July 15, 2008

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives

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!


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Laurie

    I am SO excited for Friday to get here. I’ve already put my preorder in but I’m going to pick up a few gifts in store too.

    I love the Bobbi Brown kit and the Gaucho palette – but Laura Mercier’s collection is gorgeous! That was also on my preorder:)

  • B

    Oh how I wish I wasn’t on make-up probation (a few beauty bloggers and I are going through intensive purchase withdrawls until Thanksgiving….ugghh). I’d be all over those BB and MAC collections.

  • MandyPandy

    I’m lusting after them all!

    Plus, I wish I looked like that model! All bronze skin and high cheekbones!

  • sarahPUFFY

    Aquafina’s Facial Mist is cheaper at $4.00….

    Juuuuust sayin. ;]

    *aquafina owns your soul*

  • Jackie

    I am so glad there isn’t a Nordstroms around where I live at. I would definetly be getting the Bobbi Brown set. And the Dior palatte is amazing. QVC does have the jumbo size of Purity. I just ordered one a couple of days ago. Man, I love that stuff!

  • the Muse

    hi laurie!

    Me too!!!!! I didn’t preorder for the first time. I normally do but this year I decided to wander in and have a peek for myself! I feel like I have more control that way!

    I heart the gaucho palette so much ugh..WANT!

    The Laura Mercier wasn’t too appealing to me but I think I have to see it in person and maybe than will fall in love with it 😉

    Happy Shopping!

  • the Muse

    hiya b!

    OH MY GOD. Dude that’s too long! How will you survive?!?!?!?!??

    Don’t come to my blog. it’s not good support for your plight!


  • the Muse

    ‘ello my little pandy!

    Me too *blush* I seriously want everything released!

    High cheekbones yes but I can do without that major tan hehe!

    Besides I love you just the way you are my little cherry blossom 😉

  • the Muse

    hello there Jackie!

    Oh noes. But at least you can order from the website 🙂

    Nice haul! Both items are gorgeous especially the Dior palette 🙂

    REALLY??! It hasn’t been in stock in a few months! Holy cow! Awesome! Thanks for telling me as it’s a tad bit cheaper from QVC.
    I adore it too!

    Have you tried the foaming one yet? I’ll be reviewing it soon!

    Thanks for the comment!

    Happy Shopping 🙂

  • Cosine


    I’m so sorry I haven’t been leaving comments for months! I’ve been pretty busy with varsity admission stuff and I just came back from Thailand! =D I’m still faithful to ur blog though! <3

    Anyways, Colourforms came to Singapore already and its gorgeous! The palettes are all lovely and so are the pigments and lippies! I love the ones I bought so much and if my budget had permitted, I want all! U’ll love it too!

    Just a little grumble though… the fabric casing of the palettes get soiled easily. My Cool Lip Palette (blue casing) is already coloured with the Royal Flush pigment. I guess I’ll have to put the palettes into individual plastic bags, away from the other cosmetics. Hope u get a great haul!


  • ~*MC*~

    I’m actually not “OMG WANT” on the MAC Color Form palettes, however I do spy some face powders and a pigment that look mighty tempting.

    BE just annoys the crap out of me with everything lately because of the prices..honestly, the only thing that I truely like about BE are their brushes, liner shadows, and Glimpse shadows.

  • happy

    You are right about the MAC exclusives being available in other countries other than US. The Color Forms collection has been selling in Canada at The Bay since last week. The colors are beautiful!

  • the Muse

    COSINEEEEEEEEEE! hello how are you?

    It’s ok! i totally understand 🙂

    THAILAND!? Without the MUSE!? I love thailand!

    Aww thanks honey MWAH thanks for visiting me!

    Yes I know! I seen on Cozy damn 😉

    I’m eager to haul 😉 especially the piggies!

    aw poo! That sounds crummy that the palette soil easy. I actually don’t like the canvas look of ’em but I love the colors inside so you know I want them rather badly 😛

    Thanks honey! MWAH!

  • the Muse

    hi mc!

    Me either. Although I do want the piggies and face powders too 😉

    I loved BE at one time and considered it a nice deal. I liked the glimmers alot not so much the foundation but the pricing has skyrocketed or am I nuts?!

    Damn! I can buy Dior and Chanel for that price!

  • the Muse

    hiya happy!

    I know 😛 All the exclusive stuff causes a frenzy but we shouldn’t feed into the hype considering most everywhere gets the collection anyway 😉

    Can’t wait to see them in person!

    Have you hauled any?

    Thanks for the comment 🙂

  • ~*MC*~

    You’re not nuts. I think BE charges way too much for their sets and you really feel cheated after paying $42 for a kit when only 2 out of 4 colors are actually wearable on you..

    ….not that I speak from experience lol.

    I am hoping to score the eye brush that came with the new Rocker Eye off ebay…I <3 that brush so much.

  • Nosh

    Luv, we need to keep you away from Nordies 😀 Clearly, this sale is the den of all evil. I refuse to even go look at the websited *nods*.

    I will emerge victorious!! *shakes fist*

    On a side note, I think this model that BB has been using is just gorgeous, cheekbones, tan and all! 😀

  • the Muse

    hey dd…I’m lusting after it all..is it ok to admit that?

    *looks around* o_O

  • the Muse


    that brush is the awesome! gets it, gets it now 🙂

    My review is upcoming on the set!

    I don’t mind $42 if it comes with alot but lately $42 gets you a brush, a blush, and maybe two shadows.

    $42 used to get you 3 brushes, 3 shadows, a blush, powder, a case, etc…

    The price is nuts-o lately!

  • the Muse

    nosh..it is *nods solemnly* the debil is behind it all!


    I think you peeked anyway didn’t you? cheeky little monkey 🙂

    I agree she looks rather fab I always feel her models look great! Even the amazon blond with the gap between her teeth..pretty gorgeous!

  • Dancinggal

    The model in the Bobbi Brown ad is ridiculously stunnning! Want that stuff just so I can look like her!!! And I LOVE the bag with the Bare Escentuals stuff! So pretty, worth buying the set just for that, he he he.

    Have fun at the sales!

  • ‘ * : . b | u 3 . : * ‘

    i wish we had a nordstroms in Canada! we do get MAC Colour Forms but I don’t know about the others. Then again, I’m on a shopping ban again lol, so perhaps this is good for me 🙂

  • happy

    I went nuts and bought quite a bit as I got a few pieces from the Color Form collection and also from the 3 new collections too. I haven’t had a chance to try them out yet but I bought 2 Richmetal Highlighter – Positive Charge & Deep Deposit and the Jardin Aires pigment. The highlighters looked totally different on my skin compared to in the containers. If I could I would buy all the highlighters and the pigments. For some reason they called out to me more than the palettes.

  • the Muse

    hi Dancinggal!!!!

    She looks fab and her makeup is flawless!

    I liked the bag too lol! I actually looked at that first before I looked at the colors lol! I always notice the BE bags before the makeup included with the collection 😉

    Will do! Wish my wallet luck 😉


  • the Muse

    hi ‘ * : . b | u 3 . : * ‘!

    Damn! Shopping ban? Help I wanna be on one too lol! Seriously I need an intervention!



  • the Muse

    hiya happy!!!

    Awesome haul of goodies happy! I’m jealous 😉

    I was kinda skipping on the highlighters….but they sound good from your deets 🙂

    the palettes are a tad bit boring but I’m such an avid collector I feel like I NEED to buy them 😛

  • the Muse

    I always like the mini versions of brushes…tis really good imho!

  • sarahPUFFY

    WOW rry? thats like super gay. if you cant get it on the net for find it in the dark abyss you call walmart then youre effed doll!

  • the Muse

    hey sarah!

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is a dark abyss 😉

    Where exactly in walmart is it located I search high and low in the beauty aisles!