Ask the Beauty Expert: The 8 Ingredients to Avoid in Nail Polish (Plus Safer Options)

 

At EcoDiva Beauty, we are big fans about our nail polish... What lady doesn’t like a mani/pedi? A few moments to yourself, dolling up your nails, relaxing, pampering, adding a splash of color to match your flair. It is indulgence, luxurious, zen, meditational, transformative. Whatever it is to you, its a beauty routine most of us enjoy. Whether at the spa or even if you do them yourself, nail painting is a past time enjoyed by women of all ages. And while we are all for that, we want to educate you on why you need to switch to non toxic nail polish to green beauty nail polish asap! Traditional, mainstream nail polish has some of the most harmful, toxic ingredients on their list. We inhale it as its applied, and our skin and nails are left defenseless while the polish leaches into our bodies. So what is actually in that polish and what do you need to avoid? Read on for all the details, plus a few of our favorite, safer options.

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EcoDiva's Guide to Ethical Home Decor

When it comes to decorating and filling our homes with furniture, we usually go for the practical and the tasteful. We like designs that offer comfort, an attractive price tag and simply what catches our eye. To fill all those needs, we often take a trip to the big box store nearby. But when you unload those items into your home, it’s likely that you’re bringing in toxins with them—yikes! What’s more, we don’t know where the products are coming from, and whether they’ve been created with ethical working conditions in mind, or with sustainable materials. When your furniture is coming boxed in enough cardboard and plastic to fill a room, there’s a good chance it doesn’t fulfill these qualities.

So, what should an EcoDiva look for when decorating the place she calls home? A few key terms we'd love to decipher together: organic, fair-trade and local. And yes, it is oh so possible to find items that offer these qualities without skimping on chic décor, or comfort! Read on for our top picks.

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Beauty Lab: New Kjaer Weis Summer Makeup

 

With summer in full swing, most of us are opting for a flawless yet minimal makeup look, and I believe that's exactly what the sustainable, organic, luxury makeup line Kjaer Weis had in mind when they released their two latest luxury organic makeup products for this season. Curious about these new shades? Just keep on reading and be sure to watch my video demonstration, with swatches of the organic eyeshadow and organic cream blush. 

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Beauty Lab: Highlighters for A Summer Glow (Plus Swatches!)

There is no denying the whole "strobing" fad is the talk of the town, with highlighters and luminizers being key for accentuating your lovely facial features. Personally, I prefer a dewy, natural glow, but there are just so many products on the market that can achieve different levels of highlight, dewininess and that healthy, glow everyone strives for. These beautiful skin enhancing products not only add a more editorial look to your makeup, but have you seen their light–reflecting powers?! They'll give your skin a subtle and natural radiance or a more glamourous glow depending on how much you apply. No, not every product is right for you–many contain unsafe, harmful ingredients such as carcinogens! But don't worry, there are a fair amount of amazing, clean, and safe highlighters out there for you to indulge in and I'm here today to chat about some of my favorites highlighters for a summer glow. Read on for the summer glow makeup tutorial!

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A Guide to Ethical And Sustainable Fashion + Top Picks for Summer

Jennifer is the sustainable fashion blogger behind Sustainable Siren. Here she shares her guide on how to get started with making ethical and sustainable fashion choices!

When I decided to make the switch to only wearing ethical and sustainable fashion, there was definitely a lot of information to take in. So I figured making this guide would be helpful for others who are thinking about making the switch but might not know where to start or those looking for additional ways to make their wardrobe more conscious! Read on for my tips and top five picks for ethical fashion for summer.

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Beauty Lab: Organic Eyeshadow Swaps

 

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Beauty Lab: How to Apply False Eyelashes Like A Pro Using Cruelty Free Battington Lashes (Plus a Giveaway!)

We all want them—those gorgeous, voluminous, sweeeepingly long lashes. They glam up a look, make you appear more awake and bright eyed—or more sultry, depending on how you do your look. Lashes, lashes, lashes! Some are blessed with them, some just need a coupe of coats of mascara and voila! But, let's talk about those of us who aren't all batty lashed to the brim! There are options, ladies! And even if you're lashy, but want even MORE...this post is just for you! Read on to find out how to apply false eyelashes like a pro with Battington Lashes (plus, enter our giveaway!).
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Behind the Beauty: Meet Isa Of Isa's Restoratives

Welcome back to Behind the Beauty, where we give you an insider's view of what it's like to found and run a brand. Our newest skincare line, Isa's Restoratives caught our eye becuase of the pure, local ingredients and the potency of the herbal combinations. Plus, founder Isa has an incredible bi-country sotry that we can't wait to share with you. Plus, scroll all the way down for a July promotion that you won't want to miss!

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DIY Beauty: Healing Flower Bath With Immortelle & Mallow

When it comes to bath teas or soaks, there are a few go-to ingredients commonly found in most products, such as calendula, chamomile, lavender and rose. These flowers are carefully chosen for their antioxidant and rejuvenating properties, as well as powerful aromatherapy that can soothe and heal both the skin and mind. There are, however, other overlooked herbs and flowers that you can explore as you seek to add variety to your bath (and/or tea) ritual. Take some extra time this holiday weekend to indulge in a healing flower bath—just keep reading for the natural bath soak recipe!

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Beauty Lab: How To Colour Correct With Nontoxic Makeup

We all are pretty familiar with concealing (taking a neutral skintone shade and covering imperfections), but have you ever considered taking your beauty routine one step further? By choosing shades opposite on the colour wheel, we can achieve a perfectly balanced skintone. Redness, dark undereye circles, hyperpigmentation and even sallow skin tones can benefit from colour correction. If you want to get a closer look at how to achieve a perfectly balanced skin tone, just keep on reading.

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