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Beauty Steals During Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and Setareh Beauty was not financially compensated in any way to share this information with you. Setareh Beauty has personally purchased and/or tested every product she recommends! With that being said, there are affiliate links in this post (after all, a lot of work went into putting this post together for you). Happy Shopping!

* UPDATED July 23, 2016* 

I’ll occasionally post about sales or product promotions on my Facebook page — but after perusing the Early Access Beauty Exclusives available only during Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, I just had to share my finds with you. These deals are all better than my professional makeup artist discount… in other words, I cannot personally get these items at these promotional prices as a professional working makeup artist.

One reason I LOVE shopping at Nordstrom is because their client service is amazing and their returns policies, extremely flexible. If you aren’t 100% satisfied with any of your purchases for any reason, Nordstrom will gladly return it for you.

MAC Cosmetics

So let’s start with the MAC ‘Look in a Box’ Steals Nordy’s has to offer you.

Why Buy Any of These?

These MAC deals are better than MAC professional discounts! I can’t believe that ALL of these ‘Look in a Box’ sets include all FULL-SIZED products and/or brushes. This never happens!

First… MAC’s Fluidline liners are a staple in so many pro kits. You’ll need to invest in a good eyeliner brush (preferably synthetic) but what I love about this formula is that with the right tools, you can make a super thin line right into your lash line or make a thick wing. Heck, if you are really feeling edgy, you can use it as a base for an unforgettable smoky eye. This is a versatile product– which is perfect for an everyday look. The ‘Advanced Eye Kit’ has a pencil brush (so does another brush kit from Trish McEvoy found below).  which would be the perfect application tool.

MAC Cosmetics ‘Look in a Box’  $39.50 ($71.50) Value

Downtown Diva Red Lip & Eye Kit

Kit includes:

  • Full-size Eyeshadow in Lyrical (0.05 oz.)
  • Full-size Fluidline in Blacktrack (0.1 oz.)
  • Full-size Upward Lash Mascara (0.42 oz.)
  • Full-size Lipstick in Hot Pepper (matte finish) (0.1 oz.)
  • Cosmetics Bag

MAC Cosmetics ‘Look in a Box’  $39.50 ($71.50) Value

Sunblessed Nude Lip & Eye Kit

Kit includes:

  • Full-size Eyeshadow in Deception (0.05 oz.)
  • Full-size Fluidline in Blacktrack (0.1 oz.)
  • Full-size False Lashes Mascara (0.28 oz.)
  • Full-size Lipstick in Sunblessed (cremesheen finish) (0.1 oz.)
  • Cosmetics Bag

Why Buy?

First of all, nudes are always in style. This is probably the most versatile kit of the three available and ‘Sunblessed’ is a beautiful color – and the cremesheen finish super hydrating and soft on the lips. Can be dabbed/blended onto the cheeks if you are in a rush.


MAC Cosmetics ‘Look in a Box’  $39.50 ($71.50) Value

Girl Band Glam Lip & Eye Kit

Kit includes:

  • Full-size Eyeshadow in Beyond Gorgeous (0.05 oz.)
  • Full-size In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara (0.42 oz.)
  • Full-size Lipstick in Dark Twist (matte finish) (0.1 oz.)
  • Full-size Lip Pencil in Heroine (0.05 oz.)
  • Cosmetics Bag

Why Buy?
Heroine is seriously one of my favorite MAC lipsticks…the liner is even better! It’s one of those serious pops of color for days you just want to feel like a rock star. Maybe that’s why its called Girl Band Glam The Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara is also bomb.


MAC Cosmetics ‘Look in a Box’ 

Basic Brush Kit ($167 Value) Sale Price $52.50

Kit includes:

  • Full-size 190SE Foundation Brush
  • Full-size 116SE Blush Brush
  • Full-size 224SE Tapered Blending Brush
  • Full-size 204SE Eyebrow/Lash Brush
  • Full-size Double-sided 242SE Shader Brush/212SE Flat Definer Brush
  • Cosmetics Bag

Why Buy Either Of These Brush Kits?
Because you get 5 full-sized MAC brushes for roughly $10. MAC makeup brushes are some of the best in the industry and these prices can’t even compete with drugstore prices.

 MAC Cosmetics ‘Look in a Box’ 
Advanced Brush Kit ($165 Value) $52.50

Kit Includes:

  • 168SE Large Angled Contour Brush
  • 193SE Angled Foundation Brush
  • 208SE Angled Brow Brush
  • 219SE Pencil Brush
  • Double-sided 217SE Blending Brush/239SE Eye Shader Brush
  • Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

‘Bobbi on Trend – Cheek’ Set ($92 Value) $50.00

Set includes:

  • Bronzing Powder in Golden Light
  • Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Exclusive Belize
  • Blush in Pretty Pink
  • Mini Face Blender Brush

Why Buy?
First of all, like NARS…Bobbi Brown is known for her blushes. This is an awesome palette that works on so many different skin tones. Plus, you get a bonus brush which, who doesn’t love a high-end mini brush for travel?


 

‘Bobbi on Trend – Sultry Bronze Topaz’ Eye Set
($149 Value) $65.00

Why Buy Either of These?
Great for travel, these little kits are all your eye game need. The double ended brush combo, although not full-sized nor individual, are both staple brushes in many pro kits and are great for blending and placing pigment on the lid. Bobbi Brown’s eyeliners are also amaze… these are just great all-around values. The pans are a great size as well!


 

Trish McEvoy


Trish McEvoy The Power of Makeup Planner Collection Simply Chic ($505 Value) $195.00
Collection includes:

  • Makeup Planner in limited-edition Laser-Cut Nude
  • Eye Base Essentials in Pink Bare (0.09 oz.)
  • Intense Gel Eyeliner in Deep Aubergine (0.04 oz.)
  • Refillable Double-Decker Makeup Wardrobing® Compact
  • New, exclusive Eyeshadow in Toffee (0.05 oz.)
  • New, exclusive Shimmer Eyeshadow in Mauve Lamé (0.06 oz.)
  • Eye Definer in Paris Nights (0.06 oz.)
  • Lash Curling Mascara (0.18 oz.)
  • Instant Eye Lift (0.09 oz.)
  • Petite Makeup Wardrobing® Page
  • Bronzer in Weekend (0.28 oz.)
  • Blush in Pink Glow (0.1 oz.)
  • Translucent Finishing Powder (0.17 oz.)
  • Beauty Booster® Lip and Cheek Color in Perfect Rose (0.08 oz.)
  • New, exclusive Ultra-Wear Lip Gloss in Perfect Nude (0.1 oz.)
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Sexy 9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk Enriched Hand Cream (1 oz.)

Why Buy?
This is a set I recommend to you gals (or guys) who don’t have a makeup bag. Or your makeup bag is empty or full of old, rotten, broken, nasty makeup products. At less than $200, you pretty much get everything you need to accomplish a day-to-night makeup look… Trish’s packaging has always something that has impressed me. She really keeps the busy, traveller in mind & you’ll find her products slip easily into small clutches or pockets without sacrificing on quantity (great pigmentation makes up for the smaller sizes).


Trish McEvoy The Power of Brushes® Collection ($382 Value) $225.00

Collection includes:

  • – Crease Contour Brush
  • – Eye Blending Brush
  • – Bent Eye Lining Brush
  • – New Pointed Foundation Brush
  • – New Depth and Dimension Brush
  • – New Blender Brush
  • – Fan Brush
  • – Professional Sponge

Why Buy?
So I won’t lie, you could buy both MAC Brush sets above and still be ahead quantity-wise. Who is this brush set good for? Well, anyone…duh! But someone who likes and uses makeup but doesn’t have any of the right tools to accomplish. Remember, with the right tools, you can make pretty much any brand of makeup look good. This brush set is a comprehensive face/eye set made of beautifully constructed FULL-SIZED brushes…the case is also gorgeous and also able to offer much needed brush protection.


Smashbox ‘Photo Bombshell’ Color Collection ($111 Value) $54.00

Collection includes:

  • Limited-edition L.A. Lights Blush, Bronzer & Highlighter Palette (0.1 oz. each)
  • Photo Op Eye Eyeshadow Trio (0.09 oz.)
  • Always Sharp Eyeliner in Raven (0.01 oz.)
  • Be Legendary Lipstick in Primrose (0.1 oz.)
  • Full Exposure Mascara (0.14 oz.)

Why Buy?
When I think of Smashbox, I think of great pigmentation (of MOST shades). I also think of great palettes. Smashbox makes some of the most versatile palettes out there and I always look twice when I see a new palette. Their lipsticks are also a staple in my kit!


Laura Mercier ‘Flawless Icons’ Eye & Cheek Palette ($155 Value) $65.00

Palette includes:

  • Eight Eye Colors in Stellar, Cashmere, Guava, African Violet, Boudoir, Vie en Rose, Minx, Coffee Ground (0.03 oz.)
  • Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze 02 (0.05 oz.)
  • Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 (0.05 oz.)

Why Buy?
If you follow me on social media, you’ll see me using the baked power in highlight all. the. time. I swear Laura Mercier’s baked anything last forever and I love the soft, velvety-ness of the product and application. This is a perfect summer/spring palette for those of you who like a luminous, fresh look. This is also a great palette for you no makeup makeup wearers. Soft shimmery hues with a few deep ones will give you enough to play with but not too much.


NARS ‘Nordstrom’s Best’ Cheek Palette ($124 Value) $65.00

Palette includes:

  • Blush in Orgasm
  • Blush in Deep Throat
  • Blush in Luster
  • Blush in Desire
  • Highlighting Blush in Albatross
  • Bronzing Powder in Laguna

Why Buy?
Um. Why NOT buy? This is amazing. Incredible. If I didn’t buy the Sephora NARS Holiday Blush Palette, I’d be purchasing this. I might still purchase this just to have an extra.. it’s that good and these colors are amazing. NARS & blush go together like peas in a pod.


Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rebel Nudes’ Set ($108 Value) $72.00

Set includes:

  • Full-size Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-in-Stick Lipstick in 47 Beige Blouse (0.15 oz.)
  • Full-size Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain in 07 Corail Aquatique (0.06 oz.)
  • – Full-size Plump Up Glossy Stain in 200 Plump Up (0.06 oz.)
  • – Cosmetics Bag

Why Buy Either of These?
You want to buy this because you get three, 3, yes three FULL-SIZED YSL lip products. Oh AND a YSLBeauty case. I will probably be picking up the Nude!

Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rock Pink’ Set ($108 Value) $72.00

Set includes:

  • Full-size Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-in-Stick Lipstick in 49 Rose St. Germain (0.15 oz.)
  • Full-size Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in 12 Corail Fauve (0.06 oz.)
  • Full-size Plump Up Glossy Stain in 200 Plump Up (0.06 oz.)
  • Full-size Cosmetics Case

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Instant Beauty Palette – The Dolce Vita Look’ 5-Minute Face On the Go ($147 Value) $75.00

Palette includes:

  • – Three Eyeshadows
  • – Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush
  • – Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Bronzer & Highlight
  • – Travel-size Legendary Lashes Mascara

Why Buy?
Ok, this is the only palette where I’m going to keep it really real with you. I do not have enough Charlotte Tilbury knowledge to speak to any of her pigments. My CT Legendary Lashes Mascara review is well, meh (I wouldn’t pay full price for it).
Anyone and everyone I know who uses CT swears by her products. They love the texture, consistency, pigmentation pay-off, application, and pretty much everything about her products. If you want to try CT but don’t want to pay the premium, this is a great way to familiarize yourself with her brand.


Lancôme Mascara Set ($82 Value) $39.50

Set includes:

  • Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover (1.7 oz.)
  • Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara in Excessive Black (0.13 oz.)
  • Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base (0.19 oz.)
  • Définicils High Definition Mascara in Black (0.07 oz.)
  • Hypnôse Custom Volume Mascara in Black (0.07 oz.)
  • mini Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee (0.02 oz.)

Why Buy?
Lancôme is to mascara what NARS is to blush. I swear, everyone (low-to-high end) tries to copycat Lancôme mascaras because they are consistently some of the best in the industry. I am using Giorgio Armani eyes to kill right now but half way through the bottle, I realized it wears almost exactly like Definicils.
If you don’t want/need mascara, Nordy’s also has a great Lancôme gift with purchase. When Lancôme has a gift with purchase, I always grab a Dual Finish (I’m in color Matte Amande III) – that always qualifies for the gift. Their eye makeup remover is also one of the best in the industry and it lasts forever (at least for me). I’ve mentioned the Dual-Finish powder on this blog several times! Check out some of these posts as to why 🙂


For Your Man

Kiehl’s Since 1851 ‘Jumbo Facial Fuel’ Energizing Face Wash for Men

I’m so sad because I would snag this up for my hubby in a heartbeat — but with an international move this Fall, he wouldn’t even make a dent in it! This is by far my hubby’s fave face wash and their small size lasts forever! This industrial size is PERFECT for the men because they don’t have to shop as much. Get it before it sells out!
A quick, shameless plug for my hubby! So having transitioned from a male-dominated industry into the beauty realm, I surprisingly get a lot of fellas seeking “beauty” advice. I have resorted to convincing my hubby to be a test bunny and he recently filmed a Birchbox Man unboxing with me. Check out my YoutTube channel for this video & his guest blog post right here on Setareh Beauty!


For You Parents Or Preggos

Evian Facial Water Spray (6-Pack) ($42 Value) (Online Only) $21.00

Why Buy?
These Evian Facial Spray Mists are not only vital for my pro-makeup kit but also so nice to have in your diaper bag….car…luggage. Yea, it’s “bottled spray water” but let me tell you, it’s the most refreshing feeling after spraying your face. It’s also a great coolant…you know, for those beach/amusement park days, Disney trips, you name it. With 6 compact cans, you can make sure to leave one in a crucial places.
Again, I Hope that you enjoyed this post and that you can shop with some reassurance, especially if you don’t live near a Nordstrom (sadly, like me). I would love to know if you snag any of these goods and your thoughts on them!


Great Gift (Bridesmaids, Sisters, Mom & Friends)

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve Lip Balm Trio ($16.50 value) $11.00

Why Buy?
Ok, these used to be a staple in my college days! They were readily available at Anthropolgie and Urban Outfitters, I had one of these in every purse/backpack/car cup holder within my reach.
I recently picked one up mostly for nostalgia and fondly remembered why I loved them so much! For $11, you can score three of them! Dang! Perfect to put in a bridesmaid gift baggy or gift to whoever wants to feel a little bit of luxury or heck, just put one in your diaper bag, one in the car (be aware, they do melt easily), and one in your purse, for $11, you can’t go wrong.


I would LOVE to know what you picked up or products you’ve been eyeing. Did I miss something? Let me know and I’m happy to update this post. If you enjoy my blog and content, be sure to subscribe to receive periodic updates, promotions, giveaways, and much much more!

As always, stay beautiful!
Natalie Setareh 

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