Open-Thread Thursday, Q of the W, Sales

By Voxy  

47/365. by k is for kristina.Hey, it’s the first Open-Thread Thursday of 2010!

We shall return to our Fundamentals series shortly. In the meanwhile, I am totally lemming the Tango Scene and Tangerina Sweetie lip gloss colors from Lancome’s Spring 2010 line, but am afraid to buy any online due to my simultaneously evolving rant about how Lancome’s lip color swatches and product names don’t AT ALL match what you actually get. More on that later.

Ok, so: Sales.

Benefit is having their periodic [annual?] “Sale-a-bration,” and there are some interesting things on sale there. Be careful, because not every item in every collection is on sale. Spend over $40 and get a free Pocket Pal (Benetint/gloss duo) — be sure to put the Pocket Pal in your shopping cart, and use code POCKET10. Other mysterious gifts may also show up in your order.

SkinStore: 20% off of almost everything site-wide (some exclusions) through 1/11 with code WINTER20.

TooFaced is still having 20% off through 1/15 with code TTFUN.

Still no word on the much-rumored MAC F&F sale; you can get free shipping on their site now through 1/12 with code EVERYONE.

Question of the Week:

The other day I was discussing samples with someone, and I mentioned that I hate getting perfume samples from Sephora — and that in fact I will choose when to place my online order based on what the sample list looks like. I think the other person thought this was nuts and anal-retentive, but I told her I prefer the phrase “part of my beauty-blogger pathology.” I hate fragrance samples because 99 times out of 100 I’m not in the least interested in the fragrance, and to me that’s just a waste of a good sample. I also have no use for haircare samples or bronzers, and I’ll only pick a sample of primer if I’m really up against the wall. I love skincare samples, though, especially creams and gels (cleansers, not so much, because I’m hesitant to go switching up cleanser willy-nilly), and makeup samples if they’re a good shade for me. Fortunately, most makeup samples of foundation, tinted moisturizer, etc., tend to skew to the light end of the spectrum, so that works out OK for me more often than not.

So the Q of the W is: What kinds of samples do you love to get, and what kinds do you hate?

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4 Comments

  1. avatar Wormold
    Posted January 12, 2010 at 12:35 am | Permalink | Reply

    Thank you, Validator! I do the exact same thing with timing my Sephora orders. I check out the samples and inevitably have to wait days (or, weeks…I think I put off an order for 6 weeks one time because the sample selection was crap). I will occasionally get the Phyto hair samples, mostly for travel when I know I won’t be at a decent hotel.

    Mostly, I use samples for travel, and I tend to horde them and sometimes not even use them. Oops! I should experiment more.

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  2. avatar ab_grp
    Posted January 9, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I usually pick the shampoo and conditioner samples, and use them when I go out of town. If I choose skincare samples, I tend to use those at home. I recently received a mineral makeup sample, so I am anxious to use it now that I’ve seen your most recent post!

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  3. avatar Inthelab
    Posted January 7, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    At the Labhouse, fragrance samples are welcome, for the 2 Lab daughters will be happy to try what their mother will not.
    Eye creams and night creams I can stick in my travel bag are other good samples.

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted January 7, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Oh, good, I’ll send you mine! :)

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