Last Sunday morning, I attended the Sephora VIB Rouge Reception to kick off their Beauty Insider celebration week that they put on every August. Overall it was a nice event; they had pastries and coffee, and my store had brand reps from Stila and Bumble and Bumble. I liked it a lot better than the previous VIB Rouge event they had (in April, I think). My store wasn’t crowded and everything was a lot more organized- I was greeted at the door and told where everything was and what kind of special events (classes, brand reps, items out early) they were having. I was on my way to work so I wasn’t able to stay very long, but it was a good experience. I received 4x points, a Rouge tote bag, and a makeup bag filled with deluxe samples with my purchase. My store also let me take advantage of another perk and I picked up my birthday gift.
In addition to the really cute red tote bag in the first picture of the post, I received a black makeup bag filled with the following deluxe samples: Make Up Forever High Definition Blush in 410 (a pinky coral), Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue perfume, Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm, Dr. Jart Water Fuse Beauty Balm, Buxom Lash Mascara, Blinc Mascara Amplified, and Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. I don’t like this bag nearly as much as the one they had last year, but I’ve been wanting to try Blinc’s mascara and Dr. Jart’s BB cream, and I like the Laura Mercier brand and Buxom’s mascara. If you missed the Sephora VIB Rouge Reception and want this bag, you can get it with a $35 purchase at Sephora, just use the promo code VIBPARTY. Deluxe samples may vary slightly.
Benefit’s Watt’s Up was part of Sephora’s birthday gift last year, and I still haven’t used all of mine. It’s a cream stick highlighter in a warm champagne shade. I like the color but it’s a little too dark to be a highlighter on me.
I was able to pick up another promo during my trip. VIBLIP is a code for three lip sample cards and a deluxe sample. It has a $35 minimum, which in my opinion is way too high for this promo. I do like that it was redeemable in stores though. I have a Sephora right across the street from me and would love to be able to shop there, but I prefer to shop online instead because of promo codes. This code included a very small sample of Givenchy’s Le Rouge in 304- Mandarine Bolero (a muted red orange), slightly more generous samples of Yves Saint Laurent’s Gloss Volupte in 19- Rose Orfevre (warm pink with golden shimmer), 49- Terriblement Fuchsia (fuchsia with golden shimmer), and 204- Corail Trapeze (true coral), and Urban Decay’s Revolution Lipstick in 69 (bright red with pink undertone), Rush (pink-mauve), Streak (coral pink), and Liar (pinky-brown nude). It also included a deluxe sample of Marc Jacobs’ Lip Lock Moisture Balm.
I was also able to grab my birthday gift, which included deluxe samples of Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Natural lipstick in N9 (copper pink), Aqua Eyes eyeliner in 0L (black), and Smoky Extravagant mascara in black. All Beauty Insiders receive the lipstick and mascara for their birthday gift, but Rouges also get the eyeliner.
I purchased a new Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine at the Sephora VIB Rouge Reception. This one is 6- Pink in Devotion, a bright hibiscus pink. I will have a full review of it, as well as some of my other YSL lipsticks, in the near future.
Through August 10th, Beauty Insiders can earn 2x points on their purchases, VIBs can earn 3x points, and VIB Rouges can earn 4x points. What will you be buying this week?