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2020 Stocking Stuffers: Small Gifts That'll Bring Joy this Holiday Season

2020 Stocking Stuffers: Small Gifts That’ll Bring Joy this Holiday Season

There is no doubt that gifts placed under the tree are the stars of Christmas morning, but stocking stuffers can bring the same amount of joy. Although they may not as big as the “main holiday gifts”, the small gifts are quite special on their own. We know lots of small gifts that will bring big joy and we’re highlighting them today in our first 2020 Stocking Stuffers gift guide.

2020 Stocking Stuffers: Small Gifts That'll Bring Joy this Holiday Season

You and everyone will love these small but mighty gifts from NatraCure, Baby Foot, Beekman 1802, Formula 10.0.6, ella+nila, Crep Protect, and Benefit Cosmetics. The best part about these 2020 stocking stuffers? They are essential; for selfcare, for joy, for wellness. Whether your routine has changed from being stuck at home or whether your day-to-day remains the same. Let’s get to know these wonderful holiday gifts.

NatraCure Intense Hydrating Gel Gloves, $14.99

2020 Stocking Stuffers: Small Gifts That'll Bring Joy this Holiday Season

We’ve all been washing our hands a million times a day, so it’s quite understandable that they can feel as dry as the Mojave desert. Thankfully you can combat the dryness by slipping on the NatraCure Intense Hydrating Gel Gloves. Your parched hands will thank you. These dermatologist-tested moisturizing gloves feature a SmartGel Technology lining that slowly releases moisturizing oils and botanicals into the skin. This gel lining soothes and softens dry, rough hands, fingers, and cuticles. Perfect for an at-home spa treatment, this therapeutic blend of oils includes jojoba oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, and boasts a relaxing lavender scent. The best part, you can use them over and over as needed.

Baby Foot Exfoliation Foot Peel, $25.00

2020 Stocking Stuffers: Small Gifts That'll Bring Joy this Holiday Season

Since we just showed you a great hand moisturizing product, it’s only fair we share some selfcare for your feet that’s vital to your wellbeing. As you age, partake in a lot of hot showers, hot baths, and foot baths, or endure prolonged standing, you WILL experience dry skin on your feet. Luckily there is a foot savior. Baby Foot Exfoliation Foot Peels are scientifically formulated with 16 types of natural extracts that exfoliate and moisturize your feet at the same time.

Its formula contains a fruit acid that penetrates the layers of dead skin cells and breaks it down. Don’t worry, during this process, the skin is undamaged. You’ll be amazed as dead, dry skin easily peels away from the fresh layer of skin that’s waiting to be free underneath. Even if you regularly get pedicures, you’ll be surprised how much dead skin might be present. The peeling process is quite something to behold. After peeling, you’re left with feet that are reborn, just like a baby’s foot.

Beekman 1802 Skincare Stars 7 Day Gift Set, $65.00

Beekman 1802 Skincare Stars 7 Day Gift Set

Next up on our 2020 Stocking Stuffers list is the luxurious benefits of milk. ‘Tis the season for healthy skin to shine bright and bloom. Pamper yourself (or a loved one) with a new product every day of the week. Housed in a star-shaped boxed, this stocking stuffer fits right on top of your tree. Each Skincare Stars 7 Day Gift Set boasts Beekman 1802’s Triple Milk Complex™: our proprietary blend of goat milk, milk probiotic, and colostrum. It includes travel-friendly versions of Milk Wash Cleanser, Buttermilk Cleanser, Milk Drops Serum, Bloom Cream, Dewy Eyed Serum, Milk Mud Mask, and Milk Foam Bubble Mask. For Black Friday, 11/24 – 11/28, Beekman 1802 is offering wonderful savings; 20% OFF All Bar Soaps, All Skincare, Caddy Sets, and Hand Creams (2oz + 3.4oz). On Cyber Monday, Save $15.00 when you spend $100.00 and $40.00 when you spend $200.00.

Formula 10.0.6 Merry & Bright Skin Care Travel Kit, $11.99

Formula 10.0.6 Merry & Bright Skin Care Trial Size Collection

Give the gift of holiday cheer with the Merry & Bright Travel Kit Holiday Collection. This joyful kit has four of Formula 10.0.6’s best items to have your skin glowing in time for the holidays! The Self-care holiday bundle boasts gentle yet powerful products that harness the benefits of nature’s best ingredients. Included in the collection are Formula 10.0.6’s Best Face Forward Daily Cleanser, Pores Be Pure Clarifying Mud Mask, Three Times Sublime 3 in 1 Wash + Scrub + Mask, and Wipe Your Face Off Make-up Removing Wipes. Get this set and more at on www.ulta.com, www.kohls.com, and www.formula1006.com.

ella+mila Holiday Kiss Set, $26.00

ella+mila Holiday Kiss Set

Give the gift of holiday-ready nails with the 3-pc ella+mila Holiday Kiss Set. This set of non-toxic vegan, animal cruelty-free nail polish colors are perfect shades for the season. They are made without the 17 harmful chemicals that are usually found in most nail polishes.  The chip-resistant, quick-dry, and high-shine colors include Holiday Fling, Kiss Kiss, and G-Old Money. It’s a great way for you and them to treat your nails with love and care. Grab these for your favorite nail polish addict instore and online at www.ellamila.com, Target, Amazon, and Ulta.

Crep Protect Cure Travel Kit, $18.00

 

Crep Protect Cure Travel Kit

Like jeans, sneakers have become more than just a classic staple. The more “crisp” your sneakers look, the better your look. Welcome the Crep Protect Cure Travel Kit, the ultimate when it comes to a shoe cleaning kit for at home or on-the-go. For any sneakerhead, it’s important for sneakers to look as fresh as they did when their first pulled them out of their box; this travel kit is the perfect way to achieve that. The travel kit contains Crep Protect Cure Ultimate Cleaning Solution, a Premium Hog Hair Brush, and a Microfibre Cloth, all housed in a Re-usable zip-up case.

Benefit Cosmetics Makeup Shakeup Holiday Set, $15.00

Benefit Cosmetics Makeup Shakeup Holiday Set

Last, but certainly not least, on our 2020 Stocking Stuffers holiday gift guide is the Benefit Cosmetics Makeup Shakeup Holiday Set. This set is one of many holiday gift sets from the beauty brand. This limited-edition set features Benefit bestsellers Gimme Brow+ tinted brow gel for fuller-looking brows, BADgal BANG! volumizing mascara for 36-hour volumized lashes and the iconic Benetint rose-tinted lips and cheeks stain. It all comes wrapped and ready to gift in a fun ‘n’ festive holiday cracker. For Black Friday, 11/24 – 11/28, they’re offering an amazing 25% off sitewide + free shipping. What better time to get those Christmas presents and stocking stuffers for the beauty lovers on your holiday list.

These are some of our favorite 2020 Stocking Stuffers. Would any items on our list bring joy to someone on yours?

Go Natural This Summer with Water-Based SOPHI Nail Polish

Go Toxic-Free This Summer with Water-Based SOPHI Nail Polish

If there is one thing that will force you to pay more attention to what you put in your body, it’s a pandemic. Although we were slowly adopting more health-conscious habits, the arrival of Covid-19 has sped that practice up. When we say health-conscious habits, we are not just referring to what we eat and drink. Your body absorbs from foods,  drinks, and beauty products you use topically; this also includes things like nail polish. Are you ready for a healthier approach to nail care? Non-toxic, virtually odorless nail polish, like SOPHi Nail Polish, allows you to have a worry-free, yet long-lasting manicure. Whether you’re health-conscious or not, this water-based polish is free from any harsh chemicals, so you can enjoy natural, healthier nails this summer.

Go Natural This Summer with Water-Based SOPHI Nail Polish

With SOPHi Nail Polish, you enjoy on-trend nail colors and a worry-free, yet long-lasting manicure! The non-toxic, virtually odorless nail polish is better than 9 or 16-free because it is free of ALL harsh chemicals! The water-based SOPHi nail polish leaves nails healthy and doesn’t cause them to yellow or become brittle. Plus, they are cruelty-free and vegan.

Go Natural This Summer with Water-Based SOPHI Nail Polish

To complete your healthy mani, finish up with the SOPHi Prime + Shine + Seal System for best wear. It’s the perfect partner to your favorite color of SOPHi nail polish. This revolutionary Primer + Sealer in-one is a must-have for chip resistance, and the Shine Topcoat offers additional scratch resistance. Since this water-based polish doesn’t have any harsh chemicals, this multitasking Primer + Sealer and Shine Topcoat duo give your polish lasting power (and a completely non-toxic manicure!). When applied with SOPHi’s 4 step system (Prime, Color, Shine, Seal), this water-based formula easily competes with standard nail polish durability.

SOPHi nail polish is non-flammable and contains no formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), or ethyl acetate. It was founded by the same company that started the best-selling non-toxic nail polish for little girls – Piggy Paint! The brand is available at www.target.com, Amazon, www.sophinailpolish.com, and www.piggypaint.com for $7.99 – $9.99.

*This product feature is also posted on The Nail Polish Exchange.

10+Free Clean Nail Color 2020 F/W Runway Nail Looks at NYFW

Trust us when we say your health and wellness have never looked so good or your trendy. We had the pleasure of going backstage with our favorite new vegan nail polish brand, 10+Free Clean Nail Color, as they dressed the nails of models at three NYFW shows. Check out the cool nail trends 10+Free Clean Nail Color and Nail Artist Holly Falcone created for PRISCAvera and Sandy Liang; and Nail Artist Ashanti Newman for Noon by Noor.

PRISCAVera

NYFW Nails: 10+ Free Nail Polish at PRISCAVera

The ready to wear collection was youthful with flashes of feminine and playfulness. Nail Artist Holly Falcone created three nail looks to compliment the fresh twist on the geek chic style. The first splash of color was playful and power pink ZINNIA, a vivid fuchsia crème with full coverage.

DENIM STITCH & PINK STITCH HOW-TO

  1. Apply Prep with Peptides Clear Base Coat to clean filed nails.
  2. With a striping brush, create multiple curvy stitch lines on each nail with Deep Sea-crets (for Denim Stitch) and Zinnia (for Pink Stitch).
  3. Apply Pep In Your Step Clear High Gloss Top Coat.

Sandy Liang

NYFW Nails: 10+ Free Nail Polish at Sandy Liang

For Sandy Liang, Nail Artist Holly Falcone paired the classic French manicure with a 90’s twist using MOON BEAMS (Crisp Bright Alabaster White Crème) and SMOOTH SAILING (Pastel Blue Crème with a hint of Periwinkle) to create a stylish, yet simple thin French tip. This was an elegant look to complement the flirty gingham print skirts and girly dresses. Holly used a custom-made deep vampy-red to create a chic, bold and sophisticated nail look for the cool shearling and leather outerwear.

CLASSIC FRENCH & FRENCH TWIST HOW-TO

  1. Apply Prep with Peptides Clear Base Coat to clean filed nails.
  2. With a striping brush, create a french tip with Moon Beam (for Classic French) and Smooth Sailing (for French Twist).
  3. Apply Pep In Your Step Clear High Gloss Top Coat.

Noon by Noor

NYFW Nails: 10+ Free Nail Polish at Noon By Noor

For the Noon by Noor F/W 2020 show, Nail Artist Ashanti Newman used Noor Rashid Al Khalifa and Haya Mohammed Al Khalifa’s inspiration of Bahrain’s traditional handcrafted doors and decorative architecture for this season’s nail inspiration. With a wide range of colors and textures used in these pieces, 10+Free Clean Nail Color’s MOON ROCKS (Indigo charcoal gray crème) shade was the perfect compliment.

 

Elizabeth Arden The Red Door at Vivienne Tam Spring 2017 Collection

For this Spring 2017 NYFW season, we decided on a very light fashion week schedule, only doing one backstage coverage. This season we went backstage with Elizabeth Arden The Red Door at Vivienne Tam Spring 2017 Collection show. The Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa team were on hand for hair and nails, using Olivia Garden Hair Tools achieve the show’s hair looks.

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The hair look for the Vivienne Tam’s Spring 2017 collection show was a unique twist to the topknot, which complimented the soft style of Vivienne Tam’s runway looks. Lead Hairstylist, Makiko Nara, Creative Lead for The Red Door Salon & Spa loosely pulled into ladylike chignons situated at the crown of each model’s head for a chic, relaxed style.

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To achieve the look, the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas hair team took the following steps:

1. First, apply Kérastase L’incroyable Blowdry into the palm of hands and apply on towel-dried hair from roots to ends. For thinner hair, apply Kérastase Matérialiste to add texture and thickness to hair.

2. Then, brush hair with Olivia Garden’s iDetangle Brush (pictured below), a new ultra-gentle detangling brush with a double-bristle design. This new lightweight, unibody, and vented paddle brush feature scalp-hugging comfort and flexible detangling bristles that are specially designed to work on specific hair types. The iDetangle Brush Collection is available in three bristle types customized bristles are designed for detangling Fine (translucent white), Medium (translucent grey), and Thick Hair (solid black)

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3. Next, blow dry hair naturally using the Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Supreme Combo Oval Cushioned Paddle Brush to lift up the roots to create volume.

4. Then, pull the hair upward and tight leaving a few pieces down around the hairline and neck.

5. Next, make a small knot with a hair tie, wrap around the knot with the half of the hair and the leave the end free. Secure hair in place with bobby pins.

We had a chance to briefly speak with Lead Hairstylist, Makiko Nara on the inspiration for this season’s runway hair. See the video below:

For the nail look, The Red Door at Vivienne Tam Spring 2017 collection team, headed by Creative Lead, lwona Opiola, created a natural nail to compliment the soft textures of Vivienne Tam’s collection.

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Using Essie’s Demure Vixen, follow the team followed the below steps to create the look.

1. File nails into a rounded shape, and apply CND Cuticle Away

2. Lightly buff the nails, then gently remove any loose cuticle

3. Dehydrate the nail plates with acetone, which prevents polish from chipping

4. Apply 2 coats of Essie’s Demure Vixen polish

5. Apply Essie’s GoodZGo Top Coat to add a bit of texture to the polish without it looking dry 6. For dry cuticles, apply CND Solar Oil for added hydration

What do you think of the hair and nail looks from The Red Door at Vivienne Tam Spring 2017 collection show?

Nail Your Halloween Mani with Deborah Lippmann

Who’s ready for Halloween? What will you rock on your nails? We may not know what our costume will be, but we certainly know what our nails will be dressed as. Thanks to Deborah Lippmann and her Limited Edition ROAR Fall 2015 Collection, we have found our spooktacular Halloween manicure.  This Halloween, dress your nails in Witches Claw or Howling Half Moon Mani:

Witches Claw:

  1. Begin with one coat of deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro base coat and let dry fully.
  2. Apply two thin coats of Respect over the entire nail, waiting 2 minutes to dry and capping the tips of the nail after each coat.
  3. Wait one hour for nails to fully dry. Then, cut low-tack blue painters tape into a triangle shape and place in the center of the nail. The triangle should be placed where the pointed tip is at the top edge of your nail and is wider at the base.
  4. Paint the exposed sides of your nail with Miss Independent, then carefully lift the painters tape – do not wait for Miss Independent to dry.
  5. Finish the look with deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro top coat.

Products Used:

  • deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro Base and Top Coat (sold as a set) – $45.00
  • deborah lippmann Respect Nail Lacquer (Limited Edition for Fall/Winter 2015-16) – $18.00
  • deborah lippmann Miss Independent Nail Lacquer (Limited Edition for Fall/Winter 2015-16) – $18.00

A Howling Half Moon Mani:

Begin with one coat of deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro base coat and let dry fully.

  1. Apply two thin coats of Fade to Black over the entire nail, waiting 2 minutes to dry and capping the tips of the nail after each coat.
  2. Using a nail art detail brush (or the bottle brush if you have a steady hand), paint a half-moon at the base of the nail with Can’t Be Tamed glitter lacquer.
  3. While that dries, apply Ruby Red Slippers over the tip of your nail, gradually dragging the glitter down towards the middle of your nail to create a subtle gradient. Add a second swipe of Ruby Red Slippers just across the tips of your nails to create a more intense glitter ombre effect.
  4. Finish the look with deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro top coat.

Products Used:

  • deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro Base and Top Coat (sold as a set) – $45.00
  • deborah lippmann Fade to Black Nail Lacquer – $18.00
  • deborah lippmann Can’t Be Tamed Nail Lacquer (Limited Edition for Fall/Winter 2015-16) – $20.00
  • deborah lippmann Ruby Red Slippers Nail Lacquer – $20.00

 

The ROAR Collection evokes feminine strength and echoes the united voice of women everywhere. Inspired by the rebirth of female empowerment (equal rights, equal opportunity and female solidarity) and iconic leaders like Grace Jones, Madonna, and Cher, Deborah specifically designed these show-stopping shades to represent that power with color.

The new, full coverage shades include She Wolf (crème taupe – not pictured), Respect (crème brick red), Miss Independent (crème berry wine), and Can’t Be Tamed (crème holographic honey gold).

The Deborah Lippmann ROAR Collection is available now at www.deborahlippmann.com, and at Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide.

This blog post also appears on The Nail Polish Exchange.

Holiday Gift Guide: Rock Her Holiday Beauty Wishlist w/ Julep

A beauty maven is the easiest person to shop for at holiday time. Especially when there are great brands like Julep to love. The beloved beauty brand has a wonderful array of stunning cosmetics and cosmetic tools that make great stocking stuffers and under the tree gifts this holiday. Whether your beauty addict loves nail polishes, makeup brushes, lip or eyeshadow colors, or all of the above, this Holiday Gift Guide highlights some of our favorite beauty gift offerings from Julep. These gifts assure that your Christmas morning will be filled with lots of hugs and kisses of appreciation.

Rock Her Holiday Beauty Wishlist w/ Julep

Load up their stockings with Julep beauty treats like the Hands in the Air, a trio of skin-loving, travel-friendly hand crèmes; Mini Lipstick Trio – Dancing, a trio of deep hued, richly colored, matte-finish lipsticks; Festival of Lights Trio, a celebration of the Hanukkah colors at your fingertips; Stargazer Collection, a set of five shimmery waterproof eye pencils; and Brush With Greatness, a set of five super-soft brushes: blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, angled liner, and shader. Add some more beauty to your tree by adding the 2014 Birthstone Collection, a 12-piece nail polish collection inspired by the birthstones. We can’t wait to rock Joni (Citrine for November); Sweep – Eyeshadow Photogenic Palette, a stunning collection of eleven anti-aging eyeshadow colors (thanks to its Power Cell Complex) that range from matte to subtly shimmery; and the 2014 Gem Collection, a set of twelve gemstone polishes that will have your nails sparkling like diamonds.

For those who want to really wow your loved one, go big and gift her with Rock Her Wish List ($224.00) Gift Set, we definitely have it on our own wishlist. This bundle of happiness features some of Julep’s most covetable beauty products and sort after favorites, such as the Plié Wand Nail Polishing System, Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment Duo, Hands in the Air Hand Cremes, Nailed It! nail color minis, Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum, Stargazer shimmery Gel Eye Gliders, Sweep Eyeshadow Photogenic Palette, Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat, and Oxygen Performance Top Coat.

All of these amazing products, and so much more, are available now. You may find yourself getting products for yourself, as well as or holiday gifts. Here’s to you having a beauty-filled holiday.

Gala Gonzalez’s Nail Polish Collection w/ Color Club

Checking off something that is on our own bucket list is Spanish fashion blogger, Gala Gonzalez of amlul.com, who is launching an upcoming nail polish collection, Gala’s Gems, with Color Club which was previewed at a Birchbox Birchbloggers event. We all know that Birchbox is a beauty lover’s go-to for a personalized way to discover, learn about and purchase the best beauty, grooming and lifestyle products, so highlighting this collaboration is no surprise. Along with a sneak peek of the collection, attendees got the opportunity to walk away with manicures with the gorgeous creamy, pearlized, pastel collection and a Q&A session between Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp and Gala.

From left to right is Heirloom Pearls, Breakfast At.., Aquamarine Azulino, and Gold Struck. You can see the full beauty of Heirloom Pearls and also check out some video of the Q&A with Birchbox’s Katia and Gala below:

As you can tell, the 35yr old veteran nail lacquer company has re-branded its logo and packaging to truly embody “the future of color.” The new packaging now boasts a more fashion forward black and white logo and a sleek, modern bottle with white caps, allowing allowing each of their 250 nail colors to pop.

Color Club is available on Birchbox.com and ShopColorClub.com.

love & polish,

NELLY S.

What We’re Loving | LVX Luxury Vegan Nail Lacquer

A few weeks ago we were vicariously invited through our sister blog, My Life on and off the Guest List, to preview the luxury vegan nail lacquer brand, LVX Nail Lacquer at La Vie Zen Spa. During the event, we were lucky enough to preview LVX’s current Fall 2013 Collection, which launched this past August, their Holiday Trio and the Winter Resort Collection which was released Thanksgiving. Guests were pampered with on-site manis featuring colors from any of LVX’s collections. I went with the very rich, very lush Caviar from their Winter Resort collection

Caviar pays homage to our very own Livid, a classic jet set crème. What makes Caviar especially distinctive is its final texture; the silver glitter particles act as a three dimensional element and make this ultra black crème all the more intriguing when dry.”

I loved this color; it had stunning shine and was completely opaque in only two coats. The resulting jet set texture blew me away and received several compliments. I must note this was the first time my nails were dressed in black. Usually with vegan formulas, I experience chipping within a day but after 5 days, the LVX Nail Lacquer was still going strong.

The Winter Resort Collection consists of (from left to right) Magenta, Avalon, Scarlet, Graphite, Caviar and Sappir (a striking sapphire metallic crème – not pictured)

The Holiday Trio colors that are synonymous with the holiday season and from now through December 31st, LVX will be donating 20% of their proceeds of the sale of this set to PETA. The Holiday Trio features (from left to right) Sanguine, Luxe and Alchemy.

If you’re an animal lover or looking to add healthier nail products to your collection with out losing the luxe and fashionable aspect, look no further than LVX Nail Lacquer. Featuring the top colors of the season, is long lasting, chip resistant with a gel-like formula that is free of toxic and harsh chemicals. LVX products are fomulated without the use of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, and Camphor without compromising quality, durability and finish.

xoxo
 
Nelly/The Nail Polish Exchange