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When shopping for holiday gifts in the beauty aisle, our mind is often far removed from thinking of real-world problems like education and educating kids to have life-changing skills.
The Body Shop has eased our lives this holiday season by doing all the thinking and partnering for social good: each year a new non-profit is the lovely recipient of the company’s largesse. Last year the giving benefited Nepalese schools, and this year the non-profit War Child, which restores each child’s right to learn (especially in war-affected areas and areas of conflict), will be at the receiving end of certain marked gifts.
Rob Williams, the CEO at War Child UK says: “In areas of conflict, getting a child back into school keeps them safe. Building their confidence, knowledge and skills opens the doors of opportunity. That’s why we have teamed up with The Body Shop this Christmas. Buy a gift, help a child. It’s so simple, but so brilliant.”
For every specially-marked gift that people buy this season, The Body Shop will donate 8 cents to fund a class for a child. Here are some of our favorite gifts from the brand this season (a War Child partnership is marked by an *). The Gift Finder on the web-site (which allows you to shop by recipient) is particularly handy:
A touch of the tropics goes a long way during a particularly cold winter. From a shower cream to a body scrub, this package brown-boxes the Caribbean in one convenient swoop. The Samoan-sourced coconut is fragrant without being cloying.
The Schoolbook of Peace ($15)
This charming gift comes in a box that resembles a book. Inside are a glazed apple body butter, shower gel, lip balm, and a heart soap. The purchase of this book will help a child in a war-torn area go to class; need a better reason than that?
This gift also helps a child in a war-torn area go child to class, and contains a Maca Root Shaving Cream, Razor Relief and a handsome shaving brush. The Maca root — which belongs to the radish family and dark colored roots have loads of iodine — is said to be beneficial to hormonal balance as well.
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Have you ever fallen in love with a nail color so much that you wanted to paint your walls with it? Yes, ladies, I said walls. Well, OPI Nail Laquer has the solution for you. They have teamed up with Ace Hardware to offer an exclusive palette of some of their most iconic colors in Clark+Kensington Paint and Primer in One.
In a first of its kind collaboration, the new OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington features 18 of OPI’s most beloved shades paired with complementary colors from the Clark+Kensington line to create a color palette to liven up your home. If nothing else, this rather unexpected pairing may just lure some more women into their local Ace Hardware store in search of Don’t Touch My Tutu, I Eat Mainely Lobster, or Can’t Find My Czechbook.
The whole nail creativity trend is on fire right now. So it’s no surprise that OPI is thinking outside of the box by teaming up with Clark + Kensington and bringing bold nail colors to the home. Hmmm…just envisioning my living room with Nein, Nein, Nein on the walls. Bravo OPI!
With 3,200 Ace stores nationwide, you can find one practically around the corner. Or pick your fave shades of ‘Glamour by the Gallon’ at clarkandkensington .
If the idea of owning limited-edition exclusives from premier brands appeals to you, then try your hand at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, which is sort of a virtual pilgrimage for any lover of beauty.
From covetable brands like Bobbi Brown to staples like Clarisonic, there are steals that even the most ardent coupon-clipper will applaud. Here are some of our favorite steals and deals:
Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Color Set ($85): Normally priced at $205, this color set gives you 12 swell eye shadows, a full size gel eyeliner, and smokey eye mascara. With nude makeup a perennial favorite, the trick is knowing which brand to splurge on, and we say Bobbi’s is worth it because of the staying power, quality pigments, and range of finishes (matte, shimmery, sparkly).
butter London 10 Piece Set ($49): This set, valued at $104 includes a gamut of solid and metallic shades from Brick Lane (an orange brick shade) to Petrol (an oil-slick-like overcoat) as well as a base and top coat.
Clarisonic Mia 2 St. Tropez Bikini Set ($159): Valued at $231, this set includes a travel bag, the Mia 2, a sensitive brush head replacement, and a refreshing gel cleanser.
La Mer The Refreshing Collection ($295): This set, valued at $386 contains a soft cream, regenerating serum, eye balm, and hydrating facial application, all in a beautiful floral bag.
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Home & Away Travel Set ($75): This set is perfect for the jetsetter, and includes a 32 oz. jumbo plus a 2.5 travel size. There is also an Ultimate Hydration Set for parched skins ($85).
There are many more such gems: shop the website until August 3!