23 Insider Tips from a Sephora Employee

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1. Buy discounted JCPenney gift cards to save up to 20% at Sephora.

Let me tell you, nobody knows this secret. But it’s the number one way to consistently save at Sephora. Buy discounted gift cards (used gift cards that somebody else is trying to unload) and use them to save on your next purchase. Buying discounted Sephora gift cards is a good idea for savings around 11%. But buying a discounted JCPenney gift card at 20% off is a great idea! At Raise.com (it’s free!) you’ll automatically receive a $5 credit to spend on any gift card of your choice when you sign up through this link.

The secret?? You can redeem that JCP gift card at any Sephora location inside JCPenney OR (even better in my opinion) at JCPenney.com! Orders over $99 ship free, or you can avoid the charge altogether and ship any order over $25 to your nearest JCP location. A consistent 20% off on Sephora products is unheard of, you guys! JCPenney gift cards cannot be redeemed at regular Sephora locations (hence my recommendation to shop online).

2. Get FOUR free samples with every online order.

I love shopping at Sephora.com for the free samples! I get three samples with every order with no Sephora coupon code. But the best part (the one that not everybody knows about) is the fourth free sample. There’s always a variety to choose from. Just bookmark this Sephora beauty deals page to select the freebie and get the coupon code. I chose Free Smashbox Camera Ready Cream mini with $25 purchase.

Limit one Sephora coupon per order.

3. Follow Fan Fridays on Facebook for free stuff.

Every company will tell you to follow them on Facebook, but it’s actually a good idea to “like” Sephora because of their Fan Friday freebies, like this Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush Mini, free with $25 minimum purchase.

4. Get a free take-home sample of nearly any product in the store including foundations, loose powders, lipsticks and perfumes!

As a Sephora associate, I was trained to ask customers if they’d like to take home a sample of any product, so don’t be shy about asking. There is no purchase required. Choose up to three samples per world: color (makeup), skincare and fragrance.

5. Find the best (most expensive) samples to request from Sephora.

Ever wonder what a free sample could be worth at Sephora? Which products provide the best sampling value? Well, I analyzed the price per ounce of the entire Sephora industry and found the top ten samples. This Perricone Cold Plasma Eye Cream costs $196/oz and ranks number four on my top ten list

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