Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Toxin Free Manicure with Knocked Up Nails

Thank you Knocked Up Nails for the samples!

During pregnancy we are faced with many decisions about what we ingest and use on our bodies. From special diets to help our little ones grow, to the beauty products we use. We need to be conscious about the products we use, their ingredients and how they will affect our baby through our body. 

Knocked Up Nails offers a line of nail polish that is free of 5 toxins that are commonly found in some nail polish lines:
  • Tolulene 
  • Formaldehyde
  • Formaldehyde Resin
  • Dibutyl Phthalate
  • Camphor
To learn more about these toxic ingredients and see the ingredient list of Knocked Up Nails, visit their About page.

While this product is geared toward pregnant women to help alleviate some stress as to what is safe, or not so safe, to use during pregnancy, it is also a good option for children, cancer patients and those with allergies.

I was sent two polishes for review. One is their "Top & Base Coat", the other is a purple shimmery color called "Rock-a-Bye Radiance".

I am a very strong believer in a base coat. Not using a clear base coat under colored nail polish could lead to discoloring nails. 

The Top & Base coat worked wonderfully as a base coat! A good base coat will still be slightly tacky when dry, allowing your nail color to adhere well to the base coat polish. Top coats should dry smooth and shiny. I liked using this as a base coat, but I didn't think it was the best option for a top coat, because it didn't have the right finish once dry. I'm not surprised by this, as top/base coat combinations are usually better as one or the other, but don't typically function well as both. 

Rock-a-Bye Radiance... love it! What a gorgeous color! I was also surprised at how well one coat of paint covered. I almost always do two coats of color. I felt like this color was one that you could easily get away using only one coat of color. 

I hadn't painted my nails since I found out I was pregnant. I had heard about tolulene and formeldahyde being products you wanted to avoid in nail polish (or any other product for that matter). So for my first manicure since pregnancy I wanted to do something a little fun!  Of the two pictures below, the bottom one is what I did first. The color underneath the Knocked Up Nails is not a pregnancy safe nail polish. I was however confident in using it because I first used Knocked Up Nails base coat. For my second manicure I did clear with the Rock-a-Bye Radiance tips! I love doing colored tips, so much fun! 

So, how did this nail polish function despite missing these harmful ingredients? I didn't have issues with the polish chipping, the color was great and I had piece of mind that my polish would not negatively affect me or my baby! Truly makes me wonder why these chemicals remain in traditional nail polish, they don't at all seem necessary in the outcome of the product.

Knocked Up Nails is a great polish line for anyone (pregnant or not) who is concerned about the chemicals in their beauty products. This polish will hold up with the best of them! With 25 color options you'll find the one(s) you love!

Buy It: You can purchase Knocked Up Nails on their website for $10.00.

Have you ever thought about what is in your nail polish or how it will affect you and your child?
It definitely wasn't anything I had considered until this pregnancy (my third) I had no idea nail polish could be harmful! 

Disclosure: I received two bottles of Knocked Up Nail Polish to help facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and 100% honest. I was not compensated in any other way.

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