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The Holiday Sample Bags for customer appreciation launched on November 1st last year, so people got nervous when the Mystery Sample Bag launched on November 1st this year. That promotion is usually tied to Cyber Weekend. As predicted, the bags traded places for the promotion line up this year. Sephora officially released the holiday sample bags today, which is right in the heart of Cyber Weekend. I passed on the Mystery Sample Bags, which I probably would not have if it came on its usual schedule. This sample bag promotion is a must for me, and I especially like that it still has a $25 buy-in. All other sample bags this year had a $35 buy-in, so I was beginning to think that was the new minimum. All Beauty Insiders are eligible for this promotion, so it is not the same as the VIB Appreciation Bag (typically offered in August but launched in September this year).
There are four bag varieties using the promo code VERYMERRY. Each bag has 8 deluxe pieces inside a black and white Sephora gem clutch. Option two and four both look appealing to me, but this is a single use code. In part years, VIB and Rouge clients were eligible to use a VIB code to pick up a second bag. There is no VIB code this year, so each account can only redeem one bag. Choose wisely. The ones I like usually run out-of-stock faster than the others, so I tend to like the ones most others do.
I am not doing a separate article to track the 25 Days of Minis (which started December 1st), so I will briefly mention it here. Every day though December 25th, Sephora will release a new promotion under the code 25MINIS. Items released under this code are available while supplies last, and the popular items will run out of stock quickly. Some people are good at finding the new items that will release ahead of time, but I have no clue how they do that.
The Mid-Flight Delights Sample Bag includes: 0.1oz Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, 0.7oz Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, 0.13oz Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume, 0.1oz Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer, 0.84oz Dr. Jart+ Every Sun Day UV Sun Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 30, 0.5oz Lancôme Énergie de Vie The Smoothing & Plumping Pearly Lotion, 0.6oz Sephora Collection Solid Brush Cleaner, and 0.04oz Marc Jacobs Fragrances Daisy.
The Day-of-Soirée Swag Sample Bag includes: 0.1oz Cover Fx Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight, 0.04oz Make Up for Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in C211, 0.5oz Origins Modern Friction™ Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion, 0.07oz Elizabeth and James Nirvana White, Erno Laszlo Timeless Skin System Cleansing Duo (Sensitive Skin Duo) 0.5oz (Sensitive Cleansing Oil and 0.6oz Sensitive Cleansing Bar), 0.84oz Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Make Up Remover, 0.84oz Dr.Jart+ Every Sun Day UV Sun Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 30, and 0.04oz Chloé Chloé Eau de Parfum.
The Late-Night Luxuries Sample Bag includes: 0.035oz Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in #49 Belly-Dancing, 0.1oz Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream, 0.05oz Maison Margiela Replica’ Jazz Club, 0.2oz AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel, 0.06oz Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original, 0.1oz Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in mint, 0.13oz Formula X Shine XCEL Nail Top Coat, and 0.05oz Clean Reserve Sueded Oud.
The End of Week Treats Sample Bag includes: 0.04oz Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in C211), 0.18oz Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, 0.67oz fresh Soy Face Cleansing Milk, 0.05oz Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, 0.06oz Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original, 1.7oz Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover, Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in #14 Love Spell, and 0.05oz Bvlgari Omnia Crystaline.
I wanted to get the Bésame Cosmetics Brightening Face Powder Trio Set during the recent Rouge sale, but it was out-of-stock every time I checked. Of course, it came back in stock during the VIB sale. The rep was not going to sell it to me at first, because she asked me where I read that I could purchase re-stocked items. Ultimately, I decided not to place the order, because they were still out of Rouge Qualification sets (they still are), but I want this sample bag. This is the first time I am trying any of these powders, so I will swatch and review them as soon as I can. There are three 0.1oz Bésame Cosmetics Brightening Setting Face Powder in the shades Vanilla Powder, Vanilla Rose, and Violet Powder.
I selected the Day-of-Soirée Swag Sample Bag, because it is the most appealing of the four to me. The items are already mentioned above, but I will mention the ones that need swatches again when the order arrives.
The samples I selected were: Yu-Be Foaming Skin Polish, Guerlain Abeille Royale Nourishing Night Cream, and the Sephora Collection 10 HR Wear Perfection Foundation. Once they arrive, I will update the sizes (and share how many actually arrive, because substitutions have been very common lately).
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