Monthly Archives: March 2018

Target Beauty Box Reviews (Hello Radiance) ALL THE MASKS, (Hello) BeYOU(tiful), and (Hello Gorgeous) Wakeup and Makeup

Target releases seasonal beauty boxes. Five beauty boxes are available now. I am only mentioning and reviewing the ones I purchased, but head over to the Target site to see if the ones I am passing on interest you. Define and Shine has been available for a while, but Treat Yourself is new. These are not subscription boxes and almost always sell out the day they release, usually in the first few hours. Four new boxes released today and are still available. 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. All 5 of the current boxes retail for $7. ALL THE MASKSBeYOU(tiful), and Wakeup to Makeup are the ones I ordered.

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Sephora Play Mystery Bonus Subscription Box Review March 2018 (Spoiler Alert- It Is Box 843)

The day Sephora marked my original Play Box for March 2018 as delivered was not the day I received it. After getting the delivery notification and happening upon an empty mailbox, I sent Sephora an email letting them know my package was mis-delivered. Someone got back to me in less than 24 hours and promised to send a replacement. A day later, my replacement box was in the process of getting shipped. Sephora did not spare any expense in getting my replacement to me either. UPS got the box within a larger box to me with speed. Regular subscriptions go through USPS at a slower rate of speed. My original box magically appeared in my mailbox THREE days after getting marked as delivered. While I have no clue what adventures the box went on while it was missing, it was sitting in my mailbox, unscathed, staring me in the face. There were no markings on the box stating it did not belong to whomever had it while it was missing. Where it was those 3 days will always be a mystery, but that is not the only mystery with this box. The plot thickens.

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Ulta Beauty Skinfatuation Promotions and GWP Offers 2018

See the 2019 Skinfatuation Skin Trends Promotions and GWP offers, and all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events.


Ulta Beauty launched another new promotion for 2018 in February. This promotion, called Skinfatuation, centers around skin trends. It teamed with beauty influencer Dani from CoffeeBreakwithDani to go over some of Ulta’s favorites within the given category. Every month, she talks about the items on her Youtube channel. Subscribers can win a box full of the items she goes over so it is definitely worth watching. Even though I despise coffee, I love Dani. Her upbeat but not over the top persona is what I like the most about her. As a regular subscriber of hers, I saw the new promotion the day it launched. There was a promotion to try the masks she suggested in February as well so it looks like we might get monthly offers.

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Allure Beauty Box March 2018 Subscription Box Review

Allure Beauty box sends 5-6 beauty samples for $15 plus tax a month. Shipping is free. Items are chosen by Allure editors so products can range from drugstore to high-end. There is no rewards program with this subscription and it took me months to even get my referral link. I am not even sure it works anymore, but I attached it anyway. Most items are deluxe, but there are times when 1-2 products are full-sized. It retails for $15 plus tax. Boxes usually ship in the third week of the month, and the charge for the box gets processed the day the box ships. New subscribers get charged the day they subscribe. If you are a new subscriber and there are boxes left in the month you subscribe, you will get a box from that month. When the month is sold-out, you will still be charged upon subscribing, but you will not get charged a second time when your first box ships the following month.

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Sephora GLAMGLOW hello sexy 2018 Birthday Gift Review

See the 2019 Birthday Gifts, and all 2019 Sephora Promotions, Sales, GWP, Deals, Promo Codes, and Events. In addition to this Glamglow birthday gift review, I also reviewed the Sephora 2018 birthday gifts from Bite Beauty and the Bumble and bumble (well kind of). My 2019 Sephora Birthday Gift Reviews for Drunk Elephant and Kat Von D are up.


A friend of mine, who read the review I wrote on the Sephora Bite Beauty Birthday Gift, contacted me. She said none of the birthday gifts really interested her so she decided to grab the one with the highest value for re-gifting purposes. Funny enough, this is a friend who is adamant that GLAMGLOW is not a good skincare brand. It surprised me that she selected the GLAMGLOW gift from the options. Then again, she owns a lot of Bite Beauty products and may have already owned the items from that gift. Some of you may know I never accept things from friends without sending things in return so we did a small trade. By getting this gift now, I can redeem for the shampoo and conditioner when my son’s next birthday comes in December. The value of that one is so much lower than the others that thought of redeeming it feels strange. Then again, it is the only one I still need to review.

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Sephora Play March 2018 Subscription Box 677 Review

Sephora Play! is a subscription box that offers five deluxe beauty samples and a bonus foil packet or perfume vial for $10 a month plus tax. Shipping is free. Only items sold at Sephora come inside the box so most items are from well-known, high-end brands. While Sephora does carry a few low-end and luxury brands, they do not really appear in the subscription boxes. There is not a traditional rewards program with this box so you cannot get points for referring friends or writing reviews. It does award 10 Beauty Insider points and applies $10 toward your purchase minimum to maintain your Beauty Insider status. Visit my Sephora page for descriptions on points and status. The $10 charge processes immediately for new subscribers and from the 1st through the 4th for succeeding months. Boxes usually ship from the 11th through the 15th.

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Walgreens Beauty Enthusiasts Get a Free GWP Bag with a $20 Beauty or Personal Care Purchase

Beauty Enthusiasts at Walgreens get a number of perks for being a member, including 5,000 balance reward points for every $50 spent on beauty and personal care items. They also get access to a lot of other deals, including occasional free GWP Bags. It is important to note that while the contents of these bags always varies, Walgreens does not update the photo attached to the offer. This leaves many upset that they are not getting all the items in the photo. A good rule of thumb is the lower the buy-in, the less you will receive in value. To take advantage of these offers, you will need a Beauty Enthusiasts account. It is free to join. This is separate from a regular Walgreens account, but it will link to your Walgreens account once you’ve signed up. The beauty of this offer is it will load automatically as long as you sign into your account. If you happen to shop during an event, you will get the offer whether you know about it or not. That is the main reason I suggest all Walgreens shopper join.

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WalMart Beauty Box Winter 2018 Trendsetter Subscription Box Review (Yes, My Winter Box Arrived in the Spring)

Walmart Beauty Box is a subscription box delivered once per quarter. The items are given to you free of charge, and you pay $5 for the shipping. Your first $5 charges when you subscribe, and a box from the current season will ship to you within a few weeks. Future boxes will incur the $5 charge as the box ships. There are two boxes, Classic and Trendsetter. Within the two boxes, there is some variety. Newer subscribers may receive samples others got in past boxes. At times, you may even see a repeat in your box. There is no way to opt into a certain box. It does seem most younger women have the Trendsetter box while mature women have the Classic box. Some change their birthdate to possibly get a different box. I’ve always used my real birthdate. Walmart started me with the Classic box, but it started sending me Trendsetter boxes in the spring of 2016.

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Macy’s VIP Sale Get 15% Off Beauty Purchases and Up to 30% Off in Other Departments

Department stores have a lot of sales. Beauty is typically excluded from most department store sales so I really enjoy sales where beauty gets a discount, too. There are some exclusions (scroll down for that list) but even a lot of sale priced cosmetics get discounted with the promo code VIP. All beauty products ship free so adding cosmetics to your purchase allows you to bypass the $99 free shipping minimum. The sale runs from 03/18/18 through 03/25/18. It also includes a lot of designers that rarely go on sale, which is perfect for anyone looking to spruce up their spring wardrobes.

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Birchbox Limited Edition Box Review Birchbox x Vogue: Transformation

Limited Edition Boxes are my favorite items to purchase from Birchbox. These are a mixture of full and sample sized items that usually fit a specific box theme. All boxes have a value far greater than the cost so they are a great deal when the items you want to keep exceed the value of what you’re paying. Better boxes sell out quickly, but the ones that linger will occasionally pop up in the sale section for 30% off. Aces sometimes get 40% off on sale items. Predicting which ones will sell out is not always easy so I buy the ones I really want close to the release date. If you’re on the fence because of price, wait it out.

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Ulta Beauty Quarter One Platinum Birthday Gift Review Cranberry & Pomegranate Lip Oil and Mask Plus a $10 Off Any Product Coupon 2018

See my January 2019 Ulta birthday gift review, my February 2019 Ulta birthday gift review, the Ulta 2019 birthday gifts article, and all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events.


The 2018 Birthday Gift at Ulta Beauty changes every quarter. All gifts have been announced for 2018. This is the first year Ulta rolled out the announcements for all gifts this early. My birthday lands in the first quarter. If your birthday lands in the first quarter, happy birthday! Keep reading for a review on the gift. I know when I first saw the gift I was not sure if it was worth the trip to the store to pick it up. It would be really nice if we could redeem the standard gift with online orders, but they are only available in-store. Ulta Beauty does sell the items I received for my gift so feel free to read along if you are planning on purchasing any of them. Every Platinum and Diamond members gets a $10 coupon good toward any product. That means the review on the item I redeemed is almost guaranteed to vary from what you receive. If you did get the same item, you likely got it on the same day as I did and my review is of no value to you.

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Deal or No Deal Review Too Faced Chocolate Gold Metallic/Matte Eye Shadow Palette Metallic/Matte

My plan was to have this article go up on Saint Patrick’s Day, but my product photos and swatches got lost. Natural light is best for swatches so I had to wait for daylight to retake them. Happy Belated Saint Patrick’s Day! As someone who is 64.3% British and Irish, I like to celebrate. Yes, I know that is a specific number, and I also know that those are two different countries. 23andme never told me how much of each I am. The scores were just combined. Thankfully, I there are a lot of green eyeshadow shades in my collection. Tom Ford Emerald Lust is still at my ex’s house so I decided to go with the palette I’ve tested for a deal or no deal review.

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Very Late Review of My Sephora Beauty Insider Community Gratis Featuring: Tom Ford, Too Faced, STELLAR, and Gucci

See all 2019 Sephora Promotions, Sales, GWP, Deals, Promo Codes, and Events.


The Sephora Beauty Insider Community at times sends gratis to its members. As some of you may know, I took 2017 off from most social activity. Those in my personal life saw me a lot less. My blogging was almost nonexistent. Social media also slowed down. I just needed some time off from most of my responsibilities. On 08/16/17, a Beauty Insider Community moderator at Sephora reached out to me to see if I wanted some free products. The answer to that question is always yes. Who does not love free products? Everything is always better when it is free. In exchange for the free products, Sephora and the brands want honest reviews. It is impossible to review makeup when your break from life completely halts makeup application. Well, I finally tried all the items Sephora sent me on behalf of these brands, and my reviews are ready. Better late than never.

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Tips For Getting the Best Deal When Shopping Target

How do you offer tips for getting the best deal for the store (Target) where you go in for one thing and walk out with a cart full of things? My favorite challenge when shopping in-store at Target is getting out for less than $100. It’s a fun game, and I think you should play it some time. I go in there for one or two things and walk out with a cart full of items. Target seems to do that to me more than any other store. There are just so many things to discover and the shopping experience is almost always pleasant. As much as I enjoy shopping in the store, a lot of the items I buy are cheaper online than they are in store. There is only a $35 purchase requirement for free shipping. That is my first tip before this article even gets started. Check the online prices for your recurring purchases. The difference may surprise you. Some of the more costly items are up to $10 cheaper online.

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Sephora Beauty Insider Event- 10% Spring Bonus With 15% VIB Rouge First Access April 2018

See the 2019 Sephora Spring Bonus article, and all 2019 Sephora Promotions, Sales, GWP, Deals, Promo Codes, and Events.


Sephora changes the name of the Spring discount event almost every year. It has gone by the Beauty Insider Sale, the VIB Sale, Chic Week, A Love Note Sale, the Spring Bonus, Spring’s Hottest Ticket, and more. This year, it is once again going by the Spring Bonus. One thing remains constant. The event always takes place at the beginning of the Spring, usually April. It only started at the tail end of March once in 2014. Only members of Sephora’s Beauty Insider program can take part in this event (and a lot of other offers) so make sure you sign up if you have not already. Beauty Insider members get 10% off (since 2015). VIB and Rouge members always get 15% off. There is fluctuation in the number of shopping days from year to year (scroll down for more information on that). On weekend one, Rouge members shop alone. Weekend two opens to VIB members and Beauty Insider members. Rouge members get four extra 4 days to shop.

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Birchbox March 2018 Subscription Box Review With Sample Choice Winky Lux Glazed Lips Donut Lip Gloss

Birchbox gives at least 5 deluxe beauty samples each month for $10. Some boxes have more than 5, but anything over 5 is usually a foil. Boxes get customized to your beauty profile, and you can opt out of one type of sample per box during sample choice. All boxes are a mixture of haircare, makeup, and skincare. There are times when body care items pop up, and you can select an option to receive no more than 6 fragrance vials a year in your profile. You could get a box with 2 haircare items, 2 makeup items, and 1 skincare item or any similar variety, but you will rarely see more than 2 items from any category unless the third is a foil. If you are looking for a box that is mostly makeup or mostly skincare, this is not it. Those looking for a well-rounded sample box may enjoy this subscription.

The $10 charge processes immediately for new subscribers and on the 1st in succeeding months. Boxes usually ship from the 8th through the 12th. At the end of every month (actual date varies), Birchbox will email an option to select a sample (from a choice of 3-5 items), or the featured box where you know all samples up front. Those who respond to that email can also opt out of one type of sample. If you want a sample choice and the featured box, read this article. Subscribers can review 5 samples for 10 points each once during the lifetime of the account. Those who pay subscriptions up front get points to use toward shop purchases. Anyone with a month-to-month plan does not get points for the subscription, but the amount spent will go toward the $300 annual minimum to achieve Aces status.

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5 Free Samples Instead of the Standard 3 with any Purchase at Sephora for a Limited Time

See all 2019 Sephora Promotions, Sales, GWP, Deals, Promo Codes, and Events.


A few times every year, Sephora offers 5 free samples with any purchase instead of the standard 3. Today is the first time the offer popped up this year. Every time I see a new offer for 5 samples per order, I will update this article. Sephora never guarantees the samples you order will be the ones you receive so I never recommend placing an order just to get the free samples. Substitutions are common, because some warehouses run out of samples before others. Samples are not removed from the website selection screen until inventory runs out at all warehouses. It is important to note that Sephora did a lousy job of actually sending samples in 2017. While this promotion was somewhat valuable in the past, Sephora needs to send the number of samples customers order for it to retain its value. Many of my 2017 orders arrived with zero samples. Others arrived with only one or two. It was a rare occurrence to receive 3 samples, much less the 3 I ordered. This is a new year, and I hope Sephora is doing a better job getting samples to its customers.

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Ulta Beauty 2x UltaMate, 3x Platinum, and 4x Diamond Points on Anything for 2018

See the Ulta 2019 Bonus Points article for 2x points on anything for UltaMate, 3x points on anything for Platinum, and 4x points on anything for Diamond members, and all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events.


I love reading blogs, but bloggers sometimes spread misinformation. A while back, I happened upon a blog talking about Ulta Point Multipliers. The blog mentioned Ulta has done lots of promotions, including 4x points. Prior to 03/11/18, I can say with certainty Ulta had never done a 4x points promotion. That officially changed today. After the Diamond Tier launched in 2018, Ulta decided to add a 4x points offer to its usual 2x UltaMate points and 3x Platinum points offers. This is the first time in 2018 we’ve seen this offer. This promotion usually repeats at least 5 times each year. Instead of writing a new article every time I see a new promotion, I will just add the new dates here. There are also 3x points on anything for UltaMate members, and 5x points on anything for Platinum members that repeat each year. As soon as those offers pop up for 2018, I will start new articles.

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Sephora Bite Beauty 2018 Birthday Gift Review

See the 2019 Birthday Gifts, and all 2019 Sephora Promotions, Sales, GWP, Deals, Promo Codes, and Events. I’ve also reviewed the other 2018 Sephora Birthday Gifts from GLAMGLOW and Bumble and bumble (well kind of). My 2019 Sephora Birthday Gift Reviews for Drunk ElephantKat Von D, and Milk Makeup are up.


I’ve played around with the Bite Beauty birthday gift I received from Sephora, so I am ready to offer its review. As I mention on my Birthday Beauty Deals page (which you should visit if you have a birthday coming), Sephora has a choice from three options for the 2018 Birthday Gift. Any Beauty Insider (join if you have not already) with a birthdate on file can redeem a birthday gift at Sephora. Prior purchases are not required, and there is no purchase required to pick up a gift in-store. Online redemption requires a purchase, and it is subject to whatever free shipping minimum you have. Paying for shipping is never a good idea when a free shipping offer with a minimum purchase is available, but it also defeats the purpose of a free gift if you pay to have it shipped to you. VIB Rouge customers and anyone who purchased Flash have no free shipping minimum. There has not been a Rouge bonus since 2014. Everyone gets the same choices.

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Review of the Free 14-Piece Gift Bag With a $19.50 Ulta Beauty Makeup, Brushes, Beauty tools, or Skincare Purchase

See all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events.


There is a free Ulta Beauty Collection 14-Piece Gift With a $19.50 Ulta Beauty Makeup, Brushes, Beauty tools, or Skincare Purchase. I picked this up yesterday and wanted to review it while it is still available. It was set to expire on the 10th but got pushed back to the 17th. This has been available since February 18th. One of the things I like about exploring the Ulta brand is there is almost always a GWP or BOGO offer to sweeten the deal. Admittedly, I usually take advantage of the BOGO deals more than the GWP offers. I am still discovering the makeup products from this brand, but some of the bath and body products are nice. To try more makeup from this line, I think it is better to purchase the items I know I want for full-price and try items I am unsure about in a GWP. Buy 2, Get 2 free on the bath collection (excludes hand soaps) runs 03/11/18 through 03/17/18. For other offers, view the Buy More, Get More article.

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FabFitFun Spring 2018 Subscription Box Review

FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription. It puts out one box per season. Boxes have over $200 in value. The items are always full-sized and include products from: beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness lines. Subscribers can either pay $179.99 for an annual subscription ($20 off when buying 4 boxes up front) or $49.99 for a Seasonal subscription. Shipping is free, but sales tax gets charged (in certain states). There is usually a code to receive $10 off your first seasonal box. Those codes are fffa2p6 or FAB10Members can select add-ons at deeply discounted prices to include with their boxes. All subscribers get to customize choice options, but only Annual Subscribers (select members) can select colors or designs on select products.

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Allure Beauty Box February 2018 Subscription Box Review

Allure Beauty box sends 5-6 beauty samples for $15 plus tax a month. Shipping is free. Items are chosen by Allure editors so products can range from drugstore to high-end. There is no rewards program with this subscription and it took me months to even get my referral link. Most items are deluxe, but there are times when 1-2 products are full-sized. It retails for $15 plus tax. Boxes usually ship in the third week of the month, and the charge for the box gets processed the day the box ships. New subscribers get charged the day they subscribe. If you are a new subscriber and there are boxes left in the month you subscribe, you will get a box from that month. When the month is sold-out, you will still be charged upon subscribing, but you will not get charged a second time when your first box ships the following month.

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Sephora Play February 2018 Subscription Box 201 Review

Sephora Play! is a subscription box that offers five deluxe beauty samples and a bonus foil packet or perfume vial for $10 a month plus tax. Shipping is free. Only items sold at Sephora come inside the box so most items are from well-known, high-end brands. While Sephora does carry a few low-end and luxury brands, they do not really appear in the subscription boxes. There is not a traditional rewards program with this box so you cannot get points for referring friends or writing reviews. It does award 10 Beauty Insider points and applies $10 toward your purchase minimum to maintain your Beauty Insider status. Visit my Sephora page for descriptions on points and status. The $10 charge processes immediately for new subscribers and from the 1st through the 4th for succeeding months. Boxes usually ship from the 11th through the 15th.

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Target Beauty Box March 2018 Review Hello Spring!

Target releases seasonal beauty boxes. These are not subscription boxes and almost 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. One new box released today and is still available. 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 March 2018 Beauty Box Hello Spring retails for $7.

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Fabletics February 2018 Subscription Box Review

My workout wardrobe has stepped up its game since I joined Fabletics in May of 2015. When taking advantage of the VIP member discounts I get with my Fabletics subscription, I get quality workout gear for a great price. The outfits are stylish and high quality. Workouts in quality clothing not only make you look better, but they also make the workouts more comfortable. There is a large selection of outfits every month from plain to fun to sexy. Outfits are usually 2-3 pieces and run from $49.95 to $89.95. From the 1st through the 5th of every month, you select the outfit of your choice or opt out online for the month. Reminder emails get sent, but forgetting is still possible. If you do forget, Fabletics will charge the card on file $49.95 and give you a credit toward a future selection. You will not receive anything you do not hand select so you build your workout wardrobe based on what you want. You even get a huge discount off your first outfit making it an incredible deal too good to pass up.

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Ulta Beauty 21 Days of Beauty Spring 2018 March 18th Through April 7th

See the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Spring 2019 and all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events.


The Ulta Beauty Spring 2018 21 Days of Beauty will run from March 18th through April 7th. Twice a year, usually starting in March and September, Ulta has a 21 day sale where select brands or items get discounted up to 50% off for one day only. Every day during the semi-annual event there are at least two beauty steals. There are also Hot Buys that run throughout the entire event. Most events also release Beauty Samplers, Try Me Kits. Spring tends to get the better steals. These deals come from the upcoming catalog, and the online link from the special event page. Deals listed in the printed catalog are in-store and online. All online exclusive deals are only listed online. All Steals ship free for Platinum and Diamond members. They ship free with a $50 purchase for UltaMate members.  Continue reading

Ulta Beauty 10x Points Events 2018

See the 2019 Ulta Beauty 10x Points Events, and all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events.


Prior to 2017, there was only a single 10x points event each year on the 3rd or 4th Monday in August. That meant one article each year was enough. Although these 10x points events are big enough to deserve a dedicated article, I want to keep a master list so all the events get tracked in one place. When I write a separate article for an event, I will link it below. Details on each event will only go in their respective articles. This will be a general overview of all the 10x points offers for 2018. Since the first mini 10x points event in November 2017 and the latest event, which started today, it is clear Ulta plans on doing more mini events in the future. They are still too new to predict patterns. All we know with certainty now is we have a dedicated larger event in August and will get mini events other times throughout the year. Will the events be around the same time each year? How many mini events can we expect? Only time will tell. As this is 4 months after the first one, it would be nice to see another one 4 months from now. That would give us a mini event a month before the major event so I am unsure if it will come to pass.

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Ulta Beauty’s First Ever 10x Points Offer on Select Top Rated Products for Diamond Members. Platinum Members Get 10x and UltaMate Members Get 5x

See the March 2019 Beauty Stars Event, and all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events.


It’s after midnight Central time, which means Ulta’s latest offer is live. There is a 10x points event today, March 2nd through Sunday, March 5th. This is the second mini 10x points promotion in UltaMate Rewards History. The main event takes place once a year on the 3rd or 4th Monday of the August, and it only lasts one day. These mini events, like the first one we ever saw in November 2017, span over more than one day. Since the Diamond Rewards program did not officially launch until January 16th of this year, it is the first time Diamond members get to partake in a 10x points event. All products in this promotion are available to all members. See all 10x points events for 2018.

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