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It's the most wonderful time of the year. OK, maybe after Christmas, but for many beauty lovers, Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale comes as a close second. After Nordstrom cardholders had their fun with the early access portion of the sale, the event has just opened to the public today, July 28. Why are we so pumped? Hundreds — if not thousands — of brands, including La Mer, Olaplex, Kiehl's, MAC, Lancôme, Charlotte Tilbury, and so many more, have been marked down at the mega-retailer. And fret not, the majority of these deals haven't sold out yet. But now that there's a bigger pool of shoppers, we can't guarantee they'll stay in stock for long.
If you've shopped this epic sale before, you know that it's not a typical beauty sale where only past-season or soon-to-be-discontinued products are slashed. In fact, it's quite the opposite: Nordstrom actually launches new products, sets, and exclusives just in time for the Anniversary Sale and discounts them for a limited time before they return to their retail prices after the sale ends.
But we're not done yet. Nordstrom is hosting Glam-Up Days between July 28 and August 8, which feature one-day-only flash deals that are up to 50 percent off — making them the steepest discounts the sale has to offer. We'll be featuring and updating the daily deal at the top of this story, so be sure to bookmark this page so you don't miss out on special promos from brands like Bobbi Brown, Estée Lauder, Kiehl's, and more.
Additional perks include free gifts with each purchase and the opportunity to book free, in-store appointments with beauty stylists or join virtual festivities held through the 12 days. And if you feel comfortable enough doing so, you can also RSVP for a special, in-store event called Beauty Bash on July 31 for a day filled with makeup applications, demos, special offers, free gifts with purchase, customized samples, and an exclusive tote with any purchase.
Keep reading for our rundown of the best products and special kits that'll be up for grabs — and add them to your cart fast.
Nordstrom is known for discounting jumbo-sized skin-care products during the Anniversary Sale, like Kiehl's popular Creme de Corps — so it's a great time to stock up on your staples. It's also a prime opportunity to try out some cool skin-care devices, like the Best of Beauty-winning NuFace Trinity, at a major discount.
La Mer Most Loved Minis Set
Kiehl's Creme de Corps Refill
Paula's Choice Jumbo Skin Perfecting Exfoliant
One of the biggest steals of the sale is this ultra pampering La Mer Most Loved Minis Set, which rings up at less than $100. You'll get a 0.5-ounce container of the Moisturizing Soft Cream, a 0.5-ounce bottle of Treatment Lotion, a one-ounce tube of Cleansing Foam, and a mini, 0.17-ounce bottle of the Renewal Oil to make your skin feel as fresh as a baby's bottom.
If you're a huge fan of Kiehl's classic Crème de Corps like we are, then you'll be jazzed to find out that the brand offers giant, one-pound refill pouches made with 81 percent less plastic packaging than the regular Crème de Corps bottle. Stock up and keep your body hella moisturized.
The jumbo-sized bottle of Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting Exfoliant (eight ounces, as opposed to the regular four ounces) is consistently one of the sale's best-sellers. This breakout-fighting staple features two percent salicylic acid (a type of beta hydroxy acid) to sweep away excess oil and dissolve dead skin cells and blackheads clogging your pores, so future pimples are less likely to form. Hello, smoother and clearer skin.
NuFace Petite Facial Kit
RevitaLash Cosmetics RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioning Set
Neulash Lash Enhancing Serum Duo
The NuFace Petite Facial Kit comes with a Best of Beauty-winning Mini Petite Facial Toning Device to temporarily firm and sculpt your facial muscles with the help of gentle microcurrents and the current-conducting Leave-On Gel Primer you apply beforehand. For smaller areas prone to fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and forehead, switch over to the NuFace Fix for a visible smoothing effect in just three minutes.
We could wax poetic about RevitaLash Cosmetics' RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner, which has won a whopping three Best of Beauty Awards in the past few years. Whether you went a little overboard with plucking your hairy friends in the '90s or simply want to fluff up your existing brows, this conditioning formula is packed with peptides and biotin to promote healthy hair that’s way less likely to snap off. Our tester said that her brows appeared fuller and felt less brittle after four weeks of nightly use — and she could lay off on the amount of brow pencil and powder she'd typically use.
For stronger lashes, stay consistent with the Neulash Lash Enhancing Serum Duo and apply nightly to the base of your upper lashes. Over time, you'll witness soft, conditioned lashes, thanks to a nourishing blend of moisturizing sodium hyaluronate, as well as strengthening peptides, biotin, and panthenol.
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser Set
La Mer Revitalizing Soothing Collection
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Trio
No matter what your skin type is, the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser is a safe bet for just about everyone. The dermatologist-recommended wash forgoes the fancy bells and whistles and keeps its calming formula simple and effective with ingredients like cucumber extract, aloe vera, and rosewater to soothe irritation and deliver supple results.
While the price tag on the La Mer The Revitalizing Soothing Collection is still relatively high, it's nearly $200 less than you'd normally spend on these beloved luxury products. You'll get full sizes of The Moisturizing Cream and The Treatment Lotion, as well as deluxe sample sizes of The Regenerating Serum and The Eye Concentrate. Spa day, anyone?
The star ingredient present in Lancôme's Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Trio is 10 percent Bifidus prebiotic (aka 10 percent Bifida ferment lysate) to calm inflammation and a water-soluble derivative of vitamin C to fade hyperpigmentation marks and brighten your overall complexion. Slather on the Youth Activating Concentrate (the set comes with two bottles) and Eye Cream in conjunction for the best results.
Coola Suncare Full Spectrum 360° Sunscreen Set
Sulwhasoo Full Size First Care Activating Serum Duo
St. Tropez Jumbo Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse
Does the sun feel like your worst enemy right now? Don't sweat it with Coola's Suncare Full Spectrum 360° Sunscreen Set, which keeps you protected and looking glowy as can be. Spiked with hyaluronic acid, aloe, and glycerin 360° Sun Silk Drops (full size) melts right into your complexion, thanks to a serum-like consistency that makes skin look instantly more hydrated and radiant. For the skin below the neck, take your time in dispensing the Classic Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 (travel size) so every inch of you is protected to a T.
Lastly, while the travel-size 360° Refreshing Water Mist shouldn't act as a standalone SPF — it only contains SPF 18, and board-certified dermatologists recommend SPF 30 or higher — the cooling concoction of aloe and coconut water will provide a brief reprieve from an impossibly hot afternoon.
When it comes to iconic K-beauty products, the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum ranks high on our list. After all, one bottle is sold every 10 seconds in Korea — enough said. This hybrid essence-serum packs in potent levels of lotus, white lily, and Solomon's seal (a type of flowering plant), which cosmetic chemist Ginger King previously told Allure "help with moisturization, soothing, and brightening," respectively. You'll receive two full-size bottles of the good stuff to intensely hydrate your skin after all of the dirt and makeup has been washed away.
Maintain a glowy tan all season long without the highly concerning sun damage with a supersized, 13.5-ounce bottle of St. Tropez's Jumbo Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse. Be sure to exfoliate beforehand, but from there, the lightweight, beginner-friendly formula is a breeze to apply and delivers an instant bronzing effect that doesn't streak, feel sticky, and evenly fades.
Whether you've been experimenting with different hair colors or overdoing the heat styling now that you have more engagements to attend, it's always a good idea to treat your hair to some well-deserved TLC. Special sets from brands like Olaplex and Bumble & Bumble provide the products you need for a deeply hydrating and strengthening at-home session. Plus, with all of these steep discounts, it's an ideal time to upgrade your hot tools to something that'll do less damage, like a smart-sensing GHD flatiron.
T3 Fit Compact Hair Dryer
Outfitted in a beautiful, limited-edition blush tone, the T3 Fit Compact Hair Dryer packs all the power of a typical, full-size T3 Hair Dryer in a travel-friendly version that allows you to flaunt a perfect blowout wherever you jet off to. Notable specs include three heat settings, two speed settings, a cool-shot button to seal in your style, and a gentle airstream that reduces static and smooths the hair cuticle. Who says you can't be your own stylist?
The Best of Beauty-winning GHD Platinum+ is the real deal. Why? This smart tool measures your hair's thickness or thinness so you can style and straighten your hair at a consistent, perfectly distributed 365 degrees with minimal heat damage and breakage, all while promoting shine and color preservation.
Oribe Magic Set
Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Hydration Heroes
Apart from looking extra luxurious sitting on top of your bathroom counter, Oribe's Magic Set contains the dry styling products of your dreams. The Dry Texturizing Spray delivers major shine and definition without leaving behind an ounce of stickiness or residue, while the Gold Lust Dry Shampoo uses a translucent starch blend to absorb dirt and oil on the spot. Did we mention they both smell heavenly, too? Always a bonus.
Dry, brittle hair won't be a problem of yours once you start using Bumble & Bumble's Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Hydration Heroes, a limited-edition kit that comes with both full-size and travel-size versions of The Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer for your convenience. That and the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Mask are formulated with an ultra-moisturizing blend of featherweight oils (like grapeseed, sweet almond, coconut, and more) for nourished, protected hair all day, every day.
Briogeo Healthy Hair Wonders Set
Slip Sunset Hair Tie Set
Living Proof Full Size Full Shampoo, Conditioner & Full Dry Volume Blast Set
The entire Briogeo Healthy Hair Wonders Set is a real gem but the star of the show is definitely the full-size Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, which has won three Readers' Choice Awards three years in a row. A moisturizing blend of rosehip, sweet almond, avocado oils will deeply hydrate, soften, and strengthen your thirsty, brittle hair in just 10 minutes up to twice a week. Also included is a full-size Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray, which calms frizz and dullness on the muggiest of days. To round the set out are two travel-size products: the Best of Beauty-winning Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfood Hair Mask and split-end-repairing Don't Despair, Repair! Strengthening Treatment Oil.
If you're tired of tight elastics causing hair breakage and creating stubborn creases, the Slip Sunset Hair Tie Set might just be your saving grace. This eight-piece set of scrunchies not only jazz up any ponytail or bun and come in a variety of prints and colors but they're also made with 100 percent mulberry silk that won't squeeze or damage your hair.
True to its high-value name, Living Proof's Full Size Full Shampoo, Conditioner & Full Dry Volume Blast Set contains three full-size bottles of some of the brand's biggest hot-ticket items. The Dry Volume Blast Styling & Finishing Spray alone has picked up a whopping four awards in its lifetime, including a Best of Beauty Breakthrough and three Readers' Choice Awards. Goodbye, fine hair. Hello, impossibly lightweight volume.
We don't know about you but we've been pretty ecstatic about diving back into our makeup bags after a long dry spell. Some of our favorite makeup brands, like Charlotte Tilbury and MAC, are sparking much-needed inspiration in this department and serving up tons of can't-miss sets.
MAC Award-Winning Lip Kit
Charlotte Tilbury Sunset Dreamscape Instant Look in a Palette Set
Nars Orgasm Blush Duo
Once the masks come off, lipsticks and lip glosses take center stage. MAC's Award-Winning Lip Kit comes in three Deep, Bright (pictured above), and Neutral versions, so you can choose the one that suits your preferences the best. You'll receive full-sized tubes of the Love Me Lipstick, Lipglass, and Prep + Prime Lip and save a cool 20 bucks in the process. Pucker up, everyone.
All you need is five minutes top to get your everyday glow on, thanks to the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in Palette + Mini Pillow Talk Mascara set. The limited-edition face palette is packed with three eye shadows, blush, bronzer, highlighter, and setting powder, so your half-asleep self isn't forced to reach more multiple products as you're getting ready in the morning.
With three Best of Beauty and Readers' Choice Awards each, as well as a huge legacy in general, the Nars Orgasm Blush needs no introduction. Stock up on a pair of the iconic, peachy-pink blush speckled with subtle gold shimmer for just $40 — and voilà, you've got the perfect, anytime flush.
Tom Ford Beauty Day Classics Quad and Lip Set
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Set
Tom Ford Beauty's Day Classics Quad and Lip Set has everything you need to create a look that'll fit just about any occasion with highly wearable and versatile champagne, gold, plum, and brown hues. Swipe on a casual rosy or mauve lipstick to tie your effortless look together.
Even though masks are coming off as vaccinations rise, we're still adamant about playing up the eyes as much as the rest of our faces. Swipe on Laura Mercier's Best of Beauty-winning Caviar Sticks in Cocoa, Naturel, and Nude Rose (all full size) for an all-over wash of color you can easily blend and smudge out with your fingers, or pop Cocoa (a rich, walnut brown with pearly specks) into your crease for a multidimensional look.
YSL Slim Glow Matte Lipstick Set
Giorgio Armani Travel Size Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick Set
Stila Bold & Bare Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set
Add the perfect finishing touches to any base with the help of Giorgio Armani's Travel Size Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick Set. The Best of Beauty-winning Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick in 405 Sultan (a true brick red) leaves behind a wash of intense, non-drying, and long-wearing pigment that'll make you want to strut your stuff — like yesterday. The Eyes to Kill Classic Mascara takes your lashes from natural to dramatic in a matter of a few buildable, never spidery coats, and the Eye Tint Liquid Eyeshadow in 45 Gold Foil, a stunning metallic gold, is sure to stop traffic — or at least, upgrade your everyday, natural eye look.
For a more moisturizing option, thanks to jojoba oil and mallow flower extract, try YSL's Slim Glow Matte Lipsticks. This exclusive pairing comes with 202 Insurgent Red and 207 Illegal Rosy Nude for a matte finish that never falls flat.
If your lipstick preferences lean towards nude-inspired shades, then Stila's Bold & Bare Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set is for you. Three full-size Patina (dusty rose), Baci (nude pink), and Fia (brownish nude) shades are formulated with vitamin E and avocado oil for a hydrating, softening effect — instead of leaving your lips looking dried-out and crusty.
Fragrance & Candle Deals
Nordstrom is coming in clutch with some amazing fragrance and candle sets as well, so you and your entire home can smell super fresh on command — anytime, anywhere.
Diptyque 5 Votive Candle Set
Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Set
Diptyque, without a doubt, makes some of our favorite scented candles. The 5 Votive Candle Set features Roses, Baies, Figuier, Feu de Bois & Feuille de Lavande — all inviting and intriguing scents for you and your guests to soak in.
Viktor&Rolf's Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum hits the perfect harmony of sweet and sexy, thanks to dreamy yet sultry notes of roses, jasmine, orchids, patchouli, vanilla, and musk. It's no wonder this popular scent has picked up a Best of Beauty and Readers' Choice Award in its lifetime — it's a winner for everyone. With this special Nordstrom-exclusive set, you'll get 1.7-ounce and 0.24-ounce bottles of the classic Eau de Parfum, in addition to the Bomblicious Voluptuous Body Cream (1.4 ounces) and Bomblicious Perfumed Body Lotion (1.7 ounces).
Le Labo Fragrance Discovery Set
Boy Smells Moody Woods Set
Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum & Sheer Lipstick Set
Le Labo Discovery Set puts you in the driver's seat for the journey that is discovering your new, favorite perfume. That is, the trio includes three five-milliliter spray bottles of the brand's musky Another 13, smokey-fire Santal 33, and tea-scented The Noir 29.
Choose between the Boy Smells' Moody Woods Set or Late Bloomer Set and be essentially transported to an earthy, pine-smelling forest or an intoxicating garden full of fresh blooms. Either way, you can't lose.
Infused with invigorating notes of tuberose, jasmine, and Rangoon Creeper (a unique flower native to southern India), the original Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum (3.3 ounces) is a real delight for those who are loyal to their fresh, floral scents. As a bonus, shoppers also get a full-size Rouge à Lèvres Voile Sheer Lipstick in 25 Goldie Red, a classic hue inspired by old Hollywood glamour that also looks stunning on the cheeks as a makeshift cream blush.
If nothing here caught your eye, head on over to nordstrom.com to fill up your carts with even more beauty steals and deals before the extravaganza comes to a close on August 8. Be sure to check out the landing page for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale for all the details you could possibly ask for, too.
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