I live for a good sale and am normally found browsing Nordstrom right at the beginning of their annual event.
As a card carrying member, you get early access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale but worry not — there’s always enough to go around, so mark these dates.
- Icon Early Access: July 6 – 14
- Ambassador Early Access: July 7 – 14
- Influencer Early Access: July 9 – 14
- Open to Everyone: July 15 – August 31
This year, though, is a bit different. At least for me. The whole situation from the last few months has brought home the fact that we really don’t need to spend as much. Consume as much.
Plus, I have been more hyper-focussed on skincare than ever. While makeup is never off the table, good skin is the foundation of all looks for me.
So, this is an even tighter beauty edit than I usually do, focussing only on items that are absolutely worth the price (which means they are so good that I would buy them even without a sale) and have a hefty enough discount to make it worth the while to buy right NOW.
With that, here are my top beauty picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2022. I already own some of the items on this list and the rest are already in my shopping cart!
Riki Loves Riki Skinny Lighted Mirror
There are very few beauty influencers who do not own one of these Riki Loves Riki Skinny Lighted Mirrors.
Not only are they great for selfies and Instagram or YouTube tutorials, the five stages of dimming and 10X magnifying mirror attachment allow for perfectly detailed makeup looks.
Down to $130 from $210, this is definitely a steal.
Crème de la Mer Radiant Hydration Set
Where the 0.5 oz La Mer Moisturizing Cream / Soft Cream costs $95 on it’s own, in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale you are getting the whole set — including the 0.5 oz cream (both choices available), 1 oz Cleansing Foam, 0.5 oz Treatment Lotion and 0.17 oz Renewal Oil (0.17 oz.) — for $95 (down from $155). The maths definitely works for me!
Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Discovery Set
A full size jar of Sisley’s Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream costs $210. At the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, you are getting a set that contains the full size jar plus travel versions of the Black Rose Cream and Black Rose Precious Face Oil for $230 (full retail price is $415).
And there’s a reason why each of these is a Holy Grail on the beauty beat — nothing leaves skin as nourished, hydrated and glowing.
Chantecaille Full Size Bio Lifting Mask Set
A single one of these Chantecaille Bio Lifting masks retails for $198 and here you have a set of two (full size – normally $396) for $279.
The mask itself is superbly nourishing, healing and anti-ageing to revive dull or stressed complexions, while soothing away fine lines and lifting the contours of the face. It also doubles as a rich night cream.
One to buy and one to gift?
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
This jumbo sized instant-glow exfoliator, which is one of the best in the market, is down to $144 from $212.50 – and that happens very rarely.
Plus, it multitasks as a cleanser, scrub, peel and mask in one super-product that goes to work in as little as 30 seconds.
PMD Personal Microderm Pro
With regular facials not being so regular anymore, this PMD Personal Microderm Pro Device is a skin-changer. I use it in the shower to deep cleanse my pores. It literally suctions out grime and dead cells without irritating the skin. It also tackles hands and feet with separate discs that are included in the pack.
And it’s down to $133 from the regular $219.
T3 SinglePass Curl 1.25-Inch Professional Ceramic Curling Iron
Like I said, hairstyling has become my new superpower and this T3 curling iron has been an essential in the pursuit of smooth, polished curls with minimum fuss. It’s lightweight (which my arms appreciate) and the ceramic barrel leaves hair frizz-free.
Usual price: $169.99. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: $113.90.
Tom Ford Black Orchid Parfum Set
Tom Ford’s Black Orchid Parfum is one of the most seductive fragrances EVER with its notes of black truffle, ylang ylang, black orchid, black plum, rum absolute and patchouli but it’s definitely an investment.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale makes it much easier on the wallet at $140 and they drop in an additional travel-size parfum atomizer. Deal?
Diptyque Set of 4 Travel Size Limited Edition Scented Candles
I am not sure what’s limited edition about this set of four mini-candles, considering that it’s a standard issue from Diptyque, but it’s definitely great value at $110 (originally $152). And it’s got all the brand’s classics – Baies, Roses, Tuberose and Mimosa.
You can even split them up for gifting.
Slip Pure Silk Queen Pillowcase Duo
For fans of Slip’s silk pillowcases (I am a MAJOR one!), this is a fantastic deal — a set of two queen-size pillowcases for $125, down from $178.
Considering that one of these costs $89 on its own, this is definitely a steal!
Lancôme The Glow of Génifique Set
You know that I am in mad, crazy love with Lancôme’s Génifique range, which is basically like hitting the reset button your skin.
This is a serum that ticks all the boxes: It’s packed with antioxidants like vitamin C to fade hyperpigmentation and step up collagen production, hyaluronic acid to boost hydration and, of course, the star ingredient – 10% Bifidus Prebiotic, aka Bifida Ferment Lysate — to protect the skin against environmental damage (read about it here!).
And when I get a full size bottle of the coveted Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate plus a travel size of the Advanced Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream AND one Hydrogel Melting Sheet Mask for just $109 (one full size bottle costs $105; the set costs $192), it’s time to stock up.
Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream Set
If there’s one thing that I’ve learnt in my life as a beauty editor, it’s that you get what you pay for where skincare is concerned. And Augustinus Bader’s The Rich Cream, developed by one of the world’s leading stem cell and biomedical scientists, is worth every penny but it can skate right outside the very edges of affordability.
Hence, my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale stock-up on this cult cream, which is so rarely discounted. One bottle costs $280 and on sale you have the full bottle PLUS a travel size version for $221.25 (originally $369). DEAL!
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro LED Light Therapy Device
A handful of a name with an accompanying range of benefits — think reducing wrinkles, busting sun spots, healing dun damage, clearing away acne to count a few — this medical-grade mask harnesses a full spectrum of therapeutic red and blue light for at-home use.
Normally priced at $435, it’s currently available for $304.50 at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, which is the cheapest price you are possibly ever going to get it for… ever!