Every year we look forward to our birthdays, since they're a day of reflection, goal-setting, and celebration. Actually, now that we think about it, our birthdays are like mini, personal New Years celebrations. We think back on the past year of our lives and look forward to the next. It also doesn't hurt that there are friends, family, presents, and cake involved either. We also look forward to our free birthday gift from Sephora, which they offer as a perk of their Beauty Insider program.
This year, the birthday gift comes in the form of a set of free mini beauty products, which we can claim at any point throughout our birthday month. All we have to do is choose which set of minis we want when we're checking out online or in-store. The options include GlamGlow's fan favorite SuperMud Clearing Treatment ($24), Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai ($26), and Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Shampoo ($12) and Conditioner ($13).
The only catch is that you have to be a part of the Beauty Insider program, but if you're not, don't worry. It's easy to join (you can sign up online), and you get points back for every purchase. Once you're registered, they'll have your birthday on file. When the month you were born rolls around, you claim your gift set of mini products.
We actually love that these products are mini and not full size, because we're able to try more products out at once. Plus, certain makeup products, like mascara for example, go bad after a couple of months, which is just long enough to empty a travel size tube. Pretty genius, right? Also, if you're an avid traveler, mini products always come in handy for stowing away in your carry-on.
Even though you claim the gift at check out—meaning you have to actually buy something first—it's still totally worth it for us. Because, let's be honest, we're already shopping Sephora for the latest beauty launches anyway. If January is your birthday month, then this applies to you right now. So go forth and claim your Sephora gift. If you need a little help deciding what to buy before claiming your gift, check out Drunk Elephant's new Protini Polypeptide Cream ($68), which has peptides, amino acids, and water lily extract to hydrate any dull and dry winter skin.