How I Feel About This Year’s Nordstrom Sale

Every year around this time, I normally do a post on the items I purchased from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. This year, however, I will not be. Instead, I want to give you my honest opinion and feelings about the sale.

Whenever the anniversary sale rolls around in mid July, I make an effort to purchase quite a few pieces for the fall. It is probably the one sale that I take seriously as a shopper. This year’s sale, however, was not like the one’s in the past. As a shopper and loyal customer, I was a bit disappointed.

I am not a Nordstrom card holder, and will probably not be one until later on in life. In the past, I always had to shop once the sale went public, but I would never have a problem purchasing pieces I saw in advance. This year, I did not have much luck in store and online. I was able to purchase a pair of booties I saw in store, but even then, I dove right into that purchase for fear of missing out.

This year, their inventory for me was not up to par. The pieces were pretty blasé and not really anything that felt worth spending on. Not to mention their restocking of the pieces felt so all over the place. I am not sure if they purchased less inventory this year, but keeping track of restocked sizes was nearly impossible. I would see a jacket I liked, and within an instant, it would disappear. I know what you’re going to tell me, Courtney, that’s what happens with sales. Things sell out fast. But I am honestly telling you, I have never experienced this shopping the sale before in my life.

I stopped by my local store one day to see if I could get even a pair of jeans, but there was NOTHING left. I have never seen the store so empty during the public portion of the anniversary sale. It was practically bare. Last year around this time, I got a Theory leather jacket in my size and several pairs of jeans and sweaters. This year, I found none of that.

I talked to several other people that have shopped and browsed the sale, and they also agreed that the sale had nothing to offer and even that the items were poor quality. I am not sure what changes were made this year from last year’s, but it was a big disappointment as a shopper.

At this point, I gave up on the sale and am planning on looking for staple items once September hits. I love Nordstrom and will continue to shop there, but I had to give you all my honest opinion as a blogger and customer of the sale.

My hope is that next year, they will make changes and restore the Nordstrom Anniversary sale back to the way it was.

-XOXO Courtney

 

 

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My Must Have Summer Suncare

Now that it is finally July, and there is a massive heat wave rolling through, I have been even more protective of my skin. After just 2 consecutive days in the sun, my skin was dry and feeling the effects of the UV rays. Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is one of the best ways to prevent aging in the future and help the overall look and feel of your skin! Below are some of my must haves for suncare.

The only sunscreen I use on my face is Tarte’s Tarteguard SPF 30. After years of struggling to find a sunscreen that wouldn’t break me out, but also protect my skin from burning, I stumbled on this and have never gone back. It’s lightweight, can be worn under makeup, and smells amazing. Although it is pricey for a sunscreen, one of these lasts me the whole summer because all you need is a small amount.

For time’s that I have burned my skin and the aftermath is dry and like leather, I love applying the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask to replenish and hydrate. After one night, my skin is glowing and fresh. I tend to combine it with a bit of aloe to also reduce redness.

*Pro tip: refrain from applying this product every night. Overuse on my skin makes me breakout.

I usually do not like layering myself in lotion on a hot summer night, but when it comes to hydrating your skin, making your tan last, and helping any kind of sunburn, this product is my go-to! The Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion is super lightweight and smells like a pina colada. It is light enough to apply on even the hottest of nights and feels more hydrating than a typical aloe vera.

Finally, the most important part! Sunscreen for your body! I love the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Lightweight Sunscreen Spray. I use SPF 30 and it works like magic. It is cooling on the body and adds such a glow to your skin. I have always had such good luck with this spray because it is super convenient and easy to apply!

Sunscreen and suncare is such a personal choice. I still to this day see so many people using tanning oils or lotions in the sun. It is everyone’s right to use whatever skin products they want, but just make sure you are educated in what will protect you from the effects of harmful UV rays. I am not a doctor, so I do not know what is best for everyone. However, for my fair skin, I use these products to protect me. I have so many beauty marks on my body, so protecting my skin and making sure they don’t become harmful is very important to me. If you have questions on the SPF you should be using or items that would be best for you, consult a dermatologist or doctor.

I hope my must haves help you find the best suncare products for your skin!

-XOXO Courtney

 

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