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Are You Ready for Cyber Monday? Make Sure You’re Getting the Best Deals!

Thanksgiving weekend means time with family, eating all the leftovers, and grabbing some great deals with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!

If you're not down with battling crowds and shoppers for Black Friday deals, or just want to shop in the comfort of your post-Thanksgiving stretchy pants (I hear ya), then Cyber Monday is your best friend.

This is your chance to get all those amazing holiday deals by shopping online rather than venturing out to a brick-and-mortar store.

Cyber Monday first started more than a decade ago and has been steadily growing each year as online shopping becomes easier and more stores offer online deals.

According to last year’s numbers, many of us took advantage of Cyber Monday sales and enjoyed the convenience of shopping online via our phones, tablets, laptops, and computers!

This is also my favorite time of year to bring all my Beauty Mates and fellow shoppers my BIGGEST sales and exclusive offers.

And, this year's are better than ever!

At Skincare by Alana, we’re celebrating the holidays by bringing you some awesome deals and exciting holiday exclusives throughout the shopping season!

To get a jump on your shopping, head over and check out some of the great Black Friday sales and promotions I’m offering.

Today, I’m sharing my favorite tips to snag some incredible Cyber Monday deals, including some of my own amazing offers you’ll find on Skincare by Alana this weekend!

My Tips for Snagging Cyber Monday Deals

Time to take advantage of some amazing online deals!

Just think of how good it will feel to get a bunch of your holiday shopping done in one day! From your home! Before December even starts!

Do Some Pre-Shopping

Check out ads the week prior to Cyber Monday to find out what kinds of sales and discounts will be going on.

Sites like cybermonday.com will tell you about deals, free gifts, and which sites offer free shipping and coupon codes that will be available.

Make a List

This will not only allow you to figure out a plan for hitting all the best sales to get your shopping done, but it will also help you avoid getting swayed by flashy deals and going over budget!

Stick to the list!

Compare Prices

Want to know if you’re getting the best deal?

Do some price comparisons between different retailers to know where you can save the most.

Sites like pricegrabber.com and shopping.com will compare prices to show you where you can save the most money.

There are even apps, such as ShopSavvy, that will allow you to scan barcodes to make comparing prices easy!

It’s also a good idea to compare prices of sales offered on Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday since they can be different.

That way, you can strategize your shopping to save the most!

Check Sale Times

Cyber Monday sales can start at the stroke of midnight on Sunday night, and the stock is usually limited for the items with the best prices.

Plus, some sales are only for limited time blocks throughout the day.

You may want to stay up late (or set an alarm and wake up) if you want a door-buster deal item.

Read the Fine Print

Make sure you know what you’re getting into before making your Cyber Monday purchases!

  • Return Policy - If you put those super discounted boots in your cart thinking you’ll just return them later if you change your mind, make sure you know the site’s return policies in case they’re different for sale items.
  • Shipping - Sometimes an item can seem like an amazing deal until you get to checkout and realize there are crazy shipping costs. Or that you won’t get a gift until after the holidays! If the shipping negates the online deal, you might be better off buying an item in-store.
  • “Sale” Price - Do some research and find out your item’s sale price vs. the regular price. If the savings aren’t that big, it may not be worth it to carve out time to sit in front of your computer on Cyber Monday.

Create an Account

If you know you’ll be shopping on a particular site where you haven’t shopped before, go ahead and create an account ahead of time.

This will save you the time of filling out all that info while you’re shopping on Cyber Monday, and most sites allow express checkout for customers with accounts.

Sign Up for Newsletters

Getting signed up on a site’s email or newsletter list will give you the first word on deals or exclusive holiday promotions for members.

Want to get in on some Skincare by Alana perks this season? Join my email list, and definitely keep an eye on your inbox. From HUGE SAVINGS to free shipping, cash back, free gifts, and more, you are not going to want to miss a thing. To subscribe to my emails simply head over to my site and scroll down to the footer – on the right-hand side you will see a place to enter your email and opt-in!

Shop Smart

Since you’re going to be online, avoid fraud and unsafe malicious websites.

  • Use Strong Passwords - When setting up online accounts, create unique passwords (and don’t use the same one for all your accounts!) If you’re afraid you’ll forget, you can use a password manager (use your judgment when selecting), or just write them down and keep them in a safe place.
  • Shop Secure Sites - Make sure you’re on the retailer’s actual site. A good tip is to look at the address and look for “https” rather than “http” (the s means secure), a little lock icon, or for the “https” to be a green color. Also, don’t click on pop-ups or malicious links.
  • Use One Credit Card - If you can, stick to one card. This will make tracking purchases and bank statements easier and you’ll have a better chance of spotting suspicious activity.
  • Don’t Use Public Wi-Fi - It can be tempting to grab a latté and do your online shopping at Starbucks, but you’re better off using your private home secure network than a public one.

Keep Track of Purchases

Even if a site sends you a confirmation email, it’s always a good idea to screenshot an order summary and save it for your records.

You never know what will happen between the time you place an order and when you’re supposed to receive it.

Look for Coupon Codes

Take advantage of sales and get the most out of your online shopping by searching for coupons to apply at checkout.

Some may give you even bigger discounts or score you free shipping!

There are all of my top tips for getting the most out of your Cyber Monday shopping. Let's see what Skincare by Alana has in store for you this shopping season!

Holiday Shopping Specials at Skincare by Alana

Cyber Monday Deals

Starting today, I’m offering some incredible deals throughout the shopping season on all your favorite products and formulas to make your gift buying a cinch.

I’ve got some especially great Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings!

Plus, here's a little something for you below!

This is NOT a drill!!

The Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Cleanser makes a great stocking stuffer or addition to your own personal skincare regimen.

But we're not done yet...

Have you been eyeing a product all year that's just a bit outside your budget? Now's the perfect time to snag it and cross it off your wish list since I'll be offering my BIGGEST sales of the year!

We Make Your Gift Shopping Easy Peasy

We all know the holidays can be crazy busy.

Not to worry, my team and I have got you covered!

Gift Cards – If you’re doing some last-minute gift-buying, I offer e-gift cards on my site to take the guesswork out of shopping while still giving the gift of great skincare.

Competitive Prices – I always strive to offer the most competitive pricing, and this holiday season my savings cannot be beaten!

Gift Guidance – If you simply don’t know what to buy, as always, my team and I are happy to assist you in finding your perfect products (or perfect gifts), so please do not hesitate to call or email us!

Satisfaction Guarantee on Alana Mitchell Skincare – While I cannot control the return policies of all of the brands on my site, I CAN offer you the very best return policy on my Alana Mitchell Skincare products! If you don’t love your product, you have 30 days to return. That’s right, I offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee because I am confident you are going to adore my skincare! You can purchase my Alana Mitchell products directly from the Skincare by Alana site! Either way, love it in 30 days, or your money back.

Exclusive Gift Sets

And of course, I’m assembling some FABULOUS value sets with my products that make amazing gifts for anyone on your list.

Stay tuned to see what I’m putting together for your shopping season!

Holiday promotions did not disappoint this year!

Here are a few of the exclusive holiday promos and kits from some of my favorite brands to add to your shopping list, plus some of my FAVORITE products for gifts (either for your loved ones or yourself).

Alana Mitchell All Skin Types Set

My first ever namesake collection, I have put together my essentials for gorgeous, healthy, and radiant skin!

My kit includes my:

  • Foaming Pumpkin Cleanser
  • Anti-Aging Peptide Eye Cream
  • Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum
  • Daily Vitamin C Moisturizer
  • BONUS Tie Dye Headband

Image Skincare Balance + Boost Besties

For skin that’s dry and dull, the Balance + Boost Besties assortment delivers instant hydration to replenish moisture-depleted skin and visibly plump its appearance. Set includes a gorgeous reusable clutch.

This kit includes:

  • Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser - A botanically based cleanser with aloe leaf juice and green tea that gently sweeps away impurities and soothes sensitive skin
  • Ageless Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler - Contains six unique forms of hyaluronic acid to visibly smooth the skin and plump the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Prevention + Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 - A broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen for a flawless finish

Epicuren Holiday Spice Collection

For the 2018 holiday season, Epicuren has made an iconic duo! The Apple Spice Peel Reduces the appearance of enlarged pores, stabilizes oil production, and fights signs of free radical damage, while the Chai Soy Mud Mask nourishes the skin by absorbing excess oil, pulling toxins from the pores, and replenishing the skin's essential vitamins and minerals.

This kit includes:

  • Epicuren Pumpkin Apple Spice Peel 2.5oz
  • Epicuren Chai Soy Mud Mask 2.5oz

Eminence Organics Perfect Lip Duo

This luxurious, limited edition set reveals supple, hydrated lips with this luxurious duo designed to revitalize and renew.

This kit includes:

  • Citrus Enzyme Lip Exfoliator 0.27oz - Packed full of antioxidant-rich ingredients that naturally slough off dead skin cells, leaving your lips smooth and plump
  • Citrus Lip Balm 0.27oz - Features a blend of peptides and vitamin-rich ingredients to deliver long-lasting softness

Dermalogica Your Most Radiant Skin Set

The Dermalogica Your Most Radiant Skin Set helps you to have a natural glow this holiday season! Shine the spotlight on your natural radiance with these products.

This kit includes:

  • (3) Rapid Reveal Peel 1oz
  • Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 1.7oz
  • MultiVitamin Power Firm sample size

NuFACE Haute Contour Collection

For the first time ever, NuFACE is introducing Curated Collections! These are limited edition collaborations with expert beauty insiders to bring you their hand-selected beauty must-haves at incredible holiday value! If you've read my blog before, you know how much I personally love NuFACE products!

This kit includes:

  • NuFACE Trinity with Facial Trainer Attachment,
  • NuFACE Gel Primer,
  • NuFACE Trinity ELE Attachment,
  • 24K Gold Gel Primer - Firm, LIfter Infusion Serum

Stocking Stuffers

Stock up on perfect little beautifying stocking stuffers!

Here are just a few of my faves:

Alana Mitchell 4-in-1 Cleansing Sponge Pack

I am SO excited about these sponges, which boast amazing multi-tasking benefits. The product is a cleanser, sponge, mask, and exfoliator all at once, and leaves your skin beautiful, radiant, and glowing. For a safe gift, they're also for all skin types!

Alana Mitchell Clear Collagen Peel-Off Masque

The innovative gel masque works to tighten, smooth, firm, and tone after just one use! Yes, you read properly: one use. Perfect for special events (hello, holiday party) or whenever you want to give your skin an extra boost. Like its Cleansing Sponge cousin, this product is also great as a stocking stuffer and was made for all skin types!

GLAMGLOW Potmud Tinted Treatment

These adorable tints are totally portable. Throw one (or all 6) into your purse for sexy, hydrated lips all day with a kiss of color!

GrandeLASH Mascara

Say hello to bigger, bolder lashes! This rich peptide mascara provides extreme instant volume and length plus healthier-looking lashes. It also stimulates keratin to fortify lashes, providing clump-free, extreme length and thickness.

100% Pure Retinol PM Eye Cream

This vegan formula offers a potent concentration of age-correcting vitamins, stem cells, and peptides to promote collagen production an elasticity to lessen the appearance of wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid locks in hydration and plumps, while acai and pomegranate oils moisturize.

Epicuren Tahitian Vanilla After Bath Moisturizer

A personal favorite of mine for a long time! This luxurious moisturizer is perfect after a bath or shower. It reinforces deep hydration with Kukui Oil, Vanilla Extract, Macadamia Oil, Avocado Oil, and Rosemary Extract.

Tokyo Milk Song of the Siren No. 49 Shea Butter Handcreme

Great for the dry winter months and to keep in your purse, at your desk, or in your car! This handcreme delivers rich moisture and a great scent of Pressed Petals, Rosewater, Mandarin, and Aqua & Marine.

Final Thoughts

The weekend after Thanksgiving is a great time to get some superb deals for the items on your gift list (or to treat yourself!).

I’m so excited to share this holiday season with all my friends and Beauty Mates!

You can find even more amazing holiday exclusives at Skincare by Alana to help you discover the perfect gift to cross off your shopping list!

Here’s wishing you all a happy holiday and gift-giving season!

Need advice on finding the perfect gift or item? Let us help! Share your questions with us in the comments section.

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