Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Beauty Deals 2012

cyber monday Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Beauty Deals 2012

This post title is actually misleading, as many sales have already started. Peruse the list below and let me know if there’s any deals/sales you know about that I’ve missed.

Happy shopping…and sayonara, savings account!

Beauty

AHAVA
WHEN: November 21 – 25
DEAL:
Get 40% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

Bath & Body Works
WHEN: Now through December 24
DEAL #1: Free product (up to $13 value) with a minimum $10 purchase. Use code SHOPFREE10 at checkout.

Bath & Body Works
WHEN: While supplies last
DEAL #2: Get the 2012 V.I.P. Bag for $20 (it’s a $100 value) with any purchase of $40 or more. Use code VIP12 at checkout.

Beauty Bar
WHEN:
Black Friday (November 23)
DEAL:
Shoppers who spend $50 at Beauty Bar will receive an ultra-pampering gift with purchase from Philosophy. This exclusive gift set includes three of Philosophy’s newest offerings ($20 value): Purity Made Simple Foaming 3-in-1 Cleansing Gel for Face and Eyes, Eyes Wide Open Instant Refreshing and Depuffing Eye Gel, and The Microdelivery Exfoliating Body Wash. Enter code BBGWPBF at checkout.

Beauty Bar
WHEN:
Cyber Monday (November 26)
DEAL:
 Shoppers who spend $100 will receive $20 off their purchase for one day only. Enter code BBCYBERMONDAY at checkout.

Becca Cosmetics
WHEN: November 25
DEAL: Spend $75 and get a free mini Shimmering Skin Perfector and full-size Beach Tint. Spend $125 and get those two products plus two full-size Glossy Lip Tints and a Becca Brown Cosmetics Pouch. Plus, Becca is releasing a limited-edition nail color collection for $30.

Benefit Cosmetics
WHEN: November 23 – November 25
DEAL: Spend $30 and get a FREE deluxe mini BADgal lash mascara. Spend $60 and also get a FREE deluxe mini the porefessional. Spend $90 and also get a deluxe mini sugarbomb. Enter STAYCATION at checkout. (more…)

Tom Ford ‘Jennifer’ Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!

I jokingly refer to myself as “the bag lady.” Except it’s not really a joke. I carry way too many bags. On an average evening, I return home from work (and daycare) juggling my purse, my laptop bag, Westley’s backpack and lunch bag – plus any shopping bags I’ve accumulated that day. And I need to have at least one hand free to prevent my fearless two-year-old from darting into the street. So I’ve been searching for a crossbody bag to help lighten my load and free up my hands.

The crossbody I want should be work appropriate, but casual enough for weekends. I also need a one that is roomy enough to accommodate my hoarder tendencies, but not so big that I can never find what I’m looking for.

jennifer aniston tom ford flap over handbag Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!

After some window shopping and exhaustive Google searches, I finally found my brainchild brought to life…on the arm of Jennifer Aniston. Her ubiquitous Tom Ford Flap-Over Bag was exactly what I had dreamed – well, minus the $4,000 price tag. I was so frustrated because I love everything about this bag (particularly the fold-over, zippered flap) and knew I’d be hard-pressed to find a lookalike in my price range.

So I continued my search and found these similar styles:

Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Cross Body Bag Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Cross Body Bag, $895
Pros: Absolutely gorgeous
Cons: Hello, this bag is $900! And at 11. x 6″, it’s on the small side

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal To The Metal Natasha Bag Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal To The Metal Natasha Bag, $458
Pros: Roomy and bird embellishments are cute
Cons: Bird embellishments also make this bag a little less work-appropriate and $500 is still more than I want to spend

 

 Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Little Minka Satchel, $378
Pros: High quality, versatile design and available in a variety of colors
Cons: I’m cheap and it’s too close to Christmas for me to splurge on this bag, though I might snatch it up if I spied it at an outlet store

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs classic q natasha Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q – Natasha Crossbody Flap Bag, $368
Pros: Similar to TF bag and closer to my price range
Cons: Still more than I’d like to spend and very trendy (I see this bag on women at least once or twice a day)

Emma Fox Classics Large Foldover Tote Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!Emma Fox Classics Large Foldover Tote, $207
Pros: Looks expensive, but totally within my price range
Cons: Not wild about the “convertible” aspect of this tote/crossbody

michael kors bedford tassle shoulder bag Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!

Michael Kors Bedford Tassel – Medium Convertible Leather Shoulder Bag, $298
Pros: Has the same style and vibe as the Tom Ford bag, but at a reasonable price point. Also love that it can be worn not the shoulder or crossbody. The tassel is also a nice touch.
Cons: Not a fan of the Michael Kors name plate on the front flap.

 Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!

B. Makowsky Laurel Glove Leather Flap Top Crossbody Bag$158
Pros: Similar look (and it also comes in rose gold, which is a favorite of mine). The price is right too.
Cons: That brown stitching has got to go.

 

lodis dahlia joelle hobo Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!So – long story short (too late), I almost settled and bought the Kate Spade bag. But the shopping gods intervened and led me to the Lodis Dahlia Joelle Hobo (sorry…no longer available). It’s the spitting image of the Tom Ford bag (down to the zippered flap and expandable gusset) for just $268!!!!!! I can’t believe my luck.

Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Cat Eyes

spoiled pretty covergirl cat eye Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Cat Eyes

I’m no pro makeup artist. But there’s one beauty technique that I’ve got down pat – the elusive cat eye. It requires patience and a steady paw…but once you put in a little practice, a ferosh fe-lined eye isn’t far off.

spoiled pretty covergirl cat eye1 Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Cat Eyes

Besides practice, high-quality/easy-to-use products are the key to this look. I used three CoverGirl products to achieve this purr-fect cat eye.  It was easy, breezy and beautiful – if I do say so myself. Here’s how I did it:

1)      Apply the silver end of CoverGirl Smokey ShadowBlast – Onyx Smoke all over your lid – from the lash line and up past the crease. Also use it to trace the inner corner of your eye to make your peepers pop.

2)      Line the top lid using CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Eyeliner – Black Fire. At the outer corner of the eye, curve the line up slightly. Figuring out the angle of the “flick” can be kind of tricky, so here’s a tip: aim for the point where your brow ends.

3)      Apply CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Eyeliner – Black Fire to the waterline of the lower lid.

4)      Create fierce fringe with CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara. This mascara is amazing, y’all. It features an innovative curved brush that lets you load up the volume without the clumps, even after 30 strokes!

See how simple it is? With these three CoverGirl products, you can go from “I don’t know how” to MEOW!

Wanna re-create my look? Shop the P&G eStore and get $3 off two CoverGirl products OR get a FREE Cat Eye Look (which includes LiquilineBlast Eyeliner – Black Fire, Smokey ShadowBlast – Onyx Smoke, and LashBlast Volume Mascara – Very Black), when you spend $69.

And check out additional offers on CoverGirl’s Facebook page.

 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by CoverGirl, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

Get Those Naturalizer Boots Already!

naturalizer boot sale Get Those Naturalizer Boots Already!

Last week, I waxed poetic about Naturalizer boots and shared a 20% off coupon code so that you could affordably adopt a pair (or two).

This week, Naturalizer decided to top themselves by offering 20% off all boots – PLUS an extra 15% off AND free shipping!!!

The Juletta boots (above) were originally priced at $179.99. With the 20% off, they are 143.99. But by entering promo code UWINT29A at checkout, you save another $21 for a grand total of $122.39!

Seriously, what are you waiting for? Be a dear and give some Naturalizer boots a good home.

Paul Mitchell Offers 1,440 Minutes of Mane Fame

paul mitchell curls ad Paul Mitchell Offers 1,440 Minutes of Mane Fame

Ever heard the expression 15 minutes of fame?  The expression was coined in 1968 by Andy Warhol, who said that “In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.”

Well, forget 15 minutes. That’s so 1968 (when Andy Warhol coined the expression). Paul Mitchell is seriously upping the ante by offering the curly girls of the world 1,440 minutes (24 hours) of mane fame!

Upload a picture of your Curl Confession on the Truth About Curls Facebook app, using the hashtag #curlconfession (and after you submit, enter your information for a chance to win the entire full-sized Curls product line, which will be awarded weekly). You can also submit your confession by posting your #curlconfession on Twitter or Instagram anytime before 11:59 EST on 11/14.

These Curl Confession photos will be projected on the hippest locales in New York and Los Angeles on November 15.  People who see the projections in-person (locations will be posted on the Paul Mitchell Facebook page) will be able to scan a QR code to enter for a chance to win fabulous prizes. If you can’t see it in person, projections will be streamed live, starting at 6pm EST on 11/15 for the NYC spectacle, and 6pm PST for the sister event in LA.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Paul Mitchell, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

Sally Hansen Salon InstaGel Strips and Salon GelPolish

The at-home alternative to a salon mainstay: the gel manicure. Professional, high-shine, no dry time and long-wear—these are the qualities that have made millions of women gel manicure converts. But as any gel manicure devotee can attest, these perks are also what make the manicures so expensive—and time-consuming.

That’s why the innovators at Sally Hansen are taking the manicurist out of the equation and putting professional results at your fingertips with the new Salon InstaGel Strips™ and Salon GelPolish™, two unique systems that equip you with everything you need to replicate a state-of-the-art gel manicure. Delivering mirror shine, no dry time and indestructible, chip-free wear for up to 14 days, each easy-to-apply system makes you your own manicurist at a fraction of the price. With Sally Hansen, you can effortlessly get the salon manicure you covet without leaving home—or breaking the bank.

Salon InstaGel Strips™

Sally Hansen Salon InstaGel Strips Kit1 1024x851 Sally Hansen Salon InstaGel Strips and Salon GelPolishSpeed up your gel manicure and get the same lasting results with the Salon InstaGel Strips™, a breakthrough, easy-to-use innovation exclusive to Sally Hansen featuring UV-cured real nail polish appliqués. The two-step gel manicure is quick and simple: Just cleanse nails and apply the nail polish strips, then apply the gel top coat. Cure nails under the Mini LED light, swipe nails with the cleaning pad, and voila—maximum shine and wear. Available in 16 solid colors and 8 designs and infused with nourishing Vitamin E, the easy-apply strips come off fuss-free with Acetone polish remover. The Starter Kit features everything you need for a complete Salon InstaGel Strips™ manicure, including:

  • 16 V-cured real nail polish appliqués (8 size choices for the perfect fit)
  • Quick-Cure gel top coat
  • Mini LED Light
  • Application Accessories: Cuticle stick, buffer and alcohol cleaning pad

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MAC Cosmetics Marilyn Monroe Collection

MarilynMonroe LineUp 72 MAC Cosmetics Marilyn Monroe Collection“Pure platinum Hollywood glamour. Channel the legend’s luster & sex appeal in a colour collection distinctively Marilyn. It’s everything you need to capture the MM look. Specially designed packaging features imagery from The Black Sitting.” -MAC Cosmetics

As a girl who is a huge fan of big lashes and red lipstick, I was really looking forward to the Marilyn Monroe collection that MAC Cosmetics put together. Apparently, me and every other girl who considers herself a fan of makeup! A few days after the release of the collection, everything was sold out in the two stores by me. Luckily, Daneen received some products for me to test out.

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First, there was eyeshadow in How To Marry. This is a great, shimmery base shadow – I love to use it when I’m going for big lashes and heavy black eyeliner. I also had a lip liner in Beet, which was a nice creamy shade of reddish pink. I did not have any lipsticks from this collection, so I paired the Beet lip liner with the quintessential matte Russian Red lipstick.

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Next, there was an eye kohl in Fascinating (bright white), and  Dazzleglass in Little Rock (sheer white with pearl). For effect, I lined my inner lids with the kohl in Fascinating, added mascara to both top and bottom lashes, and added a thick line of MAC eyeshadow in Marvel. I then used the dazzleglass in Little Rock, for a very 60’s fresh face with full lashes look. This one was hard to capture on film, as the shimmer is subtle (thank goodness, none of us need to go back to the middle school roll on glitter look) but it looks really fun in person.

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Overall, this is a great collection. The pieces I got are great additions to my arsenal, and all of the shades are classic and chic. Keep up the good work, MAC!

50% Off Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter

If you’re a fan of Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, now is the time to stock up. And if you’ve been thinking about trying this customer fave, you’re also in luck – because Good Morning America’s Steals and Deals just announced a coupon code for 50% off!

Kiehls Creme de Corps Soy Milk Honey Whipped Body Butter 50% Off Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter

Kiehl’s Since 1851: Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter
Original: $38 (8oz jar) to $48 (12 oz jar)
GMA Exclusive Deal: $19 to $24
Valid: 10/25/12
(Promo code: GMA50)

A must-have to keep skin feeling softer and hydrated, Kiehl’s Whipped Body Butter quickly absorbs into the skin and will have you feeling moisturized all day. Inspired by the Crème de Corps body cream, a customer favorite for decades, this luxurious air-whipped body butter delivers rich hydration for up to 24 hours. Ideal as an everyday body cream, instantly restore, protect and soften skin with the ultra-light formula. Choose from an 8 oz or 12 oz jar. Shipping is $7 and free for orders of $60 or more.

This stuff NEVER goes on sale, so act fast. The offer is only good today – October 25 – at Kiehls.com.

Naturalizer Boots: Fashion-Forward Footwear That Fit!

Naturalizer boots Naturalizer Boots: Fashion Forward Footwear That Fit!If you’re in the market for some new boots, I highly suggest you check out Naturalizer. Yes, Naturalizer.

I know that the brand name evokes old lady, orthapedic-looking shoes, but Naturalizer’s shoe and boots styles are anything but. The designs are classic (with a nod to current trends), versatile and super comfy.

 Naturalizer Boots: Fashion Forward Footwear That Fit!

My beloved Naturalizer Arness Boots

Last winter, I bought a pair of black riding boots and I’ve worn them at least 3 or 4 times a week through the spring. Now that it’s getting colder, they again have become my go-to footwear for fall. They look chic paired with a dress or skirt, and also with skinny jeans or leggings tucked in.

And for those of you with “athletic” calves or who wear a narrow or wide width shoe, you’re in luck because Naturalizer offers all of these options. Personally, I have wide feet and need a wide shaft boot – and I can tell you that it’s damn near impossible to find a cute boot that fits. But Naturalizer sells several.

I’m so happy with my black riding boots that I’m going to buy a brown pair…and my decision comes at the perfect time because they’re having a sale! Now through November 25, 2012, take 20% off your order at Naturalizer.com using promo code UWINT32A.

Naturalizer Juletta Boot Naturalizer Boots: Fashion Forward Footwear That Fit!

The “Juletta” boot (above) has been marked down to a very reasonable $179.99 – but with the coupon, it’s an even better $143.99!

Update: Use coupon code UWINT29A for 20% off all boots, plus an extra 15% and free shipping!

 

BaubleBar Friends & Family Sale: Get 25% Off!

baublebar friends and family BaubleBar Friends & Family Sale: Get 25% Off!

I love cute jewelry. Like the kind that makes other women say, “OMG…that is soooooooo cute! Where did you get that?” Yeah, that kind. But I hate spending a lot of money on jewelry. Which is why I am so obsessed with BaubleBar.

They sell bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings that are unique and luxe looking, but won’t break the bank. BaubleBar even has personalized pieces and does fabulous collaborations with stylemakers like Nina Garcia.

Here are some of my current faves:

BaubleBar Pave Duo Spike Collar BaubleBar Friends & Family Sale: Get 25% Off!Pave Duo Spike Collar, $32

BaubleBar Fawn Avalon Drops Earrings BaubleBar Friends & Family Sale: Get 25% Off!Fawn Avalon Drops, $26

BaubleBar Gem Ring Trio BaubleBar Friends & Family Sale: Get 25% Off!Gem Ring Trio, $24

BaubleBar Tangerine Boho Drops Earrings BaubleBar Friends & Family Sale: Get 25% Off!Tangerine Boho Drops, $34

BaubleBar Dew Drop Bib Necklace BaubleBar Friends & Family Sale: Get 25% Off!Dew Drop Bib, $32 (more…)

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