19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card


19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

Free money is the best kind, which is why shopping with a gift card is the closest most of us will ever come to nirvana. If you left the holidays with a shiny black Sephora card or two slipped into your wallet, then congratulations: You can finally take home that fancy face mask you just know you'll love (because you've already read all 5,000 reviews) without holding your breath as the cashier rings up your total at checkout.

You might already have an idea of how you'll treat yourself, but if you're still weighing how best to put those gratis funds to use, we've got you covered. Ahead, we've broken down how our Refinery29 beauty editors would spend their Sephora gift card based on price point, from under $50 to $75 and over $100. Scroll through to shop all our favorite picks — from clear self-tanners and watermelon mask sticks to luxe lip balms and round brushes — and start 2019 off right. Just don't forget to send a thank-you card.

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19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

If You Have A $50 Gift Card...

"There are few things I love more than my crisp, white 800-thread-count sheets — which is why, up until finding this mousse, I had an extra set of cheap dark bedding for nights I needed to self tan. But this new formula from St. Tropez really is crystal clear, meaning I can slather it on, hop into bed, and wake up bronzed without a trip to the cleaners. I usually run through self-tanner lotions within one or two uses, but I've barely made a dent in this after three or four." — Cat Quinn, beauty director


St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse, $42, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

"Being that I am both deeply impatient and possibly a Mogwai, I don’t always love a face mask — they’re messy, involve a waiting period during which you can do virtually nothing else, and require splashing your face with water for, like, five minutes just to get it all off. But this mask stick and its matcha-infused counterpart (which, yes, I already own, and am therefore qualified to recommend) solve all of those problems: They’re easy to apply, easy to rinse off, and dry down fully in 5-10 minutes. Both formulas — Watermelon brightens and smooths, Matcha cleanses pores and absorbs oil — are clay-based but not at all drying, so they're suitable for even my sensitive skin. Buy one of each for $48 well-spent." — Rachel Krause, senior beauty writer


Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Face Mask, $24, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

"If I'm going to use a $50 gift card, I'm going to make sure I splurge on the most splurge-worthy and superfluous (but totally necessary) product in the store: Pat McGrath's tinted lip balm. It's luxurious in that heavy, this-costs-a-lot-of-money way, long-wearing, and makes even the most chapped lips a little less alarming to look at." — Sam Sasso, beauty writer


Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Lip Balm, $38, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

"As tempted as I'd be to spend $50 on something splurgy and impractical, I'd have to listen to the grown-up side of me and stock up on BeautyBlenders instead. I fail to replace my sponge every three months like you’re supposed to, but having them readily available would make it a lot easier for me to swap them out. This kit also includes a cleanser, which means I can get in the habit of washing them regularly, too. Here’s to having fresh, bright-pink BeautyBlenders all through 2019." — Thatiana Diaz, beauty writer


Beautyblender Two.BB.Clean, $45, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

"I've been swirling my fluffy brush in the pan of a very old, very worn Bobbi Brown bronzer for months longer than I care to admit, so I think it's about time for a replacement. This powder by Marc Jacobs is perfect because it's a natural-looking, matte tan with zero shimmer. Plus, the compact is huge and comes with a big mirror — a nice perk for travel." — Megan Decker, beauty editorial assistant


Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronzer Perfect Tan, $49, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

"No matter how many new, trendy foundations I try, I always go back to Double Wear. The full-coverage, lightweight formula has never failed me, and truly stays in place all day. It's 100% worth blowing your gift card on for a flawless complexion in 2019." — Aimee Simeon, beauty writer


Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation, $42, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

"This mask was my favorite find of 2018, so I'm going to need to stock up on another tube for the new year. I find that I use this mask more like a moisturizer: I put it on before makeup, before bed, and underneath my sunscreen. My favorite trick is to slather it on right before I get in the shower for an extra steamy shot of hydration." — Jessica Cruel, deputy beauty director


Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, $48, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

If You Have A $75 Gift Card...

"My go-to if my skin is dull, dry, congested, or just meh, this mask seriously works wonders on my combination skin. The blend of algae, seaweed, and lotus seed powder exfoliates and moisturizes, giving my face an immediate glow — even on hungover mornings." — Quinn


Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask, $62, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

"I've been using a super gentle retinoid almost every night for the past several months while recovering from the havoc I'd wreaked on my skin's moisture barrier, and I think I'm ready to up the strength again — you know, really push my luck now that everything has finally returned to normal. This brand-new formula contains 1% retinol, which is not insignificant, but it's mixed in with soothing, sensitivity-friendly ingredients like jojoba, apricot, and avocado oils and a bunch of skin-strengthening peptides to soften the blow. Plus, with a recommended dose of a pea-sized amount a few times a week to start, this little tube will go a long way." — Krause


Drunk Elephant A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream, $74, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

"If there's one thing I'm willing to spend my money on, it's an effective CBD lotion. Unlike most other body or skin-care products, I go through this stuff like I'm chugging water. Using a portion of my gift card to restock this everyday essential won't just help my bank account, but my back problems, too." — Sasso


Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion, $60, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

"I’ve been eyeing this set since it first launched last year, but it’s one of those things I'd prefer to be gifted than purchase myself — as much as I care about my brows, I’d much rather buy one pencil for half the price than an entire kit that’s worth more than my favorite serum. With $50-$75 in hand, I can get this kit guilt-free and put the rest towards a mini version of my serum of choice, perfect for my 2019 travel goals." — Diaz


Benefit Cosmetics Bomb Ass Brows! By Desi Perkins Set, $59, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

"When it comes to tackling dark spots, this Dr. Dennis Gross peel is my favorite solution — and it's the one I recommend to my friends most often. This kit also includes a retinol serum, which ties into my 2019 skin-care resolution to actually get serious about my nighttime routine." — Cruel


Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Smooth & Radiant: Peel + Brighten, $48, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

If You Have A $100 Gift Card (Or More)...

"If I'm going for a Sephora splurge, I want something that can sit on my vanity for as long as possible. This creamy, woody, downright sexy fragrance lasts me all winter (and then some) and gets me compliments every time I wear it." — Quinn


Givenchy Dahlia Divin, $91, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

"My 2019 resolutions are to read more books, spend less money, respond to emails in a timely manner, and stop treating my body like a test kitchen. I would probably regret spending an over-$100 gift card on a massive tub of a plant-based dietary supplement and not three of Dior's new swirled Lip Glows eventually, but I'm making an effort to prioritize health right now. Ask me again in two weeks." — Krause


WelleCo The Super Elixir™, $135, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

"If I have over $100 to blow, you know I'm going to invest in a jar of La Mer. I don't know why I prefer the brand's Moisturizing Soft Cream (a relatively fancy cream) over the famous Crème de la Mer (the fanciest of creams) — something to do with the texture and how it absorbs into my skin, and the overall visceral effect it has on me — but I do know that if I was blessed with a little extra cash, I'd put it all toward this tiny jar." — Sasso


La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream, $175, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

"If I’m getting a gift card over $75, I’m definitely splurging on skin care — it's what I invest in the most, so why not save myself a hit to my wallet? I was gifted this best-selling mask from Drunk Elephant last fall, and I’ve been obsessed with it for whenever my skin is acting up. It’s now starting to run low, and thinking about having to spend $80 to restock (which could pay for a month's worth of credits on ClassPass!) kills me. With a gift card, I could snag another bottle and use the money I saved to book my fitness classes for the next month." — Diaz


Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™, $80, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

"If I'm going to really splurge on a product, it's going to be one that fades my pesky hyperpigmentation once and for all. This formula does the hard work while you sleep and promotes a clear, even complexion overnight, which is totally worth it if you ask me." — Simeon


Estée Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum, $98, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

"2019 will be the year that I master eye makeup. This palette is usually something I'd pass right by in the Sephora aisle (I much prefer spending my dollars in the skin-care section), but I've been coveting the shadows from Pat McGrath Labs for months. With a gift card, the luxury purchase seems like less of a risk; plus, the blend of neutral and metallic shadows are ones I might actually wear... after I spend hours studying techniques on YouTube, of course." — Cruel


Pat McGrath Mothership II Eyeshadow Palette – Sublime, $125, available at Sephora 19 Ways To Spend A $50, $75, & $100 Sephora Gift Card

"Ordinarily I wouldn't even think about spending $103 on a hair brush, but should the opportunity arise, I would definitely consider treating myself to this luxe round brush by French hair master Christophe Robin. I’ve been told it's the secret to a damn good at-home blowout, which, in my opinion, is basically the best gift money can buy... especially when it’s not actually my money." — Decker


Christophe Robin Pre-Curved Blowdry Hairbrush 12 Rows, $103, available at Sephora

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