Yesterday was the start of Sephora’s 15% off event for VIB members. Bi-annually, Sephora offers beauty insider members a discount on all products in their stores, you just have to be a member and signed up to receive their email newsletter for the promotion.
You can sign up to be a Sephora Beauty Insider here at https://www.sephora.com/profile/MyAccount/beautyInsider/beautyInsider.jsp
Beauty insider members get a 15% off coupon code in their emails that they can print out and use starting today in stores (for Canadians). USA residents can print out their coupon code for use in stores, or use the promotion code BICHIC for an online shopping discount of 15%. The promotion runs for 1 week from today.
As a VIB member, I got to use my coupon code a day earlier and Sephora also provided free GWP (gift with purchase) makeup and beauty samples within a chic plastic carrying tote (see above picture). This Spring 2013, stripes and black/white are fashion trends, so I’m all set with my Sephora tote bag (also great to reuse as a lunch bag).
Here’s the remaining part of my Sephora beauty haul:
Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel. Basically, it’s an eye cream (in gel format) that uses nanotechnology to target your cells with anti-aging mechanisms. It doesn’t contain parabens, and Sephora Canada just recently started carrying this line. Before, I had to source it out at Sephora USA or at the Holt Renfrew counter here in Canada. This thing seriously looks space-age, doesn’t it? I wanted to capture a shot of the metallic mirror embedded in the glass jar. I’m a sucker for pretty packaging :)
Next up is the fabulous Faberge egg nail polish by Illamasqua in “Fragile”. This company has gone and created a nail varnish that recreates the look of a robin’s egg perfectly, down to the Tiffany Blue pastel color in an eggshell finish, to the speckled “birthmarks” that appear all over a real egg. Their marketing spin is to encourage the user to embrace the imperfections found in nature; 2 coats will leave you with a breathtaking speckled egg effect all over your nails.
UPDATE: My Illamasqua speckled nail polish review can be found here:
I also saw the Christian Dior Nail Glow Polish on the shelf and quickly snatched it up. This has been one of my “must-trys” this Spring, a clear pink tinted nail polish that promises to produce the French Manicure effect on bare nails. It’s supposed to make your natural nailbed pink, and your (yellowed) nail outgrowth appear whiter. If you haven’t figured out by now, as long as a product is unique and innovative… it will definitely pique my interest, lol ;)
UPDATE: My Dior Nail Glow review can be found here:
A great incentive that all physical Sephora stores offer, is the ability to have custom samples created for you by the staff. Each person is allowed to (politely and kindly, of course) request 3 small store-made samples of products that you are desperately aching to try. Trying a sample first can help you determine if you have any allergies with the product, if you agree with the texture and smell of the product, and if you generally even “like” it, before you invest your dollars.
Finally, I saved the best for last! Sephora’s Beauty Insider membership has a points program in place that awards you 1 point per $1 spent. Starting at 100 points, you may redeem for your choice of various deluxe beauty or skincare samples (encased in clear cubes at the checkout counter). Just waltz up to the nice cashier, and state which item you would like to receive Gratis (and hand over your membership card for deduction of points, of course). Once a year, Sephora also gives its members a birthday gift. You can find out more info on their website :)
Today, this little beauty caught my eye. Encased in a sturdy matchstick black box was this miniature lipstick from Givenchy. I was happily surprised by the superb detailing Givenchy decided to bestow on this sample lipstick. It’s absolutely perfect to slip into one’s clutch or evening bag for a night out on the town. Le Rouge indeed.
Are you planning to take advantage of the 15% off discount at Sephora? What does your beauty haul look like?