Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Beauty and Skincare Picks

Believe it or not, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale isn’t just about the reduced prices! They also feature select items that are exclusive to Nordstrom, specifically for this time of year! With so many beauty retailers and sales to choose from nowadays, it takes a little bit more to entice me to make a beauty purchase. I’m a big fan of steep discounts, gifts with purchases, or exclusive items. Luckily, the Anniversary Sale features all of these! Check out my top picks below of some tried-and-true items that I keep stocked in my beauty bag as well as some new items that I’m looking forward to trying!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo
Price: $28 – Vaue $43

These are two staple items for my everyday brow routine! This set includes a Brow Wiz (0.003 oz.) in your choice of either Taupe, Soft Brown, or Medium Brown as well as a clear brow gel (0.28 oz.).

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Gift With Purchase: Receive a compact mirror and a mini Brow Wiz Brow Pencil in Medium Brown with your $75 Anastasia Beverly Hills purchase. This GWP is available online and in selected U.S. stores.

Stila Color Me Classic Set
Price: $20 – Value: $33

If you’ve read some of my previous beauty-related posts, you may have seen that the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner is my ride-or-die, rain-or-shine, all day everyday (you get the point) eyeliner! I always have back-ups ready to go! It stays on throughout the day without smearing, cracking, or wearing off. Plus the felt tip makes it easy to create a precise winged line. This set includes a full-size Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Intense Black (0.016 oz.) and a mini Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Illuminaire Shimmer (shimmering warm caramel) (0.05 oz.). I’ve included pics from the Stila website of this lip color on different skin tones. This set is usually brought back every year during this sale, so it’s definitely a fan-fave! *Pro-Tip: Store the eyeliner with the tip facing down to keep it from drying out.

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Mac Idols Mini Lipstick Kit
Price: $32.50 – Value $50

This is a great set that includes colors for both work and play. You can try five best-selling Little MAC lipsticks in iconic shades and limited-edition packaging. The shades include Ruby Woo (vivid blue-red with a retro matte finish), Velvet Teddy (deep-tone beige with a matte finish), Whirl (dirty rose with a matte finish), Twig (soft muted brownish pink with a satin finish), and Honeylove (light beige-tone rose with a matte finish). Personally, I go through multiple tubes of Velvet Teddy as I usually wear this color everyday in the office. It’s a “your lips but better” kind of shade.

Screen Shot 2018-07-12 at 8.57.09 PMGift With Purchase: Receive deluxe samples of Prep + Prime Fix+ Finishing Mist (1 oz.), Lipglass in either Short & Snappy or Oh Baby (0.08 oz.; you’ll randomly receive either shade) and a pack of Little MAC Demi Wipes Cleansing Towelettes (30 sheets) with your $65 MAC purchase. A $34 value.

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Giorgio Armani Glow Set
Price: $85 – Value: $126

This set is perfect for summer! It features a full-size Fluid Sheer in #2 (1 oz.), a full-size Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer SPF 50 (1 oz.), and a mini Ecstasy Balm in #1 (0.05 oz.). According to the Nordies site, “Maestro UV is an invisible shield that primes and protects the skin in one step with its completely weightless formula that blurs imperfections, smoothes skin and adds to makeup longevity. Fluid Sheer is a sheer, translucent formula that dresses your skin in an illuminating veil of radiance. Ecstasy Balm enhances your natural lip color, while providing comfort and hydration for eight hours.” It’s the perfect combination for that summer glow!

Screen Shot 2018-07-12 at 9.00.19 PMGift With Purchase: Receive deluxe samples of Crema Nera Extrema Supreme Reviving Serum (0.16 oz.), Crema Nera Extrema Volume Reshaping Eye Serum (0.1 oz.), Lip Maestro Lip Stain in Ecstasy (0.05 oz.) and Eye Tint in Gold Ashes (0.05 oz.) with your $150 Giorgio Armani makeup or skin care purchase. This GWP is available online and in U.S. stores.

Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 or 3
Price: $32 – Value $52.50

I used to think that toner was a gimmick or a lazy way to clean your face. However, once I actually started incorporating it into my daily skincare routine after washing my face, I noticed a big difference! It’s always surprising to see how much residue is still left over, even after washing my face. The Clinique Clarifying Lotion has been my favorite toner so far. Depending on weather conditions and the time of year, I tend to switch between having dry and oily skin, so Clinique’s easy number system (1=dry to 4=oily) simplifies how to pick out products based on my skin’s needs. This set includes a Clarifying Lotion bottle with a pump (16.5 oz.) and a smaller 6.7oz bottle.

Nurse Jamie Uplift Facial Trio
Price: $69 – Value: $99

Nurse Jamie is known to be the skincare guru of Hollywood celebs. Youtube’s Tati Westbrook has raved about Nurse Jamie products over the years, so it’s been on my radar. I actually bit the bullet and recently purchased the Uplift Massaging Beauty Roller from Sephora for $69. It’s pricey for a face roller, but as one of my friends pointed out, you buy it once and use it for the rest of your life! I’ll probably dedicate a blog post to it in the near future, but I can say that I do notice a difference in my skin already. After using the roller for a few minutes, my skin is slightly tighter and less puffy. If you’re intrigued, I’d recommend checking out reviews online. This is a good deal since you also receive 2 additional items for the normal price of the face roller alone. This set includes an UpLift Massaging Beauty Roller, a Face Wrap Skin Perfecting Silicone Mask, and an EGF Botanical Complex Moisturizing Serum Packet.

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Jo Malone London – Discovering Collection
Price: $45 – Value: $60

I’ve been waiting to take the leap and try Jo Malone London. This British perfumery is known for its luxurious scents with the price tag to match. However, this discovery set allows you to try three of their most-popular scents. This set includes an English Pear & Freesia Cologne (0.3 oz.), a Blackberry & Bay Cologne (0.3 oz.), and a Peony & Blush Suede Body Crème (0.5 oz.). These are great scents to layer or wear alone. This petite set is also great for gifting!

Screen Shot 2018-07-12 at 8.55.27 PMGift with Purchase: Receive deluxe samples of Blackberry & Bay Cologne (0.3 oz.), Basil & Neroli Body & Hand Wash (0.5 oz.) and Mimosa & Cardamom Body Crème (0.5 oz.) with your $130 Jo Malone London purchase. This GWP is online only.

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Alterna Caviar Hair Set
Price: $72 – Value $114

I can personally vouch for the Alterna Caviar shampoo and conditioner! I have long, thick hair that I often put through the trenches when I use my hot curling wand about twice a week. Last year, I started to use the caviar shampoo and noticed fewer split ends and less damage to my hair overall. My hair stylist was shocked when I came in for a trim, so I know this stuff works! This set includes a Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo (16.5 oz.), a Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Conditioner (16.5 oz.),  and a Caviar CC Cream Leave-in Hair Perfector (0.85 oz.). I know these are expensive hair products, but a little does go a long way. I’m still working on my first 16.5oz bottle of shampoo and it has been several months of regular use. Interestingly, Sephora is also selling a very similar set here. Sephora’s set includes a slightly larger CC cream (2.5 oz), but their set is $99! That’s a big difference, so I’d definitely recommend to snag this deal at Nordies!

Gifts With Purchase:
Don’t forget to check out Nordstrom’s gifts with purchase here!

Currently, you can also choose a free 21-piece beauty sample gift bag with a $75 beauty or fragrance purchase online. Use promo code: Teal or Gold at checkout depending on which color bag and contents you’d prefer. Each bag is valued up to $79. I’ve listed the contents of each bag below.

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  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Brow Pencil in Dark Brown (0.0008 oz.)
  • BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop (single use)
  • Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream (0.05 oz., sample may vary)
  • butter LONDON Glazen Face Glow (0.03 oz.)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow (0.05 oz.)
  • Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm (0.08 oz.)
  • Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream (0.1 oz.)
  • Fresh Sugar Dream Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy (0.07 oz.)
  • GLAMGLOW VOLCASMIC Matte Glow Moisturizer (0.17 oz.)
  • Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix Facial Oil (0.1 oz.)
  • MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo and Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy & Diva (3 single-use shades)
  • MOROCCANOIL Dry Texture Spray (0.7 oz.)
  • Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++ (0.17 oz.)
  • NARS Orgasm Blush (single use)
  • R+Co Gemstone Color Shampoo & Conditioner (0.23 oz. each)
  • Saturday Skin Featherweight Daily Moisturizing Cream (0.06 oz.)
  • Saturday Skin Freeze Frame Beauty Essence (0.06 oz.)
  • Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 (0.05 oz.)
  • Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Eau de Parfum (0.04 oz.)
  • Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Nuit Blanche Eau de Parfum (0.04 oz.)
  • Teal Cosmetics Bag

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  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Brow Pencil in Dark Brown (0.0008 oz.)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow (0.05 oz.)
  • Clarins Water Lip Stain in Water Red (0.09 oz.)
  • Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, Clarifying Lotion & Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream (0.05 oz. each)
  • COOLA Suncare rosilliance Mineral BB+ Cream SPF 30 (0.06 oz.)
  • Fresh Sugar Dream Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy (0.07 oz.)
  • GLAMGLOW WATERBURST Hydrated Glow Moisturizer (0.17 oz.)
  • Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix Facial Oil (0.1 oz.)
  • HOURGLASS Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick (single use in Shell & Nude)
  • Julep Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil (0.06 oz.)
  • Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation in Medium 06 (0.05 oz.)
  • Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara (0.05 oz.)
  • MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo and Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy & Diva (3 single-use shades)
  • MOROCCANOIL Dry Texture Spray (0.7 oz.)
  • NARS Orgasm Blush (single use)
  • Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil (0.17 oz.)
  • Saturday Skin Featherweight Daily Moisturizing Cream (0.06 oz.)
  • Saturday Skin Freeze Frame Beauty Essence (0.06 oz.)
  • Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (0.1 oz.)
  • Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Eau de Parfum (0.04 oz.)
  • Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Nuit Blanche Eau de Parfum (0.04 oz.)
  • Gold Cosmetics Bag

Happy shopping! Comment below what beauty or skincare products you’re planning to purchase! I’d love to hear more products recommendations! 

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