Taco Bout It Tuesday: Black Friday 2017

How was your weekend? I work in education, so I had from Wednesday to Sunday off. It was amaaaazing! We went to social events every single night starting Tuesday, so that was exhausting. But, it was all fun and I ate just a good amount, but still a lot. I also finished Riverdale and Stranger Things on Netflix.

Perhaps we’ll have a Taco Bout It on shows.

Alright, so last year we summed up the damage done from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, so this year, Pnut and I are baring [burying?] our credit card statements, then asking you all what steals, deals, and feels[??] that you got over the weekend!

All the feels, we hope! But hopefully not all-the-feels from creepy “Uncle” Jim.



  • PSMH: 3 months for $84.89 [originally $105.89 before 30% off]
    • So, I have 6 credits (I bought 15 credits last year). I will upgrade if there is a future code mid-year which should happen if thousands of our tribe remain strong and unsubscribe.
  • Sephora Play!
    • I also subscribed to flash shipping since I am losing my BB ACE status. I received a 2nd notice of delay today promising shipment in a few days. My Play! and my code for a deluxe perfume sample bottle shows sold out since before the first notice.
  • Birchbox: $0
    • Speaking of Birchbox ACE status, I closed my cart on getting 2 different LE boxes at 45% off during Cyber Monday. The giftable accessories (Pineapple cup and Draper accessories) did not look giftable when I have better giftables in my sub box stash. Not lusting over the other beauty items in the boxes enough to snap them up. Reviewed the last months of curated boxes and passed on the Black Friday 25% off gift subscription offer.
  • Other Online Shopping: $26
    • Did not stalk Amazon, but I loyally view Hip2Save.com and bought a party bag of Hershey kissies for $6ish and $20 worth of kid books to use a $5 off code for future gift add-ons. Also, my cousin tried cacao butter on Pipsqueak at Thanksgiving and it worked better than non-crunchy Crisco on her skin, so I bought a bag via Amazon to save ourselves from a <$100 trip to Whole Paycheck.

Pnut’s Verdict: Actually I left a ton of stuff in carts and closed windows. I think the wonders of great codes of 2 years ago are now over :/

PS: Ok, wait. There were some good codes, but they had box spoilers that did not appeal enough to me. Like Zoe Winter @ $32 off! I did not love the repeats enough to repurchase the Beautyfix buy 1 get 2 free promo. Also the Allure deal was good, just not enough for me to bite. And of course, the sad PSMH code but I will take what I can get. I heart PSMH just not full price 😉



  • PSMH: 3 months for $84.89 [originally $105.89 before 30% off]
    • I always get excited for Popsugar deals, because I think it’s ridiculous that they give discounts to current subscribers. By ridiculous, I mean, how many subscribers were they losing once they went back to full price!? I love PSMH, but I’ve not liked any of the boxes for a little while. Sad to say it, but after my next three credits expire I might have to take a Popbreak.
  • Margot Elena: 4 quarters for $160 plus a free Lollia candle [originally $200 + $34]
    • From the woman who brought you Lollia, Love + Toast, Tokyo Milk, Cottage Garden, and Library of Flowers, comes a sub box with $200 of full-size products in each shipment! I can’t even wait–the first box ships December 11th. I actually pulled out a Dark Tokyo Milk perfume sample this morning in excitement, and used my Lollia body wash. I’ve got Cottage Garden body oil, and some Love + Toast perfume… so… I’m a fan of Margot Elena and I didn’t even know these were all created by one kickass lady!

  • Ivory Clasp: one quarter/purse for $24.50 [originally $49]
    • I’m not too thrilled about this box… I look at the reviews and sometimes there are cute bags. I don’t even need more purses… but I saw a foldover satchel and got all excited. This month they started sending ALL options to subscribers, and I didn’t like any of them… no satchel. Sigh. I’m getting some crossbody bag that I may end up swapping.
    • I’ve got purse sadness after splurging on the Rachel Zoe blue purse disappointment. 
  • Dropps: 4 mo/56 loads for $9.50 [originally $16 before 40% off]
    • I don’t usually pay attention to Facebook ads, but the Dropps one caught my eye because it was a video of some hairy dude stepping into a tub. ANYWAY… I was getting their newsletter sent to my spam email for months, and happened to notice a Black Friday deal. So, I bought a laundry soap subscription. I do at most 15 loads of laundry per month, so this is perfect.
    • Btw, if you click the link you get 10% off your first order.
  • Miss Jessie’s: $0
    • My sister sent me a coupon code for HALF OFF all full size products, but their site told me both of my cards were expired, even though neither was.
    • I would say “their loss”, but their products are $14+ per bottle, so I’m really disappointed. I even went and retried today with their same Cyber Monday deal with no luck, and no word from CS. 

Onderria’s Verdict: Looks like I spent $279 online. I’m looking forward to smelling nice, due to Margot Elena and Dropps, and looking stylish thanks to PSMH and Ivory Clasp.

I don’t leave my house on Black Friday–I think I went out once in my life and it was at noon to go with my dad to the military base shopping center in college, which is where I got my first Love + Toast perfume.



Let us know what you got from the deals to the regrets to the 38lbs of Thanksgiving leftovers!

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Disclosure: These boxes were purchased by individual bloggers at a discount. There are a referral codes.

  26 comments for “Taco Bout It Tuesday: Black Friday 2017

  1. November 28, 2017 at 7:30 am

    OMG You got a year of Margot Elena! I cannot wait to see your reviews of this. For some reason, I have been onna crunchy kick otherwise I would have been all over this!

    • November 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Oh, I’m sure I’ll be using them as gifts. After I ordered it I was like, wait what am I going to do with all this perfume, lotion, soap, etc. every three months? Presents. Or I’ll just layer the scents on like that layer candle they’re sending me. Bergamot on my jacket, pine on my sweater, cardamom and plum on my shirt, ocean breeze on my pants…

      • November 28, 2017 at 3:05 pm

        Bahahahahaha “…breeze on my pants…”

  2. Heat7918
    November 28, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I love this post, thank you both for sharing!
    You are completely right about amazing sub box deals being almost extinct… Sub boxes in general just haven’t been that great lately (with exceptions of course) or I’ve been in the game too long and am difficult to impress. I canceled most of my subs in July when I got laid off and while I missed getting fun stuff in the mail and feeling like I got good deals / value for my money, I haven’t really missed the STUFF – but that may be because I’ve been shopping in my hoard stashes! 😉
    The only sub deal I ended up getting on Black Friday was KissMe by Live Glam. I couldn’t turn down 50% the first month + 2 bonus lippies = 5 liquid lipsticks for $10!! I’ll have to see if I have the willpower to cancel though.
    I also couldn’t turn down 40% off to try a few things from The Body Shop… And 45% off a Swell bottle with Birchbox Aces (a status I’ll be losing too, Pnut). And of course I ordered some things from Kohls.com and Amazon… mostly presents.
    Then Colourpop had 40% off Cyber Monday, Sigma had 35% off & Indeed Labs had 50% off. Colourpop & Sigma meant more lippies (what the hell is wrong with me?!? But the deals were so good and the colors look soooooo pretty!) Indeed Labs is a skincare brand that I recently heard about on Caroline Hirons blog and I’ve decided that I need scientifically proven ingredients for my fine lines (retinoids for example) rather than just lovely, natural, organic oils & such. The brand is already reasonably priced – compared to many expensive products that Caroline often recommends – so for 50% off, I was able to get a HAUL to try different products in their line.
    No job yet (though I’m still getting severance pay for a few more months & my hubbie recently got a small promotion so don’t worry, we’re financially stable!) but I have a few promising leads. Fingers crossed that I didn’t buy all these lippies for naught. LOL!
    P.S. How is Ms. Subscriptionista doing? I miss her!

    • November 28, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Hi Heat!!!
      Why until now I haven’t discovered you had a lippy obsession! Do you line them up like soilders or put them in a clear container so you can admire the colors?
      Great hauls!

      • Heat7918
        November 28, 2017 at 2:58 pm

        It’s sort of a secret obsession… my best friends & sisters don’t really know (none of them is into lipstick or makeup very much in general), my mom & husband maybe know the tip of the iceberg. You’d almost never guess by looking me – I don’t wear it every day (most days though if I leave the house but nothing too dark or bright since I’m super fair) and I rarely reapply after eating when it has disappeared.

        If I avoid makeup aisles or websites, I can go long periods of time without buying any… but put me on a website like Colourpop and suddenly I want to try half the colors so I buy in bulk when there is a sale! Right now I have a glossybox full (all lipsticks standing up like soldiers!) plus a ziplock sandwich bag full, an Ipsy bag almost full and then a few current favorites in my purse. I really need to get rid of some of the older ones and give away some newer ones that don’t quite work for me – to my sisters and friends who don’t wear much lipstick. :/

        There is just something about lipstick – the colors are so pretty! I will forever be on the hunt for the perfect lipstick. The only thing with better colors is nail polish but I’m able to control myself with those since I rarely paint my fingernails (chips too easy) and often go to the salon for tootsies.

        • November 28, 2017 at 3:10 pm

          Yes I totally get you. No one know what a makeup whore I am because (1) I occassionally wear makeup and (2) when I do it is understated.
          I am not much of a lippy person but I so have 2 Smith and Cult Lippies from le/sub boxes that are in my bag looking so pretty when I take them out to admire. The formula is ok but the packaging is gorgeous!

          • Dayle
            December 2, 2017 at 4:57 am

            The ONLY thing I bought was actually Black Friday and it was this Smith and Cult 3 pack from Nordstrom. My favorite all time is “The Queen is Dead” and this was a no brainer for $48!


            I didn’t feel like I needed to buy anything because I was the luckiest girl in the sub world and won The MSA advent calendar giveaway! I still can’t believe it because I never win anything! But they all arrived on Thursday- the postman was like Damn girl! You be shoppin! (3 LARGE boxes!)

            Anyway I definitely have some extra lippies can I put together a little gift for PNut or Heat? PNut, I assume you have my email from this post? Hit me up with your address and if there is a way to get Heat’s too I would love to play elf!

            Onderria- anything you are liking/interested in? I would love to share and plan to make stockings to drop at Ronald McDonald house with anything that isn’t claimed by friends and family.

          • December 2, 2017 at 7:47 am

            DAYLE!!!! I was hoping you would post! I did see your name on MSA and I am like is this our Dayle!?! Yea!!! So lucky and thank you for sharing with us! I am running out the door right now dual tasking but I will send an email to you soon and will send an email to Heat for her addy. Thanks 🙂

          • Heat7918
            December 2, 2017 at 8:28 am

            I saw that on MSA too! I can’t believe the big winner is someone I “know” – so exciting! And didn’t you win on your birthday, Dayle? Congratulations!!

            It’s very kind of you to share & donate from your winnings. Happy Holidays! 🙂

          • December 2, 2017 at 9:55 am

            Holy crumbs, CONGRATS Dayle!!! That’s such an awesome thing to win. You’re set for stocking stuffers and small gifts!! I really like that you’re donating items too.

            I was going to buy the Atelier Advent calendar and forgot, so if there’s any from that you want to send me from there or the tea one I’d love it!

        • November 28, 2017 at 3:31 pm

          I never wore lipstick/lipgloss until I started getting sub boxes. Now I wear something almost every day, but I also rarely reapply later. One of my favorites is this crazy dark lipstain from Ipsy that looks like blood going on, but gets lighter after dabbing. I also really like that Winky Luxe lipstick from PSMH? that looks like a vibrator, and the Smith and Cult Warning lipgloss [so sticky and smooth].

          • Dayle
            December 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm

            Send me your address Onderria!

    • November 28, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Heat, it sounds like you got quite a haul!! I like the idea of science over lovely naturals–do you follow Marie on her Instagram or YouTube channel? I love that she breaks down masks and makes her own.

      • Heat7918
        November 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm

        I do follow Marie on YouTube! I’m a little behind though so I think I have a few videos to catch up on. I could watch / listen to her all day with Hawaii in the background… sigh.

  3. November 29, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Soooooo… Sephora oversold the Play! that I ordered plus the code (perfume mini) with $25 purchase. So they mailed the remaining order (2 pop up brushes at $2.50 so I can meet the $25 code) with flash shipping. I am on hold for “less than 15 minutes” now to see what I can do about cancelling Flash Shipping.
    Also my annual $15 off $35 in December code will be a $15 off $50 code they just sent me a heads up email. Grrrrrrr….

    • November 29, 2017 at 10:04 am

      *shops Sephora* @Onderria they have your Laneige here!

      • November 29, 2017 at 2:02 pm

        Ooer, thanks! I found a tub of the Laneige sleeping mask on Amazon and bought that a month ago. I didn’t realize it was K-beauty until I saw the lovely packaging.

        Next week: products you bought full size after a sample. Send me pics!

    • Heat7918
      November 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Boo Sephora!! Pnut deserves better… don’t they know you’re a super important blogger?? I know you don’t like to throw that around but…

      • November 29, 2017 at 9:55 pm

        Maybe they would have “found” a bag if I told them that 😉 Got my flash shipping refunded and 100 points for my first world problems. Think I will go boring and get another needed pair of overpriced but quality cuticle nippers to use my $15 code next month. Too bad I need to spend $50 because if it was $35 (old threshold) I would have elected Flash Shipping. More money going to the Amazon….

  4. Farmcat
    December 3, 2017 at 7:04 am

    I found this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals to be mostly disappointing and unsatisfying. But on the happy side I did buy a Petite Vour $25 mystery box I am quite happy with what I got. I also got a subscription to Sundae Home.

    • Dayle
      December 3, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      Ooh what was in your Petit Vour? I have loved their mystery boxes!!!!

      • Farmcat
        December 4, 2017 at 8:27 am

        Hi Dayle.
        Congratulations on winning the advent calendars.
        I love what I got in my petite vour mystery box. I got the $25 one with the $80 value.
        I received Luaren B. Beauty 5 free made in the U.S.A. nail polish in SOUTH OF THE BLVD. It is a very pretty shade of purple. The size is .50 fl oz
        OSEA Sea Minerals Mist 1 oz I have tried this brand in a different box and love it! Made in the U.S.A
        WE LOVE YOUR EYES tea tree eyelid & eyelash makeup remover oil. This is new to me. Made in the U.S.A. .03 fl oz
        SHAMANUTI activated charcoal cleanser. 1 fl oz
        MODERN MINERALS MAKE UP lip balm. I think it is tinted.
        EVOLVh smart volume leave-in conditioner 2 fl oz

  5. Farmcat
    December 4, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Hi Onderria
    I’m looking forward to your reviews on Margot Elena

    • December 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Yeah! Glad you got some fun stuff, Farmcat! I keep checking on the status of the ME box, though I’m pretty sure it doesn’t ship till next week.

  6. December 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Yeah! Glad you got some fun stuff, Farmcat! I keep checking on the status of the ME box, though I’m pretty sure it doesn’t ship till next week.

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