Black Friday beauty deals have already arrived – these are the best offers

Black Friday beauty deals have already arrived – these are the best offers
Black Friday beauty and perfume deals have arrived. These are the best early deals to shop including make-up and hair tools from Boots, Superdrug and more

In just a few weeks, Black Friday will be back for another year, as retailers seek to slash their prices across tech, home appliances, TVs, laptops, fashion and beauty products.

What began as a one-day mega sale has since expanded into a weekend-long affair, running through to the following Monday, which is otherwise known as Cyber Monday. However, with every year that passes more retailers join the shopping bonanza and it begins earlier and earlier.

Case in point: Boots has become one of the first major retailers to kick off its Black Friday event, which runs online from 1 November and in-store from 3 November, and will last for four weeks, with 14,000 products on offer. Similarly, Superdrug has announced that its Black Friday deals will kick off on 3 November both online and in-store for health and beauty card members only.

The sale will see up to 55 per cent off and savings of up to £350 across electricals, beauty, fragrance and more. If you’re not a member yet, make sure you don’t miss out on the retailer’s deals by signing up here. Online retailer Studio has followed suit too, launching its early Black Friday deals with savings on everything from hair straighteners to grooming tools and skincare.

Skincare, make-up, haircare, fragrances and electrical tools are often hugely discounted over the duration of the event and gives shoppers the chance to bag a bargain on everything from a new pair of straighteners to new products to update their skincare routine or indulge in some must-have make-up purchases.

Better yet, Black Friday is also an ideal opportunity to get your Christmas shopping sorted, particularly if you have a beauty aficionado in your life.

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As the run-up to the biggest shopping event begins, we’ve got the lowdown on what deals to expect, the beauty brands that will be discounted and when it all kicks off. Keep reading for everything you need to know.

The best early beauty and perfume Black Friday 2021 deals

While there are still a few weeks to go until Black Friday, many retailers kick things off significantly earlier, and this year health and beauty retailer Boots pipped most others to the post by launching its deals online from 1 November and in-store from 3 November.

Elsewhere, Superdrug and Studio both launched their Black Friday events on 3 November, with a whole host of offers on different categories including hair tools, grooming, make-up, skincare and more. With so many deals already up for grabs, it can be hard to narrow things down, so to help we’ve rounded up our top offers to shop right now.

Origins skincare superstars! limited edition must-have gift set: £35, Boots.com

Skincare aficionados will want to snap up this impressive offer from Origins. You get to take home seven of the brand’s most popular products – four of which are full size – for a fraction of the usual price. Worth £91.93, this Black Friday deal will cost you just £35 and you even get a £5 voucher to use on your next Origins purchase. Inside you’ll find Origins’s bestselling mega-mushroom relief and resilience soothing treatment lotion, a ginzing into the glow brightening serum and a checks and balances frothy face wash.

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Oral-B pro 1 cross-action black toothbrush: Was £59.99, now £23.99, Superdrug.com

Upgrade your dental hygiene with this Oral-B electric toothbrush that has an impressive 60 per cent off in Superdrug’s Black Friday sale. It comes with a host of handy features including a two-minute timer that notifies you every 30 seconds to change the area you are brushing and a round brush head that oscillates, rotates and pulsates at the same time to remove plaque.

Remington hydraluxe hair straighteners: Was £99.99, now £49.99, Studio.co.uk

Worried about your locks becoming dry and damaged when heat styling? Consider investing in Remington’s hydraluxe hair straightners, which currently have 50 per cent off in Studio’s early Black Friday sale. The tool features “moisture lock” coated plates that aim to help preserve the hair’s balance of moisture. Other features include a hydracare temperature setting, which lets you style at a lower temperature, so you won’t have to worry about excessive heat damage. In our review of the pro version of the straighteners (£74, Amazon.co.uk), our tester said their hair was left feeling nourished and looking glossy.

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No7 core collection brush set: Was £29.95, now £14.97, Boots.com

If your brush collection could do with a refresh, look no further than this set – reduced by 50 per cent – from Boots’s in-house beauty brand No7. Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to replace well-used favourites, the set contains four core brushes that every kit needs, including one for foundation, concealer, eye colour and blush.

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Philips wet or dry electric shaver: Was £99.99, now £44.99, Superdrug.com

If you’ve been considering ditching your razor in favour of an electric shaver, now is the time to invest, because this one from Philips currently has 55 per cent off. Featuring a series of “5D” heads that are designed to follow the countors of your face, the tool can be used wet or dry and gives users 60 minutes of cordless shaving from a one-hour charge.

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Magnitone first step compact cleansing brush: Was £39.99, now £26.66, Studio.co.uk

With 33 per cent off, this compact, USB-rechargeable Magnitone cleansing brush looks to be a worthy addition to any skincare aficionado’s regime. Designed with an antibacterial brush head that uses sonic technology to oscillate and vibrate at the same time, the tool deep-cleanses and gently exfoliates the skin’s surface to help eliminate excess oils and impurities.

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YSL mascara volume effect faux cils the curler: Was £28, now £18, Boots.com

If you struggle with stubbornly straight lashes, give this YSL mascara, which is designed to curl and thicken, a whirl. With £10 off, it is available in two colours – black and brown – and the formula is also enriched with walnut leaf extract, coconut oil and jojoba oil.

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BaByliss smooth radiance 230 straightener: Was £49.99, now £24.99, Superdrug.com

Save 50 per cent on this pair of straighteners that can be used to achieve sleek, wavy or curly locks. Designed with a metallic pink hue, the straighteners feature titanium-ceramic plates and heat up fast for quick styling results. The tool has three different temperature settings up to 230C, making it a great choice for all hair types, as well as a built-in automatic shut off safety feature.

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Panasonic dual blade wet and dry rechargeable shaver: Was £39.99, now £21.99, Studio.co.uk

This wet and dry rechargeable electric shaver delivers cordless convenience and a versatile waterproof design. A solid addition to any man’s grooming kit, it features a two blade system to help capture every hair for a precision shave whatever your beard style and a fully flexible pivoting head that follows the contours of your face.

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Gucci bamboo for her eau de parfum, 30ml: Was £52, now £30, Boots.com

Black Friday is a great time to invest in a new fragrance, and this one from luxury brand Gucci has a £22 saving. Housed in a beautiful Art Deco-inspired glass bottle, the perfume is described as a “woody/floral” fragrance and mixes fresh notes of orange blossom with warm sandalwood, vanilla and amber.

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Braun facespa pro gift set: Was £149.99, now £71.99, Superdrug.com

Bring the spa to you with this 3-in-1 facial epilation, cleansing and skin-toning device from the experts at Braun that currently has a whopping 52 per cent off. The gadget allows you to gently remove facial hair using the epilator attachment and also comes with a sensitive facial cleansing brush to help you remove impurities from your skin. In addition to a micro vibration head that works with your serum or cream for skin-toning effects, this gift set also comes with four extras, including a bronze cap, exfoliating sponge, light-up mirror and beauty pouch.

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Remington curl and straight dryer: Was £49.99, now £34.99, Studio.co.uk

Need a new hair dryer? Look no further than this one from Remington, which currently has 30 per cent off. Designed with a 2200W DC motor for powerful, fast drying, it has a unique nozzle shaped to fit the body of the included 45mm barrel brush to create bouncy blow dry curls. Or, if you fancy going straight, you can swap the curling nozzle for the slim tapered nozzle that directs heat where you need it to create sleek styles. The dryer also has three heat and two speed settings to suit your hair type.

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Jimmy Choo flash 60ml: Was £50, now £22.50, Superdrug.com

Whether you’re looking for a new perfume or a gift for a fragrance-obsessed friend, this is an offer too good to miss. Housed in a faceted glass bottle, Jimmy Choo’s flash features warm notes of pink pepper with refreshingly sweet scents like tangerine, strawberry and white flowers.

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What is Black Friday?

Black Friday is a term given to the sale period that starts the day after US Thanksgiving and runs through to the following Monday.

Retailers and brands greatly reduce prices across thousands of items, from fridge freezers to vacuum cleaners, lipsticks and IPL machines.

What’s the history of Black Friday?

It’s difficult to pinpoint its exact origins, but it’s believed that the term was first used in the 1960s by police officers in Philadelphia to refer to the chaotic traffic seen the day after Thanksgiving.

It has also been credited to the festive shopping period when American retailers made most of their profit, therefore taking them from the red and “into the black” on their financial records.

Over the past 15 years, the term Black Friday has also become common in viral videos showing crowds of shoppers, rushing into stores to find deals.

While the event originated in the US, UK retailers were keen not to miss out on the action. In 2010, Amazon launched the first Black Friday promotion in the UK and since then it has become a major fixture for brands and retailers.

When is Black Friday 2021?

This year, Black Friday will take place on 26 November, finishing on Cyber Monday, on 29 November.

However, every year, more retailers take part and discounts kick off earlier than ever. In 2020, Amazon began its early bird sale in October, a full four weeks ahead of the official Black Friday weekend, which was two weeks longer than its 2019 sale.

What is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday takes place on 29 November and was traditionally a one-day online exclusive sale that gave shoppers a final chance to bag a bargain before Christmas.

It’s also a great opportunity to find deals that you may have missed in the Black Friday sales.

How to get the best Black Friday 2021 beauty and perfume deals

Our dedicated team at IndyBest will be on hand to bring you the best deals from retailers including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Currys PC World and Very as well the biggest savings on products like tech, home appliances and beauty.

If you plan to purchase bigger items, such as electric razors, IPL machines, heated hair styling tools or LED face masks, it’s a good idea to check the guarantees before, as well as checking out the return policies of the retailer, as they will vary from place to place.

It’s also worth creating an account with retailers such as Asos, John Lewis and Amazon, as this will allow you to save your delivery details for a speedier checkout, meaning you’re less likely to miss out on a great deal.

Lastly, many brands grant access to their early bird sales and exclusive discount codes when you’re signed up to their newsletters, so if you have a favorite beauty retailer, such as Cultbeauty.co.uk, Lookfantastic.com or Feelunique.com, make sure you’re registered with them so you can be one of the first in the know.

Tips for shopping Black Friday 2021 beauty and perfume deals

It’s easy to get swept up in the thousands of deals that are on offer during Black Friday weekend and impulse buy items you may not need, want and will later need to return. So, to avoid this, we recommend making a list and not straying from it.

Many retailers even allow you to make shopping lists of saved and favourited items, so you can plan what you’re going to buy and check out in a matter of seconds when the sales start.

Amazon is home to many beauty brands and is an underrated gem when it comes to sourcing cult favourite products such as Olaplex hair treatments, Maybelline mascaras and ghd tools. You can read our tried and tested favourites from the online giant in our guide to the beauty brands you didn’t know you could shop at Amazon.

If you’re planning to shop with Amazon over the course of Black Friday, you can subscribe to an Amazon Prime membership, which will guarantee you speedy delivery of all your sale beauty buys. Membership costs £7.99 a month or £79 annually, and grants you unlimited next-day delivery as well as the use of Amazon’s streaming services, including Amazon Music and Amazon Video. Not only that, you’ll get 30-minute early access to lightning deals, throughout the year and during Black Friday.

Another top tip is to check the RRP of items you want to buy, so when the discounts begin, you’ll know if it’s a true bargain or not.

As IndyBest will be on hand to bring you the best deals and biggest savings, make sure you bookmark this page to stay up to date on all the key Black Friday information.

What were the best Black Friday beauty and perfume deals last year?

Among the thousands of deals in 2020’s Black Friday sale, there was an ample selection of beauty and fragrance products to snap up.

Some of the biggest savings we spotted included the Pixi glow tonic 250ml (£18, Lookfantastic.com), which was originally £18 but came down to a thrifty £11.88 at Lookfantastic.

Landing a spot in our review of the best exfoliating toners, our tester said: “This is a cult product that actually lives up to the hype. Its simple combination of five per cent glycolic acid and soothing aloe vera effectively dissolves grime without drying out skin, leaving it brighter, nourished and, yes, glowing.”

The millennial beauty brand, Glossier, reduced everything by 25 per cent, so if your beauty routine needs an update, keep your eyes peeled for a similar discount this year.

The cult label’s priming moisturiser balance (£23, Glossier.com), which featured in our guide to the best moisturisers for oily skin, was £23 but came down to £17.25 in the flash sale.

After testing the product, our reviewer said: “Hydrating while controlling shine, the formula is rich in marine extract to balance oil production and niacinamide to aid with the appearance of pores and uneven skin tone. It’s a great all-rounder for moisturising skin, leaving it soft and supple, but not shiny.”

What were the best Cyber Monday beauty and perfume deals last year?

If you miss out on your favourite product or tool being discounted on Black Friday, worry not, as Cyber Monday is another opportunity to bag a bargain.

Last year, the Marc Jacobs dot eau de parfum (£62, Very.co.uk) saw huge savings at Very, where it was reduced from £59 to £29.99.

With notes of red berries and sweet honeysuckle, a floral heart of jasmine, coconut water and orange blossom, it smells just as good as it looks, and would make the perfect Christmas gift for someone special.

Simialrly, at ghd, the helios professional hair dryer (£159, Ghd.com) was reduced from £159 to £143.

It came out on top when we put it head to head against the Dyson supersonic dryer, where our reviewer said the ghd tool was “reliable, powerful and easy to use,” taking “just a few minutes to dry mid-length styles.”

Where can I find the best Black Friday 2021 deals?

To stay on top of the best deals and discounts in the run-up and throughout Black Friday and Cyber Monday, make sure you bookmark our dedicated Black Friday page to always be in the know about what retailers and brands are included and what savings are on offer.

For all the information on the best deals across all the participating retailers, read our extensive guide to the Black Friday 2021 sale.

If you can’t wait until Black Friday, you can shop at Boots, or discover these pre-sale deals now. This Liz Earle your calming skin ritual skincare gift set (£60, Johnlewis.com) would make a fabulous gift for the skincare enthusiast in your life. Similarly, this By Terry light-expert click brush teint expert collection foundation (£19.20, Feelunique.com) would be perfect for anyone who loves a sheer base and easy-peasy application.

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