Ulta Beauty Hot Buys are items that get discounted up to 50% off. Whenever a Hot Buy has ties to an official event, it gets listed in the Hot Buys link. This article covers all the Hot Buys not tied to any official events, so there is no common link on where to find them. If you are looking for Hot Buys tied to a specific event, view the article for that event to see its corresponding Hot Buys. To avoid redundancy, I do not list Hot Buys below for events I write separate articles on. While any major event can have Hot Buys, Love Your Skin, 21 Days of Beauty, and Gorgeous Hair will always have them. Exclusive Hot buys that are Platinum Perks or Diamond Perks will appear in their respective articles as well. A separate article exists for any Hot Beauty Deal I see that is not labeled as a Hot Buy. There are times I see deals first and get notified later that they are Hot Buys. When that happens, I will move them over here.
It’s time for my January 2019 Sephora Play Box review, and I can already tell you I am not happy. Play! by Sephora 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 Play! 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 Play! 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.
After realizing the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream and the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream looked similar, felt similar, and performed similar, I knew I needed to review them together. Are they dupes? Everyday, I applied the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream to the right side of my body, and the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream to the left side of my body. I got this idea from my foil challenge, because the foils do not always have enough product to cover the area I am testing. Whenever that happens, I use my regular product to finish the job.
It is always easier to spot direct differences when you are using the products at the same time. After one week of wearing them both at the same time, I knew I was ready to compare them. This review is a comparison for how they perform on my body. If you are looking for a comparison of how they perform on the face, I found this video. Though the skin on my face is very dry, the pores get clogged easily leading to acne. Unless a product claims it is a facial moisturizer, I do not want to place it on my face. Everyone has different skin, so only you can decide if you want to risk trying CeraVe on your face.
After a two month absence, Ulta Beauty Skinfatuation Skin Trends have returned in 2019. The 2019 Skinfatuation Skin Trends will give a GWP offer that corresponds to the theme for each month. This was a promotion Ulta launched in February of 2018. It held a monthly trend and corresponding GWP every month through October. Then, the promotion disappeared in November and December. It had a beauty Youtuber tied to the promotion last year, but she is noticeably absent this year. That may have something to do with the two month absence, but I am glad it is back. The promotion, called Skinfatuation, centers around skin trends. Ulta creates a theme for each month, then selects some of its favorites from the theme to feature. After spending the month promoting the products, the GWP offer to sample the products from that month’s skin trend comes toward the end of each month.
The 2019 Sephora Favorites Luxury Kit has me once again wondering what is going on with the pricing on the Sephora Favorites sets. After years of solid Sephora Favorites sets at great prices, they were hit or miss in 2018. Some were outstanding, like the Sun Safety Kit, the Give Me More Lip Kit, and the Holy Sheet! Others were awful, like the Sephora Favorites Superstars 2018, the Sephora Favorites Superstars Everyday Must Haves, and Beauty Vault: 12 Days of Makeup. Most landed somewhere between. Then, I saw the Sephora Favorites Set, Luxury Kit, and it convinced me that this is the worst one I’ve seen in a long time. Yes, the items are luxe, but they are samples. Most companies give samples to promote products. Assuming Sephora received these samples for free or very low-cost from the brands, this looks like a cash grab.
It’s time for my January 2019 Birchbox review! Birchbox gives at least 5 deluxe beauty samples each month for $10, and I received 5 in my 2019 January Birchbox. 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.
There is an event between the seasonal subscription boxes called the FabFitFun Edit Sale, and this article will cover my FabFitFun Winter 2019 Edit Sale review. This is a subscriber only event where FabFitFun members can shop for items discounted 25%-70% off. For those who love add-ons, this is akin to purchasing add-ons without a subscription box. It also means subscribers who are not interested in any items or need a break for financial reasons can just sit this out. For mainland US subscribers who choose to shop, they get free shipping with a $25 purchase. Like add-ons, you add the items you want to your cart throughout the sale and only pay for the ones that are still in your cart once the event wraps. The event ran from December 26th, 2018 through January 6th, 2019 and everyone got charged for their items on January 7th.
Every time I see a Neiman Marcus Beauty Cue Code through 2019, I will update this article. Have you ever noticed how hard it is to sign up for the Neiman Marcus Beauty Cue? The sign-up link does not work more often than it does. When you call Neiman Marcus for assistance, they tell you they’ve added you to it, but some employees have as much trouble accessing the link as we do. Others will tell you they’ve signed you up but the next month will come and go without an offer. I noticed how difficult it was when I changed email addresses. Back when I originally signed up years ago, I had no issues. However, it took a lot of effort when I changed my email address. If you are also having a lot of trouble, it is worth the effort. Try the link, call customer service, and repeat until these offers start showing up in your inbox.
What is a Beauty Cue? It is a GWP, with up to five deluxe samples, with a $50 beauty purchase. I will also update the code on my Neiman Marcus Deals page. Once you sign up, you should receive a monthly email with the general Beauty Cue code for the month. You cannot redeem a Beauty Cue offer unless you are successfully signed up. Even though the code is general, you will get an error message that your email address is not associated with a Beauty Cue account. That means those of you who just happened upon the Beauty Cue offer can register now (if you’re able), but you cannot redeem your first Beauty Cue offer until the following month after you’ve activated your account.
The Walmart Beauty Box releases once per season, and my Winter 2019 Walmart Beauty Box review is below. This is a subscription box that gives you the items for free as long as 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. While this box gets released each season, the release date always varies. Walmart will email you before it releases to remind you to update your account information. Sometimes, it sends boxes right after you update. Other times, it will tell email you to update your account, then still wait weeks to ship your box.
Free Ulta Beauty Birthday gifts are here! My 2019 Ulta birthday gift review on the Ulta Beauty Collection Perfect Pair Eyeshadow Set is ready, because I’ve tried it a few times. This was technically my son’s present, but he did not want eyeshadow. Ulta should really consider skincare options for non-makeup wearers. It is the third year of the past five where January birthday babies get presents from the Ulta Beauty Collection. I’ve reviewed the 2015 Quarter One Birthday Gift and the 2018 Quarter One Birthday Gift and was not overly impressed with either of those either. The 2015 present was just decluttered from collection. History repeats itself once again, because I find this gift left me wanting more. A new birthday gift is getting released every month in 2019. Here’s hoping you get one you like. See my February 2019 NYX Ulta birthday gift review and my March 2019 It Cosmetics Ulta birthday gift review.
The 2019 Sephora Birthday gifts have left some Beauty Insider members feeling less than thrilled. I’ve tested the Drunk Elephant products in the boxed birthday set and am ready to offer my review. Why did I start with Drunk Elephant? Of all four gifts available this year, I was most interested in this one. It also has the highest value. See my Sephora 2019 Birthday Gifts article for an overview of all items and all values. Everyone with a Beauty Insider account gets a birthday gift offer, so sign up if you have not already. There is no purchase required to pick up a gift in store, but you must make a purchase to redeem it online. I was able to trade products with a friend who has a January birthday to bring you this review. See my 2019 Sephora Birthday Gift Reviews for Kat Von D, Milk Makeup, and Jo Malone.
Ulta Beauty releases 20% off prestige coupons at least five times a year for UltaMate Rewards members, and this article will cover every 2019 20% off prestige coupon Ulta releases. These are unique, one-time use coupon codes that work on most prestige items. Coupon codes are always emailed, but there are times Ulta mails 20% off prestige coupons as well. If you receive one coupon in the mail and one in your email, they will always have different codes. There are times when Ulta emails a second unique code during a round of offers, but more often than not, Ulta keeps emailing you the same code until the event ends. Whenever an online code accompanies a store bar code, you can redeem in-store or online. Platinum and Diamond members usually get extra discount codes each year. Because 20% off prestige coupons are targeted, there are times when only select UltaMate members receive them.
There is a (new) Summer version of the 2019 FabFitFun starter box. Click that link for the review.
FabFitFun sent out another round of starter box invitations for me to send. One of the people I sent the 2019 FabFitFun starter boxes to texted me photos, so I can share them with you. I’ve already used most of these products, so I can also review the box. I do not have any starter boxes, but I will update this if that changes. Keep reading to see what you might get or to get some questions answered if you’ve received an invitation elsewhere. Whenever I get these invites, the person I send the box to gets it for free if s/he pays the $5 shipping charge. Anyone who does not cancel will automatically move to a seasonal subscription on the 21st day after the $5 gets charged. Either a Seasonal box (if there are any left) or an Editor’s box would start the official subscription.
Every time Ulta Beauty sends Bonus Points in 2019, I will update this article. These bonus points get awarded when you spend the minimum amount specified on your offer toward anything Ulta carries. I also track Brand or Product Specific Bonus Points. These bonus point offers are separate from point multipliers. If you do not receive an email on this promotion, remember to check My Bonus Offers inside My Rewards. You can activate offers from there (or the email, if you receive one). Most bonus points offers are targeted and only redeemable by those who activate them. Activate your offers before you shop. It is a good idea to check there anytime you place an order, because I’ve found offers I did not get an email for in there. For those who receive these bonus offer promotions, the amounts will always vary.
Where is the Beauty Cue? Neiman Marcus released a Beauty Cue promo code in December 2018, but the a January 2019 Beauty Cue code did not get released. Have you ever noticed how hard it is to sign up for the Neiman Marcus Beauty Cue? The sign-up link does not work more often than it does. When you call Neiman Marcus for assistance, they tell you they’ve added you to it, but some employees have as much trouble accessing the link as we do. Others will tell you they’ve signed you up but the next month will come and go without an offer. Back when I originally signed up years ago, I had no issues. However, it took a lot of effort to get signed up again when I changed my email address. After ten days of January came and went without an offer, I started to wonder if I somehow got un-subscribed, again!
Every time I come across great beauty deals worth mentioning in 2019, I will add it to this article. This is where I want to share details on a deal that is not advertised with a specific sale or event. I will mention the place where I saw the best deal, but it might be available at other places. If I know the answer to the following questions, I will always answer them below. Where did I see the deal? What is the deal? When did I see the deal? How long is the deal for (if mentioned)? Is there a reason for the deal (if mentioned)? Have I purchased this deal? If I purchased it in the past, I will provide a mini review.
Summer 2019 FabFitFun Add-ons are here. Every time FabFitFun add-ons open in 2019, I will screenshot all of them in this article. What are the 2019 FabFitFun add-ons? FabFitFun add-ons are items that get discounted from 30-70% off that you can purchase along with each seasonal box. Subscription boxes already get free shipping, so there is no shipping charge for mainland US customers to add these items on. You can add up to 3 of any item to your cart. Once the sale wraps, you will get charged for any items in your cart, so you can add or drop items without checking out throughout the event. Items ship with your seasonal box up to 30 days after your card gets charged. I will go over the timelines for each season below.
Every time Ulta Beauty emails a surprise, Just For You offer in 2019, I will update this article. Whenever Ulta emails someone a targeted GWP offer, there is usually an online link and a Just For You coupon, so you can redeem online or in-store. These targeted GWP offers are separate from Beauty Bags, which I also track. I split up the 2019 beauty bag articles into General Beauty Bags (listed in the GWP section), Diamond Beauty Bags (available to Diamond members), Platinum Beauty Bags (available to Platinum and Diamond members), Beauty Breaks (4-6 hour offers), and Affiliate Beauty Bags (available to anyone who happens upon an affiliate post).
Every time I see a sample bag for Sephora in 2019, I add it below. Most sample bags repeat around the same time each year, so looking at the previous year is the best way to track them. Whenever a sample bag corresponds with a specific event, I will also link the corresponding article below. There are times when the sample bag depends on your Beauty Insider Status. I track Beauty Insider, VIB, and Rouge promotions separately, but I will make a note of any that are exclusive to a rewards tier. Unless otherwise specified, all Beauty Insiders get the same offer.
Every time I see Sephora point multipliers in 2019, I add it to this article. Most point multipliers repeat around the same time each year, so looking at the previous year is the best way to track them. Whenever a multiplier corresponds with a specific event, I will also link the corresponding article below. There are times when your multiplier depends on your Beauty Insider Status. I track Beauty Insider, VIB, and Rouge promotions separately, but I will make a note of any that are exclusive to a rewards tier. Unless otherwise specified, all Beauty Insiders get the same offer.
Summer 2019 FabFitFun Customization choices are here. Every time I see FabFitFun customization options for the seasonal boxes in 2019, I will add all of them to this article. What is FabFitFun customization? FabFitFun gives subscribers the option to select certain items. Subscribers can choose one from each category (included with the price of the box) or add extras from each category for $7, $10, or $15 each (depending on the category). Select subscribers always get more customization options (up to 6 depending on the box), but seasonal subscribers get at least two. The customization window opened to everyone at the same time last year. For 2019, FabFitFun is giving select members the opportunity to customize first. Those who customize early have a better chance of scoring all the items they want. Having some say about the items that go into a box can make a huge difference in how much you enjoy a box. With all the box variations FabFitFun now offers, customization is a great way to stretch your value even further. Well, that and Add-ons.
Welcome to the place where I go over every Birchbox deal, sale, discount, promo code, GWP, etc worth mentioning. If you are considering a Birchbox subscription, see Birchbox Start-Up Offers. Those still on the fence can read my comparison of all my 2018 Sephora Play Boxes against all my 2018 Birchboxes. Anyone looking for deals on shop purchases should keep reading. Birchbox releases a lot of promotions each year, and I usually only add ones that stick around for a while to my Birchbox Deals Page. Check my Deals Page for older offers that are still technically valid, because some of the older discount codes never really go away. I also go over the mystery sample pack options there, which never go away.
Sephora offers special promotions to members of its rewards program, and this article covers the promo codes, promotions, and offers for Beauty Insider members. Anyone on the program who spends $0 to $349 is a Beauty Insider. There are so many promotions for this rewards level, but I wanted a place to go over the best ones. These are only the ones I find worth mentioning, so subscribe to Sephora emails to see all of them. I only list the promotion in the lowest tier that qualifies to prevent redundancy (and see the real difference between the tiers). Any Beauty Insider can redeem these offers, but I also track VIB and Rouge offers. My goal is to track all promotions, not just the ones that get advertised. By the end of the year, we can look back and see what we get for joining.
Every time I see a new UltaMate Rewards Perk in 2019, I will update this article. These are special offers that are only available for UltaMate members. Anyone can shop Ulta without a rewards account, but this article will go over some of the benefits of membership. Platinum and Diamond Perks get tracked separately. I list the offer in the lowest tier that qualifies, so they will see some offers that apply to them here. That is the best way to see the differences between the tiers. This is a tracking article, so we can look at past offers to predict future ones. I do not remove old offers, so look at the offer dates before trying any. They get posted in reverse chronological order, so only the ones on top are ever recent.
FabFitFun released its 2019 Winter Editor’s Box in the Edit Sale that ran from December, 26th, 2018 through January 6th, 2019 calling it the Winter 2018 Editor’s Box. My issue with that is it was not even available when the sale opened on the 26th. How can the Editor Box be for Winter 2018 when Winter 2018 was basically over before anyone could purchase it? I purchased mine on January 7th, which was the first day it opened with customization options in the shop. The ability to customize is the main reason I grab it, so I will not grab it from the Edit Sale. Most items are repeats from past boxes, so we can customize to get more of the items we loved and avoid some of the ones we didn’t.
Sephora VIB Rouge members spend at least $1000 a year to maintain their status, and what exclusive promotions and promo codes will this reward level give in 2019? Anytime I see a 2019 Sephora VIB Rouge exclusive promotion, I will add it to this article. My goal is to track all promotions, not just the ones that get advertised. By the end of the year, we can look back and see what the top-tier offered us. You can view the 2018 article to see what we received last year and compare it to this year to see the changes. I only list the promotion in the lowest tier that qualifies to prevent redundancy (and see the real difference between the tiers). Promotions Beauty Insider members have access to only get listed in that article, and promotions VIB members have access to only get listed in that article.
I have one timeline where I list all major: Promotions, Sales, Deals, GWP, Promo Codes, and Events. Those who want to see an overall idea of what to expect this year should stop by. See where these Sephora VIB Rouge Exclusive offers and promotions line up with others on the calendar. You can also visit my Sephora retailer page to see active and upcoming offers of all types.
Advertised Sephora VIB Rouge Exclusive Promotions
There are some changes from 2018 to 2019. Click that link to the read the 2018 article to go over what we received last year for an idea of what is to come for this year or what we end up missing this year.
-Points Per Dollar: 1.5
-Seasonal Savings: We did get a bigger discount with the Beauty Insider Appreciation event, but I am unsure it will repeat in 2019. All other discounts were the same as the VIB level.
-Tier Celebration Gift: Choose 1 of 3 options
-Free standard shipping
-Early access to products
-Rewards Bazaar: $100 Rouge Reward
Sephora VIB Rouge Exclusive Promotions Not Advertised
We do at times get sample bags with select events. If there are any, I will list them below and mention that they are a VIB Rouge exclusive in the sample bag article and the event article, if I write one.
Point Multipliers have an article of their own. I will mention them below and list that it is a VIB Rouge exclusive in the point multiplier article.
All Sephora VIB Rouge Promotions and Promo Codes
Every VIB Rouge exclusive offer or promotion (whether advertised or not) that I dedicate an article to is in reverse chronological order below.
Get 20% off in store on online using code HEYROUGE from April 26th through May 6th. That is a total of 11 days. This is the first time Rouge members have ever received a 20% discount in the Spring. VIB members still get the usual 15% off, so there is a real separation in the tiers for this event. We also get 11 days when we only got 8 last year, so that is another improvement. See the 20% off Sephora Spring 2019 Bonus Sale article for more details.
The 2019 Sephora VIB Rouge welcome gift does not have tangible offers for the first time since launching the Rouge program.
What are your thoughts on this Sephora VIB Rouge Exclusive Promotions and Offers? Let me know below. Sephora does not inform any Beauty Insider of all promotions. It does list a great deal of them on its Beauty Offers page, but I list some it does not on my Sephora Deals Page. Between the ones it lists and the ones I list, you can catch most of them. Subscribe to emails to get targeted offers. If you’re spending over $25 online, there is always a promo code that you can apply. Most major events run on a set schedule, which is why I track them. See all Sephora articles. Read Tips For Getting the Best Deal When Shopping Sephora. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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Every month, we see a Target Beauty Box get released. The Target Beauty Box January 2019 is Hello Flawless Beauty Finds, which I review below. There is a Target Beauty Box for skincare that released with this one. I only cover the ones I like enough to purchase, so I will not mention or review the skincare box. These are not subscription boxes, so Target shoppers can see the contents before deciding if they want to purchase them. Popular boxes may still sell out quickly, but most of these beauty boxes last longer than they used to. Target Beauty Boxes ship free, but you are subject to the $35 free shipping minimum if you purchase anything else with it. Unless a color gets specified in the description, color cosmetics will vary. Boxes retail for $5, $7, or $10. They include mostly samples, but there is usually at least one full-size item. Value is usually at least triple the cost.
Every time I see a new Diamond Perk in 2019, I will update this article. These are special offers that are only available for Diamond members. A Diamond member spends at least $1200 a year to maintain status. Any offer open to Platinum and Diamond members is only mentioned in the Platinum Perks article. That is the best way to see the differences between the tiers. This is a tracking article, so we can look at past offers to predict future ones. I do not remove old offers, so look at the offer dates before trying any. They get posted in reverse chronological order, so only the ones on top are ever recent. If you are a Platinum or Diamond member who did not receive emails on these promotions, you might have email issues. Contact Ulta if this problem persists. Diamond Beauty Bag offers get tracked separately, but I do briefly mention them below.
Sephora VIB members spend at least $350 a year to maintain their status, and what exclusive promotions and promo codes will this reward level give in 2019? Anytime I see a VIB exclusive promotion in 2019, I will add it to this article. VIB exclusive promotions are available to all VIB and VIB Rouge members. If there is a rare VIB offer Rouge members get excluded from, I will list that below. My goal is to track all promotions available, not just the advertised ones. Offers are only listed in the article where all members at that level can redeem them. This helps us distinguish the offers between the tiers and prevents redundancy. It also means there are offers in the Beauty Insider promotions article not listed here that VIB members can redeem. If you are a Sephora VIB Rouge member reading this article, there are offers in the VIB Rouge article that are only available to Rouge members.
Every time I see a new Ulta Beauty Platinum Perk in 2019, I will update this article. These are special offers that are only available for Platinum and Diamond members. An offer that is open to multiple tiers only gets listed in the article for the lowest tier that qualifies, so things available to Platinum and Diamond members will only get listed in this article. Offers that are exclusive to Diamond members offers get tracked separately. This is a tracking article, so we can look at past offers to predict future ones. I do not remove old offers, so look at the offer dates before trying any. They get posted in reverse chronological order, so only the ones on top are ever recent. If you are a Platinum or Diamond member who did not receive emails on these promotions, you might have email issues. Contact Ulta to reset your emails if this problem persists.