The Trailblazer Collection- our 5 eco-friendly nude glitters

“For years I have been dreaming of this trailblazer collection teamed up with this shoot. It was one of the first collections I EVER wanted to do! And here it is; my proudest moment yet. I’ve done this for all of you, for all of us. Let me know what you think!” xx Danielle

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5 environmentally-friendly, nude shimmers for 5 different skin tones, all through the rainbow that is us, that is life.

 

The Trailblazer Collection is for Every Body, Every Mind and Every Soul. For too long there has been a lack of representation in all media so I wanted to work with women that have bodies just like me, my friends, my family and all of you. It’s so important for us to see ourselves.

As you’ve seen we have recently dropped the use of Glitter in our range because of the harmful effects it has on the oceans and our environment, so we wanted to show you it could be done another way. There’s no glitter in this range, though its hard to believe, its actually a crystal! A crushed up crystal rock to give that glittery shine.

We are all so proud of this shoot- created at Studio Tropico in Byron Bay by one of our favourite photographers with our favourite models from all over the world. And with the colours of the world. Nude enough to compliment your skin tone but with enough chunky flecks of gorgeous shimmer to shine when hit by the light.

We want to speak to you- to all of you.

Byron Bay wedding season and our favourite local vendors!

Wedding season is upon us! And as we are sure you are well informed; having a Byron Bay wedding has got to be one of the dreamiest locations around the country. The bohemian atmosphere and inspiration oozes out of the local Byron Bay wedding vendors, and we couldn’t help but share some of our favourites!

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Locations

ByronViewFarm & Elements Take a visit to both of these locations- we think they speak for themselves when it comes to perfect wedding location!

Bridal

We can’t go past the breathtaking new collection by Spell Bride

Catering

If you haven’t seen the spectacular spreads created by The Poor Girls Pantry then you need to drop everything, stop your wedding planning, and feast on the exquisite platters created by the talented duo. And then treat your wedding guests to feast on it also!

Cakes

All the deconstructed, fresh flower, bohemian beauty you could ever dream of in a cake, from Rebellyous Cake Co!

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And what about the rest? For all things hair and makeup, photography, music, lighting, transport, accommodation etc, the Byron Bay Wedding Fair is full of talented individuals and businesses built solely with the aim to make your day as fairytale as you can dream up. With the event coming up on June 30, it is the perfect opportunity to meet up with vendors and take a tour of all the amazing venues. Creating your perfect day is so simple when pulling together from the Byron Bay wedding locals who are true masters of their craft.

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The Sienna HQ list of best Byron Bay Breakfast

Heading to the Bay for the weekend? Looking for a local’s list of the best breakfast this (not so) sleepy little coastal town has to offer? We’ve asked around our Sienna HQ girls and listed together out go-to spots in town for the best coffees and amazing breakfasts that are sure to keep you nourished when you hit the waves!

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Folk

Location:  1/399 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay

 Our menu pick: We venture to Folk so often it’s almost comical… but the turmeric latte never disappoints! Folk source the majority of their produce from their own garden, so the menu is always changing. You can’t look past a staple avocado on toast while you’re visiting though!

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Combi

Location: 5b/21/25 Fletcher St, Byron Bay

Our Menu Pick: Combi always have amazing fresh juices ready for you to grab and go, and their vegan toasted sandwich is pack so full, you’ll be running on veggie power all day!

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The Topshop

Location: 65 Carlyle St, Byron Bay

Our menu pick: A little bit out of town, but the perfect Byron Bay breakfast location for a pit stop after your early morning surf. If you’re an Acai addict- The Top Shop is your go-to.

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Bayleaf

Location:  2A Marvell St, Byron Bay

Our menu pick: If you’re visiting on a Saturday or Sunday, chances are you will have to wait a few minutes for a table, and for good reason… Bayleaf is just THAT good. We were delighted by their Matcha Rice Porridge on a recent visit- the perfect winter warmer.

 

The list of amazing Byron Bay Breakfast locations is never-ending these days… no matter where you choose to stop for the morning, you are more than likely to land on a winner.

Where did our name come from? Sienna, a natural earth pigment

We are often asked where the name Sienna comes from, with many customers often presuming Danielle’s name is actually Sienna! In fact, none of our team are called Sienna, neither are any of our family members.

 

We chose Sienna for its meaning and vast history, as the first natural pigment used in early artwork.

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Sienna is a natural iron oxide, or ‘earth colour’. Similar to ochres and umbers, these palettes of yellows, oranges, reds and browns have been used by artists for more that 40,000 years and are still visible in cave paintings, a testament to the stability of these minerals.

Sienna was first recorded as a colour name in 1760, although it was known and used in its natural form by the ancient Romans. The sienna pigment in its natural state is a yellow-brown, and when heated becomes a reddish brown called burnt sienna.

During the Renaissance, sienna in its raw and burnt states, was used by artists such as Caravaggio and Rembrandt as a brown in their palettes. It was traditionally mined in the town of Siena in southern Tuscany until sources were nearly exhausted, and in modern days the majority of sienna production is located on the Italian islands of Sardinia and Sicily.

When naming Sienna, we were drawn to the raw and organic history of the natural pigment. Sienna is everything we wanted from a name- it is undeniably beautiful, but has a vast history and associations with rich, pigmented colours- just like our polishes. When naming our polishes, we obviously had to pick the perfect brown to give our namesake. Sienna, is the perfect warm earthy tone to keep your manicure at its autumn best.

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Ethical beauty brands making a difference this Fashion Revolution Week

It’s Fashion Revolution week this week, and the amount of traction we have seen from some of our favourite fashion brands has been very exciting. As each year goes by, we can see a huge push from customers reaching out to big brands and demanding answers- and the calls aren’t going unheard. Even the smallest change to the way fashion is produced and consumed can have a major impact both ethically and environmentally.

Beauty brands are also raising their hands and stepping up with their ethical ethos- and there are some particular favourites of ours leading the change.

Edible Beauty

Why we love them

We’ve raved about them before as an ethical beauty brand and we will continue to rave about them! The ethos behind Edible Beauty is second to none, worded simply around the promise, if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, we won’t put it in our products. The Edible Beauty products are gorgeous, and simple to use, containing and abundance of Australian wildcrafted plants. All the ingredients are consciously selected based on proven therapeutic actions with restorative nutrients to help nourish your skin.

Their ethical commitment

All Edible Beauty Products are vegan and cruelty free. Their packaging is 100% recyclable and sourced from Switzerland. Edible Beauty uses wildcrafted ingredients in their products- this means the plant has been grown in nature without any human intervention, with no commercial farming methods.

 

Luk Beautifood

Why we love them

Following the ethos that eating healthy food and feeling good on the inside shows on the outside ethical beauty brand Luk Beautifood have applied their expertise to create beauty products from active foods without synthetic or toxic ingredients. Their makeup is made from ingredients packed with antioxidants to fight free radicals and inflammation that causes your skin to form lines, loose its firmness, breakout or discolour.

Their ethical commitment

The Luk Beautifood holistic approach to beauty is a breath of fresh air compared to the world of synthetic, potentially toxic makeup products that saturate our market. Not only do they preach the ethical living through their amazing products, their blog is a hub of information on ethical practice and living.

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Aesop cosmetics

Why we love them

If you’ve ever stepped into an Aesop store, you will know exactly why! They are an ethical beauty and body brand like no other, the entire philosophy and ethos of Aesop is something we should all aspire towards and look for when purchasing. Their products are formulated to the highest quality, using only plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients with a proven record of safety and efficacy.

Their ethical commitment

Aesop locations are selected and built to weave themselves into their surroundings, and harmonize with their environment. This thoughtfulness is further developed into their products. It is only in response to client needs and after extensive research, that a new product is launched onto the market, rather than overloading constantly with products and further contributing to consumerism.

Why you should switch to green beauty products

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In the early days of green beauty it was difficult to find (predominantly in high end health-food stores) and didn’t go the distance of mainstream beauty brands. But oh, how things have changed!

These days, the green beauty market is saturated with amazing brands diversifying their reach and offering a huge array of products for every beauty need. However, there is still a stigma attached to green beauty products and their comparisons with mainstream brands. We completely understand- you’re looking for products that go the distance and provide you with a high-quality finish, which is what you get from your faithful regular brands. But hear us out- there are huge benefits in choosing green beauty products, and are many brands out there delivering the highest quality products without sacrificing on anything!

The biggest alarm bell for us, is the number of potentially harmful chemicals found in regular beauty products. The skin is our biggest organ- which begs the question, why is there not more concern surrounding the number of chemicals we are lathering onto it, through our beauty products? Women put an average of 168 chemicals on their bodies each day through their various beauty products. But how can this be avoided? Through a little bit of research and making the simple switch to green beauty products. Other than the obvious benefit of saying goodbye to the harsh chemicals, the majority of green brands are also vegan and cruelty free certified and in many cases eco-friendly and ethical minded.

One of our favourites for natural skin care is Edible Beauty. Their product range epitomises purity, luxury and quality; making the promise if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, we won’t put it in our products. For dewy, radiant, all-over glow, Luma Beauty is a beautiful choice. Their highlighter stick, illuminating primer and bronzing primer, all gorgeous products for a natural day-to-day look. When it comes to full glam green makeup, Eco Minerals is at the top of our list. Their mineral foundation goes on beautifully and is build-able for a tailored finish.

There’s one thing to remember before making the switch to green beauty products. Not all ‘natural’ and ‘green’ products are created equally. There is no governing body determining whether a product can be labelled as natural or not, so make sure to read ingredients labels carefully, or look out for their certifications before making your decision.

Are there green beauty brands you love, that we haven’t mentioned! Let us know!

A vegan Easter menu to see you through the long weekend

The longest-long weekend of the year is upon us! Whether you celebrate Easter or not, the days are still warm and it is the perfect opportunity to say goodbye to Summer by spending time with family and friends. Other than our time spent boogying at Bluesfest over the long weekend, we have scheduled a big get together with our family and close friends- which means one thing… vegan Easter recipes!
We’ve turned to some of our favourite foodies for all the inspo for our Vegan Easter menu! Keeping the menu healthy, but still satisfying is the best way to get through the long weekend without the guilt! And it also means more vegan Easter eggs to indulge on…

We’re thinking fresh, seasonal foods but hearty enough to warm the belly and the soul! Whenever we are in need of a healthy fix or new recipe idea, these three amazing ladies are our first port of call, Elsa’s Wholesome Life, Deliciously Ella and Loni Jane. They are always creating new, delicious and (of course) vegan recipes that we can’t get enough of- and their blogs are full of endless health and wellness advice.

So what’s on our vegan Easter menu this long weekend?

for sides:

Deliciously Ella’s Pesto Butter Bean Salad and Roasted Mediterranean Veg with Tomato Pesto 

Vegan Easter Mediterranean Veg

 

for main:

Elsa’s Wholesome Life’s Creamy Vegan Mushroom Alfredo

warm, hearty but low carb- so no yucky, post-pasta feeling!

Vegan Easter Creamy Mushroom Alfredo

 

for dessert:

Elsa’s Wholesome Life’s Healthy Hot Cross Buns

Because… it wouldn’t be Easter weekend without a cheeky hot cross bun… right! This version though has far less sugar and much higher nutritional value!

Vegan Easter Elsa's Wholesome Life Hot Cross Buns

 

Post-Long Weekend Brekky Boost:

Loni Jane’s Superfood Burcha

The long will inevitably come to an end- but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep treating ourselves. Loni Jane has the best bircher recipe we have ever tried. PACKED full of superfood, easy to assemble and very high in fibre to keep you full for longer, as you kick those post-long weekend blues!

Vegan Easter Loni Jane Burcha

 

The Festival Survival Guide you need pre Bluesfest!

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There is nothing worse than the feeling that you’ve forgotten something important, and when it comes to camping at a music festival, forgetting one of the vital things can make it a very different experience! We’ve done it quite a few times now and consider ourselves old hands at it, so we’ve written a festival survival guide, sharing the tips and tricks we have learnt over the years!

Camping Essentials

If you’re camping at Bluesfest, we are going to presume you have the obvious essentials organised- tent, shade, chairs table, cooking equipment etc. What other campsite essentials are you going to need?

  • Disinfectant wipes for any sticky situations
  • More water than you could possibly drink
  • Quick, simple snacks that don’t require any preparation
  • A torch or lantern (don’t waste your phone battery!)
  • Rubbish bags
  • A full tank of fuel in your car- if you’re planning on charging phones through your car, or having it as a refuge from the heat/cold at any point, you don’t want to be caught out!
  • Battery-powered fan to direct onto your face for instantly cooling!
  • Sunscreen to avoid awkward tan lines and unwanted burning
  • Reusable straws- you’ve read about how bad they are for the environment, and you can buy some cute novelty straws to match the fun energy of the festival

Packing Essentials

Packing for any trip suitably is quite an art form, so this festival survival guide is a point-you-in-the-right-direction aid. Surely no one has ever packed the perfect amount of clothes for a weekend away? Luckily, if you’re driving to the festival, weight limits don’t apply to how much you can pack into your car! It is also better to be over prepared for a festival, but there are some often forgotten items that you end up wishing you had brought!

  • Enough warm clothes. Even festivals in the middle of summer can get cold if it rains or storms- and Easter weekend at Bluesfest the temperature is starting to cool off at night. Bring enough warm clothes in case any get muddy or dirty.
  • Plastic Thongs for showers
  • Makeup wipes and a face spritzer to keep your skin fresh
  • Body wipes as an alternative to showering if things get crazy!
  • Toilet Paper

 

Handbag essentials

No festival survival guide would be complete without the go-to bag essentials. The bag you carry for the day can definitely exclude the majority of your day-to-day necessities- so just bring along a small shoulder bag for easy access throughout the day. But there are a couple of key items not to be caught without!

  • Mini hand sanitizer
  • Small poncho folded up in the bottom of your bag (perfect for sitting on the grass or incase a shower comes through)
  • Portable phone charger- just in case you’re on 3% when Tash is playing Jungle and you need to get that quick video!
  • Cash & ID, obviously!
  • A handful a band-aids, if your boots aren’t as comfortable as you hoped!
  • Nurofen and Panadol. We aren’t all perfect and sometimes forget to drink enough water… don’t let a niggling headache stop you from enjoying your favourite artists

And do not forget…

The non-essential, essentials

The things that you don’t need to survive, but definitely need to create an aesthetically beautiful campsite, and long-lasting memories…

  • Battery Powered Fairy Lights- for a bit of twinkly atmosphere
  • Inflatable Pool Toys- they also make extremely comfortable seats
  • Disposable Film cameras- because nothing screams festival more than grainy, noisy photos you can develop afterwards
  • Portable Speakers- keep these to a minimum late at night or into the early morning, but always a great mood booster to accompany your morning camping ritual
  • Funky flag or stuffed toy- to tie up high, and make finding your campsite so much easier

There you have it, our tried and tested festival survival guide! Let us know how you go a Bluesfest this year, we can’t wait to see all your beautiful photos! If you’re wanting some ideas on who to see at Bluesfest, check out the artists we are definitely going to be watching!

Byron Bay Bluesfest- the acts you’ll find us front and centre for!

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2018 acts to see

Every year, Byron Bay Bluesfest is one of the biggest and most vibrant events in our local area, attracting visitors from across the country and international acts. We are so lucky to have Byron Bay Bluesfest right in our backyard, and if this year’s line up is anything to go by, it’s going to be one massive weekend of fun and frivolity.

If there is one thing we have learnt from our years exploring the buzz of music festivals- it’s that often the best times and most enjoyable act you experience, are the once unplanned for! That’s why, we don’t like to overfill our schedules with who we want to see- rather we pick our favourites for each day, and then let the day take us on a journey! The beauty of Byron Bay Bluesfest, is there is such a huge variety of music, stalls, artists and performers, that you can always be discovering something or someone new.

So who are our must-sees for each day? We’ve put together a short list of the acts we will be front-and-centre for, and everyone else will be a happy surprise!

Thursday

Tash Sultana– singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and local talent that we have on repeat in the office

Holy Holy– two-piece indie rock band bound to get the crowd going with their huge tracks True Lover and Elevator!

Friday

Asgeir– anyone familiar with the Icelandic singer-songwriter’s music will understand why he is a must-see. His music soars above the crowds and fills the air to undeniably beautiful effect.

Ms Lauryn Hill– One of the most influential R&B performers of her time and playing an exclusive set at Byron Bay Bluesfest this year- one not to miss!

Saturday

2018 Busking Finalists– Previous years’ busking competitions have seen the likes of Kim Churchill coming through the ranks, with every year unearthing a huge range of new talent to watch.

Sunday

Ziggy Alberts– the coastal folk singer/songwriter is a Byron Bay local and sure to pull a huge crowd for his Sunday evening set.

First Aid Kit– the sisters from Sweden create the most enchanting folk music and we are beyond excited to see them on Australian soil!

Monday

Dan Sultan– he’s our favourite, he’s everyone’s favourite, we can’t wait to see Dan Sultan for obvious reasons… (he’s amazing)

Who are your top picks for Bluesfest thing year? And what nail colour are you going to be wearing? Let us know, and tag us in your photos!

p.s. we are going for our festival favourite, Gypsy

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Decoding 5, 7 and 10 free nail polish – what you need to know

5, 7 and 10 free nail polish… what does it mean?

The terms 5 free, 7 free, 10 free and even 12 free are often thrown around in the nail polish world… but what does it even mean? We like to keep you all informed and in a position to make the most educated decision- especially when it comes to beauty products and your health. It can often be hard to decode all the chemical names and choose what your best option is- so we are explaining the complete truth behind these commonly used claims.

An important thing to remember when choosing your polish, is that all these labels are purely marketing terms. There is no organisation or regulatory body who governs the use of these terms- it is just different companies employing terms that work best alongside their branding and message. Yes- you read correct, no brand goes through any testing or registration to be able to use the terms 5 free, 7 free or 10 free nail polish.

So what does it all mean?

5-Free

This means the nail polish is free from 5 potentially harmful chemicals found in many generic nail polish formulas. These chemicals omitted are formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate and toluene and the allergens camphor and formaldehyde resin.

7-Free

As well as the 5 ingredients omitted from 5-free nail polish, 7-free also forgoes ethyl tosylamide, and xylene.

8- Free, 9-Free, 10-Free etc

As you can imagine, 8, 9 and 10 free nail polish brands continue to add ingredients into their omissions list- including being free from fragrances, parabens and animal derived products. The reality of the ever-increasing ‘free’ list, is that it is never ending. It is important to choose a polish that is free from these nasties- as there are definite links to health side effects that your body is much better off avoiding.

So what is our current position on all of this?

We originally launched as a 7-free nail polish- but have since changed our bottle design and removed it from our marketing. Why? We haven’t changed our formula, but don’t believe it is necessary to limit ourselves to a number or ranking. We are free of all the nasty chemicals and allergens, do not contain any animal derived products, fragrances or parabens, and we are also Benzophenone-1 Free– an often-overlooked endocrine system disruptor. If there was an official body governing what defines 5, 7, 10 free etc, we would definitely align ourselves. However as there isn’t, at the moment we could say we were 15-free and include plastic cap free, sugar-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, fat-free and carb-free! You get the idea, it’s a never ending game!

For the foreseeable future, we will continue to create the same amazing nail polish, without any “x-free” labels and you can be rest assured it contains zero of the nasties!

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