I’m a Beauty Expert, and Here’s My Cyber Monday Shopping List

I'm a Beauty Expert, and Here's My Cyber Monday Shopping List

It’s a controversial thing to say, but in theory, Cyber Monday is so not my thing. I spend my working life advising people to consider their beauty purchases very carefully, and that message simply doesn’t align with the concept of Cyber Monday. Trust me. I totally understand the temptation of a bargain, especially when it comes to pretty beauty products. However, doing your research and working out which products are right for you is just as important on Black Friday as it is any other time.

With that being said, there’s no doubt that now is the time to stock up on age-old favourites and dream products that have always been slightly out of budget. Maybe it’s a beauty tool or a best-selling hairstyling tool that you have had your eyes on. If you’re anything like me, your inbox will be flooded with flash sales, discounts and offers from every beauty brand and retailer out there, and as overwhelming as it seems, there are certainly some treasures to be found.

This year, more so than ever, I have been thinking carefully about where and how I spend my money. In the past, I have been known to splurge in beauty halls on the prettiest-looking products. However, over the years, I have learned that the buzz I got off buying beauty in this way was always short-lived. More often than not, I was left with shelves of products that just weren’t quite right for me. 

To avoid repeats of years gone by, this Cyber Monday, I’m shopping smart. I have spent the last few weeks compiling a list of the products I actually want to purchase, and I’m promising to stick to it. While it’s highly unlikely I’ll be purchasing everything on the list, I certainly won’t be straying from it. Following weeks of careful consideration and a whole bunch of research, keep scrolling to discover the best Cyber Monday beauty deals and discounts to shop now.

Every beauty editor adores this moisturiser, and with Liberty offering 25% off selected beauty, now is the time to invest if you want to see what all the hype is about. This rich formula transforms dry and parched complexions to leave skin silky soft and hydrated, and it is even clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles after just four weeks. Magic.

Elemis has 35% off on selected products with the code CYBERGLOW (plus a free gift when you spend £110+) but my personal choice would be this Elemis cleansing balm. It’s my desert-island beauty product which leaves the most beautiful glow on the skin after using. I stock up on a few in Black Friday every year. 

Byredo is offering a free 70g Candle in your scent of choice from Bibliothèque, Tree House, Cotton Poplin or Burning Rose for all purchases above £130. If you’ve had your eye on one of the fragrances, this is a great opportunity to pick up a candle too. My pick is Mojave Ghost, a musky ambrette fragrance that’s totally addictive and will have everyone asking what fragrance you’re wearing.

Kiehl’s has 25% off its skincare, or 30% off if you buy two or more products. If you’re yet to try the best-selling Ultra facial Cream or want to stock up on a refill, now is the time to make a huge saving.

If you’re looking to invest in a bottle of SkinCeutical’s iconic C E Ferulic serum, then now is your time. I’ve never seen such a big discount on this super serum at Face The Future, where you can save a whopping £30. This serum really is worth the hype and is loved by beauty editors and skincare lovers because it really works. It brightens pigmentation, boosts collagen and makes your skin glow. Get 10% off when you spend £49+, 15% off when you spend £99+ and 20% off when you spend £199+ on Face The Future.

If you’re shopping for Christmas presents, you cannot go wrong with Charlotte Tilbury for gifting. The brand is well known for creating great Christmas gift sets around this time of year, and right now selected bundles have up to 40% off, plus you can also get full-size free gifts if you spend a certain amount. On my list is this set with Charlotte Tilbury’s latest foundation, as well as the TikTok famous highlighter wands which are so in-demand they’re often sold out. Now, for the last few remaining hours, the brand is offering discounts of up to 30% when you spend to certain thresholds. Might be the time to stock up? 

If you want to recreate FaceGym’s legendary sculpting facials at home, then look no further than this deal. FaceGym are offering 20% off its skincare, tools and gifts, which includes a saving of over £100 on its Pro device. This uses electrical currents to tone, lift and sculpt—the reviews of this device speak for themselves.

Sephora has finally landed in the UK to the delight of beauty lovers, and for Black Friday you can get up to 50% selected beauty. I’ve been meaning to stock up on this cult makeup artist-approved moisturiser from Embryolisse, which has recently gone viral on TikTok. The lightweight yet hydrating formula is the perfect moisturiser for makeup prep and helps your base last for longer. See what other beauty buys I’m shortlisting in Sephora’s Cyber Monday Sale.

111SKIN’s masks are adored by celebrities (Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston are fans) and you can save 15% on orders over £150, 20% on orders over £200 and 30% on orders over £300. My favourites are these de-puffing masks which cool and leave the skin glowing. They also make a great stocking filler or as a treat for yourself.

If you’re yet to get yourself a beauty advent calendar, then fear not. The Body Shop has 25% off everything with code CYBER right now, including its incredible advent calendar which is worth £219.

Ask any beauty editor about their favourite beauty brands, and it’s likely that By Terry will be name-dropped. By Terry has 30% off with code BF30 and if if you spend over £90 you’ll also receive a mystery full sized free gift. One of my go-to products from the brand is this rose-scented face mask. You apply it to skin, and it bubbles up, leaving behind the most delicious glow.

John Lewis has 20% off on makeup, skincare and fragrance, including this TikTok viral lip oil from Dior. They tend to sell out fast, so now is the time to get one at 20% off if you want to stock up. What’s more, John Lewis & Partners also has big discounts on brands that are usually never reduced, such as Creed, Frederic Malle, Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Charlotte Tilbury too.

Deciem is one of our favourite affordable skincare brands that really does deliver results. For the whole month of November, Deciem is offering 23% off its already affordable range of skincare to encourage considered purchasing during the Black Friday sales. I recently finished off my favourite Niacinamide 10% and Zinc 1% from The Ordinary. I have been using it for years, as it helps to keep my breakouts and pores at bay.

In recent years, Diptyque has opted for limited-edition candles to mark Black Friday instead of a discount. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for news, but in the meantime, I’m bookmarking the Feu de Bois candle, which smells like a cosy roaring fire.

Elizabeth Arden is a classic beauty brand that I will alwaysbuy from, but right now you can save 30% off site wide with code BF30, and if you spend over £75 you’ll also recieve a free gift. I’m buying a tube of the cult Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant to soothe my dry winter skin. It’s been gaining popularity on TikTok recently, and Black Friday is a great time to invest in a tube if you’ve been eyeing it up.

Everyone should own a pair of GHD hair straighteners—they really are the best for smooth and sleek styles, and also creating waves. GHD currently have 22% off, so I’m investing in the brand’s cordless straightener so that I can keep my hair looking fresh all day long.

When I first tried Beauty Pie, I was seriously impressed by its skincare, which is made in the same factories as premium beauty brands, but Beauty Pie cuts out the middleman price hiking of marketing and retailing to pass the savings directly on to you. You’ll need a membership to access the discounts, however, if you’re looking to try Beauty Pie without a subscription, then you can take advantage of 50% off everything on site right now. My pick is this hydrating peptide and hyaluronic acid serum, which is one of the best serums I’ve tried.

Harvey Nichols is probably my favourite place to shop for beauty, and this year, Harvey Nichols has 15% off beauty to swoon over. I’ve had my eye on this 35ml size of Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540, which is reduced from £120 to £102.

Net A Porter has 30% off selected beauty, making it a great time to invest in those luxury beauty items you may have on your wishlist. This Hourglass palette has almost £20 off and these ambient lighting powders really are second to none. They leave the skin with an ethereal glow and will elevate your makeup game.

Currentbody has up to 65% off right now, and Cloud Nine’s styling range is a game-changer for unlocking your best hair yet. I have my eyes on this hairdryer which infuses hair with negative ions, which leave the hair super shiny and frizz-free.

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