Black Friday 2018 & Cyber Monday 2018 Beauty discounts, sales and deals

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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!

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Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum Review

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Oily skin and impurities have always been my main concern when I though of skincare, but being on the verge of turning 30 made me realize I needed to start thinking about ageing as well. Coming Fall, I decided to start a renewing and anti-ageing skincare regimen (read more here) focused on the long term benefits of ingredients like Retinol. One of the key products of my new skincare routine is the Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum*, which I was kindly sent to try. I have been using this serum religiously for a month now and I think I have a few things to say about it.

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Announcement and Giveaway: there are no cats in America!

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An American Tail was one of my favorite movies as a kid, and I kept singing “There are no cats in America” for a few months after I saw it. Just love it! The song is a promise that all your troubles will be solved and life will be perfect in America! This is the spirit with which I am moving to the US and running a giveaway!

As I’ve mentioned a few times in the past few months, my husband was offered a position in the US and we are leaving The Netherlands is just a couple of weeks. I am so excited and imagine myself spending days in Sephora and Ulta and all the drugstores swimming among all the makeup that I haven’t been able to try on this side of the pond. Not to mention the ColourPop, Limecrime and Makeup Geek orders I’ll be placing. *Sigh*

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June 2016 Most Played and Favorites

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Happy July everyone!
We’re officially into summer, even though we haven’t really noticed it here. Anyway, it is time for June monthly favorites and Most Played products. This month I have been discovering color analysis thanks to the lovely ladies at Rossetto e Merletto. I have been analyzed as Deep Autumn and have put an effort to try makeup looks that fit my season’s colors and I even purchased a few bits that have quickly become obsessions. To see some of the looks, I post my makeup of the day on Facebook and Instagram almost every day.
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“We are the Samples, my friends!” #1

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Welcome to a new skincare post! This time we’re talking about sample sized and single-use products that I have tried once or used for a week and my first impressions on them. The idea for this post is inspired by Fran’s series of posts “We are the Samples, my Friends” on Being Cute is Not a Crime which I find always very useful. Some of these samples are a bit older, but others I used in my trip to Italy last week and have fresh impressions to deliver.
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May 2016 Most Played and Favorites

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May is over and I’m writing this post while the weather outside is the worst I’ve seen in a while with pouring rain and black skies. Sigh. Luckily most of May has been great and I have a lot of products to talk about!
As usual, this is a #teammostplayed post in which I show you the products I have been using all month, whether they’re favorites of not. To know more about this hashtag, go over to Goldenvi0let’s blog (here).
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