Most Nail Polish is Worse Than You Think…

What’s in the stuff you have been painting on your nails once a week for 7, 8, 9, 20 years? When you take the time to look at the ingredients label, you’ll see a bunch of words that you cannot pronounce and you do not know what they are. Should you be wary of these unknown chemicals? The answer is yes, you should.

There are many ingredients in many nail polishes that are harmful in some ways, but “the big three” of them are Toluene, Formaldehyde, and DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate).

Here are excerpts from web sources on the definition and affects of these three chemicals:

“If you’ve ever been within sniffing distance of someone slathering on nail polish, then you’re more than familiar with the sickly sweet odor that can emanate from a single tiny bottle of varnish, a result of evaporating solvents wafting through the air.

“One of these chemicals is toluene, a nervous-system toxin and Volatile Organic Compound that not only helps nail polish go on smoothly and adhere evenly to the nail, but is also used as an octane booster in gasoline fuels used in internal combustion engines. In addition to causing eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, and nausea, high amounts of toluene can also lead to birth defects, developmental abnormalities, along with liver and kidney damage. In fact, studies have noted an association between toluene exposure and an increased incidence of spontaneous abortions.

“Because of concerns over the damaging health effects that toluene-as well as formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate-could pose to nail salon workers and just about every other woman on the planet, the European Union banned all three from use in cosmetics in 2004.

“No such luck in the U.S. of A.-remember, the U.S. Food and Drug Association doesn’t require that cosmetics products be tested for safety before they are sold-although some states, such as California, have instituted laws requiring companies to declare the use of compounds that appear on the state’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm.

“Tip: Toluene may appear on ingredients labels as phenylmethane, methylbenzene, or toluol.” – Direct quote from http://www.planetgreen.discovery.com.

“Formaldehyde is a carcinogen and a common indoor air pollutant because its resins are used in many construction materials. Formaldehyde has caused cancer in the nose and throats of lab animals. Inhaling the fumes can result in watery eyes, headache, burning in the throat, and labored breathing.” - Direct quote from http://www.carefair.com

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“Phthalates are used to soften plastic, and are known to affect hormone function. Studies have linked phthalates to early puberty in girls and low sperm counts in men. Environmental groups claim phthalate exposure may contribute to the rising number of uterine problems in women and testicular cancer in men. It could also be one of the contributing factors to a rise in infertility in both sexes. Repeated and heavy exposure to dibutyl phthalate may cause nausea and/or vomiting, tearing of the eyes, dizziness, and headache. Long-term exposures may cause damage to kidneys and the liver. Pregnant women must consider that dibutyl phthalate may harm the developing fetus and the male testes.”

“If you have to choose a nail polish, try choosing a variety that contains the least amount of harmful toxins as possible. Always apply polish in a well ventilated area.

“For the least risk, consider an alternative to the standard manicure with nail polish. First f ile, wash, and soak your nails. Then soften, clean, and shape the cuticles. Try soaking your nails in organic apple cider vinegar or simple warm water, and apply almond oil to the cuticle area. Buff with several fine grade buffing files (always in one direction, and only on dry nails) and admire your shiny, natural manicure. Moisturize your hands, and think about all of the toxins you just avoided. Beauty does not have to be dangerous.” -Direct quote from http://www.carefair.com

Now, back to how to avoid this problem. Many companies have removed all or most of the harmful chemicals in nail polish.

One of them is Zoya, which sells nail polish free of the three above ingredients and camphor, also being a “vegan-friendly formula.” They carry an extremely wide variety of beautiful shades.

Another brand is SunCoat. Their nail polish is water based and free of Phthalates, chemical solvents, and formaldehyde. They come in 32 different shades.

To read about all of the harmful and toxic chemicals in nail polish, go to this address: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nail_polish#Constituents.

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Hot or Not? Make Up Your Mind!

Along with winter comes cold breezes, rain, and possibly snow. Which is why it makes sense to throw on a pair of furry, toasty Ugg boots… but with shorts? I have seen many girls walking around in Ugg boots and shorts, which are complete opposites when dressing for the weather. They do it because they believe it looks good? Fashionable? Pretty? Not in my opinion. It just makes them look foolish. I mean, would one walk around in a ski jacket and flip-flops? No, because in case you have been educated otherwise, you bundle up in cold weather and strip down to the basics in warm. These girls do not believe in this rule, obviously. I believe in being fashionable to a certain extent, and when it gets to the point I’m cold, I’ll risk fashion in order to get warm, or vice-versa.

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Boho-Chic Style

 

I have always loved the boho style. It looked somewhat slouchy but still clean. I mean, who doesn’t love the hippy look of this style? So where did it originate? It originated in Bohemia, which is a kingdom of the Czech Republic. Since the mid-1950s, people living in and around the area of North Kensington in England have been associated with this “Boho” style because of the fact their styles were similar to that of the Bohemians. A few of the many flaunters of these styles have been Sienna Miller and Mary-Kate Olsen.

 

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Here is Sienna Miller wearing a Boho-Chic Style Outfit. I adore blazers paired with loose shrugs and/or tops, as seen above. The beanie adds to the slouchiness of this outfit. The jeans are, well, jeans… not much to comment on there. The boots however, I find somewhat tacky and ugly. I think that without the buckles they would be adorable. This outfit shows the true side of boho chic because it contains items that make it look loose (the beanie and the shrug over the blouse), and it contains items that make it look more tight and neat (the blazer and the booties). These make it overall, a contrasting outfit that has a side of hippy but is still neat.

 

"I think people think I’m more fashion-y than I actually am as a person. I don’t have a stylist. I don’t plan outfits. It’s quite thrown together and I often look quite disheveled." -Sienna Miller (image courtesy of http://www.fashionfreax.net)

 

Here is an example of some more of her boho style. I am not a big fan of this particular outfit, but do think that it truly represents boho. It clearly shows how casual and colorful this style is. Everything looks dramatically loose and relaxed. I just wanted to point out that she is wearing bottoms in this photo, they’re just hidden under her top. They are black shorts. This is another fashion no-no… whenever you pick an outfit make sure it’s prominent upon first glance that you are fully clothed. When you don’t appear to be, it adds a cheap and sleasy look.

 

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In this photo, Sienna Miller sports a prairie girl dress, denim vest, brown bookbag, and brown sunglasses. I believe these all look very boho. They also have a look that’s sort of country, when arranged all together.

 

Here are 3 photos of Mary Kate Olsen. In all of these this shows how thrown together boho style is. I don’t mean for you to just throw on anything from your closet, but to choose things that contrast with one another yet hold some similarities as well. Let’s look at the first photo in this collage. The design on the bag is similar to the design on the sweater. The gladiator sandals and sunglasses are black, therefore matching the black on the bag and sweater. In the second photo, she sticks to all black and grey except for the bead belt around her hips. This keeps the look somewhat matching. Lastly, the third photo is very 70′s, what with the flare pants and disco-like pumps. The items in this outfit compliment each other because of the looseness. The sweater and pants are very free, making the look relaxed. The chunky pumps work with this because of their size, I believe. They are large and so is the rest of the outfit. They elevate the feet off of the ground so that the bottom of the jeans do not brush the ground.

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