We all know Black Friday to be our country’s very own Hunger Games, a true display of the American people at their absolute f*cking worst. But instead of fighting for our lives like Katniss and Peeta, we’re out here throwing elbows for a discounted flat screen? Honestly, it’s embarrassing.
However, just like everything else in 2020, Black Friday is going to look a hell of a lot different this year. Due to the pandemic, Karens won’t have their chance to stampede a Walmart at midnight (I hope they’re okay). Without the normal rush, the big-name retailers will likely take a hit, but these aren’t the businesses we should be concerned about right now. Small businesses around the country are fighting to stay afloat amid new shutdowns and restrictions, and many of them are at major risk of survival if they don’t produce some cash flow ASAP this holiday season.
So since you can’t go body-slam anyone who stands in the way of you getting your half-priced Samsung this year, put your dollars where they truly matter and support small businesses instead! Most small businesses are running their own Black Friday deals, so you can save some coin while feeling good about your purchases. Here are some of the small businesses having great Black Friday sales that we’ll be supporting, and you should check them out too.
1. Denim Rush
This brand has become popular thanks to its incredible tie-dye sweats—a style that has become a quarantine staple for many of us. But even beyond just their cozy sweats, the brand has now expanded into other fashion categories, creating more stylish pieces like tie-dye slip dresses and oversized button downs. You can try Denim Rush out for yourself during their Black Friday sale, where they’ll be offering 30% off site wide from November 25th through December 1st. Plus, they’re even offering a free beanie to match your purchase if you spend over $150. Personally, I’m a sucker for a head-to-toe matching set, so count me in.
2. Coal N Terry
Sure, we’re all living in our sweats right now, but let’s maybe try to make it at least somewhat cute? Or rather, we actually all owe it to ourselves right now to make it even better than cute— think Kim K lounging around the house in her beige sweats with a full beat type-of-vibe. I mean, that’s just the kind of energy I know I want from my loungewear and, if you do too, then shop Black-owned street style brand Coal N Terry this Black Friday. They’ll be doing a 50% off site wide sale that you definitely won’t want to miss.
3. aReverie Studio
I found this brand on Etsy and can’t say enough good things…but I’ll try. Not only do they have the best stuff, but they’re also offering 50% off everything during their Black Friday sale! They sell trendy vintage-style pieces with a more current feel, making them the ideal place to shop for all your Insta-worthy #OOTDs this holiday season.
If you need a gift for that person who has everything, I suggest you check out BFF&BABES this Black Friday. They have the cutest gifts like bags, sweatshirts, and robes, and will be offering a rare discount of 10% off site wide. They also offer personalization on their products, so you can make your gift that much more special.
5. Gigi C
If you need to step up your workout ~lewks~ then head to Gigi C for 25% off their site from November 27th through December 1st. They have fashionable workout clothes that will motivate you to actually want to work out, plus incredible swimsuits with unique styles that are unlike those sold anywhere else.
6. Soraya Hennessy
Another great place to shop for that person who has everything is Soraya Hennessy, a brand founded on female empowerment and artisanal craft. The brand celebrates the founder’s Venezuelan heritage by working closely with the Wayuu women to create the brand’s gorgeous and unique pieces. As if that wasn’t enough to make you want to shop their site right now, they’ll be offering 30% off your entire purchase for Black Friday.
Why waste your money this Black Friday buying the same fast-fashion piece that everyone is already wearing, and that you know will disintegrate the first time you put it in the wash? Honestly, that’s just poor investment skills—clearly you didn’t get a B+ in Finance 100 like myself. Celebrate small business and invest in a standout piece you’ll love by shopping OnKarri’s online site during their Black Friday sale, where all of the brand’s stunning pieces will be on sale for 20% off.
8. Elise Paige
Another great place to shop for gifts, whether for someone else or, you know, just for yourself (hey, you deserve this) is jewelry brand Elise Paige. They specialize in everyday pieces that are trendy and personalized. This Black Friday, the brand is offering 25% off site wide, and you can also get 20% off their custom charm bangles.
This brand is one of my newest obsessions, and I’m here to make you just as obsessed as me by letting you know they’re offering 30% off everything from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. I discovered this brand over quarantine and have been so impressed with all the new styles they are constantly churning out. The brand will even continue to release new styles every day during Black Friday weekend, all of which are eligible for their sale of 30% off!
10. I Dream For You
The all around aesthetics of this brand make me want to jump into a retro romance movie and meet a cute boy at my local diner. You know, one who I don’t have to worry about ghosting me since this was a simpler time before iPhones. Inspired by vintage fashion yet made modern, this brand makes long-lasting sustainable pieces you NEED in your closet. Plus, the brand is offering 30% off site wide starting November 26th and going on through December 1st!
11. Neu Apparel
Not only does Neu Apparel make the cutest sh*t, this brand is also using its voice socially and is partnering all month long with Bloody Good Period, a charity which helps create a sustainable flow of menstrual products for those who can’t afford them. This is a charity that is certainly more important than ever, given so many women are forced into financial hardship due to the pandemic. And to make the whole deal even better, the site is also offering 20% off site wide for Black Friday.
12. Hutch Design
This contemporary brand prides itself on timelessness and sexy sophistication, making it the ideal small business to spend your money at this Black Friday. During their Black Friday sale, you can get one of their beautiful and stylish pieces for 40% off site wide.
13. LA Collective
You may be familiar with this brand thanks to their collabs with some of our favorite influencers, such as Morgan Stewart, Alexis Ren, and, most recently, Lauren Elizabeth. But with a company attached to such big names you may not have realized that they’re still a small operation sold only online. The brand’s lines are designed and created in LA, with a focus on making high-quality pieces with the best fabrics.
14. Kristina’s Closet
I found this brand on Instagram and can’t stop obsessing over their perfectly curated fashion assortment. There isn’t a piece on this site that I don’t love, and I love it all even more now that it’s on sale for Black Friday at 25% off. Plus, it’s women-owned and operated so, unlike Bethenny, I’m a woman who supports other women and will definitely be shopping their site this weekend.
15. Kindred Collective
Another brand with the most perfectly curated assortment of product is Kindred Collective, a brand founded by a mother-daughter duo who clearly know a thing or two about fashion. They carry all the top brands like Free People, Show Me Your Mumu, and For Love & Lemons, just to name a few. You can shop their curated assortment online for their Black Friday sale which is 20% off site wide this Saturday through Monday.
So whether shopping for yourself or for someone else, choose to support small businesses this Black Friday and put your money where it matters. Which, shouldn’t even be that hard to do with all these incredible sales from the aforementioned amazing brands. Personally, I’ll be putting my whole paycheck towards all these amazing pieces and won’t feel even slightly guilty about it because like, I’m stimulating our economy and supporting small businesses! I mean, who could argue with that?!
Images: @christiannkoepke/Unsplash; Denim Rush; Coal N Terry; aReverie Studio; BFFS&BABES; Gigi C; Soraya Hennessy; OnKarri; Elise Paige; Thirty20; I Dream For You; Neu Apparel; Hutch Design; LA Collective; Kristina’s Closet; Kindred Collective
You’re either someone who THRIVES off of the adrenaline rush of scoring a deal on Black Friday or… a liar. Everyone’s down to save a few bucks on the biggest shopping day of the year. And, not to brag or anything, but I’m one of those people who personally thrives on Black Friday because I’m unusually skilled at fighting through crowds. Just ask my ex-boyfriend about that one time we went to an Avicii concert together and I fought my way through general admission right up to the stage! Well, actually, I got up there but he didn’t, so maybe don’t ask him because that night didn’t end well. Hey, he’s an ex for a reason. ANYWAY, I say all that just to point out that you don’t have to go beating yourself up right now if you’re not a crowd ninja like myself. This is because, nowadays, it’s easier than ever to shop Black Friday sales from the comfort of your own home. We’ve already talked about the best beauty deals to shop, so here are the Black Friday fashion sales that you need to get in on (from your bed).
Josefine Dress, $278
Everyone’s favorite online retailer, Reformation, which very rarely has sales, will be offering a sitewide discount of 30% off starting at some point on Thanksgiving. We can all assume sizes will definitely go fast, so I’d recommend hitting up this sale first, before any of your other online stops. They currently have tons of amazing pieces that are perfect for all your holiday festivities and ideal for whether you’re attending a business casual office party or a boozy holiday house soirée. And by “soirée” I just mean there will be nicer alcohol than Burnetts and Crown Russe, #adulting.
2. Good American
Good Waist Chewed Hem, $175
If you haven’t tried Good American denim yet, then you’re seriously missing out. I feel like people think I’m an ambassador for the brand at this point but sadly, I’m not—I just genuinely love their jeans that much. (Of course, if they are looking for brand ambassadors you know where to find me.) On Black Friday, Good American will be offering 25% off sitewide, so now’s your chance to get yourself a high-quality, perfect-fitting pair of jeans that are somehow comfy too, at a discounted price. What a win.
3. For Love & Lemons
Whitney Faux Mohair Sweater, $162
I’m OBSESSED with For Love & Lemons. Unfortunately, when their basic lace thong averages around $50 a pop, it’s not exactly my go-to spot for new clothes. However, Black Friday allows a peasant such as myself the opportunity to actually be able to afford their stuff, so you best believe I’ll be taking full advantage. The coveted brand will be offering 30% off sitewide, so take advantage and get yourself a holiday must-have statement-making piece while you can.
4. Luv Aj
Double Ball Chain Necklace, $55
This celebrity favorite jewelry brand will be offering 40% off sitewide this Black Friday which is like, the deal of the century. They make great everyday jewelry essentials worth stocking up on, plus they’re offering a phenomenal discount. You can finally get in on the cool girl Insta-blogger trend of layered necklaces, just without having to spend your entire paycheck now. Also, if you’re feeling selfless, their delicate and timeless pieces make for universally great gifts that everyone is guaranteed to love.
Hepburn High Rise Wide Leg, $199
Another one of my favorite denim brands, DL1961, will be offering 40% off sitewide, which is actually crazy for a premium denim brand. They make tons of different styles and fits, so if I were you I’d take full advantage and get yourself a trendy pair plus an everyday pair. At that steep discount, you’d actually be dumb not to.
Shirley Bag Tan Croc Embossed, $210
If you don’t know the brand Staud, then Black Friday is the time and place to get yourself acquainted. Staud makes super cool clothes and accessories, and also happens to be another celebrity favorite brand. The brand is probably most recognized for their gorgeous handbags, which you’ll be able to get for 25% off, along with everything else on their site, starting this Wednesday. So sweet of them to start their Black Friday promotion early knowing how busy I’ll be ordering everything else on my list that day, so good looking out, Staud.
Silk Tie-Neck Blouse in Leopard, $148
Okay, so J.Crew isn’t necessarily on-brand with my personal style, but I also don’t work your average 9-to-5. Not to mention, my everyday style tends to gravitate toward denim so distressed that some may consider it to be shorts. However, regardless of my personal preferences, I’m a woman of the people and it is my civic duty to let you know about their unbelievable Black Friday deals. J. Crew will be doing 50% off full price items and 60% off sale. With that type of deal, I may just have to buy this leopard blouse to wear with my aforementioned aggressively distressed jeans. That’s probably not the way J.Crew intended it to be worn, but whatevs.
So with all of these incredible deals coming up, I’d definitely start prepping your finances now. Or, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones out there whose payday also happens to fall on Black Friday. In which case, I’m actually not sure if that is lucky or not since you will definitely be blowing the entire thing within 24 hours. But hey, eating ramen for a week straight will taste a whole lot better if you’re doing so in your amazing new Reformation dress.
Images: Felipe Galvan / Unsplash; Reformation; Good American; For Love & Lemons; Luv Aj; DL1961; Staud; J.Crew
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Kim Kardashian and I are very different people, leading very different lives, but one thing we definitely have in common is that we spend an obscene amount of money on crap we don’t need. The only slight difference between our spending is that she keeps on living her high-brow life and I wake up to “low funds” alerts from my bank. So my cute little financial compromise is that I’ll only buy things I need (using the term “need” loosely here) if they’re on sale. Enter Cyber Monday.
Cyber Monday is the time for me to buy things I’ve had my eye on for a while, but don’t want to drop money on when it is full price. Ya know? Read on for our top Cyber Monday picks in every area of your life, like home decor, tech, and fashion. One small caveat, there are no beauty sales listed below because I thought those sales deserved their own story. You’re welcome.
Ikea Markerad Daybed
Truth be told, I own zero Ikea items because the idea of paying like, $300 for a sofa that I have to put together myself after dragging it on the Ferry from Red Hook, guided only by instructions which are 100% photos and 0% words, sounds like a truly miserable time. However, Ikea is obviously popular among more patient people, so they will be excited to know that a large selection of Ikea pieces are on super sale! Daybeds like the very minimalist chic Markerad are 20% off! Honestly, if my one bedroom that I share with another person was big enough, I’d be all over this daybed situation because I believe they are the true mark of sophistication. Also on sale—up to $200 off—are the Frigeten, Gronlid and Vimle sleeper sofas so that your weird cousin doesn’t have to share your bed when she comes to visit. Is it just me or do all Ikea names sound like they could be characters on Game of Thrones?
Ruggable Vintage Daisy Bordered Fuschia Rug
One thing I really want, but don’t want to shell out all of my money for, is a new rug, which is why I still have the nasty-ass one from my college apartment. Before I realized Ruggable was having a 20% off sale site-wide (with the code CM2019), I kind of just accepted sleeping in the same room as a rug I puked on in college. Yum! I am so excited to spend 97% of my Monday on Ruggable since they actually have limitless rugs. I have my eye on the Vintage Daisy Bordered one, but to each her own. One last thing about Ruggable is that when you order a rug, you get a pad too, and if you’ve ever eaten sh*t on the corner of a rug, you know how essential a pad is. Also, they’re machine washable!
Bekka Campbell Cactus Framed Art Print
I know I’ll have made it when people ask what I do and I say, “I’m an art collector.” However, today is not that day and the only art displayed in my home is a bunch of tiny framed prints from Society6. Tbh even though they are already pretty cheap, I will always take advantage of one of their massive sales, like the 50% off site-wide from November 30 through December 2. If you aren’t at art collector status yet, but still want aesthetically pleasing pieces for your
small, windowless box apartment, Society6 is the move. I have two prints, one of a pink Art Deco building with palm trees in front of it and one of eight illustrated cacti, leaning against the wall on my floating shelves. As long as you don’t get a stupid print (like “Live, Laugh, Love” in gold lettering), all of the prints will look chic af.
Reformation Emersyn Dress
I have a love-hate relationship with Reformation because sometimes it looks like Forever21 quality with an Intermix price tag and since I don’t have money to waste, I’m just not about that. However, some of my favorite dresses that I’ve worn to every wedding I’ve ever attended are Reformation and I’m okay with that. One of the few reasons I like it is because the clothes are simple in both silhouette and color, which makes me more inclined to wear them all the time. For Cyber Monday, Reformation is shining down on us and offering 30% off site-wide. I mean, finally? Call me crazy, but Reformation doesn’t have sales, like, ever, so this is a big deal. I may even get up a little earlier than usual because something tells me the clothes will go fast.
Kensie Patchwork Sequin Long Sleeve Minidress
Misleading name aside, Dress the Population is a great brand for people who like to be a little extra when they go out. I say the name is misleading because outfitting the population (aka everyone) implies the brand is affordable, but, rest assured, it is quite expensive. Luckily, their clothes will be affordable for four whole days starting November 27th, with a 30% off the whole site code (CYBER2019)! I first learned of this brand through Rent the Runway, but it’s sold at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Amazon Fashion, etc. My point is, it’s legit. In fact, I wore a long-sleeve mini dress with heavy beading to a wedding last weekend (giving my Reformation dress the day off) and I feel like more people complimented my dress than the bride’s. Weird flex, I know, but just trying to make a point that this brand is great.
N° 21 Leopard-Print Faux Fur Match Puffer
Saks Off 5th is an amazing store and makes a serious case for never buying anything full-price. It’s like a nicer and less stressful Nordstrom Rack, and I have faithfully loved it since I found my prom dress there a decade ago. So for Cyber Monday, SO5 is having a 60% off outerwear sale. Do with that enormous discount what you will, but you can bet your bottom dollar I will be purchasing more than one coat. Normally, Amazon is my coat destination of choice, but this feels too good to pass up.
Nespresso® by De’longhi VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker Bundle and Aeroccino Frother
Bed, Bath & Beyond is hands-down my favorite store. I mean, it literally sells everything. So, if you have Abi Abrams-type feelings toward BB&B, please reach out to me in the comments because I feel like we will get along. But also, be sure to snag yourself a very chic Nespresso® by De’longhi VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker Bundle and Aeroccino Frother for 35% off. I mean, you have not had a good cappuccino until you’ve made it using a frother.
Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones
The last time I was in a Best Buy, it was to get the Sims 3: Makin’ Magic! However, I will definitely be paying a visit (to the website) on Monday to get the Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones, which are regularly $350, but on Monday, are $200. Sold! I had the Solo 3 headphones, but lost them in the security line at La Guardia. That’s right, someone behind me reached into my bag and snatched them and I didn’t notice until I was on the plane trying to fall asleep to the sound of giant engines and screaming infants. RIP. All I have to say is, f*ck the person who stole my Beats! Anyway, I will finally be able to tune out my coworkers again when I order the new Beats on Monday, and I truly cannot wait.
50-inch Roku Smart LED TV
After my old roommate **curse her soul** broke our lease and moved out, she rubbed salt in the wound by taking her TV with her. I know what you’re thinking: why would she leave it there? Well, because she bullied me into signing a two-year lease then moved out after seven months because she wanted a cuter apartment in the West Village. K. So, the least she could do after completely f*cking me over was leave her sh*tty TV. However, because she’s an assh*le, I had to buy a new one, and I ended up with a Roku smart TV. For Cyber Monday, you can head to Walmart’s website and get the same 50-inch Roku Smart LED TV with aggressively high HD for $148! Honestly, for a 50-incher, that’s pretty cheap. The smart aspect is also pretty cool because it allows you to be supremely lazy and just yell “Great British Bake Off!” and it just flips to Channel 4. Ah, technology.
Images: Ikea; Ruggable; Society6; Reformation; Dress the Population; Saks Off 5th; Bed, Bath & Beyond; Best Buy; Walmart; Unsplash
Like many millennials with jobs, my beauty look is pretty consistent day-to-day, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have 82 tinted moisturizers, 41 mascaras, and about a million different facial mists. I like to mix it up, what can I say? If you, too, are an out-and-proud beauty junkie, welcome. It is my personal belief that the best time to buy beauty products is around Thanksgiving, because not only is everything cheap af, but everything is sold in sets. Yes. Please. Give me a million eyeshadows that have just slightly different undertones. Honestly, I love this holiday so much because we spend the whole day being grateful for all of the sh*t we have, but only until midnight when we’ll fight each other to the f*cking death at Target to get that 30% off KitchenAid mixer. #America, right? So if you fully embrace this holiday as a day of gluttony, scoop up these beauty deals before your friends do.
Obviously, I have to start with the DSW of beauty because it just has so much stuff to basically give away this holiday season. Because they have about a thousand different sales going on during Thanksgiving weekend, I’m just going to name the few brands I’d personally recommend. Let’s start with 25% off Macadamia Professional hair masques. If you’ve ever been in a drugstore, you’ve seen this brand’s hair products. I have been using the Deep Repair Masque since high school, and it’s never disappointed me. It’s meant for people with damaged hair, but as a bitch with proudly virgin hair (hold applause), I love it because it takes my hair to the next level in softness. If you think delayed gratification is stupid, you’ll love this masque because you’ll feel its effects immediately.
Macadamia Professional Nourishing Repair Masque
Next is the BECCA Volcano Goddess Eyeshadow Palette, which is 40% off, aka it’s $27, aka it’s free. Honestly, I don’t really wear eyeshadow because I don’t know how to put it on without looking like a toddler in drag, but the colors in this palette are pretty wearable. So if you stan an eyeshadow moment, this palette is for you.
BECCA Volcano Goddess Eyeshadow Palette
And lastly, Ulta is offering 25% off a Chi 1-inch Ceramic Hairstyling Iron. I don’t have the time or the skills to give myself Serena-van-der-Woodsen-circa-season-one waves, so I don’t even try. However, every now and then after sleeping on wet hair for no reason at all, I wake up with a really unfortunate situation on my head, and this little hero can fix it within 10 minutes. I don’t usually curl my whole head, but a few chunks of hair throughout gives me that tousled look that I’m really feeling these days. I know what you’re thinking: wtf are you talking about, this is a hair straightener? To you, I say the most natural-looking waves come from flat irons! Twist your hair around the iron and gently pull the iron down the twist. I’m telling you, it’s never failed me.
Chi Original 1” Ceramic Hairstyling Iron
Not going to lie, I discovered Glow Recipe at Urban Outfitters, and have been obsessed ever since. The relatively new brand is offering 20% off every single product on their website, so if you haven’t already added a slew of skin care to your cart, you’re behind, girl. Anyway, if you are the kind of person who can be seduced into buying something simply because the packaging is irresistible, get ready to purchase literally every damn Glow Recipe product. I have the Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask and am truly obsessed—mostly because it serves as a skin savior and decor on my dresser. Cute appearance aside, the mask itself is actually really good. It’s really moisturizing, but has a gel-like quality to it, so it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy and oily when you wake up. That ain’t cute.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
This Japanese skin care brand is in pretty much every natural or ethical beauty store in the world and from November 28 through December, you can “play for a chance to get either 20% off your $100 purchase, 15% off your $75 purchase, or two free gifts with orders of $50 or more.” All of their products are cute and purple, but one of their products is truly better than the rest. I’m talking about the Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. Before you judge me for spending more than I’d like to admit on what you’d call water, hear me out. It’s made with botanical oils and humectants, which are responsible for the dew, and tbh it smells so damn good that I literally smile when I spray it, and I don’t even smile at puppies walking by.
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
Also, I recently learned that your moisturizer absorbs way better when your skin is moist (get over it) than when it’s bone dry. Think about it this way: your skin is like a sponge, and sponges don’t work until they’re damp, right? Another cult favorite from this brand is the Dewy Skin Cream, which I haven’t had the pleasure of trying because I am low on funds, but maybe I’ll hit the jackpot on their annoying Thanksgiving game and be able to afford it!
Get ready for the most niche Black Friday sale literally ever: Get 25% off your order and receive a free Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss in “Galaxy” when you spend $75 on November 29. Like, really? Only on November 29? Honestly, I’m sure I’ll get an email on November 30 that says, “We’re so nice and extending our sale!” The only reason I’m down for this annoyingly specific sale is because I’m so in love with my Neo Blush and feel like she needs friends. I’ve been dying to try the Sensual Skin Enhancer Concealer because it’s a really thick cream (as opposed to a solid, like most concealers are) and comes in a cute little pot. Also, I feel like if I have this, I could just dab it where I need it (because it’s thicc af and does its job) and not have to wear foundation or tinted moisturizer.
Kevyn Aucoin Neo Blush
Stila is offering 35% off site-wide plus free shipping on all orders of $50 or more from November 29 through December 1 with the promo code BF35. I own one product from Stila that has truly defined my going out look to a T, and it is the Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. Executing the perfect cat eye is hard, but Stila’s liner is actually really easy to use because it’s just a long tapered pen. So all you have to do is angle it as you draw, so the line gets thinner, and that’s pretty much it. Easy peazy. Anyway, Stila also has a pretty legit price point for a mid-level brand, so I fully support this sale. Another product I had and loved until I broke it by accident was the Aqua Glow Serum Foundation, because it was pretty full coverage but had the consistency of water, so it didn’t feel heavy or caked.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
I am more in love with my six-year-old Buttercup hair dryer than I am with the guy I’m seeing. Seriously. I have a lot of thick hair, so making sure it dries without going rogue is very important to me, and that’s why I have the Drybar one, the famous Josh Harry one, and, don’t judge me, the Dyson Supersonic. Drybar is shining down on thee and giving you 20% off all products, tools, and kits from November 21 through December 1. The Buttercup was the cheapest and oldest of the three I have, but it’s my OG and I use it every damn day. It weighs like, a pound, is pretty quiet, and does an excellent job. Generally, expensive hair dryers are better than drugstore ones because they use more power than they do heat, so they are less damaging to your hair. Cheaper hairdryers work in the opposite way, using more heat than watts, so you’re essentially frying your hair for longer. I also have the Drybar heat protectant, which smells so good that I leave it on my hands for as long as I can before the New York City subway system forces me to wash them. Luckily, the smell lingers in my hair for the entire day. By the way, Harry Josh is also having a Dermstore sale for 30% all of his products with the promo code DSGIFT from November 28 through December 2. His hair dryer is def cuter than the Buttercup, so if that matters to you, you can get it for a little less this holiday season!
Drybar Buttercup Blow-Dryer
L’Occitane (pronounced “lox- ee- tahn”—you’re welcome) is giving us 20% off all full-size items with promo code CYBER from December 1 through 4, because they know no one is dragging their hungover asses to a store to buy their favorite hand cream. Speaking of which, I didn’t realize this brand sold anything besides hand cream until my grandmother gave me a beautifully packaged perfume (technically an eau de toilette) that smells so good that I spray it on my pillow before I go to sleep. It’s the Verbena scent, which is generally pretty clean with a hint of green tea. No complaints.
L’Occitane Verbena Eau de Toilette
Images: Ulta; Glow Recipe; Tatcha; Kevyn Acoin; Stila; Drybar’ L’Occitane; Eco Warrior Princess / Unsplash
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We’re officially just a mere week away from Black Friday 2018, AKA America’s very own Hunger Games. I can practically smell the animalistic desperation of consumers all across our great nation. It’s our very own Walmart Olympics that requires no skills, no brain cells, and the gold medals are some sh*tty TVs half off their original price. TBH, I’m pretty sure I already saw a person camping outside my local Walmart. I’m trusting that you’re not one of these certifiably insane psychopaths waking up at midnight to go throw elbows for your holiday gifts on Black Friday.
This doesn’t mean you’re not someone who likes a good deal, though. I personally love the rush that comes from finding clothes that are super on sale. I legit get high off of calculating the difference between the original price and what I actually paid for it. However, I’m not willing to sacrifice my self-dignity over a moto jacket, even if it is a great deal. The solution? Shopping smarter.
In order to help you shop smarter this Black Friday (and maximize your limited patience for human interaction), I’ve compiled a list of all the deals you need to know about. They’re pretty much all happening online, as well as in-store, so you can just stay safely indoors while America’s own purge happens at your local mall. Or, if you enjoy the competition, at least you can prep your line-up for all the stores you should hit that are actually worth your time. Let’s start planning.
1. 3 x 1
Sale: Take an additional 20% off sale items; 50% off spring, summer, and pre-fall styles
Promo code: BFSALE
3×1 Joy Snap Away Jean Riva
2. All Saints
Sale: 30 percent off everything online and in-store
ALLSAINTS Leopard Sweater
3. Alo Yoga
Sale: Take 30% off full price items
Alo High-Waist Moto Legging
Sale: 50% off select fall/winter styles online and in-store
Wilfred THIERRY Sweater
Sale: 40% off everything
Promo code: BFCM40
Bagatiba Gold Hollow Hoops
6. Chinese Laundry
Sale: 30% off site-wide (excluding best seller items)
Promo code: HOLIDAY
Chinese Laundry Jersey Block Heel Suede Ankle Bootie
Sale: 40% off site-wide
Promo code: FRIDAY40
DL1961 Jerry High Rise Vintage Straight
8. Lord & Taylor
Sale: Extra 40% off clearance and 50% off fragrances
ASKYA Faux Shearling Teddy Sweater
9. Lucky Brand
Sale: 50% off entire store
Lucky Brand Corduroy Shirt
10. Luv Aj
Sale: 40% off site-wide
Promo code: BLACKFRIDAY
Luv Aj Isidore Cross Charm Necklace
Sale: 30% off orders of $100 or more; 40% off orders of $200 or more
ModCloth Winning Shimmer Sequin Sheath Dress
Sale: Up to 50% off site-wide
L.F. Markey Romeo Striped Knitted Sweater
13. Nicole Miller
Sale: 25% off site-wide
Nicole Miller Mermaid Sequin Zip Up Hoodie
Sale: 60% off select sale items
Something Navy Blocked Cardigan
Sale: 60% off Spring/Summer; 50% off select Pre-Fall
Onia Victoria Ribbed Top
16. Project Social T
Sale: 60% off site-wide
Project Social T Making Moves Distressed Hoodie
17. Saks Fifth Avenue
Sale: $75 Saks gift cards with $150 purchase
Mother Insider High-Rise Side Stripe Cropped Flare Jeans
18. Solid & Striped
Sale: 25% off site-wide
Promo code: BLACKFRIDAY
Solid & Striped The Stella
Sale: 30% off site-wide
Promo code: GETGIFTING
Splendid Teddy Oversized Jacket
20. Stone Cold Fox
Sale: 30% off site-wide
Stone Cold Fox Stormi Slip
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You’ve made it through the unofficial high school reunion at your local bar on Thanksgiving Eve, your annoying aunt asking you about your love life at the Thanksgiving dinner table, and the insane lines at the local outlets on Black Friday. So now, after everything you’ve endured over the past few days surrounding a holiday that is designed only to make you fatter (and I guess to make you realize how grateful you should be, but fatter nonetheless), your strength (and willpower to skip your second piece of pumpkin pie) is being rewarded with Cyber Monday beauty sales.
Whether your holiday shopping list is filled with people who have an adoration for beauty products, you need to purchase a few moisturizers to prep your skin for the harsh winter weather, or you just ate too much last Thursday and need some de-bloating pills for cheap, we’ve got the best Cyber Monday deals on your favorite beauty products. Get ready to stock up your beauty cabinet and spare your bank account.
Give your pasty winter skin a bronze glow for cheap on Cyber Monday with 25% off everything on Vita Liberata’s website.
Even if you’re not an Amazon Prime member (which, why the f*ck aren’t you?), you can get free shipping on any Amazon purchases during Cyber Monday. There are bound to be a few more deals that roll out, but free shipping is the most notable as of right now.
If you’ve ever been to a Bliss Spa or you’re just a huge fan of Bliss products, you’ll love their extended Cyber Monday sale. From Wednesday to Monday, you can shop 25% off everything on Bliss’s website using the code “THANKS”. If you plan on shopping online at Target for Cyber Monday, you can buy one Bliss product and get the second for 50% off. If Ulta is your go-to site, then you can cop some Bliss Body Butters for 40% off.
On Black Friday, when you buy one of Target’s holiday gift sets, you’ll get a second set for 50% off its original retail price. While that is quite the steal, Tar-jay is bound to roll out even more Cyber Monday deals, so stay tuned.
If you or someone on your shopping list loves using Clarisonic brushes to cleanse or moisturize, you’ll need to check out their Cyber Monday sale. You can get all Clarisonic sets for 20% off.
Peter Thomas Roth
If your skin is in need of a major pick-me-up, you’re in luck. Peter Thomas Roth is offering its Cucumber De-Tox Bouncy Hydrating Gel for $18 throughout Cyber Monday. You can also get their $254 value six-piece Mask Frenzy Kit for only $75.
Ardell is offering 30% off their entire site on Cyber Monday. With your purchase, you’ll even get a free Looks to Kill Sultry Night Out palette.
If you have winter weddings coming up or a bougie friend on your shopping list who can’t blow dry her own hair, check out GlamSquad’s deals. From now until Tuesday you can get insane discounts on both their website and app. Take advantage of 20% off a two-pack of makeup applications, 30% off a three-pack of makeup applications, and 25% off a three-pack of makeup applications and lashes. For blowouts, you can get 25% off a three-pack, 30% off a five-pack, or 30% off a 10-pack.
If you’ve never tried the highly pigmented and colorful products from Lime Crime, now’s your chance. On Cyber Monday, you’ll receive a free Beet It Velvetine liquid matte lipstick with every purchase from their site.
Urban Decay is giving you 5% off their NAKED Heat Palette as of Cyber Monday. You can also sign up for their Cyber Week promotion and receive 10 days of deals.
If you’re trying to tame that winter static or need some styling products for all of those upcoming holiday parties, then check out Kérastase’s Cyber Monday deals. Until Tuesday, you can shop the brand’s entire site for 20% off. You’ll also receive a free sample of Elixir Ultime. Don’t forget to snag that free shipping with the code “CYBM18”.
Dollar Shave Club
If you’re looking for a deal on a gift for a man in your life, Dollar Shave Club is offering 30% off of bundles from Black Friday until Cyber Monday.
If you want to get your teeth whitened, Go Smile is offering a discount on their White Box. On Cyber Monday you can purchase the box, which originally retails for $162, for just $99. The box contains a Dental Pro, 28 count stain erasers, whitening gel, and toothpaste.
From Black Friday until Cyber Monday, grab some of your fav Patchology products in packaged Dusk Til Dawn Kit for 40% off.
Amika is having three different bomb-ass sales on Cyber Monday. To start off, you can get 20% off of any purchase of $75 or more using the code “CYBER”.
If you spend a bit more, you can receive a travel kit with Amika’s bestsellers including Perk Up Dry Shampoo, Velveteen Dream Smoothing Balm, Soulfood Nourishing Mask, and samples of Velveteen Dream Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner using the code “BESTIES” with your purchase of $100 or more.
There’s also a travel kit with Amika’s bestselling curl products which includes Phantom Hydrating Dry Shampoo Foam, Nice Cream Cleansing Conditioner, The Kure Intense Repair Mask, samples of Curl Corps Enhancing Gel, and Curl Corps Defining Cream when you use the code “CURLS” with your purchase of $100 or more. Remember that you can only apply ONE of these codes to your purchase, so choose wisely.
If you spend $80 or more on Cyber Monday at Moroccanoil’s website, you can grab a free 2018 hair and body mini set.
When you shop at e.l.f’s website this Cyber Monday, you’ll receive a free holiday gift with any purchase of $25 or more. Valued at $25, the gift includes Need it Nude Eyeshadow Palette, Kohl Eyeliner, Beautifully Precise Smudge Brush, Moisturizing Lipstick in Bordeaux Beauty, and Baked Highlighter in Blush Gems.
From Black Friday until Cyber Monday, you can get 30% off everything on Beachwaver’s website using the promo code “THANKS30”. On Cyber Monday, Beachwaver will have their Second Chance Dry Shampoo on sale for just $5—an insane discount from its retail price of $24.
For $15 on Cyber Monday you can cop Stila Cosmetics’ best sellers, HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara and Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner. They are also providing free shipping on all orders over $50 with no codes needed. And, if you spend $60, you can get free shipping and a complimentary pouch stocked with five mini liquid lipsticks.
While Ulta hasn’t officially released its list of Cyber Monday deals, plenty of brands that are sold on Ulta have disclosed that they’re offering discounts between 30% and 40% off. Just trust that this beauty giant will have some major deals going on come Cyber Monday.
Just like Ulta, Sephora hasn’t announced all of their Cyber Monday deals yet. Individual brands that are sold at Sephora have noted discounts to the tune of 25% to 40% off, so odds are, you’ll be able to save a ton of your hard-earned cash at Sephora on Cyber Monday.
Snow Fox Skin Care
This Taiwanese skin care company was originally formulated for hypersensitive skin, but is legit good for everyone. On Cyber Monday, their Combo Skin Recovery set—which includes Cucumber Recovery Tonic, Cucumber Recovery Serum and a mini Day & Night Cream—will be 50% off. No promo code necessary.
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Black Friday (and more importantly, Cyber Monday) deals are almost upon us. Although I hate crowds, and people, and lines, I really, really love Black Friday deals on beauty products. This is why you can shop online, guys. There is nothing better than telling myself I’m not going to spend money and spending $500 at Sephora but getting $850 of products, so really, I made $350. That’s just good business. Since both in stores and online Black Friday shopping is going to be chaos and every woman for herself, it’s best to be prepared for what exactly to hit up first and what to buy. Don’t wait until the last second when every store is the animal world in Mean Girls. Here are the Black Friday deals on beauty products you need to know about now.
You when you got everything you wanted on Black Friday because you planned ahead:
Sephora is by far my favorite place to shop for beauty deals already with their point systems and lax return policy. They are trying to further my love for them because they are starting Black Friday deals on beauty products on November 15th this year. The early deals are exclusively for the app, so make sure you have that downloaded if you don’t already. For Beauty Insiders and Rouge members (which should be all of you, if not, do it now), you get early access to all deals on November 21st, with “regular” customers getting deals long after on Thanksgiving Day/Actual Black Friday. If you choose to go to stores (God help you), Sephora will open on Thanksgiving at 6pm with their deals ready to go. The biggest sale options this year seem to be their $15 & Under deals, where you can stock up on expensive value sets all for under $15.
Ulta is also going to open for Black Friday at 6pm Thanksgiving Day (those poor, poor workers). Their official Black Friday ad goes live around November 12th, so keep a lookout so you can plot what to buy. Their typical Black Friday layout is pretty awesome, with 50% off brands like Urban Decay and Tarte, and $30 off styling products like Chi. Stock up on expensive makeup palettes and definitely take advantage of their 5-for-$5 specials on face masks and other little products.
Amazon already has some of their Black Friday deals out and ready to go. The best part is you can do all your shopping online without missing out on anything. Every day, Amazon will be adding more and more products to their discount list, so check frequently for deals. This is where you should stock up on your have-to-have basics: acne patches, face wash, lotions, that Aztec face mask everyone is obsessed with, etc. Buy in bulk and save the rest of the year.
Bath and Body Works
Bath and Body Works always has amazing Black Friday deals on beauty products. Things sell out quick so you need to be on it. Remember, they have a great return policy, so buy as much as you can with the deals offered and you can return or exchange any scents or products you don’t like later. They always have sales going on, so expect them just to be amplified and all at once on Black Friday/Cyber Monday. The real key to owning the BBW system is to sign up for their emails now, and get coupons for 20% or $30 off to use in conjunction with their deals on Black Friday. The better coupons are online only, so keep that in mind if you decide to venture out to the stores. Their elusive $8 candle sale (normally $24!) is usually around Black Friday, but expect the large candles to be marked down to at least half off. Stock up now on those and take advantage of any get-nine-body-washes-for-the-price-of-three weird deals they have. Do you need 10 matching body washes/lotion/body spray combos? I’m gonna say duh, but you can also divvy them up as last-minute gifts later. Or you can just hoard bath products and never have to buy body wash again. Your call.
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It’s Black Friday, and whether you’re at work, lounging in your pajamas and scouring the internet, or braving the stores like a psychopath, there’s one thing on everyone’s mind: shopping. More specifically, saving money. Okay, so I guess that’s two things. Regardless, we’re all shopping (don’t deny it), and we’re all looking to save money. It can be easy to fall for the flashy 50% Off! Deal! Look Over Here! banners and buy a $70 lingerie set from Nordstrom Rack when you’re single af things you don’t need, because it’s on sale and it’s too good to pass up, right? Wrong. I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but buying things you don’t need just because they’re “on sale” doesn’t actually save you money—you’re just spending money you would not have spent otherwise. Or so my mother tells me. And, to put it bluntly, some Black Friday “deals” are total scams. So how can you tell what’s legit, and what you should actually bust out your credit card for? Well, if you’re like me, you turn to Reddit to crowdsource all your advice, including info about Black Friday scams. (And they say quality journalism is dead.) As I am writing this article, that’s exactly what I did—I consulted Reddit for what not to buy on Black Friday. Please note, these are the personal opinions of the Reddit users and have not been verified by me, because I am not a professional fact-checker and this shit varies wildly, I’m sure.
That’s right, the number one thing people think they’re getting a good deal on during Black Friday is actually a total scam. Not worth getting curb-stomped over when you think about it this way, is it? Plus, who buys televisions anymore? Get on Netflix. It’s 2017.
Okay, so these may not be a scam, but still, it’s important not to have Black Friday tunnel vision (says the girl who bought two bras online today).
I’m beginning to see a theme emerging here… don’t buy electronics today.
Who is camping out on Black Friday for the knives? I want names. Still good advice, though. But also… how does this person know so much about knives? Should I call the police?
5. Pretty Much Anything You Have Your Eye On
I don’t need this type of negativity in my life. Fuck outta here.
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