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PSA — 30% off Baggu on Macy’s and up to $15 in gift cards from Target on Laneige purchases!

Macy’s has a VIP sale going on. Get 30% off lots of stuff including current season Baggu and 15% off beauty (they carry Peach & Lily and Shangpree masks).

Images: Baggu

Korean brand Laneige is clearing out of Target and moving to Sephora. I think most Laneige purchases get a $10 gift card, which stacks with the $5 gift card for $20+ beauty purchase for a total of $15 Target gift cards. Some stuff is sold out, but if you like this yogurt mask (use as overnight mask), you’re in luck. Especially since Target gift cards are like cash unless you have self-restraint of steel.

Image: Target

This deal is available online and at select stores. They are stackable and very popular with the makeup community. If you purchase online you have to pay an additional handling fee for each unit and shipping. Not every store is running the promotion — it’s confirmed at the new Boston Newbury store, the Soho NYC store (which is closing for renovation at the end of February), and reported at a SoCal store. The Soho store also marked down most of their stock, excluding cosmetics/skincare, aroma diffusers, and luggage.

All light grey inserts in the cases below are sold separately.



Images: Muji


Post-Christmas sales have started. Saks Fifth Avenue has 50% off Yoku Moku (amongst other things). Yoku Moku makes the best butter cookies and each cookie is packaged nicely in a reusable tin box. I love their cigare cookies (pictured). They are imported from Japan and ingredients are all natural. Plus, if you have Shoprunner, 2 day shipping is free. Shoprunner is free for Amex cardholders and PayPal users (I think).

Last updated Mon, Nov 28 at 5:11pm ET

Sales worth noting — retail must be hurting as the deals are overall better than usual. Similar to last year, many retailers have a weeklong promotion. Smaller retailers tend to stick to the traditional Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and often have different promotions for each occasion. I will be updating if I see anything good throughout the long weekend, so check back later! Newer deals will be listed on top. Happy shopping and enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend… and let me know if you get anything :)

Nordstrom / Pricematching J.Crew 40% and Madewell 25% off for most items

Amazon Luxury Beauty / Spend $50+, get $25 for future Luxury or Professional Beauty purchase code BEAUTYGIFT25 (exp unknown). Must be sold/shipped by Amazon.com.
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The Target beauty department is a whopping 25% off today online and in-store. This includes makeup, skincare, haircare, fragrances, bath and body, deodorant, hand soap, oral care, women’s shave, men’s grooming, and spa & massage. Many items are already discounted (Amazon isn’t always cheapest). Like last year, I’m stocking up on Cerave foaming face wash and the Pixi Glow Tonic. They also have high-end skincare like French Embryolisse and Korean Laneige. Shipping is free!

25% off code: BEAUTY

Update: Back in stock at Sephora.com.

Originally Published on November 6, 2016

Another beauty deal — this Burberry Festive Box was launched for the holidays. Burberry packaging is gorgeous. It has one full-sized neutral eyeshadow in Pale Barley along with three minis. The eyeshadow alone runs $29 and this box is $35. The set launched on Sephora and soldout after restocking. Now, it’s back in stock at Nordstrom, but I’m sure it won’t be for long!

Images: Nordstrom

I’m not sure when the J.Crew x Net-a-Porter stripe-happy collection launched on jcrew.com, but I’m quite loving the look of the boatneck tee in dotted stripes in blue (NAP only had a pink colorway). And strangely this top is less than $18 (from $40) today with code WARMSTYLE. I’m not sure if it’s an accidental sale, how the top truly runs, or is it hand wash (NAP page) or machine wash (J.Crew), but hey, it’s not final sale! I also have other dotted stripe top recommendations below.

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This is my favorite time of the year for Sephora because it’s limited edition & value sets galore! And additional 20% off for VIBs! In addition to the monthly Sephora Play! box, Sephora now carries more brands that I like including Asian beauty and natural brands. Sephora has started doing customizable sets of late. They are an affordable $25 (before any discounts), you get to choose 5 deluxe/travel sized items that you want, and due to how the discount is applied in cart, shipping is free! The first one was the Sephora Soko to Tokyo customizable set (sold out). Next was a pure hair care Style, Treat & Repeat! Custom Hair Essentials on the go (there are many sold out options).

Now there is the Customizable Skin Care & Hair Gift Set ($25) where you get to choose from a a selection of 13 items. If any of these are missing, then it’s sold out. I had to let this sit in my cart for a bit before the discount applied, not sure if it’s resolved now.

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The Drunk Elephant Vitamin C serum is probably my favorite non-Asian skincare purchase of late. I stopped using the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic a long time ago — though I have other serums that have a dropper-glass bottle packaging — I didn’t like the packaging re: oxidation and I couldn’t get myself to use it consistently.

  • Drunk Elephant vs. Skinceuticals: Both products have the initial hot dog smell. The Skinceuticals probably has a stronger formula but it’s twice as expensive and the oxidation. Drunk Elephant has a better price point, additional antioxidants (it has pumpkin!) and virgin Marula oil, and I love the Drunk Elephant packaging.
  • Application: Every morning, I dry my face right after I wash it, apply the Vitamin C serum, and wait a few minutes for it to dry before putting on the next layer. Depending on the mood, I might also apply it to the neck and hands. I definitely see results.

Reading about DE’s non-toxic mission, I wanted to try more products. For the skeptics, even critical Paula’s Choice’s Beautypedia gives high marks to DE. (Note: I’m not sure what’s wrong with the Beautypedia — it redirects to the PC main page. If you want to view reviews and it’s not showing up, click on the dropdown in Google and click on ‘cached’ to view the cache of the review.)
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