spicing up my makeup routine // a few sephora sale buys

Don’t get me wrong, I really do love getting all dolled up from time to time. This social-distancing season, especially, I’m realizing how much more productive and confident I am throughout the day when I spend a few minutes adding some color to my face!

But I’ve always joked that I’m a “beauty novice.” When by some divine miracle I am introduced to a product that I can A) figure out how to use and B) end up enjoying, it’s hard to get me to deviate from it! Over the years, my routine has stayed pretty consistent, and I’m pretty comfortable with that.

Over the past few weeks, though, I’ve randomly been seeing so many great makeup routines and tutorials from accounts I follow. I’ve gradually started to create a mental list of products I might like to try out… and now that the Sephora sale is on, I decided to pull the trigger!

So, let me show you what I’ve just ordered! Keep in mind, I haven’t actually tried these yet so I can’t vouch for how they work for me. But they come highly recommended, and I’m excited to bring some fresh fun into my beauty routine! Plus, they’re on sale. Here are the details:

Sephora Spring Savings Event



ROUGE MEMBERS: 20% off (4/17-5/1)

VIB MEMBERS: 15% off (4/21-4/29)

INSIDER MEMBERS: 10% off (4/23-4/27)



new-to-me beauty products





This is the product I am most excited to try! My setting powder went missing a few months ago, and I’ve been going without ever since. Every single beauty guru I follow seems to recommend this, so I’m crossing my fingers! I got the shade “medium.”



I always forget about the power of a good ol’ self-tan. I recently got back into the swing of it over the past few weeks, and it makes the biggest difference in my confidence as silly as that sounds! (I love the St. Tropez Classic Mousse.) Everyone seems to swear by these, though… you add these drops to your daily moisturizer for an easy, consistent dose of faux sunshine! I’m living on the wild side and trying out the shade “medium.”




While I’m usually a “less is more” kinda girl when it comes to makeup, I have seen firsthand the huge difference a great primer has. Trust me, it’s 100% worth it. I’ve been using (and loving) the Smashbox Photo Finish primer for years now, and just ran out of my current tube. Going to switch things up and try this one after seeing it in an Instagram Story… the bar is high, so I will report back on how I like it!



Fancy Schmancy Foundation

I’ve been using iT Cosmetics “Bye Bye Foundation” for a few months now, and really love it. But for some reason, I’ve been feeling a little bit bored with my routine and wanted to try something new! After watching a million YouTube reviews on this foundation, I decided to be dumb and buy it online without ever trying it in the shade 4.75. (Why Kate… why?!?!) But y’all, it looks amazing… buildable, lightweight, radiant finish… let’s hope it’s worth the big bucks!



New Concealer

This is the last “new” product I decided to buy. I’ve been using the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for years now, and really love how dewy and non-cakey it is. It is definitely more of a “medium” coverage, though, and recently I’ve been flirting with the idea if trying full coverage. After seeing this Hourglass product in tons of tutorials, I’ve decided to give it a shot in the shade Silk.

There we have it! Buying makeup online without trying the products feels like a risky move… and in this current state of social distancing, it’s giving me a bit of a thrill! HA! (Pretty sure Flynn just looked at me with disdain.) But I guess there’s no time like the present (during which no one is seeing me in person) to try something new, right?

If you have a holy grail product you love, or a new one you’re going to try out, I’d love to know! To see my current makeup routine, click here.

Love from the Sunshine State,


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  1. Olivia Schueller said:

    Really curious to hear about the primer! I don’t typically use one, but I’m curious to know what it does for you.


    Published 4.23.20 · Reply
  2. Claire said:

    You will LOVE Luminous Silk. As soon as I started using it as my foundation, I haven’t looked back! Worth every penny!

    Published 4.23.20 · Reply
  3. Aubrey said:

    You’re gonna love the CT powder! I’ve never tried anything like it and I’m ditching my laura Mercier for it!! :) I love how these little thrills keep us going 😂 can’t wait to read your reviews!! Please update later :

    Published 4.23.20 · Reply
  4. Annie Knapp said:

    I got that powder a month ago and LOVE it! Also got Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Filter, which is an amazing and versatile product. Def gives you that “lit-from-within” look!

    Published 4.26.20 · Reply