I succumbed to beauty deals on Black Friday, after all. I didn’t go into Black Friday with any plans (I had taken the day off work) and wasn’t particularly keen on any of the previewed deals shown online. I woke up super early and arrived at the mall even before 7am – I was surprised that there were quite a few shoppers at the mall this year compared to last year. I keep hearing about the death of bricks and mortar stores, in addition to the decline in the enthusiasm for Black Friday sales. But based on my non-scientific observations, it was busier, especially so early in the morning. Here’s what I hauled:
I’m pleased to say that the majority of the items are for replenishment purposes. Of course, some were absolute impulse buys. 😉
At first I was going to skip Sephora but habits die hard.
I was at the store right when it opened and there was a rush of people bee-lining for the Black Friday sets – I kind of hung back to survey what I really wanted.
• Benefit Bestsellers Blowout – $20 – contains full sized They’re Real! Mascara in Black, 4g Hoola bronzer, and 2.5 mL High Beam
• Clinique Double Cleansing Detox – $12 x2 – contains 15ml Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and 30 mL City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel
• BITE Beauty Mini Multistick Duo in Cashew and Papaya – $18
I got 2 of the Clinique sets and shared with a friend – she likes the Charcoal Cleansing Gel and I like the Cleansing Balm so we swapped out each. 🙂 The other items I’ve been wanting to try – I like having a small size of the Benefit Hoola, since I’ll never finish a full sized bronzer.
The Face Shop
The store was 50% off until 10am so I took advantage to stock up on some items:
I must say, the sales associate who helped was super crabby and it was so early in the morning, I can only imagine how her mood was at the end of her shift.
• Chia Seed Hydrating Toner –
• Konjac Jelly Cleansing Puff –
$5 $2.50 x2
• Seed Cure Mascara Fixer –
• Freshian Curling 01 Mascara –
• Makeup Blender Sponge –
$10 $5 x2
• Belif Best Sellers On The Go Kit –
I’ve been so curious about Belif skincare, so it was good to try out their top products in a kit. That Chia Seed toner is one of the best ones I’ve tried (mentioned here in my Trash Stash). I haven’t talked about the The Face Shop’s Blender sponge on the blog yet, but it’s amazing! I think it has surpassed the Quo one for me. 😀 I haven’t tried those mascaras before but at those prices, it’s worth a try.
MAC was offering 25% off on nearly everything, to Select members only. They were signing people into the Select program on the spot so theoretically the discount was for everyone.
I had no plans to buy anything at first but after chatting up with a friendly makeup artist, I walked out with these:
• 266SH Small Angle Brush Short-handle –
• Lip Scrubtious in Summery Berry and Candied Nectar –
$19 each $14.25 each
• Slow/Fast/Slow Dazzleshadow –
• Haux single eye shadow refill – $8
• Select Extra Dimension x 2 Compact in #1 (Superb / Selected) –
The only item that wasn’t on sale was the Haux eyeshadow refill pan, when I asked why, the MUA said, “they’re already only $8!” She’s got a point. 😛 I’ve had the shade Haux on my wish list for ages and this post by Dandygal just reminded me again. Also, I haven’t been keeping up with MAC releases so I’d never seen either the Dazzleshadow or the Select Extra Dimension compact – both are super gorgeous formulas! ❤ It just goes to show how important it is to have a good sales associate – it’s the difference between me walking out empty handed and with a bagful of stuff I wasn’t planning on buying! 😛
I went a little nuts at Kiehl’s but in my defense these are all replenishment / consumables.
They were offering 20% off with $150+ purchase (15% otherwise), and they were giving $15 gift cards with each increment of $30 purchase redeemable in January. I ended up with 8 gift cards (worth a total of $120)!
• Ultra Facial Cream 125ml –
• Midnight Recovery Eye –
• Amino Acid Shampoo 1L –
• Bath and Shower Liquid Body Cleanser in Coriander 1L –
• Hand Cream in Coriander –
You’ve likely heard me rave about each of these Kiehl’s skincare items. I’ve repurchased the Midnight Recovery Eye cream countless times, same with the Amino Acid Shampoo (I used up my last 1L bottle not long ago). The Ultra Facial Cream appeared in my best of list last year. I didn’t really need those Coriander items but I’ve mentioned my love of that scent before, right? It’s not common to find them, or the one litre size bottles (much better value).
None of the offering at Nordstrom enticed me this year like they did last year, although I did run into another sales associate whole used to work at the Shiseido counter but now works at the Sulwhasoo and AmorePacific counters. I’ve scheduled a facial appointment with her to check out those lines (I never did end up going last time). At Hudson’s Bay, they had 10% off all prestige makeup but with Sephora’s recent VIB 20% off sale, that deal wasn’t tempting.
Story time: On Black Friday, my credit card was placed on security block due to “suspicious activities”. 😮 If by suspicious activities, they mean copious amounts of shopping, then I’m guilty as charged! 😆 Thank goodness it happened at the tail end of my shopping spree (there was also fashion hauling, which I’ll do a separate post about) so it wasn’t too much of an inconvenience. It was a little embarrassing though, when your credit card declines – I’m sure the sales associate was placing judgement! 😛 So I got home and called the credit card helpline. I was informed that the security representative would like to talk to me about recent suspicious activities on my card. They wanted to verify every single one of my transactions through the day to make sure I did, in fact, use my card at all of these stores. What follows was the security guy listing out my purchases, “At 7:08am you purchased $ at Sephora. Whoa, that’s early! Then 10 minutes after that you spent $ at The Face Shop. About 30 minutes later, you used your card at MAC. Then 30 minutes after that, you shopped at Kiehl’s…” And on and on. Every. Single. Purchase. Yup, I shopped more than I normally do. It’s Black Friday, dude! 😎 I confirmed all my purchases and he unblocked my credit card. Phew, just in time for me to place some orders online. 😉
How did you fare on Black Friday? Have you used any of the items I got?