27 February 2017


I love coming across new brands and even more so when they are Australian. And today, I've got two amazing ones to share with you, including the nail polish brand Sienna Byron Bay and Neek Skin Organics Australia, which are both available through the online store Biome.

But lets start with the Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polishes. I love the fact that these nail polishes are Australian owned, and made, and the fact that they are 7-Free - which means that hey are free from formaldehyde, tosylamide, DBP formaldehyde resin, synthetic camphor, xylene and toluene, and also do not contain any petrochemicals or synthetic ingredients ,so they are better for both you and the environment. Also worth mentioning is that the nail polishes are also vegan and cruelty free. The bottles are very unique in that they have a timber cap , which has been made from sustainably sourced timber.

I put two different shades to the test; 
  • Tempest - a Classic red shade
  • J'Adore - a dusty pinky-mauve shade with a shimmery gold sheen

The polishes apply nice and evenly, and require two coats for a nice opaque look. I did not have a Sienna top coat, so applied another one (without a doubt loaded with chemicals!!), and in spite of washing my hands frequently throughout the day, manage to get 4+ days wear, before the polish started to chip at the edges.

The nail polishes are a little pricier than most others, but personally I find it is worth spending a little extra to reduce the amount of chemicals you use, and in addition support an Australian company.

Then there's the Neek Skin Organics Australia Lipstick, which is from another Australian brand. The lipsticks are free from parabens, lead, sulphate, phthalate, mineral oil and synthetic fragrances, and contain nothing but natural ingredients including a Vitamin E and Vitamin B-rich Jojoba oil and Shea Butter, as well as sweet orange peel which has natural anti-inflammatory properties. The actual colours come from micas and pigments, and not from synthetic dyes.

The lipsticks come in bamboo timber tubes, which is not only stunning, but also perfectly in line with the company's philosophy and products.

I tried the lipstick in the shade Pash, which is a dusty pink-mauve shade with a hint of mauve - a great nude shade with a touch of subtle sheen. The wear of the lipstick could be a little longer, but I think that's to do with the pale shade, but in terms of comfort, it is so lovely to wear, feeling soft, smooth and so hydrating on the lips. Mid-priced, slightly above most drugstore brands, but again, I feel its justified seeing the products are natural, and Australian too. There are lots of other lipsticks in the range, and I'm definitely keen on getting a few darker shades too.

Sienna Nail Polish - RRP: $25 / 10ml
Neek Lipstick - RRP $28.95 / 4.5g

Available from Biome

* Products have been kindly provided for consideration, and have reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

About Biome - a store that sells both online, and via their stores in Sydney and Brisbane, with a selection of products ranging from beauty products, toys, food and health products, and home products. Common for the product range is that all products are more earth-conscious, more natural eco products free from nasties, and all while caring for the world we live in, trying to minimise impact and waste.
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