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8 Reasons to Shop Nordstrom Beauty This Holiday Season

Whether you’re on the hunt for the which I highly suggest you do), Nordstrom should be your first stop!  Here’s 8 reasons why:

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One. Maison Margiela – Replica Across Sands Eau De Parfum – $180

Nordstrom Beauty - Holiday Gift Guide

Maison Margiela introduces Replica Eau de Parfums, a new interpretation of Replica inspired by the vision of Maison Margiela’s creative director John Galliano, with this collection that offers a unique vision of fantasy fragrances, unveiling personal aspiration, emotions and fantasies.

Fragrance story: Across Sands transports you to a desert paradise where notes of bewitching spices and blazing oud, sweetened with oriental date accord, flow through the winding dunes of sand. Transport yourself to a vast golden landscape where the sun radiates gentle warmth onto your skin and desert mirages appear across the distance. As the air cools and the sun begins to set, watch grains of sand organically swirl across the cracked desert floor through the eternal forest air. As a prelude to your dreams, the Replica Eau de Parfum collection bottles are cloaked in a deep and sophisticated night-black gradient bottle. Each bottle is topped with a signature Maison Margiela spray nozzle, an element reinterpreted from apothecary bottles and sealed with an intense black rope as a nod to the Fashion House.

Style: A grasp of spices and dates laid on warm oud.


– Top: cinnamon, osmanthus, davana.

– Middle: date accord, everlasting flower, citrus absolute.

– Base: oud, patchouli, incense essence.

My Thoughts:  I’m a huge fan of masculine scents for myself and I am absolutely in love with Across Sands.  One spritz lasts for hours and fades to a warm spice scent.  This fragrance is perfect for Fall!

Get it:Buy Across Sands


Two. Dolce & Gabbana – ‘The One For Men’ Eau De Toilette Spray – 1.6oz – $67

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Introducing Dolce & Gabbana Beauty The One for Men. A fragrance dedicated to the Dolce & Gabbana man: charismatic and seductive, elegant and sophisticated. It is a fragrance that is both classic and modern, vibrant and engaging. For the man who never goes unnoticed. The One for Men is a concentrate of elegance and sensuality. A spicy, oriental fragrance, developed on the harmony of tobacco with refined base notes such as cardamom, ginger, cedarwood and orange blossom.


– Top: grapefruit, coriander, basil.

– Middle: cardamom, ginger.

– Base: tobacco, amber, cedarwood.

My Thoughts: Obsessed!  This fragrance is sweet with undertones of spice and wood, and fades to a citrus scent.  I may just steal this one from my hubby to use for myself.  Shh!

Get it: Buy Dolce & Gabbana The One For Men


Three. Urban Decay – Vice Lipstick – $17

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Prepare to get hooked. Vice Lipstick comes in a massive lineup of addictive shades and six indulgent finishes—Urban Decay’s biggest lineup yet. Vice has it all, from bold brights to dark, sexy shades to super-versatile neutrals. With so much variety it’ll make your head spin, There’s something for everyone—from new shades to cult favorites you thought you’d never see again. The pigment load in Vice Lipstick is insane. Just one swipe provides an unbelievable laydown of color, and every shade applies smoothly (without dragging or skipping), hugs lips and feels amazing. The brand’s proprietary Pigment Infusion System™ gives the formula its super-creamy texture, rich payout and superior color dispersion. The creamy formula is loaded with nourishing ingredients, too. A yummy butter blend comforts, hydrates and enhances, leaving lips soft and conditioned, never dry. Aloe vera, jojoba, avocado and babassu oils nourish and soften lips. Illipe butter (derived from Malaysian illipe trees) provides long-lasting moisture. And vitamin C and vitamin E provide a hit of antioxidants.

How to use: Prime and define with a lip pencil, then follow with the matching shade of Vice Lipstick. The final result? A long-lasting lip look with insane color payoff.

My Thoughts: So smooth!  I’ve heard great things about the Vice collection, and the product didn’t fall short of my expectations.  I’m currently using the Rapture color which is perfect for Fall.  This is one of their original creamy finishes and gives off a slightly glossy, moisturized look, without the stickiness of a gloss.

Get it: Buy Urban Decay ‘Vice’ Lipstick


Four. Sigma Beauty – F80 Flat Kabouki Brush – $25

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What it is: A brush that features a soft, dense, flat top brush head.

What it does: Made with exclusive Sigmax® fibers, this brush provides a flawless, high-definition finish when paired with any liquid or cream foundation, without any absorption of product. The Sigmax fibers feature premium filaments engineered for outstanding softness, heat- and chemical-resistance, mechanical strength and durability. They are antibacterial and hypoallergenic. The brush handle is made from lightweight, sustainably sourced wood that’s durable and scratch-resistant.

  • Winner of Allure magazine’s ‘Best of Beauty’ Award for Best Makeup Brush for Foundation, 2016

My Thoughts:  Oh-so-soft!  A problem that I’ve had in the past with foundation brushes is that they lose their bristles and become scratchy feeling after a while.  This brush is so soft and works great with my Tarte Rainforest foundation.

Get it: Buy Sigma Beauty F80 Kabouki Brush


Five. Antica Farmacista – Grapefruit Hand Cream – $18

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Antica’s Hand Cream includes luxurious botanicals to nourish and moisturize. Shea butter, vitamin E and almond oil produce a silky formulation that is restorative and beautifully fragranced. Features a metallic bronze flip-cap for ease of application.

Antica Farmacista was founded in 2003 by Seattle-based best friends Susanne Pruitt and Shelley Callaghan. Its home ambiance diffusers quickly became loved for the unique fragrances and sophisticated design inspired by antique apothecary bottles. Today, Antica Farmacista also offers a full line of candles and bath and body products, all providing luxurious scents.

My Thoughts:  Perfect purse addition!  I am obsessed with keeping my hands moisturized and keep hand cream within reach at all times.  Whether in my purse, on my desk, in my car, kitchen or nightstand, it’s never more than a couple of feet away from me.  This grapefruit hand cream has been my latest purse hand cream.  I love the smaller size, the scent and the feel.  A little goes a long way (something to keep in mind when using it).

Get it: Buy Grapefruit


Six. AmorePacific – Treatment Enzyme Peel – $60

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This highly effective, brightening exfoliator is activated by water to dissolve dead surface skin cells, eliminate toxins and even skin tone without harsh abrasiveness. It’s formulated to brighten and even skin tone while providing you with a soft, smooth complexion. Over time, it improves penetration of other treatment products due to the removal of dead cells which prevent the skin from absorbing.

How to use: Wet both hands and pour pre-measured dosage onto one hand. Rub your hands together to create a lather and massage gently over face and neck for up to 60 seconds, focusing on congested areas. Rinse well.

My Thoughts: Perfect for end-of-season maintenance.  Do you ever notice how your skin just feels “blah” after each season ends?  I’m loving this exfoliator for after Summer or Fall/Winter care.  I notice significantly brighter skin after each use, with less redness than I typically have.

Get it:  Buy AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Exfoliator


Seven. Hourglass – Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick – $34

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What it is: An ultra-slim refillable lipstick that delivers saturated, longwearing color with a satin finish.

Who it’s for: All skin types.

What it does: The full-coverage lipstick won’t smudge or feather, and comes encapsulated in a sleek gold applicator to provide the ultimate control to precisely accentuate, contour and define the lips. The gold applicator can be used interchangeably with the full collection Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick refills (sold separately).

How to use: Turn the mechanism to dispense the product. Twist the product down before recapping and click the lid tightly to ensure closure. It does not require sharpening. To refill, remove the gold applicator cap and pull the existing lipstick barrel out from the pointed end of the gold applicator. If the lipstick is still usable, the lipstick barrel can be set aside for future use. Take your new shade and remove the black cap, then firmly pull the lipstick barrel out from the black base. Store the cap and base for future use, or attach them to the lipstick you just removed if it’s still usable. Holding the pointed end of the sleek gold applicator, insert your new shade of lipstick into the opening until it clicks into place. Secure the gold applicator cap after each use.

Pro tips: The refills are meant to be collected and used interchangeably with the gold applicator.

My Thoughts:  LOVE! I’m currently using the ‘I Can’t Wait – Vivid Fuchsia’ color, which is super fun for these warm Fall days we’re having here in California.  It’s definitely more of a daytime color, but I love that I can easily swap it out for a different color using the refillable gold container.  I admittedly had a little bit of a hard time figuring this thing out, but it’s really so easy to use and change colors.

Get it: Buy Hourglass Confession


Eight. Foreo – Espada Acne Clearing Pen – $149

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What it is: A powerful new weapon in the fight against acne.

What it does: Espada uses the dual power of laser-focused blue LED light and T-sonic pulsations to blast blemishes out of existence. Clinically proven to treat and heal acne-prone skin, Espada helps you get rid of acne in a way that is simple, effective and fast. It is completely waterproof and provides 240 uses from a single charge.

My Thoughts: Vacay essential!  Every single time I go on vacation to a warmer climate (meaning constant use of sunscreen on my face) I break out.  It never fails.  But I love that I can now just bring Espada along to treat and heal my breakouts on-the-go.

Get it: Buy Foreo Espada


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