Now that the semester is over and it’s–at least for California–colder outside, I am all about the pursuit of cozy…baking, organizing, wrapping gifts (I’m earlier than I ever have been on this), sitting fireside with Joey and Jethro and finding joy in the small things.
Today, I am excited to share some recently discovered, inherently cozy product and style favorites from Nordstrom. These are the types of finds that make excellent gifts (there’s still time for orders to arrive before Christmas and members currently earn 5 points per dollar and card holders earn 10 points per dollar, now through 12/20) while also being equally brilliant, highly utilitarian additions to one’s day-to-day life, especially for the winter months ahead.
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of everything in action as well as the Bottom Line…
// SKINCARE //
I have loved Hungarian line Omorovicza for years and am over the moon for these new gift set offerings. The *Omorovicza Glow Discovery Set features four products that deliver an enviable glow to the face. Start with the Vitamin C rich serum and finish with the Illuminating Moisturizer, which makes skin look lit from within. The quartet is a great introduction to some of the best products from the brand. I also recommend the *Omorovicza Night Time Heroes Set, which contains a lush cleanser, plush cream and Omorovicza’s iconic mist for skin that looks bouncy and fresh upon waking.
Another set that contains products I’ve finished time and again (always an encouraging sign) is the *Kate Somerville Pore Perfecting Trio. I’m on tube #5 of the ExofoliKate Daily Cleanser and the original ExfoliKate is a bi-weekly indulgence for the smoothest skin imaginable. Finally, the Liquid ExfoliKate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment encourages cell turnover for baby soft skin in a single dose.
For makeup touch ups on the go, the *Riki Loves Riki Cutie LED Lighted Pocket Mirror is a bright (pun intended) choice! From the illuminated interface to the clever finger holder this is the mirror that you didn’t know you needed but now you’ll wonder how you lived without it. I also am loving the stunning *Sisley-Paris Ecological Compound Emulsion, which features a synergistic compound of plants to revitalize, hydrated and protect skin, yielding a healthy matte finish that works well for all skin types. For hands, the honey rich *Guerlain Abeille Royale Repairing & Youth Hand Balm is so restorative and nourishing. It’s unlike any hand cream I’ve tried to date!
If you love the skincare range from Charlotte Tilbury as I do, then the Charlotte’s Magic Skin Secrets Travel Set is a clever way to expand your collection with this quartet of deluxe travel sizes. I adore the Charlotte’s Magic Serum and this purse sized version is marvelous as I enjoy restoring my skin with it (even over makeup) throughout the day. The Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Magic Cream and Wonder Glow are equally high performing, making this set–at $65–a veritable steal.
I know this may sounds crazy, but I have been yearning for an ultra soft yet effective washcloth for the last couple of years. I feel like the ones I’ve had on hand are either too decorative or too thin (I can’t be the only one, right?) and I love that Resoré Washcloths recently entered the oft-saturated skincare space to singularly solve this problem. Featuring hypoallergenic properties, this moisture-wicking cloth cleanses skin without irritation while the antibacterial dimension promotes healthy skin while discouraging excessive oil production. They–in the best possible way–just may have ruined me for all other washcloths!
Finally, for haircare, the Raincry Brilliance Detangling Spray is an emollient must. The lightweight mist adeptly softens tangles and adds shine (it smells divine, I might add) and, when combined with the artfully crafted Raincry Detangle Travel Brush, my snarl-prone hair behaves at its best with minimum effort.
// Base + Eye Essentials //
To create the look that follows, I started with the cult-classic *La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation in Golden Beige, which never disappoints (have used it regularly since 2014). The buildable medium coverage and creamy natural finish are simply gorgeous and the formulation is rife with skincare benefits for instantly perfected skin with long term payoffs. So many Beauty Professor readers have told me this is their unmitigated favorite foundation formula and I would easy rank it in my top five of life. If you’ve been on the line about trying this one (remember, it comes with a coordinated concealer so you’re getting two products in a single item), I implore you to take the plunge. Currently, Golden Beige is a spot-on match for my NC 25-30 skin. Next, I wholly recommend the Clé de Peau Beauté Perfect Peach Cream Blush #4, which, as its name implies, is the perfect pinky neutral hue to brighten the complexion. I use this gem multiple times a week as it has a permanent home in my makeup bag. Finally, one of the most trustworthy liquid eyeliners on the market is the Stila Stay All Day Eye Liner:. With its inky color payoff and budge-free performance, it’s the quickest way to a cat eye that last for hours on end. See it, along with the other essentials mentioned, in action in the images at the end of this post.
// Charlotte Tilbury Spotlight //
Ever since its stateside launch almost five years ago, Charlotte Tilbury Beauty has been a major part of my makeup routine. Her formulas are exceptionally innovative while possessing gorgeous neutral tones and comfortably predictable high performance, which, gratefully, takes the guesswork out of application and wear time. Here is spotlight on a few longstanding favorites and as well as some key new launches. One of the first products I ever purchased from the brand was the *Filmstar Bronze and Glow and this new mini version is a fun (and purse-friendly!) extension to the line. For additional radiance, I highly recommend the *Charlotte Tilbury Superstar Glow Highlighter, which comes in a glamorous oversized compact and kisses skin (I focus application on the high points of my face) with an incandescent that is ethereal yet natural. Consider the breaktakingly lovely Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Mini Brush Kit as a seamless compliment to Charlotte’s powders. Housed in a beauteous pink satin and green velvet case, these brushes masterfully take care of the face and eyes. For eyes, the Charlotte’s Jewel Pots Eyeshadow in Pillow Talk is resplendent. The thin, crease-free yet creamy formula glides onto eyes, yielding a wash of (in this case neutral pinky beige) color and a veil of incandescence. It’s a “one and done” option for eyes that look like you spent way more time on them than you actually did!
For lips, I am loving the new *Charlotte Tilbury Jewel Lips in Opal Magic, Blush Gold and Pillow Talk This rich and multidimensional gloss offers milky, non-sticky coverage in a glaze of cellophane shades that wear beautifully alone, over lip liner or atop lip color. Continuing with the Pillow Talk accolades, the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Cheat Liner, original Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick and Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Lustre Lip Gloss work in harmony to create a timeless pinky nude lip wardrobe that effortlessly works with all other makeup applied. It’s a true modern classic! When a deeper tone is called for, the Charlotte Tilbury Walk of No Shame Lip Pencil and Charlotte Tilbury Walk of No Shame Lip Stick create a soft warm toned copper red flush that is vibrant without being overpowering. Consider it a fresh alternative to traditional red and keep reading to see in action towards the end of this post
The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon lighting…
// STYLE NOTES //
- Topshop Bardot Velvet Off the Shoulder Top: Crushed velvet and off the shoulder? Yes, please! This demure top (I purchased a medium) is body conscious without being overtly tight and delicate sheen of the fabric allows it to be dressed up or down (as done here) with ease.
- Free People Around the Clock Joggers: These knit pants feature an adjustable drawstring waist and roomy pockets for a relaxed fit that takes loungewear to the next level.
- Chuck Taylor all Star Gore-Tex Waterproof Lugged High Top Sneaker: I ordered these shoes on a whim (I’ve been a Chuck Taylor/Converse girl since high school and the reviews on this particular pair were stellar) and am so glad that I did. Waterproof and extremely comfortable, they run a touch large (I am between a 7 and a 7 1/2 and the 7 were perfect) and require zero break-in time. The cushiony in sole feels like you’re walking on air and after wearing them out to run a few errands today, I was stopped by no less than different strangers to ask me who made my shoes and where did I purchase them. Get these…you won’t regret it.
- Room Service Oversize Hooded Jacket: This jacket–in all of its animal print glory–is an absolute dream. Absurdly soft, warm like the dreamiest cocoon yet lightweight and comfortable. It’s like if your favorite robe was suddenly made appropriate for trips outside of the house! At under $70, it’s the piece you’ll wear all winter. Guaranteed!
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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this overview of some of my Nordstrom beauty and style favorites for the coziest winter experience (as aforementioned, this jacket is a MUST) and would love to know what caught your eye…do tell!
Good things ahead, including my Best of 2020 video and a host of new product procurements. Cannot wait to share, my friends.
Wishing you cozy days on the horizon…stay strong, seek wisdom, much love and more soon,
–The Beauty Professor
**Many thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. © 2012-20 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.