What’s Worth the Hype: Sephora’s Best Non-Complexion Items

Welcome to Part 2 of my Sephora favs! My favorite part of all of my consultations with my clients was doing their eyes and picking out lip colors, so this is my favorite part to write about, so let’s dive right in.

Yves Saint Laurent Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain, $36


This is one of my favorite daily lip products because it’s so versatile. It’s glossy, but not goopy or sticky AT ALL. The color is sheer, but you can build it up to be slightly more dramatic with very little effort and it never gets heavy or gross as a lot of glosses do when you put on multiple layers.


Nars Audacious Lipstick, $32


This formula is seriously everything you’ve ever wanted/dreamed of. It comes in 30 shades and is the creamiest, most pigmented, longest lasting lipstick I’ve ever tried. I could get away with not using lip liner, and this would easily last me 4+ hours which is amazing for a lip color that isn’t a stain. Audrey is the prettiest statement red for us pale people and NARS is a cruelty free brand.


Smashbox Always Sharp Waterprood Kohl Liner, $21


This is the best invention in the world! There’s a sharpener in the cap!! How other brands are still making money off of their sharpener-less-cap liners, I do not understand. Here’s how it works: the inside of the lid is shaped like a cone, which means that every time you put your eyeliner into it, it comes out in a freshly-sharp point. Once you’ve used up your point, twist the cap until you hear a click and you have more eyeliner to use! Also the formula is waterproof and amazing. It’s super blendable for probably 30-45 seconds after you apply it, and then it’s set and won’t budge until you take it off with oil-based remover (my favorite is the Sephora collection one, but more on that in Part 4).


Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint in Oil, $32


I think the most important fact about this product is that it smells and tastes like mango. Aside from that, it’s also extremely nourishing and is amazing for the winter months when our skin tends to dry out. With a thin layer, you’ll get a healthy, pretty glow. With two layers, you’ll get some dramatic shine. Another amazing, versatile lip product from YSL.


Lancome Hypnose Custom Volume Mascara, $27.50


This mascara is for someone who doesn’t like a ton of drama on a daily basis, but wants to be able to build up the volume on occasion. It is buildable, flexible, soft, and all-around amazing. It’s more volume than length, so it’s best for people who are satisfied with the length of their lashes, but want them to be thicker.This is also the only mascara that I have ever used that you can layer on top of dry mascara!! It’s amazing and it’s never gotten flaky on me at all.


Dior Iconic Overcurl Mascara, $29.50


THIS, on the other hand, is for someone who wants alllllll the drama. It’s an all-in-one, volume, length, curl, definition, everything you’ve ever wanted if you want bigger, more dramatic lashes.


Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original Formula, $20 for 10 mL


If I’m wearing any eye shadow at all, I’m also wearing this. This is the ONLY product that makes my eye makeup stay in place flawlessy. No lie, I have gone to work in the morning with the same makeup as I was wearing the night before because of this product. You just put it on all over your bare eyelids (using your ring finger) and then continue doing your makeup as usual. If you doubt the quality of this product, you should google the reviews that include with/without comparison pictures.

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner, $25


This is the only product I will use in my waterlines. It is the most waterproof, boldest eyeliner I have ever used. I rarely use the black because it’s too black for me! I’m so pale, it just looks overwhelming. So, if you want incredibly intense color payoff, and you’re allergy prone/a crier/oily, this is your eyeliner.


Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, $54


I don’t think much really needs to be said about this because, if you’re still reading this post, you probably already own a Naked palette. Naked palettes offer matte, shimmer, and satin formulas. The color payoff is great and the shimmer shades have very minimum fallout, so UD is my go-to eyeshadow formula.

There are three standard Naked palettes: Naked, which is a warmer, brown-toned palette, Naked 2, which is more beige/gray and has cooler tones, and Naked 3 which is all rosy tones. There’s also Naked Smokey (darker shades for smokier eyes) and the Basics (all matte shades), annnnd Urban Decay just released news that they’re going to be introducing a new Basics palette into the mix. Here’s a peek at it:



Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner, $20


This is the easiest, most precise, waterproof eyeliner I’ve ever used! This is super comparable to the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, which was way more popular but the brand is no longer carried in most free-standing Sephora stores. The main difference is that the Stila formula had a more marker-like tip, while the KVD has bristles. I think the bristles make a finer line, and the tip is generally more flexible, which I prefer.


Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, $30 for 4 oz


This is an amazing alternative to setting powder. You just hold the bottle several inches from your face and mist on a fine layer over your makeup. This is amazing for anyone who doesn’t want to use powder– from people with dry skin, to people with dark skin who don’t like the look of translucent powder, to people who will be taking a lot of photos (hello, wedding makeup!) and don’t want the potentially ugly effects of setting powder in their pictures. It literally does make your makeup stay all night.


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, $20


This is the only lip product I would wear on especially long days (workdays between Nov-Jan) because it legitimately does last 8 hours. Everlasting lipstick comes in an insane variety of colors and dries to a matte finish. You can easily layer gloss over it if you don’t like the matte finish, or if it’s too dry for you (which is understandable because it is incredibly matte).


Too Faced Eye Shadow Collections, $36


These is super comparable to the UD Naked Palettes, except for they come with instructions! These palettes come with mate, shimmer, and satin shades and have amazing staying power. The fall out is a little more than it is with UD and it doesn’t come with a brush, so I still do prefer Naked palettes but these Too Faced palettes come with instructions/idea cards (below) with day/night looks for anyone who needs inspiration. For this reason, they make awesome gifts.


Blinc Mascara, $26



I basically use this to set my actual mascara. The formula is insane– it’s a water resistant tubing mascara. Put this on your lashes and it forms little, water resistant tubes around each lash! Warm water is used to remove the tubes. It isn’t especially dramatic–it doesn’t actually do much more than make your lashes darker, but it’s amazing for anyone who experiences flaking during the day. “Set” your mascara with this and it will last all day!


So there you have it: Part 2! Part 3 (skin care) will be coming here at the end of the week.


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