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It’s that time of year at Sephora again. Time for sample filled bags. There are four bags to choose from containing seven samples in Canada or eight in the US. All Beauty Insiders can redeem a bag of samples. If you’re a VIB or higher, you can redeem two. On my main account (Rouge), I received the code VIBFAVORS to redeem a bag. My secondary account (Beauty Insider) received the code PARTYPICKS to redeem a bag.
I’ve actually never used my secondary account for anything other than a tool for seeing what offers Beauty Insiders get. Keeping all of my points and purchases on one account is important, but this account does receive emails faster than my regular account making it worthwhile. When the Urban Decay vault released a few days ago, I received the email from this account early in the morning before it sold out. If I did not already own most of the palettes, I may have partaken. It sold out hours before I received the same email on my main account very late into the evening. The emails went out over 12 hours apart.
That means that having a Rouge account does not guarantee you will get first notification on all products. Where your email address falls on the staggered email list has more to do with when you get notified than your Beauty Insider Status. In other words, if you have one account, opening a second account like I did may get you faster notifications on certain things. My primary and secondary email address are close alphabetically, and I made the second account over two years later, so I cannot figure out the method for how one is placed on the notification list. It cannot be alphabetical, status related, or chronological.
In 2013, I only redeemed one sample bag. I redeemed two in 2014. This year, I was planning on only redeeming one. While bags two and four look appealing to me, I have at least half the items in each already and do not want that many duplicates.
Bag 1 is the least appealing to me, because I own half the items and have no interest in half of the ones I do not. Everyone else seemed to agree that this was the least appealing. It ended up being the last bag in stock. About a month after I placed this order, I got this bag using my VIBFAVORS promo code. There were no other promos that interested me at the time, so I can always gift the items inside I do not want.
Bag 2 is the one I selected using the PARTYPICKS code. I am over mascara in general (too many) and hate that this has two, especially one I already own multiples of. My previous Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil spilled, so I did not get a really good chance to try it. This one thankfully arrived in tact. I love Thirstycleanse and Urban Decay All Nighter and can always use more. This lippie color is new to me, and I love getting new lippies.
I just finished sampling Roller Lash and I own half of these as well, so this bag was not unique enough for me.
I wanted this for the Sephora Makeup Remover and the Peter Thomas Roth mask, but I own all the other samples that are worthwhile, including the lipstick which I got for my birthday last year and have not even tried yet. At some point, I will try it.
These bags have a $25 minimum, and I generally like to stick as close to the minimum as possible. There was nothing I wanted for $25 though. I’ve wanted Burberry Rosewood way before Sephora even started carrying it. I had never swatched it personally. Some swatches make it seem close to my beloved Pale Barley, so I wanted to swatch it myself once it arrived to see how close they really were.
In addition to the bag, I am also looking forward to trying all three samples I ordered: a 0.067oz Givenchy Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer, a 0.05oz Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector in Sand 5, and a 0.05oz NEST Verde Eau De Parfum Spray.
I really wish Sephora allowed us to pick our own samples, because I would have selected 1 item from bag one, 3 from bag two, 2 from bag three, and 2 from bag four. That also would have left me with seven new items instead of three. The bag itself is a smallish pleather, black, scale bag.
The Playful Prep Sample Bag I selected includes: a 0.07oz Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, a 0.1oz Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Shea Butter & Vitamin E, a 0.5oz GLAMGLOW THIRSTYCLEANSE™ Daily Hydrating Cleanser, a 0.12oz NARS Audacious Mascara, a 0.11oz SEPHORA COLLECTION Oil Infusion Color & Care in 06 Bubbly Grenadine, a 0.5oz Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, a 0.06oz Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Parfume, and a 0.135oz Lancôme HYPNÔSE DRAMA WATERPROOF in Excessive Black.
The Oil Infusion swatched a little more pink than it looks in the tube. I look forward to trying it to see how it wears. Although I own a couple of these, I’ve never tried any of them. Hopefully, the formula is nice.
It actually wears very naturally and barely adds any color to my lips. The formula is incredibly comfortable. This wears like a gloss without an ounce of stickiness. Somehow, it still manages to wear as long as gloss. Oil infused lip products may take over lip glosses for me. Like gloss, they do not highlight lip lines or accentuate dry patches. It feels as comfortable as a balm and not slippery at all. I am in love with this.
The only thing I purchased (to get over the minimum) is the Burberry Eye Colour Wet & Dry Silk Shadow Rosewood No. 202. It is 0.09oz where other singles are usually around 0.05oz. Urban Decay singles retailing for $19 for 0.05oz are $380 an ounce, where this is $322.22 per ounce. In other words, the single shadow price is higher than a lot of competitors but the per ounce price is often lower due to the generous size. Rosewood is darker than pale barley with a hint of rose coloring. It really does look like rose-colored wood, so it is aptly named.
Burberry shadows are: pigmented (impressively so for sheer shadows), easy to blend, buttery, crease-free, and a an overall dream to work with.
You can see that Rosewood is a lot different from Pale Barley than some swatches make it seem. They compliment each other well, so wearing them together is actually ideal.
The flashes do make both shades appear: more shimmery and have more gold in them then they really do, but the wide shot of them side by side looks very close to the way they look in life. Rosewood is on the left. If other people’s swatches have prevented you from buying one over the other thinking they’re too close, I assure you, they’re not. In the pans, they do look similar. Swatches tell another story though.
The flash actually brings out the shimmer in the shades more than it does on the eye. Using Burberry Earthy Blush as an all over base, I used Rosewood and Pale Barley to create this very natural looking eye. Rosewood is technically the darkest of the three, so I used it in my crease and outer V to create subtle shading. All the colors are relatively close, so they blended together beautifully to create one seamless look. Rosewood was easy to blend, buttery, and crease free like the other shades.
If you have not ordered your customer appreciation bag yet, there is still time. Shop soon, because this is a popular promo and runs out of stock quickly each year. This is one of the best offers all year, so I never skip it. Sephora does not inform a single Beauty Insider of all deal details. Certain offers are targeted and others have different purchase minimums based on the code. Remember to check New Offers and/or Recycled Offers before placing an online order. If you’re spending over $25, you can add a promo code to any order. See all Sephora articles. Read Tips For Getting the Best Deal When Shopping Sephora. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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