Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Sephora 20% Off VIB Holiday Sale 2012

Sephora VIBs will receive 20% off their purchases with code CELEBRATE, valid 11/8 through 11/12.  There is an in-store event as well as the discount is valid (again, for VIBs only) in-store if you have the email and/or mailed invitation.  I just received the VIB email this afternoon, but I haven’t spotted anything in the mail yet.  I haven’t received any word about upcoming sales or promotions that will be extended to BIs at this time.

* 20% off promotion valid for Sephora VIBs on November 8-12, 2012. VIB friend offer is only valid on a single purchase transaction at the exclusive VIB shopping event on November 8, 2012, and is limited to one friend per VIB. To redeem online: Use promo code CELEBRATE when prompted at checkout. To redeem in stores: Present this voucher at the register. Not valid on previous purchases, or purchases of eGift certificates or gift cards. Valid in Sephora stores, Sephora.com, and in Sephora inside jcp stores (not available with online orders shipping to Canada). May not be combined with any other offers or employee discounts. May not be sold or otherwise transferred. Coupon has no cash value and may not be altered. Sephora reserves the right to end or change this promotion at any time. Not valid for Sephora employees. Learn more about the VIB program at any Sephora store or online at Sephora.com/go/VIB.

** Free Sephora limited-edition tote (11.75″x9.5″x4.75″) offer available starting Thursday, November 8, 2012 in stores or online with merchandise purchase – no promotion code needed online. Valid while supplies last. Must be a VIB to redeem. Not valid on previous purchases, or purchases of eGift certificates or gift cards. May not be combined with any other offers or employee discounts. Coupon has no cash value and may not be altered. These offers are subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora in its sole discretion at any time.

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276 thoughts on “Sephora 20% Off VIB Holiday Sale 2012 (November 8th through 12th)

  1. Sara

    Is this a one-shot deal? Like, can I place two orders? I know I can share with one friend so I could share it with myself (sounds so selfish on elections day), but I’d rather genuinely, you know, share it.

    • Yep, if you’re a VIB, you can make as many orders as you’d like from Nov 8-12. The one-time limitation only applies to the code given to your friend.

  2. Jenn

    Tried the code on my cart and it says it’s USA only, for those who’d like to know.

  3. AnGeLwInGz

    A question? I’m gonna have to break my np no-buy for this event, but I’ll only allow myself one. Which Illamasqua do you think is best out of “Viridian”, “Scarab”. “Caress”, “Cameo”, and “Noble”?

    • I really, really like Viridian…

    • Kafka

      Without a doubt, Viridian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I say this as someone who has wanted (and plans to get) Scarab for a while now. BTW, Caress is one of the only nail varnishes I’ve ever owned which cracked on me with weird, little fault lines. Like an earthquake, spreading out over my nails. Every.SINGLE.Time. With or without base or top coat. I finally gave up and returned it.

  4. Yeah I just got mine, too! I’m so excited! =D My poor fiance must think I’m insane going to Sephora on a Thursday night. Hopefully sushi is a good enough bribe.

  5. Miriam

    Canadians? Does it include us?

  6. You can e-mail one code to a friend if they’re not a VIB & want the discount :)

  7. Jennifer

    I’m a BI only…does anyone want to be my friend? :)

  8. Kafka

    I got mine in the mail this afternoon. It’s a very thick white card with a silver snowflake on it & VIB in red. Very pretty! My only problem is that I can’t decide what to order since I keep going back and forth on the Vice palette. Ultimately, I think I’m going to pass on it. I’ve concluded I need to stick mainly to mattes. But, assuming I can control myself from buying even more perfume (kinda a dubious proposition these days. LOL), then OCC Lip Tars, NARS & Illamasqua, here I come! :)

  9. Laura

    Is there anything IN the tote? Because if there isn’t, I’d rather order from home and get free samples…

  10. Sabriel

    How do you become a VIB? Is that something you pay for, or get by spending a certain amount of money?

    I don’t think I am one, but I do have a sephora card and get their little birthday gift and such…

    • From Sephora:

      V.I.B. Program

      V.I.B. status is conferred on those registered Beauty Insider members who spend a minimum of $350 on merchandise, excluding gift cards, at U.S. and Canadian Sephora stores (including on Sephora online and in Sephora inside JCPenney locations) during one calendar year. V.I.B. status is good for the calendar year in which the BI member qualifies and the following calendar year; annual requalification is required. All aspects of the V.I.B. program are subject to the Beauty Insider Terms and Conditions. Sephora may, in its sole discretion, alter, limit, or modify the V.I.B. program rules, regulations, benefits, eligibility for membership, or any other feature of the V.I.B. program or may terminate the V.I.B. program at any time in its sole discretion, without prior notice. For additional program details, click here

      • Sabriel


        That’s not going to happen. *sigh*

        Thanks for the information, Christine.

        • Veronica

          Haha, this reminds me of when I hit VIB status in store while ringing out at Sephora. I joked with the saleswoman that if this was a state store, they’d be recommending me an AA membership rather than a reward. 😛

  11. veronca

    anyone want to “spread the cheer” to me…..silly as it is I want this tote!!!

  12. CANADIANS!!!!
    just read the FAQ, the code is not available for online orders to Canada you have to do it in store :( Oh well! Guess I’m making that hour long drive!

  13. Veronica

    I think the Muse posted her mailed invite the other day. Quite a classy looking thing! 😛

    I’m hoping my mailed invitation comes through, since last time I checked they had my email input incorrectly, so I often miss all of their online invites. I’d prefer to do it in person, but I might just have to do it online.

  14. Christina

    So sad… :*-(…. I’m 90$ away from VIB status. I was really looking forward to this event. I’d be super grateful to anyone looking to share a “friend” code! I already picked out everything I wanted to! I hope you are reading this Santa…

  15. virginiaisforluvrs

    I’m curious to know what time the event starts and ends, ie. 12:01AM on November 8th. Anyone know?

  16. alyssa

    Just wanted to double check, can we use the discount more than once (on more than one transaction)?

  17. nazih

    Hope they extend it to BI’s also :) if not, beauty.com is currently having their friends and family!

  18. Liz

    I got an email, but nothing in the regular mail. I followed the link that said sent it to a friend. She said she never got anything. Strange. Technically, I’m supposed to be on a shopping freeze…However, I’m thinking of using it in person to buy the brush that I want.

  19. Lanew22

    I’m a vib and I never got the email. Weird.

  20. I’m not a VIB, and I won’t be holding my breath for a BI offer: I already took advantage of FF sales from other retailers. Sephora’s kind of late to the party!

    • Gabby

      Lol. Same here…I got tired of holding off my shopping waiting for their sale. And I think the sales I ended up taking advantage of actually helped me save a lot more money then I would’ve if I’d held out for Sephora. Definitely really glad I didn’t wait (plus the customer service at a certain Sephora competitor was so great I am more than happy to give them my money).

  21. Finally! I’ve been looking foward to this email for days. It’s great that Sephora didn’t place any limitations on which products can or cannot be purchased at the discounted price!

    Here are the answers to some of the FAQs that many people have been asking:

    1. As the primary VIB account holder, you can make as many purchases as you’d like (both in-store and online) between Nov. 8-12 and receive the 20% discount.

    2. If you choose to bring a friend to a physical store, he/she can only receive the 20% discount if both of you go on the 8th of November.

    3. However, if you choose to instead email your code to a friend, he/she can use that code for one online purchases between Nov. 8-12 and receive the 20% discount.

    4. Now, the good news is that (and I confirmed this with my local store manager) you can do both #2 and #3. So for example, you can bring say Erin with you on the 8th to a physical store, and you can also email an online-only code to Rachel; both will get the discount!

    I hope that clears up some confusion, and make sure to read the other comments for more information! Happy Shopping!

    • Shelley

      Thank you for the FAQs!

      • You’re super welcome! So every VIB has the potential to help out TWO friends in need. :)

        • What if you haven’t received the email with the link to send the VIB code to a friend? I’ve only become a VIB within the last week so I’m not sure if that’s an issue. No emails or physical mail notifications about this even though I subscribe to their newsletters…

          • Well, if your online account says that you’re a VIB (it’s displayed right next to your points), then at least you’ll be able to get the 20% discount.

            As for the friends issue, I’d recommend calling the VIB Hotline and asking them. Give them your account number and see whether or not an email was sent to the address associated with the account. If not, ask if a code can be sent out to you because each one is unique; it’s a series of numbers and letters.

            Finally, I’m pretty sure you can still take a friend to a physical store today and receive the 20% discount. :)

  22. Krista

    Does anyone know what time zone it starts in?!?! Thanks!

  23. Jo

    Unfortunately I’m only a BI and quite a ways away from VIB:( would anyone be so generous as to extend me a code? I would be so so grateful!

    • Greta

      You’re the first request I spotted, so if you are willing to share your email address with me my friend code is yours!

  24. Sonia

    Does anyone have a friend code they don’t plan on using?

  25. katie

    I would love the code if anyone wanted to share with me. I am 100$ away from VIB status! I would be so grateful!

  26. katie

    Oops scratch that. VIBs can bring their friends in store to share their discount but not online. Is that right?

  27. Jun

    I’m only BI…. Dose anyone have an extra code?? I want to try some high end make ups!

  28. Susan

    OMG! Anyone wanna share the joy by making me their friend please?!

  29. Anh Le

    So, can I use it for several times, or just one?

  30. i just want to say that sephora did everyone dirty with the friends & family sale. beauty.com has their friends & family going on right now and i am filling up my cart as we speak. thanks C!

  31. Shayna

    Yay! Just got my email and I’m in Canada!

  32. Jenn

    Do you know if the promo code ‘celebrate’ is only one time use or VIBs can use more than one time during the sale period?

  33. DJ

    I have an extra code since Im a VIB. I can give it to the first one who post their email :)

  34. Pat

    Why bother when Beauty.com is having the same sale without having to be a VIP member at all? They carry the same brands too.

    • Lisa

      Thanks for sharing! Since I’m not a VIB because I spend more $ at Ulta, I ended up going over to Beauty.com and grabbed a NARS Blush and a drugstore lip gloss. 20% off & free shipping if you spend at least $25.00 ended up being a better deal at least for me!

      • Pat

        If you go through ebates too plus the 20 percent off, you’ll get some cash back. On top of that you get 5 percent drugstore.com bucks. :)

  35. Faye

    If you are a BI you can use “celebrate” and still get the discount. I was told this by customer service.

  36. Amy

    It is increasingly frustrating that Sephora continues to alienate their Canadian customers. Improvements have certainly been made over the last few years (for example, free shipping for orders over $75 now instead of $120), but offers like this still show the gaps in their services. I live in a Canadian city with two Sephoras, and I am lucky enough to be able to take advantage of this offer in-store, but I simply cannot understand why other Canadian VIBs cannot shop online and recieve the same discount. We already pay much higher prices despite our dollar being at or near par for years now; Sephora should be able to extend the same event offer to us as our American counterparts. That being said, I am looking forward to picking up a new perfume in this sale!

    • Jecielle

      I completely agree. I’m lucky enough to have two sephora’s within 15 mintues from where I live. But most of the things I was looking forward to buying aren’t in stock at the stores. Shoppers Drugmart/Murale has a better reward program anyway.

  37. Anna

    I’ve been wanting some stuff that beauty.com doesn’t carry so if anyone has a spare code, please consider me :D. I’m so so thankful. Happy shopping tomorrow guys, only couple hours left.

  38. Jennifer

    I got an actual card in the post for the VIB sale.

  39. veronica

    anybody want to share a code with me??? I just need to spend $66 to become VIB and this 20% discount would sure help.

  40. Pem

    I am only $88 away from VIB member status. If anyone has an extra code..I’d be very grateful 😀 😀 😀

  41. Laurel

    I’m only a BI. Does someone want to share their extra code? :) Thanks!

  42. AMANDA

    I’m a BI too…If anyone else has one they care to share, I would really appreciate it!MY EMAIL:[email protected]

  43. Zeb

    I have a couple of Ulta 20% off friends and family sale coupons…it can only be used in store and on urban decay and other such brands (as far as I know)…anyone want? they expire on 11/9 though

  44. Kaitlyn Schisler

    If anyone would be kind enough to send me their code I would forever love them 😛

  45. Elizabeth

    If someone has an extra code please can you share it with me? Thank you!

  46. Connie

    Do you think the online code will work for BI and the general public also?

    I have a bunch of stuff I want to purchase for Christmas gifts but I’m $100 away from VIB status :(

  47. Hannah

    I’m a VIB and I haven’t received the email or gotten my card in the mail. Anyone whose a VIB not gotten theirs yet? And it’s November 7th today :( :(

    • I just received mine today but I’m pretty sure that the code is just celebrate. however when you checkout you have to be logged into a vib account to take advantage of the sale or have a friend send the code to your email. hope i helped!

    • Lisa

      I am also a VIB and have not received an email nor been mailed an invitation. I am currently calling SEPHORA customer service to see why that is and see what they say. You might want to call them as well.

      • Hannah

        Thank you! I still haven’t gotten an email. I’m closely watching out for my mail to check for the invitation. I’m very disappointed in Sephora this year. Last year I got both the email and invite a few days before the sale. They’ve known about this VIB sale and should have prepared themselves to make sure every VIB got their invites on time. Not a happy VIB!!

  48. Kate

    Anyone willing to share their VIB with me, I would really appreciate it!! I’m only $50 short :( Please share your love 😀 Thanks!!

  49. Ko Ching Yen

    How does the Canadian promotion work? Does it only work in stores?

  50. Sophie

    What eye palettes would you recommend? I already have the naked and I just bought the Cinderella one.

  51. Tina

    Would anyone like to share their VIB discount with me! I only need to spend $105.00 to become VIB. I see so many makeup gifts sets I want to purchase. I would really, really, really, appreciate it!! Thank you!

  52. Esther

    I got my email a few days ago and was so excited! gonna engage in some light retail therapy tomorrow after a long week of school 😛

  53. Holly

    I know a lot of people are asking this as well, but I’m not quite VIB ($29 off :( unfortunately), so would anyone like to share their code if they don’t need it?


    Just looking for someone that would share a coupon code, I’ll never make VIB by the time the sale is going on.

  55. Vanessa R

    If anyone wont be using their code and wouldn’t mine sharing I would LOVE to use it! I’m only a BI and there are a few things I would like to get! Thanks :)

  56. Amy

    Does anyone please have a VIB code they can share with me? Dont have enough points. If so would appreciate any help:[email protected]

  57. Gina

    I am unfortunately $54 away from VIB status

  58. Alexa

    Anyone know does it start on Nov 8 at midnight or later on in the morning? Last year a bunch of things were sold out that I wanted so I want to make sure I get what i really want this year!

  59. valerie

    if anyone has an extra friend code they don’t need, please send it my way, i’d greatly appreciate it! 😀

  60. Nicky

    If anyone is still wanting the code, i’ll be more than happy to email the code (not the invitation). I do not have a friend to invite so I sent the invitation to my another email. the code should be in my inbox soon.

  61. Beth

    Joining the list of people asking if anyone isn’t using their friend promo and would be nice enough to share, I’d be super grateful

  62. Beth

    Joining the list of people asking if anyone isn’t using their friend promo and would be nice enough to share, I’d be super grateful!

    bethfreak (at) gmail.com

  63. Rita

    Hi, I’m a BI and I would really love a code, too, if anyone can spare it. I plan on asking my friends what they’d like to buy so we can make one big purchase. My email is ritabook at gmail dot com. If I get a code, I’ll comment again and let everyone know! Thank you.

  64. Damaris

    So I stayed up until midnight hoping to slip in the code for use on my B.I. account, and no luck! =[ Got over $250 in my cart of basics that I was holding out for this sale: foundation, primer, clarisonic brush heads, mascara, jumbo Purity, JM argan oil. I seriously have containers upside down I’m so low on supplies! LoL If anyone has an extra code, I’ll make great use of it! Muchas Gracias! =] [email protected]

    • Damaris

      Just wanted to update, someone on Sephora’s Facebook page was kind enough to share their code with me. I’m all set! =]

  65. Elizabeth

    Hi, does anyone have an extra code that they won’t use? If so would you be able to email it to me? Thank you so much! lizzy524 at hotmail

  66. Christine

    Was feeling pretty darn excited this morning about getting a new tube of Dior Blackout Waterproof Mascara (only sold at Sephora) but now feeling very frustrated as this “Friends/Family” discount is only good to VIB memmbers instead of all BI/VIB members. Don’t suppose there is anyone willing to share their friend code with me? I would most certainly be greatful and appreciative! THANK YOU!
    [email protected]

  67. Shil

    There is a code for BIs too guys! Just use the code GOODCHEER to get 20% off online!

  68. Diana B

    How do I find out how many points I am away from being a VIB? Anyone have an extra code by the way pretty please?!

  69. Heidi

    I will give the code to whoever respond to this comment. I only have one code.

  70. Nikki

    I’m not VIB member so I guess BIs are excluded from this sale :-( . Can I have the friend code if anyone here have it and does not plan to give to someone else? Thanks in advance!!!!!

  71. Matt

    If anybody has an extra code, I’d love to have it

    bauerpower (at) gmail (dot) com

  72. Rita

    I’m making another plea for a VIB friend code! If anyone has a spare one, I would love love love it to buy Christmas presents for my friends! Thank you. My email is ritabook at gmail dot com.

  73. Jennifer

    I have 4 codes I am willing to give away to someone who WILL ACTUALLY PURCHASE SOMETHING. Since I am able to reuse my invitation card, or the code online, I won’t be needing them.. The first 4 people to email me will receive the code. (: