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Best Black Friday Beauty Deals + Sales 2019

November 29, 2019

Best Black Friday Beauty Sales 2019

Rounding up all of the best Black Friday Beauty Deals and Sales for 2019 that I could find! Some brands are launching special creations for Black Friday including Chanel and Diptyque.

Beauty Sales and Deals

111Skin – 20% off all holiday gifting and travel kits are $60, ends midnight Sunday Dec 1

AmorePacific – Save up to 50% off select sets while supplies last, receive a 5-piece mini set of iconic Time Response collection with a $200 purchase

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Black Friday sale including 25% off eyeshadow palettes, 40% off lip, 25% off brow and more

Bare Minerals – 25% off everything with code ITSON, valid through 11/30

Beautyblender – Pink Friday beauty deals with special value bundles

Beautylish – Black Friday special deals, value sets, bundles on Bioderma, Farmacy Beauty, Charlotte Tilbury and more with tons of gift with purchase offers, valid through 12/2

Becca Cosmetics – for 2 days up to 50% off bronze, blush and glow

Benefit Cosmetics – 25% off + free shipping with code FRIYAY, valid through 11/30

Bite Beauty – 75% off sitewide, prices as marked, some exclusions apply

Bloomingdale’s – Take 15% off $100, 20% off $250, 25% off $400+ on a large selection of items, look for TAKE UP TO 25% OFF, discount applied in bag, valid 11/28-11/30

Bobbi Brown – 25% off all orders plus free shipping and gift wrap

Briogeo – 20% off sitewide, free samples and free shipping with code HOLIDAY through 12/2

Bumble and Bumble – 25% off when you spend $50 or more + free shipping

Byredo – receive a free 70 g candle with any order above $75 (selection available at checkout, one per order, while stock lasts through 12/2)

By Terry – 50% off selected items & 20% off the Holiday Collection, valid 11/29 – 12/1

Chanel Black Friday 2019

Chanel – special Black Friday limited-edition launch of the Duo de Camelias Illuminating Powder Duo, review + swatches + makeup look reviewed in this post here

Charlotte Tilbury – Black Friday Beauty sale, 30% off select bundles, palettes and sets

Clarins – Buy 1 item receive 15% off, buy 2 items receive 20% off, buy 3 items receive 25% off (FYI the two Kooples Tinted Lip Oils are back in stock in case you’ve been trying to track them down, I just ordered them however there’s a note on their site stating they’re excluded from the promo)

Cle de Peau Beaute – Cyber Week Bonus gift with purchase with 4 minis with order $250 or more

Clinique – 25% off orders with code 25OFF with free shipping

Colourpop – 30% off sitewide including palettes, no code needed, some exclusions apply

CoverFX – 30% off and free shipping with code BESTFRIDAY

Dermstore – Save up to 30% with code DSGIFT through 12/2, exclusions apply

Diptyque – Limited-edition Black Friday launch in their iconic Baies candle with special design and black wax, limited run while supplies last from 11/29 to 12/2, also receive a mini candle duo (35g) and Lucky Charms ornament set on order $150+ with code CHARMS while supplies last

Elemis – 30% off site wide with code CYBER19, excludes Excludes ULTRA SMART Pro-Collagen, Travel Sizes, Select Kits, and Gift Cards

Erborian – 25% off sitewide with code BLACK

Farmacy Beauty – 20% off all orders or 30% off orders $120+ with code CYBER, runs through end of 12/2

First Aid Beauty – 30% Off orders with code HOLIYAY, valid through 12/2, offer excludes all Skincare Kits, Limited Edition Holiday Kits, New Arrivals and Sale Items

Foreo – Black Friday offers up to 35% off select items

  • 15% off Luna 3
  • 25% off LUNA 2, ISSA, ESPADA, IRIS, UFO mini, All UFO Mask Collections and LUNA fofo, LUNA mini 2 (aqua, yellow, black)
  • 35% off UFO (all colors) and LUNA mini 2 (Pearl Pink and Fuchsia)

Fresh Beauty – Take 20% off entire purchase through 12/2, automatically applied at checkout

Giorgio Armani Beauty – Friends and Family event save 20% off, receive complimentary shipping and 2 samples on orders $75, also receive a full size Lip Maestro N200 on orders $125+, use code HOLIDAY20, valid 11/21-26

Glamglow – 30% off sitewide, no code needed, exclusions apply listed on their OFFERS page

Hourglass Cosmetics – Holiday event savings 11/29 through 12/2, no code needed

  • $30 off orders $150+
  • $50 off orders $200+
  • $150 off orders $500+

Kate Somerville – Save 25% off with code 25CYBER

Kerastase – Cyber Savings

  • 20% off $100 orders + free shipping with code HOLFF19, valid 11/28-29
  • 20% off $100 orders + free shipping + tote bag gift with code THXFF19, valid 11/28-29
  • 20% off $100 orders + free shipping with code + 3 Nutritive Deluxe samples, use code BLKFRI19, valid 11/29 – 12/2

Kiehl’s – Give more save more event with code JINGLE, valid through 12/2, excludes gift sets

  • $10 off purchases $50+
  • $20 off purchases $80+
  • $35 off purchases $115+

Kosas – Holiday Savings

  • 20% off any purchase $50+
  • 25% off any purchase $75+
  • 30% off any purchase $100+

L’Occitane USA – Black Friday exclusive sets, savings and gift with promos

La Roche Posay – 25% off and free shipping with code BESTDEAL, valid 11/29 – 11/30

Lancome – 20% off friends and family savings event on all orders

Laneige – 30% off sleeping masks, one day only on Black Friday

Laura Mercier – 25% off, holiday 2019 collection excluded, no code needed, offer ends 12/2

MAC Cosmetics – 25% off for MAC lovers, sign in to redeem offer, no code needed

Marc Jacobs Beauty – Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer Friday Event, save 20% off sitewide, plus a free 4-piece gift on $75+ orders, valid 11/28 to 11/30

Molton Brown Advent Calendar 2019

Molton Brown – 25% off everything plus free shipping, valid 11/27 through 12/2, no code required

NARS – 20% off orders or 30% off orders $150+, valid through 12/3, use code MORENARS

Neiman Marcus – $50 off $200 purchases, includes beauty and fragrances with code THANKFUL

Nordstrom – Cyber Sale prices drop starting November 27th

  • details updated on their Black Friday page for Women, Men, Kids, Home and Beauty
  • 80+ beauty gift with purchase offers here

Omorovicza – Save 30% on skincare, receive a 4-piece gift with any purchase $200 or more, no code needed, runs through 12/4 (exclusions apply on their T&C page)

Ouai – Spend $50 get 20% off with code OUAITHANKFUL

Pat McGrath Labs – Cyber savings 25% off orders under $150 and 30% off orders $150+, valid through 12/2, no code needed

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance

Peach and Lily – 30% off site wide with code PEACH2019 all sales final and not eligible for return, exchange or refund, gift cards excluded, runs through 12/3

REN Skincare – 25% off on full size products with code GIVEBACK, excluded value sets, value sizes, Clearcalm Non-Drying Acne Gel, ends 12/1

Riki Loves Riki – 25% off sitewide

Sephora – Sitewide savings, markdowns and promos

Shu Uemura Art of Hair

  • 20% Off $100, plus free shipping with code SHUFF19 valid 11/28-11/29 or
  • 20% Off $100, plus free shipping & Mini Paddle Hair Brush with code THX19 valid 11/28-11/29 or
  • 20% Off $100, plus Black Comb, Travel Size Shampoo ($15 value) & free shipping with code BLKFRI19 valid 11/29-12/2

Sisley-Paris USA – Black Friday Rose Infusion Cream + Full Size Mask Set (45% savings)

Smashbox – 25% off for non-Smashcash members and 30% off for Smashcash members, no code needed runs through end of 12/1

Soko Glam – 30% off site wide with code BLACKFRIDAY19, exclusions apply

Sol de Janeiro –25% off orders when you spend $75 or more

Space NK USA – Buy one get one half off savings, ends 12/2, exclusions apply here

Sulwhasoo – 25% off their best sellers, no code needed, valid through 12/1

Supergoop! – 20% off with code GET20, valid through 12/2

T3 – 25% off sitewide with code FRIDAY19

Tarte – 30% off everything with code FRIDAY30, valid 11/29

Tatcha – Three mystery offers when you play for a chance to win 20% off $100 orders or $15 off $75 orders, unique code will be generated for playing the game, also offering free gifts minis of the Violet-C Mask and Serum with orders over $50, valid 11/28 to 12/1.

Ulta Beauty – Black Friday Beauty Busters sale while supplies last

Violet Grey – bi-annual sale savings (exclusions apply)

  • $15 off $100 purchases
  • $50 off $250 purchases
  • $100 off $500 purchases
  • $250 off $1,000 purchases



Acccessories and Fashion Sales On My Radar

APL – Free travel pack with each pair of shoes purchased and a $20 coupon to use on your next online order, limit 1 coupon per order, some exclusions apply

Banana Republic – 50% off regular priced items, no exclusions, no code needed

Coach – 50% off best sellers

Equipment – Save 30% off sitewide with code THANKS30, valid through 12/2

J.Brand – 30% off sitewide with code BLACKFRI30, ends 12/1

J.Crew – 50% off select full price items and extra 60% off select sale styles with code FRIDAY, valid 11/29 only, qualifying products are marked

Joie – Save 30% off sitewide with code THANKS30

Lululemon – Black Friday sale mark downs (prices as marked)

Madewell – 30% off purchases with code GIFTWELL, valid through 12/1

Rag and Bone – 25% off everything with code TAKE25

Reformation – 30% off everything through 12/2

Paige – Save 30% off with code CYBER30, select styles excluded

Saks Fifth Avenue – Earn a $75 gift card with a $150 purchase with code THANK19SF

Senreve – receive a free bracelet pouch or carte folio or passport holder with purchases $500 or more, ends 11/30

Shopbop – Buy More Save More event, up to 25% off full-price items and up to 75% off sale items, runs through 12/2

  • 15% off orders $200+ with code MORE19
  • 20% off orders $500+ with code MORE19
  • 25% off orders $800+ with code MORE19

Splendid – 40% off everything, no exclusions with code THANKS40, runs through 12/4

Tory Burch – Save 30% off orders $250 or more with code THANKS, exclusions apply, also save up to 60% off 100+ sale styles, valid 11/28 – 12/3

Truffle – 25% off with code MERRY25 (reviews here and here)

Truffle Jetset vs Jumbo

Happy shopping!


Top Makeup Staples to Splurge on During the Sephora Summer Bonus Event

August 21, 2019

Best Luxury Makeup To Splurge On Sephora Sale

Sephora has surprised us with a Summer Bonus Event for Rouge and VIB Members! The event is happening now through 8/27 to reward top tier Beauty Insiders with a summer bonus discount both in store and online (you can shop and save multiple times throughout the event). If you’re not already a member I highly recommend signing up! As a member you get access to a lot of perks such as discounts, early access to new launches, promotions, free makeovers and more.

  • Rouge Members will receive 20% off purchases with code SUMMERSAVE
  • VIB Members will receive 15% off with code SUMMERSAVE

There are so many great beauty brands available at Sephora and this is a great time to try some new things that have on your wishlist or to stock up on tried-and-true staples. I’ve partnered with them to round up my Top 20 Makeup Staples I’ve used all summer long. Quick note that there are some exclusions: “Not valid on The Ordinary products . Clients are limited to the purchase of one Dyson item, three Drunk Elephant items, five Morphe items, and three Tatcha items per SKU per transaction.”

Face / Base

Best Foundations Laura Mercier and Armani

Top Makeup Bases: NARS, Laura Mercier and Armani

My top picks:

  • Armani Luminous Silk Foundation has been a go-to, the color range matches my skin tone the best as they have good golden/olive tones. This is the most naturally radiant looking foundation I’ve tried and it holds up well even in warm weather.
  • Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation is the longest-wearing semi-matte finish base I’ve tried. It holds up the best in humidity, covers and smoothes, has great coverage, but my skin can still breathe with this one
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is forever going to be my holy grail. I love that the colors have been expanded, so if you felt like you couldn’t find a match with the original launch, you might want to check out the colors again. They’ve added a lot of new shades to fill in the gaps. It’s also available in a mini (in all colors)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Filter Powder in Shade 2 is my holy grail blurring and setting powder in one. I love that it’s in a compact so it’s easy to carry in your purse for touch ups.


Lip Favorites Right Now

Favorite Summer Lip Oils and Balms

NARS Lip Oil, Afterglow Balm, Fenty Gloss, Pat McGrath, Charlotte Tilbury

I could go on forever about my favorite lip products. There are so many great formulas and finishes – practically something for everyone whether you want gloss, lipstick, a liquid, crayon, shimmer, matte, sheer, etc. The top ones I’ve had in rotation:

  • NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm is a soft hydrating balm that gives the lips the perfect soft pink flush. It’s surpassed my love for the Dior Addict Lip Glow!
  • NARS Oil-Infused Lip Tints are also lovely for a beautiful lip oil. I think all the colors are really nice but I’m partial to Orgasm. It will swatch clear/sheer on your hand, but on the lips give it a minute and it will shift in color to a pretty pink. It’s what I’m wearing in this post!
  • Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow is what I’d call a universal soft rose. I think it’s a must for any skin tone. It has a cushiony non-sticky finish.
  • Pat McGrath LuxeTrance Lipsticks are the first products I splurged on from her line and it’s been love since the first swipe. These are ultra creamy and opaque. They aren’t weightless but the colors are so beautiful.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk is my go-to rose neutral. If you find it too brown/rose I’d recommend you try Super Cindy (more peach) instead.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk is the best everyday neutral that goes will all of my lip colors. I’ll pair this with the Fenty Glosses on top.


Eye Favorites + Staples

Best Brow Pencil Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
Best Eye Makeup Staples for the Sephora Sale

What I love right now:

  • NARS Wanted Mini Eyeshadow Palette has been surprisingly versatile for such a small palette! It has the perfect mix for a soft rosy neutral eye look.
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks are still forever my favorites. I use these as eye bases for powder shadow. Rosegold and Copper are my most-used colors
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz is one of the best brow pencils I’ve ever tried. Since I got highlights last year I had to change my brow pencil color as my usual browns from Dior were a bit too dark. I alternate between Anastasia Medium Brown, Caramel and Taupe.
  • Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel is the best brow gel to fill in and define the brow. I still love the Hourglass option for a cheaper alternative but I feel like the Tom Ford one fills in the gaps better.
  • Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadows count for 2 of my picks because I have two favorite colors: Ray and Burnish. I thought the original 5 were amazing but I’ve really been loving Burnish and Ray layered together.
  • Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen is the best liquid liner. It’s so expensive but out of all the ones I’ve tried I feel it’s truly worth the extra price because it doesn’t bleed, it dries fast when you apply, and it does not dry out as quickly as other brands do. I also love that it’s double sided with two sizes for the tips.


Cheek Favorites

Natasha Denona Bloom and Blush Glow Palette

Natasha Denona Tan and Bronze Glow + Fenty Bronzer

Last but not least, the three cheek products I feel are extra special include:

  • Natasha Denona Bloom and Blush Glow has the prettiest mix of shades for the ultimate glow. It has a combination of powders and creams. I feel like this is such a unique palette!
  • Natasha Denona Tan and Bronze Glow is so good I’ve kept my backup so I won’t be without it once I use mine up. I think this has the most flattering mix of colors for highlight and bronzer for medium to medium dark skin.
  • Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer in Shady Biz is a really good natural matte bronzer. I love everything about from the packaging to formula. It has the perfect texture to blend easily and doesn’t darken on the skin once it sets.

Best Luxury Makeup Armani, Charlotte Tilbury, Laura Mercier and NARS

That wraps up my Top 20 Makeup Favorites! There are so many other things I also love but I tried to narrow down my recommendations list to the top 20.

The Sephora Summer Bonus Event is going to be for Rouge and VIB Members only this round, it runs through 8/27. I’m stocking up on some hair care and skin care favorites. I’ll probably buy a couple more of the Charlotte Tilbury pressed powders because I go through those frequently!

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Fashion Lifestyle Roundup Sales

Instagram Roundup / Loving Right Now

April 12, 2019

Sam Edelman Gala Sandals White Spring Sandal Season

Happy Friday! I have an Instagram roundup on some outfits and accessories I’ve been loving lately. A few of you have asked for more info on sizing/scale of the mini bags I’ve posted in a few flatlays so I’m sharing all the details today!

Quick note that a few retailers are having sales going on right now that you might want to take advantage of. Many of my accessories are on sale!

  • Shopbop’s sale ends April 13th (extended by one day) with code EVENT19 you can save 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders over $500
  • Nordstrom is price matching a lot of the items from the Shopbop Sale (you’ll have to search by brand or product name)
  • Tory Burch is having a sale event through April 15th, 20% off $200, 25% off $350 and 30% off $500 (there are quite a few exclusions), use code SPRING
  • J.Crew is having a sale with 50% off sale styles and 40% off everything else, online only with code SALEUPGRADE, ends April 15th (update)


Sam Edelman Gala Sandals, Jcrew Toothpick Jeans, Ark Bag Dupe

Ark Bag dupe / Sandals Sam Edelman / Jeans Jcrew Toothpick / Polish Chanel Joyau

I did a quick series on Instagram Stories about one of my Ark Bags. This one shown above was a gifted dupe and it’s a very well made one. The differences between the real Cult Gaia and this one are slight, I wish I knew where it was from but it was a gift and I’m a little embarrassed to ask! A few of you mentioned you think it’s this one from Amazon or possibly this one from Tuckernuck. Based on what I’ve seen for the bamboo/wood ones the dupes are very well constructed. If I knew where my exact dupe was from I would 100% buy it.

My favorite sandals this season are from Sam Edelman. I bought a couple pairs and these Gala Sandals are on sale at Shopbop. They run true to size and are very comfortable.

I recently rediscovered J.Crew denim, I always thought their jeans were pricey but with the sales it makes them 100% worth it. The 9 inch high rise has a good fit where it doesn’t feel like they are falling off like lowrise ones. No belt needed for this style and at the same time they aren’t too high it makes me feel like I’m wearing pants up to my chest. They’re a little stretchy but still sturdy enough to hold everything up and in! My favorites however are still from Paige in the Verdugo Ankle style (any color). Out of all the brands/styles I’ve tried I think Paige has the most flattering cuts and fit.


Cult Gaia Mini Ark Bag Natural

Cult Gaia Ark Bag Mini in Natural / Sunglasses Rayban / Lipstick Tom Ford Carriacou (review soon) / Hair Oil Gisou Mini / Bracelet Celine

My curiosity got the best of me and I felt like I just had to know what the original was like. I bought the real Cult Gaia Ark Bag in the Mini Size Natural Color from Nordstrom (also available at Shopbop) and think it’s SO cute. The real ones have the Cult Gaia branding inside the handle and in between the strips are tiny round beads while the dupes usually have a gap with the clear plastic showing. I’m 5’3″ and find minis fit my frame better in general but they aren’t always practical because of how little they hold. The mini measures 6.25 inches tall, 9 inches long, 2.5 inches deep. (Scroll down for a photo of me wearing the mini.) I think it’s the cutest thing ever and it is big enough to hold my wallet, phone, keys, a compact, sunglasses and a couple lipsticks. I do think the bigger sizes, even the small is more practical to hold more things without overwhelming your frame. I’m keeping the mini I bought and my gifted dupe – think both are the perfect summer bag, even years after it originally launched. If you want something more unique opt for the Tortoise or pretty Acrylic Colors, I love the blue and melon colors!

Quick note on my sunglasses from Rayban, the style code I have is RB2185 and I have the polarized options which are slightly more expensive than the non-polarized versions. I did not realize this until after I bought mine. I know people say polarized sunglasses have better protection for the eyes, but sometimes I don’t like the way they shift colors. I still really love mine and I own quite a few polarized sunglasses. Just wanted to tell you in case you wanted to know or wanted something around $50 cheaper opt for the regular versions.


Staud Mini Shirley in White and Tory Burch Emmy Sandals

Bag Staud Mini Shirley / Sandals Tory Burch / Hat Lack of Color / Lips Bobbi Brown Lychee Baby, Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Liner, Charlotte Tilbury Kidman’s Kiss / Perfume Byredo Bal D’Afrique / Earrings Mikimoto / Sunglasses Celine

I’ve had the Staud Mini Shirley bag for a little over a year now and love it! As with the minis vs small, I do like my mini, but the bigger options are going to be a lot more practical. I wish I bought the small size but since I use this for days I only carry essentials. It’s perfect for date nights or quick trips out. It doesn’t have a shoulder strap or long handle to throw over the arm which is the only downside to this style for me. They did just launch another clear option called the Clear Bissett Bag which seems more practical if you need a longer handle to hold over the shoulder or want something a little bigger around.

These style Tory Burch Emmy Sandals run a little small, I’d recommend going a 1/2 size up. I normally wear 6.5 in their millers, with these I opted for a 7. The classic Millers are still the most comfortable as the sole of these are stiffer, but they’re still easy to wear for me.


AGolde Parker Shorts in Swapmeet

Hat Lack of Color / Sandals Tory Burch / Shorts AGolde / Black case The Daily Edited / Sunglasses Chanel (old style) / Polish is Chanel Le Vernis Jaspe

I bought the AGolde Parker Shorts the last time Shopbop had a sale and this was the first time I tried high rise shorts. They’re on the high side as described but it’s a nice change from the shorter lower waist options I’ve tried. Color shown is Swapmeet which is a lighter blue and they have some fun distressing giving them a more casual vibe. I also love the color Rock Steady which is a more traditional classic blue jean color.

To this day Tory Burch Millers are still my favorite sandals. The sand patent has lasted the longest for me. I’ve worn my others TO DEATH and they are starting to wear, but they have lasted probably 5 years and I’ve worn them EVERYWHERE so I think they were well worth the splurge. My brown leather ones have seen better days – but they have lived through a lot of travel, rain, humidity and moving. I’m planning to repurchase and replace them soon.


Clare V Petite Sandy and Sam Edelman Beckie Slides

Bag Clare V Petite Sandy / Card Case Gucci / Polish Chanel Perle de Corail / Sunglasses Celine / Sandals Sam Edelman Beckie

Another sale splurge last month was the Clare V Petite Sandy and I did not realize how small it was going to be even after checking the dimensions online. I still love it and think it’s the perfect size for me! (See one photo down to see how small it is.) The larger Sandy is more of what I envisioned this being like though because it’s bigger and has a longer strap to hold over the shoulder. You can buy a separate shoulder strap from Clare V for a lot of their bags which is something I’m considering for my petite option.

Another pair of Sam Edelman shoes I’ve been loving are the Beckie Style in Natural Raffia (runs true to size for me). They have a similar style called Bay Cutout which has solid/smooth leather but I have not tried those yet. The Beckie options are the woven material and it’s very sturdy and comfortable with a slight cushion like the Gala.


By request, a few mirror selfies to show scale of the bags. I’m 5’3″ and 118 pounds (I’ve gained weight with our indulgent Miami vacation eating and have also gained muscle weight with our weight training). The struggle to stay fit is real when there are so many tempting good food places to try when you travel. I’ve been fluctuating like a yoyo.

Left photo:

Right photo:

OOTD AG Robyn Jacket White, Mother Denim Skirt, Cult Gaia Mini Ark, Staud Mini Shirley, Celine Round Sunglasses

Below more photos of another mini bag:

OOTD Madewell Tie Front Top, AGolde Parker Shorts in Swapmeet, Clare V Petite Sandy, Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Black


One last post from Instagram! I mentioned the Anthropologie Cloudfleece top a while back and a lot of you wanted to know what it looked like on. I posted a photo sharing the Mint color. It’s super soft and lightweight and hangs nicely for a relaxed fit. I’m wearing the XS here.

You also wanted to know how big/small the Tory Burch Marsden Crossbody is on me. It measures 9.25 by 5.5 and 1.25 deep. Here it is on me over the shoulder and worn as a crossbody. I wish it had an adjustable strap to make it a tad bit shorter but it’s easy to wear and most of you are taller than me so it’s probably going to be the perfect length! I wear it all the time and it has some slots inside to put cards so you don’t need a wallet. I’ve owned it since last July and it’s held up very well even in Florida humidity and rain.

Anthropologie Cloudfleece Top, STS Blue Shorts, Tory Burch Crossbody

Top Anthropologie / Crossbody Bag Tory Burch / Shoes Converse / Shorts STS Blue / Rimless Aviator Sunglasses Marc Jacobs


Favorite tops and bottoms mentioned:



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I hope you found this roundup helpful to answer all your questions! Let me know if you have any other ones. If you’re shopping the Shopbop sale it ends today April 13th so make sure to check it out!



Best Cyber Monday Beauty Deals and Sales 2018

November 26, 2018

Best Cyber Monday Beauty Deals 2018

Roundup of the Sest Cyber Monday Sales in Beauty, Fashion and Accessories for 2018! There are some nice ways to save on Bobbi Brown, Armani, Truffle along with a lot of gift with purchase options. Chanel has three new limited-edition travel sets that come in a super cute pouch! I was lucky to receive a preview of the Hydra Beauty Le Voyage is shown above.

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills – limited restock on the Amrezy highlighter at 9:00 AM PST, weekend sales event with markdowns on select products
  • AmorePacific – for a limited time, 50% off select gift sets, valid through 11/27
  • Antica Farmacista – 25% off your order with code CYBER, valid through 11/27
  • Bare Minerals – 25% off plus free standard shipping on every order with promo code CYBER2018, plus receive a full-size bronzer and highlighter palette ($34 value) with $75 purchase, valid 11/25-11/26
  • Beautylish – tbd
  • Becca Cosmetics – 30% off sitewide with code CYBERGLOW
  • Benefit – 25% off all orders with code BENESAVE, valid 11/25-11/27
  • Bite Beauty – Cyber Monday special 20% off sitewide + free standard shipping on all orders, valid 11/26 only, GWP offer Bag + Mirror, Mini AB Cayenne, Mini AB Fig, with any $35 purchase using code MONDAY4
  • Blissworld – 25% off sitewide with code THANKS, valid through 11/26
  • Bluemercury – earn a promo card with purchase, spend $100 and get a $20 promo card, spend $250 and receive a $50 promo card, offer runs 11/26
  • Bobbi Brown – 25% off sitewide and 6-piece minis with a $50 purchase
  • Briogeo – 20% off sitewide with code HOLIDAY on 11/26
  • Buxom – 25% off sitewide with code AFFCM18, plus free holographic top coat in Crystal with orders $50 plus, runs through 11/27
  • Byredo – receive a free 70g candle with any order above $75 and enjoy free shipping, choose between six options at checkout, while supplies last through 11/26
  • Caudalie – online exclusive gift with purchases:
    • Spend $100 and receive a Beauty Elixir 30 ml, Instant Foaming Cleanser 50 ml, Lip Conditioner and a Hand Nail Cream 30 ml, use code CYBER100
    • Spend $200 and receive a Beauty Elixir 30ml, Vinoperfect Serum 10ml, Vinosource Sorbet 15ml, Premier Cru Eye Cream 5ml, 1 French Kiss Innocence, and a Caudalie Tote Bag gift, use code CYBER200
  • Chanel – three Cyber Monday Limited-Edition exclusive travel sets, one shown above!
    • Hydra Beauty Le Voyage ($120) includes a mesh zip pouch, 0.5 fl oz Hydra Beauty Micro Serum, 0.7 oz Hydra Beauty Creme (in the cutest mirrored compact), 1.0 fl oz Demaquillant Yeux Intense (this is the one shown above)
    • Le Lift Le Voyage ($185) mesh zip travel pouch, 0.5 fl oz Le Lift Serum, 0.7 fl oz new Le Lift Creme, 1.0 fl oz Le Lait Douceur D’Huile and 1.0 fl oz Demaquillant Yeux Intense
    • Sublimage Le Voyage ($425) zip mesh pouch with 1.0 fl oz Sublimage Essential Comfort Cleanser, 0.5 oz Sublimage L’Essence Fondamentale, 0.7 oz Sublimage La Creme and 1.0 oz Demaquillant Yeux Intense
  • Clarins – Up to 25% off sitewide, 15% off 1 item, 20% off 2 items, or 25% off 3 items, valid 11/26 only
  • Clarisonic –20% off Holiday Gift Sets, the Winter Brush Head Collection and the Anti-Aging Brush Head Collection, plus receive a FREE ITC Confidence in a Cleanser GWP with purchase of any device, use code CYBERMON18, valid 11/26 only
  • Cle de Peau Beaute – complimentary 5 piece bonus with orders $300+, valid through 11/27, also running a deluxe sample offer, spend $75 and receive 1 deluxe sample, spend $150 and receive 2 deluxe samples, spend $200+ and receive 3, Cyber Monday only
  • Clinique – 25% off everything with code 25OFF, plus 6-piece gift with purchases $65+ and free full size product with any $75 order
  • CoverFX – 30% off everything, ends 2:oo PM EST with code CM30, full size blurring primer with $50+ orders
  • Decorte – Decorté Lip Palettes – originally $95.00, marked down to $47 today only
  • Dermstore – save up to 30% off with code CYBER, brand exclusions apply
  • Diptyque – Limited-edition Black Friday launch in their iconic Baies candle with special design and black wax, limited run while supplies last, they’re also running some GWP promos throughout the weekend, receive a 3-piece gift on orders $100 with code CHEER, or a mini mystery 35 g candle with orders $50 or more using code SPIN
  • Elemis – 25% off full size products, plus free gift with orders $100+, use code CYBER
  • Farmacy Beauty – free shipping on all orders plus up to 30% off site wide with code CYBER at checkout, 20% off or 30% off orders $120+
  • First Aid Beauty – 30% off your order with code FUNDAY
  • Foreo – select devices on discount through 11/30
    • UFO and UFO mini at 25% off
    • Luna2 at 30% off
    • Luna mini 2 at 25% off
    • Issa 2 and Issa mini 2 30% off
  • Fresh Beauty – spend $40 and receive a to-go size of their best selling Lotus Cream plus free shipping
  • Giorgio Armani Beauty – 20% off with code ARMANI20 plus a complimentary lipstick with orders $125 or more, add a palette with orders $200 or more, valid through 11/29
  • Glamboxes – 35% off plus a FREE makeup bag and FREE lipstick holder with code CYBER18
  • Glamglow – 30% off site wide plus pick a free gift when you spend $59+, no code needed
  • Glow Recipe – 20% off Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, Pink Juice Moisturizer Jelly Mask and Blueberry Cleanser
  • Hourglass Cosmetics – holiday savings event with $20 off orders $125+, $30 off orders $150+, $50 off orders $200+, valid 11/23 through 11/26
  • IT Cosmetics – enjoy 25% off any $30+ order with code CYBER25
  • Kate Somerville – save 30% off plus receive a free gift with a $95 purchase, use code CYBER30 at checkout
  • Kerastase – 20% off any order plus complimentary hair oil sample duo and free shipping, use code CYBM18 at checkout
  • Kiehl’s – spend $75 and receive an 8 piece gift, spend $60 and receive a 7 piece gift, use code CYBER at checkout
  • L’Occitane USA – 20% off full priced items with code CYBER, online and in stores
  • Laura Mercier – 5 piece best sellers gift with purchase with any $85 purchase using code CYBERGLOW at checkout
  • La Mer – 4 piece gift with purchase with any $200 purchase using code CYBER18
  • La Roche Posay – 30% off all orders plus 5 deluxe samples with $75+ orders using code CYBERWEEK2018 at checkout
  • Lancome – 20% off + free shipping on any order, use code FRIENDS, valid 11/19-11/27
  • Laneige – 30% off Water Bank products, one day only
  • MAC Cosmetics – 25% off for MAC Select members, sets are excluded, free eyeshadow with purchase $50 more online, valid through 11/26
  • Macy’s – Cyber Week sales and specials sitewide
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty – 20% off sitewide, no code needed, runs through 11/27
  • Molton Brown – 25% off all purchases (excludes Advent Calendar and Luxury Fragrance Collection), valid through 11/26
  • NARS – 20% off site wide with code TAKE20, valid through November 27
  • Neiman Marcus – earn a $50 to $750 gift card with a regular price purchase using code GC4YOU, plus 30+ beauty sample GWP with any $250 purchase using code NMBEAUTY while supplies last
  • Nordstrom – Spend $250 on and receive a $50 egift card in January, valid Cyber Monday only, plus up to 60% off select styles, valid through 11/27
  • Ole Henricksen – 20% off sitewide and a 4-piece gift including a Mini Balance Hydrator, a Mini Balance Cleanser, a Mini Cold Plunge, and a Mini Sauna Scrub with any $50 order, use code CYBER2
  • Omorovicza – 30% off all skincare with code BLACK, valid on full size products only excludes sets, offer runs through 11/27
  • Ouai – buy two full size products, get third 50% off with code HALFOUAI
  • Pat McGrath – Private Vault Sale, Lust 004 Everything Kit marked down to $110, Metalmorphosis 005 Kits $45, other previously limited-edition items marked down, her LuxeTrance Lipsticks are marked down to $26 each, MTHRSHP 6 Pan Palettes marked down from $55 to $41
  • Peach and Lily – 30% off sidewide with code PEACH2018, exclusions apply, ends 11/27
  • Philosophy – 40% off your purchase plus full size bonus gift, use code CYBER2018
  • QVC – Cyber Week savings and markdowns and value beauty sets
  • REN Skincare – 30% off site wide with code CYBER
  • Revive – buy one get one 50% off with code CYBERMONDAY50 at checkout, valid on select products
  • Saks Fifth Avenue – get $50 off every $200 you spend with code MONDAY18, also receive a special beauty gift with purchase with any $225 purchase in beauty or fragrance using code VERGE5 at checkout
  • Sephora – Cyber Monday savings up to 50% off
  • Shu Uemura – extra 25% off sale items with code SHUCYBER at checkout
  • Shu Uemura Art of Hair –15% off any order plus free shipping with code CYMON18
  • Simplehuman – Top 10 Best Sellers marked down up to 25% off including their Sensor Mirror with Touch-Control Brightness for $150 (marked down from $200) and Sensor Mirror Mini $97 (marked down from $130), plus other home accessories marked down
  • Shiseido – 20% off your purchase with code HOLIDAY18
  • Sisley-Paris USA – limited offer pricing Double Tenseur plus full size Express Flower Gel Mask
  • Smashbox – 25% off plus free mini gift set on purchases $50 or more, use code MONDAY18
  • Space NK USA – buy one get one half off event, exclusions apply
  • Sulwhasoo – 20% off sitewide
  • Supergoop! – 25% off plus free shipping with code HOLIDAY
  • T3 – 25% off with code MONDAY18
  • Tarte – Cyber Monday beauty blowout with up to 60% off, plus 25% off site wide with code CYBER at checkout
  • Tatcha – 20% off sitewide with code CYBER18, valid through 11/26
  • Too Faced – 30% off sale items plus mystery bag for $42
  • Ulta Beauty – $10 off qualifying online purchase of $50+ with code CYBERMON18, various gift with purchase options and beauty markdowns like the MAC Pretty Shiny Things Lip Kit marked down on sale
  • Velour Lashes – Cyber Monday savings, save from $10 up to to $70
  • Violet Grey – $15 off purchases $100 or more, $50 off $250 or more, $100 off $500 or more, $250 off $1,000 purchases

Acccessories and Fashion

  • AG – 25% off almost everything plus free shipping
  • Anthropologie – 30% off everything plus free shipping on $100+ orders
  • Banana Republic – 50% off everything, discount applied at checkout
  • Barneys New York – designer sale with up to 40% off
  • Bloomingdale’s – Cyber Monday offers:
    • Take 25% off a large selection of items for a total savings of up to 60% at, plus free shipping, valid 11/25 – 11/27
    • Take 10% off almost all cosmetics at, plus free shipping, discount applied in bag, valid 11/25 – 11/27
  • Coach – up to 50% off 200+ added styles online
  • Equipment – 30% off your entire purchase with code THANKS, valid through 11/26
  • J. Brand – Cyber Monday is 30% off (+ sale) with 15% of profits going to ACLU, use code GIVEBACK
  • J.Crew – extra 60% off sale styles and 50% off everything else with code CYBER
  • Joie – 30% off entire purchase with code THANKS, valid through 11/26
  • Loft – 50% off your purchase and free shipping with code CYBER
  • Lululemon – Cyber Monday mark downs and sale
  • Madewell – 25% off with code SHOPALLDAY
  • Nike – Cyber Monday flash sale, save 25% on select styles with code CYBER
  • Nordstrom – Spend $250 on and receive a $50 egift card in January, valid Cyber Monday only, plus up to 60% off select styles, valid through 11/27
  • Paige – 30% off with code CYBER30, select styles excluded
  • Revolve – take an extra 20% off final sale with code CYBER20
  • Senreve – spend $500 and receive a free monogrammed limited-edition smooth bracelet pouch
  • Shopbop – save an additional 30% off sale items with use code WOW18
  • Splendid – 40% off site wide with code WINNING, valid 11/26
  • Staud – all bags 25% off with code HOLIDAY25
  • The Daily Edited – 10% off all orders, discount automatically applied at checkout
  • Tory Burch – take 30% off $250+ orders, also up to 60% off sale items with code THANKS, ends 11/26
  • Truffle –25% off sitewide with code CHEER25, valid through 11/26

Happy shopping! I ended up ordering some things from Diptyque and some cute sweaters from LOFT. I’m still on the hunt for good lightweight sweaters and tops because the sales look really good for the places I like to shop!

P.S. This isn’t a Cyber Monday deal, but I just saw that the Tom Ford Iris Bronze Set popped up back online at Nordstrom in case you missed it in July, hope it’s back for a while! Wanted to let you know 🙂 Review + swatches here.


Hauls Sales Sephora

Sephora Sale Haul First Impressions, Hits and Misses

November 12, 2017

Sephora Sale Beauty Insider Haul

I have my huge Sephora sale haul with some first impressions on items I was able to test in a few days. I stocked up on a few favorites and also ordered some things I had been curious about for quite some time. This haul is a pretty hefty one and as the first round of the sale was just a little bit ago I haven’t been able to test everything. I did swatch all the color items as makeup is easier get an idea of with the first application. I had quite a few misses. Everything is going to take some time to work my way through. Let me know if you want a more detailed review on anything in particular and I’ll try to do one at a later date. The sale runs through November 15th. If you’re shopping online don’t forget to use the code for your Beauty Insider tier!

  • Rouge Members get 20% off with code 20FORROUGE
  • VIB Members get 20% off with code 20FORVIB
  • Beauty Insider Members get 15% off with INSIDER15


Lip Picks

Up first are the lip items. By now I think I’ve been pretty good at picking things online and sight unseen but having misses is bound to happen. Thank goodness Sephora has a pretty good return policy because 3 of these are going back.

Sephora Sale Lip Haul Picks | The Beauty Look Book

Sephora Lip Haul Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

  • Kopari Coconut Kiss Kit – hit! The set lives up to the raves. These are sheer tinted balms with a nice coconut scent. They have an emollient feel with fun colors. All the shades are bright but sheer so they are very wearable.
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme in Purr-Fect! – hit! this is a really pretty soft nude, it’s sold out online but check your local store to see if they have it in stock.
  • Bite Beauty Champagne Discover Lip Set – this was a miss on everything except the lipliner in Cashew. I’ve tried the Multisticks before and found them incredibly dry for the lips. I decided to give it another try and it’s still a solid miss for me. The Prismatic Pearl Creme Lip Gloss in Champagne is thick and so metallic it’s not flattering on my skin tone. I know many people love these formulas so it may be a hit for you. For me just not my thing.
  • Kevyn Aucoin Molton Liquid Lipstick in Copper – this was a huge miss because it’s also not flattering on my skintone. I had high hopes because I love and adore the same formula in Rose Gold.
  • Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color in Casablanca – I’m undecided, it’s a lot darker than I had anticipated. This is the first in the formula I’ve tried and it took over 50 clicks to get any product out. The color is rich and pretty but it settled a tiny bit into lip lines. I think it’s a great color for fall. I’ll need to test it out longer to decide.
  • Burberry Lip Color Contour in Medium – huge miss, I’ve swatched this on my hand at the stores numerous times over the past year, on my lips it just makes my whole complexion look dead and lifeless. It’s one I’ll have to layer with other shades to get to work. I’m going to try and make it work for me as the formula is smooth and feels nice on the lips – alone it just doesn’t look so great.


Face and Eye Picks

For face and eyes, I bought a few foundations in darker colors because I’ve gotten even more color from the sun. To me this is a little puzzling as I’ve really made a conscious effort to stay out of the sun with the heat. Apparently I haven’t tried enough because I’ve gone a full shade darker:

Sephora Sale Haul Picks | The Beauty Look Book

Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Kit in Radiant and Marc Jacobs Scandalust Swatches

Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick Swatches

  • Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation and Concealer in Tawny is a perfect match! I don’t know why I ever stray from Tom Ford foundations because their colors work the best for me.
  • Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick in Golden I guessed my shade because Nude was a bit too light. Golden works ok but alone all over my face it’s a bit too yellowish. If I use it on areas I just need more coverage it works just fine.
  • beautyblender in Nude restock for me
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Kit in Radiant – undecided on this, I tried it and found the pigment beautiful with smooth texture. It’s easy to blend and layer but the colors are a lot darker than I had anticipated. They also oxidize and deepen on my skin without getting muddy, but as my skin warms up they get deeper/darker so I have to experiment more with application. If you have deeper skin tone and struggle finding blushes pigmented or dark enough to show up on you, definitely give this a look. I think the pigment is excellent!
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks in Sugar Frost and Moonlight (repurchase), I’ve swatched all my current Caviar Eye Sticks and Matte Caviar Eye Sticks below
  • Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic in Scandalust is a palette I received as a press sample months ago but it arrived completely shattered. I was able to test the broken bits and fell in love with the colors. I decided to buy one to replace it. It pulls warm but it’s so pretty for the season.
  • Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara – I actually meant to get the waterproof version, but I do remember liking the original so I’ll keep this one!


For fragrance and hair:

Sephora Haul Atelier Cologne Set, Verb Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner, Verb Mask, Elizabeth and James Choose Your Own Nirvana

  • Atelier Cologne Set – LOVE! there are several Atelier Cologne sets online, it was hard to pick one, but I decided on the Necessaire Curated by Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel. It has Sud Magnolia, Pomelo Paradis, Orange Sanguine, Vanille Insensee, Bois Blonds, Cedre Atlas. Orange Sanguine is one of the best citrus scents I’ve smelled. Vanille Insensee is one of two vanilla scents I’ve found that I can actually wear. Bois Blonds is already a favorite. I’m trying to wait until I can visit a free standing store again before I buy full size bottles. I stopped by one in San Francisco over the fall and had the best time exploring there.
  • Elizabeth and James Choose Your Nirvana Coffret Warm and Spicy has generously sized minis of the Amethyst, Black and Bourbon. I like them for fall but don’t know that I can pull them off in Florida’s kind of fall/winter. I felt the minis were the best way to enjoy them without committing to the full sizes just in case.
  • Verb Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner – LOVE! I actually bought both of these weeks ago and they are both my newest shampoo/conditioner obsession. Many of you want something that’s sulfate free and these are great options for a good clean rinse that leaves hair shiny and bouncy. They are back in my cart for round 2 so I can stock up on the larger size that comes with a pump.
  • Verb Hydrating Mask – LOVE! I tried a sample packet before and fell in love, it’s really hydrating, but I still favor the Ouai Mask (just hate the packaging of those packets).


Skincare Restocks and Splurges

Skincare Haul Sephora Sale | The Beauty Look Book

Skincare is where I spent the most, I restocked on staples and also picked new things to try:

  • Restocks and replenishment on the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Gentle Treatment, EradiKate Cleanser, Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser
  • Caudalie Glow Activating Trio – this line has been on my radar for the fine lines and wrinkles, I have those forming on my forehead area and have high hopes this will help with those!
  • Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator has really high ratings with the customer reviews and as I’ve really liked a lot of their skincare decided to give this a try, I have high hopes!
  • Glamglow Glowsetter Makeup Spray has also been on my radar, will keep you posted on how this compares to my favorite MAC Fix+
  • SK-II Pitera Mid-Day Essence – excited to try this one, although I have a feeling this may be too moisturizing for me. I gave it a quick mid-day test the day I received it and it felt a bit too rich for my skintype me. I’ll have to test it more before I can say how well it works.
  • Drunk Elephant Baby Facial – also excited to try this as it has really promising reviews online!
  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer is something I bought months ago, in our multiple moves it has been buried in one of our moving boxes, I repurchased it and hope it’s as good as the rest of her ExfoliKate line.
  • Kate Somerville Anti-Bac Clearing Lotion is something I also have high hopes for. It appears MAC discontinued my favorite Prep+Prime Blemish Control Gel which was one of the few that worked for me and did not turn my face red. I’ve been in search of a replacement and hope this will be the one!
  • Farmacy Green Screen Daily Environmental Protector with SPF30 is a mineral sunscreen with impressive rave reviews. People say it doesn’t have a white cast on the skin and is non-greasy. The description says it has solutions for fine lines and wrinkles so I’m going to give it a try.
  • Lancome BiFacil Face is something I’ve been so curious about. I really love their Micellar Water so it will be interesting to see how this compares. In the bottle I find it interesting that a very very small portion at the top is suspended (the oil portion).

In summary I still have a lot of testing for these items before I can make a proper assessment. For makeup I find it easier to judge on color and application alone. Three of my lip purchases were definitely misses. The Hourglass foundation could be a better match but I find there are often gaps in their color lineup for bases so I’ll have to go to the store and see. The Anastasia Beverly Hills blush kit is lovely, but is just a lot darker than I expected. I think the SK-II mist may be too rich for my skin type.

Sephora Sale Haul Picks for Holiday

That wraps it up for my haul! Did you pick up or stock up on anything during the sale? This time of year there are lots of sales going on and with the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday events approaching there’s definitely plenty of time to find good deals. Oftentimes I wish these sales were spread out a little more. In case you missed it, my top recommendations in this post here (e-gift card giveaway has ended and winners have been e-mailed!).

The Sephora Beauty Insider Sale runs through November 15th. If you’re shopping online don’t forget to use the code for your Beauty Insider tier!

  • Rouge Members get 20% off with code 20FORROUGE
  • VIB Members get 20% off with code 20FORVIB
  • Beauty Insider Members get 15% off with INSIDER15

Did you get anything from the Sephora sale yet? Or are you waiting for other sales? I’ll be covering some holiday launches from Tatcha soon as their Friends and Family sale is also happening and many of you have asked me for a review on their lip launches.

Hauls Nordstrom

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Beauty Shopping Guide, Haul and Recommendations

July 13, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Haul 2017 | The Beauty Look Book

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here for Early Access! If you have a Nordstrom Card you can shop the sale starting today July 13th through July 20th. It opens up to everyone else on July 21st and ends August 6th. As a beauty lover this is one of my favorite events because this is when Nordstrom launches a ton of their Beauty Exclusives. They offer a little bit of everything from makeup, beauty tools like brushes, hair dryers, face devices, skincare, body care etc. My favorite items are their makeup beauty sets and exclusive colors. They also have a lot of their best sellers in large value sizes so you can stock up on your staples. I stopped by my local Nordstrom to shop the sale (secret tip, if you’re a Level 4 Rewards Member you get a 1 day early access to things like this sale). The Nordstrom here in Tampa has a decent selection however it’s on the smaller side and they didn’t carry all the items for the sale so I’ll be ordering a few things online. Also another tip is to check their Gift With Purchase Page whether you’re shopping online or in store. It’s a good idea to make a list, especially of the GWPs – when you’re in store there’s a lot to browse and you can easily miss out on some great extras especially if you’re stocking up for gifts or spending a good amount with a single brand. Do note some of the GWPs may be online only.

First a quick look at some of the exclusives set up in store. For those of you who don’t have a Nordstrom near you I hope this helps give you a visual idea of what the Beauty Exclusives section looks like. I didn’t get photos of everything in store – these are just some highlights. There are a lot of skincare options and value sets.

MAC Look in a Box Nude Lip Set // Supergoop! Forever Yound Hand Cream Set // Supergoop! SPF50 Anti-Oxidant Sprays // Glamglow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment set // Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment // Glamglow Your, Contour and Glow Set // Slip for beauty sleep Slipsilk

Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives Anniversary Sale 2017 | The Beauty Look Book

Mario Badescu The Icons Set // Ouai Hair Care Kit // Sigma Beauty Innovation Duo // Supergoop! Mist Duo // Ahava Special Size Hand Cream // Stila Stay All Day Liner and Lipstick Set // NARS Fox Dancer Mini Multiples Coffret

Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives Anniversary Sale 2017 | The Beauty Look Book

T3 Featherweight 2 Dryer // Beachwaver // T3 Single Pass Lux // simplehuman Sensor Mirror Pro // Clarisonic Mia1 and Mia2, accessories // Drybar Tressed to Impress

Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives Anniversary Sale 2017 | The Beauty Look Book

Clarins Value Size and Sets // La Mer Revitalizing Collection // La Mer Mini Miracles // Chantecaille Morning Must-Haves // SK-II Trio // Sisley Best Sellers

Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives Anniversary Sale 2017 | The Beauty Look Book

The Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Set in Nude Mood and Bright on Brights have existing colors, you can see swatches of all of them here.

Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives Anniversary Sale 2017 | The Beauty Look Book

Chantecaille Touch Up Essentials // Sisley-Paris Color Twist Trio // Tom Ford Golden Rose Eye and Lip Set // Armani Glow Duo // Armani Eye Set // Hourglass Diffused Light Palette // Dior Addicted to Nude Lip Set // YSL Pink Lip Set // YSL Nude Lip Set

Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives Anniversary Sale 2017 | The Beauty Look Book

I felt like the shoe and clothing selection in store was pretty lacking in the store near me so I’ll be shopping the sale items online. If I find anything I’ll definitely do a haul post on that. Here’s a quick look at some shoes I saw that were interesting including these Tory Burch Bryce Sandals and a lot of good sales on boots.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Tory Burch Bryce Sandals

For now here’s my Beauty Haul Part 1. I will be reviewing and swatching everything in the upcoming days.

Nordstrom Anniversary Beauty Haul Picks | The Beauty Look Book

What I hauled from beauty, Part 1:

Nordstrom Haul | The Beauty Look Book

On my order wishlist includes the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Set, the Butter London Set, Frederic Malle Carnal Flower, Glamglow Set, Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss Minis, and another Clarisonic Alphafit for my husband because his needs to be replaced.


My top beauty recommendations would also include the Diptyque 5-Piece Set, the simplehuman Sensor Mirror (I love it, I’ve had mine for around 4+ years), any Clarisonic device (I like the Mia Fit the best) and if you’re a fan of nude lips, grab the MAC Look in a Box Set as soon as you see it – it always sells out quickly every year. In previous years some brands also launch their fall beauty collections around this time at Nordstrom. I didn’t see anything out yesterday but it was the pre-early access so they might not have had a chance to put everything out yet.

In case you’re wondering, my Anniversary Sale fashion wishlist on this page here.

I’m hosting another giveaway and giving away five $100 eGift Cards to Nordstrom. This one starts at 9:00 AM EST today and will run through the 19th and it will be open internationally. You must enter through any of of the entry options in the widget below and be 18 years or older. Winners will be selected at random through the widget and announced in this post. Selected winners will be contacted by me via e-mail and must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be selected. Full terms and conditions in the widget.

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Are you shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for Early Access? What’s on your list?


Florida Roundup Sales Travel

Weekend Links, Loves and Sales

May 28, 2017

Weekend Loves | The Beauty Look Book

Happy long-weekend! I hope my US readers are enjoying the extended 3-day weekend. I had a bit of an extra long weekend as my in-laws were in town last week so we took time off to spend time with them. We drove to Orlando to spend two days at Disney World at Magic Kingdom and Epcot where the humidity levels were unreal! (My hair and makeup did not last at all.) The four of us had a great time even though we were hit with some showers and small thunder storms. The remainder of the week we took them around to a few of our favorite spots around Tampa Bay and then drove south to Anna Maria to spend the day at the beach. A quick note on a couple of the items I wore over the week.

On the left I found a cute beach cover-up from Madewell a few months ago and it’s now on sale for under $35. I went with an XXS as sometimes their dresses and tops run a bit loose, but with this one I think I could have gone with an XS (I’m 5’3″). It’s gone through a few washes and didn’t shrink too much but it’s a bit on the short side.

With the warm Florida weather I’ve been all about lighter clothes and tanks. I had been eyeing this lace trim camisole from Rebecca Taylor but I found something similar at Abercrombie for under $40 (and it’s now on sale marked down even more). I’m wearing it on the right along with some of the cutest cut-off shorts from Current/Elliott (also here).

Summer Outfits | The Beauty Look Book

A closer look at the outfit items along with a few items I’ve been loving lately:

Loving Right Now | The Beauty Look Book

Shown above with some thoughts:

  • Outfit details same as what’s worn in the second photo, beach cover-up from Madewell, lace camisole from Abercrombie, shorts from Current/Elliott.
  • I think I could live in flip flops, the Joie A La Plage Nice (left tan and black) are on sale here, the Tory Burch Millers are still among my favorites and I have multiple colors – you can wear them for a super casual look or dress them up a little.
  • I recently featured some Delfonics pouches in this post here, a lot of you asked whether I like them more or less than the Truffle Pouches. They’re just completely different in material so I don’t know that I can really compare them. The Truffle pouches are made of a stiffer and more sturdy material and have lining inside the privacy ones. The Delfonics pouches are made of a PVC material that have a textured material to kinda make them feel like leather but they aren’t. The material is thinner making it more flexible. If you need something sturdy that will act more like a solid clutch go with the Truffle pouches. If you don’t mind a thinner material and need something super basic go with the Delfonics.
  • The Ouai Morning After Kit finally launched online at Sephora! It has minis of the Rose Hair Body Oil, Dry Foam Shampoo and Finishing Creme for $22 which I think is a pretty good deal.
  • Coral polishes are always in for me, but for many of you it’s probably more of a summer thing. Dior Coral Crush and Chanel Coralium are almost identical. Review on both summer collections to follow soon. If you want to know my take right now on which one to get, both formulas are really good but Dior has the better brush.
  • Still in love with the Tom Ford Sole di Positano fragrance. Other spring to summer loves here.
  • For those who can’t wait for my sunscreen post and keep asking questions (which I don’t mind), the Supergoop! SuperPower Sunscreen Mousse is indeed a good one. It has SPF 50 and is more of a long-wear sunscreen with moisturizing ingredients. It contains Blue sea kale which provides antioxidant protection and protects the skin from heat damage. It is water resistant and has a super fun mousse texture. The Everyday Sunscreen with SPF50 is a lighter weight one in feel (it’s what my husband prefers out of the Supergoop! line although his favorite is this SPF 50 one from Kiehl’s). Both of these have been good for me in preventing burn and minimizing the tan for me although being in the sun sometimes there’s really nothing you can do to prevent tanning 100%.
  • If you buy one lip moisturizer this season, make it one of the new Clarins Instant Light Lip Oils (reviewed and swatched here in case you missed the post).
  • Sunglasses in the Irving Style from J.Crew.

Weekend Summer Beauty Loves | The Beauty Look Book

Summer bliss at Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach, Florida

Weekend Sales and Deals

Weekend sales rounded up, first are the beauty sales:

  • Benefit Cosmetics – 20% off friends and family sale with code FRIENDS
  • Caudalie – skincare trio minis with Vinoperfect Overnight Renewal Cream, Vinoperfect Serum and Micellar Cleansing Water with orders $90 or more, use code RADIANCE, valid until 6/14
  • Clarins – 15% off orders with code MEMDAY15, valid through 5/29, receive a 7-piece glowing gift with any $100 order
  • Foreo – 17% off top sellers including Luna 2, Luna Mini 2, Iris with code FOREO17off, valid 5/29 to 6/13
  • Glamglow – 40% off any super sexy size product with code GGMEM17, valid until 5/29
  • Kat Von D Beauty – free full size Studded Kiss lipstick of choice with orders $75+, use code STUDDEDKISS, valid until 5/29
  • Kate Somerville – receive 3 summer ski treats with any $65+ order, use code SUMMERTREAT, valid until 5/29/2017
  • L’Occitane – free 3-piece hand cream set + tin with any $55 purchase, use code SUN, valid until 5/30/2017
  • Lancome – 20% off friends and family with code FRIENDS at checkout, valid until 5/30/2017
  • Molton Brown – 3-piece travel set with orders $70+ using code 70coastal, 6-piece travel set with orders $110+ with code 110coastal
  • Omorovicza – 30% off orders $200 or more with code SHINE30 at checkout
  • Origins – 9 piece getaway bag with any $65 purchase, use code GETAWAY, valid until 5/30/2017
  • Shu Uemura Art of Hair – spend $30 and receive free shipping, spend $75 and receive 4 samples + free shipping, spend $100 receive 1 travel-size + free shipping, spend $120 receive 2 travel-sizes and free shipping, use code MEM17, expires 5/31 at 7:30 AM EST
  • Smashbox – spend more, save more tiered savings, valid through 5/30, no code needed
  • Space NK – double N.Dulgence member points on purchases through 5/30
  • Tarte – 15% off the long weekend (enter e-mail at site to unlock code)
  • Tatcha – travel size Water Cream or Water Gel with purchase of $100 or more, use code WATERCREAM17 or WATERGEL17 at checkout
  • Violet Grey – $15 off orders $100+, $50 off orders $250+, $100 off orders $500+, $250 off orders over $1,000, valid until 5/29/2017
  • YSL Beauty – 20% off orders $50 or more 5/26 to 6/1 with code SUMMEREVENT17 at checkout

A few other ones that are on my radar:

  • Anthropologie – extra 40% off fresh cuts
  • Coach – summer sale up to 50% off selected styles
  • J.Crew – 30% off full price items with code SWEET, valid until 5/29
  • Joie – extra 20% off sale items, up to 60% off with code MD2017
  • Neiman Marcus – Designer Sale, save up to 40% off
  • Nordstrom – Half Yearly Sale, save up to 40% off now through June 4th
  • Rag and Bone – up to 50% off select items
  • Splendid – 30% off everything (including sale), use code SUMMER30, valid through 5/29
  • Shopbop – tons of items added to their spring sales section and so many good shoes!
  • Stuart Weitzman – 40% off sale spring styles

Any other good sales on your radar?

Weekend Fun Anna Maria Beaches, Florida

Press samples featured include the Supergoop! Sunscreen Mousse, Clarins Lip Oil, Tom Ford Sole di Positano.

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