Hi babes — if you’re like me, you drop some serious $$ at Sephora. Like, way too much. One of the perks of this addiction used to be Rouge membership, but Sephora is making some changes – for better or worse, depending on how you look at it.
Sephora Insider Membership Updates
- Points: Formerly, all insiders earned 1 point per each dollar spent. With the updates (effective August 2018), VIB members now earn 1.25 points per dollar, and Rouge members earn 1.5. This update can help you get fun rewards faster.
- Complimentary Custom Makeovers: This was a biggie for me — they’re gone. All members, regardless of status, will now have to make a minimum purchase of $50 for an in-store makeover. Formerly, Rouge members enjoyed unlimited complimentary custom makeovers. I loved being able to pop in to a local Sephora when I’m traveling, especially before an event.
- Rewards: Sephora says Insiders will now have more rewards at the 750+ point level, including some full-size products for VIB and Rouge members. Rouge members will now also have the option to redeem 2,500 points for a $100 Rouge Reward to use on their fave Sephora products — but when you do the math, that’s not a great deal, right?
- Gifts: While members across all three levels receive a birthday gift, VIB and Rouge members will be able to choose either a gift or 250 extra points.
Other Places to Shop for Beauty
If you’re tired of funneling all of your spend to Sephora, allow me to introduce you to other places to throw that cash.
Credo features indie and luxury beauty brands, all focused on clean beauty. Everything here is cruelty-free and formulated without ingredients found on their Dirty List. Even this butt mask. And if you live in a city with one of their stores, you can enjoy super sweet and helpful associates ready to guide you to the perfect clean products for your needs. Some even have a spa!
If you’re all about that skincare (both natural and not-so-natural), Dermstore is your spot. They carry esthetician-favorite Skinceuticals (serious anti-aging), as well as one of my favorite lines, Eminence Organic Skin Care. If you already know your favorites, Dermstore also gives you an option to subscribe and save. This comes in handy for supplements too!
P.S. They send great offers to their email list. 100% worth signing up.
With a mix of department store and more niche brands, Ulta hits a sweet spot. Oh, and they have their own reward program.
The Detox Market
The Detox Market got its start with a little pop-up shop in Venice Beach (on Abbot Kinney!) in 2010. Their mission is to create an educated community of health and beauty experts and to offer pure, effective, and elegant products. They carry hard-to-find brands like Odacite (try their lip serum, seriously), and have a whole section dedicated to wellness. You’ve already heard me share some of their products, like the Briogeo scalp scrub. The Detox Market also offers subscription boxes, so you can get your monthly fix of fun new natural beauty products (also makes a great holiday gift!).
The Detox Market Favorites
Super luxe, super curated, and super beautiful. Touting the title of “the industry’s beauty edit,” Violet Grey is like going shopping with your chicest friend. For the true beauty-obsessed, they profile beauty industry leaders, plus share tips and shoppable looks. With edits for Naturals, French Pharmacy, and Editor’s Picks, Violet Grey trends a bit pricier than some of the other shops featured here. If you’re willing to drop the $$, though, you’ll be the proud owner of some cult favorites used by your favorite celebrities.
Violet Grey Favorites
Other Options for Makeup Application
Blushington: With locations in NYC, LA, and Dallas, Blushington offers makeup applications for $40-100, and other beauty services, with best-in-class products from niche and female-founded brands. Oh, and they give you champagne. So there’s that. You can also shop their selection of products in store or online.
Beauty Counters: If you’re going to be buying product anyway, you might as well consider other beauty counters! Cosmo featured a great breakdown of the experience at nine different makeup counters, including Chanel, Charlotte Tilbury, YSL, and more luxe favorites.