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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.
The Spring bonus event spreads across two weekends this year. Rouge members can shop each weekend of the sale. VIB and Beauty Insiders can only shop during the second weekend (unless they go with a Rouge member in store today only) so the Rouge exclusive is not only first access. We also get 4 extra shopping days over the other tiers.
VIB Rouge members who shop online receive their 15% off using code YAYROUGE at checkout from April 13th through April 16th and again from April 20th through April 23rd. That is a total of 8 days. Those who shop in store can use the email and mailers Sephora sent, but they can also ask for it. Employees keep a code to scan by the register.
Guests of the Rouge member should get a card case and a bag of gifts just as the Rouge member gets. Two different employees denied giving my sister the gift in the past, but the employee today gave it. She finally got the advertised gift on the third try. Well, I gave her my gift when they declined to give it to her the first two times. The gift does require a purchase, but there is no minimum purchase to receive it.
We arrived to the store shortly after opening.
As this was an open-door event, it was not advertised outside.
There was nothing out of the ordinary happening in the store either. It looked like the inside of a Sephora on a regular day. No Sun Safety Kits were out. The lady who helped me told me they had some earlier that morning. Considering it was less than an hour after the store opened before I talked to her, it looks like we barely missed them. My online order for the kit was actually delivered shortly after I got home for the day. I did not know my sister wanted a kit so I only ordered one for myself. There is a chance your local store still has some kits.
After coming up empty-handed on the sunscreen, she mentioned she needed a new lip balm. We toured a few and ultimately settled on the Sephora Collection of lip balms. I have never tried these myself, but they are something I’ve wanted to try. Some of you may know that I am working on a massive lip balm article so I have tested a lot, especially recently. The one I picked was Tangerine for nourishing & toning. It has a very slight orange tint, which is what I wanted. My sister got the Goji one.
We both enjoy the lip balm. My favorite thing about mine is that it really smells like oranges. It is moisturizing and feels comfortable on the lips. After it wears off, my lips still feel moisturized so it penetrates. The color is subtle but it does impart enough to grab the color you want. There is no awful taste, which is a pet peeve of mine with lip products. As far as lip balms go, it is not the longest-lasting, but it does last longer than some I’ve tried. This $6 price is good. For that price, I do not mind that I will need to apply it more often than By Terry Baume de Rose or fresh Lip Balm.
That was all we got (although I will pick up some more items before the sale is over) so we headed out the door after dropping $5.10 plus tax for our goodies.
My sister was given the exact bag from the ad.
The card case is absolutely adorable and was totally worth a trip to the store. I love everything about it.
I put my Rouge card inside for size reference. It was not inside the case. Sephora stopped making these cards years ago. Everything is digital now.
Her bag had: a 0.06oz deluxe Buxom Big Tease Mascara, a single use Clinique concealer sample in 3 shades, a 0.03oz foil of Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil, a foil of tarte drink of h2o Hydrating Boost, a 0.1oz beautyblender liquid blendercleanser, a 0.13oz foil of fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask, and a 0.03oz foil of Algenist Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream.
She was more impressed by my bag. As I thought already owned 7 of the 8 items from my bag, I gave her the 7 “duplicates.” In exchange, she insisted I take something from her. I took her fresh mask. The perfume I kept is the 0.04oz Giorgio Armani Sky di Gioia. Because I gave the others away, I will only list the sizes I can see in the photo I took. My other seven items were Philosophy Amazing Grace Ballet Rose, Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, Urban Decay Troublemaker mascara, a 0.05oz Stella McCartney Stella, a 0.04oz Marc Jacobs Eau So Fresh Daisy, and Chloe. It turns out I do not own that Marc Jacobs fragrance, but I am sure I will get it at some point. I own multiples of its sister products, Daisy and Daisy Dream.
While I will stop short of recommending you head over to the store, I will say the card case is cute and samples never hurt. Granted, the bag of mostly foils is a little less appealing than the bag of perfume vials. As I would have given most of either bag away, I was there for the card case, not the samples. Considering my sister got the advertised items, I assume that is the standard gift for most events. What did you get, the bag my sister got or the bag I got? I’d love to know.
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