Black Friday/Cyber Monday Cosmetics & Skincare Deals

By Voxy  

All right, ladies (and, of course, gentlemen). Hope you and your removable wallets are in shape for this.

Here are the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals that I think are worth pursuing. As usual, I am not listing sales that are not sitewide or storewide (or, at least, valid on the vast majority of the site/store) or sites that are only offering free shipping, purchase-with-purchase (unless it’s freaking awesome; see below), or gifts-with-purchase that are not worth it.

Some are Black Friday only, some are Cyber Monday only, and some run the gamut of dates. If there’s no code, then either I haven’t received it yet or prices will be marked down on the website itself.

I’ll be adding to the list as more information comes in.



Kate Somerville is having a F&F sale through 11/30: 30% off with code KSFF2010. Recommended: Exfolikate.

SkinStore is offering 20% off everything through 12/1 with code CYBER20.

SkincareRX is also offering 20% off (nearly) everything with code BESTSKIN20. I have no end date on this one.

Bliss has various deals all week long but is offering 50% off of many products on Black Friday including products by Becca Cosmetics (love), Dr. Dennis Gross skincare (formerly MD Skincare, maker of the Alpha-Beta peels I like), and Prevage. No code has been announced, so it might just be prices reduced on the website.

Kiehl’s is offering 20% off from Friday through Tuesday. This applies to online purchases with code FAMILY10 and Kiehl’s stores (starting Friday, there will be an invite online that you can print out and bring to your local store). The discount does not, however, apply to Kiehl’s counters at department stores. Code FAMILY10 will also get you free ground shipping on orders of $30 or more as well. I’ll definitely be taking advantage of this one because I am almost out of my favorite Cryste Marine Ultra Riche moisturizer.

Origins has several value sets for the holidays but is also offering $10 off a purchase of $25 or more plus free shipping with code MONDAY. This was only supposed to work on Cyber Monday 11/29 but it worked for me now (very early in the morning on Friday 11/26), so you might want to give it a try. The $10 off of $25 does not apply to gift sets, sadly. (Note: Ebates is offering 8% cash back at Origins right now.)

Josie Maran is offering 25% off on Cyber Monday (11/29) only. No code needed.

Armani Beauty is having a 20% off F&F sale from Wednesday 11/24 through Tuesday 11/30 with code FRIENDS.

YSL is also offering 20% off from now through Tuesday with code FRIENDS. It’s like YSL and Armani got together or something.

Lancome is offering 20% off from Thursday through Monday with code HOLIDAY20. You will also get free shipping.

Stila is offering 20% off everything through 11/30 with code STILALOVES. There is also a Cyber Monday sale on 11/29 only with up to 80% off; I don’t have any more details on that at the moment.

Smashbox is offering 20% off everything through 11/29 with code FFSB20. Free shipping on all orders.

Elizabeth Arden is offering 25% off plus free shipping on any order from 11/26-11/30. (You can get a special deal there now if you go through Ebates: there is a Cyber Monday 31-piece GWP that is available to Ebates shoppers starting now but that won’t be available to regular customers until 11/29. Also, note the EA deal below.)

Eve Pearl is bringing back the Black Pearl Special, in which you can get up to 55% off with code BPCM2010. According to their website, the special begins on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) at midnight EST and ends Monday 11/29 at 11:59 pm EST. I do wonder whether they really meant Friday, but who knows — if you’re up late tonight/early tomorrow, it might be worth a look. They meant Thursday, all right; the sale is up. The average site-wide discount seems to be about 40%; I think it’s only certain items that are “up to” 55% off.

Korres is offering 25% off (and a free Wild Rose lip butter with orders of $30 or more) with code MUSE. Recommended: powder blushes. (The Muse runs a blog, which I am linking to for your reading enjoyment here.)

Shu Uemura is offering 20% off (with free shipping on orders over $50) on Black Friday only with code WISH2010.

Trish McEvoy is offering 20% off and free shipping on all orders now through Monday 11/29 with code TMHOLIDAY.

BeautyTicket is offering 30% off on Black Friday only with code CYBER30.

Lierac is offering 30% off from 11/29 through 12/3 with code FF2010.

If you live near a CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet), check for super-early-bird Black Friday discounts. Mine is offering an additional 10% discount (on top of their normal 30% markdown) between 12 midnight and 6 am on Friday morning.

And it’s not just the high-end sites that are having sales, either:

Sally Beauty has 20% off through 11/30 with code 555962.

NYX Cosmetics is offering 50% off (!) your entire purchase on Friday 11/26.

CherryCulture is offering 20% off now through Sunday 11/28 with code TG20.

Coastal Scents is offering 33% off the entire site now through Monday 11/29. There is no code but the discount appears magically in your cart at checkout.

And, certainly not least, ELF has an odd mixture of codes going on at the present. Code bcg55 gets you 55% off of everything on orders of $25 or more, but does not net you free shipping as far as I can see. (Note: MrRebates is offering 7% cash back on ELF at the moment.)

And a special shout-out to our Canadian vixens (vixennes?):

Beauté is offering 20% off your order with code KARLASUGAR. (Yes, this code applies to Yanks too, but since it’s a Canadian company, they should get the bragging rights. KarlaSugar runs a fabulous blog of swatches; thanks for sharing the code with us, Karla!)


Surprisingly Fabulous Purchase Of The Day:

If you have ever been the least bit curious about Elizabeth Arden makeup, then I have an offer here that you cannot refuse. The Elizabeth Arden holiday blockbuster is out, and it looks gorgeous. I know lots of people think of EA as an “old lady” brand of makeup, but I have two lippies from them that I really like a lot, and I keep forgetting they’re EA for some reason.

Here is a picture of the EA holiday blockbuster 2010:

It contains:

  • Deluxe two tiered compact with ten eyeshadows in Sunny Pink, Indigo, Limelight, Fizz, Nude, Black Plum, Mink, Slate Blue, Silver Taupe, and Midnight Emerald plus two cheekcolors in Terrarose and Golden Rose and one pressed shimmer powder in Soft Gold Shimmer
  • Two lip pencils in Crimson and Taupe
  • Two eye pencils in Midnight and Espresso
  • Three vintage cased Exceptional Lipsticks in Smooth Mauve, Soft Red, and Red Door Red
  • Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara in Black
  • Two High Shine Lip Glosses in Golden Pearl and Sparkling Ruby
  • Nail Lacquer in Red Door Red
  • Red Door Eau de Parfum Limited Editon Replica
  • Three piece brush set with brush pouch
  • Red satin quilted cosmetic bag

At most places this collection (valued at $340) is available for $42.50 with a $24.50 purchase, so it’s a purchase-with-purchase thing. BUT! Online at Ulta, you can just buy the blockbuster for $42.50 with no additional purchase. AND you get a free 7-piece EA gift (the contents are unclear but there’s a red lippie, a fragrance sample, and some skincare samples). AND you can use code 512213 to get free shipping. AND you get three free samples. AND if you go through Ebates you will get 5% cash back. (You will get 7% cash back through MrRebates but it takes longer and for such a small amount of money it isn’t worth it to me.)

So for $42.50 plus tax (and minus a few dollars from Ebates), you get a heck of a lot of stuff. If you want to try EA, or if you are looking for sets to break apart and turn into stocking stuffers, you cannot go wrong with this deal. (Yes, I ordered one this morning.)

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  1. avatar ab_grp
    Posted December 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Apparently, our conversation went so far to the right of the screen that I am no longer able to reply to A Biologist directly, so I shall say it here. Shortly after throwing a fit, I overheard my husband saying that he was going to a store that I know happens to be cozy neighbors with Ulta, so I asked him if he would (pretty please!) stop in for me and see if they had it. And he did. And they did!!! I simply cannot wait to dig in and try everything out. I want to say a big thanks to both Voxy and A Biologist for standing with me in my time of great emotional anguish and shaking their fists at Ulta in solidarity.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted December 7, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Permalink | Reply


      (and yes, there is a maximum limit to how many replies will get nested; sorry!)


    • avatar a biologist
      Posted December 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Yay!!! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Is the bag nice?


      • avatar ab_grp
        Posted December 10, 2010 at 8:13 am | Permalink | Reply

        Well, it is shiny and red! ;-) The bag itself isn’t the end all be all, but so far the two lipsticks I’ve tried have worked well for me. I will let you know when I do a more thorough inspection (hopefully this weekend). All the contents look very promising.


        • avatar a biologist
          Posted December 17, 2010 at 12:27 am | Permalink | Reply

          Have you tested it yet? I like the look of the red lippies even if I don’t get the whole shebang.


          • avatar Voxy
            Posted December 17, 2010 at 6:52 am | Permalink | Reply

            I don’t know about ab_grp, but I’ve used two of the red lippies and like them a lot. (That’s not technically accurate — I already own one of them [Red Door Red], so I haven’t actually “used” the one that came in the kit.)

            Since I have an extra of that Red Door Red, I would be happy to send it to you if you like!

            I can’t wait for term to be over so I can finally get back to the blog!!!


            • avatar a biologist
              Posted December 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

              Really? That is so nice! I will email you my address.

              I’m looking forward to the end of term but also getting a little panicky about January. Will I or won’t I have interviews? If so, what lippie makes me look the most intelligent-but-approachable?


          • avatar ab_grp
            Posted December 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

            I have tried all of the lipsticks, and have liked them all. I tend to be more on the dramatic eye side of things, so these more subtle lip colors are useful to me. I tried Red Door Red first and seem to remember feeling favorably about it, though it is less subtle. I was a bit concerned at first because it looked a bit more orangey-toned than I was used to wearing. [pause while I just go apply it and see what it looks like] Take my comments with a grain of salt because I am definitely a makeup amateur. I would say that it actually looks pretty natural + on me (not outlandish, but an improvement over nature), but is just a shade off for my coloring (not that that is a big help if you don’t know what I look like!). Hooray for Voxy sending you her spare! I am wearing the nail polish right now, but it took three coats until I felt satisfied with the coverage. I think that the best red I ever had was a Shu Uemura.

            Speaking of lippies, I read recently that the color should match your gums. I don’t know if that is gospel, though. And that would preclude (I hope!) wearing a wowie zowie orange, fuchsia, or magenta. Or possibly even a deep burgundy.


            • avatar ab_grp
              Posted January 8, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink | Reply

              I just wanted to add that I tried the lip gloss in Sparkling Ruby last night and loved the color. I’m not a big lip gloss wearer, so I had to blot it and am not sure I applied the proper amount, but I do prefer that color to the colors of the lipsticks.


  2. avatar Voxy
    Posted November 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I am getting in a dither about why none of my products have arrived yet. I am aware that this is a holiday weekend, but I want my stuff noooooowwwwwwwwww!




    • avatar chaosbydesign
      Posted November 30, 2010 at 8:18 am | Permalink | Reply

      Me too. NARS emailed to tell me my order has been sent out, but when I click on ‘track item’ it says ‘delayed due to adverse weather conditions’. I’m joining you in your tantrum.


  3. avatar ab_grp
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:59 am | Permalink | Reply

    I really, really, really want the EA set. I put it in my cart yesterday at Ulta but couldn’t convince myself to go through with the purchase since I had already blown several hundred bucks that day. However, today is a new day, and though I have already blown through a good amount of dough, I may end up back on the Ulta site.

    Okay, I’m both happy and ashamed to report that, in the course of writing this post, I returned to the Ulta site and found EA still in my basket. It is now on its way to me. Thanks for the heads up about it!


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Yay! I hope you love it. I am waiting breathlessly for my Black Friday purchases to roll in!


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted November 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

      My EA set was waiting for me when I got home today. Did you get yours?

      I have only just started to peek inside it (I should be grading but couldn’t resist a quick look) and have many ooh’s and ahh’s — though the presentation could be more elegant. Be sure to check all the pockets!


      • avatar a biologist
        Posted November 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Permalink | Reply

        I was thinking about getting this–shiny and red is almost irresistible to me. Worth it?


        • avatar Voxy
          Posted November 29, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Permalink | Reply

          I would say definitely. Your coloring is a lot like mine and I think the whole thing looks wearable, with the possible exception of one lip gloss. All the lipstick shades look good (though I want to photograph them before I swatch them or wear them), the other lip gloss is gorgeous, the nail polish is terrific for the holidays, and the blush colors look wearable for us light-skinned girls.

          One of the lipsticks is the Red Door Red that I reviewed here:

          It’s a great color though after more experience with it I find it’s much more wearable for day applied very sheerly and with a good lip liner. It really does brighten up my complexion.

          Voxy says yes.


          • avatar a biologist
            Posted November 29, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

            You are the best kind of enabler.


      • avatar ab_grp
        Posted December 4, 2010 at 9:01 am | Permalink | Reply

        No EA yet! I am stomping my foot in anxious anticipation! I’m glad you love your set, Voxy, and will look forward to any review or wearability information you post.

        Shiny and red is completely irresistible to me, a biologist. ;-)


        • avatar Voxy
          Posted December 4, 2010 at 9:08 am | Permalink | Reply

          I will definitely post about it, but I haven’t even had time to swatch it yet. (Things are crazy here!)


          • avatar ab_grp
            Posted December 6, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Permalink | Reply

            O. M. G., saints preserve me. The Ulta box arrived today. Woo hoo! I was so excited. However, it appears that they had an unfortunate inventory issue and did not ship my EA set! And it is unclear from their “so sorry for the inconvenience” message whether it will arrive or what. Argh!!!! At least I got the free gift and the other (not exciting) items I ordered. I haven’t worked up the nerve to go to the site yet. I am seeing red, but it’s not my shiny red EA set!!


            • avatar Voxy
              Posted December 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Permalink | Reply


              I am incensed on your behalf.


            • avatar Voxy
              Posted December 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

              It does not say “out of stock” on the ULTA website. They had better be sending you one, for no additional shipping.


              • avatar ab_grp
                Posted December 6, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

                Agh! I looked at my “order”, and it no longer includes that set! So, do I reorder? Write a letter to my congressman?! This “unforeseen inventory issue” is giving me an unforeseen anger issue.


                • avatar Voxy
                  Posted December 6, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

                  Thus saith their website: “In the event that an item becomes out of stock after your order is submitted, we will ship the rest of the items in your order and send you an email indicating that one of your selected items is out of stock. You will not be charged for the out of stock item. We will not ship the item when it is back in stock, as we do not have a backorder system.”

                  So, order it again.


                • avatar Voxy
                  Posted December 6, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

                  Oh noes! Now it says it is “not available online.”


                  • avatar a biologist
                    Posted December 6, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

                    I know! I went to order it shortly after you encouraged me to get it, and it was already out of stock.


                  • avatar ab_grp
                    Posted December 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

                    Agghhh, I am in so much pain.


                    • avatar a biologist
                      Posted December 6, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

                      That is so tough. And I was looking forward to your comments on it, ab_grp, since we share a love of the red and shiny.


  4. avatar marigolds
    Posted November 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

    *removes wallet*

    The only one I can’t pass up is the NYX, I think. 50% off already cheap prices? More eyeshadow palettes, here I come! (I’ve been eyeballing the Caribbean-theme quints for a while now. And the nude-on-nude palette is supposed to be a pretty close dupe for the UD Naked. AND I want a few more jumbo eye pencil colors; I love the ones I have as color bases.

    What are YOU gonna get? And do you feel better?


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted November 25, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Well, I bought the EA holiday blockbuster from Ulta. And I will buy moisturizer from Kiehl’s because it’s my favorite. And, er, I made a smallish order from Eve Pearl and another one from Beaute.

      I may place a very small order at Origins. Very small.

      I feel mostly like a human, thanks, except that I’m worried my cough will turn into bronchitis. But I don’t think I’ll be venturing out for Midnight Madness sales.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted November 25, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Oh! And see the new ELF sale posted above. At 55% off, I might try out their mineral eyeshadows.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted November 26, 2010 at 4:36 am | Permalink | Reply

      Er, and SkincareRX (20% off includes products at their sister site Apothica, which carries Paul & Joe, so I picked up a foundation I’d been lemming, plus a lip lacquer to get me over the free shipping mark). I also redeemed some award points I had there, plus I’ll get 14% cash back via Ebates. In the end, total damage $40, which is $5 less than the foundation’s original price to start with and a lip lacquer in there to boot.

      To be careful my wallet, indeed! I think I’m done shopping now. And it’s only 4:30 am on Black Friday! (Don’t ask me why I’m awake. I don’t know.)


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