Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Picks

Katey McFarlan Makeup

Katey McFarlan Makeup

Katey McFarlan Makeup

Earrings: Goldenstrand Jewelry [c/o] | Chanel Pin: Vintage | Makeup Bag: LV

When my mom had hand surgery a few weeks ago, I came over that week to help take care of her. Most people request ice cream or movies when they are recovering for a major surgery. My mom? She asked that I clean out all of her makeup for her. My mom can have the tendons cut in her hands and her mind is still on keeping a tidy home! And I wonder where I get it from?! So Maxi snuggled up with her Gigi and I got to work tossing expired makeup. While my mom has enough foundation and lipstick to makeover the entire Miss America organization, she has one eyeshadow. ONE. She also has two blushes. I’m convinced one is from 2010 and she needs to toss it, but she argued with me no.

With her birthday coming up I knew I needed to get her a palette so she could have a few more eyeshadows on hand. The first day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I hit up the beauty counter and found her the perfect palette. Bobbi Brown is her favorite makeup brand, so I know this will be a hit!

I wanted to share the pieces I got from the sale in the beauty department as well along with my favorites you’ll always see on COF. So many of the items from this sale are consistently on my blog and my trick is to get them each year from the sale. Below I’ll share my picks and then the reviews on my blog.

Beauty Favorites


T3 Dryer: How to Style Hair After Gym, Beachy Waves Tutorial

Neulash: Beauty Hacks, Get The Look of Lash Extensions [I don’t recommend this while pregnant or nursing]

Anastasia Brow Gel: Brow Tutorial, Travel Beauty

Donna Karan Deodorant: What’s in My Medicine Cabinet, Top 10 Beauty Products

Beauty Passes

La Mer Collection: From Gossip Girl to Vogue, La Mer is praised as the facial cream. However, EACH and every time I use a La Mer product I break out. I want it to work. I want to understand the obsession this industry has with it. I know girls that don’t spend a dime on beauty all year and only buy La Mer moisturizer. However, each time this causes me to break out I’ll speak with my friends that are beauty buyers for major retailers and they say this is extremely common. It’s a product that can be extremely heavy on the skin and either acts as an angel caressing your skin or a nightmare. I’ll keep trying La Mer samples because honestly, I just want to see this magic. And so if I ever blog a La Mer product one day, you know it is good. But if you aren’t a fan favorite I wouldn’t splurge on this set. It seems like an incredible deal [which is it] but you could end up with a break out.

Jouer Melon & Citronade: Unless you have extremely olive skin [think Jessica Alba] I don’t know who these colors would work on. Online it looks innocent, a little warm-toned but very workable. In person I was shocked. It’s the type of lip product I know I would put on and my teeth would look extremely yellow. Always be careful with overly-warm lip products. If you have cool undertones it can make teeth look darker than they are.

Benefit Sizzlin’ Six Mini Best Sellers: I love Benefit products, but these are essentially just small samples. You could just luck out and get these at Sephora with your points or Ulta with their coupons and e-mails. I say keep your $29! 😉

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday! I had planned on sharing some home decor choices this weekend, but I’ll be honest I’m still completely stuck! haha. Maybe I’ll have better luck sharing next weekend. Thank you all for your well wishes with our move yesterday. I have a hilarious story about our move that I’ll share tomorrow. But all went well and we are just settling in at my parents’ home. Peaches loves it here so much more [probably because Gigi feeds her too many treats!] and it’s so nice to enjoy coffee on my parents’ back porch.


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  1. Britt M wrote:

    I used to work at Neimans forever ago and I used to get samples all the time of La Mer and I had the same issue. One of my co-workers who had used it forever and was older had told me that it seems to work better with mature skin. However, she would always say that if you used it as a hand cream instead, it would do wonders. We had a huge bottle in my department as a sample and the girls and I would always put it on our hands during our shift and my hands were the best they ever were! Try that, if you don’t mind the price tag:)

    Published 23 Jul 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      That’s the best trick ever! I’m going to try that the next time I get a sample. Thank you!!! xo

      Published 24 Jul 17Reply
  2. The sampler pack for Benefit sounds great! I love Benefit’s products too but am too afraid to try something new because it costs a lot in one go. But the pack is perfect!

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    Published 23 Jul 17Reply
  3. Brianna wrote:

    Love the post, Katey! Thank you for giving your honest opinion on these products! I totally get where you’re coming from. If you are waiting to see La Mer work magic then you may be sorely disappointed like I was???? I’m extremely prone to acne so their products are a huge no for me. Coming from someone who has spent hundreds of dollars on facial creams, the only product I have found that actually improves my skin’s appearance and texture is Nerium AD Night Cream. I have been using it for 2 months and I’m a true believer! I strongly encourage you to give it a try!

    Published 23 Jul 17Reply
  4. Kim W wrote:

    Love that you shared some beauty “misses” too (although I must say, I’ve never seen a product do such great things for my skin as the La Mer mositurizing cream!)…most bloggers don’t do that, it’s so appreciated!

    Published 24 Jul 17Reply
  5. Jamie wrote:

    I too have experienced La Mer letdown. I haven’t tried all of their products and I am sure that for some people these products can work well but that was not my luck. I tried one of the lighter moisturizers, as the beauty counter associate suggested as they do run heavier, and although it didn’t seem heavy my skin definitely broke out after…big time! Also this was over the summer and when you add things like consistent sun exposure and SPF application too you are really asking a lot of your skin. I wonder if this would happen in the winter?

    As others have said as a hand cream it is lovely!! I really enjoyed the texture and the scent of it was great. For now I am going back to my favorite “secret shop” for face care — Whole Foods!! There are some great options to be found and maybe you might post on those someday, you never know! 🙂

    Published 26 Jul 17Reply