The Ultimate Sample Bag

The Sephora Gods have heard me!!! I feel like I’m screaming “FINALLY!” at the top of my lungs. What an awesome VIB Rouge perk!! And available FREE with any $35 CAD purchase! $35!!! Of course Rouge’s get free shipping so that makes this perk a no brainer. Obviously I jumped on this one the second I got the email.

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This Ultimate Sample Bag comes with three full size items. These items are all apart of the Sephora Collection, a Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color in Magenta Luster, a Rose Eye Mask, and a Colorful 5 Eyeshadow Palette in N°10 Milk To Dark Chocolate. These three items alone have a value of $57 CAD!!!!! And that’s not all, you also get a super cute black makeup bag with 8 generous deluxe samples. Use code CANROUGE at checkout. Don’t forget to pick your 3 additonal free samples!!

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Each sample bag includes:

• SEPHORA COLLECTION Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color in Magenta Luster (Full Size 0.14 oz)
• SEPHORA COLLECTION Rose Eye Mask- Ultra Moisturizing & Brightening (Full Size 0.21 oz)
• SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful 5 Eyeshadow Palette in N°10 Milk To Dark Chocolate (Full Size 0.17 oz)
• tarte Cheek Stain in Flush (Deluxe Sample 0.17 oz)
• Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara (Deluxe Sample 0.1 oz)
• BECCA Luminous Body Perfecting Mousse (Deluxe Sample 0.27 oz)
• Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in Chocolate (Deluxe Sample 0.08 oz)
• Prada Candy Kiss Discovery Kit Trilogy featuring Prada Candy Eau de Parfum (0.05 oz), Prada Candy Florale Eau de Toilette (0.05 oz), and Prada Candy L’Eau Eau de Toilette (0.05 oz)
• Fresh Crème Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask (Deluxe Sample 0.5 oz)
• Fresh Crème Ancienne® Soft Cream (Deluxe Sample 0.2 oz)
• Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil (Deluxe Sample 0.16 oz)

So what are you waiting for?? If you are still reading this you have already wasted too much time …

*UPDATE* Look at this beauty!!! Ahhhh!! Plus my 3 extra packet samples!! LOVE!!
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The bag is HUGE! Like massive!!! It has a mesh divider sewn into the middle. It can easily hold an entire weekends worth of toiletries. All the colors of the samples are totally my shades, a hot pink liquid lip, shimmery brown and nude eyeshadows, a flushed cheek, and my holy grail favs They’re Real and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil. TBH I would have paid to get a bag with these items! ♡♡♡

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Fresh & Fabulous

This has to be my absolute favorite Sephora gift with purchase to date. And … I won’t be ordering. #WILLPOWER. So hard not giving in, but I must save for my July US trip!! And I really want the UD Smoky Palette. I must resist!!! But that doesn’t mean you should! Spend $50 CAD ($35 USD) and get a 3 piece personalized FRESH set. You got to pick your fab 3 products ts out of the 6 listed below:

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This set is available for all VIB and VIB Rouge’s. Use code “VIBFRESH” at checkout.

I have a feeling this promo will sell out fast! Good Luck getting your hands on one ♡♡

Sephora Jet Set Essentials

I told myself, “no more“. No more random Sephora purchases. No more spending money that could potentially be used at stores with better rewards programs. But then this email happened. And this sale happened. And I couldn’t help myself.

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Use code “JETSET” at checkout with any $35 CAD purchase and you can pick 3 minis for free!! You also get the additional three samples with all orders. They had mini Dior DiorShow Mascaras available when I checked out. That’s like getting 4 minis and 2 packet samples FREE with your order!! This is available for all Beauty Insiders (great freebie, but seriously Sephora, where are my Rouge exclusives?!?!)

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Surprise! Sephora is also having a huge Summer Sale with killer deals on Tarte, Peter Thomas Roth, OCC, Clarisonic, Philosophy, and MORE! Some of these sets are 50% off!

Here are some of my favorite items currently on sale. I only bought the OCC Pro’s Picks Lip Tars Set (perfect as it was $36 CAD – so close to that $35 CAD minimum). I’d be lying though, if I said that I wasn’t tempted to buy every, single item in this grid and then some. The only thing stopping me, was the massive amount of makeup I already bought this weekend on my US trip.

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Will you take advantage of the sale and promo? What were your best finds?! ♡

Ammo & Tar

Doesn’t sound like a beauty post does it?! But that’s exactly what my latest Sephora haul was all about. Of course I’m referring to Urban Decay’s Ammo Palette and the OCC Lip Tars!! Recently (okay I’m a bit behind) I wrote about getting two free minis with any $35 CAD purchase at Sephora. I couldn’t resist making a purchase when I saw all of the goodies in the sale section of the website.

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OCC After Dark Stained Gloss Set
Value: $36 CAD
Retail: $24 CAD
Steal: $12 CAD

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I have been hearing great things about the OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) lip products and I have been dying to try some for myself. This set comes with four mini test tubes in the shades Little Black Dress (sheer glossy black), Hedonist (intense pastel pink), New Wave (glassy neon pink), and Jealous (red-orange shellac). These glosses are intensely pigmented, and shiny (not matte like the Lip Tars). I love that you can mix them together to create your own custom shades, using the black to vamp it up a bit. I admit I thought these were mini Lip Tars, but realized very quickly that these were Stained Glosses. I wasn’t disappointed because I love gloss as much as lipstick and a trial revealed these are seriously soooo pigmented and bold (I had to say it again). These need to be reapplied after a few hours or eating, like most lipglosses, they don’t last as long as a lipstick. They wear thick and border on sticky, I love this in a gloss, but not everybody feels this way. The best part? It comes with a mini precision brush. I found this to be an amazing steal at only $12 CAD!

Urban Decay Ammo Palette
Retail: $40 CAD
Steal: $20 CAD

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I love anything Urban Decay!! Especially their eyeshadows. This palette comes with 10 eyeshadows, a brush, and a mini original Eyeshadow Primer Potion. The shades included are Smog (deep coppery bronze), Mildew (mossy green shimmer with gold shift), Oil Slick (matte black with silver micro-glitter), Last Call (metallic sugar plum), Chopper (copper shimmer with silver micro-glitter), Maui Wowie (metallic golden beige with silver glitter), Shattered (turquoise shimmer with gold shift), Polyester Bride (white snow shimmer with silver micro-glitter), Grifter (sheer lavender shimmer with silver micro-glitter), and Sin (champagne shimmer). In typical UD fashion, all of these shadows are highly pigmented and blendable. Some of the more glittery shades have a bit of fallout, but nothing too serious.

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This palette is similar to the Urban Decay Wallpaper Palette I got YEARS ago (like 7? 8?), long before UD had such a huge cult following (thanks in part to the Naked line). Some of the shades included in the Wallpaper palette are also included in the Ammo Palette (Smog, Chopper, Last Call, and Shattered).

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Here is a side by side comparison of my original UD love (Wallpaper), and the 2015 upgrade (Ammo). Although some of the shades are the same, they are my favorite shades so having duplicates is not an issue in the slightest.

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Sephora Collection Eye For Color Mini Eye Brush Capsule
Value: $40 CAD
Retail: $19 CAD
Steal: $10 CAD

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When the description said these brushes were “mini”, they weren’t lying. These are SMALL. The capsule that holds them is barely bigger than a tube of lipstick. I have travel brushes that look ginormous compared to these itty bitties. I actually love the small size of these brushes, they are small enough to fit in a clutch or workout bag, but still have enough handle to make them practical. The bristles themselves are soft but dense. This set contains 4 brushes, a Shadow Brush, Crease Brush, Pointed Brush, and Angled Smudge Brush.

Last but not least, the FREE stuff!

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I got my three free samples with my online order and for my two deluxe samples I picked the Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils and Tarte Timeless Smothing Primer. I love getting extra deluxe samples, especially when everything I purchase to get them, is on sale!

Sephora. I’m so addicted to you. I’m still eyeing contour palettes for the latest mini freebies!! Finding it harder and harder to resist!! Do these mini product deals entice you to spend? Or are you not a mini slut like me (we’re still talking about makeup, right!?!)?

It’s MY Birthday, I’ll Get Freebies If I Want To

Yay to Birthdays! Boo to getting older. My birthday is coming up on December 30th. I cried on my 25th birthday; I was finally closer to 30 than 20. My 26th rolled by and was a blur of champagne and dancing. Now here comes my 27th, even though I would much rather prefer to stay 26 (or 21 would be nice too. Forever 21, I get it now). The years just keep going by faster and faster. I’m just starting to understand that we never really “grow up” (when do I actually start feeling like an adult?). I welcome 2015 and this transition into my – dare I say – late twenties! Bring on more booze, babes, & blogging!
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Here is my list of AMAZING freebies for all you birthday dolls (there are plenty more, and a quick Google of your city will give you all your area deals – this is simply a list of my favorite ones)!!

Free Cup of Tea @ David’s Tea
Free Birthday Gift @ Sephora
$10 off $20 Purchase @ Sally Beauty
Free Birthday Drink @ Starbucks
$5 Bonus Treat @ Menchies

There you have it loves! A list to keep you oh-so-happy on your special day of birth!

** You need to be signed up with the individual store membership programs to receive these (you can’t just walk in and get them unless you are registered).