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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Shop 10 Of The Best Fashion & Beauty Deals

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The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here – the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – & we rounded up all of our top fashion & beauty picks that you can shop for right here!

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All year we wait for one of the best shopping events – the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – and it is finally here. The sale slashes prices on everything from fashion to beauty, home goods, and so much more. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale dates are August 19 – 30 and in that time, prices just keep going down on some of your favorite, most wished for items. Considering there are so many deals running on the site, we did the honor of skimming through the sale to pick out all of the best deals. Below, we rounded up 10 of our must-have items in both fashion and beauty, plus, you can also find a list of some other amazing deals.

You can see the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog and more information here, but in the meantime, check out some of the best deals you can shop for, below!

FOREO
15% off the LUNA 3
33% off the UFO
33% off the UFO Masks
33% off the LUNA Mini 2

Fresh Beauty
Soy Soulmates – $38- $53 value

ghd
platinum+ styler – $166 – $249 value

St. Tropez
Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse – $46 – $80 value

Anastasia Beverly Hills
Brow Pen ($22)
Lip Stain ($18)
Brow Wiz ($23)
Brow Definer ($23
Mini Loose Setting Powder ($19)
Brow Bae-Sics Brow Kit ($27)

Franco Sarto
35% – 46% Off
August 19 – August 30

Socialite
20% – 50% off

Alterna
50% off CAVIAR Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner and CC Cream mini – retails for $116 but on sale for $58

Stila Cosmetics
Bare It All Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set [$35 – $66 value]
3 x full size Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks
Partners in Crime Liquid Eye Liner & Eye Shadow Set [$22 – $34 value]
Full size Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black
Deluxe Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma

1. Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

These cult-favorite faux leather leggings are finally on sale! The high-waisted black leggings are not only the most comfortable pants ever, but they also suck you in and are super flattering. They’re made with the brand’s signature Power Waistband which keeps your tummy concealed, plus, there’s no front seam, so they are seamless and easy to dress up or down. They retail for $98 but are on sale for $65. $65, nordstrom.com
spanx leggings

2. La Mer Mini Hydration Collection Creme Set

Getting your hands on not one, but four La Mer skincare products might have seemed impossible, but it’s not now, thanks to this amazing deal. Included in this four-piece skincare set are four travel sized mini products: Creme de La Mer (0.5 oz.), The Treatment Lotion (0.5 oz.), The Renewal Oil (0.17 oz.), and The Hydrating Illuminator (0.1 oz.). The value of this kit is $155. $90, nordstrom.com
la mer

3. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 TB Running Shoe

Don’t sleep on these lightweight, translucent running sneakers! They are valued at $120 but are on sale for $90. They come equipped with removable cushion insoles and Nike React foam soles, which put a spring in your step. The cushion absorbs impact which makes them perfect for running, however, they’re so comfortable that you’re going to want to wear them every day – exercising or not. $90, nordstrom.com
nike sneakers

4. MAC Love Me Lip Kit

Perfect for every day use, this Neutral lip kit includes three bestselling products to give you a gorgeous pout. The set retails for $54.50 and includes: Love Me Lipstick in Send Noods, Lipglass in Way with Words, and a Lip Pencil in Dervish. Even better, you get a free gift with your MAC purchase of $65. The gift is valued at $56 and includes a makeup pouch, deluxe sample of Prep + Prime Fix+ Setting Spray (0.08 oz.), full-size Lipstick in Midimauve (0.1 oz.), full-size Lipstick in Chili (0.1 oz.) and full-size Lipglass in All Things Magical (0.1 oz.). $35, nordstrom.com
mac lip set

5. Quay Australia Noosa 55mm Cat Eye Sunglasses

Celebrity favorite sunglass brand, Quay Australia, is running a deal on these fabulous cat eye sunglasses in Purple Tortoise/ Black Fade. They retail for $55 and would look amazing on all different face shapes. Wear them during the day with a casual outfit or you can wear them dressed up for a fancy occasion. $36, nordstrom.com
quay sunglasses

6. beautyblender Electric Feels Set

Valued at $56, you can’t go wrong with this set of sponges from beautyblender. Included in this set are three full-sized products – two limited-edition sponges in Electric Violet and Electric Violet Swirl, and a blendercleanser Solid Cleanser. The spnges are super fun – one is bright pink and the other is a pink marble pattern. You will be obsessed! $35, nordstrom.com
beautyblender set

7. Topshop Fred Faux Leather Biker Jacket

This faux leather biker jacket is a wardrobe essential. Available in black and white, the jacket retails for $88 and is on sale for $50 – what more could you ask for? There are a variety of ways to style this jacket and the best part is, it can be dressed up or down. Rock it with a pair of jeans and a T-shirt or a midi dress and heels. $50, nordstrom.com
topshop jacket

8. Bobbi Brown Easy Essentials Eye, Cheek & Lip Set

This set has a $250 value and is on sale for just $79. The makeup set includes everything you will ever need to take your look from day to night and it all comes together in a cute pink suede pouch. Included in the set is an Eyeshadow and Cheek Palette with shades in Daybreak, High Fidelity Shimmer Wash, Smoky Lilac Metallic, Dahlia, Chelsea Morning Metallic, Earth, Rose Suede, Black Cocoa Metallic (0.02 oz. each), Desert Pink Blush and Medium Bronzing Powder (0.12 oz. each), Full-Size Smoky Eye Mascara in Black (0.17 oz.), Full-Size High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bellini (0.24 oz.), and a Dual-Brush Applicator. You get a free gift with $85 Bobbi Brown purchase – deluxe samples of Vitamin Enriched Face Base Priming Moisturizer (0.24 oz.), Bronzing Powder in Golden Light (0.09 oz.), Crushed Oil-Infused Lip Gloss in Free Spirit (0.07 oz.) and Crushed Lipstick in Babe (0.08 oz.). $79, nordstrom.com
bobbi brown makeup set

9. Steve Madden Nifty Pointed Toe Over the Knee Boot

These are going to be your new favorite shoes, no matter what the season is. The black over-the-knee boots are made of stretchy material that forms to your calves to give you a sleek look and feel. They’re finished with a chunky block heel to add some definition, plus, they retail for $129.95 and are on sale for $80. $80, nordstrom.com
steve madden boots

10. Dior Maximizing Lip Care Set

Now you can be prepared for any situation with this amazing lip care set valued at $88. Included in the set is a fabulous pink leather pouch that is embossed with the word Dior, plus, a full-size Addict Lip Maximizer in 001 Pink (light pink) (0.2 oz.), a full-size Lip Glow to the Max Hydrating Color Reviver Lip Balm in 001 Pink (light pink) (0.12 oz.), and a mini-size Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Plumping Lash Primer (0.05 oz.). You also get a free gift with your $150 Dior makeup or skincare purchase which includes a cosmetics case and deluxe samples of Diorshow Pump n Volume HD Mascara in Black Pump (0.14 oz.) and Couture Color Rouge Dior Lipstick in shade 999 (0.05 oz.). Spend $200 and you’ll also receive samples of Prestige Rose Micro-Oil (0.03 oz.), Prestige La Creme Texture Essentielle (0.17 oz.), and Prestige The Eye Concentrate (0.1 oz.). $68, nordstrom.com
dior lip set

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Netflix is developing a live action ‘Assassin’s Creed’ show

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Netflix announced this morning that it’s partnering with Ubisoft to adapt the game publisher’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise into a live action series.

The franchise jumps around in history, telling the story of a secret society of assassins with “genetic memory” and their centuries-long battle the knights templar. It has sold 155 million games worldwide and was also turned into a nearly incomprehensible 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which underperformed at the box office.

The companies say that they’re currently looking for a showrunner. Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik of Ubisoft’s film and television division will serve as executive producers. (In addition to working on adaptations of Ubisoft’s intellectual property, the publisher is also involved in the Apple TV+ industry comedy “Mythic Quest.”)

“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said Netflix’s vice president of original series Peter Friedlander in a statement. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”

It sounds like there could be follow-up shows as well, with the announcement saying that Netflix and Ubisoft will “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.”

Netflix recently placed an eight-episode order for “Resident Evil,” another video game franchise that was previously adapted for the big screen. And it also had a big hit with its adaptation of “The Witcher,” which is based on a fantasy book series that was popularized via video games.

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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers

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As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts.

The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly.

And while there’s a story running through the whole season, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions on various horror and science fiction tropes. There’s a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode and more.

The show isn’t perfect — the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap-looking. But at its best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly outlandish plots, creepy monsters (with plentiful gore) and a healthy dose of politics.

After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted form a book by Matt Ruff) is named after notoriously racist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on Black characters, making the case that old genres can be reinvigorated with diverse casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.

In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the Original Content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix earnings, the new season of “The Bachelorette” and the end of Quibi.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 “The Bachelorette”
6:30 Quibi
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” review
31:32 “Lovecraft Country” spoiler discussion

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The short, strange life of Quibi

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“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.”

With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service.

Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly any conditions, but even in a world that’s littered with high-profile failures, the streaming service’s swan song was remarkable for both its dramatically brief lifespan and the amount of money the company managed to raise (and spend) during that time.

A month ahead of its commercial launch, Quibi announced that it had raised another $750 million. That second round of funding brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

“We concluded a very successful second raise which will provide Quibi with a strong cash runway,” CFO Ambereen Toubassy told the press at the time. “This round of $750 million gives us tremendous flexibility and the financial wherewithal to build content and technology that consumers embrace.”

Quibi’s second funding round brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

From a financial perspective, Quibi had reason to be hopeful. Its fundraising ambitions were matched only by the aggressiveness with which it planned to spend that money. At the beginning of the year, Whitman touted the company’s plans to spend up to $100,000 per minute of programming — $6 million per hour. The executive proudly contrasted the jaw-dropping sum to the estimated $500 to $5,000 an hour spent by YouTube creators.

For Whitman and Katzenberg — best known for their respective reigns at HP and Disney — money was key to success in an already crowded marketplace. $1 billion was a drop in the bucket compared to the $17.3 billion Netflix was expected to spend on original content in 2020, but it was a start.

Following in the footsteps of Apple, who had also recently announced plans to spend $1 billion to launch its own fledgling streaming service, the company was enlisting A-List talent, from Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott to Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James. If your name carried any sort of clout in Hollywood boardrooms, Quibi would happily cut you a check, seemingly regardless of content specifics.

Quibi’s strategy primarily defined itself by itself by its constraints. In hopes of attracting younger millennial and Gen Z, the company’s content would be not just mobile-first, but mobile-only. There would be no smart TV app, no Chromecast or AirPlay compatibility. Pricing, while low compared to the competition, was similarly off-putting. After a 90-day free trial, $4.99 got you an ad-supported subscription. And boy howdy, were there ads. Ads upon ads. Ads all the way down. Paying another $3 a month would make them go away.

Technological constraints and Terms of Service fine print forbade screen shots — a fundamental understanding of how content goes viral in 2020 (though, to be fair, one shared with other competing streaming services). Amusingly, the inability to share content led to videos like this one of director Sam Raimi’s perplexingly earnest “The Golden Arm.”

It features a built-on laugh track from viewers as Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan lies in a hospital bed after refusing to remove a golden prosthetic. It’s an allegory, surely, but not one intentionally played for laughs. Many of the videos that did ultimately make the rounds on social media were regarded as a curiosity — strange artifacts from a nascent streaming service that made little sense on paper.

Most notable of all, however, were the “quick bites” that gave the service its confusingly pronounced name. Each program would be served in 5-10 minute chunks. The list included films acquired by the service, sliced up into “chapters.” Notably, the service didn’t actually purchase the content outright; instead, rights were set to revert to their creators after seven years. Meanwhile, after two years, content partners were able to “reassemble” the chunks back into a movie for distribution.

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