Thursday, August 4, 2011

Nordstrom Anniversary Beauty Haul July 2011

July marks the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and with that a bunch of Nordstrom Exclusive beauty must haves! Meaning you won't be able to find certain colors and sets anywhere else but at Nordstrom (just to justify my shopping habit. =)  Here's what I've hauled XD
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2011 Beauty Haul
All this was a total of $223.78 including tax! I probably wouldn't have even attempted to spend so much if it weren't for the $8 shipping cost, so I made a $200 purchase to get free shipping. XD sigh... shopaholic, I know. Thank goodness Nordstrom now offer FREE SHIPPING & FREE RETURNS for ALL purchases! (ok, maybe that's not a good thing for my wallet either, haha)

Possibly the most worthy item and biggest fail item I got from this haul was the Estée Lauder 'Double Wear' Makeup Lesson Set which is a $105 retail value for $37.50. 
Estée Lauder 'Double Wear' Makeup Lesson Set
Comes with a full size Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 (1 oz.) and deluxe size Double Wear Stay-in-Place Concealer SPF 10 (0.06 oz.), a full size Spotlight Skin Tone Perfector (1 oz.) (primer) and a Foundation brush. But the failure on my part was that I got so excited seeing this set that I didn't realize I got the wrong color!!!! >_____<  And since there's no Nordstrom near me, I can't do anything about it.
Estée Lauder Gift With Purchase
The best part might have been that there was a gift with purchase with this Estée Lauder purchase. Comes with a blush palette with perfect fall colors cool pinks and corals and bright berry lipstick and lip gloss. Swatches later when I finally decide to use it. Am not a fan of the snakeskin/reptile skin cosmetic pouch (but hey it's free) so I might put that up for sale on my eBay account.

Lancôme 'Définicils Precious Cells' Mascara Set (Nordstrom Exclusive)
Next was the Lancôme 'Définicils Precious Cells' Mascara Set (Nordstrom Exclusive) which retails for $88 but was sold at $39.60 at Nordstrom.  This set includes a full size Définicils Precious Cells Mascara, Le Crayon Khol Eyeliner in Black Ebony, and Cils Booster XL Super-Enhancing Mascara base.

Color Design Sensational Effects Eyeshadow Smooth Hold in Filigree
Also included in this set is a beautiful eyeshadow in Filigree and deluxe sample size of the Bifacil Eye Makeup Remover. The eyeshadow's a great neutral color with a hint of shimmer to brighten up the eye.

And of course Lancome purchase also came with a gift with purchase! The tote I'm probably going to put up on eBay as well, but the eyeshadow is so pretty!

Lancome Gift With Purchase
Lancome Sensational Effects Eye Shadow
Lancome Sensational Effects Eye Shadow - Color Codes
Beautiful eye shadow colors! I think the shimmery white and silver will work best for elegant looks. If you look carefully, the black also has silver shimmers in it. =)

Next up, the biggest splurge of makeup I've ever done: Dior 'Fall Ready-to-Wear' Palette.

Dior 'Fall Ready-to-Wear' Palette
Dior 'Fall Ready-to-Wear' Palette - Comes in a beautiful velvet pouch
Dior 'Fall Ready-to-Wear' Palette - the beautiful packaging
Dior 'Fall Ready-to-Wear' Palette - individual brushes
Dior 'Fall Ready-to-Wear' Palette - SUCH BEAUTIFUL SHADES
The palette is so beautiful. It is definitely a luxury item, with its velvet pouch, sleek dark blue packaging, individually wrapped brushes... ahhh... so beautiful!! Haha, I can't stop gawking at it. The colors are very neutral with earthy browns and pale pinks. I've been looking at reviews for this palette, most complaints are on the face that the lip glosses are so close to the shadows and blush. I can see why it would a little unsanitary, I guess I'll have to watch out for it. =)  It's still too pretty for me to swatch.

M.A.C. Purchase

M.A.C. Semi Precious Mineralize Blush - Warmth of Coral, Select Sheer/Pressed Powder NC25, Surf Baby Lipglass in Strange Potion

Picked up some of M.A.C.'s limited edition collections. The lipglass in Strange Potion is part of the Surf Baby collection and was also part of the Villians collection that came out earlier. A coral peach color with gold shimmers.  I wanted to get a pressed powder that I can carry around with me so I ordered the M.A.C. Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC25. Very finely milled but I'm not sure how much I like it yet.

M.A.C's Semi Precious Mineralize Blush in Warmth of Coral and My Highland Honey
My favorite item from this haul must be M.A.C's Semi Precious Mineralize Blush in Warmth of Coral. It's the most flattering coral peach color with just a hint of bronze shimmer for a natural glowy flush. Here I compared it with the My Highland Honey blush.

Evian Facial Water Spray Set
Nordstrom brought this Evian Facial Water Spray Set back during their semi annual sale. It's $15 for a $27 value set. Comes with 2 travel ones that usually sell for $14 at Sephora. These water spray bottles sprays out a very light mist that feels really hydrating. It doesn't mess up my makeup, but these are definitely not very good a setting makeup. Is it worth $15 to get water in a spray bottle? Probably not, but I don't think there's any refillable spray bottles that you can find that can spray out as nice of a mist.

That's it for my haul post! A very long long post that is way overdue!
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