Monthly Archives: January 2017

Sephora VIB Promo Codes 2017

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I track all Sephora offers. This article covers all VIB promo code offers for 2017. As I find them, I will post them below. VIB codes are less common than Beauty Insider codes and far more frequent than VIB Rouge codes, which get posted in their own respective articles. Rouge codes are extremely uncommon since 2014, so there are usually only one or two a year. Most VIB promo codes have a $35 purchase minimum, but I will specify the minimum for each code. Almost every VIB code is one-time use, but it never hurts to test it for a subsequent purchase. All promo codes are online only unless specified below. I will remove expired offers (as I find them) from my Sephora Deals Page (where I list all active codes I am aware of). Expired promotions are not removed from this post, because the point is to track and view historical offers. This helps better predict trends, and gives an idea of what is coming next (for promotions that repeat). If you are looking for active codes, please visit the Sephora Deals Page.

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Ulta Targeted GWP Offers January Through June 2017

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Ulta sends gift with any purchase offers to select UltaMate members throughout the year. These are targeted offers that only go out to select accounts. At any given time, there are anywhere from 0 to 4 available offers. It is certainly possible there are more than 4 at a time, but 4 is the most I’ve ever seen. As these are targeted offers, they will never appear in the general GWP section or available offers section for select affiliates. In other words, the only way to take advantage of these offers is to receive them yourself or receive them from someone who received the offers. No one gets all offers, and people who do not get emails never get any. I want to share all the offers I am aware of here. If you receive any I do not, please let me know, and I can add them.

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Birchbox Limited Edition Boxes 2017

I’ve decided not to write a general article for Birchbox Limited Edition sets in 2018. Any sets I purchase will get a dedicated article, including my purchase recommendation or advice to pass on it. View Limited Edition Box articles, or use the search bar to see if I’ve reviewed the set you’re looking for. Though I did purchase a few sets in 2017, I did not blog much. Thus, I only reviewed boxes that were still available when I resumed. All of my 2015 and 2016 sets have reviews.

I like my Birchbox subscription, but I love most Limited Edition Birchboxes. This article will cover all Limited Edition Birchboxes for 2017 (other than the perfume and cologne sets). There are almost always more full-sized items than samples in a Limited Edition Birchbox. The size of the item is not listed in the product description (something I hope Birchbox eventually changes). Birchbox does mention if the item is full, deluxe, or travel sized. This makes it impossible to calculate the exact box value (unless I order the box myself) the way I do for other retailers. Most boxes have a value that is a lot higher than the retail price. It is still important to consider personal value (the value you will receive from the box, not including items you gift or toss). Calculating personal value before purchasing any limited edition box is harder when the sizes are unknown.

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Sephora Favorites 2017 Sets

I’ve decided not to write a general article for Sephora favorites sets in 2018. Any sets I purchase will get a dedicated article, including my purchase recommendation or advice to pass on it. Just view other Sephora Favorites articles, or use the search bar to see if I’ve reviewed the set you’re looking for. Though I did purchase a few sets in 2017, I did not blog much. Thus, I did not review any that were no longer available when I resumed. All of my 2015 and 2016 sets have reviews.

I track all Sephora offers. No one curates sets like Sephora. The Sephora Favorites sets always occupy at least three of my top five sets for the year, and I purchase a lot of sets from different retailers. This article will cover all Sephora Favorites sets for 2017 (other than the perfume and cologne sets). Those sets usually include a scent-certificate to redeem a freebie for the sample you liked most from the set, so it is a wonderful purchase for perfume or cologne lovers. There are a lot of great kits that exclusive to Sephora in JC Penney as well. As I rarely visit a SiJCP, I do not track its sets. They’re worth checking out if you shop there. If I ever happen upon a set from a SiJCP that I like enough to buy, I will write a separate article on it. At times, the SiJCP kits are smaller versions of one sold in Sephora. Other times, there are unique kits that are not available at Sephora at all.

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Sephora Point Multipliers 2017

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I track all Sephora offers. This article covers all Sephora Point Multipliers for 2017. Sephora usually uses point multipliers as a benefit for certain promotions, so most multipliers accompany minor events. When I write a separate article for an event, I will link the article next to the offer. Events known to repeat each year are notated, and I will also note if the offer is a change from the previous year. This article tracks offers to note changes over time. As I see point multipliers, I will post them below. You must be a Beauty Insider to take advantage of point multipliers (or to receive any points at all). There are times when your multiplier depends on your Beauty Insider Status. Unless otherwise specified, all Beauty Insiders get the same offer.

Point multipliers are usually automatic whether purchased online or in-store, so you do not need to do anything to activate the offer other than present your Beauty Insider information. It can take up to 24 hours for point multipliers to apply (more common when purchased in a SiJCP), but most points credit immediately after the purchase. My Sephora Deals Page keeps a list of all current offers, so make sure you stack these multipliers with current promo codes and offers.

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Ulta 2017 Sweepstakes Opportunities

I track all Ulta offers, and this article will cover all Sweepstakes opportunities for 2017. There are usually only 2-3 events like this per year, and they are almost always tied to major promotions. When a major promotion coincides with a Sweepstakes, I will link the event article below. These Sweepstakes offers can award coupons, products, gift cards, UltaMate Rewards points, and more. Some of them allow you to get extra entries for social sharing and most of them allow you to enter once per day. If the general rules ever differ, I will note the differences below. The odds of winning are small and most winners will only win a coupon that is only slightly better than the one that is always readily available. See my article about all Ulta Coupons for more details. Entry requires an UltaMate Rewards account, so join if you have not already.

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Ulta Beauty Bag Affiliate Gift With Purchase Offers 2017

See Affiliate GWP Beauty Bag Offers for 2018.

I track all Ulta offers. Ulta releases so many beauty bags during the year that I plan to split up the articles into General offers (those available to anyone), Platinum offers (those available to Platinum members), and affiliate offers (those available to anyone who happens upon an affiliate post). This article will cover the affiliate offers, but I will link the Platinum article (as soon as it is ready). These beauty bags are gifts with a minimum purchase. Although the shipping minimum goes off the final pre-tax total, the GWP minimum goes off the subtotal. That means if you find a coupon or discounted item that lowers the final total, it will also lover your GWP buy-in. Every bag has an initial cost for the purchase minimum, so a bag with a $60 purchase minimum will post with a $60 charge.

The total for the bag will drop to zero once you have a qualifying purchase loaded into the cart, so play around with it. If your cart should qualify but the total does not drop to zero, the offer expired. Ulta will give you the bag, but it will charge you the purchase minimum for the bag. This means a bag with a $60 purchase minimum will charge you $60 after the free offer expires no matter what other items are in your cart. Remember to remove the bag (for expired offers) before checking out or it will charge you. Any bag I redeem will include a link to the review next to the post. There are a number of brand specific gifts, but this only covers beauty bag offers that are available with any Ulta.com purchase.

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General Ulta Beauty Bag Gift With Purchase Offers 2017

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I track all Ulta offers. Ulta releases so many beauty bags during the year that I plan to split up the articles into General offers (those available to anyone), Platinum offers (those available to Platinum members), and Affiliate offers (those available to anyone who happens upon an affiliate post). This article will cover the general offers, but I will link the Platinum offers (as soon as it is ready). These beauty bags are gifts with a minimum purchase. Although the shipping minimum goes off the final pre-tax total, the GWP minimum goes off the subtotal. That means if you find a coupon or discounted item that lowers the final total, it will also lover your GWP buy-in. Every bag has an initial cost for the purchase minimum, so a bag with a $60 purchase minimum will post with a $60 charge.

The total for the bag will drop to zero once you have a qualifying purchase loaded into the cart, so play around with it. If your cart should qualify but the total does not drop to zero, the offer expired. Ulta will give you the bag, but it will charge you the purchase minimum for the bag. This means a bag with a $60 purchase minimum will charge you $60 after the free offer expires no matter what other items are in your cart. Remember to remove the bag (for expired offers) before checking out or it will charge you. Any bag I redeem will include a link to the review next to the post. There are a number of brand specific gifts, but this only covers beauty bag offers that are available with any Ulta.com purchase.

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Ulta 5x Points Offers on Specific Brands, Products, or Services for 2017

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I track all Ulta offers, and this article will cover all 5x Points offers for specific brands, products, and services for 2017. There will be a separate article for 5x points on anything offers (and I will link it here after I see the first universal offer of 2017). As soon as I see specific 5x points offers, I will update this article. It could be a large post by the end of the year depending on how generous Ulta is. Most 5x points offers are targeted and must be activated. You can activate the offer directly from the email Ulta sends.

If you are having issues with email, check the Rewards section in your Account. There are times when offers you did not receive emails on are sitting in your account waiting for activation. Contact Ulta if you are an active shopper who got skipped for more than five offers in a row. This could signify a problem on your account. I’ve never been excluded from more than 3-4 in a row. Offers that are available for everyone still need activation (through email, the main Ulta page, or your account section). Unless otherwise specified, all offers below are targeted. You will not get the point multiplier unless you received the offer.

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Ulta Beauty Samplers and Try Me Kits 2017

Ulta Kits (featuring products from other brands) are typically only released for major events, like The Love Your Skin Event that runs 01/07/18 through 01/27/18. There are 5 new kits discussed in detail inside the above article on that. For 2018, I am not writing a separate article for kits. All kits will go into articles for their corresponding event. Kits I purchase will get a dedicated article of their own. If you are looking for kits for a specific event (21 Days of Beauty, Gorgeous Hair, etc), type the year and event into the search bar. The article with the kits and all other information on the event should pop up.


I track all Ulta offers. Major promotions usually include at least one Sampler or Try Me kit curated by Ulta. Some events get multiples and there are times when an event does not get any. It is uncommon to see these kits outside an event, other than just before it starts or shortly after it ends. When I cover the events (in separate articles that I will link below), I will update details on new kits in this article. If a kit pops up outside of an event, and I notice it, I will list it below. These kits are almost always deluxe-sized items, but some drugstore brands include full-sizes. Although I have never seen a full-sized prestige brand in a kit, anything is possible. The size of the item is always specified in the product description, so you know what to expect.

Most kits have a value that is a lot higher than the retail price, but I suggest calculating personal value before purchasing any kit. It is not worth it if you are spending more than the value for the items you want to try, unless you are buying it with gifting in mind. Personal value is what the items you will actually use/try are worth, which excludes the ones you give or throw away. Even if you hate them, you get the value when you try them. You would not know you hated it if you did not try it, and there are not a lot of people you can give used items to. If I purchase any of these kits, I will link my review near the product description. Otherwise, I will usually not suggest getting them or not. I’d love to read reviews from people whether I purchase one or not, so feel free to comment that information below.

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Sephora Beauty Insider Promo Codes January, February, and March 2017

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I track all Sephora offers. This article covers all Beauty Insider promo code offers for January through March 2017. As I find them, I will post them below. It is common to receive multiple offers a week, so I separate Beauty Insider Promo Code articles into quarters. Most promo codes have a $25 purchase minimum, but I will specify the minimum for each code. Some promo codes are multiple use and some are one-time use. All promo codes are online only unless specified below. I will remove expired offers (as I find them) from my Sephora Deals Page (where I list all active codes I am aware of). Expired promotions are not removed from this post, because the point is to track and view historical offers. This helps better predict trends, and gives an idea of what is coming next (for promotions that repeat). If you are looking for active codes, please visit the Sephora Deals Page.

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Ulta Beauty Breaks January, February, and March 2017

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I track all Ulta offers, and this article will cover all Beauty Breaks for January, February, and March 2017. There are around 50 Beauty Breaks a year, so I want to split these articles into quarters. Beauty Breaks are pop-up GWP offers. Most Beauty Breaks get released at 8am PST on Wednesdays. They usually run for 4-6 hours. Every time I see a Beauty Break (I am on the West Coast, so please do not use my article as your source of notification), I will update this article until the end of March. If you have not already, subscribe to Ulta emails. There are times when better Beauty Breaks disappear before I even wake up.

Surprise Beauty Breaks (those typically offered outside the normal Wednesday schedule) do not usually get emailed. They are only open to those lucky enough to stumble upon them. All surprise offers I’ve seen are below. My goal with tracking offers is to better predict trends, as many retailers including Ulta repeat offers around the same time each year. This means I can look at the 2017 offers to get an idea of when 2018 offers may arrive. At the very least, it can show me with certainty when a Beauty Break repeats.

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Three Options for the Sephora 2017 Birthday Gift From Caudalie, Tarte, and Jack Black

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The 2017 Sephora Birthday Gifts have officially been announced. Remember to check all birthday offers if your big day is approaching. People with birthdays late in the year can sometimes get the gift for the new year (if they choose). That is because gift redemption is a four-week period that includes the two weeks before your birthday and the two weeks after. You will usually see a pop up banner online or get an email notifying you when your gift is available. Click through either link, and you will be fruitful. Those picking up the gift in-store can give their email address or rewards card to verify eligibility. Make sure anyone picking this up on your behalf knows your email address. Only one birthday gift is available per year, so choose the one you like best.

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Sephora Rewards Bazaar Upcoming Offers For January 2017

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New Perks release in the Rewards Bazaar every Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-5pm PST. There is a pattern to releases. To see the pattern, get tips for obtaining a reward, or view general information regarding the program, read the program overview. You can also see rewards I’ve redeemed and other recent Rewards Bazaar offersSephora gives advanced notice of the bigger perks arriving in the Rewards Bazaar within the month. There is always a chance that offers not listed here could appear if Sephora decides to release any surprise or last-minute offers. It is important to note that the offers are not always listed in order, so offers near the top of this article (or emails Sephora sends) could be released at the end of the month and offers near the bottom could be released at the beginning of the month. This program is here to stay, so there will be 104 release dates a year. Every month, I will share the advertised offerings and write separate articles on any large perks I redeem.

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Sephora Rouge Renewal Gift for 2017 is a Mini Sephora Collection Pro Flawless Airbrush Brush in 56.5

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The 2017 Sephora Rouge Qualification gift has officially been announced. If you are close to renewing and have questions about redemption, I go over that in my Rouge Qualification article. You can call customer service if for any reason your gift is not listed in your Beauty Insider rewards and you cannot add the product through a direct link. Those picking up the gift in-store can give their email address or rewards card to verify eligibility. They will allow you to pick up the 2016 gift (even if you’ve qualified for the 2017 gift) if it is still available. Only one gift is available per year, so selecting the 2016 gift will disqualify you from also receiving the 2017 gift. Make sure anyone picking this up on your behalf knows your email address.

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Target Beauty Boxes January 2017

Target releases seasonal beauty boxes. These are not subscription boxes and always sell out the day they release, usually in the first few hours. There is a limit of one box (of each type) per order. Two new boxes released today and one is still available. The cheaper box sold out before I even logged in this morning, so I cannot give all the details. Shipping is always free, and the box contents announce as soon as the box goes on sale. Most items are sample sized, but there is almost always a full-size item or two inside. Value is usually at least triple the cost. The only variation in box content is on color items. Unless the color is specifically stated in the description, colors will vary. Boxes usually range in price from $5 to $10. The Target January Beauty Box that is still available retails for $10.

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Ulta Platinum Perk Offers 2017

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I track all Ulta offers, and this article will cover all Platinum Perk offers for 2017. As soon as I see them, I will update this article with new offers. It could be a large post by the end of the year depending on how generous Ulta is with Platinum Perk offers. These are special offers that are only available for Platinum members to purchase. It is one of the many perks of being a Platinum member with Ulta. My goal with tracking offers is to better predict trends, as many retailers including Ulta repeat offers around the same time each year. This means I can look at the 2017 offers to get an idea of when 2018 offers may arrive.

By having them all listed in one place, it is also easier to see a pattern (if there is one) and helps predict when the next 2017 offer is coming. Platinum Perks are available to all Platinum members whether you received the email or not. This is not a targeted offer and will work for any Platinum signed into his/her account. If you are a Platinum member who do not receive an email on this promotion, you are probably having issues receiving emails. Contact Ulta to reset your emails. I had to do that once, and my emails returned within a few days. Hopefully, you have the same quick turnaround I received.

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Ulta Bonus Point Offers 2017

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I track all Ulta offers, and this article will cover all bonus point offers for 2017. As soon as I see them, I will update this article with new offers. It could be a large post by the end of the year depending on how generous Ulta is with bonus point offers. These bonus point offers are separate from point multipliers (which I also track and will link here after I see the first offer of 2017). My goal with tracking offers is to better predict trends, as many retailers including Ulta repeat offers around the same time each year. This means I can look at the 2017 offers to get an idea of when 2018 offers may arrive.

By having them all listed in one place, it is also easier to see a pattern (if there is one) and helps predict when the next 2017 offer is coming. Ulta Bonus Points is a promotion that assigns a flat number of points with a specified purchase. These are targeted offers, so some accounts will not receive them at all. If you do not receive an email on this promotion, remember to check My Bonus Offers inside My Rewards. It is a good idea to check there anytime you see someone receive an offer you did not. There is always a chance your email had trouble coming through. For those who receive these bonus offer promotions, the amounts will always vary.

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