Okay, you all know that shopping is kind of my thing. So much so, that when friends are shopping and see something about shopping, they instantly think of me. That’s how I first heard this slogan, which brilliantly combines my love of shopping and reluctance to exercise in a few words.
Black Friday shopping, however, is a different story. Black Friday shopping requires strategy, and I’m more of an impulse shopper (although skilled one, because I know what I like and rarely regret a purchase). Black Friday browsing, i.e. soaking up the hustle and bustle while strolling through stores, is highly entertaining, but I don’t have the patience to navigate the crowds and stand in the lines and actually buy anything. Instead, I prefer to do all of my Black Friday shopping online, and save in-store purchases for Small Business Saturday (the real best shopping day of the year).
Every retailer is doing Black Friday a little early this year, which means you can grab great deals at Net-a-Porter, H&M, ShopBop, Bloomingdale’s, ASOS, Forever 21, Michael Kors and LOFT, as well as a few more obscure sources. Here, I pick my 15 of favorite finds from lesser known sites (except for Nordstrom, of course), in no particular order:
My Pick: HoneyRock Color Harmony is the only makeup line I’ve ever personally sold, and that’s because I’m such a believer. Know your Color Code (Warm, Cool, Deep, Clear, Soft and Light) and you can confidently shop for makeup, accessories and clothes. It’s a real game changer. (Don’t know yours yet? Click here and join for free to find out!) This kit contains everything you need to look gorgeous on the go, and the colors are selected to bring out your own beauty!
HoneyRock has 7 great offers including FREE shipping, $10 for all lipsticks and lipgloss, deep discounts on the Deluxe Makeup Kit (above), the Foundation Kit, the popular purifying face cleanser, the Kabuki brush, and the fun new jewelry!
My Pick: I’m obsessed with the chic packaging, and the fragrance, of this hip haircare line. The Champagne Spray is a sublimely-scented styling spray that gives hair an artfully tousled look.
- Black Friday: Complimentary 3-piece travel kit with all orders – $36 value
- Saturday: Buy More, Get More –
- $30 purchase, $5 off
- $75 purchase, $15 off
- $150 purchase, $40 off
- Sunday: Complementary signature-scented candle with all orders – $20 value
Cyber Monday: All orders ship free & IG exclusive deal – 40% off Première Treatment w/promo code – 4 hours only
My Pick: While Dana’s offers macaron indulgences starting at $12, the ultimate party showstopper (or wedding cake?) is this glorious tower, which is available in different flavors as well as the variety one shown here.
Black Friday – Sunday:
- Orders over $50.00 get a free 12-box of macarons
FREE box with ALL orders
Long Tall Sally
My Pick: I love that Long Tall Sally offers trendy pieces and classics sized for tall women. This pleated sleeve blouse from Karl Lagerfeld’s collection for LTS is an updated classic.
For Black Friday, Long Tall Sally will offer 15% off $100, 20% off $200, and 25% off $250.
For Cyber Monday, the retailer will have “buy one, get one free” on jeans.
Long Tall Sally features apparel and accessories specifically designed for tall women with denim inseams available in 34”, 36”, and 38”
My Pick: It was hard to narrow down the items on this site, which features everything from Leather luggage to canvas carryalls. Monogram lovers will adore this tote, which comes in different colors, stripes and fonts.
Clava, designer of leather accessories, bags, home items, gifts and more, will offer 30% off the website from November 23rd – 28th with code CYBER30.
A leather wine pouch was $60, now $42, and a convertible clutch crossbody was $225, now $158.
My Pick: I’ve been a Bed Head fan since the late 90s. Their products, especially for curly hair, are fun, innovative and effective. I love this colorful, easy to use diffuser.
ALL Curlipops Styling Irons 50% off promotion at Ulta from 11/23 through 11/25
My Pick: Nightly Lip Treatment. Smiling causes wrinkles, you guys, and smiling is my favorite. I love the delivery method and the fact that it targets the little lines I’m starting to see around my lips.
- Buy $50 – $99- Receive 2 travel sizes/deluxe samples
- Buy $100 – $149- Receive 3 travel sizes/deluxe samples
- Buy $150 – $199- Receive 4 travel sizes/deluxe samples
- Buy $200+- Receive 5 travel sizes/deluxe samples (+ cosmetic bag on Cyber Monday)
My Pick: I used to stock up on this French company’s innovative products when I was in Paris, and now they are available in the U.S. The Substiane Serum is a standout product.
- 11/24- Black Friday 30% off all orders
- 11/25-12/1- 30% off all orders + 4 deluxe samples on orders $75 or more
- PLUS a makeup bag with orders $75+ on Cyber Monday 11/27 only
My Pick: I’ve adored Kneipp for years. It’s an old-world European brand that just inspires my trust. I’m especially fond of the companies bath foams and body oils, especially this firming sandalwood blend.
- Everything in store and online is under $15, excluding gift sets
- To purchase a Family Loyalty Card, you get an additional 5% off
- Free Shipping all weekend long
My Pick: This fixing spray primes your skin before makeup application and sets makeup after, keeping your face fresh for longer.
- Black Friday – Black Bag Deal (November 24th & 25th): Pick any 5 products for only $20, includes free shipping & GWP black bag (1 per order)
- Cyber Monday – Spin to Win (November 27th): Spin digital wheel to receive random deal (free shipping, free order, up to 50% off or more!)
My Pick: I am a little obsessed with Shu Uemura’s facial oils, eyelash curler (the best on the planet), and cheek/eye colors. They are just so beautiful and high quality. This palette features enough soft colors to get you through a weekend, and the colors are pretty and wearable.
- Black Friday (November 22nd – November 25th): 20% off on any order over $50 and 25% off any order over $100 with code SHUBF
- Cyber Monday (November 27th – 28th): Lightning offers, with different flash sales will change every 24 hours!
My Picks: Nordstrom’s beauty buys are legendary this time of year, and it was hard to narrow down the products to just a couple. This sale includes gadgets from Foreo, Iluminage, LumaRx, NuFace and Me, makeup from Lancome, L’Oreal, Charlotte Tilbury, MAC and Stila, and skincare from Guerlain, Ouai, Omorovicza, and Bobbie Brown and haircare from Oribe, Philosophy and T3. Here are a couple of the standouts.
Cyber 5 (November 23rd – November 27th): For 5 days Nordstrom is offering an array of discounts and promotions!
My Pick: Dr. Brandt used to me my dermatologist in Miami, a long time ago, and his products are awesome. This neck cream might be in my not too distant future.
45% off all site-wide with code HOLIDAY45
Rodan + Fields
My Pick: I am positively, absolutely obsessed with the Lash Boost. It’s a game changer! Consultants are running their own specials for Black Friday, so ask your R+F connection. My friend Jaime Stoll is offering 10% off a January order for anyone who orders this weekend, plus they’ll have a chance to win the hot new Bright Eye Complex and a selfie light.
My Pick: So many pretty dresses to choose from, and I also love the mom-daughter options!
While there’s nothing wrong with shopping your favorite, tried and true online stores this time of year, I hope you’ll give a few of these lesser-known outlets a chance. Happy shopping!