Sephora Friends & Family Sale 2011 – 20% Off!

Sephora Friends & Family Sale 2011 – 20% off

See — history repeats itself, no need to stress. Go enter your e-mail @ Sephora Friends & Family Sale to get your unique code to save 20%. The sale runs from October 20th, 2011 and run through November 2nd, 2011.

Don’t forget — save an additional 4% by buying through Ebates! πŸ™‚

  • 10/20 thru 11/2 at 11:59pm PST
  • Online code cannot be used in stores or Sephora JCP
  • 20% off
  • Can be used only ONCE
  • Not valid on previous purchases, Canadian online purchases, or gift certificates/cards
  • One promo code per email address, only five email addresses per computer
  • Can’t use with other promos

Fine print:

Offer valid 10/20/11 through 11/2/11 at 11:59 pm PST/PDT with any merchandise order on Online promo code cannot be used in retail stores or sephora inside jcpenney. Enter your unique promotion code during checkout to receive 20% off your entire online merchandise purchase. Promo code may be only be used once, is non-transferable, is not valid on previous purchases, on Canadian online purchases, nor with the purchase of eGift certificates or gift cards. Only one promo code per email address and only five email addresses per computer. Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions/offers. Sephora reserves the right to end or change this promotion offer at any time. By providing your e-mail address, you agree to receive e-mail announcements in accordance with our privacy policy.

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Hi Shelby,

As stated in the post, as soon as I have more information, I will be happy to share it, but everything I know is posted! πŸ™‚

In the past, Sephora has e-mailed a separate coupon to Canadian Beauty Insiders to use in store – they usually e-mail it sometime after the U.S. F&F sale. Last year my coupon arrived in my inbox around mid to late November.

Hi Emily,

As stated in the post, as soon as I have more information, I will be happy to share it, but everything I know is posted!

Called Sephora and they told me that sale is only for the FRIENDS AND FAMILY and not for any VIB or BI customer .So if we know anyone in sephora we can get the code ……Not sure …how will we get the card from employees?

I work for Sephora; We were given a set number of cards to give/mail to our friends and family so the only way to get one is to befriend a Sephora employee!

Every year i get excite and very year they don’t include Canadians in this sell.

As a consolation they give out a coupon to Canadians for in store purchases only if your Beauty Insider for the month of Christmas.

What are you guys planning to haul?

I’m planning to a haul a whole bunch of Kat Von D’s older palettes, NARS Luster, and MUFE Moulin Rouge πŸ™‚

(Maybe UD BOS IV, but not sure)

For me, it’s a perfect excuse to nab the Tarte’s True Blood and UD’s Naked palette at the same time (if it’s still available – UD sells out so fast at my Sephora). Probably going to splurge on some of Illumasquas lip products while I’m at it.

Urban Decay’s Mariposa palette and Electric 24/7 set, if they’re in stock, but I’m thinking it’s a bit of a stretch to hope that. Maybe I’ll magically have extra money and could afford some Illamasqua…

Of course I just placed an order last night that I don’t want to cancel, and I can’t afford to place another order so soon (or realistically for the rest of the year). But I do need to make another purchase to qualify for VIB…hmmm.

I also placed an order last night. I wanted to wait until the sale, but was afraid the item would sell out so I just went ahead and ordered it.

Oohhh I’ve been holding off from buying from Sephora, but now I’m glad to hear about this sale.

I’ll just wait for this and see what’s up! ^^

SO Excited, i was waiting for the sale to buy some products… now I just have to decide what I’m going to get from my never ending wish list… πŸ™‚

I’m making my wishlist now!

Let’s see… going to get Violet Lips lip tattoo (just in time for Halloween!!), magnetic polish, Illamsqua Bacterium polish, probably a tokidoki cromatico palette, in either moozerella or adieu, a philosophy bubblebath/shampoo/bodywash 3 piece set, something from hello kitty…. omg… probably just a little bit of everything!!

so excited! i haven’t bought anything from sephora for the few months waiting for this event!
can’t wait to pick up ysl parisienne purfume, too faced holiday set, makeup forever mat powder, the magnetic polish and at least couple UD and tarte sets as well as those amazing new bare escentuals ready shadows.

This is the first F&F I’m participating in, lol, and I’m SO excited!

IF I have enough money, I want to buy:

– 2 UD Naked palettes for Christmas presents for my BFFs
– Bare Escentuals ‘The Dream Sequence’ quad
– Bare Escentuals eyeshadow duos in ‘The Inspiration’ and ‘The Honeymoon Phase’
– Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in Violet Ink
– Caudalie Gentle Cleanser
– Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara
– NARS Angelika gloss
– Clinique Take The Day Off MU remover
– Shiseido eyelash curler
– Sephora Hot Brown eyeshadow duo

It’s for Beauty Insiders (i.e. people with their rewards card), and it’s just a general 20% off on the entire purchase. (Some items excluded, I’m sure.)

No exclusions, actually. It’s much better than ULTA’s “20% everything except stuff you actually want” sales. EVERYTHING is covered, including fancy stuff like the Clarisonic and TEMPTU, and even sale merchandise is covered.

I already saw a flier for the sale. We have to purchase through, and can only place ONE order which sucks. They aren’t doing a code (ie. ff2011) like usual, which enabled people to use it multiple time and place multiple orders.

Yaaaayyyyy!!!! My birthday is on October 21st so I will definitely be making a birthday wishlist!!!! To all of my friends and family….sephora giftcards PLEASE!!!!!

It’s at times like these when I’m glad that I don’t want many of the items in the latest MAC collection, I have a husband who is indulgent and I don’t have a car payment. WOO-HOO!!! 8-D!

OMG awesome!!! I was gonna run out and buy some stuff but now i’m waiting πŸ™‚
I MUST get the MUFE Fluo night. It looks amazing.
I also want to try the Illamasqua cream pigment in that minty color! It’s sooo pretty, I swatched it in the store πŸ™‚

it’s a sale that most retail establishments have either once or a couple of times throughout the year in which they extend the discount they usually give to their employees (and their friends/family) to us (the regular customers).

ZOMGS! And I said that outloud and had to explain to my husband a) why I was saying that and b) what it meant LOL.


Thanks for the heads up! This will make a big difference on me saving my pennies–glad I saw it now!

Yay, finally!!! I’m so excited!! Also, have you heard anything about when the final Urban Decay Anniversary item will be released, or what it is? They haven’t given us any sneaks or clues on Facebook yet.

Hmm… Well I was hoping for a brush set or something similar… But I’m a UD junkie so I would for sure get it even if it was just a mirror =D

Never fails! Every time I place a pretty big order for make-up for either Nordstrom or Sephora, they either have double point week or sales days later.

the discount goes towards the entire purchase at checkout….at least that’s how it has been the last couple of years. I heard they might be doing something different this year.

Wow…I am so happy! This just happens to be the time that I will be in Anaheim on vacation. I love stocking up at Sephora when I’m in the States (I’m from Canada) due to the mark-ups that we have here. The 20% off is now the icing on the cake! πŸ™‚

;___; I’m supposed to be going on a “shopping fast” until the end of December (a promise to myself). Clearly I am going to fail now.

The UD Rollergirl Palette is on Sephora’s website for $18… do you all think I should wait until the 20th or pick it up now?

Just when I was going to give myself a break from buying at Sephora, you announce this! LOL. No way I’m missing this sale!! Thanx for posting πŸ™‚

My Sephora jusr told me this last weekend too! I’m so exicited! Now I can finally stock up on my eye creams and face creams and possibly foundations I love, Omgosh I’m gonna go crazy, this is like Christmas for me! πŸ™‚

Christine, I do have a question though. I called my local sephoras and they don’t have their confirmation email yet but, for the f+f sale is it online only? or is it online and instore? Also, does it work for skincare items like ole henriksen eyecreams?

It works for all products on the site (according to an employee but Sephora may apply restrictions at a manufacturer’s request). Based on a discussion on Musings of a Muse blog, “to redeem in store you HAVE to have the F&F card physically, no print outs or copies will be accepted) and picture id is required to redeem in store as stated in fine print). For online purchases, you have to go to to receive a unique one time use promo code. and it’s a ONE time use only”

I’m so excited about this and have been making my wishlist for a while now. I’m not exactly sure what to get yet, but I know it’ll be a lot of Illamasqua and MUFE. I may get at least 6 Illamasqua nail polishes…yay!

I heard that the code can only be used ONCE this year. In past years, I’ve used it 2-3 times over the 10 day period whenever something else I thought of came available. This really irritates me.

Lol, I’ve been thinking about this and making a shopping list in my cart since late September. Also pretty sure that this purchase will requalify me for V.I.B. again…not that I was doing this on purpose! If only Sephora carried MAC, my list would be twice as long!!

OH, and last year, didn’t they empty all of the carts on the night before the sale? I think I remember that…
So I’d make a separate list just to be sure you don’t miss anything!
(I printed out my cart so I’d have a copy if they dump ’em)

What is “Friends and Family” sale. How much discount do you get?? I know you stated to hold questions until you have more info but in the past how did it work?? THX!

This just posted on Sephora (

* Offer valid 10/20/11 through 11/2/11 at 11:59 pm PST/PDT with any merchandise order on Online promo code cannot be used in retail stores or sephora inside jcpenney. Enter your unique promotion code during checkout to receive 20% off your entire online merchandise purchase. Promo code may be only be used once, is non-transferable, is not valid on previous purchases, on Canadian online purchases, nor with the purchase of eGift certificates or gift cards. Only one promo code per email address and only five email addresses per computer. Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions/offers. Sephora reserves the right to end or change this promotion offer at any time. By providing your e-mail address, you agree to receive e-mail announcements in accordance with our privacy policy.

Sephora needs to get their information straight and consistent across the board. When I called their toll free number, they told me the sale was open to ALL customers. Now when I call the Yorkdale store in Toronto, they said it is only open to friends/family of their employees and that you MUST have a card/coupon to present at the time of purchase.

Not sure if they’ve changed the rules since last year: Sephora hands out post cards to their employees to send out to their friends and family for in-store discount. The 20% promo code for online was usually open to all customers. But I’ve never had to enter my email to get a code before, so maybe they did changed the friends and family sale policy this year.

Thanks a lot for the updates, Christine. I am working on my list (in spreadsheet form, with calculations!) during my lunch break today and I see they keep adding all these new items so I am trying to whittle it down. I plan on getting some Perricone MD skincare items, the new Kat Von D eyeshadow palletes, some Fresh soaps, and some other items..going to be a big purchase but it’s stuff I’m going to buy sooner or later so I might as well get them on sale! πŸ™‚

This might be a silly question, but how to get a promo code if you’re not exactly a friend or family of a Sephora employee? Can Beauty Insiders still get in on this deal?

Has anyone gotten their code yet? I’m surprised I haven’t seen anything yet for a sale that starts in a few hours…??? I really want to take advantage of this to get the Clarisonic Mia

So I just read on Messy Wands blog that this Friends & Family deal is totally different from a Beauty Insider/VIB sale they usually have around this time of year. According to the person she links from, this sale is limited to actual friends and family of Sephora employees – NOT to Sephora Beauty Insiders. Anyway one else hearing anything like this? (I know you don’t have any more info at this time Christine so I’m not bugging you with this question!)

I spoke with a Sephora manager last week. She stated that the friends & family is different from the VIB sale. The F&F sale is typically limited to F&F of sephore employees but the VIB sale beginning mid November will be for about 2 weeks and extended to all VIB members. So if you don’t get everything during F&F and are a VIB you will have an opportunity a week or so later to buy more.

Yes, that’s what I found out too. While the people at the Sephora toll free number said the sale is open to everyone, when I called a Sephora store they said that you actually have to be a friend/family of an employee to get the sale. This is different from their annual VIB/Beauty Insider sale which takes place in December.

I called the VIB hotline to find out the same information. The friends and family sale is only for the friends and family of Sephora employees… super bummed.

I’ve been reading similar rumors on the Sephora FB fan page and on So confused! I called my local Sephora to see if they were doing a promotional party or anything tomorrow night (I went to something like that last year but I’m not sure if that was considered F&F or BI/VIB discount) but they told me that they weren’t having any promotional parties, just to show up with my discount card. But I didn’t get one in the mail so I’m kind of thinking that means I will not get one in my email tonight…

That’s so annoying! Last year anyone could use a Friends and Family code online and all Beauty Insiders got a postcard that could be used in stores. It was definitely called the Friends and Family sale.

Sephora is so close to losing my business altogether, as other sites have sales on similar products AND offer great gift with purchases (not just one little sample if you spend $100)

The reason they probably changed the rules this year is because everyone was abusing the friends and family discount last year. Are you a friend of someone who works for sephora? No? Then why would you feel entitled to use the friends and family discount? And there’s no way you received a friends and family postcard in the mail last year. I can guarantee you are mistaken.

The term “friend” is used loosely. In college, there was a girl who worked at Gap in my dorm. I never hung out with her but we were friendly. I’d call her more of an acquaintance, but when she had friends and family cards to give out, she gave one to me, despite the fact that I didn’t have her cell phone number and we didn’t hang out outside of the dorms.

When stores do friends and family sales, they give the employees coupons to give to people at their discretion. There’s no rule about how well you have to know someone in order to be considered a “friend”. As such, it makes sense that every customer should be considered friend/family of the store because if they actively patronize the store and know about the sale. They are a “friend” of the store in the sense that they’re a repeat customer and not a casual customer who only shops their once in their lives.

I don’t know why you think that only people who actually know sephora employees should be entitled to a sale. If you are really friends/family with an employee, chances are they will buy you whatever you’d like whenever you’d like using their employee discount. Although they call them Friends and Family Sales, they’re really more like customer loyalty sales.

I think the reason sephora changed the rules for their FFS is because from their standpoint, they’d rather have people consolidate their orders instead of making lots of small orders which will put more strain on the people who have to process orders, and it costs more money to ship out lots of little packages as opposed to fewer but larger packages. It’s okay, because if there’s anything you forgot to buy, you can always wait for the VIB sale which will come up in another month, and if they might even send out another $25 coupon after the VIB sale if they repeat last year’s promotions model.

If everyone who shopped at Sephora was a “friend”, then they would just have a storewide sale. But they didn’t. So that means that only those who were given a friends and family coupon are entitled to a sale. And at most stores, you can get fired for letting someone use your discount, so no, they probably don’t buy stuff for their friends and family with their discount. Hence the friends and family sale.

Note that you can only have 60 items in your cart when you check out – if the code is one-time use, this will limit how many things you can buy with the discount. Pick the most expensive things you are thinking of, not a bunch of smaller cost items for the most savings.

I called the VIB Sephora hotline
This sale is ONLY for literal Friends and Family of Sephora employees. You must get your promo code from a Sephora employee and those employees are ONLY supposed to give them out to people they know… aka friends & family. That’s why we all haven’t received flyers, mailers and email blasts like we always do during Sephora sales.

EEK! ;c(

Wow, flyers, mailers and emails? I never get anything from them and I am a VIB. I’ve told them that and they supposedly updated my subscription but I still have not received anything.

i was a little confused about who the sale applied to, since i never recalled receiving any emails or info about a friends/family sale…so i just called the sephora vib hotline – it only applies to friends and family of sephora employees. i’m based in the US, fwiw.

after all these years of shopping at sephora, i should’ve made a friend or two at the stores!! ah well, i’ll wait for the next promotion πŸ™‚

Hey Christine.. uhmmm I work at sephora.. and actually this year they’re doing it kind of differently.. you have to have an official sephora employee give you a coupon… also.. i think you can get the fnf online if you go to but I think you need to put certain information there tooo… I asked my boss and she said it was for only friends and family of sephora cast members.. so yea.

I called two sephora stores here in Chicago and both stores told me that the employees were given an allotted amount of F&F cards to hand out to their friends to use, and they were not sure if this sale was open to VIBs or BIs. They said to keep an eye on email.

If you look at Sephora’s facebook page, it’s a hot mess of rumors and angry people, and then some really mature individuals who like to mock everyone. Yikes!! I am really excited for the sale and am hoping it is open to everyone or at least VIBs/BIs, but also realize that essentially they can format it however they would like, it’s THEIR sale…I am keeping my list on the ready, just in case, fingers crossed!!

It can’t be used in stores? Great, my local store stocks my favorite perfume, Hermes Eau des Merveilles, but no Hermes is offered on the website. Would have sure liked a discount on that, guess I will buy it from a discounter.

And mysteriously all NARS cream blushes have disappeared from the website! I really wanted to restock my Penny Lane during FF, but if it is not offered on the website and if you cannot redeem the discount in stores, then I guess I will have to wait until the NARS website does a sale (which they seem to do quite often) to restock.

With this sale being a “true” friends and family sale, they should have handed out the cards and given out the codes to employees without making a whole new website to rub it in the faces who spend a lot of money there. Hopefully what I heard is wrong because the fine print doesn’t say “must be a friend or family member” or anything like that. We all have the people on Ebay who sell things 3x the retail price to thank for this. I’m super bummed but I’m going to give in soon to get a few holiday sets before they vanish.

You know what — I feel so dumb for posting that last comment (above). I think the code from last year was meant for friends and family, but went “viral” all over and everyone used it. Now I feel all greedy and dumb. πŸ˜› Either I get to use it or I don’t. Ok I’m done beating myself up! (Goes off to make wishlist) πŸ™‚

I know Christine doesn’t know much but anyone who received the promo code last year, how did you get it? Do you just sign up for a beauty insider card on the website or do you need to know someone in the store?

I guess that’s $350 that they will not get since I am not personally a friend or family member of someone who works for Sephora. I know I am one person, but I have been saving up for this sale. Last year’s sale was called Friends and Family too, and everyone got to use the discount code. It’s just very disappointing. I know they have the right to change the terms at any time. I just got my Ulta 20% off card in the mail. Guess I will be going there instead. But it can’t be used for fragrance and that was what I really wanted.

Agreed! I saved up a bunch of money to treat myself…Guess I’ll be taking my business to Ulta/ as well as sending a letter to Sephora’s home office.

I got my Ulta card too! Bummer that Sephora is doing this if they really are πŸ™ I saved up a ton to spend on MUFE and Nars ever since I heard they had an F&F sale. I am already sick and tired of sephora’s bad CS at my store/slow shipping online. Even though they have no obligation to have an F&F open to the public it shows how muc hthey really value us :/ Bad move sephora…really bad. Urban decay love’s their customers more πŸ˜‰

Guys seriously, it’s called a friends and family sale. You know, for friends and family. If you used it last year and you’re not a friend or family, you did so unethically. And Sephora does a Beauty Insider sale every year before the holidays, and it’s 20% off, so you guys should seriously just relax! Just wait a few more weeks and you’ll get the same discount. There’s no reason to get worked up over this, you shouldn’t feel entitled to take advantage of a company’s private sale for their family.

FF online was never for just literal friends and family – in-store had previously been restricted, but Sephora sent postcards, emails, and even distributed the code through their affiliate channels. Just FYI!

If I remember correctly from last year, the friends and family sale (when employees give out cards) happens before the VIB/BI sale. They might be called the same thing but I believe they occur at slightly different times. I’m sure there will be a sale for VIBs and BIs, as Sephora always does this a few times a year. Don’t panic everyone, you may just have to wait a week!

Here in Canada I’m pretty sure it is an actual Friends and Family sale where employees give you a card to use if you know them. Then the VIB 20% sale happens a few weeks after.

Heard a rumor on twitter that this years F&F is only for ACTUAL friends and family of Sephora employees, and that Sephora has not included this info on their website. Can anyone confirm/deny this?

I know everyone is really excited, but did anyone ever think that you’re exploiting a sale that is intended to be for the personal friends and family of Sephora employees? I mean, the ethics of it just seem really shady. That’s just my take on it. Can’t you just wait til they do the beauty insider sale?

It might have been easier if Sephora just kept it as a private internal sale, avoiding all these complaints, etc. rather than giving out information on how to get a code to various blogs. But it certainly generates a lot of attention for Sephora!

I think what also may be contributing to people’s frustration is that other companies’ friends & family sales are advertised as open to everyone (btw Lord & Taylor’s current friends & family sale gives 10% off cosmetics & fragrances) so one would think Sephora’s would be so as well.

i just entered my email on the website and a 20%off code immediately popped up on the screen. it also sent a copy to my email. so, shopping online is good to go!

Yay, I just placed an order! I went to the site (not the homepage), entered my email, got an instant 20% off code–online only, 1 time use, expires 11/2. I successfully entered the code and checked out (1:30 AM, EST).

I am not a friend or family member of a Sephora employee btw. So for those who are wondering, it’s open to everyone. If you have multiple email addresses, you can enter up to 5 and therefore get up to 5 codes, so you can check out 5 carts with the discount. I don’t think you can combine this with other code-type discounts/products (like the roulette prizes), but you still get the usual 3 packette samples, and you can redeem the 100 or 500 point perks.

Awe… I tried to buy my stuff with the code they gave me and it said it has already been used,idk how it could happen I thought every1 were getting different codes. =-(

I’ve never been so freakin pissed off!! Us Canadians get screwed one more time. Oh, sorry, not screwed in store, but if you happen to be far from the mecha. I mean, we pay the hefty shipping from Sephora, why not get the same incentives??

Canadians don’t get the sale in store at all UNLESS they are actual friends/family of Sephora employees. That’s what Sephora told me when I called to ask them πŸ™‚

I totally agree with this. I mean, you ARE attached to the US for God’s sake! And the shipping charges are ridiculous, too. GRRR It’s not fair to our Canadian makeup addicts! >8-|

Christine – Thank you so much for always providing such accurate info – and so quickly! I was up at 4a (east coast) to get my haul and was so bummed because the one think I wanted the most – Dior Smoky Khaki Palette – was already sold out! Sigh. Maybe it will come back in stock before sale is over……But anyway – thank you once again for always having such great info!

you can always buy another palette in a different shade and then exchange it in store for the shade you want. they will honor the 20% off and make it an even exchange.

Thanks for posting that link. My actual email from Sephora came in plain text which showed all HTML code and therefore, impossible to read. Buried in the text was the code, however unless you already knew it, you would have a difficult time finding it.

I had this happen, too. Fortunately, I screen capped the code. You just never know. Sephora is really having trouble keeping their site up because of the restrictions they’ve placed around F&F this year.

Is anyone else having problems with their code. I get this error saying the code has already been used, even though I just got the code through the site.

Am I missing something?

Thank you so much for posting this! I thought I would get a code via email and got all panicky when I didn’t see one this morning. I felt a little silly. ^_^

Anyway, I got the giant Too Faced holiday palate and both of the Nails Inc. Magnetic polishes. So happy!

Christine, Thanks for providing this link! But I think their website just crashed! I was in the middle of my order and it went blank. Good luck to everyone!

Boy did I luck out this morning. I logged on as soon as I got up to get my code, which fortunately I took a screen shot of — because the email confirmation DID NOT HAVE THE CODE. My cart absolutely runneth over, but I was waiting on a friend who I wanted to pick out her Christmas gift.

During the time I was waiting the site went down. ARGH! I was about to have an aneurysm! I tried and tried and tried. Eventually, I got in and was able to screen cap my cart.

I called Sephora customer service and placed my ENORMOUS order, which included both MUFE’s fully loaded Wild & Chic Collector’s Train Case and their Wild & Chic Aqua Cream Collection. Those were the main purchases. I bought some MUFE staples like their HD foundation, Illamasqua, Ole Henrickson, and those very cool magnetic nail polishes in purple and grey. Can’t WAIT to get my MAJOR HAUL!

I’ve been somewhat disappointed in MAC this year and have really taken a shine to MUFE, so I decided to go all in.

For some reason, my first code wouldn’t work and it said it had already been used. So, I typed in a different email address into the website, and got a new one and yay it worked!

I got the Urban Decay anniversary palette (which I have been wanting for what seems like forever!) and NARS Pokerface nail polish (which I have also wanted for a long time, and it was already on sale for $8 from $17!). And then I even got a 100 point perk which was the Philosophy purity cleanser, which is actually half the size of the full-size $40 one and of course the customary samples, so I really felt like I got my money’s worth! πŸ™‚

I can’t understand why we “Canadians” can’t profit from the Friends and Family sale. Already, we have to spend more in order to get free shipping and even though the Canadian dollar has been at par with the American dollar; we still have to pay more for our products.ARGH!!!!

I didn’t get a lot, but I’m so excited about the 100 Point Perk I got! 12oz of Purity?! I’m there! LOL

What I ended up buying (again, not much) was Anastasia Brow Duo, Laura Mercier Cream Silk Foundation and some Clarisonic replacement brush heads :).

Got my code and used it. Saved $348 on my 60-item order, plus I went through, which gives 5% back for Sephora instead of’s 4% (sometimes ebates doubles this so check both!). I’ll get $87 from for a total savings of $435! As for those saying it is “unethical” to use sale codes, forget it. If a company offers a sale, it is not like shoplifting. It is a business decision on the seller’s part. The markups on cosmetics are so high they still make a profit. Would I spend as much without sales? Hell no! Sephora gets several thousand from me every year and I am totally worth the discount they give me from their perspective since I am an exceptionally and unrepentantly high-spending shopper.

I totally agree with you, it’s so annoying to hear people say it’s unethical! Last year, I remember a banner on their homepage advertising it with the code. I remember thinking “Wow, time to stock up!” If they didn’t want “the average Joe” knowing about the sale, then they wouldn’t advertise it! : )

I’m right there with you! I did not, however, know about Damn. I could’ve saved a HUGE chunk. Oh well. Next time. Thx for letting us know. *two thumbs up*

Christine kindly provided a reminder about ebates on this post, since that is the rebate site she likes to use. Ebates also offers cashback sales where they increase the rebate amount. They frequently double their cashback to 8%. There are other rebate sites out there, so whenever you think of making an online purchase, try googling things like “cashback shopping” and compare the rebates for the stores in which you have an interest. Keep in mind the rebates will vary over time, so if you are planning a big purchase, check a few of them. If you are looking for a particular product, like electronics or cameras, google shopping and will compare prices for you. Sometimes the businesses that offer rebates are not the cheapest option for these products. There are additional ways to stack savings. For example, you can use a rebate link for ulta, then pay using paypal with the funding coming from your paypal-branded credit card, which will give you triple points, which can be converted to cash when you accumulate 6000 points. Note that Ulta charges Illinois sales tax even to out-of-state sales. Sephora,,, etc. do not charge their local sales tax as long as the store does not have a physical presence in your state.

I just copy/pasted the text of your comment into a document so I can review it the next time I make a big online purchase, which is regularly. Thank you!

I couldn’t really decide what I wanted to get lol I ended up getting 3 more MUFE Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks for fall #13, 20, 27 (I already have 3. #4, 34, 37), 2 MUFE powder blushes (first time. I got #58 & 67), Sephora’s instant moisturizer (Loved a sample I got a while ago), Shiseido pressed translucent powder (because of your “What’s your favorite pressed powder? post a few days ago),Philosophy’s Amazing Grace Fragrance Layering collection (xmas present for my mom) some samples, and the Purity cleanser 100 pt perk. I’ll probably buy some Urban Decay when the next sale happens.

Just placed my rather huge order but it’s funny…at the checkout page it didn’t show the discount! (Yes – I copied and pasted my code into the promo code box) I logged out, got back in and it showed up. It was like it logged me out during the checkout process which hasn’t happened to me before.

Just an FYI for everyone…Lots of good 100 point perks to choose from for a change, a full size Murad clarifying cleanser, a full size Peter Thomas Roth anti-anging cleanser and a Stila paint pot (I forget the color!). I chose the Murad cleanser since I actually use it! The 500 point perk is a Buxom kit containing a sample size mascara, deluxe sample lipstick and I think a full size lip gloss with a black Passport holder.

When I went to and entered my email, the code did not pop up! It was just had a graphic that said “Your promo code:” but no code after it! The same was in my email! I will call tomorrow and try to figure out how to get the code, or have them give me once since this is the only email I have and I think it counted my email even though it didn’t give me a code!

I’m glad it’s not only me. The site must be glitching. I sent Customer Service an email since it’s after the time you can call. I hope nothing has sold out by the time I get my code!

I have a yahoo email address and I got an email from sephora when I put my email into the thing, but the email doesn’t have a code. It says “YOUR PROMO CODE: ” And then there isn’t any code. >.<

While they certainly are entitled to limit the sale to true friends and family of staff, it’s not a huge population for buying things. A code open to everyone would bring in a lot more income and actually sell out stuff which would otherwise sit on shelves gathering dust.

Ladies, relax! Just follow Christine’s instruction at this post: use the link www., enter your email. You’ll have one code per email. I had to use two codes since the first one was wasted during my first few tries. So it seems that you can submit more than 1 emails, meaning you still can get the discount multiple times. My order went through and is now sent to the warehouse. You should get the Phylosophy purity 12 oz while it lasts for 100 point perk if you are a BI or VIB.

Thank you so much for posting that link. I just saved over sixty dollars!

After all that drama, looks like everyone was able to use the discount in the end. I think the main issue was Sephora opening the Friends and Family Sale to all customers in previous years (not just actual employees’ friends and families) and trying to take that away this year. So many retailers make their Friends and Family sales open to all customers as well, so I understand the expectation. Wonder if all those people who said they’d boycott Sephora are sticking to their plan now, lol (especially around Christmas when Sephora offers their generous gift cards – no one does that around the holidays!).

In the end, thank you Sephora and thank you Temptalia!

Man, this really upsets me. I had talked to a Sephora employee the day before (the 19th) and asked about the sale for both in store and online and she had said it was only for employees and people employees personally knew who they had given a card to, or members that had received an email with a code. Since I’m just a Beauty Insider and hadn’t received any sort of code, I was essentially told I wouldn’t be getting the 20% discount and wouldn’t be able to be part of this sale. So, because I was told I wasn’t part of the sale, I bought myself a few things I had been saving up for on the 19th. I feel SO mislead πŸ™ Will they let me just return everything I bought the 19th since it’s all unopened? I rather save money since I don’t have a lot of it!

I tried the link, and i received an e-mail without a code. when i called, the rep said that the link was only for employee friends and family.
However, you can go to nordstroms and they will match the 20% off.

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