Top 3 Picks at the Nordstrom 2011 Anniversary Sale

July 13, 2011 at 10:17 am | Posted in Body Care, Fragrance, Jewelry, Makeup | Leave a comment
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Sale Starts Friday, July 15

Two days until the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! After much stalking of the Nordstrom Beauty department (with sale item previews), the Dior Fall Ready-to-Wear palette won out as my “top pick of the 2011 sale!” The Chanel eyeshadows and lip colors are stunning (pink and berry shades), but the significant value of the Dior palette stole the show ($52; the eyeshadows alone retail at $58). View the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog here.

Dior Ready-to-Wear Palette

1. The Dior Ready-to-Wear palette (a Nordstrom exclusive) includes four eyeshadows (colors are 739, 959, 689, 804, which translate to pale pink, iridescent pink (looks white but surprises!), light plummy taupe and dark taupe; blush in 950 Raspberry, Forever Compact finishing powder in 020 Light Beige; two Addict Ultra Glosses in 183, 483, a light pink and mauve; and three mini brushes. The shadows and glosses work for all skin tones; the powder and blush are too light for darker skintones, wish they would have put in something more universal.

Signature Dior Blue Velvet Case

(L) to (R): (4) Eyeshadows, Blush, Powder, (2) Lip Glosses

Wearing Dior Ready-to-Wear

2. Philosophy Pure Grace 3-piece bath and body set is a stock-up must. For $70 (a $137 value), you get an 8 oz body spritz, 32 oz body lotion and 32 oz bath and shower cream. I’m just nearing the end of last year’s set, which is my go-to clean scent (and also works as a base for layering with other fragrances). Pure Grace is the only fragrance I wear that consistently elicits “you smell good” comments (I’ll take 2, right!).

Cara Leather Wrap Bracelet

3. In jewelry, I’m really liking the Cara leather crystal studded wrap bracelets — hip, yet chic at the same time. Wear just one or stack three for a statement bangle look without the weight and noisy clanks (your office mates will thank you). The Cara leather bracelets come in white, tan and black ($29.90, one-third off the regular price of $48).

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