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*Updated 07/12/18 with all my favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale beauty finds!*
Hi all, it’s almost every shopper’s favorite time of year…the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 is coming up soon! It’s overwhelming to comb through the thousands of items on sale, so I’ll be updating this guide as the sale starts to help you find the best beauty deals and exclusive sets.
If you shopped the sale previously, you know why we all get SO excited about the sale! It’s amazing because you get 30-40% off TONS of newly released fall items (not past season!). There are deals on everything from fashion, shoes, workout gear, handbags and accessories, and of course BEAUTY! Before we get to my beauty picks, here are some quick tips for shopping the sale.
Tips for Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018
July 11, Level 4 cardmembers get to pre-shop the sale in stores only. (Level 4 means you spent $10,000 or more at Nordstrom!)
July 12-19, all cardmembers get to shop Early Access in stores and online.
July 20-August 5, sale opens to the public.
•Sign up for the Nordstrom Credit Card for Early Access:
I know most of us don’t need another credit card, but you do get Early Access to the sale if you own one. Yes, that’s the BEST reason to sign up! In my experience, things sell out SUPER quick. They say items will restock, but it’s never a guarantee. Trust me, even when I shopped the Early Access sale right when it started (like literally sitting at my computer, waiting to log on right away)…some stuff STILL sold out! Getting the card and having Early Access will at least give you a better chance! Click here to sign up.
Side note, the Nordstrom Debit Card is now discontinued. Only the Credit Card is available. Another note, you don’t have to pay for the sale purchase with the Nordstrom Card! You only need to log in and verify you are a card member to get Early Access, but you can pay with any card. I verified this with a Nordstrom rep. Keep in mind you do get 2x more reward points with the Nordstrom Card though.
•Browse the catalog ahead of time
The catalog doesn’t include everything in the sale, but it contains some of the most popular items that will probably sell out fast. I suggest bookmarking what you’re interested in, so when the sale starts, you can go straight to purchasing the items you want most. I once made the mistake of browsing AFTER the sale started, which took up more time, and I missed out on stuff I wanted.
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Beauty Exclusives
One of the best parts about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is that there are exclusive beauty sets you can only get at Nordstrom. Often times, these are some of the first items to sell out!
Top Makeup Picks
This is a double sided palette that looks super convenient for travel, which I love! I haven’t tried her blushes, but her eyeshadows are great quality IMO so I’m sure this will be on par. I tend to go for neutral, cooler eye palettes that I can create a smoky look from. That way I can create both day and night looks when I take it on vacation. You get 12 shadows and 4 blushes, plus a brush and case…not bad for the price! Check out Bobbi Brown makeup here.
This eye palette comes with 8 shadows and 1 highlighter, plus a liner and mascara. It’s available in both matte and metallic versions. I’m curious to see what the shadows are, if they are existing MAC shadows or if there are any exclusive shades. I also really want to see the metallic palette since I’m a sucker for shimmery, shiny eyeshadow! Might be picking that one up (unless my eyeshadow palette buying guilt kicks in). Check out more pretty MAC palettes here.
*Update. Here are the shade descriptions for metallic: Eyeshadows in Smitten Kitten (soft beige matte), Major Metal (muted grey shimmer metallic), Frisky Business (ash brown pearl metallic), Sugar Town (pink coral with pearl metallic), Fortune Teller (grey taupe shimmer metallic), Fancy Pants (gold brown bronze shimmer metallic), Mad Mod (rose pink silver pearl foil) and My Hustle (blackish brown matte); Highlighter in Lit AF (light pink with gold pearl) (0.17 oz.)
And matte: Eyeshadows in Playing Innocent (muted taupe brown matte), Bucket List (soft golden peachy brown matte), Solid Goldie (true gold with pearl matte), Full Moon (soft gold peach satin shine), Hunny (bronze-dipped peach matte), Mischief Maker (muted reddish brown matte), Cocoa Daze (light reddish brown satin shine) and Night Skies (muted blackish brown matte); Highlighter in Champagne & Oysters (gold peach with gold pearl) (0.17 oz.) *
MAC’s cult classic lipsticks are classic for a reason. They are universally flattering and timeless! This mini lipstick set is the perfect way to try them all out without committing to a full sized MAC lippie.
The shades are: 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), Honeylove (light beige-tone rose with a matte finish).
If you are a nude lipstick lover, you’ll love this set. I’ve tried Ruby Woo and Velvet Teddy and I do agree that they are really beautiful colors and suits many skin tones. Velvet Teddy is one of my favorite nude lipsticks, ever! (I think it’s Kylie Jenner’s too, lol.)
Top Skin Care Picks
I am loving Herbivore Botanicals skin care, mostly because they use ALL natural ingredients that you can actually recognize! I normally gravitate towards their skin care for oily, acne prone skin (check out my review on their Lapis Oil and Blue Tansy Mask), but this set is fantastic for deep hydration and cell renewal. It includes their Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème, Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Glow Mask, and Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist. I might have to pick this one up because it’s such a good deal!
I featured this product in my recent post featuring the best sunscreens for oily and acne prone skin and I’m excited it’s on sale! Normally it’s $30 for just the brush alone, but you get an extra TWO refills with this set, so three powders total! Great deal if you want to try powder sunscreens. If you’ve never heard of powder sunscreens, click to read about them in my post!
This set comes with the Luna Mini 2 and Luna Play cleansing brushes. If you’ve read some of my other posts, I talk about my love for Foreo Luna cleansing devices! I use this regularly when I wash my face, and you feel so clean! The brush uses T-sonic pulses to really help to remove dead skin, unclog pores, and remove leftover dirt and makeup. I love this more than my Clarisonic brush because the silicone bristles resist bacteria so I never get that mildew smell like my Clarisonic does. I also rarely have to charge it, great battery life!
Can’t say enough good things about the Luna Mini 2 device. I’m not as big a fan of the Luna Play, because it’s quite a bit smaller and only lasts 100 uses, but you can always use it for travel or give it to a friend who wants to try it. This set is great though because it still costs less than retail price (the Luna Mini 2 alone normally costs $139)! Check out Foreo Luna devices here.
I’m really interested in trying this popular at-home microdermabrasion device as an alternative to expensive in-office microdermabrasion treatments. I definitely want to snag this deal. At 30% off, this is your chance to try it too!
This device is supposed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, and enlarged pores, and also exfoliates your skin. That means smoother skin, easier application of makeup, and better absorption of skin care products. I love products that help with both anti-acne AND anti-aging! The Classic version has one universal speed and three different discs for light to moderate exfoliation. The PRO version of this device (as opposed to their Classic or Plus version) has two speeds and a full range of exfoliation discs to customize your treatment from ultra sensitive to intense. Check out PMD Devices here.
Here’s your chance to try this cult favorite face cream and eye treatment without the huge investment! The set comes with a 0.5 oz Moisturizing Soft Cream and 0.17 oz Eye Concentrate. The 0.5 oz Moisturizing Soft Cream normally sells for $85 on its own, so basically you are getting the eye cream free! La Mer cream is known for its nutrient-rich Miracle Broth to deeply moisturize and restore skin with powerful anti-aging benefits. I’ve only tried the cream once, and not long enough to see the benefits. But my curiosity is piqued! Check out La Mer skin care here.
Top Fragrance Picks
Nest makes really amazing home fragrances, and I love their citrus scents. I purchased candle sets and diffusers from them in the past, and they are my favorite! I own a few dozen candles and diffusers, but I like Nest’s because the scent is strong enough to cover the entire living room, but not overpowering. The Sicilian Tangerine and Grapefruit are my favorite scents! Check out Nest Fragrance here.
Jo Malone is the fragrance MASTER! I love their fragrances but just find it kind of pricey. My favorite candle of all time is a limited edition Jo Malone Cardamom and Moroccan Rose candle I received as a gift. I can’t bear to use it up because it’s discontinued so I can’t buy more!
Anyway, you can spend $70-80 on just one Jo Malone item alone, so I think this set is great because you can try three different scents with matching body cremes. They are made for layering so you can mix and match scents to customize your own, which I love! This set comes with fragrances in
Do you feel like you see these candles in almost every blogger’s Instagram photos? This French perfumer makes some luxurious candles, but they are pricey. I love these sets because you can sample some candles for yourself before investing in a full sized one. This set includes Tubereuse, Feu de Bois, Roses, Figuier, and blogger favorite Baies mini sized candles. I love the smoky Feu de Bois for winter, and the Roses (I love anything rose scented!).
These sets go QUICK! I tried to buy them one year during the Early Access sale, but they were already sold out and never restocked. I managed to track them down at my local Nordstrom thankfully. Check out Diptyque candles and fragrances here.
Stay tuned for updates on more beauty products as the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 kicks off!