The internet is buzzing with news that Sephora is emailing out gift cards for the amount of $15-20 to VIB members. Each gift card comes with a unique code, which can be used online or printed and used in-store.
$50 minimum is NOT required when you purchase online. You do NOT need to spend $50 to use the gift card, despite what the email says. Since it comes in the form of a gift card and not in the form of a coupon code, you can use it on any purchase over the amount of the gift card.
In-store. I have not tried using it on an amount below $50 in-store. I imagine it would work if your cashier scans it, but they may refuse to scan it based on the text of the email, which says you must spend $50.
Shipping. If I am remembering correctly, last year, Sephora offered FREE 2-day shipping sometime shortly after disbursing the gift cards in order to encourage holiday shoppers. If there is an item you want, you may wish to wait a week and see if a free shipping code comes out.
Otherwise, Sephora does charge for shipping on purchases under $50. To avoid the shipping charge, you can purchase extra products to push you over the $50 mark and then return them in-store. You can also buddy up with friends or family who also got a gift card and place an order together. Sephora’s online system does not allow you to use multiple gift cards online, but if you call them at 1-877-SEPHORA, they will happily do it for you. This is what I did.
You can also elect to use your gift card to cover the $5.95 shipping charge. It’s a gift card, so it can be used on tax and shipping. You can buy one of the $9 Stila palettes for almost nothing using this method.
Coupon codes. There are two right now which I think look rather good. You can only use one promotional code.
If your purchase amount (before gift cards) is $25 or more, you can apply “FROMSEPHORA.” Choose between the Hello Kitty and Tokidoki bags (Kat Von D is out of stock).
If you spend $25 or more (before gift cards), you can instead choose to apply “PREPKIT.” There are four kits to choose from (well, 3, since flawless foundation is out of stock). You can see all the options here.
Ebates. Don’t forget to shop through Ebates for an additional 8% cash back! I get about $50 per year from using ebates, so it’s pretty worth it. Tweet me if you want a referral. 😉