The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Black Friday Beauty Shopping for 2019

Get all your favorite deals without spending all day shopping.

Black Friday is the best time of the year to pick up beauty deals, for gifts and to outfit your own makeup kit. Deals can be had at the big beauty retailers, brand websites as well as your local drugstore. The best way to snatch up those great deals is to make a list and plan ahead. Stalk your favorite websites, look through Black Friday ads and sign up for accounts to be ready for game time. You can even go online and put items in your cart so all you have to do is hit “checkout”. Here is a rundown of some of the best deals on Black Friday makeup and skincare, plus a little secret if you’re too lazy to look at every site.

Sephora

Beauty retailer Sephora has Black Friday offerings in-store and online every year. Many of the deals are special limited edition sizes or palettes. Beginning on Nov. 21, 2019 Sephora is giving customers that download the Sephora app a preview of the specials. Deals include Pat McGrath mini lipsticks for $15, Becca Prime, Set & Glow, $15 and Philosophy Limited Edition Purity Made Simple Cleanser, $15. New deals will be added up to Black Friday.

ULTA

Black Friday at ULTA begins on Thanksgiving night in-store at 5 p.m. and 4 p.m. online (CST). This year ULTA has a variety of super trial size specials and some deals on full size products. Some of my favorites are the $10 Urban Decay mascaras, the $18 NARS Orga$m lip and cheek kit and 30 percent of Serovital. You can see all the specials here.

Nordstrom

You might not think about Nordstrom as one of the key stores to find beauty deals, but that’s because you don’t know this little secret. Nordstrom will price match almost all of the makeup and skincare products it sells against other department stores, brand sites and beauty retailers. The prices are also listed on the site, keeping you from having to go through hoops to get the price. Oh, and shipping is free too!

Sunday Riley was caught up in a fake review scandal and it’s disappointing

Multivitamins by Sunday Riley

The company is accused of placing fake reviews on Sephora.com.

Between November 2015 and August 2017, Sunday Riley had its employees create fake identities using VPNs to write fake positive reviews on Sephora.com. The company has not been fined, but has admitted to the fake reviews under a consent order by the FTC.

The disappointing part about this case is that Sunday Riley’s products are actually good. In emails from the CEO to employees, the goal of the campaign was to keep average review at 4.8. She mentions two products, one is at 4.2 and the other at 4.9. So these products were doing fine and she pushed fake reviews to make them just a little better, damaging her reputation and the reputation of her products.

A few days before this story came out, I was writing a post of the above product, Multivitamins. The trial duo includes Luna Retinol Sleeping Oil and C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum for just $28. I don’t what life was like before vitamin C serum! No, I do. I had dull, uneven skin that lacked any of the plumpness it used to have.

The serum is applied first and then you layer it with a few drops of the sleeping oil. In the morning you have bright, glowing skin that is plump as a baby’s cheek. This serum runs out quick, but the sleeping oil lasts forever. When I run out, I use Pixi by Petra’s Vitamin C Serum instead. To learn about Vitamin C Serums, read my article at Our Community Now. I also love Sunday Riley’s Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment.

The moral of the story is to make reviews part of the purchasing process, but look to other sources for advice. Ask your friends and family first. I don’t know how many times I have asked about a product and got a firsthand review, good or bad. When you’re shopping at beauty retailers, get a sample! If they don’t offer one, ask what the return/satisfaction policy is. Pssst. Sephora and Nordstrom will take anything back!

 

Marshalls launches online shopping for beauty, clothing and more

You now have a new place to get beauty deals on the net.

Marshalls stores have long been one of my go-to’s for things like sheet masks, shower gels and beauty tools. This week the discount retailer launched a full online shopping site. They had been hinting at it for some time and now it’s finally here. You can now shop for all your favorite Marshalls clothing, shoes, home goods and beauty deals without leaving the house.

Marshalls beauty section

Skincare brands found on the site include Dr. Jart, Strivectin, Clarins, SK II and Perricone. Makeup goodies included a MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Powder set for $25 and a Gucci High Shine Lipstick for $19.99 (only buy lipstick online when it’s cool out!). Another great find is the ergonomically designed star shaped bottle of Angel by Thierry Mugler for $49.99.

The inventory is a little slim but I suspect the closer we get to Christmas the bigger it will grow. Shop online now at marshalls.com.

Moroccanoil launches new temporary color hair masks

Moroccanoil Color Depositing Mask

Try something new with this temporary hair treatment.

Moroccanoil, known for its luxurious hair oils has developed a new oil-based mask that deposits temporary color.  Moroccanoil Color Depositing Masks comes in seven colors including blue and rose gold.

In addition to adding color, the masks are made with hydrating oils and amino acids to help repair tired hair. Results vary based on hair color and porosity. The mask is easy to apply. Apply to sectioned hair and work through with a wide-toothed comb. Leave on for 5-7 minutes and rinse out. View the color chart on the website for estimated results.

The masks are available at morocconoil.com, Sephora and select salons. The masks are sold in 6.7 oz. tubes for $28 and 1 oz. packettes for $7. (I may get a commission from this link) Moroccanoil Color Depositing Masks come in; Champagne: warm, golden blonde, Platinum: cool, icy blonde, Hibiscus: brilliant, pink floral tones, Aquamarine: cool, blue tones, Rose Gold: soft pink and golden tones, Bordeaux: deep crimson brown and Cocoa: rich medium brown.

For more information, follow @Moroccanoil on Twitter and Instagram.

Birthday Beauty Freebies for 2019

Birthday Beauty and Makeup Freebies

Birthday beauty freebies from ULTA, Sephora and CVS.

I just had my birthday month and got to take part in one of my favorite things – picking up all my birthday freebies! My favorite freebies always come from Sephora and ULTA, but there are a few other great beauty freebies you can take advantage of.

Sephora

Each year Sephora gives you a choice of two different gifts. This year I decide on the Kat Von D makeup kit. It has a three lip gloss samples and a mini of her tattoo liner and setting powder. Get your freebie by signing up as a beauty insider before your birthday month.

ULTA Beauty

ULTAmate rewards members can get a variety of beauty gifts on their birthday. The gift changes every quarter and is usually listed in the recent ad. This year I got a Lancome Monsieur mascara mini and a couple of years ago I got a full-size NYX palette! Sign up here.

CVS Beauty Club

The CVS Beauty Club

CVS Beauty Club members get a free birthday gift every year. It could be anything from body lotion to nail polish. Just sign up for the program and it will be loaded onto your CVS Extracare card in your birthday month. You also get $3 for every $30 spent on makeup, hair and skincare products.

NYX Cosmetics

NYX Cosmetics Makeup Crew members get $5 off a purchase during their birthday month. Members also get discounts for hitting spending thresholds and earn points for every dollar spent. Members can also get certain products engraved for free!

NARS

NARS has a special free mini duo (with purchase) during your birthday month. Just visit this link to get the current birthday offer code. The code works online and in NARS stores.