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We don’t know about y’all, but we tend to get hit with excitement and (minor) panic whenever we step into a Sephora. With rows and rows of options, it can quickly get overwhelming—especially on Black Friday. So we decided to mine the minds of the people who know the store and its products best: the employees. Here, nine Sephora Beauty Advisors share their top skin-care picks to help inform your Black Friday purchases. 

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Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45

"My pick is the Dr. Jart BB Cream. It’s a bit of skin care and makeup in one. One pump will give you enough coverage for your entire face and it really plumps up your skin. It also has SPF, anti-aging and hydrating ingredients."  - Maria

Buy it ($39)

Test Maria's pick, plus five more of Dr. Jart's best-sellers, as part of the brand's adorable holiday Experiment Kit.

Buy It ($50; $40)


Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

"I’m going to go with Farmacy’s Green Clean Cleansing Balm. I have eczema and tend to use clean brands. This balm melts off all my makeup—even waterproof mascara—and doesn’t irritate my skin or feel too heavy. Plus, it’s a relaxing moment when I get to take everything off my face after a long shift."  - Maricruz

Buy it ($34)

Get 50 percent off the cleansing balm as well as 14 other skin-saving minis with Sephora's Skin Wonderland holiday set.

Buy It ($64 $32)


Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel

"Hands down, my go-to product is the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel. It’s expensive, but it’s the only thing that’s helped get rid of my acne and shrink the appearance of my pores. I use it every night after washing my face, and it keeps my skin clear and smooth." - Sterling

Buy it ($88)

Treat your skin to Sterling's luxe face mask and 12 more Sephora favorites with the aptly named "Treat Yourself: Your Self Care Essentials Kit" for a stunning holiday glow.

Buy It ($75; $38)


Caudalie Moisturizing Toner

"I love Caudalie’s Moisturizing Toner. I struggle with rosacea and keratosis pilaris, and this helps reduce the appearance of bumps on my face. I use it after cleansing to reset the pH balance of my skin." - Rogue

Buy It ($28)

While you're on a French beauty kick, why not add this Caudalie cleansing set to your cart as well? It's currently on sale as part of Sephora's Cyber Week Hot Deals, but you better move fast—the discount is only applicable for 24 hours.

Buy it ($20; $16)


SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

"I love anything and everything from SK-II, but I especially love their Facial Treatment Essence because it helps with dryness and complements everything else I use."  - Andres 

Buy it ($185)

Three skincare essentials are always better than one, which makes SK-II's Pitera holiday set well worth the investment for your sister...or yourself (we won't judge). Plus it's going for $50 off its $160 value.

Buy It ($110)


Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer

"My favorite product is Drunk Elephant’s Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer. I have combination skin, and it’s lightweight enough to wear under my makeup while still handling any dryness I have in certain areas of my face."  - Mei

Buy It ($68)

Pick up a travel-size version of this miracle moisturizer in Drunk Elephant's Midi Committee kit to keep your skin glowing even through your stressful holiday travel plans.

Buy it ($48)


Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum

"I’m obsessed with the Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum. This product has actually changed my skin. For years I’ve struggled with uneven texture, and this has helped to smooth everything out." - Mandy

Buy it ($72)

Biossance has quite a few employee fans and the Top Sheflies Kit includes both Mandy's and four other top-sellers, and you can currently get it for half off its $114 value.

Buy It ($58)


Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

"I’m a huge fan of Drunk Elephant’s Jelly Cleanser because it removes all the dirt, but still leaves my skin feeling really soft." - Monica

Buy It ($32)

Drunk Elephant's Precious Cargo set includes not just Monica's recommended cleanser, but the brand's cult-favorite T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial mask as well. Oh, and a super-hydrating moisturizer, firming eye serum and luxe face oil. The set's value is $132, but it's retailing at a third off that.

Buy it ($88) 


Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream

"I’m 37, and I need my Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream. I use it morning and night, and it gives me an immediate glow and is very hydrating."  - Carla

Buy it ($68)

Combine Carla's, Kim Kardashian's and Meghan Markle's favorites from this Japanese brand into one chic little holiday set, worth $105, but selling for much, much less.

Buy It ($65)


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