The Daily Wow! is back in 2019 while the Weekly Wow! takes a short hiatus. Sephora launched the Daily Wow just before Thanksgiving in 2018, but this is the first time it appeared in 2019. Every time it pops up in 2019, I will update this article. I will also make note in the Weekly Wow article if a Daily Wow event is the reason that promotion halts. A Daily Wow presents a new deal each day throughout the promotion instead of new deals each week. Make sure you purchase the item you want before midnight pacific time on the day the product is on sale. More often than not, the Weekly Wow! will return once the Daily Wow wraps.
It’s time for my February 2019 Sephora Play Box review. 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.
This article will cover all 2019 Ulta Beauty 10x points events. Prior to 2017, we only got one 10x points event a year, in August. In 2017, Ulta added a second event called Beauty Stars in November. Ulta introduced a Beauty Stars 10x points event in March of 2018. The November 10x points event repeated in 2018. That gave us a total of 3 10x points events in 2018, March, August, November. With the March event in 2019 getting reduced to 7x points, I am unsure what this means for 10x points events in 2019. A reduction in benefits is not common with Ulta, so it makes predicting future changes difficult. My guess is we will still get 10x points in August, but November might get reduced to 7x points as well.
The Ulta Beauty Spring 2019 21 Days of Beauty will run from March 17th through April 6th. Twice a year, usually starting in March and September, Ulta has a 21-day sale where select brands or items get discounted up to 50% off for one day only. Every day during the semi-annual event we get at least two beauty steals. There are also Hot Buys that run throughout the entire event. Most events also release Beauty Samplers, Try Me Kits. Spring tends to get the better steals. These deals come from the upcoming catalog, and the online link from the special event page. Deals listed in the printed catalog are in-store and online. All online exclusive deals are only listed online. All Steals in the Spring 2019 21 Days of Beauty ship free for Platinum and Diamond members. They ship free with a $50 purchase for UltaMate members.
The 2019 National Lash Day at Ulta Beauty takes place today, February 19th. This is a one-day only event where select mascaras get discounted up to 50% off. Select eyelashes have a 30% discount. New mascara and eyelash gifts with purchase are available today as well as a general GWP with a $25 makeup purchase.
Sephora is offering a free Fenty Beauty Mini Makeover from February 12th through March 20th. Finding a perfect foundation shade to match your skin is always difficult. With 50 shades in its line, Fenty Beauty is likely to have a shade match for almost very skin tone. Getting help matching your shade from a Sephora employee will give you a second opinion on the shade you try on. This event is perfect for those who’ve considered trying out this foundation but have not yet purchased it. I am actually one of those holdouts. Since this a free makeover with no purchase required, I recommend asking for samples of the two or three shades that are closest to your skin tone to take home. That way, you can place your order after wearing each color for a full day to see how the formula wears, does the formula oxidize, and how the formula performs.
Ulta releases so many beauty bags during the year that I split up the 2019 beauty bag articles into Ulta Beauty Collection Beauty Bags, General Beauty Bags (listed in the GWP section), Diamond Perk Beauty Bags (available to Diamond members), Platinum Perk 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). There are also targeted GWP Coupons (I receive on my account and share). Every time I see an offer for an Ulta Beauty collection Beauty bag in 2019, I will update this article.
When I received the email that the Julep Maven subscription program ended on February 15, 2019, I was sad. I knew it was possible when I reviewed my February 2019 Julep Maven Box and even mentioned it in that article, but I had hope that everything would work out. Sadly, the subscription program is gone. Julep was one of the few subscription boxes that allowed members to select all items that went inside the box, and all the items were full-size. Getting the items for a fraction of the price of purchasing them for the shop placed inside the box made the boxes very valuable. Allowing members to skip boxes made it even more desirable. It really was ahead of its time. Who knows, maybe it can return someday, and I will be ready to subscribe again if it has the same benefits it had before.
This giveaway wrapped. View the article for the next giveaway to see what she received and enter the new contest.
Happy Valentine’s Day! My birthday is next month, and I wanted to giveaway some items for my birthday. All items in this giveaway are duplicate items I’ve received from FabFitFun. When you purchase so many boxes, you are bound to end up with some duplicates. The first item is the Summer & Rose Brittany Striped Tote ($54) in navy that I received via trade from someone I sent a starter box to. I love this bag, but I already own it in multiple colors and do not need another. Next, I am giving away the Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye™ Brightener in Stella ($24) I received in my Winter 2019 FabFitFun Editor’s Box. I also received two in my Winter 2018 box, one I kept and one I placed in the last giveaway. I ended up with an extra Free People x Understated Leather Starry Eyed Travel Eye Mask ($40) after getting it in so many boxes.
It’s time for my February 2019 Birchbox review! Birchbox gives at least 5 deluxe beauty samples each month for $10, and I received 5 in my 2019 February 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.
Free Ulta Beauty Birthday gifts are here! My 2019 Ulta birthday gift review on the NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick Lipli20 in French Maid is ready, because I’ve tried it a few times. This is the second Ulta birthday gift of 12 Ulta will release this year. It was technically my son’s present, but he did not want a liquid lipstick. Ulta should really consider skincare options for non-makeup wearers. I also reviewed the January birthday gift thanks to my other son, and the March birthday gift (my birthday). Spoiler alert, neither of the first two gifts have impressed me. A new birthday gift is getting released every month in 2019. Here’s hoping you get one you like.
Three Days after I published this, Julep announced the end to its subscription program, so my theory below was correct. I am here to give my Julep Maven February 2019 Review, because I forgot to login between January 20th and January 24th to skip the February 2019 Julep Maven subscription box. My favorite thing about Julep is the ability to select the items I get in the box. Whenever I forget to skip (which has happened twice now), Julep sends me whatever it wants. In this case, it worked out, but I would have preferred getting these items later. To see my usual spiel where I go over the Julep subscription program, view the review for the December 2018 Maven Box. As I was prepping this article, I noticed the links to sign up for a subscription box are not working. The links bring me to the best-sellers page. This could mean Julep halted selling new subscriptions while it catches up on its backlog, but it could also mean it might stop the subscription service altogether.
What do you do with all those foil packets you collect? 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. My plan is to try a foil of something new or something I have not used in a long time every day during a challenge month. To give my skin a break from constant new products, I will only complete foil challenges in even months. 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.
Ulta releases so many beauty bags during the year that I split up the 2019 beauty bag articles into Platinum Perk Beauty Bags (available to Platinum and Diamond members), General Beauty Bags (listed in the GWP section), Diamond Perk Beauty Bags (available to Diamond members), Ulta Beauty Collection Beauty Bags, Beauty Breaks (4-6 hour offers), and Affiliate Beauty Bags (available to anyone who happens upon an affiliate post). There are also targeted GWP Coupons (I receive on my account and share). Every time Ulta releases a Platinum Perk Beauty Bag in 2019, I will update this article. A Platinum Beauty bag is a gift with purchase only available to Platinum or Diamond members. This bag of deluxe and full-sized items is usually available with a $125, $150, or $175 purchase. It is always online only. The bag (which is different each time) gets released 4 times per year, so I should have all four listed below by the time the year wraps. Whenever I redeem one, I will write a separate article and link it to the offer below. Other Platinum Perks get tracked in a different article. See the 2018 article to compare the bags below to the ones we received last year.