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Drop dead gorgeous manicure from The Daily Nail. Click the pic to explore some of her other creations!

Now… full disclosure, I sunbathe. Not that often, and when I do, I wear sunscreen, but hot damn do I love to do it. Organic & natural foods are nice to eat when they’re around, but not really on my list of must-haves. I consume too much Splenda. I enjoy filling up my tank because I love the smell of gasoline. I hover in front of the microwave and peer through the glass to watch my food. I practically bathe in acetone once a week.

My approach to life is not always the safest. I know, I know. I’m WILD!

But I know some of you are careful. Or pregnant. Or simply smarter than I am.

And so, dear reader, I came across this article about the toxins in nail polish, and I thought of you. The person who washes (and I mean really washes) fruit before they eat it. Who stays away from high-fructose corn syrup. Who’s never smoked a cigarette and loves to go hiking. And then heads off to piloxing. This is for you, my healthy friend. Bless your heart.

Is Your Nail Polish Harmful? courtesy of Yahoo!

Formaldehyde is the F-word of manicures…This colorless and strong-smelling gas is not only used in embalming (eek!), it can also be found in countless common household items, including glue, plywood, adhesives and yes, even as a hardener and preservative in nail polish.

Oh, and last but not least: It’s a proven carcinogen. In fact, as of June 10, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services updated its National Toxicology Program Report on Carcinogens (RoC) to state that formaldehyde is ‘known to be a human carcinogen,’ replacing the previous and more ambiguous ‘reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.’

Ahhh! Okay, that excerpt scared even me! I know Zoya and Nubar are proudly 3-free. Do you all have any other favorite “green / natural / less toxic” brands to recommend?

stayshinyandsafe, Francesca

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