This Is Exactly How You Should Be Using Your Sephora Rewards Points

In a perfect world we'd all be able to exercise restraint with our Sephora points. Say, until after we’ve accumulated top tier numbers and could cash 'em in for premium gifts (like a luxe set of Giorgio Armani makeup brushes) or an off-the-chart experience (like a private makeup class for our friends).
In reality, we don’t have the discipline to bank them until we reach quadruple digits. (That may take a lifetime, after all.) But it's just as well, because there's a roster of majorly-covetable makeup, hair, and skin care bundles offered at the 500 point level right now. But with new freebees added to the Sephora cash wrap (and e-commerce checkout) every Tuesday and Thursday, how do we know when the time is right to pull the trigger and cash in?
To help, we’ve reviewed each product on offer right now. Does the current crop of hair products include must-haves for your styling needs? Is the latest skin care bundle the best for your skin type? Get the lowdown on each and every product before you start shopping — because no matter what kind of products Sephora throws at its loyal shoppers next, you best believe it'll go fast.
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Amika Treat, Style, Extend by Amika, 500 Points, available at Sephora.
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Bring on the third-day hair. Like a lot of dry shampoos, this one did a great job of de-greasing roots. But unlike others, it didn’t shoot white residue onto our hair in the process, making it great for dark hair!

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, $24, available at Birchbox.
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A few shots of this fine mist brought softness, bounce, and volume to wilted, post-gym (and pre-cocktail) hair. The light fragrance made hair smell as if it had been freshly-washed, too. Great for dry hair or anyone not interested in lathering up every day.

Amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner, $24, available at Sephora.
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We couldn’t tell whether people just loved this mask for its scent (which, admittedly, smells pretty darn fantastic) or whether it had the chops to detangle, too. But after using the versatile formula as both a mask and regular conditioner (left on in the shower just a couple of minutes), it made the usual chore of raking through wet hair a breeze.

Amika Nourishing Mask, $28, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Dial up the hold on most hairsprays and hair is left crunchy. Dial up the touchability and most don’t retain hold. This can offers the best of both worlds, as long as you don’t over (or under) shoot.

Amika Touchable Hairspray, $23, available at Amika.
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A gentle mist from this spray made our blowout shiner and smoother — a win-win in our book.

Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray, $24, available at Sephora.
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When it comes to bringing dry hands back from the brink, this classic hand cream doesn’t mess around. It's incredibly rich— almost a touch greasy — so apply it at night for soft hands by morning.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, $28, available at L’Occitane.
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Part moisturizer, part body serum, this oil taps an omega-rich combination of almond, sunflower seed, and camelina seed oils to help firm as it hydrates. Spray it on damp skin, then nix the laborious rubdown required by some lotions.

L'Occitane Almond Smoothing and Beautifying Supple Skin Oil, $46, available at Beauty Bar.
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First Aid Beauty Beauty Script, 500 points, available at Sephora.
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There's a reason why this moisturizer has racked up over 90,000 "loves" on Sephora's site. The formula fits a wide variety of skin types and works wonders for those who suffer with eczema, as it's made with colloidal oatmeal.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration, $12 (travel size), available at Sephora.
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"I swear on my life this thing has some voodoo magic in it," a fan wrote of this blend, which is spun with hyaluronic acid, colloidal oatmeal, and aloe leaf juice.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum, $36 (full size), available at Sephora.
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This cream-based cleanser is powered with a botanical antioxidant blend that fights damaging free radicals.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, $10 (travel size), available at Sephora.
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This primer made with coconut water (to hydrate) and quinoa (to repair your skin's surface) sounds good enough to eat.

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, $28 (full size), available at Sephora.
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Soy proteins and rosewater nourish skin while removing your makeup.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, $38, available at Sephora.
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