fall & winter beauty essentials to consider during the Sephora savings event

As you’re probably aware, now is that oh so exciting time of the year when the beauty savings are unleashed during Sephora’s fall and winter event!!

Incase you missed the memo, here are the access dates for 2023:


October 27 to November 6


October 27 to November 6


October 31 to November 6


October 31 to November 6

Leading up to this event, I like to take stock of my inventory to asses which beauty products need to be replenished and/or replaced for the fall and winter season. Then I go through my wish list to view the items, that have been added since the last sale, to determine if any will make the shopping basket cut.

I particularly love this sale as it gives me the opportunity to cross off items on my Christmas shopping list. I try to get my Christmas shopping done before December and the fact that the savings event falls before Black Friday is a fabulous bonus !

Below I have shared and gone into a little deep dive in terms of the fall and winter beauty items that live in my wish list and/or shopping basket.

These items are more so essentials for the colder months of the year. For some of my holiday beauty favourites, you may want to check out my stocking stuffer roundup.

You will find everything listed and categorized under:

  1. FACE
  2. LIPS
  4. BATH & BODY
  5. HAIR
  7. TOOLS



face wash

I have been using this purifying gel cleanser to help with my new and temporary acne situation (yay hormones!) and have been quite pleased with it. I think I’ll keep using it regardless.

For those drier days, sometimes I will switch things up with my oil based cleanser (recommended by my naturopath).

I keep this light exfoliation cleanser in the shower.

exfoliating scrub

I also keep this deep exfoliating cleaner in the shower and also use it about 1-2 times a week.

purifying mask

I try to apply a mask 1-2 times a week. I have tried both the clay and charcoal masks and honestly, I like them both. It’s really a matter of preference.

If you are wondering on which peel pads you should try, look no further than these ones. A note that I only use them in fall and winter as I don’t like to mess with the intense sun exposure during the hotter months.


During the fall and winter months, toner is most definitely a beauty essential in my vanity. I apply it immediately after washing or exfoliating my face. 

hydrating serum

This plum serum is great should you ever need an extra boost of hydration.

retinol alternatives

Seconds after discovering lines on my forehead, within months of turning 30, I went on a retinol deep dive and started with this bakuchiol + peptides serum. It’s a lot less abrasive and would recommend as a first step if you have sensitive skin.

I have been using Caudalie’s retinol alternative and so far I am quite happy with it.

The Tatcha serum also looks like a great retinol alternative option.

acne treatment

I have been using this salicylic acid serum, along with the toner and cleanser, and it has really helped me get my complexion back on track.

For the that extra stubborn blemish, I reach for my spot gel or salicylic acid healing dots at night.

I have been using Blume’s scar fading serum to treat annoying acne scars. It takes some time to work, but it definitely does.

day cream

I have used both the Caudalie and First Aid Beauty day creams, before my makeup in the morning, and I would purchase either of them again. Both are equally light and moisturizing.

night cream

I apply this Caudalie moisturizer with the retinol alternative serum before bed each night.

My bestie is obsessed with her cream moisturizer from LaNeige and I am a bit curious to try it.

hydrating mask

Because sometimes your face needs a little extra hydration. This, I find to be especially true throughout the fall and winter seasons.

I apply this light hydrating mask, after removing the clay one, and leave on overnight about 1-2 times a week .

I am just going to go ahead and add this moisture barrier strengthening mask to my basket.


Our faces require sun protection during the fall and winter months too, which makes this LANEIGE sunscreen a beauty essential in my books.



Your lips need to be exfoliated too… trust me they will thank you.

lip balm

During the fall and winter months, for me, lip balm is a crucial beauty essential.

The Fresh lip balm is super nourishing and l use it all year long, but I also love the lighter Farmacy and Ilia ones too.

lip mask

If your lips tend to get super dry, try adding either the Ilia or Fresh hydrating lip masks to your bedtime routine.

Amazing things have been said about the LANEIGE lip mask collection and I want to try the vanilla one. I know, shocker.



I keep going back to the NARS (AFFOGATO) concealer for blemish coverage. It’s the best as far as I am concerned.


Either the SPF 30 tinted moisturizer (OPAL 01) or the SPF 15 loose powder (FAIR) are great foundation options that offer extra sun protection.

I may have gone through 5 failed liquid foundation tests last month. Between the shift in cold weather and my face abnormally breaking out, I was in need of a clean(ish) liquid foundation to give my face extra coverage and moisture. I ended up going back to the Too Faced (SWAN) foundation that I used in my early twenties.

contour set

I definitely prefer keeping my bronzer and highlighter all in one place. I recently purchased this Charlotte Tilbury compact, but I might also get the Too Faced one again.

eye brows

Whether it’s the fall or spring savings event, you can pretty much guarantee that this eyebrow pencil (EBONY) will be in my basket.

My mom prefers the brow definer pencil, but honestly, they both are great.


I don’t wear eyeliner, as much as I used to, but when I do it must be water proof (ZERO).


When it comes to mascara, depending on the occasion, it’s Dior’s buildable volume (090 BLACK) or their waterproof (CATWALK BLACK).

eyeshadow palette

Even though I really only wear eyeshadow on occasion, I love me an eyeshadow palette! I have been using this Urban Decay palette for years, but this Charlotte Tilbury one is also gorgeous.

setting powder & spray

To lock in my makeup and withstand the climate shift, lately I have been applying this setting powder and setting spray

The BareMinerals and Laura Mercier are also great setting powder options and Urban Decay’s setting spray continue’s to be a front runner.


I tend to wear lipstick a bit more during the fall and winter months. Preferring an understated look, I like to opt for a lipstick in a satin nude (HAZE) or a sheer pink (NO MORE ORCHIDS).

My mom loves a matte NARS lip pencil, but I don’t think she has tried their new one (AMERICAN WOMEN -112) yet. Definitely a future gift possibility.


body scrub

Given how much I am LOVING their body cream, I really want to try Caudalie’s exfoliator too.

I also want to try Herbivore’s Amethyst and Rose body exfoliating options. Either of these would make an excellent gift.


I currently have this lotion at my home workspace. The L’Occitane one is also excellent.

body cream

I recently bought Caudalie’s body cream to help counteract the cellulite that Barbie made very apparent in her movie. This cream is very underrated.

L’Occitane’s shea butter body cream is just as decadent as it is hydrating. Perfect for this time of year!

hand cream

I keep this shea butter at my desk as well as in my car and multiple bags. This even richer hand cream lives at my nightstand and I apply it every night before bed.



Confirming that this treatment mask is extensions and curly/wavy hair friendly.

My love for honey really wants me to add this honey infused one to my hair mask rotation.

I really appreciate this quick gloss rinse for days when I do not have time to apply a hair mask after washing my hair.

style prep

I apply this blowout cream right after I wash my hair and this glossing serum once my hair is dry.

heat protectant

Effortlessly protect your hair from styling tools while adding a little extra shine.


A little bit of this light hair oil goes a very long ways. This dry conditioning oil is even lighter and I apply it last, or second last if I am using hairspray.


Hairspray that you can lightly brush out your curls with or if you need a little extra hold.


warm floral

This Yves Saint Laurent fragrance takes me back to fall time in Paris, while this Armani one evokes warm winter memories in Milan.

sweet floral

I keep this Jo Malone fragrance my office desk (my colleague is obsessed) and this Marc Jacobs one is simply scrumptious.


sponge applicator

I love my Beautyblender! The sponge doesn’t absorb a terrible amount of makeup and the point makes it easier to blend concealer under my eyes.

Sephora’s angled sponge is also a great option. I have both.

basic makeup brushes

This liquid foundation brush (#64) helps get that airbrushed look.

I also have the powdered bronzer (#96), highlighter (#98), and blush (99) brushes.

I use this brush to apply my setting powder (50).

gua sha

Because apparently gravity isn’t a friend of the face.

hair irons

I LOVE my GHD hair curling wand and will probably get the straighter if I ever retire my CHI that I’ve had since university.

hair dryer

I think we can all agree that the Dyson hair dryer is pretty self-explanatory.

For other gift ideas, feel free to view my under $50 stocking stuffersfall and winter fragrances and gift guide for her roundups.


While this post contains affiliate links, it is not sponsored by Sephora. These opinions are truly my own.

This post has been updated for October 2023


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