nordstrom anniversary sale (early access): beauty FAVES – STOCK UP TIME!!!

the nordstrom anniversary sale (early access) is still going strong and today i’m super pumped to share some of my BEAUTY faves from the sale!!!

this is always the best time of year to stock up on nicer beauty items, and try out some fun new makeup that are limited edition during the sale and always a SUPER good deal!


1. PMD personal microderm: you guys KNOW how much i love this!! it’s my secret to beautiful, radiant, glowing skin and although this isn’t quite as low as my black friday exclusive deal that i did with PMD, it’s still a really good deal! this tool allows you to do at-home microdermabrasion treatments that dramatically help with blemishes, wrinkles, redness, fine lines, sun spots, acne scarring, etc. it includes a body attachment for use on arms, feet, legs etc. and it’s the ONLY thing that’s gotten rid of my KP (keratosis pilaris) the little red bumps i’ve had on the back of my arms for years! here’s a youtube video i did on how i use it.
2. anastasia brow studio set: i’m a lifer with anastasia, and this set comes with the dip brow that makes filling in brows SO easy, the brush, and clear brow gel to get stubborn hairs to stay in place! i own all 3 of these (that i purchased individually and paid way more for) and i’m obsessed!
3. NARS ultimate lip pencil set: probably my favorite beauty find of the sale! the crayons go on so silky smooth, and these are the prettiest colors! the case it comes in has a nice BIG mirror but it’s small enough to throw in any makeup bag. includes a sharpener too! i kind of love mixing two of the colors at a time.
4.  beauty blender must-have trio: I LOVE MY BEAUTY BLENDER! it makes my makeup look airbrushed. and this is the BEST deal you’ll see all year long on this magical little sponge. also, the solid cleaner is like a bar of soap that’s specifically made to clean your beauty blender and nothing gets it clean like this baby. i also love it for traveling when i need to clean other brushes on the road.
5. clarins double serum duo: i was STOKED when i saw this in the sale! i converted to this moisturizer this year and can’t use anything else now. i was weirded out at first using a serum instead of a lotion moisturizer but it feels so amazing on my skin and my makeup goes on so smooth over it.
6. MAC look in a box advanced brush kit: if you already have great basic brushes but want some new ones that will up your makeup game, these are it! SUCH a good deal for 6 MAC brushes. if you need more of a starter kit, go for the basic brush kit.
7. philosophy purity made simple: my very favorite face wash and it’s only this cheap once a year, at the nordstrom anniversary sale! love having a big one for the shower and smaller one for my bathroom sink.
8. clarisonic brush head replacement: if you’re a clarisonic user, this is the time to stock up on brush heads. try out 4 different kinds with the ultimate brush head set, or if you know you have sensitive skin, get the sensitive set.
9. MAC look in a box classic eye kit: some of my faves all in one money saving set! blacktrack has been my go-to eyeliner since like 2003 and although i’ve come across many impressive eyeliners over the years, i just can’t quit this one. nothing compares!
10. clarisonic mia 2: if you haven’t experienced the magic of washing your makeup off with a clarisonic, this is an excellent time to try! super different than the PMD – which is a once a week microderm treatment – the clarisonic is in my nightly routine of makeup removal. it removes SIX TIMES the amount of makeup as a regular face wash, and with daily use makes your skin smoother and more vibrant because it’s constantly, gently removing dead skin cells off your pretty face.
11. flowerbomb collection: my favorite perfume that’s SO hard to find for anything under 10% off, at 44% off!
12. LORAC the skinny palette: the BEST DEAL of the nordstrom anniversary sale in beauty! this mini palette has similar colors to the pro palette, widely loved by makeup artists, $133 value for FIFTEEN DOLLARS!!!! i’m not sure if you noticed, but that’s like 89% off. seriously, everyone needs to get this!

that wraps up my beauty picks and faves. so many amazing deals on things i love and use all year long! i’m stocking up right this minute on 4, 5, 7, and 8. if you’re going to have to buy these throughout the year anyway, might as well save $$ and get them now.

keep tagging me in your instas because I WANT TO SEE WHAT YOU GUYS ARE BUYING from my nordstrom anniversary sale guides! post a picture of yourself on instagram with what you got from my picks with the hashtag #mintarrowFAVE and tag me @mintarrow in your original photo caption and we’ll randomly choose $100 gift card winners on instagram throughout the nordstrom anniversary sale!

*if your profile is private, email me your entry after you’ve posted it to instagram to with the subject mintarrowFAVE by tapping on the … below your instagram and selecting “share” and then “email.”

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Hey! Do you get the dark brown or blonde in the dip brow?


Lorac eyeshadow ordered- that’s fabulous and all my colors! Thanks for the heads up – the rest of my shipment (including several I had on my list before you recommended so you just sealed the deal!) will be arriving in 2 days- cant wait!


omg those NARS lip pencils. you’re so right — they’re amazing. i just tried them for the first time with my free beauty insider birthday gift from sephora and i will 100% be purchasing the full size. my favorite color so far is called ‘rikugien’ and it looks similar to the mauve in this set. with this deal they’re basically 3 for the price of 2! wahoooooo!


If you had to pick the Clarisonic or the PMD which would you go with? I know they aren’t the same, but they seem similar enough that I can’t justify buying both at once. I’m 30 with descent enough skin; some blemishes, a little wrinkling, & slightly uneven skin tone. Whatcha think?


hey sara! i’d pick the PMD honestly. the clarisonic is so nice for removing makeup but i’ve seen the most dramatic difference with the pMD!! 🙂


Hi! Have you noticed after using your PMD that your pores/blackheads/acne has been reduced? I struggle with dry skin and clogged pores year round. My wedding is coming up in December and i’m wondering if this might make a difference before then! Thank you!


hey kathryn, yes! it has for sure reduced my pores and helped with blackheads. it’s honestly just amazing and i can’t recommend it enough. 🙂


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