Stacy B here! Trends come and go: grunge, go-go boots, slap bracelets, the expression "psych", lava lamps and plastic see-through handbags, to name a few. Some are gone forever, some jump in and out of popular culture (high waisted pants, mini skirts and blue eyeshadow just keep coming back) and some just never go out of style, like LBDs, suits with classic lines and a good pair of pumps.
One thing that's extremely trendy right now, that I hope becomes iconic and never goes out of style, is creating good quality products that are good for us, good for the environment and actually work. It was tough for a while there, a lot of products were hitting the market that were all-natural, no chemicals, no animal testing and nothing that was bad for you, but they didn't really work. Your choice was a product that worked but could possible kill you or the ozone layer later in life, or something that didn't work but made your conscience smile. Tough one. Big companies barely paid attention because they knew the all-natural stuff didn't work so why bother to try to make their chemical-filled products safer if they were still making money?
Slowly, things started to change, and products because better at doing what they were supposed to do without any harmful additives. Some of the more proactive companies had the foresight to throw some money into researching ways to make good products that aren't hurtful. Now, we're seeing so many products made from stuff from the earth, not a lab. Companies are reducing their carbon footprint and people are eliminating toxins from their routines.
This week, I found a great natural nail polish that I love. This company, called "Zoya" offers over 300 shades of polish that are incredibly long lasting and aren't full of things you can't pronounce! Zoya Nail Polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor. Wow..the only one of those I know about is formaldehyde and that gives me the creeps. All I can think about is high school biology and funeral homes. And regular nail polish companies let you put that on your nails?
It's only available on line and in salons so I'm deviating from my normal drug store routine, but it's worth it. The bottles are about $8 each, which is a little on the high side if you are comparing to a generic drug store brand, but one of the other things I love about Zoya is they offer tons of deals. If you 'like' them on facebook you get great alerts! For Earth Day back in April, Zoya offered to send up to 6 FREE nail polishes to you - your choice of colors - if you promised to send back 6 of your old chemical-filled, half empty bottles and they'd dispose of them safely. All you had to pay for was shipping! I got $48 worth of safe, natural polish for about $20 and was able to get rid of some old bottles. Very 'green' Zoya!
This polish really lasts too. I put two coats on Monday night and I haven't seen a chip yet and it's Thursday. I can usually get about four or five days out of an application and I can stretch it to six if I apply a third coat on day four. A couple tricks though.... First, clear your nails with nail polish remover first. The oils in your nails can break down this natural polish a little faster than a regular bottle. Second, don't use a regular base or top coat. The chemicals in them don't play nice with all-natural Zoya. Either don't do a base or top coat, or buy one from Zoya. I never use a base or top coat and I still get four to six days out of it.
I've read on other blogs that some people don't like this polish because it breaks down easily and almost every time I read that, I see comments about not using regular top and base coats so it's really a good trick. Zoya offers a whole 'color lock system' that included base and top coats and promises 10 days of color. I haven't tried it yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if it works considering just the polish itself can last almost a week.
I really like the variety of colors and they are constantly offering two for one deals, collection specials and discounts. You can't beat a polish that is good for the world and your wallet! Anyone else tried Zoya or a green polish?
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