Sunday, 25 August 2013

The cleaner greener manicure


 I thought I would share with you some of the products I am currently using to achieve polished looking nails. I have named this the cleaner greener manicure because in truth a truly natural nail varnish does not yet exist, there are plenty of choices available that exclude some of the main nasties that are reported to be in nail varnish, lot's of brands (including some mainstream) now exclude formaldehyde, toluene and phthalates with others also excluding formaldehyde resin and camphor too.

If you are a lover of nail varnish it is worth doing a bit of research because many brands even though they are 3-5 free don't advertise themselves as such, OPI (3 free except some top coats) and Chanel (5 free) spring to mind. There is the option of water based nail polish which is made with fewer chemicals than solvent based but I will be honest and say I didn't find the brand I previously tried to be any good and it flaked off the nails, as this was a few years ago I will be trying some others to see if my experience is any better. On to what I have been using and loving: 


For nail varnish Rose milk from Kure Bazaar is a pretty sheer pink that is perfect for everyday. It has a cream finish and I applies nicely in 2-3 coats. What drew me to try Kure bazaar is the eco credentials of this polish, up to 85% made from natural ingredients and 5 free, but when you look at the beautiful colour selection you would never tell, it looks far more chic than hippy to me. 

For nail preparation and polish removal I have been using Fresh Therapies nail polish remover, this has an oily consistency and is much kinder to the nails than regular remover. I was initially sceptical about it's ability to do the job in hand, but to my surprise I only needed one cotton pad soaked in remover to do both hands and it was a total breeze. I have yet to try it with any other nail polish brands but I am so far smitten with this and the fact that it has a light citrus smell is also a big bonus. 

Before applying polish I rub the Herbfarmacy nail and cuticle oil in to the nails and hands, it has a lovely lemon scent and leaves the nails moisturised and is easily absorbed. This is a brilliant product, previously I have just used rosehip oil on my nails but this is so easy to use and the results are so good that I don't really ever want to be without it again. 

Two coats of Rose milk by Kure Bazaar

    What are your current manicure favourites? 

Ana x


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17 comments

  1. Beautiful nails & great post! I have been looking for a more gentler polish remover and have had no luck until I read this :) Definitely going to check it out. I also use extra virgin grapeseed oil on my cuticles when they get dry and it works like a charm!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, I will try grapeseed thank you for the tip :) Xx

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  2. Great post! I've been wanting to try the Eden nail polish remover for a little while now! x

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    1. Thanks, the fresh therapies remover is really really good, I was pleasantly surprised. Xx

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  3. Great post!Wow Kure Bazaar really have beautiful colors<3 Are they long lasting? xx

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    1. The colour selection is great, it lasted almost four days on me chip free with no topcoat or base coat, Zoya and Essie only last 1-2 days so for me the lasting power is good, especially as I have been decorating and gardening too! Xx

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    2. Wow now that's great!Maybe i'll try one :) x

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  4. I'd like to try Kure Bazaar nail polish, my kind of shade is So Vintage. I very rarely wear nail polish but I do like sheer pink colours.
    I like Zoya nailpolish, it's long lasting and they have a huge range of colours. I have the shade Gigi which is a creamy pastel pink with silver sparkles. I haven't tried the Fresh Therapies nail polish remover yet but i'd love to, they've also started selling wipes but they cost £8.50 for 10 wipes so I think the bottle works out a lot cheaper.

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    1. I love Zoya colours but they don't last all that well on me which is a shame, I definitely think the bottle is better value for the remover but the wipes will be great for travel! Xx

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  5. That's a gorgeous colour! I'm a sucker for pink nail varnish. The only thing is with 3 & 5 free nail varnishes are that they tend to be a little pricey and I'm used to only paying £3 for a nail varnish! I do have a Spa Ritual nail varnish but it irritates my eyes. Maybe I'll try some Zoya ones for Christmas though... haha. x

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    1. If I remember rightly ELF nail polish is three free, I had quite a few of there polishes before, Zoya is nice but honestly no better than some other brands! Xx

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  6. Great post :) All the products look lovely, especially the Herbfarmacy oil - definitely on my wish list now :) I had no idea about Chanel, that's pretty surprising! xx

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    1. I know it is surprising companies don't advertise the fact because their core market doesn't care but nail varnish is one thing I would happily buy from them! You will love the Herbfarmacy oil they have some great products! Xx

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  7. Thanks for the nail varnish remover tip. I shall look out for this one. I generally use Essie as they are 3 free but I am very interested in the Liz Earle range coming out this month. Will you be trying any of those? x

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  8. Love this post, great shade of polish and good to know about the remover! (I also love the title) xx

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