pretty gifty: maggie’s picks

pretty gifty: maggie's picks

1 - laura mercier’s la petite patisserie sampler – hand crème quartet, $28: we already know about my obsession with the scent of laura mercier’s almond coconut body butter. with this limited edition sampler, give the gift of four luxurious hand creams. (delicious scents include almond coconut milk, crème brulée, crème de pistache and fresh fig- yum!)

2 - a drybar blowout, $35: treat a lady friend to a fabulous hair day at drybar, the salon dedicated strictly to blowouts. ps – how freakin’ cute are these gift coasters?

3 – baublebar + essie, $50: we already know that this genius collaboration allows you to pair an essie winter shade with three baublebar bracelets. i’ve had my eye on the “butler please” set for quite some time now. (hint, hint, santa…)

4 – pacifica solid perfume samples, 5 for $12.95: these .1 oz solid perfumes are perfect to throw in your purse for those emergency i-need-perfume-NOW situations (with no risk of spillage!). we’re big fans of the best-selling island vanilla scent. other favorites include the tuscan blood orange, a refreshing citrus pick-me-up, and the indian coconut nectar, which injects a burst of summer into the coldest of winter days.

5 – victoria’s secret eyeshadow quad in overnight sensation, $18: perfect for the pal who might need a little push to tempt the smoky eye, each quarter is labeled with “base,” “lid,” “crease,” and “highlight” for an easy, do-it-yourself guide to glam.

6 – thebalm ‘mary lou manizer’ highlighting powder, $24: another beauty favorite discovered thanks to birchbox – add a little shimmer to someone’s holidays with this adorably packaged luminizing powder.

7 – stila all is bright lip glaze set, $25: ah, stila, i can’t quit you. again and again i return to my favorite brand of lip glosses, and this lovely spread of glazes (with a range wide enough to suit anyone) doesn’t disappoint.

pretty gifty: baublebar + essie

i am so excited about this collaboration from everyone’s favorite polish brand and the go-to source for stunning and affordable jewels. this beyond brilliant partnership between essie and baublebar combines the best of the season’s hottest nail shades with gorgeous statement bangles. each shade in essie’s winter collection has been matched with a custom bracelet for a cute and coordinated look.

but wait, there’s more!

once you choose your duo, baublebar gives you the option to add two more bracelets to the set, resulting in the ultimate festive wrist. the options are endless!

i chose she’s pampered – a pure and vivid red – which baublebar paired with a chunky enamel red bangle trimmed in shiny gold hardware. i added a cool cobalt and silver woven bracelet and a pave bar wrap for holiday sparkle. as for the polish, what can i say? to quote essie herself, it goes on like silk and wears like iron – cream of the crop.

i just love the whole idea of jewelry inspired by nail polish and this collection is spot on the money, just in time for party season and holiday gift giving. your three bracelets and polish come packaged up in a sleek case for $50. check out baublebar + essie and build your own!

bite beauty lush lip tint

photo by kate headley.

lips by bite beauty.

earrings by bauble bar (similar).

tank by anthro.

happy thursday!

ps – the competition is REALLY heating up and i need your vote more than ever! i’m cooking up a fun little thank you for all of you tirelessly voting for me throughout the allure beauty blogger of the year competition! please vote today (and tomorrow :)). the videos debut on monday and i *so* want mine to be in the mix!

belly up to the baublebar

i think earrings are tops when it comes to accessories. something about the way they polish off an outfit and always fit regardless of whether i’ve been to the gym or not that week just makes me happy. i’m always looking for new places to scout out some fab adornments for my lobes and have l-o-v-e-d finding baublebar, the latest spot on the web for fashion jewelry. the selection is just perfect with more pieces on hand than your average boutique but less overwhelming than a cluttered department store. this guilt-free way to feed your addiction gets even better once you see the prices! you can find whatever you need, be it trendy or classic, at a great value.

my first purchase are these black cushion cut studs. they’re kind of bold and edgy yet their classic shape and two-tone base somehow keeps them understated. my earrings arrived this week in a gorgeous black pouch with the nicest handwritten note from co-founders, amy + daniella. now, that’s the kind of customer service that will keep a girl coming back for more! and it’s a good thing, too, because i’m already eying this bracelet …