Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives unveiled earlier this month are almost coming to an end so I thought I should share my picks from the sale before it ends this weekend, the things I’m lusting over as we speak.

You probably know by now that Nordstrom does not have sales on beauty but what they do instead is offer fantastic values with sets from brands we all know and love. Some items are discounted (more on that below) but most are value priced, not to mention exclusive to Nordstrom for the time being.

Ready? Here we go!

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Jouer Launches in Nordstrom

From the first moment I used Joeur Luminizing Moisture Tint, I knew that I’d stumbled onto a brand that was really special. Years later, and many more a-ha/wow moments from Jouer, I realize how right I was. And now I can get my Jouer in Nordstrom!

The brand launched online at Nordstrom and in five stores, including Chicago’s Michigan Ave, Walnut Creek, CA, Santa Monica, CA, Garden State, NJ and and Houston, TX. You can’t see me, but I’m smiling! Jouer is joining a suite of new brands in Nordstrom’s beauty department, including Vincent Longo, Kevin Aucoin and Stila.

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glassybaby Evelyn Candle Holder

On Monday night, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation held its annual Hot Pink Party. This event raises money for the charity but this year it also honored its founder Evelyn Lauder, who passed away last year. I thought it was only fitting to share this find with you, Nordstrom collaborated with local Seattle company glassybaby on this candle holder in honor of Evelyn Lauder and named it after her.

These glassybaby candle holders are a labor of love. It takes four artists, three layers of molten glass at 2,000 degrees to make just one candle holder. The result is a unique hand-made piece of art that gives off the most beautiful glow when lit. Here in Seattle, we go crazy for these babies. When glassybaby sells its “seconds”, people stand in line early in the morning just to be able to scoop some up on sale.

You can find these candle holders in stores now and online, each one retails for $44 with 10% from each Evelyn glassybaby being donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Nordstrom GWP Alert + My Shopping List

We have a feeling that this new gift-with-purchase that launched on will be flying off the (internet) shelves. We are forever suckers for a good set of samples and cute makeup bag, so had to share this one with you. With any $125 beauty or fragrance purchase (wish it were $100!), 14 travel-sized beauty faves will be yours.

  • Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum (0.04 oz.)
  • Cartier Baiser Volé Eau de Parfum (0.05 oz.)
  • CAUDALIE Premier Cru Cream (0.06 oz.)
  • Clarins Extra-Firming Day Wrinkle Lifting Cream for All Skin Types (0.5 oz.)
  • Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Aglow (0.11 oz.)
  • Deborah Lippmann ‘The Stripper to Go’ Nail Lacquer Remover Finger Mitt (1 packette) LOVE!
  • Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Body Creme (1 oz.)
  • Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Eye Creme (0.17 oz.)
  • philosophy amazing grace perfumed shampoo, bath & shower gel (1 oz.)
  • PHYTO PhytoVolume Actif Volumizer Spray (1.77 oz.)
  • Prada Infusion d’Iris Eau de Parfum Spray (0.05 oz.)
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer (0.25 oz.)
  • TanTowel® Half Body Application – Plus (1 towelette)
  • Xen-Tan® Scent Secure Gold Tinted Moisturizer (1 oz.)
  • Pink faux-crocodile cosmetics bag

Also, Mother’s Day is just a month away (already, it’s crazy!)  As easy as it is to spend on myself, I think this would be a great time to shop for the mommas – but of course keep the GWP as your personal reward for being so thoughtful. Here’s what’s on my shopping list.

Butter LONDON Lippy Lip Gloss in Trout Pout, Sara Happ The Lip Scrub in Green Apple, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge, Smashbox Shades of Fame Summer Palette, Deborah Lippmann On the Beach Nail Polish

How to Wear NARS Douce France Trio Eyeshadow

I am both thrilled with and intimidated by the NARS Douce France Trio for spring. I’ve used the deep rose shade in my crease and layered it with another eyeliner along the lash line, but I’ve yet to do a look that is centered around that shade. It’s not quite fear, but uncertainty with how to make the most of this shade. Yesterday, while at Nordstrom picking up NARS Tinted Moisturizer (wow, amazing, by the way!), I asked NARS National Makeup Stylist Jake Broullard his favorite way to use Douce France.

Jake in his infinite wisdom immediately told me to pat the deeper shade all over the lid with a flat brush (his fav is the NARS Eye Shader) and use a blending brush to blend upwards into the crease and to the brow bone with the other two shadows. For blue eyed-ladies, he explained, this will make your eye color really stand out.

What about eyeliner? Do I need that? Jake shakes his head no and tells me to layer the lashes with tons of black mascara. Now what to do with the rest of the face? Jake says use the Copacabana Multiple or Illuminator on the cheekbones and to layer a soft blush over it, like Sex Appeal. As for lips, you can go bold or bare.

I chose to go barely there with MAC’s Hush Hush Tendertone (from the new MAC Shop, MAC Cook collection). Last night my husband and I had “date night,” and I followed Jake’s advice. He was right on the money — my blue eyes were very blue and it felt liberating to ditch the eyeliner in favor of an edgier color. Also, I used NARS Tinted Moisturizer, which gives skin a dewy finish. It feels so luxe on the skin, and blends in beautifully and with ease (use your fingers!)

The moral of this story? Whenever you are able to, ask the artist. And follow NARS Jake on Twitter @narsjake! We adore him!

Spa Nordstrom: Live Like a Real Housewife, Part III

Tucked away in the back of that photo is the Spa Nordstrom pedicure station. It’s private and fancy, and where your feet get some major attention. Filled with pillows and the current issues of People and US Weekly, it’s like a private retreat within a private retreat. If you’ve only ever been to pedicures at the nail salons, then you’re missing out on a real treat. And what a treat this finale was to my day of spa-ing at the Michigan Ave Spa Nordstorm.

The Spa Pedicure begins with an herbal foot soak — like the one you get at the beginning of your spa treatments. From there, begins a serious hour of pampering. It was the longest pedicure I’ve ever had the pleasure of enduring. It’s such a myth that you should not get pedicures in the winter. I can’t tell you how many times I hear the “well, no one is seeing my feet,” or “I wear socks every day in the winter.” I actually think I say those things sometime, too. Oops! All false. Pedicures are so necessary this time of year!

From foot soak to foot scrub and skin removal. My calluses have calluses, and a little part of me scoffed at the foot file the pedicurist pulled out.  I thought, “What’s that going to do? Massage my heel?” But I quickly changed my tune, for reasons that would be TMI to get into. Needless to say, I purchased that foot file that day. For the curious, it’s called the Biosana Swiss Foot File. Spa Nordstrom sells it for $18. It’s double-sided, and even the “smoother” side should be used with caution. Damp skin is best otherwise you might literally hurt yourself.

I also opted for the paraffin dip before the polish application. For as much as I’ve mastered the DIY mani, I can never shape or paint my toe nails quite like they do at the spa or salon. I think that’s why I enjoy pedicures so much. I really feel like it’s something I can’t do myself (at least not as well). But callus maintenance, that I need to do. Very excited to have found a product that is effective without me having to essentially do a full cardio workout.

And, I’m proud to report that I stuck to the esthetician-mandated exfoliation detox. I went 15 days without any physical or chemical exfoliation (save about 5 uses of the Clarisonic). I’ll admit, it was eye opening. I was sure my pores would clog and skin cells would build up, but it was a much-needed break. My skin looks and feels better. I’ve also gotten into the habit of only washing my face at night and just rinsing in the shower in the a.m. I can tell that my skin is maintaining healthy moisture levels.

After a day at the Spa Nordstrom to kick off a New Year, I feel pretty great. My next move is to figure out when I’m going back!

Disclosure: The spa services were gratis, courtesy of Nordstrom. All opinions are my own.

Spa Nordstrom: Live Like a Real Housewife, Part II

Two takeaways from my day at Spa Nordstrom.

1) You haven’t LIVED until you’ve had a hot stone massage massaged onto the bottom of your feet.

2) Confess all of your skincare sins to your esthetician. You can’t hide…and if you try to, she can’t help you.

All treatments at Spa Nordstrom begin in the relaxation room with a foot soak. The soak released an aroma of eucalyptus and rosemary, and was a definite treat for the feet (and other senses!)  I also expressed my incredibly high tolerance for heat, and the water temperature was perfect. Perhaps its years of taking piping hot baths, but hot water for most people is “lukewarm” to me.

The starting point of the day was the Healing Hot Stone Massage. During January, this service is 25% off. Note to all spas:  run a HEAT therapy promotion in January— it was the coldest day of the season when I was there. A hot stone massage is intended for relaxation. I’ve always opted for the deep, Swedish massage, but have to say that this was just as effective. The heat penetrates and helps ease tension from your muscles.  The stones are placed on various pressure points throughout the body, and the experience is so much more than just tension relief. Improved circulation and total mental abandonment. When was the last time you just let your mind go? After the experience, I really want to lobby my insurance company to add this to the list of approved medical services. Or the very least, can I use my flex spending account? 

Next, I got my RHBH on during the Oxygen Infusion Facial. This is so luxurious, and would be highly effective for aging skin.  From a machine that sounds like a ventilator, the esthetician uses a tiny wand to infuse oxygen and hyaluronic acid into your skin. There’s an immediate plumping effect (she even did my lips — so RHBH!), but it does subside.

During the hour I spent with Carolyn, the licensed esthetician, she gave me some TOUGH love. She subtly asked me what I was using to exfoliate my skin, and then after excitedly telling her what I did, she revealed to me that I was overdoing it. She explained that my skin was “vibrating” – esthetician speak for “this chick is committing major skin care sins.”  I had no idea. I felt so sinful. Like I got tricked into confession, and wasn’t ready for penance. What can I say, I’m addicted to sloughing off dead skin.  To remedy the sitch, Carolyn put me on a TWO-WEEK exfoliation detox and instructed me only to wash my face once a day. It’s been about 9 days, and my skin is much improved. Total blessing in disguise. Although I’m twitching a bit for my Exfolikate.

Stay tuned for Part III….in which I reveal the best foot file I’ve ever encountered and to find out if I stuck to esthetician orders and stayed true to the exfoliation detox.

Disclosure: The spa services were gratis, courtesy of Nordstrom. All opinions are my own.

Relax Like a Real Housewife at Spa Nordstrom

For as much as I shop Nordstrom, I don’t Spa Nordstrom. Which is, retrospectively speaking, a self-inflicted beauty injustice. Spa Nordstrom is such a hidden gem! Not only is it a great place to relax and indulge, it’s also a great place to shop. There’s not many more than a dozen Spa Nordstrom locations nationwide, and I have easy access to two. Suddenly, I feel selfish. And blessed.  

During the month of January, Nordstrom is running a special promotion at its Spa locations for a trio of services: Healing Hot Stone Therapy Massage, $75, 60 min., (reg. price $100); Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion Skin Care Facial, $150 (reg. price $195); and Spa Pedicure $45 (reg. price $55) Very “New Year, New You.”

Chicago is not short on magnificent (get it?!) places to spa. I think Spa Nordstrom strikes a balance between quality and affordable luxury. Plus, it’s Nordstrom. So when you’re in that post-spa zen state of mind, you can wander a few floors down and treat yourself to those Vince Camuto “Ladell” Pumps you’ve (I’ve) been wanting.  

Courtesy of Nordstrom, I spent the better part of my day last weekend indulging in the January special. It was almost like that episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills where everyone goes to Adrienne’s house for a spa day. Minus the drama, of course. The Oxygen Treatment Facial is perhaps the fanciest treatment I’ve experienced, and it totally resembled one of the machine’s that was in Adrienne Maloof’s spa room.

I’ll save the rest for another post, and leave you with a few photos I snapped while in the waiting area. I felt like a kid in a candy store. So many displays of products and different lines that the store doesn’t carry. Continue reading Relax Like a Real Housewife at Spa Nordstrom