High-end beauty products rarely go on sale. To be honest, I think it adds to the allure; they’re less attainable and expensive and beautiful and obviously, my favorite thing on this very earth. But when they do go on sale, it’s often hard to sift through what’s actually good and what should probably stay miles away from your shopping cart. You might wonder, “Well, there has to be a reason this is on sale, right?!” Often, I’d agree with you, but the one exception is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
You’ve likely heard about it a million times by now, but the Nordstrom sale is filled with incredible beauty products, from makeup to body care to gadgets to skincare and more, and they’re all on a pretty hefty discount. Most of my day (honestly, during work and during my free time) is spent looking at, testing, researching, sourcing, and pining after beauty products. I have a pretty good handle on what’s out there, what has positive reviews, and what is absolutely worth your money. So, I did what any good editor does, and I sifted through every beauty product in the Nordstrom sale to see what was actually worth it. If I had an endless amount of money (or an incredibly high Nordstrom credit card limit), these are what I’d pick up. Some of them I love so much I’d even recommend them at full price, and some are just a deal you can’t beat.
NuFace is one of the best beauty gadgets I’ve ever tried because it *actually* works. It uses microcurrents to target the muscles in the face to keep working and produce more collagen, as well as tightens and sculpts the face. Whether you’re worried about fine lines and wrinkles or just want to tighten up your face a bit, this product works both immediately and over time, meaning you’ll notice a difference right away and bigger changes over time. I am really self-conscious about the contours of my face, and using this once a day really helped boost my confidence. But what I love about this deal is that you get both the NuFace Mini (and the gel primer, which you should NOT skip using unless you want to feel like you’re being electrocuted) and The Fix Smoothing Device and Serum, a targeted microcurrent device that smooths out fine lines and wrinkles in seconds (seriously, check out this video, and you’ll be amazed). You get both of these devices for the price of just the NuFace Mini not on sale—so jump on this ASAP because it WILL sell out.
Oh, hello, steal of my dreams. Now that I’ve fallen head-over-heels for my Slip pillowcase, I am all about purchasing every single item I put in my hair in this gorgeous silk. But as you’ll maybe know, silk ain’t cheap, so the best time to snag these amazing-yet-not-that-exciting accessories are in a sale. This one comes with six of the small scrunchies and two of the medium size, so you’ll have all you need for putting your hair up before bed, for working out, and for the cutest party pony.
Ever since I tried a hair towel wrap like this, I have no stress about drying my hair, about my hair looking frizzy, or my hair getting damaged. The Aquis towel is the gold-standard. It’s in a super soft, microfiber fabric that makes my hair air-dry in about 15-20 minutes. I love this set of two because even when one is dirty (I do my makeup while my hair is in these), I always have one on hand.
This set of two pillowcases is an Anniversary Sale exclusive, meaning you can’t get it anywhere else! We love these pillowcases (and their hair ties, their headbands, their face masks—literally drape me in Slip everything) to keep our hair in place and damage-free while we’re sleeping, reading in bed, lounging, or whatever else you like to do in bed. They’ve kept my fine hair from breaking in the back (does anyone else deal with this? my stylist scolds me for ponytails every time), but our long-haired editors love that it doesn’t snag and pull out their hair while sleeping. Not to mention, they just look chic AF. White not your speed? They have this absolutely gorgeous caramel shade too!
Skinmalism is one of the biggest beauty trends of 2021, in which there’s a stronger focus on fewer products that give the most bang for their buck. The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is exactly that. It’s an overnight oil you apply as the last step in your skincare routine that soothes, improves texture, adds hydration and glow, and nourishes your skin with a blend of skin-loving oils like squalane and evening primrose. Instead of piling on a ton of masks, serums, and creams, opt for this one oil that basically does it all. Unlike many other items in the sale, you can choose the small or larger size of this and get a discount on both, which is a complete steal.
Everyone struggles through dry, crusty, cracked lips the second the season changes, and in 2021, you need something special to carry around to make it a bit more bearable. In comes this Dior set, which will make you feel like a princess every time you swipe on your lip balm. This set has everything you need for glossy, plush, plump lips this fall and winter: full sizes of Dior’s Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm and their Maximizer Plumping Gloss. Plus, you’ll also get a mini mascara primer to give your lashes a much-needed glow up too.
I picked up a set of Atelier Cologne’s travel-size perfumes to try all of them a few months ago, and they’re shaping up to be—dare I say it—my favorite perfume line out there. But the problem is that I truly love every single one. I can’t decide which to buy a full-size of because they’re all so unique and have the perfect strength that lasts on my skin and clothes for a long time. I’m considering getting this set because it contains five scents I really love, including Lemon Island, my absolute favorite lemon perfume of all time, which isn’t in their other perfume travel sets.
The second I saw this in the sale, I knew it would be my most-anticipated set. I already own both of these products, and they’re some of my favorites from the OUAI line… and the deal on this is insane. The Super Dry Shampoo is for the oiliest of hair days, and it delivers without a white cast. And for the first wash after, the Detox Shampoo is my favorite clarifying shampoo. It doesn’t strip my hair or leave it feeling dry, but my roots are so voluminous after and my hair feels clean as can be. This set is definitely going to sell FAST.
For less than $20, you can snag Mario Badescu’s top three products all in full sizes. Our editors swear by their face mists for refreshing their skin and adding extra moisture, and the drying lotion is our ultimate favorite spot treatment for pesky zits that won’t come to the surface.
There’s a reason this is called “Perfect Hair Day.” This shampoo and conditioner does it all: volumizes, smoothes, strengthens, adds shine, and conditions fine, medium, and thick hair types, leaving you with the best hair of your life that’s primed for style. But that’s not all—this set also contains our editors’ favorite dry shampoo of all time. It makes your hair actually feel clean with no white cast on dark hair. Don’t wait—this set always sells out.
Say hello to my favorite hair product of all time but now, at a discount! Briogeo is one of my favorite hair brands because all of the products are clean, effective, and not-cheap-but-not-outrageously-priced-either, ya know? I bought a tub of the Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioner almost two years ago, and I still have about five uses left. It lasts truly forever on my short-to-medium length, fine hair, but I’m sure thick and curly/coily hair would get plenty of uses out of it too. This set also includes their Scalp Scrub (another favorite of mine—it smells like peppermint, makes your scalp tingle in the most satisfying way, and lifts build-up from dry shampoo and other hair products) and a full-size of their leave-in conditioning spray. I’ll be picking this up to replenish my deep conditioner (I will never be without this, y’all) and get a few extras at a discount!