Inspiration

No stranger to the Nordstrom Blogs (we do love her style), Margaret Zhang is a writer, photographer, stylist and the creative powerhouse behind the blog Shine By Three. Oh, not to mention a law student at the University of Sydney and a brand ambassador for Clinique. We can barely keep up! Zhang found some time between all that (and traveling the world) to give us a peek into her universe. Read on for our full Q&A with this inspiring young entrepreneur.

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Beauty Blog: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Margaret Zhang: My mum has the most fantastic pearls of wisdom. Throughout my career in the fashion space, she has always reminded me that longevity comes from real skills, so you should never stop learning and trying to improve your work. It might take longer than faking it ’till you make it, but “at least you can sleep at night,” she says.

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What three things do you never leave home without?
I always have my phone, Lucas Papaw Ointment and Clinique Black Honey in my wallet. I don’t know what that says about me!

What’s you beauty regimen? How has it changed over time?
I cleanse, tone and moisturize every morning and evening, do some kind of sheet mask or clay mask once a week, avoid hot showers as they can be quite drying, drink 2-3L of water a day, and fit in 1-2 hours of exercise 5-6 days a week. Obviously, the products I use change as I travel because of different climates, mineral content of tap water and time permitted to work out, but that’s my baseline and I tweak from there.

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We’re extra excited about the M•A•C Cosmetics ‘Nordstrom’s Finest’ Eyeshadow Palette. Wanting to put together the top shadow colors we think you’ll love for fall, our beauty buyers worked with the team at M•A•C to create a Nordstrom-exclusive palette that includes them all. That’s where the “finest” part comes in! One of our makeup artists, Sarah Swain, created two gorgeous looks with these most-wanted eyeshadows at Studio N—golden hues with a hint of autumnal glimmer and an ombré deep-berry smolder. Read more to see her step-by-step guide to re-creating these looks.

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Bobbi Brown has a secret—and she’s telling all! She shows us the easy steps to creating gorgeous eyes that you don’t have to be a makeup artist to replicate. Her Nordstrom-exclusive Secret to Standout Eyes Set (with 12 eyeshadow shades, a mini ultra-fine brush, full-size long-wear gel eyeliner and mascara) comes with a handy guide to three distinct looks: classic, smokey and party eyes. For more inspiration, watch the video where she creates this look below.

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From subtly patriotic to some serious stars and stripes, we rounded up 20 of our favorite inspiring ideas for Fourth of July–inspired nail art. Click an image to see more from these mani experts. Have a safe and happy 4th!

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The new Dior Tie Dye Collection launched earlier this month with some cheery, sunny shades. Since it’s Friday, and we’re currently in a new-mani mood, we thought we’d turn to a few beauty mavens around the internet. We love what these savvy ladies are doing with Dior’s newest collection; follow the links to see more reviews, ideas and how-tos.

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SHOP: Dior Tie Dye Nail Collection

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Giving the perfect gift is right up there on the list of things that feel amazing, but it just got even better. Nordstrom is now donating 1% of Gift Card proceeds to our nonprofit partners. That means when you give, you give twice. You give powerfully.

We believe in connecting with and empowering the communities we are part of, so we’re thrilled to be supporting organizations that positively impact our cities. As part of our 2015 focus on youth and kids, your Gift Card contributions will help Ronald McDonald House, Boys and Girls Clubs, Special Olympics and other like-minded enterprises as they literally change the world.

For a closer look at how one Northwest-based charity transforms lives via a quintessential childhood experience, keep reading.

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Stylist Picks: Sparkling Accents

“I love making women feel beautiful and empowered,” says Beauty Stylist Nadia Tyby at Nordstrom Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA. “And everything about make-up is about a feeling.” If, as the holiday season approaches, the feeling you’re going for is sparkly and bright, Tyby can help with that, too. The four-year Nordstrom beauty pro says she’s already got her favorite Adrianna Papell shimmering party dress primed for party duty, and she was more than happy to turn us on to the three top tools in her glitter bag.

 

For your face: “I am obsessed with beautiful luminating skin. Shimmer Brick by Bobbi Brown is a perfect balance of shimmer and radiance leaving the skin looking healthy and youthful.”

For your eyes: “Adorn your eyes by pressing perfectly sparkly Mac Pressed Pigments onto the lids. Totally dresses up any outfit. Feeling a little sassy? Before applying your shadow, Spray Fix Plus on to your shadow brush and then pack that pigment on!”

For your lips:Dior Golden Shock – Addict is pretty amazing. It’s lightweight and plumping, creating fuller luscious lips that say ‘kiss me.'”

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SHOP: Sparkling Accents
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HERO

London-based makeup artist and mother of 1.5 (son Flynn, pictured above, is 4; baby #2 is due in June), Charlotte Tilbury has long been on the industry’s short list for styling top-tier cover shoots, fashion editorials and ad campaigns around the world. A flame-haired beauty herself, Charlotte counts Kate Moss, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow among her loyal clients and friends, relationships bolstered no doubt by a common bond of having young children. In honor of Mother’s Day, we caught up with the endlessly energetic, effervescent industry star to get her refreshingly honest—and uniquely British—take on being a modern mum.

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Kate Moss for Topshop is here, and we’re loving the makeup in the campaign and on the model below as much as we do the clothes! Top makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury created this covetable beauty look, and we’ve got all the details so you can get it right now.

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Armed with a degree in photography and years of experience as a Beauty Stylist (currently at Nordstrom Topanga), Iris Brostowicz shares her expert advice for any bride to achieve the perfect skin, makeup and photos at her wedding.

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