Guest Blogger: Liz
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Family, food, and amazing deals at every turn. It’s the biggest online shopping day of the year! Cyber Monday originated in 2005 when retailers realized that consumers, back at work after the Thanksgiving (and Black Friday) holiday, continued to search for online deals from their desks.
While Black Friday is generally targeted towards technology and electronics, Cyber Monday now extends into fashion, shoes and of course — beauty products!
Here are a few of our top online shopping tips that will help you get the best deals, safely, during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping frenzies!
HOW TO GET THE BEST DEALS ONLINE
Opt-In to Emails
Considering that Cyber Monday is all about online shopping, it’s crucial to make sure you’re subscribed to all your favorite retailers’ and brands’ email lists to ensure you get their best deals!
Plus, most brands have an opt-in offer for new subscribers, so you might be able to get an additional percentage off as a newbie!
Utilize Mobile Apps
If you’re stuck at work on Cyber Monday and don’t want to shop on your company computer, never fear — more and more retailers now have mobile apps where you can browse, create wish lists, and of course purchase items at an amazing discount all from your cell phone! Your boss will never know that you completed your holiday shopping in-between meetings!
Google Is Your BFF
Before you hit checkout, do a quick Google search for coupon and discount codes to make sure there aren’t any additional deals you might be missing!
Websites like RetailMeNot.com aggregate thousands of offers that aren’t always advertised to the public and can save shoppers money!
It’s also a great way to find out about free shipping offers or free gifts, and only takes about 30 seconds.
TIME-SAVING TIPS FOR ONLINE SHOPPING
Secret Pinterest Boards
Holiday shopping for everyone on your list (plus a few treats for yourself, of course!) can be time-consuming.
Instead of spending hours aimlessly walking around the mall, use Pinterest’s Secret boards to keep yourself organized and on track! You can create dedicated boards for each person you’re shopping for and can easily save the items you’re interested in to keep track of any sales or discounts! To get started, check out the NuFACE Pinterest profile for some fun ideas!
There are gift guides for beauty junkies, foodies, men, kids, pets… you name it, you can find a gift guide for it! We love this gift guide by Harper’s Bazaar!
Focus, Focus, Focus
Grab a coffee, put your headphones in and power up your laptop — it’s time to shop!
One of our favorite online shopping tips is to truly set aside time to focus on the task at hand. When you’re distracted, it’s easy to overspend, so stepping back and taking a methodical approach to your holiday shopping will benefit not only your sanity but also your bank account!
TIPS FOR SAFE & SECURE ONLINE SHOPPING
Stick with Trusted Websites and Brands
When browsing online this holiday season, stick to well-known brands and websites you trust! These websites will have established security measures in place so you can get your holiday shopping done safely! Keep an eye out for security badges like these in the checkout process!
The ‘s’ in “https” stands for secure, so always check the URL of sites you’re browsing to make sure it’s there before sharing any personal information, like your credit card. You should also keep an eye out for the little padlock symbol at the start of the URL as a sign that you’re shopping on a secure website.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Come back on Monday to see even more cyber Monday deals!
THE BEST CYBER MONDAY DEALS
Sharing is caring, so here is a list of some of our favorite Cyber Monday Deals that you won’t want to miss from A-Z!
40% off the Triple Oxygen Trio.
50% off all products.
25% off all devices and free engraving with the code CYBERMON
Deborah Lippmann, deborahlippmann.com
Free Smooth Operator nail file with every $50 purchase, free Smooth Operator nail file and cuticle oil with every $75 purchase, and free Smooth Operator nail file, cuticle oil, and Gel Lab Pro top coat with every $100 purchase.
Evo Hair, evohair.com
25% off all products, and a free sample of the Self-Indulgence Body Creme.
Complimentary oval soap with every purchase of $40 or more with the code CYBERMONDAY2016.
Marc Jacobs Beauty, sephora.com and marcjacobsbeauty.com
Early access to the Le Marc Lip Creme at sephora.com. 5 free minis with a $30 purchase, 5 free minis and a deluxe sample of the Velvet Noir Mascara with a $75 purchase using the code monday at marcjacobsbeauty.com.
NARS, sephora.com and narscosmetics.com
Early access to the NARS Unfiltered Cheek Palettes on sephora.com. 20% off site-wide (excluding the Sarah Moon collection, books, and candles) with access code, sign up for the NARS email list to recieve in your inbox.
25 – 34% off of all beauty tools, and exclusive gift sets from MAC, Bobbi Brown, GHD, Drybar, Charlotte Tilbury, Oribe, and more.
20% off everything
40% off all Holiday products.
Urban Decay, urbandecay.com
Get the Full Frontal Reloaded Vice Lipstick Stash, a kit with 5 full-size lipsticks, for $59.
ALWAYS BE IN THE KNOW
Get to know Shani Darden a bit more on the blog next week, shop her exclusive collection with a special offer on Cyber Monday!
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