Way back around May 20th, Sephora posted on their Facebook wall that they had their Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kits (that's the full name, but I'll just call it a Sun Safety Kit from here on out) for the 2013 summer season in stock online. These kits are really great; they include a bunch of deluxe samples of products related to "sun safety" such as sunscreens and bronzers. For $30 this year, you got 18 products (plus a little brush) that are supposed to be worth $210. The best part about these kits, though, is that Sephora donates $20 from the sale of a kit to the Skin Cancer Foundation. These kits are IMMENSELY popular and sell out fast. I didn't get one for myself last year, but I managed to snag one as a gift for my mother. One thing that was a little disappointing is that they came in clear plastic cosmetic bags this year, instead of the hard plastic cases they came in last year. I feel like I have more use for a hard case (such as for my nail polish, which is getting a little out of control...) than a soft case, but this is really a minor detail.
I debated for a couple hours on whether or not I should get one after Sephora posted the notice on Facebook, but in the end I ordered one and I am glad I did! I think they sold out by the end of that day. It looks like they've come back in stock a couple times (I'm only going off the comments on Facebook), but have quickly sold out each time. I don't think you'll be able to get one of these this year, but if you're interested, definitely keep a look out for them next year! I'm not sure if these were ever in stores, I've heard that there was a store-specific one (the one I got last year I found in store), but I haven't seen it in my Sephoras near me, so I can't verify that.
This is going to be a pretty quick post just showing what I got in my order; I'm hoping to make a separate post to discuss the kit and it's contents in more detail.
Sephora's been really big on fragrances lately (seriously, for the whole month of May every post on Facebook was about fragrance. It was weird) so they included this little booklet of perfume samples.
In order to make my order $50 and thus avoid paying shipping (I was silly and forgot that A. I had a 10% off coupon, B. I had a free shipping coupon, and C. to even add a special extra deluxe sample for my purchase over $25. I was pretty upset when I remembered a day later and my order had shipped), I got a back-up of my current favorite hair mousse, Alterna's Bamboo Volume Weightless Mousse.
And here's a quick look at the sun kit!
Whew! That's a lot of sun safety products! As you can see, it's a super good value for $30, especially since $20 of that is getting donated towards the Skin Cancer Foundation. I think it's super important to keep yourself protected, not only in the summer, but every single day since skin cancer can really affect anyone. It can seem almost trivial (some people just get moles removed and their done), but it can spread to the rest of your body, including your brain, and it can kill. I really appreciate the thought behind these kits, and I'm super happy that Sephora puts them out to help raise awareness and to let us sample sun protection products so we can pick the best ones for us.
Hopefully I'll get a separate post up that goes into more detail on the products in this year's sun safety kit, but it will have to wait until I get all my other posts up.
Thanks for reading! <3!