It feels like forever and a day since I wrote about green and organic beauty products here on This Woman’s Word but after months of testing an array of different skincare and cosmetics products behind the scenes, I am finally back on my green beauty grind! With spring just around the corner and hands officially out of hibernation (my hands suffer greatly during winter months) I thought it would be a good idea to showcase my favourite 5 Free nail polish hues in the form of my new weekly series Nail Polish of The Week and kicking off the series is HJ Manicure Caramel Latte.
There is no question nude hues look great! But finding the perfect nude to complement my yellow undertone skin tone has always been a bit tricky, that was until I discovered HJ Manicure. HJ Manicurelaunched their luxury 5 Free vegan friendly and cruelty freenail polishes back in late 2014, a press event I attended and instantly fell in love with the gorgeous elegant rectangle bottles.
The evening was put on by the ever delightful Green Beauty Guru Rebecca Goodyearwhere fellow beauty bloggers, industry leaders and journalists were treated to devine vegan and vegetarian nibbles, networking, a lovely manicure and a complimentary HJ Manicure nail polish of our choice to take home and experiment with.
It is worth pointing out that nude shades in general can sometimes look different against different skin tones but on mine, HJ Manicure Caramel Latteboasts a stunningly elegant ray of creamy beige hueswith an ever so slight subtle hint of neutral rosy pink hues that occasionallyseeps through when completely dry. The consistency is reminiscent of a gel-like polish and when exposed to natural light, ones manicure almost looks shiny and reflective. Rest assured though, it does provide an opaque coverage when used with two coats.
That said, be sure to apply the coats thinly as being overly generous will result in a massive overspill on each side of your nails (lesson learnt). When completing the chip free test, I found on average HJ Manicure nail polishes last between 3-4 days before any signs of chipping are evident.
Note: May Contain Aluminum Powder, Bismuth Oxychloride, Oxides, Red Lake 34, Red Lake 6 & 7 and Titanium Dixoide (full list available from HJ Manicure)
There are a total of six different shades within HJ Manicure Nude Collection, something I greatly appreciate from the lady behind the brand Helen Jas every skin tone is truly catered for unlike most other brands who tend to only have one natural shade in their range and universally call it ‘nude’ a pet hate of mine.
Scenario’s like the one just mentioned often are a perfect match those with fair to porcelain skin tones so for me, it is extremely refreshing to see a green beauty, 5 Free nail polish brand in particular cater to women of colour.
It goes without mentioning that a nude manicure looks fantastic when paired alongside any colourful or dark ensembles and such as its versatility can be worn casually to special occasions.
Priced at £9.50 for a 14.8 mlbottle HJ Manicure have entered the green beauty 5 Free cosmetics industry as a luxury boutique nail brand where affordability, value for money andcreating on trend nail colours inspired by the fashion industry are Helen’s main focus.
There is literally something for everyone at HJ Manicure, weather you’re personal preference is bold and bright, deep and dark or natural and sophisticated nail colours, the HJ Manicure websiteis definitely worth paying a visit!
Danielle is a 1st Dan Kickboxing coach / Assistant Instructor under the PKA Kickboxing Association who is also a health, fitness, green beauty, wellness and lifestyle freelance writer / digital journalist. Her passions include encouraging others to lead an active, health conscious lifestyle whilst leading her Breakin' Boundrez team on various fitness related challenges.