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Merry Manicure

Festive nail lacquer to punctuate your holiday look


By Kim Reyes-Palanca

Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.—Marilyn Monroe

A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.—Coco Chanel

Just a few quotes that prove how taking the time to make improvements on the outside complements how you feel inside, even affecting your overall outlook.

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As important as it is to start from within, not putting in some time (and effort) to work on appearances leads to a disconnect. How we look greatly influences our behavior, mood, and confidence. Psychology backs this up, mind you. In fact, at times, the way to jumpstart or change things up is to work from the outside in.

As “Decemblur” starts, there’s less time to put the focus on ourselves. With endless merrymaking activities come the endless prepping and rushing. And I’ve learned, especially as a mother, that the first order of business early in December, if not in November, should be to prioritize yourself.

I’ve learned that if I put myself first, I am more inclined to fully enjoy the holidays. I feel happier and more composed with all the preparations, curveballs and all.

Our hands (and feet) do so much work and when we get some pampering for them, we feel both relaxed and energized. Nails pull the look together.

Even if it gets too busy with the demands that come with the season, I will be in a better position to deal with it, only because I gave time and energy to myself first. It takes away a lot of the frustration and stress from taking care of others early on.

After I accomplish fixing my December affairs—planning, making the Christmas lists, activities, buying things ahead of time—I look forward to some self-care sessions. For most women, what does it mean to get ready for the holidays? A fresh haircut, a spa day, a nice ensemble, possibly new shoes, and some enhancements here and there: skincare, hair color, lashes, brow grooming. And nails—clean, beautiful, and polished nails!

Which brings us to another popular saying, “You’re never fully dressed without a manicure.” This resonates with me, and I’m sure with most women nowadays.

Our hands (and feet) do so much work and when we get some pampering for them, we feel both relaxed and energized. Nails pull the look together! And as for me, I always feel put-together with freshly polished nails. Thanks to my mom who would make a point of fixing her nails before leaving the house (even if that only means heading out to the grocery).

She always made time for a mani-pedi, whether that meant a salon visit or doing it on her own. She does a much better job on her own, I tell you. She’s the ultimate example of how to do it right. My mom’s so well put together, in a sense, that she’s always dressed up. She’s rarely seen with chipped or unpainted nails.

Nailing it

The rise of gel nails signifies that women are too busy to have regular visits to the salon, and so, more long-wearing nail lacquer as well as semi-permanent alternatives have become widely accepted. Regular nail polishes have also been reformulated to withstand chipping and cracking, but made more gentle on nails.

Such innovations and trends come from two of the most popular cult brands in nail care— Gelish and Morgan Taylor.

And with the rise of nail salons popping up everywhere, as well as millions of tools and nail colors that propel nail trends, one thing is certain—beautiful nails are as much a part of one’s beauty routine as they are a part of a complete outfit.

For their aptly named holiday collection, “Champagne and Moonbeams,” Gelish and Morgan Taylor juxtapose holiday sparkle with more subdued yet sophisticated classics.



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You get all that glitz and glam, but the line balances this against subdued neutrals of pink, nude, and mauve. It has the perfect range of colors for anyone looking for an ultra-luxe, sophisticated holiday manicure.

This collection features 12 shades including holiday party classics like silver and red glitter, Sprinkle of Twinkle and Walking On Stardust, metallics like Gilded In Gold or Copper Dream. For the lacquer lover who prefers winter tones, try shades like Tell Her She’s Stellar, a nude crème, and Dancing & Romancing, a soft pink. For lovers of dark colors like yours truly, the deep and sultry indigo pearl A Starry Sight or black purple A Kiss in The Dark are delightful.

Danny Haile, CEO and founde r o f G e l i s h Soak-Off Gel Polish, says, “In true Gelish and Morgan Taylor style, the collection has the sparkling glitters and shimmers needed for every holiday occasion. Those colors are complemented by rich, pigmented crèmes ideal for the wintertime.”

Gelish and Morgan Taylor are available in leading salons and health and beauty stores.

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