Sunday, 9 November 2014


It's official, it is socially acceptable to be excited about Christmas. It's November, Halloween and bonfire night have been and gone, the Christmas lights are getting switched on and it's suddenly feeling really really cold.Personally I get excited the minute the Boots Christmas catalogue comes out and that seems to be earlier and earlier each year.

Now I like to think of myself as an excellent present buyer. If a professional gift purchaser is a real-life job someone please get in touch. Anyway I know for some people knowing what to get their friends and family is a bit of a nightmare so I'm going to round up a few of the best Christmas gifts around this year, for every budget. This time we're starting off by looking as some of the many festive nail varnish sets that on offer both online and in the stores this year. So if you know a nail varnish obsessive who is constantly denying that they already have too many in their collection, here's a few things they (or you) might like...

OK, how cute is this? If you don't think glittery scented nail varnishes are Christmassy enough stick them in a gingerbread house. The Candy Cane House from Ciate comes with 4 festive polishes that supposedly smell of gingerbread, christmas trees, fresh cotton and candy canes. It works out a little pricey consdiering you only get 4 mini varnishes so I think you are paying a fair bit for the cute packaging, but it is Christmas so kind of acceptable. 

'Holidays are coming, holidays are coming!'. If the Coca-cola advert doesn't fill you with Christmas spirit I don't know what will. OPI have teamed up with Coca-Cola to create polishes inspired by the iconic brand and the Christmas collection does not disappoint.  Individually the polishes are £11.95 so you are getting your moneys worth with both sets available. The nail varnish that comes with the polar bear set is a limited edition white and red glitter polish mixed with tiny white hearts. How may times can I say CUTE in this post? 

Sticking with OPI let's take some time to appreciate the OPI and Gwen Stefani collaboration. I mean, she's just amazing right? The Mini Holiday Stars set includes 4 mini (3,75ml) nail lacquers in deep reds and purples.  

Another celeb-nail collaboration here with Alexa Chung for Nails Inc. The set contains 6 full size shades including bases and glittery heart top coats as well as a chic black quilted cosmetics bag and a handy nail file. Sure it's one of the pricier sets available but if you know someone who just loves all things Alexa they'll be sure to love you forever too after receiving this. 

It's not Christmas without a little M&S and this set from Autograph will be loved by mum's all round. All mum's love M&S right? Right. With shimmery pinks, purples and nudes these nail varnishes promise to dry quickly and there's also a gel effect top coat in the set to add some high-gloss shine. 

So if the Ciate Candy House is a little too much you can still get your cute little nail varnish house kicks with Ted Baker's town house offering. The set includes 3 nail varnishes, a nail art pen, and a set of nail wraps that feature this years iconic Ted Baker town house design. 

This festively packaged nail set from from Leighton Denny includes 5 of their best-selling nude shades perfect for those who prefer their nails chic and sophisticated rather than bright and covered in glitter. 

Fearne Cotton is back with her another Christmas range at Boots after the success of her previous beauty collections. This set, perfect for teens starting to explore beauty, comes with 6 shades all chosen by Fearne herself. I've got my eyes on that metallic gold. 

Which nail set will you be putting on you be buying your loved ones, or even putting on your own christmas list this year? We're not to old for Christmas lists are we? I hope not.

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