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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What exactly is a B Corp, you ask? We think they probably say it best:
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.
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.
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.
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’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We love the dreamy nail art designs created by natural nail guru, Seika of Line Spa and Polish. She created a gorgeous collection of designs for us last year and they’re still getting plenty of love. So you can imagine how thrilled we are that she has created some super-chic designs for us once more with some favourite Sienna colours. The best part? These designs are so easy to achieve and you probably already have everything you need at home. If you have ever wanted to nail the perfect French mani or that dreamy ombre look that’s doing the rounds, this one is for you. Alright! Let’s get those nails looking fresh!
Nail prep is everything
Get everything you need close to hand before you start, just as if you were giving yourself a straight-up mani. (You can read our tried and tested DIY manicure tips on our website). 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 for glossy goodness at the finish line and to keep all your gorgeous nail art locked in. 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. Now on to the designs!
It’s a classic for a reason.
You know those pesky little stickers on apples, oranges, avos, and almost every other piece of fruit? We’re about to make good use of them in the most surprising way in an eco-friendly beauty flex that would make MacGyver proud.
Voila! You have achieved a perfect French mani in minutes. A bright red, black or pastel colour would also look great if you fancy giving the classic French mani a unique twist to make the look yours.
Get on board Team French manicure, 2020 style. Seika has used our Summer Love collection here to keep the colours in the same range. All the heart eyes.
Yes, it’s really that easy. This is a mani with so many possibilities. Embrace the rainbow or keep it monochromatic.
The wow-factor is high. We won’t tell anyone how easy it is if you don’t. If you’ve got a clean eye-shadow applicator handy, you will be rocking this dreamy ombre in no time.
Swoon. Your nails look amazing and oh-so-grammable.
Just yes. We are so into this. Seika took our coveted Poetry collection and love of pastel ombres to the next level with this modern but pretty look. Let’s get it!
Thank you so much for sharing your skills and creativity with us, Seika. Follow Line Spa and Polish over on the ‘gram for the news and inspiration you know you need.
Line Spa and Polish and sustainable beauty
Line Spa and Polish is a beauty biz after our own luxe, 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, Seika, is a next-level nail tech?
There’s no need to shaft the planet in the name of beauty. It’s possible to use great quality beauty brands that give great results without compromising your values. But it’s not always easy to know what to look for, even if you’re an experienced beauty enthusiast. From packaging to ingredients, from ethics to manufacturing processes, allow us to present our guide to all things ethical, eco-friendly, sustainable beauty.
Millennials and Gen Zs are generally more conscious of their impact on the world than previous generations, (go you good things!), and expect businesses to do better in terms of their sustainability and ethical practices for people and planet. The result? Eco-beauty is having more than a moment.
Sustainable, ethical, non-toxic, clean beauty, organic, cruelty free, vegan, green beauty… The list of green credentials brands can claim is long, and it would be remiss of us if we didn’t start our guide off with a few quick definitions.
There’s no clear definition here – which is confusing – but UK Vogue reports that most clean beauty advocates are concerned with aggressive ingredients and synthetic chemicals.
Non-toxic and clean beauty are often used interchangeably. A non-toxic product is one made without a long list of ingredients that have been linked to harmful health effects. Look for certifications from organisations like Made Safe (who certify Sienna) who screen ingredients against an Ingredient Database of known harmful chemicals which are found on scientifically authoritative lists from organisations and agencies from around the world. They also screen to examine ingredients for bioaccumulation, persistence, and general and aquatic toxicity.
Put simply, cruelty free (or cf as you will often see it, particularly on products from the UK) means that a product and its ingredients were not tested on animals, nor are they sold in countries where animal testing is mandatory. Leaping Bunny has an informative FAQ section if you want to explore this further.
A vegan beauty product contains no animal ingredients. Confusingly though, it is possible for a vegan product to have been tested on animals, and a cruelty free product not be vegan.
Natural products contain ingredients from plants and nature and are minimally processed. Organic products are made with non-GMO ingredients that are free of chemical herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or antibiotics. In Australia, a product must be certified by a government approved body before a brand can claim it’s organic.
In the context of beauty and personal care products, ‘ethical’ usually refers to the treatment of people. An ethical brand will pay their workers properly, make sure they have proper breaks and are of the proper age (ie: no child labour), and will also apply the same standards to their supply chain. Some people also expect ethical brands to contribute more broadly to the communities where they work. Education, charity initiatives and partnerships with local organisations are a few examples of what this can look like in action. A rising tide lifts all boats.
Transparency is everything and knowledge is power. We deserve to know what’s in our products so we can be empowered to make decisions that reflect our values. As beauty guru Sali Hughes says in her feature on sustainable beauty brands: “not all brands are doing everything, some are better than others, and still others could be doing more… but we don’t have time to wait for perfect”. So when you’re researching your next beauty purchase, look at what’s important to you – be it the treatment of animals or a non-toxic formula that prioritises health and efficacy – and spend your hard-earned accordingly.
Most of the terms on this list of definitions aren’t regulated by governments, which is actually pretty shocking. This gives less-ethical companies carte blanche to use terms like “natural”, pure” and “organic” to lull consumers into thinking they are making positive, health and environmentally-orientated choices. It’s not okay. Most brands with strong environmental, health and ethical credentials will list ingredients on their website and, in many cases, be certified to show they are walking their talk. Certifications to look for are B Corporation, Leaping Bunny, Made Safe, Choose Cruelty Free Australia, Vegan Action and PETA.
If animal welfare is a deal-breaker for you, look for a brand that is both cruelty- free and vegan. The New York Times has this super-informative article which explores the reasons why the future of the beauty industry is vegan and not animal-tested. Hello, green science!
There are a few different roads to go down here and research shows consumers want to travel them. A 2018 study found 72% of people surveyed in the UK are interested in buying beauty products packaging made from PCR (post-consumer recycled) plastics. We can be the change! Innovations like creating packaging from sugar cane waste are starting to gain traction, while other brands offer a refilling service so you can reuse the same packaging on repeat. Easy-to-recycle glass is making a comeback as well and some companies (like Sienna!) offer an in-house recycling program. And we can’t go without mentioning Terracycle, an innovative organisation who partner with companies to create zero-waste solutions for beauty and personal care packaging.
Thanks to people like you who care about how their actions impact our world, things are changing for the better. We’d love to hear from you about what’s important to you when you’re considering how a brand and how their values align with your own. Get in touch!
Introducing, Onyx, the inkiest non-toxic black nail polish you ever did see. Black crème has been the most requested colour since we launched in 2014 so it’s been a long time coming! Onyx is a glossy, opaque midnight black and is super-wearable –you’re going to love it.
Black nail polish looks great with every skin tone and every outfit. It literally goes with everything; whether you’re rocking a full face of glam makeup and a formal frock or a busted white tee and your favourite vintage jeans, you know black nail polish is going to be a hit. It’s ridiculously chic on short nails and vampy on long, pointy talons. Trust us, once you cross over to the dark side with your nails, you’ll never go back.
Onyx is super-glossy and, of course, comes in our luxe, non-toxic formula. It’s black nail polish done the Sienna way.
See it now or keep scrolling to see it compared to other colours from the darker end of our collection.
If you find a flattering neutral nail polish, well, you have pretty much nailed the HG of your beauty kit. Neutral nails are elegant, look cool, make your hands look younger and go with everything. You’re ready for anything! But neutral nails aren’t a one-size-fits-all proposition, and it isn’t always easy to choose the one for you. So let’s go deep into colour science and explore the neutral nail palette.
If you’ve followed us from our launch way-back-when, you’ll know we are pretty big fans of the neutral nail. One of our earliest shades was a gorgeous sheer caramel (still with us!) and we’ve always had a penchant for organic tones. Sienna has always been inspired by the natural beauty of our world and this, paired with one of our core values of “beauty for all”, means we have a pretty rocking collection of neutrals that work for everyone. We’re a gang of neautralistas!
Of course, there are no rules when it comes to choosing a colour. If there is a colour you love, even if it’s not traditional for your skin tone or fashionable right now, you mani-up and rock it! And some colours just look fabulous on everyone. But if it is a neutral nail colour you’re after, experts agree that the secret is going one-to-two shades lighter or darker than your actual skin tone. So without further ado, here is some neutral nail inspo to get you started.
The world is your nail bar, you lucky human. Dark and deep skin tones handle most nail colours with style and the only one you should avoid is greige – the lovechild of grey and beige – as it tends to make your hands look dull and washed out. No thank you. However, warm clay and dark rose crème are beautiful choices. One of our top picks would have to be rich brown with a touch of red and it is an insanely good look on darker skin tones. When in doubt, look for a polish that sounds like it could conceivably be part of your morning coffee order – we’re talking about colours like coffee, mocha, chocolate and cocoa.
Creamy beige is a good friend to the medium skin toned. Pale, creamy beige nail polishes work so well because they hit the sweet spot between highlighting the tan tones in the skin while giving just the right amount of contrast. It’s a lush look. Other colours to make your mani sing are peach, caramel, dusty mauves and pink polishes with white undertones.
Do you have olive skin? Sheer caramel polish with slight red undertones looks beyond chic and is a polished, sophisticated manicure that doesn’t look at all flat. Perfect. If you’re on the paler end of olive skin, head on over and check out this peachy tone of the neutral polish family. Peach gives your nails a look that is warm and glowy with good health. It’s especially cute during summer.
An opaque light champagne pink crème is one of those magical nail colours that is universally flattering, but we have to say it is ridiculously beautiful on lighter skin tones. For neutral nails with a touch more contrast, try a soft blush pink with white undertones like our much-loved Melody, which looks amazing on medium skin tones too, btw.
The vibe we’re going for here is ‘your nails, but better’ and the best neutral nail polish colour to achieve this is pink. Pink plays to both the pink and blue undertones common in people with fair skin and a soft flush of sheer pink is super- flattering. If you can find one with a lovely glossy finish, even better. If an opaque creme finish is more your style, try something fresh and bright against your colouring.
Your cuticles seal in moisture and protect your body from environmental germs so it’s best to keep them intact.
Our tip: Use cuticle oil to soften and hydrate your cuticles. If your cuticles are bothering you, push them down gently with a manicure stick (aka ‘the orange stick’).
A base coat will protect your nails and strengthen them. If you want an everyday slick of clear gloss to protect your nails, base coat is the one you should go for. It works to strengthen your nails by acting like a band-aid. It holds your nail together so you’ll get more length, strength and less breakage. Your nails will also look glorious. #winwin
We know it’s tempting (we know, we know) but resist the urge to pick it off as it can damage the nail bed underneath. Instead, use a hydrating water-based nail polish remover or wipes. We don’t want to toot our own horn too much, but our remover is good. It’s enriched with Vitamin E to give your nails the health boost they’re craving and won’t dry out your nails at all. It doesn’t even smell.
It’s much easier to keep short nails healthy as well. We know we’ve said this a hundred times, but please file in the same direction. See-sawing a file back and forth will damage the nail matrix (no thank you) and will also result in raggedy edges. No one likes a raggedy edge. A glass nail file is gentle on your nails and will never go blunt. It’s quite the eco-friendly flex.
Our tips: It’s always tempting to pick hangnails. Don’t do it! Use the clippers instead. Use a glass nail file and smooth out any ‘nicks’ so they don’t go on to get caught on other things and damage your nails further.
Like the rest of you, your nails need hydration. This means drinking plenty of water to hydrate from the inside out, and cuticle oil to nourish your cuticles from the outside in.
Healthy nails love vitamin E, A, C, K &B, zinc and essential fatty oils are all good friends to nail (and hair) health. Here’s a quick list of foods that tick the nutrient boxes. We understand you may not be able to get your hands on them easily in different parts of the world, but if you’re interested, we’re talking about dark leafy greens, avocados, raw pumpkin seeds, almonds, orange root vegetables, chickpeas, lentils, ground linseed, hemp seeds, walnuts, cashews, wholemeal bread, and quinoa.
Avoid products with high percentages of alcohol (hand sanitiser and cleaning products are the biggest culprits. Protect your mitts with gloves if you’re cleaning and show them some love with a good hand cream post sanitise. Cuticle oil and hydrating nail polish remover are two quick additions to your self-care routine that will keep your nails healthy.
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