Canadians: it has not quite been confirmed yet, but it does sound like an in-store F&F sale is in the works; some representatives are saying you’ll receive a coupon valid in-store via e-mail — others are still saying no sale.
In-store: as far as we know, there is a friends and family sale in-store, but it is restricted to those who are fortunate enough to receive actual discount sheets from Sephora employees (you know, their friends and family, ha!). Still, there’s likely to be a mass customer e-mail in the next couple of days to announce the sale online, so perhaps they’ll extend it in-store to all customers, but we don’t know. (They haven’t done so in the past.)
Sale is up and running! So that means there’s just one thing to do…
SHARE YOUR HAULS IN THE COMMENTS!
My haul: I picked up some Kate Somerville products I’ve been eying (ExfoliKate – just 2 oz. and EradiKate), as well as Kate Somerville’s Oil-Free Moisturizer (which I adore, but I find pricey!), as well as Philosophy Pumpkin Spice Muffin Shower Gel. Those are just my must-haves-before-they-sell-out. I’m still not sure if I’ll pick up anything else during the sale, but it’ll probably be pricey stuff or staples.
When the Sephora Friends & Family Sale starts (20% off – use code FF2009 at checkout), I always get an influx of questions about what people should buy. To me, there are three categories of products to consider whenever a decent sale rolls around in the beauty world. Otherwise, it’s really a matter of what your budget is like, what you need, and what you want. There are so many amazing beauty products that I think are worth checking out, but I couldn’t even begin to compile a list for you, since it definitely matters what you’re looking for! So here are some of my suggestions on how to whittle your lists down…
More expensive purchases that you’ve otherwise held off on make great buys during big sales. I know that I often delay pricier purchases until I’m really sure I want/need it. If you’ve been drooling over something for the past six months, this is an item you might want to consider splurging on. For me, if I lose interest by the next week, I know I made the right move by using what little patience I have waiting.
Products like the Clarisonic fall right into this category of sale possibilities. It’s a product that’s been well-received by many beauty addicts, but it’s also one of the pricier purchases you might make this year. (I do recommend the Mia for those on a tighter budget — performs just as well as the full-size version.)
And it doesn’t have to be that pricey–just pricier than you feel comfortable paying on a regular basis–like Guerlain Rouge G Lipsticks. They’re overpriced, though fabulous, and with 20% off, it brings the price down to a more palatable $36. It’s all about you and what you consider a splurge — for me, a splurge is Rouge G. For others, it may be an Urban Decay Lipstick at $22!
I always like to use beauty sales to stock-up on my favorite makeup and skincare staples. For me, that means Philosophy shower gels and pricier skincare like Kate Somerville. Don’t forget about things you use often and go through within the year, like cleansers, makeup removers, mascara, etc. These are always good purchases, because you know you’ll use them and aren’t just buying them because there’s a sale.
The third category of products are all of the gifts and value sets that various brands put together for the holiday giving/receiving season. I like these because they usually represent a better value than if you purchased the included pieces individually, so then when you save 20%, you’re really saving even more. Totally love that! Plus, as a beauty addict, my stash is only going to grow, so I don’t necessarily need full sizes of everything–sometimes the gift set size is perfect. I love being able to try multiple products for the same price as one or two full size products!
Just a heads up my dearest beauty friends, Sephora’s Friends & Family Sale will begin October 19th and end November 2nd, 2009. During the sale, you’ll get 20% off nearly everything with code FF2009. It’s still a few weeks away, so you can expect a reminder post closer to the sale start date!
I definitely recommend shopping sooner rather than later, because this is a sale people wait for. They’re stocking up on their essentials, but they’re also picking up products they’ve waited all year to purchase. Not to mention the holidays are right around the bend… Time to start making a list!
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Do you want to see fashion-related deals in addition to beauty deals?
Only occasionally (like for a big sale!) (41%, 230 Votes)
Yes (37%, 206 Votes)
No (22%, 119 Votes)
Total Voters: 556
I want to give you what you want! If the majority of readers would like to see fashion deals regularly, occasionally, or from time to time, I just need you lovelies to tell me! If you have any caveats or concerns, please let me know in the comments section!
To clarify: fashion promotions/sales/deals would be in addition to the beauty deals, and they would only appear on this page, better known as The Deals Page. It wouldn’t clutter up the main blog (just as beauty deals no longer do).