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
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.
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 …….
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