Hello Spring Summer 16

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We’re saying goodbye to Winter and hello Spring (although sometimes the weather feels like high summer already), with our new collection!

Inspired by the colours of Byron, we envisage sipping cocktails with Mimosa, peaceful days at the beach with Dream and transitioning into evening festivities with Confetti.

We know you’re going to obsess over these as much as we are!

Mimosa: the perfect pale yellow creme

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Dream: our gorgeous periwinkle blue creme

dream nail polish

Marble: lust-worthy grey creme

marble nail polish

Blossom: the IT pink of the season, mid-tone rose pink creme

blossom nail polish

Royale: the fuschia purple creme we can’t get enough of

royale nail polish

Tempest: ooh-la-la the classic red creme

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Confetti: the multi-coloured glitter you can’t live without!

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Click the images to shop directly, and don’t forget to tag us in your Spring Summer inspired nails! #siennaspirit

Best smoothies in Byron Bay to try this weekend!

Smoothie Magic – Try one, try them all.  The Sienna Pick of the Best Smoothies in Byron Bay.

Walking around town with a smoothie in your hand is Byron Bay style personified. We all know you NEED tasty sustenance when embarking on a big day of browsing, don’t we. So before you set up, pop up to one of these Smoothie selling establishments and make your choice.

 

 

Fundies Whole Foods Café – 61 Jonson St, Byron Bay

This is our favourite café for smoothie-inspired people-watching! Fundies sits in the centre of Byron Bay, opposite the Byron Bay Railway/Bus station, in a heritage building that has been faithfully restored to its’ former glory. Drink up on the verandah or while sitting on the grass outside and watch in wonder and delight as the people of Byron Bay walk on by. If you are up for a challenge, try the Kombucha on tap. It’s a fruity, cloudy, slightly sour concoction that quenches your thirst and is good for you too!

 

 

Santos Health Food Store – 105 Jonson St, Byron Bay

We love Santos, and visit the Mullumbimby and Byron Arts and Industrial stores to collect our health food ingredients almost weekly. But the health food store in the centre of town is our favourite because of the delicious food, drinks and smoothies on offer at the café out front. Here’s a little tip: Head out through the doors at the back of the store to find a secret garden with chairs, tables and a friendly water dragon or two. It’s the perfect escape from the crowds on a busy Byron day too.

 

 

Cardamom Pod – Lawson St, Shop 7, The Pier Arcade, Byron Bay

This vegan friendly Hare Krishna café doesn’t do ‘smoothies’ as we know them, but if we may broaden the criteria slightly, we’d love to include their Rose or Mango Lassi. Lassi is a yoghurt based sweet thirst quencher from India, made from a blend of yoghurt, rosewater, spices, fruit, milk, and ice. It’s our favourite summer drink but delicious always! Stop by at Cardamom Pod for a light lunch and make this your drink/dessert!

 

 

DIY Smoothie – Ingredients from The Source Bulk Foods – Shop 1, 107 Jonson Street, Byron Bay

If you are staying a while in Byron Bay, and have access to a blender, you might like to make your own. With so many health food offerings available, it’s the perfect place to try your hand at your own Byron-inspired smoothie recipes.

Forget the boring old banana/milk/ice-cream combination.

It’s time to experiment with homegrown recipes to make YOURS one of the best smoothies in Byron Bay. Here’s some possible inclusions from the The Source’s bulk food bins: goji berries, flaxseeds, chia seeds, psyllium husks, fresh dates, dried blueberries or mango, cacao powder, vanilla bean, coconut water, cashews, pepita seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds. Fancy living on the edge once more? Use coconut water in place of milk. It’s an elixir around these parts.

 

We’d love to hear all about your smoothie experiments. Why not share a recipe with us today?

 

Sienna xx

 

Byron Bay Shopping – A little Byron Luxe for your Home and Lifestyle

Byron Bay Shopping – those three words make us jump for joy!

We might be a little biased but we think Byron Bay Shopping is some of the best in the world. Vintage, Island luxe, Bohemian, Hippie chick, Surfer Gal, Classic –whatever your style or preference, you’ll find it here.

But while we all know and love the big clothing brands that hail from these parts – Spell, Arnhem Clothing, Goddess of Babylon, Amilita – there’s so much more than clothes to Byron.We love pretty and we think you might too, so take a look at our favourite Byron Bay shopping spots. Pop these places on your list for your next Byron Bay shopping spree, and bring a little bit of Byron Luxe back to your hometown too.

 

The Byron Bay Trading Company – 2A/1 Byron St, Byron Bay

We vote yes to rainbow-hued macramé hammock seats, and to strappy woven tote baskets big enough to carry your beach towels, your book, and a picnic treat or two. Foodies will love the kitchenware – take home your own cold-press hand operated juicer by Lurch, or a Betty Bossi brand veggie twister to make your own spiral ‘spaghetti’. Or choose one from their range of elegant teapots. You’ll be reminded of this divine place every time you sip.

 

Ha’veli of Byron Bay – 1/5 Centennial Circuit (Byron Arts & Industrial Estate) Byron Bay

A little bit of wrist love is very Byron Bay and Ha’veli of Byron Bay, in the Arts and Industrial estate, has just the thing – a tribal coin and cowrie shell combination in either bracelet, necklace or anklet style. We’d suggest buying two or three bracelets, and wearing all that arm candy together. The twinkling sound of shells and coins tapping together will send you straight back to marvellous hippy land.

 

The Beach People

Round towels are VERY Byron Bay and on trend too. Two local girls, based out of Tweed Heads about 30 minutes north of Byron Bay, are behind The Beach People. Their team is leading the way, with cool designs showcasing tribal patterns, ocean colours, and evoking memories of Indigenous art. The Tulum is our favourite – white on black, a mandala of ovals, reminiscent of seedpods you’ll find in the area.

 

Byron at Byron Resort and Spa – 77- 70 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay

We’re being a little sneaky and sending you to the resort shop on a not-so-secret mission to pick up a bottle of Sanctum’s certified organic shampoo and conditioner. This vegan, all natural, happy product smells delicious and is a real treat for sun-drenched hair. Sanctum is a local producer, using medicinal grade herbal and plant extracts, essential oils and certified organic raw materials. Treat yourself to a tube of Sanctum Body Spa and Sanctum Body Soothe too! This is Byron Bay in a bottle. But if you are feeling self-indulgent or need pampering while you are in town, we suggest booking a spa treatment at Byron at Byron too. This place rates among the best in Byron.

 

Cobblers at Byron – Shop 5 Feros Arcade, Byron Bay

Hidden in a little arcade just off Lawson Street in Byron is this local’s gem. You would be hard pressed to find a local who hadn’t at one stage or another bought a pair of shoes from here. Byron Bay dwellers are fond of their Birkenstocks, and here you can buy slip-on toe-thongs, sandals, classic two-bar sandals, stylish single bar sandals, and for those who prefer a Birkenstock that doesn’t look like a Birkenstock, there’s the Toe and Ankle strap version.

Super comfy- if you’ve never had a pair of Birkenstocks, we suggest you make a purchase and take them home with you today.

 

The Farm, Byron Bay – Flowers at the Farm – 11 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay

As you head into town from the highway, you’ll see The Farm, a year-old “working farm” project and venture that has quickly become a hit with locals and tourists alike. Our favourite shop here is Flowers at the Farm, with the most beautiful of florist-styled posies and bouquets.

They also stock Byron Bay Candles – elegant glass jars filled with eco-soy wax, a mix of high quality fragrant and essential oils, vegetable based dyes and cotton wicks. The coconut and lime candles are truly Byron Bay and make a lovely gift too. (When your candle has gone, why not fill the jar with your tangible memories of Byron too- a scoop of silky sand, a shell or two, a pinecone and seedpod, a feather, and perhaps a wish to return too?)

Try a muffin or cake from the Bread Social for morning tea while you are here. One word – scrumptious.

If you’re looking for your nail polish fix while you’re in Byron, you can find Sienna in a couple of different Spots. Nami, Stoked and Go Vita stock us in town, as well as Byron Beauty Bar who can give you a perfect Sienna manicure while on holiday.

Sienna xx

Quick and Easy Eco Friendly Nail Care

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Eco friendly nail care begins with quality products

 

 

At Sienna Byron Bay, we are committed to our goal of being the number one brand for non-toxic nail polish. We are ‘7 free’ meaning our polishes don’t contain formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, synthetic camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene and tosylamide. Our nail polishes are also free of Benzophenone-1. ‘7 Free’ is our way of showing our commitment to keeping our products clean.

Our polishes are hard-wearing, designed to take you from the boardroom to the beach, from the kitchen to the keyboard, and from the playground to the performance. We like tough (but pretty!) so why compromise when you can keep it clean also.

We also love to experiment with our fun range of colours, so from time to time, we need to prime our nails and get them ready for a colour change. When taking the holistic approach, eco friendly nail care is much more than just applying a vegan nail polish so we thought we’d share our tips on eco friendly nail care to help you keep your fashionable fingers in tip-top condition.

 

Eco friendly nail care in your own home.

 

 

 

1. Use a Non-toxic Nail Polish Remover

 

We all know that conventional nail polish removers are simply bad news. Full of chemicals that damage the cuticle, burn your skin, and can give you a roaring headache. We don’t want any part of that. We want healthy, safe polish removals that leave your nails happy so that’s why we use a soy-based nail polish remover. (Ours is made from Soy Beans and Vitamin E Acetate from 100% renewable sources and does not contain that vulgar acetone, meaning no chemical smell.)

 

Coconut Oil

 

 

2. Be your own Nail Tech and look after your nails in between polishes.

 

Rub your nails daily with a rich emollient. Nut (almond) oil, olive oil, and coconut oil smell sweet and help repair and strengthen hard-working nails. An indulgent natural hand-massage is therapeutic to the soul too. Give a hand-massage to yourself today, or better yet, find a friend and nurture each other’s beautiful soul.

 

 

3. Clue into Cuticles.

 

While most professional manicurists and those who apply polish at home tend to trim the cuticle overgrowth to prepare the nail bed for polish (cuticles are a protein layer – keratin – that protects the growing nail by acting as a barrier for bacteria), it’s best to be wary of this practice as it can lead to infection. Instead, soften the cuticles with regular nail massages and push them back with a cuticle pusher instead.

 

 

 

4. Shellac. One word: Don’t.

 

The long-term ramifications of regular Shellac nails (health issues such as dizziness, nausea, headaches, damaged and weakened nails) are not worth the short-term gain of cost-per-wear affordability or timesaving applications. Choose health always.

 

 

 

5. Take a silica supplement.

 

Not only will your nails thank you, your shiny luscious hair will too. Silica helps balance hormones and wards off osteoporosis in your later years.

 

 

 

6. Eat well.

 

Our bodies can also benefit from foods sources containing silica – these include apples, cherries, raisins, avocados, bananas, almonds, peanuts, salmon, oats, oranges, some cereals, and seeds. Sounds to me like the perfect excuse to bake up an apple, raisin and cherry crumble with a ground seed sprinkle on top!

 

Not sure where to start on your journey to nail health? Our gift set is what you need! It comes with a soy remover, cuticle oil, file and buffer, base coat, top coat and choice of colour in our sienna calico travel bag.

 

 

 

Wategos beach Byron Bay

Where to Swim at Byron Bay? A locals guide.

It takes time to get to know a new place and in some places, even longer to break through the ‘Local’s Only’ knowledge barrier. Any traveller on a road trip can tell you about the times they’ve learned about a fabulous “unmissable” spot, long after they’d left town.

Google is a fabulous friend, and Google Maps our co-driver, but nothing beats having a real-life local to show you around. Grab a pen or take a screenshot. You’ll want to remember where to swim at Byron Bay when you next visit. Here’s the stuff we tell our friends!

Main Beach, Clarkes and The Pass

 

You can’t go wrong swimming along the beachfront anywhere from Main Beach (in front of the Byron Bay Surf Club) heading right to Clarkes Beach, and all the way along the beachfront up to the Pass. With clean white sand, turquoise water, and (mostly) gentle waves, swimming anywhere along this stretch rates highly for locals and tourists alike. North facing, the gentle curve of this beach offers some protection against the wind. Main Beach has a surf-safety patrol on guard all year round. The Pass is a favourite – shallow for the kids, yet perfect for surfers of all ages too, so grab a board and join in.

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Wategos Beach

 

Wategos Beach is a dolphin and whale-spotting haven, and one of our favourite spots to hang out year round. Soak up the millionaire vibe sitting in front of decadent beach houses and designer homes perched in the hills above while drinking a cup of your favourite coffee-on-the-go. There’s free BBQ’s to use and picnic tables under the shade of trees, but be up early for the best spot and a car park. This is a family friendly beach. Access is via Lighthouse Road, with a left turn into Brooke Drive.

 

Little Wategos

I lived here for years before I knew about this little secret spot. The only way to get here to this tiniest stretch of magical sand is to walk the wooden pathway from Wategos Beach, starting at the end of Marine Parade. This track takes you to the Lighthouse. Just turn left at the fork in the road and head down to the water. It’s enchanting and a favourite haunt of those who like to fish from the rocks. Bring your camera to capture action shots.

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Minyon Falls

 

Not exactly a swimming location but still a must do! If you have access to a 4WD or don’t mind taking your sedan off-road, then Minyon Falls, about an hour west of Byron Bay, is also on our list. Take your walking shoes and make the effort to hike up to the viewing platform. Then walk the four-kilometre trek to the base of the falls to experience the falls from the other side. Look up – the water falls from 100 metres high! Our tip: go after rain to see the falls at their finest. You can’t swim in Minyon Falls due to the endangered species who call the waterhole home, but its still a beautiful and refreshing sight.

Byron Bay Blues Festival Food Trucks Favourites

Byron Bay lighthouse (Australia 2010)

 

Byron Bay Blues Festival Food –
Refuel and Re-energise.

While Byron Bay Blues Festival is all about the music, we can’t forget the Byron Bay Blues Festival Food Trucks! Delicious food, flavourful drinks, and sweet treats make our world go round. Sustenance is key during Blues Fest, necessary to help us keep our stamina and strength as we quest to see as many live bands and performances as we can each day.

There are so many food options – about 35 at last count – so follow our tips to enjoy the quintessential Byron Bay Foodie experience. You might just meet a Sienna team member in the queue!

 

Govindas Vegetarian

My personal favourite, there is no more poignant festival food than a plate of Govindas vegetarian. The special features jasmine rice, mixed vegetable curry, split mung bean dahl, savoury vegetable puffs (Kofta balls), fresh tomato and herb chutney, lentil tortillas (pappadam), a sprinkle of salad, semolina fruit pudding with custard (Halava) AND a drink of home made ginger and mint lemonade. For about $12, it’s a dream come true, satisfying all your taste buds. (Vegan options too.)

 

Silver Bullet Cafe

Looking for chai or a hot chocolate, or perhaps a fruit-infused Vitamin Water? Need a breakfast-style veggie-filled wrap at lunchtime? Stop here. We love the Mexican Breakfast of spicy beans in a sealed tortilla. When food and drink is served from a super-shiny silver 1964 Airstream Caravan, we’ll have one of each please.

 

Pizza Loca

Eat it with chilli, or without, this is a Byron Bay tradition. One slice will do, but two is better. The pesto topping inspires our own pizza making efforts at home but never have we tasted a pizza as good as this. Great for a quick hit in between meals, or as a carbohydrate-loaded dinner to keep you dancing and singing all night long.

 

Byron Bay Organic Donuts

Take your pick from a traditional, blackberry, or chocolate organic sweet donut. Mammoth in size, why not split one with a friend? These things make your mouth water just looking at them. Perfect for sustaining blood sugar levels in the late afternoon between bands. I’ve heard them described as ‘food for your soul’. What better food to nourish and nurture your body with on a glorious Easter weekend?

 

Ilias the Greek

Needing a sweet something to prop you up between meals? THIS is your place. Ilias the Greek is a local food company based in Billinudgel (just across the highway from Blues Fest) where they make divine Greek treats. Around here, he’s known for making the BEST Halva (tahini-based sweet) in the Southern Hemisphere, along with Nougat (Mandalato), Pastelli and Baklava triangles. Rumour has it that there will be 50 kg of Halva ready for us but be quick – Ilias the Greek won’t be a local’s best kept secret for long!

 

Ginger Necktar

The most refreshing drink you’ll ever have (we guarantee it), Ginger Necktar is made right here in Byron Bay from the freshest natural ingredients. The Original Ginger Necktar is packed full of this health-giving root vegetable, tickling your tonsils as you sip it down. If you prefer your drink to be a little less ‘therapeutic’, the Ginger & Cranberry Necktar balances ginger spice with a bucketful of freshly juiced Cranberries. Either way, these Ginger Necktars are the perfect antidote to late night chats with your best girlfriends, and dancing till dawn. If you find yourself craving more of this delicious drink post-festival, it can be found in local shops and now in selected retailers in NSW, QLD and Victoria too. Visit their website to find a stockist near you.

 

We’d love to know YOUR favourite Byron Bay Blues Festival Food Truck Feast too!

 

10 things You Must Not Miss at Bluesfest 2016

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Must Do Experiences – Bluesfest 2016

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016 is an eclectic conglomeration of sounds, sights, styles, sunnies and shimmies. It’s a world within a world, and Byron Bay Blues Festival regulars can’t wait for it to roll around each year.

All those who attend will attest to the fact that the reason they come back, again and again, is not just for the music but for the ‘experiences’ they gather and are a part of. So we thought we’d make a list of our favourite adventures and happenings in Bluesfest land that no-one should miss.

 

 

1. See the local area High School Showcase

Monday starts at 12pm with an hour of raw local talent of the teenage kind. The Northern Rivers region is a hotpot of talent so there’s a chance you’ll be in the audience when they discover the next incarnation of Powderfinger, Lisa Mitchell, Kate Ceberano, or Gotye.

 

 

2. Wear Gumboots

While this year has sun expected, it wouldn’t be an authentic Blues Fest without a bit of rain and mud. So it pays to have a pair of (funky) gumboots at the ready. Forgot to buy them? Don’t worry too much. There’s always at least one market stall with a gazillion pairs at the ready. But do get in quick. Spotted red and green gumboots are way cooler than a black pair, two sizes too big, and “fashion in the field” is important, don’t you think?

 

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3. Pass a gold coin or two to a busker

From time to time, you’ll spot a roving busker popping up throughout the festival grounds to deliver their songs and stories. These buskers were hand-picked to perform at Blues through a rigorous and highly contended Busking Competition held in the months and weeks leading up to the main event. (Selected artists will also perform on the Busking Stage.) These musicians are highly rated but still on the way up. A little bit of encouragement goes a long way in this game.

 

 

4. Devour a Byron Bay Organic Donut. Our flavour suggestion: Chocolate

Now, while there are over 35 food stalls to tempt your taste buds this festival, we nominate the experience of devouring a Byron Bay Organic Donut as THE BluesFest 2016 food experience you must tick off your bucket list. We choose chocolate. How about you?

 

 

5. See at least one artist at every stage.

Commit to at least one performance at each stage. This is a guaranteed diversion that may lead you to that rumoured pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Anyone who has ever planned a Bluesfest itinerary will agree that there’s always one tent you come back to again and again; and one tent you never visit. Change it up. Alter your destiny.

 

Bluesfest Tuesday

 

6. Expand your tastes

If you enjoy folk music, broaden your horizon with a listen of some hard rock. If Latin-inspired groove is your thing, step sidewards and join in the fun of a Reggae romp. A few years ago, we stumbled upon the Cuban sensation Buena Vista Social Club and loved every minute. We even managed to tag along to a recording session at our local recording studio – you never know your luck!

 

 

7. Don a hat.

BYO if you choose, but hat-wearing at Blues Fest 2016 is “de rigueur” (necessary according to etiquette) and there’s plenty of cool hat options on site. Floppy felt hats are still holding on to the title of ‘hat of the moment’ but straw hats, a la bohemian, suitably top a locally-made flowery dress. Fancy hat options are available too for those who want to stretch their fashion boundaries a little. Think Akubra, Indian headdress, Cartwheel Hats (those 1920’s style broad, tilted brims!), for the women and Mad Men-style fedoras and posh–looking Ascot caps for the gents. (Rain Poncho hats are common for everyone some years too!)

 

 

8. Buy a merchandise souvenir

Support YOUR favourite find by buying their CD, tshirt, or poster. Or take home a memento of your five days by purchasing the Bluesfest 2016 compilation album featuring songs from a range of artists. Such an easy way to conjure up the memories of your Bluesfest 2016 trip.

 

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9. Make a new friend a day

Step outside your comfort zone and engage with a stranger. Whether you meet in the queue for food, or the queue for the ladies, speak up. Ask questions. Smile. Interact, Byron-style, with a hug or handshake. Gift something that doesn’t cost you anything – let them go first, pay it forward and give someone a newly purchased bottle of water, take a lovely photo for someone. Then repeat this newly formed habit in the real world too!

 

 

10. Stay for the headline act

I know you’re tired and over the crowds, but magic happens when there’s a huge crowd of fans (and new fans) who’ve come to sing and dance along with their guru. I’ve never regretted a late night, but I have often regretted leaving early when friends have shared their stories of the antics of the headliners on stage.

 

 

11. And of course, get your nail done!

Come along and see us to try your favourite Sienna colour! Metallic nails are the perfect addition to your festival outfits!

 

 

What Bluesfest experience do you think rates a mention?

 

The perfect manicure how-to!

There aren’t many things more satisfying than indulging in a manicure, but what about the times you want to recreate a salon look at home? You’ve come to the right place!

Here are our top tips for creating a perfect manicure finish every time!

After filing into your preferred shape and gently buffing to remove any ridges in the nail, apply a thin layer of our Sticky Base Coat.

The base coat is crucial for two reasons: 1. It acts as a barrier to protect the bare nail and 2. It provides a sticky surface for the colour to adhere too.

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Once you allow the base coat to air dry, it’s time to move onto the first coloured coat (we used Ambrosia)!

To do this, picture your nail is split into three sections, middle, left and right. Brush one smooth consistent line down the middle section, then do the same down the left and right.

You want this first coat to be quite thin, but smooth and consistent with minimal streaks.

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After letting the first coat dry, apply the second in the same way. A thin coat to give the colour good coverage!

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Last step to making sure your manicure stays chip free and lasts longer than a few days…Lightning Top Coat!

Just like the coloured coats, split the nail into three sections, and go from there. Make sure you cover the entire nail, to really strengthen the manicure and ensure a long-lasting finish!

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And there you have it, an amazing manicure you didn’t have to go to the salon to achieve!

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Time to test it out for yourself! We love seeing photos of our colours out in the wild! Shop our amazing nail polish colours and remember to hashtag your photos with #siennabyronbay so we can fall in love with your amazing manicures!

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Vibrant nail polish from the heart of Byron Bay- welcome Sienna.

As a new year starts for us we welcome Sienna our nature child, named so as raw sienna was the first pigment ever used by humans, taking us back to our roots. You may have seen us on-line, in store or at the markets as ‘Willow’? That’s us. We’re the nail polish with the signature wooden caps, the beautiful quality colours and the conscious commitment to our environment. If you haven’t seen us before then, welcome.

Sienna is an Australian made nail polish line, handmade right here in Byron Bay. We love to play with colour and, well, living in a place like this? Who wouldn’t! We find inspiration everywhere. We like to walk the beaches and drink the coffee and swim the oceans. We like to stroll the markets, walk through the hills, and mingle with our colourful community. It is this inspiration all around us, that makes us love what we do, and get us out of bed in the morning!

We also like to keep our lives healthy and so our formula is the cleanest option available today. We make a non-toxic nail polish which means no Formaldehyde, DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin, Synthetic Camphor, Tosylamide, Xylene, Benzophenone-1  or any other nasties. We’re also Vegan and Cruelty free so no animal testing (not by us, nor for us) or animal ingredients are in our polishes.

Our community mindset is for sustainability, we are always looking for ways to protect our environment, to reduce, reuse and recycle. We strive to use less plastic always and so our signature wooden caps are made using wood from a local pest tree. It’s non-native here, and it’s taking over the rainforest. Removing these trees is helping our rainforest regenerate and old native species are now re growing. Eco conscious, the way it should be. Take a look at all our nail polish colours, tell us which one is your favourite!

Sienna Byron Bay. Colours with conscience. xx

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