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.
Andie Cardinale, Nordstrom South Shore Plaza
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!
Amy Xiong, Nordstrom Valley Fair
The secret to beautiful skin starts with cleansing with a FOREO Luna mini. This T-sonic cleansing device has a gentle silicone brush that will remove dirt, makeup and any residue, leaving your skin clean and radiant. It’s ultra hygenic, easy to use (no replacement brushes needed) and works with any cleanser. This will leave your skin more radiant and more absorbent of your skincare products.
Are you tired of waking up with bed head and sleep creases? You can get your beauty rest with this Slipsilk pillowcase. Slipsilk is made of pure silk fibers that prevent friction. This means you’ll be able to preserve your blowout. The fibers will not absorb your skincare products, and will reduce stretching and tugging.
Jennifer Braun, Downtown Seattle
I chose two of our value sets: the LORAC Alter Ego Love, Lust & Lace gloss set as well as the Laura Geller gel eyeliner kit. Both offer good value with a great color selection. They would be perfect for the girl who loves makeup and has to have it all. Also, breaking up the sets and pairing a gloss with an eyeliner is a fun way to share them with friends.
Jemie Koda, Nordstrom Keystone
With this Sigma brush-cleaning glove, it is easy to clean all your makeup brushes quickly and effectively. And it makes such a cute stocking stuffer!
The beautyblender pretty.posse set: This sponge is all you need to get started on perfect makeup application. It has a cleanser to keep your Beauty Blender spotless, as well as a blingy stand to store it on.
Nancy Nesby, Nordstrom The Grove
For the makeup maven, the newest innovation to hit the market is the simplehuman Countertop Sensor makeup mirror, with its tru-lux LED light system that simulates natural sunlight. It provides the full color spectrum with five times the magnifying power of a traditional mirror and has a motion activator that turns the light on. And it’s rechargeable! Flawless application with the best light? What more do you need?
Also taking the beauty market by storm are oils. The Renewal Oil from La Mer is the perfect skincare essential from your head down to your toes! It’s a lightweight elixir that contains sunflower, almond and eucalyptus oils paired with the Miracle Broth to instantly rejuvenate, hydrate and smooth the skin while giving it a beautiful glow. It’s so lightweight it can be mixed into any other product. My secret is to dab a little on cuticles or the ends of your hair. It’s a must as we transition into colder, drier weather.