The holiday gift buying bonanza has always been a source of stress, crowds, and lines until the Internet shook things up. Thanks to Cyber Monday, you can find sales on makeup, clothes, and just about anything else without all the hecticness of going to an actual store. Can you even still imagine a world where the toy stampede scene from Jingle All The Way was the only way you could get that toy for your kid in time for whichever holiday you celebrate? Thankfully, it is totally different now, and you can order up nearly anything your heart desires and have it delivered in days — sometimes even hours! The world is rapidly changing and as consumers we reap the benefits and conveniences.
Even if you don't celebrate any holidays at all, Monday Nov. 30th is a crucial shopping day to score deep discounts on beauty, fashion, gifts, and more, but beauty usually takes the cake with combo sets and deals that are far cheaper than typical retail price. When you log onto almost any site on Cyber Monday, you should almost always be presented with a discount code to use, it's become nearly universal, but some beauty buys are better than others, and I'm gonna break it down.
1. Deals That Give Back
The Body Shop
The Body Shop is not only doing 50 percent off sitewide on most items (some exclusions are to be expected) but they're giving one day of clean water to a family in Ethiopia with select purchases Black Friday through Cyber Monday. They're also taking $25 off of orders of $75 and certain gift sets are clocking in at a mere 30 percent of original retail price. And the body icing on the cake: A free body butter with every qualifying order! On 12/1, the sale morphs into #givebacktuesday where a percentage of proceeds. will be going to provide safe water to Ethiopians and other charities.
MAKE cosmetics already donates a portion of their sales to help women in need here in America, so why not shop their awesome makeup and skincare selection for an additional 30 percent off sitewide with the code MAKEIN30?
2. Skincare Specials
Score 20 percent off on orders of $80 or more at Elizabeth Arden.
Dr. Dennis Gross
Take 20 percent off sitewide at Dr.Dennis Gross, plus get free shipping all weekend.
Save 20 percent with the code CYBERMON15 at Cosmedix, plus get free shipping all day.
First Aid Beauty
Get 30 percent off with the code CYBERMONDAY at First Aid Beauty and receive free shipping on all orders over $50.
Take a whopping 50 percent off sitewide at Acure Organics with the code CYBER2015, plus receive a free Unscented Argan Oil Towelette with orders over $100.
Get a free Neroli Hydrating Mist with order $50 or more at June Jacobs, plus receive free shipping through Cyber Monday.
Take 15 percent off using the code GREENHOLIDAY at Goldfaden MD.
3. Makeup Must Sees
Get a free gift with purchases over $50 and take 45 percent off all orders of $135 or more from Laura Geller.
Urban Decay is releasing once again the ultimate makeup deal: The inimitable Naked Vault II, which contains every Naked palette ever, for just $165! This one is pretty much guaranteed to go quickly, so set your alarms.
Take 25 percent off sitewide at Palladio Beauty using the code BLACK2015.
Get 20 percent off and a free gift with purchases over $50 at Bobbi Brown.
Take 20 percent off at Sigma Beauty by using the code CYBER2015.
4. Hot Hair Takes
Automatically take 60% off of all products at Fat Hair
Receive a free travel pouch with all orders at Verb.
Score stocking stuffers starting at $10 from Alterna.
Take 10 percent off sitewide on Kérastase products, plus get free shipping through Dec. 2.
5. Non-Binary Beauty
John Masters Organics
Take 25 percent off with the code holiday15 at John Masters Organics.
Snag 30 percent off with the code CYBER at Context.
Kneipp naturals is offering 25% off sitewide with the code CYBERM15.
This all-purpose beauty site will be offering 50 different gifts with purchase from Beauty.com.
There will be three tiers of gifts with purchase at Caudalie.
Peter Thomas Roth
For every purchase of Peter Thomas Roth's Ultra-Lite Anti-Aging Cellular Repair treatment, you'll get a free one.
Take 20 percent off a NuFace Trinity or Mini facial devices.
6. Grooming Grabs
The Silk'n Flash and Go Hair Removal Tool will be 20 percent off with the following code: SILKNEBF.
Take 30 percent off at Fur by entering "holiday" at checkout.
Get a free gift with purchase and enjoy free shipping at Dr. Hauschka from Nov. 22 through Dec. 5.
Take 30 percent off at Bliss using the code Dazzle3 or use the codes brilliant15 or DELUXE for a free gift with purchase on qualifying orders.
Ralph Lauren Polo
Receive a free gift with purchase of a full size Ralph Lauren Polo Cologne
As you can see, the deals, gift sets, and freebies are literally pouring from every site imaginable, this is the single best day of the year to shop online. Once deals like this are over, you still have more time to shop online, but keep in mind that many sites have shipping deadlines for Hanukkah (only a few days away!) and Christmas. Whether you're an Ebenezer Trump type who is only shopping for yourself or a generous type buying for all friends and family both great and small, this is the time to jump right on it.
Photos:Danielle Guercio (1); Courtesy Brands