I’m hustling this weekend to get my review of 17 lactic acids done (I expect that the post will be up Monday — timed, in part, to coincide with the start of this sale!), but you KNOW I have time to plot my Sephora VIB Rouge haul lol. Turns out, it’s not huge.
Unpopular Opinion: The Sephora VIB Spring Sale is Overrated
Lipstick League Question of the Week: Are you plotting an order for the Sephora VIB Sale? If so, what’s on your list?
I need to be real here: the Sephora semi-annual sale is great etc etc, but you might be able to get better deals on certain products by shopping creatively. My girl G at Nouveau Cheap has the full rundown including all the codes and tips; here are the dates you need to know:
- VIB Rouge (aka. me): 15% off April 18 to 24
- Rouge (my goal for this year): 15% off April 19 to 24
- Beauty Insiders (my goal for 2018 lol): 10% off April 20 to 23
Reason 1: U.K. beauty sites are cheaper due to a weak pound and no taxes
Cult Beauty offers free shipping on your first order and then 15% off another order after you complete your profile. If you’re based outside the EU, VAT is deducted from the prices posted on their site and shipping is extremely reasonable (free shipping is offered for orders of £50 or more). According to my calculations, the 15% off code would bring a bottle of Sunday Riley’s Good Genes to £60.21 for non-EU addresses or $78.19 once converted. Once NYC taxes are added, a bottle of Good Genes for VIB/VIB Rouge only manages to come down to $97.28ish. I also shop with FeelUnique in the UK, which has a ton of brands and even cheaper shipping (my referral link will give you £10 off your first order of £40 or more). While getting the link for this post, I was served this ad by FeelUnique; clearly we’re thinking the same things.
Reason 2: deluxe sample codes don’t work during the sale
Sometimes the deciding factor in a Sephora purchase for me is the chance to select a deluxe sample of something I really want to try. During the sale, the promo code slot is occupied with the 15% off (for VIB and VIB Rouge) or 10% off (for Beauty Insider) discount code, so there’s no chance of adding that sample to the cart. In the past, I’ve actually skipped the discount during the sale in order to be able to use a different promo code to get a really good deluxe sample. What can I say, I’m a ho for good gifts with purchase.
Since deciding to try to not spend $6,000 on beauty this year (unlike last year, *cough*), I’ve come up with a strategy: have at least $25 in products I need to rebuy in my Loves list, ready for when a truly amazing deluxe sample offer is released. That’s why I’m holding my favorite Shiseido Facial Cottons and Benefit’s Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Light in reserve for those a moment where I must have a deluxe sample.
Reason 3: sample and reward offerings are weaker during the sale
Sephora basically gets ransacked during this sale, so the odds of them releasing the really good samples and rewards AND of those samples and rewards actually being around when you place your order are lower.
Reason 4: the risk of clusterfucks and disappointments is historically high
Remember when the Sephora site crashed spectacularly in 2014? And the store was alleged to have deleted the accounts of customers with Asian last names and/or foreign email addresses in 2014? A class action lawsuit was filed shortly after the sale on behalf of Sephora customers; it resulted in a voluntary dismissal without prejudice. Anyway, that was some messy shit.
Since then, Sephora has split the annual sale into two and lowered the discount, but normal, to-be-expected disappointments like sold out items happen. This seems to be working better for logistics, but it makes sense to go in with low expectations tbh.
One reason to be very excited about the sale: Sets
Sephora usually drops some new value sets right as the sale starts and even during the sale, and those are HAWT.
Sunday Riley’s Sunday School Skincare Set is the one item on my sale list so far, but that could change because I get weak around Sephora Favorites sets. Fingers crossed for some amazing new releases, but I’d be delighted to stay the course and keep my spending in check.
The Lipstick League – week of 4.11.17
Clumps of Mascara – Some of you have mastered everything in the makeup brushes world and then there are others of us who still don’t know what the heck we’re doing.
EauMG – OK, so you guys are correct. Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon is a really great perfume.
fanserviced-b – The Ordinary is one of the hottest brands in skincare due to offering science-backed, affordable formulations; here are 7 similar skincare brands that I think make better products.
Gouldylox – Lately, I’m all about L.O.C.’ing my skin to keep the dryness away. If your skin is uncomfortable, try this with your existing skincare and you’ll be surprised at the difference it will make!
My Beauty Bunny – I’m getting ready for my vacation in Hawaii with this natural beachy makeup look using 100% Pure!
Nouveau Cheap – Just in time for the Sephora VIB Sale, Sephora has released new Sephora Favorites value sets (with some that are exclusive to Sephora inside JCPenney locations). Check them all out here.
Phyrra – Thinking about making the switch? I share my Top 5 Tips for Going Cruelty Free! They make it easy!
Prime Beauty – Multi-Masking is the latest skincare craze. Keep your skin in shape effortlessly with the new Nügg Beauty Mask Subscription Box!
we heart this – Have you seen the MAC In The Flesh x 15 eye palette (that’s 15 shadows, btw)? Stef has crowned it her favorite eye shadow palette in YEARS!
Blushing Noir – Check out the brands that are the best at bringing you the hidden gems in affordable makeup brushes!
(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
Clumps of Mascara is Currently Craving: The new Sonic Foundation Brush by Clarisonic is so intriguing! I’m a powder foundation user so I’d love to see how that baby works.
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