Sephora Shopping Guide 2022: Skincare

The Sephora Holiday Savings Event is upon us!


For my recommendations this year, I wanted to focus on products that were released in 2022 (or that I discovered this year). It’s been a great year for new beauty releases and I’ve discovered so many new holy grail-status products. If you’d like to see these products in action, you can check out my YouTube video. Also check out my Sephora Makeup Guide!

I also stand by all of my past Sephora shopping guides, if you’d like to check out my holy grails and longtime favorites.

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As always, please remember to spend responsibly and don’t get into debt for beauty products. Enjoy!



CLEANSERS


Paula’s Choice Omega+ Cleansing Balm – A great cleansing balm option for sensitive skins, this is a buttery, fragrance-free cleansing balm that comes in a tube. Melts away makeup and SPF and rinses away beautifully without stripping the skin.

Youth to the People Superfood Cleanser – A gel cleanser that gives you a thorough cleanse without stripping the skin. Comes with a jumbo refill with an excellent value and always comes in a glass jar.

HYDRATORS

Laneige Cream Skin Mist — If you’ve ever used the Laneige Cream Skin toner, this is the same formula in a mist component. A milky, hydrating, delicious mist that is uber hydrating and slightly richer than a watery mist. No added fragrance. If you have dry or sensitive skin, you’ll love this.


Youth to the People Oasis Triple Peptide Serum – A juicy, plumping hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid and peptides. This always left me with glassy skin. Light enough for layering but really packs a punch. I think all skin types would enjoy this!

Summer Fridays Dream Oasis Serum – A light gel cream texture that worked for me as a daytime moisturizer during the summer or a cushiony layer during cooler months. With the addition of colloidal oatmeal and squalene, this would be a great option for sensitive skin types. This would be a great step as a hydrating layer for normal to dry skins, and a moisturizer for oilier skin types.


iNNBEAUTY PROJECT Slushy – One of the more texturally fun/interesting serums I’ve tried in recent memory, this comes out as a light gel texture that instantly turns watery (or “slushy”) once it touches the skin. Adds a fresh layer of hydration to the skin and bakuchiol for some light brightening.


Merit Great Skin Serum – Merit’s first skincare product, and this does not disappoint. This is a bi-phase watery serum that is somehow lightweight yet moisturizing. It contains hydrators, niacinamide, as well as emollients. I love this as a PM layer. No fragrance added, so it could be a great option for sensitive skins too.


Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Serum – Bouncy, radiant skin in a bottle. This is part of the Concentrated Ginseng line, which uses ginseng and traditional Korean hanbang ingredients to deliver antioxidants and hydration to the skin. The rich gel texture layers beautifully under moisturizers in the PM for me.

ACTIVES AND TREATMENTS


Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster — A 15% l-ascorbic acid vitamin C serum with vitamin E and ferulic acid. For me, this helps brighten pigmentation and lighten post-acne marks, provides antioxidant protection, and brightens my skin overall. It’s a watery texture that sinks in quickly and plays well with other skincare. I’ve gone through a dozen bottles of this at least over the years.

Rose Inc. Skin Resolution Toner – A watery toner with a blend of niacin amid and mandelic, lactic, and glycolic acids. Despite the numerous acids in here, the blend of these acids is actually quite gentle and well-balanced. I think the addition of squalene in the formula helps. A great all-rounder!

Dr. Dennis Gross Pads – This is a two-step pre-soaked, pre-packaged peel pads. The first step includes a blend of acids to exfoliate, and the second step is a formula to neutralize the actives. A cocktail of glycolic and salicylic, this is on the slightly stronger end of exfoliants for me, but it really delivers results. I always wake up with glowier, more even skin. That said, it is potent, so I wouldn’t use it more than once a week. It’s great to travel with because it is pre-packaged. Also comes in ultra gentle and extra-strength formulas, as well as value sets.

EYE TREATMENTS


Dr. Dennis Gross Firm & Bright Eye Treatment – This year Dr. Dennis Gross reformulated their eye treatments, and this is a beautiful blend of vitamin C and lactic acids. It’s a serum texture that helps with brightening, gentle enough for the sensitive eye area.


Paula’s Choice C5 Eye Cream – If you want under-eye brightening with a more traditional cream texture, this is the one for you. With vitamin C derivatives and a bouncy lotion texture, this is an all-in-one.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue Cream with Retinol – This is my emollient PM eye cream that has a bit of retinol to help with anti-aging, very buttery and gently formulated. The standout to me among CT skincare.

MOISTURIZER


iNNBEAUTY PROJECT 10+10 Moisturizer – This packs a punch with ceramides, peptides, and vitamin C derivatives. A traditional lotion texture in a jar, this has been my daytime moisturizer for the last month or so. It’s moisturizing but not heavy and elegant under makeup. The price point of iNNBEAUTY PROJECT is fantastic and I’m so glad they’re available at Sephora now!


Youth to the People Polypeptide 121 Future Cream – A peptide-based moisture that has the yummiest buttery texture that melts as it hits the skin. This cocoons and soothes my skin, and though it’s on the richer side, it works for me AM and PM.


Fresh Floral Recovery Redness Reducing Overnight Mask — A lovely night mask that is designed to soothe and calm the skin and reduce redness. It does contain a fresh, light fragrance. I like this because it plumps up my skin in the PM without being too heavy or clogging my pores.

SPF


Summer Fridays ShadeDrops SPF30 – The most pleasant mineral SPF I’ve ever tried, and one of the few I’ve ever really loved. This has a lightweight, serum-like texture that sinks in quickly and has none of the characteristic chalkiness of mineral sunscreens. I won’t ever say a mineral SPF is completely sheer, especially on deeper skin tones, but this is one of the sheerest ones I’ve tried.

Paula’s Choice Youth Extending SPF50 – My favorite Paula’s Choice SPF, this one has chemical filters with a fluid, serum-like texture and a sheer finish. Cosmetically elegant, hydrating, but also lightweight, which is key for me.


Dr. Jart Every Day Sun Fluid SPF 50 — One of my favorite SPFs at Sephora, this is a chemical SPF with a lightweight lotion texture. It sinks in quickly, hydrates the skin over time, but maintains a natural finish. Also a great value; you get a lot of product in this bottle. This SPF sold out really quickly last year, so if you want it, I’d act quickly. Also comes in a mineral version, if physical filters are more your