I’ll be the first to admit I’m a total beauty junkie. In fact, I’ll try just about anything once, from the latest crazy treatments to the most-hyped products. So it’s probably no surprise I’m also willing to splurge on makeup and skincare. (My husband loves to remind me that I’ll drop $200 on a serum in an instant but complain that groceries are too expensive. My priorities may or may not be out of whack.)
What can I say? I’m a sucker for good packaging, and and any product that claims it can make me look younger and well-rested is a must-try in my book. Crazy? Maybe. But I like to think of it as research, because I have to be in the know for my job. Plus, when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale rolls around (psst—early access for cardmembers starts today!), it makes sense to do as much “research” as possible.
So with that, I present to you the nine beauty exclusives I currently have my eye on. Because research.
When products from the queen of brows go on sale, you buy ’em. IMHO, you can’t have enough clear brow gel or Brow Wiz on hand, so the fact that I’ll get both for basically the price of one is enough of a selling point to me.
I’ve always been drawn to makeup planners filled with everyday necessities. Yet I’m still using a big ol’ makeup bag stuffed with a ton of products I admittedly don’t even use??? Time to fix that… This set comes with all the basics: an eye shadow base and brightener, a gel eyeliner, a mascara, an under-eye treatment, translucent powder, a brow shaper, eye shadows, bronzers, a cheek-and-lip stain, lip liner, lip sheers, and even four refillable eau de parfums! Not to mention the colors are classic, which makes it easy to take any look from day to night.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m extremely sensitive to scents. And when it heats up outside during the summer, smells intensify, so you can only imagine the struggle I have to deal with on the daily (okay, I’m being dramatic). But honestly, that’s why I’m so drawn to this diffuser duo. One is grapefruit (a blend of pink pomelo with lilies and coriander blossoms), and the other is bamboo (mixed with a variety of white florals, citrus, and fresh greens). Getting to come home to a fresh-smelling place will make dealing with the outdoors much more bearable.
Finding the perfect pinky nude lip color is no easy feat, but Charlotte Tilbury knows what’s up. So when the opportunity to stock up on a set of three essentials (lipstick, liner, and gloss) comes about, I’m obviously going to take advantage. The $60 price tag means I’m essentially getting one of the products for free. I’ll be well on my way to creating the perfect pout for summer. (I’ll line my lips, apply the lipstick straight from the tube, and top it all off with the gloss, FYI.)
Okay, I have a confession: I used to have one of these, but it broke. Just out of the blue stopped working. (It may or may not have to do with me dropping it on my bathroom floor.) I was too ashamed to buy myself another one, but the reduced price has me thinking now’s the time to do it (especially since it comes with the primer, charging cradle, and power adaptor). Honestly, it’s even worth it at full price. I absolutely loved the results (my skin looked much more rejuvenated and lifted), and slathering on the gel primer at night and gliding the device over my face and neck became a relaxing part of my nightly routine.
What’s funny that is my grandma of all people is the one who introduced me to this mirror. She’s gotten basically everyone in our family one (except me!). Basically, it’s a cordless, rechargeable makeup mirror that not only lights up as soon as your face approaches it, but also magnifies it up to one, five, or 10 times, allowing you to see your entire face while applying makeup or going about your daily skincare regimen.
The thought of being able to carry one of my favorite scents with me wherever I go makes me so happy. But actually, now that I think about it, I’d actually keep these small bottles (10ML each) with my travel essentials, because I usually have to leave my full-size one at home (unless I’m checking a bag of course, but let’s be real: I’m always trying to save on fees). So anyone who knows Le Labo knows that $98 for two 10ML is a major score.
I might be pushing 30, but I’m still a huge Too Faced fan. Aside from the playful packaging and fun collections, the shadows (just look at the summer-perfect colors in this one) are really flipping good. Also, the lip glosses are never overly sticky (and this set comes with the Rich & Dazzling High Shine Sparking Gloss in Raisin the Roof), and Better Than Sex Mascara is seriously in a league of its own (it’s all about that wand!)—it’s a cult favorite for a reason.
I think I already established that when it comes to skincare, I’m willing to splurge. But once something I love costs upward of $300, I start to worry about whether I’ll be able to restock it when I need to. So I try to be as smart as possible with those types of purchases, and right now, that means scooping up this collection of skin-soothing favorites from La Mer. Inside the cute travel bag (you can never have too many!), you’ll find The Eye Concentrate, a super-conditioning cream that helps reduce the appearance of dark circles; The Lifting Eye Serum, which helps lift the eye and brow area; The Concentrate, a restorative skin treatment; and Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream, the legendary crème that’ll rejuvenate even the driest skin.