58 Best Black Friday Beauty Deals 2021: Glossier, Violet Grey, Nordstrom, and More Cyber Monday Sales15 min read
In this world, the phrase Cyber Week means different things to different people. Some, with a laser-sharp eye for deals, have earmarked the Black Friday sales that will net them the vacuum cleaner or LED face mask of their dreams. To others, the shopping bonanza is reason to run far, far away from any store or computer—too much of a good thing; no thanks. To both camps, I promise: This story is for you! In what amounts to a quick scroll through the worthwhile promotions collected here, you’ll lose little in time but gain much in potential problem-solvers. (Problems of the lowercase-P variety; consider donating to worthwhile nonprofits as well for the capital-P ones.)
Fellow allergy sufferers will find handsome air purifiers from Molekule and Happi—wise investments with a lingering virus floating around. There is seriously good winter skin care from Augustinus Bader, Sisley, and Tata Harper. For chapped lips that also want a slick of color, Glossier’s Ultralip provides—and at a discount, you’ll want all nine shades. You can stay warm with an infrared sauna mat from HigherDose, or a cult-favorite Harry Josh hair dryer; a cool shot arrives via Aarke’s fancy sparkling-water maker. A discounted meal plan from Sakara feels like a treat to self during the holiday rush, and a new Tokyo bike (for adults or kids) is a way to stay moving. You’ll also find Maude here, the sexual-wellness brand known for its understatedly elegant vibrators. As its co-creative director Dakota Johnson said recently by phone, speaking about the new anal plug, “Cone is a really good stocking stuffer!” Why not? You be the judge.
Consider this roundup a way to ride above the Cyber Week mayhem—dipping in only where it’s pleasing. It might help jumpstart your holiday shopping, as well as your self-care strategies for the new-and-improved year ahead.
Fans of the rabidly followed beauty brand have their calendars set: Beginning Thursday at 7 a.m. through the stroke of midnight on Cyber Monday, there is a 20% discount across the site. (It doesn’t apply to gift cards, but people like gifts you can hold in your hand!) There are also smartly curated assortments, including a Winter Layers skin-care quartet. Don’t miss this year’s newcomer, Ultralip—richly balmlike with more-than-sheer color payoff. Pick up a range of shades for yourself or friends.
An early innovator in the world of elevated, natural skin care, Tata Harper features high-tech formulas with a plant-powered approach. From now through November 25, any orders over $100 come with a 25% discount—and beginning Black Friday through November 30, the 25% promotion applies across the board. Plus, there are a series of bonus gifts for sizable purchases: This weekend, use the codes TATA250 and TATA400 if you spend more than $250 and $400, respectively. Beginning Cyber Monday through November 30, use the codes 250GIFT and 400GIFT. The superstar serum, Elixir Vitae, is one product to add to cart: It’s packed with a host of active botanicals to conjure plump, youthful skin. This mask quartet is another win, with formulas geared toward hydration, radiance, congestion, and breakouts.
The retailer, known for its solid fashion labels, is also the kind of place where you can find fitness gear that looks more like home decor—a plus when so many have become accustomed to living-room workouts. Nordstrom got an early jump on Black Friday promotions, with deals up to 50% off already offered under its Black Friday banner (through November 26). A slew of Cyber Monday deals has yet to be announced; they go live early on the 29th just after midnight ET (that’s the 28th at 9 p.m. for the West Coast) and run through November 30. While there are plenty of treasures from the bonafide beauty floor, this 10-pound power ring by Bala—paired with some 75 accompanying movements—is an unexpected find in the sale. So is a Vitamix, the rare kitchen tool that its owners can’t stop gushing about.
This forward-thinking sexual-wellness brand, led by founder Éva Goicochea and co-creative director Dakota Johnson, abides by the idea that elegant, if understated, aesthetics belong in this arena. For its first-ever Black Friday sale—beginning November 26 through Sunday, November 28—the brand is offering a 20% discount on orders exceeding $75. (The code is BLACKFRIDAY20.) Maude’s duo of vibrators—the original, elongated Vibe and the palm-size Drop—is a good place to start. New, too, is Cone, a small silicone anal plug that begins shipping later this month. The line’s body products, including bath soaks and all-over oils, are also worth a mention.
This San Francisco brand brings sunny vibes to the bathroom, with environmentally friendly shower goods wrapped in its colorful aesthetic. From November 25 through 29, there are tiered discounts: 15% off orders under $50; 20% off orders over $50; and 25% off orders over $100. It’s an excellent time to snag a gallon-size bottle of the organic Mind and Body Wash (to refill Bathing Culture’s groovy glass bottle), as well as the newly launched perfume oil, Cathedral Grove—an earthy ode to the redwoods. If you order on Giving Tuesday, 100% of proceeds will benefit Dig Deep, helping Americans get access to the ultimate bathing essential.
Of course Amazon—the one-stop shop to end them all—has a rolling series of flash sales this weekend. It’s an excellent time to upgrade your electric toothbrush and to stock up on Lady Gaga’s Haus Laboratories makeup in honor of her latest big-screen splash. On Black Friday, Oribe lovers should keep an eye out for this collector’s kit of the brand’s cult hair-care products, including the Gold Lust shampoo and the classic Dry Texturizing Spray. Perricone MD’s vitamin C serum is another smart move.
A favorite of Hollywood insiders, this beauty destination delivers red-carpet essentials to your doorstep. This week through November 29, there’s a sitewide 20% discount (certain brands are excluded—though there’s a cache of products worth considering). This is your chance to try (or rebuy) Augustinus Bader’s Rich Cream, a formula that nourishes even in the face of winter’s dry doldrums. And for those hearing the siren call of aughts-era straightened hair, this T3 flat iron—designed to preserve healthy strands—will get the job done.
Indoor air quality has never been more important, whether due to allergens run amok or unseen virus particles. It’s reason to have appliances that pull double duty. Dyson’s Black Friday sale (ongoing through November 27) includes a number of its multitasking designs. Don’t miss the purifier that also acts as a humidifier and fan, and the slim yet deceptively powerful cordless vacuum that converts into a handheld tool for catching dust bunnies.
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Known as Mother across the fashion industry, makeup artist Pat McGrath turns up the dial for the biggest shopping event of the year. Through November 28, there’s a 25% discount for purchases over $50; 30% off for orders over $150; and 35% off for $250. This is the opportunity to usher in a renewed sense of glamour: with the latest MTHRSHP eye palette, or a trio of screen-star essentials for an elemental cat eye and red lip.
Taking an inside-and-out approach to well-being, Standard Dose offers up natural body care, adaptogenic herbs, and a thoughtful curation of CBD products. There’s a tiered sale in place through November 25: 10% off any purchase; 15% off $100; 20% off $150. Beginning Black Friday through Cyber Monday, there’s a full 25% off sitewide, no promo code necessary. This handsome Fellow electric kettle is every bit a wellness accessory in my book, paving the way for cups of good-for-you tea. Also worth the splurge is this F. Miller skin-care set, with everything from a floral toning mist to a heavenly body oil with notes of sandalwood and neroli.
A professional massage might be unparalleled, but having one of Theragun’s percussive tools at the ready has a measurable impact on everyday wellness—which makes this sale (through November 30) especially noteworthy. The range of models includes the Theragun mini—perfect for partner assistance or for kneading out calf muscles after the morning run. Meanwhile, the handled versions—such as this Pro model—make it easier to pinpoint your shoulder tension.
A hub for all things kitchen and garden, Food52 is another something-for-everyone holiday destination, with a well-curated mix of elevated pantry staples and cookware. Beginning Thanksgiving Day through November 28, there’s a 20% sitewide discount off purchases over $100 (with the code CHEERS20). On Cyber Monday, take 20% off orders over $100 (CHEERS20), and 30% off orders over $400 (CHEERS30). If you shop on Giving Tuesday, 5% of every purchase benefits Feeding America. If you consider cooking to be a mental release, everything here counts as wellness, but here are two favorites: Brightland’s Alive extra-virgin olive oil, with bright nutty notes for dressing salads; and a potted finger lime from Via Citrus—a holiday tree that will last through the winter.
The certified-organic beauty line, headquartered and manufactured in London, is as invested in healthy skin maintenance as it is committed to sustainable practices. Through November 29, there is a sitewide 20% discount, along with up to 40% off new bundles. This collection of rosehip-infused products is a steal (the oil cleanser is completely nourishing for winter, as of course is the omega–rich face oil). And the Salvation Jane moisturizer—formulated with echium, rich in omegas 3 and 6, and plumping hyaluronic acid—is all about replenishment. Plus, during this promotion $1 per product sold goes to the brand’s mental health partner, Loveland Foundation.
A bicycle has always been the cinematic holiday gift: No matter the age of the recipient, it’s a joy to get an unwrappable surprise with a big red bow, followed up by a triumphant ride around the neighborhood. Tokyo Bike’s handsome designs are eternal classics, and through November 29, there’s a 25% promotion for all in-stock bikes with the code TOKYOBIKE25. This kid’s paddle bike is a charmer; so is the easy-riding Mono for longer legs.
Early to the delivery scene for healthy meals, Sakara takes an artful approach to plant-based eating. This Black Friday promotion, currently underway with the code BLACKFRIDAY2021, entails a 25% discount across the whole site, including its customizable meal-delivery program. (The meals must be delivered by the week of December 27—less so a catch and more an impetus to schedule something healthy for yourself during the hectic month ahead.) Sakara’s functional chocolate trio is also a fun treat. They come in a brain-fog-clearing Nootropic blend; a Beauty version with phytoceramides; and Probiotic, which supports digestion and gut health.
Combating indoor air pollution, whether it’s allergens or VOCs or microscopic pathogens—is at the heart of Molekule’s mission. The company’s purification technology is the result of years of research, with its models designed to suit small and extra-large rooms. For those laden with allergies, this week’s sale is something to get seriously excited about. The Air Mini+ (20% off through November 30) is a good fit for rooms up to 250 square feet, while the larger Air is designed for spaces up to 600 square feet.
Home to a mix of emerging and celebrated brands, Verishop is something of a well-stocked buffet—ideal for family gift-shopping, especially with its Cyber Week promotions. Through November 29, there is a 25% discount on select T3 hair tools (with a steeper 33% off on Cyber Monday); during that time frame you can also score a handsome Aarke sparkling water maker for a 25% discount as well. Plus, you can take 15% off full-price beauty and home through November 3—whether you’re looking for fancy gua sha stones or Aesop hand soap.
The Italian fashion house’s beauty line is an industry favorite for its complexion products, along with other glimmering makeup essentials. Beginning November 25 through 30, there is a sitewide 30% discount—a fine time to pick up one of the new Lip Power lipsticks along with the genius, featherweight Neo Nude foundation. Extra generous: Armani will donate all proceeds from its web sales to its Acqua for Live Initiative, which supplies potable water to communities in need.
Inspired by Japanese ingredients and customs, this skin-care line is a perpetual crowd favorite. Through December 1, the site offers a 20% discount plus a free gift with each purchase over $100, using the code CYBER21. (You get two bonus items for the first $100 spent; four if you spend $200.) The Violet-C Brightening serum is a winter-skin winner, helping to even skin tone and boost radiance with its blend of vitamin C and AHAs. And for a soothing cap to the day, there’s the new Indigo Overnight Repair, a serum-in-moisturizer fragrance-free formula designed to calm flare-ups and replenish the skin barrier.
The New York–based infrared sauna outfit is once again a beacon, as life settles back into normal. Still, the company has mastered the ways to bring that thermal energy home—including with a burrito-like sauna blanket and an infrared mat. The purported benefits—radiant skin, full-body relaxation, a healthy sweat even on a snow day—are enough to make you clear out closet space. This week’s sale, available through November 29, sweetens the deal with a sitewide 20% discount.
The online beauty emporium has a deep edit—and a full slate of promotions this week, through November 29 (the code is BLACK). Hair tools from Harry Josh are currently 30% off, which means you can pick up one of his pro-favorite hair dryers. And with the clean Australian line Grown Alchemist at a 20% discount, you can feel free to stock up on this sweet orange and cedar hand soap for the months ahead. Plus, there’s plenty more—from natural skin-care brands like Indie Lee and Naturopathica, to dermatologist-backed lines.
The London apothecary is known for its breadth of high-brow beauty finds—nearly all of which are included in this week’s promotions, running through November 29. The Boy Smell candle Cedar Stack brings a woodsy smell indoors, with grounding notes of musk, tobacco, and peppercorn. There are cult favorites on sale: Augustinus Bader’s Rich Cream, Aesop’s heavenly hand wash, and this Sisley eye mask that is a cold-weather skin saver.
This comprehensive, chicly curated shop is a wellness destination, whether you’re looking for immune-boosting herbs or organic shampoo. Through November 29, there is a tiered discount offered: $15 off a $100 purchase; $30 off a $200 purchase (plus a Pai hydrating serum); $80 off a $400 purchase (plus an additional Pai booster as well). Come Cyber Monday, there will be more promotions. Consider it a fine time to load up on Sun Potion’s adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms, including astragalus (good for strengthening immune response, skin health, and digestion). Sigil’s intriguing scents are another worthwhile investigation—this one blending notes of palo santo, oud, and bergamot.
The iconic French house is a mainstay of red-carpet beauty, from its science-backed skin care to its ultra-classic lipsticks. Through November 29, there’s a 30% discount sitewide (when signed in; 25% if incognito), along with 50% off select finds. For a revitalizing boost, there is the latest eye cream, Advanced Génifique, which targets dark circles and helps strengthen the skin barrier. And for lashes, the Idôle mascara counts plenty of fans, Zendaya included.
The past months have proven that it’s worth investing in your home setup, especially in a category so fundamental to daily life: breathing. This purifier brand uses top-quality HEPA filtration to remove the dust, particulate matter, and other invisible floaters from the air. The clean, cylindrical design—available in white or black—does its best to be invisible, too. Fortunately, there’s a 30% promotion across the site through Cyber Monday, so you can stock up on the smaller My Happi (for rooms up to 450 square feet) and Our Happi (up to 1,500 square feet).
The New York acupuncture studio aims to be a bridge between traditional Chinese medicine and a wellness crowd more adept at booking services online. That comes through in the painterly packaging for its herbal supplements, such as Can’t Touch This—a blend of astragalus and reishi that encourages healthy immune function; ditto its jewelry-like variations of ear seeds, the tiny adhesive dots that can be worn to gently stimulate acupressure points. Through November 27, there’s a 30% discount sitewide; come Cyber Monday that discount returns, along with a gift with purchase.
The rituals of the Hungarian mineral baths are a point of inspiration for this sumptuous skin-care brand—an opportunity for a simulated escape. Through Cyber Monday, the brand is offering 20% off sitewide, with an additional gift for orders over $300. The Thermal Cleansing Balm—rich in calcium and magnesium, with sweet almond oil supplying vitamin E—is an inspired way to massage the day away. This gentle multi-acid toner is also a smart skin-care essential, boosting radiance and offering daily exfoliation so the rest of your skin care can get to work.
Stocked with an array of science-backed skin care and cult hair brands, this beauty resource is well worth a browse for its latest promotions. Through November 28 (with the code BLACK), you’ll find discounts on SkinCeuticals’ greatest hits, including this duo that pairs the antioxidant-powered C E Ferulic and Triple Lipid Restore cream. Hair care by the Parisian colorist Christophe Robin is also 30% off, including this Regenerating hair mask with prickly pear oil—a remedy for winter’s drying effects. Plus, there are solid deals on 111Skin, Sunday Riley, and derm-favorite sunscreen brand Elta MD.
Even for a luxury skin-care brand with an array of much-loved products, the Black Rose collection is a hero. It’s sensorial and ultra-nourishing; it’s also very chic. For its Cyber Week offering (available through November 27), Sisley is celebrating Black Rose Friday: If you buy either the line’s Skin Infusion cream or its Black Rose Precious face oil, you receive a full-size Black Rose cream mask (ordinarily $172). It’s a focused deal—but a good one!
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