Black Friday Beauty 2014: Get Ready, Get Set!


Too early to be thinking about Black Friday? Girlfriends, please. Do you not adore squirreling away your beauty faves at slashed prices? Averting last-minute gift shopping panic? And snagging free samples and a tote bag or three? Then, the answer: uh, no. Time to start jotting down your list and warming up your fingers for post-Thanksgiving sales.

USA Today predicts that Black Friday sales will be better online than in stores so there’s your reward for warming up for the biggest retail day of the year: shopping in your jammies next to a roaring fireplace and with leftover turkey and stuffing within arm’s reach. The trick is knowing what you want and getting the best prices. Here’s where to find the best deals on your Black Friday beauty booty. Bookmark these online stores so you’re ready to roll bright and early on November 28th.

Gifts Galore: Bath & Body Works

Look to shops like Bath & Body Works for the best bang for your holiday gift-buying buck. They’re notorious for the buy more, get more sales. You can stock up on stocking stuffers like mini fragranced sanitizer gels, lip balms and glosses and hand lotions. For that last-minute invitation to a friend’s house, have candles on hand ready to give as hostess gifts. The three-wick candles come in holiday or anytime scents and the worst that could happen is that you get stuck keeping a few yourself. DealNews suggests keeping an eye on The Body Shop and Victoria’s Secret too for purchase incentives and freebies with purchase.

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Grooming Electronics: Walmart

Sure, mass retailers like Walmart are good for just about everything but if you’ve been waiting out sales on big purchases like hairstyling tools and electric shavers, check Walmart first for Black Friday scores. Look to the superstore for deals on hair dryers and styling tools and that electric foot bath or facial brush you’ve been eyeing. According to DealNews, keep an eye on Braun and Norelco for the best deals on electric shavers for your man.You’re not going to get any freebies but you’ll likely get the best prices. Comparison shop at Amazon and Target.

Splurge and Stock: Sephora

I haven’t met a beautyphile yet who doesn’t love her some Sephora. The best deals are their value sets and holiday collection kits. They make great gifts but they also allow you to sample best-selling fragrances and cosmetics in luxury travel sizes. Take their Lashstash collection for example. Oh my gourd. You get 10 different top brands of mascara minis plus remover and a primer. This year’s is a $118 value for $45. Brands like Tarte, Fresh and Smashbox offer value sets this time of year as well. You also get free samples with your order. Alternatives: Ulta and Beauty Brands.


Fragrance Sets: Walgreens

When was the last time you wandered the beauty department of your local Walgreens? It’s fantastical! Shelves are lined with all the usual suspects—Maybelline, LOreal, Revlon—but also, tons of cute travel kits and gift sets. And the best of those are their women’s and men’s fragrance kits. I’m talking Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein and Juicy Couture. They carry all the popular celebrity fragrances too like Paris Hilton, Jennifer Lopez and yes, Justin Bieber. Also check CVS for comparison shopping.

Happy shopping (love your jammies)!

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