July 15th and 16th are special days for people who love convenience and online shopping – Amazon Prime Day! How that has turned into two days, I don’t quite understand, but hey – it’s convenient, so we’ll go with it. I guess it’s sort of how Black Friday has turned into a 5-day event starting Thursday night! Oh, America, and your consumerism – you make things so much fun! And now Amazon prime even has videos you can watch to do giveaways and other fun things!
EDIT: I just learned that Amazon employees are striking! Please read this info, and if this is important to you, bookmark these faves until Wednesday or later, then make your purchase!
If you haven’t already been using Amazon Prime, you’re honestly missing out. I personally do my best overall to avoid chains – especially with restaurants. As a small business owner myself, I like to support other small businesses, and I generally like my experiences and items to be unique… Why eat at Applebee’s (especially when traveling) when you can have that anywhere, any time? Why buy a dress that you could show up to an event and meet six other people in the same thing? Although this video below makes me want to give fashion on Amazon a shot!
Amazon is a little different, though, and there are a handful of reasons I support such a big company. One is that it’s actually comprised of a lot of individual sellers who set up online stores selling either their own items, or other items – so even though Amazon itself gets a cut, you still can support small businesses (although I would caution against that for makeup, as there’s been a lot of counterfeit cosmetics, which is actually dangerous!). Additionally, I admire Jeff Bezos as a business man. His story is crazy! I also like that bigger companies are able to have a bigger impact! With the smile.amazon.com program, you can select the charity of your choice, and Amazon will donate a portion of all your purchases to it, and you know (from how I run my makeup course) that I love charitable contributions from companies! Finally, there are just some things that don’t need to be from boutiques, to me – like one of my favorite amazon purchases – my instant pot!
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Are you an Amazon Prime member? If so, what are your favorite things to order from Amazon? If not, why not? On my blog (at the link in my profile then scroll down to “Misc/Mandie” until you see this pic), I shared some of my favorite items on Amazon, plus a link to a 30-day free trial to celebrate Prime Day!
So, while I encourage you to shop at boutiques and vintage stores for most things, there are several things that I think you should consider checking out on Amazon Prime Day, so here are my recommendations!
I did do a similar post around this time last year, and many of my suggestions are the same – especially for the “pass on plastic” items, since our environmental situation has only gotten worse!
We still buy our grass-fed whey protein*, and our magnesium, regularly through Amazon. We also love the streaming video service to accompany Netflix when we take the time to watch something (especially now that we’ve finished Stranger Things season 3 😭). And if we for some reason needed to replace our instant pot, or buy another one, we’d likely turn to Amazon first!
Here are some other deals that Amazon has coming Monday and Tuesday that I’d recommend taking advantage of!
Of course, as a makeup artist, I am excited about Lady Gaga’s new makeup line, which has launched on Amazon. I love that she launched with minimal retouching, too!
Here’s my attempt at a Lady Gaga makeup look a while back!
I also plan on trying some Wrinkles Schminkles – a silicone pad for my décolleté – to see if I can keep my chest looking younger! They have a deal where it’s going to be up to 50% off!
Right now is where I should caution you about purchasing beauty products on Amazon, because they can be counterfeit, so make sure that you look at who is selling it!
Alright, now that you’ve got your shopping list taken care of, if you’ve got $19 to spare and want to learn how to do your makeup, check out my online beauty bootcamp, because we’re starting this week, too!
So, what are you excited about getting during Prime Day?
*These are affiliate links, which give you the same Amazon experience, but give me a small commission. Thank you in advance for supporting me!