The Nordstrom Beauty 2016 Anniversary Sale is back and it’s time to get ready. I always love the Nordstrom Beauty Anniversary sale because it’s THE ideal time to stock up on some of your favorite products, get some new palettes, and pick up that one item that’s been on your wish list since forever. Since there’s A LOT to go through, I’ve selected a few items I think you should check out.
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More than anything in the beauty world, I love a good palette. It’s a super convenient way to shop your favorite brands without breaking the bank. Case in point this Charlotte Tilbury Instant Beauty Palette. If you’ve ever wanted to try out Charlotte Tilbury’s collection, now is the time. This palette contains three eyeshadows, her Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush, Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Bronzer & Highlight, and a travel-size Legendary Lashes Mascara all for $75. Considering that the Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face alone costs $68 I consider this a steal. There’s also the Nordstrom’s Best Cheek Palette by NARS ($65.00) which has four blushes (Orgasm, Deep Throat, Luster, and Desire), one highlighting blush (Albatross) and one bronzing powder (Laguna).

Another cult fave is the Hourglass Ambient® Luminous Light Palette ($62.00) which gives you that subtle lit-from-within glow. This Bobbi on Trend – Sultry Bronze Eye Set ($65.00) spoke to me on so many levels because it’s a) warm and b) has a range of mattes, shimmer, and metallic shades. There’s also a smokey eye version in the #NSale if you’re more into dark shades. Lastly, Laura Mercier’s Flawless Icons Eye & Cheek Palette ($65.00) is another one palette that gives you a lot of variety- eight eyeshadows, one matte bronzer, and one highlight-without costing an arm and a leg.


Gift sets are for those who want to get a lot at once but don’t want to spend a lot of money, feel me? While I don’t typically like pint size makeup (I lost always lose deluxe samples), I do have friends are about that life. What’s not to love really? You get a main attraction, whether it’s a palette, full-sized favorite or otherwise AND you get to sample something before committing (like a mascara or primer). Below are a few recommendations from yours truly.

It’s no secret I love NARS. That brand has my heart. The Survival – I and Survival – II Kits retail for $59 and you get a full face palette along with mini lip glosses and the new(ish) Audacious Mascara. If you’re a NARS girl grab this one QUICK because I foresee it going fast. The M·A·C Look In a Box sets are always fun and usually have a wide array of products. Check them out here, here, here, and here. This one has my favorite mascara ever!

For those in the mood for a more lux gift set this Tom Ford set and this YSL sets are both gorgeous and contain full-sized products. If you’re feeling super speedy, check out the ever popular makeup planner by Trish McEvoy. These always sellout despite the $195 price tag but who can blame them? You get quite a bit of makeup!


To be completely honest with you I’m more fascinated by the skin care offerings from the Nordstrom Beauty 2016 Anniversary Sale than the makeup. THERE’S SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM. You can get this La Mer set if you’re feeling spend but on the more affordable note I’m totally eyeing this Glamglow set.  I love my Supermud cleanser and haven’t really bit the bullet yet on the mask so now’s the time! I’ve been meaning to get a new Drying Lotion from Mario Badescu so this set has been added to my cart ($38 for three products? Yes, girl).

If you’re a fan of Kiehl’s skin care (I totally am) than the Ultra Healthy Skin Favorites should be added to your list. It has the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (one of my favorites), Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, Ultra Facial Cream, and Ultra Facial Cleanser. Lastly, I know this is a favorite because just about every loves Purity Made Simple by Philosophy so if you are this duo is great. I love a giant anything.


Tech in skincare is nothing new but I had to call out a few things to keep an eye on. First there’s my absolute favorite – Clarisonic. I’ve loved the Clarisonic for YEARS and have always recommended it (on sale or not!) because I believe in it. You can get the Mia for $89– a total steal if you ask me! They did just release the Mia Fit, which is a compact and lightweight system. Stay tuned for a full review as I just got this! There’s the NuFace ‘Trinity’ Facial Toning Device which, no lie, scares the bejesus outta me but the reviews speak for themselves. It helps to rejuvenate and improve your appearance so if you can get past the scary looking device, give it a whirl.

The Foreo Luna Mini is on my wish list for no reason other than to compare it to the Clarisonic. I have heard people rave about this and since it’s rubber, it’s much easier to clean than the Clarisonic. My biggest gripe about the Clarisonic is the fact tht I hae to remember to buy new brush heads so the thought of not having to do that entices me. Plus there’s the claim that with just one minute of use two times per day, the LUNA mini will improve your complexion in three days. Hmmmm….


Not a lot of offerings for those with naturally curly or kinky curly hair in this sale :/ I am a big fan of Moroccanoil so I love seeing their sets in the sale. Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner are great for those of us who have damaged hair due to heat or chemical processing (perfect if you’re transitioning from relaxed to natural, in my opinion and experience).  When I was relaxed, I used to hit up Drybar like no tomorrow. I weirdly love the scent of their products so this ‘Beach in a Box’ set caught my eye. Bonus, you get a curling iron! If you’re the type that loves the beachy, tousled look you might want to hit this one up. T3 has a cult following and at $138 this just might be the time to pick up the Featherweight 2 hair dyer. Ditto with ghd’s professional styler. Last hair care pick has to go to Phyto’s Phytodéfrisant straightening balm. I used to love this stuff! Apply it to damp hair before blow drying for the sleekest blowout in your life. Not sticky or gooey and doesn’t weigh hair down. 👌🏾


Now, for a few shopping tips.

  • Sign up for the Nordstrom Rewards program HERE. It’s free to join and you earn points when you shop at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack and HauteLook. For every 2,000 points, you’ll get a $20 Nordstrom Note to spend on anything.
  • Shop using Ebates! When you do, you get cash back on your purchase (right now Nordstrom is 6% cash back on your purchase. You get a check when you hit the threshold. Install the Ebates Button on your browser and it’ll alert you what deals the site has as well as how much cash back you earn. Yeah. I know.
  • Sign up for a Nordstrom account (if you don’t already). Since Nordstrom cardholders get early access, you can’t shop until July 22nd. BUT you can add things to your wish list. That makes things easier versus having to search the site for the items you have earmarked (especially the lower priced items).

This has got to be one of the most comprehensive round ups I’ve ever done. The Nordstrom Beauty 2016 Anniversary Sale has proven to be a good one! Now, tell me. What’s on your shopping list?? Shop the beauty exclusives from the Nordstrom Beauty 2016 Anniversary Sale HERE.

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It’s been interesting seeing Joseph Altuzarra’s career grow over the past several years. Sophisticated and ladylike, his collections are always quite beautiful. This season, he took inspiration from his father’s hometown of Basque (northern Spain) and the collection was filled with leather, burlap cotton, and crinkled linen.

The beauty look, of course, had to complement the design so while the clothes were elegant and slightly undone, so was the hair. Led by Odile Gilbert, the inspiration was the natural, easy and unstructured hair of folk rock musicians.

Starting with damp hair, Odile combed through Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream through strands from root-to-tip. She then misted a few pumps of Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection throughout the hair. This combo helped created a rough and natural texture. The hair was then rough dried, and she gently twisted random sections with fingers as she went along to enhance the natural-looking effect without building volume.
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The hair was twisted back and away from the face and secured with low with a clear elastic, creating a “V” shape with the hair. The rest of the hair was left loose. To finish off the look, she applied Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray. For a natural and a bit undone look she framed the face by pulling wisps of hair along the hairline.
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For nails Julie Kandalec for essie took inspiration from the mother of pearl and shell accents found throughout Altuzarra’s collection so she created a pearly negative space moon manicure.

She began by applying essie’s first base base coat to clean, filed nails. Then she applied one coat of like linen, avoiding the nail’s half moon shape at the cuticle and followed with one coat of au natural over the entire nail. She finished off with gel.setter top coat.


Disclosure: I work for Moroccanoil but they didn’t pay or ask me to post this. I just like the hair.

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The highly anticipated Nordstrom 2015 Anniversary Sale is here! I rarely write about sales on this blog but this sale is my favorite simply because there are so many beauty offerings.

There are unbeatable values on exclusive and limited-edition items. If you’ve had your eye on something, now may be the time to pick it up. Below are a few of my personal favorite items, some that I’ve purchased and highly recommend and what’s on my wish list.
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Charlotte Tilbury ‘On the Go Essentials’ Set $155.00 An exclusive kit by Charlotte Tilbury contains a travel-size Magic Cream, full-size Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash, full-size Beach Stick in Ibiza, Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara, full-size Rock ‘n’ Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black, and a pencil Sharpener. Lastly it includes a first-edition Makeup Bag featuring Lips and a Charlotte Tilbury quote. I love her makeup bags!!

True NARS’ Lip Pencil Set ($49) I LOVE NARS’ lip pencils and Yu (the shocking pink hue) is a personal favorite. Pick this up just for that color alone. You won’t be disappointed.

LORAC ‘The Skinny Palette – Black’ Eyeshadow Palette $15.00 When I saw this at the press preview, I knew I had to have it. I literally rolled out of bed this morning, grabbed my phone and ordered two. LORAC’s shadows are unbelievably buttery and pigmented, so having a travle friendly option that cost me 15 bucks is a no brainer. The Skinny Palette contains seven gorgeous eyeshadows with beautiful matte and shimmer finishes, allowing you to easily create looks ranging from soft and natural to sultry and sexy. With a $133 value, be sure to snag backups! (Unrelated note: I’m giving away a LORAC Contour Palette up until 7/22)

M·A·C Look in a Box – Style Maven’ Face Kit ($49.50) When there’s a M·A·C kit available, always pick up that M·A·C kit, haha! They usually cons is of everything you’ll need so if you’re on a budget, it’s a great way to have the necessities without breaking the bank.

Moroccanoil ‘Moisture Repair’ Hair Set ($85.00) and Body Set ($92.00): Full disclosure I work for Moroccanoil but they aren’t paying me to write this. Since I do work for the brand, I love the products and think everyone should own something from them. My personal favorite is the Body Set since the Body Souffle is my JAM!

Clarisonic ‘Mia 2 – Mod Floral’ Sonic Skin Cleansing System ($119.20) so it’s no secret I love the Clarisonic since I’ve prattled on about it before but the Mia 2 is a life saver. I owe my clear skin to this little gadget and the floral on the packaging is pretty cute.

Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum Set ($165.00) I smelled this leathery floral chypre fragrance once and fell in love. I haven’t picked it up until now but definitely added it to my cart. If you love leathery scents, try this today!

Jo Malone LondonNectarine Blossom & Honey‘ Collection ($99.00) Jo Malone fragrances are one of my favorites. I’m obsessed with Peony & Blush Suede but sniffed this lovely treat at the preview. The fragrance starts off with a cassis note then goes into an acacia honey. The bottom note consists of peach. If that sounds up your alley, give it a go.

Trish McEvoy ‘Naturally Gorgeous’ Power of Makeup Planner® Collection ($168.00) Trish McEvoy always creates a great exclusive for Nordstrom with the makeup planner. It has every single thing you could ever need for traveling while allowing you to take our look from day to night easily. The best part is this has a $546 value but is under $200.

The sale goes from July 17th through August 2nd (while supplies last), on and in Nordstrom stores nationwide.

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Disclosure: I attended a press event for the sale and received samples of some products mentioned above. I was not compensated to create this post. Affiliate links listed above.