Debra’s Picks

National Beauty Director Debra Redmond and Beauty Trend Editor Kate Fannin share their picks for glamour on-the-go during New York Fashion Week.


Debra’s Picks:

The object of the game is to look as good at 10pm as you did at 8am; the day is jam-packed with shows as well as meet-and-greets, and you want to ensure that you’re putting your best face forward all day long. Because touch-up opportunities are slim to none, you’ve got to have products that last.

Must-Have Nail Color: Prince’s Plums by butter LONDON. Navy is the new black for fall 2013, and that prominent hue (that I’m obsessing over) needs a perfect partner if you want to exquisitely accessorize it. This nail color is the perfect complement, as it combines cool undertones of navy and plum with rich, sophisticated touches of black. If you want to make a statement this season, this polish is your must have.

Fresh-Looking SkinSmashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation was created to conceal and perfect—even in HD. Its build-able coverage leaves you looking natural with a satin matte finish.

Shadow or Liner: NARS Eye Paint in Black Valley is essential. You can define it, smudge it or smoke it out and not have to worry about it staying in place through the day and into the night.

Show-Stopper Lip Color: M•AC Lipstick in Russian Red. The game-changer of all red lipsticks, this is a classic staple that lasts all day.

Taxi Cab Touch-UpTrish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift Concealer is like a 3 o’clock shot of espresso for your eyes! It’s easy to apply while you’re on the move: a quick dot on the inside of the eye next to the nose and then two or three dots on the outer corner of the eye blended up to the temple. Voilá! You’re instantly refreshed and brightened.

Kate’s Picks: 

I’m most looking forward to the new iterations of spring colors and applications (“brushes vs. fingers” is a backstage mainstay). Whether it’s a new take on a classic idea or something wildly different that we’ve not yet seen, I’m always interested in hearing the stories that inspired the looks. Interpreting the stories and translating the trends for our customers is my favorite part of my job!

Go-to Gloss: Kevyn Aucoin Beauty’s The Lip Gloss in Pasiflora. It has great “slip” without being sticky, looks great alone or over lipstick and has the faintest Creamsicle scent (I have a wicked sweet tooth, and during busy NYFW, sometimes this lipstick is the closest I get to a treat). Best of all, it can be applied without a mirror, thanks to the generous applicator tip.

Long-Lasting Mascara: Bobbi Brown’s new Smokey Eye Mascara is perfect. It gives the right amount of volume and length without ever being sticky or clumpy, and it lasts all day without flaking (very important for contact-wearers like myself). Plus, it really does achieve the smoky eye trend. It’s also super-easy to remove—especially with another NYFW staple, MAC Wipes (you see these everywhere backstage, because they remove all your makeup with just one wipe).

Stay Hydrated: Clinique’s All About Eyes cream is one of my NYFW saviors. It’s hard enough to stay alert and hydrated when running from show to show, so this awesome eye cream is the best “drink” for my tired eyes. I use it at night before bed and in the morning under my concealer to help reduce puffiness. If I have a mini-fridge in my room, I pop it in there for a super-refreshing instant eye lift.

On-the-Go Hand Cream: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream is the best for traveling! The petite tubes fit in any makeup bag and can do double-duty on hands and lips (even hair in a pinch!). Plus, the cream sinks right in, which is essential when you’re attached to your phone 24/7—can’t take notes or photos with slippery hands!


With the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starting tomorrow, we asked our National Beauty Director Debra Redmond to share her essential beauty buys.

This month I’m excited about all our limited edition beauty exclusives: skincare, hair care, makeup and fragrance value sets that let you stock up on your favorites (or grab some sweet gifts). With even more sets to choose from this year, I’m calling out some of my picks to get you ‘set’ to shop!


Budget Resort. All fall’s colors for a fraction of the price: easy-to-wear shadows, a black gel liner, mascara and lip gloss in Bellini—a perfect, natural shade. Plus my personal favorite: Telluride Bronzing Powder, for that radiant après-ski glow. Bobbi Brown ‘Telluride Glow’ Set, $85 ($153 value)

Brush Crush. Warning: After one use, you’ll be hooked. These brushes are amazing, and the sleek clutch is perfectly on trend for fall. Even better, this all-in-one set is spot-on for travel and keeps your brushes beautifully organized. Laura Mercier ‘Touch Up’ Brush Set, $65 ($133 value)

Super ’Sonic Shades. The best skincare tool ever now comes in exclusive, gorgeous shades of Persimmon, Orchid and Jade (my favorite). After one use, you’ll see a major difference in your skin. I love the vibrant case it comes in—another great travel piece.  CLARISONIC ‘Mia 2 – Jade’ Sonic Skin Cleansing System, $149 ($199 value)

Fragrant Offering. A must for your fragrance wardrobe, this provocative, white floral scent is available exclusively at Nordstrom. The set includes a 3.4oz spray and a bonus 1.3oz fragrance. Jimmy Choo ‘Flash’ Eau de Parfum Set, $98 ($153 value)

Scents of Home. Stock up on these gorgeous two-wick candles, perfect for you or as gifts to have on hand. They smell divine, and the vintage and modern printed tins are eye-catchers in any room. Choose from two different collections.  Voluspa ‘Maison Collections’ Anniversary Candle Trio, $29.50 ($48 value)

Want to see more? Check out the the rest of our beauty gift and value sets, and get ready to shop the Anniversary Sale starting tomorrow, July 19th!



Since my recent re-lo to Seattle, I’ve discovered there’s no need to get away during the summer. With the sun finally shining on nearby mountains, lakes, beaches, waterfalls and brilliantly blooming backyards, a Northwest staycation hands-down beats the hassles of long-distance travel. And while I love getting back to nature, I do have my limits with going au natural; luckily, I’ve found the perfect, portable beauty companions for each of my favorite staycation destinations.

Boating on Lake Washington. When you’re jumping in and out of the water, you need makeup that’s waterproof and towel-proof, like stila lip crush lip & cheek stain. This amazing product reacts with the pH levels of your skin to create a perfectly natural and unique pop of color that stays put, and the brush on the pen makes application a breeze. My favorite water-sporting color: Pomegranate Crush.

Camping near Mt. Rainier. My husband always challenges me to get everything I need into one backpack, so multipurpose items are a must. The answer to all of my skin needs (healthy, protected, natural-looking) comes neatly packaged in one tube of Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35. This wilderness wonder product covers and smoothes imperfections, provides an anti-aging serum and protects with a higher SPF. The silky formula is a treat when I’m roughing it.

Hiking on the Olympic Peninsula. When you finally reach the summit or waterfall, it’s nice to look (and feel) fresh for a picnic and your Instagram-worthy pictures. To keep sweat at bay, I always carry a few packets of DERMAdoctor MED e TATE Hyperhidrosis Control Wipes. Specially medicated for extra sweating, this handy product can still be used on your face, underarms and even your feet, and helps you stay drier on any trek.

A day at Alki Beach. Sunscreen is a no-brainer, but I also like to keep my hair from looking like it’s been through a hurricane. Salt water is so drying, and the breezes from Puget Sound can whip tresses into a frizzy tangle—unless you come prepared with a leave-in conditioner in your beach bag. My favorite: B. the Product Leave It In Conditioner. This lifesaver doesn’t weigh down even fine, thin hair like mine, and the spray pump helps the product reach your head instead of blowing in the wind. It’s great for kids’ hair too, and makes comb-out time much less painful.

Spa time at home. Why deal with traffic when you can simply lie back in the tub with a good book, a glass of Washington wine and some Aveda Stress-fix Soaking Salts? With lavender and sage essences infusing mineral-rich salt and sugar, this total-body indulgence is my go-to remedy for relaxing and unwinding—especially after days spent hiking, camping, boating and playing on the beach. (Sometimes I need a staycation after my staycation…)

I hope wherever you live, you’ll take some summer staycation days of your own. A little downtime is one of the best beauty treatments out there!

Shop our store for more summer beauty essentials.

Images courtesy of Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission


In May, we celebrate mothers, so this month’s must-haves are a mix of long-loved and just-discovered multipurpose marvels that make life easier for busy moms (like me) on the go.

Clarisonic ‘Opal – Ruby’ Sonic Infusion System: Amazing. After just one use, my eyes looked less puffy and felt more hydrated; within one week, they looked smoother, more refreshed and less crepey—all day! Even better, this wondergadget is quick (just 30 seconds on each eye) and very simple to use. Pair it with your favorite eye cream and/or serum and use it day and night for maximum results.

Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 50: I hit the jackpot with this product! Not only does it protect my skin with a broad spectrum SPF; it’s also a fantastic makeup primer. It creates the perfect non-greasy, smooth, even canvas for your foundation, with bonus anti-aging benefits built in. Brilliant.
Giorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk’ Foundation: There’s a reason this product achieved immediate cult status and wins practically every beauty award. Just one pump is all you need for silky, smooth, weightless coverage that lasts all day. I am honestly blown away by how flawless and radiant it makes my face look, plus it’s oil-free—the perfect finish for my combination skin.

Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color: I’m addicted to these new easy-to-wear lip shades that offer just the right wash of sheer color. Of the 14—yes, 14!—shades I’ve already acquired, my current #1 favorite is Passion Fruit, my power pink for summer. (Bonus: these beauties condition lips, too!)

L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil: I first tried this product because I couldn’t resist the delicious almond scent; now I can’t live without the way it makes my skin look. I spray it on right after my shower to lock in moisture and face the day with supple, radiant, glowing skin that smells like a dream.

These are just five of the many must-haves I’d love to tell you about (I’ll save some surprises for next month). In the meantime, if you’d like to start finding your own new favorites, you can set up an appointment with one of our Nordstrom beauty stylists (1.800.7beauty). Experts on all brands, they’ll be happy to make suggestions and give you samples of products that will work for you. Too busy to get to the store? No problem: you can chat with one of our online beauty stylists instead.


Spring is here, and I couldn’t be happier! I’m also excited to share a few of my faves this month that I just felt you should know about.

kate spade new york ‘live colorfully’ eau de parfum: A fresh blend of bright florals and warm Tahitian vanilla give this scent just enough spice to keep it warm and inviting. At once, the effervescent top note of mandarin is an unexpected sweet surprise that makes ‘live colorfully’ the perfect complement to the bright and festive fashion we’re seeing this season.

Clinique ‘Moisture Surge’ CC Cream. The latest in skincare technology, CC creams are products that help with color correction. One use, and you’ll see a natural, rosy glow in seconds—not to mention instant hydration and protection against premature aging caused by the environment and UV damage. I love Clinique’s version, for its build-able coverage that still feels very lightweight.

Laura Mercier ‘Folklore’ Baked Face Powder. A mixture of cool and warm tones with flecks of infused highlighters that creates an overall warmth and glow to the skin, for just the right amount of radiance. Everyone will be asking, “Why does your skin look so good?” Apply to the tops of cheekbones, across the forehead and down the nose.

Jouer Crème Eyeshadow Crayon. AKA a lifesaver on days when you don’t have a lot of time. Easy application allows quick and controllable placement. The fast-drying formula is also crease-proof and fade-proof. And when life does offer you those extra minutes, you can use this on top of your eyeliner (both top and bottom lids) to create a sophisticated, smoky eye. The shade I crave? ‘Renaissance,’ a deep plum/berry hue.

Lipstick Queen ‘Invisible’ Lip Liner. I am totally obsessing over all the beautiful shades of bright pink, coral and red that are adorning our lips this season. What I’m not crazy about is the amount of time it takes to find the perfect lip liner to complement these intoxicating colors. However, the search has ended! No makeup bag should be without this lip liner. Its silicone base creates a defined lip that prevents lipstick from unwelcome migration, and best of all, it’s mechanical, so no sharpening!

M•A•C ‘Fashion Sets’ Nail Lacquer. Speaking of bright shades, ‘Ablaze’ was the standout fiery coral nail lacquer on the runways this spring. With its complementary companion lipstick shade, also called ‘Ablaze,’ these two haute shades are sure to sizzle on the streets!

Trust me when I say there are many more I’d love to talk about. But remember, if you aren’t sure where to start finding your own new favorites, take a moment to set up an appointment with one of our beauty stylists (1.800.7beauty). These people are experts across all brands and would be more than happy to make suggstions and give you samples of the products that are right for you. If you aren’t able to make it into the store, no worries—you can chat with one of our online beauty stylists instead.


With spring just around the corner, our National Beauty Director, Debra Redmond shares her essentials for warmer days to come.

March 20th is the first day of spring, and honestly, it cannot get here fast enough!! I am inspired by all the fabulous, vibrant colors that have graced the red carpet over the past couple of months and the simply irresistible florals, lace and flirty ruffles that I see popping up in magazines as spring’s must-haves. So, I feel the obligation to declare, “Mother Nature, I AM READY!!”

To get a jump-start on the season, here are a few key items that will take you from getting ready to getting noticed this spring season.

See by Chloé: In building my fragrance wardrobe, I wanted something that smelled like spring. Something that was a little flirty mixed with a little fun and overall just made me feel good when I smelled it.

Dior Nude Collection: I don’t usually wear a lot of color on my nails, which is why I am obsessing over Dior’s Nude collection. I’m loving ALL 4 shades–on the hands or on the toes–pure perfection!

Laura Mercier Lip Glace in ‘Bonbon’: As a gloss, it’s sheerer than a lipstick, but it packs just the right amount of punch to give me the color I want for spring.

Nordstrom Cosmetic Duffle: I love the energetic pink color and the most, and it’s the perfect size to hold a lot of product without taking up a lot of space in your handbag.

Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope Blush Kit
: What I adore about this kit is I have multiple options; worn by themselves or paired with another shade or two, you can create a customized cheek with a pretty finish.