Friday, January 22, 2016

Groupon Deal: $40 Voucher for $15 (Use at Ulta, Walgreens, Costco, L'Occitane, and More via Google Express)

Thanks so much to reader @chloe.cosmetics on Instagram for this great tip!

Right now on Groupon HERE, you can purchase a $40 voucher for $15 that you can use via Google Express at Ulta, Walgreens, Costco, L'Occitane, and more (online purchases only; does not apply in-store). IF THAT LINK DOES NOT WORK FOR YOU, once you get to the Groupon page, just search "Google Express" and the deal should pop up. if that STILL doesn't work, try Googling "Groupon Google Express" and it should pop right up. You can also try using code JUMBO3 at checkout for an additional 20% off this voucher (that would bring you down to $12 for a $40 voucher).

This offer is only valid in certain regions of the US, so you need to click HERE and enter your zip code to be sure that Google Express delivers to your area. Also, this offer is only valid for first-time customers of Google Express so if you've purchased things via Google Express in the past, you cannot redeem this voucher.

If you're new to Google Express, it's Google's way to make online purchases from multiple retailers via one site. You must have a Google account to make purchases via Google Express.

I honestly could not remember if I had ever used Google Express before, so when I logged into my Google account (via the Google Express website) and checked my order history, I found that my previous purchases of phone apps from the Google Play Store showed up. But Google Play is not the same as Google Express, so I believe that this does not count as a previous order (Chloe confirmed to me just now that she also has made purchases from the Google Play Store and she was able to use this Google Express voucher for an Ulta purchase. You can see her order confirmation HERE).

I do not claim to know all of the answers about this deal--I'm just passing along as much info as I can. So before you purchase, be sure to check the fine print on both the Groupon page HERE and the help page at Google Express HERE and hopefully you can get the answers you need.

UPDATE: Please be sure to read the comments below for some helpful info and updates thanks to some lovely readers!

Thanks again for the hot tip and additional info about this deal, Chloe! I really appreciate it.
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  1. So is the overnight shipping included?

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    1. I THOUGHT it was, but maybe not? I thought all orders via Google Express came with overnight shipping (NOT free shipping though). But maybe I'm wrong about that??

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    2. Wait, free shipping AND overnight delivery???

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    4. There's free 3-month trial so sign up for it and you'll get free shipping. And if you used ebates, there's 10% cash back on groupon right now

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  2. One thing to note is that Ulta-via-Google Express does not offer the full range of stuff that Ulta itself offers--for example, I thought I would use this to stock up on my HG hair gel but they don't carry it through Google Express. Not a huge deal, there's still a ton of stuff I can get and $40 for $12 is still an amazing deal, but just be aware that if you have something specific in mind you might not be able to get it. Sign up for Google Express first to check stock!

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    1. THANK YOU, Ashley. Your comment is extremely helpful! I really appreciate that!!

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    2. All of the face makeup is for fair skin. So if you are dark to deep, nothing is offered. Disappointed. Wish I had known before I bought.

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    3. By late eve of this post they "sold out" of delivery for Ulta in my area...all 3 days they display. I called and they said it happens sometimes. I guess they aren't built up enough to handle all our traffic! Lol. Never heard of a business limiting doing business. I feel like a Shark Tank Shark wouldn't approve! Won't let me spend my $ there. They said to check back Mon when an addt'l delivery day is released.

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  3. The link to see if my zip code applies to this offer is not working for me!

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    1. Hum. I tested it 4x via incognito windows and when I click that link, it takes me to a pop-up that requires you to enter your zip code before proceeding to the page. Please try using an incognito window and hopefully that works for you!

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    2. I tried a few zip codes in FL and Google express doesn't seem to be available yet in Florida. I found this link: https://support.google.com/shoppingexpress/answer/4562192?hl=en&ref_topic=4541627 and that should help people find out what is available in their area. You click your city (Los Angelas or Chicago) and then it'll show you the stores that you can order from in that area.

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    3. Thank you, Velvet Frogg!!!!

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    4. Agree, I live in Florida and it doesn't have it for my zip code or my mother-in-law's. Oh well!

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  4. Is it gone? I can't find it, I clicked on your link and it doesnt come up.

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    1. Once you're on the Groupon site, if you can't see the deal try searching "Google Express" and it should pop right up! I just triple-checked that and it's still a live deal and I believe it's national as well. :)

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    2. I did type in Google express and my area was set for "local" which is Santa Clarita. I had to type in Los Angeles for it to come up.

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    3. Aaah, good to know. Thank you, Randi!!

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    4. First of all, THANK YOU, G. for this AMAZING deal!! You are seriously my favorite <3

      Secondly, thank you, Randi as I could not find the Groupon either until I did what you suggested! :)

      I'm so excited! I can finally buy the Too Faced Chocolate Bar!

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  5. Ebates has 10% cash back on Groupon right now!

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    1. Once you're on the Groupon site, if you can't see the deal try searching "Google Express" and it should pop right up! I just triple-checked that and it's still a live deal and I believe it's national as well. :)

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    1. Wait, do you mean that the Groupon offer isn't in your area or that Google Express is not in your area? Because if you don't see the Groupon offer via my link, once you're on the Groupon site just search "Google Express" and it should pop right up!

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    2. Not in my area either. Don't think this is a national deal. The fine print says it only delivers to specific zip codes.

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    3. Not available for me either! Google Express is apparently only available in Northern California.

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    4. Untrue! This is directly from the Google Express site:

      Same-day delivery is available in:
      San Francisco*
      West Los Angeles*
      Peninsula & San Jose
      Manhattan
      Chicago
      Boston
      Washington, DC

      Overnight delivery is available in:
      Northern California
      Southern California
      Midwestern US, covering parts of:
      Wisconsin
      Michigan
      Illinois
      Indiana
      Ohio
      Iowa
      Minnesota
      Missouri

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    5. I'm sorry if it was unclear in my blog post, but the GROUPON deal IS national. But like I said in bold in my blog post, you need to check the GOOGLE EXPRESS site to see if they deliver to your area.

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    6. Bummer. Not available in Pennsylvania :(

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    7. Not available in Middle Tennessee. :(

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  8. I just got this! OMG thank you so much. I forgot to enter the promo code, but whatever. $15 for $40 worth of product is amazing! Plus I used ebates, so hopefully I'll get 10% cash back :) Now to decide between a new eye palette or some IT cosmetics CC cream that I'm running out of...

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    1. Yay!!! You're so welcome! :D

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    2. You can cancel within 24hrs and redo it with the promo code.

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    3. Aw man, I should've realized I need to check here before I do anything! I already pulled up the voucher, so they won't let me cancel. Thanks for the tip though! I'll remember that next time.

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    4. Lindsey, check my comment above for other areas that Google Express delivers to. Maybe you might have a friend or family member in an area on the list that you can ship your order to?

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    5. Oh, it's available in my area (which is shocking because its northern Michigan lol), I just meant that Randi said I could cancel and re-do it to use the coupon, but they won't let me cancel because I opened the voucher, otherwise I would do that :)

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    6. I just got the tartelette in bloom for $25 total (including the cost of the voucher.) yesss 😊

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  9. Thanks for sharing! I have to wait for my husband for the debit card, LOL I hope Ulta has Mario Badescu products via GE. I'm checking right now ant they have the TF Chocolate bar, UD Gwen Stefani, Lorac Pro palette, UD Naked palettes and other stuff

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  10. Yah, is the deal dead? I searched the google express deal after the link only brought me to the main page and the deal doesn't come up in the search results.

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    1. No, there are still 7 days left on this deal. Try googling "Google Groupon Express" and it should pop right up!

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  11. Oh yes! It delivers to my place and I can finally try and get the ABH #17 brush with the NYX Micro Brow Pencil

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  12. Is there any way I can still get this offer if it says Google express isn't in my area?

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    1. You can purchase this voucher if you're not in an area that Google Express delivers to, but then you will not be able to place an order, since they will not be able to ship it.

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  13. I was able to use JUMBO3 and bought the deal for 12 bucks! Thank you (: You can get free delivery on eligible items if you sign up to be a member. You do have to pay for the membership ($10 per month, $95 per year), but you can get 3 months for free and cancel anytime. Awesome deal (:

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    1. Thank you so much for that info!!!

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    2. Code doesn't seem to work for me :(

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  14. I'll have to check this out! Google express isn't in my area but it is in my sisters area. Maybe I'll ship somethings to her! Tx.

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  15. Offer not available in Houston, Tx. When I searched Los Angeles, CA the deal came up but not for Houston. ��

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    1. I have a p.o. box in Houston and live in Galveston, so I was hoping that at least one of them would work. They even have Missouri... which has a smaller population than Texas... Not sure what they're thinking.

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  16. It worked for me too! FYI It's offered in my area but it only pulled up on groupon when you put Los Angeles not use my location.

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  17. FYI you can only buy 1 for yourself but you can also send one as a gift. I just entered another email of mine and bought 2.

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    1. EKG, do you happen to know if you need a Gmail email to checkout w/ Google Express? 1 of my emails is, the one I sent the gift to is not. Idk if need to check out w/ separate respective emails or if allows you to use both vouchers on 1 Google Express acct, 2 separate orders.

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    2. Reply from Google Express...my 2nd email is a .edu. Dang.: In order to place an order with Google Express, you're not required to use a gmail email address. As long as it's not connected to a school or work organization, most email address formats will process with the Google Express website.

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  18. So as long as Google Express can deliver to your area, you're good to go? Not just Chicago as stated in the title of the coupon?

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    1. Yes, in the Groupon listing it says to check your zip code for availability (FYI, in the listing for me it says San Diego, not Chicago, so the wording is different depending on your area).

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  19. Cool! Got the deal for $12 .. purchased the Chocolate Bar palette :-)

    Monica.

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  20. Yeah you have to use LA as your location it seems. I think I might try the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette; getting it for $21 instead of $49 is awesome.

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  21. So then this is irrelevant for people who's ZIP doesnt work? That sucks... mine doesn't. :(

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    1. Yes, I tried to make that as clear as possible in my post (in bold).

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  22. Hey G! It's no longer available: https://www.groupon.com/deals/google-express-nat (I think the "nat" in the link means it's a nationwide deal so it's sold out nationwide and not just for Chicago as the description says. Oh well.

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    1. It's still showing as live for me using this link:

      https://www.groupon.com/deals/google-express-nat-west-coast-3

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  23. It worked for me and so did the code! So I got it for 12$ thanks G

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  24. No goofle express in my area (SoFL) :'-(

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  25. I'm seeing a banner ad on this webpage that says the code YES15 will take $15 off your first purchase on google express. Not sure if that will work with the groupon voucher or what the restrictions are, but there you have it.

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    1. Thank you for this I used that promo code as well and it definitely took an additional $15 off. Yay!

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  26. That's amazing! Not working for my zip code yet sadly! But hope everyone else is enjoying the amazing deal!

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  27. Oh great! So happy it works for San Jose where I live. I'm going to use the coupon for UD Gwen Stephanie palette, I wanted it but always passed on it because of the price point. Thank you G! :D

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  28. Just wanted to give you a heads up that your card may be charged for the full amount of your order. I just placed my order on google express with the voucher and on the conformation page it looked as if I would only be charged for $3.67, but it hit may bank for the full amount. Don't know if this is the norm, but just want to make everyone aware.

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  29. Just a quick note: it seems like the price isn't immediately reflected when you use the coupon once you check out; I ended up canceling my order thinking the promo code wasn't entered properly only to find out it did and hat I can't use it (since I'm not a "first time user" anymore.) trying to get it straightened out, but just a warning!

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    1. Update: I called customer service and they gave me a new credit. It was super quick and easy if you do accidentally cancel your order. Snaps to Google's great customer service!

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  30. As a follow up to my previous comment, I just spoke to customer service for Google express. They will authorize your card for OVER the full amount of your order and hold the funds until the order is picked up from the merchant.

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    1. @CountessBeaverhausen- I noticed that too and freaked out. I wish they were a bit more clear about that! Hopefully the amount will be credited back!

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    2. They said it could be 7-10 days from the date you receive your order. Hopefully it won't take that long!

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    3. Could you keep us updated on this? Now I'm scared to order because I don't even have $40 in my bank now! Do you know if they charge everyone over or if it depends on the bank or card you are going through? Thank you!

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    4. I received my order on Monday (I think...could've been Tuesday) and I still have the $57.07 pending on my checking account (which really makes no sense because my total without the voucher was 49.61. I did do the trial membership to get free shipping, so maybe that's part of it.) It's frustrating, so if you don't have the $40 in your account, I would wait until you do.

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  31. Thank you!!! I needed some new nyx brow pencils and wanted to try the nyx matte setting spray....for $12 ill take it!!

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  32. Thanks a bunch! Almost cancelled my order!

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  33. Thank you and Chloe for this info! I got boring ol' ink for our printer, but the savings was substantial. Thanks again ;)

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  34. Google Express is not available in my area yet.... :(

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  35. Not available in Minnesota😭

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  36. Nvm I somehow missed one of the replies to a comment. I have no idea which part of Minnesota works): there are a bunch of zip codes for Minneapolis/St. Paul alone...

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    1. Put your zip into google express first to see if they deliver to u. If yes, then buy the voucher using Los Angeles as the area. That's where u will find the deal.

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  37. So, Google Express IS available in my area, but the Groupon deal won't show for my zip. Everything will work out if I use location of LA or Sac or something? The voucher deals show up for those areas.

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    1. The same thing happened to me. When I tried to find it for my town( North of Los Angeles), it would not show, but they do deliver here. I just bought it under Los Angeles.

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  38. Hey G, this could be important for people to know about Google Express:

    PO Boxes are probably not eligible for Google Express. It's a delivery service and a personal shopper really. You place your order and a delivery service sends an employee to your store of choice, they shop for you and then deliver it to your door. In south FL there's a company called Shipt (I believe they are a somewhat national company and there are other similar companies too) and here Shipt is working with Publix to offer grocery delivery. The customer places their order for Publix groceries on the Shipt app, an employee of Shipt can view open orders and pick and choose what they want to do, they then drive to the Publix (hopefully they choose a store close to the customer so that cold/frozen products don't melt), purchase the products (Shipt sends employees a reloadable credit card I believe) and then deliver it to the customers front door. I have been delivering prescriptions for a national pharmacy for 6 years now so I looked into applying for Shipt for a second job but I live so far from areas I would be delivering to that I'll wait until I'm closer to town. The employees for Shipt are paid per job and it's technically not an hourly position and tips are not required but are encouraged. So I imagine that Google express is going to be a similar concept.

    Basically it's better to assume you have to be at home for this and don't forget that you might want to tip the delivery person. Based on what I've read on Shipt, tips can't be done online and right now they have to be cash.

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  39. Hi guys! I haven't committed yet but it's still available for my area. Question- Can we use the Ulta/Walgreen coupons while at Google Express? It doesn't look like Google Express has the same sales as Ulta at the moment and was wondering if it's just not the same. Just wondering if anyone knows. I'll try to look it up. Thanks!

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  40. The code is not working for me. I am suppose to enter the code during checkout on the Groupon site, right?

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  41. This is definitely still available. But does anyone know if I buy two (one for my acct and one as a "gift" using another email) could I use both at the same time or would I have to place separate orders?

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    1. Ok basically best way to use it is in "incognito" browser format, because for some odd reason it won't work otherwise. Then what you do is get one for yourself, and one as a gift (to another email account). That way you can have two! I actually had to place two separate orders not sure why but it somehow worked for me.

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    2. Incognito browser is for android only right? I only have my iPhone and MacBook right now, but you're saying I can buy two (it is allowing me to buy up to 2 via the app) and then I can put both the credits on the same Google express account?

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  42. It's now $10 if you buy the groupon from their app! $5 off no promo code required

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    1. When did you notice the $5 off? I just added to cart and I don't see it.

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    2. I downloaded the app and it still shows up as 15 for me. How did you get the 10 dollar deal?

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    3. Yes, how did you find the $5 off? I've been searching for a code (JUMBO3 did not work for me, anyone else have this problem?) but none that I have found seem to be working.

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  43. I use my voucher already was able to purchase the new gwen urban decau palette for $23 with taxes included and free shipping

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  45. So sad I wasn't able to use it for ulta, as it is not available in my area but I used it for target.

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  46. Thanks for the awesome deal G!
    FYI the JUMBO3 code didn't work for me, it kept saying it was invalid. But I had 12 Groupon Bucks I had totally forgotten about, so I only paid $3 for the deal!

    Everything went smoothly on Google Express, I signed up for free shipping. It's supposed to be overnight, but when I completed my order I had to choose a delivery window and the next 2 business were gray with the mention "sold out" so I could only choose Thursday.

    Also worth mentioning: the coupon can cover taxes. My total before taxes was $36.99, it was $40.79 after taxes and I only paid the 79 cents.

    And last thing: be careful about the substitutes option ladies and gents! After you place your order Google tells you that you can change your substitutes preferences. By default they will send you another product of their choice if what you ordered is out of stock! You can change that by checking "do not substitute" or picking one specific product. I bought It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness and stocked up on my fave cotton pads, so I chose no substitutions for the former and picked another type of cotton for the latter (a cheaper one, so I don't know how they would refund the difference).

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  47. I am so bummed...they don't ship to my area! I am just outside Asheville so I am kind of surprised...it's not like I'm in Timbuktu!

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  48. The link is only working with "California" in the title, and when I search for it on Groupon nothing comes up, only the link. Even though I live in NY (Google Express ships to me) and buy the California version, would it still work? TIA!

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  49. I ordered my Too Faced palette around 8 last night, and it arrived just before 3 today!

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  50. Ladies I bought the $15 for 40, how can I purchase from walgreens, I'm new to groupon and have no idea how to use my coupon. Please help!.

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    1. I'm not sure that I can explain it any better than I did in my blog post. Please re-read it, click the link to Google Express, make sure (as I said in my post) that they deliver to your area, and then place your Walgreens order on the Google Express site and use the voucher code.

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  51. If you are new to Google Express, save your Groupon deal for your second purchase! First time customers get $15 off their first purchase with code YES15, this cannot be combined with the Groupon deal. However, it will work if your minimum purchase is $15 or above.

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    1. But I thought this Groupon deal only works if you're a first time user of google express?? Doesn't making another purchase first disqualify you as a first time user?

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    2. Ahhhh you're right! Well, off to sign up my sister!

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    1. I used it last night 1/28. Groupon is making it look like it is no longer available but if you can find the deal, you can still get a voucher worth $40 by paying $15. Try searching for "Google express Chicago" to get the deal. It still worked for Google express delivery to NYC. Confusing, I know, but it did end up working for me.

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  53. I'm still a little confused. Okay, google express has rochester, mn included in their delivery. But I want to ship items out to Brooklyn Park, mn. Will that work? Or do I have to be in Rochester?

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  54. This deal still worked for me as of last night 1/28 at 11pm. I found it as "Google express Chicago" deal in Groupon but used it for Manhattan delivery of goods i ordered from Fairway. Ulta was not an option in Manhattan but there were plenty of other retailers. The JUMBO3 code no longer worked and some guy had responded to all questions by saying the deal was no longer available, but Groupon had a tab/button that said "Purchase" on the deal page so I clicked on it and it worked. I used ebates.com also. You can basically save $25 to purchase $40 (or more) off anything from Google Express if it delivers to your area, including groceries which is what I did. I also had it delivered to my friend who lives in SoHo, since I live in Brooklyn and I'll go pick it up from her. I also signed up to be a Google Express member so I got free delivery (trial for 3 months). Thanks for all the tips, everyone. I just wanted you to know it is still working as of last night, so give it a shot.

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  55. Two things. 1st, this deal is still available AND has been extended so it is available for another 15 days (but from Chicago groupon).
    2nd, note the fine print people! You have to use the whole value of the coupon at one time and you must use the coupon before February 29th so those of you who are concerned about not having enough money in your account ATM (because it charges your card the whole amount and then will adjust later on), make sure you can use it before the 29th.

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  56. Update: I received my UD Naked 3 palette damaged the 1st time. Shipping took a week. Called customer service, and they sent me another which I received today, again damaged. Pans out and some shadows crushed. For some reason, the men at Google Express customer service are kind of rude. I was told the 1st time around by a lady that Ulta/GE would be more careful shipping. When I received my palette today in the same poor shipping method, I called GE and spoke to a guy who basically suggested I get a refund since he couldn't guarantee my palette would come back undamaged. I re-ordered & spoke to another representative. The lady I spoke to understood the love for the palette, was super kind, and she reached out to Ulta & GE to ship me an undamaged palette which I should receive this Saturday. So, if this happens to anyone (which I hope it doesn't), speak to the ladies because they understand the makeup struggle. Semi brightside, I gifted the 1st damaged palette to my sister. Now I have the second damaged palette. What to do...

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  57. Aweful. Don't do it. Google express was horrible. They only brought 2/3rds of my order. The delivery guy was rude, and just drove off when asked if he could check his truck again. Plus, one of the two boxes I did received was heavily damaged, but luckily it was full of plastic ice tea bottles that didn't mind being dropped. (The delivery guy didn't ring the doorbell, he just dropped my order onto the rocks near our front porch, and I heard he crash inside the house.) Google Express is using OnTrac, for deliveries in Orange County; and either the stores are boxing up broken items for Google, or this delivers company is the worst. I can't recommend this service. I don't even plan on using the $10 code they sent me for screwing up my order. I'll drive 25minutes out of my way for a free lipstick/mascara sample and I am turning down a free $10 coupon, that should give you an idea of how bad this was.

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    1. It took me weeks (2) to receive anything b/c 2 Google Express ULTA orders were cancelled b/c Google Express says they are trying to get stores to keep inventory more up to date. I'm a Google fan, but this is their worst product in my opinion. Many emails back and forth, many hrs spent. I so appreciate the bargain but Google Express just sucks really bad. The item I did get, a Roku, had the wrong description therefore I got wrong model. Had to return it b/c not what I wanted. They said Costco had wrong description down...idk. FINALLY, a Lorac Pro To Go and It for ULTA Airbrush OMG foundation brush are on their way! However my dad's order on there for Vitamin Shoppe got partially cancelled. Said a probiotic was "not up to shipping/delivery specifications"...I've heard direct from Vita Shoppe it's sent in cold sleeve. Idk why it'd be on Google Express if they can't ship it up to specs.. it's overnight delivery!

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