Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

Just when you thought you did enough damage to the wallet on Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals start rolling in! The sheer volume of sales and promotions is straight up overwhelming, but there are some fabulous buys to be made. Here are the deals that caught our eye.

Amika is offering a special Cyber Monday deal to its Facebook fans — a whopping 40% off! Amika stylers are AMAZING, as is their Oil Treatment (see our review here). This deal does not come around very often, so this is one to act on a.s.a.p. Visit Amika on Facebook and become a fan to access the promo code.

June Jacobs is offering 40% off all products through Monday, November 28. I’m totally eyeing up the new Perfect Pumpkin Enzyme Polish, and its powerhouse list of ingredients. Another must have? The Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Masque – check out our review on this Beauty VIP.

This one is technically not a Cyber Monday special, but it’s too good not to include. By Elizabeth Dehn‘s The Serum is buy one get one half off through Sunday, November 27. This fits beautifully with the “one for you, one for me” mentality that I am guilty of when holiday shopping! But, seriously, The Serum is heavenly. The gift of healthy, glowing skin is something every woman wants in her stocking, no?

Josie Maran is offering 25% off through end of day Monday, November 28 with code giveback at checkout. Plus, free shipping on orders of $25. I love to give the travel sized Argan Oil as a gift, so will be stocking up!

It’s baaack! Stila‘s cyber Warehouse Sale is coming, beginning Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 2. Our advice, check it out early to take advantage of the best deals. Prices will be up to 80% off.

Kate Somerville is offering 30% off with promo code HOLIDAY2011 through Monday, November 28. Obviously, you need to pick up some Exfolikate. Another Product Girl fave is Kate’s Cytocell Dermal Energizing Treatment, which is a crazy effective innovation!

Happy shopping!

A Few of Our Favorite Things…Animal Instincts Edition

Happy Thanksgiving-eve, all! I’m so thankful for Thanksgiving, truly. Turkey, sides (really, I can’t just pick one camp) and of course, Black Friday preparation. I OWN my love of Black Friday shopping. I could write a thesis on how it’s actually one of the best days to shop all year. Stores are prepared for you! That said, I will not be a midnight shopper, but likely a 6am shopper. We’d be interested to know where you stand on the issue. Now, onto this week’s holiday gift picks!

  1. Amika Leopard Mini Ceramic Styler – Usually mini hair devices are major flops in the performace department, but not this styler from Amika. It’s essentially the same as their full-size version, just mini. It uses the same infrared heat and negative ion technology, and heats up to 400 degrees. Perfect for travel! Is that matching carrying case not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? The price is GREAT too at $25. Available at Sephora.
  2. Zoya Feel Collection – During the holidays, I’m all about sparkle, shimmer and rich colors on my nails. But come January, I want some warm and cozy neutrals to match my post-holiday mood. I would love to see any of these neutrals from Zoya’s new winter “Feel” collection in my stocking! The sampler would be a great buy so you can divide up for gifts (and keep a shade or two for yourself!) Available at Zoya.
  3. Madewell Furry Earmuffs – Adorable AND cozy. These are impossibly cute, and practical. Sadly, they are also getting hard to find. They’re sold out on, so if these are on your gift list too, find a store stat! Available at Madewell for $39.
  4. Stephanie Johnson Lima Purple Essentials – These are among the best makeup bags ever! And I’m enamored with the faux purple python finish of this collection. The ML Traveler is my go-to travel bag, and a gift I love to give. Available at Stephanie Johnson, $42-$82.

We’ll be back next week with more gift ideas. Happy Thanksgiving to all, and a “good luck” if you too venture out on Black Friday!

Growing Out Your Hair? Meet Amika Oil Treatment

Good things come in amber bottles. Like Miller Lite and my new hair obsession, Amika Oil Treatment. And while we’re talking about bottles, isn’t this one just beautiful? I love the print. What’s inside the amber bottle is even better though. It’s an oil serum intended to strengthen hair and eliminate the frizzies. There’s Argan Oil, Omega 7 and Vitamin C, but the power is in the Obliphica, a.k.a. Sea Buckthorn Berry. This ingredient has a high percentage of the rare Omega 7 (about 40%) and is a workhouse at replenishing your hair. It’s also got mad anti-aging properties and is cropping up in skin care products as well.

Two years ago, I set out on a mission to grow my hair. You can see the “before” image on our About page. I get about two trims per year, and that’s because I don’t have split ends. I only run to the salon when my layers need a refresh. And it’s been working for me. But the key is protecting the ends of my hair and preventing heat damage. Amika Oil Treatment is a savior! The consistency of the oil is a little thicker, but it doesn’t feel heavy in the hair. I massage it into the ends of my hair before blow-drying (which I only do about every 2-3 days). If I know I’m going to be outside or in the sun all day, I also apply it then. I fend off crispy ends like its my job.

Can we also talk about the smell? It’s euphoric. Like a tropical getaway. I want to live in the place where this smell comes from. But for now, I’ll just continue to treat my hair with the magic of the Sea Buckthorn Berry.