Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Beauty Picks

It’s that time of year again, and to be very honest it almost passed me by! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has always been a staple for me. This is the time of year where I buy all of my favorite things and prep for the fall. And even if you’re not planning on buying sweaters and boots, now is the perfect time to try out some new beauty products or get some of your favorites at a reduced price.

One tip I can give you is, work with one associate! They’re all desperate for sales (trust me I’ve worked at Nordstrom) and it benefits you to work with one associate and just give them a list, and let them grab everything for you. Put them to work, it’s their job! 

If you’re not sure what things to get from the Beauty Exclusives portion of the Anniversary Sale, I’ve got you covered! I went through every single item (yes I really did) and pulled the best buys.

Be sure to check and see if any brand you are interested in has a gift with purchase (GWP). Many brands do and they will have spending minimums for each. Check out the GWP list here

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Anti-Chaffing Products for Thick Thighs

I’m new to the Thick Thighs Coalition (TTC) and formerly president of Team Thigh Gap (TTG). I’ve been working out a lot and doing a pretty intense bootcamp 3 days a week. While my waist is coming down, these thighs aren’t going anywhere. I had no problem with it, until my first experience with chaffing thighs happened this week, and I immediately knew that I needed help. I had heard of friends just wearing biker shorts, but to be honest, I don’t want to do that this summer. I want to feel as free and comfortable as possible.

I didn’t need years of struggling to try and find a solution. It only took me 15 minutes, literally, and I was on Instagram asking TTC veterans for help. It was like I posted a bat signal, and the suggestions came rolling in! I posted on my stories the list that I had come up with via the suggestions and it was a hit! So I thought I would park it here on the blog for future reference.

Please note I have not had the pleasure of trying these yet, but all that are posted come highly recommended from TTC and have been suggested by multiple people.

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10 Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

Over the years I have tried what seems like thousands of products, and despite what some people may think, I am by no means a product junkie. I tend to stick to things that I like, and things that work. I like tried and true products and don’t deviate much.

There are times when I want to try new products, but I generally won’t allow myself to do so until I have run out of another product that is similar. ( I don’t like too many things around). However, sometimes I just can’t shake a certain product, and I have to stop trying to make fetch happen and stick to what I know.

Some products there is just no replacement for me, and nothing else will do. Like, don’t even bring me a substitute, it just won’t work. So here are 10 beauty products I simply cannot live without!

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At Home Spa Routine

I saw a meme that said sometimes you have to just clean your room and throw on a sheet mask and act like your life is together. And honestly, nothing could be further from the truth.

Whether you’re trying to get your life together, procrastinate, or remedy your skin, creating an at home spa experience is sometimes just what the proverbial doctor ordered. A little self care never hurt anybody. And self care isn’t always taking a nap or ignoring issues. Sometimes it’s taking active steps to better something, and what better place to start than your appearance right?

I’ve pulled together 7 easy steps for you to create your own perfect spa like facial experience at home.

  1. Set the mood
  2. Cleanse
  3. Exfoliate
  4. Steam
  5. Detox
  6. Treat
  7. Moisturize

For a break down of each step keep reading.

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How I Got Rid of Dark Spots

Last year I suffered terribly from some adult acne. Much of it was hormonal, some was due to reactions to trying a multitude of products.

After all of my attempts and finally success of getting the acne to subside, I was left with many dark spots/scars on my face. As someone who likes to be bare faced more than I like to wear makeup, this was a problem. As someone who never experienced acne as a teen and working in the beauty industry, you can only imagine how traumatic of a time this was for me.

I was back on the hunt to find the perfect products that would get rid of the dark spots and restore the texture and glow to my skin. After months of trial and error I found a number of products that worked for me.

The two main ingredients that worked for me for glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid. Glycolic acid helped with dissipating the acne and exfoliating the skin while improving tone and texture. Hyaluronic acid was very hydrating and plumping to the skin so it wouldn’t be dull. Other great ingredients are Vitamin C which can be found in many skin brightening products.

To learn more about some specific products that helped me, keep reading.

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