black friday cyber monday 2014

A few words…

Before we get started, I wanted to let you know that I’ve done my very best to bring you the most accurate, up-to-date information I could find. Some of this information came directly from the retailers, and other information was found through my own research online. As you know, retailers often pull things after sell-outs, and can alter their sales information at any time at their discretion. I personally have nothing to do with any inaccuracies or discrepancies, and can’t be responsible for any purchasing issues if they should arise.

Additionally, I’ve found that even some of the online deals that state they are “Black Friday”, can actually be running as late as 11/30. So please make sure to double check by clicking the link to see if the deal you are interested in is still active!

I’m hoping you can use this as a resource, as I’ve spent a lot of time putting it together. If you feel something is in error, please speak with the retailer directly. I want you to get the best deals possible! That’s why I’ve put a lot of effort into this list. Happy shopping!

100% PURE

BLACK FRIDAY: Free Black Tea mascara with $75+ purchase, 11/26 through 12/1. Free shipping on all orders with code PUREFRIDAY (11/26 through 11/29)



Black Friday (11/28), through Cyber Monday (12/1): 30% off site-wide at Use code GOBBLE



BLACK FRIDAY: 35% off any order using code BFRIDAY14 on

CYBER MONDAY: Receive 35% off, and a free Triple Mineral Body Lotion using code CYBRMON35 on


BLACK FRIDAY: 40% off any ARCONA product with an order of $200 or more.  [Read more…]

Happy Thanksgiving Wishes, 2014

Happy Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving Blessings…

Every year, I realize how just more and more blessed I am. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older and I appreciate more of the subtle things in life than I did the year before—but I do know one thing for sure.

I’ve been lucky enough to come in contact with some of the most kind, funny, generous, friendly, thoughtful, supportive, and loyal people I’ve ever met (or not physically met, yet) right here, through this little blog over the past 6 years. How thankful I am for you isn’t just relegated to a single day of the year here in America. I am thankful for you every single day, no matter where you reside in the world.

It goes without saying that I’m thankful for my health, my peaceful home life with two sweet cats, and an incredibly loving husband who has stuck by my side through thick and thin for 8 years. I’m blessed to have a wonderful relationship with my younger brother, who is my only sibling—yet I’ve found the sister I never had (but always wanted) through his incredible wife. I guess you could say I’m being mushy, but I love these people more than anything in the world. I guess you could say my family is very small, but it is my family. That’s all that matters.

One more thing I wanted to mention was that I know there are many people out there who have a hard time during the holidays. Maybe it’s because they don’t have family to spend today with, or the resources to participate in customary Thanksgiving traditions. I want you to know you’re invited to be part of my family in spirit, and know that when I’m saying my blessings at dinner tonight—I’ll be saying grace for you, too.

Much love,

GIVEAWAY: Get Better Beauty Sleep on a Casper, Win an Amazing New Mattress!

win a casper mattress

I remember the last time we went mattress shopping. It was about three years ago. We spent about an hour in a mattress superstore, lying on beds within our price range, taking turns saying “Honey? How does this feel to you?”

“It’s too stiff.”

“Well, it’s actually too soft for me. But what about this one?”

“I can feel and hear the springs. So this would be a NO.”

We were striking out, HARD. Feeling pressured by the salesman, and being desperate for something to sleep on that night—we compromised on what we thought was a nice pillow-top mattress within our budget. You really just want to get out of those places as soon as possible, because I’m finding more and more, that buying a mattress is about as high pressure as being stuck at a car dealership. Mattress shopping shouldn’t be that hard!

After a few weeks, we could feel and hear the springs every time we tossed and turned (which we were doing a lot of, since we were so uncomfortable). One morning at breakfast, I looked up from my coffee mug with a sore neck, and exclaimed that I HATED our new mattress, and that we would never buy one with springs again. The only thing was—memory foam mattresses aren’t exactly in our budget, especially after we had just shelled out for that terrible pillow-top thing they called a “mattress”.

casper mattress

Along comes Casper, and all of these problems were instantly SOLVED.

I was prepared to give our new Casper at least two weeks before making a decision on it. I didn’t want to rush it, and neither did Mr. Beauty Junkies. Especially since Casper offers a 100-night risk-free trial. (He’s actually the most hard to please out of the two of us!) Well, we ended up texting each other the next morning (nearly simultaneous), to already proclaim our love for the Casper we had slept on for the first time the night before. I’m not making this up!

So, what makes a Casper, a Casper? 

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MAC Cosmetics Black Friday EXCLUSIVE: SMOKY BLACK FRIDAY Eyeshadow Trio

mac Smoky Black Friday eyeshadow

I haven’t seen this in-person yet, but I’m definitely curious! Here is this year’s online-only, Black Friday specialty item from MAC Cosmetics.

The deets from MAC:

This Black Friday, M∙A∙C offers an exclusive online-only edition of Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow. The Smoky Black Friday palette features a new trio of complementary noir shades that blend beautifully for infinite nighttime looks. This is Eye Shadow innovation like you’ve never seen before: the pure power of pigment in a creamy, lightweight hybrid. Applies wet for a super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance, or dry for sheer coverage with a soft finish.

Smoky Black Friday
Suggested Retail Price $25.00 US
Available: North America November 28, 2014 exclusively at


Does this pique your interest enough for a Black Friday purchase? They’ll likely sell out very quickly if past releases are any indication!

The Lipstick League: Week of 11/17/14

Pixi Beauty God Jul nail polish swatch

Happy almost Thanksgiving! So last night, we took our first “official” holiday card photo. We’ve been married almost eight years, and have never taken a proper family photo for our Christmas cards. Since we don’t have children, our cats are our children in the photo—and let me tell you—it was a stressful few moments. Looking back now, I think we managed to do a great job considering what we had to work with. But next year we have to rethink our plan!

I went all out red with nails and lips to look festive, and I fell in LOVE with this December Color of the Month shade from Pixi Beauty — it’s called God Jul!, which I’ve found can mean Happy Holidays! or Merry Christmas! in Swedish. I also wore the Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Rosy Red (it’s perfect!), and I applied their Endless Silky Eye Pen in Glimmery Black. Paired with a neutral eye, I think these products tied together a balanced holiday look that will make our photos festive. I can’t show you the holiday card photos, sadly—but will show you some of the other Pixi products I used soon! I hope you like that polish above. I love it, and that was just one coat in the swatch. I swear!

Question of the Week: Do your beauty spending habits change during the holidays? Do you tend to purchase more (or less) beauty-related items for yourself at this time of year?

Answer: In terms of purchasing, I think I have all the beauty goodies I need to make it through the holidays, but if I spy a cute sparkly cocktail ring, or hair band—it might as well be in my shopping basket! I’ve been known to throw an extra twinkly eyeliner or nail polish in there too, but I honestly find dupes of them as soon as I get home! Every year, I’m always like—now THIS is THEEEE red lipstick I’ve been looking for! And then I already have it at home. The struggle!  [Read more…]

Win It! Crest Sensi-Stop Strips w/ $75 CVS Gift Card GIVEAWAY


I occasionally suffer from sensitive teeth, and this time of year makes them even more sensitive! My bottom teeth will inevitably go crazy as I sip spiced hot apple cider next week, when I bite into our delicious holiday pies, and while enjoying special dinners and chilly desserts. Even with my morning coffee, my teeth can send terrible twinges of pain to let me know just how unhappy the are with me. So to be able to use something over-the-counter that really helps and doesn’t create a mess or require several steps—is a blessing!

I’ve got a GREAT giveaway at the bottom of the post, where you can win all of the items pictured above—so keep reading!

crest sensi stop

With just 10 minutes, and one strip, Crest Sensi-Stop Strips™ can provide up to a month of sensitivity relief. I can barely feel them on my gum line, they don’t hurt, or leave a bad, chemical taste in my mouth. And—I’ve noticed less tooth sensitivity on the bottom row when I reach for my morning cup of hot coffee this week!

Sound good to you? CVS is your best bet for purchasing in your area, because…

When you purchase Crest Sensi-Stop™ strips at CVS ($21.99) from Oct. 10 through Dec. 14 you can earn $4 in CVS ExtraCare bucks!

Giveaway details & how to enter…

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What’s in My Bag!

what's in my bag

I think there’s some part of us that can be a little voyeuristic at times—and I readily admit that I LOVE seeing your “what’s in my bag” posts. So, here’s a peek inside mine! 

I’m a creature of habit, and I tend to carry around quite a few essentials. (This is a cleaned out version of my handbag!) Although it’s not pictured—I’m a satchel girl, and I have been carrying my black Rebecca Minkoff satchel for a while. I don’t think it’s necessary to have a ton of pricey handbags in my closet, but I do believe that every woman deserves to own at least one classic, timeless bag that will last and can be carried every day. For me, this is it! I feel the same way about a wallet too. If it’s going to last me a substantial amount of time, I can justify the splurge—so I use the coordinating wallet.

Clothing Swipe

One of these is a new essential for me, and one is a longtime love!

Reviver Clothing Swipe & The Smoke Swipe

If you’ve never had to walk into a wall of smokers to get inside a Starbucks, consider yourself lucky. When I leave Starbucks, inevitably my top smells like coffee beans, and cigarette smoke. While coffee beans aren’t so terrible, smelling like a roasting house or chain smoker isn’t exactly what I’m going for when I’m on my way to a meeting. Whether you’re a smoker or not, the lingering scent on your clothing can be offensive. I play it safe with one of these reusable clothing swipes, they’re genius! Just a quick swipe of the dry pad on your clothes will neutralize offensive odors instantly, and they can be used up to 10 times each. The resealable pouch keeps them secure and fresh in your handbag. Perfect for traveling this holiday season, especially after you’re stuck on all those planes, trains, and automobiles. 3 for $9.99,  [Read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! LORAC Vintage Vixen / Sultry Starlet Eyeshadow Palettes — $12 Each at ULTA on Black Friday

LORAC Vintage Vixen Sultry Starlet

I think I got your attention with “LORAC Eyeshadow Palette, Black Friday, and $12″ in the same headline! Here’s your sneak peek at two awesome holiday values you’ll find exclusively at ULTA on Black Friday. If you’re not too hungover from your turkey and stuffing—you may want to get to ULTA very early (check your individual location for its hours that day), because I have a feeling these will be gone with the wind, very quickly.

As a side note, I’ve been told a limited quantity of these MAY also be on that day as well, but please don’t quote me on that as I don’t have specifics to offer you. I’m putting it out there as more of a possible insider-tip that may help you in your search. Fingers crossed that it does! Like the LORAC/ Cyber Monday palette deal, treat these palettes similar to “doorbuster” deals that you’d find at just about any other store during the holidays. I just want help you get prepared! UPDATE: As of this moment (10:30 pm Pacific on 11/27), both palettes are currently in stock online here. Shop in your PJs instead! These are now sold out online. Try your luck in-store at ULTA now!

Ready for a closer look?

LORAC Sultry Starlet Vintage Vixen palettes

The scoop…

On Black Friday this year, LORAC is releasing two limited edition palettes, and both will retail for $12 each at ULTA. One has five matte shades, and it’s called the Vintage Vixen (peach print). The second palette has five shimmer shades, and it’s called the Sultry Starlet (burgundy print). I have not given all 10 shades a 100% test drive for a full review, but I feel comfortable sharing my initial thoughts and feelings on them enough to give the details and swatches, with the hopes they can help you make a purchasing decision.

Each palette fits in the length of my hand, and they contain a total net weight of 0.29 oz./8.23g in each palette. The surface of the palettes have a black vintage print that’s laminated, over a thick cardboard exterior. (They do feel pretty sturdy!) Inside you’ll find a small mirror, and the flap of the palette is secured when it’s closed by a magnet. LORAC Sultry Starlet ULTA Black Friday Palette

Sultry Starlet breakdown…

While the shades don’t have names, these are my best attempts at descriptions:

  • pale rose gold shimmer
  • pale peach/copper shimmer
  • yellow gold shimmer
  • hazelnut brown shimmer
  • dark mocha shimmer

I thought the texture of four of the five shades was very smooth, and nearly creamy with good pigmentation and color payoff. The one shade that required a little extra love was the yellow gold shimmer. It’s not terrible, but not as smooth and pigmented as the other shades. The yellow gold shade had a little bit of powdery-ness to it. Again, not terrible—but a heads up! [Read more…]

tarte Sweet Indulgences 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Set for QVC Today’s Special Value for 11/10/14

Tarte Sweet Indulgence 3 in 1 holiday gift set qvc tsv

I’ve been tinkering with tarte’s QVC  Today’s Special Value; it’s the Sweet Indulgences 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Set, and it is bountiful! On 11/10, you can score this phenomenal gift for just $59.94. After Monday—it will go back to regular price. To help you decide if you should make the splurge, I’ve put together the product photos, swatches, and product information. This won’t serve as a full review since I haven’t been able to wear all of these items in the amount of time I’ve had the collection, so please use this as more of a guide than a full review.

This is an easy way to have three individual gifts for about $20 each, or you can gift the whole set together. All three golden leaflet-print boxes slide into a single case. Kind of like a cute little library of makeup treats!

tarte sweet indulgences set

Inside the aqua box, you’ll find…

  • Lipsurgence Lip Gloss in Indulging — soft raspberry
  • Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Wonder — poppy
  • Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Rare – peach nude
  • Amazonian Clay blush in Pampered — melon
  • Amazonian Clay blush in Savored — golden rose

The Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush shades are absolutely gorgeous! I can’t recall ever not liking any that I’ve tried, and these are no exception. I found that the colors really do stay true all day for me. They’re pretty silky to the touch, and aren’t powder-y, but my blush brush is able to pick up a nice deposit of pigment that blends easily into my skin without streaking. I have combination skin, and tend to get oily in my cheeks—so for these not to fade or slip around during the day is a win. That pretty iridescence in the Savored shade is everything!   [Read more…]