By Janette Vecchiarelli-Bell
I love nail polish. It really can be the best accessory, especially during the holidays. I know I’m not in the minority here, so here are a few stocking stuffer ideas that any woman will love.
The minute I heard about this polish, I ran right out and purchased a bottle in “House of Parliament” purple. After you put a coat on, you hold the special magnet in the lid over your nail and it attracts the iron powder in the polish and creates the “secret” design on your nail. It’s a trip and I LOVE it. It’s a bit time consuming, but once you get the hang of it, it’s actually a lot of fun. The cool packaging makes it a great gift.
Cosmetic has been making great matte polish for years now, especially for those of us that don’t want to “outshine” everyone in the room. You can either let the polish dry for a matte look, buff them to a shine (just don’t use a top coat), or just let them buff out naturally. They come in beautiful Art Deco style bottles that really beg to be displayed. Try it in “Karen,” a long-lasting true red that is as retro as the bottle it comes in.
If you know someone that is into high fashion but isn’t willing to pass out from the fumes from their polish, check out Butter London
. Butter’s polish is “3 Free,” meaning it’s free of Formaldahyde, Toluene and DBP (dibutyl phthalate) so while it’s highly pigmentated, it’s safe (and fashionable). In funky colors like the limited edition “The Black Knight,” this glitter fusion contains black, pink, blue and silver all suspended in a black base. If that’s not her style, try one of my personal favorites, “All Hail The Queen”. The opaque, glittery beige is perfect for everyday with a bit of glam.
For the girl who, like me, has a million bottles of polish or you just don’t know what color to get her, try out these amazing top coats from Nails, Inc. The Kensington Caviar base coat will give any polish a super glossy look AND dries in 45 seconds. It also helps prevent chipping – prolonging the life of your manicure.
Next, to get an instant matte look with any of your favorite polish, try the Westminster Bridge top coat. It is perfect to use as a top coat with matte polish since, up until now, a top coat would ruin the look (see above).
Finally, check out their line of crackle top coats. Create nail art in seconds when it’s applied to the existing coat. The polish “cracks” and creates a texture on the nail that will look like hours were spent at the salon. They come in a variety of looks, but my personal fave is the Farrington Glitter.
Check out Butter’s gift sets. Let her try them out with a starter set or for the more adventurous, the “Rock and Roller.” You really can’t go wrong with these. Nails, Inc. also has some great gift sets AND allows you to customize them on their website. Pick the colors you want packaged, and viola! Customized for your favorite nail-phile.
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