Monday, June 7, 2010

A Beautiful Life - Nail Lacquer & Remover

A Beautiful Life Poison

Ok, I'll be honest, I'm not really much for red polishes on me, I suppose they feel too 'traditional' or something, but this is actually a red I could see myself wearing. I actually really like it on me. It's a red that isn't pink-based, it's a little deeper than a true red, and it has a warm tone to it. It applied with ease in two coats.

Opacity scale (1-5): 3

Use for Konad: not bad, but not totally opaque when stamped. works on lighter colors, but not darker.

Finish: Creme, two coats to be opaque.

A Beautiful Life Vexed

This color is super pretty, again, it applied with ease in 2 coats. However, this one was an amazing brownish burgundy shimmer polish with copperish & green-gold microglitter instead of a creme like Poison. WOO!!

Opacity scale (1-5): 3

Use for Konad: not bad, but not totally opaque when stamped. Doesn't stamp well over darker colors.

Finish: Shimmer, two coats to be opaque.

Soy Polish Remover

I was SO excited to try this, with the amount of polish remover I use, I was extremely eager to experiment with something a bit more natural, something without the harsh chemicals in the removers I normally use. This polish remover is a soy-based remover with essential oils to both remove & moisturize.

I'll be honest, it works, but not as well as a simple non-acetone polish remover. I did a few experiments to compare the removers that I generally use as well as the Soy Based Remover from A Beautiful Life with both their lacquers and with a manicure that needed coming off so I could apply the next days design. Their remover left a bit to be desired, with normal non-acetone polish remover on a cotton ball, I can remove every trace of polish from my nail in about 7 seconds, I checked the soy-based remover at 10 seconds with pressure and rubbing, and still, lots of polish. It took over 20 seconds to remove all the polish from the nail with the soy-based remover. It may not seem like much, but when you change your manicure as often as I do, that time certainly adds up. I even tried different methods, like letting the remover soak on the nail for a few seconds before 'swiping', but got the same result. It fared better with their own polishes, but still wasn't awesome.

One thing I really liked about the A Beautiful Life Soy Polish Remover was the essential oil addition, I felt that my cuticles were nourished and moisturized after removing my polish, which was obviously a bonus. All in all, this isn't a bad remover per se, just make sure you have more time & patience than I apparently have. :-P To be perfectly honest, I had to force myself to start using non-acetone polish remover because acetone polish works SO much faster than non-acetone, and I'm incredibly impatient, so impatient that I was willing to overlook the damage it was doing to my hands. That said, this polish remover makes non-acetone remover look like it works at acetone speed.

Non-acetone removal after 7 seconds:

Soy-based Polish remover after 10 seconds:

Soy-based Polish Remover after 20 seconds:

I really liked the A Beautiful Life Nail Lacquers (as did my roommate- she was eyeing them up), and plan to order some in the future (possibly Juiced and Shroom- they're calling out to me), the pigmentation is great, they apply flawlessly, and they have a nice range of colors in their collection. At $12, they're a tad on the pricey side, but if you're looking for a soy-based polish that is safe for kids as well as adults, these aren't a bad way to go! :)

The Soy-Based Polish Remover was a bit of a letdown to me honestly, and at $20, I doubt that I'd shell out the dough. But, everything works differently on different people, and what I like, you guys might hate, and vice versa, so if you're curious, give it a try.

Products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration by the manufacturer.


  1. If you want a similar and less expensive natural nail polish remover, No-Miss has one that uses fruit acids instead of soy, but it has a strange fruity-vanilla smell and it's just as much work as the soy remover. Don't even think about using it on glitters, haha.

  2. Vexed is gorgeous! Never heard of a soy-based remover before. It looks so interesting, but if it doesn't remove polish as well as regular remover then I'd skip it. I have no patience. I needs me the acetone-based remover, lol!