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About notcreative

I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.

FabFitFun Starter Box 2020 Review Winter Box 20: The New Box is Out

This is new FabFitFun Starter Box 2020 Review Winter Box 20. It is the first variation of the year (although it might have popped up for a few people at the tail end of last year). Most people were still receiving Box 18, which I received. The photos below belong to the person I sent the box to, but I will be sharing my thoughts on the box. I do have three starter boxes. Comment below if you’re interested in receiving one. Keep reading to see what you might get or to get some questions answered if you’ve received an invitation elsewhere. 

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Updates to the Sephora Rewards Program 2020

I wanted to have one article to go over Updates to the Sephora Rewards Program for 2020. Promotions quietly went away in 2018, like the 2x, 3x, 4x points on everything in August. We last saw that in 2017. Granted we did receive an extra discount for the first time in August 2018, so we turned our heads. In 2019, the Weekly Wow just stopped never to be seen again. We saw the Holiday Bonus for VIB members dip from 20% to 15% off. Then despite being on the schedule, the Merry Minis promotion never came to pass. There were other promotions we lost along the way. Those are just the first that came to mind. Thus, the reason, I decided to write them down. The changes are coming fast now.

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Ulta 20% off prestige coupon 2020

Ulta Beauty 20% Off Prestige Coupon 2020 Schedule and Rules

This is my official Ulta Beauty 20% Off Prestige Coupon 2020 Schedule and Rules article. Ulta has a coupon everyday of the year, but it also releases 20% off prestige coupons at least five times a year for UltaMate Rewards members. Anyone who shops Ulta can use the regular coupons, but only UltaMate Rewards members get coupon codes for Ulta 20% off prestige coupons. Make sure you sign up for the UltaMate Rewards Program if you have not already. Because 20% off prestige coupons are targeted, there are times when only select UltaMate members receive them.

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Ulta Beauty Skinfatuation Gifts 2020

Ulta Beauty Skinfatuation Gifts 2020 have returned. Every month from January through October, Ulta hosts this promotion called Skinfatuation. It centers around skin trends where Ulta creates a theme for each month. Then, it selects some of its favorite skincare products from the theme to feature. After spending the month promoting the products, we get the chance to sample them if we partake in the GWP.

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Ulta Birthday Gift 2020 Reviews

The Ulta Birthday Gift for 2020 changes every month. I’ve decided to consolidate the Ulta Birthday Gift 2020 Reviews into one article this year instead of reviewing them separately. My sons and I get 2020 Ulta Birthday Gifts in January, February, and March. For the other months, I can only review the samples if I happen to own the products. A lot of people say it is a free gift, so they will just pick it up anyway. Ulta is out of the way for a lot of people, so I want to let you know if heading over to grab the gift is worth your time. Of course, my opinion may vary from yours, so I welcome all opinions below.

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Neiman Marcus Beauty Cue Codes 2020

Every time I see a Neiman Marcus Beauty Cue Code through 2020, I will update this article. The Neiman Marcus Beauty Cue Code Code January 2020 is below. If you’re not already a Neiman Marcus Beauty Cue member, make sure you’re signed into your Neiman Marcus account, then access the sign-up link. I’ve found this link particularly troublesome over the years. It will work at times then stop working at other times. If it does not work for you, contact Neiman Marcus customer service. The codes below will not work until you are an official Neiman Marcus Beauty Cue member.

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Causebox Winter 2019/2020 Review and a 20% Off Coupon Code

My Winter 2019/2020 Causebox review is ready. The magazine that accompanied the box says Good news Winter 2020. Causebox also lists the current season on its dashboard as winter 2020. Between those two things and receiving this in 2020, I am pretty certain this is the Causebox Winter 2020 Box. That said, I am pretty sure this was meant to be the Causebox Winter 2019 Box. There was a Winter 2018 Box. This would have been the Winter 2019 Box. To Get around that, I am labeling this as box the Causebox 2019 and 2020 Winter Box.

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Ulta Free Shipping 2020 Minimum Changes

This article will track the Ulta Free Shipping 2020 Minimum Changes. Ulta usually has a $50 free shipping minimum most days of the year. Diamond members have a $25 free shipping minimum. The most common drop is free shipping with a $35 minimum purchase, but free shipping with a $25 minimum purchase offers appear at times. There are even times when Ulta has free shipping with no minimum, but that is rare. Event drops are not listed below, but they are listed in the corresponding event articles.

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Ulta Bonus Points 2020 Offers

This article will cover all 2020 Ulta Bonus Points. View the 2019 Ulta Bonus Points article to see when the offers appeared last year. That is the best way to get an idea of when they might repeat this year. I tracked the brand and product specific bonus point offers separately last year, but I will combine them here this year. You can also see them listed in the article each tier qualifies for, Bronze, Platinum, or Diamond (to keep all the perks of each tier in one place), assuming they are called out as perks of a tier.

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FabFitFun Customization Schedule and Options 2020

Spring 2020 FabFitFun Box Customization choices are next. This article will cover the 2020 FabFitFun Customization Schedule and Options. I will offer spoilers when I see them along with the complete list of all products once they’re available. FabFitFun allows members to customize some box options while others are stationary. While FabFitFun will usually email members when it is time to customize, members have reported they have not received emails. It is best to know when customization is coming. See FabFitFun Add-ons and Edit Sale items (which runs at a different time).

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Exclusive 2020 Sephora VIB Sales, Deals, GWP, Promo Codes, and Promotions

I will cover the Exclusive 2020 Sephora VIB Sales, Deals, GWP, Promo Codes, and Promotions in this article. I only list the promotion in the lowest tier that qualifies to prevent redundancy (and see the real difference between the tiers). Any Sephora VIB member (and VIB Rouge member) can redeem these offers, but I also track Beauty Insider 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.

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Ulta Beauty Bronze Perks – 2020 Member Rewards Offers

All 2020 Ulta Beauty UltaMate Rewards Perks for Bronze members will get tracked here. These are special offers that are only available for Ulta UltaMate Rewards Bronze, Platinum, and Diamond Members. Any offers only open to Platinum and Diamond Members are listed in the Ulta 2020 Platinum Perks article. Offers open to only Diamond members are tracked in the Ulta 2020 Diamond 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.

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Exclusive 2020 Sephora Rouge Sales, Deals, GWP, Promo Codes, and Promotions

I will cover the Exclusive 2020 Sephora Rouge Sales, Deals, GWP, Promo Codes, and Promotions in this article. I only list the promotion in the lowest tier that qualifies to prevent redundancy (and see the real difference between the tiers). Any Sephora Rouge member can redeem these offers, but I also track Beauty Insider and VIB 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.

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2020 Ulta Point Multipliers 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x, 7x, and 10x Points

I want to track 2020 Ulta Point Multipliers differently this year. All 2020 Ulta 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x, 7x, and 10x Points offers open to all members or at last all members of a certain level will get listed below. You can also see them listed in the article each tier qualifies for, Bronze, Platinum, or Diamond (to keep all the perks of each tier in one place). When I write a separate article as I certainly will do with 2020 Ulta 5x Points, 6x, 7x Points Beauty Stars Events as well as 2020 Ulta 10x Points Platinum and Diamond Appreciation Day, I will link them below.

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Sephora Sample Bag 2020 Promo Codes

Whenever a 2020 Sephora Sample Bag gets released, I will list the Sephora 2020 Sample Bag promo code below. Most sample bags repeat around the same time each year, so looking at the Sephora 2019 Sample Bags is the best way to see when they might repeat in 2020. Whenever a sample bag corresponds with a specific event, I will also link that 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.

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Ulta Beauty Breaks 2020

The Ulta Beauty Breaks for 2020 are covered here. Ulta released 69 Beauty Breaks in 2019. View that article to see when they released or what they were if you are trying to predict the next release for a similar period in 2020. That brought us to an average of 1.33 a week. I do not know what the Beauty Breaks are in advance, so this article is only for tracking. Subscribe to Ulta emails to make sure you get notified directly. Beauty Breaks get posted in reverse chronological order. Look at the date and time before trying it, because it will not work if the offer expired. Add the Beauty Break to your cart along with a qualifying purchase, and the cost should drop to zero. Popular Beauty Breaks are known to run out of inventory before the window expires.

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New Decade New You Giveaway

Okay, you don’t actually have to reinvent yourself to enter this giveaway. Entry is as easy as always. I change decades when the decades change, so I thought it would be fun to enter the new year with a positive attitude. I’ve gathered some things I’d like to give one lucky winner as a New Year’s present from me. My items are 111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask ($32), which is the last one, Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Day Cream Camellia & Geranium Blossom ($49), Moroccan Gold Series Leave-In Mask ($39), MakeUp Eraser in Original Pink ($20), and colourpop flexitarian super shock highlighter ($8). Click the links to see how I came by each one. I just got the highlighter in December, but I did not write an article.

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Birchbox The Heat Protection Hair Kit Review

My Birchbox The Heat Protection Hair Kit Review is ready. I purchased this when it was 50% off, and it is currently only 20% off. While I wish I could have gotten this up when it was still 50% off, I figure Birchbox will eventually lower it again. Birchbox puts out a lot of high-quality Discovery Kits. These are smaller versions of the Limited Edition Boxes and typically come in a clear TSA approved travel bag. A discovery kit is a themed bag with multiple brands curated by Birchbox. Some discovery kits, particularly the ones with all samples, are not worth purchasing. Of course, I usually buy them for hard to get items I really want to try or already love. As long as the value of the items I am keeping exceeds the amount I am paying, I will usually purchase the kit. Others are more than worth it.

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Birchbox The Hair Detox Kit 2.0 Review

My Birchbox The Hair Detox Kit 2.0 Review is ready. I purchased this when it was 50% off, and it is currently only 20% off. While I wish I could have gotten this up when it was still 50% off, I figure Birchbox will eventually lower it again. Birchbox puts out a lot of high-quality Discovery Kits. These are smaller versions of the Limited Edition Boxes and typically come in a clear TSA approved travel bag. A discovery kit is a themed bag with multiple brands curated by Birchbox. Some discovery kits, particularly the ones with all samples, are not worth purchasing. Of course, I usually buy them for hard to get items I really want to try or already love. As long as the value of the items I am keeping exceeds the amount I am paying, I will usually purchase the kit. Others are more than worth it.

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2020 Sephora Point Perks 50, 100, 250, 500, and 600

Many of the 2020 Sephora Point Perks drop in the Rewards Bazaar at the beginning of the month. They are getting released at other times though. This article covers the 50, 100, 250, 500, and 600 Point Perks. I do cover all the large point perks in another article. It always sends at least one email a month, on the first Friday. This article will cover the perks Sephora chooses to spotlight in those emails. While I may at times find ones Sephora did not email and post them below, I do not do that often. That means this is not a complete listing of all offers.

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Ulta Beauty Stars New Year Newness 2020 5x Points

A 2020 Ulta Beauty Stars New Year Newness Event starts today, Friday, January 3rd and runs through Monday, January 6th. The event is only available to select rewards members. I received the offer on my Diamond account, but only one of my sons received the offer on their Bronze accounts. Anyone who received the offer will receive 5x points with the purchase of any 159 products featured in the event. This is the first Beauty Stars Event of 2020. We ended with nine events in 2019.

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Exclusive 2020 Sephora Beauty Insider Sales, Deals, GWP, Promo Codes, and Promotions

I will cover the Exclusive 2020 Sephora Beauty Insider Sales, Deals, GWP, Promo Codes, and Promotions in this article. Because there are so many, I am only covering the the best offers of the year. 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 Sephora 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.

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What’s Coming to the Sephora Rewards Bazaar in 2020

New 2020 Sephora Point Perks get released in the Rewards Bazaar every Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-5pm PST. The most common release is right at 9am, so arriving at 9am on a drop date will yield the best chance of grabbing your desired perk. Sephora emails a list of upcoming perks for some of the bigger items arriving in the Rewards Bazaar within that month. It always sends at least one email a month, but they usually arrive near the 5th and the 20th on months where it sends two. This article will cover the perks Sephora chooses to spotlight in those emails. While I may at times find ones Sephora did not email and post them below, I do not do that often. That means this is not a complete listing of all offers.

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Ulta Beauty Platinum Perks – 2020 Member Rewards Offers

All Ulta Beauty Platinum Reward Perks for 2020 will get tracked here. These are special offers that are only available for UltaMate Rewards Platinum and Diamond members. Any offer open to all members is only mentioned in the Ulta 2020 Bronze Perks article. Offers open to only Diamond members are tracked in the Ulta 2020 Diamond 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.

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2020 Ulta Beauty Bag Offers and Free Gifts With Purchase (GWP)

Whenever I see a 2020 Ulta Beauty Bag or Ulta GWP in 2020 available to all member levels, I will track it below. Most of these bags get listed in the general GWP section. An exception to that is affiliate bags, which have become so rare I’ve decided not to track them separately anymore (but will mix them in here). Because there are different types of bags, I must track them separately. Ulta Beauty Collection Beauty BagsDiamond Perk Beauty Bags (available to Diamond members), Platinum Perk Beauty Bags (available to Platinum and Diamond members), Friday Summer Treats, Skinfatuation Offers, and Beauty Breaks (4-6 hour offers) are not listed below. Click on the links to see their respective bags.

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Best in Beauty 2019 – Top 10 Products

It’s time for the Best in Beauty for 2019! Part of the reason we try new things is the thrill of the hunt. We all want to discover a holy grail or made for me product and are willing to gamble on the unknown. At times, the risk pays off, and we find things worth talking about. Those are the items we want to shout about from the rooftops. Deal shoppers do not always try things the moment they release, because we like to read reviews and wait for sales. The items on this list were not necessarily released in 2019. I did not discover their greatness until 2019 though. This is a list of the 10 best products I tried for the first time this year. While it is amazing when we find drugstore items that perform as well as high-end ones, and I sample products from low-end to luxury with that goal in mind, this list is only indicative of the best products (not the best in their price range).

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Worst in Beauty 2019 – Bottom 10 Products

It’s time for the worst in Beauty for 2019. Few things suck worse than spending hard-earned money on an awful product. Whether low-end, mid-range, high-end, or luxury, any money spent is a bad deal when the product is terrible. I really could call this article the 10 Worst Beauty Deals of 2019. The more you spend the more disappointed you are when there is no return on your investment. It is also the reason we are more forgiving when drugstore products let us down but feel more disappointed when a high-end product is a bust. This is why high-end and luxury products make these lists more than drugstore items. Some are just not a fit, but others are universally bad. Okay, nothing is universally good or bad, but some products come close. Of all the products I tried this year, I selected my ten least favorite. I limited the list to products I tried for the first time this year. Deal shoppers do not always try things the moment they release, so these things did not all launch in 2019.

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FabuFinds: The Best Finished Products Fall 2019

After I review my Empty Products, I take extra time to go over the standouts. It is a round-up for the best of the best. Only products that seem like they’re made for me make FabuFind status, so there are a lot of items I love that never make it. These are items I would repurchase, even without a deal. Items I am loving but cannot finish any time soon make it into my Core Collection (favorites). To eventually spotlight all FabuFinds, I will never repeat items already mentioned in a past article. That does not mean they lost their magic. An item not spotlighted in a past Empties article may get promoted as I try it more and fall deeper in love. If something gets demoted from FabuFind status (formula changes, skin changes, finding something better, etc), I will note the change in the original article I mentioned it in. There are four products I consider FabuFinds in my Fall 2019 Empties that I have not discussed yet.

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Empties: Finished Product Reviews Fall 2019

It’s time to review my empty products from Fall 2019. By the time I’ve finished something, I know exactly how I feel about it, so I prefer reviews of empties to first impressions. For items I neither love nor hate, I am always willing to try them again, but I will not seek them out. This generally means I will only try them again if they are: free, on sale, or in a set (sets are a great way to get a deal as long as the value of the items you want to try exceed the cost you are paying). The pH of products I’ve tested this season are below. Visit the pH article for info on how I test and a list of everything I’ve tested.

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Ulta Beauty Diamond Perks – 2020 Member Rewards Offers

All Ulta Beauty Diamond Reward Perks for 2020 will get tracked here. These are special offers that are only available for UltaMate Rewards Diamond members. Offers open to all levels are only mentioned in the Bronze Perks article. 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.

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