December 23, 2009

DO NOT WANT: Ulta 20% Off


I love when Ulta proceeds to give me 20% Off my total order and than yanks the carpet right out from under me my adding a great big exclusion list.

Oh hai you can has 20% off but………………..!

No Urban Decay, No Smashbox, No Amazing Cosmetics, No Bare Escentuals, No Bourjois, No Cargo….oh wait…I know..ABSOLUTELY no premium brands.

K, Happy Shopping Muse.

So what the heck am I supposed to buy now? It’s kinda offering me a lick of the ice cream but telling me not to swallow.


If you wants it, 20% Off at Ulta using promo code 24103 just remember the big exclusion list.

As for this Muse…..


Grrr! Annoying!



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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Kristina

    I usually ignore those for the same reason. But the other day I actually got one in the mail without any exclusions – not even on salon services! I didn’t need anything done at the salon, but I did snatch up some Mario Badescu skincare and some hairproducts.

    • the Muse

      sweet kristina! I can’t say I got one without the exclusions….here’s to hoping! I really get annoyed by all the exclusions..what the heck is left to buy after that?! :-D!

      • crotchfairy

        Seriously? I’m about to brave the cold for possibly that coupon. I want some Mario Badescu stuff, too.

        Muse: I usually use it on nail polish 😀 Like OPI or Essie. I also have a soft spot for Revlon’s quad of creme shadows. I buy them during the BUY 2 get 2 Free promo. They make for fairly decent bases and I tell myself they’re similar to NARS’ creme shadows *shot*

        • the Muse

          mm I didn’t notice of MB was off the list or not crotchfairy but it’s kinda a bogus coupon imho!

          I haven’t tried the cream shadows…I think I had one ages and ages ago but never used it and gave it away 😀 wish I was a nail girl, than I’d be excited about 20%!

  • mary_in_wonder

    ow that sucks! it’s such a turn off when you see you can buy your loved products then boom! They are such dickheads! Isn’t Ulta the one that sells the Twilight range? Maybe it’s not on the exclusions list o.O

    • the Muse

      hmmm Mary I dunno I never seen Twilight at Ulta but could be? Hate the exclusions though le sigh!

      • mary_in_wonder

        mm then I don’t know which store carries it….but it’s surely not something to flood the shelves everywhere…sadly T_T

        • the Muse

          LOL mary I guess not. I dunno I haven’t seen it at Ulta?! but maybe?! I’ve seen it at hot topic and torrid though!

          • mary_in_wonder

            Don’t trust me! I’m not even sure myself I remember correctly reading it could be found there! But at least it can be spotted easily! I take you’re not interested in it?

  • MC

    What’s left is Ulta brand make-up, which made my eyelids swollen the one time I used their shadows.

    The 20% at Ulta is a lie (for the GOOD stuff)…like the cake is lie. T_T

      • MC

        Well, my eyes are sensitive to some shadows. I can’t wear a lot of drug store brands (Wet and Wild, Milani, and Prestige) or Mary Kay. Never understood why, but it’s why I try to play it safe and stick with brands I know.

        • the Muse

          MC can’t say I blame you WandW sometimes scares me LOL! My sis is like you, her eyes water just looking at Wet and Wild, Prestige, Etc!

  • Kirsten

    Why don’t they just say…20% off of this product and this product? I know their goal is to get people to click through to their website and hopefully buy stuff that isn’t on sale (higher profit margin) but, as evidenced here, it can be a PR backfire.

    I’ve never shopped at Ulta, in person or on line…Sephora seems to have everything I need…and things I don’t need but buy anyway.


    • the Muse

      kirsten agreed I think in the long run it just makes people pissy, example a, ME! lol!

      yup me too, mostly a sephora girl here as well 😀

  • Jeweled Thumb (Ivy)

    Ah yes, the infamous 20% off coupons that don’t apply to anything you actually want! I worked at ULTA myself a few years ago and it was so frustrating after doing a makeover and someone would say, “oh I have this coupon!” that it didn’t work on anything that I had just used on them. There were some that thought “All prestige cosmetics” was the -brand- Prestige. ULTA really needs to sit down with their marketing team and make the couon say, “Drugstore & Haircare 20% off” NOT “ALL!”. Something tells me this is where some of the “base CS” thoughts about the company stem from.

    • the Muse

      wow Ivy! that must be a pain in the butt as your customers probably give you a bunch of snark about it! I think that it’s a good idea to simply spell it out as “Drugstore and Haircare Purchases” That would really make life easier!

  • Lisa

    I totally agree. You’d think they’d spiff up their coupon considering Sephora doesn’t hold back. It is extremely annoying. But I usually use their coupons when they have Essie or OPI deals. Like I scored 5 nail polishes for the prices of 2 a couple weeks ago.

    • the Muse

      it irks me lisa! If I was a naill girl I’d be in heaven but honestly with all the restrictions it’s not alot I want to indulge in!??!

    • Paloma

      I just checked out sephoras website, because I have some spare money, but Sephora is doing the same damn thing. Do I really want a Sephora brand eyeshadow palette? Where’s all the good stuff?

  • Kristina

    I wonder why no one else got that coupon. It came in the mail by itself (like a postcard) about a week ago. Are you all signed up for their Reward program? Or maybe it’s a Nebraska thing to lure in shoppers. My Ulta is also doing $5 brow waxes and a few other treatments for the same price.

    • the Muse

      oh I didn’t get one kristina just the online email 😀 Nope as I don’t shop there much. $5 blow wax? that’s awesome as I pay $32!!!!!!!!

  • Thi

    I tried to use it on a Dermalogica set for an auntie @ Ulta.. BAD IDEA.. Dermalogica was excluded (the cashier pointed it out, lol!) Oh Ulta, you tricked me. We are just so used to Sephora!

  • Selenite

    Alas, I live that Ulta frequently gives out coupons when Sephora gives out piddly samples. However I can’t always buy NYX and nail polish.

    • the Muse

      hi selenite cool you enjoy Ulta 😀 I’m more a Sephora girl myself and kinda dig the VIP program with the generous samples!

    • the Muse

      mel can’t say I’ve experienced the CS much 😀 I normally shop at Sephora who also suffers bad CS at times haha!

  • Paloma

    Sephora is doing the same thing. This blows. Maybe if I’m lucky, on Christmas or the day after, the sales will sky rocket.

    • the Muse

      lots of sales now paloma damn they are giving it away for free at this point!

  • Johanna

    That’s why I usually shop at Sephora — love the VIP Beauty Insider gifts. But the one thing I do shop at Ulta for is C. Booth’s Peppermint Vanilla Creamy Shea Butter Hand Soap. Can’t seem to find it anywhere else, and it leaves my hands so soft and so nice smelling.

    • the Muse

      that sounds lovely johanna will have to look out for it, I love me some peppermint 🙂

  • jojo

    Muse you are too funny. I totally agree, a deal is not really a deal when you can’t use it for what you want. Sephora really knows what to do when it comes to marketing. I have placed like 3 or more orders in the past month( want to do one more with the 20% off sales items tonight) because of the flexibility of deals combined with free shipping, samples, coupons, deluxe samples for beauty insiders etc….I think the combination and flexibility of offers really make people want to buy stuff and we get more for our money. In this case, the ulta coupon is really not tempting at all when there is so many exceptions. You are too funny: DO NOT WANT..
    I hear you!

  • Audrey D

    i got my coupon in my ulta booklet they always send home to me. in the booklet, they had suggestions for me and i was surprised to see i could use it on high end cosmetics, salon services and even on the chi! i have to admit though, the majority of the time it’s can’t use the coupon on this and can’t use the coupon on that.

    • the Muse

      audrey you’re lucky they rarely have those coupons so many exclusions grr!

  • SJG

    Considering the Sephora coupon is online only, it may as well not exist as far as I’m concerned. I detest purchasing makeup or fragrance I can’t see, smell or feel. At least with Ulta you can use it in store, and if there’s prestige stuff in the clearance rack (which there often is) it can be used on it.

    • the Muse

      hi SJG the return policy is so fab at sephora with free return shipping I don’t mind in the least purchasing online.

  • Jill

    I used to work at Ulta it there were often customers upset about the coupons. However Ulta offers many more deals ,coupons and sales than other cosmetic stores.

    THey will usually send out 20% coupons that have no exclusions twice a year two customers that are part of thier free beauty club. And i believe if you sign up for e-mials they send you some really great coupons.

    Having worked there they really do have ALOT of great deal on the good brands. Last i hear some philospohy items are able to used on the other coupons which is nice!

  • Bink

    I put the new Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland palette in my shopping bag at because their promotion said ALL URBAN DECAY 20% OFF. When I inputted the code it came up as a successful use BUT this palette was excluded from the “ALL URBAN DECAY 20% OFF” deal.

    I so hate Ulta. They are only good for their in store clearance shelves.

  • the Muse

    tambien your comment was deleted. When you grow up and learn how to talk like an adult you can feel free to leave a comment, until that time your current comment was deleted.