Thursday, 29 March 2012

DBP, Toluene & Formaldehyde Free- What's in your favorite Nail Lacquer?

     Spring for me invokes images of new life, joy, activity and great energy, it embodies beautiful colours and though those four seasons are not experienced on our little tropical island. The colours you see showing up in the latest fashion gear, clothes and accessories are a full reminder of the sun and outdoor fun.
     I am not to picky about my brand of nail polishes, once its affordable, has beautiful or unusual colours, don't apply too streaky, then I'm all good game to try it out. Although now I do have a greater appreciation for faster drying formula that do not require to many application and are chip to resistant, I'm good.
      So while passing through Time Plaza in Port of Spain, I happened to glance at the nicely stacked nail lacquers and I was quite impressed with the Jordana polishes on display priced at $10 TT, which resulted in some repeat visits on my part.  So here's a look at the colours that caught my eyes...
978 Boy Oh Boy
954 Pink Party

Upon reaching home while applying the colour, what really caught my attention were the words DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free...?!!

 Dibutyl Phtalate (DBP) - phtalates are used to soften plastic and are called plasticisers, they are usually added to nail polishes to prevent chipping, when tested on lab animals they are shown to affect the endocrine system causing hormonal disruptions which in pregnant women can cause under developed reproductive organs in male foetus, sperm damage, and infertility to both sexes so mothers to be please be aware.

Toluene is a solvent, meaning it is used to dissolve the other ingredient to give a smooth and uniform finish, because it is an alcohol based product it does evaporate and gives of fumes which when in high concentration or from chronic exposure it has been reported to affect the central nervous system, lungs, throat and eyes, causing dizziness and headaches in some and has been reported to cause spontaneous abortion in some pregnant women,

Rich Green
Formaldehyde otherwise known as formalin is known to cause allergic reactions according to the American Food and Drug association and can trigger asthmatic attacks in some people, it is also a known carcinogen. This substance exist in the nail lacquer in the form of a resin(tosylamide formaldehyde), yet it may still have the unfortunate ability to cause irritation in some people.

As of 2006, a lot of US manufacturers have started to phase out the use of the above chemical in their nail lacquers,  but unfortunately these items can be easily found in other everyday items so we all need to be aware.
As for the European Union these formulation has been banned approximately 30 years earlier, so the ingredients of your favourite brands when bought there may differ.
943 Orangesicle this is what stated my search for bright matte colours in this line.
A few of the nail lacquers that I know of that have removed the three potential hazards from their ingredient list are  Avon, Jordana, Sally Hansen, Revlon, Zoya, Milani there are many more safe brands that have been added to the list , but its all a matter of reading your labels before purchase, this is something I have slowly been training myself to do.

So now I sit looking quite forlorn at some of my other favourite brands of nail polishes weighing the pros and cons of still wearing them... what a life?!!

n.b. a great site to check out is

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Importance of Skin Protection

They all came in box packaging and were each above $50 TT at the time of purchase.
     We all want to age gracefully and retain our youthful appearance and one pertinent step to achieve this is by the use of sunscreen/sunblock protection. There are a lot of products that are available in today market for broad spectrum protection, but an affordable sunscreen for the face that contains both UVA and UVB protection is a bit tricky, when you do find one its like..."see me here today, I'll be gone tomorrow and please ask no questions on when I'll be back!"...
      Why do we need protection from these UVA And UVB rays you may ask?
 Well, lets break down a few terms, UV stands for ultra violet light, these are invisible radiation that comes from the sun, and there are three that are generally mentioned:

  • UVA rays are the most common to reach the earth surface and are present throughout the year, the rays are longer and usually penetrate beneath the epidermis (skin surface layer) causing cell damage which eventually over time result in the loss of skin elasticity, wrinkling and premature ageing.
  • UVB rays is a mid-range ray and do not penetrate beneath the skin surface or epidermis, this ray is usually responsible for vitamin D production, suntan and sunburn, prolonged exposure are believed to cause basal cell carcinoma,squamos cell carcinoma both are different types of skin cancer.
  • UVC rays which usually don't affect us is usually absorbed by the ozone layer or atmosphere around the earth but is said to be the most dangerous if it ever reaches the earth surface.

SPF is the acronym for Sun Protection Factor this measures the length of time its safe to be exposed to the sun rays, namely UVB. To measure you need to know how long it takes your own skin to redden in the sun without using sun protection. So if it takes 10 minutes, and you use an SPF of 15, you just multiply this number by 10(15x10=150), you should be able to stay out for 150 minutes,unfortunately the amount of sunscreen you apply,activity level and ingredients all determine the effectiveness so pay attention to words like water proof and sweat proof and reapply as needed, this where the aerosol or spray type  may come in handy especially with make up use.

n.b. Sunscreen chemically absorbs the UV rays while sunblock physically deflects UV rays.
       Ingredients to look for in your sun protection: avobenzone, zinc oxide,titanium dioxide these three are especially effective for protection from the more harmful UVA rays.

     So I have narrowed down at least three of the more common and affordable selection that I've been able to add to my personal stash, they are all broad spectrum protection and are labeled oil free. My three favourites presently are the Neutrogena, Oil of Olay and Skin Rt. Each has a part to play in my daily regimen
Has 88ml
 Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock SPF 70
This is my sunscreen with the highest Percentage of uva and uvb protection it goes on smooth and dries quickly and really gives my face a smooth but matte finish. I usually wear this when I know I'll be out in the sunlight for extended periods, I definitely use a moisturiser before I apply this, and I prefer to use it when I'm wearing actual foundation cause its gives my face a dull ghostly cast but on the positive side I don't need to worry about reapplying when my face is made up.
Has 52ml

Skin-RT Skin Rescue Therapy- City Block SPF 50+
 This has a more hydrating effect on my skin and dries a bit dewy, so it does not leave the ghostly look to my face, this I also use when I know I will be outdoor for extended periods, generally I don't bother to wear much makeup with this, maybe a  touch face powder,liner and lip gloss.
Has 118ml

Olay Complete- UV skin shield SPF 15
The one I got is for normal skin, the one for combination skin type had finished. This is labeled a moisturiser and was also very hydrating to my skin this I wear for work, since I work indoors and my time spent out doors is really to get to and from my car. I wear this under my normal makeup and don't really worry about reapplication.
Has 75ml

The Olay - natural white SPF 24 UVA/UVB Healthy Fairness Day Lotion
This is something I came across unexpectedly at Glendale's drugstore at Trincity mall, it had some Arabic writing and it did mention Saudi Arabia..anyway this product has no hydrquinone in it but do contain milk lipids which do contribute to the appearance of skin lightening and it also had titanium dioxide.
What I liked about it was the price $25.95. It has a texture that was similar to the dry effect of the Neutrogena, so it works better for me with some type of makeup added to cut the ghostly effect. Unfortunately I had only bought one and when I returned the next was just a memory...

It goes to show there are a lot of unique items within brands that are not necessarily widely available or advertised to the general public, just thought I would add that in. Bye 4 now :c) 

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Sally Hansen nail color

 Well, its the end of the month..time for paying bills, groceries and purchasing the usual toiletries, so while making my rounds I stopped at Pennywise. This is where I came across some pre-packaged Sally Hansen nail lacquer, as I've mentioned before I'm pretty simple with my nail care, but I do enjoy getting great value for my hard earned dollars. Locally one bottle of Sally Hansen usually cost around $30..can be more or less depending on where you shop, so this five bottled pre packaged nail lacquer showing a price point of $54.95 was quite a deal and the bottles were definitely full sized. You had the choice of either a light shimmery pastel-like set or a dark vivid dark colors.
left to right:  08 Glossy, 02 Luminous, 05 Flair, 04 Brilliant, 07 Lustrous

     I really try to not do to much impulse shopping, so I circlrd the nail polsh section searching out unusual color ranges which fortunately or not brought my attention to the fact that Mia Secret crackle nail polish was also  sold at Pennywise for $22.95 but the selection at the time was poor and some colors were beginning to show separation, I also spied the Kleencolor crackle polishes at $6.95.
     So what did I get?!! I chose the Sally Hansen dark collection.. why you may ask? Girlfriends it had a "wicked" purple that totally caught and held my attention and with no serious dupe beneath the $15 range..I just had to get it! The colors are super rich and called to mind the glow of gemstones, one coat gives a pretty opaque look..the two coat really maximizes the look...its not to thick or runny and the brush applied the color beautifully.
     Check them out, tell me what you think?!
Flair 05