I wasn't going to do this post. Until Nordstrom opens in downtown Toronto, I can pretend I'm safe from its annual anniversary sales. Sure, there's a location in Calgary, but it doesn't mean Canadians can shop online for the beauty exclusives included in the department store's current anniversary blowout. Even after the Toronto location opens, chances are we'll still be excluded from the online beauty stuff you folks who live in the US can get.
But I keep hearing about the near-legendary Nordstrom anniversary sale (seems to be best for fashion types because you get Fall newness early and discounted), so I looked. And oh thank God I live in Canada (thanks again, Mum and Dad), because right now my credit card would be a smoldering pile of ashes and dust. Despite my extensive collection of grooming stuff, I'd go nuts with the purchases. (Some would make amazing holiday gifts, actually. Mostly for me.) Don't judge, 'k? 'Cuz the shoppity shop-shop thing at the end of this post includes pretty much everything on my If-I-Lived-in-America Nordstrom Anniversary Beauty Exclusives wish list. And yeah, I said "pretty much" because there's a limit to how many things fit in that widget.
Lemme go through my number-one picks. Yeah, I've got more than one number-one pick. You don't?
SK-II Bestsellers Kit ($205; $287 value): includes two facial masks, one eye mask, one Facial Treatment Essence and Essential Power Moisturizing Cream. SK-II skincare is pretty awesome stuff that was once available in Canada at Holt Renfrew. When P&G bought it (do they still own it or does Coty own it now along with CoverGirl and MaxFactor?), they created the Olay Pro-X moisturizing sheet masks as a drugstore version of the SK-II masks. And those Olay sheet masks were my most favouritest sheet masks ever. So much moisture at a good price. Many of the Korean-made facial sheet masks that are cheaply available here now don't even come close.
And then there's the SK-II complex called Pitera, a brew of vitamins, acids, amino acids and minerals that softens, smooths and brightens skin. Pitera is what SK-II is known for. It's in the sheet face mask and it's in the essence. And I want it. All. Except SK-II is way out of my budget. An $82-savings on this collection, though... well. I'd be able to justify that. If I lived in America.
Chanel Travel Makeup Palette ($95): This doesn't appear to be on sale; I think it's just a Nordstrom exclusive that slots five eyeshadows, three glosses, two lipsticks, one blush and Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour powder in shade 20 into a travel-friendly compact, and includes a travel size Inimitable Mascara in black. It's Chanel. It's pretty. I can wear that Healthy Glow Sheer powder shade. And I'm treating this shopping list like fantasy football, only with beauty stuff. So I want it.
La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream ($1030, value $1445): I do think there's something to the La Mer Miracle Broth I wrote about here. When I tried the La Mer Soft Cream, my skin responded really well – it was smooth, evenly toned, very nicely hydrated and supple. And I think if we have another winter like last year's, my face is going to need Crème de la Mer to make it through to Spring. La Mer is typically so not in my budget. But if I can save $415 on an 8.5 oz jar, then I should just pull the trigger, right? Plus, there's a free gift with this purchase: samples of The Eye Concentrate (0.1 oz.), The Moisturizing Soft Cream (0.2 oz.), The amazing Reparative Body Lotion (1 oz.) and The Regenerating Serum (0.17 oz.), a $148 value. I could have all that, if I lived in America. Also, #fantasyfootball, except beauty. (If any of you bought this jar of Crème de la Mer, I'm so envious right now.)
Stila Modern Blooms Lip Glaze Collection ($25, value $82.50): one of my first department-store lip gloss purchases was a Stila Lip Glaze. And despite my excitement, it hurt to buy it because there's so little gloss in the tube and it was nearly $30 CAN at the time (years and years ago). And I used it all up. This set of five Stila Modern Blooms Lip Glaze pens is beautifully priced at $25 – that's $5 each, and a discount of $57.50. Brilliant.
Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm and Deep Cleansing Mask ($155, value $255): this elegant natural skincare line from Budapest spins on the good-for-skin properties of Hungary's thermal water resources. I've never used anything from the brand, but the name has been quietly lounging in a corner of my brain since my friend Lesa Hannah, beauty director at Fashion magazine, once raved to me about some Omorovicza items she'd tried. If I lived in America, I'd buy this cleansing balm and deep cleansing mask duo. If I bumped my spend from $155 to $250, I'd be eligible for a GWP that includes deluxe samples of Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream (0.17 oz.), Illuminating Moisturizer (0.6 oz.), Copper Peel Paste and Activator (0.2 oz. each) plus a cosmetics bag (total value, $117). Except that's a big bump just to snag a GWP. Kinda negates the $100 savings. Has anyone tried these or anything else from Omorovicza?
Man, there are still a whole buncha things I'm lusting after, and most of them are number one picks too – dang you Nordstrom! I love that fuchsia Ted Baker cosmetic bag! That NARS blush palette! Those Laura Geller Love Me Dew Lip Crayons! And know what's fun? All the free-gift-with-purchase options... holy wow. But now even my fantasy wallet is starting to get scared.
US beautygeeks, how come you aren't bankrupt?? Have you bought anything from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale? Tell me everything! Let me live vicariously through you, please! (And if I'm wrong and I can actually order all this stuff from the US to Canada, please don't tell me!)