Christmas Gift Guide 2015

Christmas Gift Guide

     It’s that time of year again, and I decided to make a Christmas Gift Guide as I have found them to very helpful.  I included a few items that are suitable for both genders and encompass a variety of budgets.

     The first should come as no surprise due to my exuberant love of Zoya! I just love the idea of receiving one of these beautifully curated holiday boxed trios.  Not only is Zoya non-toxic, but it also wears better than any I have ever tried before. With the EWG announcing that yet another nail polish ingredient has been linked to endocrine disruption, Zoya remains a great option as it does not include TPHP. The set sells for $25 which is a wonderful deal for full sized nail polishes.

     The second item is my all time favorite toner, the Devita’s Moroccan Rose Facial Toner. Now, toner may seem to be an odd gift, but for someone with whom you are very close with and has a love for luxurious skincare products, it may be just the perfect gift. It comes beautifully packaged in a box and glass bottle, which makes the price of nearly $23 totally worth it.

     My husband bought me this 5mm Manduka LiveON Matt for my birthday this year and I truly adore it. It is made from 100% recyclable material, and when you are done with it can send it back to be recycled. It retails for $58 but the 3mm one is on sale for only $36!

     The Foreo Luna Mini is my go to skin cleansing devise. I literally threw out my Clarasonic when I received this as a gift from my husband for Christmas last year.  I have only charged it 2 times since I first opened it 11 months ago. You never need any replacement heads, so even with the high price of $139, it is very economical. They have larger more skin type tailored version for $199.

     Another perfect gift for a dear friend with a skincare fetish is Worker B’s Honey Wash.  I originally resisted purchasing this because I thought that because the main ingredients are raw honey and kukui nut oil which I already have, I could just make it myself. And I tried, but when I received a free sample there was no comparison.  It retails for $36.

     Lastly, the GRID Foam Roller is actually not something I can personally recommend as I find it too hard, large, and difficult to use. So why is it on this list?! Because my husband loves it.  Literally every single night this bad boy comes out and my husband is able to get a deep massage that I am not strong enough to do. So if you have a man in your life who likes deep massages, for $65, you might just be able to hit the spot.


Zoya Nail Polish

     zoya neely

     Living a non-toxic life is especially hard when it comes to cosmetics.  Having a love for color and fresh manicures left me feeling sad when I threw out all of my chemical laden nail polish. I thought non-toxic nail polish meant that I would have to end up shelling out some big bucks or get a cheesy brand of polish that came in dull colors and started chipping by the end of the day.  Then I discovered Zoya.

      It is free of  toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP (dibutyl phthalates), and camphor; also known as 5 Free – the new standard for healthy conscious nail polish.  These ingredients have been implicated in serious health concerns including cancer, reproductive health, birth defects and the like.  They are not beautiful ingredients at all!

     Much to my delight it stays on with no chips or signs of wear for about a week!  Results might vary with other people depending on the oiliness of the nail.  I have tried a few other brands that do not contain these ingredients and have found that so far this is the only one that works for me.  I have tried Essie, OPI, China Glaze and Piggy Polish, but none of them stay on like Zoya.

     I have yet to obtain a bottom coat but start off with the Zoya nail polish remover regardless of if I have polish on or not.  It helps to cut the oil on your nail.  Then I apply a coat of color and give it a couple of minutes to dry, apply the second coat and do the same.  I then follow it with their top coat Armour and this step is crucial in adding shine and longevity to your manicure.

     I usually give the top coat about 10 minutes to dry.  After that I am good to go, and just take extra care not to dent them.  Just note that with these less toxic nail polishes hot water within a couple hours seems to not be good for them at all.  So I avoid doing the dishes or hot showers for a couple hours after.  There have been times when I simply could not wait.  I would run my nails under cold water for a couple of minutes and this seemed to prevent any damage.

     After a week I usually have to change the polish because my nails have grown out or I started picking at them.  People have even mistaken them for gel manicures!  There are other nail polish brands out there that are 5 Free, however I have found that they are either too expensive, don’t work for me, or just did not have the array of colors I am looking for.  I recommend giving  Zoya a try!  This is the latest color I picked up, it’s called Neely.