NOTE: Sephora Flash is a free shipping subscription program that costs $10 per year. With your $10 enrollment fee, you will receive free 2-day shipping on all orders placed at Sephora.com (no minimum order required) for an entire year, beginning when you enroll HERE.
Keep reading to find out about my first experience with Sephora Flash...
I enrolled in Sephora Flash the day I posted about it (January 22nd), which was last Thursday. I placed my order late in the afternoon on Thursday and received my shipping confirmation less than two hours after I placed my order.
I received my order today (January 26th), Monday, which is right on schedule per the Sephora Flash Shipping Schedule. If I had placed my order WITHOUT using Flash, I would have received my order this coming Wednesday.
I want to note here that the moment you enroll in Sephora Flash, your account becomes active. In other words, when you place Sephora Flash in your cart, you automatically receive free shipping on THAT ORDER (provided you actually purchase a physical item; obviously there's nothing to ship if you're just buying the subscription and you can't get your free samples without ordering something else).
So to take advantage of my "automatic" free shipping, I ordered two items. One of them I can't show you here because I ordered it as gift for someone, but here is the other item I ordered that day:
Finally, right? I cannot believe it took me this long to finally buy a Beauty Blender, but I really wanted to try the real thing before I review some of the various drugstore dupes that are on the market. So now I can actually compare the real thing to the dupes!
And here are the FREEBIES I received with my order:
I always tend to check the Sephora page on Retailmenot.com for codes before I place my Sephora orders, and I noticed that they still had the Elizabeth and James Nirvana sample duo code available.
I love that it comes in a little matchbox-style box:
These are generous, deluxe sample vials with spray nozzles. If you haven't tried these fragrances yet, they are quite lovely. My favorite is Black though, because I love that soft leather note. I do love White, but it reminds me too much of Stella by Stella McCartney (which I have been wearing for years) so it's too familiar to really stand out or feel special to me. Either way, I'm happy to have these free samples.
And speaking of free samples...
I'm really happy with the sample choices on the Sephora site right now. I needed another sample vial of Prada Candy (I hoard them and I'm not ashamed to admit it). Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is nice, but not quite for me--I'm glad I was able to give it a test-drive via this sample.
Both fragrance samples are deluxe vials with spray nozzles, but the Nirvana samples are slightly bigger, which makes that Nirvana freebie even better to me!
My third selection for my free sample was the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream, which I had already been wanting to try (I'm such a sucker for anything lime-scented). And let me tell you, it didn't disappoint. It smells absolutely heavenly and it feels so silky on the skin.
ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS: So far I'm incredibly pleased with the Sephora Flash subscription service. This was a perfectly flawless transaction from the beginning to end, and everything arrived just like a "normal" order from Sephora (sturdy box, lots of paper padding inside the box, etc.). I think that for $10 per year, this program is a no-brainer if you shop regularly on the Sephora site. I do want to mention that there ARE some items that are excluded from free 2-day shipping due to shipping restrictions (aerosols, nail polish and any other items that must ship via ground). But I want to make sure you're aware that your shipping will still be FREE with those items--you just won't receive them in two days since ground requires more time in transit. You will know exactly which items qualify for 2-day shipping before you order--just look for "FREE FLASH SHIPPING" in red letters, which will appear right under the price in the product listing. If you want to see what an item looks like that is restricted from free 2-day shipping but will still ship for free via ground, click here.
Are you already enrolled in Sephora Flash? If so, how has your experience been with this program? I'd love to hear from you!
The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.