Creative Nail Design has always been one of my favorite companies for trendy nail products and wonderful hand-cared products. They are often seen on fashion runways, but also on the hands of women (and sometimes men–check out my CND coverage of The Blonds Runway Show from Spring 2010). Creative Nail Design (affectionately called “CND”) has some truly lovely, boxed, ready-for-the-holidays gifts that are one-size-fits all and there is something from for every budget and interest. After you see the gift ideas in this post, your holiday shopping gift list may be all checked off as “done!”
A cold day doesn’t mean you need to postpone your DIY pedicure. The “Snuggle Set” (Srp. $20.90) is boxed in black and gold, with a clear peek-a-boo window that showcases two of my all-time favorite products from CND: Almond Hydrating Lotion 236 mL (8 fl oz); and SolarOil™ 7.3 mL (.25 fl oz). Another, small “window” in the box at the top right shows the bonus gift: a super-soft, toe less socks that let you do a chilly-winter pedicure without turning your toes, blue! CND’s Almond Hydrating Lotion smells like almond heaven–like marzipan (my all-time favorite candy). This large, pump top bottle of almond-y goodness for your skin is a whipped blend of jojoba oil and vitamin E. Your skin will feel instantly silky and moisturized, and scented with almonds, but the lotion also helps neutralize free radicals associated with premature aging (and who doesn’t want young-looking skin?) and It also helps to attract and retain moisture in your skin –essential especially during the dry heat of the Winter months ahead. You also get a boxed bottle of Solar Oil, a stellar, nail & cuticle conditioner that really helps soften dry skin and nails. It softens cuticles with Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E, and it can even help remove press-on nails! During Fashion Week, CND used so much solar oil on the models during Fashion Week that the girl’s nails are in better condition afer the week is up. Imagine how much good Solar Oil can do for your nails! The socks are a nice touch, too
Another nicely packaged, ready to give gift set is three gifts in one — the SCENTSATIONS™ Sparkling Champagne Gift Duo (Srp. $23.00). The black box with clear, cello top (just add gift card and a bow) is decorated with holographic gold, metallic champagne “bubbles.” Inside are 8.3 fl. oz. pump bottles of champagne-scented Hand & Body Wash, and Hand & Body Lotion. Scentsations has wonderful, creamy, instantly hydrating lotions in a wide variety of scents, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen CND produce a light and slightly fruity “Chardonnay ” scented product. The bottles are decorated with champagne bottles, cords, and of course, champagne flutes filled with “bubbly.” Inside the bottles, the Hand & Body Wash is shimmery gold, and the Hand & Body Lotion adds a slight golden glimmer to your skin. I can’t think of anything more festive (or stylish) than champagne-themed and scented hand and body products for a bathroom. Get these packaged products and keep them on hand when you need a “little something” for a holiday hostess gift, and be sure to stock your own bathroom or kitchen with these for festive fun (and pampered skin), all season long. BONUS! The box also holds a silvery purse hook with a picture of a champagne flute to hold your bag on almost any flat surface while you’re out and about.
If one SCENTSATIONS™ Hand & Body Lotion isn’t enough, satisfy yourself (or someone special) with a beautifully boxed Scentsations GIFT TRIO *srp. $11.70). This tempting trio of hydrating, softening and soothing hand and body lotions comes in 2 oz. flip-tiop bottles decorated with bright graphics, and in three scents: Cranberry (not overly tart–just sweet enough to remind me of a cranberry-scented, holiday candle); Sparkling Champagne (chardonnay grape-fruity scented with shimmer), and Black Cherry & Nutmeg (this one smells like a sexy cherry with a hint of naughty spice that even guys will love).
Creative Nail Design is known for a veritable rainbow of Nail Polish Colors and of course, their unique “Effects” top coats. Nail polish lovers will adore CND’s Silver & Gold Sparkling Holiday Effects Duo (srp. $22.00) . There is no such thing as too much bling, especially during the holidays, CND’s awesome Effects top coat literally “dazzle-fy” any nail polish color lucky enough to be under it. Read more about CND’s Colors and Effects. This nicely boxed set in black, gold and silver with peek-a-boo window showcases a bottle of Silver Sparkling Effect 9.8 mL (.33 fl oz) and Gold Sparkling Effect 9.8 mL (.33 fl oz). The silver leaves a sparkling, starry wash of silver shimmer on nails that reminds me of lamplight on newly-fallen snow. The gold has gold, parti-colored shimmer that catches the light like New Years Eve confetti! Both add tons of gorgeous shine, too. These top coats add lots of glittery shimmer, but they don’t have chunky glitter that feels rough and looks gaudy. You’ll be amazed at how versatile these Effects Top Coats are, and how easily you can change the character of your favorite nail polish colors with just a swipe of the brush!
Don’t forget to buy a little something for yourself, too. These are affordable and must-haves: Cucumber Heel Therapy Minis ($4.00 each) offering soothing moisture and comfort to holiday-weary feet. You can pop tiny Solar Oil Minis ($2.50) into each stocking and look like a bit shot! There’s also a Super Treatments Duo ($16.00) that is boxed, and features Super Matte, a mattifying top coat for this season’s trendiest look, and a Super Shiney that makes even dull polish revive with a high shine.
These wonderful items (as boxed gifts) are limited edition, so visit your favorite salon or professional beauty supply store. For locations, visit the Creative Nail Design Web Site
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