Mark your calendars, Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is happening until August 7th and it’s not one to miss! As you know over at Just a Trace we are huge fans of Nordstrom and their beautiful Ottawa location. Tracey is no stranger to Nordstrom’s amazing Anniversary Sale, having shopped til she dropped during the sale last year and the beauty counter basically knows her on a first name basis. However, this was my first time experiencing one of Nordstrom’s infamous beauty bashes.

When I arrived the store was buzzing and the beauty department was the place to be. I got treated like royalty and was toured around the beauty shelves to get an up close look at some of the exclusive, new items in stock.

First off, I stopped at MAC where I got my make up done and learned how to transition a few trends from the Summer that could be moved over to the Fall. For instance, drawn on freckles are a huge phenomenon in the beauty industry right now from runway, to tumblr, to an everyday look! It’s a really fun trend that I really like and the make up artist at MAC showed me some tips to achieve this look at home (using a fine tip brush and water proof tinted products such as Anastasia’s dip brow!).

Next it was signature scent time! I met with a Jo Malone specialist who give me a full sampling of all their scents. If you aren’t aware of Jo Malone, it is a beauty brand established in the UK that focuses on layering scents to ultimately create your own personal fragrance. You start off with a Jo Malone body cream, which works as a base and then layer on one or multiple Jo Malone scents to keep you smelling fresh the entire day.


After my stop at Jo Malone, I actually got compliments from people that I smelled really nice! That’s always a good sign. My personal creation from Jo Malone was the Nectarine Blossom & Honey Body Butter as my base, which I also topped off with the same scent and a touch of the English Pear & Freesia.

I am so glad I stopped in at the Beauty Bash and took some time to shop the Anniversary Sale. I am so excited to test out some Estee Lauder products that were included in my goodie bag and hopefully play around with some new make up looks for the Fall. Yes, I know it is still Summer but Fall is just around the corner so it’s always great to stop by Nordstrom to check out some of the current trends for some inspiration.

Make sure to head to your local Nordstrom to shop their Anniversary Sale. How many other department stores offer brand new arrivals at super sale prices? The answer is not many so make sure to get your fashionable butt over there and get some inspiration for Fall, save on your favourite brands and stop by the beauty counter for some new makeup ideas! Prices go up August 8 so get to a store or shop the sale online.

Written by Carrie
Carrie is a fourth year Marketing student at Carleton University. With her final year into her studies, she wishes to work towards her future plans on moving to California and opening her own clothing store. Working in the fashion industry has always been a dream for Carrie. Her passion for photography has heightened her interested in blogging and will continue to help guide her towards the right direction for her future plans.