soap stones by pelle

soap stones by pellet

how gorgeous are these soap gems? beyond being beautiful, they are handcrafted, and all natural, made of vegetable based ingredients. they perform well, leaving hands feeling so soft while looking super pretty sitting sink side in your powder room. the colors are brilliant with scents coming from the addition of essential oils.

each of the seven scents come in three sizes: nugget (2 oz, $8), stone (5 oz, $16), and rock (10 oz, $32). they are hand cut in pelle’s brooklyn studio and presented in beautiful drawstring bags, making one perfectly pretty present.  i am obsessed with these for gift giving (hello, happy hostess!) and i love the fact that they are made in the u.s. of a.

you can shop the full collection, including a complete set of nuggets for $48, at b-glowing.

happy merry making!

shop pelle soap stones ($8 – $48) >


pretty gifty: stephanie johnson eye mask

Madison Avenue Eye Mask

who wouldn’t love to receive the gift of a good night’s sleep? bringing new meaning to the phrase beauty rest, i am just a touch obsessed with this ultra-luxurious eye mask by stephanie johnson. not only would it be so perfect your traveling bestie, i think busy moms and corporate climbing sisters alike would absolutely adore this lovely little treasure. the front is bedecked in a sequined velvet crocodile (hello, glam!) and the inside is lined in the softest silky fabric for the ultimate in gorgeous, comfy sleep. i love the accompanying zip case which makes it a breeze to take on long flights and to pack for nights in unfamiliar hotel rooms. let’s just say that the recipient of this pretty gift sure is one lucky lady.

stephanie johnson madison avenue eye mask, $35 > 

many more pretty gifty finds on pinterest!

pretty gifty: clinique whole lotta candy

clinique whole lotta candy

it’s time to get gifty, boys and girls! and i know that i cannot be alone in finding this to be my most favorite time of year. maybe it’s because all of the best beauty exclusives and makeup sets make their debuts in november, but there’s something about the magic of the season that really makes me happy.

this year, i’m compiling all of my favorite pretty gifts on pinterest but i’ll be sharing the best of the best here with you.

first up is three of clinique’s best selling (and most universally flattering) chubby sticks. the formula here is sheer and buildable, making it a user-friendly option for anyone from a makeup maven to a complete beauty novice. ladies of every age will delight in the packaging (that, incidentally? reminds me of my all-time favorite beauty product from the 90’s) and the price tag is sweet enough that you can make a big impact for one lucky friend who receives all three, or split ’em up and share the love.

clinique whole lotta candy chubby stick lip set, $25 >

pretty gifty: beauty as art

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loving these fragrance canvasses by michelle bennett for z gallerie. wouldn’t they make the perfect prezzie for a beauty addict? (hint, hint husband.)

pretty gifty: kits and sets

pretty gifty: kits and sets

my younger and wiser sister suggested a pretty gifty post centered around sephora’s amazing selection of combination sets and makeup kits that crop up by the dozen around the holidays. her exact words were “whoever said it was better to give than to receive clearly never got one of these!” she touts these selections for their wow impact and general bang-for-the-buck’ness – and who am i to argue with that kind of genius?

her picks for an extra beautiful holiday (in miniature) are as follows:

bareminerals the total package collection, $36
benefit cosmetics she’s so…jetset! $36
sephora favorites glitz and glam party sampler, $45
tarte the stand outs limited edition best sellers kit, $25
too faced beauty editor darlings set, $19 <– steal of the century!
smashbox try it kit, $19

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: under $20

pretty gifty: under $20

got a secret santa? need a stash of stocking stuffers? one (or more!) from this bunch will brighten the day of someone on your list, without lightening the load in your wallet:

1 – a luxe lotion for $14; mark very sassy body lotion
2 – a bottle of polish in an artsy box for $12.50; nookie nail polish from laqa & co
3 – airline-approved hair care for $19.50; oribe beautiful color travel set
4 – spirited and sparkling blotting linens for $5; boscia pink peppermint blotting linens
5 – a sweet and salty lip scrub for $8.95; lush popcorn
6 – balm in a ball for $18.50; this works beauty ball ornament
7 – two pastel cream shadows for $17; topshop eye cream duo
8 – a purse-sized solid perfume for $10; crazylibellule and the poppies rose a saigon

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!

pretty gifty: the nail files

pretty gifty: the nail files


1 – sephora + pantone universe opulent lacquer trio, $18

2 – glittered manicure set, $4.80

3 – illamasqua nail varnish duo, $25

4 – priti hollywood vixen kit, $39.99

5 – dose nail lacquer, $20

6 – on the nail shaker set, $13.99

7 – sephora collection nail wand, $12

8 – le metier de beauté ‘rock ‘n’ romance’ mini lacquer set, $25

to & from holiday 2012 gift guide

it’s here! my sweet friends meg and katie have masterminded the biggest blogger gift guide ever – comprising collections created by more than 50 bloggers totaling over 140 pages of present perfection. i cannot wait for you to see (and shop!) the finished product – especially the beauty themed guide curated by yours truly on page 64.

a very happy cyber monday to you!