With the elections over and the holiday almost here – it is time to choose last-minute presents, finish the cleaning, have a nice drink with friends and plan your next travel destination
New from Essie, the iconic New York nail varnish brand, a line of Gel Couture for home use. No nail varnish can last more than a day if you are cooking and washing dishes, and most women now turn to Gel varnishes that last much longer. But applying and removing gel nail polish is done in a salon and finding time (and money) for that – especially with so much to do – well, it is not always possible. Essie now launched a new gel Couture promising up to 12 days with perfect shine and no need for LED or UV drying lamp. Choose from 26 trendy shades. Apply two coats and one top coat. NIS 49.90, available in Superpharm stores and perfumeries.
With all the spring cleaning and holiday cooking – our hands need special care. Derma-Cosmetic company La Roche Posay has a unique hand cream, Cicaplast, which protects the skin and restores damaged and extra sensitive skin, treating it with rich and fast-absorbing texture that provides a clear, protecting, waterproof coat for an hour. Use before and after cleaning and cooking. NIS 55.
Even small touches can make a difference and when it comes to the children’s room. Try adding a new accessory from the Etzmaleh collection, such as toy or laundry baskets in a cool design of stars or stripes, throw cushions, creative desks and more. We loved the toy/laundry basket – and not only for the kids’ room. NIS 59. Available at www.etzmaleh.co.il
Scent of spring
Michael Kors brand launched a new spring scent to die for. Sky Blossom limited edition brings the scent of a warm sunny day – with opening notes of bergamot, followed by fresh citrus fruit, sweet fresia and a spray of green tea. The base is white musk, grey amber and green herbs. Lovely. NIS
399 for 100 ml and NIS 299 for 50 ml.
Make your life easy and go for pampering cosmetic gift boxes for men or women by HL. The professional cosmetic company launches for the holiday the “Be First” for men, with calming aftershave lotion and age defense serum, both in masculine black flasks at NIS 281, and an anti-aging “C for Success” box for women, including serum vitamin C, intensive day cream and night cream for NIS 585. Both boxes will make recipients very happy. Guaranteed. Available at HL licensed beauticians. For more details go to www.hllabs.co.il/
Say thank you to your hosts with a box of kosher for Passover Merici chocolates. The chocolate boxes come in a variety of flavors and sizes, from the classic red box of mixed flavors in two sizes – 250 gr. for NIS 22 to 400 gr. for NIS 45, as well as the blue box of milk chocolate and brown box of bitter chocolate.
Ice cream time
New from Strauss – gluten-free and kosher for Passover Cornetto ice cream cone. What could be better? The cone is made from tapioca flour and contains chocolate, hazelnut and vanilla ice cream. Available in all supermarkets.
Surprise the kids
Looking for the Afikoman is a very clever way of keeping the kids busy during the Seder. This year, add some interest by hiding other things for them to find – such as Kinder eggs, that this year offer a kosher for Passover edition. The toys inside the kosher for Passover edition are all from the Minions toy collection.
Breezy and cool
Holding a brunch or lunch this holiday? Bacardi launched a new kosher for Passover edition of lemon and pineapple Breezers that will be the perfect coolers for a spring party. The refreshing alcoholic beverage based on classic Bacardi rum with exotic fruit juice is offered in 275 ml. bottles with 4% alcohol. NIS 10 to NIS 12.
Drink like the locals
Arak is very popular in Israel. Made from grapes and anise, it is kosher for Passover, as well as extremely suitable for warm weather. The new premium Arak, Yuda, is made by the northern distillery Kawar together with Eurostandard. The unique arak is made from Syrian anise, 100% pure white grape alcohol and pure Galilee water. Drink with ice, water or grapefruit juice. NIS 59.
If it is your turn to host the Seder dinner, you may be in need of rescue. So just before everybody arrives and you feel stressed – try the new lemon-flavored Rescue candies. Based on the Bach rescue drops, the gummy candy is not too sweet and you can keep the round metal box in your pocket to be used when needed. NIS 40, available at pharmacies and nature shops.
Cleaning and doing endless dishwashing this holiday? Think also of your health and the environment. Ecover ecological cleaning company introduces a new ecological plant-based dishwashing liquid with minerals and no petrochemicals. The liquid does not harm the environment and being concentrated means you only need very little. The bottle is made from sugar cane and recycled plastic. Ecover products are produced in an ecological plant activated by solar and wind energy and are animal friendly. The dishwashing liquid is one of a whole line of ecological products, now available at reduced holiday prices in nature shops and supermarkets. NIS 15.90 for a liter.
If you plan to travel
Traveling this spring and summer? Mandarina Duck suitcases come in fantastic new collections and it is very hard to choose between them. There are the new soft cases, Bilbao, with a whole line of sizes and colors – from small on-board trolleys to large ones, with excellent details such as same-color zippers, straps for holding coats and special compartments for passport and papers. The suitcases come in many colors including very pretty navy blue, red, orange and black.
The new Work Now line for business travel offers a very functional and stylish line of trolleys with special compartment for the laptop, in three colors – olive green, blue and black. If, like me, you prefer the hard cases – choose from Logduck line of different size suitcases that are perfect for any kind of travel, with very pretty colors (I love their yellow), polycarbonate shell, expandable center and zipped inner compartment, as well as TSA lock. This is my choice. All the Mandarina Duck suitcases are available at the Top Tik shops and online at www.toptik.co.il/