The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a time of great excitement, but also stirs up an undeniable sense of shopping FOMO. Despite the fact that my anniversary sale package arrived yesterday containing my beloved Zella leggings and Nike Frees, I have found myself back on the website perusing the other sale items. Naturally, I’ve spent a lot of time digging through the seemingly endless beauty section and have come up with a list of five must-have items as well as a quick guide with suggestions for maximizing your “Free Gift with Purchase” basket.

Top 5 Must-Haves

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Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Collection
Value: $110
Sale Price: $88
Typically, one of Jo Malone’s amazing candles will set you back $65 – $70, so this set is a great deal. It includes a cologne, hand wash, and candle in the Blackberry & Bay scent all wrapped in a beautiful gift box.

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Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Home & Away Due
Value: $107
Sale Price: $75
I’m all about creating a luxury fitness and beauty experience in the comfort of the home. This 33.8 oz bottle of Kiehl’s lotion would make the perfect addition to the bathroom of any kindred spirit whose goal is to make their home bathroom feel like an Equinox locker room.

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Smashbox Studio Prep Set

Value: $66
Sale Price: $36
You’re getting a full sized face primer, a conditioning lash primer, and under-eye primer for the regular price of one bottle of the Smashbox PhotoFinish Foundation Primer. Sold.

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Mario Badescu Complexion Perfection Kit
Value: $43
Sale Price: $29
I’ve already sung my praises of the magical Mario Badescu drying lotion and now you can get your hands on it, as well as the Drying Cream and Special Healing Powder, for less than $30. I’ve tried many different complexion products and Mario Badescu is the only brand that has ever worked.

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L’Occitane “Escape to Provence” Set
Value: $65
Sale Price: $38
How could one pass up an entire set of products from the always-beautifully-packaged L’Occitane brand? This particular set includes tons of products for the price. You’ll get the Verbena Shower Gel, Almond Shower Oil, Lavender Foaming Bath, Shea Butter Hand Cream, and Shea Butter Foot Cream. This is essentially a home spa kit for less than $40!

Gift With Purchase
The Deal:

With a purchase of $50, you will receive travel sizes of Aveda’s Pure Abundance Style Prep as well as Invati Shampoo, Conditioner, and Scalp Revitalizer.

How to Earn It:
You honestly can’t go wrong with any products here. After spending some time at the Aveda Institute, I learned that, in order to receive the best outcome, your products should be prescribed personally for your specific hair type and issues. For the sake of this blog post, I’ve decided to recommend my favorite general products. First, pick up the wooden paddle brush ($20), which I swear by for easily removing tangles, using for a flat wrap blow dry, and massaging the scalp. Next, try the blue oil balancing concentrate ($18). The blue oil has many uses (massage, aromatherapy, headache relief), but it is most useful in smelly subway stations in the heat of summer. My mum, who has a really sensitive nose, always has blue oil on hand. Finally, complete your purchase with the Outer Peace foaming cleanser ($27). I love using this cleanser after particularly sweaty workouts. It feels great and has a lovely scent, attributed to lemon tea tree oil and rose geranium.

Total Purchase Price: $65
Total Purchase Value: $89
Total Products Received: 7

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The Deal:
Receive a deluxe sample set and tote bag (your choice between two sets) with a purchase of $39.50.

How to Earn It:
It is really easy to spend $39.50 on Lancôme products. You could pick just about anything from Nordstrom’s selection, but it would be smart to pick the Defincils Set (Sale: $55) in order to get the most for your money. The set comes with a mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow palette, mascara base, and eye makeup remover.

Total Purchase Price: $55
Total Purchase Value: ~$200
Items Received: 10

The Deal:
Choose 1 of 5 skincare duos (up to $108 value) with a purchase of $75.

How to Earn It:
Your best bet is to pick the jumbo Baume Corps Super Hydratant (Sale: $52). This is 13.6 oz of Kukui nut, shea butter, oats, olive, orange and peach which work together to firm, smooth, and moisturize. Next, go for the Sun Care Milk-Lotion Spray ($35), a lightweight SPF 50+ sunscreen which protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays but also contains a complex which helps create an even tan.

Total Purchase Price: $87
Total Purchase Value: $169 – $225
Items Received: 4

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends August 4th!


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