Monday, December 8, 2014

Black Friday Madness ~ Vera Bradley, Bare Minerals, and More!

Hey Everyone! Yes it is that time of year once again where we all have the excuse to go a little shop crazy. And let me tell you, I love me some Christmas shopping. It's probably my absolute most favorite time of the year, not just for the shopping aspect, but also for the ability to give gifts to the people I love most and just see their faces light up. So I have the items here that I purchased on Black Friday, which I had such a blast out shopping that day, and I will also be posting some DIY holiday gift giving ideas in the next few days as well so keep your eyes peeled for that as well. 

So let's talk about Black "Friday." This was the first year that I actually went out on Thursday evening to go shopping and I normally do not do that because I truly believe that Thanksgiving is sacred and a time to be with family. But this year I happened to be with family down in Florida about 1 mile away from the outlet mall and just couldn't resist getting some of their deals. My sister, my husband and myself spent Thanksgiving cooking for our family and then decided to go out at 11:00 at night so as far as shopping goes it really didn't cut into family time since our parents were waaaay passed out by then. Getting to the outlet mall was crazy! There were seriously thousands of people there and I just couldn't believe the insanity, but I kind of feel like it lent to the fun of it all. So the first place we hit up was bareMinerals and let me tell you, the sales were out of control. I honestly wanted to buy the whole store (but I didn't). So the first thing I saw was my very very favorite facial cleanser. I've been using this stuff for a while and it always leaves my skin feeling so soft and clean without being overly dry. Really love this stuff! And it was 50% off plus their was a store wide Black Friday sale of an additional 25% off, so it was seriously a steal. The next thing I saw were these two gorgeous lippies in the colors Fearless and Bravado and they were also the 50% plus another 25% off deal. I've already worn both of them and I love love love them so much. Super hydrating and some great winter colors.

The next thing I found at bareMinerals was this gorgeous palette that came with the cute little gold bag here and I just thought it was super sleek and fun for the holiday season. The palette came with four gorgeous eye shadows, a blush, their primetime eye primer, waterproof eye liner,  and a lip gloss, which I will insert a picture of the opened palette underneath this pic. I've already tried every product in this and I'm in love with them all. They are a great blend of colors for the holidays and I am super happy with this purchase.

Open Palette <3

Then after we left bareMinerals we headed over to the Vera Bradley outlet, which literally had a line out of the store just to get in, but was so worth the wait. I purchased a new purse, an ID holder, and a clutch/cell phone holder in these three adorable patterns and only spent around $35 for the lot of them! I can't even begin to describe how great the deals were that night. I took a close up shot of the group of items I purchased instead of a more detailed one because these are going to be Christmas gifts and I didn't want the receiver to find too much on my blog before Christmas morning. 

Also at Vera Bradley that night, for every person that walked in the door, they gave a free little jewelry travel case holder to and because Josh came into the store with me I got two! I love these and already started storing my earrings in them.

At this point in the night it was past 1:00am and we were all super exhausted from cooking all day, so we went home for some sleep. That however, did not stop us from going back out the next morning/afternoon to pick up some more deals at Target. I love me some Target and their Black Friday deals are always my absolute fav. I don't have a ton of pictures from Target because again they are Christmas presents and I don't want people to stumble upon them before the 25th but I got a ton of stuff for my hubs and my mom and it ended up only costing me around $100. Which, for the amount of presents I bought, was a super good deal. They always have fantastic sales on DVD and TV series sets so I always grab a bunch of those. The very last thing I bought at Target was an adorable little onsie sleeper set for one of my best friends who just had a little baby boy the day before Thanksgiving and it was just so sweet I had to get it for him. 

This is the front and back of the sleeper set and seriously, how adorable?! I just couldn't resist getting them for him, especially since he it about to celebrate his very first Christmas and I'm super excited for the him and the whole family! 

So that about wraps up this blog. Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

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