The Sephora 2019 Holiday Hooray starts for Rouge members, tomorrow December 4th. VIB and Beauty Insider members start on December 5th. All members can redeem the promo code in-store or online by December 17th. Rouge members get $25 off a $75 purchase, VIB members get $20 off a $75 purchase, and Beauty Insider members get $15 off a $75 purchase. This is the same format as 2018, but you can view this article for a history on this promotion.
The year flew by, and I know a lot of us are already preparing for Christmas. I’ve gathered some things I’d like to give one lucky winner as a Christmas present from me. My items are 111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask ($32), which I still have one more of for the next giveaway, 1.7oz Kate Somerville Exfolikate ($75), drybar Prep Rally Prime & Prep Detangler ($23), and Sephora Collection Coconut Hand Balm ($5). Click the links to see how I came by each one. I have not written the article for the FabFitFun Winter 2019 Box yet, but that is where I got the drybar item.
Sephora offers some amazing deals around Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. The Black Friday preview is up on the app, so I decided it is time to start the Sephora article to track all of them. 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.
Sephora dropped a lot of favorites into the sale section today. I’m here to bring you my Sephora Favorites 2019 Give Me More Lip review. As these are among my favorite purchases all year, I also want to quickly go over the others. Which ones are worth it? Some are worth it even at full price, so the discount only sweetens the deal. Others need to get discounted further before I think they’re worth it. I like when the kits are a mixture of full-size and sample products. My limit when they are all samples is $45, which prices me out of some kits.
I want to offer my 2019 Sephora Favorites Superstars Review, A 2019 Holiday Bonus Sale Recommendation review, because the Sephora 2019 Fall Bonus Sale runs through the 11th. This is something worthy of adding to your shopping list. After some disappointing Sephora Favorites pricing (like the 2019 Sun Safety Kit), I feel this one is priced well. Getting it on sale only adds to the deal. Sephora Favorites are one of my favorite things to purchase whenever there is a mix of full-size and sample products. My limit when they are all samples is $45, which prices me out of some kits. This one comes in under $45 and has two full-size products.
The Fall 2019 Sephora Holiday Bonus Sale runs November 1st through November 11th. I’m here to bring you some sheet mask set reviews worth purchasing. They are Penguins in Paradise, Where is the Penguin, and Frosted Party Skincare Surprise, which are all sets from the Sephora Collection. Holy Sheet was reviewed separately, but I definitely recommend that one as well. After some disappointing Sephora Favorites pricing (like the 2019 Sun Safety Kit), I feel these are priced well. Getting it on sale only adds to the deal. Sheet masks are one of my favorite indulgences, but I still rarely purchase them individually at full-price. Whenever I can get them in a set or on sale, it is something I cannot pass up.
I want to offer my 2019 Sephora Favorites The Next Big Thing review, because the Sephora 2019 Fall Bonus Sale is just around the corner. This is something worthy of adding to your shopping list. After some disappointing Sephora Favorites pricing (like the 2019 Sun Safety Kit), I feel this one is priced well. Getting it on sale only adds to the deal. Sephora Favorites are one of my favorite things to purchase whenever there is a mix of full-size and sample products. My limit when they are all samples is $45, which prices me out of some kits. This one comes in under $45 and has two full-size products.
The Fall 2019 Sephora VIB sale, AKA the Sephora 2019 Holiday bonus runs from November 1st through November 11th. If you need some ideas on what to buy, my sale recommendations are below. Sephora introduced a new format this year. For the first time ever (in the holiday sale), Rouge members get 20% off, VIB members get 15% off, and Beauty Insider members get 10% off. In recent years, VIB and Rouge members shared the same discount. Beauty Insider members got 15% off. This means VIB and Beauty Insider members each see a 5% reduction.
Sephora’s Holy Sheet is one of the sets I look forward to most each year. This year, it is the Sephora Collection Holy Sheet Mask & Self Care Set. It incorporates more types of products. The set gets released every May and October or November. While sheet masks are always the star of the set, we get more types of products with every new set that comes out. That is not necessarily a bad thing, because as much as I love sheet masks, I look forward to seeing what new items we’ll get to try when a new set comes out. I’ve also reviewed some other Sephora Collection Sheet Mask Sets.
There is another Sephora Beauty Insider Sweeps running from September 26th through October 5th. This one gives away $25,000 a day for 10 days. Each of the 10 winners will be drawn and notified on October 6th. Even though I did not win anything with the last promotion, I am taking my chances again. Paying 150 points for a chance to win $25,000 does seem like a lot, especially given that 200-300 points entered you for a million dollar prize in the last game. I guess I am a glutton for punishment, unless I actually win something.
This is my Play! by Sephora Fall Must-Haves PLAY! Box review. Sephora is offering it for free with a $50 purchase using code MYPLAY. The photo of the promotion is exactly what I received, so I am guessing others will get the same box as well. It is Box 2198125 (F) is from April 2019, Winning Beauty. If you are considering subscribing to the Sephora Play Box, you can see my synopsis of a year of Play! Boxes or look at the monthly boxes individually. I review those differently than I am reviewing this single box.
The Sephora Beauty Insider Shelter from the Storm Umbrella is available in select stores. My review (below) comes sans rain, because we do not get a lot here. Sephora makes sturdy umbrellas, and the one I received nearly four years ago is still in great shape. Click on that link to see the same awesome model is now four years older in the photos below. Why do I need a new umbrella when the one I already have is in great shape? It was commandeered by my husband years ago, and he never returned it. Considering I like this one better, I am finally okay with him keeping the other one. There is something very classic looking on an all black umbrella. Add the black and white stripes to the inside, and it just gives it an added touch of something special.
This is my overview and review of the Sephora VIB Rouge private, closed-door event for Holiday Preview. It is the first private event for VIB Rouge members this year and is likely the last if the pattern from last year repeats. The event took place at all Sephora locations on Saturday, September 14th from 8:30am-10am. This event gave Rouge members first access to the holiday launches. Is going worth your time? Every event is different. Some stores provide the bare minimum while others go all out, so no two experiences will be the same. I recommend reading Inside a Sephora VIB Rouge Event for those who have never attended who are trying to decide if this event is worth their time.
Sephora September Daily Deals run from September 1st through September 21st in 2019. This is Sephora’s first ever 21-day event where customers can get daily deals up to 50% off. If this format sounds familiar, it is because Ulta has the same event via the 21 Days of Beauty (see that article as all deals are already out). The dates even perfectly overlap one another. As we can expect with Sephora, we will not know the deals in advance. I will update the article as I see the deals, so it might not get completed until the event is over. This event will take more of a Daily Wow! approach than a 21 Days of Beauty one. Its tagline is oh snap! Up to 50% off today only, which gives me serious Legally Blonde vibes.
When I received the Sephora Beauty Insider Sweeps email stating it was “a chance to win a million,” I thought it was pretty cool. That was until I saw how many points it takes to enter the giveaway. Whenever it costs a lot to enter a promotion, I usually opt out. Yes, the points spent are worth it for the winner, but the losers, and there will be a lot, only help Sephora remove some points from their books. As that would improve Sephora’s balance sheets, it is a no-brainer for Sephora. But, why should us Beauty Insiders dump our hard earned points into a contest where the odds of winning are likely incredibly slim? Of course, we cannot know the odds until all of the entires are tabulated, but Sephora never would have hosted this if it did not expect at least 1 million points to get redeemed. Anything redeemed over that lets them get 100 points off the books for less than $1. Overall, it will make the finance department happy.
Everyone was wondering if Sephora Sale would repeat in August 2019. The first ever Beauty Insider Sale in August took place in 2018. That event was to launch the new Beauty Insider Benefits though. Sephora just announced that the August Beauty Insider Sale, also known as the 2019 Summer Bonus, will repeat this year with one major exclusion. It only includes VIB and Rouge members this year. This likely means it has been officially added to the lineup of events we can expect from Sephora. It also brings the sales we can count on from two to three, which makes it easier to shop more often. One is the Spring Discount, where Rouge members get 20% off, VIB members get 15% off, and Beauty Insiders get 10% off. The other is the Fall Discount, where VIB and Rouge clients get 20% off, and Beauty Insiders get 15% off.
Sephora emailed me a special discount code, “Because It’s Been a While.” I heard Sephora started emailing unique, one time use codes to select members last year, but I had never been the recipient of any. Thus, I chose not to cover the topic. Now that I have received my first offer, I wanted to track the ones I receive here. This will also give me a chance to give away the ones I won’t redeem. The year is more than half over and this is my first offer. That means they are likely infrequent. As such, I will combine 2019 and 2020 into one article.
On May 20th, TeamBIC reached out to see if I would be interested in a Sephora Beauty Insider Community gift. The message said they would be given out on a first come, first served basis. It looks like messages started going out on the 17th, but there were still spots left before the May 22nd deadline. Never one to turn down a free gift (as long as I can share my thoughts on it), I responded. My gift, addressed to a Sephora BIC Super Star, arrived on July 1st. That is the exact two-year anniversary of the new BIC launch from the old Beautytalk, so the timing on the gift delivery was perfect.
I want to offer my 2019 Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Shine Lip Set review, because the Sephora 2019 Spring Bonus Sale opens to VIB Rouge members today. This is something worthy of adding to your shopping list. It took me a while after its release to purchase it. Then, it took me a while to start testing the products. Now that I have tested all of them, I will have more entries for my lip balm article (which keeps getting pushed back as I acquire new products). Many of the Sephora Favorites sets have been misses lately, but this is a definite hit. If you are lucky enough to get one during the sale, grab it. Even if this somehow lasts through the sale and you are reading this, grab it.
My Sephora Jo Malone birthday gift review is ready. This is one of the two VIB and Rouge exclusives for the 2019 Sephora Birthday gifts, and the gift was not introduced until Quarter Two. It is online only, so you will need to place an order to redeem this. The Jo Malone gift replaced the Milk Makeup Gift from Quarter One. Since this gift was not even available during my birth month, I was unable to redeem it. I’m bringing you a review on the product today, because I already own it and want to go over my thoughts for those considering it. 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. Stop by my Birthday Beauty Deals page (if you have a birthday coming soon), because other retailers have offers as well. See my 2019 Sephora Birthday Gift review for Drunk Elephant, Kat Von D, and Milk Makeup.
My Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit 2019 review is ready. I waited until the first day of the Sephora Spring Sale to purchase it. Sephora usually tempts me when it puts out a new Favorites Set. These sets retail for a lot less than the value of the items inside. As long as the items you plan on keeping exceed the value of the price you pay for the set, it is a good deal. This is one of my favorite ways to sample new items, and I like the sets even more when they have some full-sized items inside. While paying for samples is something I do often with subscription boxes, I limit how often I pay for samples in sets.
The mystery of subscription boxes and desire to get things I would never purchase prevails in that case. When a set only has samples and costs over $20, I am less likely to purchase it. Paying for samples is not always a bad thing, especially when sets have items you really want to try, and you have not been able to get them for free or as a GWP.
My tarte Icy Betch eye & cheek palette review is ready. My feeling was tarte would release its Icy Betch palette on April Fool’s Day this year after the blunder last year when it made an April Fool’s joke teasing the stunning blue hues. Consumers, like myself, were extremely interested in the fake palette, so the joke was on tarte. Releasing it a year later than consumers wanted it may not pan out as well as tarte could have hoped. It will face competition from Jeffree Star’s Blue Blood that it could have avoided with a sooner release. Part of me feels the decision to launch the palette before April Fool’s Day (which would have been the perfect release date given last year’s debacle) was to grab some people on the fence with Mr. Star’s $52 palette. At $24, this is a lot more affordable making it an easier purchase decision for someone craving a blue palette.
The Sephora versus Ulta comparison pops up all the time, and people always ask me which one is better. A true beauty product lover can tell you that is a loaded question. There are pros and cons to everything, because nothing is all good or all evil. They have a lot in common, but they have a lot of differences as well. While I understand some shoppers feel an affinity toward their favorite stores and try to reward those stores with their loyalty, my mindset is different. Odds are yours is as well. How do I know you are not blindly loyal to a specific store? If you were, you would probably not finish reading this. You’d already know which store you prefer. Besides, many of you are likely deal shoppers. Deal shoppers, like myself, are loyal to the deal, not a store. If they can get $10 off a product somewhere else, they will.
The Sephora 2019 Summer Bonus dates have been announced.
The 2019 Sephora Spring Bonus Sale is here. Beauty Insider members get 10% off, VIB members get 15% off, and Rouge members get 20% off. Scroll down for the dates and important details for the Sephora 2019 Spring VIB sale. It is open to every tier even though most people call it the VIB sale. Once again, Sephora is calling the discount event the 2019 Sephora Spring Bonus. This is the first time since 2013 that Sephora Spring Sale separated all discounts based on Beauty Insider reward level. Since the launch of the Rouge program, the Sephora Spring discount event always offered VIB and Rouge members the same 15% off discount. Rouge members get 20% off for the first time in the 2019 Sephora Spring Sale.
My Sephora Milk Makeup birthday gift review is ready. This is one of the two VIB and Rouge exclusives for the 2019 Sephora Birthday gifts. It is online only, so you will need to place an order to redeem this. I redeemed this on my account, so this is my official birthday present. 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. Stop by my Birthday Beauty Deals page (if you have a birthday coming soon), because other retailers have offers as well. See my 2019 Sephora Birthday Gift review for Drunk Elephant, Kat Von D, and Jo Malone.
My Sephora Kat Von D birthday gift review is ready. Of all the 2019 Sephora Birthday gifts, the Kat Von D gift is certainly the most controversial. I’ve been a fan of hers for some time and own a lot of products from her line. While I disagree with her immunization stance, I have not boycotted her brand. Since I redeemed the Milk Makeup gift for my birthday present (article coming), I created a Sephora account for my youngest son to bring you this Sephora Kat Von D birthday gift review. 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. Stop by my Birthday Beauty Deals page (if you have a birthday coming soon), because other retailers have offers as well. See my 2019 Sephora Birthday Gift review for Drunk Elephant, Milk Makeup, and Jo Malone.
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.
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.
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.