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.

pacifica island vanilla solid perfume

sweet and sultry, this new solid perfume from pacifica is better than your average vanilla thanks to inspiration from the islands and a touch of tahitian spice. as a long-time bestseller for pacifica, i’m thrilled to see island vanilla in this perfectly simple and affordable solid form. it’s adorably portable and refreshingly natural (little known fact: solid perfumes are made with far fewer ingredients than liquid – and they are often clean things like beeswax, shea butter, and essential oils), plus the solid makes it ideal for layering. i’m loving the unexpected warmth and girliness that it’s bringing to my early fall days.

to get a taste of island vanilla in solid perfume ($9), click here.

note: perfumes and scents are the toughest things to review. i try desperately to bring them to life, but i know that it’s nearly impossible to choose one based on a written description. well, pacifica has solved the problem: their top 17 scents are now available in .1 oz solid perfume samples for just $2 each, making fragrance shopping practically foolproof. you get plenty of product to test and their tiny size makes them great for traveling. shop the full range here and sample away!

do you have any tricks for shopping scents online? please share!