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The state of sales is excellent as we close out the week, featuring lots of deep discounts on things we’ve written about before. There’s a buildable blush beloved by makeup artists, our favorite skin-penetrating pimple patches for taming breakouts, and a clever drain guard for preventing clogs (and plumbing fees). And if you want even more deals sent straight to your inbox, sign up for our email newsletter.
“AfterPay Day” is week-long sales event hosted by AfterPay, a “shop now, pay later” company that offers interest-free payment installation plans for online purchases. Lots of retailers are participating in the sale — ASOS, Steve Madden, even Kylie Cosmetics — which makes the fact that you don’t even have to use AfterPay to shop the deals all the more sweet. Fenty Beauty, for instance, is taking 20 percent off sitewide with code AFTERPAY through September 13. While you can’t go wrong with any of the brand’s products, several makeup artists recommend the cream blush, which is buildable, non-sticky, and lightweight enough for everyday wear.
Fenty Beauty’s medium- to full-coverage foundation — which won Allure’s Best of Beauty in 2018 for its long (long) wear capabilities and weightless, velvety matte finish — is another foolproof choice.
Nordstrom’s Summer Sale is still in full swing, offering up to 60 percent off lots of fall-ready styles. We particularly like these recycled rubber rain boots from Ganni, still in stock from sizes 6 to 11 and in two different colorways.
At 40 percent off, this Nordstrom-exclusive statement tote from Longchamp is sure to sell out.
Layer this cropped faux-leather jacket over everything from cashmere sweaters to oversize sweatshirts.
Through Saturday, you can take $50 off your purchase of $250 or more at Saks Fifth Avenue with code SEPTSGSF. This retro-inspired blender from Smeg — available in seven vintage-y colorways — will help you reach the minimum.
Or you could pick up this space-saving single-serving Nespresso machine. It has two programmable buttons for both standard and lungo shots and comes with a 14-capsule tasting pack.
With their contrast stitching and mixed leather uppers, these L.L.Bean boat shoes are a touch more stylish than your standard pair of boat shoes.
Dip your toe in (or back into) the Y2K trend with this deeply discounted Coach wristlet.
Its carryall counterpart.
Drain mushrooms are one of our favorite doohickeys for keeping pipes clear of hair and debris (and for preventing plumbing fees). This one is made from easy-to-clean stainless steel and comes with a universal stopper to plug up any tub or sink drain.
This little duck night light — already a steal at full price — is $5 off at Amazon. It’s advertised for kids and babies, but that didn’t stop me (and it shouldn’t stop you) from buying it for my bathroom.
This monstera leaf pillow is made by local artists in Kyrgyzstan from natural sheep’s wool. We’re tempted to use it as a funky seat cushion, though it’d also make for a sweet addition to a jungle-themed nursery.
And finally, Schoolhouse is taking 15 percent off sitewide, which just so happens to include the brand’s heirloom-quality quilts. This one is made from machine-washable channeled cotton and is available in three different colorways: gray, mustard yellow, and the blue shown.
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