Earlier this month, I celebrated my birthday and was able to pick up some free beauty items from Ulta and Sephora and I’m surprised that I am just now finding out about this, this year so I don’t want you to miss out like I’ve been missing out for the past… idk… forever. If it’s your birthday or your birthday is coming in the near future, here’s how to get free beauty items from Ulta and Sephora.
Ulta’s birthday freebie changes every three months and is offered while supplies lasts to Ultamate rewards members, which yes it’s free to sign up. Since my birthday is in September, the free gift was the NYX Birthday Palette and unfortunately the next birthday gift for birthdays from October to December has not been releases yet.
In order to receive your birthday gift from Ulta, you must wait until an email is sent to you on the day of your birthday and you have up to 30 days to redeem your gift.
For me, I did not receive my birthday email on time due to Hurricane Irma effecting the call center. I was able to send an email to customer service and they sent me an email code about two days later. I recommend however, to give them a call, as they can send you a code to redeem your free gift in stores pretty quickly.
Once you receive your email you have to print off your code, or download it on the phone and bring it with you to the store. At this time, you can not redeem your free birthday gift online. Also, if you are a platinum member, you get an additional coupon for $10 off your purchase. In order to get platinum status, you must spend $450 in a calendar year, which seems like a ton at first glance, but it’s not toooo bad.
Ulta requires you to go in store with an email coupon code, however you must be signed up for Ultamate rewards which is simple and free, make sure you sign up here. Ulta is my favorite rewards program, simply because they actually give you points that are equal to actual dollars anywhere from $3 off to $125 off compared to other stores where points are just that… points. If you’re interested, make sure you sign up here so you are eligible to receive the free birthday gift.
Sephora’s birthday gift is pretty different from Ulta, since the gifts remain the same all year and you have the choice between three mini options: A tarte gift set, A Caudalie gift set and a Jack Black gift set.
In order to redeem your birthday gift from Sephora, you must at least wait until the first day of the month of your birthday. At that point, you can redeem birthday gifts from Sephora without a coupon during the month of your birthday online and in stores, which is different from the process at Ulta.
When redeeming the birthday gift in Sephora stores, no purchase is necessary however, if redeeming online, there is a purchase required in order to pick a free gift. If you redeem in stores, you only receive the option for the Tarte or the Caudalie gift sets, where as online, the Jack Black mini cleanser and moisturizer is available as an option. I redeemed in store, and was able to walk up to the register ( I was purchasing other items ) and asked for it. You must be signed up as a Beauty Insider, which is free and you can sign up here.
Nothing is better than receiving free makeup on your birthday, and I recommend everyone to sign up for Ulta and Sephora rewards, even if you don’t frequent the stores as much. Free makeup is better than no makeup and also opens the door to trying new things and plus, who is really going to turn down free gifts on your birthday?