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23 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Universal Standard to Sephora

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You may have noticed some posts from our friends at the Strategist on the Cut. They’ll be dropping in every now and again, sharing their expertise on the basics you don’t have time to research and the weird and wonderful things you don’t yet know you need.

It seems that all our favorite merchants are playing their cards close to the vest in anticipation of Black Friday sales on the horizon. But you have us in your corner, and we sussed out some nice discounts on makeup-artist-approved eyeliner, curve-hugging jeans, and shearling-lined clogs. As always, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter for even more sales coverage.

Right now, Universal Standard is hosting a Denim Drive with a crop of jeans starting at just $35 — including these skinny jeans that writer Maggie Fremont called the “miracle of miracles.”

Some very nice denim jackets are also on sale from sizes 2 to 40.

Lots of beauty, skin-care, and grooming products are on sale at Amazon for their Holiday Beauty Haul sales event, which lasts through November 6. Here’s a classic Tweezerman and travel pouch for just $18.

CeraVe Acne Skin Care Set
$52
$52

CeraVe is our go-to for just about every skin-care concern. This one-and-done acne treatment set is packed with blemish-fighting and skin-brightening ingredients like salicylic acid and niacinamide.

Smooth, volumize, or diffuse with this powerhouse hair dryer from the brand behind stylist- and Strategist-approved curling irons and flat irons.

This countertop ice machine is a favorite among food writers and mixologists for its crunchy ice nuggets — and it’s 25 percent off.

Over at Nordstrom: The cutest kids’ sunglasses I’ve ever seen for just $5.

And the animal-ear hoodie to complete the zoo-ready ensemble.

A packable and lightweight L.L. Bean jacket for impromptu rain showers.

Some actually nice-looking oven mitts for pulling out pies, scalloped potatoes, and your Thanksgiving turkey next month.

This hand-mixer will speed up holiday cooking — and it’s just $15.

We’re long-time fans of Jungalow’s always cheery collaboration with Target. I love these tufted throw pillows, which are just $10 in the yellow and peach shades.

And a very nice and velvety office chair that looks cozy enough for lounging.

Knickey High-Rise Brief
$13
$13

The folks at Knickey have given an exclusive discount for our readers through the end of the year. Use code VOX20 to take 20 percent off any of their sustainable undie options — like this French-cut pair that self-professed “granny-panty stan” Evelynn Escobar-Thomas, founder of intersectional hiking club Hike Clerb, buys in bulk.

$13 at Knickey
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Sephora’s Holiday Savings Event begins for most tiers next week. (Rouge members have access starting today). If that’s you — or you haven’t signed up for a free Sephora membership yet — the entirety of Sephora’s in-house line of beauty products is 30 percent off through November 7. This eyeliner comes recommended by makeup artist Janice Kinjo …

… as does this eyeshadow-eyeliner combo stick. Both are long-lasting and available in a wide variety of colors, making them perfect for beginners.

A selection of earrings are up to 60 percent off at Studs. I just got these, which are the chained version of the hoops I never take out. You can stack the code SKIMM30 for an extra 30 percent off.

Outdoor Voices has been hosting a lot of sales lately — this weekend, use code HALLOWEEN25 to take 25 percent off sitewide. We’ve got our eye on these zip-off hiking pants.

It’s definitely time to stock up on fleece.

Strategist writer Dominique Pariso turns to these pimple patches for hormonal cystic acne. Dissolvable micro-darts infused with a power trio of blemish-fighting ingredients — salicylic acid, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid — penetrate the top two layers of skin to reach zits lurking under the surface.

Hempz body lotions are 30 percent off at Ulta — like this seasonal pumpkin-spice and vanilla-chai combo. (Their original formula is also on sale if strong scents aren’t your thing.)

Lots of on sale shoes at Madewell are an extra 20 percent off with the code SALEONSALE. These shearling-lined clogs would make some very nice house shoes.

Strategist-favorite brand Piecework Puzzles collaborated with Goop on this (very giftable) 1,000 piece peony puzzle, and right now it’s just $11, so you can stock up on a bunch.

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

23 Things on Sale You’ll Want: Universal Standard to Sephora