Beauty Abounds: A Nordstrom Beauty-Centric Gift Guide

Nordstrom Beauty gift ideas.
Rife with a vast selection of brands, the Nordstrom beauty department ranks amongst my favorites.  Consequently, I am excited to share a beauty-centric gift guide, featuring suggestions from Nordstrom; from skincare to lip color, I’ve personally tried (and love) each product discussed…there is sure to be a befitting idea for every beauty lover on your list! 
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the gift guide in action as well as the Bottom in Line…
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For a streamlined experience with this particular gift guide, I separated my suggestions into different categories: Skincare, Foundation + Illuminators, Fragrance, Palettes for the Face and Eyes, Eye Details and Lip Color.


// FOUNDATION + ILLUMINATORS // A perfected canvas makes all subsequent makeup look better…give the gift of base. 
  • *Lancome Cushion Highlighter: A Nordstrom exclusive, this glittering cushion compact possesses a subtly gleaming cream highlighter that becomes one with the skin in seconds. The neutral pearly pink shade is sure to compliment a spectrum of skin tones. 
  • *Tom Ford Shimmer Shot in Spin Spin Sugar (reviewed HERE): Cleverly housed in an airtight pump bottle, this platinum golden beige liquid highlighter can be mixed into foundation  (like the *Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation/Concealer belowfor inherent radiance or applied atop makeup for a more pronounced glow. 
  • *Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation/Concealer (all shades swatched and reviewed HERE): This foundation is truly exceptional; the full coverage formula can be used all over the face for a flawless finish or in isolated sections (as a concealer) and the lasting power is unparalleled. Impervious to heat, humidity, sweat and rain, this foundation does not budge…bravo! 
  • *Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Powder Foundation: Velvety smooth with significant color payoff, this foundation powder offers medium coverage and a natural finish for no-makeup makeup days. 
  • Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder: A brand new formulation, this finely milled yet pigmented powder evens skin tone while adding an incandescent glow that makes skin look lit from within. For reference, #2 is a great match for my N/NC 23-27 skin. 
  • La Mer Concealer (all shades swatched and reviewed HERE): Creamy and potent, this skin-loving formula smites signs of dark circles and blemishes without creasing. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
// FRAGRANCE // Scents that transcend and transform…the Nordstrom Scent Event (free gift with $125 purchase) is happening this minute. 
  • *Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace (reviewed HERE): I’d be hard pressed to identify a fragrance that is more well-suited to the season than By the Fireplace; smoky and warm with a alluringly nostalgic base, this juice emanates winter with a sensual twist.  Also for a lighter, more feminine fragrance from the same line, I adore *Lipstick On (reviewed HERE).
  • *Maison Margiela Replica Filter Blur and *Filter Glow (reviewed HERE and HERE): This  pair of fragrance primers brilliantly add a veil of warmth (Glow) or coolness (Blur) to any fragrance subsequently applied.  For those who prefer a little alchemy with their scent pursuits, this duo is divine. 
// PALETTES for the FACE + EYES // The luxury and resplendence of multi-tasking times three. 
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Surreal Lighting Edit (reviewed HERE): With five incandescent shades of powder–from bronzer and blush to highlighting and finishing hues–this marbleized compact is stunning both in form and function and is sure to be a hit with chic beauty minimalists.  
  • *Giorgio Armani Holiday Night Lights Palette (reviewed HERE): Boasting two layers of pure luxury, this palette features ten satin and matte shadows in the neutral golden shades of the season, two shades of skin perfecting concealer/illuminator and a translucent setting powder for  endless looks. I have been wearing this constantly.
  • Tom Ford Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette (shown in Warm and reviewed HERE): Opulence incarnate, this palette–housed in a white and gold lacquered compact–is replete with a pinky coral blush, four glimmering neutral shadows and a champagne highlighter for a full face in seconds. After buying one for myself, I picked one up for my mom and gave it to her early so she could enjoy it through the holiday season…so worth it. 

Swatches of the Hourglass Ambient Surreal Lighting Edit Palette in direct sunlight. 

Swatches of the *Giorgio Armani Holiday Night Lights Palette in direct sunlight. 

Swatches of the Tom Ford Winter Soleil Palette in Warm in direct sunlight. 
// EYE DETAILS // Clean and simple with major impact, this trio is a must.
  • *Lancome Grandiose Extreme Mascara (reviewed HERE): Dramatically long, dark and voluminous lashes are two coats away; this formula resists smudging, flaking and migrating while creating a fluttering fringe effect with deep intensity. 
  • *Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel (all four shades swatched and reviewed HERE): My favorite brow product to date, this tinted gel adds depth and dimension to brows, filling in sparse spots while increasing immense hold, lift and polish that stays in place the duration of the day. 
  • *Clinique Take the Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick: For moments when an “eye makeup reset” is in order, this genius, pocket-sized stick allows for easy removal with precision.  Every makeup lover needs one. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

// LIP COLOR // Pale pinks and jewel tones in various finishes–from sheer and glossy to matte full coverage–never disappoint! 
  • *Tom Ford Lips & Boys 2016 Collection (all shades swatched and reviewed HERE): This latest round of stunning and unique shades in matte, cream and metallic finishes are clutch-sized perfection.  Some of my favorites include the matte orange Cristiano, iridescent hot pink Logan and metallic plum Elliot (worn at the end of this story).
  • Chantecaille Matte Chic Lipstick in Suzy: I picked up this creamy matte liquid lip color on a whim and am over the moon for its velvety texture and extreme opacity. Quick tip: although Suzy looks extremely pale in the tube, give it a second to warm to the lips…it develops into a gorgeous nude pink in about 20 seconds. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Lip Color Palette I and II: These LE jewel boxes feature an artistic, lacquered case and three lip color options within: a full coverage lipstick, satin finish hue and glossy topcoat in coordinating color palettes that capture the joy of the season. The second level cleverly holds a lip brush for application on the go. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Photo-Lip Twist Balm (reviewed HERE): Everyone needs a lush and nourishing balm and this retractable wonder from Sisley-Paris is the answer; light and translucent with a buttery texture, this formula drenches lips in moisture and lasts for hours. 
  • *Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer in #509 and #507 (formula reviewed HERE): Two new shades for Holiday 2016, #509 is a bright warm toned pink and #507 is a light, cool-toned pearlescent pink (get this) for dazzling lips that are endlessly stained and shiny. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
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Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this Nordstrom Beauty-centric gift guide ad would love to know what caught YOUR eye.  Do tell!

As we head into this Thanksgiving week, please know that I am deeply grateful for you, dear readers; you make this little endeavor called Beauty Professor worth it on every level.

Good things ahead, including a travel beauty special, a fresh FOTD, host of new product procurements and Black Friday/Cyber Monday suggestions galore!


–The Beauty Professor  

** Thank you 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.  © 2012-16 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.

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    OMG the packaging on that Cle de Peau Lip Palette is adorable!!! I also think I need the shade Elliot – it looks gorgeous!

    Kate |

    November 22, 2016 at 3:15 pm

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