But if you're new to Sephora, or don't already qualify for free shipping, or just haven't heard about Sephora Flash yet and you've missed my numerous posts about it, PLEASE take a moment to read this.
Sephora Flash is an annual subscription that gives you FREE 2-DAY SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS FOR ONE YEAR, NO MINIMUM REQUIRED. The cost of this service is $10 per year, and it begins at the time you order. In other words, when you buy it HERE and you order anything else with that purchase, you'll get your order shipped free.
I enrolled in Sephora Flash when it first launched back in January of this year (I reviewed the service at that time HERE) and I can personally tell you that it's the best thing I ever did when it comes to shopping at Sephora. If you anticipate that you will order at least three times during the course of their Black Friday event, Cyber Monday sale, and any of the sales they give us leading up to Christmas (and the after-Christmas sales), then YOU NEED SEPHORA FLASH.
- This service pays for itself after two orders. So if you plan to order under $50 worth of merchandise online at Sephora even just three times in one year, you're saving money. Shipping at Sephora on orders under $50 is $5.95 (it's free on orders $50+, but you'll never have to worry about hitting that threshold ever again).
- You get free 2-DAY SHIPPING. Other customers may experience delays in shipping due to the holiday rush, but you won't. This service guarantees 2-day shipping with all orders. As long as you place your order before 3PM Monday - Friday, you will receive your order in two days. If you place your order on a Saturday or Sunday, you'll receive your order by that Wednesday. In the past year that I've had Sephora Flash, only one time did Sephora tell me there may be a slight delay with my order, and I got that order in three days, instead of two. I obviously can't guarantee that you won't ever see any delays, but I just want to share my personal experience, which has been awesome so far. Oh! One more thing: certain items must ship ground, so you won't get 2-day shipping with those items, but you will still get free ground shipping. This applies to products like nail polish (here's an example).
- In addition to the various deals and sales Sephora offers for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the holidays in general, you'll of course be able to use your Sephora Flash when shopping the Sephora Sale Page. That alone has allowed me to snag some amazing deals throughout the past year, on things that I would have normally skipped due to shipping fees.
- CODES. If you usually rely on codes to get free shipping at Sephora, now you can use that precious code box to get FREEBIES. I've pretty much lost count of how many $25 orders I've placed in the past year, which then qualified me for some very nice deluxe sample freebies ON TOP OF the usual three free samples they give you with every order (bookmark this page and bookmark this Retailmenot page too, because they sometimes offer exclusive codes for Sephora).
One other thing I do want to mention is that I've heard rumors of people's subscriptions being suspended due to abuse. I cannot verify this, but I have heard that if you order, say, a $1 item on the sale page to get your three free samples with free shipping, and then you do that again and again, Sephora may not be too happy with you. That makes sense, because Sephora is probably taking a loss by shipping your order for free if you're only ordering a dollar item to get your free samples. So please don't do that. This service is great and I would hate to see it end or be modified due to customer abuse, when the majority of us just want to order under $50 and get free shipping (and samples and extra freebies).
In summary: if you plan to order at least three times on the Sephora website this holiday season, and you don't already qualify for free shipping with your VIB Rouge status, ORDER SEPHORA FLASH NOW (and thank me, or curse me, later!).