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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Beauty Bargain Bonanza

Get ready! This is our biggest collection of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals ever. What beauty products are you going to grab this week?

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Ahava Mineral Body Lotion

Who: Ahava:

What: On Black Friday, get 35% off any order (hello, Dead Sea bath salts). Use the code BFRIDAY14. On Cyber Monday you can snatch up 35% off and get a free Ahava Triple Mineral Body Lotion using the promo code CYBRMON35.

When: November 28th – December 1st

Where: Ahavaus.com

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Anthony Algae Facial Cleanser

Who: Anthony

What: Take 30% off awesome skincare for the man in your life — they will thank you.

When: November 28th – December 1st

Where: Anthony.com

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Arcona Triad Pads

Who: Arcona

What: Arcona is offering 40% off Arcona-brand skin care purchases of $200 or more online, in stores on over the phone (check the website for exclusions).

When: November 28th – November 29th

Where: Arcona.com, the Arcona boutique and over the phone (877-272-6620)

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Q: Do At-Home Peels And Microdermabrasion Work?

Kate Somerville Clinic-To-Go resurfacing PadsQuestion: I’d like to try microdermabrasion or a peel, but I’m afraid to do it at home. Do those kits work or should I go to a med spa?

Answer: For most women, a mild exfoliation from a peel or microdermabrasion kit one or two times a week (at home!) will do the trick to make your skin healthy and glow. And it can save mucho time and money. These at-home treatments don’t go deep enough to tackle major wrinkles and acne scars — those are better left to the pros — but they are strong enough to visibly freshen your skin.

 Here are the basics: At-home Microdermabrasion kits use physical exfoliation to help slough away the top layer of skin, letting fresh baby skin show through and encouraging your body to create collagen. It gives skin a healthy glow and will help increase cell turnover. A chemical peel does the same thing, but with acids — usually Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Trichloroacetic Acids (TCAs) — to remove built-up dead skin cells and excess sebum. Salicylic acid, another oft-used ingredient in peels is good for those with a history of acne, brown spots or sun damage.

Here are the exceptions: A word of caution, “Over exfoliating can result in acne or very dry skin,” warns New York dermatologist, Ariel Ostad, MD, so make sure you don’t overdo it. Skin needs time to recover between treatments so don’t use a peel or microdermabrasion more than two times a week. Always see a dermatologist if you need a more intense exfoliation that goes deeper into the dermis to treat serious skin conditions like severe acne, scaring, or dark patches, explains Ostad. He also recommends checking with your doctor or practitioner before you use any home kit to avoid any side effects or reactions.

Here are your options: Most peels and microdermabrasion kits target specific skin problems, so read the labels and ingredients to get a product most tailored to what you want. Here are some to try:

Kate Somerville Clinic-To-Go resurfacing Pads, $48 (pictured above)

first-aid-beauty-facial-radiance-padsFirst Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, $28

Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion & Peel SystemOlay Regenerist Microdermabrasion & Peel System, $24

Kiehl's Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-DermabrasionKiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion, $41

Do you do at-home treatments or prefer the spa?

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Have undereye circles? Read this:

If you’re someone who deals with undereye circles, and I mean serious shadows, this might change your life — or at least make you look more bright-eyed. Clinique just launched Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, $40, the newest addition to their Even Better line of dark-spot reducing, skin correcting products. So, what’s new about this one: Clinique researchers discovered that a large part of the color of dark circles is melanin accumulation. So if you lighten the eye area, making skin tone more even, bye-bye dark circles. The star of this eye cream is the cocktail of ingredients that give long-term benefits like mulberry root and vitamin C to lighten dark circles, anti-irritant ingredients like caffeine and green tea, siegesbeckia orientalis extract to prevent collagen breakdown, and whey protein to strengthen the skin. But that’s not all. It has optic technology that catches the light to diffuse the look of dark circles instantly. Though it’s not a concealer (you can add that after), it has a peachy tint that works on all skin tones to makes dark circles less visible. The fancy silver application tip is fun part. It has a cooling effect while you apply the cream and the massaging action helps improve microcirculation. They recommend using it twice a day, but I personally stash this in my purse and slather it on throughout the day when I felt like my eyes are a little dull or when I’m extra tired. It’s officially edging out lip balm as my obsessive compulsive go-to.

How do you treat undereye circles? With skin care products or concealer?

– Carrie Stern Kleiner

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Best Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

I’m sure your inbox is already brimming with offers from Best Buy, Target, etc., etc. So when it comes to seeking out the best Cyber Monday beauty deals, you might not yet know which store or brand has a fabulous offer going. I decided to make that easier on you by sharing some of the best lists of deals I’ve found on other beauty sites. I’ll definitely be using them to check a few people off of my gift giving list this year. Well that, and I’ll be stocking up on some beauty essentials (and non essentials) for myself too. Happy shopping!

Temptalia’s List — she shares a long list of both Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from stores and brands like Bath & Body Works, Stila and Sephora.

Real Beauty’s List — they share a deal from one of my fave nail brands Butter London and a deal from Blissworld.com — among others.

Fab Over Forty’s List — find deals from Lancome, Bobbi Brown and Kiehl’s.

The Beauty Girl’s List — she not only shares a couple of beauty deals, but also gives scoop on the sales Godiva and Hanky Panky are offering.

Two other sites worth checking out for their deals: HSN.com and QVC.com — they both carry a ton of great brands and have awesome offers going.

Bookmark these pages now so you don’t miss out on them come Friday and Monday.

What will you be looking to buy this Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Please share!

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