What a difference a week makes. This time last Friday we were super stressed with Jamesy so sick, but now that he’s feeling much better and it seems to be behind him, it’s like a huge weight’s been lifted off my chest. Today I washed my hair, ate my greens and even did my nails — with non-toxic, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free polish no less! I’m one downward dog away from totally Zen. Ha ha, not really, but it does feel good to take care of myself. Here’s a little more about the better-for-you nail products Bio Seaweed Gel sent me to try and how you can enter to win a chance to try some too.
The BEYOND nail lacquer is relatively new (and still exclusive to Canada), and like all BSG products it’s BIG-5-free. That means no formaldehyde, toluene, BHA, DBP or camphor. Add to that free of solvents, vegan friendly and not tested on animals and you’ve got a healthier alternative to much typical brands.
Unlike other BSG products BEYOND’s not a gel — this is a polish you apply with a base and top coat like you would any other, so there’s no need to cure it under a lamp. And a couple of swipes of nail polish remover will take it off.
I had my choice of colours and went with #1 (white gel), #70 (red delicious) and #35 (cotton candy). There are 99 colours to choose from, and they all have matching colours in a gel formula should you want to use that too.
The base and top coat are Big-5-Free and all that good stuff.
This is today’s cotton candy mani. I love how it turned out! The first coat was a bit streaky, the second much more even and the third (although it only calls for two coats) gave it a solid, all over colour. It’s got a gel-like look and the top coat gives it a beautiful shine.
BSG also sent its UNITY All-In-One formula, which combines the base and the top coat in the one gel polish. It cures in a couple of minutes under an LED/UV lamp or in direct sunlight in as little as 30 seconds, only I couldn’t test the solar cure since it was raining cats and dogs all last Saturday when I put it on. And it looked just as gorgeous before I removed it today as it did last weekend. Which is HUGE. For sure the longest a manicure has ever held up for me.
Here comes the but: for a non-toxic product, it has a surprisingly strong, almost metallic scent when you first put it on. I’m curious to know if that’s true of all colours or just the dark ones (‘tho I don’t know why that would be). But will I use it again? HECK YEAH! I love the all-in-one formula and the results are so good.
Now it’s your turn to try!
For a chance to win three BEYOND polishes in the colour of your choice, plus the TAKE2 BEYOND base coat and top coat, take a look at the BEYOND colours and tell me which three you’d choose in the comments below. This entry is mandatory.
For an additional entry, follow try small things on Facebook and share this post, then tell me you did so and your name on Facebook in the comments below.
And feel free to tweet the following once per day and leave the url for your tweet in the comments below (one entry per tweet). Make sure you’re following try small things on Twitter for your entry to count.
#WIN a @BioSeaweedGel BEYOND polish prize pack from @trysmallthings http://bit.ly/BSGBeyond 12/08 #BioSeaweedGel #nontoxic #crueltyfree
The giveaway is open to Canadian residents 18+ and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on December 8, 2016. The potential winner must respond to prize notification within 48 hours, including the correct answer to a skill-testing question, otherwise another winner will be selected.
Have a great weekend, everybody! Don’t forget to take care of you.
Update December 12, 2016: Congratulations Margaret I!
Bio Seaweed Gel sent me products free-of-charge to facilitate this post, however all opinions are my own.