I didn’t plan to make a post on sales, but then it seemed that before I knew it, my inbox was flooded by incoming sale alerts. So forgive me if this sales guide isn’t as comprehensive as ones I’ve done in the past, but I thought I’d share some that I am shopping!
Violet Grey: 20% Off – Automatically Applied
I have to start this short list off with Violet Grey because they’re actually what prompted me to take a gander and decide to partake in a few sales for Memorial Day Weekend. 20% Off is special when it comes to Violet Grey for two reasons. The first is that Violet Grey does maybe 2 sales of this level a year (if you skip this one, you’ll probably have to wait until Black Friday). The second is that the Violet Grey curation typically features high-end brands that are harder to find on discount, making it really valuable if you were saving up for a splurge or investment product. Here’s what I have added to my shopping cart:
Victoria Beckham by Augustinus Bader Cell Rejuvenating Power Serum – Augustinus Bader is just about every beauty editor’s favorite thing, and their original moisturizer – The Cream – even landed as one of the Best Skincare Products of All Time from WWD. The only thing keeping me back from trying them? They are quite an investment. Add their lauded collaboration with Victoria Beckham, and we’re definitely talking about creme de la creme. But if there is anything I’m going to splurge on during a 20% off, it’s going to be their most exclusive which I know won’t be available for this price anywhere else. And I could ALWAYS use a good serum, so this seems like the perfect opportunity to test out the “Cell Rejuvenating Power Serum” which contains the highest concentrations of the Augustinus Bader patented ‘secret sauce’ in all of their products that works by supporting the skin’s own ability to fix itself. Also the bottle is pretty, and looks unlike anything else I own.
Vintner’s Daughter Active Treatment Essence – Vintner’s Daughter products are priced a pretty penny. And, they’re sticklers about never being on discount. You’ve probably seen those email blasts by retailers talking about store-wide discounts, and the fine print typically includes an exclusion on Vintner’s Daughter. But Violet Grey is the only place that seems to be exempt from this, so when they have a sale, it’s the only time and place you’ll land a Vintner’s Daughter product off retail price, and 20% at that for this sale. Obviously we all know Vintner’s Daughter has built the reputation they’ve built on being cultish and celebrity-driven. But Active Treatment Essence does seem like such a more complex formula than their initial face oil – Active Botanical Serum – that I had wanted to try it for ages, but never pulled the trigger because the regular price of $225 just felt too high, but getting it for 20% off does change things. Also the Essence sounds ideal for summer, and would layer really nicely with the serum I’m also getting from above.
Hanacure All-in-one Starter Kit – I feel like we’ve all seen their Instagram ads, and the photos of celebrities like Drew Barrymore using this mask that makes you look old and wrinkly as it works, and then once you wash off, is supposed to be the most amazing thing ever. The formula comes from South Korea, and you need to mix in the ampoules with formula using a brush (that is included) which all feels very… science adventure. Plus, it’s only $29 regular price, so yeah adding to cart.
Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick in Petal – I’ve had my eye on Westman Atelier since they launched. And at $48 for the blush at regular price, their price point is actually quite more accessible than I imagined. Their packaging is in a very chic stick format that would travel easily, won’t scratch, and is convenient for reapplication, and the formula is on par with anything you’ll find in green beauty makeup so getting it for 20% is making me really excited. I chose their blush as my first product because I feel like that’s really hard to get wrong since it’s such a versatile product, and I chose the Petal color because it’s their top selling that is said to work for the most skin tones.
Okay, so I’ve written about The Nue Co quite a bit recently, my last post was on their recently launched skincare system, and prior to that, I had talked about their Functional Fragrance in my Bedside Wellness Routine. Their recent launches clearly struck a chord with me. I just find The Nue Co’s approach to supplement really intelligent by diversifying into the way we can supplement through fragrance and skincare. And the formulas are so sophisticated, and well done. That’s not to say their ingestible supplement are lacking, I’ve just started Sleep Drops, and although I’d like to test it a while longer before writing a full review, it’s something that is making a positive impact to my sleep quality. Here’s what I’m getting from their Memorial Day sale:
Functional Fragrance: What can I say? It’s my favorite fragrance, and the one I wear most frequently. It doesn’t overwhelm my sensitive nose, and unlike probably 98% of fragrances out there, it doesn’t feel suffocating after a few hours where I instinctively want to wash it off. The anti-stress benefits are genuine, and feels very calming and grounding, but even without it, the fragrance is something that can be worn just because it smells so damn good.
Barrier Culture Moisturizer: If you read my write up on The Nue Co’s entire skincare system, you’ll know that I really liked all three products (Cleanser, Toner/Serum, Moisturizer). However, I’ve found myself most concerned with running out of the moisturizer, despite the fact that it should still last me a while. This shows perhaps how much I’ve come to enjoy it, that I’m already in that state of making sure I’m not going to run out. The moisturizer is a super-light, delicate gel-cream that absorbs so quickly, is never greasy at all, yet always leaves my skin perfectly happy. I don’t think I’ll be using other moisturizers this summer, so I’m definitely stocking up on this.
Magnesium Ease: This will be a new-to-me product from The Nue Co. I’ve had my eye on it for a while because the idea of a topical magnesium supplement is really compelling, and I also thought this could deliver some additional benefits as a face mist. This spray is supposed to help with stress and sleep, which would pair well with the current Nue Co products that I have (their Functional Fragrance Anti-Stress supplement, and Sleep Drops). It seems like this is a great boost up product that can tie everything together.
I’m working on getting a detailed review on some Naturium products I’ve used over the past couple of months. In the meantime, here’s what I’ll say: the formulas are good, they’re like a modern lovechild between Paula’s Choice and Drunk Elephant, and their price points are at a surprising halfway point between the aforementioned brands and budget brands like The Ordinary. Here are the products I’m getting:
Retinol Complex Serum – The two things I always have in my skincare are sunscreen and retinol. So I’m always looking for good, reliable retinols that are scientifically backed. The reason I like this one is because it uses photostable, encapsulated retinol, AND bakuchiol, and costs just $20 regular price. If you can find something that works, is made well, and the price is more than justified — stock up.
Mixed Greens Nutrient-Rich Cleanser – I’m gonna be honest, I think this is a dupe for Youth to the People’s cult Superfood Cleanser. They have similar language, ingredients, texture, feel, and performance. The key difference? This cleanser costs just $16 for a massive 7oz bottle at regular price. So, it’s pretty obvious why I’m getting this.
Multi-peptide Eye Cream – I know not everyone believes in eye cream, some people say you can just use moisturizer. But I just feel like I need that extra oomph. And this is the perfectly textured soft cream, and it contains three types of peptides, all for $16 – again, at regular price. It does replicate the performance I get with some $60-$80 eye creams.
I also know that The Detox Market is having a Memorial Day Sale as well (10% off $100 code DETOX10, and 15% when your order is $150+, code DETOX15). However, with the above, I’m pretty set, but I thought I’d mention this for anyone else who might be interested since they do carry a very wide range of green beauty products.
Hopefully this was as helpful as my previous sales guides, leave a comment if I missed anything or if you have your eyes on anything to take home from this weekends sales!