With a record number of women in Congress, women-owned businesses growing 2.5 times faster than the national average, and great minds like that of Melinda Gates working to achieve economic equality, it’s clear women are not messing around when it comes to toppling the patriarchy (Beyoncé was right when she said we run this mutha…). And with all the ladies rising to the top, we’re getting closer and closer to closing the ridiculous pay gap that has women earning about 20% less, too.
In short, there’s a lot to celebrate on International Women’s Day — and many ways to do it. In the beauty community, that means special deals that, if only for a day, help close the gap on the silly pink tax. It also means supporting women-owned startups and brands that give back to women’s causes on the holiday — and every day. Ahead, find nine ways to cash in on all the discounts and freebies, including free crystals and face masks that’ll help you recharge for the crusade.
How gorgeous is this packaging? And what’s inside is just as impressive: a serum stocked with exfoliating lactic acid, calming calendula, hydrating and moisturizing hyaluronic acid, squalene, ceramides, and Brazilian Aguaje (which acts like a natural retinol). Snag it and other phytonutrient-rich formulas during the Amazonia 30% off sale. Use the code “WOMENRULE” to get discounts sitewide — all while supporting an independent, woman-owned company with a female cosmetic chemist at the helm.
Amazonia Skincare Nightly Renewal, $78, available at Amazonia Skincare
One in eight women can expect to develop clinical depression during their lifetime, according to Mental Health America. Philosophy works year-round to reduce this statistic by donating to mental health causes. From March 6 through March 8, when you spend $50 or more at philosophy.com and enter the code “ALLYOURS,” you not only help the cause, but you can also score a makeup bag filled with nine best-selling samples and a hand crème, too.
Philosophy hands of hope hand and cuticle cream, $20, available at Philosophy
Shop First Aid Beauty’s site to restock your favorites and you’ll score this full-size vitamin C mask with any $65 purchase (use the code “BRIGHTON”). Or, you can get the brand’s soothing Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask for free with a $55 purchase (enter the code “HEALYEAH”). The deal is on from March 8 through March 10.
First Aid Beauty HELLO FAB GINGER & TURMERIC VITAMIN C JELLY MASK, $32, available at First Aid Beauty
Artis makeup brushes have amassed a laundry list of fans, from Kylie Jenner to makeup artist Sir John, who uses them to create an airbrushed look on Beyoncé. See what all the hype is about for half the price by shopping Artis’ BrushCraft Collection and Cleaning System on its site now through March 8.
If the steep discount isn’t enough to motivate you to shop, the brand will also donate every penny of profits from these sales to women’s organizations, like Step Up, which connects professional women with teen girls for after-school and weekend mentorship programs.
Artis BRUSHCRAFT OVAL 7, $14.63, available at Artis
You know her as the celebrity nail artist who gives crystal healing manicures. But Mazz Hanna also makes CBD and crystal-infused skin care, too. Make any purchase on the brand’s site on March 8, and score a free selenite crystal (which is thought to direct high-frequency energy into the body and stimulate overall healing). We’ve got our eye on this bath soak, which is made with citrine crystals and 150 mg of organic cannabidiol.
Mazz Hanna Beauty CITRINE INFUSION EFFERVESCENT BATH TONIC, $55, available at Mazz Hanna
Since day one, Thrive Causemetics has made a donation for every product sold — and it’s adding a little frosting to the cake for International Women’s Day. With any purchase of this CC cream or CC Cream and Sponge Set on March 8, you’ll score free shipping and the brand’s Joy Is The Best Makeup bag. What’s more, the brand will donate 100% of profits from the sale of these products to organizations that serve domestic abuse survivors, homeless women, and women fighting cancer.
Thrive Causemetics Buildable Blur CC Cream™ Broad Spectrum SPF 35, $38, available at Thrive Causemetics
We’re not quite sure how, but this oil-based makeup remover carries the most intoxicating scent of night-blooming jasmine and still manages to remove our makeup without irritating our eyes. Try it or other plant-based products from the Pür site and nab 15% off purchases of at least $40 (with code “15OFF”); 20% off purchases of at least $75 (with code “20OFF”); or 25% off purchases of at least $100 (with code “25OFF”).
Pür Melt Away Makeup Emulsifier, $23, available at PÜR
Makeup brushes, sponges, and other tools from Real Techniques are pretty inexpensive without a markdown. And on Friday, March 8, you can score anything on their site, including this luxe brush with stellar reviews, for 20% off.
Real Techniques B03 SOFT COMPLEXION BRUSH, $21, available at Real Techniques
If you want to hook up a rad woman in your life, this gorgeous box — containing Compartes chocolate, Tocca hand cream, a pashmina, and more — has you covered. Get it at a 15% discount on Friday, March 8.
Boxfox Pamper Box, $68, available at Boxfox
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