Let’s chat about Sephora’s latest birthday gift offering to their faithful followers.
This year, there’s a TWIST! You can pick your gift in the form of Fresh skin care items (cleanser and mask samples) or makeup. I picked the offering from Marc Jacobs which is a mini La Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and mini Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Blacquer. A lipstick and eyeliner, okay? Sheesh these names. The formulas on both of these products is fantastic and the shades are very wearable (black and rose).
The price point on these samples is very comparable (maybe even more!) to last year’s and the fancy brand(s) is a step in the right direction. They can never return to the years of giving out Sephora brand products. Also, the more choices the better. Hallelujer. Although they don’t have an extra special offering for VIB Rouge members this year… Maybe because there are so many of us!? For shame on us all spending that much money at Sephora.
I don’t know why I’m a little bit disappointed? I think it’s because samples of Fresh and Marc Jacobs have been quite plentiful in recent months so this offering doesn’t seem all that special. I remember one rare occasion that they were offering NARS lip pencils as a point perk but that’s definitely not a regular occurrence. It’s still a lovely gift but not my favorite. Last year’s gift is still solidly in first place due to my obsession with Cruella and those amazing lip pencils.
Unlike Sephora’s rewards that only seem to get better with time, Ulta’s rewards seem to be regressing. As for Ulta’s gift, it’s apparently a mini Benefit Rollerball mascara for members with birthday in the first quarter of the year. I went into Ulta earlier this week, saw the offering, and promptly scoured through my email for the notification/certificate. The associates said that I wouldn’t get the email until five days before my actual birthday and then I would have a month to claim. Although they said this with little confidence so they’re clearly not 100% knowledgeable about this year’s offering. I wonder if there’s a gift certificate associated with this year’s freebie as well? That would certainly make it a nicer gift. Scouring online, I see conflicting information that says the reward certificate will come in the mail and not via email. Hmm… We shall see when/if I get the email and am actually able to claim the freebie mascara…
[UPDATE] I def got the $10 Ulta coupon and it was glorious as was the mini Rollerball mascara. I surprisingly liked the mini one much better than when I previously bought (and returned) the full-sized version. I didn’t get the coupon until maybe one day before or on my birthday via email…and I promptly used it that day. LOL. When you actually compare the two rewards side by side, the Ulta one is probably better in actuality but damn they need to get their stories straight and customer service on POINT. That is all.
Those with January birthdays, are you happy with this year’s freebie offering(s)? If your birthday is later in the year, are you excited for your gift?
Let me know in the comments below!