Save While Spending:

If you're anything like me, then you're a forever faithful Sephora shopper. I have a hard time shopping at ULTA (only generally go there for brands not carried at Sephora) because I think they have an awful rewards system. If I'm going to spend my money on frivolous makeup, I want to really get my money's worth. I had heard about Bloom from an ad that popped up while watching a YouTube video (contextual marketing at it's finest) and clicked on over to see what all the fuss was about. This was a few months ago and I always kept them in the back of my mind since they don't carry THAT many brands -- they are no Sephora, come on now. Recently while perusing Ebates' retailers in the Beauty category (I know, I just won't shut up about it... sorry guys.), I saw 6% cash back and went to Bloom to look up how they work. Here's what I found:

1. With every purchase you get 3 samples -- par for the course, you say?! That's where you're wrong! That's just for run of the mill users who don't spend over $100 in a 6 month period or have a purchase of less than $50. I say to that, JUST $100? A cakewalk for a beauty addict like myself! If you spend the $100 in the 6 month period (congrats, you're now a VIP!) and you have a purchase of over $50, you get 3 regular samples and 2 deluxe, or "mid-sized" samples. If you are a VIP and spend over $100 on your purchase, then you get your pick of 5 regular samples, 4 mid-size/deluxe samples, and 1 full-sized sample! Holy samples, Batman! I don't know about you, but that is music to my well moisturized ears.

2. In addition to the awesome samples perks, you get 10% cash back on every purchase every day. Which translates straight to $$$ that can be used to buy more products from their site. $100 order -- you get $10 back to spend on your next order. It's akin to having a permanent 10% coupon so long as you continue to use your rewards back on their site! The extra special kick that made me spend a few $$ on Bloom's site recently was the coupon code 30BACK, which gives you 30% rewards on your first purchase on the site. Now, that $100+ order has netted you $30 to their site for your next purchase. Holla!

3. Having a FULL YEAR to test a product out is great. I have mistakenly waited past the 30 day return window to try something I bought from Sephora, didn't like it, and realized it was too late to return it. Nuff said.

4. Free Shipping on order over $49 (free returns for VIP, $5 returns for non-VIP users) -- once again, nuff said. Pretty standard. Pretty sweet.
Excuse me while I just step down off this soap box.... okay, here we go...
So, what do you think?

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