I'm a Beauty Writer, and These Are the 6 Products on My Black Friday Shopping List

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I’m a Beauty Writer, and These Are the 6 Products on My Black Friday Shopping List
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I both dread and eagerly await Black Friday sales. While the shopping event is one of the busiest times of the year for my job, it also poses the perfect opportunity to stock up on all the products I've been wanting to try for less. With all my favorite retailers offering some of their best discounts ever — believe me when I say they are not to be missed — narrowing down my shopping list has never been harder.

After careful consideration, I've decided six skincare, haircare, and makeup products will be making their way into my checkout cart from Dermelect, Peace Out Skincare, Avene, Kosas, Rene Furterer, and Kjaer Weis. These brands are often included in my daily write-ups because of their quality ingredient lists and effective and fast results, and have all been personally tested by yours truly in months past. Some of the items on my list are new favorites I'm desperate to restock on, while others will be making their way into my hands for the first time.

If you're in the market for some beauty writer-approved formulas, all six products down below are worth every penny — especially while they're discounted during Black Friday.

Dermelect Flawless Bakuchiol Treatment

Dermelect Flawless Bakuchiol Treatment

I wrote about this retinol alternative treatment from Dermelect back in September, and am still reeling over how many people immediately scooped up one of their own. The formula relies on bakuchiol, an ingredient nearly identical to retinol, that provides the same benefits without any of the common negative side effects, such as irritation, dryness, or skin-flaking. For those looking to reap the age-reversing effects of retinol without a purging period, this nourishing cream is the answer. Bonus: It's even "sunshine-approved," meaning you can apply it in the morning without experiencing sun sensitivity throughout the day.

Shop now: $47 with code BFE20 (Originally $59); dermelect.com

Dermelect is offering 20 percent off orders of $50 or more with code BFE20, 25 percent off orders of $100 or more with code BFE25, and 35 percent off orders of $150 or more with code BFE35.

Peace Out Skincare Daily Cleanser

daily cleanser

This blemish-busting cleanser already lives rent free in my shower, but my acne-prone skin has come to love it so much, I'll be buying back-ups this week. I massage the exfoliating balm into my skin a couple times per week before bed, followed by an ultra-hydrating moisturizer, and poof, any breakouts are far less prominent the next morning. It has seriously saved my skin and my confidence from some unwanted stress.

Shop now: $18 (Originally $22); peaceoutskincare.com

Peace Out Skincare is offering 30 percent off sitewide and free shipping for Black Friday.

Avene Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum

rehydrating serum

This soothing serum will be the perfect addition to my winter regimen since it immediately sinks into the skin to ease discomfort and tightness. The oil-free formula offers 24-hour hydration after every application with the help of its star ingredient: Avene Thermal Spring Water. According to the brand, it has been clinically proven within 150 studies to soften and calm the skin like no other. Yes, please.

Shop now: $29 with code TGIF25 (Originally $38); aveneusa.com

Avene is offering 25 percent off sitewide for Black Friday with code TGIF25.

Rene Furterer Complexe 5 Stimulating Plant Concentrate

plant concentrate

Using a scalp serum before every shampoo has become a weekly ritual for me in order to combat my oily roots and dry scalp. The Complexe 5 Stimulating Plant Concentrate is particularly appealing because it leans on lavender and orange essential oils to cleanse and clarify the scalp without stripping it of its natural oils. Plus, the bottle's targeted massager tip helps to increase circulation for healthier hair growth down the line.

Shop now: $43 with code SAVE15 (Originally $50); renefurterer.com

Rene Furterer is offering 15 percent off orders of $50 or more with code SAVE15, 20 percent off orders of $75 or more with code SAVE20, and 25 percent off orders of $100 or more with code SAVE25.

Kjaer Weis Impossible Mascara

impossible mascara

I've tested my fair share of clean mascaras, only to promptly toss the disappointing formulas aside for something more dramatic and long-wearing. But this certified organic and sustainably sourced formula from Kjaer Weis is now the one I reach for the most for clump-free, fluttery lashes that last. You'll get volume, length, and lift all within one tube, while raspberry fruit water, sunflower seed oil, and marula oil strengthen each lash for healthy growth and less breakage.

Shop now: $21 (Originally $26); kjaerweis.com

Kjaer Weis is offering 20 percent off sitewide for Black Friday.

Kosas 10 Second Shadow


I first discovered the Kosas 10 Second Shadow back in January, and have since set my eyes on the other three shades. Not only is the fuss-free liquid shadow incredibly easy to blend, but it doubles as skincare for the delicate area. Galactoarabinan, a natural plant collagen, smoothes over fine lines and wrinkles, while jojoba oil and orange flower water brighten and soothe the eyelids.

Shop now: $22 (Originally $28); kosas.com

Kosas is offering up to 30 percent off sitewide for Black Friday.

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