When it comes to beauty products, I tend to stick with what I know. I just have never liked the mystery or risk of investing in a high end product based off of recommendations only. You could say I’m always just a little nervous to branch out to new beauty products. But then a friend reminded me about Nordstrom’s free samples, and you guys it is a game changer!!! I kind of went into thinking it was too good to be true, but I had such a good experience that I had to share the little tip with you guys! You can go in and be as vague as “help me find a foundation”….or more detailed and they are so dang helpful at getting you exactly what samples will work best. I was able to find the new beauty products below and I am legit in love with all of them, so I wanted to share my new finds with you!
:: FLAWLESS GLOW FOUNDATION
First up is foundation. I haven’t worn foundation at all for yearsssss. Like since my college days probably. So to say I was clueless in what to try would be pretty accurate. I told them I wanted something that evened out your skin, but didn’t feel heavy at all. They gave me a sample of this Tom Ford foundation and I really love it! It is so light weight, but gives you great coverage without looking cakey at all. It has kind of a satin finish that gives you that sunny glow without looking greasy at all. I love that I was able to get a couple of samples to make sure I got the color match right that I wanted, and now I plan to snag it in full size!
:: COMPLEXION ENHANCING PRIMER
Along with the foundation above, they recommended this primer. I’ve used a few primers before and wasn’t too thrilled with the results, so I went into this one thinking it wasn’t really necessary. You guys, it is AMAZING. The best way I can describe it is that it wakes you up! It brightens and evens out your skin tone helping mask those tired mama eyes and minimizes your pores as well. Basically gives you the brightest prettiest clean slate to work with! Loving it!
:: FLAWLESS FINISH SETTING POWDER
Of the list, this setting powder is by far my very favorite. I swear it is like magic. It is amazing. I originally got it to use for photo shoots, but I already want to use it every single day. It is suppose to “blur” your skin so it all just blends together in a natural look, eliminating any fine lines or pores. I cannot believe how great it works. If you were to take my advice on any one product on the list, it should be this one. It is made with rose wax and almond oil so it almost feels like it just hovers on top of your skin, it doesn’t weigh it down at all. I absolutely love the glow it gives your skin while staying so lightweight.
:: LIP LINER – PILLOWTALK
I’ll be the first one to say, lip liner has never been on my must haves when it comes to makeup. My lineup is real simple and I use very few products. But I had heard a few girlfriends rave about this lip liner, so I grabbed it while I was getting my samples and am SO SO glad I did. I love that it is waterproof so you aren’t having to constantly reapply throughout the day.The pigment is really amazing too, not too dull just a really strong pretty color. It goes perfectly with all my nude and pink lipsticks and I feel like it really enhances your lips. It is worth every single penny!
:: BROW CONDITIONER
This brow conditioner is supposed to enhance your natural brows. My natural brows struggle a little bit, so I was excited to try out something that helps your actual brow itself. It has Biotin in it which I think we’ve all heard of for our hair and nails, but I never really considered for brows. I’ve only been using it for about 2 weeks, but so far I’m loving the results. I”ll keep you updated on this one!
Perfume is always something I’m so hesitant to branch out on. I think you get used to your own “smell” so changing it up can be hard. This was probably the biggest reason I loved Nordstrom’s sample option. Having the sample size lets me test it out for a month and see if I really do love the smell before I fully commit to such a price investment. Right now I feel like I like this one that I got, but am still getting used to it so I can’t 100% recommend it. I’ll let you know if I commit to it as well!
Last but not least is this lipstick. It is definitely not new to me at all, but I had to include it on this list of new favorites because I’m obsessed with it AND I am trying a new color! I’ve been a devoted MAC Lipstick wearer for as long as I can remember. I love the creamy smooth way it goes on and I swear they have all the perfect shades. Paired with the Pillowtalk Lip Liner above it is the perfect lip duo.
That sums up the new beauty products I’m loving! If you are anything like me, I highly recommend shopping your beauty at Nordstrom. Not only are you always going to have high quality products, but they give you the option to really find what you need and love through the samples first, before investing. If you find any new beauty products you are loving, share them with me here! I’d love to hear your reviews!
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