As is the tradition, every Black Friday, I try to reason with myself to not get too excited about the deals because they’re usually not THAT great, but then it all goes out the door once I’m actually at the mall!
Can you believe that I bought all this in the span of just one hour at the mall? 😮 Have you ever seen those shopping spree prizes where kids get to run through Toys R Us and grab as many toys as possible within 5 minutes? I wish they had that for Sephora. 😆
This was the main reason why I trekked over to the mall for 7am. I wanted to be one of the first ones to get my hands on the limited quantity Black Friday sets. The truth is, I wasn’t even that interested in any of the sets when I saw the promotional images online but when I was surrounded by other people grabbing the sets, I got so caught up in the frenzy that I ended up with some sets too. And the even sillier thing is that once I got into the office and showed my coworkers my loot, I realized that I didn’t want some of the sets – I ended up selling 4 sets to them! 😆 I sold them the Tarte sets (2x), the Philosophy set, and the MUFE palette. This is what I ended up keeping:
The Murad items were smaller than I expected, whereas the Philosophy ones were bigger than expected!
The Buxom set ($15) was one item that I was even remotely interested when I saw the offerings from Sephora this year. It was a great value and I’m glad I grabbed one (I probably should have grabbed 2, I bet my coworkers would have bought it off me too – I made no profit on my re-selling, just so you know! 😆 ).
The MUFE palette is really just eye candy, and the bright colours will never actually used on my face (also, apparently the hot pink and bright purple are blushes). But hey, it was only C$29! (Value of $156 and originally priced at $52) My mantra is, it’s not what you spend, it’s what you save that matters! 😆 (funnily enough, it’s the complete opposite to my SO’s mantra! 😛 )
Then, I saw some people post online that the Becca Blushed with Light blush trio palette was marked down at 50% so after work I went to another Sephora location and was surprised to find it there! I thought they’d be all gone by then especially since it was after 5pm by that point.
This cost only $21.50. 😮 Or conversely, I saved $21.50 on this!!! 😉
I also redeemed 500 points for this Algenist set:
I’ve never tried Algenist skincare before and it’s quite expensive so these are good to test out.
I decided to take a peek at what they had and the first counter I ran into was Bobbi Brown, which had a table of various products marked at 30% off. I ended up with the Face Touch Up Stick (#2 Sand) and the Tinted Eye Brightener (#6 Porcelain Peach). They came out to C$25 each.
I also picked up the EVE LOM Cleanser. It wasn’t on sale but since I was there anyway, I picked it up.
Then, I wandered past the MAC counter and saw a 40% off display – turns out it was full of recent limited edition collections including items from the Star Trek collection. I was a bit miffed to see the Trip the Light Fantastic Powder in Highly Illogical there for 40% off when I got it full price (but granted, I used a gift card toward the purchase, but still!) I ended up with:
Trip the Light Fantastic Powder in Luna Luster ($23.10) and Pigment in Tan ($6)
Then, because I’d spent over $50 on beauty products, I received a mystery loot bag that was advertised to contain 15 items. It actually wasn’t too shabby:
This was a hasty photo I took at work, just before I gave away about half of the items in the loot bag (my coworker is a perfume and hair care junkie so she got a bunch of stuff). I also really like the design of the loot bag itself!
I have to say, the SAs at Nordstrom are AMAZING. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is but they just have a pleasant way with the customers and I never feel pressured. Whatever they’re doing, it’s working on me! Side note: I got recognized by another SA while I was cashing out (she hugged me, just like the other SA did 😆 ) – she now works at the Sulwhasoo counter and she provided me a few samples to try. Plus, I booked a mini facial with her so I can learn more about the brand! 😉
The SA at Nordstrom advised that the stand-alone MAC store carried more 40% off items so I decided to investigate. I came away with more stuff I really did NOT need:
Gleamtones Powder from the Vibe Tribe collection $23.10
Nail polishes from the Star Trek collection: Enterprise (silver), Holladeck (gold), Skin of Evil (yellow green glitter) at $9.90 each. Why did I buy that yellow green speckled nail polish?! I have no self control. 😕
And speaking of no self control, I also did some damage in the form of an online order from Beauty Bay. They were having awesome Black Friday deals and I managed to snag some great items from Anna Sui, Illamasqua, Ellis Faas, Face Atelier, Oskia… I will post my haul when it arrives in the mail!
The Body Shop
TBS didn’t have great Black Friday deals, but I had a coupon for 50% off any one item and I spotted this mask duo.
It has a value of $56 but was selling for $38. With the coupon it came to $19 but because I have a “Love Your Body” membership, I got another 10% off.
So I got these 2 full sized masks for $17.10! 😀
And I did end up buying that glass bobble necklace from COS:
It was not on sale and I had no expectations that it would be, but I bought it since I was in the mood to buy stuff anyway!
Lastly, I bought a pair of running shoes from Puma, and a pair of yoga / lounge pants at Eddie Bauer.
Did you end up getting anything on Black Friday?