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.

Sephora

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:

Cockeysville

Rockville

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.

 

 

Sephora Now Delivering Through Instacart

Out of your favorite mascara? Get in delivered in one hour!

If you’re a beauty junkie and always seem to be running low on something, you’ll rejoice in this new partnership. Sephora and Instacart are joining forces to get your favorite beauty products delivered in as little as one hour. Just log into Instacart, search “Sephora” and click add to cart. The new service is available now in select markets and will be in all 400 stores in the U.S. and Canada by the end of the year.

Orders are limited to what’s available at your local stores, but you can still take advantage of daily deals and rack up points in your Beauty VIB account. Normal Instacart fees apply.

M-A-C Celebrating National Lipstick Day a little different this year

Stores are closed but you can still get a free lipstick.

For years MAC cosmetics has been the place to be on National Lipstick Day. All you had to do was show up (before they ran out) and get a free lipstick. But with MAC stores still closed, you won’t have that option. They are going to make it up to you by offering lipstick themed deals and giveaways all through the month of August.

Unfortunately, because it would be cost-prohibitive to mail everyone a free lipstick, you’ll have to buy something. Now through Jul.29, 2020, spend $30 or more and you’ll get your choice of Amplified Lipstick in Dubonnet, Matte Lipstick in Marrakesh or Lady Danger. No offer code necessary.

Sephora and ULTA Beauty usually have sales for National Lipstick Day along with many other brands. So set up a reminder for the 29th and check all of your favorite beauty sites for deals.

Sunday Riley was caught up in a fake review scandal and it’s disappointing

Multivitamins by Sunday Riley

The company is accused of placing fake reviews on Sephora.com.

Between November 2015 and August 2017, Sunday Riley had its employees create fake identities using VPNs to write fake positive reviews on Sephora.com. The company has not been fined, but has admitted to the fake reviews under a consent order by the FTC.

The disappointing part about this case is that Sunday Riley’s products are actually good. In emails from the CEO to employees, the goal of the campaign was to keep average review at 4.8. She mentions two products, one is at 4.2 and the other at 4.9. So these products were doing fine and she pushed fake reviews to make them just a little better, damaging her reputation and the reputation of her products.

A few days before this story came out, I was writing a post of the above product, Multivitamins. The trial duo includes Luna Retinol Sleeping Oil and C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum for just $28. I don’t what life was like before vitamin C serum! No, I do. I had dull, uneven skin that lacked any of the plumpness it used to have.

The serum is applied first and then you layer it with a few drops of the sleeping oil. In the morning you have bright, glowing skin that is plump as a baby’s cheek. This serum runs out quick, but the sleeping oil lasts forever. When I run out, I use Pixi by Petra’s Vitamin C Serum instead. To learn about Vitamin C Serums, read my article at Our Community Now. I also love Sunday Riley’s Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment.

The moral of the story is to make reviews part of the purchasing process, but look to other sources for advice. Ask your friends and family first. I don’t know how many times I have asked about a product and got a firsthand review, good or bad. When you’re shopping at beauty retailers, get a sample! If they don’t offer one, ask what the return/satisfaction policy is. Pssst. Sephora and Nordstrom will take anything back!

 

Moroccanoil launches new temporary color hair masks

Moroccanoil Color Depositing Mask

Try something new with this temporary hair treatment.

Moroccanoil, known for its luxurious hair oils has developed a new oil-based mask that deposits temporary color.  Moroccanoil Color Depositing Masks comes in seven colors including blue and rose gold.

In addition to adding color, the masks are made with hydrating oils and amino acids to help repair tired hair. Results vary based on hair color and porosity. The mask is easy to apply. Apply to sectioned hair and work through with a wide-toothed comb. Leave on for 5-7 minutes and rinse out. View the color chart on the website for estimated results.

The masks are available at morocconoil.com, Sephora and select salons. The masks are sold in 6.7 oz. tubes for $28 and 1 oz. packettes for $7. (I may get a commission from this link) Moroccanoil Color Depositing Masks come in; Champagne: warm, golden blonde, Platinum: cool, icy blonde, Hibiscus: brilliant, pink floral tones, Aquamarine: cool, blue tones, Rose Gold: soft pink and golden tones, Bordeaux: deep crimson brown and Cocoa: rich medium brown.

For more information, follow @Moroccanoil on Twitter and Instagram.