Happy Friday! Happy Black Friday! & Happy Thanks Giving if you celebrated yesterday!

It’s time for my yearly round up of Black Friday deals but this year I want to encourage you to get a good deal but only on items you actually need. It’s a great time to get a good deal on your Christmas presents but remember that if the company tempts you in to buy something you don’t need the only person getting a good deal is them. Buy only what you need and only within your means.

I don’t have a super cleaver way to organise this so I’ve listed all the shops in alphabetical order but toward the end of this blog post products which are on offer.

I’ll be updating every few hours with more deals/retailers so be sure to check back!

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& Other Stories | 20% off everything with code: FRIDAYNOIR
All Saints | 30% off everything
Amazon | Deals changing daily/regularly
Aspinal of London | 15% off with code: GIFT15
ASOS | 20% off everything with code: HELLO20
Astrid & Miyu | 25% off everything (exclusions apply)
Azurina | 30% off with code: BLACKFRIDAYVIP
Boohoo | Up to 50% off everything code: GOGOGO
Debenhams | Up to half price on selected lines
Dorothy Perkins | Up to 50% off (Online exclusive)
Dune | Up to 20% off everything
FeelUnique | Up to 33% off
French Connection | Up to 50% off selected lines
GAP | 40% off full price and 25% off sale with code: BFGAP
GHD | Up to 30% off
H&M | 20% off everything and FREE delivery
John Lewis | Apple/Samsung offers | 20% off Ugg & Mulberry
Karen Millen | 25% off everything online & in store
Kurt Geiger | 20% off and daily offers of 50%
La Redoute | 40% off everything with code: BLACKFRIDAY
Links of London | 20% off
Look Fantastic | Save up to 25% with code: BF25
M&S | Some deals on Partywear, Furniture and Gifts
Mango | 30% off everything with code: BLACK18
Matalan | Up to 50% off
Missguided | Up to 50% off everything
Monica Vinader | 30% off everything with 50% off Flash Sales
Nasty Gal | 50% off everything
New Look | Up to 50% off selected items
Net-a-Porter | 25% off items marked ‘Season Pick | Must sign up/ sign in
Oasis | 25% off everything (above outfit is all OASIS)
Office | 20% off with code: GLITTER
River Island | 20% off everything when you spend £75
Selfridges | Up to 20% off site wide with code: SELFCCE
Stradivarius | 20% off everything
Topshop | up to 50% off everything
Weekday | 25% off Womens jeans & favourites
Whistles | 30% off everything
The White Company | 20% off almost everything with code: WHITE20
ZARA | 20% off selected lines in store & online

ADVENT CALENDARS
Advent calendars are often a great deal but an even better deal when bought on Black Friday- below are some that are still available.

SHOP MY WARDROBE

The Best Deals Beauty

The Best Gifting Deals

The Best Deals Tech

Happy Shopping!

drugstore

Today is a bit of a preview to my absolute favourite drugstore products which I will share with you tomorrow but I thought I would quickly go through the UK drugstore brands, what products I like and which I love. I’m hoping it might help anyone that is a little scared of drugstore, looking for great affordable products or someone coming to the UK and looking to get a few products which you might not be able to get in other countries.

B. (available here)
My top pick: Brush Cleanser
Available exclusively in Superdrugs B. is quite a new brand and I haven’t tried too much from them, their brushes are quite nice but their brush cleanser is my favourite!

Barry M (available here)
My top pick: Nail Paints
One of the best brands to pick up whilst in the UK as it still isn’t too widely available everywhere else, their Dazzle Dust are quite underrated if you love shimmery shadow but their nail paints are a must try and very affordable. They offer everything from nail care to glitter and gel effect polishes.

Bourjois (available here)
My top pick: Healthy Balance Powder
Available quite readily in Europe Bourjois has really high quality products at great prices. Although their foundations break me out I think they are a great drugstore option for anyone that doesn’t have sensitive skin. Their blushers are some of my absolute favourites but their concealers and lipsticks are also worth a look.

Collection (available here)
My top pick: Lasting Perfection Concealer
Very affordable drugstore brand, I personally find the Lasting Perfection Concealer a little drying but it’s very affordable and highly rated by so many people that it’s a must try.

Gosh (available here)
My top pick: Velvet Touch Liners
Surprisingly this was the hardest brand for me to pick a top product from, everything is nice but there isn’t really anything I can’t live without. Other than the Velvet liners, the lipsticks and blushers are also both really nice.

L’Oreal (available here)
My top pick: True Match Foundation
L’Oreal True Match foundation is an absolute must have with a nice colour selection but the liners, neutral eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks are also worth picking up.

Makeup Revolution (available here)
My top pick: Eyeshadow Palettes
Known for offering affordable alternative to cult beauty products, their palettes and lipsticks are great alternatives to highend brands.

MaxFactor (available here)
My top pick: Mascaras
Although I love the whole range, no other drugstore brand offers better volumising mascaras than MaxFactor, I don’t have a particular favourite but all the ones I have tried have been great.

Maybelline (available here)
My top pick: Instant Eye Eraser Concealer
Great all round brand but the Instant Eye Eraser is a great alternative to highend concealers and I would quite happily swap my usual cocnealer for it. I also really like Dream Flawless Nude Foundation, Brow Satin Eye Pencil and their Color Sensational Lipsticks.

Models Own (available here)
My top pick: Nail Polishes
Models Own started by offering nail polishes and I still think it’s what they do best. My favourite colours are Beach Bag and Utopia although their Hypergel and glitters are generally great ranges.

MUA (available here)
My top pick: Luxe Velvet Lipsticks
Anther super inexpensive UK beauty brand, their eyeshadow palettes are also great value for money!

Real Techniques (available here)
My top pick: Core Collection brushes
Probably my favourite brush brand, their original collection is still by far my favourite along with their sponge, I would personally skip the bold metals collection (although they look beautiful) as they’re pricier and not as soft.

Revlon (available here)
My top pick: Colorstay Foundation (particularly for oily skins)
Revlon is a great brand for almost everything and it has quite a makeup artist feel to it. If you like lip crayons then Revlon do the best affordable ones.

Rimmel (available here)
My top pick: Exaggerate Lipliner in Eastend Snob
Theres so many great items from Rimmel, the whole Exaggerate range is excellent, I love their lipsticks and I reach for their foundations and concealers regularly.

Sleek Makeup (available here)
My top pick: Contour Kit
Has a special place in my heart as I use to blog about Sleek endlessly when I first started blogging. Palettes, blushers and Matte Me in Birthday Suit are all well loved in my collection.

Soap & Glory (available here)
My top pick: Kick Ass Concealer
Slightly higher price point in comparison for drugstore products but I adore their body products. Other great product include Brow Archery, Supercat liner and Thick & Fast Mascara

Topshop (available here)
My top pick: Lipsticks
Not strictly drugstore as it’s available only in Topshop stores but a great price point. All the lip products, blushers, bronzers and nail polishes I have tried have been fab but the glow highlighter has to be the best cream affordable one I own.

Would love to hear your drugstore recommendation in the comments, are there any drugstore secrets I am missing?

Last year saw the launch of Sam’s Pick of Real Technique brushes and this year with Nic joining Real Techniques they have realised her picks. In my opinion Real Technique Brushes are my absolute favourite and I recommend them to everyone, I just wish they had been about 6 years ago when I was starting my own brush collection. I remember always wanting good quality brushes but simply not having the money as a sixteen year old to afford MAC and I am so happy to see that they have made a core tool of the trade so affordable to everyone without compromising on the quality. 
In Nic’s picks there are five brushes all with a beautiful silver, sleek looking handles; three of which are exclusive to the set. The two brushes which are already available are the Duo-Fibre Powder Brush and the Base Shadow Brush. If I had to pick a least favourite it would probably be the powder brush as I found it shed a little and isn’t very dense but still works perfectly for a light dusting of powder, blush or bronzer. In contrast my favourite is the base shadow brush which is perfect for adding depth to the eye but equally is great for blending, packing on colour or even buffing in concealer. 
The set exclusives are the Cheek Brush, Angled Shadow Brush and the Eyeliner Brush. The cheek brush is quite dense allowing you to build colour quite quickly and the perfect tapered tip allows it to be used for contouring. The angled shadow brush is designed for crease work but I found it worked just as well to apply a light wash of shadow and the eyeliner brush is perfect to add a flick to liner or even to apply shadow under the lash line. 
Although this probably isn’t the most essential Real Techniques set, it’s a beautiful addition to any make-up lovers collection. They are limited edition so it’s worth ordering them sooner rather than later to avoid being disappointed.
They retail for under £30 (which is pretty amazing for 5 quality brushes) from LookFantastic, Feelunique and other Real Technique Stockists.
Which Real Techniques set is your favourite? 

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I was having a think about Cult Status Beauty products, this real beauty industry favourites and trying to work out what I have also personally fallen in love with. I have picked my favourite inexpensive products that are not only loved by me but also most of the beauty world.

Weleda Skin Food (Available here)
This isn’t a product I use daily but it is one I always have on hand if my skin is feeling particularly dry. It’s filled with organic sunflower seed oil and extracts of wild pansy, camomile and more. I particularly like this in the winter when my skin is fighting with the wind and cold.

L’Oreal True Match (Available here)
Dubbed as a dupe for Armani Luminous silk I would argue this is one of the best foundations you can buy for under £10. It’s a perfect medium coverage that can be both built up and sheered out, it’s the perfect everyday foundation.

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish (Available here)
Although this isn’t a necessity product it sure makes life easier, remove your nail polish in a couple of second and no need to faff about with cotton wool. (They also do a toe version now)

Soap & Glory Smoothie Scrub (Available here)
My holy grail scrub, I am able to remove all of my fake tan without it leaving me red-raw. It leaves my skin looking silky smooth and feeling amazing, I’m currently all out and I feel like I have lost a leg- it’s really that good.

Batiste Dry Shampoo (Available here)
I’ve searched high and low for a product as good as this and although I think I have found a good rival (more on that another day) this is still number one. I would say I have been using this for about 8 years (gosh, that sounds crazy!) and even if I go find something I like just as much I can’t see this going anywhere. It’s great to keep greasy roots at bay, adding volume as well as texture or simply giving fine hair a bit more grip.

L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray (Available here)
This one goes without saying, it’s the best. Shame about the smell.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (Available here)
I wasn’t sure if this could be included in my ‘budget’ favourites and it’s the only product that retails for over £10 but since you can get a 50ml Starter kit for just £9.25 and cleansers tend to be far more expensive I thought I could justify it here. The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Cleanser has won 100 awards (congratulations Liz Earle!) which speaks for itself. If you’re looking to take your skincare back to basics, starting to get into cleansers or simply looking for a fabulous everyday cleanser then this is the product for you.

Vaseline Spray & Go (Available here)
This is a relatively new release which has everyone singing it’s praises, it’s light, quick and easy- every lazy girl’s (me!) dream.

Real Technique Brushes (Available here)
Good brushes were the one thing that I could never afford as a teenager and now I find myself automatically attracted and in-love with the Real Technique Brushes which are affordable yet high quality, I just wish these were around years ago.

Barry M Nail Polishes (Available here)
This is anther product that I have loved for years, for under £4 you can pick up a Nail Paint or Gelly Nail Effect polish which has a good colour selection and great formula/finish.

Which cult beauty products have I missed out? Have you tried any of my top picks? 
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This month I have really started to try new products more than ever and have found some really great products from inexpensive products to slightly higher end products.

The two foundations I have been loving are Armani Luminous Silk and L’oreal True Match. There is obviously a huge price difference but they are quite similar although the L’oreal may be slightly more matte. I adore the Luminous Silk as it gives the perfect finish (although I suspect it may be breaking me out) but for a fraction of the price L’Oreal is a great alternative. I especially like using the True Match foundation as I like to apply foundation with the Real Technique sponge which does naturally soak up a little bit of product so a less expensive product is better in my opinion.

As a concealer/highlighter I’ve been loving the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer as it doesn’t look cakey at all and is perfect for bringing light to the face. To set it all I’ve been using the new Benefit Porefessional Agent Anti-shine before contouring with the B Cosmetics Contour Kit which is surprisingly good. I have also rediscovered Angel Lipstick by Mac which is the perfect pale pink!

Other favourites are the Vaseline Spray & Go and the Soap & Glory Smoothie Body Butter which has helped me keep my resolution to always moisturise. I was also pleasantly surprised by how much I love Bumble and bumble Pret-a-powder, not only does it smell amazing but it’s great at plumping up the hair without being sticky. The Orly Won’t Chip top coat has also been a great addition, the ultimate top coat for super glossy and polished nails.

What have your favourites been this month?

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