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Sephora is getting into the Olympic spirit with its current promotion. It picked five samples for its Summertime Shake-Up it considers as good as gold. The first two did not make the medal round, because only three of the five samples were still available by the time I received the email. Thankfully, the missing two were the Coola and the Atelier, both of which I already own. I guess only three can get medals anyway. By the time I received my order, the tarte was out-of-stock, so I guess it gets the gold. I have a feeling the item I selected will get the bronze, which works out perfectly for a bronzy summer. Use code TROPICAL to redeem one of the two remaining samples: a 0.6oz Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream or a 0.15oz Culture Scent and Shine Coconut Oil with a $25 purchase.

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Every Sephora order over $25 qualifies for a promo code. These promo codes usually give a free deluxe sample. At times, they offer a free foil or full-size item. On certain occasions, a promo code gives multiple items or a discount. A single foil is obviously the lowest thing you will ever redeem a promo code on. I normally would not waste my order with a foil when I could get a deluxe sample, but I’ve wanted to try Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream for a while. This 0.6oz sample is not resealable, but I doubt it will last a long time if I use it after every shower. After the first use, I will seal it in a Ziploc to prolong its life in the foil. Although I would have liked to redeem the tarte lipstick and the Madam C.J. Walker oil, TROPICAL is a one-time use code.


I received the three samples I selected. They are all items I have not used and really want to try. My samples are: a 0.03oz Yves Saint Laurent Forever Light Creator CC Primer SF 35 in Apricot, a 0.03oz Hourglass Immaculate® Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free in Shell, and 0.02oz samples of Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick in N41 Corail A Porter, N45 Rouge Tuxedo, and N49 Rose Saint Germain.

Sephora Brush 61 Face

I already have a few all over powder brushes, but I’ve been so lazy with my brush washing lately. The funny thing is I was planning on washing brushes, because this is the only brush in my routine where I did not have a clean one. This Sephora Collection Pro Allover Powder Brush #61 arrived at a great time. Now, I do not have to wash my brushes until after my next makeup application (probably on Thursday). The bristles are so soft even though it is dense. I love that it comes with a lid (like most brushes in the Sephora Pro Collection).

It works extremely well for applying all over face powder. The bristles feel very soft, and I have not had any fall out (so far). I get an even application and am impressed with how many areas of my face this covers, given the size. I love the way it feels in my hand, because the handle is large and smooth. Getting a good grip on the brush is easy. With the exception of my eye area, I can twist this perfectly everywhere else. The brush retails for $46, so it is a steal on sale for $25.

Beauty Deals 2.0

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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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (13 and 8) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 13-year-old to apply it.

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