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I know there is so much content out there about this sale right now, so I’m going to keep mine brief. I know money is tight for a lot of people right now. I know that shopping seems really weird during the middle of a pandemic. I created this post in an attempt to provide helpful reviews on products from the Nordstrom sale that I actually own and use. I am obnoxious when it comes to being an educated consumer – I think reading reviews has become a new quaratine hobby – and I want to provide resources that make it easy to know what you’re buying.
With that being said, here’s a list of items from the sale that I currently own or have owned at some point and my honest thoughts on them. (If you’re looking for my sale wish list and/or a list of what I actually purchased, you can find that here!)
J. Crew Supima V-Neck Tees ($18.90) | you save $11
These are the tees you put on that are so soft you feel like you’ve been wearing them for years. I accumulated a stack of these over the years, as they were perfect paired with colorful Lilly Pulitzer shorts and skirts. My style has evolved a little over the years, but my love of these tees hasn’t.
Spanx Faux Leather Leggings ($64.90) | you save $33
If you made me pick my number one item from the sale, it would be these. From fall to spring, I live in my Spanx faux leather leggings. I was honestly disappointed because I was hoping the sale would have additional colors, and I wanted to stock up. My favorite way to wear these is with a chunky turtleneck sweater and my flat, snakeskin booties, but I’ve also worn them to work with a longer top, a blazer, and white leather booties. (I also love them with a sweatshirt, tennis shoes, and a ball cap.)
Clinique Moisture Surge Set ($95) | you save $40
This seems like a lot to spend on moisturizer, I totally get that. But where this set differs from a lot of others is that you’re actually getting four different products – moisturizer (jumbo), mask (travel size), eye gel (standard size), and lip treatment (standard size).
This is the moisturizer I use in my daily skincare routine. It works well with oily skin and lies nicely under makeup. The mask also saved my skin while touring colleges in the Northeast with my brother a couple of years ago.
Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 ($40) | you save $18
This is my every day toner. I used Clinique growing up and in college and started using it again a little under a year ago when I moved back in with my mom. (I mooched hers… oops!) No matter what I do for skincare or what products I’m trying, the Clinique three step program is always my “base”. I’m pleased with the results and the consistency of the clearness of my skin.
YSL Black Opium Parfum Set ($112) | you save $47
This was my date night perfume that somehow turned into my every day perfume when I moved and packed all of my other fragrance away… oops! This scent also makes my smile because my best friend wore it on her wedding day. It’s described as a floral scent with notes of black coffee and vanilla. It truly feels like me as a perfume, so if you feel like we might be the same person, you’re probably going to like this.
Charlotte Tilbury Gorgeous, Glowing Eyes Set ($70) | you save $26
I received a sample of the mascara in this set and I used it until it dried up and was no longer usable. I loved it, and to be honest, I’ll probably buy myself a tube when I return to the office. I would have bought this set and saved it for later if those eyeshadow shades weren’t an atrocity with my skintone.
Clinique Jumbo Dramitically Different Moisturizer ($27) | you save $12
First of all, when this says jumbo, it means jumbo. I once modeled with a girl who pulled this out right before we hopped on a plane (crazy to even think about now – this is when you could still carry whatever onto a plane), and my mind was blown by how large it was compared to the very normal size bottles my mom and I had at home.
I’ve used this on and off since I was a teenager. I feel like women at the Clinique counter are quick to push you to a gel now, but this is the OG moisturizer for me. It’s distinct smell brings back so many memories. And nostalgia aside, it works great on my combo skin, my mom’s super oily skin, and my brother’s skin.
Lancome Advanced Genifique Trio (c/o) ($159) | you save $78
I was gifted Lancome’s Advanced Genifique Youth activating serum back in 2018 (you can read the post here) and can vouch that it’s an excellent product. My skin would practically drink this up. It made my skin smooth and supple, and I saw results pretty quickly. As I write this, I’m questions why it’s not part of my daily routine again!
neuLASH Lash Enchancing Serum ($95)| you save $95
I bought this at full price after my eyelash extension fiasco, and it was worth every penny. It rehabbed my poor lashes and caused minimal irritation to my sensitive eyes. (I have tried lash products before that make me miserable. This can cause a little bit of dryness if I’m bad and sleep with my contacts in… which I should not be doing.)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Bae-sics Kit ($27) | you save $29
I ordered six items during this year’s sale, and this was one of them! My brow miracle worker recommended this brow pencil, and I used it until I ran out. I have tried multiple dupes but nothing compares, so I was really excited to see it on the sale. I actually still have the empty in my makeup bag because the brush on the pencil is that good.
Full disclosure – this isn’t my favorite brow gel. It reminds me of when I used to use a tube of clear Maybelline great lash back on my super skinny brows back in high school -it’s crunchy and feels like glue. 1. It could totally be user error. 2. I think part of the problem is that my eyebrow hair is basically black and super shiny, and when I put this gel on them, it just magnifies that. Needless to say, I plan to break this set up and give the gel to a friend who will actually use it.
Two-Wick Candle ($12) | you save $6
I mentioned above that I purchased six items from the sale… two of them were these two-wick candles! My friend Amanda turned me on to Voluspa, and now they are my favorites because of their crisp smell, long burn time, and gorgeous packaging that can easily be repurposed. (The Voluspa website has tips for cleaning out the tins and DIY ideas for repurposing.) I track them down on any kind of sale and stock up. I usually keep this size by my tub.
I’m reviewing these together since it’s the same product, just different quantities. If I hadn’t stocked up during the Sephora sale earlier this year, I would be stocking up now. I love the size of these candles; I have one on my nightstand and also keep one on my vanity.
I firmly believe in having a small stash of gifts on hand for last minute invites, and these are absolutely perfect for that! They could also be used for a “favorite things” party or as stocking stuffers… maybe I need to order some after all 😉
In conclusion, I have a shopping problem.
Okay, maybe I do. But one of my favorite things about the sale is that it’s a good chance to stock up on things you actually use at a better price than what you’re used to paying for them. Because I have no idea when I’m going to be working in an office again, I made a rule for myself that this year I would only purchase things that I’d use most days. I think most of the items on this list make the cut.
If you’ve shopped the sale, let’s talk about what you got in the comments! I love living vicariously through everyone else’s shopping endeavors. Have a great week!