Short list: the most intriguing beauty products from the Nordstrom sale


Here’s a dirty little secret about most beauty companies: they hate hate hate putting anything on sale, and rarely if ever do it. So for the big Nordstrom sale, instead of marking anything down, many of them create jumbo sized or limited-edition sets of popular products, like this hugely popular Kiehl’s Creme de Corps.

I broke out well into my 40s, and relied on this exfoliant, which really gets in there and cleans, but is gentle enough for sensitive skin like mine.

This mini-candle set is a perfect way to sample a bunch of Diptique’s most popular scents, and I rarely travel without one.

Even though I think the name of this product is corny, Better Than Sex mascara is pretty fantastic, and the eyeliner has the kind of pencil-ish tip I like.

The folks at Sunday Riley got in trouble with the FTC a while back for asking their employees to write positive reviews, which was pretty uncool. But I still think Good Genes is a quality product: the lactic acid gently exfoliates, leaving skin glowy and clean.

These head-to-toe exfoliating sheets are a regular part of my regimen: you apply them after showering, and they leave skin impossibly softer than before.

RMS is a natural brand I’m very fond of, and I especially like their luminizer, which is included in this set. I’m coveting the bronzer and lip balm too.


Nordstrom’s biggest sale of the year starts today, people


One of these days, I’m going to get myself a Nordstrom credit card so I can have early access to this massive sale, because I believe a lot of the good stuff gets picked off early. Still, I found plenty to like/want, starting with this Longchamp leather bag, the likes of which I have coveted forever. (I also dig  this expandable tote, also from Longchamp).

I own  these Nili Lotan pants in black, and they’re the only higher-waisted pants that flatter me, so I might go for them in this good grey.

Also by Nili Lotan: these tailored army pants in a cute pale pink.

The dark grey shade of these Rag & Bone boots is just great, and I always like a pointy toe.

Just a really good, pretty minimal bag for fitting all your stuff, from Allsaints.

The muted colors in this top from Nili Lotan are ideal if you want to wear  a floral but don’t want to look too girly.

I have shown you this wedge sandal before—it’s from Mephisto, a brand that’s supposed to make the most comfortable, walkable shoes in creation. I haven’t ever pulled the trigger on them, but at this price I’m tempted to (BTW, click through to see the other colors it comes in if blue isn’t your thing).

I own these jeans and really like them—they’re a good, slouchy boyfriend cut, and I dig the lower waistline.

These Ray-Bans are such a cool update on the classic Wayfarer.

A good, slightly clunky, highly walkable boot is high on my list of Things I Want, and these fit the bill pretty perfectly.

I really think this faux-shearling shirt jacket looks like it could be Isabel Marant.

And here’s another shirt jacket that feels like it could be classic Celine.

The grungy 90s-ness of this oversized sweater delights me.

A sweatshirt with a kind of architectural silhouette, in the very best shade of blue.

And finally, this stretch silk shirt comes in a variety of colors, and I think is such an easy, light layer to wear under sweaters and blazers.


Shall we have another week of requests?


I feel like we’re kind of overdue for one. Send me your best.



Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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