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12 Black Friday 2018 Beauty Deals That Even A Beauty Editor Can't Pass Up


The mark of a good beauty product is different for everyone: Some consumers value ingredients over everything, while others bypass the product label and focus on how a product looks. There are the dedicated drugstore devotees, and those who only want prestige creams, serums, and cosmetics to touch their skin. My personal mark of a good product? Something that I'd spend my own money on... which is exactly what I'll be doing with a few black Friday 2018 beauty deals.

As a beauty editor, I'm so fortunate to be able to test out all kinds of products. And even though there's a steady flow of new moisturizing masks, shimmery eyeshadow palettes, and long-wear lip stains that cross my desk, I have a solid selection of goods that are similar to a good black dress or killer pair of jeans — they work for any occasion, and I always find myself coming back to them. There's no better time to re-up than this week, when some of my favorite brands — like Glossier and NARS, which are never on sale — are offering one-time-only discounts on staples that I refuse to live without. See those picks ahead, and thank me later.


20 percent off all items from Friday, November 23 to Monday, November 26.

Boy Brow in Black



Glossier, everyone's favorite cool-girl brand, only has one sale a year. The 20 percent discount applies to every product on-site, including the skincare goods and the brand's signature Glossier You perfume... but my eyes are on Boy Brow. I go through so many of these tubes that it's embarrassing. Instead of slinking into the flagship store every few months, I'll stock up on a few packages of the formula in Black to tide me over.

Cloud Paint Cream Blush in Haze



Sir John, who's a huge Glossier fan, once told me that the one makeup product you need — even if you're barefaced — is blush, since it wakes your whole face up. This deep pink buildable, pigmented formula is super flattering on dark skin... and applies easily with my fingertips.


Offer available Friday, November 23 to Monday, November 26.

Baies Candle



Anything by Diptyque smells almost better than a perfume... and once the candle melts down, I like to use the empty container as a brush holder — as long as you don't have sensitive skin. The limited-edition black and white pattern (originally $95) will look lovely on my bathroom sink.

Space NK

Buy one, get one half off available Wednesday, November 21 to Monday, November 26.

Radiance Transforming Mask


Eve Lom

Pros: Use it overnight and enjoy 72 hours of hydration. Cons: You won't want to use anything else.

Dark Rum Body Lotion


Malin + Goetz

This decently sized bottle of lotion sits proudly on my desk, and I always get compliments on my fragrance during meetings or at the communal kitchen sink. The light (but noticeable) scent really does remind me of rum — but in a rich, sweet way. Not an "I just spilled a half-priced happy hour cocktail on my brand new boots at a crowded bar" way.

Glow Recipe

20 percent off all Glow Recipe Watermelon and Blueberry products from Sunday, November 25 at 12 p.m. EST to Monday, November 26 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask


Glow Recipe

Confession: I used to think that sleeping masks were glorified heavy moisturizers. I never really noticed much of a difference in my complexion the morning after... until Watermelon Glow came along. I see why it once had a waitlist of more than 8,000. For one, it looks so pretty on any shelf — but it actually works, too. Whenever my face feels dry after being out in the cold for too long, the watermelon extract, AHAS, and hyaluronic acid work overtime to reveal a brighter, clearer complexion once my 6:30 a.m. alarm buzzes.


Friends and family 25 percent off discount, along with a free full-sized Clinique bestseller of your choice.

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+



I fell in love with the brand's Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly, a water-based gel that gives me all the moisture without being too heavy. But now that it's colder, I think it's due time to try the brand's OG lotion formula.


20 percent off sitewide from Thursday, November 22 at 12:00 a.m. EST to Tuesday, November 27 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu



Berry lips work for any season, but in the winter, I love this deep, dark aubergine that adds dimension to my look.

Quad Eyeshadow in Singapore



The bronze, gold, and rust color combination just begs to be worn day and night... and weekends, too.

Too Faced

30 percent off site-wide from Friday, November 23 to Saturday, November 24.

Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Bend & Snap


Too Faced

I've tried many liquid lipsticks in my lifetime. This is the one shade that gets me compliments anywhere that I go... and it doesn't require a pencil or a primer, either. It's perfectly matte without being too powdery, and bold without being too in-your-face bright. Plus, pink is my favorite color, and how could I resist buying a pink lipstick during a Pink Friday sale?

Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara


Too Faced

I'm staunchly against falsies — not because I don't like them or anything. I just have really sensitive eyes, and tend to rub them off. Better Than Sex's waterproof formula gives me length, volume, and doesn't have the added benefit of an impromptu sneeze attack.


Black Friday preview already underway — more details here.

Mystical Minis Revive + Repair Duo



Before a work trip or a vacation, I always stress out about what to do with my hair. I use lots of conditioner and curl cream to keep my coils moisturized and shiny... but I don't always want to check my bag. Briogeo's adorable minis are TSA-approved *and* naturalista-friendly.