If you dislike seeing feet, exit out of this article immediately. This comprehensive review has plenty of feet pictures to back up my findings. There are many other articles on this site you will enjoy more than this one. I almost hate admitting this, but the bottom of my feet can get rough. My feet are a part of my body I’ve always enjoyed so I really dislike when the skin on my heels starts cracking. It turns something I like into something I want to hide rather quickly. Thanks to the wonderful Egyptian Magic, this happens less often now. If I apply a little after a thick foot cream, my feet usually stay moisturized. There was a three-week period just before Christmas when my kids were not with me. That was the longest three weeks of my life. They get regular eczema so I packed my only tub of Egyptian Magic at the time for them. While I will never know why I did not immediately purchase another tub, I can say even Egyptian Magic takes time to nurse feet back to health once they’ve been neglected long enough.
Sephora Play Dates happen once a month. It is an event for Sephora Play subscribers. When Sephora started the Play Dates, they were only in an extremely limited number of cities. April 2018 was the first time it was open in my city so I decided to attend. The concept sounds cool. You (and a guest if you choose to bring someone) go, get freebies and 50 bonus Insider points if you purchase anything, learn how to use the items in your box, and more. I’ve been to open door events and closed-door events and am happy to report this falls between the two but closer to a closed-door event. With an open door event, you pretty much get freebies (as long as you qualify) for shopping, but everything else is essentially the same as a regular shopping experience. A closed-door event also gives you freebies (as long as you qualify), but it usually comes with brand reps, snacks, and semi-private shopping time. Some closed-door events are more packed than shopping during regular hours in the store so I dislike calling it a private shopping event.
The new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip Kit is out. I love when Sephora puts out a new Favorites Set. These sets retail for a lot less than the value of the items inside. As long as the items you plan on keeping exceed the value of the price you pay for the set, it is a good deal. This is one of my favorite ways to sample new items, and I like the sets even more when they have some full-sized items inside. While paying for samples is something I do often with subscription boxes, I limit how often I pay for samples in sets. The mystery of subscription boxes and desire to get things I would never purchase prevails in that case. When a set only has samples and costs over $20, I am less likely to purchase it. Paying for samples is not always a bad thing, especially when sets have items you really want to try, and you have not been able to get them for free or as a GWP.
Instead of creating a new article every time Birchbox releases its next (Aces surprise) 50 bonus points for 48 hours, I am going to update this article when I see a new offer. I made a purchase earlier today (04/23/18) so of course Birchbox decided to release its next 50 bonus points a few hours later. The funny thing is Birchbox released the points offer late in the day when it launched the January 2018 limited edition box so I may start waiting until evening hours before pulling the trigger on new limited edition boxes. These bonus points are for those with accounts in Aces status and only available for two days. If you happen to see the points update when they sneak them into your account the day before, you get a little over 48 hours with them. Because I made a purchase today, I saw the surprise points in my points update (emailed whenever points change).
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.
Julep used to award 200 Jules for your birthday. Read my last subscription box review to learn about Jules and how they work. When my birthday passed and my Jules did not arrive, I reached out to customer service to see if they eliminated the birthday gift. The main reason was to update my master list of birthday beauty offers, but I am almost always willing to place an order when the deal is right. Customer service responded that Jules are no longer awarded for your birthday. There is a new birthday offer for 2018, but I had to write back to see what it was. I never received any birthday offers from Julep at all this year.
Bloomingdale’s has been around since 1860. Since the 1872 launch on the lower east side, it has been a staple in fashion and luxury items. The famous store on third avenue has stood since 1886. Like its parent company, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s is an American tradition. It is the only nation-wide full-line, upscale department store. That is pretty impressive considering how many of the others have also been around for over 100 years. When it comes to Bloomingdale’s, I always have a positive experience whether shopping in store or online. That’s not to say I do not enjoy the others. I’ve actually shopped at every store on the list and have never had a bad experience with any of them. These department stores have been in business for as long as they have, because they know how to treat their customers.
It’s been a long time since I’ve shared completely free samples I’ve received. These are not items I got for free as a GWP, although you may know how much I love those. They are free products I received without any purchase or (in many cases) no promise to review the item. Most freebies in this type of article have nothing to do with my blog either. Since my last volume, I’ve received a lot more than I am about to share, but I did not put any other items aside for the article. Now that I have returned to actively blogging, I will put all freebies aside and post the next volume when I have at least a few items to share. When a free sampling site that requires a review or someone sends me something for consideration, I usually dedicate an article to it. Part of the reason I decided to write this now instead of waiting for more products is I want to use them.
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.
When the recent Edit Sale opened to seasonal subscribers on the 11th, I noticed FabFitFun was selling the Spring 2018 Editor’s Boxes. I had not even seen what was in them yet so I decided to take a look. It looked amazing, but ordering through the Edit Sale would have left it up to FabFitFun employees to pick four of my eight items. The other four are static so I have no choice. Three of the static four are products I received in the Winter 2017 and Spring 2018 boxes. Two of those were products I really would not mind duplicates of, and getting a duplicate of the third meant I could gift it to someone. I decided to see if it was available for separate purchase in the shop. Ordering outside of the Edit Sale allowed me to select all four of the choice items. That is better than the two I usually get to select as a seasonal subscriber. Items I purchased in the Edit Sale will get a separate haul article once the items arrive.
It meant the box would be even better suited to me, because every single option was an easy decision for me. There were clear winners in every category. The Editor’s Boxes are not included with your subscription, but they are available for the same $49.99 as a subscription box. This gives subscribers the option to buy the ones they like and skip the ones they don’t. There is an Editor’s Box for every season. Each Editor’s Box has items from past boxes so purchasing them is a great way for new members to catch up or established members to get duplicates of past items they loved. While I still think the Winter 2017 box was my favorite, I like the Editor’s Box with my choices a lot more than I liked the Spring 2018 box.
How do you offer tips for getting the best deal for the retailer (Walmart) known for the lowest available price? Walmart has economies of scale, which I’ve actually written a research paper on. If I still had that, I would have linked it. Just trust me when I say brands that want to sell products at Walmart are often convinced to give Walmart a lower price than they may give another retailer. They do that to gain access to Walmart’s huge customer base. By getting the price from the manufacturer for less than other retailers, Walmart can sell it for less.
Anyone who enjoys the People of Walmart series, may even love shopping in person. While I rarely encounter people worthy enough of making it into a video montage, I do usually find some great deals. Even when Walmart does not have the best price, there is a really good chance it may find the best price and match it anyway thanks to the beauty of Savings Catcher. Shopping online has its own unique benefits, because Walmart uses a lot of third-party resellers to make a variety of items available to consumers. Just make sure you price check online prices, because those third-party resellers price gouge at times. The fastest way is to compare the Walmart price to the Target price.
There is no real open door event for VIB Rouge members with the 2019 Spring Bonus Sale, so I am not writing an article this year. Rouge members can still share their 20% discount with a non-Rouge friend on Day One in-store, but no friends asked me. See recent VIB Rouge events and all 2019 Sephora Promotions, Sales, GWP, Deals, Promo Codes, and Events.
This is the first day of the 2018 Spring Bonus Event. It is the only official day where Rouge members can shop in store to get a GWP and share their discount with a Beauty Insider who has not reached the Rouge level yet. I decided to attend the open door event for VIB Rouge clients. My partner in crime today was my sister. She’s accompanied me to events in the past. This is a different experience from a closed-door event. The gist of an open-door event is you shop as you usually would and ask for your GWP and discount when you check out. Yes, you should ask, because some employees do not automatically offer. That was our experience today. We wandered around the store, almost aimlessly. Most of the stuff I want is also available at Ulta, and I can use my 20% off prestige coupon for that.
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.
BzzAgent is an international network of consumers who take part in word-of-mouth campaigns for a variety of products and services. It is a membership program that gives subscribers free products to try. After trying the free products, members review and share their experiences with the campaigns to qualify for future campaigns. Short surveys will appear in your profile. Complete them to see if there are any new campaigns available. How many programs you qualify for will depend on your participation efforts and BzzScore. The more you do the higher your score.
Julep Maven is a subscription program. While Julep started as a nail polish brand, it expanded to include a large variety of beauty products. Members get to select the items they want inside their boxes so there are no surprises. Mavens can stick to nail polish, try products from the ever-growing beauty line, or both in their monthly Julep subscription boxes. Products are always full-sized. Many of these beauty products are just as incredible as 5-free nail polish the brand offers. As a nail polish lover, I can say with certainty that these polishes chip less than most brands. A Maven membership helps subscribers get full-size products for a fraction of the cost to purchase them separately. They are quality polishes so I would probably purchase them at $14 each even if I did not have my Maven membership. The color selections and polish finishes are more vast than almost any other nail polish line. Almost every month, Julep releases seven new colors (and at times re-release 1-2 from the vault).
I’m here to bring you my Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2018 review. Sephora usually tempts me when it puts out a new Favorites Set. These sets retail for a lot less than the value of the items inside. As long as the items you plan on keeping exceed the value of the price you pay for the set, it is a good deal. This is one of my favorite ways to sample new items, and I like the sets even more when they have some full-sized items inside. While paying for samples is something I do often with subscription boxes, I limit how often I pay for samples in sets. The mystery of subscription boxes and desire to get things I would never purchase prevails in that case. When a set only has samples and costs over $20, I am less likely to purchase it. Paying for samples is not always a bad thing, especially when sets have items you really want to try, and you have not been able to get them for free or as a GWP.
See the article for Spring 2019 Ulta Beauty Gorgeous Hair Event, and all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events.
The Gorgeous Hair Event will take place from Sunday, May 13th through Saturday, June 2nd. This semi-annual event takes place every spring starting in May and every fall usually starting in October. It is a 21-day event where hair products from mostly high-end brands get discounted up to 50% off for one day only. This twice a year event has steals for all things hair (shampoo, conditioner, styling, tools, and much more). There are also specials that run throughout the event. These steals and Hot Buys get highlighted in the upcoming catalog and the special event page. While some jumbo haircare makes this event, deals in the Jumbo Love Event are typically better.
I know it has been a long time since I’ve shared my favorites. When you’re going through the motions, it is hard to get excited about anything. There were six products that stood out ahead of the others. So, I decided it was time to bring my favorites out of semi-retirement to talk about them. My plan is to have 5 articles a year, one for each season and one for my overall favorites from the year.
Welcome to the place where I like to discuss my favorites from each season that I did not finish. Anything I’ve finished this season made it into my Empties article. Items I am still in love with as I empty them become FabuFinds. While I cannot promise I will ever finish these (some products expire before I can empty them) and I cannot promise I will still love them enough to label them as FabuFinds upon completion, I loved them throughout this season. These are items I reached for many times even though I have plenty of similar items in my stash collecting dust. Many of these items are serious contenders for my Top 10 of the Year. Like my FabuFinds, these are items I consider great deals. The deal discoveries do not need a discount to earn their value (although I will always try to find one if I can). Most of the time they are new to my collection. That is mostly due to the large amount of new products I try each year. Sometimes, they are items I’ve tried in the past but love more upon rediscovery. While I try to edit mini reviews into any article I mentioned these items in, I like to dedicate more time and attention to items I feel are worth the extra effort. They are core items to my collection.
A question I’ve seen a lot is what is the difference between the VIB and Rouge levels at Sephora? When the program launched in July of 2014, there were more differences between the levels. Some aspects of the Rouge program got watered down, but new ones get added all the time. My goal this year is to track every Rouge exclusive promotion we receive to see what we really get for spending more. As the promotions come in, I will update this article. To get you right to the goods, I am listing all promotions in reverse chronological order below this. There is some important information below that I believe is worth reading. All promotions available to VIB members and Beauty Insider members are also available for VIB Rouge members. I only list the promotion in the lowest tier that qualifies for the offer so this is far from all the perks VIB Rouge members get.
FabFitFun is launching the Seasonal Edit Sale. Like shop purchases, this is for subscribers only. Instead of writing a new article every season when there is a sale, I will add updates to this article for 2018. Let’s go over what it is and what it isn’t. Spring 2018 marks the first ever Edit Sale, but is it really just the Warehouse sale reimagined? While the Edit Sale is happening when the Warehouse sale usually does, there is one change that is for the better. After every seasonal box, FabFitFun holds a sale to offer items from past boxes, past add-ons, and new items for 25-70% off.
See the 2019 Spring Haul Sales Event article, and all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events.
Ulta Beauty has brought back the Spring Haul Sales Event and made it even bigger. In 2017 (which was during my blogging break so I have no article to link), the offering was smaller. It lasts two full weeks this year. Each week features 24-26 products ranging from 25-50% off with most clocking in right at 40% off. This sale starts the day after the 21 Days of Beauty ends and right before the next 20% off prestige coupon will get issued. Ulta wants to make sure is secures some of our April dollars. While this event is essentially a long list of Hot Buys, I am keeping those separate for tracking purposes. Unlike the other events, this event is almost purely drugstore items. Yes, drugstore items go on sale all the time as documented in my Buy More, Get More article. I’d still suggest taking a look at the offerings. Some of these deals are the best I’ve seen all year.
After I review my Empty Products, I like to take a little extra time to go over the standouts. These FabuFinds are products I love so much they seem like they’re made for me. They are items I would repurchase, even without a deal. Items I am loving but cannot finish any time soon make it into Deal Discoveries. To eventually spotlight all of my FabuFinds, I will never repeat items already mentioned in a past article. That does not mean they lost their magic. It is also possible an item not spotlighted in a past Empties article may get promoted as I try it more and fall deeper in love. Over time, past FabuFinds may get demoted as I find things I love even more. There are 2 products I consider FabuFinds in my Winter 2018 Empties that I have not discussed yet.
I love reviewing my empty products, because I usually know by the time I’ve finished something how I feel about it. Reviews based on first impressions can change so empty product reviews are much more comprehensive. For items that I neither love nor hate, I am always willing to try them again, but I will not seek them out. This generally means I will only try them again if I receive them if they are: free, on sale, or in a set (sets are a great way to get a deal as long as the value of the items you want to try exceed the cost you are paying). Because I already shared my empties from December and January, this article will really only have empties from February and March. Empties from my February Foil Challenge are not here either, because I wanted to avoid the redundancy. My Spring Empties will be the first time I have a single season in one article. It will also be the first time where I test and share the ph of most products.
What do you do with all those foil packets you collect? I have so many foil packets and rarely use them, because I prefer not to make snap decisions. Like with everything else I do, I put thought and consideration into product reviews. Trying a foil is a great way to see if your skin reacts to the product, you cannot tolerate the smell, the consistency is annoying, or if there is anything about the product that bothers you. Sampling a foil and thinking you need to have that product in your life is rare, but it does happen. This is most likely to happen with products where you can see instant results. I enjoyed this challenge in February so I want to continue it until I no longer enjoy it. My plan is to try a foil of something new or something I have not used in a long time every single day during a challenge month. To give my skin a break from constant new products, I’ve decided to alternate months. After every month I complete, I will take one month off. Feel free to take part in this challenge with me. If you are a fellow deal shopper, I bet you have a lot of foils stockpiled in your collection.