Black Friday Haul

*Sorry this is a bit longer than I had intended. Also, this is the first time I’ve ever done a post like this, so bear with me 🙂 *

So, I went a tiny bit crazy with my Black Friday shopping. For those of you who do not know, Black Friday is the day right after Thanksgiving (and Thanksgiving night) where all stores are supposed to have amazing sales and most places are open until way after midnight. It’s incredibly crowded, the traffic is terrible, and the check out lines are so long you begin to wonder if the deal is really all that worth it, but it is also one of the highlights of my year. I always go with my mom, my aunt, and my cousins, and we always have an absolutely amazing time and come back home with some really funny stories and even some pretty good deals.

This year, we went headed out to one of the major malls in our area right after we finished eating Thanksgiving dinner (it was about an hour drive), and the first store that we hit was Bath and Body Works. They were having a really awesome “buy three, get three” free sale which all of us definitely took advantage of. They’ve already brought out their Christmas collection, so everything I bought came out of that.

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For me, the thing that makes Bath and Body Works so great is the way that they can get a scent so right. If it says it’s going to smell like a pumpkin cupcake, it is going to smell like a pumpkin cupcake (my mom has that candle, and it always makes me want a cupcake). Another thing that always gets me about this brand is the packaging. It is always so cute and festive, especially the candles. They just do such a great job with it.

On top of the packaging and scents, their products are really great quality. I’ve been using their shower gels, lotions, and hand creams since middle school, and I’ve never been disappointed. I have very dry skin for most of the year, especially during winter, and their lotions always leave my skin feeling 10x better than before. I just recently started using candles a lot more as well, and I’ve noticed that Bath and Body Work’s candles last a lot longer than most other brands. Plus, they smell amazing.

Back to what I bought, I’m a huge fan on apple, peppermint, and cinnamon, so I absolutely love fall and Christmas scents. To me, they’re the best of the year. Because of that, I obviously went for the Twisted Peppermint shower gel and lotion again this year. I also have really bad sinuses problems (seriously, it’s terrible), and I’ve found that using peppermint scented things while taking a really hot shower really helps with that.

I also decided to go a bit out of my comfort zone and try the Frosted Coconut Snowball shower gel and lotion as well. Because of the Coconut, it somewhat reminds me a bit of spring. Since it also has vanilla and some other traditional winter scents mixed in with it, though, it’s still definitely more of a winter-y kind of smell. I’ll probably be using it a lot come February/March since I’ll be looking forward to spring and it kind of has a hint of spring to it.

With the hand creams, which I grabbed last minute because I have really dry hands, I already had six items for the sale, but I really wanted the Frosted Cranberry candle. A few weeks ago my mom and I were in a Bath and Body Works closer to where I live (I know, I have an obsession….), and I was debating between getting that candle or the one I ended up buying (Spiced Apple Toddy). I went for the other one because I love cinnamon, and the Spiced Apple Toddy definitely had more of a strong cinnamon/apple scent. After I started burning it, though, I found it a bit too strong, and I wanted something a bit lighter and sweeter which the Frosted Cranberry definitely is.

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Another sale they had going on along with the buy three, get three free was that if you spent $30 you were able to buy a tote bag full of stuff for $25 (or maybe it was $20….somewhere in the twenties). Obviously because of my obsession, I couldn’t pass this up, so I bought the bag. Inside it came the new Christmas signature scent Magic in the Air in the shower gel, lotion, and body mist. Even though it’s supposed to be a Christmas scent, I definitely feel like it’s better for more early spring since it has a very light and floral fragrance to it. It actually almost reminds me of Sweet Pea if you’ve ever smelled that. It also came with a foaming hand soap and hand sanitizer in A Thousand Wishes and a candle called Champagne Toast. The candle alone payed for the bag since they are normally $22.50.

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After we left the mall, we headed over to Target which is probably one of my favorite stores. They have pretty much everything, and they always have really great Black Friday deals, especially on books and movies. I’m currently working on my Disney DVD collection, so I bought Beauty and the Beast which I’m not sure why it wasn’t already in my collection. Regardless, it’s fixed now. 🙂 On a side note, I can’t begin to describe how excited I am for the live action version with Emma Watson. It’s going to be amazing!

Back to the stuff, I also got two books that were 20% off each. The first one is The Girl on the Train which I have been wanting to read ever since I finished reading Gone Girl since apparently they are similar in the fact that they both have unreliable narrators. Plus, there’s a movie about it now, so I want to read the book before I go see it. The second one is by the same author who wrote The Cellar which I actually did a book review on, and even though I thought her last book had some flaws, I think she does a really great job at coming up with plot lines, and the back sounded really interesting, so I thought I would give her another try.

Anyway, that’s all of it. Sorry again that it was so long. I just got really excited about everything lol.

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