Ok, so I don’t have a good group shot of my Black Friday purchases, so instead I’m going to round out the cat introductions and give a little hello from my cat, Mishka! She loves shopping (well, she likes licking shopping bags…).
Black Friday was a while back, but there are a few things that made me hold off from talking about the products I sprung for on that special day of shopping until now. I made a few purchases with indie brands that have longer turnaround times, so I will need to talk more about those at a later date. However, I did make a Sephora purchase as well as a two-part shopping trip to Target, and thought I’d show some of the things I got.
Sephora offered a bunch of $10 deals on Black Friday and I ordered three of them. I grabbed the two deals that included the Buxom Full-On lipsticks because I already own one of them and enjoy the formula, and they normally cost $19 each. These are retractable lipsticks in long silver tubes that are designed to offer the precision of a lip liner, creamy velvet lip color, and lip conditioning benefits. They offered both a deep purple shade called Havana sold on its own (still available for $10 here), and then a 2-piece set with a medium peachy pink shade called Amsterdam and a mini tube of Sculpted Lash mascara.
I hadn’t tried either the Havana or Amsterdam shades before, but I really like them both. I’ll probably write more about these soon. I hear a lot of people rave about the Buxom Full-Bodied lipstick in the more traditional tubes, but not so much about the Full-On formula.
I also purchased the Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow pencil duo. There were two options for these, an entirely matte set that I remember featuring an almond color and one that included a shimmer shade, and I grabbed the latter option. It includes shades 30E (pearly pink beige) and 2E (matte brown). Oooh, I really like these. The colors are lovely and they’re easy to blend without being too soft. These are my first introduction to Aqua Shadow pencils.
Aqua Shadows Essentials Sets are available at Sephora for $23 that include two Aqua Shadows and a mini Aqua Eye pencil liner, if you’re interested in checking out similarly pre-selected pairings. Individual Aqua Shadow pencils cost $20 normally.
I could have saved myself the cost of shipping by just visiting a Sephora in-person, but the benefit was that I got to order these while in pajamas. That’s my favorite kind of shopping.
Target ended up being the only place we dropped money in-person on Black Friday. They had some items on sale, but the bigger deal they were offering was that if you spent $75 on Black Friday then they would give you a coupon for 20% off an entire purchase that was valid for the first week of December. We were pretty excited about this because Target doesn’t often offer a percentage off of an entire purchase. I grabbed a couple of things in that first purchase, but most of the beauty items were purchased during that second trip for 20% off when we were stocking up on all kinds of things.
I took that coupon as an opportunity to purchase a couple of items that I’d had my eye on for a while from Pixi: the Crayon Combo Eye Shadow Pencil in an eye brightening shade called Wide Awake and the peach-toned Correction Concentrate for concealing darkness under the eyes. These are normally $18 and $15 (or $12 online), so they’re right up there at the top end of drugstore pricing.
I also wanted to stock up on some hair products including dry shampoo and hairspray. I feel like Target doesn’t do very well with stocking dry shampoo despite carrying a large number of hair care brands. I ended up deciding to try Umberto’s dry shampoo, a new one for me, because I’ve had good luck with the brand’s shampoo and conditioner in the past. Umberto tends to be the cheapest brand in the salon hair care section of Target.
I also thought I’d try Oscar Blandi’s dry shampoo, as there was a travel size available for $11 (I didn’t see a full sized version on the shelf). I put that one in my cart, but then took it out when I reached some clearance bins and found an Oscar Blandi 3-piece travel size set that included the same sized can of dry shampoo for $11.50. The set includes a heat protection spray and glossing cream in addition to the dry shampoo. I also looked around for a new hairspray to try since I’m running out of L’Oreal Elnet and settled on the Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play which is a good one to get on discount since it’s regularly priced at $17.79.
I also found some new makeup removing wipes to try. Makeup remover is one of those things that I try to never ever pay full price for since there are always sales in the drugstore, but there were some options at Target that I don’t remember seeing in the drugstores I frequent. I bought some Pond’s cleansing wipes in a scent I’d never tried before, L’Oreal Ideal Clean, and Seventh Generation cleansing wipes. I hadn’t realized L’Oreal offered an alcohol-free cleansing wipe, and while I’ve seen a few body care products by Seventh Generation pop up at Bed Bath and Beyond, this was the first time I’ve seen makeup remover by the brand.
I also bought some nail polish remover and a nail strengthening treatment, but for around $3 each the 20% off savings isn’t that amazing. We did really well in collecting additional coupons for things like deodorant and toilet paper and all in all were pretty proud of the savings we reaped.
So there’s a look at some of the new products I’ll be trying out over the next few weeks. I’m sitting tight and trying to cut down on some spending now that I’ve finished all of my Christmas shopping. The one thing on my to-do list is to spend that $20 off of $50 offer that Sephora’s passing out to their VIBs. Not sure what I’ll get, yet!
Did you find any exciting deals on Black Friday?