halal nail polish from Sienna

What is Halal nail polish? Yes, it exists!

What does it mean for something to be halal?

Halal is an Arabic word that means permissible and is used to describe an action or product that is acceptable under Islamic law. While the term most often refers to food and food preparation, these days it’s also used to describe a wider range of items, including pharmaceuticals, personal care products and even cosmetics.

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What are halal cosmetics?

We all know that what you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your body. Unfortunately, not all beauty products are created equally — something you must take note of if you live by certain personal or religious standards. Practising Muslims, for example, must only use halal cosmetics that have been manufactured, produced and made from halal products.

While we all love a good vegan, cruelty-free, organic beauty product, it’s important to note that these labels don’t always mean the product is halal! Vegan cosmetics may not use haram (the opposite of halal) animal by-products, but they may contain alcohol or other haram ingredients.

If you’re in need of halal cosmetics, the best way to ensure their integrity is to purchase from a halal-certified company or to do some research on the ingredients yourself.

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Can nail polish be halal?

While certain foundations, lipsticks and other cosmetics have been approved as halal, there’s one beauty product that still sparks debate. Can nail polish really be halal? Those who say no usually come back to two main concerns.

Impermissible ingredients

Like any cosmetic, nail polish can be made with halal or haram products and ingredients. Most traditional nail polishes are automatically haram, thanks to their inclusion of certain animal products or alcohol, and it can be difficult to find a nail polish that forgoes these ingredients.

Inconvenient application

Of course, halal nail polish — made from permissible ingredients and processes — does exist. So why does the debate go on?

The second concern has to do with the practice of Wudu or ablution — the act of cleansing the body before prayer — that must be done before each of the five daily prayers required for practising Muslims. During Wudu, water must cover certain parts of the body, including the hands and feet. The problem? Traditional nail polish isn’t usually water-permeable, which means that in order to complete the ablution process correctly, the nail polish must be removed before each prayer. Talk about time-consuming!

Halal nail polish is possible — if it’s made correctly

So, what if there were nail polish that met both of these concerns? A nail polish that was made with halal products and processes which was also Wudu-friendly?

Luckily for nail polish lovers everywhere, there is! Some companies, including Sienna, have recognised the need for a nail polish that looks great but still allows the wearer to adhere to their religious standards.

Truly halal nail polish not only uses natural, healthy and permissible ingredients, but it also utilises a unique, breathable formula that allows water to fully permeate the polish and reach the nail bed. This makes it possible to perform Wudu properly, even while wearing your polish.

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Where to find the best halal nail polish

If you think that high-quality cosmetics should be accessible to anyone, so do we! Here at Sienna, we believe beauty is for everyone, regardless of personal or religious beliefs, standards or needs. We’re overjoyed to be able to include the best halal nail polish in our line of sustainable, ethical and stunning beauty products.

We’re proud to hold a current Halal Certificate from the Halal Certification Services (HCS), which means that our nail polishes completely meet every requirement for halal standards. Our line of nail polishes is made using the proper processes and ingredients and formulated to be water-permeable and Wudu-friendly.

Browse our range of products today to find organic, halal, cruelty-free, ethical and sustainable nail polish that’s beautiful on you and better for the planet.

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4 steps to a natural nail polish routine

Applying nail polish should be a stress-free process, but many find themselves stressing over a nail polish routine that results in a flawless finish. The key is to have fun instead of focusing on perfection.

To make the process of applying nail polish enjoyable and to achieve a look you’ll love, we share 4 essential nail polish application tips.
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Step 1: Preparing Your Nails

Any great nail polish routine should start with the right preparation. If you feel your nails are too long, use nail clippers to trim them starting from one side and working towards the other to prevent them from splitting.

Next, use a cotton pad and water-based nail polish remover to thoroughly clean your nails. Don’t forget your cuticles. Gently push cuticles back with a flat stick or fingernail and apply some cuticle oil.

Cleaning nails thoroughly with soap and water ensures that nail polish adheres well to your nail. Once you have washed your hands, dry the nails thoroughly as any remaining oil will compromise the adhesion of the polish.

Now, you’re ready for the next step.

Step 2: Apply a Base Coat of Nail Polish

The next step in your natural nail polish routine is to apply a base coat. Keep your hand somewhere stable, like a table and start applying the base coat nail polish until your nails are covered by a thin layer of polish. This is important to get an even colour and avoid a patchy look when your nails are finished. It will also prevent them from getting any stains if you’re using dark colours.

Allow the base coat layer to dry for approximately two minutes. This will give the solvents in your polish sufficient time to evaporate.

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Step 3: Apply Natural Nail Polish

Now for the best part.  It’s time to choose your favourite natural nail polish colour!

Start by applying the polish in a stripe down the centre of the nail bed. Work your way to the side of your nails in thin, even layers. Finish the process by swiping across the tip of your nail to seal in the colour.

Repeat the process until all your fingernails have been coated with a layer of polish. Wait for about two to three minutes to allow sufficient time for your nails to dry.

You’re now ready to apply a second coat. When you have finished applying the second coat, wait for another two to three minutes for the polish to dry.

Step 4: Apply a Top Coat

This is the last step. You’re almost finished. Apply a quality natural top coat nail polish using the same method followed in Step 3. The topcoat will seal in the colour and give your nails a beautiful shine. The seal also helps prevent the chipping of the nails resulting in a longer mani.

Reapply the top coat every two to three days to keep the polish looking fresh and make sure to keep your hands hydrated throughout the day to give your polished nails a fresh look.

Rehydrate your cuticles and nails using a little cuticle oil and go around the nail, gently rubbing in the oil with the other fingers around the nail on the skin and not on the nail.

That’s it! You now have a set of beautiful looking fingernails.

Aside from following the right method, it’s also important to use products that will give you the best results and are safe.

At Sienna, we have a range of clean nail care products to help you take the best care of your nails without allowing toxic chemicals to enter your skin. Browse through our range of clean nail care products and find more helpful information on caring for your nails.

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Go Green With Breathable Nail Polish

If you take pride in the finishing touches that pull your look together and love products that are clean and green for you and the planet, you need to know about nail polish that not only looks great but is also breathable.

While traditional nail polishes rely on toxic ingredients that don’t allow your nails to breathe, leading to weak, brittle and unhealthy nails, there is another way, that’s stylish, green and breathable! Read on to know more about why this must have class of nail polish, is great for your nails and planet-kind too.

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What is breathable nail polish?

This type of nail polish allows air and water to reach your nails through osmosis. Traditional nail polish contains ingredients that leave an impermeable film over your nails, cutting off the supply of oxygen and moisture to the nails.

What’s great about it?

Your nails will thank you for choosing breathable nail polish. Here’s why:

  • Traditional nail polish is formulated using toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and benzophenone. But choose a nail polish with a plant-based formula like Sienna’s, and you can avoid toxic ingredients that harm the planet and your nails. Instead, you’ll find naturally derived ingredients such as sugar cane, cassava, cotton and corn that work in harmony with the environment and your body.
  • Sienna’s nail polish also allows the nail’s natural oils to move freely through the nail instead of trapping them. This means your nails are kept nourished and healthy while looking great too.
  • There is also the added benefit of getting a longer-lasting manicure when you use breathable and natural nail polish. Because non-breathable polishes don’t allow your nails’ oils to circulate freely, they build up on the surface of your nail. This means that the polish doesn’t cling to your nails and chips easily. You’ll find a manicure with natural, breathable polish looks better for longer for this reason.
  • With air being able to get through the nail polish, your nails dry quicker, which means there’s less time spent waiting around and less chance of smudging. You have to love a speedier route to beautiful hands!

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Treat your nails – and the planet

These days, there’s more to shopping for nail polishes than just picking out your favourite shade.

Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of the impact their choices make – and that’s a great thing!

Reaching for breathable nail polish that comes with a whole list of planet-kind credentials is a decision with a conscience.

Not only are all the nail polishes in the Sienna collection breathable, but they’re also vegan-certified and cruelty-free. And thanks to their natural ingredients, our polishes are made with minimal waste by-products, making them even more in tune with the planet.

We even use 100% renewable energy at our warehouse and office, package our polishes in recyclable material and run a recycling program where customers can return their empty bottles.

So you can enjoy the stunning range of shades – inspired by the natural beauty of our base in Byron Bay – and a formula that actually cares for your nails at the same time as doing your bit for the planet. How’s that for ticking all the boxes?

Shop breathable and natural nail polish

Make your choice of nail polish breathable by shopping for natural, vegan and cruelty-free nail polish from the Sienna collection.

With stunning shades updated seasonally, you’ll be spoiled for choice, and with free, fast delivery for domestic shipping, you won’t have to wait around to start enjoying your gorgeous, breathable nail polish, designed to care for your nails and the planet.

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Put an end to fingernail damage with Nail Strengthener

Do you suffer from weak or easily damaged nails? Maybe you dream of strong, healthy nails that look fantastic just as they are or in the latest polish shades. Don’t despair. Your nail goals are within reach when you include a nail strengthener as part of your self-care routine.

Fair skin tone hand holding Nail Strengthener Bottle with timber cap by sienna

What damages fingernails?

One of the main causes of damage to fingernails is overuse of harsh nail polishes, gel treatments and acetone-based nail polish remover. For example, the acetone used in products to remove traditional polish and gel manicures is very drying and damaging to the nails — something you will notice if you use them regularly.

Your nails can also be damaged if you tend to pick off your nail polish or gel treatment yourself. The layers of your nails will come away, making them weak and prone to damage.

Washing your hands frequently or spending a lot of time in water can also damage your nails, as they become soft and split easily.

Certain underlying conditions can affect the health of your nails too. These include psoriasis, anaemia, fungal infections and thyroid disease. Medications can also change the strength of your nail bed.

How can a nail strengthener help?

It’s good to know that despite all these threats to nail health, there’s a simple solution to protect your nails and restore their natural beauty.

Incorporate a nail strengthener into your hand and nail care routine and you will soon be rewarded with strong, beautiful nails.

For the natural way to stronger nails, reach for Sienna’s ethically made, vegan and cruelty-free nail strengthener. Instead of toxic ingredients that affect your health, harm your nails and the environment, our formula is based on the natural healing and strengthening powers of:

  • Sugarcane – naturally hydrating and loaded with iron and magnesium, which are great for nail health
  • Cassava – a tropical root vegetable that’s an important source of minerals for cell growth
  • Cotton – another rich source of nourishing minerals
  • Corn – full of B vitamins and minerals that promote healthy nail growth

These powerful plant compounds combine to heal and strengthen your nails the natural way, providing a protective layer to shield them from knocks and damage as well as offering deep-down hydrating nutrition. You can even use our nail strengthener as a base coat to help your polish adhere to your nails, protecting them at the same time!

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How do I apply my Sienna nail strengthener?

  1. Remove any nail polish. Wash your hands and nails, and dry thoroughly.
  2. Apply the nail strengthener just as you would nail polish. Brush in a line down the centre of your nail, then one on either side.
  3. Allow to dry, then apply a second coat.
  4. Then apply a single coat on alternate days for a week.
  5. When the week is up, remove with acetone-free nail polish remover and restart the process.

You can also make nails stronger by…

  • Protecting your hands and nails with rubber gloves when washing up and cleaning.
  • Taking a biotin supplement — also known as vitamin B7, biotin can help strengthen your hair and nails. Always check with your naturopath first!
  • Drinking plenty of water to hydrate your nails and keep them healthy.
  • Avoiding nail polishes and treatments containing harsh chemicals.
  • Avoiding gel and acrylic nails, which can cause your own nails to peel.
  • Keeping your nails on the shorter side to keep them strong.

Shop plant-based and cruelty-free nail strengthener

Healthy, strong nails are within reach. Shop natural, vegan and cruelty-free Sienna nail strengthener as the first step towards the nails you deserve. Free delivery on orders over $100 in Australia and quick delivery makes it super simple to claim those strong and gorgeous nails!

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How to achieve perfect black nails

For a look that’s on trend, a little bit edgy yet elegant too, consider black nails.

In this article, we’re going to find out why they are relevant, take a peek at some celebrities rocking black nail polish and offer a step-by-step guide to recreating this on-point look at home.

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Why black nails?

Here at Sienna, we love black nails! OK, so we love all of our nail polish shades, but black nail polish has a special place in our hearts. Here’s why:

  • Black is always elegant — you just can’t beat perfectly manicured black nails for that super chic look.
  • They are also striking. It’s a relatively new trend, so it’s going to look edgy and a little bit different.
  • Black nails go with any outfit, adding individuality to work attire and an unexpected buzz to casual style.

Who rocks black nails?

Today’s hottest celebrities are embracing the black nail trend. Look no further than celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik’s Instagram page for endless dark inspiration from the stars. Charlize Theron oozes style with a classic black manicure, while Selena Gomez goes for a surprising twist, sporting a floral design on a black base. For the ultimate in glamour, check out Jennifer Lopez’s vampish manicure or Heidi Klum’s full-on glossy black nails. This selection alone shows you how versatile black can be, with a look for every mood.

How to achieve those perfect black nails

For perfect black nails, you need to start with good foundations, so establish a regular routine to care for your hands and nails:

  • When using hand cream, don’t forget to rub it into your nails and cuticles.
  • Don’t cut your cuticles. Instead, push them back gently with an orange stick.
  • Use a non-toxic nail polish without harsh ingredients. Non-toxic nail polish won’t make your nails brittle and flaky, it’s kind on your nails. The Sienna range of nail polish is plant-based, sustainable, vegan and cruelty-free…so you are caring not only for your nails but the planet too!

Now you’re ready for your at-home manicure. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Remove any old nail polish, using a gentle acetone free remover then wash your nails with soap and water and pat them until thoroughly dry.
  • Trim your nails to your desired length with nail clippers, then use  a gentle glass nail file to get them into your chosen shape.
  • Next, apply a clear base coat to your nails. Our Nail strengthener doubles as a base coat too! 
  • Now it’s time to apply your black nail polish. Choose a true black shade like Sienna’s Onyx for an intense and uniform look.
  • Remove any excess polish from the brush before you start. Paint a vertical line in the centre of your nail, then paint a smooth stripe on either side of that to fill in the nail.
  • Move on to the next nail until all are complete. Let the first coat completely dry, then apply the second.
  • If there’s any polish on your skin, clean up with a gentle acetone free remover on a cotton bud. *Hot tip – wait until they are fully dry to make the job easier!
  • Finish your manicure with a top coat to prevent chips and damage.
  • Voilà! Time to show off your beautiful black nails.

Shop natural, cruelty-free nail polish

We hope you’ve been inspired by our take on black nails. Shop beautiful, natural and cruelty-free nail polish from our collections, with sustainability at their very heart.We offer free domestic delivery on orders over $100, so your gorgeous new nails are only a few clicks away!
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Why You Should Make The Switch To Non-Toxic Nail Polish

Have you ever considered how the nail polish you choose has a direct impact on your overall health?
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Our bodies, skin and nails are delicate and can be easily aggravated and damaged by harsh chemicals and toxins found in everyday products. With more information and knowledge coming to light about how certain chemicals affect our bodies and the common items they are found in, the desire to find safe alternatives has heavily increased. This is especially true in the cosmetic industry which is one of the reasons Sienna nail polish was born. Our mission is to create clean, non-toxic nail polish that is safer to use and poses less risks to our health.
Sadly, many of the chemicals used to give that high-shine and long-lasting finish to your manicure and pedicure can be harsh on the body. So as the demand for non-toxic nail polish has increased in recent years, our understanding as to why it’s important to be careful about what we put on our fingers and toes has increased too. Whether you’re going for a hot pink or a neutral nude, we now know that traditional nail polishes are full of toxic chemicals that should be avoided.

What is non-toxic nail polish?

What does “non-toxic” mean with regards to nail polish? Many nail polishes contain lots of nasty chemicals that negatively impact our health. It’s not only the toxic ingredients that cause concern with most common nail polishes, the fumes they release are enough to provide a health risk too. Anyone who has stepped into an everyday nail salon will have experienced the barrage of fumes and assault on the senses caused by the use of chemical heavy products. A non-toxic nail polish is one that seeks to eliminate these toxins.

It is difficult to produce a 100 percent chemical-free and 100 percent natural nail polish, but there are brands that are committed to doing their absolute best to keep these harmful chemicals to a minimum, ensuring customers can still get their desired slick of colour whilst maintaining strong and healthy nails, toxin-free.

The top toxic ingredients in nail polish to look out for and avoid
There are five main chemicals commonly found in nail polish deemed to be particularly harmful to our health. Of these five, three are referred to as the ‘toxic trio’ and are considered the worst offenders found in many typical nail polishes.
Formaldehyde: This is the chemical responsible for keeping your manicure fresh for longer and it’s what makes your nail polish harden. But it’s also a strong preservative, steriliser, and an embalming chemical.

Toluene: Derived from petroleum/coal tar, this is the chemical responsible for keeping your polish smooth. Exposure to this has been linked to liver and kidney damage, anaemia and a decreased blood cell count.

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): This chemical is responsible for decreasing the brittle nature of nail polish when hardened, essentially what helps you remain ‘chip. However, this ingredient is linked to a variety of reproductive issues.

Formaldehyde Resin: A derivative of Formaldehyde, this variant is used to help keep a polish hard and smooth however it is also a carcinogen and allergen.

Camphor: This lab-created neurotoxin can cause seizures if ingested and is proven to cause liver damage when absorbed into the skin.

Other nasty ingredients to look out for are xylene and triphenyl phosphate, ethyl and parabens. These can cause allergic reactions, including skin irritation and damage to the nervous system. Ethyl tosylamide is also incredibly toxic for our environment because it remains in the ecosystem forever, never breaking down.

Many nail polish brands are now labelled as 3-free, 5-free, 7-free and more based on how many of these chemicals have been left out of their formulas. However, without a regulatory body for this type of branding it is common now for brands to include as much as possible in the ‘x free’ calculation and even sometimes include ingredients that are not commonly found in nail polish. We’ve therefore decided to not label our polish and let our ingredients list speak for itself. For more information, check out our other post, 7-free, 10-free, 12-free nail polish explained which goes into more detail about our non-toxic nail polish labeling.
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Nailing the right polish

At Sienna we love an at-home manicure and pedicure and if you’re anything like us, you’ll want your nails to look amazing without compromising your health. So, when it comes to picking your polish, it’s well worth doing your research. We are passionate about using non-toxic ingredients that will protect both the planet and your health. Our carefully curated selection of non-toxic nail polish is here to give you beautiful nails, with no nasties, all you need to do is worry about which colour to choose. We believe in transparency so while we promise to never use the nasty ingredients listed above, you can find a list of the ingredients you will find in our products on our frequently asked questions and within each product page description.
Sienna’s no-nasties promise to you

“We are proud to be able to say that our nail polish has always been free of the top-five toxins most commonly found in nail polish as well as Benzophenone-1, a chemical often linked to cancer. We are also the very first nail polish company globally, to achieve both Australian Certified Toxic-free, Made Safe and Allergy Certified certification from MADE SAFE. We understand it’s important for you to be mindful and consider all the products you use on a regular basis and we are here to help you make those informed choices.”

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Sustainable beauty at your fingertips

People and plants are everything to us. Designed in Australia with sustainability at the centre of everything we do, our range of non-toxic organic nail polish colours are packaged in an environmentally friendly way; from the wooden caps that seal our product in tight to the recyclable glass bottle that house it. Our Australian nail polish products are driven by ethics and the environment. Every item purchased from Sienna is completely vegan and cruelty-free, and our products are proudly free of micro plastics and glitter.

Everything in our collection is designed in Australia; our timber is locally sourced from local woodturners, keeping our carbon footprint low, in addition to supporting our local economy. Sienna is very proud to be accredited by a number of independent, internationally recognised auditing bodies who verify we meet the high standards we set for ourselves.

Buying non-toxic nail polish online has never been easier, and with free delivery within Australia for orders over $100, you are just a few clicks away from having your favourite Sienna vegan nail polish colour delivered to your door.
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The Conscience Gift Set is back

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Our much-loved Conscience Gift Set is back! For a thoughtful gift, we re-introduce this eco-friendly set, for someone who needs that extra bit of care and consideration this season.
What’s in the set?
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3 colours of your choice
This can be three of any colours/base coat/top coat in any combo you like! (If you’re choosing for someone else we recommend: base coat + top coat and one of either AmbrosiaStone or Serenity. Those colours are fairly safe as they suit most people!).
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Nourishing Cuticle oil
Our nourishing cuticle oil  is the perfect addition to your manicure kit. Add one drop to the base of each nail after you’ve painted your nails for a fresh, hydrated mani! Choose either Freesia (divine smell!) or naturally unscented. Keep them hydrated all the time by taking it with you.
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Everlasting Glass Nail File
Sienna glass nail files are a beautiful, eco-friendly addition to your manicure kit. They will never go blunt, so you can use it for years, avoiding disposable lower-quality files.
Our products are Vegan and Cruelty Free accredited, handmade with love and produced with the community and the planet in mind. Sienna is a company that focuses on ethics and sustainability in ALL of its products.
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The Sienna Sustainable Gift Guide

It goes without saying that we are all on board with receiving beautiful, mindful, sustainable gifts that do no harm to people or planet. Here are our top tips for gifting sustainably this year.
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It’s no secret we love a clean beauty gift around here, but there are loads of ways to shop mindfully and sustainably when you’re looking for presents. You could try sourcing gifts from small-batch producers, give your time or an experience. You could even get creative and make something.

We’ve put together a fun guide with beautiful, sustainable gift ideas by personality type.

The Maximalist
You know what they say, a maximalist is outgoing and confident in their own style. They don’t follow the trends – they make the trends! Maximalists love trying new things.
Sustainable gift ideas for The Maximalist
A great sustainable gift idea for The Maximalist in your life could be experiential, rather than material. Try learning a new skill together or gift a shared meal at a restaurant they have been busting to try. Make a special meal to share – the most complex you can find! If you’re thinking a clean beauty gift will make their heart sing, we suggest vivacious nail colours from our collection. A bright fuchsia like Spell and a hit of vibrant turquoise will be the MVPs of any maximalist beauty kit.
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The Minimalist
You won’t see a minimalist packing for two suitcases with bags of makeup “just in case” for a week-long holiday (see: The Maximalist). The Minimalist is more of a no-fuss type who knows what they like and sticks to it.
Sustainable gift ideas for The Minimalist
Keeping things easy-breezy and streamlined is a way of life for the Minimalist. Why not try gifting an elevated version of a useful item? This way you know your gift is practical and won’t sit in a cupboard gathering dust. Things like hand-milled soap, a citrus press or ceramic keep cup all fall into this category. Minimalists keep their beauty routine pretty minimal too. If you’re looking to gift self-care, something like our Essential duo of core essentials or an everlasting nail file  are our top picks.
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The Byron Bae
You don’t need to live in Byron Bay to be a Byron Bae. It’s more a state of mind. The Byron Bae loves green smoothies in a jar after an early morning walk through nature. Bags are raffia baskets, clothes are flowing (they’re easier to throw on over a swimsuit, don’t you know?!). A big night out is a movie screened on a projector in the back garden with some fairy lights, floor cushions and a plant-based menu prepared from the farmer’s market.
Sustainable gift ideas for The Byron Bae
A considered, sustainable gift is just what the Byron Bae is hoping for. We suggest some locally foraged wildflowers, home made vegan marshmallows (there are loads of recipes online) or some locally made candles to bring ambience to those back-garden gatherings. We all know Byron Baes like their beauty glowy and barely there so, if you want to give the gift of clean beauty, try the  blissed-out sheer pink of Peace or keep Byron Bay forever close by gifting Wategos, the clear blue water crème named for our most iconic beach.
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The Neutralist
You can find neutralists everywhere and they are the very definition of chic. They always look well put together and seem to have no trouble deciding what to wear each morning because the neutralists’ beloved colour spectrum of cream to beige to brown means everything goes with everything else.
Sustainable gift Ideas for the Neutralist
Lush house plants in an artisanal planter are fail-safe options for the neutralist in your life – and you know it will work seamlessly with their favoured colour palette. Or help your giftee give their beauty kit a sustainable makeover and put together a little beauty kit with konjac sponges, vegan make-up brushes, reusable make-up remover wipes and a luxe bar of solid shampoo or conditioner. When it comes to nail polish, Neutralists are among the easiest to shop for. A super-flattering dusty mauve crème like Rosie is a neutral lover’s dream shade and the warm clay of Calm is another colour she will adore. Of course, there is always the OG, Sienna.
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Everyone else
If you don’t see your giftee here, never fear. The beauty of gifting sustainably means moving beyond the typical gifting options. You don’t need us to tell you that gifting with a sustainable mindset means thinking not only about how things are made, but what the giftee might actually use or appreciate.

Babysitting coupons for tired parents desperate for a date night will be joyfully received and are the very definition of thoughtful. If you’re looking to gift a man that doesn’t wear polish, how about a shaving subscription to give their shaving routine a plastic-free overhaul? Whether you’re planning ahead or five minutes out from gift o’clock, our first response is: Send a gift card from your favourite local, sustainable business so they can choose exactly what they want. Besides, everyone loves a gift card.

What are your favourite sustainable gifting ideas? Let us know in the comments.
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Our Enchanted Dreams collection has arrived

Explore our new summer collection featuring three beautiful colours you’ll be reaching for all year.
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~ Luna ~

Eggshell white crème

“Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born:
you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars

— E. E. Cummings

Nothing says summer like white nails and Luna is the summer colour you’ll be reaching for all year. It’s the soft, eggshell white of dreams and is perfectly formulated to give you a stunning colour payoff in the modern-luxe full coverage finish Sienna is known for. Be kissed by the moon with this iconic colour. It’s on high rotation at Sienna HQ and we think you’re going to love it as much as we do.
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~ Spell ~

Bright mid-tone fuchsia crème

“A magic moment I remember:
I raised my eyes and you were there”

— Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

Spell is a luxe, modern colour that meets at the sweet spot of flirty fun and serious business. This versatile, vibrant shade is inspired by the anticipation, joy and playfulness of the season. Elevate your look and your vibe with this celebratory colour. It’s magic, so go ahead and cast a spell all year long with this beautiful mid-tone fuchsia.
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~ Romance ~

Warm strawberry red crème

“In vain I have struggled. It will not do.
My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you
how ardently I admire and love you

— Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Take a moment to fall in love with Romance. This nail polish is inspired by the giddy joys of a holiday romance; the feeling of sunlight on your skin, holding hands and staying out late. So bring your grand gestures, tiny heart flutters and all the big feels with this warm strawberry red at your fingertips. This chic and cheering polish is here just in time for the holidays. But you don’t need a special occasion for Romance – let love rule every damn day.
red nail polish on dark and fair skin tone by sienna
young caucasian woman holding her hands to her face wearing red nail polish by sienna
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Here is a colour chart for a comparison of the new nail colours alongside some of our current range, to help you choose some new beauties.
halloween blood nail art on fair skin tone by sienna

DIY Halloween nails with these chic and on-trend nail art designs

Halloween is coming and we have created three striking nail art designs that hit the sweet spot of spooky and chic.

halloween blood nail art on fair skin tone by sienna

Oh hello, Halloween nails

Halloween might look a little different this year, but whether you’re on the couch with a scary movie marathon or at a socially distanced get-together, nothing gets in the way of a good Halloween mani! And we have some great designs to share with you. The best part? These are all super-easy to achieve at home.

But first, nail prep

Because nail prep is everything. You don’t need any special tools to achieve these looks, but it is still a good idea to get all the things you do need close to hand (You can read our tried and tested DIY manicure tips on our website).  As always, we recommend starting with a protective base coat to give you a smooth surface to paint on and finishing with a top coat for glossy goodness at the finish line. A good slick of top coat also keeps all your spooky-chic nail art locked in.

Abstract pumpkin

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Is it even Halloween without pumpkins? Nope. We’re going to skip the complicated carving this year in favour of this abstract pumpkin mani. We won’t tell anyone how easy this is, if you don’t.

  • Get your nails ready. Remove any old polishfile them to clean up the shape (if you need to) and apply base coat.
  • Next, choose an orange nail polish. We are using Tango, our beloved tangerine crème. Alternatively, try this burnt orange.
  • Using your brush, paint a round shape on your nail. It doesn’t have to be perfectly round, this is abstract art, after all. If your round shape is organic in form, all the better.
  • Repeat this process on every nail, placing your round shape in a different spot on each nail.
  • Finally seal the deal with a top coat to protect your mani.

You are now ready to wow everyone with your Halloween nails. Compliments guaranteed at virtual parties and on the trick or treat circuit.

Black french

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Ou la la! The iconic French manicure has been given a Halloween makeover for 2020.

We’re going to revisit one of our all-time favourite eco beauty hacks to create this showstopping mani. If you don’t have a super steady hand (think nail tech precision) then you’ll find it easier to use the little stickers you find on apples, avos and/or oranges to perfect the French line.

  • Gather your fruit stickers and cut five of them in half so you have 10 stickers. We are going to use them to help create a beautiful, rounded line.
  • Prep your nails by cleaning up your shape, removing polish and applying a base coat.
  • Choose a black nail polish. We might be biased, but our jet-black Onyx crème is stunning.
  • Place a fruit sticker on your nail where you would like the thin black line to be. Press it down firmly and make sure there are no gaps where polish can seep through.
  • Using the curve of the fruit sticker to guide you, paint a small amount of polish onto the free edge of the nail to create the black line. Start at the sides and do two thin coats.
  • Allow to dry for a minimum of 30 seconds before gently peeling the labels off. Hot tip! Peel the label off from the sides.
  • Finish with the top coat.

This is such a versatile mani and, now you know how simple it is, you can mix it up with different colour polishes to make the look your own.

Chic blood nails

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Channel Carrie with this chic blood manicure for all the Halloween feels.

  • As usual, prep your nails so you have a good base to work with.
  • Choose a dark, deep red nail polish. We are using our magenta plum crème, Florence.
  • Lightly brush the tip of one nail with polish.
  • Next, remove all excess polish from the brush and use the brush to drag the polish you just applied down the nail in small strokes to create the drip effect.
  • Repeat the process on one other nail.
  • Paint the rest of your nails with a full coat of the same colour. We suggest two coats for densely pigmented perfection.
  • Finish with a top coat to seal in your handiwork.
  • Place a fruit sticker on your nail where you would like the thin black line to be. Press it down firmly and make sure there are no gaps where polish can seep through.
  • Using the curve of the fruit sticker to guide you, paint a small amount of polish onto the free edge of the nail to create the black line. Start at the sides and do two thin coats.
  • Allow to dry for a minimum of 30 seconds before gently peeling the labels off. Hot tip! Peel the label off from the sides.
  • Finish with the top coat.

This is such a versatile mani and, now you know how simple it is, you can mix it up with different colour polishes to make the look your own.

And just like that, you have Instagram worthy nails for Halloween. Tag us @sienna.co to share your Halloween nail art with us.