Sales and Steals for the Last Minute Holiday Shoppers (Hey, Sometimes it Pays to Wait!)

I know, so much gifting content! I have lots of fun stuff up my sleeve for you guys coming up … but for now, in the thick of holiday gifting season, I have a lineup of some cyber sales and discount codes for you guys. Some of these are time sensitive (expiring soon), so look soon.

(note: some links are affiliate links; you don’t pay more but the retailer may kick back a bit to me).

The most time sensitive is funky, vintage style clothing & housewares retailer ModCloth … they’re giving a free grab bag out ($100 USD value) with any $150 domestic purchase 12/7 ONLY.

Get your GWP Grab Bag with any $150+ purchase at Modcloth! 12/7 – 12/8 Only.

Nordstrom is always a good bet during the holidays (anytime) because of their fast, free shipping and free return shipping. Their customer service is top-notch as well. They’re currently offering personal 10 point days for Nordstrom Rewards cards members. They also have a number of beauty brands marked down 15% (price matching with Macy’s), which ends 12/11. No code required for that.

NORDSTROM REWARDS – Personal 10 Points Day. See Details.

High end Korean skincare company Laneige is doing a 12 Days of Delights program. Similar to Sephora programs, each day has a different special gift with purchase.

Curly haircare company Ouidad is offering 20% off site wide (excluding liters) with the code TWENTY17. This expires 12/10.

AFFILIATE ONLY 20% OFF SITE WIDE (Excludes Liter Sizes) Expires: Dec. 10, 2017 Coupon Code: TWENTY17

FOREO, the premier silicone face cleansing (and other devices) device company (like a Clarisonic but no brush heads to mold or replace), has GIFT SETS up to 34% off right now. Try code 15SNOW for 15% off and free shipping over $50.

Super affordable (and surprisingly good, for the most part) e.l.f. cosmetics is running free shipping on ANY order (this is pretty rad as filling up a cart with enough e.l.f. products to make a free ship minimum can be tough, it’s so inexpensive). This promo is running through 12/18. They have a few other sales if you spend more: Spend $25+ and get a FREE 4-Piece Gift Set or Spend $40+ and get a FREE limited edition e.l.f. hat. Use code 25REWARD or 40REWARD. Use code: 25REWARD on orders $25+ or 40REWARD on orders $40+. Valid 12/5-12/11.

Our gift to you! Free shipping on all orders. No code required. Shipping discount applied at checkout. Valid 11/27-12/18.

Are you a Bare Minerals girl? They aren’t giving away the store … YET.  They are running free shipping through 12/21. They have a small free GWP over $100 through 12/7. BUT … if you use the mineral foundation and/or mineral veil, they have super rad, limited edition holiday versions of these right now. And, between 12/8-12/12 (patience, patience …) you get 20% off your whole order and a free eyeshadow palette of your choice over $75. Their newest, gigantic eye palette has gotten really great reviews so far (probably not up for free though, le sigh).

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They’re so pretty!

25 Karat Gifting! Receive 20% off your entire order, plus spend $75 and get an eyeshadow palette of your choice at bareMinerals.com! Enter code 24KRT at checkout. Offer valid 12/8-12/12.

Amazon has a few interesting sales going on … first, if you’re prime you may be asked at checkout to, in exchange for a longer wait for your items (a handful of days), they will send you a $5 coupon to be used for beauty items. (This has happened just once to me this week with multiple orders so I’m not sure how this works). They also have clippable coupons for a bunch of stuff you can stock up for if your skin is dryer than the Sahara this time of year:

Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Ointment Body Spray, 3.7 Ounce 25% off Eucerin Original Healing Rich Creme 16 oz (Pack of 2) 25% off

Some L’Oreal (mostly complexion products, definitely not mascara) has 20% coupons: L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation Makeup, 102 Shell Beige, 1 fl. oz.

French company Mustela has a few of their great baby skincare products on sale like Mustela Newborn Arrival Gift Set, 15% off.

Still need gifts? A ton of The Body Shop gifts are 30% off, like this one:The Body Shop Satsuma Festive Picks Small Gift Set.

Well, that’s what I’ve dug up so far … have you found any stellar deals or sales this season on gifts? I find that the closer to Christmas we get, the more likely the deals are going to be on express shipping charges. Not all of us are as organized as others, you know (cough, cough, me).

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 (Yes Virginia, It Really IS That Time Of Year Already)

Uh … yeah. It’s that time of year … the holidays. How did this happen already? I have a couple of birthdays to shop for this time of year in addition to shopping for my tribe of children (as my friend calls them) and nephews and niece. I like seeing gift guides to get ideas for people on my list, and I thought you might like to see one too. So here it is, in time for shipping cutoffs, Sephora VIB sales, Nordstrom and Amazon black friday deals … my 2017 Holiday (Beauty) Gift Guide.

Beauty Gifts for (gulp) Teens
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Is it just me?

Oh boy, sometimes the toughest to shop for, depending on the kid and how well you know her (or him). The MAC holiday collection I wrote about last week has lots of great items in it for teens.

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Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey (don’t be alarmed … it’s very sheer and very wearable by pretty much everyone).

Another beauty option, especially if the teen you’re shopping for isn’t super experienced with makeup or crazy bougie yet, is to pick up one of the gift with purchases offered by some of the bigger department store brands. For instance, Clinique is doing a gift (that you have to pay for, $39.50) with purchase at Nordstrom called Merry and Bright for. If you spend at least $28 on Clinique shit you also get an actually free gift with purchase you can throw in. Might I suggest the cult classic Almost Lipstick in the shade Black Honey (looks amazing on literally everyone) as your purchase ($17.50)? You can keep that one for yourself and gift another. Merry Christmas to you!

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Clinique’s Merry and Bright holiday set

If your teen is older or leans a bit bougie, you can let them indulge in name brand flashy makeup with this set from Dior ($29). Dior is iconic for their mascara, and this set comes with a mini eye shadow set as well.

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Click on the picture to link to the product.
Stocking Stuffers and Ye Olde White Elephant Gift

If you need a smaller gift, there are lots of great beauty items that would be perfect for almost anybody.

Burts Bees makes, arguably, one of the best lip balms every. My husband gets a new one in his stocking every year (surprise, honey! A new lip balm! Yayyyyyyy!). There’s a four balm set of flavored and tinted balms out for the holidays for just under $9 right now that would be a great gift.

 

(If you are shopping for somebody not into colored balms, here is the original):

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm, Beeswax, 2 Tubes in Blister Box

 

If your recipient likes a little sparkle or has a busy ball season or night life each year, Stila makes a super rad sparkly topper and it comes in a cute set of three bitty colors for $25. I personally like sparkly or on-trend stuff even better in minis as there’s no way I would ever finish a full size.

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No primer or glitter glue required; these do it all (and won’t make you look like the love child of a stripper and a disco ball).
Gifts for Her

Need a gift for your sister, wife, or sister wife? If you don’t have anything solid in place yet, check out these fun ideas.

Kiehl’s has a super cute new Mickey Mouse collab out this season. The collection is huge with something for just about everyone, but if you need something for somebody with super dry skin (or lives in a cold climate), this set is super cute ($35):

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One of Kiehl’s super cute Mickey collab

Do you have somebody on your list that appreciates good makeup and/or has a shit ton of it (a highly technical and scientific amount, by the way)? Beauty advent calendars are a super fun option. This one is from skin/body care company L’Occitane ($69), but there are others out there as well if this isn’t quite right.

 

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This advent calendar from L’Occitane means a fun sized beauty item to open everyday in December until Christmas!


If your gift recipient likes nail stuff (or just doesn’t like dealing with chips), a gel manicure kit might be a good option. These have been on my radar for a while; I may be asking Santa for one this year myself.

Gifts for Him

If your giftee is a “typical” sort where beauty items may not be on his radar, this (outside of Burt’s Bees, yo … it’s a good stocking gift, I swear!) might not be a super exciting gift for him. But … it may be as well.

My husband is not into pretty much anything in my skincare lineup, but he does really like one product that he can use for hair, body, face … he’s lazy, and he showers more days than not at the gym in the morning. This is one thing he (says) he likes (he also likes ghetto cheap mens shampoo that he uses as both, but that’s not the best gift).

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TURRRRRRBO!

A nice shave cream and a brush are a nice option if you have a dude that shaves in your life. This one from Kiehl’s runs $9-24 depending on the size, and is a really nice option. The Body Shop also makes a nice, giftable mens shaving cream.

This last one is bougie as shit … a beard oil from Tom Ford. If you have a beardy-weirdy on your list (or goatee aficionado) that likes the finer things in life, this $52 beard oil (it comes in all of the TF mens scents) would likely be highly appreciated.

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Daaaaaaaaaaamn but it’s Tom Ford, son!

What have you been eyeing this season, for yourself or a friend or loved one? Comment below and let me know!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: the best of the Beauty sale

It’s here, it’s here! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I grew up in Alaska, and in Anchorage, Nordstrom is the only higher end department store in town. And the state. When it was Nordstrom sale time, people were waiting outside the doors before they opened … and the anniversary sale, their best sale of the year, was insane. Like Black Friday, except (usually) nobody was wearing pajamas. So for me, getting excited over this sale is ingrained. I can’t help it …

You can do early access right now if you’re a Nordstrom card holder; everyone can see what’s on sale, but if you’re like me and don’t have a Nordstrom card, you have to wait until July 21 to order.

There are a few intriguing items in the beauty department this year. Nordstrom often gets in special bundle deals and limited editions for their sales. If you want to see my top picks from the beauty exclusives, keep reading!

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