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Tuesday, July 14, 2015


It's only Tuesday but, in the 6+ years that I've been writing this blog, I cannot recall a week even remotely similar to this one. Ever.

For a blogger who devotes herself to beauty on a budget, it's been sheer madness this week! I'm certainly not complaining, but between the return of the HSN code, the Target Beauty Boxes, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme madness, the HauteLook deals, Catrice Cosmetics coming to Ulta, Coty purchasing CoverGirl and Max Factor from P&G, the Benefit Cosmetics sale and all of the other beauty deals and news I've been posting about lately, there's so much going on right now that I can barely keep track, and it's my "job" to keep track!

Which brings me to this...

I'm pretty sure you've seen mentions of this everywhere by now, but starting at midnight Pacific time tonight (technically Wednesday) and for one day only, Amazon is having their first Prime Day, with "more deals than Black Friday" on their website, all with free shipping. If you do not have Amazon Prime, no worries. They're also offering free 30-day Prime trials which you can activate immediately, so that means EVERYONE can get in on these deals.

And on top of THAT, Walmart has stepped in and announced that they're doing a special one-day-only event on their website tomorrow too, with hundreds of deals as well (and they're offering free in-store pick-up). I'm assuming that their deals will go live on their website at midnight Pacific tonight as well.

But the big question: Will there be beauty deals? Keep reading for what I know so far...

I've been scouring the "Amazon Prime Day preview" articles online and as of this morning, I came up with nothing related to beauty. HOWEVER, I want to give a huge thanks to reader Karen on Facebook for pointing me in the direction of THIS article on the ABC News website, which lists ONE beauty deal (in addition to several other non-beauty-related deals).

As of now, this is the only Amazon Prime Day beauty deal that I know of that will go live at midnight Pacific tonight:

Free luxury beauty sample box with $50 purchase of luxury beauty products, with promo code LUXSAMPLES.

UPDATE #1: the box is now live and, sadly, it's not too impressive. You can view the contents here.

UPDATE #2: Amazon has redeemed itself with THIS OFFER, which is valid for today only.

I haven't seen any mentions of additional beauty deals for Prime Day, and I also haven't seen any mentions of beauty deals for the Walmart event either. If YOU have, I would so appreciate if you'd leave a comment below and filled us in!

Thanks so very much, Karen, for the excellent tip!


  1. I work at Macy's in cosmetics, and I know that Macy's is also trying to compete with Walmart and Prime Day. We're even having quite a few sales in even cosmetics/fragrances, which never happens. Selected items are 50% in Elizabeth Arden, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Clarins, and Lancome. Hope that helps!

    1. Aaaah, thank you so much for the tip!! So do you know if that ABH deal I posted about right before this post is official? I couldn't locate any official info today about it. Thanks!!

    2. I was told that Anastasia Contour Kits (I'm not sure if powder or cream but I'm guessing both) are going to be $25 tomorrow from $40, so yes!

  2. Here's the Luxury Beauty Sample Box. Lame in my opinion :\

  3. Definitely NOT worth a $50 purchase! Any Birchbox would be better (and speaking of Birchbox, it looks like they have the Jane Iredale mini lippy BB did a few months ago.) Here's the link to it:

    Oh, and you don't have to get $50 worth of stuff to get the box for free. You can buy it outright for $5.99 (and it's still not worth it, esp. compared to the Target boxes a few days ago.)

  4. There seems to be only one beauty deal, a makeup sponge. Also, the times each deal is accessible is staggered. There was no indication of the types of discounts when I checked last night.

  5. Ebates is boosting their cash back for most of these sites too. Macy's is 8% back today. Don't do like I do half the time and forget to go through Ebates for all of these fabulous deals. I forgot to do it with HSN the other day with the Semi-sweet palette.

  6. Byalegory posted something about 30% off on Instagram, but I haven't checked it out yet.


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