Did you have a chance to read our last blog post about healthy, glowing skin? Our subject matter this week doesn't stray too much from the topic of beauty. Perhaps because as we make this seasonal shift, the dryness (thank you, blown hot air heating systems) and dropping temperatures can wreak havoc on our skin and nails... so it's on our minds!
I have found that people's approach to beauty -- what they're willing to pay and what they're willing to sacrifice -- really depends on what decade you were shaped in... and what people were doing around you at the time. The 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s... each decade had it's own trends. We cater to clients who came into their prime over the course of about 80 years! You can assume that some pretty treacherous beauty trends have come and go over the years (and you'll likely see your children reliving some of the worst of them...). And like those beauty trends, beauty behaviors of the past leave us asking a lot of questions. For example, most of us no longer wear corsets or aspire to have a 19-inch waste... (and, we know that infant mortality rates have declined... a connection, we think YES!) we know that tanning with vegetable oil or baby oil in the hot, mid-day sun is terrible for your skin (why exactly was crispy, brown skin more favorable than a natural look on every white girl in the 80s??)...
So this week we're here to talk about nails. What are you willing to sacrifice for beautiful nails? Are you willing to sacrifice your health to have beautiful nails? Are you willing to sacrifice a few more dollars for a safer product? The 'toxic trio" of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and toluene are chemicals found in mainstream brand nail polishes that can also lead to headaches, dizziness, reproductive abnormalities and cancer.
We are advocates of uncompromising beauty -- where you don't have to sacrifice your health (and the health of future generations) to achieve what you're looking for...
That's why we carry eco-friendly nail polish for children and adults -- over 80 shades -- and it's "10-free". What's "10-free"? Well, it's a designation that means polishes do not contain any DBP (dibutyl phthalate), TPHP, toluene, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, parabens, and tert-butyl hydroperoxide. And, our 10-free shades come in holographic hues, metallics, speckled egg shades, thermal, cream and jelly polishes, black, white, matte top coats, and more.
Applying nail polish is fun. Especially with friends, or a little one by your side. But, nail polishes are soooo difficult to remove, right? One of our customers recently asked about the best ways to remove our 10-free nail polishes. Acetone makes it easy, but if you're committed to uncompromising beauty, using acetone to take off the polish is counterintuitive when you set out to use healthier alternatives.
So what kinds of options are out there for taking off your safer, alternative polishes? We've tried an abundance of them and we carry three options in-store. We will say that Piggy Paint Nail Polish Remover works best on Piggy Paint Polishes. Priti NYC and Honeybee Gardens are our favorites. They take the polish off in seconds with very little effort. We carry both a 4 oz and 2 oz bottle of Priti NYC -- each should last a very long time because little product is needed to be effective. Check out Youtube videos from independent reviewers if you want proof!