to shop / 2018 cyber week deals

It’s that time of year again! I will be updating this over the long weekend. In general, I’m buying items that are on my list — many of the retailers only have a discount once a year. If you miss out on a deal, keep on mind Green Monday is on December 9 (last Monday before Christmas for ground shipping).

Updated on Monday morning.

Note on Cashback and Return Shipping

  • Ebates has great cashback rates at the moment for many stores. You can get an extra $10 cashback with my Ebates referral if you don’t have an account. It is a legit cashback site, I have been using it for almost 2 decades! You just have to remember to checkout from their link. I use other cashback sites as well but overall, Ebates has the best rates right now.
    • Rates: Saks, Neiman Marcus (14%); Bloomingdale’s, Barneys, Ulta, Gap, Lululemon, Macys (10%); L’Occitane (15%); Sephora (8%); J.Crew (6%)
  • Chase Freedom 5% on department stores: If you have a Chase Freedom credit card, it makes the department store cashback ‘deals’ even sweeter with the extra 5% cashback.
  • Discover and Amazon Pay: If you have a Discover card, the 5% cashback on Amazon also works on Amazon Pay (i.e. similar to PayPal, Amazon Pay is a payment method). This stacks with any cashback for the retailer you are purchasing from.
  • PayPal refunds return shipping: if you pay with PayPal, you are eligible for a refund return shipping, if you had to pay for it. Super easy process and up to $30 per refund, 12 times a year so I usually save this for those sites that don’t offer a label. I also like to pay with PayPal on those smaller sites so my payment information is centralized. Previously mentioned here.

Overall

  • Anthropologie / Black Friday (Thursday – Sunday): 30% off everything. Thursday early morning through Sunday. Last year, Monday’s sale was 20% sitewide.
  • MoMa Store  / Black Friday (Th – Sat): $20-40 off. Great for gifts (for yourself haha) through Saturday. Unless you’re hitting the $200 mark to get $40 off, I recommend waiting — last year Sunday/Monday had 20% off and free shipping.  Cyber Monday (Sun – Mon): 20% off and free shipping on Sunday and Monday.
  • Nordstrom / Black Friday (Th – Sat): Perhaps my favorite department store. There is an excellent Fresh and Christophe Robin (love the rose volumizing shampoo paste) gifts with purchase. Use code DEALMOON for beauty purchases over $65 for an extra bag of samples. Cyber Monday (Sun – Mon): Spend $250 and get a $50 gift card for use in Jan/Feb. 
  • ShopSpring  / 12% cashback and free Shoprunner membership (2 day shipping). You can shop other sites through this site.
    • Pros: they currently offer 12% cashback that goes back to your credit card. You can get cashback on sites that normally don’t have cashback like Clare V. Shipping and returns are free.
    • Cons: This site has changed itself over the last year. No extra sale codes or gifts with purchase. They also used to charge sales tax on items that shouldn’t be taxed — I think this has been fixed. Inventory is also not the same as the retailers and I have gotten orders cancelled due to lack of inventory.
  • Amazon / Good for the entire long weekend:
    • $5 off $20 for books using code NOVBOOK18 through Sunday. Sold by Amazon.com only.
    • When you use an Amex membership reward point, 20% off up to $100 off. Works on gift cards. Sold by Amazon.com only. Details.
    • When you use a Chase UR reward point, $15 off $60. Sold by Amazon.com only. Details.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue  / Black Friday: Spend $150 and get a $75 gift card through Friday, code THANKFUL. Cyber Monday: Get $50 off for every $200, lots of exclusions.
  • Target / Black Friday only: Spend now to save 20% on a single use between Nov 27 and Dec 8.
    • In-store, Friday only. Spend $0.01 or more using the Target app.
    • Online, Friday only. Spend $50 online.
  • Hulu / 99 cents a month for a year. For new accounts or old customers who haven’t subscribed in a year. Also on Ebates – open the site through Ebates and click on the main site and you should see the promo.

Home

  • Brooklinen / 10-20% off tiered discount. I’m a big fan of their luxe sateen sheets. I recently upgraded from Queen to King, so I picked up a few new items and also grabbed some items from their discontinued patterns (RIP Bedford Stripe). They rarely have discounts! Cyber Monday sale is same as BF. 
  • Poketo / 20% off sitewide through Monday.
  • Food52 / 20% off sitewide through Sunday.
  • Parachute Home / 20% sitewide through Monday. I’ve only tried the linen sheets and I recommend them!
  • GIR / 35% off + free ship $35+ with code NSBFriday. Through Saturday. I love their silicone lid covers and various kitchen tools in an array of colors and non-colors. Also available at Amazon (some items are super overpriced though), Food52, and Target. Cyber Monday: B1G160% off with code GIRMonday.
  • Trumedic massagers / 30% off and free shipping on massagers with code MASSAGE30. Expiration unknown.
    • I’ve had the IS-3000 PRO (Amazon link for reviews) for over a month. I tried this at my aunt’s and promptly ordered one for myself. I like stronger massages and while this doesn’t replace a professional massage, this gives a deeper massage and is a treat. I’m slightly annoyed at paying $50 more on Amazon at the time, however, I like it enough to say that the price difference was worth having it for a month earlier.
    • The InstaShiatsu+ Foot Massager with Heat made Oprah’s Favorite Things list this year. I’d ordered one through a Good Morning America deal and am still waiting for mine since it was backordered.

Fashion

  • Uniqlo / A lot of staples are on sale, including the HeatTech x Alexander Wang collection.  Also free shipping on all orders. End date not stated but expected to go through Monday.
  • Abercrombie / 50% off site wide with some exclusions and free shipping. End date not stated. I never wore Abercrombie before but have had my eyes on the winter trench coat because I love the plaid trim and this sherpa open front cardigan which looks like a warm blanket.
  • A.P.C. bags on sale at Matches Fashion, Ssense, Shopbop, 24 Sevres, Nordstrom
  • J.Crew / 40% off at first, now 50% off and the site is still crashing.
  • Madewell / 25% off.
  • H&M / 30% off and free shipping. I’ve gotten some items from here, after not shopping here for years. They also have some quality items from their home department.
  • Margaux / 20% off $225. Margaux has attractive block heels and ballet flats. I’m intrigued but haven’t tried them before. You can buy pre-made or made to measure.
  • Clare V / 20% off select items. Launched promptly at midnight on Friday morning. Through Sunday.
  • Baggu / 20% site-wide, 25% for $50+, 30% off $100+.
  • COS / 20% off select items. The selection is a bit disappointing and a lot of items are already out of most sizes. I do recommend the Tailored A-Line Dress, but any shorties (like me) will need to get the length altered.

Beauty

  • Birchbox / 10-25% off site-wide. End date not stated, guessing through Friday night. Birchbox has tons of brands – Tata Harper, Sunday Riley, Shu Uemura hair, Oribe (this set), Dr Jart, Whalmyung… they have exclusive sets and don’t forget the gifts with purchase section. For Cyber Monday, Ace gets up to 45% off of the unexciting sale section, others get 30% off.
  • Neiman Marcus / $50 off $200 through Saturday. Last year, Monday was a gift card promotion. I prefer a cash discount. Sale is not limited to beauty. Ebates has 14% cashback (my referral) and if you have a Chase Freedom, get 5% cashback. Cyber Monday is gift card event.
  • Peach and Lily / 30% site-wide through Monday, exclusions apply including their Peach and Lily collection.
  • Sephora / 50% off Surratt Beauty. Otherwise, I’m shopped out from their November sales.
  • Stratia / 20% off on Cyber Monday. This is an indie skincare brand that I found through Reddit. Their Liquid Gold is a light moisturizer full of good stuff. I will be restocking on this!
  • QVC has Black Friday specials (kind of hard to navigate IMHO) and free shipping on Beauty (amongst other things) through Monday. Use code TEN4U for $10 off your first purchase.
  • True Botanicals / 20% off and a $10 credit for every $50 spent for use in December. Good through Monday. I didn’t expect to see them join the fray.
  • Beauty Heroes / 15% off through Monday with code LIKEAMEMBER. They carry clean beauty brands and more. I recommend the Level Up discovery sets, especially the True Botanicals one if you wanted to try their Vitamin C Booster.
  • Drunk Elephant / Midi sized Babyfacial and C Firma Serum, and free shipping. If you missed out of any of the holiday sets at Sephora, they have it here, even the Trunk.
  • L’Occitane / 20% off and free shipping.
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to shop / {deal alert} ferragamo vara pump in black leather

June 18 Update: If you recently purchased (~10 days ago) a pair of Ferragamos on sale from Bloomingdales, they have an additional 25% off sale (code SAVE25). You can ask for a price adjustment, but don’t wait too long because last time the SAVE25 lasted for one day. They have restocked the aforementioned Vara pumps numerous times even during the day as well as these neutral patent Varina flats in pink bon bon. A steal!

These classic Ferragamo black leather Vara pumps are 40% off at Bloomingdales and 35% off at Nordstrom. Currently, there are only large sizes available but if you’re looking for a pair, I would check back for popbacks. Non-patent Varas and Varinas are much harder to find. I wear the black patent ones all the time for work and have been wanting to get some in smooth leather.

Read on for my brief Ferragamo review and comments on sizing.

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to shop / 2017 cyber week deals

I wasn’t able to blog earlier, but rest assured, there are still plenty of sales going on in case you are late to the game, and Cyber Monday is sometimes better than Black Friday. I save many purchases for November — it’s best to navigate with a list in mind. Unfortunately, I don’t plan to update this during the day on Monday.

Overall
Anthropologie / 30% off through Sunday. Predicting it will be 20% off and a larger % off for sale items on Monday. I shop their homewares and beauty more often than their clothes. They have a ton of good stuff, especially natural beauty! Recent loves: Rooster Highball Glass Set, Aquis towels. Also really been wanting the Faravel Moto Jacket in my size (backordered) and this CJW Italian Elements Scarf.
Apple iTunes and Google Play gift cards from Costco for 15%+ off (requires membership). Whatever I can pay for through iTunes I will so that I’m getting a discount (including my Netflix). Youtube Red is also really useful for watching those Chinese dramas with 50+ episodes on my commute. The $100 iTunes gift card is also available at Amazon for $85 if you have the Discover credit card that gives you 5% cashback this quarter.
ShopSpring / Not sure if they will do Cyber Monday but hope they do. They are a shopping service and tend to do 20% off site-wide sales with a cap. This is great because they carry items from Clare V, L’Occitane, Barneys, Brooklinen, etc.
Target / 15% off Monday. This is when I stock up on Cerave foaming cleanser.
Texture / 3 months for $5. Expiration unknown. If you like to read magazines on your mobile device. I love this, especially when I am traveling. You can download all back issues too!
Amazon / $5 off $20 on books through Sunday with GIFTBOOK17.

Beauty 
Birchbox / Spend over $75 to get 25% site-wide through Monday. They carry some brands I love like Shu Uemura Art of Hair, Tata Harper, Dr Jart, and Oribe. You can also buy gift cards for subscriptions. I no longer get their box but this is the only time of year I would shop from them.
Dermstore / 25% off today, 30% off predicted for tomorrow. They carry a lot of other brands and I love that they also have a rewards program. They had a 30% off sale for Black Friday, currently have a 25% off sale, but I expect it to be 30% tomorrow with no exclusions. When it’s no exclusions, you can shop for Drunk Elephant. Nope, it was 25% the entire weekend and exclusions never lifted.
Glossier / 20% off and free shipping through Monday. I got the clear boy brow, stretch concealer, and body hero duo (hope it’s not too badly scented).
Tata Harper / 20% off $100+ with exclusions through Thursday, Nov 30. A pretty good sale but not the best sale. I ended up getting what I wanted at Birchbox or Cult Beauty’s Black Friday sale (with a nice gwp).
Tatcha / You have to submit your email to get your offer. They have a bunch of holiday sets. I also got their lip oil – which is nice, but a splurge. This is an ok sale — if you want Tatcha, be sure to check QVC as well who has their own sets and a free shipping promotion going on.
Bloomingdales / 10% almost all beauty with nice gwp (including full size items for Space NK purchases). Good through Monday.
Peach and Lily / 30% off Korean beauty through Monday. I have stuff in my cart but am tempted to buy nothing.
Neiman Marcus / They did a $50 off $200 through yesterday and now have a tiered gift certificate promotion. I only mention NM here because they have Vintner’s Daughter on back order.
Nordstrom / They have a lot of gift with purchases. Depending on what you are buying, the freebie may > a discount.

Clothing
Uniqlo / Love their Heattech stuff and collabs. They started their Black Friday sales early. This year I got some Ultra Warm Heattech items (which is warmer than Extra Warm).
J.Crew / Through Monday noon, 40% + 10% with some exclusions. (That’s 46% off.) I’ve been shopping a bit at J.Crew lately, but also returning a lot. If you like anything that Nordstrom carries, you can also pricematch there.
Petit Bateau / 50% off sitewide through Monday for Cyber Monday/Weekend. Black Friday was 40% off. I love their tees so I’m really excited for this milleraies travel set with shawl, eye mask, and pouch that’s made with the same material.

Home/Accessories
roztayger / 25% off full price with NOIR25. Exclusions noted on top of page. Tightly curated collection of bags. Through Monday, Nov 27.
MoMA Design Store / 20% off and free shipping through Monday. This is a pretty generous offer, especially if you are a member too. I love their curation (which also has some Uniqlo and Muji). They have the Stendig calendar which always sells out.
Need Supply Co. / 20% off through Sunday. Last year they did 25% off for Cyber Monday. A nice curation and while they have clothes, I’ve only paid attention to the home/office/accessories.
Baggu / 25% off through Monday. My favorite print of this season is the strawberry (sold out) and orange tree.
Rifle Paper Co. / 30% off through Tuesday.

to shop / {deal alert} baggu, laneige, and peach and lily

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

to shop / {deal alert} muji acrylic cases for $10

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