If you read my Sunday Splurge last week, you know I’m a whore for free samples, especially deluxe samples. Every year, the only thing that takes away my sorrow of Halloween being over is the new Gift with Purchase (GwP) offers from all my favorite sites for the holidays. Pathetic? Perhaps. I’m the first to admit it. The important thing is I’m selective when it comes to choosing my GwP offers. I follow the GwP Addict blog, so I could go hog wild and opt for every GwP out there… But no! I only use the codes from sites where I can easily get to the required spending amount (for example, it took me about 2 seconds to spend the $135 on Bliss to get the tote) and I know I will actually use the majority of the samples.
Selecting GwP codes is one thing, gaming the system is an art form. Allow me to explain… In my pursuit for the best GwPs I saw that Sephora was offering “Choose 1-of-4 free “Holiday Prep Kits” with every $25 purchase. Each kit includes several deluxe samples, and you can choose from Smokey Eye, Flawless Foundation, Beautiful Skin, or Fragrance Sampler. Since I have what I need to create a smokey eye, I’m married to my foundation, and I only wear Bond No. 9 Scent of Peace, my decision was easy. The Beautiful Skin kit includes deluxe samples from Clarins, DDF, Urban Decay, and many other brands.
Okay, so spending $25 at Sephora is easy. The key is that it’s free shipping after $50. So I simply divided up my order (totaling $160) into three separate orders. When I got to checkout I got quite the nice surprise. The Beauty Insider 500-point prize was a Fresh gift set! Jackpot! Unfortunately I cannot link you to the gift set since they are already sold out, but I can tell you (and not to rub your face in it) this was the best 500-point gift I’ve ever been offered from Beauty Insider. The kit included a large deluxe sample (at least a month’s worth) of Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Cream (which is rich, yet gentle for sensitive skin), a deluxe sample of the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (my everyday cleanser), and a mini Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15. Luckily, I had over 2000 Beauty Insider points (yes, a little embarrassing) so I was able to use 1500 to add a Fresh gift set to each of my three orders. Voila! I got three separate boxes from Sephora, each containing a bevy of samples!
Besides Sephora, I wanted to make sure I got my hands on the Bliss Holiday Tote Bag. The samples come in a nice thick nylon tote bag (which I am already using to carry my heels to work), and they include deluxe sizes of brands like Bliss, Go Smile, and DDF. The thing that got me salivating was the number of samples. Bliss was not skimpy about giving a bunch of great brands in nice deluxe sizes. You have to spend $135 to get the tote, but since Bliss carries such staple brands like Skinceuticals and Sk-ii, you should have no problem getting to that number.
Okay, now that you’ve got the samples, what are you going to with them? Watch my video on YouTube, showing you how to best organize and utilize your new spoils. Enjoy!Posted by janna Tags Bliss, Bond No. 9, Clarins, DDF, Fresh, Sephora, Sunday Splurge, Urban Decay