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Happy Tuesday Everyone!
I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend, a lovely Thanksgiving (if you’re here in the USA), and enjoyed some nice retail therapy, whether online or in stores.
Personally, this weekend was somehow not long enough for me!
I know, that seems ridiculous as I had Thursday, Friday, the weekend AND Monday off, but I guess I’ve just been doing too much running around to get much rest in which is fine by me, though my body is complaining a bit!
Thanksgiving was fantastic for me, having been the first time that I can remember since I lived at home that I actually didn’t drive all over the place to several Thanksgiving celebrations, but I wasn’t having it this year and it was seriously nice to just stay home and relax…and you know, eat pie.
It seemed really short-lived, though, as you all might know, I was at the local mall at nearly 2:30 AM! And it was CRAWLING with people! I was, like WTF?!
I am someone who really never experienced the madness of Black Friday until I was 20 and even then, I still didn’t go to the places I knew would be seriously flooded so this was the first time I’d actually seen a really packed shopping area in the wee hours of the early morning, mind you, so I was a bit blown away.
Take A Look For Yourself:
Sorry for the crappy quality, but you can see it’s quite busy at only 3 AM!
You see, the mall had totally given me the slip. I checked opening times and Sephora’s recording said they opened at 5 AM so I had planned to go wait in line around 3 and wait until 5 AM, but when I arrived, I saw a huge flood of people already going in and out of the mall so I’m assuming they gave incorrect hours to intentionally prevent mobs and riots of people from all showing up at once, but I am pretty sure they actually opened at midnight which is just insane.
Anyhow. Saturday was spent shopping as well, but less so as shops were still really packed. The after – black friday line at Best Buy (electronics store) was so long, it weaved throughout the store and they had an employee with a sign that said “End of Line Starts Here” to let customers know because there were literally people everywhere. There’s nothing I want badly enough to stand in that line!
Sunday and Monday I spent getting a bit of rest in, but still had to catch up on laundry and things.
-Sigh- So, alas, I’m still pretty tired, but had a nice holiday weekend anyway!
Oh! Also, I’m debating between buying a treadmill or getting a gym membership as I’d like to run more regularly, but I live in a bad neighborhood so any advice is much welcome on which is the better path to take!
How was your holiday, weekend, etc?
Did you get in any shopping online or in stores?
Congratulations to the winner of my Black Friday Beauty Giveaway – Fiona Naughton from LaBelleDameSansMerci!
I had my boyfriend randomly draw a name out of a bowl so it was completely random.
The picture above shows everything I picked up from Sephora based on what was on sale and what everyone requested. I will also be including a sample size of Miss Dior perfume, some ECOTools Exfoliating Shower Gloves, & a Burt’s Bees holiday minis set.
So Congrats to Fiona – please email me your address at StorybookApothecary@gmail.com so I can mail out your goodies!
Thanks so much to everyone who participated – I really appreciate you all reading my blog and signing up for all my giveaways.
If you didn’t win, don’t fret, I’ll be doing at least a week’s worth of 24 hour giveaways beginning in December so you will have a chance to try again very soon!
Enjoy your weekend!
so, really quick, before I take off to wait in line at the mall to get into Sephora for the Black Friday Beauty Giveaway that I’m doing (hope you all signed up!), I just wanted to share a few more black friday and cyber monday sales that I came across. I think most of these will be happening online so anyone can take advantage, whether you’re in the USA or not.
SaffronRouge.Com — Beginning on Friday & ending Monday, all Suki, Dr. Hauschka & Living Nature products will be 20% Off!
VapourBeauty.Com — Get 30% Off All Vapour Beauty products from Friday to Monday when you use code “blackfriday12”.
PaiSkincare.Com — From Thanksgiving (Right Now!!) to Cyber Monday, Spend $60 & Get a FREE Sea buckthorn hand & nail collection. Spend $100 & Get a FREE Rosehip 3 Step Facial Set. Spend $140 & Get Both sets for FREE!
BeautyBay.Com — For Black Friday (Nov. 23, 2012), Get 20% Off the ENTIRE Beauty Bay website!
BenefitCosmetics.Com — From Nov. 23 – 25th, Get a FREE Deluxe Mini BADGal Lash Mascara when you spend $30. Spend $60 & Receive a FREE a Deluxe Mini Porefessional as well. Receive a Deluxe Mini Sugarbomb when you spend $90 as well! Use coupon code “STAYCATION” to get the deals!
BeautyArmy.Com — Get 20% Off ALL Indie Lee products at Beauty Army.
SaksFifthAvenue.Com — Receive a $25 Gift Card when you spend $100 on any beauty or fragrance item! Use the code “BEAUTY12” online ONLY on November 22nd (Right Now!) and In stores on November 23rd!
ElementalHerbologyUS.Com — Get FREE Shipping on All orders of $40 + and Get a FREE Gift with purchase on All orders $100+ from November 23rd – December 21st!
JaneIredale.Com — Buy 2 Glimmer Gift Boxes at $40 each & Receive 1 For FREE! Use the code “GLIMMER” at checkout. Offer valid from Cyber Monday ( Nov. 26th) to December 2nd.
LovelySkin.Com — Get 25% Off All Orders & Get a Special Gift with Purchase for orders over $200.
NaturesGate.Com — Get 40% Off in their New Facial Care collection. Use code ” CYB40 ” at checkout to get the deal.
Stay Safe, Enjoy the holiday & Happy Shopping!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
I hope you’re all enjoying turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potato, greens, and pumpkin pie!
Now, as much as Thanksgiving is about eating and laughing (maybe a bit about Black Friday Sales & Shopping! Lol) , it’s also about being thankful and giving thanks. That’s the tradition of this holiday and it’s important to take note and remember what we’re thankful for, who we are thankful to have in our lives and to let our actions speak those thanks so that’s the theme of today’s post – things I’m thankful for this year.
- My Friends. This is a big one! Man, my friends keep me sane, especially when I need someone to vent to, talk to, someone to cheer me up when I’m sad, or just someone who I can say – can I come over? and they’d say yes without question. Those people who don’t judge you and who believe and have faith in you without question. Thank you, so much, to my friends who are always there for me in life, no matter what. You know who you are. You mean so much to me.
- My Family. I’ll be the first to say how insane my family is, how they absolutely drive me up the wall, and how frustrating, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love and appreciate them. They are always there to chat to when I have troubles, to give advice when I need it, and to bring me leftovers for no reason at all on any given day. They always think of me and for that, I feel eternally grateful to them.
- My Health. If you follow this blog, you’ll have heard me complain and get frustrated in the area of fitness, health and everything, but I am still so grateful to be able to get up and walk, run, jump, and skip around. That I’m not ill or weak and that my body is strong and healthy. I know it takes a huge amount of strength for those who have ailments and conditions and they amaze me all the time so I am very grateful I have the strength to help.
So, I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving and enjoy time spend with your family and friends!
What are you thankful for this year?
So, I’m a bit off kilter today as I have to be in to work today and I normally don’t work Mondays, but due to Thanksgiving, we’ll be working now til Wednesday to compensate for missing Thursday and Friday.
Anyway, I’m super excited for Black Friday and having a ridiculously long weekend and I’ve been scouring the interwebs for more awesome black friday deals in beauty as I said I would.
Check Out All The Deals I Found!
NUXE – Get 20% OFF Nuxe’s entire site when you shop on November 26th! I’m kind of excited about this one as well; I may just pick up their multi-use dry oil finally!
Brown Butter Beauty – Get 25% OFF when you shop the super affordable natural hair & beauty products from Brown Butter Beauty. Use Coupon Code – “BlackFriday” . The offer lasts from November 23 – 25th, 2012. If you’re unfamiliar with them, I highly recommend trying their sulfate free shampoos and their incredible Babassu deep conditioner. They also sell pure Maracuja oil ( what Tarte is known for) at a really great price!
BECCA Cosmetics – On Nov. 25th, Get a FREE mini Shimmering Skin Perfector & Full Sized Beach Tint when you spend $75. You’ll get even more goodies ( 2 full sized Glossy Lip Tints + BECCA Cosmetics Pouch!) when you spend $125 +! They are also releasing a limited edition nail color set for $30. < I know I’ll be shopping this one – I’ve been dying to get my hands on one of their eye palettes!
Dr. Hauschka – Get a FREE Limited Edition hand cream from Dr Hauschka when you spend $50+ on November 26, 2012.
Giorgio Armani Beauty – Get 20% Off AND Free Shipping with any purchase of $75+ when you use coupon code PREVIEW12. This one is a bit of a PRE Black Friday deal as it lasts only until November 22nd – I’ll definitely be checking this one out! I’ve been eyeing their Maestro Foundation. Anyone else as fascinated with it as I am?
Philosophy – This one is a bit late to the show, but maybe some of you can still take advantage of it! Get 20% OFF RIGHT NOW with coupon code ” beauty20 “. This offer ends November 20th (tomorrow!) so you’ll need to hurry if you want to get your purchases in!
John Masters Organics – Get 25% OFF their entire line of all natural care products from Thanksgiving (November 22nd) to Monday November 26th! Use coupon code” HOLIDAY12 ” to get the discount! I’ve been wanting to try their hair care line for some time now so this is a great chance to pick that up!
Are there any Black Friday sales you’re really looking forward to this year, beauty or otherwise?
Do share in the comments!
I’m always down for a good deal 😉
Happy Friday Everyone!
We’re officially a week away from Black Friday!
If you haven’t yet signed up for my Black Friday Beauty Giveaway, you may want to do so SOON as time is running out!
I know a lot of you either can’t go out for Black Friday because you’re in another country and there may not be many deals going on locally or otherwise because you’re smart and want to avoid the insanity that comes with this crazy day and that’s totally understandable, but why should you miss out on the deals?
So, for that reason, today’s post is some awesome Black Friday beauty sales that will be happening online and which you can take advantage of despite not being in physical stores. I may post more on this as the sales are released, but here are some exciting ones to put on your list for next week & even an EXCLUSIVE coupon code for Storybook Apothecary readers!
Read On for the Deals!
NARS Cosmetics – Here’s one I’m really excited for! The entire NARS website will be 20% OFF! Awesome, right? I’m currently testing out a sample of their Sheer Glow Foundation – so far so good – review soon lovelies so stay tuned!
Alima Pure – I believe there will be some other specials going on as well (don’t quote me on this!) , but I do know they will be doing a GWP* for all purchases of $45 or more which is fantastic! I wonder what the gift is! Unfamiliar with their lovely line? Check out my posts on them – here.
(GWP = gift with purchase*)
Max Green Alchemy – All the lovely people at MGA are capping shipping costs at $5 for ALL orders (free for orders over $150) from Black Friday to Cyber Monday! Spend your money on all their fantastic goodies & save big on shipping! Unsure what they have to offer? Check out my reviews – here.
The Body Shop – Although some restrictions apply, for Black Friday ONLY (Nov. 23rd), their entire site will be 3 for $30!! Obviously not everything is included in the deal, but STILL!
Folica – From Nov. 21-25, use the code TURKEY to get $25 off orders of $100 or more, plus free shipping. From Nov. 26-28, get $25 off of $75 and free shipping with the code TURKEYDEAL.
Smashbox – From November 22-25th, they will be holding their friends and family sale so you can get 20% OFF their entire site!
Rainwater Botanicals – Take 15% OFF your entire order this Black Friday! From Midnight to Midnight PST. Use the Coupon Code “BLACK” to redeem + Free Shipping on U.S. orders of $200 or more and $10 off shipping on International orders or $200 or more. This sale is good in our Etsy store only. Shipping charges will be refunded for orders or $200 or more. If you’re unfamiliar with Rainwater Botanicals, check out original my post on them – here.
Hip Apotheca – Get 15% OFF when you use the coupon code – “HOORAY.” They carry some awesome natural brands such as Antipodes, Figs & Rouge, Mai Couture, One Love Organics, Pai Skincare, Revolution Organics & Mbeze.
Vive Sana – Get 25% OFF when you use the EXCLUSIVE Storybook Apothecary coupon code – “storybook25”. Offer expires December 3rd, 2012. If you’re unfamiliar, check out the review I did on their amazing sunscreen – here.
I’ll keep an eye out for more online Black Friday sales & post on them as they come, but definitely take advantage of these ones! I know I will be shopping online while I wait in line haha.
Have a Lovely Weekend!
What Sales Are You Most Looking Forward To This Black Friday – If you do plan on shopping in physical stores, that is?
I’m sooo excited for Christmas!
I know, Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet, but I just get more jazzed about Christmas than Thanksgiving for some reason and it probably has a lot to do with all of the Christmas themed beauty sets they come out with around this time that get me into the spirit!
You know, and all the fireplace scent in cold air, candy canes, tea, and all that jazzy stuff too!
So, with that, here’s 20 of my favorite gift sets, collections, etc. that would make lovely gifts for someone this holiday season!
What’s On Your Christmas List?
Be Sure to Sign Up for My Black Friday Beauty Giveaway Before It’s Too Late – here!
I’m sooo excited to finally be able to discuss this with you all! I’ve been holding in this brilliant idea (if I do say so myself!) for a few weeks now and I’m so excited for you all to be a part of it and win some awesome goodies!
As you may know, Black Friday, one of the most intense shopping days of the year (no joke, people get stabbed and shot occasionally, it’s that crazy), is coming up very soon.
Sometimes, I try to avoid the shopping insanity, but this year I decided to do something fun as a way to thank readers for following me, reading my posts and supporting me since I started this blog in March. I really do appreciate it.
So, my idea is this – Sign up for this giveaway by commenting on this post, letting me know what you most want me to pick up on Black Friday. All items put in this giveaway pot will be items I’ve picked up on Black Friday and I will make a list of things to pick up based on what you guys comment. There’s no guarantee all items will make it into the pot and I may add some others in if I see a really good deal on it while shopping. Anyone who comments has a chance to win.
To give you an idea of where I’m going to shop, you can check out Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Target online websites for ideas of what you would most like me to pick up. Based on the items in the comments, I’ll determine where I’m going to go (for example, if most comments are items from Sephora and Target, I’ll just go to those 2).
The Rules Are:
- You must be a follower of this blog, whether by email or wordpress account.
- You must leave a comment with ONE item you think I should pick up and they must be beauty orientated items. For each bonus entry, you can leave another comment letting me know what you’ve done for the extra entry and also another item you’d like in the giveaway.
- The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere, so you can still sign up even if you’re not in the US and don’t know what Black Friday is! If you’re unsure what’s available at the aforementioned stores, check their online websites.
- You can get extra entries by following me on Twitter @SApothecary, Following me on Pinterest @StorybookApothecary, Pinning this post on Pinterest, Liking my Facebook, and following me @StorybookBeauty on Instagram (I’ll be taking photos on Black Friday to document my shopping insanity haha). If you do any of these extra entries, simply leave a comment letting me know what you’ve done so I can check and then add another entry for yourself by leaving another beauty item you want in the comment.
- Please note – There is no guarantee that the item(s) you request will be included in the giveaway. I will do my best to get the majority of what’s asked for based on comment entries, but since I am just one person, I can’t get everything. Please take that into account, thanks!
The Giveaway Deadline to Enter Your Comment Request is November 20, 2012.
All Entries after that date will be ignored.
To get you all in the mood to pick out things you like, Here are a few of my favorites!
I hope you all sign up, leave your comments and let me know what you would like. Get in those extra entries, if you want, and thanks again for being amazing and following me thus far! 🙂
Disclaimer :This post/giveaway is not sponsored or affiliated in any way with the aforementioned companies. I am funding this giveaway with my own money and of my own free will. My opinions and thoughts are my own, as always.