If you haven’t noticed, it’s March. And March is the absolute best month of the year. If you think I’m going to wax poetically about spring and warm temperatures being the reason behind this bold statement, turn away because things are about to get a little bit selfish around here. March is the best month because it’s my birthday month. And while I may not be big on parties or forcing others to celebrate me, March gives me free rein to treat myself all month long.
It’s my birthdayyyy! *buys the shoes*
I’m nearing the end of my twenties! I deserve it! *buys 11 face masks*
I worked SO hard this year! *orders takeout for the third day in a row*
These exact sentiments are what brought me to the front of the line at Sephora a few weeks ago with a basket full of products (all of which I need, and don’t you dare say otherwise). Just when the doubt kicked in that I should put something back, the kind woman dressed in all black asked me which of the Sephora birthday surprises I wanted to pick from. Yes, being a Sephora Beauty Insider means on your birth month you get to choose your very own gift. You also get first access to new products, free makeovers, reward points that lend themselves to more free products, and all you need to do is give your email address at checkout. YES GURL. That tiny reminder was all I needed to throw caution to the wind and swipe for that purchase.
I get it: wading through all the new products available with their myriad of promises can be intimidating and frustrating, so I decided to share some of my favorites with you (both old and new) so you can try with confidence. You can take my word for it and know that Sephora has your back as well, and can feel confident shopping at Sephora because they offer returns and exchanges up to 90 days after purchase. So if your new skincare starts to break you out or that lipstick wasn’t worth the splurge, you can take it back and get something you are in love with — hassle-free and even if you’ve used the product. Just make sure to checkout with your Insider Account so you never have to keep up with receipts.
So go forth, ladies. Get that new Body Lava before it sells out again or try one of my tested-and-approved products worth spending your hard-earned cash on.
I could talk about how amazing Summer Fridays is for forever, but I'll just focus on their latest product: the R&R mask, which is a gentle exfoliant with a hint of rose. Rose water has long been praised for anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness, so if you are prone to irritated skin and value clean beauty, this is the treatment for you.
Last year I splurged on eyelash extensions, and for two glorious weeks I woke up looking like a Disney princess not even wanting to put on makeup. Of course they eventually fell out and I realized that extensions were not an indulgence I could afford to maintain. Enter: this lash enhancing serum I added to my cart on a whim. Use it daily for two months and you'll start to see results. At three months, you'll be blown away.
Nothing makes me feel put-together and like a real ass ladyboss quite like my nighttime routine. The only problem is that with so many steps and so much motion, I always end up with baby hairs stuck to my face or expensive products that seep into my hairline, making my roots appear oily the next day. For my birthday, I indulged in a slip headband to use when I start my skincare parade. Not only does it keep my hair and skincare separate, but the silk prevents breakage and won't leave an annoying crease. Listen: you are a bad bougie lady and you deserve this.
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We all seek beautiful skin, but sometimes it takes more than the right potions to get there. As I've gotten older, the effects of a bad night of sleep have become more apparent. Stress sends me into a spiral of waking up all night which wreaks havoc on my skin, appetite, and mood. This new collaboration between Olly (I've been a long-time fan) and Sephora means I can get the gummy version of my favorite sleep aid and peacefully drift off in 30-45 minutes. No waking up in the middle of the night, and it satisfies my pre-bed sweet tooth.
Whether you're a former zit popper who just cannot resist the temptation to pick at your skin or you're dealing with unwanted pigmentation, these brand new microneedling spot treatments can help reduce the appearance of dark, uneven texture and keep your skin looking its best.
The Ordinary is back at Sephora!!! Yes, this cult-favorite-basically-everything-is-under-$10 brand is in stock and ready to make a home on your bathroom shelf. Keeping your skin moisturized is the first step in preventing pesky problems down the road and I am high-key obsessed with this $7 serum and how well it hydrates. I slather it on my face and neck at night. If I could bathe in it, I would.
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Last month I basically tackled a Sephora employee to the ground because I needed to know how she looked so glowy and fresh without looking wet or greasy. She peeled me off of her and graciously lead me to the Charlotte Tilbury section rather than calling security. You mix this in with your foundation or use it as a light highlight and it instantly makes you a fresh, radiant goddess.
For as long as I can remember I have suffered from dry lips. No matter how much water I drink or which products I use, nothing seems to do more than bandaid the issue — until I found this lip sleeping mask. I put it on every night before bed (and keep a mini in my purse now) and my lips have survived winter without even a hint of chapped skin. The brand boasts a patented water technology in all their products, so if your lips aren't a concern, their Water Sleeping Mask is a must-try and has been a staple in my routine for quite some time.
Babyfacial is the truth. I will never stop shouting my love for this exfoliator from the rooftops — it's my favorite at-home treatment that delivers real results. Anytime someone says they "aren't big into skincare," I recommend they buy this because there is no way to use it and not be in awe of its power. Babyfacial may be a big purchase but think of it this way: it costs less than a single traditional facial (and you're going to get WAY more use out of it).
If you're anything like me, dry shampoo has become a staple in your routine like brushing your teeth. Unfortunately, after years of use, my faithful drugstore brand started to affect the PH levels of my scalp, leaving me scratching uncontrollably. After a month of rotating products, I thought it was time to give up dry shampoo forever. But given my considerable habit, I wasn't ready to give up on the good fight. I switched to Living Proof (whose shampoo & conditioner I use regularly) and now I don't know how I ever lived without it. A few sprays will trick you into thinking your hair is freshly washed... yes, it is THAT good.
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This post was in partnership with Sephora, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.