Gift Guide

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. 

Nordstrom makeup stylists recommend holiday beauty gifts, woman holding box

Andie Cardinale, Nordstrom South Shore Plaza beauty stylist

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!

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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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Gifted Giver: Laura Mercier

We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

Laura Mercier

Author, cosmetics mogul and makeup artist Laura Mercier is a beloved name in the beauty industry and in the celeb world—her client list has included Madonna, Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker. French-born Mercier splits her time between Provence and New York City and may be best known—or at least beloved by countless women—for her simple ‘Flawless Face’ approach to enhancing natural beauty. Another thing to love her for: this peek at her list of holiday favorites—including some Parisian chocolates that we’ll be trying tout de suite!!

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Gifted: Voluspa Candles

What’s that they say about cocktail hour—it’s 5 o’clock somewhere? It must be someone’s birthday too, right? Let our new Gifted posts point you in the direction of stylish presents all year long.

Makassar ebony. Cypress needle. Muscari. If you don’t have a plant-identification book handy, these names might sound like sci-fi fodder. But they’re all naturally occurring elements from good old Mother Earth, and more importantly, they’re ingredients in some of our favorite Voluspa offerings.

These amber-, amethyst- and otherwise dark-hued specimens feel especially right as the leaves and the weather turn and rich, earthy, autumnal notes permeate our world. And boy do they permeate: Voluspa’s clean-burning, coconut-wax blend optimizes the fragrance throw, so the scent all but slithers out of the glass and snakes around the entire room.

With dark, Baroque-esque packaging that looks like it might also have aesthetic roots in Victorian-era decor, this is our best bet for an end-of-October treat.


‘Figue de Bordeaux’ | ‘Citron Vert & Vanille’ | ‘Vacarro Orange & Myrhh’

SHOP ALL: Voluspa

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