sephora http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9858/all en-US 5 Online Stores That Let You Try Before You Buy http://www.wisebread.com/5-online-stores-that-let-you-try-before-you-buy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-online-stores-that-let-you-try-before-you-buy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_woman_smiling_with_shopping_bags_outside.jpg" alt="Young woman smiling with shopping bags outside" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shopping online is always a fun way to pass the time, but when your order arrives and it doesn't fit right or isn't how you pictured it, going through the return process can be a headache. Lots of online retailers are consistently updating their returns protocols to be as easy as possible, but it doesn't change the fact that your money has already been spent and you aren't happy.</p> <p>Luckily, there are brands that now offer a 'try before you buy' option, that gives you access to samples before buying full sizes, or shipping the items to you for $0 and giving you a trial period before charging you for the item. Here are a few you should check out.</p> <h2>1. Amazon Prime Samples and Prime Wardrobe</h2> <p>Exclusively for Prime members, <a href="https://amzn.to/2rfsQjM" target="_blank">Prime Samples</a> lets you try samples of food, baby items, beauty products, personal items, and household supplies. You can pick individual samples from their large selection, or you can select a box of pre-chosen samples in a specific product category. And when you buy samples, all are $2&ndash;$4 each, you get a credit of equivalent value to redeem on a future purchase of the full-size product if you decide to buy it.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JIrntx" target="_blank">Prime Wardrobe</a> offers a similar concept but with clothing, shoes, and accessories. Fill your box, try them for seven days, and you can either keep them and get charged for only the items you wish to keep, or return them all for free in the box and with the return label provided. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-amazon-prime-perks-youve-forgotten-to-use?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Amazon Prime Perks You've Forgotten to Use</a>)</p> <h2>2. Warby Parker</h2> <p>Choosing the right eyeglasses is a process that takes time. When the founders of <a href="https://www.warbyparker.com/home-try-on" target="_blank">Warby Parker</a> were tackling the challenge of an online store for glasses, they decided to try the sampling idea for customers, and it stuck. You can select five frames to test for five days and they'll ship them to you &mdash; for free! Send back the ones you don't want and only pay for the glasses that you wish to keep.</p> <h2>3. ThirdLove</h2> <p><a href="https://www.thirdlove.com/pages/try-before-buying#/" target="_blank">ThirdLove</a> has been making quite a splash with women. Because their bras are on the expensive side (about $68 each), the try-before-you-buy idea has helped them expand their customer base. Order your bra with the help of their online guide in finding your exact size (they have half sizes, too!), receive it in the mail, and then &quot;wear it, wash it, live in it&quot; for 30 days. If you love it, it's yours for $68. Don't love it? Return it for free, and they will donate it to their charity, <a href="https://www.thirdlove.com/blogs/unhooked/thirdlove-difference-importance-of-giving-back" target="_blank">Bras for All</a>.</p> <h2>4. Casper</h2> <p>Mattress purchases are challenging, and doubly so if you're buying them online. So <a href="https://casper.com/" target="_blank">Casper</a> makes it easy for you to give it a go. Buy your mattress, have it shipped right to your door, and then sleep on it for 100 days. Don't like it? No problem. They'll come pick it up with no additional cost to you, and they'll give you a full refund. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-a-mattress-in-10-minutes-or-less?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Buy a Mattress in 10 Minutes or Less</a>)</p> <h2>5. Sephora</h2> <p>Making a purchase online or in-store with <a href="https://www.sephora.com/free-beauty-samples" target="_blank">Sephora</a>? Make sure you take advantage of their generous free sample program to try some new products. When you place an order online, you can add three samples free of charge. In-store, you can ask for a sample of just about anything and they will accommodate you whether you're buying something or not.</p> <p>I have a Sephora in my neighborhood and every time I've visited, they are more than willing to whip up a sample of anything that interests me. And whenever I do make an in-store purchase, they always toss some samples into my bag as a little surprise. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-smartest-ways-to-save-at-sephora?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Smartest Ways to Save at Sephora</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-online-stores-that-let-you-try-before-you-buy&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Online%2520Stores%2520That%2520Let%2520You%2520Try%2520Before%2520You%2520Buy.jpg&amp;description=5%20Online%20Stores%20That%20Let%20You%20Try%20Before%20You%20Buy"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Online%20Stores%20That%20Let%20You%20Try%20Before%20You%20Buy.jpg" alt="5 Online Stores That Let You Try Before You Buy" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-online-stores-that-let-you-try-before-you-buy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-amazon-prime-day-actually-worth-it-this-year">How to Make Amazon Prime Day Actually Worth It This Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-guilty-pleasures-that-are-killing-your-budget">6 Guilty Pleasures That Are Killing Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-shopping-challenges-will-keep-you-stylish-without-breaking-your-budget">These 6 Shopping Challenges Will Keep You Stylish Without Breaking Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-things-that-should-never-cost-more-than-99">11 Things That Should Never Cost More Than $99</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-a-simple-do-not-buy-list-keeps-money-in-your-pocket">How a Simple &quot;Do Not Buy&quot; List Keeps Money in Your Pocket</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping Amazon amazon prime casper free samples samples sephora shopping tips thirdlove warby parker Fri, 11 May 2018 08:30:15 +0000 Christa Avampato 2138950 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Smartest Ways to Save at Sephora http://www.wisebread.com/15-smartest-ways-to-save-at-sephora <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-smartest-ways-to-save-at-sephora" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000072613569_Large.jpg" alt="saving money at sephora" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sephora is the mecca of all things beauty. And while it may be the best place to find all of your beauty essentials, it can also be the easiest way to overspend and break your budget. Fortunately, we've found a number of ways for you to save money and get more from every Sephora trip.</p> <h2>1. Join the Beauty Insider Program</h2> <p>Once you join the free <a href="http://www.sephora.com/about-beauty-insider">Beauty Insider Program</a>, you'll start building points towards rewards. You'll get one point per dollar you spend, and once you hit 100 points, you can trade them in for a free product. They also offer a free birthday gift and other freebies throughout the year for Beauty Insiders. If you let your points accumulate, you'll be able to get a bigger, better prize. Don't worry, your points will never expire. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-store-loyalty-programs-that-are-worth-it?ref=seealso">9 Store Loyalty Programs That Are Worth It</a>)</p> <p>If you spend $350 in a year, you'll enter the VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) Program for even more perks and insider events. If you spend $1,000 in a year, you'll enter the VIB Rouge Program for perks like free shipping and unlimited free makeovers, so you can take advantage of the talented Sephora makeup artists whenever you need.</p> <h2>2. Get Free Samples</h2> <p>Ask for free samples of anything you want to try. You can get up to three free samples from each of the three departments: makeup, skincare, and fragrance. All you have to do is ask and they will give you a free sample of the foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick, perfume, shampoo, lotion, or any cosmetic item you want to try out at home.</p> <p>You should also inquire about free samples at checkout. And you can expect three free samples with any Sephora online order. For even more free samples with your online order, take a look at the <a href="http://www.sephora.com/promotions-weekly-specials">Weekly Specials</a> for freebies with a discount code.</p> <h2>3. Get a Free Makeover</h2> <p>You can get a free 15-minute makeover or mini facial at your local store. You can choose from mini-makeovers like false eyelash application, eyebrow application, or focusing on a specific area of the face.</p> <h2>4. Take Free Classes</h2> <p>Do you want to learn to apply makeup like a pro? Sephora's got you covered. They offer free makeup application assistance and two-hour <a href="http://www.sephora.com/store-locations-events?tab=classes">beauty classes</a> so you can improve your skills and keep up with the latest makeup trends.</p> <h2>5. Follow Sephora on Social Media</h2> <p>Follow Sephora on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/sephora/">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/sephora/">Instagram</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/Sephora">Twitter</a>. They commonly offer discounts, promos, and giveaways for their social media fans.</p> <h2>6. Ignore Store Temptations</h2> <p>Sephora places items that they think will tempt you most by the cash register &mdash; which aren't usually the best deals). Try ignoring those cute, but costly, temptations.</p> <h2>7. Look Beyond Eye Level</h2> <p>Sephora, like many retailers, commonly places the most expensive products at eye level. Look above and below eye level for the best deals. To save even more, start shopping the perimeters of the store, where the sales and deals are usually hiding.</p> <h2>8. Avoid Travel Products<strong> </strong></h2> <p>In most cases, travel items aren't a good deal. They are more expensive, per unit, compared to larger products. If you really need travel products for your next trip, ask for free samples instead.</p> <h2>9. Get Free Shipping</h2> <p>If you're planning on making a lot of online purchases, consider joining the <a href="http://www.sephora.com/sephora-flash-subscription-P379518">Sephora Flash Subscription Program</a>, which will get you unlimited free two-day shipping for $10 per year. When you consider that two-day shipping can cost $10.95 each time, you'll see that this is a great deal. The program is free to join for VIB Rouge members.</p> <p>If there is an item you need that Sephora doesn't have in stock at your local store, they will ship it to you for free. You can also get free shipping online at any time with a $50 purchase.</p> <h2>10. Purchase Value Sets, Palettes, or Sampler Kits<strong> </strong></h2> <p>Value sets, sampler kits, and palettes offer more product for less money, so you'll get a better deal. In fact, you can save up to 70% off and have more fun with a value set. Some sets will even advertise on the front of the packaging how much you'll save.</p> <p>The Sephora perfume samplers are another great deal. You'll get to try samples of some of the most popular fragrances for men and women. Best of all, the set includes a certificate for a free full-size bottle of your favorite perfume or cologne from the sampler.</p> <h2>11. Check the Beauty Steals Bins</h2> <p>You'll find Beauty Steals bins throughout the store, which are usually located on the aisle ends. They feature some of the best deals in the store, so make sure to regularly give them a scan.</p> <h2>12. Shop the Semi-Annual Sales<strong> </strong></h2> <p>Sephora has semi-annual sales in April and November. You can stock up on all your beauty must-haves at that time for 10%-15% off.</p> <h2>13. Take Advantage of Sales Within Two Weeks</h2> <p>We've all made a purchase only to find it on sale the following week. Fortunately, Sephora will offer price adjustments if you find it on sale within two weeks of your purchase.</p> <h2>14. Shop Online</h2> <p>When you shop online, keep in mind that you'll get free samples. And make sure to visit the <a href="http://www.sephora.com/beauty-deals">Beauty Deals page</a> and <a href="http://www.sephora.com/search/saleResults.jsp">Sales page</a> for the best discounts and freebies. Use Ibotta, Ebates, or Raise.com whenever you shop &mdash; in store or online &mdash; along with promos and discount codes, for the best savings.</p> <h2>15. Return Anything That Doesn't Work for You</h2> <p>Don't waste money on products you're never going to use. Sephora has a great hassle-free <a href="http://www.sephora.com/returns-exchanges">return and exchange policy</a>, so if something doesn't work for you, simply return it within 60 days. If you don't have your receipt, they can look up your purchases using your ID, Beauty Insider account, or the card you used to make the purchase. You can also return anything you purchased online for free using the prepaid return label.</p> <p><em>Do you have other tips for saving big at Sephora? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-smartest-ways-to-save-at-sephora">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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http://www.wisebread.com/free-bare-escentuals-and-up-to-75-off-at-sephora <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-bare-escentuals-and-up-to-75-off-at-sephora" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sephora.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">I&rsquo;ve usually been satisfied with getting staple beauty items from companies like Jane (I love their mineral line.)<span>&nbsp; </span>Perhaps you are wanting to stock up on something a bit more spendy for yourself or a Christmas gift.<span>&nbsp; </span>Sephora.com still has some neat buys in stock in their Sale department.<span>&nbsp; </span>While many of the items are going fast, I was able to snag a <a href="http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P186533&amp;categoryId=C10214&amp;shouldPaginate=true">Napolean Perdis mascara</a> for under $6 and a cute little <a href="http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P164451&amp;categoryId=C10214&amp;shouldPaginate=true">Sephora girls mini Princess kit</a> for 50% off.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sure, the economy may not make it seem necessary to pamper your lashes, but let&rsquo;s face it &ndash; I need my makeup.<span>&nbsp; </span>If you&rsquo;re looking for some nice stocking stuffers, you might also scoop up some of the remaining clearanced-priced <a href="http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P196808&amp;categoryId=C10214&amp;shouldPaginate=true">Sephora-brand body washes and scrubs</a> (they are going fast, but are 75% off.)<span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The best part of this week&rsquo;s deal is the opportunity to try Bare Escentuals BareMinerals SPF 15 for practically nothing.<span>&nbsp; </span>You&rsquo;ve seen the commercials.<span>&nbsp; </span>I&rsquo;ve seen the commercials.<span>&nbsp; </span>I&rsquo;ve even drooled at how fabulous my friends looked after getting complimentary makeovers at the BlogHer convention.<span>&nbsp; </span>You can imagine how pumped I was to find out that I could snag a 10-day supply of the stuff (with free baby buki brush) by entering code <strong>&ldquo;10DAY&rdquo;</strong> at checkout.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you have a &ldquo;spending problem&rdquo;, this may not be the deal for you.<span>&nbsp; </span>If you like to wait for a great deal to indulge in the finer things, then you might be in for a treat!<span>&nbsp; </span>And if you&rsquo;ve been holding out for an opportunity to give Bare Escentuals a shot without the hassle of returning product if unsatisfied, this is not a bad deal.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Note that shipping is only free from Sephora.com if your order is over $50.<span>&nbsp; </span>If you&rsquo;re not going to buy that much, don&rsquo;t push it.<span>&nbsp; </span>Just pay the $5.95 flat rate shipping (still not bad) and be happy with your self-control.<span>&nbsp; </span>You also get to pick three (tiny) samples with each order.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-bare-escentuals-and-up-to-75-off-at-sephora">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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