Monthly Archives: November 2018

TopCashBack Xmas Treats Cash Back Giveaway Game

The latest TopCashBack giveaway, Xmas Treats, started on November 28th, and I think it is the first one I’ve ever arrived on time for. TopCashBack really needs to do a better job of advertising these games, because I only find them if I happen to see a social media post or make a purchase and notice the banner at the bottom of the screen. This 2018 version is just the latest in its series. It runs from 11/28/18-12/21/18. I’ve never won more than $0.50 on any of these games, but I always enjoy playing. Instant winners can make anywhere from $0.25 to $100 by collecting the respective game pieces for that prize. One grand prize winner will get drawn from all entries received by 12/21/18. That winner will get $500.

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16 Days of Deals Replaced 25 Days of Minis at Sephora for 2018

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


Every year, Sephora has a holiday countdown featuring an assortment of surprise minis. It is called the 16 Days of Deals this year. Prior to 2018, this countdown event included 25 days of minis. It has adjusted to 16 days for this year. While it is too soon to say if we will see 16 again next year or return to 25, I am guessing we will see the event in one form or another in 2019.

This promotion is akin to an advent calendar where Sephora releases a new deluxe sample for the promotion everyday. Beauty Insider members can use the promo code to select the mini they want the most. It will start with one mini on December 5th and end with the 16th mini on the 20th. Minis are available the day they release and while supplies last. More popular minis will run out-of-stock quickly, but there is always a handful of options left by Christmas Day when the final mini of this promotion releases. Expect some minis to stay in stock until after the new year, because the promo code will work until all inventory is gone. Each mini is available with a $25 purchase. There are some people who know how to look into Sephora’s system to see what is coming in advance. I do not know how to do that, so I will only post the minis after Sephora shares them. This article is for tracking, not spoiling promotions. That said, I will make some guesses based on the clues and remove my guesses as the actual items get announced.

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Ulta Holiday Beauty Blitz 2018 Count Down the Holidays With 25 Days of Surprise Deals

See all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events. As soon as information for the 2019 Holiday Beauty Blitz pops up, I will start the 2019 article.


One of the new promotions Ulta Beauty launched in 2017 was the Holiday Beauty Blitz. This is a 25-day event where Ulta Beauty offers a new deal each day. It is a countdown to Christmas. Every week, Ulta Beauty announces the deals for the next week. That means we will find out about the seventh deal in a sequence over seven days out, but the first in the sequence gets announced right before it goes live. Though I did not blog about this event last year, I did partake in some of the deals. This is similar to the 21 Days of Beauty in that the offers are mostly makeup from high-end brands, but deals can come from any beauty category or price range. Like its sister event, each deal ends when the day ends. For Ulta, that is on Central time, so deals change over at 10pm here on the West Coast. We get 4 extra days of deals that count us down right into Christmas Day.

The event link went live on 11/30/18 and the first 8 deals are up. Only one deal for 12/03/18 is announced so far. There are more coming in the Merry Monday event. See that article for more information.

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Sephora Promo Codes for $15, $20, and $25 Off are Back for 2018 – The Holiday Hooray Beauty Insider Event Reward

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Sephora released the details on its Holiday Hooray Beauty Insider Event Rewards. These are promo codes for a select dollar off promo code based on reward tier. For many years, Sephora offered a gift card at the beginning of December for its rewards members. It was a gift card that required a $50 minimum purchase, but it was a real gift card nonetheless. You redeemed it the way you redeem any other gift card with Sephora. As long as you met the purchase minimum, the gift card would get applied. You could also use a promo code, so the only drawback was the gift card got applied after tax. That meant we paid tax on the $25, but we could redeem any promo code we wanted (and most promo codes are more valuable than the tax we pay on a $25 purchase). Each gift card was unique, and some members who chose not to use theirs gave them away to other people. Some people redeemed multiples and others redeemed none.

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Holiday Subscriber Giveaway

This winner of this giveaway has received her gifts. The next giveaway has posted. You can enter that one and see what the winner of this giveaway received. 

Happy Thanksgiving! Unless a deal that needs a dedicated article pops up this weekend, I will not post any new articles. As always (new content is constantly going up even when I do not post an article), I will continue to edit all articles that require updates, including the Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday deals for Sephora, Ulta, and Other retailers. I have some more items I want to find a new home for, and I am hoping the winner of this giveaway will receive the package before Christmas. If there is any delay in shipping or getting a response, it is possible the package will not arrive until after Christmas. That is the biggest shipping time of the year as well, but I am cutting the giveaway off on December 15th to give Holiday delivery a better chance. This giveaway is my first open internationally, so it may arrive long after the Holiday season if you live in a different country. I’ve never mailed anything overseas before, but I need to learn how to do it at some point.

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The Best 2018 Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday Beauty Sales and Deals

My favorite shopping event of the year is finally here. This weekend, which kicks before Thanksgiving with some retailers, provides some of the best deals we will see. Traditionally, this is the weekend where most retailers cross over from red to black, and they will do whatever it takes to earn your shopping dollars. Offers are competitive, because almost every retailer will have one. I will update this every time I see an incredible offer through Cyber Monday, so this list will grow over the week. My tastes might vary from yours, so make sure you sign up for emails from all of your favorite retailers. It is also a good idea to check multiple blogs and sites to see what each of them feel is worth mentioning this season. Most of these offers go out to all customers. Of course, there might be some affiliate exclusives or offers targeted to select customers. I am not listing any small offers, because this is the time of year when we can stretch our budget further by scoring just the right deal. Some big offers will not make the cut either, because I cannot list them all.

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Sephora 2018 Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

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


The Black Friday preview is up on the app, so I decided it is time to start the Sephora article for all Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals in 2018. Some of these promotions traditionally received dedicated articles of their own, but I decided to combine them this year. This way, everyone can see all the offers in one place and choose the one they like the best. I will keep updating this through Cyber Monday, so the article will grow over the next week. Assuming we see all the promotions we usually see, we should get these Black Friday offers, Cyber Monday mystery GWP bags, and more. The Customer Appreciation Bag in its typical format usually comes out in November. That did not happen this year.

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Ulta Beauty 2018 Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday Deals

See all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events. As soon as the 2019 Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday deals start popping up, I will start the new article.

The most exciting deal weekend of the year, which includes Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, is almost here. I’ve decided to combine all of Ulta Beauty’s 2018 offers into one article. As more offers pop up through Cyber Monday, I will continue to update this. There are a couple of offers that could probably use dedicated articles of their own, so this might be long by next week.

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Birchbox November 2018 Subscription Box Review

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.

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Sephora Play November 2018 Subscription Box 214 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 to Beauty Insiders, 12.5 points to VIB members, and 15 points to VIB Rouge members. This box also 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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Sephora Launches the Daily Wow!

See the 2019 Daily Wow Offers and all 2019 Sephora Promotions, Sales, GWP, Deals, Promo Codes, and Events.


Sephora is launching a new promotion called the Daily Wow! on Tuesday, November 20th. The Weekly Wow! was launched a little over a year again August 2017. It is on hiatus this week, because all levels of Beauty Insider members get a discount this weekend. A surprise extension for VIB and Rouge was just announced on the 14th and this is the regular weekend for Beauty Insider members. The Daily Wow! is listed in the place where the Weekly Wow! usually sits, so it looks like the Weekly Wow! will take another break this upcoming week. This will run through November 26th. That will give us 7 days of Daily Wow! deals, and I am pretty sure the Weekly Wow! will return the Thursday after this ends.

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Influenster Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Brightening Amine Face Lift Serum VoxBox Review

Influenster gives free trial products of everything from beauty products to household items. To qualify for programs, you fill out quick product surveys. Once you’ve qualified, they mail the products. Try them and tell people what you think in person and on social media. Complete a short exit survey and review the product(s) on Influenster. The more active you are the more programs you qualify for. Everything received from Influenster is free. Some virtual Voxboxes or multi product packages include coupons to redeem for the product. At times, the coupon will not cover the full amount, but you can opt out of any program that only offers discounts or does not interest you. If you are unfamiliar with Influenster, you can read my overview.

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Sephora Holiday Bonus 2018 Surprise Extension for VIB and Rouge Members

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The Holiday Bonus for Beauty Insider members starts on Friday as I’ve already mentioned in its article. It also starts again for VIB and Rouge members. That’s right. Sephora decided to surprise us with the opportunity to shop with Beauty Insider members on their weekend. To quickly recap for anyone who has not seen that article, anyone can use the code BIBONUS online or in-store from Friday, November 16th through Monday, November 19th for 15% off. The credit for the purchase will only apply to those with a Beauty Insider account, but anyone without an account can make a purchase. Sephora will likely ask you to create an account to get the discount, but the fine print does not appear as if it will deny the discount to anyone who declines an account. While I always recommend joining for all the benefits the program offers, I understand there are some who prefer not to get tracked.  Continue reading

My Search for a Natural Deodorant that Does Not Give Me Body Odor – A Lavanila and Schmidt’s Review

We’ve all heard that there is an adjustment period when we switch from an aluminum based deodorant to a natural one. We’re told our bodies have to detoxify from the aluminum and that process can take up to a month. During this time, many of up cannot get past the initial funk. Is there a natural deodorant that does not give me foul body odor? I am on a quest to find a natural deodorant that makes me smell good. After all, why would I waste time or money on natural deodorant if I smell worse when I use it than when I use nothing! Everyone’s body chemistry is different, and we have varying bacteria. Each deodorant reacts differently on our bodies, so my experiences could vary from yours.

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Birchbox Limited Edition The Luxe Beauty Box Review

A new Limited Edition Box Birchbox, the Luxe Beauty Box is available today. 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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Sephora Favorites Beauty Vault: 12 Days of Makeup Grab or Pass

See all 2019 Sephora Promotions, Sales, GWP, Deals, Promo Codes, and Events. The Beauty Vault: 12 Days of Makeup set dropped to $45 on 12/12/18.


I’m not really sure what is going on at Sephora this year, because the Beauty Vault: 12 Days of Makeup is another Sephora set that does not meet expectations. It was not long ago when I wanted almost every favorites set it released. In 2018, I noticed prices going up and sizes going down. While some kits worth purchasing did get released, and I did grab some, especially the Sun Safety Kit and the Give Me More Lip Kit, no other year missed the mark as much as this one. My thoughts on the Superstars sets, 2018 and Everyday Must Haves, remain unchanged, but I found a kit that makes those look like good deals in comparison. The Beauty Vault: 12 Days of Makeup released and I am extremely disappointed. We are in the time of year where people are looking for a nice advent calendar or something similar. This is not it.

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Ulta Beauty Cyber Fundays 2018

See all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events. As soon as details for the 2019 Cyberfundays pop up, I will start the new article.


Cyberfundays returns in 2018 on November 15th at 10pm Central and runs all day on November 16th and 17th. Ulta Beauty advertises this as the biggest and best event of the year and while that is certainly debatable, it is always worth checking out. One benefit this has over the 21 Days of Beauty or similar events where a steal gets released each day is the deals are the same each day of the event, so you can make one purchase and walk away until next year instead of purchases over multiple days where new steals release. Free shipping reduces to $35 throughout the event. There is always a large GWP bag and a coupon for $10 off a $60 drugstore purchase.

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Sephora Holy Sheet

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The Holy Sheet set temporarily popped back up on 11/24/18 and 11/28/18, but it disappeared before I could check out with it. Sephora usually releases a Holy Sheet set twice a year. If you are reading this around the months I mention below, get ready for the next release. This is like a Sephora Favorites set that includes mostly sheet masks from the Sephora Collection. The first set usually comes out at the end of May and the second usually releases at the end of October. Unless you remember to check around those times, you will probably miss it. Before 2018, I had never received an email on it from Sephora that I can recall. That is probably because the set only lasts for a few days or less each time it releases. I can only remember only year where it restocked after getting released (before this one). It also usually releases after the Employee Appreciation Sale and before Rouge members shop the Holiday Bonus with a discount in November. That means getting it with a discount is highly unlikely. Granted, it also retails for $48 and has around $98 in value, so it is already a great deal.

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Ulta Beauty Holiday Haul Savings Event November 4th through November 10th

See all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events. As soon as the 2019 Holiday Haul Savings Event pops up this November, I will start the new article.


The Holiday Haul runs from November 4th through November 10th. This is an event I do not recall, so it is new for 2018 or was too small for me to remember from last year. We have seen a Spring Haul and Fall Haul across multiple years, so it is completely possible Ulta is expanding the events to include all four seasons starting with Winter/Holiday now and Summer in 2019. There is a Summer Sale, with a slightly different format, so Ulta may expand that instead. It overlaps the 10x Points Beauty Stars Event, on its opening day. Read more about that event. Select items will get discounted up to 50% off. Most will come from drugstore brands.

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Ulta Beauty November 2018 10x Points Event for Diamond and Platinum Members

See all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events. As soon as the first Beauty Street 10x Points Event pops up in November, I will start the new article.


Ulta hosted its first ever mini 10x points for Platinum members on the first Thursday of November in 2017. That was on 11/02/17. Exactly one year later, the event returned, and it is bigger than last year. This means we can expect this event to repeat each year, and it is likely it will grow each year. Promotions at Ulta typically expand. Most members probably have a 20% off prestige coupon that is still valid through the 3rd, and I love when promotions overlap. Platinum and Diamond members get 10x points on select products. If the Diamond tier existed a year ago, I am sure those members would have received this as well. UltaMate members get all the same products at 5x points. The Beauty Stars Event runs from Friday, November 2nd through Sunday, November 4th.

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