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Wonder Water: 6 Unexpected Infused Water Ideas for Gorgeous Skin


We’ve all seen the memes about water fixing every problem in our lives and heard the news about drinking the daily recommended eight glasses of water. Without water, we’re prone to deeper wrinkles, feeling sluggish, and having more skin issues to deal with like acne. But after a while, plain water gets boring, making it easier to reach for other beverages high in caffeine and sugar. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to step up your H2O game! Thanks to Dr. Christopher Calapai, a doctor, author, radio show host, and leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S., we can enjoy water in six new, refreshing ways. Simply chop up the ingredients listed, have them soak overnight, and enjoy a tall glass the next morning. You’ll wake up feeling hydrated from the inside out!

1. Mango Ginger

This combo might seem weird, but adding the health benefits of ginger and the antioxidant power of mangoes is a surprisingly tasty mix! “Mangoes contain so many vitamins that help boost your immune system,” says Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O., an anti-aging expert and long-time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team. “It has antioxidants that maintain youthful glowing skin and aid in the production of blood cells. Ginger is also helpful in fighting infection, has been linked to lower cholesterol levels, may reduce muscle aches, and helps digestion,” adds Dr. Calapai.
2. Grapefruit Rosemary
Recently, rosemary was found to be the main ingredient eaten by residents of an Italian village with one of the highest populations of people who live past 100! “Rosemary improves circulation and sends more blood to the brain, which is linked to greater concentration and potentially reduces risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. Calapai. Grapefruit is not only delicious, it’s also a natural fat burner, can boost metabolism, and cleanses your liver.
3. Melon Mix
Cut up watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe chunks and throw them into your water overnight. “This melon variety tastes great and is amazing for your skin,” says Dr. Kally Papantoniou, board certified dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. “Melons are immensely hydrating, meaning more hydration per cup of water. They are also chock-full of antioxidants that keep skin clear, plus they contain vitamins that promote collagen production, which helps skin cell turnover.”
4. Citrus Mint
Pick your favorite citrus fruits, cut them up into slices, and add some crushed mint. “Adding mint to your water is not only extra refreshing but also improves digestive health and can speed up your metabolism,” says Dr. Calapai. “Mint actually contains salicylic acid, a potent acne fighter,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “It’s also well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which work to calm irritation both on your skin or internally,” she adds.
5. Cucumber Lavender
Does anything sound more refreshing and cooling for your skin than cucumber lavender? “This mix is especially healthy,” says Dr. Calapai. “Cucumbers are powerful detoxifiers, flushing out any waste in your system. Adding crushed lavender to the mix not only adds a beautiful aroma but can also help digestion as lavender contains polyphenols that reduce bad bacteria in your gut, making your system run smoother,” he explains.    
6. Pineapple Coconut Water
This one is almost cheating… almost. Get your favorite store bought raw coconut water and refrigerate it overnight with large chunks of pineapple. The coconut-pineapple flavor combo is delicious and reminiscent of a piña colada without all the sugar and calories. Although this is not pure H2O, coconut water contains electrolytes, which plain water does not, which rehydrate you in record time. “Pineapple is yet another fruit that aids in collagen production,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “This is not just great for beautiful skin; collagen also has a major role in bone health and tissue repair.”
Learn more about Dr. Calapai on his website, and more about Dr. Papantoniou at
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Wonder Water: 6 Unexpected Infused Water Ideas for Gorgeous Skin. Photo Courtesy of Katherine Rothman

Farah Merhi Proves There’s No Place Like Home


If you love interior design, you know Farah Merhi. With nearly four million followers and counting, Merhi has been inspiring people around the world through Inspire Me! Home Decor’s Instagram page. We chatted with Merhi about what drove her to pursue her dream, what continues to inspire her, and what’s to come in the future.

Cliché: Knowing how you started Inspire Me! Home Decor, what drives you to keep going?
Farah Merhi: When I launched Inspire Me! Home Decor on Instagram, it was an outlet for me to share my passion for interior design with others. Inspire Me! now serves as a platform that inspires homeowners as well as a platform for interior design professionals and self-taught designers to showcase their work with those who share the same passion. When I first launched my page and as months went by, I came to the realization that the economy had just picked up and people were starting to focus on home improvements, specifically redesigning rooms to give them an update. What was really interesting was that homeowners wanted to be involved in the process and were just looking for platforms that could simplify the process for them as they embark on their design journey. They were turning to social media for answers! That was my “AHA!” moment.
Since then, I have made it my mission to make Inspire Me! Home Decor a place to get inspired, get your daily questions answered through IG short videos, YouTube videos, Instagram posts, and blogs. What drives me is the comments, emails, and private messages that come through daily from my viewers and followers who thank me and share what they have done, saying things like, “You’ve inspired me.” That is so humbling; I have to pinch myself every once in awhile! My followers are responding so well to the tips and tricks I share with them and that in itself is what drives me to keep going, and to keep looking for other innovative ways to help out homeowners.
You were just short of applying for law school until you switched gears. What motivated you to take that step and pursue your dream?
I was miserable—plain and simple; there is no other way to put it. A few semesters short of graduating and starting law school, I decided that I was done doing what I thought I wanted to do and start doing what I knew I wanted to do. I was struggling daily trying to build up enough courage to face my inner truth. How can one throw away all the hard work and effort, and what about the time that has passed? I had to dig deep to find the courage to face my truth.
Two things did it for me. We were remodeling our home and the sheer happiness I felt from redesigning my home and the realization that interior design made my heart dance with joy. That’s exactly what I wanted out of life! I have always had a passion for interior design. I helped friends and family out, but never really thought much of it since I had the idea of becoming a lawyer already set in my mind. There was no other way.
The second thing that did it for me was going through some personal family tragedy; it put things in perspective. Life is too short to do what you THINK you want to do! Live it to the fullest and do what makes your heart jump with joy! With my husband’s support and my parents’ as well, I am thankful to live my dream life every day.
If social media wasn’t around, do you feel you would be at the place you are right now?
If social media was not around, I predict that I would have opened my own interior design firm as a self-taught interior designer and still lived my life doing what I love doing. But would I reach the amount of people I reach every day? Not a chance. That’s the beauty of social media! It brings people together from all over the world. You get to share what you love with those who enjoy your posts, your work, and what you do. Brands and companies recognize your passion and your connection with your followers through social media. You then get the opportunities to collaborate and partner up with them, something you could only dream of doing from your office without the power of social media.
You now have nearly 4 million Instagram followers, becoming the number one interior design inspiration page while being a busy mother of three. How do you balance work and your personal life?
OH BOY! That’s the million-dollar question! Inspire Me! Home Decor is like my fourth baby. I’ve been building it and growing it from the ground up. This is a constant for me; I wake up thinking about IMHD, and I go to sleep thinking about IMHD, and it’s a struggle to completely turn it off sometimes. But of course my family comes first. My day starts at 7:30 AM; I work from home so I am in my office or out on consultation appointments, ordering furniture for my clients, filming or working on projects for my brand. By 5:30, I like to shut everything down and focus on homework, dinner, cleaning up, and bedtime. I still have to post on my social media in the evenings though. Most people don’t realize that I am the only one that posts on IG and Facebook. No one is allowed to touch those platforms, so it’s hard to completely relinquish this responsibility to others because every post is a reflection of my design esthetic. It’s also a way for me to connect with my followers. So to be completely truthful, I am still struggling to find the balance just like a lot of working moms or even stay at home moms.
Where do you pull your inspiration from for new ideas for clients?  
The work that I share is curated from everywhere. It doesn’t come from one set place. I get thousands of tags a day from professionals in this industry as well as interior design enthusiasts. My hashtag #inspire_me_home_decor has over 270,000 tags. I also receive daily emails from designers and their teams, sharing work for a possible feature. Aside from that, I like to explore and research images that will inspire my followers so I check out websites. Finally, I share my work as well!
As far as inspiration for work that I do for my clients, I attend furniture and home decor shows multiple times a year where I get to see firsthand what’s trending and what’s to come in the design world. There are certain designers who also inspire me with their creative work. Having a platform like Inspire Me! Home Decor, I am exposed to designs from all over the world which certainly inspires me in many ways as well.
Which project are you the most proud of to this day?
From a brand development perspective, I am most proud of the launch of my YouTube channel. For several years, I have seen questions come through with my followers asking for specific insight to help with their design journey. With over 3 million followers at the time, it was really hard for me to keep up with all the comments and questions that were pouring in. At the same time, it was hard to look the other way since my followers were turning to me as an expert and someone they closely connected with. So I decided, to better serve them, I would launch my YouTube channel as an extension of my Instagram page where I curate questions directly from Instagram and emails, and answer these questions through videos for better visual aid. I launched YouTube over five months ago, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
From a personal perspective, I am always proud of all the projects I take on for my clients. There is one project though, a project I am still working on, that I am particularly proud of. A young couple reached out to me for help in designing every room in their home. After interviewing multiple designers, they were frustrated that no one was “getting them,” as they said. The wife reached out to me and during our consultation, it was obvious that they were both frustrated. We are a few months into the project and the house is coming together beautifully. Most importantly, my clients are happy to see their house slowly turn into their beautiful home.
What plans are in store for Inspire Me! Home Decor?
Inspire Me! Home Decor continues to grow as a brand. I am currently working on projects that will start to launch in 2017. Unfortunately, I can’t elaborate on that just yet, but I can say every single decision and partnership I make, I make with my followers and subscribers in mind. Stay tuned!
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Farah Merhi Proves There’s No Place Like Home: Photos Courtesy of Farah Merhi

Bangs Are Back and Better Than Ever


If there’s one hairstyle we love and cannot get tired of, it’s bangs. So when we heard that bangs are back for the season, we couldn’t help but jump for joy! Models like Hailey Baldwin and Kendall Jenner, and even celebrities like Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez, are rocking bangs this winter, giving us major hair-envy. Marie Robinson Salon and Celebrity Stylist Liana Le is giving us the inside scoop on how to pull off bangs and personalize according to your own style.

“Classic Jane Birkin bangs have a timelessness about them and suit almost every face shape,” says Liana Le. “For a partially committed bang look, a soft-short layered shag bang will open up your face.”

According to Le, blunt bangs can also modernize your current haircut and make it stand out. “Talk to your stylist openly about which will suit your face shape and what will work with your hairline,” advises Le. “They are definitely a commitment, so if getting bangs is on your agenda, be ready to invest in your routine to style them!”
Shu Uemura Art of Hair’s Ample Angora Volumizing Mousse offers maximum volume for fine hair, keeping bangs managed and in shape, all without crunchy residue.
If you’re looking for more texture, try Shu Uemura Art of Hair’s Texture Wave. This texturizing spray gives you a long-lasting flexible hold, builds volume and movement for fine hair, enhances definition, and allows your blow dry to last longer.
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Bangs Are Back and Better Than Ever. Photos Courtesy of IMAX Tree

How Beautiful Rights is Giving Back to Women Everywhere


What is better than drugstore and higher end lipsticks that keep your lips hydrated during these cold, wintery months? Wearing lipstick that makes you feel beautiful and gives back to women, of course! Beautiful Rights is a new beauty brand that donates 20% of all sales to organizations of your choice, ranging from Emily’s List to Planned Parenthood, when you choose “Pantsuit Pink,’ ‘Politically Pout,’ or ‘Gloss Ceiling.’ Founder Kristen Leonard chose 20% to represent the fact that women in the U.S. are paid 20% less than men for the same work. 

The packaging of the products is symbolic as well. According to the press release, the stylish, “fractured glass” design was developed to “emphasize both how far we’ve come as women, and how much further we have to go.”
With all that is going on politically, Beautiful Rights fits right in, making a powerful and inspirational statement, while taking a stand for equality for all. Beautiful Rights is taking beauty back by supporting, empowering, and believing in women. What’s more, each lipstick contains oils we love — coconut, jojoba, grapeseed, olive, and avocado — all while being cruelty-free!
So what are you waiting for? Head to and pick your favorite shade of lipstick while supporting women and what they stand for around the world. While treating yourself, treat your girlfriends to a shade or two while you are at it. Beautiful Rights’ mission is “We are bold, we are beautiful, and we are standing up for our Beautiful Rights.”
For more, follow their Instagram at @beautifulrights
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How Beautiful Rights is Giving Back to Women Everywhere. Photos courtesy of

5 Beauty Looks Perfect for Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day—love it or hate it, it is the perfect opportunity to experiment with different makeup and hair looks. Whether you are planning on spending V-Day shopping with your besties, watching cheesy Netflix movies by yourself and eating chocolate straight from the box, or with your significant other at a fancy restaurant, creating the perfect look is easier than ever. From natural-looking makeup to soft curls, we’ve gathered five looks perfect for Valentine’s Day. Read on to find your perfect look!
Sultry, smoldering eye

You just cannot go wrong with a smoky eye! Pair this sexy look with soft curls, and you’re ready to take on anything that comes your way.

Bold, red lip

This is a classic statement look. Keep the rest of your makeup minimal to focus attention on your lips.


Braids are flirty and cute! Choose a simple braid, fishtail, or a heart-shaped braid to spice up your look.

Natural look

Perfectly peachy. Go with a straight hairstyle and complete with pink or peach eyeshadow. Top with a gloss on your lips and subtle blush on your cheeks to complete your look!

Top knot

Casual and coy. Pull out a few hair strands from the sides for a wispy style, and voilà!: the perfect look for staying in or heading out on a date.

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5 Looks Perfect for Valentine’s Day. Photos courtesy of Pinterest, Flickr, Ulrika Edler, WeHeartIt, and Getty Images

5 Moisturizing Lipsticks Under $25


Now that winter is in full swing, it’s time we start to change our beauty routine to fit the season. Luckily, there are thousands of products that cater to various needs, making it easier to change up our beauty products. This past summer, matte lipsticks were all the rage, but now that the wind is picking up and the temperatures are dropping, our lips are begging to be anything but dry. As we’re in the middle of gift-giving season, our wallets are begging for mercy too, so we gathered our top 5 moisturizing lipsticks under $25! Read on to find your favorite lipstick this season.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Moisturizing Lipstick, $3,
Containing key ingredients for moisture, Shea and Vitamin A, C, & E, this lipstick will last long and provide comfort while keeping your lips velvety, soft, and hydrated. A complete steal at just $3 each!
MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick, $23,
If you’re treating yourself or a friend, this lightweight lipstick is worth it. Instantly feel nourished lips with a 77-mineral moist complex that lasts for six hours and smoothes lips with a shiny, luminous finish.
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick, $6.99,
Another drugstore steal! Choose from an assortment of rich colors and feel Vitamins A, C, & E working on your lips instantly.
Butter London Moisture Matte Lipstick, $22,
I know what you’re thinking: a matte moisturizing lipstick? Fear not with Butter London’s triple butter complex formula! Slide this on and reap the moisturizing benefits while pulling off a velvety, matte finish.
RealHer Moisturizing Lipstick, $18,
RealHer’s Moisturizing Lipstick is enriched with Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Jojoba Seed Oil, leaving your lips as soft as a baby’s bottom, with a creamy satin finish look. Even better, they are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, and gluten, while remaining natural and cruelty-free. To top it off, if you end up not liking the items you ordered, you can exchange them with no need to return or ship back!
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5 Moisturizing Lipsticks Under $25: Photos Courtesy of Target, MAC Cosmetics, Butter London, Ulta, and RealHer. Featured image courtesy of Rimmel London

Redefining Classic Hair Styles with TRESemmé


The inspiration behind Marissa Webb’s Spring/Summer 2017 Collection was counterbalance. While incorporating edge and intricate design, Webb also made it so that even you can pull off anything with ease. TRESemmé Stylist Jeanie Syfu came up with two gorgeous, impressionable, yet easy-to-do hairstyles after being inspired by Webb’s collection. Follow Syfu’s step-by-step instructions to recreate this season’s trendiest styles on your own!


Parted Twist Loop Bun

  1. Prep damp hair with TRESemmé Extra Firm Control Mousse, and then blow dry using a paddle brush to smooth and encourage natural texture.
  1. Create a deep side part with a comb, then make a horizontal part from ear to ear and clip top half of the hair away.
  1. Gather remaining hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck and fasten with an elastic.
  1. Release top section of hair and begin twisting back one section at a time, starting at the ear towards the ponytail, securing ends with a bobby pin.
  1. Gather ends from the twists and existing ponytail and wrap into a low, loose bun securing with another elastic.
  1. Gently pull out wispy, face-framing pieces to soften the look and set the style with TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Firm Hold Hair Spray.

Parted Twist Ponytail

  1. Prep damp hair with TRESemmé Extra Firm Control Mousse, and then blow dry using a paddle brush to smooth and encourage natural texture.
  1. Create a deep side part with a comb, then make a horizontal part from ear to ear and clip top half of the hair away.
  1. Gather remaining hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck and fasten with an elastic.
  1. Release top section of hair and begin twisting back one section at a time, starting at the ear towards the ponytail. Wrap ends around elastic and secure with a bobby pin.
  1. Gently pull out wispy, face-framing pieces to soften the look, and set the style with TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Firm Hold Hair Spray.

To stay up to date with the latest hairstyles and fashion trends, be sure to follow TRESemmé on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @TRESemme!
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Redefining Classic Hair Styles with TRESemmé: Photographs courtesy of TRESemmé, hair style tutorials by Jeanie Syfu

Best Beauty Subscription Boxes to Gift


The anticipation of getting something in the mail is undeniably exciting. Now multiply that feeling by five when your beauty subscription box arrives at your doorstep monthly! With personalized trial-sized makeup, skincare, and hair products, the possibilities and future purchases are endless. With the holidays around the corner, what better gift could you give your bestie or family member than a beauty box? We’ve rounded up the best beauty subscription boxes to gift this holiday season for your loved ones (we won’t judge if you get yourself one, too!), so read on to find the perfect box.

Ipsy ($10/month)
With full-size beauty products, deluxe samples, and a beauty bag for $10 a month, it’s no wonder Ipsy has become a fan-favorite worldwide. All it takes is a beauty quiz and your bestie will start receiving his or her monthly beauty bag filled with products they’ll love!
Glossybox ($21/month)
If your bestie is a dedicated makeup junkie and beauty lover, this is the box to look into. He or she will receive products from high-end brands while discovering new, upcoming brand name products as well. Plus, not only are they getting these luxurious products, but also a place to store them in with a reusable, chic box.
Goodbeing ($21/month)
Has your family member been looking to switch up his or her beauty routine and go organic? Goodbeing sends you non-toxic, healthy, and all natural beauty products personalized for one’s skin.
Birchbox ($10/month)
This is a beauty subscription box original and favorite. Birchbox is not only affordable, it also allows you to choose one sample each month! Gifting options range from three months to a year. Simply pick a package, and your friend will start receiving five product samples of fragrances, nail polishes, and more.
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Special Delivery: Photos courtesy of Ipsy, Glossybox, Goodbeing, and Birchbox. Featured image courtesy of Birchbox

Top 5 Beauty Gifts From Nordstrom This Holiday


It’s that time of year again when Nordstrom Beauty has all your holiday season needs, from luxury gifts to cute, mini stocking stuffers. Top brands of cosmetics, skincare, men’s grooming and fragrance include La Mer, MAC, Charlotte Tilbury, Philosophy, Diptyque, and much more! Knowing that gift giving is no easy task, we’ve picked our top 5 beauty gifts from Nordstrom this holiday to make shopping stress-free and more enjoyable. Head to your nearest Nordstrom store or go to for your one-stop-shop and take advantage of these limited-edition offerings while supplies last, including free gift wrapping, free shipping, and free returns!

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment & Foam Wash Duo: $85 ($123 value)

  • ExfoliKate Cleanser (2 oz.): The next best thing to an appointment with Kate is getting her signature facial at home! Clarify and polish the look of skin with Natural Exfoliants and Fruit Enzymes that are invented to clean pores without over-drying. See a smoother, brighter, healthier-looking complexion after just one use
  • ExfoliKate Cleanser (4 oz.): Reveal softer softer, smoother skin while gently cleansing away oil makeup and surface impurities with this creamy cleanser, based on the best selling ExfoliKate. When used with ExfoliKate, this cleanser maximizes the benefits of the exfoliator to help maintain a glowing complexion between uses

7 Fall Nail Trends


As the weather gets cooler, the days feel shorter, and the leaves start falling, we know our favorite season is approaching. Between upgrading our wardrobes, switching out our flip-flops and gladiator sandals for boots and moccasins, and even adding highlights or an ombre to our hair, we transform our appearance all around. There’s no doubt these changes are great, but the satisfying feeling of getting a fresh, shiny manicure is undeniable! With so many variations and colors of nail polish, the possibilities are both endless and exciting. Here, we’ve put together a list of the hottest 7 Fall nail trends for you to revamp your look. Read on to get these Fall-tastic looks you’ll see everywhere this season.

A classic for almost any occasion, but even better for Fall!


Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquer in Poison Apple, $18.00, available at Marc Jacobs.

Berry, Plum, and Burgundy
Tis’ the season to break out plum, berry, and burgundy shades! It’s hard to choose with so many choices, but these shades are giving us life.

Formula X Nail Polish in A+, $10.50, available at Sephora.

Rocking a neutral is a year-round trend! The best part is already having these shades in our collection.

JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Nostalgia, $18.00, available at JINsoon.

Rose Gold
From laptops to phones, 2016 has been the year of rose gold. Let your nails be just as glamorous.

ORLY Nail Polish in Rage, $8.50, available at ORLY Beauty.

For an edgy, rebellious look, go with a chrome nail polish.

Essie Nail Polish in Chrome, $8.50, available at Essie.

Deep Green and Teal
Experiment with these shades for a pop of color.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Laughin’ to the Bank, $18.00, available at Deborah Lippmann.


Zoya Nail Polish in Selene, $10.00, available at Zoya.

We at Cliché love a good pattern! Glossique has a a wide variety of nail wraps, which skips the drying process completely and makes it easier to go on with our day. If there’s anything better than a pattern, it’s a festive, holiday pattern! Before you know it, Halloween will be here, so dress up your nails in Glossique’s nail wrap in Velvet Widow, $15.00, available at Glossique.
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Fall Beauty Trend Event with Nordstrom


Not only is fall the perfect season to rock new fashion trends, but to also experiment with new makeup. Nordstrom Beauty is kicking off the fall with their seasonal Beauty Trend Weeks to bring you the hottest makeup trends from backstage at New York Fashion Week! This year, it’s all about Ultra-Pretty Neutrals and Bold Color.

Going with a neutral look is a fall favorite. With neutrals ranging from bronze, rose, and peach, attaining a natural-looking makeup look and beautiful, glowing skin is easier than ever. The possibilities for creating a soft look are endless, no matter what the occasion. For a night out on the town with your besties, bold colors are key. To create a dramatic look, rock a bold-colored lip, such as a deep plum or red shade. Then, dust a dark color like a royal navy on your lids for the perfect smokey eye. Finish off your look with a defining brow and be ready to turn heads!
Now through December 10th, you and a friend can visit Nordstrom to meet with beauty experts who will teach you how to get the latest runway looks with products tailored specifically for you! You will also receive free samples and exclusive gifts with your purchase while supplies last. To be part of the Fall Beauty Trend Event with Nordstrom, call or visit your local Nordstrom, or go to and look for your city (dates included). For inspiration and the latest trends, follow Nordstrom on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest at @Nordstrom!
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Fall Beauty Trend Event with Nordstrom: Photos Courtesy of Nordstrom