Okay, this was bugging me so I looked on their BT boards (see below). I do remember getting the silver/VIB welcome kit from 2015, which oddly enough I found the other day when I was filing stuff. Sephora BI/VIB/VIBR mailers go to my 2008 address and Sephora can't figure out how to fix it, so I have no idea if I rec'd one this year. My tenants are pretty good about letting me know if I get mail at the old house, but.. who knows.
"I'm happy I found this convo, because I've been so confused about the handpicked gifts as well. I wish they would explain things to you in more detail for when you become a VIB or VIB Rouge member. I'll be going on my 2nd year as a VIB member, and I had never received a VIB card or any handpicked gifts. I had went into Sephora last year around Christmas season and asked about the VIB card. The lady (possibly new) at the counter told me they didn't have them there in the store and to try online. So, I emailed to ask about the VIB card online, and never received a response back. I finally emailed them again a week ago, just to ask about the handpicked gifts, and why I hadn't received anything in the mail. They actually wrote back, and told me I had to go into the store and get a VIB welcome kit. So then, I go into Sephora and ask about the welcome kit, and was told they don't have welcome kits there, that they send them out through mail (or email?), but they had the VIB card there, and linked it to my account. I asked about the handpicked gifts, and she was telling me that they were like special samples that they have sometimes in the store, or special offers online. You would think handpicked gifts meant they would send you out a few random gifts throughout the year in the mail."