What is an essence and why do I need it? It depends on who you ask. The description I like most is: a lighter, more watery serum. Adding this step is a great idea for anyone, but it is especially wonderful for someone with dry skin. Products absorb better when moisture is present in the skin. An essence not only adds nutrients to the skin, but the watery consistency assists in letting all the products applied after penetrate more deeply. A moisturizing toner also assists in providing that moisture base to help other products absorb, but it lacks the powerful ingredients available in most essences.
See recent 10x points events. As 2017 was the first time for the November event, there is no guarantee it will repeat around the same time (or at all for that matter). If it does repeat, I expect it to happen soon. There is a 20% off coupon valid through November 3rd, so I would not expect them to overlap.
See Affiliate GWP Beauty Bag Offers for 2018.
This is the first year since Ulta launched UltaMate Rewards that it had a 10x points promotion outside of August. Granted, the August promotion includes a lot more products, but there are 54 products included in this promotion. If you want any of them, now is a great time to grab them. It is a Platinum Perk that requires activation, so sign into your account and access it through your bonus offers. Regular UltaMate members may also have the offer with 5x points.