It's that time of year again: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here. If you have shopped this sale before, you know how glorious the whole event is. If you haven't yet, let me clue you in. Starting July 12 and running until August 5, the department store's biggest sale of the year drops some epic deals. Nordstrom cardholders get a special early access to the over 450 beauty exclusives and markdowns as a part of the store's longest-running traditions, going all the way back to the '60s. It's not your typical beauty sale either where the store marks down older season products they're trying to get rid of. In fact, Nordstrom launches new products, sets, kits, and exclusives just for the Anniversary Sale and discounts them for a limited time before they return to their retail price in stores and online on August 5. Still not convinced? We rounded up some of our favorite beauty picks from the pages of sale items. If you're not a cardholder, however, you'll have to wait until July 20 to shop.
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Bareminerals Nude for Summer Lip Kit
Why get one lipstick when you can get three complementary shades in one kit? This lip trio allows you to create a wide variety of subtle lip looks in a range of finishes. It includes the Gen Nude Buttercream Lip Gloss, which delivers ultra-creamy and moisturizing color without being sticky, the Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor, and the Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick, all of which you can layer or wear on their own. The kit is valued at $58, but on sale for only $38 until August 5.
$38 (Shop Now)
Clinique 72-Hour Moisture Surge Set
Before summer comes to an end, stocking up on hydrating products is a must. This three-piece set comes with two 4.2 oz jars of the Clinique Moisturizer Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator and one bottle of the Moisture Surge Face Spray, which promises to soothe the skin and refresh makeup during the day. Nordstrom values the kit at a $154 value and it's on sale for $99.
$99 (Shop Now)
Bobbi Brown Deluxe Eye and Cheek Set
This double-sided eye and cheek palette (valued at $380) from Bobbi Brown includes 12 eye shadows, two blushes, and two bronzers. It also comes in a chic metallic rose gold carrying case to hold everything in one place.
$98 (Shop Now)
Dr. Dennis Gross Skin Care Iconic Radiance Alpha Beta Peel
If you're a fan of the original Alpha Beta Peel from Dr. Dennis Gross, you might want to try out this 90-day treatment box of the extra-strength version. Made for those with normal or less-sensitive skin types, these pre-treated, two-step pads are packed with alpha and beta hydroxyl acids plus mandelic acid and willowbark extract. The whole set is valued at $238, but is on sale for $155 right now.
$155 (Shop Now)
Herbivore Botanicals Rosewater and Gemstone Trio
If you've been eyeing products from Herbivore Botanicals for a while, now's your chance to try them out for a fraction of the price. This trio includes the Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme, the Brighten Pineapple and Gemstone Glow Mask, and the Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist. Get ready for hydrated and glowy skin.
$52 (Shop Now)
Foreo Black Luna Mini 2 and Luna Play Set
This gentle, silicone brush helps to remove 99.5 percent of dirt and makeup residue on your skin, which is great to get a deeper clean. With this set, you'll get a large-sized Luna and the travel-sized Luna Mini for only $119. Pro tip: once the battery dies on the non-rechargeable mini brush, you can use it as a makeup brush cleaner instead of throwing it away.
$119 (Shop Now)
La Mer The Mini Miracles Collection
Yep, you can get La Mer for only $85 during Nordstrom's big sale. This Mini Miracles Set includes a 0.5 oz jar of the Moisturizing Soft Cream and a 0.17 oz container of the Eye Concentrate all nestled within an adorable green cosmetics bag. If you're looking for the legendary 8.5 oz tub of the Créme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream that is historically marked down during the Nordstrom sale, don't worry, it's still there and you can buy it for only $1,095.
$85 (Shop Now)
Kiehl's Radiance Boosting Duo
Fans of Kiehl's skin-care products are going to love what's going on during the Nordstrom sale. This exclusive duo is only $25 and includes the Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, which is formulated with brightening vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, and the Ultra Facial Cream. Both are great for achieving bright, hydrated skin any time of year.
$25 (Shop Now)
Kiehl's Jumbo Creme de Corps Bottle with Pump
Aside from kits and sets, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is known for jumbo-sized products at an unbeatable price. One of those best-selling larger products that keeps coming back year after year because customers love it so much is the Kiehl's Jumbo Creme de Corps bottle with a pump. You'll get 33.8 oz of all-over body moisturizer that's valued at $75 for only $52. It's a great moisturizer to put on right after a bath or shower when you're skin is wet and can absorb extra hydration.
$52 (Shop Now)
Laura Mercier Illuminator Palette
A great highlighter can do a lot to add a natural-looking, radiant glow to your face or anywhere you want a little extra dimension. This palette of three long-wearing highlighting powders comes with flattering shades like Indiscretion (warm rose gold), Devotion (cool pink), and Addiction (gilded gold). You can use a fan brush to apply or use a wet eye shadow brush for a more concentrated pigment application.
$52 (Shop Now)
Living Proof Full Set
This hair-care set includes the 2016 Best of Beauty-winning Full Dry Volume Blast, the Full Shampoo, and the Full Conditioner all in full-sizes. You'll have fresh-looking hair all day long with this trio for only $45.
$45 (Shop Now)
Lanolips Lano Hand Cream Trio
Another one of Nordstrom's great exclusive beauty sets is this hydrating Hand Cream Trio from Lanolips, which includes Lano Coconutter 101 Ointment Multi-Balm, Lano Coconutter Hand Cream Intense, and the Lano Allover Coconutter Body Milk.
$32 (Shop Now)
M.A.C. Nude Lip Trio
One brand that has a lot of products marked down during the Anniversary Sale is M.A.C. and this Nude Lip Trio is one of our favorite in the mix this year. This trio comes with some pretty, pale neutrals, like Lipstick in Love Drought (a metallic rose), Lipstick in Pretty Natural (nude peach with gold pearl and a creme sheen finish), and the Lipglass in BodyCon (creamy beige).
$36.50 (Shop Now)
Mario Badescu Latest and Greatest Set
There will likely be quite a few Allure editors picking up this Latest and Greatest Set that features some of our favorite skin-care products from Mario Badescu. It comes with two of the classic facial sprays, the Enzyme Cleansing Gel, and the zit-zapping Drying Lotion (one of our favorite spot treatments of all time).
$30 (Shop Now)
Moroccan Oil The Ultimate Hydration Collection
If your hair and skin are feeling a little this season, this collection from Moroccan Oil is going to be a must-buy. In addition to a clear carrying case, you'll get a Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, Body Soufflé, and a 0.84 oz bottle of Hair Oil Treatment.
$74 (Shop Now)
Ouai Summer Faves Set
Hairstylist Jen Atkin's Ouai's products are best-sellers for a reason: They smell great, they're tested on some of the most famous heads in Hollywood, and they're incredibly chic. This Summer Faves Set includes the Rose Hair and Body Oil, Dry Texture Foam, and its Leave-In Conditioner for beach-ready hair.
$32 (Shop Now)
Patchology Down to Mask DIY Spa Kit
If you can't go to the spa, bring the spa to you. This six-piece mask collection includes treatments for your eyes, feet, face, and lips. It's a $50 value for only $35.
$35 (Shop Now)
Philosophy Purity Trio Set
Another jumbo product that is included in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the 32 oz. bottle of the Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser. This set also includes an 8 oz. bottle of the same cleanser and a 2 oz. bottle of the Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash.
$55 (Shop Now)
Simplehuman Sensor Mirror with Brightness Control
Sure, you could use just any old mirror to do your makeup. Or, you could use high-tech one that takes your makeup application from amateur to expert levels with the push of a button. This sensor mirror with brightness control from Simplehuman is cordless, rechargeable, and magnifies five times so you can see your skin in exceptional detail. It's also made with high-quality LED lights that will last a very long time.
$134 (Shop Now)
Revitalash Eyelash Conditioner Duo
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, previously told Allure that she swears by this Revitalash Eyelash Conditioner for long, healthy lashes. This exclusive duo is basically like buying two for the price of one.
$98 (Shop Now)
Slip Silk Queen Pillowcase
Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is extremely beneficial for both your hair and skin. One Allure editor has noticed that her skin is softer and her skin smoother since using a silk pillowcase regularly. This option from Slip is stylish and effective for warding off bed-head and sleep creases in your skin. It's valued at $158, but on sale right now for only $110 for two cases.
$110 (Shop Now)
Strivectin Jumbo Advanced Tightening Neck Cream
You'll want to snag this massive-size tub of Strivectin Advanced Tightening Neck Cream (valued at $189) because it's one of the best-selling neck creams nationwide. Seriously. Apply on your neck and jawline in an upward motion and see a softening of fine lines and wrinkles over time.
$99 (Shop Now)
Sunday Riley Triple Threat Set
Several Allure editors have a few Sunday Riley products on their shelves and swear by them. This little trio includes some deluxe options of our favorites like the Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment, C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, and the Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream. Try these minis out before you splurge for the full-size products.
$49 (Shop Now)
Supergoop SPF 50 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist Trio
Summer may be half over, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be replenishing your stock of SPF. In fact, according to dermatologists, if you're applying the correct amount of sunscreen every day, these three bottles of SPF 50 from Supergoop should only last you a couple months — giving you even more reason to snatch these up when they're on sale.
$38 (Shop Now)
T3 Grey and Rose Gold Cura Hair Dryer
We would be remiss if we didn't include the amazing T3 hair tools that are on sale right now. Not only are curling irons and straighteners included, but this Rose Gold Cura Hair Dryer is roughly $70 off its valued price of $200. It comes with three heat speeds and two-speed setting combined with a lock-in cool-shot button to boost shine.
$134 (Shop Now)
Trish McEvoy The Power of Skin Care Collection Skin Fitness
According to Nordstrom, the Trish McEvoy Skin Care sets are typically one of the first products to sell out during the Anniversary Sale, which means you'll need to act fast. This year's set includes the Beauty Booser Serum, Even Skin Vitamin C Cream, Beauty Booster Anti-Fatigue Cream SPF 30, Gentle Cleansing Wash, Beta Hydroxy Pads Daily Exfoliator, Correct and Brighten Weekly Peel, Instant Solutions Triangle of Light Eye Mask, and Instant Solutions Hydrate and Glow Dry Sheet Mask, all of which comes packaged in a semi-transparent carrying case for convenient travel.
$230 (Shop Now)
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