how editor spends 300 dollars at sephora

How an Editor Spends $300 at Sephora

Maximize your beauty budget.

By: Hannah Baxter

My relationship with Sephora is a tumultuous one in that it’s nearly impossible to walk out of a store without dropping some cold, hard cash. Even before I was an editor and dove headfirst into the world of beauty, I would roam the aisles in search of *the* product to make my skin glow, my hair shine, and my lashes spiderlike. But living in New York means ballin’ on a budget most days, so I’ve become a master of stretching my dollar without sacrificing a single product. So in a perfect world, where I have superfluous cash flooding my bank account, this is how I could drop $300 in a single Sephora run. Check out my hair, skin-care, and makeup picks below.


Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream, $68

Yes, this moisturizer is on the pricier side, but I spare no expense when it comes to hydration. My skin looks plump, glowy, and thanks to the fermented green tea, rice, and algae, it receives plenty of antioxidants to help with anti-aging. I layer it on day and night.

Giorgio Armani Beauty A-Line Liquid Blush, $38

Blush is my end-all, be-all makeup product. If you look as tired as I do most days, it’s the one thing that will brighten up your face and help you appear alive. Cream and liquid blushes sit so nicely on the skin and help maximize your dew factor all day long, which is why this Armani is always in my arsenal.

Supergoop! AcaiFusion Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $10

I’m crazy about sunscreen, but it wasn’t until recently that I discovered lip SPF. Life is forever changed. That skin is so delicate, and a sunburn can be especially painful, so I make sure to keep one of these Supergoop! babies in my bag at all times.

Origins Out of Trouble Mask, $26

We all have those days when your skin is just dull, broken out, or generally struggling. Cue this zinc oxide and sulfur mask from Origins. I leave it on for ten minutes and gently wipe off with a hot washcloth—it sucks everything out and leaves your face squeaky-clean, with nary a blemish in sight.

Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel, $24

My brows get the most love on my face, and I could happily use multiple products on any given morning, but when I need to quickly fill in the sparse patches and keep the hairs in place, I swear by this Benefit brow gel.

Caudalie Vine[activ] Overnight Detox Oil, $50

No joke, I’ve gone through seven bottles of this Caudalie oil. I use it every night, and it keeps my skin hydrated and nourished without leaving a greasy film. Get it, watch your face eagerly soak it in, and wake up with the softest skin of your life.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle Oil Control, $20

Hot tip: Many a French girl uses this dry shampoo to get that tousled, second-day hair. It eliminates leftover oils and gives your hair just enough texture to make your accidental bedhead look cool and purposeful. All hail Klorane.

Mount Lai Gua Sha Face Lifting Tool, $28

I’m all about the facial massage these days, and gua sha in particular. Just apply your favorite cleansing oil (I love either Tata Harper or Pai) in the morning and take a few passes over your face to reduce puffiness and promote lymphatic drainage. Your cheekbones will thank you.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat High Cover Radiant Concealer, $35

My biggest factor in picking a concealer is whether or not it passes the under-eye crease test. This YSL is creamy, medium coverage, and wears through the day like a dream. It’s also so chic, and I feel like an especially fancy lady while I apply it.

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