December 3, 2009

Sephora V.I.B. Beauty Insider Gift Cards

Sephora VIB Gift Card

Hey chicas!

Word is out on the street about the Sephora V.I.B. Beauty Insider Gift Cards. Finally!


Since telling you about the benefits of being down with Sephora V.I.B. yo, you’ve all asked me many a time please Muse tell us more about the gift cards.

And the Muse replies…..but I dunno.

Everyone has been in an uproar about the who, the why, the when, the how much….and no one knew anything. I’ve called Sephora stores and Sephora online but couldn’t get a confirmation. Yesterday, I spoke to thee perfect person to tell me all about what was going on with the Sephora V.I.B. Beauty Insider Gift Cards and she said, “Muse they are going out now..”

So of course I raced to my inbox but nothing.

But today….cue dramatic music…today my gift card came in my e-mail! Yay! Now I honestly don’t know how it comes about or how much you have to spend but so far I’m hearing tales of $10 and $20. Since I did CP’s for friends plus my own personal shopping and gift shopping I spent at least $600 or more at Sephora during Friends and Family (remember that isn’t all my own stuff) and I ended up with a $20 gift card. I’m curious if there are any higher amounts out there or is $20 the highest? Some may rant it’s not a whole lot but personally it’s free money so I’m happy!

Either way I’m gonna spend it hard! You can spend it online or print it out and purchase in store.


Thanks Sephora.

Be sure to check your inbox and give me the word how much you got because I’m all nosy and stuff.

About the Muse

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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      • Phyrra

        I did! Get this, so I had to spend $25 or $35 to get the $15 off. I went to the closest Sephora to me, which is in a JC Penny’s and it’s really new.
        I ended up picking up Lorac’s Auburn Eyebrow Pencil ($19), Anastasia’s classic eyebrow stencils ($20) and a Sephora slanted eyeliner/eyebrow brush ($10). In addition to the $15 off, they also gave me 20% off as they said they were having a Friends and Family sale. So I was pretty pleased.

        • the Muse

          sweet DD!!!! good hauling hun 😀 lol I hate that we end up spending more whenever we get coupons that’s the worst! I always say ok I’m spending the coupon only and end up with $50-$100 worth of stuff!

  • Silver Lips

    Hey Sunshine, I’m not a Sephora VIB but I got a 15.00 gift card for being a Beauty insider and you should have seen me cheesing like it was for 150.00 lol

    • the Muse

      LOL me too silver! I was doing a little twist and a turn 😀

      miss ya around here!

  • Betty

    Hey Muse. Glad you got your gift card! Unfortunately I stilll didn’t get mines yet =__= word on the street is that VIBs get a $20 GC and Beauty Insider gets $15 no matter how much you spent. Seems like they chucked that “the more you spend the more you get!” thing since everyone’s getting the same set amount. Liars.. 🙁

    • the Muse

      yup betty that does appear the case sigh 🙁 oh well 20 bucks is still nice 😀 I’m happy I got the 20 at least 🙂

  • Kaoru

    Yay! I really hope they don’t forget me this time (I had to call to get the VIB code last time, since the computer decided to take me off of their mail list). $20 might not be that much, but free money is free money ^_^.

    • the Muse

      heck yes kaoru! 😀 free money! same prob here with the vib 20% off but finally got it 🙂

  • Lostcausefoundeffect

    i got a 20 tooo!!
    i dont remember how much i spent
    but do you have any reccomendations?

  • blu3

    I got $20 🙂 It says on the fine print in my email that we can get either $15 or $20.

  • Mandy

    My friend and I are Beauty Insiders and we got a $15 Gift Card to be used with $35 purchase. I think it’s great. I’m so happy but I don’t know what to get! So many great deals and gifts going on..this is a great December 😛

    • the Muse

      yayaya mandy 😀 I dunno what to get either I’m gonna do up a little guide 😀 see what captures my interest and share with you guys!

  • Mae

    I got $20. I’m not sure how much I’ve spent there in the past few months… but it’s definitely been a few hundred dollars. (Shame…) I had no idea the gift card was coming so I was very happy!

    • the Muse

      yayayaya mae I think even though some of us expected it that it still turned into a pleasant little surprise for everyone 🙂

  • Andrea

    I got $20 and already spent it. I FINALLY got the Fresh Strawberry Gardens set and a Peter Thomas Roth product (never used that line before).

    I was going to try using it in the store also, but I have a feeling my diabolical plan won’t work…

    • the Muse

      Nice Andrea! I love that set from Fresh 😀 LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL I’ll try! And let you know LOL! I’m shameless! How awful of me 🙂

  • imprompturoses

    I have a $15 gift card to use (with a minimum $35 purchase) — not sure what to spend it on yet 🙂

    • the Muse

      imprompturoses I think I’m gonna try to nail the korres green goddess set with mine 😀

  • MC

    I can’t complain at all. I like free money and I will happily use my ViB $20 gift card for my personal birthday gift to myself (and score my Sephora Birthday present too) XD

  • Christina

    Whaaatt. I never even got the original email for VIB notifications. If I don’t get this I’m going to be awfully unhappy.

    • the Muse

      hey christina if you don’t get it maybe ring them up and ask, check your beauty balance as well!

  • ginnygordon

    Hi Muse,

    I spent between $100 and $200 at the FF sale and my v.i.b. coupon is for $15. I am pretty excited! I also heard on MUA that some people were getting coupons via snail mail? Oh well, I am happy with my email coupon (but the more coupons the better, right?).

    • the Muse

      hey ginna! good on you babe 😀 whatcha gonna spend it on? I’m happy with the email one…oh heck yes more is always better babe!

  • Sarah

    Hey muse! I got fifteen dollars off of a purchase greater than thirty-five dollars. I find this very generous. I can now get my friend’s Christmas presents for 15 dollars cheaper than I would have yesterday (of course I wont tell them that haha). So I’m happy 🙂

    • the Muse

      LOL shhh sarah I won’t tell 😀 I think it’s fab too! I was a little grumpy about spending $35 but hey deduct the 20 and it’s only 15 out of pocket!

  • Tammy

    Wow is the $20 a no-strings attached giftcard?
    I just got mine and it’s $15 with a minimum purchase order of $35CA (Like that’s hard LOL). …we didn’t have a F&F event over on our side of the border 🙁

    $20 is not too bad if it’s free! Thinking about it, most of your fav stores gives nothing!!

    • the Muse

      35 min to tammy grumpy face but still it’s free money 😀 damn shame about no FF your side 🙁 sigh! Honestly I don’t mind spending $15 and getting $35 worth of goods:)

  • Lisa Kate

    Squee! I got $15!!! So exciting since the last time I was in Sephora was, uh, like June-ish? And I only spent $50! Now I have to decide what to get…agonizing!!

    Oh, Muse, recommend something!

    • the Muse

      Nice Lisa!!!!!!! Oh honey I will be. Post coming soon with recs wink wink!

  • Valerie

    I got one in my mail box actually. I wonder if they are sending out both? Because that would be great. Mine is for $15 if I spend a minimum of $50.

    • the Muse

      I dunno Valerie interesting to see how that develops….so far just email for me 🙂

  • Anna Fantasia

    I got $15- isnt that a weird amount and all? Still its a nice bonus 😉

  • Sydni

    I am confused about how I got one, since I only have 216 points in my beauty bank and haven’t cashed any in yet (isn’t VIB status for 350 or more?). But I got one for $15. Although the fine print says a $35 merchandise purchase is required. Maybe the VIB certificates don’t have that caveat?

    • the Muse

      hi sydni looks like vib get 20 and beauty insiders get 15 so all around everyone is rewarded which is nice 😀 I didn’t notice but I think ours has that too! but hey still good 😀

  • Reggi

    i think the highest is $20… i don’t shop at sephora much and i got one for $15. in the email, the instructions for the SA say “enter BI $15 or $20 GC” or something like that so i think the highest was $20 =)

    • the Muse

      hey reggi I was reading somewhere that someone mentioned 10 but it looks like 15-20 are the amounts 🙂 you’re right!

  • Marina

    See, I had no idea that Sephora did these…and I opened up my inbox today and was pleasantly surprised. $15. Woot! I think I’m going to finally get myself Midnight Cowboy, because from what I’ve heard throughout my years using makeup, it’s a staple. Such a great day so far. This, then Tarina!

    • the Muse

      oh yes marina midnight cowboy is a staple for me 😀 Tarina has be wee’ing myself in excitement god I love makeup 🙂

  • Sasha

    I haven’t gotten mine yet and I’m dying! Someone on MUA said that they were told that Sephora was slowly rolling them out so the customers don’t crash their site at all once with orders. I have definitely spent enough to quality, so I am trying to patiently wait!

    • the Muse

      it’ll come don’t worry sasha 😀 I bet it arrives shortly. And that’s understandable I notice during FF the site becomes slow or won’t load at all yak! We gone broke their site 🙂

  • Margaret

    Buenos dias, Musita!

    I got my card several days ago. It is for $15. You have to activate it before you can use it. That took me a couple of days because Sephora was having trouble with its server. Now I’m all set. Just have to decide what to spend it on!

    • the Muse

      Good Morning margaret 😀 yay! good on you hun! Hey money for free w00t loving it. I’m debating what to get too….hmm you know we’ll prob spend more than the amounts we got haha!

      • Margaret

        UPDATE: Used my gift card towards the Bare Minerals Sweet Obsessions collection. Tried one of the suggested looks as soon as I got home and boyfriend said I looked beautiful! Awwww.

        Oh, it came to only $48, so ended up buying NARS “Silent Night” limited edition eyeshadow for $9. Haven’t tried it yet.


        • the Muse

          hey margaret! nice 🙂 I haven’t hauled yet but I’m leaning towards a few things…! 🙂 Enjoy your goodies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and awwww so sweet of the BF!

  • Jaci

    I got $15. I was pretty excited! I guess I didn’t pay attention last year to see if I got one but I am def spending it this year! I may just have to spend $50 to get the free shipping too. Call me a cheap skate, if you will, but I’m taking advantage!

    • the Muse

      no way jaci! Not cheap at all 😀 I hear you babe!

      Last year they didn’t do this so you didn’t miss out 😀

    • jonnie

      No, I’m totally with you… planning what to spend for the free shipping is only right! 🙂

  • Lisa

    I got the 20. I am thinking an eye shadow palette from Nars, Kitten from Stila or a collection/palette from Urban Decay. Or perhaps something from Korres.

    This is way to difficult to make up my mind!

    • the Muse

      hey Lisa! Sweet 😀 good choices too, leaning towards UD 😀 or did you see the new green goddess collection from korres? likey!

    • the Muse

      noo no Lisa 😀 it’s a set….it has 4 eyeshadows, mascara, liner, and a few other bits and bobs 😀 I think it’s priced at $39!

  • dina

    i got a $20 on too, so exciting i almost feel off my desk chair 😀 so of course i used it instantly after 2 hr deliberating on my cart, always wanting everything and get free money and my brain freezes. what a dope. anyhoo, i got the nars $9 eye shadow deal, a carol’s daughter lipgloss on sale in wild berry ($6?) – never tried anything in this brand, dylan’s candy bar chocolate scrub, sephora nail polish in passion, & the sephora top squirt liquid dispenser thing plus the 3 samples & the tarte cloud 9 deluxe sample. [course i talked myself up to $50 for free shipping, such a sucker.] anyway grand total = $34.76
    LOVE that its a gift card & you can still use a promo code with it 🙂
    sorry so long winded!! so exciting . . .

    • the Muse

      dina dude I’m reading all that I’m like what!? you got like freaking 100 things for $34 LOL! sweet 😀 what’s the sephora top squirt liquid dispenser thingy!? must see what that’s all about 😀

      I’m going for either the too faced palette or…………………..korres green goddess palette….or…mmm damn I know I’ll spend more 😀

      • dina

        item # 1170505 sephora liquid dispenser kinda pricey for plastic (probably could get @ a beauty supply) but i have one already for eye makeup remover & one now for nail polish remover.
        HOLLER @ the $34 😉 again sorry so wordy 🙂 can’t contain myself

        • the Muse

          oh shoot dina I need that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that’s awesome :-D!

          Good hauling! need that bottle!

  • Kristina

    I got my $20 yesterday. I can’t decide what to get off of my wish list since I bought the stuff I REALLY wanted during FF. It’ll be my luck that I’ll decide and then it will be out of stock.

  • dangster

    I got a $20 off $35. I spent soo much over this past year, I’d better get the max giftcard!

    Anyway, I made a purchase immediately on Sephora. I got:

    – Sephora Square Retractable Lip Brush #60
    – Benefit Lust Dusters Trio (Snow Bunny, Nugget, Goldilocks)
    – Stila The Precious Pearl Palette
    – NARS Silent Night Single Eye Shadow (this is a $9 special!!!)

    I got all of this for $51 (before the GC). Because this discount is in GC form, I was able to pick up a DDF Glycolic Exfoliating Wash sample as well. I also got the new 500-pt Beauty Insider perk (the nail polish I mentioned yesterday) and a 100-pt perk (Miss Dior Cherie deluxe sample). I also used Bing cashback to get $10.20 back! I saved sooo much money and got a lot of things, I’m so excited!

    • the Muse

      sweetness dangster good on you with the lust dusters 😀 w00t! loving the silent night at nine bucks 😀 I seen it yesterday and was like LOVELYYYYYYYYY!

      That’s so fab shopping!

  • NuNu

    I got the $15 one, I should be like ‘meh’, since I spent…ok let’s not think about how much I’ve spent…but instead I’m all ‘wOOt’ cos I’m getting $15 off $35…
    Sephora has us all eating out it’s palm

    • the Muse

      LOL agreed Nunu! Agreed! It’s so sad. We are all diseased as hell 🙂

  • Mary

    I’m really disappointed – they advertised “the more you spend, the bigger it is!” – I know I bought a certain things from Sephora instead of elsewhere, rationalizing that it would add to my year-end total and a slightly bigger gift card at the end of the year. But it’s the same for all VIBs – $20 and you have to spend $35 to get it in the first place, so it’s actually a *coupon*, not a gift card. So I could have spent the absolute minimum and gotten exactly the same amount. Way to reward loyalty, Sephora.

    Honestly, I don’t think I’m going to be spending big bucks at Sephora anymore. On the plus side, this has driven me to buy directly from the makeup companies I love and I’ve discovered that you actually get better perks that way than with Sephora (like Smashbox’s awesome “Let’s Do Lunch” deal! I never knew about it before!).

    • the Muse

      mmm mary a little disappointed too. but happy enough with my 20 bucks 😀 the let’s do lunch deal is very fun! 😀 I pretty much spread myself around everywhere…counter, brand websites, ulta, sephora, which ever has the best deal I head too 🙂

  • shops2much

    I got my $15 card and used it to buy the Lavanilla mini vial set. I’m a VIB and Beauty Insider, so I wonder why I didn’t get $20. Oh well, it’s free money 😀

    • the Muse

      hey shops2much free money rocks it 😀 Could be the amount you spent maybe?!

  • Charlestongirl

    Hey there, Muse,

    I spent a “bloody fortune” (probably thousands) and got $20. I’m grateful for anything, but it was kind of small.

    • the Muse

      hey charles….yea I kinda sorta expected more too 🙁 but grateful for the $20 anyway 🙂

  • Del

    errrr…I already told you bout my card on another post…sorry, I’m playing catch up & didn’t see this till now…oh wellz…a lil’ jealous of all the fun stuff everyone is getting, but more so happy that everyone gets to enjoy & indulge! Gotta keep tellin myself it’s getting good use & at least I didn’t toss it, right? hehe…