Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Nordstrom Offers International Shipping!

I am so, so pleased to be able to announce that Nordstrom is now offering INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING! International shipping is fulfilled by FiftyOne, and currently, they are shipping to the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Nordstrom HEARS you!

This afternoon, @Nordstrom sent me a quick tweet thanking us for the post write-up, BUT also to clarify and address many of your concerns:

@temptalia Thx for your post re: Int’l Shopping! Want to clarify: Shipping fees vary by country & we will be adding more countries.

And also, just FYI, I know for some countries shipping starts off at some minimum rate and doesn’t go up significantly more thereafter. I also know that some countries have laws or restrictions on certain cosmetics or shipping of cosmetics and all sorts of crazy, complicated international laws that may make a retailer unable to ship you certain brands or products!  Nordstrom suggests customers head to their FAQ if they have questions, too.

But I think it’s really cool that Nordstrom is listening and reading what you are all saying!  :)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

NORDSTROM.com - Today Only Buy 2 Mascara Get 1 Free

Nordstrom is having their buy 2, get 1 free sale on mascara (not all brands are participating). According to the e-mail I received, participating brands are Lancome, Dior, MAC, Chanel, Trish McEvoy, and YSL. The deal is only good today — both online and in-store.

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Beauty.com is giving you 20% off most things they offer from today!

November 4th, 2009 to November 6th, 2009 (’til 11:59PM PST). You have to click

this link to access the sale, since there’s no code. (The Beauty.com links are *not* affiliate links as it is an e-mail only offer.)

*Discount valid on Beauty.com items only, excluding Jane Iredale products, gift cards, and certificates. Valid Wednesday 11/4/2009 from 12:01am through Friday 11/6/2009 11:59pm Pacific Time. Only valid at time of order and cannot be applied to past orders. Value cannot be redeemed for cash. May not combine with other offers. Please see site for full details.

While this is not a fashion blog, I know that a ton of us shop at and love Nordstrom dearly, and today marks the beginning of their famous half-yearly sale.

NORDSTROM.com Half-Yearly Sale for Women & Kids

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Sephora.com, Inc.

Sephora Friends & Family Sale 2009 – Get 20% Off!

Sale starts today — October 19th!  Happy hauling! During the sale, you’ll get 20% off nearly everything with code FF2009.

  • Dates: October 19th through November 2nd, 2009
  • Code: FF2009 (If you use Ebates, you can shop through this link.)
  • Discount: 20% off
  • Good only: Online, U.S. only

Canadians: it has not quite been confirmed yet, but it does sound like an in-store F&F sale is in the works; some representatives are saying you’ll receive a coupon valid in-store via e-mail — others are still saying no sale.

In-store: as far as we know, there is a friends and family sale in-store, but it is restricted to those who are fortunate enough to receive actual discount sheets from Sephora employees (you know, their friends and family, ha!).  Still, there’s likely to be a mass customer e-mail in the next couple of days to announce the sale online, so perhaps they’ll extend it in-store to all customers, but we don’t know.  (They haven’t done so in the past.)

Sale is up and running! So that means there’s just one thing to do…

SHARE YOUR HAULS IN THE COMMENTS!

My haul: I picked up some Kate Somerville products I’ve been eying (ExfoliKate – just 2 oz. and EradiKate), as well as Kate Somerville’s Oil-Free Moisturizer (which I adore, but I find pricey!), as well as Philosophy Pumpkin Spice Muffin Shower Gel.  Those are just my must-haves-before-they-sell-out.  I’m still not sure if I’ll pick up anything else during the sale, but it’ll probably be pricey stuff or staples.

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Sephora.com, Inc.

When the Sephora Friends & Family Sale starts (20% off – use code FF2009 at checkout), I always get an influx of questions about what people should buy. To me, there are three categories of products to consider whenever a decent sale rolls around in the beauty world. Otherwise, it’s really a matter of what your budget is like, what you need, and what you want. There are so many amazing beauty products that I think are worth checking out, but I couldn’t even begin to compile a list for you, since it definitely matters what you’re looking for! So here are some of my suggestions on how to whittle your lists down…

More expensive purchases that you’ve otherwise held off on make great buys during big sales.  I know that I often delay pricier purchases until I’m really sure I want/need it.  If you’ve been drooling over something for the past six months, this is an item you might want to consider splurging on.  For me, if I lose interest by the next week, I know I made the right move by using what little patience I have waiting.

Products like the Clarisonic fall right into this category of sale possibilities.  It’s a product that’s been well-received by many beauty addicts, but it’s also one of the pricier purchases you might make this year.  (I do recommend the Mia for those on a tighter budget — performs just as well as the full-size version.)

And it doesn’t have to be that pricey–just pricier than you feel comfortable paying on a regular basis–like Guerlain Rouge G Lipsticks. They’re overpriced, though fabulous, and with 20% off, it brings the price down to a more palatable $36.  It’s all about you and what you consider a splurge — for me, a splurge is Rouge G.  For others, it may be an Urban Decay Lipstick at $22!

I always like to use beauty sales to stock-up on my favorite makeup and skincare staples.  For me, that means Philosophy shower gels and pricier skincare like Kate Somerville.  Don’t forget about things you use often and go through within the year, like cleansers, makeup removers, mascara, etc.  These are always good purchases, because you know you’ll use them and aren’t just buying them because there’s a sale.

The third category of products are all of the gifts and value sets that various brands put together for the holiday giving/receiving season.  I like these because they usually represent a better value than if you purchased the included pieces individually, so then when you save 20%, you’re really saving even more.  Totally love that!   Plus, as a beauty addict, my stash is only going to grow, so I don’t necessarily need full sizes of everything–sometimes the gift set size is perfect.  I love being able to try multiple products for the same price as one or two full size products!

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Sephora.com, Inc.

Sephora Friends & Family Sale 2009

Just a heads up my dearest beauty friends, Sephora’s Friends & Family Sale will begin October 19th and end November 2nd, 2009. During the sale, you’ll get 20% off nearly everything with code FF2009. It’s still a few weeks away, so you can expect a reminder post closer to the sale start date!

I definitely recommend shopping sooner rather than later, because this is a sale people wait for. They’re stocking up on their essentials, but they’re also picking up products they’ve waited all year to purchase. Not to mention the holidays are right around the bend… :) Time to start making a list!

Have you already made yours? What’s on your list?

Thanks to @deckchair_cm for the heads up!

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