Black Friday Sales Haul
Black Friday got me good this year. Today I have a haul for you all of everything I purchased during this year’s sales. It’s safe to say I won’t be purchasing any new products this year. In fact, I’m considering going on a “no-buy” for the first half of 2018, but we’ll see. I have a few PR packages coming in, so I don’t doubt I’ll have new things to show you. However, once we’ve all escaped the holiday season, my regular anti-haul-esque posts will be back to normal. I keep telling myself that Black Friday is one day of the year, so it’s okay to treat yo self.
Boy Smells Candles
Boy Smells have pretty much taken over my Instagram feed and I’m not mad about it. At all. They’re seriously stunning–design and scent-wise. I purchased Redwood, Ash, and Kush. They’re each $29 which, in my opinion, is a decent price for candles of this quality and size. Especially if you compare them to the cost of Diptyque and Byredo, which are $64 and $80 respectively.
Redwood $29 is a gorgeous blend of Indonesian teak, purple sandalwood, char, cedar, and cinnamon. I went to university where our campus was inside a redwood forest and this reminds me of walking to class through the damp forest in the mornings. It’s a super nostalgic scent to me and I see myself repurchasing it the most out of all the scents I own from them currently.
Ash $29 is a blend of firewood, smoke, charcoal, palo santo, and hay that smells like a farmhouse fireplace. If you live in the midst of a big city, this scent is quite the escape. As with Redwood, this one gives me nostalgia for away camp when I was younger. I went to a very hippy dippy sleep-away camp that had huge farms and I always loved the smell of fires at night.
Kush $29 is probably the most famous Boy Smells candle–it’s a blend of cannabis, suede, white musk, tulip, and amber. If you’re looking for something that really smells like kush this isn’t it. It’s a gorgeous candle, but the cannabis note isn’t very strong. I love the container, but out of all three this is the one I’m least likely to repurchase. Floral scents aren’t my favorite.
Another brand that graces our Instagram feeds on the regular is Dedcool, founded by the lovely Carina Chaz. I’ve tested out all of the scents, but #3 and #4 are the two standouts to me. All of Dedcool’s products are gender-neutral, vegan, natural, and cruelty free. They’re also quite affordably priced at $69 each. For how powerful and long lasting these are on the skin, that’s an incredible price. There was a Black Friday discount for 20% off so I bit the bullet and grabbed both.
Top: Juniper Berries, Pomelo, Saffron
Middle: Accord Cuir, Black Violet, Crystal Rose
Bottom: Blonde Woods, Raspberry, Vetiver
This is the most traditionally “feminine” scent Dedcool offers. The opening is a strong burst of Juniper Berries and Black Violet. Florals aren’t always my favorite, but these have that darkness that makes them more seductive. The florals are grounded by Blonde Woods, which is a cashmere musk scent. I cannot stand pure floral scents, they’re too light and airy for me. The musky element gives the florals the ability to become more human, if that makes sense (scents?)
Top: Fig, Black Pepper
Middle: Bergamot, Lemon, Jasmin Freesia
Bottom: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Incense
I posted about my overwhelming love for this scent on my Instagram–it’s my new obsession. I want to smell like this always. The dry down actually reminds me of one of my favorite perfumes ever Cannabis Santal by Fresh $50. What I really love about this particular scent, aside from the gorgeous base notes, is how universal it is. There’s no distinction between traditional “feminine” or “masculine” here. That false dichotomy doesn’t exist with this scent, it’s just good.
The Skincare Haul
Despite the fact that Biologique Recherche doesn’t do sales (très chic, right?), I knew I wanted to get my hands on these two products. As I was in the midst of euphoric sales shopping, I went for it. Lotion P50V $98 is my favorite product discovery of the year; I’ve written non-stop about it. I’d heard that P50 Pigm 400 $27 is even more effective at fading hyper-pigmentation. I’m lucky to have very little hyper-pigmentation, but when I do get a pimple, the red spot after it’s gone lasts for-fucking-ever. I plan to spot treat those little red dots with this in the hopes that it fades them quickly.
I also purchased Oligo-Proteines Marines Serum $95 from Biologique Recherche. Oligos are a synthetic RNA protein, but the serum also touts being marine-based. I’m not quite sure if there’s a combination of synthetic and organic proteins in here, or if they’re just imitating marine proteins. Either way, I don’t really care as long as it works. The purpose of this serum is to unify and brighten the skin tone. The brand recommends it be used on dark circles, which I have no shortage of. My dark circles are partly due to the shape of my eye, but also down to lack of sleep and genetics. I don’t expect miracles from anything when it comes to those beasts, but I’m willing to try it out. Worst case scenario, I use the serum for the rest of my face.
Lastly, I purchased U.F.O. by Sunday Riley $80 after having incredible results from a sample. I’m acne prone, but on the best of days my skin is dry enough that acne treatments destroy my moisture barrier. During winter they’re simply out of the question. Enter U.F.O.–it’s a game changer, for sure. This oil contains 1.5% salicylic acid, tea tree oil, black cumin seed oil, licorice root, and hexylresorcinol. All of these are incredibly clarifying, but the base of oils they’re carried by aren’t drying. To be fair, it’s not exactly hydrating, but they don’t destroy my skin when I try to treat my spots.
Hope you all enjoyed my Black Friday haul! Although I didn’t purchase that many products, it was quite expensive and I won’t be spending money on anything beauty related for a hot second. Let me know what you did or didn’t purchase down below and as always, stay tuned in via my socials!