nordstrom anniversary sale 2019

16 Exclusive Beauty Products to Shop During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s Christmas in July—or at least that’s what it feels like when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kicks off.

For card members, you can already shop the retailer’s glorious offerings—from beauty exclusives to designer pieces, shoes and more. But if you aren’t are card member, fret not. The deals and steals are available for everyone from July 19 through August 4. However, come August 5 the prices will skyrocket up. (okay, it’s not that dramatic but the sale will be over.)

While the beloved sale can be overwhelming to sort through (at least it is for me!), I’ve listed some of the best beauty exclusives to shop. Because, let’s be real, deals on high-end beauty is rare.

So if you’ve been lusting after Tom Ford shadows, Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, Sunday Riley serums, or a fancy new curling iron, now is the time to stock up.

Without further ado, shop my picks below! From luxury skincare sets to incredible hair tools and holy grail makeup items, there’s a little something for everyone.

SUNDAY RILELY ESSENTIALS SET, $99 ($148 value)

KATE SOMERVILLE JUMO EXFOLIKATE DAILY FOAMING WASH, $45 ($76 value)

CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE PILLOW TALK FULL SIZE SET, $60 ($78 value)

T3 GREY SINGLEPASS CURL 1.25-INCH CURLING IRON, $107 ($160 value)

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Photo Credit: Nordstrom

GIORGIO ARMANI IONIC GLOW SET, $90 ($134 value)

TOO FACED DIVE INTO HYDRATION SET, $42 ($84 value)

FRESH BEAUTY ROSE HYDRATION RUSH RITUAL SET, $69 ($101 value)

DRYBAR GET BRUSHIN’ AND CRUSHIN’ SET, $165 ($238 value)

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Photo Credit: Nordstrom

DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE STEAM LIKE A PRO SET, $139 ($190 value)

BEACHWAVER CO. THE BEACHWAVER 1.25-INCH CURLING IRON, $133 ($199 retail)

TOM FORD EYE AND MINI LIP SET, $88 ($126 value)

DERMAFLASH GLOW IN A FLASH SET, $150.75 ($225)

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Photo Credit: Nordstrom

GUCCI BLOOM EAU DE PARFUM SET, $130 ($177 value)

LANCÔME LASH MUST-HAVE SET, $59.50 ($98 value)

ORIBE FULL SIZE STYLING SET, $61 ($92)

JO MALONE LONDON COLOGNE COLLECTION, $92 ($115)

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Beauty Products That Were Total Game-Changers For Me

As a beauty devotee, I often get asked what products changed the game for me. And while many makeup and skincare goodies have wowed me, there are a select few that truly made a difference in my routine.

For me, it was finding items that not only made me excited to use but that also significantly changed my skin. These products are essential to my beauty routine and feel more like needs and not wants. If anything, the items I consider game-changers have improved my redness, acne and overall skin appearance.

From a serum to a skincare device to a body scrub, these are the goodies that were total game-changers.

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skincare device: CLARISONIC MIA 2 FACIAL CLEANSING BRUSH

My mom has been using this since the dawn of time, and I never believed her when she said it was worth it. Well, momma was right! Not only does this make washing my face fuss-free, but it truly deep cleans my skin. And this is weird to say, but I love seeing all of the makeup, gunk and dirt come off from Clarisonic brush. It’s satisfying to see and feel my face squeaky clean.

Body Scrub: GIRL UNDISCOVERED STINT IN THE WILDERNESS BODY SCRUB & MASK

I didn’t think this would be a necessary part of my beauty routine, but I was so wrong. When I was testing a bunch of beauty products for my last job, I randomly took home a body scrub—and it was the best item I ever brought home. I love scrubbing off the dead skin and smoothing out my body, especially my driest areas—the elbows, knees and heels of my feet. However, and most importantly, it’s a much-needed self-care step and it allows me to treat my skin to some extra T.L.C.

Serum: OSEA HYALURONIC SEA SERUM

I didn’t realize how important serum was until I started using it religiously. It’s honestly helped improve my skin, especially when it comes to deep hydration. Not only does this have hyaluronic acid (a holy grail ingredient for people with dry  or dehydrated skin like moi) but it’s an all-natural, vegan and cruelty-free product. Serum is an ingredient that absorbs into your skin, so for me, finding something that’s safe (and effective) for my sensitive skin is essential.

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exfoliant: DRUNK ELEPHANT T.L. C. SUKARI BABYFACIAL MASK

Before you shudder at the price tag (trust me, I do too), know that this is like a facial in a bottle—hence its spot-on name. If your pores get clogged like mine do, then you’ll want to add this to cart. I find that this removes dirt, gunk, blackheads and whiteheads from my nose and chin area—my two biggest problem areas. My skin always feels fresh, renewed and rejuvenated after I use it. While it does tingle and leave a bit of redness after application, my skin feels baby smooth and it’s free of the nasties around my nose and chin.

*I recently learned The Ordinary’s Peeling Solution is a good dupe for the BabyFacial, which I plan to try. So I’ll def report back.

face mist: CAUDALIE BEAUTY ELIXIR

Y’all know me and my face mists. In fact, many of my recent articles include a face mist. And while I have a few faves (from Tatcha, Mazz Hannah and Mario Badescu), the Beauty Elixir makes me feel some type of way. Aside from its glamorous packaging, the product itself is soothing, refreshing and hydrating. Plus, I find that it’s not messy and it sprays softly, unlike others that feel aggressive or get all over the place.

eye cream: OLE HENRIKSEN BANANA BRIGHT EYE CREAM

I used to not believe in eye cream. I thought it was a waste of time and money. However, after using the Ole Henriksen product, I have since zipped my lips. This instantly brightens my eye area, smooths out my fine lines and improves discoloration. I put it on every morning, right before makeup and I can tell a difference in my under-eye area. I look more awake and refreshed.

Becky G x ColourPop Makeup Look

I Recreated Becky G’s Fiery Makeup Look From Her ColourPop Collection

When Becky G announced her collaboration with ColourPop, I literally screamed. At this point, it takes a lot to get me excited about makeup (not only do I have a lot, but in recently years, everything has been same).

And as a fan of her music, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her fiery collection. But aside from the fabulous lipstick shades and poppin’ higlighters she released, what mesmerized me the most were her campaign photos. She exuded glamour and embraced her Latin roots to the fullest. So even though I’m late to game (her products launched last December), I finally found the time and (courage) to recreate her fire photo shoot looks.

While it’s definitely outside of my comfort zone—I’m more of a bronzy, warm neutral type of gal—this lewk made me feel like an alter ego of myself.

Becky G x ColourPop Makeup Look

Step 1: prep the skin

To start, I prep my skin with the Supergoop! Superscreen Daily Moisturizer and Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream. Next, I apply the Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer around my cheeks and chin area (where I get the most oily) and the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Primer to the rest of my face.

step 2: eyeshadow

Becky G x ColourPop Makeup Look

Grab some wine, because this is the longest part of the tutorial: eyeshadow.

I begin with the BareMinerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow + Primer—this gives my lids an even base. Of course, for this tutorial I use Becky G’s ColourPop Salvaje Eyeshadow Palette.

I use Luna to start. Before dusting shadow onto my crease, I apply tape around my eyes to give my shadow a sharp edge. I tap Caramelo to my crease and lay Cafecito on top. Next, I mix Malbec and Sangria and apply it over Cafecito. It gives my crease a more red-toned shade, similar to Becky’s in her campaign photos.

Becky G x ColourPop Makeup Look

After, I spritz some MAC Fix + on a flat eyeshadow brush, and dip it into Patrona, which I swipe onto my lids. I repeat the process to add more vibrancy. I use the same technique for Celosa, which I add to the inner corner of my eyes.

step 3: foundation & concealer

Becky G x ColourPop Makeup Look

Taking a break from the shadow, I dust off the fall out from underneath my eyes and apply foundation and concealer. Because Becky’s makeup looks matte but natural, I use the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. However, I only apply foundation to the areas of my face that don’t have concealer. This keeps it looking more natural and less cakey.

step 4: finish the eyes

Becky G x ColourPop Makeup Look

As my foundation and concealer set into my skin, I apply Cafecito and Sangria to my lower lash line. Next, I draw on Milani’s Metallic Lights Eye Pencil in Brown Burst to my lower lash line. This gives it more dimensions and oomph.

Time for mascara! I apply Benefit’s Bad Gal Mascara to both my top and lower lashes. I go in with a second coat. Once my mascara is dry, I apply liner. I use Reina Rebelde’s Eye Definer in La Doña. I move on to brows next, and use my fave, Benefit’s Precisely, My Brow.

step 5: blush, bronzer & highlight

Becky G x ColourPop Makeup Look

First up, bronzer. I use Rimmel’s Natural Bronzer and dust it all around my cheeks, forehead, and neck. Next, I swipe Charlotte Tilbury’s Cheek to Chic Blush in Ecstasy. For highlight, I use the Becky G x ColourPop Luster Duster in Princesa. I tap this lightly to the inner cheek and high points of my face.

step 6: lipstick

Becky G x ColourPop Makeup Look

For the lips, I apply the Becky G Ultra Matte Lip in Besame to the center of my lips and Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Lip Color in Ground-Breaker the outer corner. Becky has a spicy red lip and I don’t have her lippie in Flor, which is what I’m assuming she used for her campaign photos.

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Luxury Makeup Products That Make Me Feel Like I’m That B**ch

Sometimes, you just need to treat yo’self!

With that said, I’m here to be a bad influence on your bank account, because today I’m sharing my fave luxury makeup products. From eyeshadows to lipsticks and blushes, these are the key items I use when I want to feel ultra-glam and ~extra~ as hell.

While some of the shades aren’t anything crazy, there’s something about the pigment, the packaging and the overall performance of the product  that makes it  (and me) feel special.

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Yes, I’ve dropped the big bucks for these goodies, but sometimes you need those purchases—the ones that are a bit impulsive but oh-so-worth it. Buying luxury makeup feels like a form self-care. For me, it feels like I’m putting my best face forward (literally) and investing in something that brings me joy. When I apply my Tom Ford lipstick, I feel like I’m that bitch. And while the color is a soft pink-nude, it makes me feel powerful, confident and glamorous.

Even though this isn’t my full list of luxe products, these are my faves—the ones I use on the daily. Sorry in advance to your credit card.

TATCHA SILK CANVAS PROTECTIVE PRIMER, $52

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY SHAMELESS YOUTHFUL-LOOK FOUNDATION, $46

CHARLOTTE TILBURY CHEEK TO CHIC IN ECSTASY, $40

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LAURA MERCIER FLAWLESS FUSION ULTRA LONGWEAR CONCEALER, $29

HOURGLASS limited edition AMBIENT LIGHTING EDIT VOLUME 3, Sold Out

DIOR DIOR SKIN MINERAL NUDE BRONZER, $48

MARC JACOBS VELVET NOIR MAJOR VOLUME MASCARA, $26

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CAUDALIE BEAUTY ELIXIR, $49

CHARLOTTE TILBURY LUXURY EYESHADOW PALETTE, $53

TOM FORD LIP COLOR IN SPANISH PINK, $55

YSL ROUGE VOLUPTÉ SHINE OIL-IN-STICK PINK IN PARIS, $38

CHARLOTTE TILBURY KISSING LIPSTICK, $34

Makeup Products

Beauty Products That “Spark Joy” For Me

After binge-watching Tidying Up on Netflix, I became obsessed with organizing and de-cluttering my beauty room. Tbh, I’m still doing spring cleaning in that room, and it’s overwhelming to say the least.

As a beauty lover (and beauty journalist), my beauty room is filled to the brim with products that I’ve separated into three categories: products I adore, products I feel meh about, and products I hate.

For me, figuring out the items that truly spark joy made me feel more appreciative of what I own, and, more importantly, I became happy to use them all over again.

In general (but in the beauty community especially), it seems that all the excess just isn’t wanted anymore. In 2019, it feels like we already have everything—primers, mascaras, moisturizers, and more.

I no longer feel that I need the “next best thing,” because chances are, I probably already own a product that’s almost identical. I want to get back to a time when I actually screamed with excitement over makeup and skincare. I want to love a product so much that I use it all up. Although, that’s not to say I’ll never buy new beauty products. I just want to be more mindful about what I’m adding to my collection.

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When I was cleaning out my makeup drawers, I became sentimental over certain products. Not for the typical reasons, like who gave it to me, when I bought it or its packaging. The reason I became emotional over them was because they were products that I actually used on a daily basis. Because that’s how much I loved them.

I want to get back to that.

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Today, I want to do something a little different on my blog. Instead of recommending new products, I want to share the ones that truly spark joy for me. The ones that are my ride-or-dies, that I’ll always keep re-purchasing.

Skincare PRoducts (I use Before makeup)

Skincare Products

Products: VMV Hypoallergenics Red Better Daily Therapy Moisturizer, Osea Blemish Balm, and Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF 50.

Base Products

Makeup Products

Products: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, Marc Jacobs Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer, Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Corrector, and Farsali Rose Gold Skin Mist.

FAce Products

Face Makeup

Products: MAC  CosmeticsNext to Nothing Compact Powder, Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush, MAC Cosmetics Sheertone Shimmer Blush (looks to be discontinued) Becca Cosmetics Sunrise Waves Bronzer, Becca Cosmetics x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

Eye Products

Eye Makeup

Products: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara, Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Quad, Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil, Benefit Cosmetics Roller Liner, Milani Metallic Lights Foil Eyeliner, and L’Oréal Unlimited Mascara

I’d love to know what beauty products spark joy for you. Share in the comments below!

Face Wash

Face Washes That Actually Get the Job Done (Unlike KylieSkin)

Who knew a face wash could cause so much controversy?

Last week, Kylie Jenner took to social media to show off her latest beauty product: KylieSKin Foaming Face Wash.

Harmless, right? Wrong.

All hell broke loose when she shared a video demonstrating the skincare product. She not only washed her face for about 5 seconds (a no-no!), but she used a Snapchat filter the whole time, which defeated the purpose of showing off her skincare item.

What’s more? Loads of foundation residue were left on her washcloth. No bueno.

All in all, it was a hot mess and many skincare devotees (myself, included) couldn’t help but eye-roll at the whole thing. “Imagine buying face wash from someone who doesn’t even know how to wash their face properly,” a Twitter user commented underneath Kylie’s video. OKAAAAY!

Face Washes

The point of Kylie’s backstory (and this story) brings me to this: There are actually great faces washes out there. Unlike KylieSkin, there are plenty of cleansers that get the job done. Because if a face wash can’t get rid of foundation (which is the most basic thing to remove, unlike eye products or liquid lipsticks), then what the hell is it good for? We are not working hard to spend our money on bad skincare. Not in 2019!

So, without further ado, below are my fave face washes.

DOVE WHITE BEAUTY BAR, $6.47

DRUNK ELEPHANT BESTE NO. 9 JELLY CLEANSER, $32

GLOW RECIPE BLUEBERRY BOUNCE GENTLE CLEANSER, $34

ARCONA WHITE TEA PURIFYING CLEANSER, $42

M-61 POWER CLEANSE CLEANSER, $10-$34

TATCHA DEEP CLEANSE EXFOLIATING CLEANSER, $38

Bonus products to remove makeup (and other gunk)

CLARISONIC MIA 2 FACIAL CLEANSING BRUSH, $169

BIODERMA SENSIBIO H20, $14.90

body oils

7 Luminizing Body Oils to Keep You Glowing All Spring and Summer Long

It’s that time of year when all I want to do is lay by the pool, wear flowy dresses and have my skin shine as bright as the sun.

In the last couple of years, shimmery body oils have become extremely popular. Tbh, I feel like Fenty Beauty gave it the resurgence it deserved when they launched the Body Lava collection. Now, everyone is coming out with their own version of a luminizing body oil. But, hey, I’m not complaining.

And since there’s no better time to get your glow on than in the spring and summer, I wanted to share a few of my faves (and some that I’m currently coveting).

So without further ado, peep the goodies below.

FENTY BEAUTY BODY LAVA BODY LUMINIZER, $59

SOL DE JANEIRO GLOWMOTIONS GLOW OIL, $35

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PATRICK TA MAJOR GLOW BODY OIL, $52

BLACK RADIANCE LIQUID RADIANCE WEIGHT IN ROSE, $7.99

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KORA ORGANICS SUN-KISSED BODY GLOW OIL, $58

OLIVE + M SHIMMER AND GLOW BODY OIL, $38

BECCA X CHRISSY TEIGEN BODY & HAIR OIL, $42