How to Maximize Your Shopping at Sephora

Hi, loves!  How many are attending Christmas parties up until New Years? I know I will be attending them all week.  I wasn’t in a rush to purchase gifts because some of the best holiday shopping happens after Christmas day itself. A lot of my shopping is done at Sephora, whether it’s online or in store. I’m going to provide you with some tips and tricks on how to maximize your shopping at Sephora to include some freebies to keep for yourself and some of the holiday sets that are well worth the money.


If you haven’t heard of Sephora’s rewards program called Beauty Insider- you are missing out.  With the Beauty Insider rewards, you earn points for deluxe size samples and special discounts throughout the year, a birthday gift, and free beauty classes.  It’s totally free to join.  You can sign up here.  The more you spend the better the discounts get because you get to move into a VIB or VIB Rouge.


Sephora VIB is the coveted status of knowing you spent over $350 in a calendar year. When I hit this a status, I don’t know if I feel a sense of accomplishment or a sense of worry knowing I spent that much money, lol.  With VIB, perks get a bit better, because you get, higher discount amounts, handpicked gifts, and one free custom makeover.


What can I say?  You have to spend a $1000 in a calendar year to reach Rouge status, but it is worth it.  You get a special VIB Rouge gift, higher discounts, invitations to special events, and free flash 2-day shipping.

I am definitely not saying spend a $1000 to get those great discounts, you can definitely maximize your shopping trip no matter what status you are.

  • Check out Sephora’s Beauty Steals (online)
  • Take advantage of samples.

-Retail locations allow you to get different samples, so you can curate them to what you want.

-Online- you are allowed 3 free samples.

  • If you’re not VIB ROUGE, I highly recommend signing up for Sephora FLASH Subscription Free 2-Day Shipping For One Year.  For $10 you get 2-day shipping for the entire year.  Check it out here.
  • Cash in points for deluxe size samples or save them up for special sets here.
  • Don’t forget to take advantage of your free makeover (VIB & VIB Rouge).

You can find all your gift giving needs at Sephora.  Here are some of my favorites this holiday season:

Glitter Happy Brush Set- $85.00

This set contains:
– Blush brush
– Powder brush
– Crease brush
– Precision concealer brush
– Allover shadow brush
– Lip brush
– Acrylic stand

Every makeup lover or beauty enthusiast would love this brush set.  It comes with everything you would need to do a full face or just display it on your vanity.

Smashbox:  Light It Up 3 Palette Set: Eyes Contour Lips $29.00 22.50

This palette contains:
– 6 x 0.10 oz/ 2.95 g Photo Op Eye Shadow in Vanilla, Flamingo, Russet, Totally Nude, Amethyst, Dark Cocoa
– 3 x 0.14 oz/ 4.14 g Step-By-Step Contour Palette in Contour, Bronze, Highlight
– 6 x 0.08 oz/ 2.4 g Be Legendary Lipstick in Cognac, Pretty Social, Inspiration, First Time Matte, Jam On It Matte, Bing Matte

Smashbox is one of my all-time favorite brands.  There was actually a period where I Smashbox and I were exclusive.  This kit has an $89 dollar value with great quality product.  It comes with a lip palette, eye shadow palette, and contour palette.  This is something that can be given as a big gift or broken up into three small gifts.  I personally gifted this as a big gift.  Perfect for the girl traveler or girl on the go.

Color Wonderland Eyeshadow Palette$59.00

This set contains:
– 64 x 0.02 oz/ 0.68 g Eye Shadows
– 12 x 0.05 oz/ 1.47 g Eye Shadows
– 0.13 oz/ 3.76 g Base Powder
– 0.13 oz/ 3.76 g Highlighter
– 2 x 0.038 oz/ 1.1 g Eye Pencils

This multi-use palette is perfect for someone starting out in makeup because it has everything they need to create so many different looks.

The Mini Team: Rouge Cream & Shine Lipstick Set-$22.00

This set contains:
– 6 x 0.04 oz/ 1.2 g Mini Rouge Cream and Rouge Shine Lip Colors

Perfect for a lippy lover at an affordable price or you can give this to someone who would love to try different finishes and an array of colors.  I received one of these in my Sephora Play box and absolutely love the formula.  It will not disappoint.  They are also perfect for carrying in your purse.

Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set- $49.00

This set contains:
– 8 x 0.1 oz/ 3 mL Mini Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks in Plath (deep russet red), Santa Sangre (poison apple), Mother (dusty mauve pink), Lovesick (mauve nude), Backstage Bambi (vivid hot pink), L.U.V. (rich violet), New! Roxy (bright grape), Echo (satin navy blue)

I can’t even say enough about the Kat Von D liquid lippies.  There’s great color selection, amazing value, and the formula is great.  This limited edition lipstick set is made for the lipstick lover in your life.

Travel Beauty

As a girl who travels quite a bit, there are some must-have items that would make amazing gifts.

Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette- $35.00

This palette contains:
– 12 x 0.02 oz/ 0.7 g in Disturbed (deep brick red), 714 (bright red), Carnal (medium warm nude), Safe Word (neutral nude-pink), Studded (metallic gray-brown), Whip (soft pink with gold iridescent shimmer), Wrath (metallic red), Big Bang (bright pink sparkle), Firebird (deep fuchsia), Vanity Kills (lavender), Speedball (deep vibrant purple), Junkie (metallic teal shimmer with gold micro-sparkle)
– Lip brush

This palette is perfect for the female traveler.  It’s compact, provides numerous color choices, and a lip brush.  You can also mix the colors together for customized colors.  This palette is also perfect for a makeup artist to add to their kit.

Bobbi To Glow Shimmer Brick Palette- $69.00

What it does:
Formulated with superfine, light-catching pearl pigments, each shade in the Brown Bobbi To Glow Shimmer Brick Palette imparts gorgeous, natural-looking radiance and different effects. The Gold shade brightens and highlights and the Bronze hue creates warmth, while the Wild Rose creates a flushed glow.

Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks are amazing and for this price, you can’t pass it up.  Instead of bringing numerous highlighters on vacation, you get this one palette with three choices!  It’s perfect for that glow!

Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Sponge Set- $10.00

This set contains:
– 2 x uniquely shaped makeup sponges

The Sephora sponges are great for everyday use and to take with you for travel.  They are cheap enough that if it was to get left behind it wouldn’t be too bad because you could just pick up another one.  It’s not a Beauty Blender by any means, but they do what you need it to do.

Hope you enjoyed our tips and tricks on maximizing your shopping at Sephora.  These tips will help online or in-store shopping.  We also hope that you enjoyed some of our gift suggestions or your upcoming shopping at Sephora.

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