A Few of My Favorite Things

Hi everyone! It’s Mel, Housewife of East Haven and Honorary Sister. We are right in the middle of the holiday craziness! I am so excited to tell you about some fantastic finds this season and some old tried and true favorites. As background and for full disclosure, I am a product and makeup junkie! I love trying new things, glamming it up with hair and makeup (when time allows), and getting great deals during the holiday season on all of the above. Of course most of the people in my life (except for my husband) also share the same passion so I am always on the hunt for great gifts…

Let’s start with Black Friday! Woo hoo did I get some great deals! Not only that day in stores and online but a few weeks before as well! During the holiday sale season there are some fabulous ways to stock up on your favorites and save some big bucks. On that note, stop reading this blog right now and make sure that you join Sephora’s loyalty program! Go to http://www.sephora.com/ and create an account if you don’t have one already. I happen to be a Beauty Insider and am lucky enough to receive 20% off in the fall! Join now, spend a little this next year and you will too! This offer is usually around the first few weeks of November and I have a list going in September of needs (and wants). A little holiday gift tip….I always buy gift sets during this sale and split them up for grab bag gifts or keep one and give one…Here are a few great deals and two of my favorite products.

The first is the Lancôme Hypnose Drama Gift Set: 35$ at Sephora

Full Size Mascara and Artliner!
Full Size Mascara and Artliner!

You can find it here http://www.sephora.com/paris-en-rose-hypnose-drama-P414330?skuId=1867415&icid2=products grid:p414330 What a great deal! I did receive 20% off but even at $35 you receive a full size mascara and a full size Artliner! Both are $28 each if purchased separately. The Bifacil makeup remover is literally one of the best makeup removers I have used and is also a generous size. The two eyeliners that come with it are the smoothest gel eyeliner ever! So all in all a great deal. A tip-curl your lashes first, use the primer, then mascara. It will not move and gives you a great curl!

Another great gift or gifts for that matter is the Josie Maran 7 Piece Argan Oil Body Butter Gift Set.

Josie Maran Argan Oil
Josie Maran Argan Oil

Each jar is 2 ounces which is amazing! Josie has another gift set with 2 jars for $15! I will be putting a few of the seasonal scents in grab bags or using them for last minute gifts. The set also has her usual scents of Vanilla Apricot and Unscented. Hands down the best body moisturizer I have ever used with a small ingredient list, cruelty free, and it works! Not too greasy, lasts all day, and seriously does not compete with any perfume. You can find it here http://www.sephora.com/whipped-argan-oil-body-butter-duo-P414116?skuId=1842889&icid2=products grid:p414116

Ok on to Black Friday……

One great product I have already given for a gift is the Tarte Noir Eye Palette for $21. The palette has since sold out but it was easily purchased online at Ulta.com who also has a great rewards program. I am also a Platinum Member which gave me early access to online sales, cash off of purchases, and 20% off 4-5 times per year, one of which is going on now. The good thing about Ulta is they also have a Days of Beauty 2-3 times per year where certain items are 50% or more off. The last Days of Beauty was September and I was able to buy this mascara for $10 …….

Normally $21

Both Ulta and Sephora have great stocking stuffers that are 10-20$ and are great ways to try products. Here is a link to Ulta http://www.ulta.com/
Clearly my Holiday motto is “One for You, One for Me”
Another favorite place to shop Black Friday for beauty products is Macy’s who also has the same type of deals going on. For instance, this amazing set from Clarins which is normally $30 (and a great deal at that) was $20! I buy this every year for the travel size body lotion alone.
Free shipping and gift with purchase at Macys.com
Free shipping and gift with purchase at Macys.com

Ok on to other fun gifts……While I was in Dallas my sister in law and niece brought me to this adorable and affordable boutique, Swanky Chic for Black Friday! They have the greatest tops…think tunics, booties, and jewelry! Look for them here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SwankychicboutiqueVIP/. Each item ships for $5.00 when bought through the Facebook group but they will usually bundle purchases. I bought 4 great tops for $90! I have already worn two twice and that says a lot! The Facebook group was started by two women out of their home and has grown to 30, 000 or so members! I was lucky enough to see their new venture in person but just ordered from the Facebook page and delivery was timely and the top very true to size. Here is what I bought…..

22$ and either a great poncho or worn as a sweater
22$ and either a great poncho or worn as a sweater

Really amazing deals. They also have Swanky Steals and these items are in limited quantities but at a great price! so glad I found them! You can style up or wear running errands…

The last great find is a small shop in Branford Connecticut. If you do not live in the area and are visiting it is a must to visit. It literally is Connecticut’s version of Swanky Chic but includes décor….

Beautiful jewelry at great prices, great clothes, and fun finds! I bought two last minute pairs of earrings for $20 each and a great pottery Sea Urchin for my mother in law! so adorable! and $32

 

 

So all in all a successful holiday deal finding season for this Sister! I hope you enjoy deal finding as much as I do and of course great products! Please leave comments about some of your finds and I hope you all have the best Holiday season, full of love and joy! Happy shopping friends! XO Mel