It's my birthday this week, and my Sephora Birthday Gift came in the mail yesterday! But that got me thinking. Sephora can't be the only beauty store that gives away birthday freebies – so I decided to look around and find out exactly where you can score free makeup and skincare birthday gifts in Canada.
Through my search, I found six different stores and brands that offer birthday treats. Some of them are free products, extra samples or coupon codes for discounts off an order. And to help you keep them all straight (and know which ones you want to sign up for), I'm laying out exactly where, when and how you can claim these presents, starting with the most famous one: the Sephora Birthday Gift.
By now, you've probably heard of the Sephora Birthday Gift, and that's for a good reason. Every year, Sephora launches new sets of minis from some of their bestselling brands. If you're a Beauty Insider, you can choose one of them when you shop in-store or online during your birthday month.
This year (2018), there are three Sephora Birthday Gift sets to choose from:
- GLAMGLOW Clearing Treatment & Moisturizer Set
- Bite Beauty Lip Set
- Bumble and Bumble Shampoo and Conditioner Set (online only)
How to claim yours: To receive a Sephora Birthday Gift, you need to have a Beauty Insider account. If you don't have one yet, you can sign up here. If you're already a member, just sign in. Make sure you enter your birthdate in your Beauty Insider profile. When your birthday month rolls around, you can claim the kit of your choice in-store (no purchase necessary) or online when you place an order.
I went back and forth between the GLAMGLOW and Bite, but in the end, I chose the Bite Beauty Lip Set. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm really excited to break this kit out!
Clinique is my absolute go-to for all things skincare, so I was really excited to find out they offer a birthday gift to all Smart Rewards members. It's absolutely free to sign up, and it guarantees you a free gift (with purchase) every single year.
How to claim yours: The first step is to create a Clinique Smart Rewards account. You can register here or make sure you're signed in to your existing account (and check that your birth month is recorded on file). Sometime during your birthday month, you should receive an email with a birthday coupon code to redeem for your freebie (with a purchase). But if you don't get one, don't worry. There should be a button you can click at checkout, and it'll add the code and gift for you.
I'm honestly not sure if everyone receives the same birthday gift, but this year, I'm getting a free bottle of their Deep Comfort Body Oil. I also don't know if this is a sample or full-size product, but I'll let you know the details once it's here!
3. Tarte Cosmetics
It had been a while since I shopped at Tarte Cosmetics, but I absolutely had to – because their birthday offer was too good to pass up! If you're a Tarte Rewards member (at any rewards level), you automatically qualify for an exclusive birthday gift that you can claim anytime during your birthday month.
How to claim yours: To start, you need to be a Tarte Rewards member. You can sign up online and save your birthdate under your account info. During your birthday month, Tarte will send you a one-time promo code that you can redeem on any order. If you don't get one (which happened to me), you can reach out to a customer service rep (via chat or email), and they should be able to help.
This year, I spoiled myself a little and picked up an eyeshadow palette and a highlighter brush. At checkout, I added my birthday coupon code, and Tarte gave me 20% off my order, plus a Deluxe Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint (an $11 value) for $1.
4. MAC Cosmetics
This one works a little differently. To score a birthday gift from MAC Cosmetics, you need to join their MAC Select loyalty program – and then work your way up through the ranks. So while it's free to sign up for MAC Select, you'll need to spend at least $150 to become a Devoted member and score a birthday gift.
How to claim yours: Signing up for a MAC Cosmetics account is a two-step process, so you might want to set aside a couple minutes to do it properly. If you don't already have a profile with them, you can register for a My MAC account. Next, the site will prompt you to sign up for MAC Select and enter you birthday. After you hit "submit," spend at least $150 to level up in the program and qualify for their free birthday gift, which you can redeem in-store or online during your birthday month.
I didn't spend enough on MAC products this year to qualify for their birthday offer (I'm still at the Seduced level of the program), but I did hear that the 2018 present is a full-size MAC Fix+, which is absolutely worth claiming if you can.
5. The Body Shop
Here's one for all the Love Your Body Club members out there! Instead of a free product or gift set on your birthday, The Body Shop gives out discounts. If you're part of the club, you have your entire birthday month to log on (or visit a store with your membership card) and take $10 off an entire purchase.
How to claim yours: For starters, sign up for the free Love Your Body Club, either in-store or online. Even though it's an optional step, make sure you enter your birthdate when you register. That way, your free birthday gift will automatically be loaded to your account, and you can redeem it during your birthday month.
This is the birthday offer I used to claim every single year – especially since I could almost always combine it with whatever sales were happening in July. And since it's completely free to join the Love Your Body Club, you might as well sign up. Even if you only buy Body Shop products once a year, you'll still save on that order!
6. Urban Decay
I'll be honest here: the Urban Decay birthday gift confuses me a little, but I think I finally got the hang of it. This is the first year I tried to claim a freebie from them, so I (finally) signed up for UD Beauty Junkies. I had to wait until my actual birthday to hear from them, but they sent an email that made things pretty easy.
How to claim yours: Start by joining the Urban Decay Beauty Junkies rewards program. You can sign up here or log into an existing account. You'll start at the Obsessed tier, which gives you benefits like free samples with purchases and a birthday gift. Then, around your birthday, log in, place an order online, and that freebie will be waiting for you in your cart when you go to check out.
Earlier this year, it looked like they were giving away After Glow Highlighter deluxe samples. However, when I opened my birthday email, I saw that the gift was a FREE full-size eyeshadow single – and I definitely can't complain about that!
Do any more beauty brands offer free birthday gifts in Canada?
I did hear rumours that Kiehl's, Lancôme, L'Occitane and Crabtree & Evelyn all have their own birthday offers and gifts. I signed up for their newsletters and made profiles on their sites, but I haven't received any goodies – yet. If and when I do, I'll give you the full scoop and add them to the list.
If I forgot any beauty birthday discounts you think are worth mentioning, just let me know in the comments. And if you claim any of these for yourself, share which gifts you picked or what deals you scored!