There are a lot of beauty products out there — and they may not be the most pocket-friendly at times. So, the beauty junkies in my office are always staving off their beauty shopping for Sephora’s Beauty Pass Sale, which opened this morning at 12:01 AM (well, this time round, Sephora launched it a few minutes earlier, at 11:55 PM exactly).
Sephora’s Beauty Pass Sale is exclusive to their Gold and Black card members — these are fans who have spent S$1,500 and S$300 respectively in a year. These are not exactly the easiest membership statuses to maintain. Our secret? A couple of us share an account throughout the year, just so we can always attain Gold status and enjoy all those exclusive sales, event invites and makeovers in-stores.
Anyway, back to the sale. The sale is open to Gold members only today, 4th September. From tomorrow, 5th September, onwards, Black members will be able to access the sale.
Come this morning, we convened and put together our beauty hauls. Here’s what we carted out:
Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner
A five-percent glycolic acid that gently exfoliates your skin, day on day, for brighter and glowing skin. Get a cotton pad, wet it with the tonic, and gently sweep it across your face — like you would with any other toner. Now, while most individuals with sensitive skin types prefer to avoid acid products, this one’s hypoallergenic.
Shop the Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner by Pixi here at $22.
I used to use alcohol-based pimple creams but after time they stopped working. When it comes to this, it’s very effective and really dries your pimples up overnight — speeding up the healing process.
When using this, take my advice: do not shake the bottle up. Take a cotton bud, and dip it in right through to the bottom where the pink, powdery mix of calamine is. Then, lift your cotton bud out and dab it on all the blemishes and pimples on your face. It’ll leave pink dots all over your face, but you’ll get used to it.
It’s really pricey at $36, but it lasts you forever.
Shop the Drying Lotion by Mario Badescu here at S$36.
Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion
This moisturising lotion is a dream for dry, dull skin. And surprisingly, it’s worked equally well on oily skin types. Over the years this has come to attain classic status in the global beauty landscape. If you’re in your early ’20s and are looking for your first moisturiser, this is it.
Shop Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion + here at $60 for 125ml or $33 for 50ml.
Egyptian Magic Cream
An all-purpose cream made from all natural ingredients, namely honey, olive oil, beeswax, bee pollen, bee propolis, and royal jelly. You’re supposedly able to use it everywhere — from your face, lips, nails, to your body.
Reviews have been mixed — some say that it’s too heavy and breaks them out, while some dry skin types swear by it. Either way, we love an all-natural product.
Shop the Egyptian Magic Cream here at $40 for 59ml.
Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF50
For those who struggle with keeping up with a daily sunscreen regime, opt for a mist. Before you start on your makeup, simply spray this over your face and any exposed skin — neck, chest, and arms. And, voila! You’re all set to go.
Shop Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF50 here, $22 for 89ml.
Mini Radiant Creamy Concealer
This is a thick and creamy formula which really does it job: conceal. Now, when you pull the applicator out, a lot of product comes out at once. Dab it around your under-eye region or at those red blemishes. Then, blend it out. Your pimples and dark spots would have vanished by then.
Caution Extreme Lash Mascara
A multi-tasking mascara which promises to deliver volume, length, lift, and definition. Well, that’s a tall order. If we could sum up our experience, it’s significantly lengthening without clumping— with a wet formula which allows you to layer easily. So, stop at one or two coats for day wear, and go whack for an evening look. It’s a versatile, everyday go-to mascara.
Shop Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara here, $25 for the mini travel version.
Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette
A 14-panned eyeshadow palette with neutral tones suitable for both warm and cool skin undertones. While the palette’s made up of mostly matte tones, there’s one shimmery and two metallic pans for those days you need a pop in your eyes.
The colours are highly pigmented, glide on smoothly, and it comes with a double-ended brush and a mirror.
Compact Travel Brush Set
This is a set of four brushes — a powder brush, a blush brush, an eyeshadow brush, and another for the brows and lashes. And they come in a nifty bag.
If you’re on a budget, or are new to brushes, this is a good set to go for. Sephora Collection’s brushes are value for money — at $19 for this set of four, their bristles are soft, they pick up pigments and powders just fine, glides smoothly across your skin, and distributes products precisely where you want them to be.
A little bit goes a long way when it comes to this Claymation hair wax-clay hybrid. Pick up a little with your fingers, rub and warm them in your hands, then smooth them over points where you need them — whether to smoothen for a sleek look, or to style your hair for a voluminous look. You’ll find that your hair won’t be dead stiff, and will still be malleable throughout the day. This $30 bottle can last you anywhere around six months — with everyday use.
Sephora’s Beauty Pass Sale runs from 4th to 8th September. All Gold members carting out in-stores or online will receive a limited edition gold Sephora mug. Black members, on the other hand, will receive a gold brush holder with any $200 spend.