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Zoya’s Glamourous Nail Trio – Free Giveaway

Zoya nail polish has quickly become my latest favorite brand of nail polish.  Zoya offers lots of different colours and the bottles are priced fairly reasonably.  Best of all, Zoya is a much safer nail polish to use than most brands.

Free Giveaway

Give my new love of Zoya, I was quite enamoured with this new Zoya trio.  This free giveaway is being offered by Work Play Polish.

If you like what you see, enter today!  There’s a few days left to put your name in the draw!  Good luck!


3-free Nail Polish!

I really love painting my nails.  I used to do them all the time…for special occasions, for fun and when I was bored with nothing else to do.

Purging my nail polish collection

When I found out that nail polish was full of unnecessary chemicals, I was so dismayed!  I stopped using the nail polishes that I had and after several months, I finally got rid of them.

Time to replenish my nail polish collection

After some research, I discovered that there are a few great options for safe nail polishes.  I was so pleased to learn about them.  I even blogged about it a few weeks ago here.

Zoya – A 3-Free Option

I decided to start with Zoya.  It’s a 3-free nail polish.  I bought two colours, Austine (that’s the neutral colour) and Stella (that’s the red colour).

I love bold colours on my nails, but don’t always feel that they’re totally appropriate for my workplace.  So, the Austine is for my fingernails and the Stella will be for my toes!

Now, if only I could reach my toes…

Of course, at 31 weeks into my pregnancy, it’s not like I can actually reach my toes.  😦

Fortunately, that leaves me with the lovely option of booking a visit to the spa for an all natural pedicure!  🙂


Is your nail polish safe to use?

Nail polish for your fingers and toes is all the rage these days.  Non-traditional colours, like blue and black, are in vogue and everyone seems to have their nails done these days!

Is Nail Polish Safe?

Most nail polish contains five chemicals that are considered toxic.  When you apply the polish, you are putting them on your body and also breathing them in as you apply. When wet, your nails can become quite porous, so it definitely matters.  In fact, given the presence of these toxic chemicals, you’re not actually supposed to throw polishes with these ingredients in the garbage!

What’s so bad about these chemicals, anyway?

Dibutyl Phthalate

Dibutyl phthalate is a plasticiser that is used to prevent chips and cracks. It’s an oily liquid and does not evaporate readily into the atmosphere.  This chemical is also known as an endocrine disruptor.  It can interfere with the reproductive system and has also been linked to obesity.


Toluene is a solvent that makes the polish easy to apply. It is used as an industrial solvent for the manufacturing of paints, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and rubber.  Toluene is found in products such as gasoline, acrylic paints, rubber cement and airplane glue.

Toluene is toxic to the nervous system, impairs breathing, and causes nausea.  It can also cause developmental damage to the fetus.

Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin

Formaldehyde is a well-known carcinogen.  It is found in some nail hardeners, but not always in the actual polish.  Formaldehyde resin is what is found in polish and it makes the polish resilient.  Even where formaldehyde is not found in your nail polish, it is most likely in your accompanying nail products.  Formaldehyde resin is considered to be an allergen.


Camphor can cause irritation to eyes, skin, and nose.  It can also bring on nausea, vomiting, and uncontrollable muscle contractions.

If you’re like me, you’ve used regular nail polish for years and not yet experienced any of the side effects outlined above.  On the other hand, why put your body through the stress of having to process toxic chemicals unnecessarily?  Fortunately, there are lots of alternatives to regular nail polish.  You can still have great nails in great colours while avoiding the chemicals.

3-Free and 5-Free Polish

3-Free is nail polish that does not use Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Formaldehyde.

5-Free is nail polish that does not use Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor.

A few 3-Free and 5-Free brands that you can trust are: Hard Candy, Zoya, Nubar, Scotch Naturals, American Apparel, Butter London, CND, Deborah Lippmann, Essie, Honeybee Gardens.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, by any means.  If nothing else, it will give you a starting point if you start shopping for a safer nail polish.