THE HANDS (AND FEET) HAVE IT!
By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
Ah, yes, beauty in the time of quarantine.
What you wouldn’t do right now to have your tips trimmed and color revised at our favorite hairdresser.
Or how about a mani-pedi at your local nail salon?
Yes, lockdown can wreak hazard on our beauty routines.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t go the DIY route and trim your nails, color your hair and give yourself a home facial.
In fact, with all that extra time on your hands, you self-imposed covid-19 house arrest can be an opportunity to indulge yourself and your senses in a home spa experience that may not include the massage but can lift your spirits and pamper your bod.
And with so many stores and companies offering home delivery or internet purchases, there is no reason you can’t enjoy some of the great new products now available to be sent to your house.
One of the best places to start your home spa experience is with your nails.
Sure, you aren’t going to get that perfect gel laquer coverage that you would at a salon, but then again, who’s going to see your nails anyway?
So go ahead and use this time to hone your nail polish application skills. (Tip: Apply thin coats, not heavy ones, and replenish the brush with polish after each nail application).
After all that excessive washing, your hands definitely deserve to be pampered.
Pai Pai, the Mexican-owned cosmetic company (buying local brands is important to keep the economy afloat) has a new collection of 11 different spring nail colors that look great on all skin tones.
And since all Pai Pai nail products are free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, triphenyl phosphate (TPhP) and xylene (all chemicals commonly used in other nail colors that have been linked to cancer and other health hazards), you can rest easy knowing that these polishes won’t harm you or the environment.
Pai Pai also has a new Mr. Zap collection of lipsticks that will perk up your smile and give that how-long-has-it-been-since-I’ve-seen-the-sun shallow complexion a boost with a pop of color.
These creamy lipsticks — made from a base of olive and sunflower oil, with oatmeal, amaranth, mango butter and shea — hydrate and help repair cracked lips.
Pai Pai Mr. Zap lipsticks are available in three delectable shades: a plump plum Ciruela, a spicy clove-based Clavo and a natural mauve Tejocote.
And the best part about Pai Pai products is that they all come in packaging inspired and illustrated by national artists, making them uniquely Mexican.
Pai Pai was created seven years ago by two university friends, Karen Rodarte and Andrea Ibargüengoitia, who committed to making only organic-based products.
You can order all Pai Pai products on line from the brand’s webpage.
And if you really want to get serious about indulging your hands (and feet) at home, why not try out a set of disposal treatment gloves and/or socks?
AvryBeauty has some incredible mani-pedi gloves and socks that are usually only available at select salons, but which you now can order on the internet to use at home.
These luxurious, professional quality manicure gloves and pedicure socks prep and nourish your skin with a waterless shea butter so that there is no need to soak, no need to apply cuticle softener or oil and no need for massage cream.
And if you want to add a special extra to your home mani-pedi treatment, try heating up the packages of the gloves and socks in a bowl of warm water before opening them.
The nourishing vitamins and minerals will better penetrate your skin and will feel delicious.
You can order AvryBeauty gloves and socks in sets of three packages per order, along with other AvryBeauty products. (Avry bath salts are sumptuous!)
Now that your hands and feet are feeling softer and more caressed, try ditching those 10-year-old Dr. Scholl’s or worn-out flip-flops you have been using to clomp around the house since lockdown began for a pair of real shoes.
Flexi, another Mexican brand (remember: think and buy local), has launched its new spring/summer collection on line, and these no-toes-barred, comfort-minded beauties will make you forget the drudgery of stay-home confinement. (Well, maybe not, but at least you won’t feel so grungy.)
More importantly, the third-generation Mexican family brand has decided to donate 10 percent of all its sales between May 1 and May 22 to Doctors without Borders in Mexico to help in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
The money generated will go to help underprivileged patients and to medical institutions to buy much-needed supplies for doctors and other frontline personnel.
The new spring collection includes a wide range of feet-liberating styles, from sandals and flats to dress shoes, pumps and sneakers for men, women and children.
Flexi is also offering free delivery on all sales until further notice.
Flexi’s new spring/summer collection can be purchased on the company’s website.
Sock It to ‘Em
You can keep your toes toasty warm with a nice pair of socks.
Jimmy Lion — that quirky U.S.-based sock company that made it big internationally a year ago with iconic images of Mexican art and culture darned into its designs — also has a new collection of funky feet hosiery.
These oh-so-glamourous foot covers will make you feel like going out for a night on the town, but don’t.
Stay in and stay safe until the lockdown has passed.
Jimmy Lion has also been doing its part to help health workers around the world, giving away more than 10,000 pairs of socks to doctors, nurses and other medical personnel, worth more than 2.5 million pesos.
And finally, the fourth-generation, Oaxaca-based silver and gold design house Oro de Monte Albán is offering a special heartfelt collection of jewelry this season.
Oro de Monte Albán master designer Ileana Rojas has blended the beauty of traditional Mexican art with the delicate craftsmanship of finely tooled metals to create one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets and pendants of brightly painted wood with delicate details of onyx, granite, Swarovski crystals, pearls and other gems.
Every piece is unique and handcrafted by Oaxacan artisans who, like most Mexicans, are struggling to put food on their table during the covid-19 lockdown.
And while all Oro de Monte Albán boutiques are closed, you can order items from the company’s webpage.
And, since Mother’s Day in coming up (Sunday, May 10), these pieces made great gifts and are a way to show your love with all your heart to that wonderful woman who brought you into this world.
Oro de Monte Albán is a 100 percent Mexican-owned company that has been in existence since 1943.
…May 6, 2020