Black Friday is the day after the American holiday Thanksgiving and the kickstart of Christmas shopping. Therefore most American shops offer on Black Friday (23/11, day after Thanksgiving) and Cyber Monday (26/11, Monday after Thanksgiving) great deals and discounts. In this globalized world, these days have been adopted by European brands as well to push consumers to start holiday shopping.
This year’s Black Friday 2018 sales already started with a bang, with BeautyBay having 30% off most of their stock. I personally already spent all my money on that sale but nevertheless, let’s see what the new Black Friday sales are. I would recommend you take this week to make a plan, a wishlist, a budget and stick to it. I am horrible at it but I can always recommend this strategy right?
In this post I will try to bring you discounts and codes valid for this occasion in the most used beauty-related webshops. For my European readers, I will signal the American website for which you might be charged customs costs. I would personally not suggest you make big purchases (above ~27$) unless you’re prepared to pay around 40% of your purchase extra. In most European countries custom charges are due for orders outside the EU for a value higher than 22€. This excludes shipping costs, but be careful that some brands will put the price without discount as value (Colourpop, Makeup Geek have done this to me), so you might be charged custom fees regardless. These are around 13€ of administrative costs + 21% VAT. You can check for and indication at invoercalculator.nl.
I will keep updating this list as much as I can leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday so keep an eye out for new brands and websites!
It all started on a windy Tuesday night when I decided to try my sample size Briogeo Don’t despair repair mask in the bath. I ended up with the softest, curliest hair I’ve ever had and decided to take the plunge and transition to natural hair care products.
“Natural” hair care as I mean it, is what in Italy is referred to as “biological” hair care, which is based on naturally occurring ingredients and is therefore free of silicones, parabens and harsh surfactants.
I have talked about my hair a lot at the beginning of the blog (here). I have long, thick, wavy hair, oily scalp and I have been dying it red for 8years. I have used henna in the past, but since I have had a lot of white hair popping up, I have been using professional hair dye for the last 3-4 years, specifically Joico Lumishine and since the end 2016 L’Oreal Majirouge. I do not use heat tools in my hair, except a blow dryer in winter. I maybe use a curling iron twice a year.
In May 2018 I had a balayage done for my wedding, as I needed more dimension in my braid. I definitely succeeded and the braid was gorgeous, but this treatment left my hair very fragile and damaged.
A small mention to my hair’s texture. I never properly understood what my hair wants to do and what is its natural texture. In summer I always let it air dry and obtain some messy, quite frizzy, beachy waves, and I help them with leave-in conditioner and light hold spray (not salt sprays, those are evil). You can see my full summer routine in this video here. In winter, I value my neck health so I blow-dry my hair, starting upside down for volume at the roots, then with a brush and obtain pretty straight, quite frizzy hair.
Why transition to natural hair care
My reasons to try this route are the following:
That Briogeo hair mask was amazing, it is natural, silicone free.
My hair showed some pretty awesome curling capability without any product, and I wonder if that is its natural texture.
I want to get rid of frizz
I want to reduce oiliness of my scalp
The products I am using now aren’t solving my hair problems
My plan to transition to natural hair care
Finish all silicone-based products I own
Start a slow transition by adding a silicone-free shampoo that is still not natural, to clarify the build-up of product I may (or may not) have on my hair
Use only silicone-free conditioner, masks and styling products
Add in natural products as the others finish
Maybe start coloring my hair with henna again?
The problems I foresee:
The red dye in my hair will fade much quicker without the high-tech specific products I have been using.
I will not be able to repair the damage in my ends afterall and will just have to chop it all off. Natural products do not contain the right keratin structures that mimic hair keratin, therefore they are unable to repair the damaged hair.
Henna will keep layering on itself and I will end up with darker hair
I am no hair expert, but just someone that likes to experiment. So this is my experiment. Since nothing is permanent, maybe I will learn something new and find products I love.
I am not demonizing regular hair care, silicones or any ingredient in particular. I do believe that you should invest in good, salon-grade products. If you do, you will get great protection, nourishing, repair and no build-up if you use good quality product. I saw it on my own hair when switching to Joico hair products.
To learn more about hair, hair products, dyes, ingredients, go read my friend Francesca’s posts here and here. She has worked for a professional brand, has a background in pharmaceutical sciences, and in general is a well informed blogger.
You can follow my transition to natural hair care on my Youtube channel as well, where I’m sharing my project panning challenge to finish my current hair care stash and the new products that I will be introducing in my routine.
Buying base products like foundation and concealer online is super hard so in occasion of the launch of the new Nabla Close Up concealer, I wanted to share a comprehensive comparison of all the concealers I own. So here we are with my concealer swatch comparisons, which doubles as my concealer collection.
I got many questions on the Makeup Geek damaged eyeshadow, and since I just made a few orders, let’s talk about them. Makeup Geek has been periodically releasing damaged stock on their website at a heavy discount, usually 50% off. I have been purchasing from these sales since the beginning because I have only had the best experience. The latest damaged sale was at the beginning of July and I got my hands on lots of shades I was missing in my Makeup Geek collection.
Happy Thanksgiving! I’m getting ready for the big dinner and talking all the latest Black Friday beauty deals and my Back Friday wishlist. I’m also using my Sephora VIB sale purchases to get ready because..NEW GOODIES!
Black Friday is the day after the American holiday Thanksgiving and the kickstart of Christmas shopping. Therefore most American shops offer on Black Friday (24/11, day after Thanksgiving) and Cyber Monday (27/11, Monday after Thanksgiving) great deals and discounts. In this globalized world, these days have been adopted by European brands as well to push consumers to start holiday shopping.
I thought of skipping this post this year, with so many deals already going on, but since I love sales here we go. I will try to bring you discounts and codes valid for this occasion in the most used beauty-related webshops. For my European readers, I will signal the American website for which you might be charged customs costs. I would personally not suggest you make big purchases (above ~24$) unless you’re prepared to pay around 40% of your purchase extra.
Oh dear, I’m back with another post. Can you believe it? two in a week. Jokes aside, I’m here today to talk to you about how I (and many others) take advantage of my spending addiction to save a little money here and there. I was contacted by TopCashBack to try out their service and boy was it the perfect timing. I went on a crazy shopping spree online for my birthday and managed to set aside some pretty penny from it too.
A lot of drama has been going around the beauty scene and it is all about the new Anastasia Beverly Hill Subculture palette launch. This is definitely a polarizing palette with people loving it and others hating it to extremes. This brought on ridiculous reviews like “the worst palette evah”or “wtf this sucks”, which in my opinion are all just riding on a few bad first impressions by the first people trying it, and nobody actually tried to find out how this palette works best. That is how I approached this palette, tip toeing around it and getting to know it before feeling completely comfortable with it. So now that I’ve had it for two weeks, this is my Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette review.
Since I started my Youtube channel, I have suddenly been aware and a bit concerned with the color of my teeth. I guess looking at my face while editing really made me self-conscious about the fact that my teeth aren’t really the whitest. So when I was asked to test and review the Smile Brilliant at home teeth whitening system, I was super excited to have this chance.