BLACK FRIDAY BEAUTY SWAG

Lots of people argue that Thanksgiving is tainted by Black Friday, that the last Thursday of each November should be solely about friends and family and love and food and hugs and kisses.

I beg to differ. I mean, don’t get me wrong – I’m thankful for my friends and family as much as the next girl. But whether it’s because most of the members of my family go to bed by 6 p.m. anyway, or because I love lipstick so damn much, I can’t wait to trek out to the stores at midnight on Black Friday every year.

And, guys? This year, I did GOOD. Specifically in the beauty department. Let me elaborate.

1. TIGI Bed Head Self Absorbed Shampoo and Conditioner

25 glorious fluid ounces of some delicious-smelling juice made by angels somewhere. Seriously. This stuff is mega moisturizing and will last you until you have grandchildren. Usually it’s $18 per bottle, but at ULTA every Black Friday, it’s $6 a pop. And you have the option of typically three other types as well; this year they also had Moisture Maniac, Control Freak, and Oatmeal and Honey. My mom and I pick up a set every year, and they last us until the next year. Now, please stop trying to calculate how infrequently I wash my hair – you’ll think less of me.

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2. Boscia Luminizing Black Mask and Purifying Black Strips

I’d heard great things about this mask, so when I spotted a sample set at Sephora that also included the pore strips for $10, I was sold. I wore the mask while I sat in the bathtub for about an hour, and when I rinsed it off, my face felt SO SOFT. Even better? The next morning, my skin really did look luminous, and much clearer too. My only complaint is that this mask is supposed to peel off. I applied a pretty thick layer and still couldn’t do it, so I can only imagine you’d have to pour the whole damn thing on your face to get that satisfying peeling action. That really bumps up the cost per use, you know? And the pore strips: nothing spectacular, but they did the job. I’ll stick with my cheap-o Biore strips for now though, thanks.

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A lovely image of me with the mask applied for your viewing pleasure.

3. Benefit Gettin’ Cheeky Tints Set

Finding this, for me, was the definition of Christmas coming early. If you’ve talked to me about beauty for even a millisecond, you know I’m absolutely OBSESSED with Benefit’s Benetint. But, uh… not so obsessed with the fact that a full-size bottle costs a whopping $30. With this set, I got to try some of the other lip and cheek tints for only $12. My favorite was Posie Tint, hands-down – it’s a perfect, rosy pink flush that’s sweet and innocent but undeniably pretty. Cha Cha Tint, on the other hand, is a little sassier. Its peachy, mango shade is exotic and sexy. Finally, Sun Beam is probably the most versatile of the bunch. I’m so pale that I can use it as a bronzer, but I’m sure it would be a great highlighter for darker skin tones. My conclusion: all of the Tints and Beams are fantastic – they’re gorgeous, last all day, and are so, so easy to apply to cheeks AND lips.

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Posie Tint, Sun Beam, and Cha Cha Tint

4. Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Adrenaline

I gotta admit it: I got this on Black Friday, but it definitely wasn’t on sale. I’ve had my eye on it for awhile and I’d like to blame the impulse purchase on the late hour, mmkay? And holy. Cow. It’s beautiful. It glides on like butter, and all of a sudden your lips are two pink, glittery disco balls just begging to be kissed. At first I was afraid the glitter would look cheap and overwhelming, like that play lipstick we all wore as kids. But once on, it’s sparkly and fun but somehow still totally mature. My only wish (sigh) is that it stained more. It comes off practically the second my lips hit a glass, or food, or my boyfriend. And for $19, is that too much to ask?

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In conclusion: Black Friday rules, especially for us Beauty buffs. So don’t let anyone make you feel guilty next year. Promise?

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Kate Foster

NYC-based writer. Beauty Assistant at Seventeen Magazine.