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Sephora VIB Rouge 20% Off Sale and In-Store Holiday Bag GWP

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The Sephora VIB Rouge 20% off sale started today. I’ve covered the info needed to shop this sale. If any of you are considering a trip to the store for the free bag with any purchase, I can confirm it is the same thin bag offered since 2014. Sephora calls this a shopping bag, but it is thicker than the average shopper bag. However, it is much thinner than the average reusable shopping bag. This free bag has not been available online since 2014. It is prettier than the design from last year. Like the Sample Clutch and the Mystery Sample Bag, this bag has gemstones. Unless a trip to the store is convenient for you, the bag alone is probably not worth the trip. It rips easily, but I do like these bags to store my empties. They stand upright and rarely fall over. By picking one up this year, I will have another back-up when my current one inevitably rips.


Anyone shopping with a Rouge client in store today can use the 20% discount on their personal account. The ad says they will also get a bag, but I’ve experienced employees who do not give the advertised freebie to the non-Rouge. Customers will need to remind the cashier that they want the 20% discount and ask for a bag (if the employee does not grab one after processing the discount). They are available while supplies last, and most employees will not automatically scan the discount card they keep behind the register unless the customer asks. For those who did not receive an email with the bar code and have an employee insist they need one, here is another copy of mine. It is a general bar code, so it will work for anyone with a Rouge account.


There is no private Rouge event or any specific event to launch this sale. The sale lasts through Monday, November 7th. Rouge clients cannot shop the VIB sale with one exception that I’ve discussed in the general info article.


To shop online, use the code 20ROUGE. This is a multi-use code. There was a sign limiting shoppers to one Dyson Blow Dryer during the sale. Ulta excluded this from the recent 20% off prestige coupon, but I am not used to Sephora placing limits. When I got home, I read the fine print for the sale on the email I received. The email has the same exclusion, so I tested it online. Sephora actually prevents you from changing the quantity. Short of placing separate orders, it is probably legitimately not possible. I do not want any of these blow dryers (as cool as they look), but I thought this was interesting.


When I checked out, I handed the cashier my Play Pass, my discount card, and my Rouge card. Those with the Sephora Play subscription should always remember to turn in those Play Passes for 50 bonus points on any in-store purchase. I purchased two rather large items that looked silly in the standard sized Sephora bag.


She must have noticed how silly it looked, because she decided to give me a bigger bag. After she switched the bags, I laughed about how big the palette I purchased is. I am going to have a hard time getting it into my train cases.


After I got treats for myself, I stopped by Wonderland Bakery and Lush to get treats for my boys. I will review the Lush products separately, but they will probably not share the Wonderland Bakery treats with me.


I really like the gemstone design this year. If you like it as much as I do, it could be worth a trip to the store.


I went into the store with four items in mind. One was sold-out online. It was also unavailable in-store, but I purchased it online the next day when it re-stocked. The other item I wanted is only $6 on sale, but I am not placing an online order for a $6 purchase.


The Sephora Collection Face Mask Set has 6 sheet masks: Orchid, Algae, Lotus, Rose, Pomegranate, and Avocado. I am a fan of the Sephora sheet masks, but I really like getting them on sale. When it comes to sheet masks, I am really cheap. My preferred price per sheet mask is under $4. With this sale, I get there. Of course, I will go over $4 occasionally.


There is an ingredients list on the back of the box.


These masks usually retail for $6 each, so this $25 set has a $36 value. I like to purchase these when they put them out for the holidays, so I’ve tried a couple of these before. Some are newer, and I’ll give the avocado to my husband (I’m allergic).


I swatched the Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette at the Employee Appreciation Private Shopping Event. This palette retails for $60. It impressed me, but they did not have any in-stock. Even though I received a total of four online codes, I chose to give the other three away. The one I redeemed online was gone hours before I went into the store that evening. That meant I was unable to order this during that event. It all worked out.


The back of the box lists the ingredients for the shadows.


There are step-by-step instructions to recreate looks.


I really love the one with the green on the lids, so I may use this guide for the first time. It is nice to have in every palette that includes them.


As usual, the packaging is beautiful. I really love the packaging on Kat Von D items as much as I love her products. She’s extremely talented. The font on this palette is slightly raised, but it is nowhere near as raised as it is on the Shade and Light Contour Palette.


The back of the palette lists all the shades, and the size of the shadows. They are each 0.06oz. That means this 1.32oz palette is a bargain at $45.45 an ounce. For reference, the Urban Decay Naked Palettes are $90 an ounce.


There is a large mirror inside the palette.


All shade names are listed inside the palette as well. There are 9 metal shades (circles) and 13 matte shades (rectangles) for a total of 22 shades. They co-ordinate well, because many of these shades will look great together. Instead of swatching the eye shadows in order as I usually would, I decided to swatch them from lightest to darkest within similar color ranges.


These shades above from left to right are: Linen (matte), Bone (matte), Feather (matte), Glitz (metal), Suede (matte), Fringe (matte), Flash (metal), Silk (matte), Twinkle (metal), Volt (metal), Ribbon (matte), and Velvet (matte).


These shades above from left to right are: Ignite (metal), Moss (matte), Watt (metal), Velour (matte), Nebula (metal), Synergy (metal), Oak (matte), Tinsel (metal), Stone (matte), and Jet (matte).

All of the metal shades are extremely creamy and pigmented. The matte shades are inconsistent. Some are beautiful, like Suede, Silk, Stone, Oak, and Velour. Others are patchy or powdery, like Moss, Jet, Linen, Bone, Ribbon, and Feather. Fringe and Velvet fall somewhere between. This means I love 14, like 2, and dislike 6 based on swatches alone. Even if I never used the shades I dislike, I can easily do a lot with the other shades. Synergy is my favorite in the palette, so I thought it was neat that it is the only Metal Crush Eyeshadow Available for separate purchase. If I manage to finish it, I can purchase it separately.

I will edit in pictures and a review once I’ve tried this palette.


The Sephora Favorites Beauty’s Most Coveted set came back in stock online on November 5th. That is something I’ve wanted for a long time. That set stands on its own, so I reviewed it in a separate article. This order re-qualified me for Rouge for 2017, but it did not allow me to add the Welcome Gift. As such, I did not add any of the other items I wanted. I will purchase those separately and see if I can add the gift with them.


This set includes:

beautyblender Nude $20
-0.085oz Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone. This was incorrectly labeled by Sephora online as 0.08oz. $11.54
-0.03oz Benefit Cosmetics Ka-Brow! in Shade 3 $7.2
-0.17oz Cover FX Enhance Click in Bubbly $18
-0.049oz The Estée Edit The Edgiest Kohl Shadowstick in 01 Black Viper. This was incorrectly labeled by Sephora online as 0.04oz. $22
Foreo Luna™ Play in Fuchsia $39
-0.3oz Glamglow® Supermud® $13.2
-0.02oz Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper $20
-0.33oz Laura Mercier Travel Size Translucent Loose Setting Powder $23 + Velour Puff $14
-0.045oz NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard. This was incorrectly labeled by Sephora online as 0.04oz. $12
-0.24oz Tarte Marine Boosting 4-in-1 Mist $2.40
-0.11oz Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in 714 $17


The samples I ordered with this were the: 0.1oz Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, 0.07oz Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm, and Yves Saint Laurent Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain. Sadly, the Yves Saint Laurent was replaced by a 0.04oz CK2 eau de toilette.


The order also came with five, single-use fragrance cards. They are: Gucci Guilty Pour Homme, Tom Ford Black Orchid, Marc Jacobs Daisy, Tory Burch, and Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine.

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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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