Every holiday season I find myself running to Bath & Body Works for last minute gifts. Whether it be for a gift exchange, hostess gift, co-worker, etc. I know I can always find something great, regardless of my budget. Every woman you know has at least one favorite scent or product from them. This year they’ve put together quite an array of gift sets sure to please the nail gal in your life.
All the pampering products you’ll need for a handy-dandy holiday! Manicure set includes: 1 fl oz. Look Ma, New Hands!â„¢ Softening Hand Lotion Treatment, .2 fl oz. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Message in a Bottle, 2 fl oz. Just a Minuteâ„¢ 60-Second Manicure Scrub and 1-2-3 Nail Buffer. All stored in a plush cosmetic bag ($20).
The essential Tinker Bell. Top-zip cosmetic bag adorned with signature Tinker Bell artwork, a Tinker Bell Lip Gloss, and a Tinker Bell Nail Shade â€“ all in a limited edition Tinker Bell signature keepsake box ($30). You know your little divas will go gaga over Tinker Bell.
All the pampering products you’ll need for fancy, festive feet! Pedicure set includes: 1.5 fl oz. Heel of Approvalâ„¢ Cracked Heel Treatment, .2 fl oz. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Need You Tonight, 1.5 fl oz. Toe the Lineâ„¢ Foot Scrub and toe separators. All stored in a plush cosmetic bag ($39.50).
All the tools you’ll need for a spa-tacular pedicure to go, stored neatly in this too-chic beauty case. Includes 4 oz. Toe the Lineâ„¢ Smoothing Foot Scrub, 4 oz. Heel of Approvalâ„¢ Cracked Heel Treatment, spa pumice brush, VINYL Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer, toe separators, and Seal the Dealâ„¢ Base Coat, Top Coat and Nail Strengthener ($39.50).
Treat yourself to feel-good feet with warming booties scented with soothing lavender. Pair them with 4 oz. True BlueÂ® Spa Shea It Isn’t Soâ„¢ Shea Butter Foot Cream for a heated, ultra-pampering, at-home spa experience ($45). This is definitely on my wish list. Honey, are you reading this?
I know it’s not always easy shopping for a nail gal at the holidays. Especially ones with extensive polish collections. One thing we will always need is hand and foot care products. This season The Body Shop delivers four great sets that meet the needs of every budget. As a bonus, all these sets are Buy One Get One Half Off right now. Buy an extra and keep it on hand as a hostess gift.
Gift set includes: 1.7 oz Almond Oil Daily Hand & Nail Cream, 2 fl oz Almond Oil Conditioning Hand Wash, NEW Mini Emery Board pack, Mini Cuticle Sticks and a Mini Nail Buffer ($19.00)
Gift Includes: 2.5 oz Almond Oil Refining Hand Scrub, 2 fl oz Almond Oil Conditioning Hand Wash, 1.7 oz Almond Oil Intensive Hand Rescue Treatment and a Nail Block
Gift Includes: 2 oz Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion, .5 oz Peppermint Cooling Pumice Foot Scrub, 1.7 fl oz Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray, Mini File a Foot and Two Mini Toe Dividers ($16.00)
Gift Includes: 4.25 oz Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion, 3.4 oz Peppermint Cooling Pumice Foot Scrub, 1.7 oz Peppermint Foot Soak, File a Foot and Two Toe Dividers ($30.00)
The Minicure set ($15) is the complete Zoya Color Lock System in mini size: 0.25 Armor – basecoat, 0.25 Anchor – topcoat, 0.25 Hurry Up – speed dry drops, 1 oz Remove+ and 0.25 Zoya professional polish in Shiloh (red). Not only do the sets make great gifts but how great will these minis be for traveling?
I know these Color Cubes ($7.50) are a popular item and may or may not be available. Each includes a Hot Lips gloss and coordinating mini .25oz Zoya lacquer.Holiday Gold – Paparazzi Hot Lips & Austine, Really Red – Resolution Hot Lips & Resolution, Purple Party - Hocus Pocus Hot Lips & Roxy.
Qtica put together a little something for every skin care need.
The Scrub-A-Dub sets from the Smart Spa line include a 5.7 oz tube of shower gel or hair and body wash plus exfoliating gloves ($12). Choose from Cool, Pomegranate Lime, Vanilla Wild Plum, Exotic Mango, Lime Zest, White Tea & Mandarin Honey. The Holiday Nails set includes 0.5 oz Nail Growth Stimulator, 0.25 oz. Extending Topcoat, 0.25 oz Half Time and a special edition 0.25 oz. Intense Cuticle Repair Balm. All packaged in a festive snowflake cosmetic bag ($25). The Holiday Hands & Holiday Feet kits both include limited edition balm jars ($24.99). Holiday Lips & Tips set includes Lip Repair and Cuticle Repair balms in festive holiday packaging ($15).
Since navy is such a big color this fall and with OPI putting out three great blues this year, I thought you all might appreciate a little side by side comparison. While I love these dark colors, capturing their true beauty on screen is REALLY difficult but I did my best.
To me, the major differences are:
Russian Navy – has a blue green base, like Glacier Bay Blues, subtle shimmer on the nail and is the closest to an actual navy shade
Who Are You Wearing? – has more purple in it’s base, multi-colored blue and red shimmer, looks blue/purple depending on the light and has an overall darker hue
OPI Ink – is the most burple (bluish purple), has the most sparkle and glitz due to the silvery micro-glitter, is the least “blackish-blue”
Which one do you prefer? Or did you just give in and buy all three?
When I think of glitz and glam, my mind immediately drifts to Hollywood, award shows and the red carpet. For Holiday 2007 OPI takes us there with the Holiday in Hollywood Collection. It includes two distinct sets of six polishes: Dazzling Darks & Neutrals and Glamour Reds.
The Dazzling Darks & Neutrals are up first. The Glamour Reds are soon to follow.
Stars in My Eyes is a semi-sheer sparkly silver. What you see below is two thin coats. I’m sure a third coat would make it completely opaque. As I was applying Stars in My Eyes and the majority of the sparklers in this collection I noticed a great multi-colored shimmer in the lacquer but it doesn’t appear on the nail. Instead this shade has a slightly pinkish cast and amazing depth. It dries semi-matte so if you really want to put on the glitz, add a super shiny top coat. Hollywood Blonde is my surprise of the collection. I totally didn’t expect to like, let alone love, this shade. From the few pics I’d seen of it online, it looked like a blah nude. Wow was I wrong. A glistening nudish pink semi-sheer, this is my kind pale. The gold shimmer gives it depth and a fairy dust quality. I would totally rock this on my tips or toes for a holiday party. I love when a polish blows my expectations out of the water. I’d Like To Thank… is described by OPI as a “copper shimmer.” I don’t know what Suzi has been smoking but I see no copper here. I’d Like To Thank is a duo-chrome; a shade that changes from one shade to another depending on the lighting. This one changes from a mid-tone peachy pink a deep golden rose thanks to the magical gold metallic shimmer. This is a shade I’d say is more suited to warm skin tones. The only real downside of this color is that the metallic quality made my brush strokes more apparent. My Big Break has the same consistency and duo chrome effect as I’d Like To Thank. And the same visible brush stroke issue but it’s not nearly as visible. There is a small amount of green shimmer in the formula that shows up on the nail at certain angles. Overall it’s a lovely berry rose shade that leans towards a deep lilac depending on the light. Have You Seen My Limo? gets the prize for most unique. Yet another duo-chrome, the deep grape base has silver and green shimmer that allows the shade to transform from reddish purple to a dark silvery plum. I really hope OPI adds this to their permanent Classic Collection. Who Are You Wearing? is a tough color to accurately capture. I must have shot 40+ images of it and I still had to add swatch shots from other images to give you an idea of how truly cool this polish is. When I first saw online swatches of it I thought it was just another blue, like OPI Ink or Russian Navy but, oh no it’s so much more! The final duo-chrome in this collection, Who Are You Wearing? has a red shimmer that only appears in warm indoor lighting. Otherwise it’s a battle between the blue shimmer and the purple base as to which color you’ll see. The purple being the hardest to capture digitally. This is a shade you MUST see for yourself. The Holiday In Hollywood collection is available now at professional salons, including Ulta, Trade Secret, Regis, Pure Beauty, JCPenney, Dillardâ€™s, Beauty First, and Beauty Brands.
Now it’s time for you to weigh in. Which shades have you drooling? Which ones have you bought? What’s on your wish list? What didn’t work for you? Any lemmings killed?