Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals 2017

I remember the first time my mom let me go Black Friday shopping with her. We woke up around 1am Friday morning, stopped for hot cocoa at a gas station and then waited in line outside of Best Buy for another 5 hours. It was cold and dark out, but it was the beginning of a fun and exhausting day. I use to love going every year, but now that stores open on Thanksgiving, I have stopped. I just do not feel comfortable taking part in something the actively takes people away from their families, unnecessarily, on a holiday. All I can say is, thank goodness for online shopping. Here is a list of some of the best online beauty deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017.

Anastasia Beverly Hills 11/24 through 11/27:
30% off of Darkside Liner and Matte Lipsticks
40% off of Glow Kits, Liquid Lipsticks, and Lip Glosses
50% off of Contour, Eyeshadow Singles, and Blush Trios
All purchases over $75 receive a FREE brush

Bath and Body Works11/23 at 7am through 11/24: Mix and match entire store buy 3 get 3 free

Beauty Bakerie 11/24: 30% off site wide
Domestic shipping is $5

BH Cosmetics 11/24: Up to 60% off of select products (no code necessary).

The Body Shop now through 11/25: 3 for $33, 4 for $44, or 5 for $55 site wide
$40 Black Friday Filled Tote Bag available here ($120 value)
Free shipping on orders $75+

Catrice Cosmetics 11/24-11/25:  Mix and match any 5 items for only $20
Free shipping and Free gift with purchase

Coloured Raine now through 11/27:  25% off eyeshadow palletes
40% off everything else
Offers cannot be combined with discount codes

Devinah Cosmetics 11/23 6pm through 11/28 12pm: 50% off pressed shadows and highlights with code BLACKFRIDAY17

DHC Skincare 11/24 through 11/27: Save 20% site wide

Essence Makeup11/24: Save 50% off site wide.
11/25 through 11/26: Save 30% off site wide.
11/27: Save 50% off site wide

Gerard Cosmetics 11/21 through 11/24: Spend $100 during the sale and receive a coupon for $25 off of a $50 purchase to use between 12/5 and 1/5
35% off of Setting Sprays, Hydra Mattes, Metal Mattes, Glitter Lipsticks, Starlet Palette, BB+ Cream 3 Pack, Kiss Assist, and Slay All Day Mirror
50% off of Star Powders, BB+ Cream Individuals, Gold Lipstick Bullets, and Brow Bar to Go
70% off of Supreme Lip Cremes, Color Your Smile Lip Glosses, Lip Pencils, and Eternal Eyeliner
Free shipping on domestic orders over $20 and International orders over $59

Glam Glow 11/24 through 11/27: 25% off site wide
Exclusive holiday gift sets available

JD Glow 11/23 through 11/26: 35% off site wide with the code BLACKFRIDAY. Promo excludes sale items and liquid liners.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics 11/24 through 11/27: Velour Liquid Lipsticks all $15
Androgyny and Beauty Kill palettes $27
Lip Ammunitions $10.50
Skin Frosts $17
Lip Scrubs $8
Save 25% on all fashion and receive a free lipstick
40% off bundles: You Better Work, JSC x Manny Mua, and family bundle
Free shipping on domestic orders over $50

Jouer Cosmetics 11/23 at 8pm through 11/24:  15% off with the code CZ15OFF 
Free leopard makeup bag with all orders
Free shipping on domestic orders over $25 and International orders over $100
All lip products are buy one, get one free
Slim Creme Eyeliners are buy two, get one free
Skinny Dip Bundle (eyeshadow palette, powder highlight, and lip topper) $48 ($80 value)
Various eyeshadow bundles available for $60

Juvia’s Place 11/20 through 11/28: Eyeshadow palettes up to 46% off
Blush palettes up to 16% off
All brushes up to 50% off
All bundles up to 52% off

Kiko Cosmetics 11/20-11/26 6pm EST: Buy 3 Get 3 Free (three least expensive free)
Free standard shipping on orders over $15

KKW Beauty 11/24: Save 30% on lip sets
30% off contour and highlight kits
20% off cream contour kits

KL Polish 11/20 through 11/24 at 11am: Save 30% on all individual polishes

Kylie Cosmetics 11/22: New Holiday Collection launches at 3pm

LA Splash11/20 through ?: Click here to view all Black Friday markdowns
All Velvet Matte and Lip Couture liquid lipsticks are $10
All Dia De Los Muertos liquid lipstick singles are $5
Bundles up to 50% off
Most items marked down 20% – 50%

Limecrime11/21 through 11/27: Up to 85% off throughout site with lippies as little as $3

Lit Cosmetics 11/24 through 11/27: Buy one get one half off on all Lit shades, cannot be combined with affiliate codes

Looxi Beauty 11/24 at 6am through 10pm: Take 50% off of all eyeshadows and pan highlights with the code BF17. Only x1 of each shade per order. Looxi will be bringing back over 70 shades from the vault

Macy’s 11/17 through 11/21: Black Friday Preview Specials in the Beauty category
Take 10-20% off with the code SCORE or take $10 off of $25 with the code SCORE25 

Nabla Cosmetics 11/23 through 11/27: Save 20% site wide (exclusions apply)

Ofra Cosmetics 11/20: 50% off of ALL highlighters with the code GLOW50.
11/21: Buyone, get one masks & body (valid on two of the same products only) Offer applied in cart
11/22: Save 20% on the Nikkie Tutorials Collection Box
11/23: Receive a free Glam & Go bag on purchases over $30. Free shipping on domestic orders over $30 plus receive free shipping. Free shipping not valid on International orders.
11/24 through 11/27: 40% off site wide with coupon code (code TBA)

Royal & Langnickel (Moda Brushes) 11/20 through 11/27:  Save up to 60% on most items site wide

Sephora 11/24: The Sephora App preview included many $15 deals including:
Benefit Cosmetics Bestseller Blowout ($15, $43 value), Philosophy Purity Made Simple ($15, $36 value), Sephora Collection Blend & Clean Kit ($15, $29 value), Make Up For Ever Artist Neutrals Mini Lip Duo ($15), First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream ($15, $42 value), Lancome Dramatic Eye Duo ($15, $32.50 value), Becca Wake Up Call Natural Glow Travel Duo ($15, $23 value), Bite Beauty Multistick Duo ($15, $20 value), Philosophy Always on the Glow ($15, $32 value), It Cosmetics It’s Your Secret Set ($15, $35 value)
Also included were some $10 and $12 deals: 
Urban Decay Mini Naked Illuminated Powder ($12), Buxom Pout on the Prowl Lip Set ($12, $32 value), Ole Henriksen Dashing Through the Snow – Refresh Anywhere Set ($12, $22 value),  Atelier Cologne Perfume Ornament ($12, $36 value), Tarte Cosmetics Precious Picks Color Set ($10, $36 value), Nest Eau De Parfum & Scent Tattoo Set ($10, $40 value), Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Starter Trio ($10, $13 value), Alterna Hair care Caviar Moisture Kit ($10, $30 value), Tocca Favorites Trio ($10, $26 value), Clinique Double Cleansing Detox Black Friday Set ($10), Sephora Collection Colorful leanse & Treat ($10, $18.50 value), Sephora Collection Winter Queen Palette ($10, $20 value), Jack Black Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser ($10, $16 value)

Smashbox 11/20 through 11/23: Save 25% on orders over $50

Sugarpill Cosmetics 11/23 at 10am pst through 11/27: Up to 80% off select items

Tarte Cosmetics 11/22 through ??: Save 25% off almost everything with code PREVIEW
Free shipping on domestic orders over $25

Ulta Beauty 11/23: Shop Black Friday deals online starting at 5pm CST

Violet Voss 11/20 through 11/26: Save 35% site wide with the code BLACKFRIDAY35
Receive a free full size Highlighter Trio ($25 value) with all orders over $25

Walgreens 11/20 through 12/2: Buy two, get one free mix and match skin care
11/20 through ?: Save 35% on regular priced designer fragrance with code SPLURGE35 (online only)
Save 15% on NYX Cosmetics with code NYW15
Buy one, get one half off all OGX hair care
Save 20% on Sleek Makeup, excluding gift sets
Free gift with purchases over $15

Wet n Wild Beauty 11/20 through 11/22: 20% off of Mega Glo Highlights, Liquid Catsuit Liquid Lipsticks, and 17 Piece Brush Roll with the code WILDFAVS20

Zoeva 11/24 10:30am CT -11/25 10:30pm CT: 20% Off any order with promo code: ZFS2017

Zoya Nail Polish 11/24: 50% Off your Entire order (open to US & Canada only) with promo code: FRIYAY
Free Shipping on all domestic orders

That’s all the deals I have found as of right now. I will be posting this the day before Thanksgiving because I know a lot of people like to plan ahead of time where they are going to shop.

Do you enjoy fighting the crowds on Black Friday or are you more of a Cyber Monday kind of person?

Xoxo Sammie

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Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

I know everyone LOVES warm eye shadow palettes but for me I am kind of over it. Personally, I haven’t really been drawn to the orange and red shades like everyone else. I own Modern Renaissance by ABH and that has been good enough for me. That is until I saw the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette.

What really drew me in were the purple shade and shimmer shades. It was more than just the typical warm tone palette. The shades were so interesting to me and I knew I had to have it.

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Here are all of the shade swatched left to right, top to bottom. All are dry finger swatches done on bare skin.

The palette includes 8 mattes: Desert Sand, Musk, Eden, Amber, Oud, Amethyst, Saffron and Blazing; 6 shimmer shades: Blood Moon, Celestial, Nefertiti, Royal, Cashmere, and Turkish Delight; 3 duo chrome toppers: Twilight, Retrograde and Angelic; and one pressed glitter: Cosmo.T (4)

For this first look, I really wanted to use Twilight. I started by fluffing Desert Sand all over the crease. Next I went in with a little Eden as a transition shade. To add some definition, I used Amethyst on the outer corner and then swept it all over the lid. I also used Amethyst smoked out on the lower lash line. To finish the look, I put a little glitter glue on the lid and inner corner and then topped that with Twilight.

For this look, I started with Desert Sand as my base and went in with Musk as a transition shade. Then, I took Blazing a little lower in the crease. To add definition, I used Saffron on the outer corner. I also took a little bit of Musk, Blazing and Saffron on the lower lash line. On the inner 2/3 of the lid, I applied Cashmere with a damp, flat brush. For the inner corner, I applied a little glitter glue and finished the look with the Cosmo glitter shade.

For this final look, I started with Desert Sand as a base. It just works perfect with my skin tone. I then used Musk as my transition shade and went in with Amber a little lower. I also used these two shades on the lower lash line. Next, I took Oud all over the lid making sure that it was darkest on the outer corner. On the inner 2/3 of the lid, I placed a little glitter glue and topped that with Retrograde. The look is finished with Cashmere on the inner corner.T (2)

This palette has quickly become a daily go to! I just love the variety of looks you can do. You can create something colorful or go more neutral; flashy or casual. One of my favorite quick, easy looks is to use Saffron all over the lid and blended into the crease with a lighter color on the inner corner.

For me, the mattes all blend beautifully. The shimmer shades are reflective and apply best with a finger or flat brush. For the duo chrome toppers, I find that they really do best topped over a glitter glue. It helps to get the best pigment with the least amount of glitter fallout. These also apply best with a finger but a smaller flat brush works well too. For the pure glitter shade, most definitely use a glitter glue and either a finger or tiny brush. My favorite glitter glue to use is the NYX Glitter Primer. It is inexpensive, doesn’t irritate my eyes and keeps my glitter in place all day.

Will you be picking up this palette? Are you still a member of the warm tone shadow craze or are you ready for something new?

Xoxo Sammie

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Boxycharm November 2017

Its that time again; time for Boxycharm! I didn’t write a post for last month’s because there was another mishap with my shipping address and I ended up receiving it rather late. That being said, as soon as I saw the sneak peaks for this month I was so excited!

If you are unfamiliar with Boxycharm, it is a cosmetics subscription box that costs $21 per month. Each month you will receive at least 5 full sized products. Recently, they have been including things like eye shadow pallets and even a full sized Becca highlighter!

One of the more unconventional items in this month’s box were the three Collagen Infused Lip Masks from KNC Beauty. Basically, they are like a sheet mask but for your lips. When you first open the package they look like a pink jelly and feel somewhat slimy. You just put the mask over your lips and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. They are said to condition, moisturize, plump and hydrate and it is recommended to use one 2-3 times a week. I will say, that my lips felt hydrated immediately after use but I did not find it to plump or have lasting effects. These are fun to use, but I would not repurchase at $5 a pop.

Next was the Luxie Beauty Quad Eye Travel Set. These are said to retail for $32 but they are not currently available on the Luxie website. Normally, I really love Luxie brushes. They are soft and blend products well. However, I was not a huge fan of these travel brushes. I felt that they just did not blend well and found myself reaching for my Spectrum brushes instead. Unfortunately, I would say these are a pass for me.

Boxycharm has been on top of the eyeshadow pallete game recently. In this month’s box, we received the Winkylux Kitten Palette that retails for $25. There are 9 different shadows in what the website claims are four finishes: “holographic, matte, satin and glitter.”

Personally, I would say Duchess, Strut, Cheshire and Boots are mattes; Purr, Cateye and Romeo are all shimmers; and Holographic and 9 Lives are both duochrome.

For this look, I ended up using Duchess as my base with Strut all over my crease. Then I went in with Cheshire a little lower in the crease and on the outer corner. I took a damp, flat brush as used Romeo all over the lid. On the lower lashline, I went in with a little Strut and Cheshire. Finally, I used Purr as my inner corner and brow bone highlight.

Overall, I really enjoy this palette. I think it is great to travel with and includes a lot of really fun colors. I only wish it had a mirror.

Next we have LAQ A&Co Cloud Lips in Sunshower. On the brand website these are described as, “Surprisingly fluffy, Cloud Lips Airy Matte Lipstick delivers full coverage color for a pillow-soft pout. Available in 4 high-pigment shades, these lipsticks were formulated to last all day without feeling stiff thanks to avocado oil” and they retail for $17. Honestly, I really like the formula. The color was vibrant and the formula was light weight. The only thing I did not like was the tube it came in. For such a bright, bold color it was hard to achieve a precise application. I ended up having to go in with a lip brush. While I really like the product, it is just not practical for me as I would have to reapply throughout the day.

The final product was probably the one I was most excited for; the Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray. These retail for $31 a bottle and is said to “provide instant illumination while giving your makeup serious staying power.” I have always used setting sprays, but even more now that my skin is more dry. I rely on them to keep my makeup from looking dry and cakey. First, that packaging on this is a beautiful white/pink iridescent. Also, the spray nozzle and mist is AMAZING! It is so fine and beautiful. The illuminating part of the spray comes from very fine glitter particles. I didn’t mind them except for how they looked on my eyebrows. I really like this product. I just recommend to shake VERY WELL before using so that you don’t have large deposits of glitter on your face and make sure to use one had to cover your eyes and brows so they they do not end up glittery.

Did I like every product in this month’s Boxycharm? Sadly no. I will use the remaining lip patches but would never repurchase. The brushes will probably end up at the bottom of the drawer and I only see using the lippie for pictures. However, the products I did like made it well worth the $21. I will definitely continue to use the eyeshadow palette and I am super into the Cover FX setting spray.

What about you, do you think this month’s Boxycharm was worth it? Let me know!

Xoxo Sammie

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Kiko Milano Cosmetics

It seems like makeup keeps getting more and more expensive. Especially when you are a fanatic, it is too easy to fall into the trap that price indicates quality. Next thing you know, you are justifying buying a $60 foundation. Or is that just me?

Luckily, I have found a brand that is not only great quality but budget friendly as well! Thanks to Octoly, I had to opportunity to try some products for free in exchange for my review. I have to say, I was not sure what to expect at first. Luckily, I was beyond impressed.

When it comes to mascara, I look for something that will define and volumize. The Luxurious Lashes Mascara ($12) formula definitely fits my needs. I am left with lashes that are black, volumized and fluffy. They hold a curl all day and I have had no problems with flaking or smudging. My only other thing I like in a mascara is for it to be waterproof. That being said, I find myself reaching for this mascara multiple times a week.

I have always been a fan of colored liner. I remember the first time my mom gave me a blue one, I was so excited! Now that I am older, that has not changed. I love a little color on the lower lash line or a bold wing. The Metallic Liquid Eyeliners ($10) are so fun! I got mine in a grey/gun metal color and I am in love. The pop of color is fun, wearable and perfect for the holidays. The formula was pigmented and I had no trouble creating a wing with the brush tip. It stayed all day with no cracking, smudging or feathering.

The final product that was sent to me through Octoly was the Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick ($12) in shade 316 which is a beautiful rose color. The first thing I noticed is that the cap in magnetized which I find so cool! I have carried this in my backpack and have had no problems with the cap sliding off. The next thing is the tip of the lipstick. It is slanted, which might look strange but is so useful! I use the tip to line my lips and the apply the lipstick like normal. It is so comfortable to wear and is long wearing. I had no problems with the formula becoming too dry or feathering. That being said, it is important to know that it is a traditional lipstick formula which means it is not transfer proof.

Overall, I am so impressed with all of these products! I have used the mascara and lipstick so many times over the last few weeks. I have not used the liner as much, but enjoy wearing it for a fun fall look or a night out with the girls. All of the products have been fantastic quality and are so affordable! I cannot wait to try more from Kiko Milano.

Have you tried anything from Kiko Milano? What are your favorite products?

Xoxo Sammie

I received this product complimentary from KIKO Milano U.S.A.. All opinions are 100% my own #gifted #honestreview #octolyfamily

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Review: Tarte Double Duty Beauty

I am always on the hunt for something new and interesting. Makeup is supposed to be fun and exciting. Even in the midst of looking for the next new thing, I have my go-to products that I always come back to. I recently realized that a lot of these products just happen to be from the Tarte Double Duty Beauty line. My love affair first started with the Hybrid Gel Foundation. This foundation was a God send after my skin dried out from taking isotretinoin. Since then, I have tried a lot of other products and Tarte has become one of my favorite brands.

One of the most popular items from Tarte’s Double Duty Beauty line is the Shape Tape Concealer. Though it is a little pricey at $25 a tube, it is so worth it! The formula is creamy, pigmented and blendable. It is perfect for covering blemishes as well as concealing under the eyes. The only problem is that it can be a little drying under the eyes if you have dryer skin. Currently, I like to layer it with my Maybelline Age Rewind and it is the perfect combo.

I am all about products that have dual purposes because I travel so much. They just make things easier and free up space in my bag. One of the newer Tarte products is their Blush & Glow highlighter and blush duo. I love the formula of this. The products are smooth and blend easily. The blush is not too pigmented, but buildable. I love the highlighter because it gives me a glow without being sparkly or accentuating texture. Beyond that, the packaging is beautiful, sleek and compact.

To help blend out concealer and foundation, there is the Double Duty Beauty Quickie Blending Sponge. I have to say, this isn’t my favorite sponge. It is just a little too stiff for my liking. I much prefer the Eco Tools sponge.

One of my all time favorite mascaras is the Light, Camera, Lashes from Tarte. So, I was more than happy to try out their Maneater Mascara. On their website, It claims to curl, lengthen and to give lashes 23x more volume. I have to say, I think it does all of the above. I love using this because it gives me the volume I want and keeps my lashes curled all day without any smudging or flaking.

Another awesome product to travel with is the Tarte Lip Sculptor lipstick and gloss duo. I love a glossy lip. With my skin being so dry, I need as many moisturizing products as possible. I love this because the formulas are pigmented and comfortable to wear. You can layer them or wear them on their own. The lipstick is so creamy and the gloss is not too sticky. Being that they are so compact, it is a great product to keep in your purse.
A similar concept to the lip sculptor is the Tarte Lip Architect. This is perfect for the girl on the go that does not want a glossy lip. It is a cream finish and it super moisturizing. One side is a lip liner and the other is a coordinating lipstick. While I enjoy the application, these are not the longest wearing but they are very comfortable.

The final product for today is the Sweet Tarte Fragrance Rollerball. This is a nice sweet fragrance. I like to keep this roller ball in my purse to use after going to the gym.

Over the last year, Tarte has become a favorite brand. Their double duty line has so many amazing products! Right now, Ulta even has a set with the full size highlighter/blush compact, lip architect, mini mascara and roller ball perfume. The whole kit is only $36!

What are some of your favorite Tarte products?

Xoxo Sammie

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