Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sephora Fall 2016 VIB Sale Event Info (Hot Tips to Help You Maximize Your Savings)

image credit: Tamiko for Nouveau Cheap

It's coming, Nouveau Cheap readers! The Fall 2016 Sephora VIB Sale is happening VERY soon (reader Tamiko kindly shared a pic of her Rouge card that she received in the mail this week; see pic above). And unlike the Spring VIB Sale when Rouge and VIB members received 15% off, we get 20% for the fall event. Here's the scoop:

VIB ROUGE
  • November 4th through November 7th, receive 20% off all in-store and online purchases with code 20ROUGE. This discount also works at Sephora inside JCPenney locations but NOT on the JCPenney website.
  • No brand exclusions
  • Discount also applies to items on the sale page
  • No limit on the amount of purchases you can make during this event
  • If you shop in-store on November 4th you will receive a free holiday tote bag (thanks to @beautybudgetcollection for that reminder!)

VIB
  • November 11th through November 14th, receive 20% off all in-store and online purchases with code 20VIB. This discount also works at Sephora inside JCPenney locations but NOT on the JCPenney website.
  • No brand exclusions
  • Discount also applies to items on the sale page
  • No limit on the amount of purchases you can make during this event

BEAUTY INSIDER
  • There is no discount for Beauty Insiders for this event. Beauty Insiders sometimes receive 10% off all in-store and online purchases during the Spring event (which happens every March). I do not know if that will be the case for the Spring 2017 event (we'll have to wait and see).

IMPORTANT:

There are no brand exclusions during this event, but the discount cannot be applied to gift cards, Flash shipping or Play! by Sephora subscriptions. To clarify, you can USE your Sephora Flash subscription during this event, but you just can't PURCHASE Sephora Flash during this event and receive the 20% discount. Also, you can only use one promo code per online order, meaning you CANNOT get any deluxe freebies with your online orders during this event (if you want the 20% off discount). (Thanks to reader @roxyholiday for that reminder!)

HOT TIP #1:

As readers Bella and Lucia925Girl pointed out, this discount would be even better if you take advantage of that $50 Sephora gift card + $10 bonus event happening now through 10/30 at Simon shopping malls (CLICK HERE for the details). Lucia925Girl kindly pointed out that if you use that gift card during the VIB 20% off sale, that's a total of 33.33% off your purchase. That is definitely the biggest discount I've ever seen when it comes to shopping at Sephora.

HOT TIP #2:

I say this in every Sephora post I write, but NOW IS THE TIME if you've been holding off! If you don't already have free shipping due to VIB Rouge status, you should really consider signing up for Sephora Flash if you don't already have it. For $10 a year, you get free unlimited 2-day shipping on all orders. It pays for itself after just two orders. Plus, your subscription starts the moment you add it to your cart, meaning that anything else you buy will ship free. This will come in extremely handy during the VIB sale and all through the holidays. Consider this your final warning (not really, but I can't stress enough how much this can help save you $$ during the holiday season and all year around).

HOT TIP #3:

Along with holiday value sets, limited edition products, and special deluxe freebie codes that Sephora will no doubt unleash during this event, Sephora usually entices us even further during this event by adding even more items to the Sephora Sale Page and bringing back older Sephora Favorites sets. I will of course try my best to bring those to your attention during this event, but I would make it a point to check HERE and HERE every single day of the event because you never know what might pop up, and things sell out quickly!

BACK IN STOCK NOW:

Thanks to reader Sharde Liggins for the tip that some old and newer Sephora Favorites sets are now back in stock online...and some are even on sale! I have no idea if these will still be in stock once the VIB Sale starts, so if there's anything you REALLY want, consider purchasing now.

(If these links are dead by the time you read this, that means they went out of stock--again)

ACTIVE DELUXE FREEBIE CODES (FREE WITH ANY $25+ ONLINE ORDER UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)

  • UNMASKED - choose 1: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask deluxe sample  or Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask to Refine and Refresh deluxe sample
  • PARTYON (must spend $35+) - Choose 1 of 3 bags containing 12 foil samples
  • FLASHFUSION - COVER FX Custom Cover Drops deluxe sample (multiple shade options)
  • INSTANT - IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream Smooths, Brightens, Depuffs Sample Set (10 foil packets)
  • LUXURIOUS - Tata Harper Illuminating Moisturizer deluxe sample 
  • ACTIVATE - choose 1: Ren Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion deluxe sample or Jurlique Activating Water Essence deluxe sample 
  • BARRIER - Ren Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist deluxe sample 
  • SKINGOALS - choose 1: Primary Raw Do You Azulene Gel Cream deluxe sample, Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream deluxe sample, Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm and Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid Sample Set, or Ren Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion deluxe sample
  • FABSKIN - First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads Sample Set (10 pads) 
  • CURLGEL - Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Quinoa Frizz Control Gel deluxe sample
  • TOPTHIS - FORMULA X Shine Nail Top Coat deluxe sample
  • SCEYELINER - choose one: deluxe Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof deluxe sample in 18 Diving in Malaysia or 26 Suede Shoes
  • HDFOREVER - deluxe Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation
  • PERFECT8 - choose 1: bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 deluxe sample & mini brush (multiple shade options), Algenist Elevate Firming & Lifting Contouring Serum deluxe sample, Devacurl Wave Maker deluxe sample, Drybar Prep Rally Prime & Prep Detangler deluxe sample, or Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Smoothing Hydra-Gelรฉe Nourishing Hair Perfector deluxe sample
  • UPICK2 (for VIB and Rouge) or CURATED (for BI) - deluxe Juliette Has a Gun Not A Perfume sample 
  • VIBBARE (for VIB and Rouge only; must spend $35+) - a trio of bareMinerals deluxe samples including Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara, Golden Gate Blush, and Gen Nude Liquid Matte Lipcolor in Infamous
  • VIBGLOWY (for VIB and Rouge only; must spend $35+) - Josie Maran Deluxe Sample Set including 100 percent Pure Argan Oil Light deluxe sample, Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid deluxe sample in shade Awakened RG45, and Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer deluxe sample
  • VIBLONG (for VIB and Rouge only; must spend $35+) - Bobbi Brown deluxe sample set including Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Bark, Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet, and Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover 

Thanks so much to Tamiko, Bella, Lucia925Girl and Sharde Liggins for the fantastic tips!
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73 comments

  1. Ahh yeah!!! I cannot wait!! I already cleaned up my loves list and just waiting for the clock to strike 12!!
    Thanks G for the bareMinerals code. Sorry the pic is blurry.

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    1. You're welcome, Tamiko! And don't you dare apologize!! I am so grateful to you for sharing that pic and letting us know that the mailers went out this week. Thank you, girlie!! ❤

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    2. Hey, I was wondering if the sale will also work for those who become VIB members while the sale is on? For example if I make a purchase online that qualifies me for VIB would I be able to use the code?

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  2. HI can you tell me if I have this corect this is my first time for this sale. can I use the coupon code more than one time. can I use online and in store or if I come back and online they have add something can I use the code again. so more less lol can I use the code as many times I want. thanks you.

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    1. You can use the code as many times as you like during your specific dates (see my post for the dates) both online and in-store. There is NO limit to the amount of times you can use it online and in-store. :)

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  3. Earlier this year Sephora messed up my points and I am back to being a Beauty Insider. So sad!

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    1. Whaaaa? Omg that's horrible! I hope they at least gave you a GC to make up for it?

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    2. Oh I wish! What they gave me was fear as they somehow doubled on my Sephora account and some girl in Canada was using it. She had access to my address, credit cards, all of it! They gave her that account and made me get another one. I had to call them about 5-6 times. They have horrible service but I want some brands they only sell and are not at Ulta. Okay, I will stop with my sad story. LOL!

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  4. Hmmm...SPF has an expiration date (it loses its potency once expired) so I don't know how much "safety" is in the Sun Safety Kit 2015 if it includes items (presumably) manufactured for use last year!

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    1. Good point! I wonder if they fill them with new stock? Definitely worth a call to customer service, to be safe!

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  5. Just a heads up I found out the cover FX code is only good once per account :( I've never seen that before

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    1. Good to know! Thank you!! They usually only do that with multi-item GWPs. :(

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  6. I finally bit the bullet and purchased the Flash shipping tonight. My order should be here Friday!! Now to figure out what I "need" For vib

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    1. Yay!!! Soooo worth it, especially when they add new items to the sale page and you only want one thing! ๐Ÿ‘

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    2. If you put the Flash shipping in the cart for $10, and also add at least $15 worth of merchandise, you will get Flash shipping on the order, and you will be able to redeem a promo code that requires a $25 purchase.

      I have done this twice; once in May on my own account, and once just a week ago for a relative moving out of state. So I know it should work, and it really takes the sting out of the non-merchandise spend.

      But Flash shipping is a steal to be honest.

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    3. Excellent tip! Thank you!! xo

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  7. I have my wish list and will likely add to it. It's so tempting to buy gift sets but I'm excited to stock up on skincare. ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—.

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  8. Thanks for the shoutout, G! And bless all of us who are about to confront the SALE OF THE YEAR. May our wallets lose some winter padding and our significant others' jaws drop in stupor!

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    1. Thank YOU for the awesome tip! And yes, let us say a little prayer for our wallets and our significant others right now. Lol!!

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  9. Can I use the 20% off code & another code for a deluxe sample on the same order? That's what I'm understanding from your post but I'm not sure...

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    1. No, you can't. Please see the section of my post titled "important".

      Sorry if that was confusing but last year they offered some nice deluxe freebies during the sale, which was torture because it's an either/or situation.

      Also, I put the active choices in my post for those who may want to order those Sephora Favorites right now. Hope that clears it up! :)

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    2. This actually makes my shopping during the VIB sale much easier... I spend way too much time deciding which deluxe sample code to use, especially when you provide us with so many!!! haha :)

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  10. Just be aware that if you order the sun kit, some items might be expired by next summer.

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  12. Ugh, I was planning on going to Sephora today and making a fairly big purchase to finally reach rouge. I came on here to see if you had posted anything about the sale, secretly hoping you didn't so I could make my purchase in blissful ignorance. Now I feel like I should wait, but I really want the stuff I was gonna buy now lol #thestruggle.

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    1. Lol the struggle is real! Well if you went to Sephora today and made your puchase as planned, then you'd have the early access to the VIB event and you'd also get the free tote in store on the 4th. But if those two things don't really matter much to you, then I'd wait on that puchase and get the things you want with the discount on the 11th. Does that help at all? :)

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    2. This will be my first year as Rouge...is the tote bag filled with samples or is just the bag?

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    3. No, I believe it's just a tote (a canvas shopping bag type of tote).

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  13. I wish Sephora would do a little bit extra for Rouge members. Oh well, still excited!

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    1. I completely understand, and I hear that from other Rouge members too. It would be awesome if Rouge got 25% off, even if it was just for a day. You have to spend so much to become Rouge (probably why I've never achieved Rouge status! Lol) that an extra perk like that seems fitting. Maybe someday... :)

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  14. Thank you G, i told my cousin bro to get me Sephora Favorites Glow For It kit without any sale because he is a guy and dont have sephora anything :P he will buy tomorrow as he is going to that mall tomorrow, hopefully he get it there. Am from India and i love your blog, wish i could do some hands on shopping for real, you know touch them and all hehe

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    1. You're so welcome! That's very sweet of your cousin to get it for you! I think you'll love that set. Hopefully one day you can visit the US and get that hands on experience. :) Thanks so much for reading my blog! ❤

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    2. Ohhhh Rochelle, I would love to see India...Australia,India&a small atoll off of Indonesia are my lifelong dreams! Maybe G. could arrange for us to switch places or we could all visit with her for a month or two, then the 3 of us go back to your home for a bit??? Since I consider G a bit of a 'magician' for her amazing abilities to do everything she does, this would probably be a simple little task for her lol! xoxo to both you & G.

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  15. Some info for you on the Simon Mall gift cards. They are typical sephora gift cards, so you can use them online or at the sephora of your choice, not just simon mall. And you can buy as many as you want, just one per transaction. So I bought 4, and they did 4 separate transactions

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  16. I just got home from my local mall. I bought 2 more Sephora giftcards in addition to the one I got yesterday. Can't wait for the sale!

    I always shop online through Ebates. I think the minimum Sephora pays is 4%, and sometimes they pay even more. Win win win!!

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    1. If you buy a sephora gift card do you get points as well?

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  17. I think I'm FINALLY going to redeem some credit card points for a Sephora gift card. I really want a GHD flat iron!

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  18. YES! I just qualified for VIB on Tuesday (for the first time ever) and I'm so excited to take advantage of the discount! *woot woot*

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    1. That was me earlier this month!!! Congrats to us!

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  19. Do you know when Ulta will have their 20% off for platinum members?

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    1. I get my hair cut at my Ulta salon, otherwise I wouldn't EVER reach platinum in Ulta AND Sephora VIBR haha. Check your emails. :)

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    2. Good to know, I never thought of using the ULTA salon for accumulating points..thanks for sharing

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  20. So I just recently qualified for VIB - can I use the 10% off coupon I got for qualifying in conjunction with the 20% off sale in-store?

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    1. No, Sephora does not allow any stacking of discount codes. Sorry. :(

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  21. Whenever you become VIBR do you receive a discount code as well? I am $83 away from the level up, but I am worried that the VIB sale will put me past that and then I will have to wait until my ears blush comes in the mail. Thank you so much for this update! :D

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    1. this happened to me last year, I made 3 separate orders for myself, my mom and my sister. My 3rd order pushed me to the VIB Rouge status and I was locked out from using the VIB discount code!! Was rather frustrating as it was day 1 of sale and was thinking perhaps I would see more things before the sale ends. I did email Sephora and they end up emailing me a one time use code for 20%. Just thought I share with you!

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  22. If I reach VIB tomorrow, will I still be able to use the code next week for the sale or is there a waiting period?

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    1. In 2014 I actually hadn't reached it VIB status but found myself in the store that day and they gave me the 20% on all the stuff I bought which actually made me reach VIB status so there's always that BUT you'll probably have to go into the store for that.

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  23. Yeah, same question as mine. I also wonder if those hot stuffs which might be sold out during VIB Rouge would be restocked for VIB sale during 11-14 NOV?

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  24. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY it's 20% AGAIN!!!!!! :D

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  25. Thanks for all the tips, G. Just a question: Sephora only lets you put in one promo code at a time. So if I use 20VIB, I won't be able to put in the code for the deluxe freebies. Any work around on this?

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  26. Can someone help me with this? I have a JCPENNEY gift card that I was hoping to use on beauty products, so can I just go to a Sephora store inside JCPenney and tell the sales associate that I am VIB Rouge (give them my email add, etc) and ask them to enter in that 20ROUGE code?????? My understanding is that this code wouldn’t work on JCPenney website but only work in the Sephora store inside JCPenney, but I just wanted to clarify! Thanks in advance ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. Hi, G! Thank you so much for all this info. I'm waiting for the sale to start to see if I can get some skin care products on sale. I was wondering what tine does the code start working online? Thank you so much for all the work you do! ❤️

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  28. Hey, I was wondering if the sale will also work for those who become VIB members while the sale is on? For example if I make a purchase online that qualifies me for VIB would I be able to use the code? Please help me out.

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  29. So wait.... I can't use my gift card for the VIB Sale?

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    1. I believe the meaning is that you cannot use discount to purchase gift cards. You can always shop with your gift cards.

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  30. I wish Sephora would just give the 20% off automatically to VIB/ROUGE members during the sale and not require a code for it. That way we could still take advantage of freebies and other goodies that need a separate code. Boo hoo.

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  31. Do you know if the sales starts at midnight EST on nov 4th or some other time? I'm afraid of out of stock!!

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    1. I think its midnight Pacific Standard Time.

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  32. Am I the only one who hasn't received a mailer coupon/promo flyer? No email either. I've been rouge for over a year.

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  34. The deluxe free gifts are not available with the 20% off. That's OK, I'd rather have the discount!!

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  35. Hi Tonya, I haven't received anything either!!! I've also been waiting for my Ikea Catalog (they've sent it) so I'm wondering if this is becoming more of a Postal issue!!! If so, they're making me 'go postal'! lol!!!
    I've tried to write to you G so many times but it never shows up??? I only have a phone for internet access right now (I'm currently on my Mom's laptop, so fingers crossed!)so I'm not sure if I cannot reach you due to being on a mobile? If this goes through can someone help me as to how I can write comments on my iPhone please?
    G. Hugs to YOU!!! Honestly, I don't know how you do it...I would love to blog a bit but I haven't the slightest idea how to get started(not as a competition of yours, trust me!)...just about makeup I've purchased with reviews for older women, I'm close to 50 UGH!!! Anyway, thank you for all that you do for us...receiving your texts was always a highlight of my day! Not sure if it's because of my IOS 10 update or Twitter but I no longer receive them and truly miss them(I'd rather spend money I don't really have on makeup than on junkfood lol!!!) Like I said, I don't know how you do it or when you sleep because it seems as though you would give updates on products @ all hours of the day or night...I love how REAL you are, down to earth, fun, understanding & after all these years you still answer your viewers with kindness & respect! So please know, I adore you, I thank you, I respect you & I'd love to meet you someday! My baby...my only child, my son is stationed @ Camp Pendleton, San Diego (close to Oceanside???)& I think I've read that you're close by;so if I stop spending my money on more makeup that I'll never wear & can afford to come out there, Id love to take you to lunch or dinner?
    Sorry ladies & gentleman for babbling on here..I've been in bed sick for 3 days straight & need to get out of the house lol! Have a great weekend everyone...remember to VOTE! (Out of this entire & amazing country full of brilliant, law abiding, good hearted & honest American Citizens how in the world do we end up with the worst 2 candidates possible?!?)

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  36. If you are VIB Rouge, can you still use the discount code during VIB sale period? Thanks.

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  37. Hi I was not sure about this I have 29.00 to spend and I will be a ROUGEVIB so when I use my VIB20 will I have to get all my things at one time over this or can I still use it the coupon code even if I go to a rougevib. I just was not sure and did not want to miss out on the sale.

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  38. I am so bummed, I am locked out of the VIB sale because I'm VIB Rouge. Sephora did not make it clear to me that I would not be able to use the VIB code, yet sent me coupons for both. :( Sucks because I had like $500 I was going to spend...

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    1. Same here! I thought it would have been a given to get to use both sale codes... :(

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    2. This just happened to me yesterday too. Really not happy about that. I don't think this is fair for those who just spent all that money and may want to purchase more or forgot to purchase it. I hope Sephora fix this in the future. And their customer beauty advisor were not much help either.

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  39. Went to local Nordies got the same price match and didn't need to be a VIB or a VIB Rouge to get it. Sephora is one big rip off and the joke is on us because they have 2 measly sales a year, maybe something in Dec. They then run out of popular products during those sales. Many other stores are not only better, they have more sales and don't discriminate between the customers. I'm through Sephora, spend over $2000 a year on beauty and only spent about $50 of it at Sephora. They need to step it up because their point system and hierarchy is outdated and they offer very few incentives to shop for them. MAC, ULTA, Nordstroms have much better programs with a lot more sales.

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  40. I tots agree! I hit VIB Rouge during the sale due to Christmas gift purchases otherwise I would not have bothered for the measly comps! And I am still holding out to make certain purchases for myself a from the brands directly on Black Friday for a much better deal (tarte, NARS, too faced, etc...

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