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Ulta & Sephora 2019 Birthday Gifts Breakdown

Ulta Sephora 2019 January Birthday Gifts

Ulta and Sephora both have no purchase necessary reward programs that give freebies during your birthday month, but are they even worth watching out for?

What do Sephora and Ulta offer as birthday gifts?

In my experience, Sephora’s birthday gifts are the equivalent of a free birthday meal at your favorite restaurant; on the other hand, Ulta is more like the halfhearted mini ice cream sundae. In the past, Ulta has given away products from decent brands like Calvin Klein One and switched out their offerings every quarter. Ulta is now offering a different product for each month of the year. Sephora switches to a new mini luxury brand sampler every year.

Ulta January 2019 Birthday Freebie

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Ulta is offering a different product each month in 2019, so far they have only unveiled the first three months. Up for grabs in January is two pans of Ulta brand eyeshadow.

Ulta Beauty January 2019 birthday gift

If Ulta’s store brand had a decent formula I wouldn’t mind as much, but on top of Ulta seeming stingy by using the store brand,  I’ve had repeat unpleasant experiences with their eyeshadows. They tend to be chalky, unpigmented, and just feel cheap. I’m a little salty that February and March have brands like IT Cosmetics and N.Y.X but us January peeps are stuck with a sad eyeshadow….

Ulta will email a voucher to pick up the gift that you will need to show in store, but in my experience, these emails don’t always go out.

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2019 Sephora Birthday Gift

Sephora 2019 Birthday Gift

There are a couple different choices depending on the tier of their Beauty Insider program for the Sephora 2019 birthday gift. For the entry tier (that’d be me lol), we have two choices. Firstly, is a Kat Von D mini set which includes a Studded Kiss Crème Trio, Lock-It Setting Powder, and the infamous Tattoo liner in Trooper Black. The second choice is a mini Drunk Elephant set which includes their Protini Polypeptide Cream & Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser. This was a hard decision for me because I’ve fallen hard into the world of skincare in this last year; I would go through the cleanser and cream so quickly! I ended up with the Kat Von D set since I might actually purchase these products someday. Unfortunately, Drunken Elephant has way too high of a price tag for my wallet.

The 2018 Sephora Birthday Gifts were also something I looked forward to; I picked up this Bite Beauty lippie set. They also had a Bumble & Bumble mini hair care set if lipstick wasn’t your jam.

Is the Ulta or Sephora birthday gift better?

The long and short of this rambly piece is I vastly prefer Sephora’s birthday gifts and will go out of my way to pick them up. If I’m in town I might check out Ulta, but I won’t put in much effort to hunt down the voucher email to pick up their freebie.

I haven’t tracked down any other stores that offer worthwhile freebies for your birthday. The majority of offers I see are small freebies that have a purchase required. I’d love to hear of any freebies or bargains you know of! Drop a comment below~


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