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As Cyber Monday turned into Cyber Week, it appears Cyber Week has turned into Cyber Weekend: We’ve found no shortage of actually good deals in our Friday sales sweep. There’s our favorite brightening eye cream on sale at Sephora, a convincing Instant Pot dupe for under $50, and a wireless charger that would make a practical stocking stuffer. Note that we’re inevitably headed for the pre-Christmas sales slump, so shop these discounts while you can. (And if you want even more deals sent straight to your inbox, sign up for our email newsletter.)
Now through December 12, Sephora Beauty Insiders can take 30 pecent of Sephora collection items and 20 percent off their purchase of anything else with code GIFTEASY. (Plus everything ships free with stackable code FREESHIP.) We recommend taking a look at our favorites from the retailer’s most recent sale, but you can’t go wrong with Ole Henriksen’s Banana Bright Eye Crème. Strategist beauty columnist Rio Viera-Newton “noticed a big change in my dark circles” with daily use, and it has become her go-to for under-eye prep.
Strategist writer Tembe Denton-Hurst says Tower 28’s cream blush gives skin that “sunkissed, back-from-vacation glow.”
These gummy vitamins from Olly contain biotin, keratin, vitamin C, and vitamin E for healthier hair, nails, and skin. They’d make a thoughtful stocking stuffer for just about any sister, girlfriend, or picky teen on your holiday list.
When we gathered up 52 of the most surprising, strange, but immensely pleasing gifts we could find under $50 last week, we thought this fun new take on Monopoly (now 50 percent off) would be sure to delight the Animal Crossing obsessive in your life. Players visit islands; collect resources such as bugs, fish, fossils, and fruit; buy decorations; and earn Nook Miles to win.
A foolproof gift for choosy in-laws and clumsy boyfriends.
Speaking of iPhones, Apple’s MagSafe battery pack — which wirelessly charges all iPhone 12 and 13 models — is $24 off for a limited time. It’d make the perfect gift for the friend who’s perpetually on 10 percent.
Lots of Everlane styles are still on sale from Cyber Monday like this cinch-waist chore jacket. Dozens of reviewers say it’s “perfect” for cold-weather layering.
Wear it with these sweat-wicking leggings in this cozy chocolate color.
Refresh his T-shirt rotation with one made from 100 percent organic cotton.
J.Crew is taking up to 60 percent off pajamas (and an extra 60 percent off select sale items with code FESTIVE). We think any mom would be happy to receive this Eberjey-esque cotton pajama set for Christmas.
Made from 100 percent cotton, this waffle-knit sweater is thin enough for layering but warm enough to wear on its own.
Nobody needs to know you didn’t find these under-$15 hoops at a craft fair upstate.
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