I went to Sephora two days ago and got my free birthday gift 2017 (no purchase necessary).  They made my day! So I’d like to share my Sephora birthday gift 2017 reviews, swatches and instructions how to get your Sephora birthday gift below. Plus, in this post I’ll share the SpaceNK and Ulta birthday gifts I received this year too! Such a treat for beauty junkies like us!

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UPDATE: 1/15/2018: Sephora Birthday Gift 2018 is available now – choose your Bite Beauty, Glamglow or Bumble & Bumble see swatches, reviews and more info in my post here.

UPDATE 8/8: Space NK and Space NK UK (HOT)  The N.dulge birthday gift has had a makeover! During your birthday month, you will receive a new and exclusive gift: a trio of mini bestsellers. See more detail in my post here.

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How to get Sephora birthday gift: 2017 edition

What is the coupon code for Sephora Birthday gift? We don’t need one! The first step to get your free Sephora Birthday Gift is to sign up (free) to be a Beauty Insider on this page.


Sephora has 3 kinds of membership:

  • Beauty Insider (BI) – Totally free, free birthday gift, free reward products
  • VIB – spend $350, all BI benefits, plus VIB only samples
  • VIB rouge – spend $1k, get all VIB benefits, all VIB rouge only samples, plus free shipping and a free Sephora Flash Subscription (regularly $10 per year)

To get your birthday gift sign up to Beauty Insider, provide your birthday here, and 14 days before and after your birthday, you can get this free Sephora birthday gift 2017 from Tarte, Caudalie or Jack Black (online only).


Then 14 days before your birthday (if you set up your account to receive their newsletters), you will get the email “Happy (early) Birthday, your name”. It’s time!

There are two ways you can get your Sephora birthday gift:

  1. Go online and order something with your Beauty Insider account. Go to Sephora Birthday Gift 2017 official page and click REDEEM YOUR GIFT. At checkout, you should see the birthday gift of your choice, and no coupon code is needed (14 days before and after your birthday). Plus, you can use any coupon code your desire with your purchase. See my page here where I list all Sephora coupon codes for 2017 (and former). Also don’t forget to add your 3 free samples.
  2. Go to their store and show your membership card (or tell them your registered email or phone number), then you can redeem your gift (ask for option) with no purchase required! FYI – This year they asked me to show my ID.

You can choose one Sephora Birthday Gift 2017 from Skincare gift or Makeup gift below! Sephora Men birthday gift is available online only.


Fine print:

All Beauty Insiders are eligible to redeem one birthday gift per year during the month of their birthday. To redeem in Sephora or Sephora inside JCPenney stores, provide a Cast Member with your registered Beauty Insider email address. No purchase is necessary when redeeming your gift in store. To redeem online, a merchandise purchase is required and the gift will be available at checkout. Offer not valid on Sephora on jcp.com. Jack Black Moisturizer and Cleanser Set is available only on Sephora.com. If it is your birthday month and you are having problems redeeming your gift online, please call customer service at 877-SEPHORA (1-877-737-4672). Substitutions may occur. Valid while supplies last. This offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora at its sole discretion at any time.

Sephora Birthday Gift 2017 – Tarte Duo or Caudalie Duo

My Sephora store has these new Tarte Duo or Caudalie Duo available now. Call ahead before making a trip to find out if your local stores have them yet.


A closer look at Sephora birthday gift 2017 skincare option:


And here’s the back (sorry for the glare and lighting).


Thanks a lot to the Sephora team who let me take close up images of these gorgeous birthday gifts!

Sephora Birthday Gift 2017 Caudalie Duo (Skincare Option)

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum | Full size $79

(a $26.07 value) The average review on Sephora’s site is 4.2.


A highly concentrated, oil-free serum that improves the appearance of dark spots, promotes even skintone, and boosts radiance.

Reveal brighter, more even skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots such as acne marks, scars, and sun spots with this satiny serum. This cult product is highly concentrated with naturally powerful viniferine, an ingredient from the grape vine sap that is clinically proven to be 62 times more effective than vitamin C. The lightweight formula allows for immediate penetration and works well under makeup for flawless-looking skin.

Tip: apply this noncomedogenic formula under daily sunscreen for a more even tan. Vinoperfect Serum’s viniferine inhibits the production of tyrosinase, which in turn regulates the melanin leaving you with smooth, even tan. For best results, use Vinoperfect Day Moisturizer SPF 20 in the morning and Vinoperfect Overnight Renewal Night Cream in the evening. Viniferine, a natural compound found in vine sap known to brighten, lighten, and even skin appearance, was patented by Caudalie in 2004.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet | Full size $39

(a $9.9 value)  The average review on Sephora’s site is 4.2.

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A bestselling gel-cream to intensely moisturize and calm dehydrated, irritated skin.

This cult classic gel-cream deeply hydrates, soothes, and softens all skin types—even the hypersensitive ones. Powered by Caudalie’s organic grape water and patented grape-seed polyphenols, this cream not only provides hydration, but it also protects the skin from free-radicals, which causes wrinkles. This formula is rich in Vinolevure® to strengthen skin to become less sensitive and more resilient over time.

Spa tip: store your Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet in the refrigerator for an intense feeling of freshness and coolness.

Sephora Birthday Gift 2017 Tarte Duo Review and Swatch (Makeup option)


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Paaarty | Full size $28

(a $7 value) The average review on Sephora’s site is 4.6.

I can GWP review: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is Infused with natural clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River. According to Tarte, this product will minimize oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place for oily skin types. Housed in a plastic case without a mirror, this is a wonderful talc-based, pressed-powder blush. It gives a very young and flattering, translucent, blushing-from-within look! The finish is a real soft matte but not overly matte that it makes dry skin appear parched. This buzz-worthy blush doesn’t highlight large pores or imperfections. It’s a great option for those with oily skin! It holds up to its long-wear claims (around 9 hours for me).


The shade Paaarty, Sephora exclusive, looks like calm pink with a hint of lavender in the package. Once applied it is a warm attractive peachy hue. It’s not bright but rather subtle, natural, peachy-flush color.  It created a matte finish with no hint of shimmer or sparkle. Though it’s not flat, either. This product does not contain any fragrance, that’s a plus for sensitive skin.

I find I built color gradually—otherwise, it’s easy to go overboard with this product. Use a very light hand and a soft, fluffy brush will help!

Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit | Full size $20

(a $3.4 value) The average review on Sephora’s site is 3.4.

According to Sephora –

Suggested Usage:
-Use the tarteist™ paint brush wand applicator to paint on luxe, longwearing lip color.
-First, use the precision felt tip to trace pigmented color the upper and lower lip line.
-Then, shade inside the lip line using the soft, flat applicator surface.
-Apply one layer for a subtle matte finish or two layers for a dramatic, opaque lip look.
-Tarte’s tip: Apply after the tarteist lip crayon (sold separately) to perfectly prime and enhance your natural lip line.


I can GWP review: The package is a regular lip gloss with sponge tip applicator. I like the sponge that it is narrow and it’s tipped a bit – so easy when you use it. It contains a little bit of minty scent (peppermint oil) and gives a little cooling affect. Its texture feels so cushiony smooth. Pigment-wise, you can expect somewhere between semi-sheer to full coverage depending on which shade you choose and how much you layer it on.

The average review score is very poor because people think that it is very streaky. The non-nude shades seem to get a lot of love. This shade is unfortunately a quite nude-y coral. If you gravitate to nude shade lip products, you’ll probably have a more realistic bar for the latest nude lip paint birthday gift from Sephora. This shade, Birthday Suit, provides full coverage and is a very good option for creating a sophisticated yet natural-hued nude lip look. It doesn’t have shimmer, sheen, sparkle or flavor.

I highly recommend to prep your lips well before this (extremely) matte finish product. I tried to wear it alone and with lip balm, and the results were no good (for winter – to be fair). I scrubbed and then used the lip primer (Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil). Voila! You’ll own a stunning expertly crafted nude matte lips! I am not recommending this product for those with lots of wrinkles on their lips, it will exaggerate it (unless you have a good lip primer). It’s also not appropriate for people that prefer moisturizing formula lip products. The swatch below is from one application and it covered my arm quite well.

Price-wise, I gasped at home once I realized I picked $10.40 worth of Sephora birthday gifts instead of $35.97. Good thing I enjoyed what I picked.

What about you? Tarte, Jack Black or Caudalie?

Sephora Birthday Gift 2017 Tarte Duo Swatch:

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The ingredient list:


Last, but not least important (thanks to read it so far) – if you have a plan to make a purchase at Sephora make sure you check back at my site icangwp.com for coupons and new arrivals.

See all my review posts for Sephora free sample bags, Sephora Favorites and more here.

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Space NK & Ulta Birthday Gifts

Below is my 2016 birthday gift from Ulta  – $18 value.


Fine print:

Offer valid for one free Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowboy. Present this coupon at the register and an associate will give you the product. Coupon can be printed or displayed on your smart phone. Ulta Beauty reserves the right to change the product at any time. Offer not available at Ulta.com. Void if copied or transferred and where prohibited by law. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase. Supplies of all free gift offers are limited. There are no substitutes.


Here’s my 2016 birthday gift from Space NK. MILA MOURSI Aromapure Serum Moisturizing Oil ($21.33 value) | Full size $160. This product is also available at Nordstrom Space.NK.Apothecary. See all product here.


And what is the Space NK 2017 birthday gift (no purchase required in-store)? UMA Absolute Anti-Aging Face Oil | Full size $175.


Happy New Year everyone! Wish you all the best. May 2017 have many gifts with many purchases!


Katie IcanGWP beauty blog


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