As the years tick by, birthdays aren’t as fun. But one bright spot in my birthday month is collecting all those birthday freebies! First up is ULTA. They change their birthday gift every three months. Last year I got a huge NYX palette and this year I got a super sized sample of IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara. It is identical to the travel version (a $12 value) and comes in special box. To get your birthday freebie from ULTA, you have to be signed up with the ULTAmate Rewards Program and have to wait for a special email to redeem it.
Next up is Sephora. This year you have three choices, a Bite Beauty lip kit, Bumble & Bumble hair duo or what I got – the GLAMGLOW kit. I’m familiar with the brand, but never tried it so I thought, what the heck. It includes the SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment and GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer. Beauty Insider members can redeem their gift anytime during their birthday month online or in stores.
Lastly, CVS Beauty Club sent me a coupon for a free Poparazzi Nail Polish ($2.99). I chose a metal rose gold color called “Rose Gold Rendezvous”. The CVS Beauty Club also awards members with $3 in Extrabucks for every $30 spent. This is not included with your regular CVS card, you have to sign in and join to get these rewards!
In addition to beauty freebies for birthdays, there are also some other great freebies:
IKEA Family– coupon for $15 towards your purchase and a free dinner! Sign up here.
Chili’s – free desert and free drink or chips and salsa every visit.
One of the best benefits of joining those store rewards programs are the freebies! This year Sephora has three to choose from, skincare from Caudalie, blush and lipstick from Tarte or grooming essentials for men from Jack Black. This year I decided to go with Tarte. The blush is a nice pretty pink and the lip gloss is more like a liquid lipstick in a nude shade (and it smells minty). All you have to do to get your free birthday gift is sign up for the Beauty Insider club online or in store. You can get your free gift anytime during your birthday month – no purchase required!
ULTA changes their birthday gift every quarter or so. You can usually find it in the ad book sent out in the mail. Some stores are also giving out a freebie from Benefit (they used to do a free eyebrow wax). Getting your gift is harder. You have to be registered for the rewards program and wait to get an email in the mail that can be redeemed for your gift. Summer 2017’s gift is this cool NYX eyeshadow palette ($18 value ) filled with some great fall colors.
Other beauty rewards programs:
CVS Beauty – Separate from your regular CVS card, get $5 when you spend $50 and $3 for your birthday.
MAC – Free shipping, discounts and samples. No birthday gift but you’ll get a free full size product on your anniversary.
Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to buy things like candy, flowers and cards. But it is also a good time to treat yourself to pink themed beauty or drop hints for non-perishable gift ideas to your sweetheart! Here are eight products on the top of my list.
Sleep soundly while your skin gets repairs via this eye mask made with copper threading. Copper promotes skin renewal, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Lasts 100 washes, $25 at nordstrom.com.
Kevyn Aucoin The Neo Limelight
This new highlighter from Kevyn Aucoin is almost too pretty to use…almost. The ombre highlighter is highly pigmented, gives skin a strobed glow and lasts all day, $58.
Oasis lip Gel in Blush Crush
This cool lip product from H20 Plus is part lipstick, part lip gel and its transparent. It applies like a dream and has a nice minty flavor. It comes in six different shades (including a completely clear version) and costs just $12. Get it online at ULTA and H20Plus.com but hurry – it sells out frequently.
Hard Candy Blooming Lip Oil
Lip oils are great for keeping lips moist in the dry winter air, but they can be a little pricey. Hard Candy Cosmetics has a new lip oil made with ten essential oils and a ph adjusting formula that creates a shade unique to your lips. It lasts for 8 hours and will only set you back $6, get it at Walmart.
Valentine Shampoo Bar Giftset
If you’ve never used a shampoo bar, now is the time! Bath and body purveyor Basin White is offering a choice of your favorite shampoo and conditioner bar in a cute heart tin for just $17.99. Each bar lasts about 50-75 washes and they are great for travel.
Philosophy Amazing Grace Dry Shampoo
Two of my favorite things are dry shampoo and Philosophy’s Amazing Grace. This limited edition dry shampoo cleanses and texturizes with the lovely scent of Amazing Grace, $24 at Nordstrom.com. Also available in Pure Grace.
Lash Couture Mink Lashes by KISS
These super thick lashes by KISS have the look of mink but are 100 percent cruelty free. Easy to apply and reusable, you can skip the serums and extensions for lashes that are more than “battable”. Get them at Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart stores, $5.99 per pair and $5.99 for adhesive.
Voluspa Vermeil Prosecco Rose Candle
Technically candles aren’t beauty but they sell them in the beauty section so I’m going with it. It’s pretty, pink and smells of Rosé, cassis and white rose petals. Made with coconut wax, essential oils and cotton wick, $18 to $30.
One of my favorite creamy eyeshadows is NARS’ Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess. It’s that perfect rose gold color that wears well all by itself or layered with dry shadows. The only thing I don’t like about it is the price: $28 for .05 ounces. I don’t wear it everyday and it still runs out quick. That being said, it has been difficult to replicate the color till now.
I was walking around Kohl’s with some Kohl’s cash to spend and I came upon theBalm counter. They have a line of creamy stick eyeshadows called “Batter Up” with a color that almost identically matches NARS Goddess. Batter Up Long Wearing Eyeshadow Stick in “Moonshot” is a dream come true! The price is still $17 for the same amount of product, but still about 40 percent cheaper than the NARS version. Most of the makeup at Kohl’s isn’t eligible for coupons but you can use the Kohl’s cash you earn towards the purchase of makeup and beauty!
It’s that time of the year again. Time to redeem your beauty insider coupons! The amount of your coupon is based on your annual spend, with a minimum of $15 off a purchase of $50. I used mine to try out some new products and grab an old favorite:
Gold infused masks were a favorite backstage at the VS Fashion Show this year. This sheet mask’s 24K gold and hyaluronic acid plump up skin, reduce inflammation and reduce the appearance of lines. Get them in singles or in a box of five for $68.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, $22
Hourglass has created a collection of finishing powders that mimic different types of light, making your skin look its best in any light. I got Dim Light, a neutral peach beige powder designed to blur imperfections and highlight your radiant undertones. For a limited time get a mini versions priced at $22 instead of $46.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, $12
This cult classic by NARS combines coverage with light diffusion to give skin a radiant glow. The full size ($28) comes in 16 tones or try it out in two shades, Vanilla or Custard for just $12 each.
This made in Maryland lip balm moisturizes and gives lips that perfect rosy tint. It can also be used to soothe scratches, moisturize dry skin and even quell diaper rash. The little tin will last forever but its nice to have several around the house.
I got all this for $37 (before tax). Make sure you check your email and redeem your coupon before De. 12, 2016!