Black Friday: Beauty

The concept of Black Friday seems to have changed in recent years. While the big companies can afford to slash prices which make things more affordable, I’ve noticed a shift towards supporting small businesses and buying local where possible. Some companies are also promoting mindfulness and discouraging the usual panic buying which often comes with sales. This is something I can get behind, and although Black Friday is often a great time to bag a good deal, this series of posts will contain a mixture of big and small businesses, with a particular focus on ethical businesses and cruelty free products. Let’s start with beauty!

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A few years ago, I started transitioning all of my toiletries and beauty products over to cruelty free versions, and I’ve recently attempted to reduce my plastic consumption.


  • 10% off brands including Carbon Theory and Sand&Sky on the Beauty Bay, no codes required
  • 15% off The Body Shop throughout November with code 14672
  • 23% off everything on The Ordinary, no code required
  • BF25 for 25% off everything on Face Theory until November 30th
  • Superdrug has a range of Black Friday offers, including huge discounts on hair and makeup
  • LookFantastic has up to 30% off certain ranges with code LFBEAUTY, but I’m going to be doing another post on them soon, so watch this space!


For hand wash, we buy 5L refills of the tea tree and aloe vera hand wash by Faith in Nature and fill up our existing bottles. You can even return the empty 5L bottles for free by post, or visit a health shop for smaller refills.

Gone are the endless bottles of shower gel! We use bars of soap by Glasgow Soap Company. They offer 4 soaps for £12; my favourite flavours are probably Raspberry Ripple, Lemongrass & Ginger, and Prosecco Bellini. They’ve also got a Christmas gift box which would make a fabulous gift!

But if you can’t get on with soap bars, The Body Shop has some great shower gel in 750ml bottles, which can be recycled in store. The pink grapefruit is particularly lovely.


As with shower gel, I’ve stopped using bottled cleansers and instead use bars of soap. My favourite has got to be the Carbon Theory cleansing bar. The Body Shop Tea Tree face wash is also a great option, and Face Theory’s Clarifying cleanser C2 is perfect for a really deep clean.

After cleansing, I follow up with the Carbon Theory facial purifying tonic or Pixi Glow Tonic, but my partner prefers the Seaweed oil balancing toner from The Body Shop or the Glycolic acid toner from The Ordinary.

As for serums, Salyclic acid works best for my skin. I love The Ordinary (though it’s been out of stock for ages!). I also like the Me+ range of serums from Superdrug, particularly the CBD oil booster. I’ve been using the Yeouth 2.5% retinol eye cream recently and I really like it. A teeny tiny bit goes a long way too!

My favourite moisturiser is probably the Seaweed oil control lotion, or for when my skin is feeling really dry, the Vitamin E intense moisture cream is great. The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturising Factors is also a good option.

I love the body butter range from The Body Shop, the Strawberry and Mango are probably my favourites. And the Hemp hand protector from The Body Shop is always my go-to for dry hands, especially in the winter, and when you’ve got a puppy nibbling your hands all the time!

Self-care Sundays wouldn’t be complete without a face mask. I love the Tea Tree skin clearing clay face mask from The Body Shop and the Sand & Sky purifying pink clay mask.


The Ordinary’s serum foundation is great for a light-medium coverage. They have lots of shades with three undertones. And I love the Tinted Blur stick from Nudestix for that simple, no makeup look.

For concealer, I love Makeup Revolution’s Conceal & Define, and the All-in-One Concealer from The Body Shop.

Barry M does some amazing matte liquid lipsticks. They have a variety of shades, including Minimalist, Pop-Up, and Runway. The Matte Liquid Lip from The Body Shop is also great.

I don’t wear a lot of eye makeup as I have sensitive eyes, but when I do I use the Gaya vegan mascara for sensitive eyes, or the Dizao moisturising black mascara with organic extract of rice brans and coffee beans. My partner loves the Beauty Without Cruelty mascara in cocoa. I love the e.l.f. Wow Brow gel to tidy up my brows.

I use the e.l.f. High Definition powder if I need some extra shine control, and Barry M’s matte setting spray is probably our favourite setting spray.

And to take it all off, I love the Camomile cleansing butter from The Body Shop and the Jojoba cleansing oil from Face Theory used with a muslin face cloth or Face Halo.

Whatever you’re looking for, there are some fabulous deals out there at the moment. Keep your eyes peeling for more Black Friday posts coming your way!

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