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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.

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Nail shapes 101. How to shape your own natural nails at home

It’s nail shaping time. We share the nail tech knowledge you need to do your own nails like a pro. We won’t tell anyone how easy it is if you don’t.

Tools of the trade
You don’t need much to get started shaping your nails. For all these shapes, we do recommend using a glass nail file. Not only are they more hygienic than a standard emery board, but the fine grit allows you to be precise with your filing. They also smooth and seal the freshly filed edges as they go, preventing breaks and peeling. It’s quite the eco-beauty flex, as glass nail files will never go blunt. And everyone loves an eco-beauty flex.
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Almond nails
Almond nails are a classic, elegant look on everyone. A-listers, your neighbour, your Pilates teacher, your nana; absolutely everyone can rock this look. Almond nails are long, before tapering in at the nail bed to a softly pointed tip. If you want to extend the look of your nails, fingers and hands, this is the shape for you.

Starting from the outside and working your way in, use your file to shape each nail towards the centre to create a soft tip.

Prep your nails with a base coat and a gorgeous colour like Serenity and you’re ready for anything.

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Oval nails
Oval nails are a super-flattering look for everyone, as long as you’ve got a bit of length to work with. Baes with small hands should lock this look in, as oval nails elongate the overall appearance of your hands.

Again, starting from the outside in, use your file to shape the tip of your nail into an oval shape. The look you are aiming for is a rounded but flat, blunt tip. And that’s all there is to it.

Choose a stunning neutral shade like Rosie and finish with a glossy top coat and you’re good to go.

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Square nails
Square nails are best suited for those with long fingers and slim nails as this look visually shortens fingers and adds width. Your mani time is going to be a breeze as square nails not only look modern and are cool-girl approved, they’re also very low maintenance.

Using your clippers, trim your nails straight across the top to create a straight-line finish. Use your file to smooth the edge and you’re ready to go, you clever nail-pro, you.

Choose a soft pink in a full crème finish like Melody for instant chic.

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Squoval nails
The natural nail shape to rule them all. If your nail goals include low maintenance, natural nails, say hello to squoval nails. As you can guess from the name, the squoval shape is the lovechild of the square and oval nail shapes. They are best described as a square tip with gently rounded edges.

File the sides of your nails to create gently rounded edges but keep the line across the centre straight.

A colour like Wategos is perfect for a fresh finish.

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Round nails
Mani trends come and go, but round nails remain ever-popular. This is one of the easiest shapes to create at home and works across all nail lengths – especially short nails. Round nails are perfect for those with a wide nail bed or people who want to optically elongate the length of their hands and fingers.

File your nails in one direction to create a gentle rounded tip that follows the natural line of your cuticle and Voila! You have achieved round nail glory, just like that.

Give your mani a little something-something and paint your nails with a bright and cheering polish like Sunflower.

Round nail shape with yellow nail polish by sienna
Now you know everything there is to know about natural nail shaping. We can’t wait to see you get your DIY nail bar on and shape your own nails to a salon standard at home!
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Behind the Scenes of a clean beauty photoshoot

Come with us for backstage access to our recent photoshoot and see the faces behind the hands you see on our socials.

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We are giving our website a sweet refresh and can’t wait for you to see the brand-new pics we took at a local studio in Byron Bay recently. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the Sienna team and all the BTS magic happening on set.

What’s new?

We are going in close for this shoot. How close? Really close! These new pics are going to give you a front-row seat so you can see exactly what our dreamy colours look like in action. And don’t worry, we’re still swatching our entire collection on different skin tones, as we have since the beginning.

Did somebody say video?

We’re also super excited to let you know that video is also coming to the website, so you can understand Sienna colours even better when you’re browsing or shopping online. And is there anything more mesmerising than watching nail polish swirling around?

It’s all coming soon

We can’t wait for you to see all our shiny new images. We’ll let you know as soon as they’re live.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest news, nail inspiration and tutorials.

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Spring is in the air

With the change of season fast approaching, we can’t help but feel a sense of joy. Even indoors, the colours starting to bloom outside are feeling like a breath of fresh air.

We are beginning to wear our brighter wardrobe again – despite needing several jumpers! And as we go on our early morning walks, we can see native flowers spring from the ground as if celebrating new beginnings. We definitely feel inspired by these beautiful soft pink and purple hues.

 With so many beautiful new colours to inspire us, here are our top picks for the beginning of spring.

Bohemian
This bright and true soft lily crème is pretty and punchy. Guaranteed compliments.
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Fleur
Lean into everyday swoon with this divine blushing pink. Floral in all the best ways.
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Blossom
Blossom is spring in a bottle. This is just the most vivacious pink and it looks absolutely glorious on everyone.
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Serenity
One of the most crushable pinks in our collection. This soft, dreamy pink was part of our Poetry collection last Spring and has been flying off the shelves ever since.
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Wategos
Inspired by one of our favourite local beaches, this soft blue hue is your new go-to.
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Peony
Like gently plucked petals, Peony is the softest pink sure to complement any outfit.
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Forget dry wintery hands and awaken your nail beds from their slumber with these 3 nail tips.

  1. Cuticle oil for hydration plus

We. Can’t. Get. Enough. Nourish your nail bed and treat yourself to a mindful self-care moment at the end of every day by massaging some cuticle oil or cream into the base of your nails before bed and let it work it’s (evidence-based) magic to hydrate and soften your cuticles while you sleep. Don’t take our word for it though. Sienna cuticle oil is one of our best-reviewed products.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Beautiful product! Love this cuticle oil! Really softens the cuticle, makes cleaning up the cuticle so easy! And gorgeous packing”  — Rebecca W

  1. How to file your nails into a flattering shape that works for everyone

The secret is out. A rounded square is the answer to all your nail shaping questions. It’s an easy shape to achieve at home and has the added bonus of making your nail bed appear longer. Start by tapering the sides of your nails with a fine grit nail file, then as you get to the top, start angling your file to curve the edges a little and Voila! You have served up a luxe salon look, just like that.

Try our best-selling everlasting nail file for all the day spa feels at home.

  1. The multitasking hero everyone needs in their kit

Everyone ones a multitasking product and a great base coat is the MVP of your nail kit. It keeps your nails strong and creates a smooth surface to paint on. It’s the last step before you apply colour.

Get inspired by our beautiful spring colours
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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.

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All the pretty pinks. The 8 most beautiful pink nail polishes

Do you have a favourite pink? Every mani lover has a signature pink nail polish they return to again and again, but if you’re still looking for your pink polish soulmate, we’re here for you. Come with us on a (virtual) tour of pink polish via the Sienna collection. From the dusty hues to the luscious pinks, here are some of the most gorgeous pinks we’ve created.

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Sheer pink polish – it’s a classic for all the right reasons

A sheer wash of soft pink just feels right somehow – no matter the weather, no matter where you are – when you are styling a sheer pink mani, you’ll always feel polished. Peace is one of the most loved Sienna colours because it always works.

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Pinky-peachy goodness

It’s all about the holiday feels with this vibrant peachy pink.  It’s essentially summer fun in a bottle and brings a look of total joy to your mani.

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Make it bright, baby

Give your nails a densely pigmented, wildly vivacious manicure with bright raspberry crème. A bold bright pink will elevate any outfit and give you all the confidence. And compliments.

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Pastels and soft pinks

Bold, strong colours aren’t for everyone, and that’s okay when you have dreamy soft pinks like this. From rosewater pastel to blushing pink goodness for a clear true pink, soft pinks can do anything!

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Pink. But make it neutral

Rosie and Serenity have something of a cult following among mani fans. Rosie is a unique shade that hits the sweet spot between pink and dusty mauve, while Serenity is a gift of a colour is reminiscent of a very pale, pink kaolin clay. These two magical colours are perfect for the neutral nail lover who wants a touch of pink.

dusty pink nail polish hand swatch on fair and Medium Skin tone by sienna
Ballerina pink

We all need a ballerina-style pink polish on-deck. It defies trends and is an eternal classic. Fall in love with the romantic qualities of cherry blossom pinks and dusty rose crème to nail this look.

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Pink…. With crystals!

Who loves a little bit of shimmer magic, Sienna style? If you fancy a subtle touch of sparkle, a powder pink crème with a soft shimmer is your go-to. If you would like to bring the equivalent of pink champagne to your nails, well, we have just the colour for you too.

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July is B Corp month

We are absolutely thrilled to be a
B Corp certified company.

 

We join a community of like-minded businesses who are leading the way and doing business better, and we couldn’t be more proud to be part of this global movement. Sienna is one of only two nail polishes worldwide who have this coveted accreditation, and we hope to inspire more to follow us in our ethical, sustainable approach to beauty. Read on to learn more.

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Sienna x B Corp

 

What exactly is a B Corp, you ask? We think they probably say it best:

“Certified B Companies are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. This is a community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using businesses as a force for good.”

All the sustainable and ethical things we have been doing since our very first bottles were poured in 2014 have now been documented, measured and verified. You can see how we went on our impact statement.

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How do you become a certified B Corp?

 

It takes months to become certified as a B Corp. B Lab is the non-profit body that certifies products and services to make sure they meet the high standards required to become certified. B Lab looks at every aspect of your business to assess your positive impact. The combination of third-party validation, public transparency and legal accountability builds trust and helps caring consumers like you make ethical choices.

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It’s not a dollar, it’s a ballot

 

You cast your vote every time you make a decision about what you buy and where you shop. You can vote for your values by choosing companies that put people and planet first. The B Corp directory has every business type under the sun, from activewear to restaurants, to hair salons, to designer dress rental. People and businesses are doing extraordinary things.

Did you know?

Who doesn’t love a good statistic? Here are a few via the B Corp Instagram account:

‘B Corps are more than 87% more likely to manage greenhouse gas emissions.’

‘B Corps are nearly three times as likely to use 100% renewable energy’

‘B Corps outperform other companies by 16% on addressing climate change’

‘B Corps outperform other business by 10% on providing high-quality jobs’

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Sustainability is a journey

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Sustainability is at the centre of everything we do. We’re not saying we have all the answers, but we will always keep pushing to find ways of doing things better. Check out our Sustainability & Ethics page for more details on sustainability at Sienna.

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Our favourite swaps to reduce plastic

We all know that single-use plastic is a massive issue and yet, plastic is seemingly everywhere. If you want a takeaway coffee there is plastic lining the cup and if you shop in a supermarket, nearly everything is wrapped in plastic. With Plastic Free July underway, we are investigating the problem with plastic and some simple swaps to make at home, work and while you’re on the go. Acting collectively, even small changes will make a big difference. Nothing can stop an idea whose time has come. Let’s do it!

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Plastic is everywhere…
and virtually indestructible

 

How did we even get to here, to this point where plastic is a ubiquitous part of all our lives? In 1907 Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite – the first fully synthetic plastic – meaning it contained no molecules found in nature. It was initially seen as a major breakthrough and plastics were lauded for being both versatile, cheap and, unbelievably, glamourous. Fast forward to 2020 and there are now hundreds and thousands of different kinds of polymers (or plastics), most of which are used widely because they are virtually indestructible. Of course, this is also their biggest problem. Plastic sits in landfill and can pollute our planet for thousands of years without decomposing.

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The problem of plastic

“There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.” – Annie Leonard

Plastic pollution is everywhere and affects everything from marine life to our health. Most of you will have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, said to be three times the size of France, and there are at least four others like this at other locations around the world. And while the average plastic bag will only be in use for about 12 minutes, they take from 500-years to forever to break down. Eeek! Toothbrushes can take 400 years to fully break down, and let’s not even start on coffee cups. It wasn’t until the influential War on Waste screened on the ABC last year that many people realised their take away cups weren’t recyclable. Sales of reusable coffee cups have since soared and in our neighbourhood at least, it is not unusual to see people picking up their takeaway coffees in everything from jam jars to thrift shop mugs.

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Allow us to suggest some of
our favourite swaps

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Plastic Free July has so far inspired 120 million participants in 177 countries to refuse plastics for a month – and beyond. If only it was Plastic Free July every month. Check out our favourite swaps and get involved.

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BYO coffee cup to your local.

You don’t need an Instagram worthy vessel for this. A jam jar works just as well, as does a mug from home if you’re planning to mooch with your coffee somewhere close by. If you need an incentive, some cafes offer a discount for people who bring their own cups.

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Say no to straws.

Straws really do suck. Straws No More is working hard to lobby restaurants and hotels to make the swap to paper straws but, if you can, bring your own. We do understand however that some people with disability cannot drink a beverage without the assistance of a plastic straw and should not have to navigate additional obstacles when eating out. There is clearly work to be done here.

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Say no to plastic bags at the supermarket and for produce.

Keep reusable bags in your car or handbag to load your groceries and use paper or reusable produce bags. These can be made out of old pillowcases or tea towels if you’re feeling crafty.

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Support your local farmers and local brands.

There is a perception that this is more a more expensive way to shop but food that is fresh and in season should be just as affordable, if not cheaper.

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Buy in bulk.

Bulk food stores are springing up everywhere. Pasta, flour, nuts and grains can be stored in old jars or yoghurt tubs. Just like Nana does!

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Avoid fast fashion.

It is calculated that 6000kg of clothing dumped in landfill every 10 minutes in Australia. To this we say vintage, thrift shops or, if your budget allows, support a slow fashion label you love. Organising a clothes swap with your friends is also good fun, and you can eat yummy food together at the same time as getting your mitts on coveted items you’ve always admired on a friend. Everyone’s a winner.

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Change your toiletries.

Choose bar soap, reusable razors rather than disposal and try reusable toothbrushes – prices are coming down as they become more popular.

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Recycle your Sienna bottles.

We run an in-house recycling program for our bottles. Follow the link on our Sustainability and Ethics page to find out more.

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We are all doing our best

“Going back to a simpler life is not a step backward.”
– Yvon Chouinard

But some real talk. Making change is not easy. As our friends and environmental leaders Eco Warrior Princess say, adopting a sustainable lifestyle is fraught with challenges and it takes determination to always stay grounded and make the eco-choice, even when it’s not convenient. Everyone’s situation is different and going green doesn’t mean the same for everyone. For some, going vegan is an obvious choice, for others ditching plastic or going for zero waste is the way forward. Whether you are a veteran of green living or are taking your first steps, we are all doing our best and every little bit helps. There will be no eco-shaming here.

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Some barriers to going green and how to overcome them

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

Breaking old habits is an obvious but underrated challenge. One suggestion is to focus on building new habits such as making sure you have your reusable bags packed when you go to the shops (and then remembering to take them in with you!) or packing your BYO coffee cup each day. In time, it will become second nature. Celebrate your wins and don’t berate yourself in the early days. It can take 66 days to form a new habit.

Cost and accessibility are also barriers to green living. The gorgeous images we see on social media would have us think that cutting back on waste needs to be pretty. It doesn’t. By all means, be inspired by your favourite online accounts but tread your own path. Most people find they can repurpose things they already have to hand to pack groceries and lunches, while options like bar soap are demonstrably cheaper.

Over to you

As ever, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Let us know how your tips and tricks to reducing your own plastic use. When people work together, there’s nothing we can’t do.

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Pastel nail polish is having a moment

Soft gentle pastel nail polish hues might be synonymous with Spring, but they are a dream option all year round. There’s nothing like a cheering manicure to lift your spirits in the depths of winter, is there? A good pastel mani can take you everywhere; from the office to the club, to brunch, and back again. They play just as well with a fresh-faced make-up and a white t-shirt as they do with a full-glam look and a gorgeous frock. From the softest pinks to the best baby blue, here’s our guide to the pastel colours that will give you a boost and channel the brightest days of Spring.

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Pretty in pink

Of course we’re starting with pastel pink. Soft pinks are a Sienna favourite and there is no limit to how versatile this colour can be. Rosewater pastel pink for the neutral nail lover? Check? Blushing pink goodness for a bright, true pop of pastel joy? Check. A classic ballerina pink? Check again. Pastel pink can do anything.

Rosewater pink nail polish hand swatch on fair skin tone by sienna
Photo: Melody

Lilac lovers

The sleeper hit of 2020 so far has to be lilac. We understand. If you’re looking for a modern twist to a romantic lavender-hued polish, try a gorgeous full-coverage crème with the softest hint of barely-there lilac. If you like your pastels with a little more something-something, try a bright, clean soft purple. Glorious!
Pastel purple nail polish glass bottle with timber cap by sienna

Dreaming of blues

Is there anything lovelier than sweet baby blue nails? Nope. Blue pastel nails are a surprisingly flattering option for just about every skin tone and are a cool finishing touch to just about any look.

Pastel blue nail polish hand swatch on dark skin tone by sienna

Mint fresh

All you need is one good pastel green in your beauty arsenal and you’re good to go. Misty green is a beautiful counterpoint to pastel pinks and blues if you’re styling a gradient nail mani. Have you seen it subbed in for the traditional white stripe in a French mani? Beyond chic. It’s also stunning worn alone. Either way, we love it and you will too.

pastel green nail polish hand swatch on medium skin tone by sienna

Neutral pastel

Everyone needs at least one super-flattering neutral polish on deck. Cottontail is a milk coffee crème and is one of our most versatile neutrals. It’s on high-rotation here at Sienna HQ because it looks great on everyone. Instant chic. Our other top pick is Helena. She’s all pastel peach dreams, neutral style. Hot tip: This dusty peach looks wildly good on olive toned skin.

Peach pastel nail polish hand swatch on medium skin tone by sienna

Ombré nails for days

If you can’t choose one pastel nail polish… Choose them all! Pastel nails are the clear winner when it comes to Instagram’s favourite nail trend, the ombré manicure. The joy of choosing pastel nail polish for this look is that no matter how you arrange the colours, they always look complementary to each other.

Looking for more pastel love? Shop our collection online now.

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The benefits of cuticle oil for nail health

What do we want? Healthy nails!

We’ve heard from loads of you who are nursing your nails back to health after years of gels, SNS, and acrylics and this, combined with the pending cool weather in Australia means now is the time to get behind cuticle care. If you look after your nail matrix and keep it hydrated, your nails will be healthier. And as we have said many times before, healthy nails are beautiful nails.

Nail Matrix 101

We can’t talk about cuticle care without mentioning the nail matrix, of which cuticles are a big part. “What is this nail matrix?”, you ask. See that little half-moon at the bottom of your nail? It’s really a full moon and is your nail matrix. The other part of the full moon (aka, the rest of your nail matrix) sits under your skin. This matrix is your nails’ brain trust, nerve centre and is where your nail health and growth is determined. It’s also super-sensitive so we have to be very gentle with it and treat it right if we want healthy nails.

french manicure nail art on fair skin tone by sienna

Protect your matrix for healthier nails

As we all know, cuticles play a key role in nail health and protect you from environmental pollution, bacteria and infection. Cuticles also lock-in hydration, which is very clever of them and the reason why cutting or trimming them is a no-go. It’s also counter-intuitive. When you cut your cuticles, your body’s natural reaction will be to send skin cells into overdrive and the skin will grow back thicker than before. You can, however, gently clean off the dead skin that is stuck to your nail plate using the famous ‘orange stick’. Orange sticks are your friend.

orange stich nails tool used on fair skin tone hands

Cuticle care is self-care

Nourish your nail bed and create a mindful self-care moment at the end of the day by massaging some cuticle oil or cream into the base of your nails before bed. While you sleep, the cuticle oil can really sink in and hydrate your nails. You won’t be washing your hands as you would be during the day, so it gives all that lovely, luxe oil a chance to do its thing.

hands holding gold glass dropper from Sienna's cuticle oil bottle

We love our cuticle oil

Sienna cuticle oil is luxurious, and our lightly scented freesia oil is particularly divine. But in a pinch, you can also use olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, rice bran oil or vitamin E oil if your cuticles are in need of nourishment.

Cuticle oil in glass bottle with golden dropper by sienna

Sienna cuticle oil giveaway

Yep. It’s that easy to keep your nail health up, so no excuses! If you do want to grab a bottle of Sienna cuticle oil, we’re sending a free bottle with every online spend of $100 or more. You can choose from freesia or naturally unscented at checkout. While stocks last (and they won’t last long!).