Hello lovelies,

 

A new Australian brand of nail polish has come on my radar and it's called Sienna Byron Bay! There has been quite a bit of buzz on social media which you might have noticed yourself. The distinctive bottle shape and wooden caps caught my attention straight away and I couldn't say no to couple of bottles.

 

Sienna Byron Bay nail polish range is 7 Free (No Formaldehyde, No Toluene, No DBP, No Synthetic Camphor, No Formaldehyde Resin, No Xylene and No Tosylamide), vegan and cruelty free - that's quite impressive. Their whole eco-friendly and local philosophy really appeals to me, here's a short excerpt from their ABOUT page:

 

"Everything we do is aimed towards creating a cleaner alternative. Not just as a product but as an overall lifestyle. We’re as local as can be, vegan & cruelty free, we use 100% renewable soy, and we source sustainable non-native timbers from our own backyard."

 

Sienna Byron Bay Polishes & Top Coat - Review & Swatches
Sienna Byron Bay Polishes & Top Coat - Review & Swatches

 

I realised that everything about this brand is well-thought through right after I unpacked the products. The packaging is made out of recycled paper with an embossed mandala. A nice smell of eucalyptus (or perhaps tea tree oil) hit me straight away, I suspect it's the treatment for the wooden caps - it's little things like this that make a brand stand out to me. My favourite are the wooden caps. I really like the texture of the wood, the patterns on each cap (every cap is different of course) and of course they smell lovely. Here's how they source the wood for the caps:

 

"If you’ve ever been to the Byron shire you would have seen the thick scrub everywhere… We have a major weed that’s overgrown in this area; it inhibits the growth of our natural rainforest. We source this timber to make our sustainable timber caps, keeping in Harmony with our environment."

 

Then there's the pretty vintage-style 10ml bottle, the only thing sourced from outside of Australia (sourced from Europe) - I haven't seen this bottle shape before again, that's another thing that instantly differentiates this polish from others. Some bottles have gold and some black printing on them (I obviously like the gold one more ;). The brush is thin and easy to work with.

 

Sienna Byron Bay Polishes & Top Coat - Review & Swatches
Sienna Byron Bay Polishes & Top Coat - Review & Swatches

 

First polish I've tried is Blush, a mauve purple with warm undertones. My camera was playing up so really the first picture is most true to the colour of Blush. The formula was really good which surprised me (I don't have overly high expectations from new brands) - it applied so easily and smooth and the polish was fully opaque in two coats. Drying time was good as well and I've used the Sienna Byron Bay Lightning Top Coat that I was sent as well.

Sienna Byron Bay Polishes & Top Coat - Review & Swatches
Sienna Byron Bay Polishes & Top Coat - Review & Swatches
Sienna Byron Bay Polishes & Top Coat - Review & Swatches

 

My second polish was Grace, metallic rose gold with foil-like finish. It has a mixture of metallic rose gold and copper particles. I chose Grace because it looks beautiful when paired up with Blush (yes, there will be nail art!) but it's a gorgeous colour just on its own. It took two easy coats for full coverage and the formula was great again. I've applied the Sienna Byron Bay Lightning Top Coat that.

Sienna Byron Bay Polishes & Top Coat - Review & Swatches
Sienna Byron Bay Polishes & Top Coat - Review & Swatches
Sienna Byron Bay Polishes & Top Coat - Review & Swatches
Sienna Byron Bay Polishes & Top Coat - Review & Swatches

 

I'd also like to tell you a bit about the Lightning Top Coat. I've tested it over some other brands and nail art manicures. It is quite nice topcoat - it is not thick like Seche Vite but rather watery but it dries fast. Generally, allow at least 20 minutes for it to dry enough for you to start doing things (carefully) it of course depends on how thick your nail polish underneath is. It can smear nail art a bit if you're heavy handed but if you can float the brush like with Seche Vite, then you'll be fine. It's a nice topcoat and I'll use it all up for sure. 

 

Overall, I'm very impressed by these polishes, brand philosophy, packaging, just everything. Polishes are little bit on the pricier side with $22.73 per bottle but that's in AUD and you can be sure that they weren't made in some asian country and that it supports local economy. They also offer free shipping in Australia on orders over $50. If you want a treat, try Sienna Byron Bay polishes. They can be purchased on their website and at the following international stocklists:

New ZealandCollect Living   Flo & Frankie   The Rock Box

Europe: Sanikai Ethical Vegan Store

USA & Canada: The Green Jungle Beauty Shop

Scandinavia: Ovidia Bay Drobak   Clean Living

 

Have you tried Sienna Byron Brand yet? What's your impression of this brand? let me know in the comments and for now, have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

*PR samples

 

Hello lovelies,

 

I'm trying to participate in the ABC Nail Art challenge every week and even though I'm a day late, here's my manicure for the letter J! It is inspired by Japanese-style nail art and I've also used a Japanese gel - Bella Forma (now re-branded to VETRO I think). I wore this gel manicure for two weeks while I went on my New York holiday and to the Scratch Stars Awards and it hold brilliantly!

 

ABC Challenge: J is for Japanese-style Nail Art | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: J is for Japanese-style Nail Art | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: J is for Japanese-style Nail Art | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: J is for Japanese-style Nail Art | Nail Art Challenge

 

Products used:

Bella Forma JAPAN Base Clear PRO

Bella Forma JAPAN Top Clear

Bella Forma JAPAN 23 Mat white

Bella Forma JAPAN 211 Almond beige

Bella Forma JAPAN 141 Enamel shock

Bella Forma JAPAN 21 Tsubaki

IBD Gel Bonder

UberChic Magic Dust Egyptian Sunset

Gold triangle studs

Dotting tool

Gel brushes (use LUHH10 for 10% OFF)

 

I've combined plain nails with pink shimmer using UberChic Magic Dust and gold triangle studs and accent nails with nail art. The Magic Dust was really fine powder (it got everywhere!) that was easy to work with - I just burnished it into the sticky layer after I cured the gel. The nail art is kind of like a dry brush except I've done it with uncured gel so that the colours would blend a little. Then I added white lines and couple of dots. over the pattern.

 

ABC Challenge: J is for Japanese-style Nail Art | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: J is for Japanese-style Nail Art | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: J is for Japanese-style Nail Art | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: J is for Japanese-style Nail Art | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: J is for Japanese-style Nail Art | Nail Art Challenge

 

 

I really enjoyed wearing this manicure and it was such a change to have rounded nails like this. Looking back at the photos - I'm actually really liking the round nails. right now I have them filed into a point, an almond shape but I'm not that 100% sure about it. Damn, this is hard decision :D :D What do you guys think?

 

The rings are from Born Pretty Store, necklace from Primark. Don't forget to check out the other manicures from ladies who participate in this challenge and have a lovely day!