It’s a rainy Sunday afternoon here. What’s better than curling up in bed or on the couch and reading?! Here I am, writing a post for all you beauty/makeup fanatics out there!
After reading about all the harmful ingredients in many drugstore products from the EWG.org a few years ago, I have switched all my makeup and beauty products to natural and organic ones. This post is going to focus mainly on nail polish as wedding season is here!
I searched high and low for nail polish products and found one called Keeki Pure and Simple, so I ordered a few nail polishes from them. I was SO disappointed in them because 1) the prices are in US dollars 2) I had to pay a crap ton for shipping and 3) the paint started chipping off the SAME day I painted them! I didn’t pay all that money to have all the paint chipping off an hour or two after painting them! I was so disappointed and mad. I thought that ALL (insert number here)-free nail polishes would be the same, so I gave up looking until this year.
If you don’t know what #-free nail polish means, I’ll give you a condensed version. It means free from the 3, 5, 7, 9, etc. most harmful ingredients found in drugstore nail polishes. For example, Keeki Pure and Simple is 7-free, while Pure Anada is 5-free. To read more about Pure Anada’s 5-free, keep reading.
Google is my friend, so I looked up recommended nail polishes, but always came up empty-handed because 1) They were available in the USA only or shipping was atrocious and 2) Amazon.ca wanted over $40 for ONE. After doing some more searching, I magically stumbled on one called Pure Anada. Nail polish isn’t the first thing that I bought from Pure Anada, but we’ll save that post for another time.
I bought 5 different nail polishes from Pure Anada, but I’m only going to review the three that I have used so far in this post: Saturn, Nebula, and Eggplant.
First off, I want to say how HAPPY I am with my purchase so far. I painted my nails on Wednesday evening, the same day I received my order. It’s been four days since I painted my nails, and I took the photos of my nails above today. None of the paint has peeled off or lifted since then despite me showering every day and washing my hands a ton. I also love the sparkle of Nebula and Saturn, especially when the sun shines on them. If you look at the picture of my hands, you will see that my middle fingernail has gold sparkle, this is Saturn. The other nails have pink sparkles, which is Nebula. My toenails have the polish called Eggplant on them and the color, though hard to see well in the photo, truly resembles the rich dark purple of an eggplant.
My only qualm about Nebula are the larger circular pink sparkles. I feel like they could be smaller like the little sky blue ones that are in there or if they were large white/soft yellow sparkles instead to resemble stars. Other than that, I have no other complaints.
Now, let’s talk a bit about the 5-free nail polish. Some polishes out there are water based (especially natural ones for children). They have their own advantages and disadvantages, one of the latter being that they don’t last as long as solvent-based. Pure Anada’s formula is solvent-based (except for their Princess Polish for kids).
Pure Anada’s Nail Polish is free from:
(This is also found right on their Nail Polish page just above the color selections they have. Right in the open and not hiding anywhere).
- Dibutyl Phthalate which are used to stop chipping and give nail polish its sheen. This ingredient is known as a carcinogen (which means cancer causing), causes reproductive and thyroid problems, and has also been known to changes in hormones. Who wants THAT in their body?
- Formaldehyde Thought this ingredient was old-school? Nope. This ingredient is used to harden your nails. It’s also carcinogenic and can cause allergic reactions if it gets on your skin. That’s not all. You also inhale the fumes.
- Toluene This gives a smooth finish and helps keeps the color uniform. However, it causes irritation to the eyes, lungs, and throat when inhaled, and also affects the central nervous system.
- Formaldehyde Resin While this isn’t as toxic as formaldehyde, it is a derivative and known to cause allergies.
- Camphor You see this ingredient used externally as a treatment for cold and flu (ex. Vicks Vapo-Rub). Camphor, today, is chemically manufactured from turpentine oil. And guess what? It was removed from the USA’s market because of safety concerns but is still available in Canada without a prescription. Camphor stimulates nerve endings to relieve pain and itching. Ingesting camphor is where serious side effects can occur. Even death. If you bite your nails while wearing nail polish with this ingredient…it’s NOT good!
Other Information about Pure Anada
They are a CANADIAN company! That’s right! No more paying your left and right kidney for shipping! They offer reasonable prices for shipping including FREE shipping in Canada for orders over $50. On top of that, they offer SAMPLES of many of their makeup products and beauty products, which you can use the coupon code “sample” (no quotation marks) to lower the shipping price to $2.00 for orders that contain ONLY samples. Try before you buy the larger versions! LOVE it!
Their store is based in Morden, Manitoba, but there are other retailers that sell Pure Anada’s products. I prefer to order online as it’s more convenient for me since the locations that are in my city are too far from me anyway. I always order over $50 in products anyway. Pure Anada is also the cheapest place for me to buy Routine Cream deodorant (all natural) as all the places in my city charge $30! If you don’t know what Routine Cream is, check out my post here.
Sound good? Yes! If you’d like to purchase the nail polish (or deodorant) I talked about in this post, I will list the links individually down below for your convenience:
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