black friday + cyber monday.

SALE SALE SALE!

I've done the research for you! Have fun, and I would love to see what you purchase! 

 

First, some info from Racked.

  1. Clarisonic: The skincare and tools brand is offering 30% off all devices (including holiday gift sets), and it will also throw in a free Lancôme Absolue BX Cream (0.5 oz) with any purchase on November 24th. For Cyber Monday, enjoy the same deal on devices along with a free full-size (!) Lancôme Energie de Vie Moisturizer (1.7 oz) with any purchase.
  2. Cover FX: Take 25% off sitewide on Black Friday, no promo code needed. The same sale continues on Cyber Monday, with an additional offer of 30% off orders of $100 or more.
  3. GHD: Need a new hairdryer, flat iron, or curler? GHD, the ever-popular hair tools brand, is offering 25% off sitewide from November 20th through November 28th. (There aren’t any exclusions, so dream big.)
  4. Peter Thomas Roth: The luxe skincare brand is only offering a few hyper-specific deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but they’re too good not to share. On November 24th, you can grab the Mega-Rich Cellular Crème (3.4 oz) for $24 — which is way (way!) less than its usual $120 price tag — along with a free Skin to Die For Primer with any purchase of $50 or more. On November 27th, you can get the brand’s popular Retinol Fusion PM Serum for 50% off.
  5. Sigma: Known for its brushes and brush cleaning mats, Sigma is offering a slew of different deals for the holiday. From November 21st through the 22nd, you can score individual brushes for 30% off with code BRUSH30. From 9 a.m. CST on November 22nd through 8:59 a.m. CST on the 23rd, a Buy More, Save More deal will run, offering 20% off purchases $50 or more, 30% off $100, and 40% off $200 using codes BUY20, BUY30, or BUY40, respectively. From 9 a.m. CST on November 23rd through 8:59 a.m. CST on November 25th, use code BF30 for 30% off sitewide. And we’re not done! On Cyber Monday (and Tuesday!), use code CYBER35 for 35% off sitewide.

  6. Soko Glam: Soko Glam, one of the most popular multi-brand Korean beauty e-commerce shops, is offering 30% off sitewide from November 23rd through November 27th with code SOKO17. (Spend $75 or more and you’ll get some free Soko Glam swag, too.)

  7. Urban Decay: UD is one of the few brands beauty pros and novices alike can’t get enough of. Urban Decay’s Black Friday deal is pretty wild — it’s offering 50% off all products with free shipping from November 24th through November 26th. Half. Off. Everything.

 

From Glamour

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills: Starting on Monday, November 27, select Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits will be 40% off at Ulta.

  2. Arbonne: During Black Friday weekend, Arbonne is offering over 50% on its ultrasound tool, the Intelligence Genius Ultra. The deal also includes two free skin care products, the Arbonne Intelligence Rejuvenating Cream and Arbonne Intelligence Nourishing Facial Oil.

  3. Butter London: On November 23, take 30% off site-wide, with free shipping. On Black Friday, that changes to 35% site-wide with free shipping, and from November 25 to November 27, take 40% off nail products and gift sets, with free shipping.

  4. Dose of Colors: Lip It Up Satin Lipstick will be $10 at Ulta for Cyber Monday.

  5. Dr. Brandt Skincare: For Black Friday, the brand is offering 45% off its new Needles No More® No More Baggage eye treatment. And on Cyber Monday, the brand is running a buy one, get one free promotion on its Do Not Age Triple Peptide Eye Cream ($82), Microdermabrasion ($79), Pores No More® Pore Refiner Primer ($45), Magnetight Age-Defier ($75), Do Not Age Time Defying Cream ($132), and 2% Retinol Complex Serum ($69).

  6. L'Occitane: From November 22 to November 26, with any purchase of $85 or more, you'll receive a gift set filled with seven of the brand's best-selling hand creams. The hand cream set is available in a custom box designed by illustrator Kanako Kuno in-stores and online. Any purchase of $165 or more, and customers will receive the hand cream gift set, plus a curated holiday gift set filled with the brand's must-have skin care, body and bath products. On Cyber Monday, L'Occitane is offering 20% off items online only, running through November 29.

  7. MAKE UP FOR EVER: From November 22 to November 27, the brand's boutiques and website will be offering a number of bundle deals. Those include two Artist Liquid Mattes for $29 ($40 value); a buy one, get one deal on any of the brand's mascaras; 12 Artist Shadows for $75 ($252 value); and two Aqua Matic eyeshadow pencils for $15 ($44 value). Exclusively at Sephora, The Artist Neutrals set will be $15. That includes deluxe sizes of the Artist Liquid Matte in shade 105 and Artist Rouge Lipstick in shade C211.

  8. Makeup Geek: The brand is offering 30% off all products on its website for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

  9. Moda Brushes: Running from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, everything on the brand's site is 60% off.

  10. NARS: From November 23 to November 28, all online purchases on narscosmetics.com will be 20% off, with the exception of NARS palettes, books, candles, and the Man Ray for NARS Holiday Collection.

  11. Nordstrom Beauty: From November 23 to November 27, Nordstrom Beauty is running a Cyber 5 promotion—meaning an array of discounts and promotions on brands like MAC, Smashbox, Benefit and more.

  12. Perricone MD: Running from November 22 to November 28, the brand is serving up products at up to 50% off. Each day is based around a daily-changing theme.

  13. Shu Uemura: From November 22 to November 25, use the code SHUBF to get 20% off any order over $50, and 25% off any order over $100. And on November 27 through November 28, watch for lightning offers with different flash sales.

  14. Smashbox: For Cyber Monday at Ulta, the Smashbox Spotlight Palette will be 50% off.

  15. Stila: Exclusively at Ulta and Ulta.com, Stila will be offering its MATTE’ificent Mattes Duo for $18. That includes a full size of its Stay All Day Lip Liner in Zinfandel, and a full size of its MATTE’ificent Lipstick in Mon Ami.

  16. Target: All beauty gift sets at Target will be buy one, get one 50% off. That includes the e.l.f. 7-piece Holiday Brush Collection and the Soap and Glory Total Gloss Gift Set, plus tons of other Target beauty merch.

  17. Yes To: At CVS, all single-use masks are buy two, get one free from November 26 to December 1. At RiteAid, buy one Yes To face wipe and get two free from November 23 to November 25. And at Target, buy any gift set to get another 50% off from November 24 to November 26.

  18. ZOYA: On November 24, use the code "FRIYAY" to get 50% off everything on the brand's website and free shipping.

the gorgeous gift guide.

Stumped on what to buy this holiday season for your beauty loving gal or guy? 

I'm here to save the day with a list complete with links!

Skin Care

  1. Nothing beats healthy glowing skin and simple, good for you products! Sonia Roselli skin care is a great gift for anyone of any age! These products are perfect to prepare skin for makeup application.
  2. Sheet masks are fun, easy, and a great stocking stuffer! Amazon has a ton of options!
  3. Another fun mask is the Carbonate Clay Mask. After applying, it starts to bubble... and tickle! Can you keep it on the entire time!? 
  4. If tickling is not your pleasure, Glamglow has amazing masks for all skin types! 
  5. Bring the spa home with a portable facial steamer!

Makeup

  1. Everything Charlotte Tilbury! Seriously, you won't regret it!
  2. Sephora and Ulta have put together a list of their top selling, most coveted, holiday gift items. 
  3. My all time favorite lash product combo is to first apply the Dior Lash Maximizer followed by the Buxom Lash Waterproof Mascara. Make sure to allow the primer to dry clear before applying mascara. Neither product requires a lot for a huge impact! 
  4. My all time favorite blushes are from Nars. My all time favorite colors for 90% of my clients, and myself, are Deep Throat and Impassioned. 
  5. Revlon makes an amazing lip stain. It is a buildable product- the more applied the darker the product appears on your lips. It is also fabulous applied under a lip liner, lipstick, or gloss because the top product fades, you still have a stain of color on your lips! 

Tools

  1. Real Techniques are high quality for a very reasonable price. They have everything from sponges to detail brushes. 
  2. Cleaning brushes is a pain in the tushie, but there are some tools that help get a deeper clean like this or this
  3. There's nothing like a set of flirty lashes. Help them stay lifted and curled with the right set of lash curlers.

For more details or specific questions, don't hesitate to comment or contact me! And have a very merry holiday season! 

 

my gift.

As someone who has been in many bridal suites and planned my own wedding, I present you with my biggest gift- some advice.

  1. My first piece of advice- take or leave whatever works for you. This goes for my list too! People are going to provide a lot of unsolicited advice. They love you and want to help. So, practice a really good smile and "thank you". There's no sense in discussing their advice if you're not going to use it. This is your wedding, make choices that are best for the two of you. Often others can't understand or see your vision, but they will see how happy you are on your big day, and that's what truly matters. 
  2. Now let's take it back one step- the engagement. If you're not the one proposing, give your love some space and time. Let me tell you as the one who proposed, IT IS HARD! I found it the hardest to keep such a big secret from the person I tell everything to. Trust your partner that they will do their very best and know that the most important thing is spending your life together.
  3. Now, you're engaged. WHAT DO YOU DO?! Oy vey, if you're anything like me, you want to start planning ASAP. My wife had asked me for a grace period before planning began. In my mind this was two weeks, for her she preferred two months. It is important to explicitly express your ideas with your partner so as not to get lost in assumptions throughout all of planning. 
  4. First thing's first- venue and date! Have an idea for the length of engagement that you want, style of wedding, indoor or outdoor, and guest count. The venue hunt could possibly be the most overwhelming part of planning. There are SO many options and each venue comes with its own set of pros and cons. Have your long list of dreams and your short list of requirements. For us, outdoors and amplified music were the most important in venue hunting. 
  5. Planning is stressful, or at least for the majority of engaged couples. Make sure you take time to enjoy each other and not discuss wedding plans. Try your best to be in the moment and appreciate one another. This is the person you chose to spend forever with. 
  6. Sometimes you just have to give in. Choose a handful of aspects that are make or break for you and be willing to negotiate on the rest. This is a special day for others too including parents. They will have strong requests and at times it may be better to give in and avoid a fight. 
  7. When it comes to the bridal suite you are setting the tone for the day.
    • What type of environment are you creating? We wanted our room to be fun but relaxed. Music is the biggest factor to this component. I created a playlist on Spotify. If you have had an appointment at my home office recently, you've heard my playlist. And because I love you, here is the link to enjoy my wedding morning playlist on your special day!
    • When choosing a space to get ready, keep in mind the number of people, amount of space and natural lighting. Even a large space can feel small without natural lighting. Not to mention that it is the best light for makeup application. If you cannot get one room large enough, consider adjoining rooms. 
    • FOOD AND BEVERAGE! Don't derail from your typical eating habits. If you haven't been eating sugar or carbs, wait until after photos to do so, or better yet, the next day. Not as much for your waist line as much as how you feel. This goes for alcohol too. Be careful with your consumption based on comfort level. I highly recommend filling the room with fruits, vegetables, water, caffeine, and light carbs that aren't messy. My mom made us a variety of gluten free (per my intolerance) muffins and scones. This also gave her a way to contribute. 
    • Have small activities in the room. We had our Poloroid along with some photo albums and temp tattoos that my girls picked up. They worked as conversation starters from our friends who had just met and everyone had a blast together. 
    • Attire. Even if your photographer or videographer are not present in the bridal suite, there will be plenty of photos. This is the perfect excuse for a gift whether it be a robe, shirt, sweater, jacket or romper. Everyone loves getting clothes and this provides you with the opportunity to control the look of your photographs. 
    • Give someone the task of keeping time. Actually, give everyone tasks. You finally get to kick your feet up and relax, which was so weird for me. 
  8. Further more, assign friends and family tasks the entire week of the wedding. You have worked so hard to organize and plan for this special event. Make sure you enjoy it and trust the people around you...
  9. ...even if they fail you. Yes, mistakes will happen. The list of mistakes at our wedding is LONG. However, you are the only one that knows- unless you tell people. Regardless, you are marrying your love with friends and family as witness. Enjoy every second despite what goes wrong. If you only take away one piece of my advice, let it be this. It will make or break your entire day.

Bottom line, this is YOUR wedding. Make sure you and your forever make the day about the two of you and everyone else will have fun in celebrating your love.