The Nordstrom 2014 Anniversary Sale is back! Early access to the sale just started on July 10th for Nordstrom Rewards Members, but will take place on Nordstrom.com and in Nordstrom stores nationwide from July 19th - August 4th (while supplies last). I headed over to The London NYC to get a sneak peek at this year's anniversary sale beauty exclusives. It's the perfect time to indulge in your beauty must-haves, or do some holiday shopping in July. As always, there are amazing brands participating across fragrance and candles, cosmetics, bath & body, men's grooming and more.
Don't forget that at Nordstrom Beauty you can always try it before you buy it! They offer samples of almost any beauty product in store. Also, I've found the Nordstrom Beauty Stylists to be extremely helpful in answering any questions I have or recommending products across all brands and counters. Nordstrom beauty Stylists are available in-store or by phone at 1.800.7beauty or via live chat.
Check out these upcoming Nordstrom spring beauty trend events:
Beauty Trend Show: Nordstrom Beauty and industry insiders from your favorite brands reveal new products and spring beauty trends via a high-energy runway show. Following, get free makeup and skincare consultations along with an exclusive (and free!) Nordstrom tote bag - just for attending! Tickets are $20 and redeemable towards any beauty purchase on the day of the event.
Beauty Trend Event: Spend one-on-one time with top beauty experts and industry insiders for all the latest tips and tricks on spring beauty, with complimentary makeup, skincare and fragrance consultations. Plus, get free customized samples and exclusive gifts with purchase (while supply lasts) with free admission! For more information on the spring beauty trend events, click here.
M.A.C. Look-in-a-Box Face Kits $49.50 ($101 Value) in All About Beige" or "All About Plum":
6 Shadows / 2 Blushes / 2 Lipsticks
NARS: $49 - $52
Dolce Vita Lip/Nail Set: $52 ($66 Value): Housed in a keepsake box, includes Dolce Vita:
Lipstick / Lip Gloss / Nail Polish
Schiap Lip/Nail Set: $52 ($66 Value): Housed in a keepsake box, includes Schiap:
Lipstick / Lipgloss (limited edition) / Nail Polish
I've recently been using Wilma Schumann Skin Care this summer, specifically the Basic Regimen Kit ($99) for Normal / Combination Skin. There is also a kit for Dry / Sensitive Skin and one for Oily / Acne Skin. The kit I'm using includes the Balancing Cleanser Milk, Soothing & Balancing Toner, Moisture Active Gel-Crème and Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads.
I've actually been looking for a toner to add to my skin care regimen, which helps balance the skin's pH and help manage sebum production. This toner is also very gentle on the skin since it is alcohol and paraben-free. The Moisture Activ Gel-Crème is lightweight and perfect for summer, combining DMAE, marine collagen, elastin, vitamin E and alpha lipoic acid, known for powerful hydrating and antioxidant properties. Since I don't get enough sleep, my biggest skin care concern is puffy, tired eyes and dark circles. So my favorite product in this kit are the Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads (contains 5 pairs). These hydration-boosting 100% pure collagen gel pads for the eye contour area visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness. All you do is leave them on for 20 minutes, and I even prefer to refrigerate them for an extra cooling effect.
Wilma Schumann is available online at wilmaschumann.com. During the month of July, when you use promo code WSBEAUTY, you'll receive the new Eye Intensiv Hydrating Crème ($40 value) and free shipping with the purchase of $70 or more.
In April, I had attended Organic Spa Magazine's Beauty & Lifestyle media event at the Mandarin Oriental. I came across a lot of new products that I'm excited to use this summer! Here's a recap of what I saw at this year's event!
Shea Moisture's SuperFruit Complex collection helps with contouring, firming and smoothing skin, with certified organic Shea Butter and mango Butter, Green Coffee Bean Extract, and an antioxidant-rich Superfruit complex of Raspberry Ketone, Goji, Acai, and Guava.
Tahitian Noni & Monoi Oil collection smooths, softens and controls frizz, made with certified organic Shea Butter, revitalizing Tahitian Noni, reparative Monoi Oil and Keratin, Peptides and Botanical Extracts.
Indian Hemp & Shea Butter Inflammation Therapy Bar Soap for soothing troubled, inflamed skin
Olive & Green Tea and Argan Oil & Rw Shea collections
Completely new from Shea Moisture is the launch of their cosmetics, available exclusively at Target. I can't wait to try this line, including foundations, concealers and pressed powders to wet/dry eyeshadows, mineral blush and lip/cheek balms.
Shamanuti (Shaman + Beauty), is a modern skincare line of luxurious calming, nourishing and hydrating products built on the botanical heritage of the Americas. One of their products that really stood out for me was the Scented Wooden Comb infused with Rosemary essential oil to stimulate hair growth.
Me & The Girls vegan skin care with rich, concentrated products that contain at least 98% NOP (National Organic Program) certified organic ingredients. One of the beauty favorites from their line is the multi-use Bar Beleza.
One getaway I wouldn't mind taking would be to the Riviera Maya, for a spa getaway. Located along 81 miles of the Mexico Caribbran coast, the Riviera Maya features world-class spa facilities with au-natural Maya healing therapies and multi-day detox and boot camp programs.
Nordic Naturals, the #1 fish oil in the United States, were promoting their newest launch, tropical mango Omega Boost, formulated with omega-3s that support heart, brain and immune health. All you need is one teaspoon (525 mg omega-3s) per day, of the light, creamy and delicious Omega Boost. I prefer to take gummy vitamins, since they taste to good I never forget to take them. I'm also hooked on the Nordic Omega-3 Gummies (tangerine treats with purified fish oil).
Saint Estate family of designers located in Santa Fe, NM and Austin, TX include the Char designer blouse collection made with 100% natural fabrics and re-purposed textiles and laces and Demian&Alex jewelry made with hand-cut semi-precious stones.
I really enjoyed meeting the team from Deer Lake Lodge & Spa! This exclusive destination wellness resort and spa has classes on juicing, raw foods, yoga, energy medicine, colonic and detoxifying spa treatments.
Another Spa I would love to to visit is Spa Anjali at the Westin Riverfront, to experience their Chakra Blessing treatments, a unique collection of ancient rituals designed to clear negativity and balance energy. Treatments include to Muladhara Down to Earth Blessing to create inner peace and the Ajna Peace of Mind Blessing to detoxify the body and harmonize emotions. There's also an Athletic Club, a remodeled salon and boutique, and a saline-based outdoor pool and three riverside hot tubs. Sounds like an amazing retreat!
Next, I enjoyed some Moroccan mint tea and learned about Moroccan Prestige, who specializes in high end handmade Moroccan furniture and accessories. I also find myself wanting to visit Morocco, to experience innovative thalassotherapy cures in Agadir and Essaouira, sample balneotherapy in Marrakech or indlugle in treatments at the famous spa resort of Moulay Yacoub.
This was the first time I had heard about Les Laboratoires Azbane skin care. Their products made with Argan oil are great for men and women, with coffret sets perfect for holiday gifting. I hope to see more of their products in the U.S. market!
I've never tried any of Neo Cell's products until now, but am addicted to their fruit punch Beauty Bursts gourmet collagen soft chews! They contain Super Collagen 1&3, for stregthening skin, hair and nails, Hyaluronic Acid, for moisturizing and hydrating the skin, and Vitamin C for boosting collagen in the skin. Since I love these, I can't wait to try the acai berry Biotin Bursts soft chews! Another alternative to Beauty Bursts is the Collagen Beauty Builder tablets. I also can't wait to start taking the Keratin Hair Volumizer capsules to improve hair strength, enhance hair volume and increase shine.
Éminence Organic Skin Care has quickly become one of my favorite brands! We got to take home personalized skin care samples and get a sneak peek at their summer launch! My targeted skin concern is hyperpigmentation, so the Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum, Clear Skin Probiotic Masque and Sugar Plum Revitalizing Masque was chosen for my regimen. There are so many Éminence masques for every skin concern and are great for refrigerating and then applying for a cooling effect. They smelled so good I wanted to eat them out of the jar, especially the Raspberry Pore Refining Masque!
The Éminence Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Masque and Serum are the newest product launches.
CoTZ Skincare is developed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Harry Fallick. The products have a velvety smooth, lightweight texture, with a sheer, matte finish and broad spectrum sun protection. These are definitely products I'll be taking with me to hit the beach this summer!
It was lovely meeting with Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach! I received an Acqualina Spa by ESPA Hand Rejuvenation Treatment, utilizing ESPA products that have been selected to combine therapeutic benefits of spa treatments, aromatherapy and skincare.
ESPA was promoting their new Optimal Skin ProSerum, which combines the nourishment of a treatment oil with the active benfits of multiple plan extracts.
Africology is South Africa's leading ethical and natural spa and skincare brand. The brand uses the purifying essence of some of South Africa's indigenous healing plants, namely rooibos, aloe ferox, marula and African potato. The active ingredients in the skincare products focus on repairing and restoring damaged skin tissue. Their products are totally organic, with no parabens, propylene glycol, mineral oil, petrolatum, chemicals and synthetically produced perfumes. Africology's Skin Renewal Body Glow hydrates your skin with Hyaluronic Acid while adding a natural shimmer this summer.
ZAO Certified Organic Makeup is made in Italy with 100% natural ingredients utilizing essential minerals, antioxidants, amino & natural fatty acids. I love the eco-friendly refillable bamboo packaging!
Naturopathica was founded by clinical esthetician, aromatherapist and herbalist Barbara Close. I was introduced to some of Naturopathica's latest products, including the Vitamin C15 Wrinkle Repair Serum. The Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel will be perfect to use this fall!
Acure is a natural skin, body & hair care line. One of their top products is the 100% certified Argan Oil - 5 products in one that can be used as a repairing facial serum, body + decollete massage oil, hair serum, hand + cuticle repair and for soothing dry elbows + heels.
The Organic Face features safe and toxic free cosmetics for all skin types, including water-resistant pure mineral cosmetics that protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays and mineral powders suitable for skin conditions such as acne prone skin, rosacea and eczema.
Frownies is an anti-aging skin care company, celebrating 125 years of reversing wrinkles naturally over night while you sleep. Frownies Immune Shiels Serum is rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acid, Beta Carotene, and vitamin C from seed oils, making it an effective moisturizing and rejuvenating srum, smoothing the surface of the skin, reducing inflammation or calming exposure to UV rays. Immune Shield is the perfect after sun serum for the face or treatment for stretch marks.
Columbia Skin Care products protect healthy skin and restore damaged skin tissue. The Antiseptic Powder has multiple uses, including insect bites, minor cuts and abrasions, razor irritation and sunburn and windburn. The Healing Cream naturally replenishes dehydrated skin and provides instant relief from itchiness, redness and scratching.
rareEARTH NATURALS features 100% essential oils, rareEARTH artisan mineral candles, aroma therapeutic rareESSENCE candles, diffusers, room sprays and perfumes. rareESSENCE 100% pure essential oils include nine different roll-on perfumes with purpose/meaning. One of my favorites for this summer is Amani (Swahili meaning peaceful,tranquil, harmonious) with a sea-like fragrance - clear and tranquil with a hint of woody spice.