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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites
If I had a dollar for every time I said how much I love Nordstrom, I’d be able to afford this bag. Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale only happens once a year and to be completely honest, besides Christmas, it really is my favorite holiday (other than my birthday). Is there anything better than being able to shop for fall’s top trends two months in advance….ON SALE?  If you’re lucky enough to be a cardholder (I’ll hold off on my former Nordstrom employee rewards card pitch), you get to shop the sale before the general public.

The sale opens up completely on July 17 at 7:30 PM – make sure to shop early, prices officially go up August 4!

I’m proud to admit that I’ll probably shop the sale up until the last day possible, especially when I’m finding new steals everyday. Do you shop the Anniversary Sale? What are you looking to add to your fall wardrobe?


10 Beauty Products Worth the Splurge

10 Beauty Products Worth the Splurge

After weeks of annoying my friends about the products above, I decided it was time to share my love with all of you! Behold, 10 beauty products that are absolutely worth the splurge. Now before I really get into it, I’ll be the first to admit that I have my fair share of drugstore favorites too – nail polish, lipstick + mascara.

From Left to Right:

Clarins Double Serum – aside from winning various beauty awards, this serum is powered by 20 pure plant extracts and potent, high-tech molecules. Results? You will see firmer skin, smaller pores, and visibly even toned skin. Did I mention this serum combines two powerful formulas into one?

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick – if you know me at all, you know that I swear by Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick. It literally is the best of the best (am I allowed to say that?) Aside from flawless, silk-like coverage – this product is perfect regardless of where you’re putting on your makeup (no judgement here).

Oribe Beach Wave Spray – is one of those products that I almost don’t care if it’s actually doing something because it smells THAT GOOD. Lucky for me, it gives my curls the perfect dose of shine and texture.

NARS Yachiyo Brush – this is one of my favorite blush brushes that can be used for color application, blending, contouring and highlighting. The black goat hair of the brush is known for its softness and strength. A must have in your makeup bag.

NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer – we have all faced the struggle of finding the right concealer. NARS definitely hit the jackpot with this blendable, long-wear concealer that gives the perfect amount of luminosity and coverage to brighten up underneath the eye.

Clarisonic Mia – do I really even have to go into why this product is worth the splurge? Just think of it this way: in order for your serums, creams, etc. to actually get into your skin to work – they need to fight through all the dirt and oil to do so. The Clarisonic gets into your skin (without being abrasive) and cleans 6x better than your hands.

butterLondon Nail Foundation – do we still have the “I don’t need a base coat” attitude? butterLondon base coat hides and smooths tiny ridges and imperfections in the nail. It literally is like a foundation make-up for the nail. Added bonus: it actually keeps my nails from chipping. Who knew base coat was actually supposed to work?

Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15 – a lip balm that does exactly what it’s supposed to: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. The SPF 15 is an added bonus for sun protection.

Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask – a hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin. What I love most is the instant cooling effect to refresh your skin no matter the condition.

Tom Ford Lipstick – the holy grail of lipsticks and the home of my favorite nude lipstick ever Pink Dusk. If you can get past the beautiful packaging, this luxurious lipstick has great pigment and an incredibly smooth application. 

Do you have any beauty favorites that are worth the splurge? 

If you could only own 5 beauty products, which would you choose?

If you only have 5 beauty products, which would you choose?
  •  A touch up stick (Bobbi Brown Touch Up Stick) – whether you have redness, a blemish or need a quick touch up, I can’t  go anywhere without it.
  •  Blush (NARS “Orgasm”) – I love NARS blushes. Their pigment is powerful and they have a full range of colors to choose from. I love a pop of color on my cheeks and feel naked without it, whatever the brand may  be.
  • Gel eye liner (Bobbi BrownLong-Wear Gel Eyeliner) – Eyeliner is such a staple in my makeup bag. It defines your eyes and can lost all day long.- A good moisturizer (Kate Somerville “Nourish” Moisturizer) – The first step to flawless makeup is a  hydrated face. Everyone needs moisture!!! It’s like a drink of water for your face.
  • Hair Treatment (Moroccan Oil Treatment) – A hair treatment is so essential for me with my long, thick, and tangly hair. It helps smooth out my thick hair, tame the frizz and gives the perfect amount of shine without looking greasy.

What are your 5 beauty products that you would choose? Share in the comments below!

Cult Beauty Products: Are You a Member and Didn’t Know it?

Cult Beauty Products
You know you’ve heard of these products before…. from your friends, family, or any self-proclaimed beauty worshipper. A few or all of these products may even be in your beauty bag. Let’s take a show of hands, of how many people either own or have heard of these cult beauty products.

Be sure to let me know in the comments below if you own any or all of these products?


May’s Must Haves.

Must Haves.
1. Deborah Lippman: The Run the World (Girls) Set is a collection of mini nail lacquers featuring fun yet wearable neon shades that feel fresh with a fabulous demi-matte finish. The packaging in person is pretty much to die for. This is a MUST have.
2. Nars ‘Laguna’ Body Illuminator gives a beautiful bronzed radiance and delicately scents skin with exotic Monoi de Tahiti oil. What I love about this product is the beautiful radiance it gives to the skin. The huge plus to this illuminator is the drying power; I was able to put this all over my body and put a dress on 10 minutes after.
3. Trish McEvoy Blackberry & Vanilla Musk is like the perfect sweet and salty snack except this is the perfect sweet and spicy fragrance. This playful set combines juicy blackberry buds, rich vanilla and sensuous velvet musk with white rose and cashmere woods. With any fragrance, I recommend seeing how the fragrance dries on your skin.
4. St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse – I kid you not, this is the best self tanning product I have ever used. How have I been living these tan-less winters without this product?  The mousse is infused with conditioning aloe vera and long-lasting color, you’ll have a perfectly natural looking, streak-free tan that dries in an instant. The mousse is tan in color so you can actually see where you are putting the self tanner!
Golden rules for the perfect tan:
Exfoliate with your favorite body exfoliant before moisturizing dry areas thoroughly with your favorite moisturizer (elbows, knees, ankles and feet). Help protect light eyebrows and hairline with a little extra moisturizer. Then, I recommend using the St. Tropez applicator mitt to help spread the mousse evenly throughout the body.
5. Jo Malone Orange Blossom Scented Candle –  “The scent of clementine leaves in the morning dew sparkles above a heart of orange blossom and water lily, transporting the wearer to a garden oasis. The Orange Blossom Home Candle infuses any room with evocative scent and lasts for hours. An everyday luxury, it brings warmth to any environment.” This scent is my favorite of the candles and really only needs to burn for 30 minutes to give a beautiful scent to any room.
6. Alexis Bittar ‘Dust’ Teardrop Earrings (Nordstrom Exclusive) – These earrings are just as beautiful on as they look in the picture. The blue compliments any skin tone and hair color are the perfect size to make a statement. Elongated teardrops of handcrafted Lucite® are encrusted with a plethora of Swarovski crystals for a glittering statement.
What are your May ‘must haves’?