dark skin tone woman wearing barbie pink lipstick by eye of horus and barbie pink nail polish by sienna

Summer Love – our new summer collection

“In summer, the song sings itself.” — William Carlos Williams

Summer is here and so is Summer Love. Meet our new vibrant new collection of non-toxic nail polish in all the tropical-hued shades you need for the warmer weather and beyond. This release is inspired by all the joys of the summer heady season: cool drinks, long days at the beach, endless sunshine and romantic balmy nights, relaxing poolside and the promise of flirty fun. Say hello to your new go-to colours, Sweetheart, Tango, Kiss, Heart and Sunflower, a gorgeous collection of brights inspired by the colours of Summer. Shakespeare knows, Danny Zuko knows, even Justin Timberlake knows; Summer is for love, and the livin’ is easy.

Heart
Dark and medium skin tone hands holding a heart shaped leaf and wearing apple red nail polish by sienna
apple Red Nail Polish hand swatch on fair skin tone by sienna
apple Red Nail Polish glass bottle with timber cap by sienna

Heart: Mid-tone apple red crème

“Make of our hands one hand. Make of our hearts one heart.” (West Side Story)

Say hello to the stunning raspberry red shade of dreams in a crème finish that is going to have you feeling like a total boss. If you love our classic shimmer Torakina, you are going to adore this crème version, Heart. It’s also Sienna Founder and Creative Director, Danielle’s, current desert island pick.

Kiss
dark skin tone woman wearing barbie pink lipstick by eye of horus and barbie pink nail polish by sienna
Barbie Pink Nail Polish hand swatch on medium skin tone by sienna
barbie Pink Nail Polish glass bottle with timber cap by sienna

Kiss: bright raspberry pink crème

“How to stop time: kiss”

Embrace summertime vibes poolside or beachside and beat the heat with this vivacious pink. Get pretty in pink with Kiss, our brightest raspberry pink crème yet.

Sweetheart
Pink peach nail polish hand swatch on medium and dark skin tone by sienna
Pink Peach nail polish Hand swatch on fair skin tone by sienna
Pink peach Nail Polish glass bottle with timber cap by Sienna

Sweetheart: pink peach crème

“I love you in all loveliness, sweetheart” — Winifred M Letts

Sweetheart is the sweetest pink peach crème. Inspired by the ethereal pink and peach of a Byron Bay summer sunset and the endless fruit smoothies we can’t get enough of. This is a fruity shade that is playful perfection on all skin tones.

Tango
Tangerine orange nail polish hand swatch on medium skin tone by sienna
Tangerine orange nail polish hand swatch on dark skin tone by sienna
tangerine Orange Nail Polish glass bottle with timber cap by Sienna

Tango: Tangerine crème

“Hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon.” — The Owl and the Pussycat

Tangerine dreams are made of this. Tango rounds out our collection of tutti-fruiti, Sumer inspired shades. Tango recalls the best of the iconic 70’s orange nail polishes and recreates it in a thoroughly modern way. This is the orange tone for everybody.

Sunflower
dark and medium skin tone hands holding sunflowers and wearing yellow nail polish by sienna
Sunflower Yellow Nail Polish hand swatch on fair skin tone by Sienna
Sunflower Yellow Nail Polish glass bottle with timber cap by Sienna

Sunflower: sunflower yellow crème

“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.”  — Georgia O’Keeffe

Introducing Sunflower, our sunflower yellow crème that is a pop of sunshiny goodness for the holidays. Embrace this glorious golden glow to brighten up a minimalist look or go for all-out flower power vibes, the choice is yours. This is Summer in a bottle.

Please note: as with most yellow-toned polish, you will need three coats of Sunflower to achieve an opaque finish.

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.

Comparison of classic red Nail Polish bottle with timber cap by Sienna
Comparison of barbie pink Nail Polish bottle with timber cap by Sienna
Comparison of Orange Nail Polish bottle with timber cap by Sienna
Comparison of pink peach Nail Polish bottle with timber cap by Sienna
Comparison of Yellow Nail Polish bottle with timber cap by Sienna
We hope you love our new Summer colours and can’t wait to see how you style them.

orange design nail art hand swatch on fair skin tone by line spa and polish and sienna

Fresh nail art designs that anybody can do at home – (Part two)

It’s time to get our DIY nail bar on again. We had such a great response to our collaboration with Seika from Line Spa and Polish, we’re back with another round of fresh nail art, exclusively for you. This is nail art for everybody. (If you missed our first instalment, click through for all the inspiration and instruction here.) If you have mastered the designs from Part One, you are going to love these designs. This is nail art for everybody. Get your brushes ready, people!

Before we begin

It’s best to have everything you need close to hand before you start, just as if you would if you were giving yourself a regular mani. The best of our DIY non-toxic manicure tips are on our blog if you need a refresher. For all these designs we recommend starting with a protective base coat to give you a smooth surface to paint on and finishing with a top coat to seal the deal and keep all your fabulous nail art locked in. One final tip: We know this sounds obvious, but make sure each layer dries before you apply the next.

Hot tips for the at-home nail art superstar

For some of these designs, you may need to improvise to create delicate shapes or lines. You don’t need fancy tools for this nail art. Look around your house, especially in your makeup and stationery drawers to use what you have to hand. Toothpicks are a perfectly acceptable drawing tool for nail art on the fly. A sewing pin in an eraser on the end of a pencil is the perfect dotting tool, as are bobby pins, and paintbrushes are always welcome to create different brush strokes and effects. Embrace your inner MacGyver and use what you have to hand.

1. Vertical wiggly french

blue and green Nail Art hand swatch on fair skin tone by Sienna
blue and green Nail Art hand swatch on fair skin tone by Sienna
blue and green nail art step by step tutorial by sienna

Colours: Bonsoir and Utopia

Blue and green should always be seen… especially if they look this chic.

  • Apply base coat to every nail.
  • Paint your thumb and ring fingernail with the pastel mint green crème, Utopia (currently on sale!)
  • Paint your other fingernails with Bonsoir (deep navy crème with cerulean shimmer).
  • Create the outline of the wave with Utopia on your middle fingernail and fill it in.
  • Next, repeat this process using Bonsoir on your ring fingernail.

Could this be the ultimate look for cool girl nail art? We think so.

2. Apple french

Apple red Nail Art hand swatch on fair skin tone by Sienna
Apple red nail art hand swatch on fair skin tone by Sienna
Apple red Nail Art step by step tutorial by Line Spa and polish and Sienna

Colours: Freedom, Florence, Merlot, Gaia

Some of our best loved colours come together to create this sweet but sophisticated French apple look.

  • Apply base coat to every nail.
  • Create the outline of the apple heart on your thumb and ring nails with Freedom (bright vermilion red crème), and then fill it in.
  • Use a toothpick (or drawing tool of your choice) to create the apple stem with Florence (magenta plum crème).
  • Paint your pinky fingernail in Merlot (deep red wine merlot crème)
  • Give your remaining two fingernails two coats of Gaia (Fallow Brown Satin).

That’s it! All the (apple) heart eyes for this design.

3. Apricots

green and orange nail art hand swatch on fair skin tone by line spa and polish and sienna
green and orange nail art hand swatch on fair skin tone by line spa and polish and sienna
orange and green Nail Art tutorial step by step by line spa and polish and sienna

Colours: Yogi, Olivia

We’re sticking to the fruity theme with this fun apricot design that combines fresh orange with the ‘it’ colour of the Northern Hemisphere fall, olive.

  • Apply base coat to every nail.
  • Paint your middle and ring fingernail and your thumbnail with Olivia (deep olive crème).
  • To create the apricots, start with your pinky. Drop three tiny beads of Yogi (mandarin orange crème) on to the pinky nail to create the apricot shape.
  • Use Olivia to create the stem of the apricots.
  • Repeat this process on your pointer fingernails.

It’s really that easy. This might look like a complicated design, but it’s completely nail art-novice approved.

Hot tip: when painting dots with your brush make sure to have a tiny amount of polish on the brush as it will pool on the nail. It’s easier to add more than take it off!

4. Leopard

orange design nail art hand swatch on fair skin tone by line spa and polish and sienna
orange design nail art hand swatch on fair skin tone by line spa and polish and sienna
nail art tutorial step by step by line spa and polish and sienna
Colours: CourageMimosaOlivia, Embrace

Introducing the autumnal-hued counterpoint to the Pastel Leopard design that debuted in Part One.

  • Apply base coat to every nail.
  • Paint your pointer and pinky nails with two coats of Courage (warm terracotta crème).
  • Next, use Olivia (deep olive crème) to paint three-four larger dots and several more smaller dots using A bobby pin or toothpick work both work well here.
  • To finish, paint your remaining fingernails with two coats of Embrace (grapefruit granita crystal).

Because leopard-print is a neutral.

Hot tip: make sure the dots are dry before painting the top coat or it may ‘drag’ the colour. The dots are thicker than the coats of polish so they take a touch longer.

5. Brush strokes with dots

design nail art hand swatch on fair skin tone by line spa and polish and sienna
design nail art hand swatch on fair skin tone by line spa and polish and sienna
nail art tutorial step by step by line spa and polish and sienna
Colours: Dream, WategosUnite, LusciousFlorence

We have reached the apex mountain of our at-home nail art designs. This design uses all the techniques we have been practicing to create the so-hot-right-now painterly brush strokes look. It’s slightly more complex than the previous designs but is still more than doable at home. Play around with this design, each nail can be as unique as you like. The gif above is a good partner to our instructions below, so let that guide you as well. We’re ready!

  • Apply base coat to every nail.
  • Start with a smear-like stripe of Wategos (clear blue water crème) on every fingernail.
  • Use the same technique to apply Dream (periwinkle crème) on the opposite side of your nail.
  • Next up is Unite (crushed hematite crystal). You only need a minimal amount of polish on the brush for this part. Swipe a painterly-like stripe down your fingernail, starting at the top of your nail and reducing the amount of polish to almost nothing by the time you get to the base.
  • Create a spatter effect by placing some tiny drops of Florence (magenta plum crème) at the base of the nail.
  • Finish up the design with some teeny tiny drops of Luscious.

It’s delicate, it’s painterly, it’s pretty damn beautiful. Well done, you!

Hot Tip: Make sure to use just a tiny amount of polish when you paint the brush stroke accents.

Line Spa & Polish and sustainable beauty

Line Spa and Polish is a beauty biz after our own sustainable, eco-loving hearts. They are a 100% vegan, sustainable nail service and stock only the highest quality products that adhere to their philosophy: ‘wellness and environment should not be compromised for beauty’. We are, of course, thrilled they use Sienna! Alongside a no cruelty, no toxins approach to the products Line Spa and Polish use, the salon has been 90% plastic-free since they opened, and are constantly innovating to further minimise their impact.  Did we mention that their founder, Seiko, is a next-level nail tech?

Let us know if you try any of these designs! We’d love to hear how you go.

Keep up with all things sustainable nail care @siennabyronbay and @linespanadpolish on Instagram
Nail care package with glass nail file base coat top coat and cotton string bags by sienna

The Conscience Gift Set is back

white and grey cotton string bags with plant design by sienna

Our much-loved Conscience Gift Set is back! It is full of all the Sienna nail care essentials you know and love and, for the first time, we are pleased to welcome a new addition to the Gift Set Family: The lovely Care bag. As ever, each of these are the perfect size for travel or your handbag. Give the gift of ethical, eco-friendly, clean beauty.

Sienna X Freeset Global

We are very proud to support the vital work of Freeset Global, who has once again created our 100% Organic Cotton drawstring bag. Freeset Global upskill and employ women who would otherwise be vulnerable to sex trafficking in Kolkata (India).

Indian woman making cotton string bag by freeset global
What’s in the bag?
nail care Gift Set with cuticle oil glass nail file remover wipes and nail polish by Sienna
The Conscience Gift Set contains:
– 3 x your choice of Nail Polish colours.

 If you’re giving this as a gift, (aren’t you lovely!), we recommend a Base Coat, Top Coat and either Ambrosia, Stone or Honour. These best-selling colours suit most people.  

– Nourishing Water Based Nail Polish Remover Wipes with Soy and Vitamin E.

– Nourishing Cuticle Oil in our classic vintage style bottle with gold dropper. Choose either Freesia with its divine scent or naturally unscented.

– NEW Everlasting Mini Glass Nail File. These never, ever go blunt. You’ll have this baby for life!

– 100% Organic Cotton Bag

Nail Care Gift Set with base coat top coat and glass nail file in cotton string bag by Sienna
NEW – The Care Gift Set contains:

Give the gift of self-care. Our eco-friendly, ethical Care Gift Set has some of our favourite Sienna essentials.

– Lightning Top Coat.
– Base Coat.
– NEW Everlasting Mini Glass Nail File.
– 100% Organic Cotton Bag.

Our products are Vegan and Cruelty Free Accredited, handmade with love and produced with the community and the planet in mind. Sienna Byron Bay is a company that focuses on ethics and sustainability in ALL of its products.

You can read more about Freeset Global’s impact and ethics on their website.

Yellow and purple nail art dots by sienna

Fresh nail art designs that you can do at home – (part one)

Nail art is something everybody can do at home. And it doesn’t have to be super complicated to be effective. We love the dreamy designs by Seika of Line Spa & Polish in Vancouver and are so excited to share our collaboration with you. She has created some simple but swoon-worthy nail art designs exclusively for us using some of our most loved colours. Read on for all the Line Spa & Polish x Sienna nail art inspiration!

Before we begin

It’s best to have everything you need close to hand before you start, just as if you would if you were giving yourself a straight-up mani. You can read all about our DIY manicure tips here. As ever, for all these designs we recommend starting with a protective base coat to give you a smooth surface to paint on and finishing with a top coat to seal the deal and keep all your fabulous nail art locked in. Also, who loves a high-gloss finish? Everyone, that’s who. One final tip: We know this sounds obvious, but the key to all these designs is to make sure each layer dries before you apply the next. Alright! Let’s do this thing!

1. Blue line ombre

Blue line Ombre nail art hand swatch on fair skin tone by Sienna
Blue line Ombre nail art hand swatch on fair skin tone by Sienna
Blue Line Ombre Nail Art step by step tutorial by line spa and polish and Sienna
Colours: Dream, Breeze, Wategos

Are you dreaming of blues? Us too. This sweet nail art design is as straightforward as it looks.

  • Start with Wategos (clear blue water crème) and paint a line down the centre of each nail, as per the picture.
  • Paint over the top two thirds in Dream (periwinkle crème).
  • Finally, apply Breeze (mid-tone aqua crème). on the top third.

Your nails look so fresh! You clever thing, you.

2. Minimalist dots

Minimalist dots Nail art hand swatch on fair skin tone by Sienna
Minimalist dots Nail art hand swatch on fair skin tone by Sienna
dots Nail art step by step tutorial by line spa and polish and Sienna

Colours: Calm, Winter, Bonsoir, Merlot

Did somebody say ‘transeasonal’? This design is deceptively straightforward. We won’t tell anyone how easy it is if you don’t.

  • Apply a base of Calm (warm clay crème) to every nail.
  • Paint a line of Winter (bright white crème) on the left side of your thumb and ring fingernail, as per the picture.
  • Use the brush (or a bobby pin!) to drop a small dot of Bonsoir and Merlot (deep navy crème with a cerulean shimmer and deep red wine merlot crème) on the same two nails.

Hot tip: make sure the dots are dry before painting the top coat or it may ‘drag’ the colour. The dots are thicker than the coats of polish so they take a touch longer.

Yes, it’s really that easy. This is such a flexible look. Mix it up and choose your favourite contrasting colour for the two dots.

3. Pastel Leopard

yellow and purple nail art dots on fair skin tone by sienna
Pastel purple Leopard Nail Art hand swatch on fair skin tone by Sienna
Pastel purple leopard nail art step by step tutorial by line spa and polish and Sienna
Colours: Lily, Mimosa, Fleur, Wategos

Leopards have been known to purr when they are happy. You will too when you see how your nails look. This is such a fun, warm weather look.

  • Paint your middle finger with Mimosa (pale yellow crème).
  • On the other four nails, use the brush (or bobby pin) to pain three-four dots in Lily (lavender crème).
  • Next, use the same technique to create one-two dots of Wategos (clear water blue crème).
  • Finish up with two dots of Fleur (blushing bride pink crème).

Hot tip: when painting dots with your brush make sure to have a tiny amount of polish on the brush as it will pool on the nail. It’s easier to add more than take it off!

4. Brush strokes

red Brush strokes nail art hand swatch on fair skin tone by Sienna
red Brush strokes nail art hand swatch on fair skin tone by Sienna
red Brush Stroke Nail art step by step tutorial by line spa and polish and Sienna
Colours: Florence, Liberty, Calm

Painterly strokes are having such a moment in nail art at the moment and the technique is totally achievable at home. Get your paintbrushes at the ready! (No, really).

  • Apply a base coat
  • Paint a coat of Calm (warm clay crème) on your thumb and ring finger.
  • Apply small brushstrokes of Florence (magenta plum crème) for a painterly effect on the other three fingers. You can use a paintbrush here, if you prefer.
  • Apply another small brushstroke of Calm.
  • Finally, add a smear of Liberty (Woodrose grey crystal) for the finishing touch.

Voila! You have achieved nail art glory.

Tip: Make sure to use just a tiny amount of polish when you paint the brush stroke accents.

5. Balloon French

Autumn Nail Art hand swatch on fair skin tone by Sienna
Autumn Nail Art hand swatch on fair skin tone by Sienna
Autumn Nail Art step by step tutorial by line spa and polish and Sienna
Colours: Hope, Artisan, Courage

This design brings together our sheer white crème, Hope, with two of our favourites from our collection of Autumn/Winter hues: Artisan (deep mustard crème) and Courage (warm terracotta crème).

  • Paint a curved line on every nail to create the balloon shape and fill in with Hope.
  • Use your nail brush to create a curved line over the top quarter of the nail on your middle and ring fingers in Courage. Then fill it in.
  • On the other side of the nail, repeat the process with Artisan, overlapping the part of the nail painted with Courage.

If you’re not confident drawing freehand, try using French tip stickers to help guide your brush. We have even heard of people using round stationery stickers to get the curve just right. Either way, the whole look is just so chic. We love it.

Line Spa & Polish and sustainable beauty

Line Spa & Polish is a beauty biz after our own sustainable, eco-loving hearts. They are a 100% vegan, sustainable nail service and stock only the highest quality products that adhere to their philosophy: ‘wellness and environment should not be compromised for beauty’. We are, of course, thrilled they use Sienna! Alongside a no cruelty, no toxins approach to the products Line Spa & Polish use, the salon has been 90% plastic-free since they opened, and are constantly innovating to further minimise their impact.  Did we mention that their founder, Seika, is a next-level nail tech?

Let us know if you try any of these designs! We’re busting to hear how you go. If you enjoyed learning about how to create nail art at home, keep your eye out for Part Two of our collaboration with Line Spa and Polish with more designs coming soon.

Keep up with all things sustainable nail care @siennabyronbay and @linespanadpolish on Instagram
pastel ombre nail polish hand swatch on fair and medium skin tone by sienna

Introducing our new Spring nail polish collection: Poetry

Light marble grey nail polish hand swatch on fair and medium skin tone by sienna

Hello Spring! And hello to Poetry, our gorgeous new collection of non-toxic nail polish. Our Spring release of colours pays homage to all the glorious colours of the natural world during this season of exuberant blooms and ethereal beauty. We are also big poetry fans (who isn’t?) and have been endlessly inspired recently by emerging young poets all over the socials. Poetry – our Spring collection – is truly biophilia and bibliotherapy in action. Allow us to introduce Wish, Whisper, Serenity, Melody and Reverie; a beautiful collection of classic pastels, featured here alongside some classic quotes and poetry. We hope you love these colours as much as we do.

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Reverie

pink nail polish hand swatch on medium skin tone by sienna with pink sheets in the background

Reverie – bridal rose pink crème

Sometimes it feels like spring will never arrive, then after months of waiting… Whoosh! It arrives with an explosion of vitality. Flowers are blooming and the smell of sweet roses and blossom fills the air. Introducing Reverie, the dreamiest of bridal rose pink in a crème finish.

Melody

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

Melody – rosewater crème

For the ethereal beauty lovers; the sweetest of everyday pinks. Embrace the gentle flower power of soft blooms, the blossoms lining city streets and heaving jasmine vines on the back fence. Meet Melody, our rosewater crème.

Serenity

nude pink Nail Polish hand swatch on fair and medium Skin Tone by sienna

Serenity – light champagne pink crème

Spring is nature’s way of saying “Let’s party!”. The days are longer, warmer, and people are out and about after a winter spent hibernating. Yes, Spring fever is a thing and we are here for it. Serenity is Sienna’s very own ode to the joys of the season. A pastel pink champagne polish in a crème finish to give you all the Spring fling feels.

Whisper

Light pastel purple nail polish hand swatch on medium skin tone by sienna with purple sheets background

Whisper – light lilac pastel crème

A whisper of lilac celebrates the skies of springtime gloaming, that magical period between day and night.  Whisper is the most subtle light lilac pastel crème. It’s a go-anywhere, do-anything kind colour. Can we describe it as the neutral of our purples? We think so.

Wish

Light marble grey nail polish hand swatch on medium skin tone by sienna and poem by maya angelou

Wish – light marble grey crème

A grounding pale grey rounds out our Spring Collection. Wish keeps it calm among the heady floral pinks and lilac, and is *the* cool-girl colour of the season. This light marble grey will give your neutral nails a sweet refresh for Spring.

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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.

pink nail polish glass bottle with timber cap by sienna
light pink nail polish glass bottle with timber cap by sienna
nude nail polish glass bottle with timber cap by sienna
white and purple pastel nail polish glass bottle with timber cap by sienna
blue grey nail polish glass bottle with timber cap by sienna
light pink nail polish hand swatch on fair skin tone by sienna

10 tips to maximise the life of your manicure

Who loves a fresh-looking manicure? *raises hand* Everyone! If you followed our recent guide to a non-toxic manicure at home, your nails should be looking pretty good right about now. And while nail polish isn’t supposed to last forever – and that’s a good thing – there are some tips and tricks to keep your nails healthy and your manicure looking good for longer.

Read on for our tips to avoiding any mani-misadventures.

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1. Shape your nails in one direction

 

We know you’ve heard it before, but it’s always good to have a reminder. When you are shaping your nails, file in one direction and avoid sawing back and forth. Another good tip is to hold the file flat against the nail tip. If you angle the file, you can thin the nail tip.

glass nail file by sienna

2. Hydrate your nails and cuticles

 

You wouldn’t dream of skipping out the door without moisturiser on your face, but we often forget that our nails and cuticles need hydration too. Dry, dehydrated nails are more likely to peel and split, and that gorgeous polish you spent Saturday afternoon applying may not make it to #ManiMonday unscathed. Grab a hand cream and some cuticle oil and apply frequently to keep your hands looking and feeling their best. This is especially important if you are in a cold climate.

cuticle oil in glass bottle with gold dropper by sienna

3. Say goodbye to personal care products with a high concentration of alcohol

 

Hand sanitizer may kill germs, but it can also kill your manicure. The high- percentage of alcohol in hand sanitizer eats away at the topcoat and causes the polish to become dull and fade. Hairspray and perfume will have the same effect as hand sanitiser, and are not your friends when it comes to maximising the life of your manicure.

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4. Wear gloves

 

No one likes chores but they are a necessary evil for most of us. Sigh. But did you know that chores are also responsible for shortening the life of your manicure too? Water gets into the nail bed causing the nail polish to become unstuck and lift. It’s a lovely thing, water. But it’s just not conducive to a long- lasting manicure. Protect your mani and your hands by wearing gloves if you are washing dishes, cleaning bathrooms or loading and unloading dishwashers.

woman sweeping her kitchen floor wearing plastic gloves

5. Roll the bottle

 

It’s so tempting to shake a bottle of nail polish before a manicure. But resist! When you shake a bottle of polish you can create air bubbles and if they pop they will make a hole in your manicure. Roll the bottle between your hands instead. It’s still satisfying, we promise.

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Base coat and Top Coat nail polish glass bottle with timber cap by Sienna

6. Base Coat

Base coats keep your nails strong and create a smooth surface for applying polish which, as we all know now, prolongs the life of your manicure. Base coat is designed to stick to your nail bed and differs from a top coat, which is designed to stick to lacquer.

 

7. Top up your top coat

Some people swear by topping up their top coat every second day to keep the shine high and the colour intact. Yes, it’s still a teeny-tiny bit maintenance, but if it’s going to keep your manicure looking beautiful longer.

8. Seal the deal with a side swipe

 

Finish your top coat with a horizontal swipe at the tip of your nail to seal the top coat and protect your gorgeous manicure.

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9. Drying time

 

While nail polish can be touch dry in a few minutes, it takes a bit longer for it to cure completely. We recommend painting them just before you go to bed or a Netflix marathon. That way they will have a good chance to dry and harden completely while your hands aren’t busy.

girl reading on her couch with her feet up in the air

10. BYO Polish to the nail salon

 

A hot tip for the nail bar aficionados: if you have a polish you love and you know works for you, take it with you to the nail bar. A professional application of your favourite product will you give you a mani that lasts for ages. A great nail tech will also clean up your nails and keep them looking chic.

We hope you enjoyed our 10 tips and they help with your manicure.

fair skin tone hands applying light pink nail polish by sienna

Easy steps to a manicure at home

In this crazy, busy world, a perfect manicure can make you feel like a total BOSS. We can’t always have our nails done professionally but thankfully, this is something we can do at home. Put your phone away, hit play on some soothing spa music, and follow our steps to give yourself a nurturing manicure at home.

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What you need

 

Get everything together before you start.

You need:

nail polish cuticle oil remover wipes and glass nail file nail care products by sienna

1. Remove old polish

 

If you have any residual polish left on your nails from an old manicure, now is the time to wipe it off using a non-acetone remover or wipes. Tempting as it is to just brush over the top of your old polish with the new colour, give your nails the chance to shine by starting with a clean base. Wash your hands and dry them thoroughly after using remover, focussing closely on the nails.

2. Shape your nails

 

Use a nail file to shape your nails. Sawing your nails back and forth will destroy the nail tip which, frankly, sounds terrible. This means your nails will split, resulting in peeling and breakage. File from the outside in to the middle on either side and stick with it. Healthy nails are beautiful nails.

glass nail file by sienna

3. Apply a base coat

 

A great base coat will protect your nails while creating a smooth surface to apply your polish. It will also prolong the life of your manicure. Clever base coat!

HOT TIP: Base coat holds your nail together too so if you have soft nails, it’s perfect to make them strong. It’s also the product to use if you like a nude nail, it goes on clear and gives them a high shine!

Base Coat nail polish hand swatch on fair skin tone by sienna

4. Apply your nail polish like a pro

 

We are heading towards the business end of your manicure now as we apply the nail polish colour. We are aiming for two coats here. The best way to achieve the perfect coat is to get a decent size bead of polish on your brush and then as you pull it out of the bottle, wipe it away from one side only. Now, land the brush with a drop of polish in the centre of your nail. Gently do three strokes; one in the centre from the base to the tip, one on the left and one on the right and voila! You have achieved nail polish glory.

HOT TIP: Make your first coat thin and load up your second coat for full coverage. If you need to do a third coat that’s totally fine!

 

Pro tip

You don’t need to push the polish right down to meet the cuticle. Leave a teeny tiny gap to make sure you don’t ‘flood’ the cuticle area with polish which is a short cut to a messy finish. No one likes a messy finish, and your eye will not be able to tell the difference anyway.

fair skin tone hands applying light pink nail polish by sienna

5. Finish with a top coat

 

Seal the deal with a clear top coat. Repeat the three strokes technique, but finish with a sideways swipe of top coat at the tip of the nail to seal the top coat and protect your gorgeous manicure. As well as giving shine for days, top coat stops your polish from chipping early.

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6. Cuticle oil is like kindness

 

You know what they say: “Cuticle oil is like kindness. Sprinkle it around everywhere”. We’re not sure if they really say that… but they should. Cuticle oil will give your nails instant salon-look realness and major hydration. If you do accidentally knock your nails before your polish has hardened, (we’ve all been there), the oil provides a little slip so they’re less likely to nick.

Take a moment

 

Now is a good time to just sit still. You can’t do much while you wait for your nail polish to dry anyway, so take the time and luxuriate for a few blissful minutes. Listen to some music or a podcast, or simply do nothing. Life moves pretty fast and taking a moment to do your nails can double as precious quiet time. So go on. You deserve it.

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Spirit nail polish

If you would like to see more of our DIY manicures, check out the Nail tutorials tab on our Instagram highlights.

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A day in Federal – Byron Bay Hinterland

Head for the hills

 

When we first moved to Byron Bay many moons ago, all we wanted to do was explore. So we jumped in our cars to head for the hills. It might sound like a cliché, but our reality looked like the stuff of our daydreams; waterfalls, swimming holes, quaint little villages with the yummiest wholefood and hunting for treasure in artisan stores were all on the agenda. And not much has changed. A trip to the hills is always a good idea, and we’d love to show you one of our favourite spots: Federal. So, whether you are a local or are reading this from the other side of the world, come and take our tour of this creative hub and natural wonderland.

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You’re about to be on ‘hills time’

 

You can’t deny that Byron Bay is almost magnetic in its beauty, but there is plenty to see just beyond the coast. Federal is an easy 23 km from Byron along the Coolamon Scenic Drive – and ‘scenic’ it is. Your first stop should be the lookout as you first turn on to Coolamon Scenic Drive. There are stunning 360-degree views of the coast, Wollumbin (Mount Warning) and lush rolling hills. Take a deep breath and relax. You’re about to be on ‘hills time’.

Coolamon Scenic Drive lookout in byron hinterland
view of the road at minyon falls lookout in byron hinterland australia

On the road to Federal

Drive through the winding hinterland roads with banks of wildflowers, corridors of trees, breathtaking views of the ocean and Byron Bay lighthouse and before long you will find yourself in Federal. It’s safe to say that this is not your typical country town. Artists looking for space to create, join families, hippies, baby boomer sea changers and everyone else you could imagine who have come for a more ‘country soul’ type lifestyle.

Doma Café for lunch

 

Stop in for lunch at Doma (3/6 Albert Street, Federal). Doma was opened by Japanese chefs Takayuki Kuramoto and Takashi Yaguchi in 2012 and is often described as a Japanese/Australian fusion. Everything here is good. You simply cannot make a mistake so pick a spot in the garden and enjoy. Don’t take our word for it though. This humble little café has even been very positively reviewed in the New York Times.

📍 Doma café – Federal
Colour – Florence nail polish

doma cafe outdoor terrace in federal byron hinterland

Time for a caffeine hit

 

Moonshine Roasters is a small, family-owned and operated roastery and espresso bar. They’ve been roasting in the hills for close to a decade and supply loads of the cafes in Byron Bay. Is it time for a coffee? Or a chai? Pop into their House of Shine (447 Federal Drive, Federal) to refuel before you get involved in some retail therapy.

📍 Moonshine Roasters – Federal
Colour – Peace nail polish

Moonshine cafe sign and outdoor terrace in Federal Byron Hinterland

Retail therapy, hills style

 

With its rustic tin walls and sky-high bush poles, The Hills Emporium (441 Federal Drive, Federal) would be worth a visit, even if it didn’t house the most covetable collections of artisan-made fashion and interiors. Owners Kaidee and Bulan make and source items that resonate with their ethical and sustainable ethos and all we can say is… “yes”.

📍 The Hills Emporium – Federal
Colour – Embrace nail polish

view of the hills emporium shop from outside in federal byron hinterland

Wild swimming under a spectacular waterfall

 

Is it time for a wander through the bush and perhaps a swim under a 104 metre tall waterfall? Yes, it is. Minyon Falls (Nightcap National Park) is a hop, skip and a jump from Federal but please take care on the roads; they can be slippery if there has been heavy rainfall. There is a lookout with the most glorious views from the top of the falls, as well as lots of micro walks in and around the national park. It’s possible (and wonderful) to swim at the base of the falls or in a pool further down. We all love a wild swim, but some things to remember are that rocks can be slippery and the winds can be wild if the falls are really pumping. The other thing to consider is sunscreen and bug spray – both can disastrously upset the balance of delicate ecosystems.

📍 Minyon Falls – Byron Bay Hinterland
Colour – Marble nail polish

Minyon falls lookout in Byron Bay Hinterland Australia

Federal, we love you

So that’s Federal. Not bad for a village with a population of 700. We hope you have a great day out!

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Sienna FAQs – Part 1

Sienna is different to your typical nail polish, so we thought it might be a good idea to get into the nitty-gritty of how we do things. Whether you are new to Sienna or have been with us since the early days, allow us to present ‘Sienna FAQs – Part 1’.

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Why doesn’t Sienna use the X-free labelling system?

 

Nail polish has something of a dubious reputation when it comes to the ingredients list. A lot of conventional nail polish still contains some pretty dodgy stuff. Formaldehyde, anyone? Us neither.

When non-toxic nail polish arrived to support our health, planet and our manis, the X-free branding of nail polish was developed to show people the number of chemicals a polish is free from. But over time, this has turned into something of a marketing arms race. With no cosmetic governing body, the X-free labelling got out of hand very quickly, with some companies even including gluten in their ‘free from’ list. Please trust us when we say gluten has never been found in nail polish.

We decided to step back from the brouhaha and let our formula do all the talking. We are confident our polish is the cleanest AND will give you a durable manicure. But don’t just take our word for it. We are certified by Made Safe who have analysed every single ingredient and deemed us the best. Please check our website for a full list of ingredients.

It is worth mentioning that Sienna polish has never contained Benzophenone-1, a known endocrine disrupter. Some of the polishes labelled X-free still include it in their formulas, so when in doubt, check the ingredients list.

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Why doesn’t Sienna use glitter?

 

When washed down the drain, glitter breaks into smaller pieces and becomes a subset of marine plastic litter known as microplastics. Microplastics, which measure less than five millimetres in length, are found throughout the world’s oceans, ‘coating’ the water as a type of insulation and ingested by marine animals from plankton through to whales. It has been documented that when collected in their stomachs, glitter can cause seabirds to die of starvation. No thank you.

We still love a high impact shine though, (who doesn’t?) so we use a shimmer pigment made from crushed crystal. It’s a natural material which we source only from reputable manufacturers. The beauty of substituting crushed crystal for glitter is that we remove the plastic element and eliminate any potential for our nail polishes to contribute to the microplastics plague. As an added bonus, it adds durability to your manicure.

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How long will a bottle of Sienna last?

 

Sienna will last as long as a conventional bottle of nail polish, which is around three years. As a point of difference, Sienna is bottled as it is produced to keep the polish fresh and the shelf life long. Pro tip: Instead of shaking a bottle of polish before you paint your nails, try rolling it between the palm of your hands. Nail techs assure us this will prevent air bubbles.

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How do I choose a colour to suit me?

 

How do you choose a colour when there are over 80 gorgeous shades of Sienna to choose from. Sigh. This is something of a champagne problem but we are here to help. Most people find they are attracted to a particular colour that sparks joy for them (Oh hi, Marie Kondo!) or that they continue to buy the same kind of colour again and again. If this is you, follow that instinct. And while there are so many trends when it comes to choosing a colour, here is some of the best-accepted wisdom if you need guidance.

  • Olive skin: Think tropical; orange, hot pink, coral and melon will look amazing. But so will browns, taupes and terracotta.
  • Fair skin: Your friends here are soft pinks and blue-toned berry colours.
  • Medium skin: Choose burgundies, plums and wine tones for the win. Orange and fuchsia will make your hands seem more tanned.
  • Dark skin: Reds, deep purple, blacks, bronze, green, almond and caramel based neutrals are all going to look terrific.

If all else fails, choose a nail polish in a similar shade to your best lipstick.

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

Is nail polish safe for chemo patients?

 

Wearing nail polish through chemotherapy has a similar answer to wearing nail polish while pregnant. You need to be careful with everything you put in and on your body. Over the past five years, we have had different requests and heard different stories from people going through chemo. As (Sienna Founder), Danielle says:

“In all instances, you need to speak with your doctor first. There are many different therapies and everyone’s bodies and health are at such different stages that you need to get tailored information from your doctor. There are good news stories and it can make you feel good during these times so it’s worth asking the question. To anyone going through this, we hear you, we see you, we feel you.”

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What is breathable nail polish?

 

Cast your mind back to your high school biology class. Do remember your teacher talking about permeability, where water and air can pass through a surface without breaking it? The process is called osmosis and is similar to pouring water on a cloth and soaking everything underneath it. It’s not a process you can see with a naked eye, as it happens on a microscopic scale. Our formulas have been scientifically tested to prove oxygen and water can pass through the nail polish, touching your nail bed. This allows your nail bed to ‘breathe’ (which must be good for you!) and for people of Muslim faith, it allows water to pass through and cleanse the nail bed for wudu.

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If you do have a question, please, by all means, send us an email and it will be our pleasure to answer it!

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Sienna is B Corp certified!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that
we are now B Corp certified.

 

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

nude and pink nail polish glass bottles with timber cap by sienna on wooden shelf

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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