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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hey Everyone!

If you're wondering what the 2013 Beauty Insider Birthday Gift is... it is Benefit!

Sephora's 2013 Beauty Insider Birthday Gift

Back of package
The font is a little fuzzy but it says:
Hey Birthday Girl, Today you're #1.....
Treat yourself to the world's #1 mascara and a champagne sheer highlighter that lights up the room.

the items! They're Real! Mascara and Watt's Up! Highlighter

The items inside are a Mascara and a Highlighter. Please note that they are not full-sized but mini versions. Mascara is 3.0g or 0.1oz and expires within 6 months of first use, Highlighter is 2.5g or 0.08 oz but doesn't mention expiration date. Mascara is made in France, while Highlighter is made in Italy.

A close look at the wand

 The full size Mascara is 8.5 g Net wt. (0.3 oz) so its 1/3 the size of a full mascara.

Benefit sells the same item on their site for $8

Full size highlighter is 9.4 g Net wt. (0.33 oz) so its its roughly 1/4 the size of the full size version. Benefit actually sells a deluxe version of the highlighter that is the SAME SIZE as the birthday gift for $8.

Last Year's Sephora Birthday gift was a Fresh Sugar lip treatment mini duo set. Since Benefit sells the highlighter for $8 and the mascara is roughly $7.66 (1/3 of the retail price since is 1/3 of the size), the retail value of this set is $15.66 not including tax. If you want an additional set from eBay, please do not spend more than $20 (including shipping) as these items are not limited edition, otherwise you are not getting a good deal.

If you have never heard of Beauty Insider, its Sephora's Rewards Program which you can sign up either online or in-stores. Sign up is free, and they give you free items depending on points level ($1 equals 1 point, and gift levels are 100 and 500 points). You get a free item as well on your bithday, and this is the item Sephora is providing for all birthday gifts in 2013. If you prefer a "male" version, the gift for 2013 is deluxe size of Jack Black Shaving Cream.

You can also sign up using birthday.sephora.com


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