Thursday, April 22, 2010

Beauty wars! Research and buy smart.

Update: Bergdorf Goodman code is "BTYEVENT" PLUS free shipping with code "BEAUTY"

Update: The Saks beauty discount is only 10%! Sorry for posting the wrong amount :( Also, if you buy online from Sephora, you can use's cashback program for 10% cashback and free shipping (no min)

Update: if you are a Gift-With-Purchase gal, Nordstrom is doing
a whole little Estee Lauder kit (valued at $110) for $39.50+ of Estee Lauder beauty. There are 3 options, and each have a different code.

It is definitely time for me to restock the makeup kitty and skincare products.

So, here's the deal:

Sephora Makeup Madness
When: Now through Monday, Apr 19
Where: Online with codes: VIBs use "MADNESS" but everyone else can use "FACEBOOK15" or in-stores with either VIB email coupon or print out the Facebook coupon (PDF)
What: 15% off everything
Shipping: Free for $50+
Tax: Yes if you live in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA or WI

Bergdorf Goodman Beauty Event
When: Thursday, Apr 22 - Sunday, Apr 25
Where: In-stores, online code TBD
What: instant $25 off $100+, then you get a gift card: $50 for $500+, $75 for $750+, $100 for $1000+
Shipping: Yes unless you find a code (currently "WELCOME" works)
Tax: Yes if you live in NY, NJ or TX

Saks F&F
When: Thursday, Apr 22 - Sunday, Apr 25
Where: In-stores, online code TBD
What: 10% off beauty + fragrance
Shipping: Free for $150+ with code "SHIPFREE2"
Tax: Yes if you live in AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, or VA

Douglas Cosmetics Mother's Day
When: Friday, May 7
Where: In-stores or via phone order
What: 20% off everything
Shipping: Free (no minimum)
Tax: Yes if you live in CT, DC, FL, NJ, or PA

My strategy? Unless there is a new gadget you want that only Sephora has or a makeup label that BG doesn't carry (like Dior), I'd sit this one out. As loyal as I am to Saks F&F, I'm skipping the beauty this year and heading upstairs (to shoes, naturally, for a pair of Repettos). I'm getting Kanebo Sensai, Cle de Peau beauty, Chantecaille, and Le Metier from BG, and I'm waiting to order my La Mer and La Prairie from Douglas Cosmetics in May.


  1. Hey what would you recommend from the Kanebo and Cle de Peau Beaute line? I'm trying to find replacement skincare products. I used to use Shu Uemura but no longer like their skincare line.

  2. My favorite Kanebo product in the world is the hair mask, although I also use their toner (Lotion). I don't use their moisturizers because I prefer one with SPF. I like their cellular performance mask as an overnight treatment (just wash, toner, and this) maybe twice a week.

    For Cle de Peau, I only get makeup-- I have not tried any of the skincare (their concealer stick is THE bomb when I have redness or really want to cover my light freckles). I am also going to try out their cotton pads since I think the quality of Shiseido cotton is going down the tubes.

    Honestly my entire skincare line is 95% La Prairie-- the foam cleanser, the exfoliant, the daily moisturizer with SPF30, the marine algae night cream, and the lightening serum. From La Mer I get the hydrating serum (a very light moisturizer I use on a really hot night or feel like I don't need a night cream), the eye concentrate, and the lip balm.

    Everyone's skin is really different, and mine is super sensitive to chemicals and prone to monthly cystic acne. I have a shinier t-zone. I've finally found skincare that works for me (La Prairie) because my pores clog easily around my nose, and some products give me an allergic reaction (like Neutrogena or Benefit). Totally pain-in-the-caboose skin. However since I've found what works (and stuck to it for a couple yrs now), my skin is really good. Cystic acne is greatly reduced. The facialist I went to a while ago said I had the best skin she'd ever seen-- way better than the Victoria's Secret model clients she has. BUT, I am totally OCD about my face, so I hope I haven't scared you!

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  6. Hi Tina, Can anyone walk in and participate in the Saks F&F sale? Or do you need a coupon or something?
    Thanks for posting all these beauty deals!

  7. Anonymous4/17/2010

    Hi Tina, I just want to say thank you so much for your great blog - I LOVE how organized and OK, OCD it is -like a page from my own book:)! I was vaguely aware that all of these beauty deals were happening soon, and now I've got the scoop - I really appreciate it!!

  8. Hi Grace! The Saks F&F will be open to all. They will email the online code and flyer to the ppl on their mailing list and cardholders (like me), and of course we will then share it with everyone :)

    Anonymous - you're welcome! I am a bit OCD, I suppose ::blush::

  9. Anonymous4/18/2010

    hey dear, how do you know if Douglas will carry the particular La Prairie product that I want? Do you have to call them?

  10. ^ Hi! Yes, I would definitely call around to see which Douglas store carries what you want. That way if none of them do, you can get it from Saks or BG!

  11. Anonymous4/22/2010

    any word of the BG online code? =)

  12. Anonymous4/22/2010


    I just called Douglas, there IS a mini. shipping, you have to order $50 at least.

  13. Really?? When I called the CT store, she said no shipping-- I spoke to Tina, whose name I remember :) Which store did you call?

  14. Anonymous4/23/2010

    The main number listed on their website, I dont know which location thou... Cuz I didnt browse by location to get the phone #...


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