We Asked These 8 Sephora Employees Their Go-To Beauty Products And Here’s What They Said…
When it comes to the best beauty products and the biggest selection, most people tend to head to Sephora. They have everything. So when it comes to finding the most sought-after, popular products that you must have in your makeup bag, who better to ask than the employees with first-hand experience with every product available.
We wanted to know which products every woman should have in their artillery. These Sephora employees gave us the best products for better lashes, skin, lips and more!
Katie Esposito talked about this first product, The Glow Fairy Retinol Glow Wand. “This is by far our favorite choice when it comes to retinol products specifically for the face that help diminish the appearance of wrinkles and rough skin. The Glow Fairy’s Retinol Glow Wand is a highly-condensed retinol balm that you easily apply to the most sensitive areas of your face. It comes packed with retinol along with a handful of effective ingredients (including hyaluronic acid, butylene glycol, and stearic acid to help boost your skin’s moisture and collagen production to help lessen the appearance of wrinkles and give your skin a smoother and softer feel. The balm is easy to apply with just a few swipes needed every night on the areas of skin that need your help. Highly recommended!"
2. LIAISON LASH BOND
The second product recommended by a Sephora employee was Liaison Lash Bond, a growth serum that helps build stronger lashes. Molly Morrell, a Los Angeles employee explained, “Liaison has it all, a good value, safe ingredients, and (brace yourself) it works! I first tried Liaison when I received the 50% off code SECRET50. This was before we had it in the store. I used it for six weeks and had some of the longest, most luscious lashes I’ve ever seen. I was so surprised. When we got it in the store, every employee started using it. The ingredients are natural and don’t cause irritation or burning, and the instructions are straightforward and simple. It’s really the best of everything packed into one product. Effectiveness, safety, and value all rolled into one.”
3. LANEIGE LIP SLEEPING MASK
Store Manager Wendy Brennen loved Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask. “It doesn't matter how much lipstick you put on, if your lips are dried and crack, people will be able to tell. And don’t even think about kissing someone! Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask helps take care of that by helping repair and moisture your lips overnight. It’s like a super-powered lip balm that will not only protect your lips but help them stay healthy. It’s really a great choice.”
4. THE NO.3 HAIR PERFECTOR BY OLAPLEX
“Whether you think so or not, almost everyone could use some hair repair.” Sales associate Gina Ginsberg told us. “Our hair is so sensitive and even if you take amazing care of it, something like Olaplex’s No. 3 Hair Perfector will still help. It’s the smoothest, best hair conditioner and repairer ever. You can use it every day or like, once a month, either way you’d be doing a HUGE service to your hair.”
5. THE ALL NIGHT LONG-LASTING MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY BY URBAN DECAY
“What’s the point of amazing look if your makeup smears, right?” That’s what sales associate Catherine Lily wants to know. “I recommend this to everyone who shops at the store. I’m like chasing people down trying to get them to buy this it’s so good. Urban Decay’s All Night Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray helps keep makeup on and looking perfect all night. It lasts up to 16 hours, which is incredible. I used this at a summer wedding and I was the only one at the reception without running eyeliner and smudgy foundation. Absolute best!”
6. THE WIZARD DETANGLING HAIR PRIMER BY AMIKA
General manager Matty Simone loves Amika’s Detangling Hair Primer. “It’s the best way to help make my hair look and feel silky smooth after the shower. My hair is naturally pretty curly so anytime I want to do anything to it, it becomes a hassle. Using Amika, I can at the very least manage these curls. People without curly hair swear by it, too because it cuts blow drying time in HALF. It’s amazing. I highly recommend it.”
7. THE ACNE SOLUTIONS ACNE + LINE CORRECTING SERUM BY CLINIQUE
“Spot-treating acne products is one of the hardest products to find, I would know,” says sales associate Lyzie Venick. “Especially one that doesn’t dry out your skin completely. That’s what was troubling me. Every product I found would maybe get rid of my acne, but make my skin look worse with dried out patches. Clinque’s Acne and Line Correcting Serum is the first one I found that doesn’t completely kill my skin. It actually helped remove acne and lines without dry patches. Now it’s my go-to and I recommend it to everyone else.”
8. PAULA'S CHOICE BODY LOTION, GLYCOLIC ACID & SHEA BUTTER EXFOLIANT
“The best body lotion. Ever.” Claims Margot Wellen, a shift manager. “This stuff changed my life, it has amazing ingredients to help your skin look and feel incredible. The main one being a 10% Glycolic Acid, an ultra-effective alpha hydroxy acid that helps exfoliate and rejuvenate skin. It’s a perfect combo with something like The Glow Fairy Body Glow Wand. These two products together will take years off of your skin. It’s unbelievable!”
We wanted to talk further with our investigative reporter Stephanie Marianne who interviewed the Sephora employees and helped create the rankings list and how The Glow Fairy Retinol Glow Wand worked for her. Stephanie tells the story.
Personally, I never believed in the effectiveness of anti-wrinkle anything. “Time cannot be reversed,” I used to tell my friend. I’ve had too many friends tricked into buying some wild cream just to find out it’s a waste of money. So I’ve avoided it at all costs.
But then my best friend, who I trust with my life, swore by The Glow Fairy Retinol Glow Wand. She would swipe it on every night before she went to bed. After a few weeks her skin looked tighter and her fine lines were greatly reduced. I, of course, didn’t believe her. But then she showed me a before and after. I was stunned. Week by week the fine lines and wrinkles became less noticeable all together! I begged her to let me borrow her Glow Wand. Instead she gave me a secret 50% OFF code, SECRET50, and I ordered my own Glow Wand immediately.
I received a package in the next few days and applied that night. The application is super simple, just open the Glow Wand and swipe it on! LOL, but actually, for best effectiveness, make sure your face is clean and dry. Do your nightly routine and leave the Glow Wand for last. Warm up the balm a little by rubbing onto your finger or the edge of your eye for an easier swipe. Then, apply the balm around the eye, on the sides and under. You can also apply to laugh lines, and even around the brow at the T-zone. Leave it on over night and viola!
I, of course, expected results immediately. But it will take a few weeks to see the real results (so I made sure to snap a few before photos). While I waited, I ended up doing a little research on the ingredients that go into the Glow Wand and found the retinol wasn’t the only thing helping my fine lines disappear…
Of course, there’s retinol, which helps neutralize free radicals in the skin and encourage the production of collagen. The rich source of vitamin A is so effective in helping boost collagen that it’s almost the only ingredient needed. But Glow Fairy did an amazing thing of adding the extra punches with some of these other ingredients…
Another amazing ingredient that’s naturally found in the body. Hyaluronic Acid is used by the body to retain water in the skin. And, as we know, moisture and hydration is essential to healthy, ageless looking skin. That’s why Hyaluronic Acid is so popular in beauty products.
Not many people are aware of how amazing this ingredient is for your skin. It helps remove dead skin cells from the skin to reveal the soft, more youthful tissue underneath. So when you’re looking for that more youthful glow, it’s not retinol doing the work. It’s Allantoin.
Allantoin with a combination of this ingredient, stearic acid, is your ultimate duo for cleaning the skin and giving you that extra glow. While allantoin removes dead skin cells, stearic acid, removes excess oil and dirt that regular cleansers can’t get to. Really awesome stuff!
The last ingredient I was so happy to see in the Glow Wand was beeswax. A lot of retinol creams forget that too much retinol can damage the skin but making it very sensitive. You need something to protect against that. Buzz buzz buzz hello beeswax! Beeswax is a natural protector, it creates an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral barrier that will help keep your skin safe!
So, finally, after 4 weeks, I decided to check if I could see results… and wow! The area around my eyes was more youthful and glowing, and some fine lines that I was concerned about were totally gone. I was blown away!
I’ve been converted into a Glow Fairy believer, and hope you will, too.