I track all Ulta offers, and this article will cover all 5x Points offers for specific brands, products, and services for 2017. There will be a separate article for 5x points on anything offers (and I will link it here after I see the first universal offer of 2017). As soon as I see specific 5x points offers, I will update this article. It could be a large post by the end of the year depending on how generous Ulta is. Most 5x points offers are targeted and must be activated. You can activate the offer directly from the email Ulta sends.
If you are having issues with email, check the Rewards section in your Account. There are times when offers you did not receive emails on are sitting in your account waiting for activation. Contact Ulta if you are an active shopper who got skipped for more than five offers in a row. This could signify a problem on your account. I’ve never been excluded from more than 3-4 in a row. Offers that are available for everyone still need activation (through email, the main Ulta page, or your account section). Unless otherwise specified, all offers below are targeted. You will not get the point multiplier unless you received the offer.
Nothing beats completely free offers. Sometimes, there really is no catch to obtaining free items. You just have to know where to look and how to find them. Welcome to the sixth installment of items I’ve received for free. Past free sample articles feature different freebies. The offers at times come in emails. Sometimes, you will see them on a blog or the direct brand’s website. Other times, you can find free offers on social media or even through snail mail. My Free Samples Page provides more information on sample opportunities. Offers can at times come by phone, but I never answer numbers I do not recognize. I will miss out on any that come that way.
I started wearing makeup when I was 13. My Dad never bought it for me, so I only purchased drugstore brands or used whatever items I borrowed from my older sisters. Though I remember liking certain items, I do not remember loving anything. One day at age 17 while strolling through Dillard’s with my boyfriend (now husband), I came across the Lancome counter. It was having one of the infamous GWP sales. We’ve all seen them. They’re the ones that give you 6-8 items worth over $100 for purchases as low as $35. After my first purchase, I fell in love with the brand.
This was 1997, and it was my introduction to mid-range, department store makeup. I found Definicils, which is still my favorite. Poeme and Tresor were scents I could actually wear. Most scents still make me light-headed, but I found both of those rather pleasant. Dual Finish taught me that being shine free in the middle of a Vegas summer is possible. Prior to that, I thought the opposite. At the end of the day BiFacil took everything off like a dream. Everything was magic. Although I took a healthy break from wearing makeup, I returned to investing in my first love once I starting purchasing makeup again in 2013.
I love many brands under the L’Oreal umbrella, so I jumped at the chance to join The L’Oreal Consumer Testing Panel. Panel members have the opportunity to test L’Oreal products for free. Short qualification surveys determine eligibility in a program. If selected for a panel, follow the step by step directions to see it to completion. In addition to receiving testing products for free, you will receive compensation upon completion. Compensation varies based on the study you participate in. It can range from very little value for lower end studies to hundreds of dollars worth of products for higher end studies.
I log in to the portal around 3-4 times a week. You can log in less often or every day if you’d like. Some days there are no surveys on my dashboard. If I see any surveys, I will attempt them. Qualification surveys usually take about two minutes. They’re looking for a a small number from specific groups of people, so the sooner you fill out the survey the better the chance you will grab a spot. People on the East Coast actually have a bit of an advantage, because the facility in New Jersey posts studies early. By the time I get up and try to qualify, my group has mostly been filled. That does not mean it is impossible for us West Coast beauty lovers to qualify.
Every month, I review my empty products. If you missed this month’s empties, you can find them here. Some products are obviously miserable, and I do not want to think about them again. Others are so wonderful and seem like they’re made just for me. Those are FabuFinds, and I generally like to 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.
Of everything I used in February 2015, there were only three I consider FabuFinds. Two already exist in my stash, and the other one will once I’ve used the samples I own of it. Three is one less than last month, but finding products that are just right for you is a task. If you find even one a month, it makes your never-ending quest to find them worth it.
It’s the beginning of the month. That means it is time to review empties. Okay, these empties are from February, but I will eventually get caught up and have more timely reviews. This was actually a rough month for me, so looking over the items that got me through it is actually a little weirdly satisfying. Have you tried any of these items? What are your thoughts on them?
I will give you a mini review on each item. I’ll tell you the items I love and will repurchase. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Lastly, I will present the items that are not for me. Generally, I will not use these any more in the future. If they’re really awful to me, I always hope I can find someone else who may actually like them. Thus, I will try to find someone to give duplicates to. For the items that I really love, I will do a separate product spotlight on them at some point to discuss them in more detail.
How do I get the best deal? This is a question I see often. Sometimes it is directed toward specific retailers. Other times it is more of a general probing. Let’s face it. Getting the best deal can be a lot of work. Have you ever been so proud of yourself for doing your research and locking down an incredible deal only to find out you did not get the best deal available? You are not alone. This has happened to me, too. We live and we learn from overpaying. Then, we get more savvy in the future. There are the tricks everyone knows. Subscribe to the retailer’s updates. Do Google searches for promo codes. Use ebates, ShopatHome, Mrrebates, or TopCashBack to get a percentage back on what you order. Of course, you can always visit sites like this one that try to list all known deals in one place. What are you missing though? Can you do anything else?
Nothing beats completely free offers. Sometimes, there really is no catch to obtaining free items. You just have to know where to look and how to find them. Welcome to the second installment of items I’ve received for free. Other free sample articles will feature different freebies, like Volume One Did. If you have not already read volume one, you can see the free items I received here. My Free Samples Page provides more information on sample opportunities.
The offers at times come in emails. Sometimes, you will see them on a blog or the direct brand’s website. Other times, you can find free offers on social media or even through snail mail. Offers can at times come by phone, but I never answer numbers I do not recognize. I will miss out on any that come that way.
I love collecting beauty products. For some reason, I seem to get mascara from everywhere. Despite giving them away, I still always seem to have 40-50 on hand. A lot may be thinking that would be a great problem to have. The problem is mascara does not last forever. If I do not eventually use them, they will go bad before they ever see the light of day. My last mascara, Too Faced Better than Sex, was tossed weeks ago. I have not used one since. It is time to open another one, so I can actually use some of this amazing mascara stash of mine.
Most of my mascaras are minis, which I prefer. I throw them away as suggested right around the three month mark. Even in mini size, I have never used one completely up by then. The full sized ones, with the exception of my precious (Definicils) came in kits, subscription boxes or for my birthday (CK One from Ulta). Why on earth would I buy Definicils despite having so many mascaras? It is my all time favorite mascara, so I pick it up at times when I need something to grab for a Lancome GWP. We all know Lancome is one of the three GWP kings. I will touch back on that in a different article (and link it here once I’ve written it). Now, let’s get back to the topic at hand, Mascara!
My hands are not the best, so I have a love/hate relationship with nail polish. On the one hand (sorry that I could not help the pun), unkempt hands get ignored. That way, no one notices them. At the same time, all hands look better with a nice manicure and a little polish. Yes, more people will notice them, but at least they will look as good as they can. So, I invite all of you on my journey to keep my rough, man-hands polished as much as possible. I’ve joined a nail polish challenge and plan to paint my nails at least once a week for the remainder of 2015.
Nail polish Saturday will be my new “thing.” I started collecting nail polish in May 2013. Prior to that, I only owned a couple of older bottles that I tossed when my new collection started. That means my current collection is all less than two years old with some being very near the two year mark and others that just arrived today. My newest haul from Julep just came in with two polishes and a plush pout. Of course, I will always swatch new items for you.
I can only think of one person who claims not to like samples. Said person gladly accepts ones I give him that he wants to try though. He will not accept any he’s never heard of or is not interested in trying, so a better way to word it is, he does not want to sample anything he has not first researched. There are people who feel the same way. What would you think if I told you not only can you research an item, but you can contact the company for a completely free sample. I am not referring to a gift with purchase, but I actually mean a free sample. You do not even pay for shipping.
People will tell you that there is no such thing as free, but that is not always true. My Free Samples Page provides more information on sample opportunities. Sometimes companies want test subjects to sample products and review them. It helps with product studies as well as free word of mouth advertising based on how many people see the review. Some of you may have already seen the article I wrote on the free Dr. Dennis Gross item I received for review purposes. Continue reading →