It’s that special time of the year again kids!
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!
That means you can head into your local Nordies starting July 18th to nab yourself some seriously awesome, unique beauty finds!
Over 100 brands are participating this year including MAC, NARS, Juicy Couture, Dior, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Philosophy, and many more!
These brands all offer up some Nordstrom Exclusive beauty finds that won’t be available elsewhere so it’s a perfect time to nab yourself a unique beauty find and some are even a Steal and a Deal!
Here’s some items that caught my eye that I might be indulging in this Thursday (you could have begun pre-booking these items as early as June 23rd but I normally like to wander into Nordies and see them for myself on the date of release!):
Bobbi Brown Cocoa Mauve Collection
A really fab collection of awesome Bobbi Brown finds can be found within the Cocoa Mauve Collection that is exclusive to Nordstrom. This kit is $65 USD and comes with a Travel Case, Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Cocoa Mauve Ink, Creamy Lip Color in Berry Mauve, Metallic Eye Shadow in Iced Mauve, and Blush in Sand Pink.
The total cost is a considerable discount from what you’d pay by purchasing each item separately as Bobbi Brown is far from inexpensive!
As you can see below the model is sporting the entire look and looking very posh! I particularly like this collection as the look created is very similar to what you can get using the Bobbi Brown Mauve Face palette I recently review. At $55 USD it’s a bit pricey for the palette so this is rather a nice deal at $65 USD where you get quite a good deal more to do a complete look including a gel liner!
This one is on my wish list!
Dior has released a special limited edition palette for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which is entitled Dior Gaucho. I’ve VERY tempted by this but I have so many Dior palettes in my beauty arsenal collecting dust it would be a shame to indulge my inner demon of need. However, I am tempted. The colors are simply yummie for the upcoming Fall and at $55 USD the price is not bad at all!
Dior Gaucho Palette
If you’re wanting the palette I’d highly recommend doing your ordering from Nordstrom as you can get a free deluxe sample of Dior Black Out Mascara with your $50 purchase!
Now here’s one we have all been waiting on! Nordstrom’s Exclusive MAC Collection entitled Color Forms! Don’t lie to your Muse and say you aren’t excited about this collection because I’ll call your bluff! Ok, ok maybe it’s not THAT exciting! I’m actually kinda sorta excited about it. I’m very interested in the eye palettes as they are a design we haven’t yet seen from MAC and I’m intrigued by the lipstick as well! And I do so admit that the piggies get me hyper enough to warrant the use of a paper bag to catch back my breath after have a mild case of hyperventilation. It’s definately unique and I’m positive I’ll score a few items from this release!
As always this is a great time to nab some killer deals on brushes! I’ve always raved about how fab the brush sets are and now is a good time as any to nab some fine brushes at 75% off the original prices. Yes, some people do rant that the mini size aren’t as great as the full size but the Muse says don’t listen! The smaller size is just as good as the full size plus it’ll only cost you about $10 USD per a brush in these kits! That’s a sweet steal and a deal in my opinion!
The Muse says don’t feel too special when you pick up MAC Colour Forms for yourself. Although it’s advertised as a Nordstrom Exclusive it does make its way across the board and ends up in Singapore, Japan, and other locations outside of the US so definately don’t buy into the “exclusive” keyword with this collection.
I spy with my little eye a giant bottle of Philosophy Purity! My all time favorite size of Philosophy Purity is making it’s way to Nordstrom!
This little guy (I use the term little loosely) was only every available from QVC and sadly for the longest time it’s been MIA but now Nordstrom has gone and slapped an exclusive on it, jacked up the price by $10 USD or so dollars, and has made the Muse a happy Muse! I love this size. I go through gallons of this stuff anyway so why not grab the 32oz size! Hey, the economy isn’t doing so well right now why not indulge in a larger size cleanser right?
Philosophy Purity: The Massive Size
Wish list anyone?
Bare Escentuals never fails to make me gasp in absolute horror lately at it’s jacked up prices. But hey it’s the brand that I love to hate (price wise only of course). I love BE like I would a younger sibling, I like to talk down to it but that doesn’t mean I don’t care very deeply for it! Bare Escentuals In Fashion Nordstrom Exclusive is by far the most overpriced set I’ve seen to date from BE at $75 USD. I’m truly shocked. The price tag makes me cry out in pain however it doesn’t stop me from saying “ohhhhh look at the pretty colors” as drool drips from my mouth! The set looks quite breathtaking! This is an 8 piece set that includes Radiance All Over Face Color, Eye Shadow in Bahamas, Liner Shadow in Caviar, Blush in Escape, Lipcolor in Bavarian Cream, a Flawless Radiance Brush, Double Ended Precious Eye Brush, and a gorgeous clutch bag to store it all in!
Bare Escentuals In Fashion 8 Piece Set
Got $10 bucks? Nab a cool steal with the Evian Facial Water Spray Set! Get 1 Full Size Evian Facial Water Spray and a second mini travel size one for $10 USD!
Evian Facial Water Spray Set
The Muse likes the price! Definately on the wish list!
All in all I see some really great buys from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and plenty of ways to get more for less! I’ll be indulging this Thursday when all of these items hit stores (do check with your counter as they may already be available)!
Click on over and have a look at items that I didn’t mention in my post available during the sale!
Are you shopping for Nordies Exlusives?
What are you hoarding, hauling, and stashing away?
Excited about MAC?
Loving the Bobbi Brown set?
Wanting something I didn’t mention here?
Tell the Muse!
Dior has released eight shades of a new lip plumping gloss which is available now from Sephora for $19.50 USD each. I find myself wondering about the applicator on these and streaky, messy application hmmmm…….
After my run in with Dior’s Addict High Shine Lipstick I’m thinking I might skip on these. Although the colors and the formula look interesting enough I can’t get too excited about a plumping gloss…shrug….
If you’re loving ‘em be sure to check out your local color selection. Japan has an array of different shades not available within the US as does England!
Definitely a skip for me this time around!
Click here to check out some Dior glosses I am lovin’ from the Dior Summer Collection 2008!
Want more Dior? Click here to check on my Dior Spring Collection 2008 Haul!
You know how I’m always bitching about my eyes lately?
Well I have the solution right here, just for you! If you’re a bit of a frugal person you may not want to continue reading however if you want the best of the best this may be the solution you seek to fixing your eye area up and making yourself look fresh, awake, younger, and beautiful!
This year I turned 30 and with that came a slew of problems that presented themselves to my under eye area. I’ve tried just about everything as you may know from my previous post on eye creams.
One of my main solutions for looking fresh and awake while concealing my under eye woes are one of two fantastic concealers!
Yves Saint Laurent Radiant Touch and Dior Radiance Booster Pen.
That’s my solution for fresher, beautiful eyes.
I’ve been using Dior’s Radiance Booster Pen for close to a year now and it’s slowing replacing my YSL Radiant Touch Pen.
Both pens are brilliant, wonderful pieces of cosmetic that, no matter your age, you should have in your beauty arsenal.
I highly recommend going out and purchasing one of each as they come with my highest rating of approval.
First of all I probably shouldn’t call these concealers because technically that isn’t what they are however I feel like they are pigmented enough to do a very good job of concealing tired eyes, medium dark circles, and fine lines. The general idea is to not conceal but to illuminate and highlight your skin and subdue any dullness.
You can use these all over your face not just under your eye. I normally use them under my eyes and throughout the day, as a touch up, I dab some on the corners of my nose and blend outwards for a fresh look.
Both pens are truly brilliant at making my eyes look 100% better!
What’s the difference anyway?
I feel like the Dior version is a bit more moisturizing and offers a bit more coverage. It’s very thick and it feels like cool lotion when you apply. Coverage is very, very good and the it lasts much longer than the YSL Radiant Touch Pen!
This is a bit of a Dior Radiance Booster Pen versus YSL Radiant Touch Pen post and the winner is…..
Dior’s Radiance Booster Pen in Candle Light 02
Dior Radiance Booster Pen knocks YSL out of the water. Shocked? It’s true the Dior wins hands down!
- Conceals way better than the YSL Touch Eclat Radiant.
- Blends much easier as the formula is highly moisturizing.
- Excellent packaging and presentation (comes in a gorgeous blue velvet pouch, pretty silver tube, etc…)
- Does not crease, fade, or settle into fine lines.
- Lasts for hours longer than YSL’s version.
- Cheaper at $31 USD compared to YSL’s $40 USD price tag!
- Larger size for the price!
- Lasts for ages and ages as a little goes a long way!
YSL does a mighty good job with it’s Touche Eclat Radiant and I’ve always been a very, very big fan but the Dior pen does a much better job!
YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Pen in Luminous Ivory 02
Touche Eclat isn’t nearly as moisturizing and you have to do a bit of smoothing around to blend it in correctly. It comes in a larger variety of colors than Dior’s version but I actually felt like Dior’s limited colors suited my skin tone much better than the YSL colors.
The price tag is $40 USD and it’s considerably smaller for the cost compared the Dior at $31 USD. I’ve always found the gold casing slightly gaudy where as the Dior’s slick silver case is quite elegant!
Sadly, Touch Eclat Radiant has a tendency to settle into my fine lines and it does fade very quickly so I am touching up through out the day where as that doesn’t happen with the Dior Radiance Booster Pen as it lasts quite a good deal longer without creasing or fading!
All in all I think I’ve found a replacement for Yves Saint Laurent’s Touch Eclat Radiant and that would definately be the Dior SkinFlash Radiance Booster Pen!
Both pens are well worth getting your hands on as they create the illusion of beautiful, flawless skin however the Dior version does a much better job of it and with a nicer price tag!
Toss your Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclalt Radiant pens like I did and go and grab yourself a few Dior SkinFlash Radiance Booster Pens! You won’t be sorry! I sincerely have at least two on hand at all times!
Needless to say I do occasionally reach back into the bin and snatch up my YSL which means both the Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen and Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant are Muse Approved for purchase!
Which do you like more?
Refuse to try the Dior version because you’re so attached to your YSL pen?
Tell the Muse!
Read more about my great love for Dior by visiting past posts!
See my review on Dior’s Summer Addict Glosses by clicking here!
Prepare to drool by reading my review and seeing my haul of Dior Spring Collection goodies!
Click here to read about how the “I Love Dior” Deluxe palette compares to the Dior D’Trick Palette!
Dior’s Summer Collection has been available at Nordies, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, and a few other select locations for a month or more now (not officially). Sephora is finally updating it’s catalog with the Summer Collection as well. Dior’s Summer Collection is officially being launched in Japan as of April the 25th so I thought to coincide with that I’d post my review of the collection today!
The Dior Japan site has been updated to reflect the new collection for a few weeks now however, as always, the US site is still displaying the Spring Collection and being bloody slow about getting the update live (we probably won’t see an update until June or more).
As you already know from reading my constant rantings and ravings I am not a sun seeker which means of course this collection holds little appeal for me. The Collection consists of two new colors of High Shine Lipstick, two new colors of the single eyeshadows, two new palettes, and various other bits and bobs.
And of course the Pièce de Résistance of the Collection being the Golden Dior Pendant which houses a bronze gold highlighter cream to use on cheeks, face, and lips. Europe and Asia have two color selections for the pendant which are a gold and pink color while here within the US we are only getting the gold color.
Unlike the Spring Collection which I over indulged in, the Summer Collection held little appeal and I only ended up getting the three Dior Addict Ultra Glosses from the entire lot of items released.
The colors released ended up being very Muse friendly and I am loving the corals, golds, and beiges found in each of the newest glosses. I think these will not only work great in the Summer but well into the Fall!
Three colors were released of the Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect so I ended up with all three colors. I’ve always collected the Limited Editions of Addict Gloss but I haven’t done so in a while however with the Spring release I found myself using my LE glosses more and more thus that was part of the reason I picked these up!
The gloss formula is very good. Not too sticky, not to tacky but just right. It’s long wearing, holds nice shimmer and shine, and the price isn’t too bad at $24.50 USD per a gloss.
I took a few swatches for you so you can compare the various colors. Beige Moire is obviously very clear and sheer but it has a beautiful touch of gold shimmer which looks brilliant over peaches and corals. Beige Lurex is a beautiful bronze chocolate with hints of orange and gold shimmer. And finally Corail Lame is a gorgeous coral that borders an orange with touches of gold shimmer!
All three glosses are gorgeous but Beige Lurex and Corail Lame are my two favorites and worth picking up if you want something to pair up with a bronzed look this Summer or in my case a fresh peachy look!
Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect is Muse Approved for purchase! I’m enjoying these latest releases and look forward to using them this Summer!
Click here to find out why I’m NOT a Sun Seeker!
Click here to catch up on my review and first impressions of Dior’s Spring Collection 2008!
Click here to enjoy my review on Dior’s newest lipstick!
Click here to find out why you should be purchasing your Dior abroad!
Click here to see my FOTD using Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect in Beige Lurex!
PS I failed to mention that I’ve added a secret little sale page to my blog! I’ll be updating this with tons of stuff soon as I am doing Spring Cleaning this weekend!
Dior has introduced a new edition to the family with it’s High Shine Lipstick. Dior makes a fine bit of cosmetic that the Muse both uses and collects however their lipstick line hasn’t been something I can say I’ve indulged in much.
However, upon hearing about the Addict High Shine Lipstick I thought yes indeed this was very me! Visions of T’estimo lipstick and MAC Slimshines danced through my head and I was thinking how Dior probably created a beautifully moisturizing lipstick in an array of colors! I couldn’t wait to try it!
Meh. They could have done a better job with this.
I’m relieved I didn’t get crazy and purchase one of every color because it turns out it’s not all that great. The formula needs a bit of work as it advertises a high shine and gloss but I got neither from it. There isn’t much to say really it just feels like a regular old lipstick.
I’m not going to lie and say I’m not shocked as I expect far better quality from Dior but this definately disappoints. Most of my disappointment stems from the promise of a beautiful glossy feel and lovely shine. I didn’t get either from this and I can’t help but feel ripped off. It just feels like the regular Dior lipstick.
The color selection is vast and the packaging is simple yet pretty but sadly it’s a total bust for me. The Muse suggests saving your money and buying two MAC Slimshines instead as the price of one Dior Addict High Shine Lipstick is $25 USD which isn’t bad if it actually worked but sadly it’s a no go!
Boo Dior! The Muse is saddened and disappointed!