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How to Save Money at Sephora

How to Save Money at Sephora

It’s that time of year again– if you’re a makeup addict like me, I don’t have to tell you. It’s the annual VIB/ Beauty Insider sale, so if you’re signed up for Sephora’s rewards program you either get 15% or 20% off (depending on your beauty insider level). Sephora doesn’t have sales often, so this is kind of a big deal for the beauty addicted (and for those who just like saving a few dollars).

Of course, the easiest way to save money at Sephora is to joint the rewards program and shop the sale! However, I’ve found there are a few additional ways to get good value for your money.

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  1. Samples: If you shop online, you can always select three free samples. Plus, there’s usually deluxe sample available (be sure to check your email for updates on these, but you can also find them on the “offers” page of the Sephora website). You can also ask for samples in store! It can be a little intimidating, but I’ve always found that the consultants in-store are very happy to help. There’s no limit to how many samples you can receive, and it’s a great way to try new products, especially foundations. Whenever I’m in the market for a new foundation, I try a few samples. Usually, I find one that I like (and a few I don’t), which helps me decide which to buy.
  2. Weekly Wow: Recently, Sephora started doing a weekly sale called “Weekly Wow,” when a handful of products go on sale in stores and online every Thursday. Usually the products are about 50% off, which is a great deal. Because I like shopping for makeup, I keep an eye on the Weekly Wow specials to see if there’s anything I’ve been itching to try that’s marked down.
  3. Beauty Insider: As I said before, the Beauty Insider membership (which is free) allows you to shop Sephora sales, which happen twice a year. Plus, you get emails about specials, and a birthday gift! Every purchase helps you accumulate points, which you can spend on some pretty darn cool rewards.
  4. Return Policy: Sephora has a very generous return policy. Within 60 days of purchase, you can return anything, even if it’s been opened/used. Obviously, I don’t think you should take advantage of this policy (e.g. buying a face cream and using it for 60 days until you need a new one, then returning it). However, it’s saved me a few times, like if a product irritates my skin. Don’t be afraid to bring something that you really hate back to the store.


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