Drugstore makeup and big-box store beauty supplies are fine, but even Krazy Coupon Ladies like to pamper themselves now and again. Can a KCL balance beauty and her budget, especially at a guilty-pleasure store like Sephora?
Beauty junkies, rejoice! Tempting merchandise doesn’t have to come at out-of-reach high prices. With these tips, you’ll be able to score makeup, fragrance, and lots of fun beauty items at far-less-than-retail prices.
Become a Beauty Insider: Sephora’s loyalty rewards program
It pays to become a Beauty Insider at Sephora. The loyalty program allows shoppers (in store and online) to earn a point for each dollar spent. Turn those points into high-value free products! Participants also get special offers via e-mail along with access to Insider-only products and value sets. Earn VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) status and score bigger swag, like a $20 gift card freebie during the holidays, free gifts, and store event invites for a full year!
Follow online deals
Deals offered online allow customers to get the most value for their money. These deals change weekly, so bookmark the page to avoid missing something big! Be sure to click on the “Fragrance Deals” tab to see offers for free gifts, value sets, and more. Another bonus for online shoppers: Any online purchase also includes three free samples, so don’t hit “buy” until those free samples are in your cart!
Use a deluxe online code
Sephora online savings codes are routinely available. Check RetailMeNot if placing an order to see current codes and any associated user comments. Free shipping is always available from Sephora with a $50 minimum purchase, but sitewide $25 free shipping is sometimes available. And 20% off coupons are also popular in addition to free gifts with purchase.
Stack online offer codes
Sephora is one of those stores that DOES allow more than one regular offer code per online order. So don’t celebrate even if you score a $74 Philosophy Grace fragrance set for $39!. Add those free samples to your order and see if you can pair it with a free shipping code or 20% off offer to save even more!
Free gift during your birthday month
Here are three words sure to make you smile: Free Lip Duo! During your birthday month, just visit a Sephora store to get a free (no minimum purchase required) Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Duo. Just be sure to sign up to receive a reminder and then visit a store any day during your birthday month.
Buy with a Discover Card
Use ShopDiscover.com to earn an automatic 5% cash back on all purchases. The cashback bonus award jumps to 10% during special promotional periods (including holiday shopping for the month of December and back-to-school shopping in August). Free shipping over $50, free returns, and three free samples are still part of the package!
The Discover Card cashback bonus center has a redemption option for a $50 Sephora gift card using just $45 of a customer’s cashback bonus award. That means you are getting $5 absolutely free! This guaranteed 10% rate of return on your money is one you won’t easily find elsewhere.
Follow on Facebook
Treats await at the Sephora Fan Fridays page. Giveaways and weekly specials are only available to fans who “like” the page, so this is one page worth cyber-stalking on a weekly basis.
Watch for free cards
Sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. Follow Gyft.com, Wrapp.com and The Krazy Coupon Lady to watch for special promotions from Sephora. A December promotion by Gyft.com allowed SmartPhone-savvy users to score two free $5 gift cards for Sephora.com. (They gave out $50,000 in cards!) Wrapp.com offered one free $5 card back in October during a friends/Facebook promotion.
Stop in for free samples
Sephora wants customers to be confident in their purchases, so beauty associates will happily fulfill sample requests in store. Just ask! Samples are usually quite generous (more than a one-time use), so these are especially handy for travel.
Get cash back through ebates.com
Current members of ebates.com receive 8% cash back through Sephora online when using their site. Those who are new to Ebates can earn a $10 gift card with the first $25 purchase through their site.