#NSale Beauty: What To Get & What to Skip at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

With everyone talking about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I thought (thanks to your suggestions) I'd add my two cents, but focusing on the best beauty buys. I was sent the list of all of the beauty items from Nordstrom, and I've gone through every item, picking out the deals, the good stuff, and what to skip. Everything is linked (no affiliate codes), so click on what you want. Happy shopping!

Best of Hair:
--I didn't make a collage since fragrance is so personal, but check out the perfume deals--

Best of Skincare:
-Evian Spray--It's just water, y'all.
-La Mer--I love it, but not the price, and so many of you can't tell a difference, so I say skip.
-Fancy silk pillowcases--You don't need a pricey one. A regular-priced one does just fine. But I do recommend getting a silk pillowcase. I've used one since 1998. No bad hair days and no sleep crease on the face.
Makeup Palettes:

-Lotions and body wash--Unless you stock up on these, don't order them blindly based on the product brand name. Plus, you'll see deals on these quite often.
Best of Beauty Tools:
  • FlashNGo Hair Removal--This was my longest review of a product! I used it for 1.5 years and it really worked. 70% hairless legs
  • PMD--Fabulous exfoliation tool. I've had one for years. There are different colors.
  • Clarisonic Mia--I shared my unboxing of this on Snapchat. I love this (there are other colors too) as well as other Clarisonic sizes on sale. Fan for years.
Beauty Kits:
Tom Ford--Lovely packaging, but I've yet to be impressed with the products enough to spend that much. And I adore, ADORE TF.
-Dior Hydra Lipstick--$35 for a fancy lip balm? PASS.
-Butter polishes--these just don't last long on me at all

Did you buy anything from the #NSale?
What are you planning on purchasing (for us non-early birds)?
What luxury item would you purchase if you could?

Extra Elle:
I'm at work super early today, so I'll be late stopping by to visit your blog. Send me all the coffee!
--Which one of you posted about the ELF matte palette? I made a video featuring it (coming Friday) and think I have the wrong name!


  1. I didn't realize they had dry bar products - clearly under a rock!! I am actually the opposite when it comes to the evian spray - it gets me through the heat here and when i travel LOL! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. I've been browsing but haven't purchased anything yet. This is so helpful! I love that Bobbi Brown kit!

    Doused In Pink

  3. I don't even know where to start! We are definitely on the same page when it comes to the beauty products in the sale. I love the YSL lip kit, but do I go with pink or nude?! It's such a hard decision!! Such a cute bag either way!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  4. Oh my gosh! I want all the makeup palettes! I know Nordstrom ships to Canada, but I can't wait when the actual stores start opening up here.

  5. That GlamGLow and YSL kit look wonderful! All I ordered from the sale are rose gold Kate Spade studs so far.

  6. Sending you lots of coffee! Amazing post! I may need to finally pull the trigger on that Hourglass palette, and the DryBar products can do no wrong. Loving that set <3
    Green Fashionista

  7. I love seeing everyone's picks, because there is always something that I miss. I haven't seen the YSL set, or the Glamglow. The Evian spray comment cracked me up!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  8. I didn't realize those Phyto supplements were on sale! Definitely going to have to scoop those up. And my Clarisonic is on it's last legs. I might need to cave to a new one! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  9. I picked up the Living Proof kit! I've never used their products but I'm in need of new shampoo anyway so I figured it was a good time to try it!

  10. great list! butter polishes don't last on my nails either. i wanted to love. and i agree with lotions and stuff - always deals on those. i got the YSL lip glosses last year and def a good deal! and living proof. can't live without that. :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

  11. I didn't realize until this year all the great beauty stuff included in the sale. Great picks!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  12. This is so helpful! Sometimes you just want to buy all the things because they are on sale, but it's not always worth it!

  13. No one ever talks about the beauty buys!! Yay!! Great finds sweetness!!

  14. OK -I've been giving grief over the Nordstrom sale & how everyone is talking about - but these are real products I would buy.

  15. Great post! Thanks for telling me what to skip. I really wanted to try Tom Ford but wasn't thrilled with the shade.


  16. The beach waver tool is my holy grail hair tool product! I love it sooo much! I may have to check into the brow studio kit!

  17. YES, the PMD is amazing. I got it during last year's sale and LOVE it. Good picks, I appreciate you giving your opinion on what NOT to buy!

  18. I had no idea that Bobbi Brown did skincare! I really want to get the evian mist thing... it just seems really refreshing. I'm going to stop myself though because it's definitely a waste of money!
    Aleeha xXx

  19. great roundup! im tempted to get one of those makeup palettes! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  20. Love this!! I have been looking for some new palettes so I am definitely going to check out the ones you recommend!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  21. This is a great list, and I love how you added in things that we should skip! I love all the palettes, especially the two Nars ones. And the hourglass one looks nice too, since you get three different types of cheek products!

  22. I have to pass this year on the sale entirely! So many good deals, it's actually sad! (; haha Can't wait to see what you pick up!

  23. I have been seeing so much about this sale, but all clothing related, so it's nice to see some beauty products in the mix.
    I don't think I'm going to be picking anything up...but that could change. LOL! I can't wait to see what you get!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  24. The Living Proof set was already on my list, but I'm still kind of debating about the Hourglass ambient light palette? Do I need another highlighter kit? Is it worth it?

  25. Do they have actual sales on beauty or more of sets that they feature? I tried looking for items but didn't see anything but bundles. Maybe I was looking in the wrong place?

  26. The hourglass palette is my fav :) Great post hun !thanks for sharing :)

  27. I was looking at getting the living proof hair kit. That hair spray is the best!


  28. I love that you included items to skip as well. Such a great post! I've been wanting a beauty blender and that kit is a really good price!

  29. I'm obsessed with the Living Proof Perfect Hair collection.

  30. Ooh, that Drybar Beach in a Box sounds fab...! I'll have to try and find it here... Or pick it up next time I hit the States... Sigh. Reading blogs are dangerous to your health. I want a Nordstrom!! teehee

  31. Wow thanks for all these amazing ideas and recomms!

    The 2nd installment of my festival style campaign with UK-brand BOOHOO is still up at the blog - come check it out and lemme know what you think!

    Happy Thursday!


  32. Great tips! I've been hearing all about this sale!

  33. Whoa! I need to read your review on the Flash N Go Hair Removal thing. That sounds amazing! And I wish I had gotten the Bobbi Brown lip products and the Anastasia Brow Kit. I did just replenish my stock for my eyebrows and I'm trying the Anastasia brow powder next.

  34. I'm so glad you did this! Of course when I started looking I wanted everything, but now I know what to skip out on. I'm heavily considering the Nars palette. It's the one thing I can't stop thinking about but I'm not sure if I want to splurge that much.

  35. Excited to try the PMD! How do you think it compares to the Mia2?

  36. I haven't purchased anything from the sale but still debating 😊 That YSL set may have my name on it lol. I'm so bummed about waiting too long to snag the YSL lipstick set that was on Sephora.

  37. I've been thinking of getting the PMD, but I use products with AHA. Some reviewers say you need to stop using chemical exfoliants while some say you can use both together. So confused :|


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