Fashion & Beauty

What to Buy This Month

Clockwise from left to right: Vince’s breezy linen tee, eyelash-lengthening mascara and creamy lipstick from Marc Jacobs Beauty, UnderArmour trail shoes with fuchsia soles and Citizens of Humanity cuffed boyfriend jeans.

By Janet Kelly

THE BIG kahuna retail event of August, Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, has ended. But if you missed it, there are still opportunities to score late-summer deals.

Through August 17, Dermstore is celebrating its 22nd birthday with its own Anniversary Event. Beauty bargain hunters can swoop up discounts of 10 to 25 percent off luxury skin-care products—the best bets of this sale.

Esteé Lauder is shutting down Becca Cosmetics at the end of September, attributing the closure to the impact of the coronavirus. The result is many of its products are currently selling for half price.

According to Business of Fashion, whether Marc Jacobs Beauty will renew its licensing agreement with its manufacturer remains uncertain. In the midst of the confusion, you can snag the brand’s mascaras and lipsticks for 50% off their original price.

Workout-wear brands Sweaty Betty and Splits59 are marking down the prices of sweats and leggings in colors that will soon be out of season and/or didn’t appeal to their customers.

Pajama sets, white jeans and summery T-shirts add to the mix of on-sale merchandise this month.

Below, what we’re stalking.



CLOCKWISE, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil dissolves even waterproof mascara. By using the code CELEBRATE, get 25% off, which makes it $22.40 during Dermstore’s sale.

A mineral-based, tinted sunscreen, Senté’s Invisible Shield (SPF 52) offers broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) protection, while giving your skin a little glow. It’s $30.40, down from $38, also at Dermstore.

At Lash’d Lengthening and Curling Mascara in a rich black from Marc Jacobs Beauty is lightweight and buildable in addition to being flake- and smudge-resistant. It’s $14 (reduced from $27) at Sephora. Note: Marc Jacobs Beauty items are selling out fast; I bought a lash conditioner about a month ago, but it’s out of stock now both on the Jacobs site and Sephora.

Becca’s bestseller since 2016 is its Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlighter in champagne pop. Although that shade is not on sale, others, including rose gold and pearl, are reduced from $38 to $19 at Sephora. The brand’s water-resistant, creamy Ultimate Coverage Longwear Concealer, originally $29, is $14.50 on the Becca Cosmetics site. 

Plump up your pout with Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Lip Crème Lipstick, which gets high marks for vibrant color, staying power and hydrating ingredients. The So Sofia hue (shown) is a bright watermelon for $16, reduced from $32.


LEFT: Figure-friendly for grown-up girls, Citizens of Humanity jeans are not frequently on sale, but this tapered-fit Peggi Boyfriend style with just a little stretch is. It’s $118.80, reduced from $198 at Bloomingdale’s.

CENTER: I can’t have enough white jeans in summer. Forgive me if I’ve already mentioned this too many times. So, Everlane’s Original Cheeky Jean in a creamy white—reduced from $78 to $50—is a candidate for another pair. Advertised to be engineered for the perfect rear fit, its pockets are set higher and closer together for a lifted look. It’s also available in a curvy fit.

RIGHT: Black denim reads more formal than other hues. These ankle-length High-Rise Stove Pipe Jeans would be a nice transseasonal complement to other pairs in your closet, particularly when they’re on sale at Shopbop, reduced from $189 to $94.50.

LEFT: I’ve lamented about T-shirt prices in this space before. But admittedly, I have a soft spot for anything Vince. I might just rationalize paying $75 ($50 less than the original price) for this Linen Relaxed Elbow Sleeve Crew, thinking I would wear it so much it would practically pay for itself.

CENTER: This mid-weight jersey Perfect Tee from Club Monaco (reduced from $70 to $49) is  fitted just right for tucking into jeans or skirts. The pink is only available in limited sizes, but it also comes in cloud blue in more sizes.

RIGHT: If celadon is not your color, Vince’s featherweight cotton Short Sleeve Relaxed Tee (reduced from $85 to $51), take your pick of peach, black or white.


LEFT: You don’t have to reserve this powder-pink Warm Up Fleece Sweatshirt from Los Angeles-based Splits59 for the yoga studio or gym. It’s way too cute not to wear everywhere —and it’s on sale for $65.

 CENTER: British brand Sweaty Betty specializes in bum-sculpting, as on these High-Waisted Yoga Leggings that support and compress and stay up when you bend down for a squat or stretch out for downward-facing dog. Select colors (pink, beetle blue and purple) are selling for half the original $108 price.

RIGHT: It turns out that these waterproof, cushioned Under Armour Charged Bandit GTX Trail Shoes with rugged outer soles—in fuchsia, no less—are no longer on sale at Backcountry. They’re $99.99.

LEFT: Printfresh is an appropriate name for this sleepwear brand, whose prints are, well, refreshing. This Clover Pajama Set ($89.95, reduced from $138 ) is available in limited sizes at Anthropologie.

RIGHT: Reduced from $98 to $64.50, J. Crew’s menswear-inspired Long-Sleeve Pajama Set comes in white, rose, navy and hydrangea (shown).


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10 thoughts on “What to Buy This Month

  1. stephanie cavanaugh says:

    PLEASE explain why I want a t-shirt for $75 (ON SALE??!!) when I can buy 6-7 at H&M that fit well and wear like iron? I just don’t understand….

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      If you like H&M tees and they fit you well, then you don’t need one. I picked out that Vince one for the color and the elbow-length sleeves and because it’s a linen blend. Yes, it’s a lot of money for a T-shirt, but it’s one I can imagine wearing a lot and for a long time.

    2. Janet Kelly says:

      If you like H&M tees and they fit you well, then you don’t need others. I picked out that Vince one for the color and the elbow-length sleeves and because it’s a linen blend. Yes, it’s a lot of money for a T-shirt, but it’s one I can imagine wearing a lot and for a long time.
      Still, thanks for the tip on H&M tees. I’ll try them out!!

  2. Christine Singer says:

    bought the blue jeans ( as we used to call them 190 years ago!)
    hi Janet!

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      Hi, Chris!
      That’s a long time ago! ❤️

  3. Nancy G says:

    I have the cream Everlane cheeky jeans. Love them!

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      Great to know. Thank you, Nancy.

  4. Claudia says:

    Just bought the Vince T-shirt. Great price!

    1. Janet Kelly says:


  5. Carol says:

    Those black jeans are calling my name… may check out the make up too!

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