Do You Dream Of Beauty Products? Nordstrom’s Holiday Makes Dreams Come True @NordstromBeauty #NordstromBeauty

When you think of one-stop beauty product shopping, maybe you think of Ulta, or Sephora, but Nordstrom is becoming even more impressive than these stores, because Nordstrom not only has a huge selection of exclusive and name=brand beauty products in every price point, Nordstrom is famous for customer service. The store and the website have additional services, including the Beauty Stylist. You can call or do live chat, and someone who is trained to talk about products will ask you about what you need, and then offer a range of free services or custom-tailor and appointment for you.  The Stylist will handpick items from a range of brands just for you, based on the preferences, budget and goals you discuss with us ahead of time.  And when you go to the store the Stylist will be there to offer new suggestions and honest advice—even if you’re only looking to research, not to buy. That’s pretty incredible!  But that’s what has made Nordstrom, famous and special.

So what’s on tap for Holiday, 2013?  OMG!  SO MUCH!  Here are a few things I particularly like that aren’t expensive, and that are fun and special. But if you visit the website or go to a Nordstrom store, you’ll find so many brands, you’d better have comfortable shoes so you can check them all out!


Jouer Sparkle & Shine ($16.00)  is a take-off on those traditional Christmas crackers that the English love so much for holiday, only these don’t contain a silly hat and a plastic toy.  No, no, no!  These have beauty booty, and they’re ridiculously inexpensive, while packing a glitering holiday punch either as a party favor at your girls only party, or as a stocking stuffer, or if you are strapped for cash, as a grab bag or small thank-you gift that’s girly, and fun.   Pull the ends of the gold and white glitzed popper, and you’ll find an array of girly treats. Ours had:  a  gold metallic party blower, a gold and white fabric hair tie, a little bow ring with tiny crystals, and a little gold wishbone on an ivory cord, plus a cute little mini lip gloss in a flattering peachy tone.  Other poppers might have a necklace, a bookmark, or something else to surprise and delight!


smashbox wonder visionMake a few sparks fly with the “sparks” version of Smashbox’s Wonder Vision Eye Set  ($32.00) which is a $72.00 retail  Value.  You can get this set in places other than Nordstrom, but like the Wondervision Lip Gloss Set below, The Advice Sisters just think Nordstrom is a perfect one-stop shopping destination for all your holiday beauty needs and gifts,  This set has plenty of glanour, packed into a small and affordable gift box.  Inside you’ll find:  an eye shadow palette with six coordinated shades (and there are three different versions of this set).; a Limitless Waterproof eyeliner in Onyx; and a  Full Exposure mascara.  You can also get this set in “Flash” feauturing purple tones, or “Cosmic” for those who love blues and teals.  The set is nicely boxed in metallic cardboard, pretty enough to leave as-is without additional gift-wrap — all you really need to do is stick on a bow if you’re pressed for time. The shiny silver compact, mascara and liner look festive, and the shimmery shadows are balanced by softer ones for daytime. if you’re feeling particularly flush, add a cute makeup bag from Nordstrom’s collection and you’ll still keep this gift to a manageable price point.

smashbox wondervision lip gloss setNaughty or nice? Bold or nude? Creamy or shimmery?  You won’t have to choose, if you choose the Smashbox Wonder Vision Lip Gloss Set ($24.00) .  It’s not just available at Nordstrom but it is one of the pieces you can pick up at Nordy’s while you’re oogling all the other things you’re going to want for yourself, or for gifts. What I like so much about this Smashbox gift set is that you get five full sized lip glosses (POUT, RUBY, LUSTER, TEASE, RADIANT ) nicely boxed in a metallic, peek-a-boo carton.  These glosses are usually $19.00 each, so I’m told, so this is a great value.  If you’re really strapped for cash, you could break up the set, stuff one or a few each in a cute makeup bag, and give it to your friends, but the set is still so inexpensive as-is, you’ll look like a big spender, and no one will know it cost you less than a cheap dinner!  Of course, you could just keep the set for yourself and you’ll have a slightly fruity, silky, glossy, moist lip gloss for every mood with a range of shimmery nude, creamy pink, shimmery copper, bold berry or dragon red.  You decide!  While it’s hard to pick a favorite, I rather like Radiant, a clear gloss with tons of shimmer that looks pretty on it’s own over bare lips, but really amps up the sex appeal on deep lipsticks. This set is available at Nordstrom, and also and other retailers.  Christina calbi Jennifer conolon at tractenberg.  girls at siren pr too.

philosophy merry cherry tidingsNordstrom has plenty of “exclusives” not just of their own brands (which are excellent, by the way) but one that is insanely inexpensive, but incredibly impressive , and a Nordstrom exclusive, is the  Merry Cherry Tidings Set from Philosophy ($20.00).  Inside an adorable, no-need-to-wrap, cherry-red tin with cute Philosophy graphics on the top of a little girl in a tutu holding cherries, are two amazing products that are sure to put a smile on any girl or woman’s face:  a “- have a cherry Christmas”  multi-tasking  shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath (8 oz.) and a moisturizing lip gloss in a squeeze tube. The three-in-one cleanser s sparkles with a profusion of cherry shimmer, and smells fruity, but it’s no lightweight. It  will lather nicely in your shower, and bubble in your bath while it gently cleanses and conditions your skin and hair, leaving you smelling like you’re ready to have a fabulous day, or a great night. The “cherry Christmas”  lip shine (0.4 oz.): a moisturizing lip shine that leaves your lips with a sheer cherry ting, and a cherry scent to make you feel good. I’ll tell you right now, you’re going to want one too and you’d better stock up.  This is the perfect hostess gift, one for co-workers, and the perfect little “thank-you” for the dog-walker or anyone who deserves some cheer. But at $20.00, it is truly a Nordstrom holiday miracle!

nordstrom metallic mini nail setnail polish glitterAnother Nordstrom exclusive is this “Metallic” Mini Nail Quartet Set ($20.00) and there’s a glitter set as well ($20.00) . Four Nail Polishes are nestled into cello packaging. Add a bow and you’re good to go!  Only from Nordstrom. And these mini’s are not so small, they’re .25 oz. more than enough to get you through months of parties!  They’re a great gift, and a little “lift” for yourself, too.

Now you’ve seen just a few beauty bargains and exclusives that I’ve called out from Nordstrom’s HUGE (and I do mean, huge) range of beauty items and gifts that Nordstrom stores and has to offer every day, and especially for holiday 2013.  But on the theory that a picture is worth a thousand words, I’m including a few photos from the holiday preview that I attended, showing just some (not even all) of the “groaning board” isplays of holiday beauty booty that Nordstrom has ready to share with you.  You can see some of the suggested prices on the cards on these displays, but there is SO MUCH MORE in the stores and on the website.  Trust me, even the beauty editors were going nuts!

Which ones are your favorites?


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