Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AILA: A Nail Polish To Feel Good About

There are a few things in this world that will always have a warm, fuzzy, special place in my heart. One of them is Nashville, TN. I was fortunate enough to call it home before love called me to California. So naturally, when researching up-and-coming 5-free nail polishes, one with Nashville on the label was going to be my obvious choice.

I read further into AILA Cosmetics and found the most feel-good story. Besties, one a podiatric surgeon, the other a brand manager, set out with the desire for a healthy, beautifully curated nail care collection that eliminated toxic and carcinogic ingredients and infusing natural and organic ones in their place. The spotlight is on healthy nail growth with an extra focus on antibacterial, antioxidant and moisturizing properties. Most of their nail colors are either named after or associated with women who've inspired them and causes that hold deep and personal meeting to them.

Love, so I gave it a go.

First I went about a nice event coat of their PRIME base coat, chock full of garlic and antifungal properties perfect for a hydrated nail base and lasting mani.

Then onto the good stuff: Color in THE NEW BLACK (Clever). Aside from my so-so holiday nail decor attempt, AILA nail polishes are rich, pigmented and formulated to last. They have a lean gelish consistency with a simply gorgeous finish. It took me 3 moderate coats to achieve the look I wanted, but it dried fairly quick which surprised me.

Lastly, a nice layer of their BETTER THAN GEL top coat. This stuff is incredible. With a high-shine, plumped finish it protects your color and gives you the appearance of gel, without the toxins. No UV light required.

Thus far I'm on day 3 without a scuff, scratch or chip. The lustrous finish is really eye-catching, even after days of dishes, baby baths, laundry, wine pouring (for work y'all), press release typing and the like. I'm thrilled to have found another quality nail care line sans the junk, affording us beautiful nails without paying the price of their health.

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