HOLD ON TO YOUR PANTIES. The 2015 Sephora birthday gift will legit make you lose your mind (and/or panties).
I’m sure you’ve already heard but, if not, I’m about to make your day. Having a birthday in January means I get the birthday gifts early from our favorite makeup mecca. And this year’s present is THE BEST YET.
Behold the beauty of a pair of Nars’ beloved lip pencils.
Years past the free gifts have included a Philosophy shower gel, Fresh lip products, Benefit face products, etc. But, in my opinion, I think the Nars gift blows the others out of the water.
For simply giving Sephora your email address, you’ll be the proud new mother to a mini Velvet Matte Pencil in Cruella (hallelujah), a mini Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien and, if you’re a VIB member, a mini Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner. I obviously adore Cruella; Rikugien is kinda blah; eyeliner is always nice. It’s just lovely to see a gift not made up of the cast-offs of a brand but rather some of Nars’ star students. Bravo Nars.
I’m sure you’re thinking, BREAKING NEWS, GILLIAN (err, not), but I got to thinking… What happened to Ulta’s birthday gift? Remember last year when I was
estastic pleased to learn Ulta was jumping on the birthday gift bandwagon with a full-sized Calvin Klein mascara? Well this year I received zero notifications of an Ulta gift despite being a platinum member (something I’m not exactly proud of). In fact, I thought they gave up on the program entirely until I googled and found this flyer image claiming that birthday girls (or guys – sheesh) would receive an Ulta eyeshadow quint valued around $12. Womp, womp. Such a let-down. Furthermore, there’s barely any press on the “gift” displaying the public’s clear enthusiasm on the matter. I’m being facetious, obviously.
Maybe Ulta will step up their game and offer a better gift during the later months of 2015 but that would be slightly unjust so I highly doubt that will happen. Per the usual, Sephora wins the makeup mecca battle yet again.
What say you about Sephora & Ulta’s birthday gifts?
PS – I am a VIB member (y’all know I meet that spending requirement) but I received the gift pictured in-store. Once I recovered from the shock of the Nars’ awesomeness, I realized I got the wrong gift. NBD but why not ask about it? So, in my next online order I called the lovely Sephora customer service, informed them of the gift mishap and they promptly added a VIB gift to my order. AKA I now have two mini Cruellas running around and life is beautiful.