Category Archives: Disney

A Day at Disneyland and an Evening at Club 33: Trip Report

As a huge Disney fan, my goal is to visit all Disney properties, including: parks, restaurants, hotels, ships, etc. After visiting 1901 Lounge in October of 2013 when a friend invited me in, there was only one place left I had to explore at the Disneyland Resort, Club 33. This is a private member’s only club that has relatively few members (given the total population). Only members and their guests can enjoy the club. Most of us do not know any members, so getting in is that much harder. Although I put my name on the waitlist just before June of 2012 before 1901 Lounge opened, I am still waiting to see if I ever get the call that my spot is ready. If the call comes, we will have to decide if the $25,000 start-up fee and $11,000 in annual dues (assuming the prices do not go up) for a Platinum membership is worth it anyway, so I kind of hope the call does not come! The waitlist closed, so no one can add their names until it opens again. Continue reading

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Completing My Disney Reigning Beauty Mirror Collection and Why I Prefer Shopping Sephora Online

Almost a year after the release, I’ve finally completed my Disney Reining Beauty Mirror Collection. I started with Belle and Snow White the day they launched, 09/15/15. On 10/07/15, I purchased Cinderella. The Elsa and Anna mirror has been available online almost non-stop since the release. Aurora and Ariel proved elusive. My thoughts were I had the three I wanted most, so I would not get any more unless I was able to get them all. We went to Disneyland last weekend (where I purchased another special Disney compact I will share with you in a separate article within the next week). Of course, I visited the Sephora at Downtown Disney, because Disney is my favorite place and Sephora is a close second. That store just seems a little more magical than other Sephora stores, even though it is far from the best I’ve been to.

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Sephora Offers a 20% Discount to Disney Cast Members at Disneyland Downtown Disney on Select Dates

The 20% off discount for friends and family of Sephora takes place in October, and the 20% off for VIB Rouge and VIB clients takes place in November.

My two favorite places combine! Disney is my happiest place on earth and Sephora is a close second. That makes the Sephora at Downtown Disney in Anaheim a super special place. Sephora appreciates Disney cast members, too. They have special cast member days where employees show their Disney ID for 20% off. This event happens more than you’d think. DisneyWorld finally got its own Sephora at Disney Springs in May 2016, but I have not been to DisneyWorld since the store opened. Once I go, I will edit in some pictures from the other coast. It probably has (or will have) similar offers for Disney employees.

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Sephora Flash Your Card Event VIB Rouge, Sephora Collection Disney Minnie Beauty Reflection of Minnie Compact Mirror, and Save $10 on Two Gift Cards Worth $50 or More at Smith’s/Kroger

The Disney Minnie Collection is on sale. See my Disney items to see why I recommend this collection.

This was an open-door Rouge Event. Private, closed-door Rouge Events were canceled after the Points Promotion in August 2015, but they returned in June 2016 to launch new items from the Fall. The last VIB Rouge event took place 09/10/16.

If you’re as disappointed as I am that Sephora canceled the closed-door VIB Rouge events, an employee at my store thinks Sephora is listening to its customers. She said they canceled the events based on feedback and are trying to offer events more often (that ultimately give less per event) for more Rouge clients to partake. Now that some customers are expressing disappointment, they are planning to bring a closed-door event back. Her guess (and she asked me not to quote her) is the event will take place in September. There have never been any closed-door Rouge events in September before, so I’d be curious what promotion the event would be tied to. The points promotion last August included one, but the November VIB sale has not seen an event since 2014.

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Sephora Collection Disney Minnie Beauty Minnie’s Aren’t You Gorgeous Handheld Mirror and the Annual 10% VIB Discount

See 2018 VIB Promotions.

The Disney Minnie Collection is on sale. See my Disney items to see why I recommend this collection.

When Sephora released the Disney Minnie Beauty By Sephora Collection, there were three pieces I needed. I love all things beauty and all things Disney, so limiting what I collect is difficult. The first was the Minnie World in Color Eyeshadow Palette, which I picked up during the Sephora Love Note Sale. This is still available and definitely worth it. There was a 250 point tote bag (which may still be available in stores but is out of stock online) that I also think is worth it. My last piece was harder to pick up, but I finally got it on 05/03/16.

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Sephora Love Note Sale and The Disney Minnie Beauty By Sephora Collection – Bag and Color Eyeshadow Palette

See recent articles on Sephora Sale items.

The Disney Minnie Collection is on sale. See my Disney items to see why I recommend this collection.

The Sephora Love Note Sale, which I still refer to as Chic Week, launched today for Rouge members. It launches tomorrow for VIB and on the 9th for Beauty Insiders. Rouge and VIB clients get 15% off and can shop through the 13th. Beauty Insiders get 10% off and can shop through the 12th. There are a few changes to the program this year. I decided to go into the store today to get the free bag for Rouge clients to kick off the sale. If you like the bag and are not a Rouge member or were unable to get one, this is a 250 point perk anyone can redeem.

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Disney Reigning Beauty Cinderella and Sephora VIBGLOW

See 2018 VIB Promotions.

My Snow White and Belle mirrors are beautiful, so I contemplated buying the other four. When they restocked, I kept telling myself I did not need them all. I really wanted Cinderella though, because she’s classic. After watching Ariel go out of stock, I decided I would purchase Cinderella if she was still available when a good promo code came along. On 10/07/15, someone graciously sent me a message stating the VIBGLOW released a day early. Knowing that code would probably run out of stock quickly, I decided to get the mirror. Stock did run out the same evening. Sephora did send me the official email the next morning after stock returned.

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Disney Collection Belle and Snow White Mirrors at Sephora

The Reigning Beauties mirror collection by Disney was released at Sephora on 09/15/15. Stock has gone in and out since the release, but Sephora is restocking the mirrors. If you have not procured yours yet, be sure to sign up for in stock emails and add the mirror of your choice to your Sephora loves list. From this list, you can periodically check stock as well. There are times when demand is high and stock is low that items are out of stock again by the time your in-stock email reaches you, so I adopt a multi-step approach to increase my odds of getting these limited edition items everyone else wants.

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Disney Makeup on Sale

This was actually a pajama order.  We are huge Disney fans, so most of my boys’ pajamas come from the Disney Store.  I also got a pair of pajama pants of my own.  Although I rock those Minnie Mouse pajama pants, I am writing this to share a different Minnie purchase with you.  Disney actually sells makeup.  As a frequent visitor to the cruise line, the mall stores, and the US parks, I’ve seen the makeup they’ve offered everywhere.  Some of it looks cute while other selections look cheap.

I decided it was finally time to take the plunge into the Disney world of makeup.  It might be fun to combine two of my favorite things, beauty and Disney.  Worst case scenario is I hate the item, but I still have a collectible trinket.  All things Disney are super cute, so I would keep my purchase regardless of the outcome whilst adding it to my Disney collection.  When it comes to makeup, one of my favorite things to collect also seems like the hardest item to ensure quality, eyeshadow.  If you get a lousy lipstick, you can always reapply.  Lousy eyeshadow is much harder to reapply, because once it creases or refuses to blend, it is done.  What better place to start my Disney makeup journey!  Will it end before it really begins or will this be the beginning of a new Disney addiction?

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