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Earth Day Beauty – Eco-Conscious Beauty Products

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It’s Earth Day and while there are lots of beauty brands making strides to make their products, packaging and philanthropy more eco-concious, there are a few brands that stand out above the rest for their efforts. Today, I’m looking at brands and products that are putting the environment first.
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The 2010 Zoya Nail Polish Exchange

By on April 26, 2010
in Eco-conscious, Zoya with 28 Comments

To celebrate Earth Day, Zoya has brought back their Nail Polish Exchange program. It’s a way for you to properly dispose of your old nail polish in exchange for some new Zoya 3-Free shades.  So if you have bottles of old crusty polish laying around that you just can’t salvage, even with a bottle of thinner, or if you’re looking to update your nail wardrobe, send your polishes to Zoya and let them handle the disposal.


Do you have old bottles of nail polish , used or unused, laying around, collecting dust and tying up your valuable money? If you do, and we know you do, then this is the perfect program for you.

For a limited time, kicking off in April, in time for Earth Day 2010, Zoya will replace your old nail polish (any brand other than Zoya, Qtica or Nocti) with any brand new Zoya Nail Polish shade and properly dispose of your old polish according EPA guidelines. Choose from over 300 ready-to-wear, formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and dibutyl phthalate free, award winning colors (Zoya Nail Polish was awarded the longest wearing nail polish in Women’s Helath magazine)! Yep, an offer that’s as good for the planet as it is for your beauty budget – Wow!

There is a minimum of 6 bottles and no maximum (exchange as many bottles as you want as often as you would like)

All you have to do is complete the form on the Zoya website, choose your colors, ship them your old polish and pay a $3.50/bottle fee for shipping and processing. So you’re paying half price for brand new Zoyas and clearing out your stash in an eco-friendly way.  What a deal!

You have from now until June 30, 2010 to take advantage of this offer.  What colors are you planning to get?

Go Green Week – Sally Hansen Grass Slipper

sally-hansen-grass-slipper-complete-salon-manicure It’s Go Green Week on ALU! In celebration of Earth Day on Thursday, April 22nd I’m reviewing some of the great green polishes from this season that I haven’t yet shared. Included with the reviews are tips on how you can “green” your manicure routine.

Last winter I was in Michigan visiting friends when I made pit stop at Meijer’s to check out the Massini brand of nail polishes that I’ve heard so much about.  The word on the interwebs is that Massini is made by Color Club and some of the polishes are dupes for the holographic CC’s.

Of course, I got completely sidetracked when I spotted a bright green polish in the Sally Hansen rack.  I saw the Spring Tracy Reese shades backstage at Fashion Week last fall but hadn’t seen the core colors yet.  Grass Slipper from the Complete Salon Manicure line jumped into my cart and it’s a fantastic color.  Check it out after the jump!

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Go Green Week – Sephora by OPI Leaf Him at the Altar

sephora by opi leaf him at the altar sopi bottle Welcome to Go Green Week on ALU! With Earth Day coming up on Thursday, April 22nd I’m celebrating with some of the great green polishes from this season that I haven’t yet reviewed. Included with the reviews are tips on how you can “green” your manicure routine.

I’m kicking off Go Green Week with Leaf Him at the Altar from the Sephora by OPI spring collection Modern Flowers.  The collection itself didn’t really draw me in with the exception of the sheer purple & holographic glitter, It’s Bouquet with Me, and this standout green stunner.  Check it out after the jump!

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Celebrate Earth Day – Check Your Ingredients

By on April 22, 2009
in Big 3 Free, Eco-conscious with 46 Comments

Happy Earth Day kids!

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the “greenest” person when it comes to my daily life. I do drive a gas guzzling SUV so I can get through rough Cleveland winters, I’m not great at turning out lights when I leave a room and I do use paper towels religiously. But what I love about Earth Day is that it’s a way to check yourself. A reminder to look at your lifestyle and find ways to improve it that helps the planet.

Last year I made a commitment to waste less paper. I was terrible about writing stupid notes on full sheets of paper only to toss them later. So I dedicated myself to utilize my PDA and laptop for all my random scribblings. It’s not huge but it’s a good step. This year I want to focus more on recycling. We have a great recycling program in my neighborhood and I’m going to be more tenacious in my efforts. I would also like to break my paper towel habit.

So what will you do? What small change will you make for a greener globe? If you’re thinking of greening up your manicure routine by switching to less toxic polish, look no further for I have your ultimate shopping guide. You may remember last year that I published a pretty comprehensive list of polishes based on ingredients, well I’ve updated and made it even more thorough. Check it out!

For quick refresher on the ingredients we’re talking about, check out, The Big 3 (toxic chemical that is).

Formaldehyde and DBP Free polishes – Carolyn New York, CND (Creative Nail Design) and NYX

Big 3 Free polishes – butter London, Calvin Klein, China Glaze (black label), Color Club, Essie, Finger Paints, Hard Candy, Illamasqua, Maybelline Express Finish, Maybelline Salon Expert, Nicole, OPI (green label) and Sally Hansen Salon

Big 3 Free, No Formaldehyde Resin – MAC, Milani, N.Y.C. Long Wearing, Nailtini (except Vodka), NARS, Nocti, Orly, PeaceKeeper, Pop Beauty Nail Glam, Rescue Beauty Lounge, SpaRitual and Wet n’ Wild

Big 3 Free, No Formaldehyde Resin, No Camphor – Chanel, Dashing Diva, Dior, Estee Lauder, Givenchy, Lancome, Lippmann, L’oreal, No-Miss, Nubar, NYC In A New York Color Minute, Revlon, Rimmel London 60 Seconds, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, Sante, Shades by Barielle, Shu Uemura, Sinful Colors and Zoya

Water based, Big 3 Free, No Formaldehyde Resin, No Camphor, No Ethyl Acetate – Acquarella, Honeybee Gardens, Sula and Suncoat
Note: Some brands have changed their formulas over the past few years so bottles of their old formulas may still be on shelves. Please check labels before purchasing.

Some additional ways you can green up your manicure include switching to a reusable glass nail file like the ones mentioned in Let’s Talk Files, using natural nail polish removers and replacing your orange sticks with a metal cuticle pusher.

What are you doing today to green up your lifestyle?

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