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July 17, 2006
Happy anniversary!

Bobbi Brown's fall collection features beautiful chocolate browns.

It's a once-a-year event that's not to be missed - especially if your makeup drawer or cosmetics cabinet is looking a little sparse. OK, so it's loaded to the gills. But a girl can always use a new lipstick, can't she?

We're talking about Nordstrom's anniversary-sale event that runs through July 30. Talk about a good way to shake off the Monday blahs. It's also the best time to visit your favorite cosmetics counter - and even some you might not frequent - to check out new colors, new skin-care products and new scents.

The event runs simultaneously at both the Roseville Galleria and Arden Fair stores.

Claire Duhon, manager of the cosmetics department at the Roseville location, says there will be lots of gifts with purchase. We love that! But because it's such a busy time, don't be discouraged if you can't get a one-on-one consultation, she adds. Here's the solution:

"We have something called 'Return to Learn' that happens right after the anniversary, so you can book an appointment to come back and have that special attention," she says.

Here are some of the deals to look for:

Estee Lauder, Lancome, Christian Dior and Clarins all have gifts with purchase. And, Lancome will be launching new skin-care products as well. Other best bets include: M.A.C's Patternmaker Collection, Bobbi Brown's Chocolate Collection, Smashbox's Luxe Beauty Kit, Philosophy's Purity Made Simply one-step facial cleanser, H20 Plus Shower Gel and Body lotion, and Yves St. Laurent's Baby Doll Palette.

Bring a big shopping bag!

-- Leigh Grogan

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