I’m a Beauty Editor and This Is What I’m Buying from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Plus, details on how you can shop the sale early

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Nordstrom is our go-to for all things fashion, but it's also undeniably a beauty mecca. Lucky for us, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here. From luxury skincare products like the Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream Duo and La Mer’s Moisturizing Cream to best-selling makeup like NARS’ Orgasm Blush Duo and the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Set, it’s a great time to revamp your collection. (Heck, even Meghan Markle’s favorite lash serum is on sale.)

The big event officially kicked off on July 11, with Nordstrom cardholders getting early access to deals. In fact, starting today, Ambassador members (AKA those who have spent $5,000+ on their Nordstrom card) can score deals on all beauty items. On July 17, the sale will be available to the whole public (more on that in a sec), but items are known to sell out quickly, so it's good to plan ahead—and shop early, if you're able to. Not sure where to start? Here's a guide—plus, 20 of the best beauty deals you can find in this year's sale.

Everything You Need to Know About The Upcoming Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2022

When Is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale officially kicked off on July 11, but only to Icon members (remember, it's a tiered sale). The most important date to keep in mind is July 17, when the sale opens to everyone (member or not), and it runs through August 6. If you want to shop before then, there are still several opportunities to gain early access, which we'll outline below.

When Can You Get Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

Icon members (aka those who have spent $15,000 or more at Nordstrom using their Nordstrom card) are the first to gain access on July 11. Next in line are Ambassador members (those who have spent $5,000 or more) on July 12, followed by Influencers on July 13 (having spent $500 or more). Everyone can shop from July 17 through August 6, but here are all the 2023 shopping dates to refer to:

  • Icons: July 11 through July 16
  • Ambassadors: July 12 through July 16
  • Influencers: July 13 through July 16
  • Everyone: July 17 through August 6

How to Sign Up for Nordstrom's Nordy Club to Get Early Access

Signing up for The Nordy Club is pretty straightforward on the site, and once you're in, you'll automatically gain Influencer status, which means you can start shopping on July 13. To note, you can become a Nordy Club member two ways: by snagging yourself a Nordstrom credit card or by simply signing up for a free membership. The difference is cardmembers have access to even more perks, like the ability to earn points per dollar on purchases outside of Nordstrom to achieve an even higher status at the retailer and free two-day shipping on orders.

It's up to you which route to take (card or no card), but regardless, you can get Influencer status today, guaranteeing your chance to shop early.

What Beauty Exclusives Are Only Sold During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

There are a number of exclusive deals happening during this sale. We have our eyes on Westman Atelier's Petite Lit Up Highlight Stick Duo and Dior's The Diorshow & Dior Addict Makeup Set, as well as, a few bigger ticket items like the Dyson Airwrap™ Multi-Styler Complete Long and NuFACE® MINI+® Starter Kit.

We'll do you one better: Here are the 20 best beauty deals we're definitely picking up during this year's sale.

1. Dyson Airwrap™ Multi-Styler

The Dyson Airwrap has taken over hair styling in a huge way. Whether you want bouncy curls, voluminous blowout or a sleek, frizz-free moment, it basically does it all, thanks to its powerful airflow and various attachments. As our very own commerce editor Olivia Dubyak shares, "I have an Airwrap, and it’s been life-changing (or, at least, hair-changing)."

2. T3 SinglePass StyleMax Flat Iron

If you’re frequently dealing with frizz, this is your iron. Offering nine different heat settings that consider various hair textures, it’s safe to use on super fine hair, while still effectively straightening thicker strands. The ceramic plates glide through strands effortlessly when you want a sleek finish, and the beveled edges make it just as easy to create glossy waves.

3. Revitalash Cosmetics Eyelash Conditioner Duo

We can definitely see why this eyelash serum is a royally approved pick. The conditioning formula is packed with antioxidants and amino acids that nourish, protect and strengthen weak lashes with continued use. The serum’s signature “Biopetin Complex,” also improves the flexibility and shine of brittle lashes, so they stay soft as they grow.

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4. Sunday Riley Radiance Duo Set

Need a boost of radiance? This set features a full size Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment and a travel size C.E.O. 15 Percent Vitamin C Brightening Serum, so you can finally achieve and keep your glow year-round. The Good Genes includes lactic acid, which deeply exfoliates the skin, while the C.E.O.’s vitamin C serum targets dark spots and dullness.

5. Jo Malone London Jumbo Wood Sage & Sea Salt Body & Hand Wash

This hand-meets-body wash from Jo Malone takes fresh to a new level. The scent captures crisp notes of sea salt, meadowfoam and sage, while leaving your skin feeling cleaner, softer and deliciously scented.

6. Slip Pure Silk 10-Pack Skinny Scrunchies

It’s no secret that silk accessories are way better for your mane. This pack of Mulberry silk hair ties includes 10 skinny scrunchies in an assortment of shades, so you can rock a ponytail, top knot or this bubble braids without a snag.

7. Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream Duo

Time to step up your luxury skincare game. This duo features a full size and a travel size of The Rich Cream, so you can keep one at home and takes one on-the-go. The cult favorite moisturizer uses stem-cell technology to create new, healthy skin cells, as well as sunflower seed oil, squalane and glycerin to smooth and plump fine lines. True to its name, it has a rich texture that feels like a dream on your skin.

8. NuFACE MINI+ Starter Kit

This handheld microcurrent device comes with a conductive gel to help tone sagging skin that has lost its elasticity. The currents go deep into the facial muscles to gradually lift and instantly contour your cheeks (especially when you wake up with a puffy face).

9. Diptyque 4-Piece Candle Gift Set

Need a housewarming gift? It doesn't get much better than a fancy flight of candles from Parisian perfumer, Diptyque. This 4-piece set comes with full-sized versions of their best-sellers, including Roses, Figuier, Mimosa and Baies.

10. Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

This Olaplex shampoo is for anyone who needs to repair their color-treated or otherwise chemically processed hair. The beloved formula moisturizes brittle strands and reduces breakage, while cleansing oily roots. Trust us, you'll be glad you got this in the jumbo-sized liter.

11. Drybar Double Shot Blow-Dryer Brush

The salon known for its fabulous blowouts has given the masses the ability to treat themselves to the Drybar experience at home with this blow dryer brush. Its secret lies in its oval shape, which provides tons of body with a smooth finish. It also has an ergonomic design that makes the task less strenuous.

12. Dr. Barbara Sturm Hydrate, Repair & Glow Kit

When it comes to potent skincare, Dr. Barbara Sturm reigns supreme. Her four-step skincare kit is specially formulated to hydrate, brighten and protect skin. Harnessing the power of science (she doesn’t have the doctor title for nothing), these products support a healthy skin barrier function by upping hydration and balancing pH. And yes, it even includes her cult-favorite Hyaluronic Serum.

13. Oribe Gold Lust Set

Want shiny, lush strands that smell like a million bucks? Grab this home-and-away set featuring full- and travel-size bottles of Oribe's iconic Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner while they're on sale.

14. Supergoop! Unseen & Play Sunscreen SPF 50 Set

You already know how important it is to have SPF in your daily regimen, so allow this set make things easier for you. The three-pack includes a full size Play Everyday Lotion, which has SPF 50 and a non-greasy formula that’s water- and sweat-resistant and safe to use from head to toe. The set also includes a full size and a travel size tube of the popular Unseen Sunscreen, which has a silky, invisible finish that makes it a great primer underneath your foundation.

15. NARS Orgasm Blush Duo

Run, don’t walk, when it comes to purchasing this popular blush while it’s on sale. The brand’s best-selling shade, “Orgasm,” is known for giving off a shimmery peach-toned flush that somehow works on all different skin tones. The blush is also extremely blendable and buildable (read: impossible to botch). Did we mention two full size blushes are included?

16. La Mer Moisturizing Cream Grande

Créme de La Mer rarely goes on sale, so when it does you have to jump on the sweet deal. The celeb-favorite product is beloved for making skin feel firmer and smoother. Plus, the brand’s signature Miracle Broth, which is at the core of the formula, increases moisture and soothes any irritation, so your skin looks more even-toned and plump.

17. Byredo Eau de Parfum Set

Perfume is a tricky thing to buy. So how are you supposed to find a signature scent when there are hundreds of options to choose from? Why you get a set of sophisticated gender-neutral scents from Byredo while they're on sale, of course (including Mojave Ghost, a woody aromatic fragrance inspired by a Cali desert bloom, and Gypsy, a bergamot and juniper blend that Kate Bosworth and many others swear by).

18. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

You’ve probably heard of this top-of-the-line hair dryer before. Just like many of Dyson’s other products, this gadget has its own cult following in large part because of its small-but-mighty V9 digital motor and and lightweight design. Plus, it measures the temperature as it’s drying to make sure your ultra-delicate hair is never being exposed to extreme heat. It's basically the Lamborghini of hair tools, helping you get the job done easier and quicker, sans the sore arm, so get one while you can.

19. Dior The Diorshow & Dior Addict Makeup Set

First, apply the Glow Balm, which brings out your natural lip color and provides a boost of hydration and shine. Then, slick on some Diorshow Maximizer 3D Lash Primer Serum to prep your lashes for a coat (or three) of the brand's cult favorite Diorshow Volume Mascara for a fluttery fringe that'll have people asking if you're wearing extensions all night long.

20. Pura x Nordstrom Smart Diffuser & Fragrance Set

This sleek plugin diffuser can be paired with the Pura app, so you can easily set the intensity of each fragrance and schedule exactly when it emits a scent into your room; it's also virtually noiseless—unlike some other diffusers we've tried. Each set comes with four scents : simply lavender, vanilla chiffon, yuzu citron and linens & surf.

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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of the latest beauty products, trends and ingredients over the last 10 years. Equally comfortable in front of the camera as she is behind a computer screen, she aims to deliver information that's educational, entertaining and accessible to all. On that note, please subscribe to Youngish, her weekly beauty newsletter or find her on Instagram (where she will happily reply to any DMs regarding nail polish, sunscreen and BTS).

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