The Sephora Sale Girl Math to Maximize Savings All Year

ValyOribe, Living Proof, Color Wow products on a mirrored beauty cabinet. The best items to buy from the Sephora Sale and the smartest way to shop it to get maximum savings.

TBH, this is where girl math REALLY shines. Sephora Sale Girl Math: it will reroute savings to other important purchases…like medspa treatments.

Shopping the Sephora Sale can be a complete shitshow. Especially if you’re not prepared for it. How many of you are staring at a full cart of random products, but just haven’t pulled the trigger? I’m willing to bet it’s a LOT of you, myself included. As someone who does an excessive amount of research before buying, I feel you. Who has a random assortment of stuff you’re not sure about or that you’ve seen online but are still skeptical about in your cart right now? What off-the-cuff “retail therapy” purchases are you making that end up a flop? Quit leaving yourself with the looming credit card debt.

Starting April 5th Rouge members get 20% off select beauty and 30% Sephora collection until April 15th. VIB and Insider members access opens April 9th. Get your cart strategy in order now with the tips below.

How to Hack The Sephora Sale

If you don’t strategize your spending around sales, you end up pulling the trigger on some random single palette you’ll likely never use or finish, and a couple of basics. As someone who’s put off my shopping cart until the last minute again this year, I’ve learned a few hacks for figuring out what’s most important. It starts with categorizing and ranking your products in order of importance for your NEEDS. So, put down the wine glass and settle in to learn and take control of your cart. My personal roadmap for the Sephora Sale awaits you below:

Evergreen Products

Are you wondering WTF evergreen means? It relates to the products you use every day. I personally spend the majority of my purchases on products I’ll use EVERY DAY throughout the year, stocking up at a discount. This goes for cleansers, pricier serums, and hair products. This makes up 75% of my cart. This is how I afford quality daily-use items year-round. Take stock of how quickly you go through items like these, and stock up the exact amount you need between now and the next sale.




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Accessory Products

Accessory products are investment pieces, like hairdryers, flat irons, and at-home medspa tools. I also loop in my statement home pieces and limited edition palettes. I’m talking about my LED light therapy devices, Tom Ford makeup, YSL lip products, and Pat McGrath or Makeup by Mario palettes. Less than 15% of my cart contains items like these. Spacing these types of purchases out will help you stay on budget long-term during the year. Only invest in 2 items like these per year maximum. BFFR: when was the last time you ever hit pan on every color of a palette? I’ll wait.

Splurge Products

We all deserve to TREAT ourselves. Are you eyeing the Dyson Airwrap? Ready to splurge on a skincare device? I get it, and I salute you. To make the most while buying items like these, this goes for ONE item in your cart. Minimizing the risk of return on your investments is key, and keeping it to one product helps. If you have the extra budget for something else, that’s up to you! Just keep it in the budget based on your spending. These products I KNOW will be the next big thing or already are, so snag them before they sell out. Go get ’em fam! It’s the fucking Sephora Sale.

Sephora Sale Max Value Gift Sets

Value sets are your ticket to max savings for all your evergreen purchases. Do you use a detox shampoo at least once a week? Buy the value size! It’s cheaper in the long term. They’re also how I stock up on travel size sets for my regular business travel or for gifting throughout the year. The gift sets below give you the best value on full sand travel-size products. These products are universal, whether you’re a guy or a girl. I think the PTR eye patches are the best deal, I snagged them last year. You get 3 for a tiny bit more than the price of one. This is my full list of value sets to NOT sleep on.

Oribe, Living Proof, Color Wow products on a mirrored beauty cabinet. The best items to buy from the Sephora Sale and the smartest way to shop it to get maximum savings.

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  1. May 6, 2019 / 2:18 pm

    This is such a great post!! I have no idea what to buy when it comes to makeup so this helped!

  2. May 6, 2019 / 2:40 pm

    I honestly got so overwhelmed I didn’t shop the sale at all, haha!

  3. Anna English
    May 6, 2019 / 4:15 pm

    I definitely took advantage of this sale to stock up on some of my favorites!

  4. May 6, 2019 / 7:53 pm

    Procrastinator here!! Thanks for sharing this guide for peeps like me that are late to the party! 🙂

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  5. Stephanie
    May 6, 2019 / 8:56 pm

    This is by far the best guide to this sale that I’ve seen so far. Firstly, it made me laugh. But also, you shared pretty much the exact same products I would suggest to anyone trying to navigate this sale. Great choices here. It’s too bad I’m on a no-spending spree, because my makeup/skincare caddy is getting seriously slim haha!

  6. May 6, 2019 / 9:46 pm

    Love this sale! I have been eyeing that hair dryer, I really need to get one for myself!


  7. May 6, 2019 / 9:54 pm

    I definitely go for unicorn products during these sales!

  8. May 7, 2019 / 2:31 am

    I don’t buy from Sephora a lot but this is such a good guide! I’m definitely a procrastinator,

  9. ashley hargrove
    May 7, 2019 / 1:20 pm

    This is such an amazing roundup!! I Am SO bad with this sale so this definitely helped!

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