Sephora's 2023 Birthday Freebies Are The Perfect Way To Treat Yourself On Your Big Day

The countdown to a birthday is always a thrilling experience. Whether you're planning for a dinner party or creating an itinerary to mark another year on Earth, the days and weeks leading up to your solar return are commonly filled with anticipation. While the occasion is supposed to be a joyous one filled with loved ones, admittedly, one of the more exciting aspects is the gifts.

Better yet, creating a map around town of all the shops and restaurants where you can receive free gifts is a birthday celebration in itself. Food chains and stores such as Baskin-Robbins, Madewell, Aerie, and IHOP all offer free gifts or special perks for your birthday, reports USA Today. If you plan on hitting up some of your favorite stores for some cost-free treats, make sure you add Sephora to the list. Every year, the beauty retailer offers free birthday gifts for its members, and this year they have more choices than ever.

Available to redeem anytime during your birthday month, you must be a Sephora Beauty Insider to take advantage of the free gifts. The membership program is free to join and has perks like free standard shipping and end-of-year discounts. This year's round of birthday freebies features everything from designer fragrances to Ouai's famous detox shampoo. Read ahead to see what you can get for your special day. 

Look good and smell good on your birthday

The Ilia Makeup Birthday Gift Set contains the indie brand's mini-sized Limitless Lash Mascara in After Midnight and its Multi-Stick in At Last. A deep black, the mascara lifts, lengthens, and curls lashes with its flake-free finish. Formulated with clean ingredients, it contains shea butter, keratin, and beeswax to strengthen and condition lashes. The Multi-Stick is a cream blush-highlight-lip tint hybrid that comes in a mauve rose color. It's hydrating with a natural, radiant finish, perfect for quick, everyday application, says Refinery29.

For the Dior Fragrance Birthday Gift Set, the luxury brand is offering two mini sizes of their best-selling scents. Miss Dior eau de parfum is a classic floral fragrance. A rose enveloped in vanilla and sweet peach, it has powdery nuances of musk and iris, uplifted by the freshness of peony and lily-of-the-valley. To give the fragrance a deeper, spicier edge, you can layer the perfume with Sauvage eau de parfum. Opening with a light, tart bergamot, the scent transforms into an aromatic and musky scent with the addition of lavender, nutmeg, and ambroxan.

In addition to the birthday sets, you can also receive 250 bonus points towards a purchase. They can either be redeemed in Sephora's Rewards Bazaar or can be traded in for Beauty Insider cash.

Try trendy skin, hair, and body care this year

The best-selling Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow line has two of the brand's most popular items in its birthday gift set. The Watermelon Pore Tight Toner, a Sephora community fave, is a gentle PHA and BHA toner formulated for all skin types. Made with watermelon extract and cactus water, the toner hydrates the skin while reducing the appearance of pores and fading uneven texture. As for the Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops, the fruity skincare product went viral on TikTok thanks to the beautiful finish it gives the skin. A cross between skincare and makeup, the serum hydrates skin and decreases hyperpigmentation while delivering a reflective glow.

For the final set, the Ouai Birthday Gift Set offers four items, which is more freebies than the other sets. The Detox Shampoo, created for all hair types, uses apple cider vinegar and keratin to clarify buildup while fortifying and adding shine to hair. The Ouai Leave-in Conditioner offers heat protection and frizz-fighting elements for dry hair of all types.

More than just a hair care brand, Ouai also offers a sample of one of its fragrances, Melrose Place. A combination of juicy lychee and red berries with jasmine and bergamot, Coveteur calls the eau de parfum "the perfect balance between sweet and dewy." The final product in the set, Ouai's St. Bart's Body Cleanser, is a gentle and hydrating body wash that has a soft scent of dragonfruit, tuberose, and amber.