#NSALE: Public Access Starts TONIGHT!

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From tomorrow (July 20th) until August 5th, the hyped Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will be open to non-cardholders (and cardholders). Unfortunately, many items have long sold out or only are available in a few colors and sizes.

For those of you eagerly anticipating your turn at the good merch, I’ve updated my original list of picks to only include items that still have plenty of options in stock, and also added a few new picks (in green!)

If there’s something you had your eye on that is sold out, fear not. Every year there seem to be a ton of restocks the first day of Public Access. There will also be restocks randomly throughout the rest of the sale as people start returning things. In addition, I’ve had occasional success finding sold out items by shopping in store.

To be honest, at this point most of the stuff I ordered still hasn’t arrived yet, and I also haven’t had ample time to try out the things that have arrived. I’ll hopefully be able to give a final verdict on everything by the end of next week!

Onto the stuff!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Picks (on a budget!)

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is back in full swing and I couldn’t let it pass by without sharing all the great deals I’m shopping for! This year I did almost all of my shopping online as my school/clinic schedule makes it difficult for me to be available during store opening hours. I think there are advantages and disadvantages to both online and in-store shopping so I highly recommend you guys try a mix of both to get the best stuff!

If you’ve been living in a shopping hole and have no idea what the #nsale is, look no further than this blog post I did a couple years back!

The sale started on July 12th for cardholders and will open up to the public on the 19th. Since we are already a few days in at this point, a lot of items, sizes, and colors have already sold out. For stuff you really want, definitely check back often for restocks, and remember to try looking in store as well! While normally I try to promote fiscal responsibility, with this sale my mantra has always been buy now, ask questions later. Nordstrom’s generous and easy return policy makes it a no-brainer! Of course, you won’t be able to buy anything right now without a Nordstrom Credit or Debit card, so make sure you shop with one or find a friend who can!

Let’s start with the things I’ve bought so far. I am limited by my student budget so all these items are under $65, and most are under $40. Many of these items I ordered in multiple colors and sizes. Most of it won’t come in until next week, and hopefully I’ll be able to update on all of the stuff once I’ve tried it on.

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Review: Benefit Cheek Parade Palette (Video + Demo)

Benefit Cosmetics is a brand I’ve followed for a long time but never really subscribed to. Once upon a time, I was an avid user of their Dallas blush, but haven’t really used any of Benefit’s products for many years.

Until last month, when a friend generously gifted me with the Benefit Cheek Parade Blush/Bronzer Palette. The set, which was released in April 2017 to much hype, contains 5 different colors and a small applicator brush.

The included colors are:

  • Hoola
  • Hoola Lite (New!)
  • Galifornia (New!)
  • Dandelion
  • Rockateur

I finally had the chance to sit down, try out the products, and give it a proper review. Check it out below!

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Early Access Round-up

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is meant to be treated like a marathon, not a sprint. If you try to race through it like Black Friday, chances are you’ll end up tired, dehydrated, crampy, and cranky.


That said, I wanted to shared what I’ve bought so far as a means to help you focus in on the good stuff if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the literally thousands of items that are in this sale. I did my shopping in a couple rounds, online first, then in person with my mom in tow. I’ll definitely be able to comment much more on the stuff I saw in store, but I’ll try to be as comprehensive as I can.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Catalog Picks!

The annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is like Christmas in July. Great deals on brand new merchandise for the upcoming fall season? No wonder it’s become one of the most epic sales around.

The catalog for this year’s sale is out, giving us a preview of a selection of products that will be part of the sale. I’ve gone through and pulled out some of my top picks to share with you and show you just why I’m so excited for this sale…which starts in less than a week for cardholders!

Clothes:

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Sometimes I feel like I could’ve lived in Victorian times because of how much I love a good puffed sleeve. I’m like Anne of Green Gables in that way.

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Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift: Tarte Makeup Set (VIDEO)

Sephora’s Beauty Insider rewards program is free to join and comes with the awesome perk of receiving a beauty gift during your birthday month. This year, members got to choose between a skincare set by Caudalie and a makeup set by Tarte (there is also a men’s skincare kit, only available online)

I was excited to try out the Tarte makeup kit this year, which includes their 12-hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty and their Tarteist Lip Paint in Birthday Suit.

Check out my video review and demo of these two products!

Influenster Review Spree #6

As we get to the home stretch of this review spree, we also arrive at the home stretch of this week. Weekends in medical school are less like weekends and more like cram sessions for Monday exams. However, I like to allow myself some TLC on Friday nights before diving headfirst into the books. Continue reading “Influenster Review Spree #6”

Influenster Review Spree #4


We have reached hump day! On days like this my skin needs a pick me up as much as I do! Today’s review from the Influenster Poppy Voxbox is the Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion.


It’s designed to be applied after using and rinsing off your normal bath soap, and then it says to also rinse off the lotion. Seems quite counterintuitive if you ask me. Continue reading “Influenster Review Spree #4”

Influenster Review Spree #3

One of the products I was most excited about trying from my complimentary Influenster Poppy Voxbox was the Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Face Polish. Newcomer Nyakio (pronounced Neh-KAY-oh, as is cleverly incorporated into the logo) is the brainchild of Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, who draws inspiration from her Kenyan heritage to create her products. The line launched just this past March, and is exclusively available at Ulta.

I can honestly say I have never used a coffee bean scrub in my life, and at this point am excitedly thinking about homemade dupes — if this works, could i somehow replicate this with stuff found around the house? Continue reading “Influenster Review Spree #3”