These should have their own Chrismas carol. ‘We Three-Free Kings of Nail Polish Are’…
We’re often asked for recommendations of nail polishes which are free from the three ‘nasties’ (toluene, formaldehyde and phthalates), and we always unhesitatingly recommend these, from Organic Pharmacy. Of course, they’re not 100% natural (no nail polish could be), but the formulators have elimited those three toxic ingredients without in any way compromising on quality or long-lastingness. (We do love inventing an adjective.)
What’s more, Organic Pharmacy has launched this capsule collection of seasonal shades which tick all the festive boxes. There’s a perfect red, and two vampier, deeper shades (Deep Ruby’s divine). Plus the most gorgeous holographic glitter polish which brings out our inner eight-year-old, frankly.
Roll on the party sandal season. Because these are truly worth freezing your tootsies off for.
UK readers find Organic Pharmacy Nail Polishes at www.theorganicpharmacy.com/£10 -
We don’t know anyone in the world who loves the smell of nail polish remover.
If we did, we’d think they were a bit weird: many removers are enough to give many women (and men) an instant headache. (Jo’s actually banned from using it in the house by her ‘greenie’ husband who’s like a sniffer dog, able to detect its sillage hours after use.)
Enter an alternative from entrepreneur Nicola Dickinson that not only smells nice but actually works. (That shouldn’t be a bonus, but we’ve tried so-called natural enamel removers before, and they were c**p.) True, this requires a little more rubbing than usual, but the trick is to saturate the pad and hold it on the nail before swiping.
Not only will that not harm or strip the nail, but it’s positively beneficial: the polish remover contains nail-conditioning oils.
The remover’s already won Gold in the Make-up category of the FreeFrom Skincare Awards 2012. Totally non-toxic, it truly has a nice smell: a touch of citrus, from lime peel. You can hold your nostrils above the bottle, inhale – and no ill effects.
Though best not to let anyone catch you in the act…
UK readers find Fresh Therapies Eden Natural Polish Remover/£12 for 50 ml – just click here
Generally, after un certain age, neutral shades and pale shimmers flatter hands the best. (We tend to save bright fluoros, denim blues and Rouge Noir-type polishes for feet, where we think it’s absolutely fine to go for more daring shades. Shows you’ve got your finger – er, toe – on fashion’s pulse…)
In Maybelline’s spring nail collection we happened upon this very pale baby pink (reminiscent of some of Essie’s classic pinks). Not only is it a complete steal, but it’s enriched with iron and calcium for treatment benefits over time.
What we love best about the Maybelline Forever Strong Pro range, however, is its lasting qualities: Jo once painted her nails with a polish from this range before a major move, and it survived – with flying colours. They promise it ‘lasts up to 7 days’ – and in our experience, that’s just about right. (Though a house move is going to challenge any polish.)
As always, do apply a base coat to prevent yellowing, but with this a topcoat really isn’t required unless you want extra depth of shine.
A truly ageless ‘neutral’ – not just for spring, but year-round.
UK readers find Maybelline Forever Strong Pro (Porcelain Pink)/£4.09 at www.superdrug.com – click here (apologies to US readers: not available there…)
Just the cleverest and most fun thing we’ve seen in a long, long time.
Nails Inc. has come up with a bespoke option, where you can create your own bespoke nail polish package. It’s the perfect present for a girlfriend – so glam and gorgeous – or for you (because you are you-know-what!)
The how-to couldn’t be simpler. Simply log on to www.nailsinc.com and follow the simple instructions. (We like simple – or rather, Sarah does because she’s much less tech-savvy than Jo.)
1. Drag the cap from six options – from bling through to subtle to studs (yes, like a dog collar), and drag over to the bit that says DRAG HERE (see what we mean about simple?) We chose the grey crystal cap. Just that bit more understated.
2. Pick your colour from the palette of gorgeous shades – including sparkly nail ‘jewellery’ – and Beauty Bible‘s favourite, of course, was pink (it’s called Walton Place).
3. Create your own label for the base of the polish. You get two lines, so we called it:
4. Then accessorise your gift box with two of the stickers provided… For instance: I love you, Yummy Mummy, Fashionista, Mwah. Hmmm… Ah, we have it! Princess up in the top right-hand corner, and With Love, bottom left.
All that for Princess-ly sum of twenty quid!
UK readers find it at www.nailsinc.com/$20 – click here
US readers can find the Nails Inc. range at over 50 branches of Sephora and on-line here (although the Couture service isn’t available yet)