Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here! It is one of my favorite sales of the year because instead of marking down items that are about to be out of season, the anniversary sale offers up to 40 percent off of new items for the season ahead of us. By working with top brands, Nordstrom is able to offer discounts on items that do not regularly go on sale.
I’m mostly excited to shop for beauty products during the Anniversary Sale because they are something I always need and beauty products do not normally go on sale. In addition to stocking up on beauty favorites, I also love to get a start on my holiday shopping–Barefoot Dreams blankets make the best gift and I love getting them on sale–I also like to get new workout clothes, accessories and maybe a new dress!
Makeup has always been a hassle for me–something I hate having to put on, but also necessary to keep me looking somewhat put together. When I swapped my foundation for tinted sunscreen a few years ago, I felt like I could actually enjoy my day while wearing “makeup.” I add a few more elements to my five-minute makeup routine, check it out below!
Before I apply my makeup, I do my full skincare routine. Once that is all done, I start by applying the tinted sunscreen on my face and neck…I just use my hands to apply it. Next, I put on under eye concealer. I have been using the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Concealer in Shade 2. I cannot say enough good things about this concealer. I have dark circles and this concealer really makes them disappear. I apply the concealer using the wand it comes with and then I blend it using a Blending Sponge.
Next, I apply the bronzer. I love the Hoola Benefit Bronzer because it acts as a bronzer and contouring kit all in one. I use the brush the bronzer comes with to bronze and contour my face. Then, I apply another layer of concealer and finally, I add the Blush. I really love the blushes by Bobbi Brown because they don’t irritate my skin and I think they come in the most beautiful colors. To blend all of the makeup I use the large Luxie brush and I just love it.
I really only wear mascara for holidays and major events (even during a non-pandemic year) so I didn’t include it in this routine. From beginning to end, it should take you only five minutes to apply. It will leave you looking fresh-faced and dewy for the whole day!
With Hanukkah in full swing and exactly two weeks until Christmas, we are down to the wire on ordering gifts, y’all! For the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing gift guides for all of the people in your life–friends, significant others, parents, in-laws, grand parents, siblings and co-workers. From stocking stuffers to luxury items, I am sharing all of my gift guides here on the blog today.
Most stores should be able to deliver items before Christmas if you order this weekend! Happy shopping and let me know what you loved most from the gift guides!
Can you believe Christmas is a mere three weeks away?! Growing up and even still today, Christmas stockings were one of my favorite parts of the holiday. I think I love stocking stuffers so much because they are like little extra gifts that you weren’t expecting, but that can be so amazing! Today I’m sharing stocking stuffer gift guides for women, men and children.
A t-shirt might seem slightly odd as a stocking stuffer, but I absolutely LOVE this Hayley Menzies leopard tee! I think it is an amazing stocking stuffer that so many women of all ages would love. You can pair it with jeans, a fun leopard skirt, leather leggings or even sweats and it is so chic.
Whether you’re traveling right now or just organizing your life, a clear pouch is so useful. Stoney Clover makes the cutest bags, pouches and masks and what I love most about them is that you can personalize them any way you like. From pink plush letting to rainbows and hearts, you can create the bag of your dreams or for the lucky ladies in your life.
Little beauty treats are always fun in a Christmas stocking so I would suggest throwing in some lip balms for sure. My personal favorites are from Kiehl’s and Laneige. Most women use beauty blenders to apply their makeup so this Beauty Blender combo set is the perfect gift. I love candles and seem to buy them for everyone for every occasion so when I found this crushed candy cane candle, I was way too excited! It is the perfect little holiday treat for everyone.
Since we’re all wearing face masks right now, why not have a nice one? I have been loving the Slip silk face masks and they’re definitely pricier than the average mask, but they make a beautiful gift and are very well made.
Of course we can’t forget about the feet and during the winter months I live in fuzzy socks and the Barefoot Dreams socks are the gold standard. They come in multiple colors and your loved ones will love them. I know flip flops are a little random as a stocking stuffer, but these adorable bow sandals from Amazon are too cute not to share! I just got a pair and can’t wait to wear them in Miami next month. They also come in a number of colors, but the nude is my favorite.
Not that AirPods need much of an explanation, but basically if anyone in your life doesn’t have these, get them a set! I LOVE mine and it is so nice not having to mess around with wires anymore.
I don’t use male skin care products, but I do buy them for my husband and I have been loving the Jack Black products for him. They smell like a light, refreshing tea and my husband’s skin looks great. This kit or the lip balm will be a great addition to your man’s Christmas Stocking.
If you have a golfer in your life, I think a sleeve of golf balls is a great idea for a stocking stuffer. Men always run out of golf balls whether they’d like to admit it or not so these will be much appreciated.
If you’re looking for great gifts for the men in your life, I would highly recommend checking out Manready Mercantile. My husband and I know the owners well and they have the most unique gifts. From handmade candles to leather goods and fashions, this store has it all. I will definitely be getting my hubby the Whiskey Soaked Campfire Jerky and a set of sustainable socks. I know that sounds random, but I bought him a pair last year when Manready had their pop-up at the Nutcracker Market and I actually liked them so much that they are now basically mine so grab yourself a pair too! If you’re looking for another sock option for your man, I really like these playing card socks from Saks.
If a man in your life is from Texas, Louisiana or Florida or has some affinity for this part of the country, I would definitely suggest getting them a set of these beautiful watercolor playing cards. My husband is from New Orleans and his family has a home in Florida and many of them live in Texas now so I’ve bought several sets of these cards for his family this Christmas and I cannot wait to see how they react!
I have it on very good authority (from my bestie Ava who is three) that The Very Brave Lion is a great book. Pair it with this plush lion and I think you will have a very happy little one.
Since were all wearing face masks, grab your little ones a fun animal one! I love the kitty cat and dinosaur options from Nordstrom.
If you thought Black Friday and Cyber Monday were fun, then prepare yourselves for the Bluemercury Semi-Annual sale! Bluemercury is my favorite destination for skin care because they carry all of the best brands and for the next few days you can get SkinCeuticals, Jo Malone and more for up to 20 percent off!!
I normally shop this sale with my work bestie, but this year, sadly I will be shopping alone. When I lived in Houston, the Rice Village Bluemercury was about a 10 minute drive from our offices in the medical center and we were known to spend our lunches there. Since I haven’t been to a Bluemercury since the pandemic hit, I’m definitely in need of a re-stock and this sale couldn’t come at a better time! Here’s what I’ll be buying…
As you can see, my favorite skin care brand is SkinCeuticals. I started using SkinCeuticals about five years ago and it has totally transformed my skin. It is a bit of a splurge if you’ve been using over-the-counter products, but it is totally worth it. I’d recommend starting out with the CE Ferulic because it works for most skin types and it will really make your skin glow. I personally use all of the products I’ve listed on this page and will share a video on Instagram about how I use each item.
In addition to the Skinceuticals I’ll be stocking up on, I will also be loading up on my Kiehl’s body lotion…I use this twice a day all over my body and could not live without it. I also love the Kiehl’s Blue Astringent. My signature scent is the Jo Malone Earl Grey and Cucumber and am so happy I will be able to get it on sale. If you’re not familiar with this scent, it is so light and effervescent and makes you smell like you just left the spa.
With the holidays coming up, you might want to take this opportunity to stock up on candles as gifts for your friends, because who doesn’t love a candle?! My favorite candles are from Lafco. I think the scents are beautiful, they burn well and I love the fun names they give each candle like Cabana and Penthouse.
I hardly ever wear makeup so I love buying it on sale when I have to. I love NARS for blush, eyeshadow and absolutely love the afterglow lip balm. For primer and foundation, my go-to is Tom Ford. I’ve been wearing it for years and makes me look airbrushed when I wear it.
Whether you’re stocking up on beauty essentials for yourself or buying gifts for friends and family, this sale is the best place you can spend your money this month! I usually stock up on my beauty favorites in December during this sale and again in June when they have their other sale so I don’t have to buy these items full price.