Friday, December 3, 2010

The most wonderful time of retail

I've returned to good old Washington DC and I didn't miss the politics and suits one bit.

To things that might be relevant to you, it's been a week since one of my favorite days, Black Friday! Somehow in all my years of high school jobs I never once got stuck working Black Friday, and boy did all my co-workers hate me. This year I took my best friend and mom out to our local mall, Best Buy, the normal places you hit for Black Friday. I clip coupons days before and am wary to check up on the rip offs and the actual good deals to get as much free stuff for as little as possible. If you have to spend $50 at XX store to get XX free item, I will always find a way to spend $50.01

As a brand lover and penny pincher I'm on the hunt year round so Black Friday is just a play date for me out of the other 365. As a cosplayer I'm not afraid to shop online and feel I'm a pro at it by now, so if you're fearless as well then keep reading.

My favorite online store for discount brand is
, while the selection is a bit weak right now I've been able to purchase Urban Decay, Juicy Couture, Alterna, Voom, and Betsey Johnson from this site for ridiculously cheap.

For cosplay wigs I've recently discovered that TaoBao has 99% of the same wigs on eBay except MUCH cheaper. Fantasy Sheep has a shop my roommate recently purchase a Stocking wig from, $19 WHY DIDN'T I KNOW SOONER.

Last thing I recommend, for real. I adore makeup but I shop almost exclusively from Ulta, which is essentially Sephora with haircare and a salon built it. They have the same products but a kick ass rewards card/program, if you're on drag-queen level makeup you can earn enough points to even have hair treatments done. For free, no shit. For the rest of us, just a few small purchases will bump you up to $4 off every purchase even if it's a clearance item (I shop their haircare clearance obsessively). And from there the points build up till you get better rewards every visit, love it!

Sorry I'm a little long winded, still rolling in fresh new free things and I can't quite contain myself. Hope everyone is having a happy holiday so far! <3


  1. I love Ulta too! ruelala is my favorite discount online store though.

  2. black friday is the true adult christmas... like the site, check out my blog if you get a chance :)

  3. @Carousellian oooh! I just signed up and it's lovely, thank you for mentioning it!

    @NooG totally! :D

  4. Thanks for the shop recs, I'm really clueless when it comes to buying make-up @_@

  5. Have you looked at Cherryculture? Super cheap plus they have an awesome selection of NYX stuff :D

  6. It's crazy how Black Friday is such a big deal over there. There have been a couple of stores here (Australia) that have had a Black Friday sale but it's kind of jokingly done because we don't really have anything like that here.

  7. Ulta sounds great, but I don't think we have them here in Canada. And Sephora's rewards program is pretty bad here, too.