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Dads are notoriously hard to shop for. That’s why, for the past few weeks, we’ve been rounding up inspiration from a few real dads here at Nordstrom HQ to create this handy mini gift guide for Father’s Day. Head over to the Men’s Shop Daily blog for ideas that help take the guesswork out of shopping for your Man of the Moment.

Of course, here at the Beauty Blog, we have a penchant for fragrance, so we can’t talk gifts without adding a short list of our favorite colognes du jour.

Valentino Uomo | Bvgari Aqva Amara | Versace Eros

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb | Bottega Veneta Pour Homme | Salvatore Ferragamo Acqua Essenziale

Still feeling stumped? Find loads more for Dad in our Father’s Day Gift Shop.

Mother’s Day is just a week away, and while every mom is unique, you can never go wrong with a chic fragrance gift that she can enjoy all year. Whether yours prefers the classics or something a little more exotic, one of these distinctive beauty gift sets is sure to suit her special personality.

Tory-Burch-Eau-de-Parfum-Mothers-Day-Gift-SetTory Burch Eau de Parfum Mother’s Day Gift Set

A duet of sharp citrus and bright floral notes, Tory Burch’s debut namesake scent is an essential feminine fragrance that comes in a gorgeous bottle. Set includes eau de parfum and body lotion as well as an additional travel-size eau de parfum spray, all packaged in a sleek, polished box that’s perfect for gifting.

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Check off everyone on your nice list, and fill their stockings to the brim. We’ve got plenty of perfectly sized beauty and grooming gifts to make Christmas Day even more cheerful. Get your gifting on with stocking stuffers for her and for him.

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Looking for stocking stuffers, Secret Santa gifts or self-indulgent treats? We’ve corralled all our pocket-sized beauty treasures into one convenient place. Shop our stocking stuffers.


Fresh ‘Mangosteen’ Oval Soap | Deborah Lippmann Mini Nail Lacquer Duet
Emi-Jay ‘Initials’ Hair Tie | Bobbi Brown Lip & Eye Palette | Antica Farmacista Home Ambience Perfume

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The holiday season is almost upon us, so there’s no time like the present to get the best deals on some valuable beauty buys. Check out our wish list!

1) Clarins 7 Wonders’ Skincare Set (Limited Edition)
Why buy: Experience the best of Clarins with this collection of perfectly sized skincare products.

2) Laura Mercier ‘Luxe Color Wardrobe’ Cheek & Eye Set
Why buy: Meet your ultimate holiday accessory, which features a range of products for eyes and cheeks.

3) Trish McEvoy Power of Makeup® Planner Collection: Pure Romance
Why buy: This exclusive collection—ideal for a girl on the go—features Trish McEvoy’s classic essentials and newest shades housed in a limited-edition lace Makeup Planner.

4) Nordstrom ‘Ultimate Essentials’ Beauty Palette
Why buy: Enjoy over 150 shades for eyes, lips and face.

5) Smashbox ‘Wondervision’ Eye Set
Why buy: The eyeshadow palette has six shades that will leave you looking glamorous, day or evening.

6) Kiehl’s Since 1851 ‘Greatest Hits’ Collection
Why buy: Get Kiehl’s coveted formulations for skin and hair in one convenient gift set.

Embrace the merrymaking season with the latest Holiday Looks.

Need a little inspiration in finding the perfect gift for your dad? Four of our Beauty Stylists are giving us a sneak peek at what they’re giving this year. (Here’s hoping their dads aren’t reading, and we don’t ruin any surprises!)

Alesha Gerner, The Mall at Wellington Green, FL
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My father is an entrepreneur, business owner and a father of 4 girls who keep him on his toes. For him, Terre D’Hermès is the perfect cologne. This fresh scent is wonderful for a crisp Northeastern Ohio day, beginning with orange, grapefruit, spices and ending with cedar and vetiver. The Terre D’Hermès Gift Set is a great value at $110 and includes a cologne spray, after-shave balm and shaving foam, all in a beautiful box. This gift set would brighten any Father’s Day!

Cassi Coulter, Mission Viejo, CA

I love my dad! I want him to be around for many more Father’s Days to come. So, in light of his recent skin cancer diagnosis, I would buy him Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard SPF 50+. It is oil-free, water/sweat resistant and fragrance-free; it’s also light on the skin with no greasy residue. I would also love to lavish him with Bond No. 9 Bleeker Street—a fresh and masculine scent that wears well all day.


Duncan Smith, Westside Pavillion, CA

The perfect gift for Father’s Day this year is the new Kiehl’s Facial Fuel “Heavy Lifting” Moisturizer for men. My father has never been one to really take care of his skin. Just recently he has started to complain about “looking old.” So, when this product launched, he is the first person that I thought of. This multi-tasking cream addresses moisturizing, firming, lifting and anti-aging; it’s also lightweight and doesn’t require a lot of steps to see dramatic results. PERFECT! And when paired with a black Clarisonic Aria, this will get him looking and feeling younger in no time.

Megan Dugan, St. Louis Galleria, MO

My dad is the hardest guy to shop for! He’s a business owner and farmer. His motto growing up was that he would “never have a job that required him to wear a suit,” and it worked out for him! Every year he would be happy just to get some new Gold Toe socks, but I keep finding ways to sneak in some of my personality into his everyday, simple style. I’ve never seen him without a mustache, but the rest of his face is always clean shaven, so I always like to get him new things to use to shave with.

This year I’ll be putting together a goody basket with some Clinique Cream Shave, Kiehl’s After Shave (an alcohol-free herbal toner), Kiehl’s Hand Salve (“manly” hand cream that doesn’t feel greasy and lasts through washes) and some Jo Malone Amber & Lavender Cologne. Jo Malone made this scent specifically for her husband for their 10 year anniversary. If someone makes a fragrance for you, that must mean you’re a pretty great person; I think it would be perfect for my wonderful dad!

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we asked our Beauty Stylists to share their picks for Mother’s Day fragrance gifts.

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kate spade new york live colorfully is one of Nordstrom’s latest exclusive fragrances, and is perfect for spring and Mother’s Day. Mom’s inner sweetheart will shine with crisp, energizing notes of mandarin and pink water lily, and she’ll drift away to a tropical paradise with tiare flower, gardenia, coconut water and Tahitian vanilla. ‘live colorfully’ is feminine and flirty enough for an evening out, yet understatedly fresh and elegant for daytime too. She’ll even delight in the bottle, with its signature kate spade bow.” — Jennifer Kochenour, The Plaza at King of Prussia, PA

“What woman wouldn’t want to wear Jimmy Choo FLASH? This new fragrance set from the coveted shoe designer launched this spring and is exclusive to Nordstrom. FLASH evokes the promise and excitement of a night on the town, and the bottle looks like jewelry for a vanity, with a bulb that catches the light and dazzles the room. The lasting power of this scent is incredible, prevailing long into the evening and smelling as clean and aromatic as when it was first spritzed on. Jimmy Choo is the best accessory for Mother’s Day.” — Alesha Gerner, The Mall at Wellington Green, FL

“New Jo Malone London Osmanthus Blossom is the perfect pairing of citrusy top notes and a sweet honey-peach finish. What I love most about Jo Malone scents is how customizable they are. By mixing two you can create the ultimate one-of-a-kind fragrance to fit your mom’s personality. For a sweeter effect, try mixing Osmanthus Blossom with Nectarine Blossom & Honey. Does she prefer something a little more green or tart? Try blending in Blackberry & Bay Cologne: the effect is simply mouthwatering and completely unique.” — Elyse Reneau, South Coast Plaza, CA

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I Love NY for Mothers by Bond No. 9 is an easy-to-wear, easy-to-love fragrance. Because Bond No. 9 adores New York and mothers, they designed a fragrance to celebrate both. Upgrade your Mother’s Day gift from a bunch of flowers to a gorgeous fragrance she will carry with her all day! A showcase of lily, jasmine and rose, this gift will continue to bloom far past May. Top notes of tangerine and touches of soft amber and sandalwood ensure this will be a gift they will never forget.” — Iris Brostowicz, Michigan Avenue, IL

“The scent in Bottega Veneta’s Fragrance Gift Set evokes the memory of the first rain of spring. Notes of musk and moss create a warm happiness that reminds you of your grandmother’s garden. Bottega Veneta is the perfect fragrance for the elegant and sophisticated woman, and this gift set will make your mother feel extra cherished and loved. Even better, the set includes a fragrance mini perfect for her handbag! To enhance the inspiring qualities of the fragrance, pair the set with a bouquet of fresh flowers or perhaps a pair of Hunter boots!” — Joy Schmitz, Mall of America, MN

Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb Set is a great Mother’s Day gift. The fragrance has a long-lasting scent that stays on all day and is one that men LOVE. Its unique sweet floral scent is perfect year-round. Best of all, the Flowerbomb set offers so many choices for layering: whether it’s lotion or body wash, there are ways to apply the scent all times of day. It is definitely my go-to fragrance no matter what!” — Paula Xiong, Mall of Georgia, GA

Discover more of the many inspired Mother’s Day gifts at Nordstrom.

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Wondering how to spoil the mom in your life for Mother’s Day? A visit to one of our Spa Nordstrom locations is the perfect escape. Even better, with the purchase of a Spa Nordstrom Gift Card for a facial treatment, we’ll include a complimentary Thalgo Collagen Eye Mask Treatment (a $45 value)!*

All of our facial services are targeted to pamper, beautify and correct, but every skin has different needs. We recommend identifying your main skin concerns to help you choose the best treatment.

1. Fine Lines & Anti-Aging?
Almost all of our treatments, especially ones including antioxidants, collagen and proteins, will help soften fine lines.
2. Deeper Lines?
You may want to try an Alpha Beta Hydroxy Restorative Peel, Non-Surgical Facelift or Epidermabrasion Skin Renewal Facial.
3. Dry or problem skin?
This is a job for our Advanced Hydrating Facial, Radiance Facial, or the Organic Luxury Facial (listed under Specialty Facials).
4. Sun Exposure & City Living?
Consider any of our corrective treatments, including the Oxygen Facial, Luminous Age Defense Facial or an Alpha Beta Hydroxy Restorative Peel + Antioxidant Cocktail Facial.
5. Sensitive Skin?
Choose our gentle Desensitizing Facial, specially formulated to soothe (listed under Specialty Facials).

Find your nearest Spa Nordstrom Licensed Skincare Therapist, who can help choose the perfect facial for the best results for you.

There’s a lot more for Mom – and you! – to be found at Spa Nordstrom. Find out about our specialized services in massage, body therapy, nail treatments, men’s therapies and more.

*Offer valid 5/12/13 through 6/1/13. See spa salesperson for details.

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Tamala, our Everything Specialist Extraordinaire here in Digital Creative, shares her requisites for indulging in a little me-time during this crazy busy time of year.

 

 

It’s the holiday season, which usually means I’m multitasking at the highest level. From office parties and baking for the family to being the hostess with the mostess, it can feel like I get stretched too thin in no time flat. Here are my top picks for R&R essentials when I’m able to sneak in a few minutes to pamper myself. Bonus: these all make great gifts for anyone who could use a de-stressor or three.

Make + Model Bathrobes | BABYBEARSHOP Balm | bliss Cleansing Bars

Aveda Replenish Gift Set | Jo Malone Candles

Laura Mercier Body & Bath Duo | philosophy luxurious fragrance layering set

Some may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but we’re all about red this holiday season! Indulge your loved ones and stuff their stockings with beauty gifts that will keep them looking red hot from lips to tips into the New Year.

L to R: It’s time to think beyond the washcloth and elevate cleansing to a sonic level with the CLARISONIC ‘Aria – Candy Apple’ Sonic Skin Cleansing System; the three gorgeous nail shades in the Deborah Lippmann ‘Christmas in the City’ Nail Lacquer Trio (a Nordstrom Exclusive) will evoke holiday spirits; reduce the signs of aging, including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, using the CLARISONIC ‘Opal – Ruby’ Sonic Infusion System.

L to R: Turn up the fashion on your holiday wardrobe donning this glittering duo by butter LONDON ‘Lips & Tips – Chancer’ Duo; get tweezing with the TWEEZERMAN ‘Petite Tweeze – Red Glitter’ Set; celebrate this fab time of year with the best-selling Lip Scrub flavor of all time, sara happ ‘The Lip Scrub – Red Velvet’ Lip Exfoliator; get cozy with the diptyque ‘Tubereuse’ Scented Candle.

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