Sephora and ULTA Beauty Are Expanding Into Big Box Stores, Here’s Where You Can Find Them in Maryland

Sephora will have mini-stores in Kohl’s and Ulta is doing the same inside Target stores.

Earlier this year America’s beauty behemoths announced partnerships to get more get their products in front of consumers. Both company’s plans hinge on placing small pop-up kiosks inside Kohl’s and Target locations across the country. Both have begun to open at select locations and they have also placed products for sale on those stores’ websites. Here are places in Maryland where you can visit these new popups and get your favorite beauty products.


Nothing, nada, zip, zilch. That’s right, our little beauty starved state gets nothing. Not one Kohl’s in Maryland has been earmarked for a Sephora kiosk. You can buy Sephora products on the Kohl’s website but coupons don’t count and the freeship minimum is $75. You’re better off getting a freeship code for online orders or doing a pickup order for existing standalone and JCPenney locations.

Courtesy Target Stores

ULTA Beauty

So far there will be three ULTA Target locations in Maryland and two are already open:



Gaithersburg (Coming Soon)

You can also get ULTA Beauty products online and the free shipping minimum is much lower at $35. This is great because you can bundle your household supplies with hard-to-find beauty products like The Ordinary.



Nude Skincare ProGenius Rescue Oil – a review

I am always looking for something to mitigate wrinkles. Unfortunately, retinol (the most effective wrinkle treatment) and I don’t get along. Awhile back I read about celebrities  like David Gandy incorporating rose hip seed oil into their beauty routines to combat aging. A few days later I was shopping online and I saw this Nude Skincare trial kit at Sephora. I bought it, along with some other things.

Sephora haul 2.2016
Needles No More by Dr. Brandt (thumbs down), Supergoop Sunscreen Oil (thumbs up), Urban Decay Primer Potion (so-so) Marvis Toothpaste (thumbs up) and Nude Skincare Progenius Rescue Oil duo (thumbs up).

Nude Skincare is a natural skincare brand that includes Mrs. Bono as one of the backers. The brand has a few treatment oils, including the Progenius Rescue Oil. In addition to cold pressed rose hip seed oil,  rosemary oil and coleus root extract the treatment includes bakuchiol, a “natural” retinol that helps to improve texture and guard against skin stressors. It is also vegan.

It came with ProGenius Omega Treatment Milk, which you are supposed to put on before the oil. I didn’t really like the smell of the texture of the treatment oil so I don’t use it. The oil “stays in place better if you layer it with a moisturizer, but you can apply it to cleansed skin.

I use it at night, after I put on my rosacea treatment and sometimes in the morning as a daytime moisturizer. It helps calm by burning, red skin and my skin is super moisturized when I wake up in the morning. My skin also seems firmer, radiant and has a more even skin tone. Suffice to say – I love this stuff! Now the cons – if you don’t wear it with moisturizer, it tends to take longer to absorb, getting on your glasses, etc.. It is also expensive ($68 an oz.) and Sephora recently announced it will be discontinuing it.

While supplies last, you can head over to Sephora and stock up or just try out the brand at 30 percent off. The trial kit I bought (several of them actually) is called the ‘Double Dose of Genius’ and is reduced to $15.40 for .33 oz each of Rescue Oil and Treatment Milk. The oil has lasted me since February and I spilled a bunch. At 2-3 drops per application, this sample could last you 6 months. I will use up my supply and if Nude Skincare is gone by then I’ll look for a replacement.

Sephora’s sample box open to new subscribers

IMG_1709Sephora entered the beauty sample box arena last year and started out slow. The “Players” had to sign up and wait for an email that invited them to the program. Sephora now seems to have distribution and shipping established and as of today, you can simply visit the website and subscribe.  The “Play” by Sephora sample box is $10 per month (plus tax, including shipping) and you can cancel anytime. You must be a Beauty Insider member to subscribe.

IMG_1710The April Play box included a Sephora gel blush, A sample of MILK Sunshine Oil, a CLINIQUE Pep Start Eye Cream sample, A Derek Lam 10 Crosby 2 A.M. eau de parfum spray, a Sunday Riley GOOD GENES sample and a NARS Satin Lip Pencil – it’s actually the same one we got last year for the birthday gift. It ships on the 20th of each month and comes to your mailbox. I like the fact that the products are all new or at least relevant. You end up getting products that aren’t lame like you tend to get in some of the other sample boxes.  My favorites from this one are the gel blush and the Sunday Riley GOOD GENES. I actually saw a difference in my skin shortly after I applied it! It is made with lactic acid that helps remove dead skin much more gently than glycolic acid. If you want to the Sephora box, I would sign up ASAP because you never know when they will close it.

Get free shipping for a year from Sephora for only $10



Sephora is once again offering its Flash Subscription for one year of free 2-day shipping for $10.  There is no minimum and it applies to every purchase for one year. If you are a VIB Rouge member you will get it free, as long as you maintain your VIB Rouge status. This offer can go away as quick as it appears , so hurry if you want it.  To get it, go to and sign into your beauty insider account. Go to this page, add it to your basket, accept the terms and conditions and check out as usual. The only caveat is that you won’t be able to 2-day items that can’t go via air. Those items will ship free by ground.

It’s a new year and time for a new birthday gift from Sephora

All Beauty Insiders are eligible for a free gift during their birthday month at Sephora and the beauty store has just unveiled it’s new birthday gift for 2015.  Last year the gift was a mascara and mini lipstick from Make Up For Ever and the year before that it was a mini duo of Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments. The gift for 2015 is two NARS lip pencils plus a NARS eyeliner for VIB Rouge (members who spend over $1,000).

Sephora 2015 Birthday Gifts from NARS
Sephora 2015 Birthday Gifts from NARS

So, how do you get your gift? Sign up to become a Beauty Insider and visit the store during your birthday month to pick up your gift (no purchase is necessary). You’ll also earn points on your purchases that you can redeem for super-sized samples and get special offers in your email.