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…)

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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 purse

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 $3,000 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 BagAnya 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 BagMarc 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

 

Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Devin, $398 (now on sale for $199!)
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 Crossbody Flap BagMarc 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 ToteEmma 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

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.

Fossil Preston Flap Crossbody Handbag

Fossil Preston Flap, $198
Pros: Nice looking bag, good price point, 100% leather, comes in a myriad of colors.
Cons: Again, not a fan of the “Fossil” stamped on the outside.

Vince Camuto Baily Crossbody

Vince Camuto Baily Crossbody Bag, $178
Pros: Looks similar to the Tom Ford, comes in other colors (including a black quilted style).
Con: Doesn’t look expensive.

Tory Burch Robinson Pebbled Messenger

Tory Burch Robinson Pebbled Shoulder Bag, $450 (now on sale for $315!)
Pros: Nice quality handbag. Looks expensive.
Con: Expensive

b makowsky laurel flap over handbag

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.
Con: That brown stitching has got to go.

 

lodis dahlia joelle hoboSo – 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

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.

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!

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.

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