Nov 24, 2023

My Black Friday Haul

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Black Friday is usually when I stock up on my staples and skincare essentials. I tend to buy less makeup because I don't really hold off on new makeup releases and collections (so I don't have that many I want by this time), but I often cross off my low-key wishlist items. This year, I started shopping a bit early and also decided not to make a huge skincare purchase (I am planning to make a dent in my Chanel Sublimage skincare samples in the coming months) so my haul is relatively small. This post is mostly to keep a shopping journal for myself but also for fun, cause it's always interesting to see what others have bought, right? :) 

(By the way, I still feel my shopping is on the indulgent side so to ease my guilt, I have made a small donation to my favorite charity, Flatbush Cats. I am a monthly donor to this organization but wanted to add a little something extra around this time of the year. Take a look if you like. They do some meaningful work for the community.)

Lancôme Bi-Facil Set (2 x 6.7 fl bottles) $50, Nordstrom

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I think I always buy a bottle or two of this classic eye makeup remover during the sale. I still have one of the large bottles that I purchased last year but could not pass up this 50% off deal. Nordstrom has this special set but  Ulta also has 50% off on individual bottles. 

Lancôme Hypnose Waterproof Mascara $23.10, Lancôme US

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It was 50% off when I made my order from the site but now it's just 30% off. Still, a great deal, and there are other mascaras and sets on sale. Lancôme truly is "the mascara brand" for me as I have yet to get disappointed by their mascaras. This classic mascara with a smaller brush is just perfect for me and I really like the light gel consistency.

Oribe Signature Shampoo & Conditioner $49, $52, Neiman Marcus

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When it comes to luxury hair care, Oribe and Kerastase are my favorites. I took advantage of the current promotion at Neiman Marcus (you can get up to $500 off of your purchases). I almost used up my current shampoo/conditioner set (L'Oreal Professional Prolonger - it is nice but nothing special so I am going back to my trustees) so I am quite excited to open this new set. I also purchased Kerastase Densifique shampoo and conditioner from the recent Sephora sale (Kerastase also has a 20% sale sitewide, by the way) and will be rotating the Oribe and the Kerastase.

AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder $68, Neiman Marcus

I almost finished my Dermalogica Superfoliant and this enzymatic exfoliating powder from AmorePacific would be an upgrade for me. (AmorePacific is having a good sale right now but this popular powder is sold out so it might be a better idea to take advantage of the event at Neiman Marcus.) I hear so many good things about this powder and feel very excited! 

Tom Ford Soleil Neige Gloss Luxe Sunrise Pink $60, Neiman Marcus

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This is a part of the Soleil Neige 2023 Makeup Collection. There are 3 lip gloss shades that come in the most gorgeous limited edition packaging but the colors themselves are not new (all existing shades). For some reason, the glosses were not released at the same time as the eye quad and the highlighters but they finally are available! It is so pretty in person.

YSL Lash Clash Mascara $20.30, YSL Beauty

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My quest for holy grail mascara continues and I have high hopes for this new mascara from YSL. This tubing mascara seems widely popular and there are some good color options as well. I have yet to find a tubing mascara that does not "uncurl" my lashes but I recently purchased Etude Mascara Fixer which I find a game changer. This seems to enable me to wear non-waterproof mascaras so I am excited to see the combination result of these two!

Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel $47.60, Saks Fifth Avenue

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I am trying to up my brow game and coincidentally, I am almost out of my beloved Suqqu Volume Eyebrow Mascara. I tried Diorshow Brow Gel and liked it quite a bit but it turned rancid within less than 3 months. This Tom Ford Brow Gel is still expensive even with the sale so it better be amazing. We shall see!

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad Nude Dip $76.50, Saks Fifth Avenue

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I finally crossed this off my wishlist!! I always wanted this ultimate cool-toned eyeshadow classic but never pulled the trigger because I own many similar palettes and there are always shiny new things that claim my makeup budget first. I love cool neutral eyeshadows and adore the Tom Ford Wet/Dry formula, so I just know that I will enjoy this quad a lot.

Narciso Rodriguez For Her Shower Gel $46.75, Bloomingdale's

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I love how Narciso Rodriguez does musk. I own more than a few different musk fragrances from the brand. Also, adding perfumed shower gel is my favorite way to layer fragrances. I hardly layer scented boy moisturizer because that could be too much but shower gel or shower oil leaves just the perfect amount of lingering scent that creates a connection with the perfume I wear. For Her is the simplest skin musk with a slight animalic touch and this shower gel will layer beautifully with all of my NR scents. Speaking of layering scents, I also love adding a little shower gel to unscented shampoo (my favorite is L'Oreal EverPure).

Lancôme Hypnose Eyeshadow Palette Taupe Craze $36, Ulta

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I can't say Lancôme eyeshadows excite me but I do like them a lot. I own 3 palettes in bright colors so I already know the quality is pretty great. This is totally unexpected and God knows I do not need another neutral taupe eye palette, but this was just $36 and I could not pass it up. Feeling quite excited about it, actually.

Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner Pencil Noir Insense $16.80, Ulta

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If you don't know already, Lancôme makes one of the best eyeliners on the market. This is a great everyday basic at a great price! Also, do check out their Drama Liqui-Pencil, my other favorite from the brand. If you like liquid eyeliner, Idole Liner is pretty awesome, too.

COSRX AHA BHA Vitamin C Daily Toner $22, Ulta

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I always keep a mild acid toner around for consistent yet non-invasive exfoliation and PIXI Glow Tonic has been my staple for years. I still have a bottle in my stash but wanted to try something new. This one looks promising. Ulta has this $10 off of $40 promotion going on (code THANKS23, for full-priced items).

La Roche-Posay Micellar Cleansing Water Ultra $18.99, Ulta

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Although fragranced, this micellar water is super gentle and very effective. I only use micellar water on my neck to remove non-waterproof sunscreen and I need something mild yet effective for my sensitive neck area. I actually like this much better than Bioderma Sensibio.

Wayne Goss F1 Angled Cheek Brush + Blush Palette Set $60, Beautylish

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Beautylish is having a Black Friday sale pretty much for the first time and there are so many tempting deals (do check out the Tom Ford makeup bundles!!). I purchased this cheek brush right after it came out and it is one of the best brushes for blush application. This time, you get a free blush palette and Wayne's blushes are one of the best, too. It was a no-brainer for me.

Victoria Beckham Beauty The "On Holiday" Glow Set $91 (out of stock)

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I think highly of Victoria Beckham Beauty but this is one of those brands I never pay full price for. But this has become a thing - I always purchase something from the brand around this time of the year. Some of the sets are already sold out but you get 20% off on top of the already discounted set price so this is an awesome deal. Her Bronzing Brick has been on my wishlist for a while and it did not disappoint. The highlighter stick is quite beautiful as well. I have swatched them and shared a makeup look here.

Peet’s Coffee 20% off sitewide

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Last but not least, I stocked up on some coffee! Peet’s is one of my favorite coffee brands and I have been drinking their coffee for years now. In my opinion, their compatible espresso capsules taste much better than Nespresso. For drip coffee, I highly highly recommend Major Dickason's Blend. SO GOOD.

I've gathered up everything here just in case you want to see them in one place:

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