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Black Friday Sale Roundup: Beauty

Now that we’ve gotten a good number of the clothing-centric sales out of the way, it’s time to stock up on all of your favorite beauty products. These items rarely go on sale so there’s no better time to fill your cart up – AND there are so many things that could be perfect as stocking stuffers!

Sephora: Black Friday Beauty Sets – starting at just $10! Seriously guys, you can’t pass these up: Nest Perfume Trio for $12, Origins Cult Faves 4-pack for $18, and Drybar Dry Shampoo Duo for $30..just to name a few! Hurry before these all get scooped up!

Ulta: You can find all of Ulta’s Black Friday Beauty Busters here (BareMinerals and Tarte beauty kits for under $20, 20% off Clarisonic holiday sets…) but hurry they are selling out fast!

Glossier: This is their only sale of the year! 20% off everything + free shipping! Some of the products I’m a little (read: really) obsessed with include: boy brow, Generation G lip color, milk jelly cleanser, haloscope…okay let’s just say I’m obsessed with pretty much everything!

Happy shopping – stay tuned for more shopping guides throughout the day!

PS- Check out our Black Friday Sale Roundup for all things fashion that we posted earlier today!

Our Guide to 2014 Holiday Gift Guides + Black Friday Sales

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Especially when it comes to saving a ton of money at your favorite retail stores. Browse the gift guides, and get your discount codes organized, because Thanksgiving / Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday is upon us!

Step 1: Check out the pre-selected gifts at your favorite retailers and add your favorites to your shopping cart:

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ModCloth
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Nordstrom
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Kate Spade

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C. Wonder
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SHOPBOP
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Ann Taylor
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Sole Society
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Step 2: Don’t forget the discount codes! Use the following codes to ensure you get the best possible price while shopping this weekend:

Ann Taylor – 50% off your entire purchase. Online Only. Use code: THANKS

J.Crew – 30% off full-price styles and extra 40% off sale styles.* Use code: HOLIDAY

Tory Burch – Holiday Sale Event. Save 20-30%. Use code: LUCKY

Shopbop – Take up to 25% off your order with code: GOBIG14

Don’t forget the Kate Spade Surprise Sale is up to 75% off (but the good stuff goes quick!) and Nordstrom is offering up to 40% off thousands of items.

Happy Shopping!

Gearing Up for Black Friday

Black-Friday-J.Crew-Outlet-SalesJudging by the 2ft long receipt, you can see Black Friday 2012 was a success…

So the truth is: we kind of love Black Friday. It’s been a tradition since high school to go to ‘Midnight Madness’ at Pleasant Prairie Outlet Mall in WI to shop the sales until the wee hours of the morning. The nice thing now (for us at least, not so much the retail staff) is that many of these sales now start at 9:00 or 10:00pm.

Even though Jocelyn will be in NYC this Friday, I’ll be carrying out the tradition and bringing the boyfriend along (Matt is in for a TREAT)! First stop is always J.Crew outlet, typically followed by: Banana Republic, Ralph Lauren, Cole Haan, Nine West, BCBG and Bare Minerals. Ok fine, I guess I’ll let Matt check out Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour, too.

The primary focus of any Black Friday outleting excursion is always J.Crew Factory Store. If you plan on hitting the Factory Store in person or online, find some helpful hints and tips below!

The Unofficial Guide to J.Crew Factory Store Shopping

Bargain Hunting: If you really want to score a deal – go early. Like, when it first opens. While there’s plenty of product stocked at the front of the store, the good clearance items (often an additional 50% off) go fast. If there’s something you like in your size – hang on to it!

Take a Number: The fitting room lines will eventually wrap around the store, so pull everything you want to try on at once rather than making several trips. Try on at the same time as friends if you think you’ll need a second opinion. Will be hard to track them down otherwise!

The Approach: Now’s the time to stock up on basics. Perfect tees and tanks (in every color), Jackie cardigans (again, in EVERY color), socks (the cheetah print, argyle, and marled wool pairs I got last year are my faves) and sweaters (turtlenecks, crewnecks, V-necks or cashmere…whatever you’re into) are plentiful. I seriously wait all year for this stock up sess. I’ve found some great skirts, dresses, phone cases, and pajama pants over the years, too.

There are also some super fun accessories scattered throughout the store that make great gifts – critter necklaces, stands of pearls, sparkly belts, passport covers, argyle flasks, printed cosmetic cases, scarfs, ear muffs….

Quality Control: The reason why I focus on basics as opposed to investment pieces like Schoolboy Blazers, Double-cloth Coats, and work wear is because the quality of structed pieces isn’t quite up to par. If you’re used to the regular J.Crew merchandise, when you shop J.Crew Factory you will notice a difference. I can’t really distinguish a difference in cotton pieces, but for highly tailored items made of thicker materials, you can tell the products are lower-grade.

This is not uncommon among outlets and other factory stores – Coach outlet, for example, sells an entirely different line of lower quality leathergoods at their outlet stores than at the prime retail locations. Just a word of caution that the fit, feel, texture, and weight of certain items isn’t the same as regular retail stores (this is, however, reflected in the significant cost savings).

If you do not live near a J.Crew outlet, or don’t feel like dealing with people, J.Crew Factory Store online will feature a much similar selection of merchandise. You won’t get the perks of picking through the clearance rack, that can feature regular retail store overstock or returns (these items won’t have a double diamond on the tag), and you may not get the additional discounts that will apply in-store, but that’s not to say good deals can’t be found!

Keep an eye out on our blog and social streams for sale announcements!

Our J.Crew Factory Faves: