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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Images: Ulta; Glow Recipe; Tatcha; Kevyn Acoin; Stila; Drybar’ L’Occitane; Eco Warrior Princess / Unsplash
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Name a worse buzzkill than having your hair poof out like a fucking troll’s before you can say, “One more shot before we go?” after you’ve spent literal hours straightening it to perfection. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Regardless of the hair type, I know you never wear your hair down naturally—especially during the hottest time of the year. Curly? No way. Wavy? Fuck no. There’s no way in hell you’d be caught dead rocking a frizz ball if you can help it. That’s why us betches spend a
ridiculous healthy amount of time damaging our hair making sure all bumps and flyaways are nonexistent before we leave the house. Even though you’ve suffered suspicious burns (that might actually be hickeys), on the bright side, the talent of frying your hair has at least taught you the true meaning of patience.
Since I’m sure you’ve spent hundreds of dollars trying every hair product recommended by like, your fave magazine only to have it fail, and you’d like to believe your v hard work should amount to something, I’ve finally figured out how to make your signature hairstyle look fierce even in suffocating humid weather with these six easy tips. Listen up, betches.
1. Use A Hydrating Shampoo And Conditioner
First things first,
I’m the realest know that frizz begins the second you start your hair routine. The hot weather (and I guess constant use of applied heat) damage and dry your hair out a ton as it is. Make sure to use a repairing and hydrating shampoo and conditioner duo like the ALTERNA Haircare Caviar Repair RX Instant Recovery set to ensure your hair is as strong and smooth as can be before styling. Its lightweight formula will flatten the shit out of any pre-existing frizzy strands.
2. Apply A Little Serum
After you towel dry your hair at least halfway, apply an anti-frizz product like the Moroccanoil Treatment to tame any annoying-ass flyaways. Use only on the ends or work your way down from the mid-section of your hair. Applying on the roots or too much at all can create a disgusting greasy look.
3. Dry Your Hair Like, Completely While Using A Round Brush
Humidity and water are not friends. I don’t know how many times I have to emphasize it for you, so dry your whole head completely using a detangling brush like Drybar Lil’ Lemon Drop Daily Detangler at the same time. I know waiting for your hair to dry entirely takes years off your life, but any wet pieces will blow up the second you step outside. Don’t. Settle.
4. Use A Heat-Protectant Spray, Duh
This is like, a fucking given. Before any 500 degree hot rod comes near your hair, spray a heat protection product like Vernon François Light Weight Styling Serum to detangle, define, and protect from heat damage. Rub on your hands and finger comb through your hair.
5. Don’t Be Cheap With Your Hair Straightener
I know you spend more money getting your hair done than you do on a hair straightener, which really makes no sense because if you gave a shit about your hair and wanted to keep your balayage looking fresh AF, why get a cheap straightener that destroys your hair?! Go for a really expensive worthwhile straightener such as the ghd Gold Professional Performance 2” Styler that heats up in like, seconds, shines, and eliminates frizz all at the same time. I promise it’s worth it. Daddy will understand.
6. Lock In With Hair Spray
Enhance all of your time and effort (things you hardly ever use wisely) with a hair spray that locks in your pin straight strands. I just really love this brand because ALTERNA Haircare Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray is literally made to keep your hair choice humid-resistant. It’s pretty strong, though, so spritz just once or twice for fab results.
Now all of your friends will wonder how you can afford getting constant blowouts. Pass this notable advice along. Or don’t. Keep the goods for yourself, whatever.