As a self-proclaimed beauty addict, minimizing my beauty routine (and then writing about it) feels like I’m going against my core. But to be quite honest, it’s the peak of summer and I just can’t stomach my hard work melting off my face as soon as I walk out the door. And don’t even get me started on the ~ havoc ~ that is blow drying your when it’s 90 degrees outside, so you morph into a sweat-drenched mess BEFORE you step outside and become a sweat-drenched mess with the rest of the public.
So I’ve traded in my extensive beat for something much more simple — opting for products that can do multiple jobs with a single application. And you know what? I kind of love it. But no matter how hot it is or how little time I have to get ready, there are a few essentials I just can’t let go of.
The best part? You can pick them all up on your next Sephora run. We all know Sephora as the beauty lover’s idea of paradise, but shopping at the Disney World of glam has benefits that go past just their cult-approved selection. Not only does Sephora make it easy to test new products while stocking up on your favorites, there are tons of rewards and perks with their Beauty Insider Program. Take advantage of free products, exclusive services, special promotions, free shipping, and more — just for signing up.
Keep scrolling to see the 12 products I always find a place for in my routine, and let us know if you snag one on your next Sephora trip.
Lala Retro™ Whipped Moisturizer with Ceramides
This new formula from Drunk Elephant is a moisture savior. Infused with African oils, it helps replenish barrier support and is safe for even the most sensitive skin. Use daily with your skincare routine or when you feel your skin is dry. I love to use it as a skin savior when traveling to dry climates or a hazardous night of falling asleep with makeup still on.
Lip Sleeping Mask
With over 5,000 five-star reviews on Sephora, everyone can agree that this is the lip moisturizer to end all lip products. I keep one on my nightstand and a mini in my purse because it's REALLY that good
— and you cannot beat the affordable price. Get ready to abandon all those partially-used chapsticks you've got floating around.
Jet Lag Mask
Yes, the aqua tube you see all over instagram truly is worth the hype. This hydrating mask is noncomedogenic and filled with vitamins that will brighten your skin texture, boost moisture, and help rid your skin of free radicals. I prefer to use it as a heavy nighttime moisturizer (usually while sleeping).
Express Smoothing Eye Mask
Do you ever use a sheet mask and wonder afterward if it really did anything? We've all been there. That's what drew me to these eye masks the first time I used them. After just a few minutes, you notice a significant difference in your under-eye area. They are a little pricey, so I only use them when I am looking particularly haggard. Think of them like an instant eye lift.
Lash Enhancing Serum
Minimizing my routine means I'm constantly looking for ways to do less. I always feel if my eyelashes are on point, then I appear awake and revitalized even without makeup. Because I can't afford the co$$$t of keeping eyelash extensions up, this is the next best thing. You'll begin to see results after a few weeks, but after three months you'll never want to live without this.
I recently switched from a favorite mascara I've been using for a few years — not because there was anything wrong with it, but because I wanted to see what other formulas were out there. Another one of the many reasons I'm an avid Sephora shopper is because they offer a hassle-free and no-questions-asked return policy — meaning if you don't like a product within 90 days, you can bring it back and swap it for something else. You never want to be stuck with a full tube of something that wasn't right for you, and thanks to Sephora you never have to. Diorshow is what I am currently rotating through and it has not disappointed. It gives my lashes a bold, full look that makes my eyes pop with little to no eyeshadow.
Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter
Just because you're not baking, contouring, and setting your face like a work of art doesn't mean you have to settle for a look that isn't eye-catching. That's why I never do my makeup without a pop of highlighter at the top of my cheekbones. We all know Queen Rihanna can do no wrong, but I'm here to personally vouch for her highlighter which glides on effortlessly with a gorgeous, buildable formula. So whether I want a subtle glow or for you to be able to see my cheekbones from outer space, I turn to this.
Hot Lips Lipstick
We can all agree that a beauty essential is an everyday lip color. I love Charlotte Tilburry's long-wearing shades in the satin finish because it keeps your lips soft and moisturized. It's the perfect have-on-you-at-all-times shade.
Rouge Oil in Stick Lipstick
So what about the moments when you want a statement lip but don't want to have to worry about longevity? This YSL formula is PHENOMENAL. All caps, triple exclamation points, rent the airplane and start skywriting good. Because it's oil infused, the formula is a lipstick/chapstick/stain hybrid — meaning it is long wearing while also nourishing, and your bold color never looks patchy, no matter how much you eat or drink. It is more than worth the investment if you are like me and hate (or just forget) to reapply throughout the evening.
I splurged on this product after my favorite beauty Youtuber raved about it. Using a big fluffy brush, I love brushing it on my cheeks and upper forehead for a "yes, I just got back from St. Tropez" look. You only need a little bit and the compact is massive, so you're getting plenty of product for your money. It never applies muddy, streaky, or orange, which has been a problem with many bronzers before.
If you have problems with patchy bronzer application, dip your beauty blender in some translucent powder and lightly pat the area before applying your bronzer. Bronzer tends to look patchy when it's being applied to wet or damp skin — think sweat or the residue left behind from foundation/BB cream. Applying translucent powder gives it a better base for smooth and subtle application.
Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
Being able to extend a wash and style has been crucial in lowering the amount of time I'm spending getting ready. Take it from someone who has tried every dry shampoo out there, this one truly reigns supreme. A few spritzes and you'll think your hair was just washed. It's one of my desert island products.
I never thought I would love a hairspray as much as I love this one — I even keep an extra under the sink at all times. Not only does this spray hold your waves in place, it also adds texture, absorbs oil, and provides volume which means it does the job of three products in one.
This post was in partnership with Sephora, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.