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What To Buy At Sephora This Winter (For Under $30)

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Bentley chapter.

We’re swapping out our shorts for jeans, tanks for sweaters, and breaking out our parkas and scarves… hello, cold weather, we feel you. For some women out there, a change in weather doesn’t just mean a change in wardrobe, we have to alter our makeup routine as well. Here are some Sephora products all under $30 and perfect for this chilly season, aimed at keeping your skin hydrated and looking good.

You may think Sephora is only home to $60 foundations and overpriced lip glosses, but you can actually find some great deals on amazing products that just can’t be duplicated in a drugstore product. Shipping is free over $50 when you shop online, you get to choose three free samples, and you get to choose one deluxe sample from a page full of promotional codes (here). If you find yourself in the store, you can actually get free samples of products you want to try, and receive a free mini makeover.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Cream Intense Hydration ($12)

This moisturizer is good for Normal, Combination, Dry, and Sensitive skin and is rich enough to protect and hydrate your skin even under the harshest and coldest conditions. 4.6/5 Stars on Sephora.com.

You can find additional information about the best moisturizers for your skin type this winter here.

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer ($31)

If you’re planning on applying a foundation or tinted moisturizer, using a primer makes all the difference. If you don’t believe it, grab a sample and try it out. By applying this mattifying base, you’re helping turn your skin into a poreless canvas and cover up any dry skin that your moisturizer may not have tackled. Your face makeup will now go on flawlessly. 4/5 Stars on Sephora.com.

Beautyblender the original beautyblender® ($20)

The beautyblender has no competition. Skip your brushes and fingers, and don’t even bother with those $4 from the drugstore. You may be apprehensive about spending $20 on a sponge, but I’m telling you, it’s worth it. When used properly (after you wet the sponge) the beautybelender allows you to apply your makeup streak-free, in every crevice and corner. 4.5 Stars on Sephora.com.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($22)

Use this tinted moisturizer if you’re going for lighter coverage. It contains SPF 20, because even if the sun isn’t beating you down, you still need protection from UV Rays. I would suggest going into a Sephora store and getting samples of a few face products before you commit to purchasing one. 4.4/5 Stars on Sephora.com.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original ($12/$20)

You don’t want swids (sweaty eyelids) creasing up all the hard work you put into your eye makeup. This primer potion is the best of the best, and one tube is definitely worth the money as you only need a tiny bit to get the priming job done.  4.6/5 Stars on Sephora.com

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23)

Either you’re a drugstore mascara person, or a high end mascara person. People have a hard time purchasing an expensive product knowing they’ll have to replace it in a few months. But I’ve used a lot of mascaras in my day, from $5 to $30 formulas, and I found this Too Faced one to be the best of the best. It gives you amazing curl and volume! I may not repurchase this again and again because of the price, but I will definitely purchase this again in the future. 3.8/5 Stars on Sephora.com.

Rosebud Perfume Co. Minted Rose Lip Balm ($7)

You’re going to want to stash a hydrating lip balm in each of your bags this winter, and you should out this one in your main bag. It gives your lips a slight pink tint, but does the job to moisturize, and the minted sensation soothes feels great! 4.6/5 Stars on Sephora.com.

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($14/$30)

If you find yourself coming home at the end of the day with a “melted face” (half of your makeup rubbed off, and looking like a hot mess), then a setting spray may make all the difference. This is one of those products that I once scoffed at, thinking a simple spray could never keep my makeup in place. I was wrong. This setting spray works wonders at keeping my makeup in place, and I rarely come home looking scraggly anymore. It’s a little pricey for a spray, but Sephora.com is running a deal to get two full size bottles for $40, when each bottle usually runs for $30. 4.4/5 Stars on Sephora.com.

Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens ($10)

Nothing is worse than a shiny face. In between classes, blot away your unwanted shine with these blotting sheets made from 100% natural Abaca Tree fiber, absorbing excess oil without removing any of your makeup. 4.5/5 Stars on Sephora.com.

Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask Hydration ($6)

This mask is drenched in hydrating and healing components like eggs and coconut water. In the drying weather, a hydrating and nourishing face mask once in a while is just what you need to create more radiant looking skin.

Invisibobble ORIGINAL the traceless hair ring ($8)

Maybe you had a hair elastic like this when you were in kindergarten, and now they’re making a comeback. These telephone cord shaped hair elastics will hold your hair when you put it up without leaving any kinks, create any tugging, or pull out that clump of hair that always comes out with regular elastics.

Hi, my name is Molly! I'm currently the Co-President and a Campus Correspondent for Bentley University's HC chapter.