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How to Select a Great Holiday Nail Polish

Updated on November 23, 2011

Sure, you could spend hours fretting over lists, shopping advertisements, and traditional recipes, but the big issue about the holidays is this -- how should you paint your nails? That's right! In this economy, who can afford a trip to the salon for a manicure? Save yourself the money and paint them yourself! Here are some polish combinations that worked for me in past years.

Subtle Snowflakes

Winter Wonderland from Orly is a pale, silvery white polish with an iridescent glitter. It's like someone painted newly fallen snowflakes right onto your fingernails! This polish is so incredibly subtle that it looks almost clear, even after several coats. However, if you're looking to spruce up a non-shimmery hue then this works perfect. I tried it as a top coat over China Glaze's Holly Day green and it was just gorgeous!

Both Orly and China Glaze are available from beauty supply stores, like Sally's. Prepare to pay a couple of dollars more than you would at your local SuperCenter, but it's well worth it. The polish stays on my fingernails twice as long without chipping or peeling. Not only that, but both Orly and China Glaze are guaranteed to be free of DBP (a commonly used plasticizer), toluene, formaldehyde, and formaldehyde resins.

Seasonal Gift Sets

If you are timid about mixing and matching base and top coats, try purchasing a seasonal gift set. China Glaze, in my opinion, offers the best package deals. Not only are the colors trendy and complementary to winter wardrobes, but also they often cost less per bottle when purchased in a gift set.

Some offered for 2011 are:

  • Seasonal Sparkle Gift Set - including Poinsetta red, Holly-Day green, and a limited edition glitter polish called Twinkle Lights
  • Holiday Spirits Gift Set - including Frost Bite blue, Ruby Pumps glittery red, Dorthy Who? glittery blue, and a pewter wine stopper shaped like a Christmas tree
  • Belle of the Ball Gift Set - including Champagne Bubbles gold and Tinsel Town glitter, as well as a festive, eye-catching ornament in complementary colors for your tree

Other brands have gifts sets too. Many of them pair popular colors and throw in a bonus limited edition polish or other unique item. Sadly, nobody on my Christmas list is getting a seasonal gift set with nail polish...because I greedily am keeping them for myself! Hehe.

Be Creative!

Be Creative!

Whether high gloss in a plain, single color or full out nail art with stencils and airbrushing, be creative with your manicure! Christmas only happens once a year, so make the most of it. New technology allows things like stamping, stencils, and airbrushing to add fine details missed by using a solid color. Search for CHRISTMAS NAIL ART in Google Images to see intricate designs featuring gingerbread boys, poinsettia flowers, snowmen, snowflakes, and more! Or you might decide that instead of the traditional white stripe of a French manicure, that just a little glitter is all that's necessary to make you stand out in a crowd. Besides, glitter makes it classy!

No matter what you decide, your nails are going to look great because they'll reflect both your personality and your feelings about the holidays. Good luck with your manicure, and thanks for reading!

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