August 20, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Sephora

Nordstrom had their annual Anniversary Sale which are markdowns on select products throughout the brands they carry, online and in-store. I went to the early access sale which is where you can get a peek of what's on sale for the bags and jewelry in a couple of tents that they set up in the store.

This was my first time shopping during the sale and although their are some makeup sets that you can pre-order from the Fall collections, I actually shopped at the jewelry tent. I've been looking for a rose-gold watch and bought one by Skagen. It's the Faceted Glass Bezel Watch which has a rose-gold stainless steel mesh strap, Crystallized Swarovski Elements textured bezel, a brown mother-of-pearl dial and crystal indexes. I like that the rose-gold color has a soft feminine look with just enough sparkle without looking too flashy.

There were a couple of things that I wanted to get from Sephora but my store didn't have them so I did an online order instead. I also had a 10% off code to renew my V.I.B. status, here's what I got:

Anastasia Beverly Hills made their own version of a nude/neutral eyeshadow palette similar to Urban Decay's Naked palette. The She Wears It Well palette comes in a cardboard slip and the palette itself is packaged in magnetic cardboard case with a large mirror inside. It contains 9 shades in matte and shimmery finishes, plus a dual ended brush. Most of the quality of the eyeshadows are decent, smooth texture, easy to blend, with medium pigmentation depending on the color.  For example, the shimmery ones were very pigmented but Almond applied the sheerest, taking multiple swipes with my finger for it to show up. Description of the shades:
  • Trophy: metallic light beige-taupe
  • Glow: shimmery light-medium golden bronze-brown
  • Latte: satin-shimmer light-medium brown
  • Foxy: shimmery medium reddish-brown
  • Sunset: metallic light warm golden tan
  • Frosting: shimmery pale pink-white
  • Onyx: matte soft black
  • Almond: matte light yellow-beige
  • Toffee: matte medium taupe-brown
The dual-ended brush has a small flat end that could be used for all-over color, lid and highlighting. The opposite end is a small pointed-domed brush that could be used in the crease, blending and smudging liner. Overall, I think this is a great palette to create a simple daytime work look to a more dramatic night look. I find that this is a better alternative to the UD Naked for mature women as the shimmery finishes aren't so glittery that it will accentuate fine lines and the colors are a little bit softer.

I also bought another Hydrafull Gloss because I really like the formula. Sorbet is a medium bright warm pink. I did a full review of the glosses when two of them was included in the See and Be Seen Set.

The last product I ordered was just to get free shipping but I also interested in trying them and as a bonus, were on sale.

The Sephora by O.P.I Trend Tips: Betsey Johnson design, are made of real nail polish in self-adhesive strip form that you peel off and stick on to your nails. Lips comes with two sets of 8 sizes to choose from in red and pink lip prints on a light shimmery pink background. The instructions say to clean nails and remove any oils or old polish with nail polish remover, find the right size strip that best fits your nail, then once applied, file off excess using a downward motion. I've watched a couple of tutorials on YouTube where they've applied the nail lacquers over a base coat to help stick on the nails better and to help them last longer. They are easy to use although sometimes it can look a little bumpy if I don't press it on smoothly. I was able to use one set for both hands by skipping one nail on each hand to paint with regular polish. Once you use the size that fits your nail though, you'll have to use a larger one to match on the other hand and trim off the sides to fit but it's better than to use a smaller size as the nail bed will show. The packet states that once the seal is opened, use immediately or the strips will dry out. A few videos mentioned that you could tape the seal to block out the air, I tried it but haven't used the second set to see if dried out. To remove the lacquer strips off your nails, you remove it the same way as you would with regular polish.

Overall, the strips are easy enough to use and are fun way to quickly change up your nails. They're similar to getting designs at a nail salon but at a cheaper price and quicker to do them yourself. Even though they're made of real nail polish, it has zero drying time and is supposed to last longer. On me, it wore on for about a week and then started to peel off a bit on the edges. I did finish them off with top coat and if I reapplied it every other day, I'm sure it would stay on a little longer.

One of the other reasons I made an online order was to get the 500-point perk they were offering to V.I.Bs. It was a 5-piece set of AmorePacific Flawless Skin Essentials. As some of you may know, I love AP products but they are pretty pricey. These mini sizes are a great way to try the products or take them with you when you travel. Most of their products are packed with Asian ingredients that include green tea, bamboo and Korean red ginger. Their time-release formulas help continuously slow down the signs of aging  and hydrate, nourish and revitalize the skin. It has a ginger scent that can be off-putting to some but I actually really like it and I'm usually sensitive to fragrant products. Set includes:
  • Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Creme: 24-hour time-release formula, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles. Also acts as a barrier and boosts the skin to bind moisture.
  • Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel: Hydrates under the eye area to reduce dark circles and puffiness while strengthening the skin against premature aging.
  • Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Serum: Oil-free treatment penetrates the skin deeper and works with the other Moisture Bond products to help slow down and correct visible signs of aging.
  • Moisture Bound Vitalizing Masque: Liquid-gel overnight mask to replenish moisture for a more radiant look to the skin.
  • Treatment Cleansing Foam: Water-activated cleanser to remove makeup and impurities in the skin while treating and preventing breakouts with micro Vitamin E beads and anti-bacterial protection.
I haven't used all the products but I find the Moisture Bound products to be lightweight with a water-like texture and overall AP line to be really nice.

Did you shop during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? What do you think of nail strips?

Glamour Girl

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