Sephora’s Early Labor Day Sale Is Serving Skin-Care Favorites up to 50% Off

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There is now a holiday for everything—no lie: today is "National Trail Mix Day"—but when I was a kid, Labor Day Weekend was as closely equated with national shopping holiday as Black Friday was. Back then, blow-out mattress sales and electronics got all the local ad air time on my cable TV, but today, beauty products—particularly those in the Sephora 'Oh Snap!' Sale—are great ways to spend and save.

The catch? You only have 24 hours to shop certain products, since those discounts only last one day (and are replaced by new ones). The event goes until September 18, so make sure to keep checking back for deals galore (and make sure to use the code FREESHIP for free shipping at checkout).

We don't talk about this enough, but beauty products actually expire, and the reason that they do so is because we have bacteria on our faces that contaminates whatever it is that we're using on our skin. "The clock starts the moment you open the product," Erin Williams, founder of Erin’s Faces previously told Well+Good. "It doesn’t matter how much or how little you actually use something—once the item is open, the clock starts ticking to its expiration date."

While some products like foundations and moisturizers are good for a year, others like eyeshadows and mascaras only stay in their prime for three or four months. And if you, too, find yourself in this wild, wandering vortex that is time, that means that if you opened a product on Memorial Day Weekend (you know, when you were dreaming about all summer had in store), it's already time to chuck it. Here, perfect replacements for those products it's time to ditch.

Shop the Sephora Oh Snap Sale

BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter — $19.00

Was $38, now $19

Summer days are dwindling, but that light-struck effect they have on your complexion doesn’t have to. Becca makes some of the best highlighters in the business. The creators utilize pearl pigments and combine those with emollients so that this powder dusts onto skin without falling into lines or looking too glittery. It’s as close to a cream highlighter as you can get in a powder.

Sephora Collection Multi-Purpose Oil — $5.00

Was $8, now $5

Some of the best products you can buy for your skin are available for less than $10 at the drugstore…or Sephora. I like a multi-purpose oil that you can use to blend out super-pigmented eyeshadows, remove makeup, help with split ends, and use simply as skin care. This one does the trick without asking much of your pocketbook.

OleHenriksen Invigorating Night Transformation Gel — $27.00

Was $38, now $26.50

Sporadically, you can find products that you apply at night and wake up the next morning with a brighter, happier complexion. This is one of those products—it utilizes alpha-hydroxy acids to reduce dark spots and even out skin tone and micro algae to soften skin to dramatically improve the appearance of skin overnight.

Kora Organics Get The Noni Glow — $38.00

Was $54, now $38

A great way to try out a new skin-care regimen to see if it works for you is to buy a kit like this one from Miranda Kerr’s line. It comes with an exfoliating mask, a face oil, and an under-eye oil.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Mini Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara — $7.00

Was $14, now $7

Likewise, if you’re in the market for a mascara but will never, ever finish a tube by the end of the three month time frame, opt for a mini. This one is half off.

Smashbox Studio Skin Flawless Oil-Free 24 Hour Concealer — $26.00

Was $38, now $26

A concealer that clings to skin and covers up every scar, under-eye circle, or dark spot is possible. This Smashbox option is one that makeup artists regularly turn to because it contains silicones that coat the skin so that the product never falls into lines or looks painted on.

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick — $18.00

Was $25, now $17.50

Speaking of highlighters, this option from Rihanna’s brand is one of the easiest to use. Simply draw it onto the places on your skin you want to highlight and from there you can blend out with fingertips or a sponge. I love using Blonde on lids and high on the cheek bones to help bounce light and make me look more awake.

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