how do you shop for skincare online?

do you ever stand in front of a beauty counter and wonder which product to try? when your eyes scan the shelves, it looks as if there are two gazillion bottles lined up side-by-side. which one to choose? which one is better? what’s so special about this product? is one brand better than another? or are they all the same… confusing, i know. been there. done that. and now that many of us are strictly shopping online these days, picking out new skincare or makeup products can be overwhelming to say the least. and if i order online what about shipping? is it free? and better yet, do they offer free returns?  don’t worry.  i’ve got you covered today:  here’s how you shop for skincare online.  

well, hopefully, i can help with skincare selections. one favorite aspect of my job is testing out the latest and greatest in beauty products, makeup, skincare – the works. and there’s one retailer i can count on when it comes to carrying a vast selection of opens in a new window makeup, opens in a new windowskincare, opens in a new windowbath & body, opens in a new windowfragrances, and opens in a new windowhair care to choose from. yep, opens in a new windowNordstrom wins my vote every time. and opens in a new windowNordstrom also caters to opens in a new windowmen’s grooming & cologne, opens in a new windownatural beauty & wellness, and opens in a new windowtools brushes, and makeup bags. the opens in a new windowNuFace Mini Facial Toning Device is a favorite of mine as it helps smooth lines around your eyes and lips. and i have my eye on a opens in a new windowhanging makeup bag from Tumi. it would make a wonderful Christmas gift. hint, hint…

sponsored by opens in a new windowNordstrom and ShopStyle

and Nordstrom carries all my favorite makeup brands. opens in a new windowRuby Woo is Mac’s best-selling red lipstick. lately, i’ve been loving Nudeies Bloom blush in opens in a new windowCherry Blossom. opens in a new windowitCosmetics CC Cream is a-ma-zing. and opens in a new windowBenefit Gimme Brow is a great eyebrow gel that looks natural.

 how you shop for skincare online

shopping online allows me to scroll through new products or head straight to my favorite brands. today, i thought i’d check out what was new at opens in a new windowElemis, a beauty brand i know i can count on. it’s always fun to try something new. at least, something new to me like the opens in a new windowDynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads that acts as a gentle skin perfecting exfoliator. it’s perfect for all skin types.

everyone needs a little self-care in the shower and tub. what’s not to love about a luxurious salt scrub that sloughs off dead cells? opens in a new windowFrangipani Monoi Salt Glow Scrub leaves my skin soft and glowing. and it smells heavenly!



a few of my favorite things about  opens in a new windowNordstrom.

  • free shipping and returns by mail or in store
  • buy online pick up in store
  • curbside pick up (no muss no fuss. Nordstrom brings your merchandise to you while you wait in your car)
  • the Nordy club where you earn 1 point per dollar, status based on spend, and enjoy perks to beauty and style workshops, curbside pickup, and the first to shop select brands.  opens in a new windowsign up here.

and i love to pamper myself with a weekly mask. this week i thought a little TLC for my eyes were in order with opens in a new windowPro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Mask that provides an instant skin-tightening effect. when the time comes, these will be perfect to throw in my travel bag.

and last but not least i tried opens in a new windowElemis Pro-Collagen Tri-Acid Peel with a trio of acids that exfoliates and hydrates.

a big thank you to opens in a new windowNordstrom and ShopStyle for this sponsored post. and thank you, lovely readers, for supporting the brands that allow me to bring you fresh ideas.


Shop the Post

Affiliate links in posts may enerate commissions for SaaCA. See my complete disclosure policy here.


  1. Julie wrote:

    I love your sweater! Link for that?!

    Posted 9.29.20
    • the sweater is Banana Republic from the spring collection.

      Posted 9.29.20
  2. I never actually purchase skincare online. I do shop as in reading about or researching ingredients online, but go to an actual counter or display to sample (when we could do that) or at least see with my eye up close before spending.

    Posted 9.29.20
    • testing products beforehand might be over. we’ll see next year. but with skincare the proof is always in the pudding. you have to try the product on for size at least one month. makeup is different where you can see the results in minutes.

      Posted 9.29.20
  3. Mrs Julie Mycock wrote:

    Hi Beth, I’m quite lucky, my friend has worked for Lancome for 26 years and she is terrific at knowing what colours in make-up suit a person, I can always rely on her. Like yourself I switch my skincare every few months it does the skin good, I use Elemis, Lancome, and I also use Liz Earle, I don’t know if you have that in the US. At the moment I’ve started using Prai, again not sure if you are familiar with that one, I’m loving there throat & decolletage cream.
    Thank you for giving us an idea on purchasing skincare online, it’s much appreciated. Log the sweater as Julie from England

    Posted 9.29.20
    • it’s always nice to have a good friend help with recommendations! good to hear from you, julie.

      Posted 9.29.20
  4. Teresa wrote:

    Beth, your skin looks great, in particular your top lip line….you have no wrinkles at all. How do you accomplish that? And, I love that you returned to your shorter haircut!

    Posted 9.29.20
    • great skincare is the first line of defense. but i do have wrinkles just plump hydrated skin.

      Posted 9.29.20
  5. Andrea wrote:

    As a person with psoriasis and multiple allergies, I tend to visit Sephora if it’s a new to me product, as they accept returns with no questions asked. Nuxe is a French brand that has a couple of lines that have worked for me for years. They specialize in skin care as opposed to makeup but everyone’s skin and ph level is unique. The French focus on good skin first.
    Just a word of warning, if you use an EU brand, right now have a backup unopened jar on hand. When France went into lockdown so did their factories so when your countries supply runs out?? A weird and wonderful time. But just think of all the coffee stories we will have – someday 😉

    Posted 9.29.20
    • you are so right that skincare comes first!

      Posted 9.30.20
  6. Eve wrote:

    Its so hot in the Summer here and wearing anything on your face is almost impossible. It melts, ends up stinging your eyes, even sunscreens. I’m still looking for a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen that stays put. Any ideas? BTW You have pretty feet!

    Posted 9.29.20
    • laura mercier has a tinted moisturizer with SPF. it’s one of my favorites. it’s listed above.

      Posted 9.30.20
  7. Nancy A Reed wrote:

    Great information and the products look promissing.
    Thank you

    Posted 9.29.20
    • elemis has great skincare products. it’s a brand i trust and i have been impressed with all of the new goodies that came home with me from Nordstrom.

      Posted 9.30.20
  8. Rory wrote:

    Hi I really like the sweater. It looks really great on you. I will be having knee surgery in 2 weeks. Would you be able to share some tips and how to look nice but comfortable. Thanks so much.

    Posted 9.29.20
    • thank you! i think i wore my gym shorts a lot for the first six weeks. but loose fitting athleisure wear will work too. but once the stitches are gone you’ll figure out quickly what feels good and what doesn’t. good luck!

      Posted 9.30.20

Comments are closed.

ⓒCopyright 2015-2021 Style at Certain Age, LLC all rights reserved - powered by chloédigital