Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! I hope you get stuffed full of turkey and pumpkin pie! 😀 Then rest up for Black Friday tomorrow! 😉
So it seems like everyone but me will be going out Black Friday shopping this year. *pout* Alas, Black Friday in Canada is less of an event compared to the US anyway. Our Thanksgiving was 6 weeks ago, but we participate in this American Thanksgiving tradition, whereby we have a random day of special sales on a Friday at the end of November. It’s a regular work day for us; our stores don’t open as early, and our sales aren’t as insane as in the US.
But, I have seen a bigger push from retailers to promote Black Friday here in the past few years. The last 3 years I made an effort and went looking for deals on Black Friday. In 2013, I actually took the day off and went shopping! Since I’m not participating in Black Friday (cosmetics-wise) this year, it got me thinking, did I even like the stuff I bought on Black Fridays past? It’s not a good deal if I don’t even use the stuff. Let’s have a look.
From Black Friday 2012:
Sephora deals (all were CAD $12 each):
Tocca Mini Rollerball Trio
I only liked 1 of the scents (Stella) out of the 3 in this set. I hardly ever wear them though – the roller balls on these are wonky and don’t dispense the perfume properly.
Buxom in the Spotlight Set
I recently tried the lipstick and I think it’s turned, the smell is off. The mascara is long gone (it was meh).
Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer & Shadow Set
I just opened the tube of this primer! 😮 I’ve had it before and I really liked it. The eyeshadow in Serenity is beautiful but I keep forgetting to use it.
The Body Shop 50% off
I bought a bunch of eye shadows in their old formula which I LOVE (I have some back ups). I don’t like their current Colour Crush eye shadows – they’re not as pigmented or smooth as the old ones.
Sedona Lace Vortex brush set with belt 50% off
I was so happy to get my hands on this set – my favourite part of this set isn’t even the brushes, it’s the tool belt – it’s very well designed and handy for storing brushes securely. The brushes I like most from this kit are Flat Top Buffer FB07, Universal Blender EB09, Flat Synthetic EB11, and Detailed Shader EB21. Interesting to note that the regular price at the time was $90 for the set, it’s now $110 – inflation heh?
From Black Friday 2013:
Sephora deals (CAD $12 each):
Philosophy Purity Made Simple
I used this up earlier this year. It was just ok, not my favourite cleanser.
Buxom Curtain Call Set
I really love this lipstick and have been reaching for it more lately – very easy to wear and feels comfortable on the lips.
In addition to the $12 deals, this particular Sephora I visited had a table full of clearance items and I got these:
Kat Von D Ladybird True Romance Eyeshadow Palette $30 (reg $43)
I was so happy to score this on discount – I believe this is now discontinued. This was my first all matte eye shadow palettes. Reminder to use this more!
Sephora IZAK brush set $17
I really enjoy the face brushes from this set but I hardly ever use them. I need to give the set to someone who will appreciate it more! The whole design is so cute though.
Face Shop 40% off store-wide
This store was fairly new to me at the time so I stocked up sheet masks, a cleansing oil, and also tried some of their blushes and eye shadows. I like the sheet masks – they’re an inexpensive option (~$2 each). The makeup was just ok – not my favourite and likely I won’t repurchase. I haven’t tried the cleansing oil yet.
Coastal Scents 50% off site-wide
Got a whole whack of brushes – CS had revamped their brushes and I was curious about them – but they SUCK (pokey and poorly made compared to their old line). I bought their Bright Eye under eye corrector (a peachy shade) which is quite good. I also got a few of their Hot Pots eye shadows which were hit and miss but overall I’m happy that I only paid 99¢ each. I think this was the last order I’ve made from CS.
bdellium tools Mineral 10 pc set $49 (devucosmetics.com 20% off)
I’ve been wanting to get a good quality brush set with short handles for travelling. These brushes are such high quality for the price! My favourite brushes from this kit is #776S Blending, #765S Small Angle Shader, and #945S Contour. I love the travel roll too. One of my favourite Black Friday purchases ever.
From Black Friday 2014:
Sephora deals (CAD $12 each):
Tarte Magical Moments Deluxe Best Sellers Essentials Set
Gave this to a friend. 🙂
Boscia Pore-Purifying Duo
Bare Escentuals the INCREDIBLES Dynamic Eye & Lip Duo
The eye shadows of this set is really nice – I keep forgetting to use them though. I haven’t even opened the lip gloss. 😛
Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash
Using this right now! I’ve had this cleanser before and I really like it for the mornings.
Sephora Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set (Beauty Blender-type sponges)
These are actually pretty good sponges – small, but I like the texture.
First Aid Beauty FAB Star Duo (Ultra Repair Cream and Face Cleanser)
Remains UNUSED! 😛
NEST Fragrances Rollerball Trio
I love the scent Dahlia & Vines from this set. I plan to buy the full size eventually. I don’t wear the others from the set at all.
Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss
I did a review of these a while back. I hardly ever wear these. I really only like 1 of the colours from the set. And I don’t like the smell. I probably should toss these actually.
Inglot – 10% off
10% off isn’t a great deal but the Inglot store in Toronto had opened recently and I was eager to try more things from the line (I had visited Inglot in Chicago and Montreal before) so I bought some brushes (very good!) and a few more eye shadows for my Freedom System palettes. I will devote an entry to my Inglot collection soon.
I’m sure I’m forgetting a bunch of stuff I’ve acquired in the frenzy of Black Friday deals. Overall, I think I did ok with Black Friday purchases – not a whole lot of duds and I even discovered some gems, like bdellium tools. Temptalia has listed the Sephora deals for 2015 here – I’m noticing that the sets are quite repetitive year after year… and, for us Canadians, the set are now $13 each instead of $12 – damn that exchange rate!
And wow, I just received this email from MAC:
All of their Holiday Kits are 25% off between Nov 26-30! (plus free shipping on $65) 😮 This is really unprecedented, I don’t recall MAC ever offering a discount on their Holiday collection. I guess MAC is trying to compete with Sephora. Good thing I’m not interested at all in this year’s offerings! But it’s a great buy for gifts.
What have you bought in the past on Black Friday? Are you going out shopping to score some makeup deals this year?