My Top 7 Beauty Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Steals & Deals

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The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is one of my absolute favorite times of the year for beauty product shopping. You can score some really great deals, especially from the Beauty department. If you are unfamiliar with the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, let me lay it out for you.

Once a year, Nordstrom as a huge sale store wide for their Anniversary. Many brands not only offer discounts on their products (and this is usually the only time you can get discounts on Beauty products at Nordstrom) but they always have some sort of free gift with purchase during this time as well.

This year the sale runs from July 20 through August 5th but if you are a Nordstrom cardmember you can gain access to the sale right now! Below I’ve selected some of my top picks from the sale. These are brands and products that I love and would definitely purchase during the sale.
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I love Jo Malone’s fragrances and this little set is a great way to be introduced to the brand. The Jo Malone fragrances and body products are great to layer over each other to create your own unique scent. This set includes English Pear & Freesia, Peony & Blush Suede and Blackberry & Bay. All beautiful scents by themselves but can make some wonderfully interesting scents when combined.

$60 value for $45

Jo Malone London Discovery Collection

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I just love the beautiful shades of this lip set from Charlotte Tilbury. In this set you receive one Matt lipstick shade, exclusive to Nordstrom, in Rose Kiss, a hydrating lipstick in a rosey satin finish, also an exclusive, called Blushing Dream and a long wearing, smudge proof liner called Pillow Talk. This pinky nudes will be create the perfect pout for any summer look. Plus, the rose gold packaging is adorable.

$90 value for $60

Charlotte Tilbury The Pretty Pink Lipstick Set

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Diptyque candles from France are some of my favorite, but with the price of an individual candle they are more of a treat. This set is such a great deal as you receive an assortment of five smaller sized candles. The set includes mostly florals such as Roses Candle, Tubereuse Candle, Figuier Candle, Feu de Bois Candle and my favorite the Baies Candle.

 

$75 value for $55

diptyque Candle Set

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Anastasia of Beverly Hills is the queen when it comes to brow shaping and brow products. I love these two and have used them frequently, so this set is a great deal. This scent includes the retractable Brow Wiz pencil with spoolie and the Clear Brow Gel for achieving those perfect brows.

 

$43 value for $28

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo

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Now I have to admit that I’ve never tried any of the skincare from Herbivore but I’ve been dying to. I see them all over Instagram and they just look amazing. This three piece set includes their most popular (and most Instagrammed) products: the Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème, the Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Glow Mask and the Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist. This super hydrating set is perfect for all skin types and is vegan and cruelty free. I absolutely have to get my hands on this set.

 

$76 value for $52

Herbivore Botanicals Rosewater + Gemstone Trio

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Ok, I’ll be totally honest and say I picked this one just because of the supercute cupcake pouch. This set includes a Glimmer Balm and a Glossy Boss gloss. I’ve never heard of this brand before but had to include it because of the pouch alone. I mean, come on, it’s a cupcake. This brand is also cruelty-free.

 

$42 value for $26

Windy Lux Sweet Set

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Now this last pick is actually a brand I used to work with. Elemis has amazing skincare that utilizes Mediterranean marine algae. This cream is amazing at smoothing, firming and revitalizing skin. It is truly an amazing anti-aging moisturizer. Elemis is also a company that does not test their products on animals. This set is almost a 50% savings on the cream. This is definitely a steal!

 

$256 value for $172

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Duo

Let me know in the comments if you are going to hit the Nordstrom Anniversary sale what you plan on picking up!

 

 

*All photos are from Nordstrom.com and I have used them here for educational purposes. Links are non affiliate links.

 

June 2018 Favorites – A Francophile’s Favorites & A Giveaway

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Favorite videos and posts are well…some of my favorites. They are my favorite to make and to watch/read. As July 14th is Bastille Day, a big holiday and celebration in France, I thought I would make my June and July Favorites all about my favorite country, France. So for these two months I will share some of my favorite French products that I’ve been loving and obsessing over.

Beauty Products

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L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Eye Balm

What they say: The Precious Eye Balm offers a velevty, soft formula to help smooth and firm, and visibly reduce dark circles and puffiness.

My Review: This is one of the best eye creams I think I’ve ever tried. The texture is very light, somewhere between a heavy balm and a milky cream. It glides on the skin very effortlessly and instantly brightens. I have definitely felt that after using this for two weeks my eye area seems smoother, more lifted and much brighter.

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

What they say: Cleanses softly and helps to hydrate and nourish the skin all-day-long with almond oil.

My Review: This is heaven in a bottle! The oil turns to a foaming cleanser when it makes contact with water so it takes the place of shower gels that can often be too drying. You can even use this to shave in the shower. The scent is sweet and warm, leaving your skin soft and smooth all day long. The scent is light enough to be there without being overpowering. This is going to be a holy grail bath and body product now.

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Guerlain Blurring Active Primer

What they say: Blurring Active Base, the smoothing primer by Guerlain, instantly blurs the appearance of pores and allows skin texture to look more refined day after day, while mattifying the complexion for perfect skin all day long. Its fresh and non-greasy texture allows the skin to breathe while prolonging make-up hold. Its formula contains an antioxidant for an anti-pollution effect*, and improves the appearance of the skin and helps to preserve it** against daily aggressions.

My review: I’m not someone who wears foundation but I do like my skin to look it’s best. I’m a big fan of skincare and using great skincare to make our skin look incredible, instead of covering it up with a bunch of makeup products. However, there are those days where we just want a little something extra to help our skin look flawless. On these days where maybe my skin texture looks off, or I’m a little red, I like to use blurring primers.

I recently discovered this one from one of my favorite Beauty brands, Guerlain. The texture is a little thick, but glides on the skin easily. It really minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines, giving me a more even textured look. It is great at helping to matify the skin as well, keeping me shine free all day long. I’ve used BB creams and bronzers over this and those products apply nicely and stay put pretty much all day. I even like wearing this alone to give a more flawless look to skin.

Guerlain Blurring Active Primer

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Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Parfum

What they say:  Inspired by the passionate love story between an emperor and an Indian princess, Shalimar, which means “temple of love” in Sanskrit, symbolises the promise of eternal love forevermore. It is a fragrance of desire. With its smouldering and slightly impertinent character, the star oriental fragrance in perfumery embodies skin-caressing sensuality with a hint of the forbidden. “Wearing Shalimar means letting your senses take over,” Jacques Guerlain would say.

In 1925, the Shalimar bottle designed by Raymond Guerlain won first prize at the Paris Decorative Arts Exhibition. Its curves were inspired by the basins of the famous Shalimar gardens. The fan stopper with its sapphire transparency recalls the garden’s eternally gushing water.

My review: This perfume is a classic and I think we all maybe grew up with one woman in our life that had this on her vanity. My grandmother used this fragrance and the scent always evokes memories of her getting ready.

I find this to be a very unique and beautiful fragrance, unlike any other I’ve ever smelled. At first the scent is strong but it does dry down to a beautiful, powdery incense like scent. The top notes of flowers and bergamot give a crisp freshness to the scent. The heart of Shalimar includes powdery florals like iris, jasmine and rose. The base notes lend to the softness of the scent on the final dry down. These include tonka bean and vanilla. Truly a beautiful fragrance.

Shalimar by Guerlain

Lifestyle

Louis Vuitton Pocket Organizer 

My review: I’m really not a fan of carrying a bunch of stuff in my pockets, which is usually why I carry a bag of some sort. This goes for wallets too. I hate having a bulky and heavy wallet in my pocket.

I’ve always been a Louis Vuitton fan and when I came across this pocket organizer I knew I had found the perfect wallet for me. This slim organizer has just enough slots for me to carry a little cash, my ID and a few credit cards. I keep it pretty close to empty so I don’t overpower it’s slimness. It fits easily in a bag or even my pocket, without being bulky and annoying.

Also, I try not buy too many leather products, and this is a waxed canvas, so I feel better about this purchase. My Pocket Organizer is in the Monogram Eclipse pattern, which to me looks very chic and manly.

Louis Vuitton Pocket Organizer Monogram Eclipse Canvas

Books

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The Private Life of Marie Antoinette by Madame Campan

I don’t know why I have this obsession for Marie Antoinette, but I’ve had it for years. In fact in sixth grade, I did a report on her. But she is one of my favorite people in history. I do think she is one of the most misunderstood people in history and sadly was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

This book is the memoir of one of her ladies in waiting, Madame Campan, who details Marie Antoinette’s arrival at Versailles and all of the struggles she endured while reigning as the Queen of France. It’s a fascinating read as it’s from a first person point of view of someone who actually lived beside Marie Antoinette during this time. I learned a lot more about her through this book. If you are interested in Marie Antoinette, the French Revolution or French History in general, I highly recommend picking up this book.

The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake

Another favorite person in history that I adore is Yves Saint Laurent. I’ve been fan of his and the brand for years. He was such an interesting person and created some new and unusual trends for his time.

This book is well researched and details the friendship between the two rising stars of French Fashion, Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. Their relationship is what we would now call “frenemies”. It’s interesting to learn more about these two amazing designers and how they broke into international fashion fame.

Documentaries

Versailles 73

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Battle at Versailles

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Both of these documentaries were ones that I discovered on Netflix and Amazon Prime. The funny thing is that they are both about the same event in history. In 1973, fashion influence, Eleanor Lambert decided to host a Fashion Battle at the Versailles Palace.

At this time the palace was falling down and in desperate need of repairs. The Fashion Battle was to be a fundraiser to raise the funds to help restore Versailles to it’s former splendor. The Fashion Show pitted American designers (Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Burrows, Anne Klein and Bill Blass) against French designers (Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Emmanuel Ungaro, Pierre Cardin and Hubert de Givenchy).

Both documentaries have amazing footage and interviews with people that worked on the show, with the designers and even some of the models. While both are interesting, I actually preferred Battle at Versailles because it has more in depth reviews with the people who were there.

That is what I’m loving for the month of June. I’ll be doing a Francophile’s Favorites Part Deux as I share what I’m loving for the month of July. Coming soon! But for now, you can hear more about my thoughts on these products in the video below. I am hosting a small giveaway as well, so make sure to watch the video for the details about how to enter the giveaway.

au revoir!

My Men’s Summer Style Essential Must Have

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After living in New England for the past 16 years, I’m slowly getting readjusted to life here in Florida. Of course, the one big difference is the weather here is much warmer. Like MUCH WARMER!

While living in New England I mostly wore long sleeve shirts (button ups, henleys, dress shirts and even long sleeve tees) during the Spring and Summer. Obviously, long sleeves are just too darn hot here in Florida. I mean it’s May and we are already in the 80s and 90s with 150% humidity.

I’ve recently fallen in  love with the short sleeve, collared, button up shirt. They are a stylish way to remain cool in the heat of the Florida Summer. They are light, breezy and super comfortable; making them a Summer Fashion Essential for Men.

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My favorites are the two above from Van Heusen. And I really love the classic fit and styling of the Big & Tall Harbor Bay 174 Microfiber Dash Print Sport Shirt from Destination XL. These are a great casual shirt with a classic cut. The lightweight, woven fabrics make these an excellent choice for warmer days as they keep you pretty cool. And they look great with just about anything!

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I also really love the versatility of these shirts. They are casual enough to wear with jeans which make the perfect summer BBQ outfit. The collared details also make them great to wear with khakis and a light blazer to dress them up for evening or a special summer event.

I’ve fallen so in love with these, that I’ve started quite the collection. These will definitely be a summer wardrobe staple for me.