Nordstrom Haul (Nov 2020)

My last order from Nordstrom, which consisted mostly of Hair Care and Perfume, was back in the beginning of the year (here).

Over the course of that same year, I’d accumulated quite a few things that I’d wanted to purchase from Nordstrom.

Now that the year was almost at an end, on Nov 30 2020 I placed yet another online order with Nordstrom.

There weren’t all that many good deals, this time around.

Still, I managed to get a nice mishmash of things that would ultimately make my life easier.

Well, not really (just the Hair Care), but at least they’d bring me joy!

I picked up some Hair Care, some Perfume and some Makeup-y bits.

Believe it or not, I’ve never actually purchased anything from Charlotte Tilbury before. Heck, I’ve never even visited the store at The Avenues.

I feel like Charlotte Tilbury products are bit too expensive. Also, their packaging really turns me off.

However, Nordstrom were having this promo (at the time) where if you bought a certain amount of Charlotte Tilbury products, you got an Eyeshadow Palette as a Free Gift!

Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Glass Lip Balm (Limited Edition) retails for $32 each

Glittergasm Glowgasm Glass Lip Balm
Jewelgasm Glowgasm Glass Lip Balm

There’s no other lip product I adore more than those pH-actived color-changing Lip Balms!

MAC, L’Oreal, Givenchy and Dior, I’ve tried them all and loved them all!

They look so pretty in the component and they look equally pretty on the lips! They glide on like a dream and feel wonderfully moisturizing on the lips! They smell great and some of them even taste great! Above all, they’re fun!

Since the Glowgasm Glass Lip Balms (cringe-y name) were limited edition, as soon as I clocked them up on Nordstrom, I placed an online order right away (the free gift with purchase helped).

As far as I know, those were the only two released and since I couldn’t decide between them, I just went ahead and got both.

Glittergasm had chunky glitter and felt rough on the lips. I did not like the hot pink shade that it turned my lips either. Basically, Glittergasm was an immediate regret lol

Meanwhile, Jewelgasm was more smooth and not only felt nicer on the lips but also gave a beautiful juicy tint!

Sadly, both of them had this God-awful peach/grapefruit scent which I just could not stand!

Unfortunately, they also had this strange chemical aftertaste!

Most egregious of all, was the fact that they made my lips insanely dry!

All in all, definitely not worth the price.

As you can see, I was off to a good start with Charlotte Tilbury lol

Darlings, GLOW UP with my NEW! Glowgasm Glass Lip Balm! This magical color-changing lipstick has a pH-powered, hydrating formula and my NEW! glow-glide texture to light up your world!

Like a mood ring for the lips, these color-morphing crystal balms trigger a ‘LIP CHEMISTRY’ effect depending on your natural lip colouring, warmth, moisture and pH level to give you the perfect PERSONALISED SHADE!

Glittergasm is a suits-all shade in a LIMITED-EDITION holographic case to give you perfect, pretty pink lips with a multi-dimensional SPARKLE!

Jewelgasm is a suits-all red shade in a LIMITED-EDITION holographic case to give you a gorgeous, just-kissed effect and lips that glow with desire!

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette (Light to Medium) retails for $29

Next up, was this baby.

Apparently, every single female owns the full size of the Filmstar Bronze & Glow (either in Light to Medium or Medium to Dark).

I obviously wasn’t going to splurge for the full size, which is why I was quite pleased when I spotted it in the mini size. Also, I chose the mini size just to help me qualify for the free gift with purchase.

Again, the packaging really, really turned me off. To me it just felt so tacky and outdated. I mean, I geddit. She’s clearly going for Old Hollywood Glam but yuck! It’s just not my aesthetic.

Worse still, both shades were pretty much non-existent on my skin lol They barely showed up.

I don’t get the hype, really.

Darlings, my ICONIC, AWARD-WINNING, CELEBRITY-LOVED Filmstar Bronze & Glow contour palette now comes in a mini compact that’s PERFECT for clutch bags! It will help you SCULPT, CONTOUR and HIGHLIGHT the look of your complexion for a fabulous party-ready look, on-the-go!

Housed in a stunning mini compact, inspired by old Hollywood glamour, it’s the perfect gift for contour queens and lovers of Charlotte’s original Filmstar Bronze & Glow!

WHAT MAKES IT MAGIC?

– A luminous complexion is the perfect base for your makeup look, so a gorgeous glow is vital!

– The bronzer is a blend of pearl and pigment to help contour your face and mimic that sun-kissed skin.

– The highlighter has a golden base to universally flatter any skin tone, with Light Flex Technology to capture and reflect light just where you want it.

– Colour-rich pigments are rolled into elastomer pearls that smooth and buff onto your skin for a blendable and even coverage.

– Ideal for fair to medium skin tones who want subtle yet buildable colour.

Oh and as you can see, the contour side arrived significantly damaged but that’s more Nordstrom’s fault.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push-Up Lashes Mascara (travel-size) retails for $15

Finally, something I actually liked!

The brush on this thing was craaazy! It was different and unique, and grabbed every lash (even the tiniest ones) and I’ve really been diggin’ it!

To be honest, mine arrived a bit dried up but whatever. I’ll just pick one up from our local store, the next time I’m there.

I got the travel size not only for the purpose of trying it out, but also to qualify for the free gift with purchase.

You should definitely check out the Pillow Talk Push-Up Lashes Mascara too!

Darlings, my award-winning, globally-loved Pillow Talk PHENOMENON continues with the my NEW! PILLOW TALK PUSH UP! LASHES MASCARA!

Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes! is my NEW! LASH INNOVATION and the secret to instant LENGTH, WEIGHTLESS VOLUME, STRETCH and a 24-HOUR VERTICAL LIFT EFFECT for the LASHES OF YOUR DREAMS!

It’s MASCARA CONFIDENCE in a travel-sized tube of makeup magic!

Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes is your beauty AMPLIFIER to make your eyes look bigger, brighter and more awake!

Make your eye colour POP and create the perfect Pillow Talk lash; the glossiest, lifted, defined, stretch-effect, separated, voluminous, beautiful lashes on the go!

WHAT MAKES IT MAGIC?

– INNOVATION BRUSH – the injection molded, micro pro precision paddle brush with ‘LOAD, COMB & LIFT’ technology LIFTS LIKE AIR, VERTICALLY PAINTING each individual lash, even the tiniest ones!

– The DIAMOND-SHAPED BRISTLES on each side of the brush follow the lash architecture, reading the fan of the lashes for a MAGNIFYING & AMPLIFYING EYE-OPENING effect!

– Push Up Lash-Lifting Polymer – Derived from the Larch Tree, this natural gummy STRETCH & FLEX film former helps create a PUSH UP VERTICAL LIFT & HOLD of the lashes

– Lightweight Natural Waxes – Carnauba wax also known as the ‘Queen of Waxes’ and Microcrystalline wax add body and texture to the formula for WEIGHTLESS VOLUME & A FALSE-LASH FINISH

– ‘KERESTORE™ 2.0’ KERATIN – Creates a super-strong CONDITIONING EFFECT on individual hair fibres to create a THICKER-look and feel on the lashes

– SUPER BLACK SHADE – the super JET BLACK shade adds instant INTENSITY, VOLUME & DEFINITION, enhancing the look of your eye colour and your lashes

– SMUDGE PROOF, HUMIDITY PROOF & NO LASH CURLERS NEEDED!

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte Darling Easy Eye Palette retails for $57 (gift with purchase)

The free gift with purchase was the Easy Eye Palette.

Aside from the palette being called Charlotte Darling, the shades themselves had no names (boooring).

1 – Base
2 – Enhance
3 – Smoke

You had 3 shades on the right for daytime and 3 shades on the left for night time.

Nothing special and easily dupable by any other brand. Just sayin’.

My NEW! Charlotte Darling palette features SIX of my favorite shades, colour curated for my signature sunset-inspired eye glow look!

Combining the iconic, bestselling shades from my most loved palettes, my Charlotte Darling palette has all the shimmering allure of the Bella Sofia, coupled with the romantic, pinky-gold, soft-focused glow of my Love Eyes and Happy Eyes shades from my LIMITED EDITION SELL-OUT Stars-in-your-Eyes palette! This is the look you’ve all been asking for!

You can create 5 glowing eye looks with these DREAMY handpicked shades, from bronzed copper, peachy pink, rosy terracotta and chocolate brown eyeshadows to define, smoke and illuminate the eye. Much like the MAGICAL, MORPHING effects of Ibizan sunsets, these gorgeous eyeshadow tones light up your eyes!

WHAT MAKES IT MAGIC?

– Made with a powder coating technology where pigments are coated with a mix of silicones and emollient oils, the matte shades are velvet-smooth for a soft, cushion-y skin feel. In dry use, they’re super-blendable, and in wet use, they create a luxurious, cream-like texture for a smoother-looking finish.

– The metallic shades are silky to the touch with an ultra-smooth texture that transforms from a powder into a liquid cream on the skin. Made with Diamond Powder, they glimmer with jewel-like light and clarity for a luminous, natural-looking glow.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream retails for $50

Formerly known as the Soleil Tan de Chanel and then Bronze Universal and now Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream.

It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous Cream Bronzer!

It gives a beautiful and more importantly believable sun-kissed glow! Also, my skin loves this stuff!

Unfortunately, you can accredit my rusty blogging skills for the lack of close-ups. That said, you can find plenty of pics online because this stuff is a cult classic!

My old one ran out, so I had to get a new one. It’s a bit of a splurge, but so very, very worth it!

A unique, lightweight cream-gel face bronzer with a delicate velvet-matte finish that gives skin a sun-kissed glow.

Mineral waxes and powders ensure effortless application, while silica and soft-focus powders deliver an immediate smoothing effect.

Light-reflecting pigments create a natural-looking radiance.

The formula is also non-comedogenic, meaning it helps avoid clogged pores and breakouts.

Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner and Serum (1ml/0.03oz – 6 week supply) retails for $55

Excuuuse me? The main reason I’ve stayed away from Revitalash for all this time was precisely because I was afraid it would change my eye color.

They’re telling me that even after all those years, they still haven’t worked that part out?

Unfortunately, I’m gonna’ have to risk it for a biscuit, because back in the day, my mascara’d lashes would reach all the way up to my heavily over-tweezed brows and now they don’t.

I mean, I can buy all the mascaras in the world and apply a million coats, but it’s not gonna’ do any good, if I barely have anything to work with.

That’s why I got this stuff in the smallest size available (which still cost a pretty penny), just to try.

I’m too chicken to use it though :(

Original, one-of-a-kind, Ophthalmologist developed eyelash conditioner that enhances the look of lashes and protects against breakage, while improving health, flexibility and strength, for lashes that thrive, naturally.

This award-winning eyelash serum is a proprietary blend featuring a scientifically-advanced technology.

Peptides, lipids, biotin, and green tea extract, rich in Panthenol, condition and strengthen lashes while defending from environmental damage, as well as damage caused by lash styling products that can cause breakage and brittleness.

The proprietary technology found in our category-leading eyelash conditioner, RevitaLash® Advance, has been patented in the United states for its Curl Effect®

FAQ:
Will RevitaLash® Advanced Eyelash Conditioner change my eye color?

When applied as directed, RevitaLash® Advanced Eyelash Conditioner should not get into the eyes, and therefore, should not have any physiological effect on your eyes, including the color of your eyes (iris).

How long will it take to see results with RevitaLash® Advanced Eyelash Conditioner?

While every individual is different, many people report noticing more beautiful lashes immediately.

What if I discontinue use of RevitaLash® Advanced Eyelash Conditioner?

If you discontinue use of RevitaLash® Advanced Eyelash Conditioner, your eyelashes will gradually return to their original appearance.

Byredo Mojave Ghost Bar Soap retails for $30

The Byredo Bar Soap in the scent Mojave Ghost was another repurchase (hauled here).

I’ve been loving using Bath & Body Works Aquamarine Shores Deep Cleansing Hand Soap (hauled here) in conjunction with Byredo Mojave Ghost Soap because – as I said – together, they smell like an upscale hotel bathroom!

Mojave Ghost is such a lovely scent! It just smells so… peaceful. I don’t know how to explain it. Alls I know is, I’ve grown quite fond of it in such a short period of time.

Unfortunately this lil sucker was so hard to find again! It was always out of stock and if it ever came back, it would sell out just as fast!

This was my second purchase of Mojave Ghost Soap and I’m currently in the midst of playing hide-and-seek with what I hope will be my third lol

The soulful beauty of the Mojave Desert is as comforting to many as it is hostile to others.

In this dry wilderness a rare species dares to blossom above the baked, hard ground.

Its pale, almost translucent petals suggest a delicate, fragile state.

Mojave Ghost is a woody composition with a light and graceful character that slowly discloses its true intensity.

Heady top notes of musky ambrette combine with sweet, fresh Jamaican nesberry.

Delicate, powdery violet then unfurls to reveal soft, lingering sandalwood brightened with fresh magnolia.

Finally, warm chantilly musk rounds out a base of crisp amber and elegant cedarwood, leaving the spirit of Mojave Ghost to linger on the skin.

Top Notes: Ambrette
Middle Notes: Magnolia, Sandalwood, Violet.
Base Notes: Cedarwood, Chantilly Musk, Crisp Amber.

MAC Velvet Teddy Shadescent (Eau de Parfum) retails for $57

Velvet Teddy Shadescent was yet another repurchase.

I’ve actually hauled and reviewed it back when it first came out, many moons ago (here) and have been trying to repurchase it ever since.

I even purchased Creme D’Nude at one point (hauled here) accidentally mistaking it for Velvet Teddy lol

I personally adored Velvet Teddy because I had nothing else like it in my collection!

I also appreciated how it would last and last and last on my clothes!

Heck, people were constantly asking me about my perfume, whenever I had Velvet Teddy on.

As an added bonus, it was touted as a Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille dupe for a fraction of the price!

Scent and lips create irresistible chemistry with M·A·C Shadescents, six new perfumes inspired by our most iconic Lipstick shades.

Top Notes
Ginger Zest, Bergamot, Tobacco Flower
Heart Notes
Vanilla Orchid, Golden Mimosa, Wild Honey
Base notes
Papyrus, Liquid Musk, Tonka Bean Infusion

MAC See Sheer Lipstick retails for $19-$22 (gift with purchase)

See Sheer: grapefruit pink (lustre finish)

For spending X amount on MAC, I qualified for a Free Lipstick which happened to be in the shade See Sheer (which I’ve feel like I’ve seen before, from Nordstrom, no less).

Either way, it’s a beautiful shade and totally something I’d wear (take note, Al Mansour).

Maison Margiela Replica Travel Size Fragrance Set (10ml/0.3oz each) retails for $66

A three-piece of travel-size Replica Fragrances, formulated to evoke the scents hidden deep in memory.

I just can’t bring myself to purchase a full sized Replica Fragrance. It’s just too much money for such a short-lived and frankly weak scent, no matter how pleasant.

Thankfully, they’ve got travel size versions (such as Coffee Break, hauled here). Better still, from time to time, they’ll even come out with Travel Size Sets.

At the time of this order, they’d put out a 3pc Travel Size Set that included Whispers in the Library (which as a bookworm I’ve been super excited to try) and By The Fireplace (which I’ve sampled before, here and loved) and Jazz Club (which was touted as a fave by several celebs).

Naturally, I had to snatch it up!

Replica Jazz Club

The elegant smoky scent of cigars fills the room as you enjoy the warmth of rich whisky, cognac or rum.

Replica Jazz Club evokes the exhilarating atmosphere of a private club where the jazz music and scent of cocktails permeate late into the night.

The tradition has been immortalized over generations – handing down the address of a private Brooklyn jazz club.

On entering the basement bar, the spicy and woody smell entices you the animating and intimate ambiance.

Listen to the jingling of cocktails preparation and lively conversations that interweave with the soft melody of jazz music played by a piano, a double bass or a saxophone…

The Jazz Club fragrance by Maison Margiela captures the elegant bouquet of premium cigars in a mix of tobacco leaf absolute and pink pepper.

The heady eau de toilette recreates the exquisite and rich aromas of cocktails with notes of Vanilla Beans and Rum absolute.

Olfactive Notes: The rich, woody and smoky notes of the Jazz Club fragrance captivates the masculine and exhilarating ambiance of a confidential jazz club.

Top notes: Primofiore Lemon, Pink Pepper, Neroli Oil
Middle notes: ClarySage Oil, Rum Absolute, Java Vetiver Oil
Base notes: StyraxResin, Tobacco Leaf Absolute, Vanilla Bean

Replica Whispers in the Library

An ideal travel size to remind you of the slowing down of time between whispers and turning pages.

Bring the mysterious atmosphere of waxed wood and precious books with you, with Whispers in the Library Travel Spray.

Composed of peppery and woody notes, this Eau de Toilette is the perfect memory of an ancestral and warm library.

This oriental woody Eau de Toilette is part of the REPLICA Collection.

Olfactive Notes: Peppery vanilla notes of precious woods.

Replica By The Fireplace

An ideal travel size to remind you of the gracious dancing flames. The fireplace crackles with the flames of a comforting fire.

Maison Margiela’s By the Fireplace evokes cozy winter evenings indoors next to a enveloping fire.

The snow gently falls on the frosty white landscape as you are lulled by the gracious dancing flames.

Remember the reassurance of chestnuts grilling in the chimney and a crackling wood fire with Replica By the Fireplace perfume.

This warm and cozy Eau de Toilette fuses the smoky scent of burning wood with notes of gaiac wood, cashmeran and clove oil.

The scent of roasted chestnuts is recreated by a blend of chestnuts notes and red berries oil.

The sweet notes of vanilla reinforce the warm and cozy sensation brought by this perfume.

Close your eyes, smell this woody fragrance and remember the enveloping sensation of a fireplace in the midst of Winter

Olfactive Notes: Woodsy accord, chestnut, vanilla, neroli essence, red berries, orange blossom

Parfums de Marly Delina Hair Mist retails for $79

I fell hopelessly in love with Delina after getting a sample to play with earlier (here) but sadly as with most niche fragrances, the full size costs a kidney, a liver and half a lung.

So I figured I’d spring for the Hair Mist – which cost considerably less – for now.

An iconic, addictive scent with notes of rose and lychee.

The Delina Hair Mist is a charming way to enjoy the Delina scent, which is a firmly modern floral bouquet.

This eau de parfum is a highly nuanced fragrance that is both soft and sensual.

Delina relishes in its floral accords which are dominated by Turkish rose, lily of the valley and peony, blended with the rounded tangy notes of lychee, rhubarb, bergamot and nutmeg.

Vanilla accentuates the sensuality of the composition at the base, mingling with white musk, cashmeran, cedarwood and incense.

The Delina Hair Perfume is a light mist to be sprayed directly onto the hair or onto a hairbrush.

It has a poetic floral scent that will be swirling inside your mind long after it is applied.

This is the Hair Care that I purchased in this haul.

Tucker + Take Blue Starlight Tie Dye Giant Scrunchie retails for $9

I mean, Giant Scrunchies were having a moment and the tie dye (the print and colors) were totally my jam! lol

Tangle Teezer The Ultimate Teezer Comb retails for $12

I hate having flat hair (I don’t have the face nor head for it lol) so I’m always trying (and failing) at teasing the crown and sometimes, my bangs, for some extra oomph.

If you’re effectively hopeless at back-coming your hair (like me) and are interested in learning (not mastering, only learning) then give this baby a shot!

Achieve greater levels of hair volume daily with The Ultimate Teaser volumizing hairbrush.

Designed for everyday styling on all hair types and lengths, offering height, texture and long-lasting volume with minimal damage and breakage.

The unique two-tiered teeth, with greater density of teeth at the base, make teasing quicker, easier, and much gentler on your hair.

Living Proof No Frizz Instant De-Frizzer (180ml/6.2oz) retails for $29

Yet another repurchase.

I got the travel size (98ml/2.8oz) at the beginning of the year (here) and loved it enough to spring for the full size (180ml/6.2oz) now towards the end of the year!

I placed both sizes side-by-side for comparative purposes.

The difference between this baby and all those other products, is that they’re meant to prevent frizz (applied before your hair frizzes up) whereas this stuff is meant to tame the frizz (applied after your hair has already frizzed up)!

It works a treat!

A dry conditioning spray that instantly tames up to 92% of frizz on dry hair by adding softness, smoothness and shine.

5 Oil Blend mimics oils naturally found in hair.

Healthy Hair Molecule tames frizz, seals the cuticle, smooths hair without buildup.

High Refractive Emollient adds shine

Quick Drying Emollient dries instantly with no residue

Cationic Conditioning Agent softens hair and increases managageability

Oribe Run-Through Detangling Primer retails for $37

Lastly, I picked up this beauty!

It took a while for me to figure out how to make it work for me but once I did, I was quite pleased with the results!

The instructions said to spray it on damp hair whereas I found that I had to spray it on sopping wet hair, straight outta’ the shower.

Otherwise, the mist would only hit the top layer of my hair whereas the inner layer would be mist-free, if that makes any sense.

At one point, I’ve even had to resort to spritzing this stuff in my cupped hand and tried working it through my hair that way (which was a no-go).

Other than that, the packaging is luxe and the scent is divine!

Instant gratification: This lightweight conditioning detangler primes hair for immediate glide-through combing, leaving strands silky soft and incredibly touchable. Our cuticle-sealing formula protects hair from damage caused by heat styling and comb-resistant knots.

– Immediately detangles unruly knots
– Conditions, hydrates and softens hair
– Seals the cuticle to even out porosity and boost shine
– Protects from breakage and improves hair health
– Provides heat protection
– Primes hair for styling

Oribe Signature Complex (Watermelon, Lychee and Edelweiss Flower) defends hair from oxidative stress, photoaging and the deterioration of natural keratin, all while protecting from the drying, damaging and color-depleting effects of the elements.

Detangling Oil Blend (Pomegranate, Apricot and Coconut) smoothes the cuticle and separates strands for effortless combing.

Tropical Hibiscus Extract, rich in vitamin C, replenishes and locks in moisture, making hair touchably soft.

Amino Acid Complex repairs the inner cortex, priming hair for styling.

Anti-Static Complex prevents flyaways, keeping hair smooth and silky.

Amla Extract conditions and hydrates hair from the inside out for brilliant shine.

I clearly chose the Women’s Samples Pack but instead I received the Men’s Samples Pack.

– Jack Black Protein Booster Skin Serum/Jack Black Protein Booster Eye Rescue
– Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L’Homme Eau de Parfum
– Le Labo Tonka 25 Eau de Parfum

All in all, aside from the Charlotte Tilburry Glowgasm Glass Lip Balms which were garbage, everything else was pretty decent!

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