Time to talk about new year’s beauty resolutions!
Welcome to 2015 – twelve months ahead for you to knock out some bad skincare habits to have the best skin-year yet – what changes could you make? What tops our massive list here at Lace n Ruffles is of course our continuous dedication to natural skincare and an even greener beauty cabinet. The festive season that’s just gone has demanded our team to road-test a few natural alternatives to chemicals-laden nail polish and dry shampoo – because one simply can’t survive the silly season without sparkly nails and products that give our hair a bit of pick-me-up after excessive partying, am I right?
We mentioned earlier in our very first post of this non-toxic skincare product reviews series that nail polish tops our list in terms of toxicity. Here’re the 5 main nasty ingredients in nail polish that have made it notorious among the most dirty beauty product list:
The big three –
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP): linked to cancer and connected to birth defects in studies
Formaldehyde: known human carcinogen
Toluene: cause birth defects and linked to developmental problems in children of pregnant women
Plus the other nasty two –
Formaldehyde Resin: possible allergen
Camphor: cause seizures and disorientation if used in large doses
Scary stuff, hey? But fear not, my lovelies. Luckily with us consumers being more aware these days we’ve pushed brands to change their formula to exclude some of these toxic ingredients in their products, hence the birth of 3 free, 5 free and water based nail polish. Although not 100% natural, they’re most certainly the safer alternatives for those addicted to glittering nails!
Rejoice, my fellow beauty lovers, for we’ve got our hands dirty trialing a few more natural choices for you. Here we present our top contenders for the best natural nail polish and dry shampoo:
♥ Jamberry Nails
Product tested: Jamberry Nail Wraps
Why is it green: BPA free. Curelty-free, vegan and gluten free.
Verdict: My Jamberry nail wraps came with a comprehensive application instruction card and a few stripes of nail wraps that are to be cut in half for both sides of your hands. I picked the two different leopard print patterns and decided to mix and match them. I started with clean nails and my cuticles pushed back as per the instruction. I then tried to find the nails that best match the size of the wraps as the wraps shouldn’t cover any skin. Upon blow-drying the wrap for around 5 seconds, it’s already quite soft and flexible to press onto my nails. Following this I trimmed and filed off a tiny bit of remaining wraps and applied heat onto my nails again. The application process took around 5 minutes per nail for an absolute beginner like myself. It might seem a bit too long, but it’d actually take me around the same time to apply base coast, two layers of polish and top coat on each nail. The one thing I struggled with was the edges which got a bit stubborn and kept sticking out. I blow-dried my nails for the second time for around 10 seconds and finally got them tamed! I’m just a bit skeptical about it being non-toxic as claimed on their site as it contains PVC and Phthalates (known hormone disrupters). Overall, the wraps held up well for around 2 weeks on my nails and the prints are vibrant & statement-making. I’d recommend using them to create accent nails mixing with nail polish for a fun and professional look. For me, I probably won’t go for another batch as I’m in doubt about its toxicity.
Product tested: RGB Nail Polish – Pool
Why is it green: 5 free formula – no Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.
Verdict: This colour is a vibrant pool water blue in a creamy opaque consistency. What I love best is that no bottom or top coat is needed – one layer of polish and the colour really stood out – winning! It’s also very glossy and ultra shiny. A big tick to longevity – it wasn’t until the 4th day when the polish started to chip. It does have quite a strong solvent odour similar to other 5-free polish, so remember always do your manicure in good ventilation.
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♥ 100% Pure
Product tested: 100% Pure Creamy Nail Polish – Kiss
Why is it green: “10-free” – free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrances, phthalates, and animal ingredients.
Verdict: Smooth and streak-free colour with ’10-free’ label – I know I’m in good hands! I gave myself a pedicure followed by at-home foot spa with this Kiss shade. The consistency is quite thick and opaque yet it’s very easy to apply an even layer. The polish is remarkably long lasting. This pedicure lasted for a whole week before it needed a small touch up while I covered my toes in sands and surfs all week in the Whitsunday coast – that’s a wow. So I’d call it the perfect polish for the travel feet (literally!) when you don’t have to worry about your pedicure chipping while on the road. Same as the RGB polish, it does have quite a strong solvent smell.
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♥ Designer Brands
Product tested: Designer Brands Quick Colour Nail Polish – Poppy Red and French Pink
Why is it green: 3 free – Toluene, DBP and formaldehyde-free.
Verdict: This polish claims to dry in 30 seconds and it didn’t disappoint. Perfect for the busy weekdays when you don’t have the luxury to sit still for 30 minutes to dry your nails. The red showed really well with just one layer applied and its intensity is magnificent! The French Pink, as the same suggested, is only good for drawing french tips or as a base colour for nail art. The pink doesn’t show too well on its own unless you have really fair skin. Both shades went on my nails quite smoothly and streak-free.
♥ Suncoat Girl
Product tested: Suncoat Girl Water Based Nail Polish – Starlight Silver
Why is it green: Water based formula, 100% chemical solvent free. No toluene, formaldehyde, phthalate plasticizer, acetates, alcohol, acetone. Peels-off formula when no polish remover needed. Not tested on animals.
Verdict: Water-based polish is simply my choice for one big reason of being completely odorless. This peels-off formula from Suncoat Girl simply took it to the next level! No harsh polish remover needed means it’s eco-friendly, skin-loving as well as budget-friendly (seriously, how many bottles of nail polish remover do you buy yearly?). It’s completely no fuss with how the colour just comes off in one big piece of peel – not leaving a big mess or chipping off in your salad bowl (yiks, right?). The colour lasted for four days with two swims before it started to show its first sign of peeling – pretty durable I’d say for a water-based polish. The surface of my nails looked fairly shiny with no stain whatsoever after they’ve peeled off, that’s very neat! This metallic silver shade needed two layers to show and it gave an uber cool matte finish. Overall, I’m so obsessed with this clean, no fuss and pretty Suncoat Girl polish that I think I’m going to invest in a collection!
♥ Seven Wonders
(Reviewed by Carolyn in our Beauty Trial Team; Carolyn blogs over at Whicheverway)
Product tested: Seven Wonders Natural Hair Care – Moroccan Argan Oil Dry Shampoo
Why is it Green: The shampoo is aluminium and paraben free and contains argan oil, which has been certified as organic. It is also SLS and SLES free. As a huge animal lover, I was very happy to see that it is not tested on animals.
Verdict: Between regular gym work-outs and a hot climate, my hair tends to experience significant wear and tear. Sometimes it’s just not feasible to shampoo, condition and dry your hair every time you work up a little sweat. Enter dry shampoo.
The Seven Wonders Moroccan Argan Oil Dry Shampoo spray can is beautifully packaged, appearing in an earthy, dark brown colour reminiscent of exotic Moroccan landscapes. The directions for use are simple and well set-out.
After some light exercise, I decided to use the shampoo. Post massaging it in and then brushing it out, my hair definitely felt cleaner and dryer. What I really loved was how LIGHT my hair felt as well – there was no powdery sensation where I feel like my hair has product in it. The only downside is the smell of the spray, which was a little overpowering and nauseating. However, I’ve experienced worse with other dry shampoos and the scent doesn’t last long.
There’s nothing worse than being stuck with greasy, sweaty or ‘just feels gross’ hair. I therefore wholeheartedly recommend keeping this little number on hand this summer!
I’m spreading a bit sparkly manicure love to give you the chance to win this Suncoat Girl water based nail polish in metallic silver:
So tell me my lovelies, have you used and loved any natural nail polish and dry shampoo? Have you heard anyone rave about any natural beauty products lately? Do tell & share!
Until next time, stay beautiful inside & out.
Disclaimer: Lace n Ruffles was gifted by some of the brands mentioned in the post while all opinions are genuinely our own. We can’t guarantee that all products we recommend will suit you. We only use products we personally think are good having tried them on myself or by our beauty team while everyone’s skin is different and it’s possible to be allergic to anything. Wherever possible, test products out on yourself before purchasing. We always trial products such as moisturiser and serum for at least 7 days before reviewing, while some other products like face wash and makeup might only be trialed once.