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The Best Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2019 deals – Beauty and Natural Hair

The holiday season and the end of the year already! 2019 has flown by! So, without further ado, here are the best Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2019 Beauty and Natural Hair deals. Check back often as I will update the list as I get more information. One thing this year, is that I have found that many companies have started the Black Friday savings days and weeks earlier. The retail industry seems to be extending the shopping season, so some of these deals may have been already available at the time of publishing. If you have found any great beauty or natural hair deals, especially if they are from POC owned brands, that I have missed, let me know in the comments below! Happy Shopping!!

Black Friday _Cyber Monday


  • Beauty Bakerie – Date: Now – Dec 2,  Discount Details: 40% off,   Code: No code needed
  • Bobbi Brown – Date: Nov 26 – Nov 27, Time: 11:59PM PST, Discount Details: 25% off all orders, Code: No code needed
  • Charlotte Tilbury – Date: Now – Dec 2, Time: Ends 11:59pm BST, Discount Details: 30% off selected items, Code: No code needed
  • Cirque Colors – Date: Now – Dec 5, Time: TBD, Discount Details: 20% off, Code: HOLIDAY2019
  • ColourPop Cosmetics – Date: TBD, Time: TBD, Discount Details: 30% off, Code: No code needed
  • Coloured Raine – Date: Now – Dec 9, Time: Up to 11:59PM PST, Discount Details: Up to 75% off select items, Code: No code needed
  • CosRx – Date: Nov 25 – Nov 29, Discount Details: 50% off select items, Code: No Code Needed
  • Illamasqua Date: Black Friday, 11/29, Time: All Day, Discount Details: Up to 50% off + extra 10% off with code, Code: EXTRA10
  • Glossier – Date:   Nov 29 – Dec 2, Discount Details: 20% off   Code: No code needed
  • Juvia’s Place – Date: Now – TBD, Discount Details: 45% off, Code: No code
  • Kevyn Aucoin Beauty – Date: Now – Dec 1, Discount Details: 25% off, Code: BF25
  • Live Tinted – Date: Now – Dec 29, Time: N/A, Discount Details: Buy 3 Multisticks, get Rise Multistick FREE + Free US shipping, Code: No code needed
  • Make Up For Ever – Date: Nov 29 –   Dec 2,  Discount Details:    Code:
  • Melanie Mills Hollywood – Date: Now – Nov 29, Discount Details: 55% off Code: No code needed
  • Mented Cosmetics – Date: Now Discount Details: Up to 30% off, plus 4 FREE gifts with purchase Code: No code needed
  • NARS Cosmetics – Date: Nov 26 – Dec 3, Discount Details: 20% off all purchases or 30% off $150+, Code: MORENARS
  • Natasha Denona – Date: Now – Dec 2, Discount Details: Up to 50% off online and in-store, Code: No code needed
  • NYX Cosmetics – Date:   Time:  Discount Details: 30% off   Code:
  • OhLolly – Date: Nov 22 – Dec 3, Discount Details: 25% off, Code: BFCM2019
  • Orly – Date: Now – Dec 2, Discount Details: At least 40% off,  Code: No code needed
  • Pat McGrath Labs – Date: Now until Mon 2nd Dec, Time: Until 11:59pm, Discount Details: 25% off purchases under $150, 30% off of purchases $150+, Code: No code needed.
  • Paula’s Choice – Date: Now – Nov 27, Discount Details: 20% off sitewide + 25% off best sellars + 2 Free gifts on $125+, Code: No coded needed
  • Peach & Lily – Date: Now – Dec 3, Time: Until 11: 59PM PST, Discount Details: 30% off, Code: PEACH 2019
  • Prime Beauty – Date:  Nov 28 – Dec 2,  Discount Details: 40% off, Code: No code needed
  • Sacha Cosmetics – Date: Time: Discount Details: 30% off at all Image Centres, 40% off all products online, Code: No code needed
  • Shiseido – Date: Now – Dec 1,  Discount Details:  20% off all items + extra 10% off select items,  Code: No code needed
  • Smashbox – Date: Nov 28 – Dec 1,  Discount Details:  25% off + free shipping,  Code: No code needed
  • Supergoop – Date: Now – Nov 29, Discount Details: 20% off Code: GET20
  • Too Faced Cosmetics – Date: Now – Dec 2, Time: 11:59PM PST, Discount Details: 30% off + Free US shipping Code: PINK30
  • Uoma Beauty – Date: Now, Discount Details: 20% off Code: No code needed. Also All Star Kit ($208 value) for $99 (Nov 27 only). Also up to 50% off foundations and concealers
  • Zoya – Date: Now – Nov 30th Time: Ends 11:59pm ET Discount Details: Get any 2 colour FREE, plus buy a 3rd colour and gt 3 Z-Wide brushes Code: BLKFRDY19

Natural Hair

  • Alikay Naturals – Date:  Nov 28 – Nov 29, Time: 12am – 11:59pm EST, Discount Details:  40% off, and 20% off all gallons. Code: No code needed.
  • Anita Grant – Date: Now –  Dec 3,  Time: Until 11:59pm UK time,  Discount Details: Up to 30% off,   Code: for 20% off use code 20%, 150GBP+ use code 25%, 175GBP+ use code 30%
  • Briogeo – Date: Now – TBD, Discount Details: 20% off, Code: HOLIDAY
  • Brush With The Best (Felicia Leatherwood) – Date: Nov 27 – Nov 28. Time: Starts at midnight, ends midnight Black Friday. Discount Details: $4 off with code BLACKFRIDAY. For $6 off order with purchase of 2 Brushes with code BWTB2
  • Devacurl – Date: Nov 29 – Dec 1, Discount Details: Buy 2 stylers get 1 free, Code: No code needed
  • Fanm Djanm – Date: Now – Dec 2,  Discount Details: Up to 40% – 50% off,  Code: No code needed
  • Hair Paint Wax – Date: Now – Dec 2,  Discount Details:  40% off,  Code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • Oyin Handmade – Date: Nov 25 – Nov 29, Time: N/A, Discount Details: 30% off, Code: No code needed
  • Pattern Beauty – Date: Thurs Nov 28 @ 4pm – Nov 29 @ 11:59PM PST,  Discount Details: 20% off, Code: No code needed
  • The Doux – Date: Now – TBD, Discount Details: 30% off, Code: AAAYYYEEE
  • The Wrap Life – Date: Nov 26 – Dec 2, Discount Details: Up to 40% off, Code: No code needed. Also specials in store from Sat 30 Nov.


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REVIEW: Journey and Co – Polish with a Purpose

Quick review here! This is another installment of my favourite indie polish series and today I am going to talk about Journey and Co.

I discovered Journey and Co. at The Makeup Show NYC this year. I love that the Makeup Show continues to provide a platform for smaller brands especially those that are women, POC or LGBTQIA+ owned. So, while browsing one of the upper floors of TMS, I came across a small booth with the most precious, black girl selling nail polish. I just could not resist! Her name was Journey and with her mum, founded a nail polish brand with a purpose. Each polish is handmade in NJ and carries an inspirationa, positivel message. This idea came about when Journey moved to a new school that lacked diversity and she maked nail polishes for all of her classmates to celebrate all of their differences.


J&Co. polishes are Big 10-Free, cruelty-free, vegan and kid-friendly. I bought 3 colours from their debut collection GRL PWR, but they have added more shades since then. The GRL PWR Collection was created “to inspire young girls to ‘Be Seen and Be Heard’ – to take lead in shaping their futures” (taken straight from their website).

VIDEO: Journey and Company Review

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Is Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen really unseen on dark skin?

I am continuing my quest for finding the best chemical sunscreens for dark skin. Today I am reviewing the Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++. I have heard a lot about this brand and they have carved out a specific space in skincare/beauty, where they consider themselves as sunscreen experts and they focus on making high quality, luxe sunscreen products. They have a myriad of offerings – mineral and chemical sunscreens, powders, creams/gels, stick, spray, face, body and baby. As you all know, wearing sunscreen is very important even if you have darker skin. I found this product at Sephora after browsing all of the different formulas. It is broad spectrum so it protects against UVA and UVB radiation. Unseen has a cult following and has even won an Allure Best of Beauty Award in 2018. Honestly, what attracted me to this product, was the name – Unseen. Yes, even in 2019, there are lots of sunscreens that I cannot wear (mostly mineral sunscreens) that still leave an ashy/white cast on my skin. I picked up a sample from Sephora and tried it out for a week before I bought it, to make sure that I was not allergic to it.

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Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen – Basics

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Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen is described as a broad spectrum, invisible, gripping primer for face that you can wear under makeup or alone. It’s a chemical sunscreen in an SPF 40, PA+++ with four commonly used sun filters. It is interesting that the PA rating is listed as it is not usually seen on sunscreens in the US but very common on sunscreens in Asia. SPF gives you an indication of how well it protects against UVB radiation and PA rating (which goes from 2+ to 4+) gives an indication of protection against UVA radiation.

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen – Other Details
  • Suitable for all skin types – dry, oily, normal and combination
  • Oil Free
  • Scentless and weightless
  • Vegan, gluten and cruelty free
  • Paraben-free, oxybenzone free
  • Part of the ‘Clean At Sephora’ programme
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen – Benefits
  • Meadowfoam Seed Complex – helps with hydration of the skin resulting in a more balanced skin texture
  • Red Algae – helps absorbs the blue light from our electronic devices, which may help contribute to aging of the skin
  • Frankincense – helps to soothe the skin
  • Antioxidant rich – helps protects against free radicals that can form in the presence of UV light. This helps amplify the effect of the sunscreen.
  • Water resistant for 40 minutes
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen – Thoughts and Conclusions

This is really invisible as you can see.

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I barely need to rub it into my skin and it melts and completely disappears. It is very lightweight and it has a very smooth texture (it does contain silicones). It leaves a soft matte or velvet finish and I did not feel sticky, heavy or occlusive in very hot, humid weather. I would not say that it mattifies the skin but it does not add sheen to the skin. I have dry skin and I always use a moisturizer underneath and this is my last skincare step. If you have very oily skin or want a lot of blurring of the skin, I would be very careful in adding too many additional layers, especially in warmer, humid weather. Using something like a mattifying lotion before applying Unseen. If you must use another primer, use it very sparingly only in the areas most needed and after you have applied Unseen. Remember the goal is to protect the skin first.

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Recap: The Makeup Show NYC 2019 – a look back at the best in show

The Makeup Show NYC 2019 is in the books! Again, bigger and better than ever. This experience continues to be enlightening, inspiring and educational. This year, more than every, the focus was placed on minority-founded brands, especially from women of colour and the LGBTQIA+ community. This is so important as the beauty space is crowded and often these groups don’t get the shine that they (we) deserve. This follows the trend of more and more brands coming launch to service traditionally underserved communities.

So, without further ado…’s a visual recap: The Makeup Show NYC 2019!!

Recap: The Makeup Show NYC 2019 in pictures

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A look…


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This is Journey…the founder of natural nail polish brand, Journey & Co. So impressed!


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Journey & Co. nail polish


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THE Tabatha Coffey!

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“Whey de lime” Fridays – The Makeup Show NYC 2019 et al.

It is slowly getting warmer and brighter! This makes me so happy! I certainly feel more alive once the seasons change. And in true fashion, there is suddenly lots to do. So…here’s what I am excited for this weekend.

Sephora Spring Bonus

Sephora Spring Bonus 2019, Beauty Insider

Sephora is having its Spring sale. You have to be a member of their Beauty Insider program. I have had a few items on my wishlist that I have been waiting for this time for. I have done a few Sephora haul videos in the past, so check out some of my recommendations.

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The Makeup Show NYC 2019


My favourite beauty event of the year! I have been attending for many years now, and I continue to be excited and inspired by the artistry, the education and innovation. The Makeup Show NYC 2019 tickets are still available and you can also get them at the door.

The Makeup Show NYC 2019

shot by Daniel Rosenthal

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Outlaws and Rebels TMS NYC

Outlaws and Rebels. Image via TMS NYC

My recap from past TMS NYC here and here.

Shout me out if you see me!!

New York Yankees, NYCFC and Liverpool

Of course I have to fit in some time for some sports! I want Liverpool to win the Premier League title this year! Such a big fan of the team as a whole and love, love, love Mohamed Salah!

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool, Image via Daily Express

My Yankees and NYCFC are also back in action this weekend. Who else is super impressed by Brazilian newcomer Heber?


Heber, NYCFC – Image via ProSoccer

What are you doing this weekend?

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