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Spring Nails (SS16)

Spring is finally here with temperatures finally increasing and stabilizing.  Out with Fall/Winter vampy shades and in with bright, vibrant, pastel colors for spring.

(Clockwise from Top) Zoya Daisy, China Glaze Light as Air, Zoya Bevin, China Glaze Peachy Keen, China Glaze For Audrey, Zoya Blu, China Glaze Mimosas Before Mani’s, China Glaze Refresh Mint, Formula X Law of Attraction

Zoya Daisy+ (Creme with Glitter)– A pale yellow with light blue shimmer.

China Glaze Light as Air* (Creme) – A light lavender.

Zoya Bevin+ (Creme) – A muted light blueish green .

China Glaze Peachy Keen* (Creme) – A light peachy orange color.

China Glaze For Audrey* (Creme) – A classic and long time fave.  Similar to Tiffany & Co.’s signature blue boxes. 

Zoya Blu+ (Creme) – Pale light blue, similar to a robin’s egg.

China Glaze Mimosas Before Mani’s* (Creme with Glitter)- Bright Orange/Pink with subtle pink glitter.

China Glaze Refresh Mint* (Creme) – Beautiful Mint Green.

Formula X Law of Attraction (Metallic Gitter)- Ever just sit and stare at your nails as the light reflects on it?  Yes, this polish will have you doing that.  Gorgeous blue contrasts a yellow gold tone.

What are your favorite polishes for summer this year?

Year In Review: 2015

2015 has been a great year! Nature’s Pulchritude wasn’t as active as I would have liked but that will improve in 2016. Nature’s Pulchritude has grown significantly in 2015 and I look forward to seeing it continue to grow in 2016! There were a lot of things I did not get a chance to show this year, mainly recipes and product reviews, but stay tuned for exciting content in 2016.

Top Posts


1) How to Read Cosmetic Ingredient Labels XXXX. Are “naturally derived” products as good as they claim? This one in particular checked out to be okay!

2) SheaMoisture & Bain Capital Partnership Controversy. This controversy was and still is a touchy subject for many SheaMoisture fans. I can see the positives and negatives of this partnership, but the old waiting game applies here and we will see how it turns out.


3) Swatches: Exclusive Zoya Mini Trio. The mini trio featured exclusive colors from NYFW.


4) How to Read Cosmetic Ingredient Labels XXXXII. This Label Poise covered a fairly widely available natural hair product that touts being paraben and mineral oil free though it has a host of unfavorable ingredients.

5) Triphenyl phosphate, found in ‘eco-friendly’ nail polish, spurs worries. This was another semi-controversial subject for many nail polish fans. The ingredient in question is most harmful through skin contact not through inhalation, which means with the right precautions you can avoid harm if it is in any of your polishes!


My Favorite Products


Dr. Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar.  Remedy in a Bottle! Internally, Externally. Hair, Skin. Cooking Purposes. This product is all natural (really) and is certified organic! Amazing-ness!


InstaNatural Peppermint & Lemon Essential Oils.  Ahhh the scent of fresh lemon and peppermint! These are great for aromatherapy and I even use them in a foot soak and a homemade “shampoo!”

Fall Nails!

It has officially been fall for over a month, though the temperatures have been fluctuating between spring and fall.  Fall means goodbye bright, vibrant colors and hello to dark, vampy, smoldering shades.

(L to R) Zoya Yuna, Zoya Lidia, China Glaze Manhunt (top), Zoya Sansa (middle), Formula X Law of Attraction (bottom), Zoya Ibiza, Zoya Aggie

China Glaze Manhunt*  (Creme)- This is a true royal blue that is simply gorgeous on the nail.  The wear of this polish is terrific!

Zoya Ibiza+(Shimmer)- This color is a deep blue with true blue glitter that gives the polish depth and looks “lit from within.”

Zoya Lidia+ (Creme)-  This is a gorgeous true purple.  Purple nail color has been high on my must have list for a while and this color delivered!

Formula X Law of Attraction (Metallic Glitter)-  Ever just sit and stare at your nails as the light reflects on it?  Yes, this polish will have you doing that.  Gorgeous blue contrasts a yellow gold tone.

Zoya Aggie+ (Metallic)- I have yet to wear this color but the duochrome gold/green goes great with a fall wardrobe palette while still giving a nice pop of color.

Zoya Sansa+ (Creme w/ Glitter)- A deep purple with red and silver glitter.

Zoya Yuna+ (Creme w/ Glitter)-  Muted green with subtle gold shimmer.  Very fall!

+Big 5 Free

*Big 3 Free

What are your favorite fall nail polishes?

Triphenyl phosphate, found in ‘eco-friendly’ nail polish, spurs worries

Welp.  I am slightly unsettled reading this article, but not at all surprised.  No one should use nail polish of any kind, whether 3-Free, 5-Free, 8-Free, etc., and think that it is “safe.”  The same reason you do not want interior paint on your skin, or you wouldn’t take a deep breath in a freshly painted room or over an open can of paint.  There are chemicals!  Some are really bad, some are minorly bad, some innocuous.  I regularly review nail polish here and when it comes to “Envirofactor” no polish gets a perfect score!

It also isn’t surprise that companies took out the ingredients plagued with bad PR and replaced them with chemicals that can also be detrimental to health.  However, before I place blame on the nail polish manufacturers I must look to the federal regulations in the United States that allows untested chemicals to be used in consumer products without any testing (scientific or otherwise).  The “good” news is that avoiding TPHP is fairly simple since it enters the body through dermal exposure: either paint neatly or tape the skin around your nails.  Another good measure to avoid inhalation exposure is to be in a well ventilated room with a face mask on.  This was longer than expected and really deserves its own post, look out for that soon!

By Michael Hawthorne, 10/23/2015 — Some cosmetics manufacturers and beauty salons promote “eco-friendly” nail polishes that are free of a handful of chemicals linked to cancer and reproductive problems.

Copyright Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune 2014

But a new study suggests a replacement for one of those toxic compounds might be just as worrisome.

Signs of triphenyl phosphate, known as TPHP or TPP, turned up in every one of the 26 women tested a few hours after they applied nail polish commonly sold at department stores and pharmacies. The chemical, used to make polish flexible and durable, also is an ingredient in a controversial flame retardant added to furniture cushions.

Scientists are increasingly concerned about triphenyl phosphate because animal studies indicate it is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it can mimic natural hormones and scramble the healthy development of cells. One study showed the chemical can trigger obesity by causing immature bone cells to transform into fat. Another linked exposure to fertility problems.

The new study’s authors said popular nail polish lines — including OPI, Sally Hansen, Revlon, Maybelline and Wet N Wildswitched to triphenyl phosphate during the past decade after pressure from consumers and retailers forced them to phase out the use of another compound, dibutyl phthalate, which is banned in cosmetics in Europe and listed as a developmental toxin in California.

“The emerging science seems to be moving toward TPHP being problematic for similar reasons,” said Heather Stapleton, a Duke University chemist who co-wrote the exposure study, published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Environment International.

Though researchers acknowledged the small sample size in their study, they said exposure likely is widespread. Triphenyl phosphate is listed as an ingredient in half of the 3,000 nail products reviewed by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that collaborated with Stapleton on the new study and has pushed for years to overhaul regulation of cosmetics.

It is unclear what, if any, hazards the chemical poses at the levels detected in women who participated in the new study. But the discovery that levels spiked shortly after they applied nail polish shows how difficult it can be even for diligent consumers to avoid chemicals in cosmetics and household products.

Stapleton and her colleagues focused on nail polish after an earlier study found that women tend to have higher levels of TPHP in their bodies than men. In the new study, levels remained stable when the participants wore gloves fitted with synthetic nails, suggesting the chemical is absorbed through the skin rather than inhaled.

The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement that federal law doesn’t require manufacturers to prove that cosmetic ingredients are safe before putting them on the market or even file product formulations with the FDA.

Echoing earlier statements about other chemicals in personal care products, the chief trade group for cosmetics manufacturers called the Stapleton-EWG study “speculative” and “misleading.”

“The makers of nail polish stand behind their products and take pride in providing Americans with access to a wide variety of safe, high quality and innovative products they trust and enjoy,” the Personal Care Products Council said in a statement.

In recent years several companies have started labeling nail polish as “3-free,” meaning the products do not contain the toxic chemicals toluene, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate, the compound that triphenyl phosphate replaced in some product lines.

Several other common nail product ingredients also pose health risks to salon workers and customers. A 2007 safety brochure from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists 17 chemicals that can trigger a burning throat or lungs, labored breathing or shortness of breath.

“For women using nail polish regularly, this represents a source of chronic exposure,” said Joseph Allen, a Harvard University researcher who has documented toxic air in nail salons but was not involved in the new study. “Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, consumers often can’t make informed decisions about the products they purchase and use due to a lack of reporting and transparency; workers in nail salons simply have no choice at all when it comes to avoiding exposure.”

The EPA is concerned about triphenyl phosphate for different reasons. The chemical is an ingredient in Firemaster 550, a flame retardant the agency once touted as safe but has since determined could pose significant health risks.

A 2012 Tribune investigation revealed the EPA endorsed Firemaster 550 even though the agency’s own scientists were deeply skeptical of its safety. Studies conducted by its manufacturer found that exposing rats to the flame retardant can lower birth weight, alter female genitalia and cause skeletal malformations.

Independent scientists, including Stapleton, later found that small doses of Firemaster 550 administered to rats can trigger obesity, anxiety and other problems.

Last year the EPA added triphenyl phosphate to a list of chemicals targeted for in-depth reviews based on widespread exposure and potential toxicity.

“This is another example of why we need better cosmetics regulation and chemical regulation in general,” said Johanna Congleton, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group who co-wrote the new nail polish study. “We shouldn’t allow industry to keep replacing one bad chemical with another.”

via Chicago Tribune


Product Review: Zoya Armor (Lidia Preview)

Product Review: Zoya Armor Brand: Zoya Product: Armour ZoyaArmor4 Every nail polish aficionado knows that a good top coat is everything.  A good top coat adds shine, protects your nail color, extends wear, and preferably dries quickly though all layers of polish.  After my main top coat in rotation ran out, I decided to try a new top coat.  What better than a big 5 free top coat from one of my favorite nail brands?

“Nails are ready to take on the world with Zoya Armor Topcoat & UV Blocker. Add a protective, ultra-glossy, flexible shine to nail color and prevent exposure to yellowing UV rays. The super-brilliant, ultra-strong and flexible topcoat provides a chip-free coating to defend nail color against wear and tear.”

Bottle Shot
Bottle Shot

Formula The formula is easy to work with, it is not as thick as other top coats but at the same time is not thin.  This product lived up to part of its claims and maintained the integrity of the nail color it was applied to and did not yellow at all.

.7 Globe

Application Applying this top coat was very straight forward, it applies evenly in 2-3 brush strokes

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Shine Armour leaves a nice shine on the nails rigt after application and after completely drying.

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Zoya Armor over Zoya Lidia
Zoya Armor over Zoya Lidia

Wear “Chip-free coating to defend against wear and tear?’  “Armour” is nothing short of a misnomer.  I can overlook this polish taking 3+ hours (!!!!) to dry, which resulted in a small nick in my polish, but this product did NOT protect my nail polish!  My polished chipped within 24 hours!  This is simply unacceptable!  I have tested this product with Zoya and other salon quality polishes with the same results.

.2 Globes

Tip-wear chipping within 24 hours
Tip-wear chipping within 24 hours

EnviroFactor ZoyaArmor3 The polish is big 5 free as it contains no Formaldehyde, Camphor, Formaldehyde Resin, Tolune, or Dibutyl Phthalate.  The remaining ingredients are typical of what you would find in a nail polish and some are likely toxic to the lungs and nervous system, which is not at all surprising considering it is nail polish.  It is best to polish nails in a well ventilated area and do not inhale over an open bottle.

.8 Globes

If I had no prior experience with Zoya products I would be turned off from the brand, however, all of their polishes have been great albeit this is the first top/base coat or treatment I have used from the brand.  I had to go and buy another bottle of my usual top coat weeks after purchasing this product. This product retails for $10 and should be of much better quality, period.  Armour is part of Zoya’s color lock system and is followed by quick dry drops.  It should be noted these quick dry drops retail for $16 for .5 ounce bottle.  :/  I will not be purchasing this product again nor will I try the quick dry drops

3.7/5 Globes

Product Review: Formula X Heroic

Brand: Formula X
Color: Heroic
Collection: The Shifters Fall 2013


Shiny. Sparkles. Gold.   Metallics are typically not my go to polish, but there are some metallic polishes that are just so captivating.  Heroic is one of those polishes.  Imagine standing in the sun slightly moving your fingers so you can watch your polish sparkle.  This polish is one of my first encounters with Formula X, which is exclusively sold by Sephora.


This is a great polish!  The packaging is great and so are the contents!  The square top is removable leaving a smaller handle for polishing.  The formula is easy to work with.

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Applying this polish was a breeze.  It had great coverage, even with just one coat, was not difficult to work with, and it did not apply streaky.  This is a great formula!

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Sephora describes Heroic as “lilac and gold metallic.”  The combination of the lilac and gold very complementary though the color is not as vivid on the nail as it appears in the bottle.  The gold flakes in the polish are quite visible in sunlight at the right angle.

.8 Globe




The color wore quite well.  Usual tip wear and light chipping after 5-7 days.

.9 Globe



Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydrie Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trimethyl Pentanyl Acid/Tromethamine Copolymer (+/ ), Titanium Dioxide (Nano) (CI 77891), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Bismuth Oxychlorine (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Ferr Ammounium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), [14 additional pigments].


The polish is big 5 free as it contains no Formaldehyde, Camphor, Formaldehyde Resin, Tolune, or Dibutyl Phthalate.  The remaining ingredients are typical of what you would find in a nail polish and some are likely toxic to the lungs and nervous system, which is not at all surprising considering it is nail polish.  It is best to polish nails in a well ventilated area and do not inhale over an open bottle.

.8 Globe

I really like this color.  It was a pleasant experience from a new brand.  Heroic is a gorgeous color with a great formula.  Formula X polishes retail exclusively at Sephora for $12.50.  Though that is a bit above my usual polish spend, however, the polish was not a disappointment.

4.5/5 Globes
Nature’s Pulchritude All-Star!

Spring Nails

It is officially spring, though temperatures are not quite feeling that way yet.  Like most people, my nail polish choices vary with season–rich, dark colors in winter, neutrals in fall, and pastels in spring.  Here are my all time top Spring Nail choices!


L-R: China Glaze Light As Air, Zoya Blu, China Glaze For Audrey, China Glaze Refresh Mint, OPI Jinx


China Glaze’s Light as Air, For Audrey, and Refresh Mint are long time (6 years) favorites!  Light as Air and Refresh Mint are both from the same collection, Up Up and Away.  Zoya Blu and OPI Jinx (Liquid Sand/Textured) are new additions that work will for spring.  Zoya polish is Big 5 Free, OPI and China Glaze are Big 3 Free.


  What are your favorite nail colors for Spring?