Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Post-Game Wrap-Up (PS: Allure Beauty Thrills is Live and There's a New MAC Sale)


WE MADE IT! We survived!

The Nouveau Cheap Olympics 2016 (AKA: Black Friday/Cyber Monday) is a wrap, and I am absolutely and utterly exhausted. How about you? On Sunday I pulled an all-nighter and didn't get to sleep until around 2PM on Monday. For anyone keeping score, that was about 35 hours with no sleep, so yesterday I slept for like 15 hours straight. And I'm still exhausted. But it was worth it, right? Excellent deals on beauty were had by all, and that is 1000% why I do this every year!

That said, there are a few NEW deals that I want to put on your radar, but first, some thank-yous are in order.

Thank you to EVERYONE who commented on the blog, on social media, or sent me an email during the last week with a sale tip. Due to the crazy time of year, I wasn't able to thank each person individually and I deeply apologize for that (if you got a frenzied email response from me at like 3 in the morning and all it said was, "THANK YOU!!!" please know that I really, truly meant that!). Info was coming at me rapid fire for like four solid days straight and by Monday I wasn't seeing straight, let alone thinking straight. I was just trying to get the information up on my round-up as quickly as I could, so I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making my job here SO MUCH EASIER. You will never understand how much I value you as readers as contributors, and how grateful I am for your generosity and willingness to share your information with all of us. I could never do this without you, so I need you to know how grateful I am. THANK YOU, a million times over, for your help. And a special thanks to any of you who chose to purchase anything through my affiliate links during the last week (and all year through). Your support helps keep me going here every single day and I deeply appreciate it.

SPEAKING OF THE ROUND-UP...

I'm going to remove the banner from the top of my blog today (I'm sure you're all sick of seeing it by now because I sure am!) but the round-up HERE will remain available for viewing since many retailers have extended their sales since yesterday. I will not be updating the round-up any longer, so it will be up to you to see if those deals are still valid. Just click the links and see if there's a "sale extended" banner on the retailer's website. At this point, you can still get many of those deals so jump on them if you're having any post-Cyber Monday regrets!

TWO NEW DEALS:

A huge thanks to readers @pretty_matte, @KenKenBeauty, monica garcia, A Mom, LaShannon Spears, lisa, and Sarah Breden for the tips about this one! Now through December 4th on the MAC website and in-store, all MAC Select members (sign into your MAC Select account or create one here) will receive 25% off purchases both online and in-store. No code required. Excludes Goodbyes and other items as listed in fine print below.

TIP: Free shipping on all orders at MAC, and your choice of one free deluxe sample with all orders. MAC eyeshadow pans are already priced so low ($6 each here). But with the 25% off, that brings them down to $4.50, which is just crazy. Some of my all-time favorite shades include Satin Taupe, Club, Amber Lights, Brun, Shroom, Mulch, Wedge, Vex, Sable, Cork, Antiqued, Contrast, and Tilt (I don't usually wear blues but Contrast and Tilt are so gorgeous and were some of the first MAC shadows I ever bought way back in the day, so I have to give them some love!).

FINE PRINT:

SIGN UP FOR M·A·C SELECT TODAY AND GET 25% OFF YOUR ORDER.
*Offer valid through December 4, 2016 for M·A·C Select members only. No offer code needed. Members must be logged into their online account for the discount to apply. In-store offer is only available in M·A·C Cosmetics owned and operated stores in the US/Canada (excluding Massachusetts stores). Special gift available in-store only while supplies last and may vary from store to store. Online and in-store offers may only be redeemed once per member. Only one offer code per online order. Not applicable to MAC Pro members or Estee Lauder Companies employees. Offer does not include the purchase of special deco-packaged products, select products including but not limited to Limited Life and Sized to Go, Nutcracker Sweet kits, eGift Cards/Gift Cards, Sized to Go products, Makeup Services, select professional products and VIVA GLAM, Goodbyes, sales tax, shipping and handling, items noted as not eligible, items that are not in stock at the time of purchase, pending purchases or purchases made prior to the start of the offer or after the offer ends. Offer applies to authorized purchases only. Only authorized orders will be processed and shipped. We reserve the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized, altered, or ineligible use of offer and to modify or cancel this promotion at any time. Products provided at no charge cannot be returned or exchanged. Other restrictions may apply. 


Thanks so much to reader @designismymuse for this tip! The December 2016 Allure Beauty Thrills Box is now available for purchase HERE for $49.95 + $10 shipping ($260 value). If you're new to the Allure Beauty Thrills boxes, they contain all full-size products. They are one-off boxes that come about twice a year in the Spring and Winter, and you do not need a subscription to purchase them. Lately they have not been selling out as quickly as they used to, so you'll probably have some time to order this one if you're low on funds today.
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40 comments

  1. I can't be the only one to think that the Allure Beauty Thrills boxes haven't been stellar. At one point they had much more value and more products. The brands were also better (one had an Algenist serum!)

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    1. I hear you. They're not what they used to be. I remember they even had some IT Cosmetics in one of the previous boxes. That said, it's still a great value IF you like the items in the box. And you can break them into smaller gifts for the holidays if you're on a tight budget, which is also nice. :)

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    2. I agree. The last two were duds and so is this one. Last year they had two terrific ones with a ton of stuff that I'm still using. They need to get their act together and get back on track!

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  2. Thank you for your tireless (ok, tired!) work over Black Friday/Cyber Monday. I did indeed do a little shopping from your links, and I hope all those retailers appreciate how much business you helped steer their way! My bank account....well, it's just going to have to sit there and sniffle in the corner for awhile while I ooh and aah over the new shineez arriving soon! Thank you again!

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  3. You're so awesome, G!!!!!! Thanks for all the sleep you sacrificed so we could get great deals!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. G., I just want to let you know how MUCH I appreciate your Wonder Woman-esque dedication to this community. I don't know how you do it, but I'm awfully glad you do. Bravo, and thank you enormously.

    Now, have a nice glass of wine and take a long, delicious bubble bath, 'k? <3

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  5. I signed up for the Mac select program and got a free eyeshadow as an "anniversary " gift along with my delux sample that I chose and of course my 25% off total purchase 👍🏽

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  6. I don't usually comment but thank you SO MUCH for all of your hardwork these past few weeks with the black friday/cyber monday round-up. I checked the site at least 5 times everyday and now my wallet is sad but I'm so happy I found great deals. Because of course I needed another eyeshadow ;) LOL

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  7. Thanks for all the hard work!

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  8. First time commenting... thank you for all of your hard work. This was my first black friday shopping almost exclusively online and you made it so easy!! Keep up the great work!!

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  9. I really loled at that meme! Thank you for all your work regarding all these sale, G.! It's so nice to be apart of this beauty community and hype over sales, and now we can commiserate over our post-Black Friday bank accounts

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  10. I certainly appreciate all of your efforts! My husband probably doesn't LOL! Seriously though...I'm sure it isn't easy and you do a great job...thank you!

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  11. All of your Black Friday, etc., updates were AMAZING and you are a superstar. Thanks so much for all your work. I got some great treats for myself and tons of gifts for friends and family!

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  12. G, get some well needed rest for a day or two. I think a lot of us have mu purchase overload/burnout. I and many of us thank you so much for your blog. You've saved us a lot of $$.
    We really appreciate your dedication.
    Big hugs and get some rest, even skip a day on posting!

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  13. G, thanks for everything. I can't believe you stayed up all night just for all of us. That is true dedication! I spent a ton and got a lot of good deals. I'm glad it's over though because I was getting frazzled myself trying to keep up with everything. Love your Mr. Magoo meme. He cracks me up! Thanks again!!!!

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  14. Thanks for the shout out G! I've spent so much in the last 48 hours :) You're the best I love your blog.

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  15. Thank you! I really appreciate your hardwork (my credit card -not so much). You and my preteen daughter have gotten me excited about makeup again.

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  16. Thanks for all the hard work! I clicked on your links too so I hope that helped. I wish I knew for sure that I was supporting you. I would browse around the site before checking out and sometimes I close the tab and reopen it so don't know if that counts.

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  17. You are the best! I saved, er spent, lots of money. Thanks for all your hard work!!!

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  18. Thank you G!! I have been following your blog for a long time and I want you to know that we appreciate your work!!

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  19. Thank you so much, G! Obviously we all love you and appreciate all the hard work you put into not just the black Friday/cyber Monday sale posts, but for everything you do! Thank you so much again and I hope you get some rest and get to enjoy the rest of the holiday season!

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  20. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your dedication and hard work. Over the past two years, I have created my own "custom/curated make up collection" that makes my heart sing, thanks to your recommendations. I hope all the retailers recognize that you are a force of nature. You are appreciated <3

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    1. Please share some of your favorites in your collection?!

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  21. Thanks G for all you do! I did do a little shopping enough to be satisfied & still have some dough left in my account! :) This is my favorite, favorite blog!

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  22. Much appreciation from me, as well, for your hard work. And, just a reminder that if anyone took advantage of the $10 Macys Cash for choosing "no rush" shipping, you can start using it today. I picked up an Anastasia Brow Wiz for $11.

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  23. G, you are just the best and you can tell that we are all very grateful for the hard work you put into both the ott shopping weekend and also your deal sleuthing all the time! Thanks to your reports I made Platinum at Ulta and got some fantastic deals. Now grab a bottle of wine with Mr G and relax, he's made a big sacrifice in the name of shopping too :)

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  24. Free SJP Stash rollerball and case at Ulta with $30 purchase, free shipping at $35! It says 2 days only, but tgese wont last the morning. Great way to tide you over till a good sale, G! Thanks for all you do :)

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  25. You deserve your own unplugged Dark Wednesday! Thank you so much; so many sites, products, and deals I never would have found on my own.

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  26. You're effort in doing this is impressive! I was good and avoided most beauty stuff this year (although not for lack of trying on Zoya's malfunctioning web site), but I really appreciate having it all in one place. Thanks!

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  27. Thank you for all your work. Your comprehensive list caused me to spend way too much but I'm SO glad I was able to see all the deals and compare. My only regret was that I had already over-shopped by the time the Lorac Unzipped Gold went on sale. Can't buy it all, sadly. =P

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  28. Does mac select cost anything? If so, how much?

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    1. It's free to join and worth it for the free shipping and free sample with each order. The samples are good sizes too like mini tubes of mascara or mini tubes of strobe cream.

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  29. I was bummed that I didn't jump on the ABH single pan deal, so this is a great way to make up for that! (Like I really needed to lol, but I've been wanting some single pans, so you know...) Thank you!

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  30. Have you seen the mailers that Sephora sent out? the buy $50 save $25 for Rouge?!?!

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  31. http://www.sephora.com/naked-smoky-P398419

    The Urban Decay Smoky Palette is $27.00 on Sephora.

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  32. Wow! I don't know how you do it, but I appreciate your work and attention to detail. Thanks for helping us save money!!😇

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  33. Thank you so much for all of your hard work! I check your site several times a day!

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  34. G, I don't know how you do it! It pains me to read 35 hours with no sleep. That's not right! Don't get me wrong, I appreciate and admire what you do! I just wonder if you should consider cutting back to just the truly biggie ones and saving your sanity, health, and relationship with Mr. G.? With MUCH gratitude (and concern for your well-being) ... you're amazing!

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  35. We love you G! Thank you so so much for all of your hard work! As weird as it is and even though we've never met, I really do think of you as a friend and a great allie, There's something so satisfactory about a great deal and i cant thank you enough for all you do to allow all of us readers to capitalize on those. Thank you! thank you! thank you! Much love and blessings to you and your family.

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