Dior Gifts J’adore Absolu With a Stunning Bottle

The beloved fragrance with a unique and rich floral intensity makes an impressive entrance in a limited artist edition, designed by celebrated artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, and made of luxurious Murano glass from Italy. Each hand-blown bottle features an intricate glass thread embedded with gold leaf. The spiral-shaped sculpture created by Othoniel winds up the J’adore “amphora” into a hand-blown glass bead top, which is highlighted by flecks of gold leaf. Each unique bottle is presented in a luxury couture box. A numbered certificate of authenticity is contained and fewer than 300 pieces will be available worldwide. Collectors and extravagant gift givers are sure to line up to purchase the exquisite creation priced at $3,500 for 40ml (and three 15ml refills).
More info: Available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman

Jimmy Choo Steps Out in Stylish Holiday Packaging

The 2012 Jimmy Choo collector’s edition ($150) sports a dramatic accessory: a glossy black lacquer lattice covering. The multi-faceted orb-like vessel with stunning highlights, is described as “an enlightened tribute to Murano.” A chunky black cap crowns the top and provides the finishing touch. The elegant outer carton features an embossed version of the python print, emphasizing one of the brand’s favorite codes. The juice, created by perfumer Olivier Polge, is described as “oriental, sophisticated and enveloping”—a bolder version of the eau de parfum. Aesthete designed the bottle and package; Verreries de Manières (Bormioli Rocco) manufactured the bottle; Calmar provided the pump; Tesem, the collar; and Qualipac, the cap. Solev carried out the bottle decoration and Autajon was the carton manufacturer. More info: Available at specialty stores Holiday 2012

Julep Nail Color Donates for a Cause

Straight from the brand’s boutique nail and treatment salons in Washington State, comes creamy Julep nail color ($14 each). The shade shown here, Rose-Bombshell, is a juicy watermelon red cream. The bottles are made of blown glass from Italy, which makes each bottle unique, and the thick glass base keeps the bottle weighted to prevent it from tipping over when upright. The narrow shape of the bottle and long wand make every last drop of polish accessible. Julep Nail Color is “4-free” meaning it does not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene or DBP. The company donates a portion of the proceeds to organizations that support women through its Powered by Girlfriends program. Julep’s 12-piece gift set was just selected by Oprah as one of her “favorite things.”

More info: www.julep.com

Treat Yourself to a Little Merlot

We all know that merlot can quench your thirst, but it can also quench your skin. And wine-inspired natural grape seed-based brand Merlot Skin Care has released two specialized gift sets this holiday season to prove it. The artfully packaged four-piece Daily Beauty Gift Set ($45) highlights Merlot’s most popular skin care regimen— cleanse, tone, moisturize—and also includes Merlot’s natural grape seed eye cream. The For The Man in Your Life Gift Set ($25) is specifically tailored for guys—featuring a lip balm, fragrance-free moisturizer and sanitizing hand cream. Raise a glass to rejuvenated skin and lips.
More info: merlotskincare.com

Bare Minerals Presents the Finer Things

Simple luxury often defines the finer things in life and that’s just what Bare Minerals accomplishes with its new eye palette of the same name. Available in two collections—The Finer Things and The Star Treatment—BareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 8.0 ($40) brings a tech vibe to the packaging of its creamy, solid mineral products. Not only do the party-going shades provide endless options—the formulation delivers anti-aging benefits directly to lids. Color names in The Finer Things collection spout luxury, with an eight-well selection that includes Chateau, Truffle, Five Star, Penthouse and Private Isle. And the message comes through loud and clear in the sleek, mobile phone-like case.

More info: www.bareminerals.com

Maybelline Introduces ‘Catty’ Lashes

Meowwww. For thick, lush lashes all your friends will envy, stroke on Colossal Cat Eyes Volum’ Express Mascara ($7.47), Maybelline’s newest addition to its wildly popular Colossal line. The uniquely bristled, lash-extending mascara promises eight times the volume, due to its patented claw brush and a collagen-infused formula. The brush was specifically designed to follow lash shape for maximum extension; every lash is reached, extended and stretched outwards. The formula’s fine wax system allows mascara to build on lashes for instant volume that increases with each stroke—without drying. Glide agents deliver an even coating, while jojoba oil, glycerin and palm oil impart a creamy texture. Pick up the animal print tube—it will go perfectly with this season’s wild fashion trends.

More info: www.maybelline.com