It’s officially my Birthday Month! And you know what that means… Time for my Sephora Birthday Gift! One of my favorite things about loyalty programs is all of the free things you get for your birthday. Although you only get them once a year, it always ensures your birthday will be jam packed with fun. Of course my favorite is always the gift from Sephora.

Every year Sephora announces two new birthday gift options for members of their loyalty (Beauty Insider) program. This year, the options are from Drunk Elephant and Kat Von D.

Since Sephora revamped their Beauty Insider program this year, there are actually a few other options depending on your level and mode of shopping. For example, if you are a VIB or VIB Rouge (middle and top program tiers), you also have the option of not picking either gift and getting 250 bonus points instead. In addition to this change, you also have the option of a 3rd gift from MILK Makeup if you shop online!

Since I have way too many points, skipping the extra points was an easy decision. Although I’m a big fan of Drunk Elephant, I don’t use the products in the DE gift, so that was an easy choice too. Of course the choice between the Kat Von D and the MILK Makeup gifts was really tough. I really love the MILK Makeup cooling water stick. I even got my mom one for Christmas and wrote about it in my post about solid beauty products for travel. However, since I already have the full size in my fridge, I went with KVD.

Honestly, the Tattoo liner was the big sell for me. Of course I’ve been using it for years, so it’s a must have in my makeup bag. Since I had never tried KVD lipsticks, it was fun to have them included in the Sephora birthday gift. Overall, I liked the texture and all three shades of the lipstick. However, even though there was a surprising amount of product in the little samples, there is no way to re-seal them for later use. Hopefully if you tape them shut and put them in a plastic baggie they’ll survive long enough to be used again. My only complaint about the lipsticks themselves is that the darkest shade – Vampire – was really difficult to apply. I mostly blame the fact that I had to use a brush. The formula seemed like it would be a lot smoother and very buildable in actual lipstick form.

Which Sephora Birthday Gift will you choose – Kat Von D, Drunk Elephant, Milk Makeup, or the extra points? Let me know in the comments below.


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