What’s *Actually* Worth Buying at Nordstrom’s Winter Sale, According to a Beauty Editor

Once-a-year discounts you don’t want to miss.

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I love beauty products so much, I made a career out of testing ‘em. I’ve sampled more makeup than I care to admit, swatch skincare like it's going out of style, and have smelled a headache-inducing number of perfumes over the years. But that’s what makes me beyond qualified to tell you what items are worth adding to your cart during Nordstrom’s Winter Sale. The once-yearly event, which is running February 10 through February 20, offers up to 50 percent off more than 100 beauty items—and the many, many, many options can get a little overwhelming. 

Cue my handy little guide that’s about to break down what items are worth your money across every category. From starter kits that are simply never slashed in price *this* much (it’s my job to know this) to luxury perfumes that I was jaw-droppingly shocked to see in the sale section, I’ve got you—and your beauty needs—covered. Scroll ahead to see exactly what I recommend scooping up before the sale wraps. 




Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and shares the breakdown on the latest and greatest trends in the beauty space. She's studied up on every ingredient you'll find on INCI list and is constantly in search of the world's glowiest makeup products. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Us Weekly’s Beauty and Style Editor, where she stayed on the pulse of pop culture and broke down celebrity beauty routines, hair transformations, and red carpet looks. Her words have also appeared on Popsugar, Makeup.com, Skincare.com, Delish.com, and Philadelphia Wedding. Samantha also serves as a board member for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She first joined the organization in 2018, when she worked as an editorial intern at Food Network Magazine and Pioneer Woman Magazine. Samantha has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While at GWU, she was a founding member of the school’s HerCampus chapter and served as its President for four years. When she’s not deep in the beauty closet or swatching eyeshadows, you can find her obsessing over Real Housewives and all things Bravo. Keep up with her on Instagram @samholender.