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UltaMate Rewards Diamond Life Welcome 2018 Qualification Gift

See the 2019 Ulta Beauty Diamond Welcome gift and all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events.


The Diamond Rewards level officially launched at Ulta on January, 16, 2018. As someone who made a large purchase on January 1st thanks to the incredible Platinum Perks that day, I assure you that every purchase from January 1st going forward counted toward the spend requirement for this year. It just took the system a couple of weeks to get ready. Since this level did not exist in 2017, only those who qualified in 2018 have Diamond status. This means 2017 spend was not taken into account. Though I did see some who spent over $1200 last year mention they received Diamond status after complaining, I chose not to take that route. That means, I spent the first five months of this year in Platinum status. On 06/04/18, I crossed over to Diamond when I surpassed $1200 in spending this year. Ulta was out of welcome boxes, so I only received mine recently.

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Allure Beauty Box January 2018 Subscription Box Review

The rumors were true! When I read that Allure was putting a full-size Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum in the January 2018 box, I had to subscribe. I subscribed at the tail end of last year and never received an email confirmation. Money was immediately pulled from my account, which is normal with a new subscription. Neither of my emails to customer service ever received a response either. It is nice to know that customer service has not improved since I was last subscribed when this was the Sample Society Box under Beautybar. Between lackluster boxes and shoddy customer service, I previously dropped Sample Society not once, but twice. While I had not given them another chance since they switched over to Allure Beauty Box, I expected more of the same.

Apparently, there are people who actually work in Allure’s customer service. They just only answer phone calls and never respond to emails. That is the exact opposite of Birchbox so they balance each other out. Is it too much to ask for a subscription program that responds to emails and answers phones! I finally got someone on the phone on 01/16/18. She told me that there was a mixup with my email address, but she updated the email address. My January box was in transit. Yay! Turns out she did not actually fix my email address, because I was still unable to login to my account online. After placing a second call, I determined there was a letter missing in my email address. Now, that the missing letter got added, I could get access to my online account. The second lady informed me that my shipping confirmation and referral link was in my welcome email. I reminded her that the welcome email went to the wrong email address so I cannot confirm if referral links are actually included in the welcome email.

Referral links are hard to come by and I did not get mine until deep into March 2018. As far as I can tell, the $10 welcome box is available on the direct site and does not need a referral anyway. Considering the referral gift whether referring 1 or 50 people a month is a single tube of Mally Volumizing mascara, I am not sure the person referring gets much benefit either. Though I have not tried that mascara yet, it is one of the over 100 I own.

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Sephora BAGOFCHEER Sample Bag Contents

See 2018 Sample Bag Offers.

Combine this bag with the latest offers from the Rewards Bazaar and the Weekly Wow!

I still miss my Dad every single day, and while I doubt I will ever get over the abandonment I feel from my ex, I am ready to resume blogging. Of course, I may need some time to really get back into the swing of things, so please bear with me if it takes a while. My goal is to resume regular blogging by January.

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Ulta Beauty Breaks November Through December 2016

Let me start this article by stating I do not get advance notice on Beauty Breaks, so I do not want the title to look like click bait. Beauty Breaks are pop-up GWP offers. Most Beauty Breaks get released at 8am PST on Wednesdays. They usually run for 4-6 hours. I’ve decided to track Ulta Beauty Breaks and am linking a couple of months together to limit how many articles I dedicate to one specific type of deal. Every time I see a Beauty Break (I am on the West Coast, so please do not use my article as your source of notification), I will update this article until the end of December. If you have not already, subscribe to Ulta emails. There are times when better Beauty Breaks disappear before I even wake up. Surprise Beauty Breaks (those typically offered outside the normal Wednesday schedule) do not usually get emailed. They are only open to those lucky enough to stumble upon them. All surprise offers I’ve seen are below. My hope is this article (and future versions for later months) can help me predict: trends, upcoming offers, and more. At the very least, it can show me with certainty when a Beauty Break repeats.

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Ulta Double GWP Bag Available AGAIN!

See General 2018 Beauty Bag Offers.

Ulta had two gift with purchase bags available at the same time a little over two weeks ago. There are two completely different bags available now. The first is one I’ve already covered in this article, where I go over all the Beauty Breaks for this month, but I will post the details again below. That is the bag that popped up days ago where you have to either select the gold or blue option. Another bag is only available today, and this one has a targeted purchase. I did link the new bag to this article, where I go over all the deals for the Gorgeous Hair Event, but I will post the details again below. It does have a lower buy-in though. General GWP offers that combine with these bags are also available, so those who order quickly can get 4 gifts with purchase.

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Ulta Beauty Breaks September through October 2016

Let me start this article by stating I do not get advance notice on Beauty Breaks, so I do not want the title to look like click bait. Beauty Breaks are pop-up GWP offers. Most Beauty Breaks get released at 8am PST on Wednesdays. They usually run for 4-6 hours. I’ve decided to track Ulta Beauty Breaks and am linking a couple of months together to limit how many articles I dedicate to one specific type of deal. Every time I see a Beauty Break (I am on the West Coast, so please do not use my article as your source of notification), I will update this article until the end of October. If you have not already, subscribe to Ulta emails. There are times when better Beauty Breaks disappear before I even wake up. Surprise Beauty Breaks (those typically offered outside the normal Wednesday schedule) do not get emailed. They are only open to those lucky enough to stumble upon them. All surprise offers I’ve seen are below. My hope is this article (and future versions for later months) can help me predict: trends, upcoming offers, and more. At the very least, it can show me with certainty when a Beauty Break repeats.


Beauty Break, Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 from 8am-2pm PST.

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Julep Beauty Break includes: 4 pieces with a $50 purchase.

-0.2oz Length Matters Buildable Lengthening Mascara
-0.12oz Take a Breather Oxygen Nail Treatment in Sheer Pink
-0.042oz When Pencil Met Gel Long Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black
-0.07oz It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in Bisou


Beauty Break, Monday, October 24th, 2016 from 8am-2pm PST.

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Bliss Beauty Break includes: 5 pieces with a $50 purchase.

-2oz Fabulous Foaming Face Wash
-1oz Lemon + Sage Body Butter Maximum Moisture Cream
-0.16oz Triple Oxygen Radiant Protection Energizing Serum
-0.16oz Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask
-Bliss Bag

*This Beauty Break was outside the normal Wednesday schedule, but Ulta emailed this one.


Beauty Break, Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 from 8am-12pm PST.

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Skincare Beauty Break includes: 8 pieces with a $60 purchase

-0.24oz Clinque Even Better Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
-0.25oz Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive
-0.25oz Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Leghtening Serum
-0.5oz Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream
-0.25oz Strivectin Tightening & Scuplting Face Cream
-0.33oz Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
-single use Exuviance Pigment Lifting Masque
-0.5oz Hey Honey good Morning Serum

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Step-up gift with a $75 purchase, a 4-piece Philosophy set.

-1oz Purity Made Simple 3-In-1 Cleanser For Face And Eyes
-1oz The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash
1oz Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion
-0.25oz Renewed Hope In A Jar Refreshing And Refining Moisturizer


Beauty Break, Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 is an add-on to a Beauty Bag. It says this ends at 12pm PST in one place and 10pm PST in another. I noticed it was still working at 12pm but stopped working before 10pm.

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The 3-piece Living Proof Beauty Break is only available when you select one of the following bags (so I am also attaching the nag information) with a $75 purchase. A pop-up will appear once you have a qualifying purchase. Select the 3 Living Proof items.

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Living Proof items: 2oz Timeless Shampoo, 2oz Timeless Conditioner, and a 1.9oz Timeless Plumping Mousse.

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Luminous Gold Beauty Bag

-1.5oz Wella EIMI Root Shoot
-2oz Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer
-2.5oz Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner
-0.25oz Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
-0.07oz Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Fudge
-0.68oz Ahava Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream sample (0.68 oz)
-0.1oz Benefit They’re Real! Beyond Mascara
-0.1oz Dermalogica Intensive Eye Repair
-0.34oz h2o+ Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream
-deluxe IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil in Universal Taupe
-0.1oz Ulta Collection Eye Primer in Nude Matte
-0.25oz Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
-0.02oz Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Liquid Lip in Gwyneth
-0.05oz Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum
-0.05oz Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum
-0.06oz Acqua di Gioia for Her
-Ulta Collection Gold Metallic Beauty Bag

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Electric Blue Beauty Bag

-0.07oz Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Fudge
-1.69oz Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream
0.5oz Clarins Multi-Active Jour SPF 20
-0.1oz Benefit Roller Lash Super-Curling Mascara
-0.1oz Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation in 5.0
-0.07oz Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Powder Play
-2oz Tree Hut Bare Moisturizing Shave Oil
-0.098oz Ulta Collection Butter Balm Lip Gloss in Luna
-1oz First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser
-0.33oz Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusion Concentrate
-1oz Kenra Platinum Revive Complex Leave In Fortifier
-deluxe bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready
-0.028oz Cargo Swimmables Eye Pencil in Pebble Brown
-0.03oz Narciso Rodriquez For Her Eau de Toilette
-0.05oz Philosophy Amazing Grace Eau de Toilette
-0.04oz Thierry Mugler Angel Eau de Parfum
-Ulta Collection Blue Metallic Beauty Bag


Beauty Break, Monday, October 10th, 2016 from 8am-2pm PST.

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Laura Geller Beauty Break includes: 4 pieces with a $50 purchase

-Full-size Color Drenched Lip Gloss French Press Rose
-Deluxe Double Take Foundation in Medium
-Deluxe Baked Blush in Boysenberry
-Faux Leather Bronze Shimmer Wristlet Bag

*As with most Beauty Breaks offered outside the usual Wednesday period, Ulta did not send emails for this. It was a surprise offer advertised on the Ulta banner for those lucky enough to visit the site while it was up.


Beauty Break, Friday, October 7th, 2016 from 8am-12pm PST.

 

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Matrix Beauty Break includes: 5 pieces with a $40 purchase.

-1.7oz Biolage ColorLast Shampoo
-1.7oz ColorLast Conditioner
-1oz TotalResults Miracle Creator 20
-1.2oz Biolage Waterless Clean & Recharge Dry Shampoo
-2.3oz Oil Wonders Volume Rose

*As with most Beauty Breaks offered outside the usual Wednesday period, Ulta did not send emails for this. It was a surprise offer advertised on the Ulta banner for those lucky enough to visit the site while it was up.


Beauty Break, Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 from 8am-2pm PST.

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Benefit Cosmetics Beauty Break includes: 5 pieces with a $50 purchase.

-0.1oz They’re Real! Beyond Mascara
-0.1oz They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer
-0.03oz Ka-Brow in 03 Medium
-0.03oz BROWVO Conditioning Primer Nutrient-Rich Eyebrow Primer
-Pink emblem case


Beauty Break, Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 from 8am to 12pm PST.

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Philosophy Beauty Break includes: 5 pieces with a $50 purchase.

-2oz Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser
-2oz Amazing Grace Perfumed Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath
-2oz Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
-0.17oz Uplifting Miracle Worker Cool-Lift & Firm Moisturizer for Face & Neck
-0.17oz Uplifting Miracle Worker Eye Cool-Lift & Firm Eye Cream


Beauty Break, Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 from 8am to 12pm PST.

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Becca Beauty Break includes: 4 pieces with a $50 purchase.

-0.2oz Backlight Priming Filter Base
-0.08oz Under Eye Brightening Corrector
-0.34oz Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal
-0.088oz Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Opal


Beauty Break, Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 from 8am to 12pm PST.

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bareMinerals Beauty Break includes: 6 0.07oz Marvelous Moxie Lip Glosses with a $60 purchase:

-Playmaker (baby powder)
-Trail Blazer (nude gold)
-Influencer (nude brown)
-Show Off (baby pink)
-Aficionado (coral)
-Trendsetter (hot pink glaze)

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Step-up Gift with a $75 purchase, a READY Eyeshadow 2.0 Over Achiever


Beauty Break, Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 from 8am to 12pm PST.

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Too Faced Beauty Break includes: 5 pieces with a $60 purchase:

-0.16oz Hangover Rx Replenishing Face Primer
-0.04oz Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil
-0.17oz Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara in Black
-0.08oz Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer
-0.05oz La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream in Nude Beach


I will continue to post offers I am aware of, so no worries if you happen upon this post after the offers above expire. If you have questions about any Ulta Coupon, I go over all types. Targeted Offers are exclusive to UltaMate Members, so I do recommend joining. New members get $10 of their first purchase with a referral. Remember to check all Ulta offers before placing an online order, because there are always general or brand specific offers that are not targeted. Deal stacking is not only allowed, it’s encouraged. See all Beauty Breaks and Ulta articles. Read Tips For Getting the Best Deal at Ulta. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Platinum Steal Becca Mineral Blush

See Platinum Perks for 2018.

The Fall 21 Days of Beauty officially kicked off yesterday. Read my overview for tips on the sale. There are at least three Platinum exclusive steals throughout the event. Ulta could surprise us with more, but only three are known. Today’s offer is also the most appealing to me. Better offers tend to sell out early, so I always recommend arriving as soon as the sale starts. Since Ulta is on central time, steals go live at 10pm PST and come down the following day at 9:59pm PST. It is always possible new GWP offers or Beauty Breaks will release in the morning, but waiting for them is always a risk. I’ve successfully waited and have missed out from waiting.

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Ulta NYX Beauty Break and Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

A list of all recent Ulta Beauty Breaks.

Ulta typically releases a Beauty Break every Wednesday morning from 10am-2pm PST. A Beauty Break is a GWP that is only available for a very short period. There will be select Wednesdays where they do not release one and other times when they pop up at a different day or time, like Monday evening, Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and more. While Ulta does email (those who receive emails), these offers and others usually appear in the Gift With Purchase Section before emails go out. Emails stagger, so better Beauty Breaks may run out of inventory before some people receive their emails. People on the east cost have a better chance of scoring a Beauty Break thanks to the time difference. If you wake up and notice an incredible Beauty Break, do not sit on it. These Beauty Breaks never make it to the end of the timeline and weaker ones at times get extended past the deadline. This order was 3x points.

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Ulta Summer Time Beauty Break

A list of all recent Ulta Beauty Breaks.

Ulta typically releases a Beauty Break every Wednesday morning from 10am-2pm PST. A Beauty Break is a GWP that is only available for a very short period. There will be select Wednesdays where they do not release one and other times when they pop up at a different day or time, like Monday evening, Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and more. While Ulta does email (those who receive emails), these offers and others usually appear in the Gift With Purchase Section before emails go out. Emails stagger, so better Beauty Breaks may run out of inventory before some people receive their emails. People on the east cost have a better chance of scoring a Beauty Break thanks to the time difference. If you wake up and notice an incredible Beauty Break, do not sit on it. These Beauty Breaks never make it to the end of the timeline and weaker ones at times get extended past the deadline.

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Ulta 20% Off Prestige and a 2000 Point Redemption

See the 2019 20% off Prestige Coupon Offers.


Ulta releases 20% off prestige coupons to UltaMate members five times a year: late January, early April, Platinum members in late June 2016, early July for UltaMate, late July for Platinum members (this is the normal time but members who received them in June did not receive the July offer), late October, and Mid December. The July offer was reduced to 10% for non Platinum members in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, the early April offer was also reduced to 10% for non Platinum members. During this promotion, select UltaMate members receive a coupon for $15 off a $50 purchase if they have not shopped in a long time. Each unique coupon is eligible for one online purchase AND one in-store purchase. Coupons emailed have a different code than coupons mailed. If you receive a coupon from both methods, you will have two different online codes and two different in-store bar codes.

Prestige offers have a few exclusions, so these coupons are not 20% off everything as mentioned on the offer. They exclude: CliniqueLancome, Dermalogica, Dyson, Beauty Steals, and Benefit Brow Bar. Additional exclusions including fragrance and select new releases will be added at times. There are other times throughout the year to get general offers for 20% off non-prestige or 20% off a single item, but those are general, multi-use codes. If you have more questions about this or any Ulta Coupon, I go over all types.

Redeeming points (earn and redeem points) at 2000 gives you the greatest redemption value of $125. I redeemed 2000 points on this order to receive $125 off the purchase. My path to 2000 points was quick and painless thanks to some impressive multipliers and brand offers. This is actually the fastest I’ve ever reached 2000 considering I just redeemed 2000 points in September.

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Birchbox October 2015 Power Pose

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Birchbox gives at least five beauty samples each month for $10. For every review I give, I get 10 points, which is equal to $1 in the shop. A five sample box like this one got me $5 back. I also shared my box on Facebook for an extra 10 points. That gave me a total of $6 back to redeem toward future purchases. You can read my detailed overview of the program for more information. Each month, you get a sample choice or you can select the guest editor box. For this box, I selected one of the featured boxes, Power Pose.

This is the first of my two Birchbox Subscriptions. Box Two (which has not arrived yet) is different.

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Ulta Love Your Hair Event and a Free 18 Piece Beauty Bag

See General 2018 Beauty Bag Offers.

2016 Event- The Gorgeous Hair Event for Spring 2016 is May 8th-28th.

Now that the 21 Days of Beauty at Ulta wrapped, what can you look forward to at Ulta? The Love Your Hair Event is to hair what the 21 Days of Beauty is to makeup and skincare. Those new to Ulta may have noticed there were no amazing hair products included in the 21 Days of Beauty. That is because it gets an event all its own. Hair is big in Texas and twice a year at Ulta (May and October). Last year, it ran from October 5th-25th, so the dates will probably be similar this year. Most steals posted in the special section of the Ulta site, so be sure to study it to plan your purchases.

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