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It's the most exhausting but savings-rewarding time of the year, though your bank account might not see it quite the same way...
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Image borrowed from Getty Images until I can find another

Image borrowed from Getty Images until I can find another

According to the Retail Council of Canada, 43% of Canadians are planning to purchase something on this borrowed-from-the-USA day, Black Friday. It's also the biggest shopping day of the year in Canada, and although its craziness makes me want to stay in bed, it makes so much freaking sense: it's exactly the right time to do all your holiday shopping. Not only does it mean you save on gift-giving, you've got a month if you need to return or exchange anything. (Props for knowing all that already, US-based friends!)

Actually, if you're Canadian, has this all-in-on-Black-Friday phenomenon fully caught on with you? Have you shifted your holiday shopping habits to participate? Or, as is for many of us with Boxing Day sales (apparently 34% of Canadians expect to shop those), is this retail extravaganza more about stocking up on necessities with a side of luxuries-at-a-discount?

And just for fun, did you know that for the last seven years NASA's nod to Black Friday has been "Black Hole Friday," a day of sharing black-hole images and info?

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Some of these sales are Friday specific, but many will go through into Cyber Monday, whether they say so now or announce it on the weekend, so it's worth checking the sites again for more deals at the start of the week. (So many of us shop online now... do we really even NEED Cyber Monday any more?)

AMAZON CANADA has all kinds of Black Friday deals as they always have on Black Friday, and they'll definitely have Cyber Monday sales as well. But I find the site so frustrating to navigate that I just look for what I want, and if it isn't on sale, I don't buy it right away. That said, I did notice that this year the Philips DiamondClean Classic Rechargeable Electric Toothbrushe ($139.99 CAD at amazon.cais $100 off – that's a 42% discount, and pretty amazing. I've had one of these toothbrushes for years (it's still going strong) and I love it.

Of note is that Amazon Canada is helping the Toronto Fire Fighter's Toy Drive and the Children's Aid Foundation of Canada by facilitating the no-effort donation of gifts and toys to less fortunate kids this holiday season. While you shop, stop on this page to select the charity and something to purchase as a donation. Easy!

BITE BEAUTY is continuing with their 75%-off business, except for Black Friday it's a sitewide discount with the code BLACKFRIDAY. They've also added a 5-piece GWP (with a great lip-print zippered pouch) for orders that hit $40 or more.

The Body Shop and The Body Shop Canada – no advent calendars, but there's a Black Friday tote...

The Body Shop and The Body Shop Canada – no advent calendars, but there's a Black Friday tote...

THE BODY SHOP is offering 40% off everything (except holiday gift sets) in store and online; holiday gift sets are 25% off. And no, you won't snag an advent calendar, unfortunately. They're all sold out on the Canadian and US websites. However, do check out the Black Friday Tote ($49 CAD and $49 USD at, which is stuffed with $141 CAD/$128 USD-worth of stuff.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY has added new products to the 30%-off sale on the brand's website. Many are sets, duos or trios; a couple of them include four or five items. Also on sale is a variety of accessories, including cel phone cases and totes.

DYSON CANADA is offering free accessories and (in Canada) a very cool stand with each Dyson Supersonic ($499.99 CAD at and $399.99 USD at purchase through December 2nd. Specifically for Black Friday weekend, Dyson is also offering up to $200 CAD/$250 USD off certain vacuum cleaners, fans and humidifiers.

GLOSSIER is offering 20% off all the things, and up to 35% off all its sets. I mention it because I want to try Brow Flick ($22 CAD and $18 USD at and may already have put a Black and a Brown in a virtual cart. (Yes, it's much more expensive than the Ardell Stroke-A-Brow Pens, but Glossier won't charge shipping if I spend more than $40. Shipping from Sally Beauty Supply in the US makes my Ardell expenses about the same as my potential Glossier spend. At least that's what I'm telling myself today, because the Glossier discount means I have to buy a third item or pay $8 CAD to get free shipping.)

INDEED LABS is offering 50% off everything online until midnight, no code required. Worth trying if you aren't familiar is Hydraluron hydrating serum (I've been a fan since it first came out); Exfoliator II Facial Powder Exfoliant (powder with a decent amount of biodegradeable scrubby ingredients), a new formula that replaces the previous version that contained microbeads; and the Hydraluron+ Volumising Lip Treatment, one of my favourite lip balms.

IT COSMETICS is more generously offering 25% off with the code FRIDAY2019 on its Canadian site; spend $100 or more and you'll get four new samples worth $64 CAD. In the US, the brand is offering 20% off with the code THANKFUL. The It Cosmetics CC+ Cream SPF 50 (comes in 12 shades now) is still my top go-to for foundation. I know a few lovely friends of Beautygeeks experience disappointing on-skin oxidization with this formula, but it stays pretty true on me and always, always makes people think I have a nice complexion.

Shoppers Drug Mart Black Friday beauty deals

Shoppers Drug Mart Black Friday beauty deals

NYX COSMETICS in Canada and the USA is offering 30% off everything online (except holiday stuff) and 50% of select items, plus a GWP of mini lip colour, mascara and makeup sponge when you hit $40.

L'OCCITANE is featuring 50% off their two Doorbuster Beauty Sets: each set of six travel sizes comes with a very pretty zippered case, all for $25. Gift sets appear to be 30% off, too. On top of that, if you spend more than $100, you score a gift-worthy 7-piece Beauty Essentials set, and if you spend more than $190, you'll get instead an even-more-gift-worthy upgraded Bestsellers set.

RIVERSOL is a Canadian, pH-balanced and fragrance-free skincare line designed by dermatologist Jason Rivers for people with rosacea. Details on the line and its key ingredients plus info on how to get a free 10-day trial kit are in this post. If you've tried the products and like them, you need to know that until midnight you'll save 30% on your next order if you use the code 2R83CT7S​. The site serves Canada and the USA; shipping is free when you spend $69 or more.

SALLY BEAUTY is offering a bunch of different ways to save, including deals you'll get with the use of various numeric codes; I find it a bit dizzying, actually. I only buy Ardell Stroke-A-Brow pens there because shipping-to-Canada costs sting so much. (Haven't found a Canadian online retailer yet. Probably worth checking on now...)

SEPHORA Canada has a variety of little sets available for $25 or less each, plus an up-to-50%-off sale section that hopefully is as robust as it looks (if only you could tell without clicking on the image whether something is sold out!). The Lanolin 101 Ointment Fruities Duo ($22 CAD at; not available as a duo in the US) is great; the formula is lanolin + lanolin oil so it's a bit less sticky than pure lanolin, and worth trying if you're currently traumatized over the tragic demise of Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (R.I.P.).

SEPHORA in the US has a $15-sets thing, plus the up-to-50%-off sale section.

SHOPPERS DRUG MART applies only to Canadians – apologies to our US-based friends. But they've got good stuff and they're everywhere here, so it's worth mentioning that with a spend of $75 or more on makeup, skincare or fragrance, you'll get 20X the PC Optimum points. The rest is a variety of deals specific either to the brands or to particular products. For instance, there's a 25% discount on Clarisonic tools – it's a great time to buy the Mia Smart, my fave because it fits the Clarisonic massage-head. (I only use my Clarisonic Mia Smart for facial massage.) As well, you'll find a Biotherm 24-day Beauty Advent Calendar that is now $79 CAD, down $20 (value $225CAD).

ULTA is another one that offers a whack of ways to save on Black Friday. It also carries the Ardell brow pens I like; I don't know why I'm not buying them here. Oh wait, I remember: they were out of one of the shades I wanted, Soft Black or Medium Brown. *curses*

Vichy Mineral 89 is on sale at right this minute

Vichy Mineral 89 is on sale at right this minute

VICHY CANADA is included here because I'm so fond of Vichy Mineral 89. The sale is $25% off sitewide with the code FRIDAY, plus you'll get a 9-piece gift worth $91 and free shipping if you hit or pass the $75-mark. As for Vichy Mineral 89, the 50 mL ($29.96 CAD down from $35.95)  and the 75 mL ($37.46 CAD, down from $49.95 CAD) are both on sale. Today only.

VICHY in the US offers a personalized 5-piece GWP + free shipping with a $49 USD spend.

WELL.CA offers 75% off more than 1000 items, and various deals on various products, including a 30 mL Consonant HydrExtreme Hydration Booster ($64.80 down from $72) and a Consonant Skin Renewal Set ($26.38 at worth $70. Damn, I wish they carried Ardell Stroke A Brow pens! They ship to the US, btw, free over a certain amount.

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