My Top Beauty Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


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I don’t know what it is about quarantine, but I have been shopping online a lot more than usual! As you have probably heard, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is currently open access, and I am so impressed by their beauty deals this year. Here are my top 12 picks, including everything from skin care to makeup to beauty tools!

Too Faced can do no wrong in my mind, and now is the perfect opportunity to try or repurchase the Hangover, Prime, Set, Refresh Set. Both of these products are hydrating, and they help makeup look fresh all day. Plus, they are sensitive skin friendly! You save $27, or 40%.

BeautyBlenders are my number one tip for a flawless base, and I genuinely cannot do my makeup without one. I always wait until during a sale to stock up on them, and this Electric Feels Set of two sponges and one solid cleanser is too good to pass up. You save $21, or 35%.

With luxury formulas and price tags, Charlotte Tilbury products are some of the most sought after during the sale. The Pillow Talk Lip Secrets Set — which includes the Lip Cheat Lip Liner, Matte Revolution Lipstick, and Collagen Lip Bath in the brand’s signature pinky nude shade — is at the top of my wish list. You save $23, or 25%.

If you read my blog or follow me on Instagram, then you know I am constantly reaching for my nude lipsticks form MAC: They are creamy, long-lasting, and beautiful. The MAC Love Me Lip Kit in ‘Neutral’ contains a lip liner, lipstick, and lip gloss in universally flattering nude shades that I would love to add to my collection. You save $20, or 35%.

I have heard so many people rave about Dior lip products lately, and the Dior Maximizing Lip Care Set contains three of the brand’s best sellers: the Addict Lip Maximizer and Lip Glow to the Max Hydrating Color Reviver Lip Balm, plus a mini Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Plumping Lash Primer and a fabulous makeup bag. These lip products come in a sheer light pink shade and are both plumping and hydrating. You save $20, or 20%.

Ever since purchasing the Soleil Glow Stick, Tom Ford has a special place in my heart. The Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil & Lip Color Sheer Set is not something you will want to miss this year! The body oil adds a refined glow and smells like coconut dreams, while the lip color is a pinky coral perfect for the end of summer. You save $20, or 20%.

The MAC Finishing Touches Fix + Kit, which contains three variations of my favorite finishing mist, is one of my top picks from the sale. I love this product because it adds a dewy glow, eliminates any cakiness or dry patches, and helps the makeup melt into the skin in the best way posssible.

The Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray Jumbo & Travel Duo is another star of this year’s sale. I have relied on this product for years to help my makeup last from morning until night, regardless of the what the day brings. You save $39, or 45%.

Because I have sensitive, dry, and acne-prone skin, finding the right cleanser was a process. With the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser Home & Away Set, you can try both a full-size and travel-size version of my favorite cleansing product at a discounted price. I use this every morning and every night after I remove my makeup, and I love that it does not leave my skin feeling stripped. I purchased this as soon as I realized it was included in the sale and am so glad I didn’t miss it! You save $15, or 30%.

Every time I am browsing the skin care isles, I find myself staring at the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator Set, and now is a great time to finally try it out. Each of the products in this pretty pink line is supposed to be hydrating and gentle, and the reviews are promising. You save $40, or 30%.

Mario Badescu may be the most affordable brand featured in today’s post, but that does not mean it is any less high quality. I am in love with their Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater, and The Essentials Set contains that as well as the popular Drying Lotion and Lip Balm This trio would be ideal to use during a self-care night or to incorporate into your everyday routine.

During Sephora’s Fourth of July Sale, I purchased a T3 Micro blow dry to match my T3 Micro curling iron, and although I am by no means an expert in hair, I could not love it more. This brand is expensive, so feel free to take advantage of this sale by purchasing the Midnight Blue Cura Professional Digital Ionic Hair Dryer. You save $80, or 35%.

What is at the top of your wishlist during this year’s N Sale?

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