Aquarella Nail Polishes

First off, there is no such thing as organic or truly green nail polish; any brand that claims as such is blatantly "greenwashing." 

That said there are cleaned up formulations available to those looking for an alternative to the – frankly toxic – mainstream brands. There are the 5-free formulas (notably sans formaldehyde and by products like formaldehyde-resin), and there are the water based formulas, which are basically water and acrylic polymers.  I wouldn't recommend the latter for little ones who habitually suck their thumbs, or to anyone who washes their hair vigously and regularly, or does the dishes without gloves.  Water based polishes deteriorate rapidly under warm, wet conditions.

Scotch Naturals and Aquarella are the leaders of the pack when it comes to water based polishes, and in my experience, Aquarella is the better of the two. I'm not wild about having to repaint my hands every other day, but it holds up nicely for pedicures.

And these two sheer shades below layer beautifully for a glossy water color stain that reminds me of summer popsicles.

Aquarella Nail Polishes in Tickle Me and Cameo.

Aquarella Nail Polishes in Tickle Me and Cameo.

Treat Collection in So Simple

I (surprise, surprise) picked up another bottle from Treat Collection, and dare I say – it's my favorite one yet. So Simple is a grayed down lavender beige, which is a refreshing departure from all the precious pink shades that pop up in the Spring.

Most grays and lavenders look dull and lifeless on my pale hands, not so with this. Anyone looking for a wearable, toned-down lavender that won't clash with whatever you're wearing this week will be pleased.

$7 (normally $18, but often on sale at Amazon) /