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I decided that this year for my October favorites, I’d give you a full run down of some of my all-time faves since the Sephora VIB sale is rapidly approaching. Every year you guys ask me for a VIB sale list and it usually falls shortly after I share my October favorites. I’m going to tell you what my favorite things are at Sephora so you can shop the sale… and what’s in my online cart right now!

First up, the deal on the VIB sale. Every November, Sephora has their VIB sale and recently, it’s gone in phases. The first phase starts next friday, November 4th, for those who have VIB rouge status… otherwise known as those who spend an outrageous, obnoxious amount on beauty products. While the deets for the regular VIB sale haven’t been shared yet, it’s usually a few days after VIB rouge, so probably around November 10th? I stay up to date by bringing up Temptalia every single day. She’s my go-to beauty blog.

As a note, this isn’t a coupon code that can be shared. Sephora knows your status based on your account and VIB number, so if you are not a Sephora VIB and try to use the code, it still won’t work. Huge bummer I know.

NOW. On to what I think is best to get during the sale! Let me know what you want to get in the comments!

1. PERFUME!! Any and all perfumes, because it’s the only time I know of that perfume goes on sale. Also, since it’s a full 20% off I tend to go for high end perfumes, like Tom Ford. Last year during the sale I purchased the Tom Ford Pour Femme and absolutely LOVE it. I also love the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and their new Nirvana Bourbon. I’ve wanted to buy Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille for years, but cringe at the (literally insane) price. I think I’m going to get the all over body spray that’s a bit cheaper since I have so much freaking perfume.

2. Everything Sunday Riley. It’s not secret that I’m a huuuuge fangirl of Sunday Riley products. My favorite is Tidal, the moisturizer. The Luna Oil is incredible as is the Flora Oil. I also really love Good Genes. Any kind of gift set or combo set here is perfect.

3. Drunk Elephant Eye Serum. This is the best eye serum I’ve ever used. Drunk Elephant products are great and I’m eyeing a few others.

4. Caudalie Moisturizing Toner. I’ve used this toner for years and love that it has a pump. I use it with exfoliating cotton rounds every night after cleansing and before moisturizing.

5. Dr. Jart Water Fuse Sleeping Mask. This is my absolute go-to product every winter for dry skin. It transforms my skin in two days and is so, so moisturizing. I haven’t found anything else like it. It’s not really a “mask” either – it’s sort of like a thin serum that you put on OVER your moisturizer before bed. I put it on and wait about 10 minutes before going to sleep.

6. Face Masks! I love face masks for their pampering feel and especially since having Max… I find it relaxing and enjoyable. I’m a huge Glam Glow fan. I absolutely LOVE the Farmacy masks. I really like the Sephora face and eye masks too. I also recommend the SK II mask for a splurge because it is INSANELY priced and makes your skin feel like heaven. You can get at least two uses out of the serum in the packet.

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7. Cover FX Enhance drops. I’ve been rambling on about these for months now. They are SO versatile and gorgeous!

8. Benefit Gimme Brow. This has been my go-to brow product for a few years now. I’ll probably grab two or three to stock up. Downside is they only last about one to two months for me.

9. Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Primer. This is the shadow primer I’ve been using for a few years and the only one that I think works 100%. No creasing!

10. Tarte Maracuja Oil. The big one! I use this as moisturizer and mix it with my body lotion during the winter. It’s fabulous. For the last two months we have been using the Dr. Jart Ceramidin Oil, but since it’s more of a dry oil, I’m going to stick with the Maracuja for mixing as the weather gets cooler!

11. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Dry Shampoo. I’m a batiste dry shampoo girl through and through, but I really like having this version on hand for “fancier” occasions, because it makes my hair smell incredible. It also works super well!

12. BIG Philosophy bubble baths. Fresh Cream is my favorite Philosophy scent. I bought this one last year at the sale and look how long it has lasted! I’m only half way through.

13. Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Balm. Best ever thing I put on my lips. Eddie and I both use this every night. It’s amazzzzing.

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14. Nest candles. I really love the Nest fragrances for fall and winter (especially holiday) and did you know that you can get them at Sephora?! My favorites are pumpkin chai and birchwood pine.

15. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. This is a fantastic unfragranced super thick cream. I use it on face and body and always have it in my possession.

16. Sol de Janiero Bum Bum Cream. You heard me rave about this all summer and oh my gosh… it is AMAZING. It smells incredible – like a tropical beach. The only reason I’m hesitant to mention it is because it smells like summer, and I’m someone who likes to base my scents on the season. No reason you can’t stock up though.

17. Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel. This is SUCH an excellent, gentle exfoliator for the face. Love it so much.

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General favorites:

Lipstick: Urban Decay Vice or Bite Beauty Matte Lip Crayon 

Eye Shadow: Urban Decay or Makeup Forever 

Tinted Moisturizer: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue or Dr. Jart Premium BB Cream

Foundation: Makeup Forever HD

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked or Too Faced Born This Way

Blush: Clinique Cheek Pop or Tarte Amazonian Clay

Mascara: Stila Huge Lash or Benefit Rollerlash

Highlighter: Hourglass Ambient Light in Luminous Light

Bronzer: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soliel or Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzing Veil Tropical Nights

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As for what’s in my own online cart so far?? A few Nars Velvet Lip Glides, more RMS beauty wipes, Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette and the Formula X polish in Jetsetter! Can’t wait to hear what you’re planning on getting.

{While I generally don’t use affiliate links on my beauty posts, I am trying out a new program here for the month of November and included a few general affiliate links. Please know that this is TEMPORARY! – and only for this post. I felt comfortable testing it out since I was recommending all of my favorite products that I’ve talked about through the last four years. This does not mean that I am affiliated directly with Sephora or any brands mentioned, but it does mean that I will receive a (very!) small commission if you shop for these products through my links. Thank you guys so much for your support! Next month, my beauty favorites posts will return to being affiliate-link free, aside from amazon. Thank you so much for reading and making this space so much fun! xoxo}