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Self-care for the soul and your nails

This week, we’re looking at some of the things you can do to take care of your mind and your body while you’re in spatial isolation. We’re talking hand and nail care (obvs), DIY vegan face masks, bringing culture to your monitor and maintaining your friendships via the power of technology.

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A shout out to the people. All the people.

We’d like to send our gratitude to the people in so many different professions who are working hard to look after us right now. We don’t have enough words to describe how thankful we are. And if these times are tough for you in other ways, we see you.

Self-care for your hands and natural nail care

If your hands are anything like ours, they probably feel a bit like paper after a steady diet of frequent hand washing and hand sanitiser. Thankfully, we know what to do here. We’ve always been huge fans of the clean beauty DIY-style, and a little while ago we wrote all about how to give yourself an easy non-toxic mani at home. Gather your kit, choose a cheering playlist and go for it. And If you know your way around a straightforward manicure or you just want to get fancy/learn a new skill, check out the easy but gorgeous nail art designs Line Spa and Polish did for us a little while back. Once you’ve mastered the introductory designs, click through the slightly trickier but still achievable designs here. Whether you opt for a straight-colour mani or super-chic nail art, the crucial thing here is hydration, baby. Grab your cuticle oil and hand cream and apply throughout the day. You’re probably washing your hands every five minutes, so take the opportunity to break out the cuticle oil/hand cream as part of the routine.

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DIY vegan face masks for homebodies and heroes

If you’ve got kids home from school at the moment, you might consider a solo trip to the bathroom quality self-care time at the moment. Half of the Sienna team are in the same boat so we totally understand. But, depending on their age, kids might enjoy helping to mix up some vegan face masks in the kitchen. You’ll probably be able to find most of the ingredients for these masks in your kitchen, so you can just whip them up and cue the smooth skin. Incorporate them into your mani/pedi routine if you fancy going recreating the full day-spa-at home-experience. This also a lovely and refreshing way to put a wall between home life and a punishing day at work.

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Culture, fitness, kindness and cute animals

We touched on a few of these in our Insta this week and we got some great suggestions too. Jump over to our page to add your own ideas on how to stay sane and support both your nearest and dearest, as well as our wider communities. As Ben Lee said way back in 2005, “We’re all in this together”.

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Nails by occasion

Say “I do” and “I will” to bridal nails

We love a bit of nuptial chat. Here’s everything we know… Soft pinks and sheer washes of white are classics for a reason, they look great on just about everyone and they also photograph well – especially if you are planning to get some chic black and white shots done. Like lipstick, red nails can look very dark grey in black and white photography, whereas pale nails look more natural. We are also seeing lots of neutrals from modern brides, which is a pretty cool move. Try a colour like Cottontail if you want to rock this look down the aisle. Lastly, incorporate some nail care in the run-up to the big day so your nails are looking fresh and healthy before the polish even goes on. Nurture those hands and nails! Actually, that’s good advice for every day.

Ps, congratulations! A celebration of love is a really wonderful thing!

Melody Light Pink Sienna Byron Bay Spring Collection 2019
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Rock the look – Festival nails for everyone

Music festival styling is a pretty serious business these days – so don’t let your nails miss out on all the fun. Besides, if it rains during the festivities – and is it even a festival with no rain – your clothes and hair might be soaked, but your stylish mani will keep on keeping on. Luckily, we know a thing or two about festival nails at Sienna. We ran a pop-up nail-bar at Blues Fest a few years ago and prepped hundreds of hands for five days of music and fun. Perennial festival favourites include Mystic, all of the metallics, and when in doubt, ombre all the way.  If you want to get on board the nail art train for your next festival, we’ve got some super-fun designs that are equally at home in the fields of Glastonbury or the Writer’s Festival. Hello, Lilac Pastel Leopard, we’re talking to you!

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Job interview nails to land the dream role

Your talent and charisma need to be at the forefront, not your nails – even though we’re sure they’re fabulous – you’ve got to keep it chic and profresh if you’re going to land your dream job. If you’re heading for an interview in a corporate or conservative office, err on the side of caution and keep the focus on your skills with well-groomed nails and natural or neutral polish. Make the right impression with colours like Peace for a sheer slick of pink that is “your nails but better” vibes, Barefoot Dancer, Stone, or keep it super-natural with our base coat or Hope.  Taupe-type hues are also a winner – try Calm or Cottontail.

If the role you’re interviewing for is in a creative setting, you can get a little bit more experimental, but don’t go too cray-cray. Navy, olive, plum and the creative’s forever love, black, would all fly well, but maybe leave the neon, metallics and wild shimmers to the weekend. At least until you’re settled in.

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Holiday nails for every kind of holiday

Do your holiday plans include lounging around a pool or beach, maybe some palm trees swaying in the distance, and perhaps a cocktail or two? Or are you planning an urban-style mini-break with galleries, coffee and art galleries? They both sound pretty good to us, but what about your mani-plans? Avoid mani-misadventures on the road and coordinate your nails with the outfits you’re packing. Tropical holidays spent resort-side have us packing bright, fruity tones with plenty of corals and peachy-pinks. For beachy getaways off the beaten track, you might like the idea of keeping your nails the softest of soft pinks for a natural beauty look. If you’re headed to the city, anything goes, so express yourself. If you aren’t sure how you’re going to be feeling, pack some remover wipes and a few polishes to keep your options open.

For the love of date night nails

If you’re on your way for some flirty fun with a special someone, give your nails a bit of love too. We’ve gone for all the deep, dusty reds and pinks here in homage to red the iconic colour of love. You can’t go wrong! But if you’re a guy wanting to give your nails a lick of colour to show you’re the kind of person who makes an effort in the grooming department, consider a strong colour like, Rhythm. It’s pictured here on local Byron hero, Benny.

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Everyday Swoon

We are a huge fan of the neutral end of the spectrum when it comes to everyday nails, but that just might not be your vibe. At all. So, as we’re fond of saying, ‘you do you.’ If you want some suggestions, we got you. Kombi is a fun whimsical colour for the retro lovers, Dream is the blue of choice for the glam-squad, Freedom is the vermillion red cream that is a little bit chic and a little bit rock n roll, Merlot is a winner for the lovers of a strong nail, and if you need more inspo to find your signature polish for everyday wear, hit up our website. We feel confident you’ll find the colour of your dreams and if you need help, we have a handy guide here or get in touch.

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Nurture Neutral Purple Nail Polish
Genie Purple Shimmer Nails
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Special event nails

Your invitation to the Brits/BAFTAS/Grammys/Emmys/Oscars might have been lost in the post, but we all need a go-to look that has us feeling stylish and ready for anything. Maybe your nails are the special event! Either way, let’s look to the stars to see if there is any mani-inspiration we can make our own.

Trailblazer Collection Shimmer Nails
Harry Styles at the Met Gala 2019. Picture: Twitter
Star manicure Metallic Nails
Gigi Hadid at the Met Gala 2016. Picture: Instagram

Popstar of the moment and lover of exaggerated talons went to the Oscars with jet-black nails with a rhinestone gem at the tip of each one for a look that was edgy and chic. Recreate the look, natural nail style, with a black satin polish like Sienna’s very own Zen. If you want to channel J-Lo and her ever-glam nails, choose a polish with a shimmer finish to bring a bling-tastic finish to your nails, without the actual glitter, of course. Lana del Ray a unique choice amid all the gemstone embellishments and chose metallic silver nails for the red carpet. But hands down, one of the most popular polishes was classic baby pink with a super-high gloss finish. We heart.

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So what’s your go-to colour?

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Rafiki Mwema x Sienna – our latest fundraising collaboration

Meet our super-limited-release, fundraising collaboration, the Jamii Pack. 100% of all profits from the sale of this gorgeous collection are going to support the work of Rafiki Mwema in Kenya.

“I always wanted Sienna to be a beauty brand that gives back. I’m so proud for us to be partnering again with Rafiki Mwema. The kids they love, care and advocate for have gone through so much, it’s just not fair. The work Rafiki does to heal their trauma and keep them safe is so important.”

Danielle, Sienna Founder and Creative Director

Read on to learn more about the work Rafiki does and how the funds raised will make a difference.

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Rafiki Mwema means ‘Loyal Friend’

We work with families, in the communities, with schools, churches, villages and with government officials to ensure the cycle of abuse is broken and that children are given the chance to live as children should.

Funds from the sale of the Jamii Pack will help Rafiki Mwema keep their doors open. Their running costs are huge, on average about AUD$40,000 per month, and when you see everything they do, you’ll understand why.

From little things, big things grow

Rafiki Mwema supports 70 children under the age of 12 who have experienced sexual abuse. The children live in therapeutic houses – there are two houses for girls and two for the boys – where they can be safe, loved and supported while they heal. Rafiki also supports another 130 children who have left their therapeutic homes via the Rafiki Outreach Team. As if all this wasn’t enough, they have also organised, funded and installed two video links in local courts in Kenya so children can testify against their abusers safely, acquired a farm, then built a school on it, and started a weekly food program in town. Rafiki also runs regular training on topics like Building Attachments and Living with Trauma in the UK, Australia and Kenya.

Unbelievably, all this incredible work is facilitated via fundraising organised by Sarah Rosborg and a small group of wonderful volunteers who are based in the small seaside village of Lennox Head. Sarah’s passion and dedication to making a difference are just extraordinary. You can see why we were moved to help.

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Meet Sarah Rosborg

We spoke to Sarah about how she keeps going when the work is hard and the children have experienced so much trauma, so young.

There are days when I feel like I physically cannot continue. The sadness can be overwhelming and it can feel like we’re not making a difference. But when I travel to Kenya I can SEE the change with my own eyes. I see that the future for that child HAS changed through our work and you never know where that can lead. We want to break the cycle of abuse so these kids can grow up and be balanced and loving adults… I would like to think someone would fight for Lovisa (Sarah’s daughter) if I was not here.  I believe we owe it to the world to honour our good life, but we should also be helping those who are not so lucky.”

Are you crying? We’re crying.

But wait, there’s more

The three colours in Sienna x Jamii Pack are gorgeous, of course, but more than that, Sarah told us these colours – Huruma (Empathy), Upendo (Love) and Upunyaji (Healing) – represent all the children cared for by the Rafiki staff. Pass a tissue, please.

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Sienna & Rafiki Mwema Collaboration
Sienna & Rafiki Mwema Collaboration
Sienna & Rafiki Mwema Collaboration
Sienna & Rafiki Mwema Collaboration
Teamwork makes the dream work

Head to the Rafiki Mwema website to read more about what they do. If their work resonates with you and you want to help Rafiki keep their doors open, they have lots of suggestions about how to help. From writing a letter to a child in Kenya to sponsorship options, there are lots of ways to get involved and everything helps. They also have a couple of really great events coming up with heaps of special guests, including An African Affair on the Gold Coast with Celeste Barber’s infamous Hot Husband.

Thank you

We’re pretty sure this gorgeous capsule collection will fly off the shelves and we want to say a big thank you to our beautiful customers, who appreciate a good cause as much as they appreciate a good manicure.

With gratitude from all of us at Sienna.

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Sienna FAQs – Part II

Welcome to Part Two of our FAQ series! People are more interested than ever before in the products they are using and how brands make them. We think this is a good thing. So in the spirit of supporting this curiosity and, in our quest for transparency, allow us to present “Sienna FAQs – Part II”.

So whether you are new to Sienna or a clean nail polish convert since way back in the day, here we go!

Does a nail polish remover made from water really remove your nail polish?

Of course it does! We might be all about clean beauty and keeping it sweet for the planet, but we’re all about efficacy too! If you have used this absolute HG of a product you will know that it might take a little longer to work the polish off, but there is no bad smell at all. None. We’ve also included some nutrient-rich ingredients like Vitamin E – an absolute superstar when it comes to nail health – as it not only moisturises your skin and nails, it also helps treat yellow nail syndrome. By using a nourishing remover and steering clear of drying ingredients (like acetone, which is found in many mainstream removers), your nails are less likely to become brittle and break. Did we mention the glass bottle can be recycled? (It can).

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What can I do to get my nail polish to last longer?

AKA, the million-dollar question. There are so many reasons that nail polish lasts longer on some people than others. Genetics, nail health and application technique are all factors in how long your manicure will last. Other enemies of the mani include prolonged exposure to hot water, alcohol in other beauty or cleaning products, a lot of time spent in heavily chlorinated swimming pools and, this one is for the parents of small children, Lego. Those colourful small blocks are hell when it comes to keeping your manicure looking good. So if you are experiencing the odd mani-misadventure, we have written some more in-depth posts on our blog. Follow the links for more: 10 tips to maximise the life of your manicure and Easy steps to a non-toxic manicure at home.

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Is it safe to use nail polish during pregnancy?

This is one of our most common questions. And… we don’t know the answer. No product can give you that kind of reassurance. We see all sorts of claims in the marketplace about natural nail polish/makeup being safe for pregnancy and, while generally, most products are fine, it’s a very big call to say it is safe without independent tests. Our formula is the cleanest one out there, but we would NEVER, EVER consider testing this in-vitro to get an answer. When you take into account the variety of pregnancy needs, you need to get the individualised care and advice that’s right for you and your baby-boo. If you’re having a baby (congratulations!) and you’d like to continue wearing nail polish, run it past your doctor, midwife or OB first. It is great we live in a world where people are paying attention to the make-up of their makeup, so we have listed all the ingredients of our products in the FAQ section of our website.

What is the difference between Sienna Base Coat and Top Coat?

Did you know they are designed to do different things? Let’s talk about our much-loved Base Coat. Our Base Coat is designed to stick to your natural nail. It’s nice and thin so it creates a smooth base for your nail polish colours to stick to. You’ll still get a lush, durable Sienna manicure without it, but the Base Coat is just a little extra care that will strengthen your nails and protect them. On the flip side, if you want an everyday slick of clear gloss to protect your nails, this is the one you should go for. It also has the added benefit of strengthening your nail by acting similarly to a band-aid. It holds your nail together so you’ll get more length and strength and less breakage.

Now for our super-shiny Top Coat. This formula likes a sticky surface – wet nail polish, for instance. This thick, glossy coat gives you a high-gloss, salon-style finish and completely seals the polish. It dries much harder than the colour formula so you know your mani/pedi will be in it for the long haul. From a functional perspective, the Top Coat is also a quick-dry formula which means your polish will be touch-dry in about two minutes. It’s a good idea to wait about 15-20 minutes before you take the deep dive into your bag for your keys/wallet/keep-cup/phone though, as all the micro-layers underneath need a bit more time to dry.

Both the Base Coat and Top Coat will help you get longer from your Mani/Pedi.

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What is the difference between Cruelty-free (cf) and vegan products?

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 (one of the organisations that has certified Sienna) has an informative FAQ section if you want to explore this further. A vegan beauty product is one that contains no animal ingredients. Confusingly though, it is possible for a vegan product to have been tested on animals, and a cruelty-free product to be not vegan. 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!

How are our timber caps made?

Ah, our beloved timber caps. We like to keep it humble over here, but we are the OG when it comes to timber caps on nail polish. When Sienna launched in 2014 it was often our signature timber caps that people commented on. And how could you not? They’re gorgeous! We don’t want to spill all the tea when it comes to our caps, but here’s what we can share. Our caps are made from a local timber. While the timber itself is stunning, the tree itself is a total weed in the wild rainforest areas around Byron Bay. It grows like crazy (technical horticulture term) and is very destructive as it inhibits the growth of native vegetation. When Danielle was hatching plans for Sienna way-back-when, part of her vision was to use this non-native weed wood in packaging and help revegetate local rainforest at the same time. It took a bit of trial and error to get it right, but after a few experiments with local woodturners, the solid timber cap you know and love today was born.

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If you have a question that isn’t answered here (or in Part 1), please, by all means, slide into our DMs.

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What’s important to us − sustainability and ethics

What’s important to us at Sienna? We’re so glad you asked. Alongside making the best nail polish, probably the same kind of things that are important to you too – people and planet, sustainability and ethics. We’re not saying we know everything or that we are all the way there yet… but we’re committed to always learning more and trying to raise the bar so we can do better. Read on to learn more about what keeps us motivated and how a value-driven business like Sienna gets it done.

Why it’s important for business to do the right thing

Times are changing and we think companies need to change too. Companies should be accountable for more than just profits. People expect the brands they support and shop with to go beyond providing a product and be a force for good – and rightly so. Businesses should be advocates, live their values and provide evidence of it. Put simply, it’s about walking your talk.

“We get accredited by third-party auditors like BCorp as part of the dialogue with our customers. The trust our customers put in us to be ethical and do the right thing is so important to us, and one way we can show them that is by doing the work and becoming certified.”  –  Danielle, Sienna Founder

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Sustainability and Ethics

Sustainability is at the core of everything we do here and it has been that way from the very beginning. Way-back when Sienna was just a twinkle in the eye of Founder, Danielle, she imagined a ‘wheel’ of ethical standards to meet before she would even consider launching. The ‘wheel’ on which Sienna is based includes the polish being vegan and cruelty free, low carbon production, 100% recyclable packaging, working to regenerate local rainforest areas through utilising non-native weed wood in packaging, renewable energy at the warehouse and head office, supply chain traceability to ensure raw ingredients come from sources that are child labour free, community partnerships and fair wages for all employees.

You can see all our certifications on the Sustainability and Ethics page of our website.

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Keeping the planet in mind

In the immortal words of author and artist, Oliver Jeffers. “Well, that is Planet Earth. Make sure you look after it, as it’s all we’ve got”. Never has this been more apparent than during these terrible, terrible bushfires that are still burning in Australia. It’s easy to feel powerless and wonder what we can do as individuals, but we’re not alone. If we all take steps together we can be the change. We want to share our progress and the things we learn on our sustainability journey so others in businesses can see it’s possible to do the right thing and be a success. We say this not to ‘toot our own horn’, but because we want environmental stewardship to be the new business as usual. People like you show there is a real demand for products and companies who prioritise the environment. The time is now, the future is here.

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We, the people

We believe in investing in the people who are bringing the change in our communities. Sienna is privileged to have a platform and a fantastic, caring community (that’s you lovely lot!), so we can amplify the voices of other organisations who are doing great work. So far we have partnered with Future Dreamers, Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation and Rafiki Mwema to help raise funds and get the word out about their vital work. We have an exciting project in the works at the moment, so keep your eyes peeled. We can’t wait to share it with you. In the meantime, you can read more about our commitment to respecting all the people involved in bring Sienna to you thought fair wages, a clean supply chain and inclusive approach on our website.

With gratitude

We couldn’t do any of this with the support, feedback and inspiration from all the people who have bought polish, sent us emails with ideas or to have come to say hello at one of our pop-ups. So thank you for being part of the revolution.

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Best Byron Bay beaches

If you’re coming to Byron Bay for a holiday, you need our guide to the best Byron Bay beaches. And here’s a Spoiler Alert: they’re all amazing. Whether you want a side of people-watching with your beach frolic, or you’re dreaming of a secluded lost paradise-type situation, we’ve got you covered. Let’s hit the beach.

Oh hello, you gorgeous thing, you”. Wategos is a truly stunning spot. It doesn’t matter how many times you wind the corner that heads down to the beach, the site of Wategos is breathtaking every single time. The parking, however, would drive a saint to swear. Let’s just say it’s quite limited. So yes, you may have to do a few laps to get a park but you will eventually be successful. And it’s so worth it. There is plenty of shade, great BBQ facilities and even a coffee van (dreams do come true!) and it’s just so damn beautiful you can easily spend all day there. If you’re feeling sporty, it’s just a short hike to Australia’s Most Easterly Point. Yep, Wategos is pretty much perfect.

Wategos beach Byron Bay
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Ahh, the serenity! This is the beach to visit if you’re after all the private beach feels. Little Wategos feels secluded and a million miles away from town, but it’s actually just a small hike along from Wategos, proper and is as equally blissful.  To get there, park at Wategos and start heading up the track that leads to the Lighthouse. When you come to a fork in the track, take the path on your left and head down to Little Wategos. It’s important to note that it is best to visit when the tide is low. High tide swallows most of the beach so be sure to check the tide times before you go. You can look in our local paper for this info or just ask a surfer – they’re everywhere and more than happy to talk tides.

Little Wategos Beach Byron Bay
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You’ve no doubt seen the photos. The Pass is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches and when you visit you can see why. It’s glorious. On a beach day, you will find local and visiting families set up for the long haul under pandanus palms, and surfers of all skill levels revelling in the crystal clear waters and (mostly) gentle waves. Bring your camera and take the quintessential Byron Bay photo from the lookout. The sunset is usually pretty special too. Come in the morning, stay for the day.

The Pass Byron Bay
Photo: Nigel Raynard

They don’t call it Main Beach for nothing. What can we say, it’s a very social beach. Main Beach at the top end of Jonson Street is the closest beach to town and many of the international backpackers find themselves at Main Beach to lounge, play volleyball, catch up with new friends and, of course, swim. It’s also where workers from town are most likely to have a cheeky swim during their lunch breaks. There’s often a busker on the lawn, great views of the lighthouse and you can even grab a fresh coconut from the cutest little food stall, Coco Rasta, who camps out at Main Beach most days during summer. What more could you possibly want?

Main Beach Byron Bay
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Torakina Beach (Brunswick Heads)

And relax. Torakina Beach is a hot contender for Team Sienna favourite. It’s right at the sweet spot where the ocean meets the river and like the rest of Brunswick Heads, it’s so very peaceful. It’s also very sheltered making it an ideal spot for young families. If you’re in Brunswick Heads and need a spot to cool off after lunch and some shopping, this is the haven you are seeking. Head over the bridge on foot and you will find Torakina on the other side of the carpark. We love Torakina so much, we named one of our colours after it.

Torakina Beach Brunswick Heads
Photo: elementsofbyron.com.au

Dreaming of blues? Us too. You will find our collection of beach-worthy blues here.

Eco-friendly Beauty Sienna Byron Bay

What to look for in a sustainable eco beauty product

How to give your beauty routine a sustainable makeover

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.

The rise (and rise) of clean, 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.

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photo: Organic Bunny
Know your terms

Sustainable, ethical, non-toxic, clean beauty, cruelty free, vegan, green beauty, clean 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.

Green beauty/Clean beauty

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

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.

Cruelty free (cf)

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.

Vegan

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 and Organic

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 for before a brand can claim it’s organic.

Ethical

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.

Green Beauty Sienna Byron Bay
photo: Organic Bunny
What to look for in clean, sustainable beauty

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 recent 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.

How to dodge greenwashing

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.

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Vegan and Cruelty Free beauty explainer

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!

photo: Organic Bunny
Beauty Packaging 101

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. Check out their work in action via the Flora and Fauna recycling program.

People, planet and beauty

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!

Kiss Summer Love Collection Sienna Byron Bay Pink Nail Polish

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
Heart Red Nail Polish Summer Love Collection
Heart Red Nail Polish Summer Love Collection Sienna Byron Bay
Heart Red Nail Polish Sienna Byron Bay

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
Kiss Summer Love Collection Sienna Byron Bay Pink Nail Polish
Pink Nail Polish Kiss Summer Love Sienna Byron Bay
Kiss Pink Nail Polish Sienna Byron bay

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
Sweetheart Pink Nail Polish Sienna Byron Bay Summer Love Collection
Sweetheart Pink Hand Nails SIenna Byron Bay
Sweetheart Pink Nail Polish Sienna Byron Bay

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
Tango Orange Nail Polish Sienna Summer Love Collection
Tango Orange Hand Nails Sienna Byron Bay
Tango Orange Nail Polish Sienna Byron Bay

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
Sunflower Yellow Nail Polish Sienna Byron Bay Summer Love collection
Sunflower Yellow Nail Polish Sienna Byron Bay
Sunflower Yellow Nail Polish Sienna Byron Bay

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.

Red Nail Polish Comparison Sienna Byron Bay
Bright Pink Nail Polish Comparison Sienna Byron Bay
Orange Comparison Nail Polish Sienna Byron Bay
Pink Nail Polish Comparison SIenna Byron Bay
Yellow Nail Polish Comparison Sienna Byron Bay
We hope you love our new Summer colours and can’t wait to see how you style them.

Leopard Nail Art Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polish

5 simple, 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

Nail Art Sienna Byron Bay Line Spa and Polish
Nail Art Sienna Byron Bay Bonsoir Utopia
Bonsoir Utopia Nail Art Line Spa and Polish Sienna Byron Bay

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 French Nail Art Sienna Byron Bay
Apple French Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polish
Apple French Nail Art Line Spa and polish Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polish

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

Apricot Nail Art Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polish
Sienna Byron Bay Nail Art Apricot Line Spa and Polish
Apricot Nail Art

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

Leopard Nail Art Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polish
Leopard Nail Art Sienna Byron Bay Line Spa and Polish
Leopard Nail Art Sienna Byron Bay Line Spa and Polish
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

Sienna Byron Bay Nail Art Nail Polish
Sienna Byron Bay and Line Spa and Polish Nail Art
Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polish Nail Art
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
Conscience Gift Set Care Gift Set Sienna Byron Bay

The Conscience Gift Set is back

Conscience and Care gift bag Cotton Sienna Byron Bay

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).

Freeset Global Sienna Byron Bay Conscience Gift Bag
What’s in the bag?
Conscience Gift Set Sienna Byron Bay 2019
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 Sienna Byron Bay Freeset Global
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.