to shop / {sale alert} 50% off s’well and henné organics lip products

Birchbox has 30-50% off many products. Their site is somewhat infuriating to navigate. To figure out what’s on sale, you have to start in the respective sale section. Once you add it to the cart, the discount will show up in the cart.

The most exciting? 50% off most of S’well. I like the 9 oz because it is so small and easily fits in a crossbody purse, coat pocket. The 17 oz comes in many Liberty of London prints. The sports cap and swing cap sold out since I placed my order, and I consider the sports cap a gamechanger. They also have 50% off Baggu, but it’s mostly wiped out.

Their gifts with purchase are quite good, you just have to know to look for it. If your purchase is over $35, add the mystery sample pack and one of the other items according to your purchase amount. Shipping is free for $50+ and I recommend splitting your order for more gifts with purchase if you have a larger order.

Moving on to Henné Organics, an American brand, Swedish inspired. If you happen to be checking my blog in the next few hours, most of the Henné Organics lip collection is 50% off on GMA Deals. The deal ends at midnight PT (Edit: moved from Thursday night to Friday night). I’ve never tried it before and it’s extremely tempting at 50% off. The winter weather has made my lips insanely dry. I’ll take what help I can get. You can find reviews at Nordstrom, Amazon, etc.

to shop / {sale alert} peach and lily collection


Images: Ulta

Ulta’s Love Your Skin event has kicked off and day 3 has select items from Peach and Lily’s collection (which is always excluded from their own site’s sale). Their line is formulated well and most importantly, very well priced during sales. The first item is 50% off and the rest are 30% off (EDIT: while the Matcha Pudding is a one day promotion, the rest should be available through January 25, while supplies last). I’ve tried all but the toner and oil.

Purchases of $35 and more get a Peach and Lily glass skin sample (auto added to cart). Skincare purchases of $70 and more qualify for a 30 piece gift with purchase (and it looks very good) (not auto added to cart).

I may start a post to track when Ulta has sales on Peach and Lily (versus the sitewide coupons).

Note: Ulta doesn’t let you check out from an IP address outside of the U.S.

to shop / {psa} j.crew price adjustments

Last week, I posted about the J.Crew sale. If you recently ordered or received anything, you may be eligible for price adjustments. J.Crew added new items to the sale and dropped prices of some items. This works for items in transit that were ordered a while back, an order I received about a week ago with final sale items, etc.

  • Request via live chat: I found it easier to do it over chat — I gave them the order number. You can find the chat link on this page. If it’s grayed out, it probably means they are at capacity. You can check back later, which is what I did last night.
  • Call: If you have something simple, you can give them a call.
  • E-mail: Given the nature of the fluctuating prices, I chose not to request it via e-mail. I tend to do this if there was a new site-wide promo rather than an item’s price changed.

To show how ridiculous the price difference can be, I ordered the Petite curvy slim stretch perfect shirt in Stewart tartan in November 2018 during the Black Friday sale at 50% for ~$35. The waitlist was later cancelled, but once it popped back, I ordered it at full price and planned to ask for a price adjustment once I figured out which size fit better. Before I had a chance to ask for a price adjustment from $69.50 to ~$35, they added the shirt to final sale for $26.99 + 70% off for a total of $8.10. That’s 88% off!

to shop / {sale alert} j.crew sale on sale

The J.Crew sale has some pieces at amazing prices with the additional 60% off to the point where my not that fashion conscious friend is also partaking in the sale. Note, not everything is final sale. The easiest way to tell is by looking at your cart.

I don’t think J.Crew is totally back. There are some gems, but it takes work to find them. It helps a ton that they have reviews on their site and I still peruse J.Crew Aficionada from time to time. For men, I recommend checking out the Frugal Male Fashion subreddit.

If you haven’t signed up for their new rewards program, you should as it gives you free standard shipping (snail speed) and less reason to sit on your cart.

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to shop / tatcha lucky bag

Tatcha‘s fukubukuro (“lucky bag”) promotion is back through January 17, 2019 with code LUCK19. These bags are a part of the Japanese New Year traditions. I wouldn’t buy something just to get the grab bag, but it’s a nice treat if you’re already planning a purchase. This is one of Tatcha’s better promotions.

(Edit:

In 2019, I got four products in my lucky bag: Beautyberry Camellia Lip Balm (full size), the Luminous Dewy Skin Mask (full size, single use), and two travel size products — the Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum and Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum. They retail for $108. I ended up reselling these. The proceeds were a nice “discount” to my actual purchase.)

In 2018, I got four travel size products in my lucky bag – the Luminous Deep Hydration Firming eye serum, Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder, Silk Cream, and a Luminous Dewy Skin sheet mask. None of this interested me so I passed these products on.

In 2017, I got two products – a full size Deep Hydration Firming Serum and a travel size Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder. I saw that some people got travel size items instead of a full size item.

I haven’t used much Tatcha over the last year aside from the One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (review). They have reformulated many products and launched a few over the last year. The new Violet-C Brightening Serum looks interesting, but I’m waiting for more reviews before I consider it. The lip products are fun, but let’s face it — I rarely wear lipstick.