A guide to Black Friday/Cyber Monday in the beauty world

Friday, November 29, 2013

(To disclaim: some, but not all, of these sites are affiliate links. I’ve chosen the deals I think you’ll find the most useful, not the ones that’ll generate the most revenue. If you don’t want to click, by all means, feel free not to!)

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Colour Gloss Berry Twist

Becca Cosmetics: 20% off + free shipping over $50, runs until 12/2 at midnight PST. Use code FAMILY13. (I’m lemming their Ultimate Color Gloss in Berry Twist, seen above. Plus, a quick PSA: their liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector smells alarmingly like MAC wipes, if you’re a fan of those.)

(What? Some people are! I think it’s weird, but hey, I regularly pull out my Clarins Face and Blush Powders just to sniff. I definitely don’t get to judge.)

Biotherm Canada: 25% off + free shipping on everything. Use code BLACKFRIDAY.

The Body Shop Canada: 3 for $30 sitewide, 11/26 to 11/30. But, more importantly: 50% off sitewide 12/01 to 12/03!

Butter London: 20% off regular price & 50% off “last orders” items, runs 11/29 through 12/2. Use code CYBER13.

Clinique Makeup Minis

Clinique: free shipping on all orders + 4 free makeup minis with orders $25+, 11/29 to 11/30. Use code PRETTY. Pick 5 free minis with orders 35+ from 12/1 through 12/5. (I recommend Chubby everything, obviously.)

Diptyque: free Feu de Bois and Oranger 35g candle duo + free US shipping, now until 12/02. Use code HOLIDAY2013. (Never have I ever wished I lived in the US more.)

Indigo/Chapters: 40% off a lot of really great candles. Plus a bunch of other things, like, you know, books, but their candles are where it’s at. (I recommend Illume Woodfire for the bedroom, particularly in its demi boxed size, and Voluspa Lichen & Vetiver for the office or living room.)

Kate Somerville: 50% off, 11/29 through 12/01 – unconfirmed info from the brand; it doesn’t appear to be live as I write this. Otherwise, it’s 30% off 11/25 through 12/2. Use code HOLIDAY2013. (If you’ve been meaning to try the cult-favourite ExfoliKate, now’s the perfect time!)

Lancôme Canada: 15% off + free shipping, 11/28 to 11/29. Use code BLACKFRIDAY. I would recommend their eyeshadows, Bi-Facial (if you’re not sensitive to ‘cones), and Artliners (both new and old), and this holiday’s illuminator, if you have a particularly strong affinity for pink and shimmer.

MIYU Holiday 2013

MIYU Beauty: 25% off, 11/29 through 12/2. Use code BFCMMIYU5. (These Canadian beauty teas and beauty essences (serums in the form of facial sprays) are pretty brilliant — and pretty gorgeous).

Sephora: $10 USD/$12 CAD deals, 11/29.

Plus, the freebies: 12 free samples + free makeup bag on orders over $25 USD/$35 CAD, use code FIXIT (BI only). US orders over $25, 11/30 to 12/9: free makeup bag + 5 mystery samples with code SUSPENSE, free with SHIPNOWCanada orders over $35: free Fresh Sugar Lemon mini with SUGARLEMON, 8 free samples + free makeup bag with BLITZ, free Fresh Rose Face Mask deluxe sample with ROSEMASK, free BareMinerals trio including the foundation shade of your choice with BAREGIRL (original formula) or MATTEGIRL (matte).

Tarte Cosmetics: 25% off all orders + free shipping over $40, 11/28 through 12/1. Use code TURKEY. (This code is my favourite).   

Nordstrom: 33% off+ on all Black Friday deals, plus special beauty value sets + over 80 beauty GWPs, 11/29 only. Thanksgiving deals at 25% off+ through to 12/1. Free US shipping & returns on all orders.

PS: don’t forget about Ebates! (US/Canada)

2013 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Beauty Picks

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Good morning, gorgeous! I know this is a little delayed (I wanted to have something to post for the weekend, so it’s been waiting in my drafts since Friday), but here’s a few quick beauty picks from this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

The products are a blend of exclusives, sets, and discounts, and the sale will be running until August 4th (two weeks from today). Shop it here, or click on the products below!

So this is a… problem. | The Leather Jacket Dilemma

Saturday, April 7, 2012

I’ve been thinking some Serious Thoughts about leather jackets recently, and (in light of a short Twitter conversation with a few of my favourite human beings on the interwebs), I thought I may as well get my predicament out there.

Because I’m sure lots of you will be having the same problem.

Just kidding! No one else is having this problem, because I’m a good number of degrees weirder than the rest of the world. But hey! What’s a blog for if you can’t bitch about clothes every now and again?

(Basically, I just want to find a warm, soft, secondhand leather jacket with an asymmetrical zipper and a bit of a masculine edge. Is that really so much to ask for?)

(See, but that’s funny, because it really, really is.)

The problem(s)

Basically, there’s this thing wherein when I put on a leather jacket, I look like I’m on my way to beat someone up. (Conversely, when my adorable older sister puts on the same jackets, everyone around her is faced with an unbearable urge to give her candy or pat her on the head.) It’s not my best look, by far.

(Unless I’m going for “aggressive to a fault,” I guess. Though I can’t really think of a situation which would call for that.)

That’s problem one.

Problem two is that I’m not really into leather. I’m not vegan, or even vegetarian, but there’s just something kind of uncomfortable about the idea of wearing something else’s skin around, you know? I’ll make an exception for shoes (preventing back problems is always a priority for me, and I’ll take good arch support wherever I can find it), but I’ll avoid leather bags and belts if I can.

[ Aside: If it’s something that I could find non-leather, I’ll go for the non-leather version. If not, I try not to get too hung up over it. At the end of the day, it’s a squeamish issue for me, not an ethical one. ]

Anyhow, leather biker jacket ramble –> over. I think I’d like to go secondhand or vintage if I do pick one up (smaller eco footprint, not directly supporting the businesses producing leather, etc), but I’m still not sure.

In all likelihood, I’ll just put it off until I forget that I wanted a leather jacket in the first place. Crisis averted! 

Quips, questions, qualms: hit us up in the comments.

Ramblings | Marcelle opens an online shop & Rae blathers on about her favourites

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

After quite a lot of anticipation, I have some awesome news for you ladies – Marcelle has opened up its online doors for US and Canadians shoppers! While most Canucks will probably keep shopping in-store to avoid shipping & pick up limited-edition items (which won’t be stocked online), I think this is awesome news for American gals.

I mean, Marcelle. It’s MARCELLE. *flails* (If I couldn’t get my Marcelle staples, I’d probably go nuts within a year. I’m very, very attached to them!)

I absolutely adore…

(Click through the images to read their respective posts!)

But I need

(Again, click the images to get to the product reviews!)

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New at… Sephora

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I’m just loving the clean feel of the ShopStyle boxes — plus, we can now keep these posts to a reasonable length! My goodness, did they ever get long before.

I personally can’t wait to see the Stila cheek colour in real life. I know items like this one (ahem, Smashbox?) are (excuse my French) a load of total bullshit 95% of the time, but I still want to check it out! Can’t blame a gal for being curious, right?


And one last item, which is incredibly thrilling (but not available through the above widget.) Very cool, MUFE! I can’t wait until this is in stores. The swatches on the Sephora site look amazing, of course, but I suppose we’ll just have to wait a bit and see if they’re just as gorgeous in real life.
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