So, my birthday is at the beginning of August, meaning that about a week or two ago I received my card from Sephora’s VIB program telling me that it was time to redeem my special birthday gift. Since I had already been plotting an order – both to restock some essentials as well as to splurge and get myself a few presents – they didn’t have to tell me twice!
Mostly skincare items as per usual, but my two birthday treats were a cosmetics kit and a perfume. I’d been eyeing both for years, but for some reason it’s a lot harder for me to justify makeup and fragrance purchases than skincare, so I’d put them off over and over.
Between active codes, my rewards points, and my VIB birthday gift, I was able to net a ton of samples & GWP items as well. The sheet mask wasn’t a freebie, but it wouldn’t fit in the photo with the full-sized items.
Here’s the main attractions looking all pretty unboxed. I gotta say, I personally love Dr. Jart’s packaging for the Water line. That color is one of my favorites and everything manages to look high-end without actually being in fragile glass bottles or anything!
I’ll go over everything individually for the curious, so hit the read more if you’d like to see the specifics!
Earlier in the month I made my first post in what will be an ongoing series wherein I continually scour the Sephora clearance section and bring you my picks for the best deals, as well as any current coupon codes and my tips & tricks for the getting the best bang for your buck at Sephora. You can read more about the idea in the previously linked post if you’re curious as to how this feature came to be, but for now let’s just jump right into the sales!
First up is the Summer Crushes set, currently discounted to $40 from an original price of $45. Now, I personally adore sample sets like these – it gives product lovers like me a way to dabble with a ton of shiny new items without having to buy full sizes and risking disappointment or wasted cash. This set in particular is summer-themed, and it includes miniature versions of beachy items like LAVANILA Vanilla Coconut perfume, Bumble & bumble Surf Spray, and a myriad of items meant for both sun protection (lip balm, SPF serum, etc) as well as recovery items if you pushed the sun-worshipping a bit too far and got burned (restorative treatments for your hair, soothing masks for your skin, and so on). You can see the product details and sizes in the actual listing, but if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors this summer, this might be a set that you’ll want to grab before it’s gone.
Ready for the rest of my picks & tips? Hit the read more button!