July 12, 2018

Things You Should Buy During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 has begin for cardholders. Well actually, it started yesterday in stores but today at nordstrom.com you can start shopping too! That means if you’re a Nordstrom Credit Card holder you can shop first, early, until July 19. Everyone else you can start shopping on July 20th!

In my opinion the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has changed dramatically over the years. They used to get a lot of really cool exclusives but the “sale” actually evolved into a sale as they do offer discounts on certain items where as before this was not the case and items were all full-price. A perfect example of this is the killer, KILLER deal on the Simple Human Eight Inch Sensor Mirror with Brightness Control which is $134 (originally $200). They actually had this on sale last year and I raved about it in a post. I have two Simple Human mirrors and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love them. I realize $134 for a mirror seems insane to some people but truly this thing is a beauty life changer. It’s such a great tool for skincare application, plucking stray hairs, blending eyeshadow, and more. I swear you can see every little pore, hair, and other imperfection on your face with this. The magnification is incredible plus the light is very bright (and adjustable). It’s actually a tool I’d never thought I’d use when I originally tried it out but now I can’t imagine my beauty life without it. This is an excellent deal and should be high on your Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wish List.

Here are more goodies to look out for.

More and more I’m seeing niche fragrance houses introducing Discovery Sets and I can’t love this idea enough! I recently featured The Montale Discovery Set and I’m happy to report Creed is doing the same during the Anniversary Sale. It’s such a great way to discover and experience an luxury fragrance without the huge price tag. The Creed Women’s Fragrance Discovery Coffret includes six mists for $70 in the following scents:

  • Acqua Fiorentina
  • Aventus for Her
  • Love in Black
  • Love in White
  • Royal Princess Oud
  • Spring Flower

There’s all a Creed Mens Fragrance Discovery Coffret set as well!

Speaking of fragrance discovery sets the Aerin Beauty Five-Piece Fragrance Discovery Set ($115) is another beautiful pick! This includes the following five 0.14 oz scents:

  • Amber Musk Eau de Parfum
  • Lilac Path Eau de Parfum
  • Hibiscus Palm Eau de Parfum
  • Mediterranean Honeysuckle Eau de Parfum
  • Tangier Vanille Eau de Parfum

I was delighted to see they included the newest scent, Hibiscus Palm, in this set.

Moving into the land of makeup there are a good deal of sets and palettes worth exploring.

Becca’s Sananas Passport to Glow Parisian Glow Set ($46) is worth a pick up to grab up the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Parisian Lights if you don’t already have it! The set also includes:

  • Soft Light Blurring Powder in Golden Hour (0.13 oz)
  • Backlight Priming Filter (0.5 oz)
  • Glow Gloss in Rose Quartz (0.18 oz)

Another nice value set is the Clinique All About Nudes Pop Lip Color + Primer Set ($29.50) which includes five mini shades of Pop Lip Color in the following shades:

  • Beige Pop
  • Bare Pop
  • Nude Pop
  • Blushing Pop Matte
  • Beach Pop Matte

Summer is here and of course everyone wants a good glow this Bobbi Brown Mini Glow Set ($32) is a perfect way to get that Summer glow with a Mini Shimmer Brick in Rose (0.14 oz.) and Mini Face Blender Brush.

Gone are the days that Nordstrom gets an exclusive MAC Collection for the Anniversary Sale like days gone by! They switched over to Look in a Box Sets about six or so years ago. This year, they are concentrating on the the all-on-palette MAC is so fond if launching towards their younger makeup lovers. This one is cute as it’s called “Nordy Girl”.

The set is $44.50 and it includes:

  • Palette featuring Eyeshadows in Playing Innocent (muted taupe brown matte), Bucket List (soft golden peachy brown matte), Solid Goldie (true gold with pearl matte), Full Moon (soft gold peach satin shine), Hunny (bronze-dipped peach matte), Mischief Maker (muted reddish brown matte), Cocoa Daze (light reddish brown satin shine) and Night Skies (muted blackish brown matte); Highlighter in Champagne & Oysters (gold peach with gold pearl)
  • Modern Twist Kajal Liner in Squid (0.01 oz.)
  • In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara in 3D Black (0.44 oz.)

Top on my list of must buys would be this Charlotte Tilbury Pretty Glowing Skin Palette ($75) that contains:

  • Airbrush Powder #2 (a warm powder with golden undertones and a soft velvety texture)
  • Blush in Pretty (a youthful rosy flush to illuminate any skin type)
  • Glow (top left) (a soft champagne to highlight and illuminate)
  • Bronze and Contour (a neutral cocoa to tone, slim, sculpt and define)
  • Summer Blush (a bright coral with a soft sheen)
  • Glow (bottom right) (opalescent with golden/pink undertone to layer and highlight)

Another palette that looks intriguing is the NARS Hot Escape Eye & Cheek Palette ($49) that brings together four eyeshadows, highlighter, and blush into one Summer travel-worthy palette!


  • Eyeshadow in Aurora (matte cream)
  • Eyeshadow in Yucatan (shimmering taupe)
  • Eyeshadow in Endless (shimmering warm gold)
  • Eyeshadow in Next Wave (shimmering graphite)
  • Highlighter in Sunstreak (shimmering pale pink)
  • Blush in Hot Pursuit (matte rose)

What’s on your Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018?

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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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  • Deb

    I love that mirror too Muse. I have the vanity top version and the travel size. This is a good deal if you can grab it. Unfortunately, the Nordstrom website is in its usual state of failure this morning. Every. Damn. Year. They never make provisions to handle the traffic. I’ve been trying to buy one measly skincare item for over 3 hours and still can’t complete the purchase.

    Hope everyone else has better luck than me!

    • Isabella Muse

      Ugh sorry Deb! I haven’t even ventured on yet. Was going to hop over to the store tonight maybe!

  • kjh

    You strayed from your gourmand roots, and remembered me! Men’s Creed. Omg, NOW i’m excited about the sale!!!

      • kjh

        They look tiny, and don’t say how tiny. Better get 2 and use sparingly. I’ve wanted 3 or 4 of those forever. Big yay. Tangential: Did you get the Raw Spirit sampler to review?

        • Isabella Muse

          I DID! Haven’t had a sec to crack it open yet ;-D did you? Great deal! I wish they had a by kilian sampler so I don’t have to sell my unborn children to wear his scents!

  • Saoirse

    I suppose the mirror will be sold out by the time July 20 rolls around. πŸ™

  • Christina

    Shocking, I think absolutely nothing for me this year! I’m saving up for my trip to Hawaii and Osaka in November, so I can’t splurge now. Luckily for me, nothing has really caught my eye this year.

  • Rina

    I’m tempted by the Le Labo toiletry set! OT, but did you see MILK was on Haute Look yesterday?

    • Isabella Muse

      OMG didn’t see that thanks Rina ;-D Milk on sale=COOL!

  • LC

    I realize they are from luxury brands, but those fragrance sets seem ridiculously overpriced.

    • Isabella Muse

      Sounds crazy but it’s actually affordable for a niche house, a single bottle Creed fragrances run $315 to over $400 and Aerin $120-$175.

  • Carin

    I scooped up the MAC Nordy Girl palette online today. I’m quite a makeup minimalist and have been waiting months for this sale to grab something new. I can’t wait to try it!

    • Isabella Muse

      let me know how it is! I’d be curious to hear your thoughts! It’s on my wish list! I haven’t placed an order yet but it’s in my cart πŸ˜€

  • Vail Valley Girl

    The Bobbi Brown shimmer brick does not look like it is rose. It looks more rose gold. Yes, I know the packaging is rose gold.
    I checked Nordstrom.com and they are saying it is rose.
    Could this be a limited edition?

  • Lisa O

    Good morning Muse!
    I have been looking for a good makeup mirror to replace my old Conair. Is this worth getting a Nordstrom card for? I need more magnification as I get older, ugh, even though there are things I don’t want to see! Ha! I can’t wear readers & put my eye makeup on at the same time!!

    • Isabella Muse

      YES yes and yes. I didn’t think I needed this mirror. I have a vanity mirror, a plenty of mirrors in my bathroom, and in my closet but this thing was life changing. I swear it finds hairs I didn’t even know I had to pluck. It also reveals a lot about where I should be applying moisturizer, etc…it’s just really helpful! I actually find I use it more for skincare vs makeup application.

  • Rayna Wandel

    The Bobbi Brown mini shimmerbrick is not Rose (I thought it looked off) – it is actually called Sunset Pink. The website has it wrong and I called a store.

  • Bethanne Black


    I had a heck of a time getting through Nordstrom’s website (again) this year. I kept filling my cart and when I pressed “Check Out,” the cart would dump its entire contents. I finally had the brilliant idea to call a Beauty Stylist on the phone and I was able to get through. I bought some Elemis bath products, the Nordy Girl Metallic Palette, and most notably, the Lancome gift with purchase. I bought enough items to get 2 Gift With Purchases (Mac and Lancome) and 2 beauty gifts from Nordstrom.

    Best of all, Nordstrom sent me an email and is crediting me 10 bonus points per dollars that I spent the day the Anniversary crashed their website. That’s 2,000 points for me, because I spent $200. YAY, Nordstrom! They finally did something to correct their website drama!


    • Isabella Muse

      I’m so sorry to hear it πŸ™ A lot of people experienced the same but I’m glad they made good on it and gave you the bonus pts! ;-D