Category Archives: Sephora Collection

Sephora Holy Sheet

See all 2019 Sephora Promotions, Sales, GWP, Deals, Promo Codes, and Events.


The Holy Sheet set temporarily popped back up on 11/24/18 and 11/28/18, but it disappeared before I could check out with it. Sephora usually releases a Holy Sheet set twice a year. If you are reading this around the months I mention below, get ready for the next release. This is like a Sephora Favorites set that includes mostly sheet masks from the Sephora Collection. The first set usually comes out at the end of May and the second usually releases at the end of October. Unless you remember to check around those times, you will probably miss it. Before 2018, I had never received an email on it from Sephora that I can recall. That is probably because the set only lasts for a few days or less each time it releases. I can only remember only year where it restocked after getting released (before this one). It also usually releases after the Employee Appreciation Sale and before Rouge members shop the Holiday Bonus with a discount in November. That means getting it with a discount is highly unlikely. Granted, it also retails for $48 and has around $98 in value, so it is already a great deal.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Do You Need a Color Switch or Will a Dupe Work as a Dry Brush Cleaner? My Test and Review of Four, including a DIY Dollar Tree Project

If you are trying to decide whether you want to invest in a dry brush cleaner, Color Switch, or purchase a hair donut instead, I am here to help. Whether your brush collection is small or you have some brushes you love that you use for multiple colors, a dry brush cleaner can help. It is mostly commonly called a color switch, because the most popular one from Sephora and Vera Mona includes that in the title. Just like some will ask for a Kleenex when they want a tissue, some will ask for a color switch when they want a dry brush cleaner. They are also really helpful for people who swatch products using brushes. Let me know below if you want my reasoning for why brush swatching is usually wasteful and unnecessary. A color switch removes powder products from your brushes without any liquid. Yes, you can use a dry brush cleaner on cream products, but it will not remove as much product and will have you washing your dry brush cleaner more often.

Continue reading

Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Review 2018

See all 2019 Sephora Promotions, Sales, GWP, Deals, Promo Codes, and Events.


The Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Kit was marked down to $47 on 11/21/18. I thought this was a great deal at $68, so I think it is a steal at the new price. After the somewhat disappointing Superstars Kit and the lackluster Superstars Everyday Must Haves Kit, my expectations for the Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip were low. Thankfully, this exceeds my expectations, because I think this is a pretty good set. I have no problem paying the full $68 asking price, so I placed an online order today. In the past, I would have shied away from a set with so many non-traditional bullet lipsticks, but I am trying to broaden my horizons and try new things. At some point, I will write a comprehensive article on the liquid lipsticks I’ve tried and go over my results for which one is best for dry lips. Until then, I will keep exploring.

Continue reading

Sephora Favorites 2018 Superstars Kit Review

See the grab or pass on the Sephora Favorites Superstars Everyday Must Haves, and all 2019 Sephora Promotions, Sales, GWP, Deals, Promo Codes, and Events.


This 2018 Sephora Favorites Kit came back in stock temporarily (after I reviewed it), but it returned to its original $80 price tag. I went over the reasons I would not purchase the 2018 Sephora Favorites Superstars Kit at full-price in a grab or pass article. The main reason was the original price of $80 was too high for mostly samples that Sephora has given out many times. Of the $85.50 in full-size products, none of the items really grabbed my attention. I already owned two of them and the other two were things I would not usually purchase, especially at full-price. All of the samples already existed in my collection, and I did not need duplicates of any of them. My decision in that article was I would purchase the kit if it dipped to $40. At that price, I could justify grabbing the two items I did not already own and keeping some duplicates of the products I really love and would actually need. Days after posting that article, Sephora discounted the set to $40 in its Labor Day Sale. To make sure I could not pass this deal up, Sephora allowed me to use my Rouge discount code from the Beauty Insider Appreciation Event for an extra 20% off bringing the final sales price to $32.

Continue reading

Sephora Free Face Mask Friday With a Pantone Moisture Meter Hydration Reading, but How Does My Personal Oasis h2o+ Beauty Moisture Meter AKA MiLi Pure Skin Moisture Analyzer for Smart Phones Compare

See all 2019 Sephora Promotions, Sales, GWP, Deals, Promo Codes, and Events.


The Sephora free face mask Friday is only available today, 01/26/18. If you are reading this any other day, the offer is gone, but scroll down for information on the skin moisture meters. Sephora has a free face mask event today. It is for a Sephora sheet mask, which retails for $6. There is no purchase required to redeem it, but you must go a Sephora store and have a Moisture Meter hydration reading to receive it. This is available at SiJCP and freestanding Sephora stores until closing. Sephora has pushed us to get us into to the stores to try out their new moisture meters all month, and this offer finally got me to go.

Continue reading

Sephora Rouge Renewal Gift for 2017 is a Mini Sephora Collection Pro Flawless Airbrush Brush in 56.5

See the 2018 Sephora Rouge Qualification Gift.

The 2017 Sephora Rouge Qualification gift has officially been announced. If you are close to renewing and have questions about redemption, I go over that in my Rouge Qualification article. You can call customer service if for any reason your gift is not listed in your Beauty Insider rewards and you cannot add the product through a direct link. Those picking up the gift in-store can give their email address or rewards card to verify eligibility. They will allow you to pick up the 2016 gift (even if you’ve qualified for the 2017 gift) if it is still available. Only one gift is available per year, so selecting the 2016 gift will disqualify you from also receiving the 2017 gift. Make sure anyone picking this up on your behalf knows your email address.

Continue reading

Sephora VIB Rouge 20% Off Sale and In-Store Holiday Bag GWP

See recent articles on Sephora Sale items.

The Sephora VIB Rouge 20% off sale started today. I’ve covered the info needed to shop this sale. If any of you are considering a trip to the store for the free bag with any purchase, I can confirm it is the same thin bag offered since 2014. Sephora calls this a shopping bag, but it is thicker than the average shopper bag. However, it is much thinner than the average reusable shopping bag. This free bag has not been available online since 2014. It is prettier than the design from last year. Like the Sample Clutch and the Mystery Sample Bag, this bag has gemstones. Unless a trip to the store is convenient for you, the bag alone is probably not worth the trip. It rips easily, but I do like these bags to store my empties. They stand upright and rarely fall over. By picking one up this year, I will have another back-up when my current one inevitably rips.

Continue reading

Nail Polish Restoration

I do not believe in nail polish expiration dates. Microbes typically cannot survive in polish, and the period after opening number on some nail polish bottles is merely a formality. They are there for governments or consumers who like them. Surely there are exceptions, but polishes that are well taken care of generally last a long time. Store them away from heat and light, and make sure you close them as tightly as possible after each use. Keeping air from penetrating the bottles is key. Bottles that are not tightly closed will go bad quickly, even if they’re brand new. Over time, some polishes break down faster than others. The brands I am mentioning in this article are guilty of this. Before tossing polish, it is always a good idea to attempt restoration. If your polish is so hard that you cannot pull the brush out, restoration gets a lot more difficult. Tossing those is probably best, although not necessary.

Continue reading

Sephora Employee Appreciation 20% Off Sale October 23rd Through October 30th 2016 and a Private Shopping Event

See recent articles on Sephora Sale items.

The employee appreciation sale took place from October 14th-21st in 2017. I did not write an article, but I did partake.

Sephora Employee Appreciation, also known as the Friends and Family Sale, has returned for 2016. It will run from Sunday, October 23rd through Sunday, October 30th. Employees give unique 20% off discount codes to friends and family. These discount codes are on a postcard, which can get gifted in person or mailed. Emails were available again this year, but the emails were not sent out until the first morning of the sale. A lot of companies include all customers in friends and family sales. These codes from Sephora are for legitimate friends and family. A good sales associate can make a customer feel like a friend. If you never hang out away from Sephora, odds are you’re not friends. They only get a limited amount of post cards, so please do not be offended if they do not offer one to you.

There is a private event for anyone who receives a postcard from 7pm-9pm on the 23rd. This is usually a two-week sale, but it’s only eight days this year. That explains why Sephora abandoned the mid-October start it usually does. The VIB Rouge and VIB 20% off sale dates have been officially announced. Like last year, each tier has four days to shop the 20% off sale.

Continue reading

Monthly Manicure Reviews Featuring Nail Polishes: Zoya Zuza, Ulta Baby Doll, and Julep Leo

My beautiful niece, who passed away on 02/18/15, would have been 10 today. Although it is nowhere near as substantial as anything she used to write, I dedicate this article to Sammy. I love and miss you more than I can ever express. If your Mom lived closer, I’d give her a great big hug today.

My nail polish collection is large, and thanks to my Julep Maven subscription, I keep adding to it. That means Julep polishes represent my biggest percentage, but I own a lot of brands. Once a month, I will share all of my monthly manicures listing the polishes I used, how many coats of each I used, and how long each lasted. This should give me a great opportunity to use my polishes more often and actually review them. Since my polish collection keeps growing rapidly, I am not going to list them all in one place. Swatches and descriptions of every polish I own go into an article listing all polishes in the same color family. Typing the name of the polish you want to see in the search bar will pull up its respective article if I own it. If you have any requests on polishes I own that you want reviewed, please list them in the comments. As long as the polish you want reviewed is close to the color or finish I am looking for when I paint, I will consider it.

Continue reading

Sephora End of Summer Sale With Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter and a Lot More

See recent articles on Sephora Sale items.

The Sale Section at Sephora blew up last week and keeps releasing loads of new goodies. Sephora is having an End of Summer Sale to make room for fall. New items from tarte, Urban Decay, Philosophy, Make Up For Ever, First Aid Beauty, Supergoop!, Ren, St. Tropez, Buxom, Lavanilla, bareMinerals, Josie Maran, Ole Henriksen, Sephora Collection, Stila, Formula X, Boscia, Ciate London, Korres, Algenist, Nest, Peter Thomas Roth, Butter London, Karuna, Julep, Jinsoon, and more are available. Although it is always a good idea to check the Sale Section as seasons change over, it is actually a good idea to check everyday over the next few weeks. I am seeing new items almost every day since I first reported about the sale on the 22nd.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

Sephora TROPICAL

Sephora is getting into the Olympic spirit with its current promotion. It picked five samples for its Summertime Shake-Up it considers as good as gold. The first two did not make the medal round, because only three of the five samples were still available by the time I received the email. Thankfully, the missing two were the Coola and the Atelier, both of which I already own. I guess only three can get medals anyway. By the time I received my order, the tarte was out-of-stock, so I guess it gets the gold. I have a feeling the item I selected will get the bronze, which works out perfectly for a bronzy summer. Use code TROPICAL to redeem one of the two remaining samples: a 0.6oz Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream or a 0.15oz Culture Scent and Shine Coconut Oil with a $25 purchase.

Continue reading

FabuFinds June 2016

Every month, I review my Empty Products. Some products are not worth thinking about once the month is over. Others are wonderful and seem like they’re made for me. Those are FabuFinds, and I generally devote a little more time to discussing them. They are items I have repurchased and will continue to repurchase even at full price if I could not find a good promo code. Items I love but cannot finish make it into Deal Discoveries.

To eventually spotlight all of my FabuFinds, I will never repeat items already mentioned in a past article. That does not mean they lost their magic. It is also possible an item not spotlighted in a past Empties article may get promoted as I try it more and fall deeper in love. Other times, it is because I had a lot of FabuFinds in a previous month and decided to condense the article. There are two products I consider FabuFinds in my June Empties that I have not discussed yet.

Continue reading

Core Collection June 2016 Deal Discoveries

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

There are so many products I fall in love with but will take a while to finish. Instead of waiting until I can mention them in a FabuFinds article (for Emptied Products) or waiting to see if they make the Top 10 of the Year, I want to go over items from my Core Collection. These are items I consider great deals (even at full-price, although I will still try to get them with a deal). If I ever finish them, I will probably replace ones that do not already have back-ups. Sometimes, they are items I’ve had for a while and just tried or items I tried in the past but love more upon rediscovery. Occasionally, I purchase items I love that do not fit into an article other than this one. When I try something from a recent acquisition where I wrote an article, I will always edit a mini review into the original article (love, hate, or anything in between). A single product review in the original article will not always depict how much I love it compared with other items I tried that month. This lists my Deal Discoveries from June 2016 that I am not even close to finishing.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

Sephora Sale on Sale

See recent articles on Sephora Sale items.

Every year from Christmas Day through New Year’s Day, Sephora offers 20% off everything in the sales section. Accessing the sale on sale requires a promo code, so you will not get any freebies with the order (other than the standard 3 samples in the checkout section). The promo code usually changes from year to year, but it is multi-use. Shop the sales section as often as you want during the week. This year, the promo code is EXTRA20. Rouge clients were able to get access to the sale early using the code ROUGE20. It opened around 9:30pm PST on 12/22/15 for Rouge clients and 9:15pm PST on 12/24/15 for everyone else. Last year, the sale opened for Rouge very early on the 21st, so we had almost two days less advance access this year. We still got two full days to shop before it opened to everyone.

Continue reading

Sephora + Hakuho-do Brushes Buy One Get One Free and VIBFACIAL

See 2018 VIB Promotions.

Sephora and hakuho-do collaborated to create a revolutionary line of brushes from the Sephora Pro team and traditional Japanese craftsmen. These stunning red, black, and white brushes caught my eye immediately. I usually avoid white bristled brushes, because they can look dirty even after they’re cleaned. The craftsman at hakuho-do create stunning works of art. All of the brushes from this collection are synthetic, which helps make them a lot cheaper than traditional hakuho-do brushes that use natural hair. The collaboration makes them more expensive than brushes in the Sephora Pro collection.

Continue reading

Sephora Employee Appreciation Sale 101515-102815

See recent articles on Sephora Sale items.

The 2016 Employee Appreciation Sale.

There is a two-week period each year where Sephora employees get to send unique 20% discount codes to friends and family. It almost always starts in mid October. This is a real friends and family code meaning recipients are personally selected by an employee to get one. While some people may ask employees who are not friends or family members for codes, many will be unsuccessful. Some employees may offer theirs to strangers and customers they like where others will stick to the original reason for the code, friends and family. We all want to believe that our favorite rep is our friend, but unless the rep offers a code, the relationship is probably not a friendship. A good salesperson can make you feel like a friend though.

I was pleasantly surprised last year when a wonderful Sephora employee asked me to give her my email, so she could send me a unique discount code for 20% off. She’s pretty awesome, but that was above and beyond. Imagine my surprise when I got an email from a different incredible employee this year. Sephora employees usually go above and beyond, but this particular one is incredible. In case she happens upon this post, I will thank her here in addition to the message I already sent. Thanks! If you have not received a code yet, there is still time. The sale ends on the 28th. Assuming you are a VIB or higher, the VIB discount sale will also be coming shortly (probably around the 4th for Rouge and the 5th for VIB), so another 20% discount is coming.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading