The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives unveiled earlier this month are almost coming to an end so I thought I should share my picks from the sale before it ends this weekend, the things I’m lusting over as we speak.
You probably know by now that Nordstrom does not have sales on beauty but what they do instead is offer fantastic values with sets from brands we all know and love. Some items are discounted (more on that below) but most are value priced, not to mention exclusive to Nordstrom for the time being.
Ready? Here we go!
NARS FALL 2014 COLOR COLLECTION NIGHT CALLER
A bold, yet tender palette, dramatic enough to seduce the darkest hour – NARS Cosmetics introduces the captivating scene of the Fall 2014 Color Collection and the new Night Series Eyeliners.
Eyes shine in amethyst and quartz shadows while intense black liners flecked with rich purple, gold, and green pearl provide intriguing depth. Lips smolder in warm reds and cheeks are softened with a wash of glistening pink.
The Night Series eyeliners glide on smooth with ultra-saturated color in a single swipe while luminous micro-pearls set in jet black color light up the night.
Jardin Perdu Duo Eyeshadow, $35
(L) metallic dove grey, (R) metallic amethyst
Dolomites Duo Eyeshadow, $35
(L) shiny rose quartz, (R) chocolate
Bansar Satin Lip Pencil, $25
focus item rose brown
Mondore Satin Lip Pencil, $25
limited edition cranberry
Mauritanie Matte Multiple , $39
limited edition strawberry red
Night Flight Eyeliner , $24
black with cobalt blue pearl
Night Bird Eyeliner , $24
black with purple pearl
Night Clubbing Eyeliner, $24
black with gold pearl
Night Porter Eyeliner , $24
black with green pearl
Unlawful Blush, $30
amber pink with silver pearls
Available July 15, 2014 at NARS boutiques and on narscosmetics.com; Available August 1, 2014 at Sephora, Dept./Specialty Stores
I’ve been trying to simplify things lately and that means going with products that can multitask, this JASON Vitamin E Oil does just that. It’s an antioxidant rich blend of almond, apricot, avocado, sunflower and wheat germ oils you can mix in to your favorite body lotion for added oomph, use it on your cuticles and use directly on hair and skin.
I’ve talked about this before… I am obsessed with oils and have been for the last few years. For me, they have made the progression from being “body” only to now being OK to use everywhere else. I’ve been using this oil at night in place of moisturizer for the last few months and I’ve loved the results. My chronically dry spots around my jaw have improved and my skin has felt smoother and softer overall… and I’ve barely made a dent in the bottle.
By far, my favorite way to use this product is on my body. I’ve started putting vitamin E oil after I step out of the shower. I’m not a fan of body lotions and creams, they feel heavy on me and don’t absorb as quickly as I would like them to. I hate getting dressed when I feel like my skin is still moist from lotion. This isn’t the case now, a few drops is all I need for my chest, legs and arms and my skin doesn’t feel weighed down at all. I love the sweet almond scent this oil has but it is just momentary, it dissipates pretty quickly so it won’t interfere with whatever fragrance you have in mind for that day.
There are different variations of vitamin E oil out there and if you plan on picking some up, here’s the difference: the higher the “IU”, the more concentrated the oil is. It also becomes thicker as it changes in strength. At 5,0000 IU, this is not the most powerful version of vitamin E oil out there but I feel it’s the most appropriate one to use on the face and body. JASON also makes a 14,000 IU and 45,000 IU versions, these versions would be best if you plan on trying this in place of your moisturizer.
So who’s on Team Vitamin E Oil with me? You should be! It’s known for its anti-aging properties as well as scar fading prowess.
I’m the girl who will plan something out and think of almost every aspect of except one… and it is always something very obvious. When it comes to lounging in the sun, that thing is always sunscreen so the end result is an uncomfortable sunburn. Because of this, I have now learned to keep a few things on hand to try and calm my skin afterwards and one of those things is Jason Aloe Vera Gel.
Not only is this great to have on hand in any first aid kit to come to the rescue of minor burns (mine are always cooking related), it is much needed relief on top of sunburned skin. It’s like a tall, ice-cold glass of water for parched skin. The gel is water based so it doesn’t contain any oil and feels practically weightless on skin so it absorbs super quickly. When I get a particularly bad burn, usually on my face, I like to apply it in a thick layer and leave it on as long as I can as a manage to stay still for. The relief is instant and it cools me down while I soothe my skin.
In a pinch, it has a ton of other uses as well, some of which I employ… like as a facial moisturizer when I don’t want quite as much hydration or when I’ve irritated my skin after a peel. I also use aloe vera when I make some homemade scrubs for face and body, I’m becoming a bit of a kitchen beautician these days. The best thing about this is I get the hydration without any of the slip-and-fall-break-your-neck danger when I use the scrubs in the shower. Another shower use? Shaving, it minimizes any irritation from the razor and leaves legs and underarms feeling super soft.
The last thing I love about Jason Aloe Vera Gel? It is super wallet-friendly. This 4 oz. tube can be picked up for just under $4 and there’s also a larger 16 oz. size if you mean business. I hope you remember your sunblock but if you don’t, just reach for this…
It was just a matter of time before The Simpsons made their way into the beauty arena and that day is almost here thanks to the MAC Cosmetics Simpsons collection! MAC is bringing one of the small screen’s favorite families to a MAC counter near you this September (online on August 28th) but if you’re in San Diego for Comic Con this month, you’re in luck! You’ll be in the right place at the right time for MAC’s exclusive one-day only pre-sale.
Keep reading a sneak peek at the collection and pre-sale details…
Celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow has been Keri Russell’s go-to gal for helping her look gorgeous on the red carpet and in photo shoots. This recent look from Friday’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes premiere is just stunning. She looks polished and sleek, love it. Tina created Keri’s look, using Juara Skincare and Votre Vu products.
Here’s a break down:
Just in time for the holiday weekend, Jin Soon Choi, founder of the infamous JINsoon line, has shared 2 nail art looks to get your nails in tip-top, patriotic shape for the 4th of July.
The looks feature her signature shades and if you haven’t tried her line yet, you’re missing out. She has collaborated with Revlon and MAC in the past and went on to create her own line with unique shades that have a great formula. She absolutely kills it with blues. If you haven’t visited her site yet, make sure to stop by and look at her nail art tutorials. My favorite is the V-Shape tutorial. She creates looks that are gorgeous yet seem completely approachable.
Keep reading to find out how to create these two looks.
In addition to the new MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations release, MAC is also launching a new, revamped nail polish formula named MAC Cosmetics Studio Nail Lacquer. The new formula is toluene, formaldehyde and DBP free and also contains conditioning vitamins E, C and B5 to help straighten nails. Outside of the formula, we’ll be seeing a different, flatter brush for better application.
The new Studio Nail Lacquer comes in 4 different finishes: cream, frost, pearl and glitter… yay for glitter! In addition to the MAC Nails Transformations top coats, this new release also brings us a new gel-like top coat named Overlacquer and a new gel-like base coat named Underlacque. New, revamped versions of faves like Nocturnelle are great but I’m looking forward to test driving these base and top coats.
Here’s a peek at some of the shades:
Also out with a new nail polish formula is the NARS Nail Polish line up. The formula has been revamped and there’s a new brush as well as 19 new shades now part of their nail lineup. The revamped collection now features 43 shades, including 24 fan favorites like Orgasm for a full range of looks.
Introducing NARS new Nail Polish, a brilliantly curated palette of enamels featuring a flexible, high gloss finish for a freshly-painted look that lasts. With a unique combination of resins and polymers, the upgraded formula is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails, while the removable cap and specially designed brush allow for easy application.
The collection also include the NARS Base and Top Coats for the complete NARS lacquer experience. Shades include:
Ladies, MAC means business. They are stepping up their nail game. First, they revamped their nail polish formula (more on that soon) and now they are launching the new MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations collection; shade transforming top coats you can apply over any nail polish to give your nails a twist.
Fusing her unique background as a former forensic scientist with a striking and innovative design sense, Marian Newman brings her modern aesthetic to a collaboration with M·A·C, featuring a collection of nail lacquers and topcoats designed to give nails a stylish twist. Six glowing topcoats in Texturize, Shadow, Blue, Pink, Green and Gold will transform the look of your lacquers into totally new shades.