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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 Top Picks

Hi guys. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 is currently on and today it’s going to be open for everyone until August 5, Monday. I didn’t have a chance to shop during the early access for cardholders because I’ve been busy traveling and had just gotten over my jet lag. I do have some items on wishlist though, and a lot of these items are the ones I’ve been eyeing since last year. Speaking of last year’s sale, I didn’t get to shop that much either, so with this year’s Nordys Sale (which I think has the best selection of on sale items so far), I am definitely purchasing some stuff.

 

Check out my wishlist and top picks below. The prices shown are the current sale price.

 

 

nordstrom anniversary sale 2019 top picks in beauty

 

1. Bobbi Brown Instant Glow Lip & Highlighter Set (35 USD)

 

2. Charlotte Tilbury Easy Portable Pocket Sized Eye Palette (55 USD)

 

3. Giorgio Armani Iconic Glow Set (90 USD)

 

4. Diptyque Set of 5 Travel Size Candles (55 USD)

 

5. Nest Grapefruit, Ocean Mist & Sea Salt & Bamboo Votive Candle Trio (30 USD)

 

6. Tom Ford Eye & Mini Lip Set (88 USD)

 

7. Beautyblender All That Glitters Makeup Sponge Set (35 USD)

 

8. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil Mini Duo (72 USD)

 

9. NuFace White Trinity Anniversary Facial Toning Kit (217.75 USD)

 

10. Nars Private Paradise Face Palette (42 USD)

 

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Last year’s sale, I wasn’t able to purchase any Tom Ford items since they got sold out immediately, so, this year, I’m really loving all the TF sets. Also, the Giorgio Armani Iconic Glow Set is TDF, and if you’re a fan of scented candles, the Diptyque Set of 5 Travel Candles is such a good deal. If beauty and skincare tools are your thing, I’ve been eyeing the NuFace White Facial Toning Kit which has always been pricey but it seems really good for toning the face. Additionally, who couldn’t resist the Nars Private Paradise Face Palette? You’ll get a contour, highlighter, and blush in one single palette, along with shades that match to your skintone.

 

Not really sure what’s my criteria in choosing the items below. I do notice that a lot of the items in the Nordstrom Sale are mostly wardrobes that are meant for Fall. While that’s also nice, for me, I think I don’t really plan to buy my clothes in preparation for the upcoming season. I have more of a “buy now, wear whenever” approach to clothing, LOL.

 

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1. Vince Camuto Cabbage Rose Toile Sleeveless Chiffon Blouse (52.90 USD)

 

2. BLANKNYC Suede Mini Skirt (64.90 USD)

 

3. Caslon Long Sleeve Crewneck Tee (18.90 USD)

 

4. Halogen Check Blazer (89.90 USD)

 

5. Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover (49.90 USD)

 

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I’ve always been curious about the Thread & Supply Fleece Pullover. I don’t own one. It seems really comfy and I think I could use it for whenever the temps go low. The BLANKNYC Suede Mini Skirt is really nice.

 

nordstrom anniversary sale 2019

 

6. All In Favor Wrap Top (25.90 USD)

 

7. ASTR The Label Lace Midi Dress (58.90 USD)

 

8. Halogen Ribbed Sweater (29.90 USD)

 

9. Halogen Tie-Waist Twill Pants (65.90 USD)

 

10. Spanx Thinstincts Mid Thigh Shorts (38.50 USD)

 

11. Spanx Power Short Mid Thigh Shaper (23.90 USD)

 

12. Halogen Single Breasted Blazer (85.90 USD)

 

13. Something Navy Flecked Crewneck Sweater (49.90 USD)

 

 

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Now, there’s a lot of things on this list that I love. First of all, the Nordys Sale is the best time to buy Spanx at a cheaper price. These things are useful to smoothen the lumps and the bumps. The Halogen Twill Pants seem really chic, and I’ve got to try that ASTR The Label Midi Dress that everyone’s talking about. I’m just not quite sure about the sizing of that dress though. Also, not sure if I could pull off that All In Favor Wrap Top.

 

nordstrom anniversary sale 2019 fashion

 

 

14. BLANKNYC Faux Fur Teddy Coat (64.90 USD)

 

15. Rails Whitney Print Shirt (98.90 USD)

 

16. J.Crew It’s in the Stars Tee (25.90 USD)

 

17. Spanx Higher Power Mid-Thigh Shaping Shorts (24.90 USD)

 

18. Frame Le High Waist Skinny Jeans (139.90 USD)

 

19. Spanx Undie-tectable Lace Hipster Panties (15.90 USD)

 

20. Rails Hunter Plaid Shirt (99.90 USD)

 

21. Rebecca Minkoff Jody Croc Embossed Leather Circle Crossbody Bag (185.90 USD)

 

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Last Winter, I was dreaming of Teddy Coats. This year, I’m eyeing that BLANKNYC Faux Fur Teddy Coat. I also love the Rails Clothing because they’re all so comfy and that Whitney Print Shirt is giving me a laid-back Summer vibe. I also saw the Rebecca Minkoff Jody Croc Circle Crossbody bag IRL and it’s really sleek and stunning.

 

And that comprises my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 Wishlist and Top Picks. Are you shopping for this year’s sale? What’s on your list?

 

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Beauty/Skincare Haul

Hey guys, in today’s review, I’d like to share this mini (beauty and skincare) haul from the last Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Well, as you all know, the Nordys yearly sale is finally over and it took a long time for my order to arrive. I did order some stuff online and I’d like to show you what I got.

 

nordstrom anniversary sale haul 2018

 

Actually, I didn’t really purchase much clothing stuff, as well as some beauty stuff. For whatever reason, I didn’t get so excited about the selections of sale items this year, but I did want to get something as a gift for some family friends. To be honest, I kinda liked the items that were on sale last year compared to this year. Also, this year, Nordy’s shipping is terrible. By the time I got my stuff, the sale was pretty much over. Anyway, the beauty and skincare sets I got were some of the items that took my interest. There were some sets that got sold out immediately but thank goodness since there were several decent sets left to choose from. The sets that I’m about to review might be gone now but you can still purchase the products individually in their regular sizes at Nordstrom or in any other beauty or skincare stores.

 

bobbi brown shimmer brick sunset pink

 

Bobbi Brown Mini Glow Set $32 – It comes with a Mini Shimmer Brick Highlighter in Sunset Pink and a Mini Face Blender Brush. I’m totally in love with the shades of this particular highlighter even though the packaging looks really tiny. It has this perfect blend of slight shimmer, with a hint of peachy blush and a bit of bronzer. The glow I got out of this is really beautiful with a natural diffused effect. It’s not too blinding and it’s not too bronzey. Not too pinkish either. It manages to be light enough to make it glowy and buildable at the same time. I love that it really defines the face and it’s very versatile to use. You can pretty much use it as a bronzer, a highlighter or as a blush. You can even put it on the lids. For me, this is a perfect bronzer/blush, hands down, and I’ll definitely look into the larger version of this because I love this so much. On the other hand, the Mini Face Blender Brush is amazingly precise and easy to use. I was kinda doubtful about its small size when I first saw it, but it actually can cover my whole cheek and can even be used as a highlighter brush. It’s so soft and it gives me a nice control when applying my blushes and bronzers. Overall, this is a very good affordable set.

 

bobbi brown shimmer brick highlighter in sunset pink

bobbi brown shimmer brick highlighter sunset pink swatch

bobbi brown shimmer brick sunset pink

 

Stila Good To Glow (Liquid Eyeshadow Set) $35 – This set has one full-size shade from the Shimmer & Glow (Metallic)Kitten, and two full-size shades from Glitter & Glow: Gold Goddess and Smoky Storm. I’ve always wanted to try these Stila liquid eyeshadows since I’ve heard good things about them, and since they’re the liquid type, I thought they might be practical and easy to use. However, ever since I got these and had been practicing with the application, I find these liquid eyeshadows to be quite a challenge to use. The application is tricky and they seem to be way too glittery for my taste. The Glitter & Glow shades (Smoky Storm and Gold Goddess) have chunky glitters that are too vivid and too blinding for my taste. Even the Shimmer & Glow (Kitten) is still too bold for my taste, but perhaps using a different more muted or deeper shade could have probably worked for me. Also, the formula of these conspicuous eyeshadows is too fluid that they can be hard to blend. Their brush applicators tend to put a lot of products on the lid, so I guess the technique of using them is basically not to put a lot, and just use a brush to spread and blend the liquid evenly and quickly on the lid since the formula does set immediately. I wish Stila would reformulate these into something creamy, however, being as they are, these eyeshadows do feel light as if nothing on the lids. Perhaps, with more practice, I could make these work better.

 

stila liquid eyeshadow in kitten, golden goddess and smoky stormstila liquid eyeshadow in kitten, gold goddess, smoky storm swatches

 

stila liquid eyeshadow kitten, smoky storm, gold goddess

 

Kiehl’s Fuel Your Adventure Set $35 – Comes with several minis: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Face Wash, Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream-White Eagle, All-in-One Energizing Wash for Hair & Body, Energizing Non-Oily Facial Moisturizer, and No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm. This is an affordable men’s set that will be useful for traveling. I can’t speak for any of the individual products inside this set since I will be gifting this soon, but I could see that this is such a good deal since there’s a little bit of everything from the Kiehl’s Body Fuel line for men.

 

kiehls body fuel for men

 

Diptyque Candle & Fragrance Set $72 -This set has three Mini Diptyque Signature Candles (1.2 oz each) in Tubereuse, Roses, and Baies. There’s also three Pen Sprays/Eau de Toilettes (0.2 oz each) in L’Ombre dans L’Eau, Do Son and Eau Rose. I’m so excited about this set, but unfortunately, this won’t be mine since this will be gifted soon as well. I also prefer to have my Diptyque candles in large sizes so I could burn them for a long time. I did manage to sniff the Pen Sprays and OMG, they’re awesome! My first impression with L’Ombre dans L’Eau is that it smells pretty much like the Baies Candle, and Do Son has a Jasmine-ish scent, which smells kinda strong at the beginning, then it fades nicely into a light floral scent. Eau Rose has a light rose scent reminiscent of Rosa Mundi. Overall, the candles and pen sprays in this Diptyque set are perfection.

 

diptyque candle and fragrance set: baies, roses, tubereuse, do son, eau rose, L'Ombre dans L'Eau

 

That’s it, you guys. I’m pretty much satisfied with the stuff I bought from this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, even though I didn’t really buy a lot. I wish Nordy will improve their shipping next year and will have better selections of sale items as well. I’m looking forward to finding some exciting and unique deals next year. ‘Till then.

 

 

 

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