Sephora Guide

During a trip to the bay area a few years ago, I popped into the Sephora on Powell street and became fast friends with a vivacious store employee named Katie, who was finishing up a biomedical degree program. Despite working at a store where pretty much no ingredient was verboten, she was vehemently anti paraben or any suspect ingredients. That, along with her science background and obsession with good, effective cosmetics made her my Sephora guru. She even wrote out a list for me of ingredients to watch out for under the title "Hell no!" We continued an email correspondence for some time afterwards, and I'm grateful to have benefited from her expertise.

For those without a personal Sephora sherpa, I'm happy to be your guide. Below are the best options from the iconic beauty mecca:

Foreo LUNA™ mini 2

Foreo LUNA™ mini 2

NuFACE White Rose Mini Facial Toning Device

NuFACE
White Rose Mini Facial Toning Device

Herbivore Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil

Herbivore Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil

tenoverten Nail Polish in Delancey

tenoverten Nail Polish in Delancey

Kari Gran Tinted Lip Whip

Kari Gran Tinted Lip Whip

Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex

Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil

Sunday Riley
Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil

Silk'n Flash&Go™ Freedom™ Hair Removal

Silk'n Flash&Go™ Freedom™ Hair Removal

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Candy Shop

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Candy Shop

LAVANILA Fresh Vanilla Lemon Fragrance

LAVANILA
Fresh Vanilla Lemon Fragrance

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15

Ecobrow Defining Wax

Ecobrow Defining Wax

Tweezerman Pink Perfection Pointed Slant Tweezer

Tweezerman
Pink Perfection Pointed Slant Tweezer

Clarisonic Mia3 Sonic Skin Cleansing System

Clarisonic Mia3 Sonic Skin Cleansing System

NUDE Skincare Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash

NUDE Skincare Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash

Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers

Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers

Colorescience Loose Mineral Sunscreen Brush Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Colorescience Loose Mineral Sunscreen Brush Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Bite Beauty Matte Créme in Tatine

Bite Beauty Matte Créme in Tatine

JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Muse

JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Muse