Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale: My Beauty Picks

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I haven't done a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale post for a few years, which is silly because I've been plotting what I'll be buying! I fully admit that yes, everything in this post is in the running, I really need to narrow it down a bit!

This sale truly is a beauty addict's dream come true. There are exclusive sets, huge sizes of cult favorite products and special gifts with purchase. If you need new makeup brushes, I usually recommend waiting for this sale or the holiday season when brands like MAC, Trish McEvoy and Laura Mercier put out huge discounted sets of brushes. It is the perfect time to stock up on products!

Here's a peek at my current faves, (now updated with links to things). There are a lot of items I didn't get in my press info, I'm shopping now, you can see all of the beauty, and non-beauty, items I'm looking at in my

Nordies Sale Picks Page


Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale: My Makeup Picks


1. Smashbox Studio Pro Brush Set: Yes, one of those big makeup brush sets. Smashbox makes some great makeup brushes and this set (a $239 value) is a steal at $89!

It has 10 brushes:
• Foundation Brush #13
• Blush Brush #16
• Precision Concealer Brush #5
• Fan Brush #22
• Crease Brush #10
• Shader Brush #39 – NEW!
• Arced Liner Brush #21
• Angled Brow Brush #12
• Lip Brush #6
• Full Exposure Brush

2. Trish McEvoy Anniversary Planner: Every year I swear I'm going to finally buy myself a Trish planner. I don't own one and I have wanted one for forever! I love that this one is in a bronzed metallic case and the colors look really great for me. This one is $168, usually sets that have everything (and that I want) are over $200, but it's still an investment.

• New Bare Essentials in Golden Matte
• Little Black Double Decker Card for Eyes/Lips
• Mini Black Gel Liner
• Dramatic Lash Mascara
• Instant Eye Lift
• Lip Liner in Barely Nude
• Planner Page with Illuminating Cream Blush, Bronzer in Sunlit, Highlighter, Translucent Finishing Powder

3. MAC: Nordies always has amazing MAC exclusives, and while there are great brush sets (not pictured, but info below, I'm looking at the Advanced Brush Kit for myself, but I need to check my current brushes and see which ones I don't have. I know I have 159, but I wouldn't mind a 2nd), my faves are always the Looks. They have everything you need for a couple of looks, from shadows to lips! Pink and Nude are my faves this year.

Look In A Box Face Kit Available in “All About Beige” or “All About Plum” $49.50 each ($101 Value): 6 Shadows, 2 Blushes, 2 Lipsticks

Look In A Box Available in “All About Pink,” “All About Coral,” and “All About Nude” $39.50 each ($70 Value): 3 Shadow Palette, Lipstick, Lip Glass, Eyeliner

Basic Brush Set $49.50 ($118 Value, not pictured):
• 192 Cheek/Face Brush
• 224 Tapered Blending Brush
• 239 Eye Shading Brush
• 204 Lash Brush
• 266 Small Angle Brush

Advanced Brush Kit $49.50 ($118 Value, not pictured):
• 159 Duo Fiber Blush Brush
• 193 Angled Foundation Brush
• 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush
• 214 Short Shader Brush

4. Bobbi Brown: I love Bobbi Brown, and I haven't bought any of her new stuff for a while. I keep looking at palettes and debating, then just when I decide to buy... it is no longer in stock! I think I'll need to grab this Nude on Nude set before it goes away though, those shadows are calling to me! There's also a great brush set. I've found that Bobbi's mini brushes are usually smaller than the MAC ones. I can use MAC as every day brushes, but Bobbi minis really are better suited for travel.

Nude on Nude Color Set $85 ($208 value):
• 12 Well Eye Shadow Palette
• Full Size Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner in Pitch Black
• Full Size Smokey Eye Mascara in Black

Nude on Nude Brush Set $68 ($90.50 Value, not pictured):
• Mini Face Blender Brush
• Mini Eye Sweep Brush
• Mini Eye Shadow Brush
• Mini Eye Smudge

5. Yves Saint Laurent 'Essential' Collection $75 ($127 Value): I've purchased similar sets in the past, and really, I felt like this was a great deal. The bag is usually super nice (you could even use it as a small clutch), the full sized Touch Eclat is worth $41 a lone and I really love the Glossy Stains (worth $35). I'm pretty likely to be picking up this set!

• Touche Eclat No. 2 (full size)
• Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes No. 7 (full size)
• Mini Babydoll Mascara
• Mini Black Eyeliner
• Mini Makeup Remover

6. NARS: The last few years, NARS has really gone the MAC route for the Nordies Anniversary sale and come out with some great sets and palettes. The Cheek Palette is perfect to grab for travel and the lip and nail sets come in 2 of NARS most popular (and often sold out) colors. I've tried to buy Schiap a few times over the last 6 months, but it is always sold out. I'm kind of glad that's been the case, I want the lip gloss in this set!

Cheek Palette $49 ($72 Value):
• Laguna Bronzing Powder
• Mistinguette Blush (limited edition)
• Devotee Blush (limited edition)
• Orgasm Blush

Dolce Vita Lip/Nail Set $52 ($66 Value):
• Lipstick
• Lip Gloss
• Nail Polish (limited edition)

Schiap Lip and Nail Set $52 ($66 Value):
• Lipstick
• Lip Gloss (limited edition)
• Nail Polish

7. Trish McEvoy Power of Brushes Collection is a great brush set, though this one is a bit more expensive. $145 ($210 Value):

• #50 Angled Liner
• #23 Angled Crease Contour
• 3 Brushes exclusive to the set
• Sponge Tip

8. Butter LONDON 'Funfair Fashion' Nail Lacquer Collection 10 Piece Set $49 ($104 Value):
• Brick Lane (orange brick)
• Macbeth (pink medium)
• La Moss (red deep vampy)
• Giddy Kipper (blue periwinkle)
• Petrol (overcoat oil slick)
• Slapper (truly teal)
• Yummy Mummy (nude)
• Chimney Sweep (charcoal gray)
• Nail Foundation (base coat)
• Hardwear (top coat)

9. Laura Mercier: Two great sets of some of their bestselling shades and some Spring 2014 shades.

Flawless Expressions For Eyes, Cheeks and Lips $85 ($130 Value):
• Cheek/Eye Palette with 6 shadows in 3 exclusive shades and 2 blushes
• Mini Caviar in Rose Gold
• Full Size Full Blown Supreme Mascara
• Full Size Lip Glace in Gilded Rose

Mini Lip Glace Set $50 ($83 Value):
• Daiquiri
• Bare Pink
• Whisper
• Sweetheart
• Bonbon

Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale Gift with Purchase

Gift With Purchase

There are some pretty great sets this year, these 2 are my picks. The Lancome has some great shadow palettes and the pink lippie in the Estée Lauder looks pretty great. They come with choices to customize the set for your needs.

1. Lancome Anniversary Gift with Purchase: $39.50 Qualifier ($140 Value):

Oversize tote with choice of:
• Face and Eye Cream
• Eye Palette
• Lipstick
• Body Product
• Includes Hypnose Drama Mascara

2. Estée Lauder Anniversary gift with purchase: $45 Qualifier (Up to $150 Value):

Cosmetic Clutch with:
• Advanced Night Repair
• Sumptuous Mascara
• Nutritious Cleanser
• Choice of Moisturizer and Mini 10 Palette Eye Shadow

Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale: Skincare Picks


1. Kiehl's Everything: Yes, I'm obsessed with Kiehl's, they're pretty much my go-to skincare brand. The Ultra Facial line, Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Super Multi-Correct Cream are all favorites of mine. Créme de Corps is a great way to pamper yourself, and the huge bottle available during the sale is a great deal.

Créme de Corps Home & Away: $75 ($107 Value): 32 oz. jumbo plus 2.5 oz. travel size

Ultimate Hydration Set: $85 ($125 Value):
• 1.7 oz. Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate (full size)
• 1.7 oz. Ultra Facial Cream (full size)
• .47 oz. Creamy Avocado Eye (full size)
• .13 oz. Midnight Recovery Concentrate (deluxe sample)
• .67 oz. Ultra Facial Cleanser (deluxe sample)

Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Set: $105 ($164 Value):
• 1.7 oz. Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate (full size)
• 1.7 oz. Powerful Wrinkle Cream (full size)
• .47 oz. Powerful Wrinkle Eye (full size)
• .13 oz. Midnight Recovery Concentrate (deluxe sample)
• .67 oz. Ultra Facial Cleanser (deluxe sample)

Super Multi Corrective Set: $110 ($160 Value):
• 1.7 oz. Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate (full size)
• 1.7 oz. Super Multi-Corrective Cream (full size)
• .5 oz. Midnight Recovery Eye (full size)
• .13 oz. Midnight Recovery Concentrate (deluxe sample)
• .67 oz. Ultra Facial Cleanser (deluxe sample

2 & 3. Clarins: More big sizes of great skincare.

UV Plus HP Double Edition: $57 ($82 Value)
Total Eye Double Edition: $127 ($166 Value)
• Moisture Rich Body Lotion Supersize, 400 ML: $50 ($82 Value)

4. Clinique:

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus Home & Away Set: $38 ($55.50 Value): 4.2 oz. plus 1.7 oz. travel tube
Moisture Surge Home & Away Set: $67 ($104 Value): 4.2 oz. plus 1.7 oz. travel tube

5. Philosophy:

Microdelivery Exfoliating Face Wash Home & Away Set: $59.50 ($123 Value): Jumbo liter and 4 oz. travel size
Fragranced 3-in-1 Gel Home & Away Available in Amazing Grace or Pure Grace: $37 ($65 Value): Includes a 32 oz. and 8 oz. version

6. Clarisonic Everything: I'm a big Clarisonic fan, and while there are alternatives, this is my deep cleansing brush of choice. There are a ton of options, with different bags, different skincare included and different replacement heads. The Mia 2 is smaller and better suited for those that travel frequently, I use a Plus.

Mia 2 St. Tropez Bikini Set: $149 ($221 Value):
• Pink Travel Solid Bag
• Sensitive Brush Head Replacement
• 6 oz. Refreshing Gel Cleanser

Plus Orchid Garden Set: $235 ($315 Value):
• Pink Travel Solid Bag
• Luxe Facial Brush
• 2 oz. Refining Skin Polish
• 1 oz. Gentle Hydro Cleanser

Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale: Fragrance Picks


1. Tory Burch Exclusive Anniversary Set: $115 ($172 Value)
• 3.4 oz. EDP
• 1 oz. EDP

2. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Exclusive Anniversary Set: $125 ($189 Value)
• 1.7 oz. EDP
• 6.7 oz. Body Lotion
• .34 oz. Rollerball

3. Marc Jacobs Daisy Exclusive Anniversary Set: $82 ($137 Value)
• 3.4 EDT
• 5 oz. Body Lotion

4. Kate Spade Exclusive Anniversary Set: $75 ($195 Value)
• 3.4 oz. EDP
• Rollerball

5. Bottega Veneta Exclusive Anniversary Set: $145 ($217 Value)
• 2.5 oz. EDP
• 6.7 oz. Body Lotion

 what to buy at the Nordies sale


When the sale went live, there were some items I didn't know about that have found their way into my cart....

1. LORAC 'Navy' Skinny Eyeshadow Palette $15 ($133 Value)
This is a great little shadow palette. It also come in 'Nude', though that one looks too warm for me. Navy is in my cart right now!

2. Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash Duo $38 ($76 Value)
I've been using this face wash a lot lately, but 6.6 oz is $24 usually. This is 2 bottles of 15.5 ounces for $38! $3.64 per ounce or $1.22 per ounce? Hmmm....

3. Sultra 'Bombshell' Curling Rod (1 1/2 Inch) or 'Bombshell' Curling Rod (1 inch) $99 each ($138 value)
I know quite a few people with Sultra curling rods, and I keep hearing they are amazing! Mallory wrote about them for 15 Minute Beauty, I think I might need one of my own. Probably the 1 inch. (Read Mallory's Sultra Curling Rod post.)

4. Charlotte Tilbury 'Filmstar Killer Cheekbones' Set $110.00
From a celeb makeup artist, this bronzer and highlighter duo is the secret behind many amazing red carpet cheekbones! And now you can finally buy it for yourself. I'm a bit on the fence with this one (it is sitting in my cart while I browse the clothes for pregnancy & nursing friendly options), but I want it!

5. RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner Duo $98.00 ($196 Value)
I seriously miss my Revitalash lashes. This eyelash conditioner really does work (here's my Revitalash review). The duo has the eyelash conditioner (a 6 month supply) and a serum for your brows.

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  1. Are some of these items not available during the preview event? I've been looking for a nice brush set for a long time and the Smashbox one might be a good fit for me; however, I don't see it on the Nordstrom website :-( Will it be released tomorrow? Thanks!!

  2. I should never have clicked on this post *sigh. Just got my Nordie's email and your list made me make my list HUGE LOL. Great picks!!! Thanks for putting this out there :)

  3. @Rachel, I don't know, I don't have access anymore to the preview event. I'm not sure how that happened! I got info on products from Nordstrom's PR, but I know I'll be shopping first thing in the morning! I know there are things in the sale that were in the info I got, like an amazing deal on Revitalash. I'll probaby be buying some tomorrow for after I deliver in 3 months. :D

    Sherry, I should have made this list because I think it is going to make me buy even more items!

  4. Hi Christine! Excellent post - love their sale every year! Congrats on your pregnancy!!! Can you use Revitlalash while nursing??

  5. While nursing yes, not while pregnant. I miss my longer lashes!

  6. I know you think that Clarisonic in general is best, but do you have an opinion on the quality of the replacement brush cartridges? Have you had a chance to try an off-brand cartridge, like those offered on Groupon, and if so, do you think it's worth paying extra to have the cartridges from Clarisonic?

  7. I don't buy anything with Groupon any more after a couple of bad experiences (mostly things being off brand when they swore they weren't). I've only used replacement brushes from Clarisonic and they're great, but can't offer an opinion on other ones.


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