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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a once a year event that starts in July and carries over into August. It opened to shoppers with a credit or debit card on July 14th, so they got eight extra shopping days across the 3 and a 1/2 week event. Those of us without any Nordstrom cards can shop the sale officially starting today, July 22nd. This sale runs through August 7th, so it is a long event. If you have not already joined Nordstrom Rewards, sign up before shopping the sale. It used to only be open for card holders, but everyone can join now. Card holders will still get better benefits, but those of us who refuse to open cards still get some benefits. Add any benefits to Nordstrom’s legendary service, and shopping there becomes even more desirable.
I received an email from Nordstrom the day they opened the rewards program to everyone and signed up through their link. A few weeks later, I received an email on my duplicate account offering a $10 gift card to spend at the anniversary sale for anyone who signed up before 07/10/16. This offer was on my Nordstrom Page, and I deleted it after it expired. Although I sometimes use a second account for offer emails, I did not want two Nordstrom Rewards accounts, so I did not sign up on my second account. Yesterday, I received the $10 gift card for the sale, so I can confirm the rumor that people who signed up before the Nordstrom announced the offer still get the gift card. If you signed up before 07/10/16, you should get a gift card, even if you signed up before the 05/18/16 offer. Contact Nordstrom if you have not received your gift card.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale really is an Event. Nordstrom teams with a lot of brands to offer exclusive sets at extraordinary prices and offers great prices on items you can get at other stores. I was able to see a few things that Nordstrom was generous enough to allow me to get a sneak peek of leading into the sale. There are a lot of gems in the beauty department.
I love seeing this Tom Ford Makeup Set. It includes: a full-size 0.1oz Lip Color in Indian Rose, a full-size 0.27oz Extreme Mascara in Raven, and a deluxe size 0.17oz Illuminating Primer. His sets are always so luxurious and boxed beautifully. Many of his sets do not actually offer a discount, but this one does. The set cost $98, which would be the full-price for the $45 mascara and $53 lipstick. That means the deluxe sample and box are free, which is a deal for this brand (assuming you want all three items). Since I am not interested in the mascara, I will pass.
I adore Burberry sets and got one similar to this at Sephora. That one is no longer available and was all deluxe sized items. It was totally worth it though. This is a great brand. The Burberry Beauty ‘Glow-to-Go’ Set, pictured above, for $76 includes: 0.11oz Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Rose Blush, 0.09oz Eye Color Silk Eyeshadow in Pale Barley, 0.04oz Fresh Glow Pen, 0.06oz My Burberry Eau de Toilette Spray, and 0.17oz Fresh Glow Deluxe Tube. Pale Barley is my favorite eyeshadow ever. It retails for $29 by itself, and the one in this set is full size. My shadow is still pretty full, so I will pass.
I’ve wanted to try the Hourglass Bronzer for a while, but I did not want to pay $50 for it. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting EDIT Blush Face Bronzer Highlighter Palette included it and five other powders. At $79 for six 0.045oz powders, I did not think it was a good deal. It was not on my radar, because I also already owned three of the six powders inside of it. The Hourglass Ambient® Luminous Light Palette, pictured above, for $62 includes: 0.11oz Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light, 0.11oz Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush, and 0.09oz Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light. That means there is actually more powder in this (even though it only has 3 shades). Luminous Flush was already in the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette I purchased, so I wish they included a different blush in this. I do not own the other two powders, so I am at least considering this palette.
These are just a few items in the Beauty Department during the anniversary sale. There are also over 80 GWP offers. Every department has items in the sale, so I will venture out of Beauty and take a look at other departments. If you have a card, I am sure you already shopped the Early Access Sale. I’d love to see what you got.
It is always a great time to shop Nordstrom with free shipping and exemplary service, but the anniversary sale is an excellent time to shop. Before placing an online order, remember to check all offers. See all Nordstrom articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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