October 21, 2013

What You Need to Know About Sephora Friends & Family 2013

Sephora Friends and Family 2011


Please do not leave comments asking for a code, I don’t have any codes to give. As stated in this post the sale starts in November for BI, VIB, and Rouge Members. Hope this helps!

Sephora Friends & Family 2013 is truly about friends and family this year…! If you know a Sephora employee chances are you snagged a code by now. But at one time the code was pretty much accessible to everyone and it didn’t change much year to year…FF2010, FF2011, FF2012, etc…

Unfortunately the times they are a changing and Sephora now exclusively opens this discount to friends and family in October but no worries as you get your chance to enjoy 20% Off your total order during the Sephora F&F Event in November.

Don’t fret! The sale is on for VIB and BI members come November (I don’t have an exact date yet but soon my pretties soon!). Start filling your cart now and preparing yourself for the event as VIB and BI members all get their chance to enjoy 20% off (so long as nothing has changed this year) as a special thank you! No word if Rouge members will get something extra special but I sure hope that’s the case being one myself :)!

Although it’s no really the Sephora Friends and Family Sale anymore but a Sephora Customer Appreciation Sale.

And hopefully as years passed we’ll also get the gift cards that Sephora gives in early December which includes $20 off of $50 for VIBers and Beauty insiders typically get $15 off $50 purchases.

As soon as official word is in about the Sephora Friends & Family 2013 Event I’ll be sure to give you ALL the details!

As soon as I know further info I’ll be sure to update you!

Do you have your list prepared?

Do share it!


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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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  • Tara B

    I was able to get an employee discount code over the weekend and I placed my very first Sephora order! Squeeee! I got the Kat Von D Spellbinding eyehadow book, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder palette and several Sephora outrageous prismachrome shadows that haven been uber popular on youtube as of late.

  • Lisa T

    Yeah, I had to depend on the VIB sale last year too because it was very restricted last year as well as this year and I remember the year before, you were allowed to put in your e-mail to get a one-time use code. I’m hoping they still do the “giftcard” $20/15 off $50 promotion, but ahh.. I remember it was $15/$20 off $35 back in 2009… lol.

  • Ash Evans

    I had gift cards so I hauled the Nars Soulshine blush Palette, The philosophy Holiday Handbook, a Too Faced Mascara and the Hello Kitty brush set on sale.

  • Eva Lee

    A lovely SA at my local Sephora just handed me a coupon card when I asked if she knew anything about the 20% off sale! Such a sweetheart! I hauled: Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Revitalizing Cream 2.6oz (for my mommy), Chanel Platinum Egoiste EDT 3.4oz (for my boo), NEST Dahlia & Vines Rollerball, Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blaquer, and Rouge Volupte Shine Lipsticks in #2, #7, and #17. It’s really disappointing though that Sephora has restricted the F&F sale so much… Now every year when this time rolls around I start getting anxiety from wondering if I’ll be able to finagle a coupon code somehow.

    • the Muse

      yay! nice eva 🙂 enjoy! no need, everyone gets one in November anyway 😀

  • fancyprance

    Here’s a little known fact about that $20 off $50. It’s actally a gift card. The past two years I have used it on items in the $15-$20 range and only paid for shipping. It may be different this year’ but I have not had to spend $50 to use the card

  • Jen

    I wonder if they will do something special for Rouge members??? Hopefully 25% off but I’m doubtful… maybe they do something like 20% off for Rouge, 15% for VIB, and 10% for Beauty Insiders… I feel like that’s what they are gonna do but one can only speculate 🙂

    • the Muse

      I think it would be nice to do something extra for Rouge members 🙂 we shall see 😀

  • Cj

    Already got a code n put in a big order 😀 I ordered the photo plasma moisturizer which it’s upere excited to try 😀 what’d you order babeh??

    • the Muse

      ohhhhhhhhh my 😀 I actually want photo plasma too! review please 😀 Not sure yet…I have my eye on a slew of gifts but for myself, hmmm didn’t really make a list! HORROR!

  • Erin

    My list is beyond ready. I have more in there than my boyfriend has budgeted me for holiday makeup spending.

  • Catg

    When you get the VIB discount in November, can you make purchases online and separate purchases in store??? Or is it only a one time discount?

    • the Muse

      one time discount online and in store (plus one for a friend last year so you got a card to use in store and got one to gift to someone else). Hopefully the same this year.

  • grace

    I am only a beauty insider! do you know if i can still use a code during the sale?

  • Kristen

    Hey Muse thanks for the update! I’ve been waiting on this one for a while. I already managed to snag a coupon code from a Sephora employee and pick up a thing or two, but I’ve been waiting to take advantage of the VIB F&F sale! I am ready to do some more shopping for the holidays. Thanks for keeping all of us updated– I can’t wait!

    • the Muse

      awesome Kristen! Early access 🙂 I typically do my holiday shopping during FF too 🙂 I try! I’ll def post when I have official info available!

  • Jenn

    A lovely Specktra member gave me a code so I got the hourglass palette, Nars Holiday blush palette, OCC Black metal Dahlia and mini lip kit, Guerlain’s Crazy Bronzer and Meteorites. ACK, total splurge! I only got LE stuff for fear things would sell out before VIB time(and just about made Rouge! I think I was off $10 darn me and my math skills! ) I have heard the VIB Rouge may get 25% off but we’ll see!!

  • Robin

    I wasn’t going to wait on my must haves. I got the Laura Mercier, lip glace set, lipstick set, eye shadow palette (which is my HG for palettes!) 😀 I was worried they would sell out before we got the discount. So now I just want Sephora’s 12 hr contour eye liner set. They are awesome!!! I’m now stocking up on The Body Shop 50% off sale. 😀

  • Candace

    I got a code for this F&F sale but it’s online only, and I want to use my store credit, which can of course only be used in store! I’m hoping the VIB sale is an in-store code so that I can use up my credit – I don’t want to spend “real money,” haha!

  • Anna

    Do you know if the VIB code will come with a one-time use code for a friend, as it has in the past? I’m not quite a VIB and a friend of mine usually shares her extra code with me, so I hope they have them this year!

    • the Muse

      i can’t confirm anna but that’s how it was done the last two years hope they stick with it! BIs also get 20% off you don’t have to be a VIB

      • Dee

        Is it confirmed that BIs also get 20% off? I’m pretty close to VIB level but need to spend a bit more. I don’t want to have to spend more to get the 20% off if I don’t have to.

        • the Muse

          there’s no confirmation yet just speculation of what might go down as soon as official details become available will def be posting 🙂

  • amy

    November actually works better for me this year, as I spent quite a bit on actual Holiday hifts for my little one in October (I wanted to be sure to get some things on her Santa list before everyyhing sold out).

    In today’s economy, and so many other retailers doing huge Holiday discounts, Sephora has to stayccompetitive, so I’m sure they’ll stick to the way they’ve done things in the past.

  • Nida Moughal

    I am so sad that we don’t have sephora in Pakistana nor they ship to my country.. how unfair

  • Jenn

    I’m new to Sephora and became a VIB this year. Would you say the $20 off $50 in December is guaranteed? And if say our order ends up being $30, would we still qualify for free shipping? Thanks!

    • the Muse

      I’m not guaranteeing anything Jenn unfortunately…hard to guarantee something I am not affiliated with it’s all about to sephora and how they decide to play things out this year we can only hope 🙂 Free Shipping is on $50 orders so if you use a coupon for $30 that makes your order $20 and you would need to pay for shipping.

      • candleashes

        Actually, the free shipping on $50 has always worked for me if my order was over $50 pre coupon. That’s something I really appreciate

  • Bianca

    Do you happen to know if there will be extra perks or something more special for VIB Rouge members? I hope so! *fingers crossed*

    • the Muse

      few people commented about 25% off but that isn’t confirmed info Bianca….we have to wait and see 🙂

  • Rosa zertuche

    I love sephora but they should give every one discount without you having to hunt down employees or wait until November I like how ulta just sends a coupons better I’m taking my business else where love your site thanks for keeping us inform

  • Tracey

    I would love to try the new nail polish line, Formula X – I’ve read good (albeit sponsored) reviews 🙂
    I am trying to cut-down on spending but I will prob treat myself to one or two holiday sets – I love minis!!

  • sarah

    Just a heads up; I called sephora.com, spoke to 2 associates there, and called 2 different stores in my area. They all said there is no FF (or any other) discount this year (in November). They are only honoring the one given to store employees and those they share it with. 2 told me that sephora wanted to make the discount exclusive this year, only to employees. I told one of the ones I spoke to at sephora.com that its pretty disappointing as a lot of dump a lot of $$ at that joint; and subsequently look forward to the holiday discount. He said he would ‘take note and forward it up the chain”. Pretty disappointed with the company right now.

    • the Muse

      this is the same year after year sarah. Sephora, it’s employees, and across social media they deny having a sale because for some reason I guess they think it’s a buzz kill. Every single year (you can look back in my past posts) everyone gets chaotic because they believe that there won’t be a sale and indeed there is a sale so not reason to get nervous, there is def going to be a sale.

      • ruby

        I asked the local Sephora store and they advised that the event is a Friends and Family and it will definitely be in November..

  • Iris

    Thank you for the info. I hope there’s a BI sale this year as well. I plan on getting a present for my mother and maybe some shampoo and conditioner, eyeshadow primer, and blush for myself.

  • aditi

    hi just wanted to make sure its for BI as well because i;m not a vib but i’m like $50 away but i’d ratehr spend it when i have the discount:)

  • Liz V

    One of the cast members said they are having an event in a couple of weeks and told me to keep an eye out for the email. It’s probably the 20% off VIB Sale and they might have a gift with purchase on the first day. This is purely speculation on my part, all the cast member said was to keep an eye out for the email and that I would need to print it out or show them during the event.

  • Hannah

    Can’t freaking wait! I am eyeing the Tarte and Laura Mercier holiday collections

  • CatG

    Today in Sephora an employee told me the sale was on and that it would likely be the same date as last year (November 7th). I hope she wasn’t just speculating!

  • Lacy

    I was just at Sephora a few days ago and wasn’t able to snag a code from any employees so I inquired about any future sales to see if anyone would throw me a bone but alas, she just said there would be a “perk”/”sale” next month.

    At any rate I can’t believe I’m about to type this out but I’m EXTREMELY disappointed in Sephora at the moment. I bought the new Nars LE blush palette, Hourglass ambient lighting palette, givenchy le prisme visage soft mat compact face powder, and bobbi brown brightening finishing powder porcelain pearl to find a new finish/setting powder I’ve been on the hunt for. Well I have a JCP credit card which is now accepted at Sephora.com and obviously the Sephora’s inside JCP. I tried to return 2 of the face powders as I fell in love with the Hourglass and felt there was no need for the Givenchy or the Bobbi Brown…. Went to the Sephora inside JCP and they couldn’t refund my credit card because it was a Sephora purchase and they can only scan JCP receipts and transactions under JCP.com….. and if I got store credit instead the giftcard with the credit on it is only good at Sephora’s inside JCP and not free standing or online which is absolutely ridiculous as the one inside JCP is 1/4 the size of a normal sephora which doesn’t carry over half the brands, so I went to the free standing Sephora, and they couldn’t refund me back to my credit card because for whatever reason their system is not capable of crediting my JCP account, so they told me go back to the one in JCP because they should be able to do it, went back and they couldn’t and my only option was store credit. Well I wouldn’t have put it on my penny’s card had I known what a crazy hassle it would prove to be. Now is it just me or is that plain stupid? It’s great to have a Sephora to access inside JCP as the free standing one isn’t as close by but COME ON! if you were going to partner with another store I’d make sure you had all the kinks worked out first. They offered store credit but honestly I don’t need anything else right now or have my eye on anything else til the sale comes out…. I know I could hang on to it when I need it but it’s the principal of thing. And to really nail the coffin I called Customer Service to ask what I was suppose to do if I wanted it credited back to my account, well the girl’s service and listening skills to grasp the situation were lackluster, she couldn’t find my information via my email, VIB # or my name! Then while trying to figure things out we got disonnected and hung up! I’m just really disappointed with Sephora at the moment…… Sorry for the novel but I needed to vent.

  • alyssa

    Hello! I’m a new reader to your blog! Love it! I’m also new to the make up world and don’t have many details about how the Sephora sale works. Are codes easy to track online? I’m thinking I should go in store and speak with a Sephora employee because I’m not sure how I would be able to get a code otherwise. I don’t know anybody else that shops at Sephora and would be a BI or VIB. I’m not a VIB at all! I’m like 300 points away. I plan on spending about $400 if I can get a 20% off code. My list includes: Naked 2, Naked Basics, Tarte 8 Piece LipSurgence set, Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things set, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, and NARS One Night Stand Cheek Palette. And POSSIBLY Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Foundation. (I’m going to try and get a sample in store and if I like it I want to pick up a full size during the sale.) But I’m not sure if I will be able to track down a code. 🙁

  • Cris

    I received the VIB 20% off card yesterday and it is from Nov 7-11. It said I can use it multiple times. I also have an extra code for a friend but it said that I have to be with her when she uses it.

  • Siri

    Do you know if they will provide a regular F&F discount for regular beauty insiders? I just became a VIB on my last purchase since I received a code from a friend who is a VIB. Just curious if you have any insights. Thank you! =)

    • the Muse

      siri on twitter they said they haven’t forgotten their “Bi members” so maybe something is in the works soon 🙂