase of a My Burberry fragrance gets you the chance to not only meet-and-greet Cara, but to be photographed with her as well. Wristbands to meet Cara will be available starting at 10am the same day but only while supplies last, as space and quantities are limited.

The My Burberry fragrance is inspired by a London garden after the rain and features top notes of sweet pea and bergamot, heart notes of geranium, golden quince and freesia, with base notes of rain-tipped damask and centifolia roses and patchouli. The bottle and juice, with it’s knotted belt around the neck of the bottle, references the iconic hues of the signature Burberry trench coat.

Don’t miss your chance to meet Cara Delevingne and make My Burberry your own.

YOU’RE INVITED: Sephora Grand Opening at Lexington at 60th

Here’s something wonderful to celebrate Upper Eastsiders and beauty lovers, Sephora is opening up a stunning new location at Lexington Avenue and 60th Street this Thursday, July 31st. We love that the beauty haven is slowly taking over New York, our dream is to see a Sephora as much as we see Starbucks. The new location will occupy over 7,000 square feet, and will offer a unique beauty retail experience to all, highlighting the best in class services and incomparable assortment of beauty products from around the world, in an environment so energetic, it takes on a life on its own.

To celebrate the grand opening, Sephora is teaming up with the decadent Van Leeuwen’s Artisanal Ice Cream Truck, to bring you their ice cream and sorbet from 12 to 3 PM, free when you show a receipt of purchase from the new store (their Ginger and Earl Grey ice creams are incredible). While you Beauty Insiders take in the unsurpassed beauty of the store during the opening, you can also receive an exclusive Sephora Lex at 60th tote bag with your purchase**. The new location will feature over 13,000 beauty products from more than 200 brands in makeup, nails, skincare, fragrance, and haircare, including Benefit, FORMULA X, Hourglass, Josie Maran, Kat Von D, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Marc Jacobs Beauty, NARS, Algenist, Caudalie, Dior, Elizabeth and James, Alterna, Bumble and bumble, and Sephora’s own collection of makeup, skincare, tools and accessories.

The Sephora Lex at 60th grand opening beauty indulgences include:

  • Try a complimentary Mini Makeover at the Sephora Beauty Studio: the destination in store for one-on-one beauty sessions with our experts. Services offered include: Blush and Bronze, Flawless Foundation + COLOR IQ, Treat and Conceal, Smoky Eye, False Lashes, Perfect Lips, Everyday Eye and Essential Eyeliner.
  • Get a Custom Makeover: get the look you want, for every day or a special event, custom-created in a private 60-minute makeup session with an expert artist. Plus, get tips and techniques to recreate it on your own. Minimum $50 purchase required.
    Test our IQ Services: Use Sephora’s revolutionary in store technology to discover your perfect foundation match with Color IQ and the most precise skincare recommendations based on your individual concerns with Skincare IQ.
  • Take a Class: Sephora’s newest Sunday morning educational course is now available at Lex at 60th. Sephora Classes offer private group instruction on a variety of techniques and subjects in a fun and casual atmosphere. Hosed by our seasoned instructors before store hours, you can learn skincare basics, how to apply false lashes and other on-trend topics designed to sharpen your beauty skills. Complimentary for all Beauty Insiders, you can book your appointment online or in-store.

Also, there’s more to come from in September. Sephora will introduce new services to help us fulfill our beauty needs for fall and beyond. What can you expect?

  • The Sephora Brow Studio, powered by Anastasia, for the best in class brow waxing and shaping services at a dedicated brow service station, which will also feature Sephora’s complimentary mini makeover service for brows. 
  • Store to Door product ordering, complimentary for all Sephora Beauty Insiders.  If a shade or product is unavailable while shopping at Sephora Lex at 60th, our associates can place the clients order via iPod Touch, delivering the product to the client’s home, waiving the shipping costs with no minimum spend required.
Are you as excited as we are for this newest grand opening? We’re going to make sure we get to enjoy what the newest Sephora location has to offer. We hope to see you fellow beauty addicts there.

**This is only valid at Sephora Lex at 60th (located at 750 Lexington Ave) beginning July 31st and will continue while supplies last. The exclusive tote offer is one per person and not redeemable for cash or credit. 

EVENT ALERT | Today is Divergent Beauty Day at Sephora

Want to transform yourself and discover the futuristic makeup collection, Divergent Cosmetics, inspired by the movie, Divergent? Just go to Sephora today to try the exclusive collection. The famed beauty retailer introduces an exclusive, limited edition cosmetic collection inspired by the upcoming motion picture including the Divergent Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit, Divergent Multi-Piece Collector’s Palette, and the Divergent 7-piece Nail Art Kit (all pictured below).

The Divergent Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit contains:

  • 12 x High Pigment Eye Shadows in Burnt Mahogany, Radiant Initiation, Peaceful Shimmer, Humble Sheen, Dauntless Ink, Abnegation Stone, Erudite Sapphire, Serene Vanilla, Bold Espresso, Intrepid Moss, Golden Honesty, Altruistic Almond
  • 3 x High Gloss Transforming Eye Shadows in Choose, Diverge, Transform
  • 2 x Long-Wear Blush in Obscure Coral, Misty Rose
  • Shimmering Bronzer in Intelligent Bronze
  • Radiant Glow Illuminator in Gleaming Pearl
  • 4 x High-Shine Lip Glosses in Temptation’s Choice, Fear Not, Supreme Ritual, Natural Virtue
  • Double-ended eye and cheek brush
  • 3 x Get-the-Look cards

The Divergent Multi-Piece Collector’s Palette contains:

  • 3 x High-Pigment Eye Shadow in Candor Lace, Luminous Taupe, Envious Chocolate
  • Long-Wear Blush
  • Matte Bronzer
  • High-Shine Lip Gloss in Artistic Mauve

The Divergent 7-piece Nail Art Kit contains:

  • High-Gloss Transforming Nail Lacquer
  • 5 x Long-Wear Nail Lacquers in Midnight Calm (dark navy), Violet Abnegation (violet gray), Opal Compassion (opalescent purple), True Pearl (golden opal), Neutral Lace (beige)
  • 6 x Nail Water-Transfer Tattoos

Want to try out this stunning collection for yourself? Head to any Sephora today,  for a one-day only event to experience the Divergent smoky eye, using shades from the exclusive, limited-edition collection. Reveal your adventurous side and celebrate your individuality with first-to-market transforming special effects for eyes, nails, face and lips. Although appointments are preferred, walk-ins are welcome. Divergent is in Theaters and IMAX today, March 21st.

Sephora + Pantone Universe 2014 Color of the Year Collection – Radiant Orchid

After what seems like the longest time (we’ve been waiting ever since the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year was announced), we beauty lovers who have been laying in nail biting wait for the Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid beauty collection, can finally get excited. Finally, the wait is over fellow beauty addicts, the stunning collection is finally here. The nine product category collection is as wonderful as you imagined, boasting two artistry sets, three lip products, a stunning brush, etc. Prepare yourself for stunning colors that range from soft petal to vibrant purple. Without further ado, see the complete Sephora + Pantone Radiant Orchid collection is featured below:

The Eye: Radiant Femme Artistry Set – $48.00

The possibilities are endless with this versatile palette of 25 eyeshadow shades, including the signature Color of the Year along with 24 complementary tones in shimmer, matte and glitter finishes to create a variety of looks. Housed in a sleek white compact, the high pigment, high performance formulas last all day.

Rush Luster Cheek Sweep – $26.00

This one compact does it all with a flattering Radiant Orchid powder blush and two harmonizing powder luminizers in warm rose gold and cool iridescent pink. Enhance cheeks with a rush of color and highlight with a sophisticated shimmer for a radiant glow.

Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick– $18.00

This satin finish moisturizing lipstick offers rich, matte color in a stunning Radiant Orchid shade. Infused with Orchid essence for nourishment, and Collagen for a subtle plumping effect, the creamy formula glides on and provides comfortable, all-day wear that rivals the lasting power of a lip stain.

Radiant Paint Gloss Trio – $24.00

Give lips a glossy shine with three versatile colors in one exquisite set. Enriched with nourishing Orchid essence, the individual shades of Radiant Orchid, sheer pink, and nude can be worn alone, or layered for a beautiful ombre effect.

Venus Lure Lip Balm – $16.00

This soft, Radiant Orchid-hued balm combines nourishing Orchid essence Hyaluronic Acid, and Collagen for a soft, smoothing effect with natural shine and tone. Added essential oils also provide a subtle cooling effect that refreshes instantly.

Gazing Paint Liquid Liner – $17.00

Define eyes with this bold Radiant Orchid liquid liner with a beautiful matte finish. Applied with the soft flexible brush, this liquid liner glides on effortlessly, while the water resistant formula provides all day wear.

Nail Ambrosia Trio – $18.00

A collection of three mini polishes that match the shades found in the Radiant Paint Gloss Trio. The versatile colors – Radiant Orchid, sheer pink, and nude – provide the perfect flash of color for fingertips and toes. Use the sheer finish for a modern twist on the French manicure, or layer the three together for one-of-a-kind ombre nail art effects.

Color Gaze Brush Set – $68.00

The set contains six high quality brushes in a versatile pebbled vegan leather standing case. Beautifully designed with Radiant Orchid ombre handles and soft synthetic bristles, this set includes an Angled Blush Brush, Stippling Brush, All-Over Shadow Brush, Crease Brush, Shadow Brush and Lip Brush.

The Face Collectors Set: Radiant Femme Artistry Set – $75.00 ($108 value)

This six piece collectors edition set features three pieces only available in the set, including:

  • Color Gaze Cosmetic Pouch in a supple pebbled vegan leather (set exclusive) 
  • Flash Dew Luminizer for face and body (set exclusive) 
  • Ravishing Dew Cream Blush that is easy to wear and universally flattering (set exclusive) 
  • Radiant Orchid Nail Polish featuring a creamy opaque in the color of the year (set exclusive) 
  • Gazing Paint Liquid Liner, an all-day wear eyeliner with a metallic finish in a shimmering Radiant Orchid hue 
  • Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick in a satin matte finish
Get the complete collection at Sephora and Sephora.com.