If you have to buy it, get the best deal!
There are so many retailers with fabulous birthday offers. Do not forget to check the birthday offers before your big day arrives. When I learn of a new offer or a change in offers, I update it. Even though I was not really shopping around my birthday, because life in general got in the way, there were a few Birthday gifts I had to pick up. This one from Sephora is completely free if you pick it up in store or requires a purchase to order online.
I give my birthdate upon retailer request. On 03/01/15, offers started coming in. They continued to roll in throughout March with most of them arriving on my actual birthday, March 15th. Remember to save some of your birthday shopping budget for your actual birthday, because so many offers will not come in until then. For the retailers who send the offers after your birthday, they seriously need to step up their game. As I mention on the birthday offer page, some offers are general. Others are unique. If you try to redeem before you get your own unique code, it will not work. Also, check the main retailer page before placing your orders, because the birthday offers are not always the best available offers.
Having a Beauty Insider account at Sephora is required for the free gift. After setting up your account, you do not have to make another purchase to keep up Beauty Insider status. That makes the gift completely free if you pick it up in person. Pick it up within two weeks of your birthday, before or after. On 03/01/15, the option to add the birthday gift did not appear online as it should have. I knew I technically had until 03/29/15 before I had to deal with it, but Sephora emailed me on 03/02/15 stating it was ready.
Thanks to my free flash shipping, I decided to place a cheap online order. I’ve read that even though shipping is technically free Sephora has been known to cancel orders and even freeze accounts for placing too many small orders. To prevent this from happening, I try to redeem points when I place a small order. At least that way, I am taking points (liabilities) off their balance sheet. While I have no idea whether this actually helps or not, my orders have not been canceled so far. Besides, I like spending my points to redeem for 100 point samples. Higher point perks are not always worth it or very hard to get; Google Sephora Extraordinary Rewards disaster for details on that.
I placed a $1 order to redeem my Sephora birthday gift. The gift this year is a NARS set.
It includes NARS 1.7g Velvet lip pencils in Rikugien and Cruella. Rouge clients also get a bonus mini Via Veneto eyeliner. Yay, another black eyeliner! These lip pencils have an amazing formula that is very moisturizing. Pigmentation builds quickly and lasts a long time. I found the pencils easy to work with, because the tip was thin. It definitely makes it easier to color in the lines.
Although, I preferred the pink color, I liked the red one as well.
All swatches are in the same order they’re written about in the article.
The eyeliner is too soft. It broke as I applied it. I do press very hard when I apply eyeliner, but I’ve had very few formulas break off. Thankfully, I was able to finish without it breaking a second time. Other than the formula being too soft, it did apply solidly and last all day. This is a decent formula, but I cannot see myself buying it. I need an eyeliner that can take hard pressing.
I redeemed six 100 point perks. Sometimes I look at Sephora’s mislabeled items and laugh. Can you imagine how big a 0.6oz tube of lipstick would be? When I score a 0.15oz lipstick, I feel it is a good size, so I cannot imagine one 4 times the size. On the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in F-Bomb, Sephora just forgot the 0 in front of the 6. This is a 0.06oz lipstick and not the 0.6oz they advertise. Nevertheless, the color is a pretty red. This went in and out of stock so many times when I tried to order it. Glad it came back, and I got it. It was comfortable and lasted a long time. The picture was taking about two hours after application, which was after eating and drinking. I liked the moisture it provided as well, so I am a fan of the formula.
The 0.100z Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Coral looked so pretty online. I am not a huge Smashbox fan in general, but I really liked the gloss from the small Sephora Give Me Some lip kit last summer. It is not sticky, lasts a long time for gloss, and leaves a decent stain behind as it fades. So many glosses look messy as they fade. Plus, I love corals. This color did not disappoint. There is a very fine micro glitter but not so much that only twelve-year olds want it. From most angles, you will not even notice the glitter. I think it is there more to apply a slight shine. As much as I liked the cream-colored one from the kit, I like this one better. It has the same great formula, but I appreciate the added pop of color.
The $1 item was a nail polish from the Sephora line in the shade High Speed, which is a lovely red. It is the first thing from the sale section that said buy me, so I did. I have not used this particular polish yet other than the swatch below. Others from the Sephora line are decent, so I expect the same quality from this one. Compare this to my other red polishes.
The Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in 99 Luftballoons is not the full-sized 0.50oz bottle as listed. It is actually 0.27oz. I am a huge fan of her polishes, especially in glitter form, because they do not chip as fast as some glitter polishes. Compare this to my other red polishes.
The 0.17oz Perfect Formula Pink Gel Formula was an item I’d never even heard of before, but I love trying new polishes. This one was nice. It leaves a very pretty, subtle pink tint. Compare this to my other treatments, base coats, and top coats.
Application looks clear and shiny, but it dries matte. I believe it lasted four days before chips started appearing and six before I had to remove it.
The 0.17oz Bvlgari AQVA Pour Homme was obviously for my husband. This is not pictured, because he took it before I could get one. He thought the scent was okay, which is better than he thinks of most. A couple of months after sampling this he fell in love with a different scent, which I will approach soon.
I am in love with the Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping mask, so I look forward to trying the 0.34oz Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer.
I was actually looking forward to all three samples I requested and was pleasantly surprised when they all arrived, because I usually get at least one substitution. Getting all the samples I ordered is pretty rare. My samples were: a 0.04oz Atelier Cologne Mandarine Glaciale Travel Spray, a 0.100z GLAMGLOW THIRSTYCLEANSE Daily Hydrating Cleanser, and a 0.03oz Amazing Cosmetics Line Smoother+Primer. Thus far, I have not tried any of them.
This entire order cost me $1.08 with tax. Since ebates gave me $0.04 back, it technically only cost me $1.04. Even for someone not in a shopping mood, this deal was too good to pass up.
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