Expert Advice

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What are the best face masks for making dry, combination, undernourished or mature skin look its best? We asked a few of our expert Beauty Stylists to tell us about their favorite masks. Find out what they’re loving at home and recommending in our stores for any skin concern.

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   Tenille Masaki Delp, Nordstrom Ala Moana

COMBINATION SKIN: Oily skin that lacks moisture is what I’ve had most of my life (symptoms: enlarged pores, oily T-zone, redness, slightly flaky skin at the chin, under the nose and upper cheeks). My secret combination infuses lightweight, nongreasy hydration into the skin while balancing out my oily but dry areas with vitamins and natural plant extracts. Here is my super easy and low-maintenance routine: 1) Using clean hands, apply a generous nickel-sized amount of Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask along with 3-5 drops of Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate to the face and neck (if applied thinly, you can sleep with this mask on). 2) Remove mask after 10-15 minutes with a clean, warm-water-soaked towel. 3) Apply my favorite Chantecaille Flower Harmonizing Cream for a naturally balanced glow day or night!

ALL SKIN TYPES: Lavender is an amazing natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antidepressant ingredient. Here is my favorite super simple, 4-step luxurious lavender mask routine: 1) Using clean hands, gently remove makeup with peppermint/lavender oil–infused Lancer Face Polish. 2) Rinse off exfoliator, apply a generous nickel-sized amount of Fresh Rose Face Mask to the face and neck then wait 10-15 minutes. 3) Apply 5 drops of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate to a warm-water-dampened towel to remove mask. 4) Apply Dr. Dennis Gross Oil-Free Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion Cream to the face and neck for a naturally happy, nongreasy complexion!

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Of course one of our favorite things about award shows and red carpet events is seeing what all the stars are wearing and checking out the beauty looks complementing all that glamour. Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury was on the scene (where else would she be?) and gave us all the secrets to re-creating three makeup looks we loved at the Golden Globes.

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Right now everyone’s talking about a “new year, new you.” While that makes for some catchy ad copy, there’s really no way—no matter what you do—to start over and get a new you. We’re all, each one of us, stuck with ourselves. But there’s liberating hope! Just take a deep breath and try working toward the possible, achievable goal of a new year, a better you … one day (even just one baby step) at a time.

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That’s what Dawn Russell, creator of 8G Greens Superfood Supplement, aims for—even if she does end up grabbing something from her favorite burger joint, In-N-Out. After being diagnosed with cancer at age 25, Russell started writing a new chapter in her book of life and began her wellness journey. Of all that she learned along the way to remission, she decided to take her knowledge of—and life-changing experience with—nutrient-dense foods and come up with a way to share it with everyone.

Now a business owner, mother of two and avid racecar driver, Russell is offering the results of many years of research and development with her nutritional supplement that packs a ton of greens and vitamins into one tablet that effervesces in water and makes boosting your daily intake of greens a whole lot easier. (Baby step #1.) Not to mention it’s lemon flavored!

Russell gave us some time to talk about everything from the importance of each green in the supplement to her favorite wellness resources and her secret for a happy, healthy life.

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‘Tis the season for mulled wine, cozy slippers, long books and drying out like a prune. Even in our native Northwest with all its recent rain, we can’t get away from the skin irritation, dryness and breakouts that come like clockwork with December. So when we heard Kate Somerville, skincare expert for more than 20 years and industry pioneer, was going to be in Seattle, we couldn’t let her leave without asking a few survival questions and gleaning year-round skin-saving insight.

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Winter is here and with it holiday travels. For those of us traveling to (or stuck for good in) harsher climates, how can we defend our skin?
Airplanes are so brutal. They just suck every bit of hydration out of you. Try not to wear makeup if it’s a long flight. I really recommend taking the Dermal Quench on your flight, along with the moisturizer that’s right for your skin. If you have a lot of oils, you’ll want to go oil-free. If you have normal skin, use our Age Arrest. Nordstrom is also launching our KateCeuticals line soon, which is really geared for dry skin and mature skin. The moisturizer is Multi-Active Revive. When you get back from wherever you’re going, steam your face. Take a wet washcloth as hot as you can handle and place it over your skin for about five minutes. Or put it over your face in the bath and really allow your skin to steam.

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Get inspired with gift recommendations from our expert Beauty Stylists for anyone on your list—no matter your budget.

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Get inspired with gift recommendations from our expert Beauty Stylists for anyone on your list—no matter your budget.

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   Taryn Ronning, Pacific Center, Vancouver BC

Going to holiday parties and visiting friends is what this season is all about; but finding the perfect gift can be a real struggle, so I put together my top two gift ideas!

Spend: This is a gift that is sure to bring an ear-to-ear grin to any cosmo-savvy friend! The famous diptyque Baies candle (roses and blackcurrant leaves) comes in two sizes. Baies is the ‘scent of fashion’!

Splurge: I look toward Charlotte Tilbury, the IT girl in beauty! She definitely didn’t disappoint this season with her holiday gift sets! The one that stands out to me is The Gift of Red Carpet Skin set: it has celebrity favorites like Magic Cream, Wonderglow, Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Take It All Off Eye Makeup Remover, Supermodel Body and Multi-Miracle Glow Cleanser, Mask and Balm. This set is great for all skin tones and types, it literally has everything you could want, and it will have your gift recipients’ skin red-carpet-ready in 1-2-3!

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From Charlotte’s mouth to all our ears: our friends over at the Tilbury offices put together her top ten brilliant ideas for looking our best (and surviving) this holiday season. Beauty advice and product recommendations from one of the world’s most sought-after makeup artists? We’ll take it!

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1. Kick off your morning with hot water and lemon to remove toxins and give yourself a boost of energy. It’s a secret Charlotte learned backstage and is great for getting a clear, glowing complexion!

2. Pamper yourself with an at-home-facial using Charlotte’s gorgeous Goddess Skin Clay Mask for radiant, plumped-up skin. It’s a genius product that instantly gives you a poreless, flawless texture. Follow with the cult-favorite Charlotte’s Magic Cream, a magical mix of patented anti-aging, glow-giving ingredients, to flood your skin with moisture. Then sweep on Wonderglow for instant luminosity and a lit-from-within effect.

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The predominant male attitude on grooming and skincare is that they are optional. At least that’s what we hear from president of Kiehl’s and noted beard-wearer Chris Salgardo.

chrissalgardoBut imagine if Rob Lowe thought that way. There would be no Rob Lowe.

So in the interest of correcting this gross misunderstanding, Salgardo wrote Manmade, a book with grooming and skincare tips men can and should use right now–and which will keep them looking younger, longer. Perhaps you know a man who could use this in his life?

Salgardo told us all about the book on the phone. The conversation is below.

And if you happen to be in/near Seattle on December 11, meet up with Salgardo in our flagship store to talk about his book and knock back a cold one. The event is called, tantalizingly, Beards and Brew.

Shop: Kiehl’s

Click here for crucial tips on nighttime skin care, how to shave properly and which common grooming & skincare mistakes men should avoid.

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Chanel’s new oil-free moisturizer for sensitive skin, La Solution 10 de Chanel, has arrived at Nordstrom, and the reviews are rave. We spoke with Dr. Amy Wechsler, who collaborated with the iconic fashion house on their latest offering, about the product and why it’s so revolutionary for sensitive skin—and what we can do at home to make our own skin shine.

You are board certified in both dermatology and psychiatry. How has that shaped your philosophy and practice?
A lot of patients come for help with their appearance and end up talking about life issues. Skin care can be so emotional. So much of how we think affects how we look, and vice versa. I’ve always believed in a very strong mind-body, and, more specifically, mind-skin connection. There are so many interconnections between the brain and the skin in terms of circulation, neurotransmitters and hormones. Anything that affects our mind, in either a positive or negative way, will definitely affect our skin.

You speak to what you call the mind-beauty connection both in your practice and in your book (of the same title). What are a few small things a woman can do with that mind-body connection to enhance her natural beauty?

Sleep! So many of us are burning the candle at both ends, and sleep deprivation has become the new normal. It causes stress, which can damage the skin and worsen skin conditions. While you sleep, your body repairs the damage of the day, and interrupting sleep by staying up too late or waking up in the middle of the night, slows down cell renewal. When your sleep is synchronized with your body’s natural rhythms, you’ll look better and feel younger.

There are lots of things other than sleep that are anti-stress and anti-inflammatory: exercise, sex, consuming anti-oxidants like red wine and dark chocolate. Seeing a friend face-to-face is anti-stress; getting out and looking at trees and nature for a few minutes a day breaks that stress cycle; deep breathing techniques. It’s different for everyone. For some people it’s yoga, for others it’s music, reading, travel, relationships, going out with your kids.

You’ve said before that it’s important to have an every-day skincare ritual. What, in general, do you recommend?

In the morning, use a gentle, mild cleanser. Follow with moisturizer and sunscreen, I recommend La Solution 10 de Chanel and Chanel UV Essentiel SPF 50. These are great options for people with sensitive skin. Solution 10 is particularly great because you can also use it around the eyes.

In the evening, use an eye makeup remover and then wash your face with a gentle cleanser. I always use a really gentle, mild cleanser. A cleanser should remove the dirt of the day without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Your skin should never be squeaky clean. If it’s squeaky clean, then you’ve removed the good oils too, which isn’t healthy for skin. Follow with your moisturizer, I recommend moisturizing day and night.

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Athena Calderone, Eye Swoon, photo by Sarah Elliott

Recently, lifestyle designer and creator of the digital inspiration destination EyeSwoon Athena Calderone immersed herself in the two newest scents from Donna Karan: Liquid Cashmere Black and Liquid Cashmere White. Playing off the rich notes of the one and the airier aroma of the other, Calderone developed two distinct sensory experiences. We spoke with her about these two beautifully developed vignettes (An Indulgent Sensory Experience and the Purity of Scent Memory) and how she creates ritual in her stylized life.

We know you’re a visual person, which definitely comes across in the photos you share on EyeSwoon. Each tells a story all its own, and they’re always so gorgeous. How do you plan the photo shoots?

For shoots, I love creating mood boards to gather all of my inspirations. Nothing brings me more joy than creating beauty. Many of my decor ideas or recipes are simple ones that are executed in thoughtful ways.

Speaking of the perfect photos, you so strikingly evoked the feel and fragrance notes from the Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere White and Black eau de parfums visually. When you first smelled them, what were one or two favorite things about each?

Liquid Cashmere White immediately struck a sensory cord within me. I love the freshness of citrus notes—Italian bergamot and lemon. We really do all have such duality within us, and the contrast in each of the fragrances really does speak to me. Liquid Cashmere Black truly evokes that darker, more sensual side. From our personalities to the scent to the visual scape, I swooned exploring both the pure and indulgent part of who I am.

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A pretty package isn’t everything. While that’s true, we can’t help wanting to be a little more on point when it comes to our appearance this time of year. Holiday parties and get-togethers provide plenty of face time with our nearest and dearest—so naturally we want to look our best. And since gift giving is also on the agenda, we want to give the best too.

Several wise and miracle-working Nordstrom beauty stylists recommended these seasonal gifts. Somehow they knew just what we wanted—to give and to receive. 

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Andie Cardinale, Nordstrom South Shore Plaza beauty stylist

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I love these M•A•C Irresistibly Charming mini pigments & glitter sets because it’s something I’d want to receive as a gift! This collection of pigments works wet or dry for every eye color and skin tone. The nudes and warm tones are great for day, while the purple glitter adds a head-turning pop for evening. Plus, the mini size is perfect for travel.

No need to worry about frizzy, dull hair this winter: All the products in this Drybar Sparkle & Shine set give you a salon-quality blowout, leaving hair conditioned, smooth and frizz-free—and the Buttercup blow dryer has changed my life. This set makes a great gift for the girl who has everything; trust me, she’ll thank you for it!

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