Scouted by Sephora: Our Top Beauty Picks This Month

Julie Chiem

Sephora continues to dominate the industry as the go-to spot for all your beauty needs. With an assortment of products in the thousands, you can easily find an item for any solution to every beauty dilemma. The retail giant not only curates the best and brightest, it highlights the hottest cult labels on the rise, also known as Scouted by Sephora. As part of our monthly series, see our top beauty picks and why we're obsessed ahead.


Farsali is a skincare line built from innovative formulas and beneficial ingredients to enhance your makeup. Developed by Sal Ali as a solution to his wife's beauty needs, the brand has quickly become a cult favorite on social media and it's products are proven to drastically improve the condition of your skin.

Farsali rose gold elixer ($54) - Includes tiny 24K gold flakes to brighten skin for a healthy, natural glow. Used as a daily moisturizer, it reduces the appearance of fine lines resulting in a youthful complexion.

"Anything that has gold flecks in its name is a girl’s best friend. Farsali’s face oil, that comes in a gorgeous little white and gold bottle, meant to either be applied prior to makeup, or can be combined with it. I’m pretty religious about my makeup routine, but I was more than excited to mix a few drops of those pretty little gold flecks into my foundation. And true to its word, there was the sharpest hint of a glow after I applied it, something I would generally have to supplement with highlighter."

— Natalie Cecares, Visual Designer

Farsali unicorn essence ($54) - A primer and hydrating face oil, this multipurpose serum is unlike any other on the market. While it preps the face for makeup application, it also contains anti-aging properties and protects the skin against free radical damage.

"Farsali unicorn essence, the purple bottle sister to the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir, was a perfect way to get some more hydration and glow to my morning and night routine. Wanting to strike a balance between not putting too much product on my skin, I would alternate my Kora Face Oil with this one every other night. The Unicorn essence leaves you with a little bit of sparkle and glow on your face, while the oil penetrates and leaves your skin feeling satiated. And with no oily residue that a lot of face oils are guilty of, it’s the ideal precursor to my moisturizer in that it doesn’t make me feel like I’m putting my skin through too much."

— Natalie Cecares, Visual Designer


Seeking the finest materials from each territory, Berdoues scents are born from elements that make each destination unique. With a variety of fragrances inspired by world locations, Berdoues allows you to experience a different country with every bottle.

Berdoues Somei Yoshino ($85) - A delicate, fruity, and floral scent with a blend of shiso, jasmine, and Patchouli as key notes.

"Floral scents are the best when it comes to wearing one all day. This fragrance smells exactly like Japanese cherry blossoms — light, sweet, and airy. It just makes you think of pink! The bottle is also beautiful and looks great on my beauty shelf."

— Pamela Bryant, Senior Content Editor

Berdoues Assam Of India ($85) - An earthy & woody fragrance, key notes include a generous scent of black assam tea, citrus, and sandalwood, all fusing together to exude finesse and elegance.

"I really love this packaging. The scent is fruity meets masculine — perfect for a night out at a dark bar over a Scotch."

— Carlina Harris, ShopStyle Collective Marketing Manager


Black Up makeup was created in Paris by an African American makeup artist who saw a big void in luxe quality cosmetics for women of color. Catering to darker skin tones, every item provides easy application and is high in pigment and long-lasting.

Black Up Matte Liquid Lipcolor ($28) - Formulated to dry quickly and last all day, this budge-proof dramatic lip color has a super matte finish and is available in nine head-turning colors.

"This is just amazing! I was skeptical at first at a matte AND no-transfer lipstick, but it really does both. I wore it all day at work and then went out at night. It didn’t get on any cups and I even had two meals with it on without it ending up all over my face. I did touch it up once after lunch, but really didn’t need to. Since the deep burgundy was a bit dramatic for daytime, I’m excited to try a lighter color and probably a cherry red too, since it is a staple color after all."

— Pamela Bryant, Senior Content Editor

Black Up Strobing Base Primer ($44) - Boosting radiance and blurring the look of imperfections, the strobing primer prepares your skin for a flawless and glamorous finish.

"The primer covers up the big pores on my cheeks. It's a great base for shadow and blush, keeping my look fresh all day. The orange shade was a bit shocking at first, but once I rubbed it in, it matched my skin tone perfectly!"

— Wynter Finley, Creative Project Manager


Founded by celebrity hair stylist, Jen Atkin, Ouai Haircare was created due to a lack of cool and highly-effective products in the market. Made for hard-working women with packed schedules who still want to look their best, it's low-maintenance, yet transforming. This line of luxury haircare products creates easy and effortelss everyday hair. Ouai products are designed to achieve beautiful hair in less time.

Ouai curl jelly ($26) - A hair jelly designed to bring out the beauty in your natural curls and works to leave hair bouncy and soft.

"Loved this product, the gardenia smell was delightful and the product actually worked to give my curls shape. Even after sleeping in my curls, they held thier shape and looked good without any other product."

— Carlina Harris, ShopStyle Collective Marketing Manager

Ouai rose hair and body oil ($34) - A dual-purpose oil used to tame frizz and moisturize your skin, leaving your hair and body smooth. With just a few drops, my strands feel silky and look shiny, but not greasy. I also use it after blow drying to tame frizz and I love that it doesn’t weigh down my hair. It doesn't just get the job done, but the oil smells great and feels light and fresh on."

— Julie Chiem, Shopping Editor


With an eco-friendly philosophy, Biossance uses biotechnology to create innovative skincare that's 100% naturally-derived. The company saves sharks by using sugarcane as an alternative to Squalane. Squalane, found in shark fins, is a luxury skincare ingredient used as a deep moisturizer. Biossance products are incredibly effective and safe without harming the environment or animals. In addition to keeping the planet healthy, Biossance also donates a portion of its sales to a number of causes.

Biossance squalane + vitamin C rose oil ($72) - A solution for dark spots and uneven texture, this luxurious face oil leaves a radiant glow and works for all skin types.

"I really, really love this oil! For my PM routine, after cleansing and using my favorite scrub or mask, I rub a few drops of the oil between my fingers and smooth it over my whole face. It absorbs quickly and leaves my skin super soft. The rose scent is so light and refreshing, unlike many of the other rose oils I used that have a pretty powerful fragrance."

— Courtney Gilford, Content Marketing & Social Media Manager

Biossance squalane + peptide eye gel ($54) - Made with Swiss apple stem cell extract, this gel reduces dark circles and decreases puffiness, rejuvenating the eye area for a youthful look.

"Kicking off festival season has left me with puffy eyes and dark circles, but this eye gel works like magic, making me look like I’ve had 8 hours of sleep, rather than just 4! I prefer an eye gel over a cream because it hydrates without feeling heavy. It's perfect for my morning and night beauty routines."

— Courtney Gilford, Content Marketing & Social Media Manager


Made for the girl who wants to spend less time getting done up and more time getting stuff done, the Milk Makeup brand encourages self expression through its dual-purpose and eco-friendly products. Whether you're creating a natural look or a dramatic one, beauty has no limits with Milk Makeup.

Milk Makeup Blur Stick ($36) - Made for all skin tones, this primer conceals imperfections such as fine lines and pores for a smooth and matte finish.

"I love this primer! Once the spray dries it settles makeup into place creating a matte effect without an oily look. It smells extremely fresh and has a calm and cooling effect. I've been using it after every makeup application since I discovered it. I'm hooked."

— Wynter Finley, Creative Project Manager

Milk Makeup Holographic Stick in Mars ($28) - An illuminator that lifts your complexion by creating an iridescent sheen wherever you apply it. The result is an even finish for a gorgeous glow.

"I'm a new fan of this holographic stick. It glides on easily, giving you an extra glow exactly where you want it. During the day, I put my tinted moisturizer over it for a beautiful natural glow and it's a definite go-to for a date night or girls' night out."

— Jessa Reus, Customer Acquisition & Retention Director


Passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle, supermodel Miranda Kerr founded Kora, an organic skincare label designed to enrich your skin and spirit. Using natural-healing ingredients, such as Noni Fruit, that contains beneficial nutrients, these products are highly effective and delivers visible results.

Kora Noni Glow Face Oil ($38) - Suitable for all skin types, this face oil is super-hydrating, feels light on, and sinks in quickly leaving you with soft and smooth skin.

"I had previously used the Kora Facewash for years and it always left my face feeling as fresh as a spa session. The Kora Face Oil, which has hints of floral and mint undertones, takes that spa feeling a step further. You only need just few drops warmed up in your hands and then applied to your face and neck area, both day and night. Each morning my face was visibly more hydrated and left feeling fresh and renewed."

— Natalie Cecares, Visual Designer