Black Friday · Whats in My cart?

What’s in my Cart? – Black Friday

I love Black Friday!

I love going to the mall and the thrill of the sale. However, not going to lie, most of my shopping will be done online this year.

It’s just so easy! Especially, if you are shopping for makeup because you don’t really have to try anything on. Yeah, swatching before you buy is good, but most of what I want are only from online stores anyways, so I will skip Sephora and Ulta this year in person and do it all from the comfort of my home.

I’m still going to the mall, just hitting Bath and Bodyworks for some candles and Victoria’s Secret for some bras. You know, the Black Friday basics.

So what will I be buying? First off, one item is technically not on sale (that I am aware of), but I’m a big fan of the brand and I always get their Disney collabs.

Take a guess?

If you said Besame, then you know me very well. I will be picking up their new Mickey Mouse lipstick and mirror set which debuts on Black Friday. I am sure it’s going to be expensive as crap, but I’m a sucker. We all know that!

I heard through the grapevine that Colourpop is having a Cyber MONDAY 30% off everything sale, so I have been patiently waiting to get my hands on the Good Sport palette and now seems like a great time do it as it should be reduced to $11.20, which is freaking fantastic. Might throw in some lux lipsticks to hit that $30 free shipping as well.

Now, this is a little secret between you and me, but another favorite indie brand of mine, Antonym Cosmetics, is having a 35% off sale, but it’s only for insiders, so if you want to score a nice deal on their products, make sure to sign up now on their website. You all know that their Baked Blush in Peach is my go to blush for any day of the year, but I’ve been coveting their Baked Highlighting Blush in Lily for a while now, but $42 is a bit steep for me, so grabbing it at $27.30 is pretty darn sweet!

Now, that’s all I’m getting, however, I will say that Sephora and Ulta has some pretty nice sales, that under normal circumstances, I would be partaking of, but seeing as I’m on a budget this year, I will be skipping. However, passing along my recommendations to you fine folks. Let’s call these Honorable Mentions or Maybe Next Year Items.


  • Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick Mini: $15
  • Nest Black Tulip Set $12
  • Origins Glow On $12


  • Dermalogica Glow Duo $12
  • Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo $11.50
  • Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator $13
  • Becca Glow On Trio $15

So what will you all be picking up this weekend? Sound off in the comments below.

Happy shopping, my friends!


The Friday Five

The Friday Five – Black Friday Edition

When I first started my Instagram under TheBeautySwatcher, I used to have a weekly post called The Friday Five where I did a 5 minute mini review on a beauty product. Ok, to be honest, I only did that for like four weeks, but whose counting? Anyways, I decided to revive The Friday Five, but instead of doing a beauty review, I thought do a fun list of 5 things that tickled my fancy that day.

Since this is our inaugural edition, which happens to fall on, arguably, the most famous Friday of the year, I decided to kick it off by highlighting the Top 5 Things I LOVE about Black Friday.


#5 Shopping – like DUH!

I am going to be honest here. Shopping on Black Friday has become more of a holiday on its own, but I am not one of those people that shops on Thanksgiving day or wakes up at 4am to buy a TV for $100. It’s not really about the sales for me, but more about the experience. I have this tradition where I wake up like around 7am, grab a latte at Starbucks and head on over to the mall and just wing it. I don’t have a plan of attack on which sales to hit first or mapped out the best route to all my favorite stores and I don’t really do my Christmas shopping on that day. I kind of just walk around with my kids and if I see something I like that is a good deal, I buy it. Then we grab a nice lunch at a restaurant and go to the movies, where we always catch the latest….


#4 Disney Movies (and or Disney Pixar)

Disney always releases a movie right before the long Thanksgiving weekend and ever since I had kids, I have taken them to watch a movie on Black Friday after a day of shopping. We have seen  Tangled, Frozen, The Good Dinosaur, Moana and this Friday we will be adding Coco to the list. I seriously cannot wait to see this movie. Just the music alone has me all worked up and, as a Latina, I love that it has a Latino cast (Gael Garcia Marquez, Benjamin Bratt and Edward James Olmos). Let’s not even talk about the animation and the colors! All I know is that Disney better do a collab with a beauty brand and release a Coco palette.

#3 Four Day Weekend (Woot, Woot!)

Do I really need to go into detail on this subject? I live in the US. We have like 56 LESS national paid holidays than any other industrialized country. Knowing that I have a day off on the biggest shopping day of the year is what practically makes the other 364 bearable.

#2 Christmas Tree

It seems that this day is full of traditions, but while the morning is spent at the store and the afternoon at the movies, the evening has always been dedicated to putting up the Christmas tree with the family. I don’t like to do it before Thanksgiving, so the Friday after Turkey Day, we take the tree out of storage, grab the containers with all the lights and ornaments and decorate. The Hubs will set up the lights and complain that the cat chewed the cords last year and some bulbs don’t work. The kids will start strong and help, but after about 30 minutes, drift toward their iPhones and iPads and that leaves me to finish the job. It doesn’t bother me. I kind of like it.

Ugly Christmas Sweater
The Rodriguez Clan Knows How to Party!

#1 Kick starting the Christmas Season

Aside from the shopping and mayhem, the day after Thanksgiving is officially the start of the Christmas Season. Some people say it starts on Thanksgiving day (Errrr…WRONG!) and others say December 1 (Wrong again). It officially starts on Black Friday because that still gives you a few extra precious days of candy canes, gingerbread cookies, Christmas lights, snowmen (Sandmen if you live in Florida like me), Christmas carols, parties, cocktails (lot’s of cocktails!), ugly Christmas sweaters, holiday movies,  and especially days off (remember I live in the US).

Happy Friday, my friends!