Beauty and skincare items are a tricky part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale because there are a lot of palettes and combos released that seem like a great deal – but the question is, do you really need them?
I always get tempted to buy one of those pricey makeup palettes only to realize when I really take a look at them, that I don’t think I’d use 75% of the colors or products in the palette. It’s so fun to get new products, especially on sale – but my strategy is to use the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to purchase mostly products I already use and love, at a discount or in extra-value packs. If you’re a makeup lover and love trying new palettes – by all means, this is a great time to buy them, but I do the same makeup look daily, so it doesn’t make sense for me as I’d rather spend the money on pricey products I already use and love.
Here’s what I think is worth getting from the beauty selections at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This is a very curated list of products based on my personal recommendations. It’s so easy to go a little crazy over all of the beauty stuff, but I believe the items below are the best of the best and worth investing in.
GloPro Microneedling Device
Now is the best time of year to purchase the BeautyBioscience GloPro at-home microneedling tool. I’ve had mine since last Christmas – it’s a fantastic tool to use to increase your skin’s collagen production and help smooth the appearance of fine lines/plump your skin. I try to use it about 3 times a week. The GloPro has the red light built into the tool, which is supposed to give even better results.
St. Tropez Self-tanner
I got back into my self-tanning game this summer after re-discovering my love for St. Tropez self-tanner, which, IMO, most mimics the spray tan you’d get at a salon. I have heard a lot of my friends rave about St. Tropez’s Express self-bronzing mousse, which is a formula you can wash off after 1-3 hours (depending on how deep you want the color to be). I have the regular St. Tropez formula (which I love), but I’m purchasing this one so I can wash it off after three hours and not worry about using different sheets at night (I sleep wrapped in an old set of sheets when I self-tan since our sheets and duvet cover are all white).
Beauty Blender cleanse & carry set
I use a Beauty Blender every single day to blend out my under-eye concealer. I love the finish it gives and this set comes with two Beauty Blenders, a case to protect it when you travel and also a cleansing bar.
Sunday Riley Triple Threat Set
I love Sunday Riley’s Good Genes lactic acid serum and have heard rave reviews about the other items in this set too. I actually just ran out of my Good Genes serum, so I’m strongly considering this set so I can try the other two products.
Illuminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask
This year, I started sleeping with an eye mask that I received in a PR package and from then on, I was hooked. I have really sensitive eyes and like to sleep in total darkness at night. I have heard amazing things about this eye mask and it’s $23 during the sale, so I’m scooping it up. The brand also has a silk pillowcase, on sale for $39 that I may pull the trigger on. I’ve never slept on a silk pillowcase, but I’ve heard its much gentler on your hair and skin.
T3 Cura Hair Dryer
On sale for $134 down from $200, this hair dryer is an amazing deal and I haven’t ever seen it cheaper. It has a sensor that makes the hair dryer turn off when you set it down and start up again as soon as you pick it up. This is my third T3 hair dryer (I have a previous model as well as the travel version) and I can vouch for the quality – they’re worth the splurge! T3’s single pass luxe flat iron is also part of the sale – read my post about it, here!
Neulash Lash Enhancing Serum duo
This kit has a $245 value but is down to $150 during the sale. I use Neulash consistently and it DOES work — I’ve been using it for about 2 years and always purchase mine during the sale because it’s more economical that way. One tube lasts me 3-4 months or so. Another growth serum I’m heavily considering is the RevitaBrow serum, also part of the sale at $110 for two tubes (it has a ton of rave reviews). I do have thick brows, but I have several spots where there are gaps and I’d like them to be fuller so I don’t have to fill them in.
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Set
This set includes three of my favorite UD products ever – the primer potion, all-nighter setting spray and a very curated eye shadow palette of neutrals, all for $49.