Whether you’re shopping for a special friend, your mom, favorite niece…or, OK, yourself…these incredible fashion and beauty gifts make for easy pickings. Bright, eye-catching hues—and your good taste—will make for presents that are just brilliant. Get ready to spoil your soon-to-be-grateful friends.
At First Blush. The Laura Mercier Going Glam Palette is a double decker compact stocked with Second Skin Cheek Colours in Bellini and Poesie, Matte and luster Eye Colours in Vanilla Nuts, Coffee Ground, Steal Pink and Boudoir, plus a Bellini Lip Glace. It’s all made in the USA and people can nab it Wednesday, Nov. 30 when Pulse hosts Refresh & Destress at Lord & Taylor in Manhasset. $56; Lord & Taylor in Manhasset.
Exotic Beauty. This Oribe limited edition Côte d’Azur Collection stirs up the glamour of the famed destination. Both the Luminous Hair & Body Oil and Eau de Parfum rollerball have sunny notes of Calabrian bergamot, white butterfly jasmine and sandalwood. $85; De La Mer Salon and Spa in Bellmore.
A Taste of the Season. Natural Stewart & Claire Lip Balms make the perfect stocking stuffers, plus they get bonus points for taking on the flavors of holiday cocktails. My favorite is the “Old Fashioned,” which has hints of bourbon and bitter orange and a touch of vanilla. $8; BeauTeaBar in Cold Spring Harbor.
He Cleans up Nice. Why is it only the ladies who get gifted with sumptuous body washes? I think that needs to change. Enter the Molton Brown London Men’s Stowaway toiletry bag. It’s filled with an array of travel-sized suds, including Black Peppercorn Body Wash; Tobacco Absolute Bath & Shower Gel; Bushukan Body Wash; Silver Birch Body Wash; Eucalyptus Body Wash; and Re-charge Black Pepper Sport 4-in-1 Body Wash. $70; R.J. West New York in Huntington.
You’re Golden. The creative force behind cult classic Hard Candy, Dineh Mohajer is now the co-founder of Smith and Cult, the edgy, indulgent 8-free nail brand. The hot gift set right now is the Nail Polish Trio 2. The shades—Kundalini Hustle, an opaque poppy; Shattered Souls, large and small gold glitter bits suspended in a clear base; and Dark Like Me, a rich aubergine—are all uber high-pigment. $54; A Neiman Marcus exclusive, at Roosevelt Field.
Fashion & Accessories
Good evening. Handcrafted in 14K white gold, these Anna Beth studs by Dana Rebecca Designs are centered with green chrysoprase that’s faceted to reflect light from all angles, then rimmed with round diamonds. $1,760; H. L. Gross & Bros. Jewelers, Garden City.
Charmed, I’m sure. Luxurious European label Belle Fare is known for innovative styles in accessories. The proof: this rainbow butterfly purse charm, made of mink fur from Denmark. The leather strap has logo detailing. $99; Exclusive to Neiman Marcus, at Roosevelt Field.
Everyday treasure. She’ll swoon over the POP Bracelet, with a .10cts diamond set in an 18K yellow gold vermeil bezel on a crimson braided cord. It’s as tough as it is stunning, guaranteed not to break, stretch or fade and, in fact, is meant to be worn 24/7. The best part: a portion of sales is donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Long Island chapter. $270; Fortunoff Fine Jewelry in Westbury and Jen K Designs in Woodmere.
Fab and fuzzy. A structured bag that’s just the right size to be her daytime go-to, the RYE Maga in Cobalt is sure to fetch compliments. It’s crafted of cow suede and lamb shearling with an embossed logo, a leather tassel and a Swiss-made zip fastening. $495; Lazy Point in Amagansett.
Step lively. Up and coming designer Jordana Schrager has just launched sneakers by Jordana, a graffiti-inspired line of kicks. A pair of “Peace and Love” for your perennially perky sister-in-law, or your free-spirited niece? That’s a wrap. $110, other designs available; Just Beautiful Boutique in Roslyn.
Shop smart. Forget everything you think you know about consignment shops. The Designer Exchange in Syosset, a bright, clean luxury consignment shop, with well-organized and primo designer accessories, is a best-kept secret at the holidays. Treat yourself….er, your best friend…to the likes of Chanel, Dior and Gucci without blowing your holiday shopping budget.