How to recycle and how to upcycle! Everything you need to know

During National Recycling week, it is important for us all to focus our attentions to the daily habits we have when involving recycling. It is simple enough to separate recycling from compost from landfill in the kitchen, but recycling goes beyond food consumption and encompasses every aspect of our lives. Most brands these days explain on their packaging or websites how to accurately dispose and recycle empty products- but if you are unsure don’t automatically think landfill… take a look through the Planet Ark website for more on how to recycle.

We have a lot of empty nail polish bottles…. Being suckers for a fresh mani means that we often find ourselves at the end of the bottle- which can often be confusing when it comes to disposing of the bottle. We have two solutions when it comes to old nail polish bottles- either upcycle or recycle.

Recycling is the simple option- read about how to recycle nail polish in our post from National Recycling Week last year. Upcycling, is our preferred option though! It feels like such a shame to recycle the vintage style bottle when there are so many upcycling alternatives. Turning old bottles into beautiful works of art, gets the creative juices flowing and adds a special touch to the home!

Mini flower vases have got to be the cutest option for upcycling of them all! You can either rinse the bottle with remover for a clear glass look, or let the last remainders of colour air out and dry around the edges for a colourful touch. Stick a magnet on the back for the cutest fridge magnets around or tie along drift wood for a boho wind chime look. The options are endless. We have a little nook in our office that is the perfect spot to sit some of our upcycled creations! Tag us in your photos and show us how you upcycle your empty bottles!

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Nail Art to see you through the holiday season

Christmas nail art in reds and greens can often be fun, but we prefer to go with nail looks that see us through the entire holiday season. The holiday nail art trends this season are modern and a little bit edgy and when accompanied by a beautiful combination of colours, you can’t go wrong. Our two favourite holiday nail art looks are the simple stripe and reverse French. They’re subtle enough for the day time, but enough to make your outfit really pop during the evening. Any combination of colours will work, we chose these combinations because of how beautifully they pop! Don’t think you need to be a professional manicurist or full-time nail blogger to achieve these looks either, they are quick and simple and don’t require anything other than the bottles of polish.

Stripe Nail Art
silver and bronze nail polish nail art on dark skin tone by sienna
Colours: Luxe and Transcend
  1. Apply our Sticky Base Coat.
  2. Follow with 2 thin coats of Luxe.
  3. Accent the nail with a stripe of Transcend from cuticle to tip, through the middle of the nail.
  4. Seal with our Lightning Top Coat.
Reverse French Nail Art
pastel peach and orange shimmer nail art on fair and dark skin tone by sienna
Colours: Sol and Harmony
  1. Apply our Sticky Base Coat
  2. Start with two thin coats of Sol from base to tip of nail
  3. Follow with two coats of Harmony– starting 3-4mm away from the base, and painting towards the tip.
  4. Seal with our Lightning Top Coat

With both manicures, allow enough time for the nails to dry- because you’re applying a few more layers than usual, this may take longer than usual. Put your feet up, relax and enjoy your new holiday manicure.

 

Nail Bar with Future Dreamers, the perfect overcast Saturday activity

Sparkles and a whole lot of nail polish… what more could you want from an overcast Saturday afternoon! We spent a couple of hours with the beautiful Future Dreamers team and 30 energetic and bubbly 11-year-olds at their FD Junior Hang Out- complete with a Sienna Nail Bar.

The Byron Bay charity is set up to provide girls aged 12-25 a space to hang out, get creative, forge beautiful friendships and call their own. We created a duck egg blue pearl polish for the Future Dreamers, and it was the perfect opportunity to crack it open and get manicured!

FD Junior offers 11-years-old who are about to transition into high school life, an opportunity to experience Future Dreamers for themselves and establish friendships and connections before making the big transition.  It’s also a good excuse to just hang out and have a bit of fun! We really enjoyed chatting with the girls and hearing about their lives, growing up in the Byron Shire. Hugely inspirational, they all have big dreams- from performing on Broadway to travelling the world. We sat down with each of the girls at the nail bar and painted their nails in the Future Dreamers blue.

The team of women who established Future Dreamers saw a huge gap in the Shire for an outlet for young teen girls. They hold events, hangouts, after school activities almost daily, and welcome all girls whether they be visiting on holiday or locals to the area. The positive impact that Future Dreamers is having on the community is obvious. The girls are encouraged to pursue their dreams, cultivate their creativity and passions, all while forming strong friendships.

The profit of our Future Dreamers colour went back to the charity, helping guide, nurture and encourage girls to blossom into amazing young women.

Spring Flowers & the Byron Hinterland – Our Spring Collection Campaign

We are so excited to share with you all the images for our Spring 17 Campaign. This campaign shoot tells the story of our upcoming Spring 17 Collection- 5 new colours in a range of dusty pink and shimmery warm hues. We drew our inspiration for this shoot from the pages of archived Vogue editorials, historical Australian films and the celebration of women supporting women.

Our obsession for spring flowers came to life in this shoot, and we feel the images truly depict our inspiration in developing these 5 new colours. Inspired by the beauty of spring flowers and the longer days as we move into the warmer months, this Spring 17 collection has the perfect hues to suit all tastes. We have listened to the requests from many of our customers and tailored these shades to fit in perfectly with our existing range. We cannot wait to release these colours for everyone to enjoy- keep watch over our social media and don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know when these beauties drop!

Best Coffee Byron Bay has to offer!

Byron Bay Coffee Sienna Nail Polish

A trip to Byron Bay wouldn’t be complete, without sampling the best the sunny town has to offer in caffeinated beverages! We are all avid coffee drinkers at Sienna, and consider ourselves well-versed in where to visit for the best coffee in Byron Bay. It’s a hard job sometimes, but someone has to seek out the best coffee Byron Bay locals swear by! So bring your Keep Cups for a coffee and early morning beach stroll, or take a hour to relax with a cuppa and the local paper.

Our personal favourites: (as frequented by all of us at Sienna!)

  • Spoke- perfect spot to bring your little ones. Sit outside underneath the trees and enjoy your time out of the hustle and bustle of town.
  • Sparrow- need a super-fast, super-delicious caffeine hit? Sparrow is your best bet! Right next door to Aldi in the centre of town, the coffee here will get you going!
  • Folk- leaning towards the turmeric, beetroot or matcha latte alternatives to coffee? Go here… we’ve written about our love for Folk on multiple occasions already!
  • Three Blue Ducks- the list of best coffee Byron Bay has to offer wouldn’t be complete without a mention of this absolutely gem. Sit down for a coffee and brekky, or grab a take away and wander around the beautiful farm.
  • Jones & Co- not strictly a best coffee Byron Bay entrant, this go-to is in Brunswick Heads. Perfect little vista out front to sit down and relax, but conveniently located on the main strip so you can make it a pit-stop for takeaway if you need to get to the ocean stat!
  • Footbridge- Another Bruns favourite! Delicious coffee and ever better chai teas!
  • Homegrown- this one is the winner when you’re looking for a healthy lunch and coffee combination! Their salads are divine, so filling and healthy to boot.

Crowd Pleasers: if you’re looking for your ultimate Byron experience, these ones are die-hard favourites for all (be prepared for a little bit of a wait in some cases, they’re that popular)

  • Top Shop- Wategos swim, check. Top Shop breakfast, check. Ultimate Byron morning, done!
  • Roadhouse- on your way our to Suffolk, this one is a huge favourite of the locals
  • Bay Leaf- you may have to wait for a table, but it will be worth it!
  • Combi- two words: Vegan Toastie. Plus some of the best coffee Byron Bay has on offer!
Harvest Cafe Newrybar

Harvest Cafe and things to do in Newrybar town

Head out to the Harvest Cafe and stay for a browse!

If you ask around in Byron Bay for local’s tips on what to see and do nearby, you’ll definitely hear the words Harvest Cafe Newrybar. We’d tell you the same thing. The Harvest Cafe Newrybar is not simply a cafe. This rustic and atmospheric venue also has a scrumptious deli and a bakery attached. The foodie haven, housed in three lovingly restored heritage buildings in the historic town of Newrybar in the Byron Bay Hinterland, is a ode to fresh local and often organic food.

Harvest Cafe Newrybar prides itself on simple wholesome food that looks and tastes five-star, all in a community atmosphere striving for sustainable outcomes. Harvest Cafe Newrybar employs a full time forager and food researcher, along with two permaculturalists who work hard to grow the food you eat. These staff members are supported by an outstanding bar and floor service team.

Harvest Cafe Newrybar
The Menu

The menu is truly divine. Take a peek. How does a roasted cauliflower, mountain pepper, sesame and sunflower seed combination sound for lunch? We’re salivating over fresh wood-fired sourdough bread and sprinkled with smoked salt. Seriously, it’s the simple things, don’t you agree? We’re planning our next visit for a weekend morning to try harvest bakery fruit and nut toast with harvest flow hive honey or if we’re going savory, the zucchini fritters, herb salad, tomato chutney. Hungry yet?

The Harvest Cafe Newrybar food is so good you might want to try recreating it at home. Stop the tears of frustration by booking into a class onsite at the Harvest Bakery. Kate Walsh, author of the book Real Food Projects, is the teacher. A recent addition to the local area, Kate teaches food basics including how to pickle seasonal vegetables, fermenting and making jams.

  • Breakfast available at Harvest Deli from 8am weekdays.
  • Breakfast Saturday & Sunday from 8am in the restaurant.
  • Lunch 7 days from 12pm.
  • Harvest Bar 7 nights 4pm – 6pm.
  • Dinner 7 nights from 6pm.

Find Harvest Cafe Newrybar at 18-22 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar Village. Parking is always tight, so go early or be prepared to hunt for a car park in the local streets.

Harvest Deli

Take a slice of Byron Bay Hinterland home with a foodie souvenir or two. The Harvest Deli is full to the brim of foodie favourites including the Harvest deli range of sauces & condiments. If you’re worried about getting hungry on your drive home, you’ll definitely need to pick up a loaf of their organic wood-fired sourdough.

Open Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm, and Sunday 9am to 4pm.

Harvest Deli shop in Newrybar Byron shire
Newrybar Merchants

A late 2015 addition to town, this creative collective of local artists and producers is a stylish stop for travellers who make the journey out of town. Rustic yet charming, this design space is already on the itinerary of the fashion-forward set and there’s plenty of reasons why. With designers and makers including Sibella Court, local gal Shannon Fricke, Driftlab and artist Diana Miller, you are spoilt for choice. (Oh, slow my beating heart.) But we can’t forget the flowers either! Even a holiday house needs a little flower love and Beautiflora steps up to help out.

Located at 19 Old Pacific Highway, (the site of the old Antique store) the Newrybar Merchants is located across the road from Harvest Café and is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.

Gaia Retreat and Spa

Just four minutes drive inland from Newrybar is the world famous Gaia Retreat and Spa. While it would be lovely to stay for a weekend or a week, it is possible to enjoy the serenity with a visit to their day spa. Massage treatments on offer include Kahuna, Ayurvedic, Shiatsu, Hot Rocks or Four Hands massage for double the relaxation. Enjoy a signature restore facial or relax with our favourite, the Wattle seed and Lemon Myrtle body polish. You’ll shine and shimmer for weeks! The Gaia Retreat Spa Menu is on the pricier side but the entire experience combining environment, elegant products, and after-treatment refreshments makes the cost worth the outlay. For a touch of Gaia, take a look at our earth goddess shimmer.

Contact Gaia Day Spa for bookings on (02) 6687 1216.

Gaia Retreat and Spa Newrybar
Toraja luxury guesthouse

For those wanting to extend their stay in the Newrybar region, we suggest booking a night or three at Toraja luxury guesthouse. Tucked away in the hinterland mere minutes from Harvest Cafe Newrybar, this boutique accommodation offers a choice of three rooms, each with a queen size bed- the Ocean View Suite, Pool Side Suite and the Loft Room. If a winter retreat is necessary, then taking time out at this divine property will soothe the soul. Laze in front of the stone fireplace on chilly nights while eating a delicious readymade dinner you picked up from Harvest Cafe Newrybar earlier. With views to the coast, you’ll feel like royalty hidden away from prying eyes.

Autumn Winter Campaign- early rise at Brunswick Heads

With our new collection on the way, it was time for a Autumn Winter Campaign shoot to welcome in the cooler months. It was a very early start of all of us, but well and truly warranted as the photos captured were spectacular with the early morning backdrop.

The inspiration behind our Autumn Winter campaign comes from our surroundings. Walking along the wall at Brunswick Heads beach was perfect example of this- with all the colours in our new range reflected in the natural elements. The grey-beige of the tree trunks washed up in the storms and terracotta flecks in the boulders, all captured in our new collection. Accompanied by the gorgeous textures and colours in the Rowie clothing used for the shoot, it was the perfect morning to bring new Sienna out into the world!

This shoot was very much a collaborative undertaking, and we are so blessed to be involved with such a supportive and engaging community of creative minds. You can see more Autumn colours here.

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Who Made My Polish- changing the face of beauty & cosmetics

Who made my polish?

You would have noticed a lot of attention in the media this week surrounding Fashion Revolution Week, with many consumers, brands and organisations asking Who Made My Clothes? The game-changing initiative is holding major fashion brands accountable for how they source and manufacture their products. We believe all businesses should be held accountable in the same way, regardless of their products and that’s why we are asking Who Made My Nail Polish? Traceability is crucial in holding businesses accountable, and we believe establishing brand values that encompass these aspects. Not purely for the future of business, but for the future of the world.

Your Beauty Routine Should Feel Good

That’s why we are doing something about changing the current climate in the beauty/cosmetics industry. The Sienna customer is forward thinking, socially aware and environmentally conscious, and rather than just believing what we tell you, it is important to you that we are completely open and transparent about it also. As we have constantly reiterated along our Sienna journey, we started small and have allowed the business to grow organically, to maintain the integrity of the product and our relationships with suppliers, stockists and customers.

Sienna business owner Danielle holding a poster saying i made your polish

Think local, buy local, be local.

In the beginning, we started small… creating, mixing and pouring small batches in our founder’s living room. From there it grew gradually and slowly. We moved into the spare room, then into the double garage and from there the first Sienna employees were hired. We are now based in a beautiful little warehouse in the hinterland of Byron Bay with a team involved in the orders, sales and marketing of the business. As the business has expanded to the point where we are stocked in retailers across Australia, New Zealand, America and dotted around Europe, the demand has grown beyond the point where we can source, mix, batch and pour all the bottles ourselves. We create all our colours, which are then produced in bigger quantities by a local manufacturer.

Traceable production trail

A lot of love and passion goes into that little bottle of nail polish sitting in your bathroom cabinet, but you knew that already. We are committed to being entirely transparent with the processes and production trail leading to the final product. The glass and brushes sourced for our nail polish come from reputable businesses across Europe. Mica is the ingredient used in cosmetics to create the beautiful shimmer, and is mined from hard-to-reach areas. The mica used in our polishes is sourced from the only certified child-labour free factory in the world. Our bottles are also sourced from Europe, to ensure the quality of the glass.

Manufacturing a product entirely in Australia is expensive when compared with production in other countries. Yes, we could manufacture our nail polish off-shore to cut costs, however this was never a consideration. At the forefront of our business values is to create a product that is ethical, sustainable and worthy of the market; producing a product of lesser quality would go against these values. This is reflected in the price of our polish. When purchasing Sienna Byron Bay, it is not just a nail lacquer you invest in, but also a set of values and ethics you are aligning to and supporting.

Building towards a better future

This is only the beginning. Big brands need to be held accountable for their actions. Exploiting employees, children and mother earth is unacceptable. We are answering the question Who Made My Polish? Just like #whomademyclothes Other brands need to do the same.

Who made my polish? We made your polish.

Blues Fest Guide- get the most from the iconic music festival

Our ultimate Blues Fest guide

In case it’s your first year attending (or your 10th… maybe you just want a refresher!), we have put together a little Blues Fest Guide to ensure you get the most out of the festival! There are so many things that we think to ourselves…damn got to do that next year, so why not share the knowledge around! Be prepared for tiredness, potential dehydration, and to be covered in dirt and/or mud at most times, and you’ll have yourself a weekend full of memories.

Get enough sleep

Probably the most important in our Blues Fest guide! It’s most likely you will have late nights the entire 5 days, so take your opportunity to milk the sleep-ins and afternoon naps as much as you can! You may be full of energy in the beginning and eager to make the most of the festival, but by day 4 and 5, you’re going to be wishing you had taken the extra few hours sleep! Be kind to your body, you don’t want to be absolutely ruined trying to get back to work once the festival concludes!

Take time for yourself

Whether you’re a yoga guru, meditation aficionado, or just keen to try your hand at it, Blues is the time to do this! Surrounded by so many like-minded souls, you’re bound to find a morning yoga crew or shady meditation spot!

Keep out of the sun…

…where possible! It wouldn’t be a Blues Fest guide without some kinda of sun warning! Sometimes it is impossible to avoid the sun during those times you’re waiting for your favourite act to come on stage. Where you can, stick to the shade, and all the other times keep that big felt hat shading your face and sunnies on to avoid the glare. 5 days of squinting isn’t going to do your eyes any good!

Plan out your day so you don’t miss your favourites

Highlight who you’re desperate to see at the beginning of each day, so they don’t pass you by without realising! If there’s any gaps, take that time to stumble upon an artist you maybe hadn’t heard of. Some of the best Blues Fest memories are made in the spontaneous moments discovering new music!

Eat breakfast

Sleeping in, braving the lines for the shower and getting organised for the day doesn’t leave ample time for relaxing with some brekky- but it is so important! Whether is cereal in your campsite, or you catch a shuttle into Byron for a proper meal, make sure to fuel your body in the mornings (trust us, sometimes you find the perfect vantage point and don’t want to leave it for dinner or lunch!)

Prepare for everything

This doesn’t mean pack your entire wardrobe into a huge suitcase (If you want to though, by all means go ahead!), but just be prepared for all types of weather. We recommend bringing a warm jacket for late nights (that walk back to the car/campsite can be awfully cold if unprepared), and warm bedding for overnight. The days are unpredictable: warm, cold, rainy, muggy, if you can think of it, it will probably happen! Be prepared. And if you’re questioning bringing gumboots and a raincoat… just pack them anyway.

Make the effort

Your campsite is not only just a place to rest your head at night, it’s also your little sanctuary away from the masses. Take the time to plan before you arrive, so you can tailor your spot to be perfectly set out. Bring chairs, tables, and make yourself as comfortable as possible! You won’t have a huge amount of space to work with, so think a bit economical as well. Your car is perfect for storing clothes and valuables, plastic storage containers are perfect for storing anything that could be damaged if it rains while you’re in the festival (plus they stack easily), and don’t skimp on lighting! A few strings of fairy lights can go a long way!

Take this Blues Fest guide and do what you will! Above all else, immerse yourself in the undeniable joy and reverie of the festival. Don’t forget to stock up on some gorgeous festival ready nail polish shades for the 5-day event! There’s a reason why it has been such an institution in the Byron community for decades! You’ll make memories that last a lifetime (or at least until Blues Fest 2018).

Photo credits: Levis, Ozi Photography & Byron Campers

pink and nude nail polish hand swatch on fair and medium skin tone by sienna

What colours suit your skin tone?

“How will I know what colours suit my skin tone?” is one of our most frequently asked questions at Sienna. And while there are absolutely no rules, there are some shades that will look more flattering than others, depending on your skin tone. This means the colours are well matched to your undertone or provide just the right amount of contrast to make your nails pop. With over 80 gorgeous shades of Sienna to choose from it can be hard to know where to start. So if your nail polish soul mate still eludes you, never fear. We are here to help you choose a polish that will give you both a high-performance manicure and look absolutely dreamy at the same time.

pink and nude nail polish hand swatch on fair and medium skin tone by sienna

You do you

 

But as we are fond of saying around here “You do you”. Sometimes you find a nail polish and it’s love. So if you like a fuchsia-hued mani with your corporate workwear, go for it. If you are committed to a dark wine crème in high summer, we won’t stand in your way. In this crazy-busy, fast-paced world we live in, a slick of nail polish in a colour that lifts your spirits can spark a little moment of joy.

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The Guide

 

While there are many (so many) trends and ways to choose a colour for your nails, here is the best of the accepted wisdom to choosing a flattering colour for your skin tone.

 

Deep/Dark skin

Vivid reds and pinks are your go-to classics, but mauve pink, fiery red-orange, deep purple, yellow, blacks, bronze, green, almond, mocha and caramel based neutrals are all going to look terrific. As will bold colours. And even yellow. The world is your nail bar, you lucky thing!

Photo: Luscious

bright Pink Nail Polish hand swatch on Dark Skin tone by Sienna

Medium skin

If this is you, a wide range of colours are going to be flattering. Choose burgundies, plums and wine tones for a super-chic look. Fruity/coral type shades and pastels like bubblegum pink and lilac will also look gorgeous. Teal is the best of the blues for you.

Photo: Melody and Whisper

pastel pink and purple nail polish hand swatch on medium skin tone by sienna

Olive skin

If you are an olive-skinned beauty, be guided by tropical colours like orange, hot pink, coral and melon – they will all look amazing. But so will browns, taupes and terracotta if you are after a more subtle look.

Photo: Love

Coral pink nail polish hand swatch on fair skin tone by sienna

Light/Fair skin

For a classic colour choice, your friends are soft pinks and blue-toned berry colours. Having said that, classic red, and even a bright-vermillion crème look fantastic. Navy and charcoal are great if you are looking for a glam high-impact look with an edge.  A warm clay or a sheer pink are the best options for a neutral look.

Photo: Melody

light pink nail polish hand swatch on fair skin tone by sienna

If all else fails, look at your best, most flattering lipstick or, even your lips, and choose a shade that as close as possible to that.

 

As you can imagine, colour is a hot topic at Sienna HQ and we all have our favourite colours and go-tos. You can imagine how much we have loved putting this guide together for you. Please let us know if there’s any we have missed.