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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Event Now Through 9/17 (Tips, Freebie Codes and Ideas)

Just a quick reminder that today's the day! The Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Event has begun! Now through 9/17, receive the following multipliers on ALL PURCHASES in-store and online at Sephora (also in-store at Sephora Inside JCPenney locations), no code required:

  • Beauty Insider - 2x points
  • VIB - 3x points
  • Rouge - 4x points

Bonus points will be automatically credited to your Beauty Insider Account the same day of purchase. Points not earned on sales tax, shipping, Sephora gift cards, eGift cards and prior purchases.

PLEASE NOTE: this event is not to be confused with the semi-annual VIB sale event that occurs each spring and fall. The fall VIB sale usually happens around the first week of November, and during that time Rouge members should receive 20% off all purchases for the first four days of the event, and then VIB members should receive their 20% off for the last four days of the event. Historically, this 20% off applies to all purchases and the code can be used as many times as you wish during your specific days. I'll keep you posted when I get more info.


VIB and Rouge members can enter code MYSURPRISE online to receive this mystery sample bag FREE with any $35+ order (also available in-store at both regular Sephora and SJCP locations)

The Sephora Cosmetic Bag will include EIGHT of the following samples (again, this is a SURPRISE so you won't know which eight you're going to receive):
  • Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion age defying exfoliator deluxe sample (0.25 oz/ 7.39 mL)
  • Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum deluxe sample (0.1 oz/ 2.95 mL)
  • CLINIQUE Dramatically Different Moisturizing trio sample (0.03 oz/ 0.88 mL each)
  • Lancome HYPNÔSE DRAMA Instant Full Body Volume Mascara deluxe sample (0.13 oz/ 3.84 mL)
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Mad Max deluxe sample (0.007 oz/ 0.20 mL)
  • SEPHORA COLLECTION Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover deluxe sample (0.84 oz/ 24.84 mL)
  • The Estée Edit Mattified Lipstick sample (one time use)
  • Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black deluxe sample (0.05 oz/ 1.47 mL)
  • belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb deluxe sample (0.33 oz/ 9.75 mL)
  • Origins VitaZing™ SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer with Mangosteen deluxe sample ( 0.5 oz/ 14.78 mL)
  • fresh Skincare Essentials trio (0.13 oz/ 3.84 mL), (0.07 oz/ 2.07 mL)
  • Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara deluxe sample (0.1 oz/ 2.95 mL)
  • beautyblender blendercleanser® solid deluxe sample (one time use)
  • Atelier Cologne Mandarine Glaciale Pure Perfume deluxe sample (0.05 oz/ 1.47 mL)

  • RUNWAYRED - deluxe Dior Matte Lipstick in shade 999
  • TOPTHIS - Formula X Shine – Nail Top Coat deluxe sample
  • LOLITA2 (back in stock) - Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick deluxe sample in LolitaII
  • PEONYPOWER - The Estée Edit Skin Glowing Balm Makeup in Dune, Chai, or Truffle
  • AGEDEFYING - Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate 7-day sample set (7 foil packets)
  • SCLIPS - select ONE: Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick deluxe sample in R49 Belly-dancing, Sephora Collection Rouge Matte Audacious deluxe sample in M11 Rebel Chic, or Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain deluxe sample in 01 Always Red
  • MELTOFF - Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil deluxe sample - 0.04 oz
  • EYELOVEIT - select ONE: tarte Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches (1 x 2 single-use patches), AmorePacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel deluxe sample, Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream deluxe sample, or Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Cream deluxe sample
  • CLEARDAYS - select ONE: Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++ deluxe sample, Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel deluxe sample, Kate Somerville EradiKate To-Go Acne Treatment deluxe sample, or REN Evercalm Serum deluxe sample
  • SUNSHINE - select ONE: Cover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 deluxe sample, Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Protect + Perfect deluxe sample, or Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ WetForce for Sensitive Skin & Children deluxe sample

  • Obviously, start with the sale page HERE. Because there's nothing like saving on beauty AND earning extra points at the same time.

And just a reminder (because you know I always have to say this in my Sephora posts), 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. With the Beauty Insider Appreciation event and the holidays coming up, this service can REALLY help if you're placing multiple orders.


  1. Hoping that they will the sephora favorites most coveted set during this event!

    1. Me too! I've been checking constantly!

  2. Hi G.,
    Not sure if this tip has been mentioned, but thought I'd share it here. Nordstrom is price matching Ulta's 21 day deals! The prices aren't shown on their website, but if you place the order/are thinking of placing the order, just customer service chat them, and they'll adjust the price. If you go in store, they will match the price.
    This is good because:

    1) Nordstrom offers free shipping on beauty products. So, if your Ulta is out of stock on an item you want, rather than having to pay for shipping on the Ulta site, just get it from Nordstrom!
    2) Nordstrom has free samples with each purchase! And you get reward points as well if you have a rewards card with them :)

    1. Thanks so much, Jo! I have mentioned the Nordstrom price-matching policy (as well the free shipping and samples and rewards points) many times on the blog, but I have not mentioned it with this event because of the policy changes as of late. For the last few deals that I have posted about where I DID mention that Nordstrom price matches, I found out just after publishing my blog posts that they were NOT price-matching those deals. The reason is that some brands are not on Nordstrom's vendor-approved list for price-matching. This appears to vary from brand to brand and from promo to promo, so it's impossible for me to know if Nordstrom will price match each daily deal when I post about it. I'm having a hard enough time as it is posting each deal every night as it goes live (I basically put my life on hold every night of this event at around 10PM and keep refreshing the Ulta site until the deals are live. Lol!). So then to try and do a live chat with Nordstrom at that time, on top of trying to post the info as quickly as possible--it's just too much for me to try and do every night. But I so appreciate you taking the time to mention this! xo

  3. Thanks for this post G! And I agree that ypu should get the Its Skin Cookie cream. I will reccommend that you just get the original scent, i bought that one and the strawberry one but definitly prefer the original. It legit smells like straight up sugar cookies, the strawberry scent is too artificial for my tastes. Its a nice light moisturizing cream i prefebly use for my hands only around the house but for $10 its nice little treat :)

    1. Oooh, this just made my life so much easier! Lol! Thank you!!! I was leaning toward the original but now this just seals the deal. xoxo

  4. I stopped by a Sephora in JCP today and received one of the surprise bags. Mine included the following:

    Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (four shades - Dark Brown, Ebony, Granite, and Ash Brown - with small applicator brush) 0.014 oz
    First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream 1.0 oz
    Boscia BB Cream (self adjusting shade) 0.35 oz
    Michael Kors Sexy Amber perfume 0.05 fl oz
    Benefit Dew The Hoola liquid face bronzer 0.16 fl oz
    Makeup Forever Excessive Lash mascara 0.08 fl oz
    Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gel in Pin-up Pink 0.1 oz
    Josie Maran Light Argan Oil 0.15 fl oz

    The cosmetic bag is actually great quality and I'll probably end up using it a lot. I did not have to spend $35.00 to get it, but I did have to ask about it. The ladies in the JCP location didn't really know anything about it until I showed them the email I received.

    I hope this helps.

    1. Thank you SO much for all this great info! I so appreciate it! What an excellent bag!!!

  5. What scent cookie & body Ice Cream will you get? I'm having a hard time picking one

    1. I think I'm getting the original scent, based on Mayra's comment above! :D

  6. Do they ever do promotions (besides the freebie codes) for plain jane Beauty Insiders or do I need to get that VIB status before I get cool perks?

    1. The only one I know of is the Spring Beauty Insider Event. During that event, Beauty Insiders get 10% off all purchases (VIB and Rouge get 20% off). For the Fall Beauty Insider Event (coming up in November), Beauty Insiders historically do not get a discount (VIB and Rouge get 20% off).

  7. I ordered the It's Skin Cookie and Body lotion too! I got it in Mint and haven't tried it before - I hope we both like it.

    1. OMG, I was on the fence between that one and the original, and then I read Mayra's comment above and now I'm going to order the original (I'm such a sucker for sugar cookies). PLEASE PLEASE let me know how you like the mint? If it's a winner I will so place another order! Lol. :D

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  9. I pounced on the Hourglass holiday palette as soon as I woke up this morning! I've been waiting for the points event! Can't wait to get it!

  10. Do you have any idea when the VIB Rouge exclusive holiday goods might be available for Beauty Insiders? I was hoping to buy Laura Mercier highlighter palette during this event...

    1. My memory is kind of fuzzy but I don't think they will be available to everyone during this event. However, I think they become available right before the 20% off event in November.

  11. Quick q if anyone knows... It says I need to spend $299 to maintain vib this year. But if I spend $100 I'll get 300 points right? So is that enough to maintain like do they base it on points or dollars spent? Your insight is truly appreciated so I know how much stuff to get lol. Thanks!! Love this blog!

    1. No. It does not work that way. Beauty Insider status it determined based on actual DOLLARS spent, not points accrued. :)

    2. Ok awesome, good to know! Thanks!

  12. My local sjcp had no idea what the promotional bag was about, tried to convince me the code was valid only at free standing stores, and handed me a ziploc bag with 6 foil packets/sample cards plus 2 perfume samples. Luckily, I was able to use the code online.

  13. Got your email alert and went on and ordered my loves which came to $115 plus tax (I have flash shipping) and am a VIB. I was only credited with 115 points. Hmmmmm. Now what? Thanks G.

    1. The extra points won't show immediately when you place the order. They should show up sometime the same day, though. That's what happened for me.

  14. If you are Sephora VIB there is also the VIBDryBar code for three travel size Dry Bar products (dry shampoo, sea salt spray and shine cream).

  15. Hi G! Love your blog! I am a vib and spent $48. Did not receive the mystery bag with my purchase. What should I do?

  16. Thanks for the tips! I purchased one of the sephora favorites sets in store :) I also stopped by a Sephora inside JCPenney and saw four new (to me at least!) Sephora Favorite sets (Fall's Most Wanted, Ultimate Travel Bag, Skin-fatuations, Lash Out) - tagged you in my post on instagram if you're interested!

  17. UD Gwen eye palette is back in stock on the sale section!


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