Saturday, 23 December 2017

Black Friday Haul

After splurging a bit too heavily on Black Friday, I thought it was a good opportunity to share my first haul. I can't lie, I set my alarm early Friday morning and by 6am I had about 5 confirmation emails stacking up. I'd spent the previous weekend listing some items I'd like and waiting to see if they were in the sale and trying not to get distracted by things I didn't need just because they were discounted and I succeeded and also picked up some Christmas presents on the way!

First, I'll run you through the bits I haven't taken photos of! Every year, I head over to the Spectrum Collections website as they have fab discounts on their makeup brushes. This year I went all out and plumped for the mega 30 piece set, complete with pouch which was on discount from £99.99 down to £79.99. I'm going to hand this over to my Step mum and it be my Christmas present from her & my Dad. With lots of parties coming up, I thought I'd bag myself a pair of over the knee boots for a night out as I've been wanting some for a long time. I visited Pretty Little Thing's website & found just what I was looking for. The best bit? They were £30 as opposed to £40, not bad.
Onto skincare now and it's the brand everyone and their mum has been raving about, Sunday Riley. Always one to want to try everyone's must-have products, I had been dying to get my paws on one of their oils but put off by the hefty £70 price tag for the full-sized product. I held fire until Black Friday and got lucky - Cult Beauty stock the half-size 15ml version of the Sunday Riley night oils and had a 20% off offer so I picked up the Juno night oil for £29.75 as opposed to £35 - I can't wait to see what magic this works on my skin!
Paul Mitchell is my go-to for shampoo and conditioner as one of the only salon brands that's cruelty free. I've been using the strengthening one for some time and was running out but again, & wanted to see if I could save some pennies as it's usually £20 for the duo. Lo and behold I was able to purchase the hydrating shampoo and conditioning set with £5 off via Look Fantastic. Originally £22, I picked this up for £15, however I've just gone on the website post-Cyber Monday sale and it's now own to £13! This does go to show that Black Friday sales aren't always the best when it comes to bargains. As my hair is really crying out for some moisture I also bought the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque at £8.20 rather than the usual price tag of £12.99. I was happy to find this one hasn't dropped any further in price but is still on offer for £8.20.
Like the haircare products, I was running out of eyeshadow primer so used the sales as an opportunity to save on my replacement. I picked up Urban Decay's Eden primer potion from House of Fraser. Usually £17 but £15.30 with discount, not the biggest saving but hey, better than nothing!

I also placed my first ever order on FalseEyelashes.co.uk and I've been excited to rave about them ever since. With sales, I'm sometimes dubious that 20% off is essentially the same as offering free shipping and therefore you aren't actually making that much of a saving. False Eyelashes offer free shipping with all orders so they had my attention right away. They offered 20% off site-wide for their BF sale. I placed 2 orders, one on Thursday and the other at 6am on Black Friday and was blown away that both my orders were in my hands by midday on the Saturday?! Amazing. In terms of what I actually picked up, I got the House of Lashes Icon Mini lashes for £11.20 (Normally £14) and the Velour Lashes Lash Applicator for £13.56 (Normally £16.95). The Icon Mini are my favourite false lash I've tried to date but unfortunately I didn't take a snap before wearing - oops!
I also paid a visit to cruelty free lash site SK Lashes where I picked up styles "Chelsea" & "Lily" normally £7.99 each but I got both pairs for £13.59. I've yet to try these yet but they are gorgeous falsies, a bit more dramatic than I'd usually go for but I'm excited to try them out.
So, in total I spent a shameful £218.99 but got £269.53 worth of stuff which works out as an overall average discount of nearly 19%. A lot of which was for replacements of products I know, love and needed & others I've wanted to test for a while but wasn't able to justify when full price.

What did you pick up in the Black Friday sales? Which stores/sites do you think had the best deals


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