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Gift Guide rule #1: give beauty products pretty enough to display


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Just as a for instance: I don’t even especially care what this, Miu Miu‘s first fragrance, smells like (Lily of the Valley and Akigalawood, apparently); I just want it to chic up on my vanity.

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The milky pale pink of this Mason Pearson brush takes it from being a slightly workaday gift to something kind of special.


I discovered this Davines moisturizer at the Miami Standard last winter and fell in love: it’s ultralight, very nearly fragrance free, and comes in such 70s-Laurel-Canyon-chic packaging.

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The best presentation of a makeup color palette  I’ve seen all season—and it’s makeup color palette season.


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Nobody but nobody does attractive packaging like Soap & Paper Factory, and theit stuff—like this shea butter moisturizer—works great too.

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YSL has been reviving its lip print on dresses and blouses and whatnot off and on since the 70s, and this palette provides such a satisfying frisson of glam.

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Bella Freud’s clever graphics work so well on this quartet of mini-candles.

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I am on a Peter Max kick again (see here for evidence) and am so digging this funkadelic, supersize eternally popular moisturizer from Kiehl’s. (Here, if you’re interested, is a very handy—and similarly Maxified—set of travel-sized Kiehl’s items.

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This is a freaking Diptique Votive Calendar, and it is both stupendous and sure to sell out soon.

Posted on November 30th, 2015 3 Comments

3 Responses

  1. y.k. says:

    i love peter max – maybe just because i remember those prints from back then, but there’s nothing cheerier, more optimistic.

  2. Raina says:

    I cosign the Miu Miu bottle. The scent is good, not great, but my vanity tray told me I need it.

    Balenciaga’s Florabotanica also has a fab bottle, but the fragrance is akin to high-end toilet paper.

    P.S. If I were gifted BOTH the Diptyque and the Liberty advent calendars, I might be tempted to turn in my Jew card.