The most raved-about secret in beauty this year wasn’t a magic facialist or a Real Housewife–lauded injection—it was Augustinus Bader The Cream, an unassuming moisturizer made by a 60-year-old German scientist who’d never worked in the industry, let alone had an Instagram following. And yet despite having none of the traditional resources that make a beauty brand an overnight success—like paid celebrity spokespeople, million-dollar ad campaigns, or millennial-pink packaging—Augustinus Bader became a sleeper hit purely through word of mouth.
In the two years since it launched, AB’s “miracle cream” has gotten accolades from Ashley Graham, Kate Bosworth, and Victoria Beckham (who’s since launched a moisturizing primer with the brand). Glamour even gave it a Beauty Award for Best Moisturizer, a highly competitive category, as you can surely imagine. So before I even uncapped the weighty blue-and-copper tube of its famed Cream, which costs a cool $265 for 50 ml, I was basically set to fall in love with it—price tag be damned.
But the only kind of hype I pay real attention to is beauty-editor hype; if my product-inundated colleagues are raving about it, I figure it has to stand out from the pack. And for weeks every single editor I knew had told me about the cream in a tone I can only describe as reverent. I was ready to experience my own Bader-sparked miracle.
Augustinus Bader The Cream
Bizarrely, I didn’t immediately fall head over heels for it (don’t worry, a second plot twist will follow shortly). Sure, it was a good face cream. The light texture absorbed quickly and my skin looked decent, but it didn’t exactly wow me. I felt like a thin layer just wasn’t doing much in the moisturizing department—which, apparently, I later learned, isn’t even what The Cream claims to do. It’s more of an overall skin rejuvenator; the brand also sells a Rich Cream for dry skin, with additions like avocado and argan oil to aid with extra hydration. But I began with the original, thinking it’d be enough.
In order to get maximum effectiveness from the active ingredients, I did what a few other friends and makeup artists had advised and skipped all other products, except face wash. The Bader formula is based on TFC8 (Trigger Factor Complex 8), a proprietary cocktail of more than 40 different ingredients, including vitamins and amino acids. It’s meant to encourage regeneration and healing—Professor Bader actually discovered the formula while looking for solutions to help burn survivors heal quicker—and TFC8 is supposed to activate your stem cells, which go to work to repair fine lines, dark spots, and visible pores. I had heard that the ingredients within were enough to replace all other skin care, so I devoted myself to a one-step kind of lifestyle and waited for my skin to start looking like I had just walked out of a spa. And then I waited some more….
“I don’t understand why I’m not being blown away by AB, is something wrong with me?!” I texted a friend. Such was my level of confusion in the face of everyone else’s level of obsession. “I love it,” she told me, delicately choosing not to answer the second part of my question. Something was clearly wrong with me.
I needed to rethink my strategy. In hindsight, after my skin was so used to being sandwiched in so many layers—I was very much an 11-step-skin-care kind of person—it stands to reason that it wouldn’t take kindly to a single-step makeover. After further research, I learned that there was really no need for me to ditch my other products completely. The Augustinus Bader creams are formulated to target a lot of things: fine lines, wrinkles, dehydration, redness, loss of elasticity, and pore size. Theoretically, you can use them alone, as an all-in-one. But the only important part is that TFC8 touches your face first so it can penetrate. What you add on top is entirely up to you.
While promoting her upcoming album, Plastic Hearts, the “Prisoner” singer revealed she is now two weeks sober. “Well, I, like a lot of people, being completely honest, during the pandemic fell off and felt really a lot of…and I would never sit here and go, ‘I’ve been fucking sober,'” Cyrus said during a recent New Music Daily interview, per People. “I fell off and I realized that I now am back on sobriety, two weeks sober, and I feel like I really accepted that time.”
For those attempting to stay sober, one of the most difficult parts can be reacting to mistakes. So often, people punish themselves for lapsing, which can become a vicious cycle—something Cyrus seems to understand. “One of the things I’ve used is, ‘Don’t get furious, get curious,'” she continued. “So don’t be mad at yourself, but ask yourself, ‘What happened?’”
However, Cyrus did clarify that her reasons for staying sober has less to do with addiction, per se, and more to do with the decisions she makes under the influence.
“To me, it was a fuck up because I’m not a moderation person, and I don’t think that everyone has to be fucking sober,” she said. “I think everyone has to do what is best for them. I don’t have a problem with drinking. I have a problem with the decisions I make once I go past that level of…I’ve just been wanting to wake up 100 percent, 100 percent of the time.”
For Miley Cyrus, who is celebrating her 28th birthday Today, November 23, the last year of her life was particularly volatile. “Twenty-seven to me was a year that I really had to protect myself,” she said, per People. “That actually really made me want to get sober was because we’ve lost so many icons at 27. It’s a very pivotal time. You go into that next chapter or this is it for you. I just feel that some of the artists almost couldn’t handle their own power and their own energy and their own force. It’s an energy. I, no matter what, was born with that.”
Taylor Swift is recording her old music, and she’s doing it in style (sorry, I had to).
On November 22, Swift took home three American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year. During her virtual acceptance speech, she revealed she’s in the studio where it all began, working diligently on re-recording all her old music—which, frankly is a whole other story you can read about here.
“The reason I’m not there tonight is I’m actually re-recording all of my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it, so it’s been amazing and I can’t wait for you to hear it,” she shared in her acceptance speech.
But I’m not here to talk about her ongoing feud with Scooter Braun or all the theories and Easter eggs explaining why she’s probably in the middle of re-recording her album Red right now. (Though, like, that Zodiac tapestry is a major clue…) What I actually want to talk about, instead, is Swift’s comfy, stay-at-home aesthetic she had going during her speech.
She may be revisiting old music and her famed red lipstick, but the $78 Emmy Mock Neck sweater from Free People is pure Folklore. It may not technically count as a cardigan, but the oversized pullover is slouchy enough to wear with your favorite pair of jeans, a mug of camomile tea, and a good book while “Betty” plays in the background.
Taylor Swift opted for the classic black, but the Free People sweater comes in eight other colors including…ahem…red. Okay, now I might be reaching.
Emmy Mock Neck Sweater
Still, the queen of Easter eggs may still be trying to tell us something with her latest sartorial choices because this isn’t the only Folklore-approved comfy sweater she wore on Sunday. The artist also trolled fans on November 22 in a patterned knit on Instagram, writing, “not a lot going on at the moment.”
If you’re a true Swiftie, you know that’s a quote from a T-shirt worn in the music video for the hit song “22.” Which album is that from? You guessed it: Red.
While Taylor Swift may be taking a lyrical walk down memory lane, the artist could be hinting that her re-recordings will be infused with the sound of her latest musical era. Or, I could have no idea what I’m talking about. Either way, I want these sweaters.
We don’t know about you, but the best Black Friday deals 2020 has to offer might be the highlight of this dumpster fire year. There’s no need to go down the list of every disappointment, fear, and anxiety that came along with 2020, especially when we can stay home, mind our business, and focus on these once-a-year deals instead. Paying full price? In this economy? No thank you. And holiday shopping events are a bright green light to treat ourselves to things we might be apprehensive to buy otherwise.
With more brands than ever slashing prices for Black Friday this year, there’s a plethora of deals to choose from, and we’ve got our sights set on fancy fragrances, royal-approved skin care, and Instagram-famous cookware, to name a few. Before you do a deep dive into the best Black Friday deals 2020 is blessing us with, shop the items Glamour editors are already eyeing, below. They’re not all on sale just yet, but based on last year’s sales and the sheer power of manifestation, we have reason to believe they’ll land in our carts (complete with a slashed price) very soon.
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If there’s one thing we can count on during the holiday season, it’s the best Black Friday deals of 2020. Mega retailers like Nordstrom, Sephora, and Walmart have already started slashing prices online, with cult brands like Glossier and Tatcha announcing upcoming early bird deals of their own.
We live to find the best prices on the things you may want and need—whether that’s a pair of go-anywhere leggings, an Android phone for your PC-loving boyfriend, an Alexa product for your tech-savvy grandma, or the Instagram pan everyone in your circle can’t shut up about. And since you’ll never hear us complaining about an early sale find, we rounded up the best pre–Black Friday deals of 2020 across the most sought-after categories: beauty, fashion, mattresses, and home and tech.
Prices will be slashed left and right as we inch closer to Thanksgiving, so we’ll be updating this list as new sales rollout. Since we all know Black Friday will mostly be happening online this year, brace yourselves for a lot of tabs—and tons of massive carts. Below, all the early best Black Friday 2020 deals to shop now.
Sephora is previewing its Black Friday deals for app users from November 19 through November 23, with markdowns officially going live on November 24. Don’t have memory space in your phone to download the app? Savvy shoppers can already score discounts on picture-perfect gift sets like the two below.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser
Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty Two Enamored With You Lip Gloss Set
Voluspa 9-Piece Votive Candle Set
A prime destination for buzzy beauty labels and drugstore faves alike, Ulta’s Black Friday deals are even better than we could have imagined. From $16 IGK shampoos to best-selling Clinique products that rarely go on sale, you’re going to want to fill your cart, and maybe even come back for seconds.
First Aid Beauty Limited Edition Ultra Repair Cream Pink Grapefruit
Clinique Great Skin Everywhere Set for Combination Oily to Oily Skin
IGK First Class Detoxifying Charcoal Shampoo
Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Nordstrom dropped its Black Friday sale early this year, and the beauty section is poppin’ with must-have deals. Consider the La Mer set and Byredo perfume below as all the proof you need.
La Mer Replenishing Moisture Set
Byredo Oud Immortel Eau du Parfum
It’s not every day you can score high-end beauty at a fraction of the price, so head to Violet Grey for 20% off celeb-approved brands liked Augustinus Bader, La Mer, and Nécessaire. Violet Grey members can start filling their carts on November 23 (it’s free to sign up, btw!), otherwise, mark your calendars for November 24. Discount runs through November 30 while supplies last.
Augustinus Bader The Cream
La Mer Crème de la Mer
Get Meghan Markle–approved skin care (her go-to product from the brand is apparently the Rice Polish, FYI) for 20% off from November 26 until November 28. It’s one of the few times the Japanese beauty brand has a sale, so it’s worth prepping your cart now.
The Water Cream
The Rice Polish
The brand that brought you Boy Brow and millennial pink is having its only sale of the year next week. Score up to 35% off everything—and we mean, everything—on Glossier (limited edition sets included) starting November 26 through November 30.
Glossier Balm Dotcom Wild Fig
Glossier Boy Brow
Rihanna Navy, get a free zipper pouch with any order over $50 from November 18 through November 23. (Psst…the pouch includes a free mascara and primer.) Not sure what to add to cart? Hear us out on all the Fenty Beauty products worth your money.
Fenty Beauty Glow Trio Face, Lip & Body Set
Fenty Beauty Skin Start’r Set
Shop thousands of luxury designer pieces up to 50% off at Net-a-Porter. Zoom-ready tops, knits, and statement jewelry are all included in the mix—and we rounded up our favorite Net-a-Porter sale finds in case you wanted to know the deals we’re eyeing for ourselves.
Dôen Floral-Print Cotton-Voile Blouse
Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-Tone Earrings
Consider this a warning: Nordstrom’s Black Friday sale did not come to play. Markdowns include investment pieces like the Theory coat below, as well as can’t-miss winter staples (looking at you, Ugg booties) and everyday essentials like the cult-loved Natori Feathers bra. Deals drop daily through December 1 so don’t even bother closing your Nordstrom tab.
Theory Check Wool-Blend Coat With Genuine Shearling Collar
Ugg Classic Mini Fluff Genuine Shearling Booties
Natori Feathers Underwire Contour Bra
Spanx Side-Stripe Faux Leather Leggings
Amazon is always serving up home and tech deals, but discounts in the fashion department have been equally strong lately. Exhibit A: These APL sneakers and iridescent Terez leggings, which would add a pop of color to any moody winter wardrobe. Non-clothing products we’ll be watching? The Roomba, any Dyson product, and the iPad Pro. Pro tip: If you were paying attention to Prime Day earlier this year, you’d know that the e-tailer’s best deals are its discounts on (already low-priced) Amazon products—so keep an eye out for things like the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Kindle.
Even though Amazon technically owns Shopbop, the multi-brand retailer is running a sale of its own—with slashed prices on everything from cute WFH tees to mood-boosting accessories up to 70% off. (Psst…Amazon Prime members, don’t sleep on this sale because you can use your membership perks to score free two-day shipping.)
Clu Short-Sleeve Swing Top
House of Want Newbie Mini Baguette Bag
Prepare to score big on designer pieces with The Outnet’s Black Friday sale. The e-tailer is home to some of the best of previous seasons, and from November 25 through December 1, it’s offering an additional 25% off already slashed-prices. Heads up: The promo excludes “Just In” and “Bestsellers” items, and you need to apply the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout to activate the deal.
Ainea Faux Shearling Jacket
Mansur Gavriel Cropped Cotton and Silk-Blend Taffeta Tapered Pants
Whether you’ve spent quarantine mastering your tree pose or perfecting your couch potato position, Alo Yoga has well-made athleisure worth adding to cart. Use code EARLYACCESS20 to get up to 70% off statement leggings, plush zip-ups, and rain-ready pullovers through November 24. The same code can be used to take 20% off new styles during the brand’s pre-Black Friday sale.
Alo Layer Long-Sleeve Top
Flocked High-Waist Moto Leggings
From cozy knits to versatile jackets, Madewell is offering 30% off sitewide for members through November 23—just make sure to use the code EARLYBIRD at checkout. Not a member? You can sign up free now, or wait until tomorrow for the sale to open up to everyone.
Checkered Colburne Cardigan Sweater
Johnsville Sweater Jacket
Prepare to stock up on quality outerwear and baselayers with Uniqlo’s early Black Friday sale. From versatile turtlenecks to extra-warm heat tech, the Japanese brand has staples for Zoom meetings and winter hikes alike—up to 50% off through November 26.
Make it through fall hikes and workouts with the latest in outdoor gear from REI (think Patagonia vests, Camelbak water bottles, and more). Shop REI’s Gear Up Get Out sale through November 23 with up to 30% off sitewide.
Patagonia Retro Pile Pullover
CamelBak Eddy + Water Bottle
H&M has already started slashing prices on cozy winter staples, including knits, midi skirts, and more. No code needed at checkout.
Hatch is a go-to for simple yet stylish clothes for nursing and expecting moms (although you don’t have to be avec bébé to want to wear its flowing cardigans and easy jumpsuits—like the ones pictured). From November 25 through November 30, you can get 25% off almost everything, and that includes markdowns on categories that rarely go on sale, like denim, its fourth-trimester collection, and cashmere.
Hatch Walkabout Jumper
Hatch The Airplane Cardigan
Certified cool-girl brand, Girlfriend Collective, is slashing prices across the board from November 24 (12 p.m. EST) through December 1. Long-line sports bras, bike shorts, and leggings will all be 30% off with additional discounts (up to 50% off) on leggings starting November 27 at 6 a.m. EST.
Plum Compressive High-Rise Legging
Thyme Paloma Bra
Add to your jewelry collection with one of Monica Vinader’s timeless pieces, currently available at 25% off through December 2.
Siren Mini Nugget Hoop Earrings
Nura Baroque Pearl Pendant Charm
Aurate has so many gift-worthy accessories for your mom, sister, cousin,…even yourself. We think the ring and zodiac necklace below would make for perfect presents, but Aurate’s entire site is on sale through November 30. The brand is offering 20% off orders under $500, and 25% off over $500, so now’s your best bet at snagging multiple pieces for less.
Lean On Me Gold Statement Ring
Missoma, the affordable jewelry brand that counts Meghan Markle and Gigi Hadid as fans, is having a rare Black Friday sale. Stackable rings, gold hoops, and statement charms are all up for grabs at 25% off, so good luck just adding one thing to cart.
Gold Small Ridge Padlock Necklace
Gold Snake Clip-On Pendant
Stock up on tie-dye sweatsuits, comfy sports bras, ribbed tank tops, and more athleisure from Bandier’s sitewide sale. The e-tailer will be offering 30% off, with select exclusions on brands like Nike, Theragun, and Bala Bangles.
WSLY Tie Dye Sweats Kit
All Access Chorus Bra
If it’s about that time to refresh your top drawer…get started with Journelle’s sitewide sale. The brand is offering tiered discounts with 15% off any purchase of $100; 20% off any purchase of $250, and 25% off any purchase of $500 or more. Discounts are valid between November 24 and November 29—and with three different promo codes depending on the total amount you spend (BLACKFRIDAY15, BLACKFRIDAY20, and BLACKFRIDAY25).
Dora Larsen Ana Non-Padded Underwire Bra
Journelle Charlotte Camisole
For less tossing and turning and more zzz-ing, shop Casper’s Black Friday sale. Take up to 30% off bundles, mattresses, and more through December 1 with the code BLACKFRIDAY and BLACKFRIDAY20 at checkout.
Casper Weighted Blanket
The Casper Queen Foam Mattress
Score 20% off Allswell’s supportive Luxe Hybrid or its temperature-regulating Supreme mattress with code GOBBLE20 until November 23. Discount also applies to select bedding, home decor, and bathroom essentials.
The Allswell Luxe Hybrid
The Allswell Supreme
Although you can find Leesa at larger furniture retailers, you won’t find deals as good as the ones on its own website. For a limited time, Leesa is offering up to $200 off its Original mattress, up to $300 off its Hybrid mattress, and up to $400 off its Legend mattress. Best part? You get two free down-alternative pillows with your purchase.
Leesa Original Mattress
Leesa Hybrid Mattress
Save up to $400 on Purple’s revolutionary grid mattresses. The innovative sleep company is offering deals on mattresses and bundles, including the Purple Original, the Hybrid and the Hybrid Premier, and the new Kid mattress. Oh, and in case you want to surprise Mom and Dad with a new set of bed pillows, those are on sale for 20% off; no code needed at checkout.
The Purple Mattress
Harmony Pillow Bundle
Helix’s eco-friendly mattress brand, Birch, is offering $200 off its natural mattress through September 7, no code required—and applicable on all sizes.
Birch Natural Mattress
If you’re looking for more support, you’re going to want in on Saatva’s Black Friday mattress deal. The brand is allowing you to save up to $200 on orders of $1,000 or more through November 23.
Saatva Latex Hybrid
Saatva Classic Mattress
Tempur-Pedic is one of the OGs in the mattress game, so you know you can trust the brand to deliver on the promise of good. The brand dropped a few early Black Friday deals, including 30% off its best-selling mattresses and $99 for two Cloud Pillows. Promos valid while supplies last.
Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt Mattress
All of Amerisleep’s eco-friendly mattresses are available for 30% off, complete with two complimentary pillows. Take note: the deal is available through November 26 with the promo code BF30 at checkout.
Best Early Black Friday Home & Tech Deals 2020
Amazon is always serving up deals during major holidays, but its Black Friday deals are especially sweet. Get ready to markdowns on TVs, smart gadgets, and kitchen appliances while supplies last—and don’t miss out the most coveted deals of all: Amazon’s very own Fire TV Sticks, Kindles, and Echo Show tablets.
Fire TV Stick Lite With Alexa Voice Remote
Amazon Echo Show 5
Sur La Table is offering 20% off beloved brands like Nespresso, Cuisinart, Le Creuset, and more. We’d suggest browsing if you’re looking to upgrade your coffee game, or have plans to bake up a storm this holiday and could use some fresh kitchen gear (hi, Staub).
Nespresso Vertuoline by Breville With Aeroccino 3 Frother
Sur la Table
Staub Heritage All-Day Pan With Domed Glass Lid, 3.5 qt
Sur la Table
Don’t wait for these early Best Buy Black Friday deals to sell out. Markdowns include everything from fun tech finds like smart home LED lights to usual suspects like Sony TVs, Microsoft Surface Pro tablets, and Apple Airpods and iPads.
Apple iPad Air With Wi-Fi
Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance A19 Bluetooth LED Smart Bulbs
Call them early-bird Black Friday discounts, pre–Cyber Monday deals, whatever you want. Just know that Target is slashing prices all month long. Shop smart TV deals, video game deals, laptop deals (like Acer Chromebooks and Lenovo IdeaPads), Apple Watches, and more while supplies last.
TCL 32″ Class 3-Series HD Smart Roku TV
Apple Watch Series 6 GPS Aluminum
You can always rely on the Walmart Black Friday sale to come through with some of the best markdowns of the entire year. We spotted discounts on everything from robot vacuums and Ninja blenders to Nintendo Switch devices and wireless headphones and earbuds. We’re guessing hardly any products will be left full price—not even the Instant Pot you wish you’d bought last year.
Farberware 3.2 Quart Digital Air Fryer, Oil-Less
Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones II
Get 20% off Brooklinen’s signature spa-like towels and bedsheets (cashmere sets included) through December 1. No code necessary, and excludes Spaces products.
Heathered Cashmere Hardcore Sheet Bundle
Classic Bath Towel Bundle
Invest in a new set of bed sheets, or gift your boo a pair of cozy flannels for winter, with Boll & Branch’s early Black Friday sale. The brand is offering 25% off sitewide from November 20 through November 28.
Signature Embroidered Sheet Set
Boll & Branch
Men’s Flannel Pajama Pants
Boll & Branch
Instagram influencer’s beloved cookware brand is having a rare pre–Black Friday sale. Use the code SUPERSALE at checkout to score the Always Pan—in any hue—for $95 instead of the usual $145. What are you still doing here?
Our Place Always Pan (Lavender)
Our Place Always Pan (Blue Salt)
Smoothies, soups, baby food—even nut butters!—can all be yours with the reigning champ of high-speed blenders. From November 20 through December 31, Vitamix is slashing prices on best-selling models, including the A2300 and E310.
If you’ve been dealing with tech neck and sore muscles from working from home, Therabody, formerly known as Theragun, just kicked off its only sale of the year. The brand is offering a free product with any purchase from its CBD line, TheraOne, plus discounts up to $150 on coveted percussion devices. The promo will be available from November 20 through December 1.
TheraOne Recover CBD Lotion
Spruce up your WFH nook with some sleek new furniture, courtesy of AllModern. If you haven’t already invested in a new desk lamp (or actual desk), now’s when you should.
Brace yourselves: The Nordstrom Black Friday Sale 2020 is here. We thought we’d have to wait another week to start shopping the best Nordstrom Black Friday deals of 2020, but it seems Nordstrom was itching to slash prices and get our virtual carts rolling.
We took a first pass at the deals—and yes, the discounts are even better than expected: We’re talking up to 50% off everything from wardrobe essentials and coveted designer handbags to royals-approved beauty and cozy home finds.
A good Nordstrom sale find doesn’t stick around for long (we’ve had items sell out while they were in our carts), so scroll down to see what’s worth your money, and start shopping the best Nordstrom Black Friday deals of 2020 now.
Does Nordstrom have sales on Black Friday?
As of November 20, with the official launch of the e-tailer’s sales, Nordstrom’s Black Friday deals are on. However, from November 27 through December 1, clearance items will be marked down with an additional 25% off—meaning you have five days to pick up some epic gifts for the fam (and yourself, of course) at bargain prices.
How do I shop Nordstrom Black Friday deals?
You have three options: You can shop in-store if you really want to—but you can just as easily avoid the lines, and potential super-spreader events, by scoring even better deals online. (Yay, internet.) After placing your order, you can schedule a free pickup in person (or curbside) if there’s a Nordstrom nearby. Or you can opt for the most convenient option and have your picks delivered straight to your doorstep.
If you’re not sure what to do, shopping online is definitely the most sensible way to secure everything in your cart—especially since Nordstrom offers free standard shipping at all times, with delivery within three to six business days. This perk is also what makes Nordstrom one of the most reliable places to get your gifting done if you’re worried about pandemic-related delivery delays.
Best Nordstrom Black Friday Deals 2020
We know you don’t have time to scour all pages of Nordstrom’s sale section, and that’s why we’re here. Starting November 20 through December 1, we’ll be updating this page with the crème de la crème of markdowns—right now, that means Uggs, Byredo, La Mer, and so many more amazing brands. Ahead, check out the best early Black Friday deals at Nordstrom across beauty, fashion, and home—and while you’re at it, get a head start on your holiday shopping list with our own curated Nordstrom gift guide.
Best Nordstrom Black Friday Beauty Deals
It’s rare to find luxury beauty gift sets on sale before the holidays ~officially~ kick off, but we found some amazing kits from La Mer and Charlotte Tilbury that you’ll want to pick up for your mom, your bestie, and anyone else on your list (including yourself).
La Mer Replenishing Moisture Set
Charlotte Tilbury The Pillow Talk Look
MAC Cosmetics Sure Fire Hit Mini Lipstick Set
Kiehl’s Midnight Miracles Set
Byredo Oud Immortel Eau du Parfum
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Set
BeautyBio Rose Quartz Roller
Atelier Cologne Cédrat Venice Candle
Best Black Friday Nordstrom Clothing and Accessories Deals
Okay, for real, there are some exciting things to browse at Nordstrom right now. The first item to go in our cart: Levi’s high-waisted jeans. They’re a year-round wardrobe staple and put an cool spin on a simple white T-shirt and sneakers look. Otherwise, score big on designer pieces from Staud, Theory, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, and more.
Levi’s Wedgie High Waist Crop Straight Leg Jeans
Everlane The Kick Crop Work Pants
Staud Luna Faux Leather Blouse
Frame Le Skinny de Jeanne Skinny Jeans
Vince Fringe-Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater
Theory Check Wool-Blend Coat With Genuine Shearling Collar
Tory Burch Miller Leather & Canvas Phone Crossbody Bag
The Marc Jacobs The Bucket Bag Leather Crossbody Bag
Ray-Ban 51mm Hexagonal Flat-Lens Sunglasses
Prada 54mm Cat Eye Sunglasses
Lele Sadoughi Jelly Bean Bracelet
Adina’s Jewels Star Cubic Zirconia Choker
Best Black Friday Nordstrom Shoe Deals
These days it’s all about versatile flats, so naturally, we scoured the sale pages to find you the best deals in Nordstrom’s shoe department. From Ugg shearling booties to bright Nike kicks and Brooks running sneakers, there’s no doubt a pair calling your name.
Ugg Classic Mini Fluff Genuine Shearling Booties
Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers
Nike Air Max Dia Sneaker
Brooks Ricochet 2 Running Shoe
Best Black Friday Nordstrom Athleisure and Loungewear Deals
Spruce up your current rotation of loungewear and intimates with some of Nordstrom’s all-time best sellers. We’re talking Nike sweatpants, Zella leggings, and a multipack of Hanky Panky thongs. We know you may not be wearing bras as much these days, but don’t sleep on the celeb-approved Natori Feathers Underwire Bra, which basically feels like a second skin—and would last you years to come.
Zella Fleece Hoodie
Zella Moto Ribbed High-Waist Ankle Leggings
Hanky Panky Original-Rise Thongs (5-Pack)
Natori Feathers Underwire Contour Bra
Nike Sportswear Essential Fleece Pants
Room Service Knit Pajamas
Best Black Friday Nordstrom Home Deals
No surprise here—you can always count on Nordstrom to come through with some great home deals. Right now we’re eyeing Staub’s Dutch oven to gift Mom, Theragun’s percussion device for Dad, as well as some affordable home accents (like the beach umbrella print and dried-wheat bouquet) to give our spaces a seasonal refresh.
On November 18, Rolling Stone published an interview with Cabello, who couldn’t stop gushing about her man. Though she did admit that things were just a little bit awkward in the beginning stages of their epic romance.
While collaborating on the hit “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” Cabello says, she “really bonded with him as more than a friend.” She added, “I think he did too, but we were both really young, and he was experiencing the pressures of his career. I don’t think we knew what to do with those feelings. It was this awkward thing where we both liked each other, but we weren’t together. It was just weird.” According to Cabello, there was a definite energy between the pair right from the start, but “after that song, we didn’t spend as much time together.” Luckily, they reconnected thanks to the song “Señorita.”
“Our paths just didn’t cross in that way romantically until we started hanging out again and writing. For me, it just brought it back,” the singer explained.
On November 26, Cabello chatted with BBC Radio 1’s Greg James and responded to everyone criticizing her PDA with Mendes—particularly when she and her beau posted a make-out video to Instagram. When a fan called in with an “unpopular opinion” claiming “public displays of affection on Instagram are too much,” the 22-year-old took it personally according to Us Weekly.
“Ouch. Well, I feel personally targeted. I feel personally attacked,” Cabello said, adding sarcastically, “Yeah, PDA is terrible. Kissing in public? I don’t even….”
The “Liar” singer went on to defend her actions with Mendes, saying that living her life in the public eye—and repeatedly being targeted by paparazzi—has made her care less about sharing her intimate moments on social media.
“You honestly get kind of desensitized to it. You’re like, ‘Well, might as well just make out on Instagram!’” she said. We’re not complaining, Camila.
On December 5, Cabello finally shared the real reason she and Mendes don’t kiss on stage during their steamy “Señorita” performances.
“I actually just get shy, weirdly,” she told Extra. “I feel like I would kiss him in the dress rehearsal, but then we are onstage and then something stops me.”
Then, during an interview on Ellen, Cabello admitted she and Mendes were “babies” about their feeling towards each other. In fact, she said she had a “crush” on the Canadian crooner years before the two made things official.
I take a big oven-proof platter and make a puddle of gravy on the bottom and slice the turkey on top, and then I just wrap it and set it aside. When it’s time to serve dinner, I put it into the oven and reheat it. What’s amazing is that because the turkey has been sitting in the puddle of gravy, it stays really moist, and it’s still really hot when I put it on the buffet. I’m not trying to carve a turkey in my party clothes!
Make It Ahead by Ina Garten
What else I’m putting on my Thanksgiving menu
I think that when people are expecting something sweet, like maple or brown sugar, it’s surprising to have a little spice, so I like to make chipotle smashed sweet potatoes. It’s delicious because the potatoes are just sweet enough with the spiciness. When I’m making a menu, I want creamy and crunchy—I want all of the textures.
I also like anything with butternut squash. This year, I’m going to make the roasted butternut squash with brown butter and sage from my new book. It’s so good.
And for Thanksgiving, I always serve Morgon. It’s a light, red French wine. I’ll also buy some great bread from Carissa’s. I’m sure they’re going to have great rolls and things like that. It will be wonderful.
For dessert, I tend to like apple pie—it’s really traditional for Thanksgiving. Maybe I’ll put cranberries or something else in it, but I’m planning to make an apple pie, an apple crostata, or a French apple tart.
How I do Thanksgiving leftovers
I love to make a sandwich with turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce all mushed together. I mean, you have to have those sandwiches the next day! Also, when I invite people for Thanksgiving, I always send them home with leftovers.
The shoes I wear when I’m in the kitchen
Allbirds! I think they are just fantastic. For Thanksgiving dinner, I might put on a pair of slides instead, though.
Allbirds Women’s Wool Runners
The music I play in the background
I have a few playlists on Apple Music and Spotify that I end up playing all the time. There’s ‘A Trip to Paris’ and ‘Women Who Rock,’ that includes everything from Dolly Parton to Taylor Swift—all just great women artists. And I have another with all old-fashioned love songs that’s great for parties.
My favorite recipe from my new book,Modern Comfort
That’s a tough decision, but probably the Ultimate Beef Stew. Everybody knows beef stew, but it’s usually boring and the meat can be kind of dry. For this recipe, I borrowed short ribs from a recipe that I had done in the past and switched out the meat. I add red wine and cognac, the way you make beef bourguignon, and it ended up being a classic recipe with so much flavor. For all of my recipes, I like to take a remembered flavor and make it wow.
Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten
My favorite TV shows
West Wing was my favorite show of all time. We watch a lot of foreign series. There’s a French series called A French Village that was seven seasons and so incredibly well done, and Thicker Than Water, a Swedish series about a family that owns a hotel on an island off of Stockholm. And of course, there’s always Broadchurch, which everybody loves.
The book I loved so much, I had to listen to it too
Mrs. Obama’s book, Becoming, was spectacular. In fact, I read it and then I listened to the audio book, which she narrates. That was even better!
“Becoming” by Michelle Obama
The podcasts I love
I always listen to “The Daily,” but my favorite is “In the Dark.” It’s an investigative journalism series that’s kind of like “Serial.” It’s incredibly well done. One of the cases covered in the podcast actually ended up going all the way to the Supreme Court.
The fragrance I’ve been wearing for 20 years
I’ve been wearing Frederic Malle’s Une Fleur de Cassie since 2000. Somebody gave it to me as a gift, and I’ve been wearing it ever since.
Frédéric Malle Une Fleur De Cassie Perfume
Saks Fifth Avenue
The last thing I bought (besides food!)
We’ve been spending a lot of time at my barn, which is right next to the house, and I felt like I needed two really comfy chairs to watch TV in. I went to a midcentury modern furniture store in Sag Harbor called MONC XIII and bought the most wonderful 1950s armchairs that are covered in sheepskin. They’re the best chairs I’ve ever bought in my life.
Next, I want to buy two tickets to Paris! As soon as the pandemic is over, that’s my goal.
Caitlin Brody is the entertainment director at Condé Nast.
Like most tentative and excited first-time moms, Katie, 33, had planned to enforce a few rules for visiting friends and relatives anxious to hold her newborn: Wash your hands. Don’t come over unannounced. Be prepared to help. Bring food.
But when the pandemic came to the United States and an unparalleled public health crisis unfolded, her rules changed. Katie (not her real name) lives in Washington, one of the first states to experience an outbreak of the virus and subsequent shut down.
Katie, who was due in April, and her husband needed to establish a new protocol. Would-be visitors (no friends, just close relatives) had to promise to wear masks all the time in the lead-up to the visit, practice social distancing, quarantine if they’d traveled, and wash their hands constantly. Katie felt her requirements were straightforward, and she had public health on her side. Organizations like the CDC backed up her approach. Her parents—who are themselves at an elevated risk (her mom is in her late 60s and her dad is in his 70s)—vowed to adhere to her guidelines. But their social media suggested otherwise.
“My parents have been downright compulsive liars about this whole business,” says Katie. “They have consistently told me they are ‘quarantining’ or ‘social distancing’ so that they can come visit me. However, my mom is constantly posting on Facebook activities that are neither of those.”
But from a deluge of misinformation handed down from the Trump administration and amplified via right-wing media to ever-changing local guidelines, loneliness, and now months of limited social contact and mask-wearing, it’s become more and more difficult to convince the pandemic-fatigued to continue to follow best practices. It is of course hard for all of us—from teens missing their friends to millennials navigating dating or raising small children or both at once. But older people—grandparents, for example—in particular seem to be struggling.
Katie’s daughter is her parents’ first grandchild, so she understands their desire to spend as much time with her as possible. But when she reiterates how serious the pandemic is, her concerns are brushed off as “first-time parent jitters,” Katie explains. And she’s tired of the gaslighting.
“We ended up getting into a huge fight with my parents when they insisted that they knew more than I did because they ‘just watched a press release,’” she says. “I’m a nurse and have been closely following all the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) literature, as well as many other healthcare resources. They told me I was overreacting and that this wasn’t a big deal.”
“The thought of doing something for a short amount of time feels sort of doable,” Jessi Gold, MD, MS, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis, says. “But when people started realizing, ‘Hey, this isn’t ending and there is a more uncertain aspect to all of this than I realized’—this might go on for years, not just months—there becomes this sort of initial anxious agitation. And then I think people sort of weight risks and benefits.”
This mask utilizes three versions of LED therapy. The FDA-cleared device sits comfortably atop your face, held in place by an adjustable strap and coated with a cushy layer of silicone. It’s a little heavier than I expected, but it doesn’t budge or slide once it’s on. Inside there are 100 red-mode LEDs and 62 blue ones; you can use them separately or together for a total of three treatments, depending on which benefits you want to focus on. The button sits at the top of your forehead, and each press activates a different mode. While you can certainly harness all the benefits by turning both sets of LEDs on, it’s helpful to know what each is meant to do.
“Red light has anti-inflammatory properties, while blue light helps lower levels of acne-causing bacteria on your skin,” says Zeichner. According to Weiser, red light also stimulates collagen production, while amber light (included in the red LEDs) helps decrease sun damage. The latter isn’t meant to target your breakouts but rather improve the smoothness and evenness of your skin—and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The Dr. Dennis Gross LED mask is the type of daily product that works as treatment and prevention in one, provided you’re patient and consistent. “It will work better for inflammatory blemishes but can help heal and restore all acne-prone skin,” says Weiser. “Acne should show early signs of improvement in two to four weeks of light therapy, but it will take two to three months of consistent treatment for optimal results.” (The brand also states upfront that a proper course of treatment should last at least 10 weeks, although you’ll start seeing the benefits well before that.)
Another benefit of adding this to your routine is that it both works with and amplifies whatever you’re already using; in fact, you’ll see more results if you pair it with your usual regimen. Zeichner recommends it in conjunction with common topical ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, while Weiser notes that you can combine it with oral medications like birth control or spironolactone. Two things it can’t cure? Congested pores (for blackheads, try these K-beauty sheet masks instead) and everyone’s least favorite form of breakout, cystic acne.
Zeichner concedes that the technology might help reduce the size of some acne cysts, but it can’t go further than that. “Cystic acne is triggered by hormones, so light therapy alone is often not sufficient because it is not treating the underlying hormonal trigger,” says Weiser. Those exceptions aside, you do get to enjoy plenty of upsides in one sleek package. I particularly like that it does its thing in a scant three minutes, without my having to lift a finger (after powering it on, that is).
The light intensity looks identical to what I’ve experienced during a professional treatment, and both dermatologists approve of the tech behind the mask. Weiser does point out that in-office consultations will give you more customization for your individual needs; there’s greater control over the parameters of the LED and whether it should be combined with other treatments for optimal results. If you have cystic acne, that’s something to consider. For my purposes, the Dr. Dennis Gross LED mask is a pretty good live-in derm for my occasional bouts of acne and inflammation.
As for the price tag, there’s no getting around that—but it softens the blow to know that it does deliver on its claims. Splurge in peace with Zeichner’s final verdict in mind: “If the device does not cause too much harm to your pocketbook, I give it the green light.” I’ll stop short of claiming that this is a necessity for everyone, but I’m officially sold. My justification: It’s a derm visit, spa day, and photo op in one.