In a perfect world we'd all be able to exercise restraint with our Sephora points. Say, until after we’ve accumulated top tier numbers and could cash 'em in for premium gifts (like a luxe set of
Giorgio Armani makeup brushes) or an off-the-chart experience (like a private makeup class for our friends).
In reality, we don’t have the discipline to bank them until we reach quadruple digits. (That may take a lifetime, after all.) But it's just as well, because there's a roster of majorly-covetable makeup, hair, and skin care bundles offered at the 500 point level right now. But with new freebees added to the Sephora cash wrap (and
e-commerce checkout) every Tuesday and Thursday, how do we know when the time is right to pull the trigger and cash in?
To help, we’ve reviewed each product on offer right now. Does the current crop of hair products include must-haves for your styling needs? Is the latest skin care bundle the best for your skin type? Get the lowdown on each and every product before you start shopping — because no matter what kind of products Sephora throws at its loyal shoppers next, you best believe it'll go fast.
Bumble and Bumble The Silkening Set by Bumble and Bumble, 500 Points, available at Sephora. More
The extra slip that this shampoo delivers while sudsing — and the peachy, floral scent — creates a luxurious experience in the shower. Even better: Our hair felt lighter once it was dry.
It's great for all hair types, especially dry, although those with fine or oily hair may find it a touch heavy.
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Sulfate Free Shampoo, $31, available at Bumble and Bumble. More
This lightweight conditioner not only detangled our hair, it helped cut frizz, too. No wonder it has garnered 5-star reviews from 81% of Amazon users. Great for all hair types and textures.
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Conditioner, $34, available at Sephora. More
Wearing a deep-conditioning hair mask while working out seems like a great multitasking tip on paper, but we all know it can get drippy — fast! The solution? A
Warm a bit of the balmy formula in your hands then apply to hair. It soaks in without a goopy, greasy mess and can be worn while running errands or working out without anyone being the wiser. Then simply shampoo and condition as usual to reveal softer hair.
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Oil Infused Balm to Oil Masque, $43, available at Blue Mercury. More
Some hair oils can make strands look like they had a run-in with a deep fryer. (Those with fine hair know what we're talking about.) This one lives up to its invisible name, taming frizz, softening, and giving ends a touch of shine without added weight to hair.
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, $40, available at Bloomingdales. More Read More Clinique Pep Start Full Of Pep by Clinique, 500 Points, available at Sephora. More
This tried-and-true mascara is widely loved for it’s volumizing brush (built to grab every lash) and clump-free formula.
Clinique High Impact Mascara, $17.50, available at Clinique. More
This basic moisturizer is actually quite the multitasker, in addition to hydrating our skin, it blurred big pores and primed our visage for makeup.
Clinique Prep-Start Moisturizer, $29.50, available at Sephora. More
Fine grains (teeny, tiny, hard-to-see bamboo beads) in this gel cleanser team with papaya extract enzymes to give skin a deep, satisfying clean, sans cleansing brush.
Clinique Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser, $19.50, available at Sephora. More
A basic eye cream that won’t break the bank, this peptide-rich formula is designed to smooth the way for makeup or be applied for a midday pick me up. We love how quickly it absorbed, allowing us to get on with the rest of our hurried makeup routine.
Clinique Prep-Start Eye Cream, $26.50, available at Sephora. More Amika Treat, Style, Extend by Amika, 500 Points, available at Sephora. More
Bring on the third-day hair. Like a lot of dry shampoos, this one did a great job of de-greasing roots. But unlike others, it didn’t shoot white residue onto our hair in the process, making it great for dark hair!
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, $24, available at Birchbox. More
A few shots of this fine mist brought softness, bounce, and volume to wilted, post-gym (and pre-cocktail) hair. The light fragrance made hair smell as if it had been freshly-washed, too. Great for dry hair or anyone not interested in lathering up every day.
Amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner, $24, available at Sephora. More
We couldn’t tell whether people just loved this mask for its scent (which, admittedly, smells pretty darn fantastic) or whether it had the chops to detangle, too. But after using the versatile formula as both a mask and regular conditioner (left on in the shower just a couple of minutes), it made the usual chore of raking through wet hair a breeze.
Amika Nourishing Mask, $28, available at Saks Fifth Avenue. More
Dial up the hold on most hairsprays and hair is left crunchy. Dial up the touchability and most don’t retain hold. This can offers the best of both worlds, as long as you don’t over (or under) shoot.
Amika Touchable Hairspray, $23, available at Amika. More
A gentle mist from this spray made our blowout shiner and smoother — a win-win in our book.
Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray, $24, available at Sephora. More L’Occitane Beauty Essentials by LOccitane, 500 Points, available at Sephora. More
When it comes to bringing dry hands back from the brink, this classic hand cream doesn’t mess around. It's incredibly rich— almost a touch greasy — so apply it at night for soft hands by morning.
L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, $28, available at L’Occitane. More
Do wintertime showers leave your skin dry and itchy as soon as you step out of the stall? Consider switching to a cleansing oil for the body, which moisturizes skin as it cleans. Unlike many cleansing oils for the body, which often fall flat, this one produces a satisfying foam and the sweet scent of almond.
L'Occitane Cleansing and Softening Shower Oil with Almond Oil, $25, available at Sephora. More
Part moisturizer, part body serum, this oil taps an omega-rich combination of almond, sunflower seed, and camelina seed oils to help firm as it hydrates. Spray it on damp skin, then nix the laborious rubdown required by some lotions.
L'Occitane Almond Smoothing and Beautifying Supple Skin Oil, $46, available at Beauty Bar. More
Coming upon samples of pricey face cream isn’t always easy, so we were happy to see this one on offer. What we learned while going though ours: a little of this luxurious cream goes a long way. Plus, it did a heck of a job smoothing our oily skin without leaving it greasy.
L'Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream, $110, available at Sephora. More
This lotion is begging to be stashed at your desk or in your gym bag: this quick-to-absorb formula gives skin a quick shot of hydration without leaving a residue to gum up keyboards. Use it for your hands midday or max out on the subtle, fresh scent by applying it all over your body post shower.
L'Occitane Almond Smoothing and Beautifying Milk Concentrate, $50, available at Sephora. More First Aid Beauty Beauty Script, 500 points, available at Sephora. More
There's a reason why this moisturizer has racked up over 90,000 "loves" on Sephora's site. The formula fits a wide variety of skin types and works wonders for those who suffer with eczema, as it's made with colloidal oatmeal.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration, $12 (travel size), available at Sephora. More
"I swear on my life this thing has some voodoo magic in it," a fan wrote of this blend, which is spun with hyaluronic acid, colloidal oatmeal, and aloe leaf juice.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum, $36 (full size), available at Sephora. More
This cream-based cleanser is powered with a botanical antioxidant blend that fights damaging free radicals.
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, $10 (travel size), available at Sephora. More
This primer made with coconut water (to hydrate) and quinoa (to repair your skin's surface) sounds good enough to eat.
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, $28 (full size), available at Sephora. More
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