Birthday Beauty

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The great thing about having a birthday is that most stores treat you like it’s your birth MONTH. November is my favorite because all month long I get coupons and emails to my favorite places that I already shop at, and I get great deals on everything. Yes, most places require you to sign up for their email lists, but that’s nothing new and honestly, I delete emails all day anyway, so I’m THRILLED when there’s a coupon in one of them. Well worth it.

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Birchbox

Already tossing free goodies into my sample box each month, Birchbox also sends me a $10 off coupon for my purchase of anything $50 or more! I know that sounds like a scam, and it totally could be except you can combine that with all the BB points that you rack up all year long, making my checkout total almost ZERO!

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Sephora

Probably the greatest beauty store ever, Sephora is ALWAYS out of my budget but the great thing about their program is that it doesn’t matter how much I spend that year, they send me a free gift anyway! The gifts are different every year, but this year I scored NARS Velvet Matte and Satin Lip Pencils. They’re so smooth and make my lips feel fluffy and not dried out. Another bonus is that these color are actually true to shade, unlike some lip colors that I’ve tried.

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Ulta

Last, but definitely not least is Ulta. My favorite of the three retailers (mostly because of their reasonable prices) Ulta has high-end brands and affordable brands all in one store which means I only have to make one trip for all my beauty and haircare needs. Now for the samples. Every year is different, meaning they give you items that are current! Last year they gave away full-sized Calvin Klein mascara, and this year it’s Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss. They also give you a FREE $10 to spend on anything in the store (don’t belittle this, it’s a big deal) and you earn 2X the reward points all month long.

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One Last Freebie

Starbucks and Panera: Okay, I know these aren’t technically beauty coupons but if you’re anything like me, you need coffee and pastries to go with your new make up! Starbucks gives you a free drink on your birthday and Panera gives you a free pastry! Orange scones and Pumpkin Spice lattes will be in my belly all November long.

While you’re perusing through your new birthday beauty goodies just remember: lipstick on your latte never hurt nobody. 😉

Hope all you November babies have a blast this month!