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 switched me to Trendsetter boxes in the spring of 2016.
My kids and I usually do our back-to-school shopping toward the end of July or the beginning of August. Summer vacation is almost over and school starts again in two weeks and one day. This summer went way too fast and as they spent a month of it with their Dad, what time I did get with them was far from enough. On 07/19/18, I received an email from Influenster that it selected me to join its Kohl’s Back to School VirtualVox. Like every other VirtualVox, you get selected without doing any surveys. Thus, you get to decide which ones you take part in and which ones to ignore. My plan was to head over to Kohl’s and see if they had any items my boys wanted. If they did not want anything, I would have declined to take part in this one.
Almost six months to the day since Sephora offered a free face mask, the promotion has returned. Every time Sephora offers this event, it gets even easier to run in and grab a free mask. It would not surprise me if Sephora starts randomly mailing them to customers at some point in the future, because that is the only way it could get easier. Ulta occasionally mails free gifts, from what I’ve heard as I have yet to receive one. Just head over to your local Sephora anytime between today, July 27th through Sunday, July 29th. Show an employee the ad and ask for it. There is no purchase required, but I am sure Sephora would not mind if you made a purchase while you are there. If you make a purchase, do not forget to activate your ebates In-Store Cash Back for Sephora. This is the first time the event has spanned more than one day, so I am guessing more people will find time to get over there before the event is over. In that case, it is possible your Sephora could run out of stock before you get the freebie.
I’ve always appreciated that Paula’s Choice does not do animal testing. While I have not yet boycotted brands that do, I like buying from those that do not. My skin is sensitive, so I get reactions from products. It is still nice to try as many new products as possible, and I use Beautypedia (an expert site once affiliated with Paula’s Choice that uses scientific research instead of opinions for reviews) as a first stop in seeing what ingredients may have caused my reaction. Both sites are a great source of information. Anyone can sign up for Paula’s Choice Testing Panel to test products and give feedback. Panelists immediately fill out a short skin care profile. When Paula’s Choice needs a new item tested, it reviews profiles. A short survey determines whether the panelist moves forward. Those who do take part in the test fill out an exit survey by the deadline. Successfully complete one test to qualify for more.
Any time I hear about an event or deal in-store at Ulta, I will update this article. Of course, events and deals will vary from store to store. Call ahead to make sure your local store is participating in the event I post, unless a trip to Ulta is convenient for you. In that case, you should just head over. I’ve posted a separate article going over the in-store clearance section. When there is an event or promotion in store, this is the most likely location. Every Ulta has a clearance section, and the items sold will sometimes vary from the sale section online or even another Ulta nearby. This is a section I generally look at every time I make a trip into Ulta, and I suggest you do the same. Even without an event or promotion, there are a lot of great deals there.
I’ve decided to review the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask and directly compare it to the Mamonde Sleeping Mask. For those of you waiting on my comprehensive lip balm comparison article, it is still coming. Every time I buy a new lip balm, I have to test it exclusively for a while to give a proper review. Since I’ve purchased another large round of lip balms (9) recently, it will get pushed back again. The good news is I have to eventually stop buying lip balms, so the article will inevitably come. As I move through the journey of testing as many lip balms as I can, I want to write articles when I find two or more that are very similar. Yes, I will ultimately mention the similarities in the massive article, but I feel like the message will get lost for those who simply want to read an article with advice on which one to buy when they’ve already narrowed it down to the options I want to discuss.
SampleSource provides free samples in exchange for your opinion. Register and fill out your profile. If samples suited to your profile become available, they will send you an email. Quantities are limited, so respond as soon as you get the email to make sure yours do not run out of stock. A few weeks after your samples arrive, you will get an email asking to review the products. The review is an exit survey that only has a few questions per product. Neither a blog post nor any social media promotion is required. I only write a post to share the service with you. There are no referrals for this service, so all links are direct.
See the 2019 5x points on specific brands and products, and all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events. I will start the 2019 5x points on anything article once the first offer releases.
Every time Ulta Beauty has a 5x points on anything offer in 2018, I will update this article. Scroll down to see when we received these offers in 2017 (to predict when the next one will arrive in 2018). This is the first time in 2018 we saw a blanket offer for all products, but there have been plenty of 5x points targeted offers on specific products. I track those as well. We have already had a 10x points offer (on select products this year), will see another one next month, and will likely see another one in November. We have also seen multiple 2x, 3x, and 4x points offers this year and will see more of those as well.
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.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a once a year event that starts in July and carries over into August. It opened to shoppers with a credit or debit card on July 12th, so they got eight extra shopping days across the 3 and a 1/2 week event. Those of us without any Nordstrom cards can shop the sale officially starting today, July 20th. This sale runs through August 5th, so it is a long event. If you have not already joined Nordstrom Rewards, sign up before shopping the sale. It was once only open to card holders, but everyone can join now. Card holders will still get better benefits, but those of us who refuse to open cards still get some perks. Add any benefits to Nordstrom’s legendary service, and shopping there becomes even more desirable.
L’Oreal owns a lot of brands. While they sadly are not cruelty free, they do consumer testing in the US. Beauty lovers who wish to test products under the L’Oreal umbrella should become members of L’Oreal Consumer Testing Panel. Panelists are given informational surveys or free products to review. Signing up for the program is not always easy, because there are times when they do not accept new panelists. I attempted to sign up twice before I was successful on my third attempt. From the first attempt to the third, there was a nine-month span.
Once accepted into the program, panelists complete short qualification surveys determine eligibility in a survey/study. If selected for a testing panel, follow the step by step directions, and see it to completion. In addition to receiving testing products for free, you will receive compensation upon completion. Compensation varies based on the study you take part in. It can range from very little value for lower-end studies to hundreds of dollars worth of products for higher-end studies. Those participating in informational surveys get compensated upon completion of the fifth survey.
As some of you may have noticed, I have not been writing many articles lately. Taking too long to write articles caused me to get this review up after the box has already sold out. There are times when Birchbox limited edition boxes disappear and reappear, so I am going ahead with this review. If it never comes back in stock and you were not even interested before reading this, I apologize in advance. Admittedly, I did not initially think I would grab this one. I do not own a pool for the float, and I have a ton of sunscreen. Those were the two main draws of this box. Ultimately, I decided I had to get it, because I have not been able to pass on a single limited edition box in a long time. Thanks to Birchbox for putting things I want in every single box for the past two years. That’s right, if you search for any of the current boxes, you will find my review. Well, a new box just came in stock, and I have not grabbed that one yet. Hopefully, I get that one up a little faster after receiving it if I do.
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.
Target releases monthly beauty boxes. These are not subscription boxes. They used to sell out on the same day they released, but that only happens with the super incredible boxes now. If you consider the box I am about to share incredible, grab it now. 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 July Beauty Box retails for $7.