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July 16, 2010

The Weekend’s Biggest Beauty Bargains

The much anticipated Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts today, and with it a slew of ACTUAL beauty deals. Not the fake kind that wind up being tiny babies of the most unflattering shades ever, tucked inside giant pleather makeup bags. Nope. This is the real deal, so I took the liberty of doing a little pre-shopping for you:

Smashbox Mascara Wardrobe ($24) – This is my kind of sampler. One lengthening, one volumizing, and one strengthening mascara for less than the price of most department store tubes.

MAC Apply, Line & Define Eye Brushes ($50) – Absolutely the best bang for the buck, MAC’s limited-edition brush sets are the way to go if you’re ready to start investing in quality tools. This 5-piece number is worth a whopping $125.

NARS Hopelessly Devoted Set ($53) – Includes cult-favorite Laguna bronzer and Deep Throat cream blush, Orgasm lipgloss, plus a peachy new shade—for $10 off retail.

MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross Double Peel Power Plus Vitamin C ($120) – Not one but TWO of the celeb doctor’s coveted Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel sets (super exfoliants for discolored, aging, or acne-prone skin), plus Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Serum to brighten. Retail value: $205.

Essie Fall Mini 4-Pack ($17) – Like crack for nail polish lovers, this set includes some seriously moody shades: Merino Cool, Limited Addiction, Little Brown Dress and Sew Psyched.

Juicy Couture World of Juicy Fragrance Set ($35) – Let’s be clear: I’m not advocating that you wear Juicy on your you-know-what. But man am I obsessed with all three of these sexy-sweet fragrances. The fact that they’re rollerballs just sends me over the edge. Also: Wouldn’t they make the perfect gifts for three bridesmaids or friends?

Bliss Fabulously Foaming Face Wash ($34) – A jumbo size of the Best. Face. Wash. Ever. I kid you not. When my husband stays at W Hotels, where they stock the bathrooms with this scrubby blue stuff, I make him schlep home any leftovers.

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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