Birthday Beauty Freebies for 2019

Birthday Beauty and Makeup Freebies

Birthday beauty freebies from ULTA, Sephora and CVS.

I just had my birthday month and got to take part in one of my favorite things – picking up all my birthday freebies! My favorite freebies always come from Sephora and ULTA, but there are a few other great beauty freebies you can take advantage of.

Sephora

Each year Sephora gives you a choice of two different gifts. This year I decide on the Kat Von D makeup kit. It has a three lip gloss samples and a mini of her tattoo liner and setting powder. Get your freebie by signing up as a beauty insider before your birthday month.

ULTA Beauty

ULTAmate rewards members can get a variety of beauty gifts on their birthday. The gift changes every quarter and is usually listed in the recent ad. This year I got a Lancome Monsieur mascara mini and a couple of years ago I got a full-size NYX palette! Sign up here.

CVS Beauty Club

The CVS Beauty Club

CVS Beauty Club members get a free birthday gift every year. It could be anything from body lotion to nail polish. Just sign up for the program and it will be loaded onto your CVS Extracare card in your birthday month. You also get $3 for every $30 spent on makeup, hair and skincare products.

NYX Cosmetics

NYX Cosmetics Makeup Crew members get $5 off a purchase during their birthday month. Members also get discounts for hitting spending thresholds and earn points for every dollar spent. Members can also get certain products engraved for free!

NARS

NARS has a special free mini duo (with purchase) during your birthday month. Just visit this link to get the current birthday offer code. The code works online and in NARS stores.

 

There is a new tiny fridge to keep your skincare cold

FaceTory Fridge

The new countertop fridge by FaceTory helps extend the life of your skincare products.

Beauty experts have long suggested putting certain beauty products in the fridge to prolong the life of the product. K-Beauty company FaceTory has created a tiny cute pink fridge designed to hold your favorite skin masks, creams serums and more. The FaceTory fridge has a door shelf to hold sheet masks and three adjustable shelves to accommodate different sized containers.

The 10-liter fridge is also helpful for storing face oils and other products that are sensitive to sunlight. The temperature of the fridge can be adjusted from 48 to 32 degrees Fahrenheit and comes with an AC/DC cable.

The Facetory fridge is priced at $89 and is available at FaceTory.com and (I may get a commission from this link) Amazon. You can get a FREE fridge if you subscribe to FaceTory’s Annual 7 Lux Subscription.

 

 

Review of Mary’s Nutritionals Elite Compound

Mary’s Nutritionals Elite Compound

After hearing all the hype about CBD products, I went out a search for something for my husband to use on his aching muscles. I found a line of products at my neighborhood spa called Mary’s Nutritionals. The spa staff didn’t seem to have a lot of education on the products but told me to buy this skin compound for $50.

I took it home and we opened it up. It had a hard, almost waxy consistency.  The store had warned me and said you it would warm on your skin and soften. We both scraped some out and applied to different areas of the body. It has a mentholish scent (kind of like Bengay) and kind of floats on the skin. Neither of us could really tell if it made any difference The product also seemed to degrade/change colors after we opened it. The results were similar to any menthol or freezing compound you can buy at the drugstore.

The container didn’t come with any directions. Does it take multiple applications to work? Do you need to put it on more than once per day? Who knows? I tried calling Mary’s direct three different times. Each time you wait on hold for 20 minutes until you get a message that says they are busy and to call back later.

Final verdict: The product seemed to work as well as Icy Hot, at five times the price. The packaging and customer service is the company’s biggest downfall. If you want to try a CBD product, I would buy from a big brand or major drugstore. At least you can take it back if it doesn’t work.

Bluemercury mini-haul

NARS Gaiety Blush from @bluemercury

Bluemercury offers free two day-shipping everyday.

I recently ran out of my favorite NARS blush, Gaiety. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it at any local store, so I went on a web search. It is available at the NARS site but I wasn’t interested in stacking the cart or paying $5.95 for shipping. Luckily, I ran into Bluemercury.

Bluemercury is a boutique beauty retailer that carries higher end makeup and skincare. You’ll find brands like Bobby Brown, Tom Ford,  Laura Mercier and Hourglass. The big bonus about the company is you get free two-day shipping with practically every purchase.

I bought a NARS blush for $30 and got free shipping, three samples and one deluxe sample. I got a pair of skyn ICELAND firming ice gels, Hum Glow Sweet Glow gummies, NARS deluxe Sheer Glow Foundation sample and Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian thermal water mineral-rich moisturizer.

So next time you need something, check out Bluemercury!

Glow up with this $20 gift set from ULTA

 

The Glow Up, $20

ULTA has a great gift set right now filled with everything you need to glow this summer. ‘The Glow Up’ gift set is $20 and includes six prestige brand products. It also has a $5 coupon you can use to purchase a full-size version of one of the products in the set.

Here’s what you get:

Becca Light Priming Filter .5 fl. oz. – This purple primer gets rid of dullness and can be used with or without makeup.

Julep Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil .14 fl.oz. – Rosehip Seed Oil is a moisturizing anti-aging compound that helps to improve the look of fine lines and skin texture.

Laura Gellar New York Dewdreamer Illuminating Drops in Gilded Honey (full size) – This ultra pigmented illuminator can be used with or without foundation as well as on the body to produce a nice glow.

Lorac Light Source 3-in-1 Illuminating Primer in Dusk .33 fl.oz. This golden primer can be used alone or under foundation. Can also be used to highlight.

NARS Orgasm .12 oz. – One of the most popular blushes in the world, this pinky-peach blush that looks good on every complexion. This is also the main reason I bought this kit!

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray .5 fl.oz. – Use this setting spray instead of or on top of your setting powder. Keeps your makeup set all day and all night!

This set is a great value, so get it before it’s gone!