Monday, June 24, 2019

Beauty Without Harm: YAPA Beauty Nail Lacquers

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Happy Monday, dear readers! This weekend flew by quickly, and I have nothing to show for it other than a few household errands. Oh well, there's always next weekend to do something fun and exciting! Now on to today's post!

While browsing on Instagram earlier this month, I happened to stumble across the nail lacquer brand YAPA Beauty YAPA touts itself as a non-toxic, quick drying, hassle-free, and a high performance nail lacquer; naturally, my interest was piqued! As I was starting to check out what the brand had to offer, they reached out and asked if I wanted to try out a few of there colours to share with you. I love when I have to opportunity to share new-to-me brands with you, so of course I jumped at the chance!

The motto of YAPA Beauty is "Beauty Without Harm", and they stick to it in more ways than one. To start off, the brand is Vegan and Cruelty-Free. While I personally do not ascribe to a vegan way of life, I know some of my readers do, and there really is no reason to harm our furry friends with beauty products. In addition to not harming animals, YAPA Beauty nail lacquers limits the harm that you can do to yourself by being free of toxic chemicals that can be found in many other nail polishes. YAPA's products do not contain formaldehyde or the resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), or camphor. There are a few other chemicals it doesn't use, but these tend to be the ones that people look for most when considering what polishes to use or avoid.

Let's jump in and get a closer look at the three shades I was sent!

Three coats plus top coat

I love a good pink creme, and this medium pink hue is deliciously vibrant for the hot summer months. I found the formula to be smooth and creamy, exactly what I want from this kind of polish! The formula is nice and easy to work with, but for those that use a lot of indie brands, you will likely notice the formula is a little thinner. This is a non-issue for me, but you will want to be aware of it so you can adjust your coat coverage accordingly. Because I tend to stick with thinner coats, I needed to use three for full and even coverage on my nails. Those that use thicker coats will likely find they only need to use two. 

Two coats plus top coat

Cheryl is a slight purple silvery hue, especially when in the bottle, but against my olive skin tone, the purple is much more apparent. Those with cooler skin tones are likely to find the purple to be more subtle, so that is something to keep in mind if you have your eye on this metallic beauty. Easy to apply, this felt more densely pigmented to me than Lily, the previous polish. I only needed to use two thin coats to cover any visible nail line. I'm not one for metallic polishes for a full manicure, but I do love them when it comes to nail art. I've actually testing this out with multiple stamping plates and am happy to report this stamps quite nicely. Please keep in mind this is not a stamping polish, so the effect is more subtle that the ultra opaque stamping polishes, but if you love a more subtle metallic stamped design, you're going to love this!

Three coats plus top coat

If you are looking for a soft neutral pink shade that is work appropriate, Caroline is an excellent option. Loaded with fine silvery shimmer, this polish is an understated beauty, and I loved it on my nails more than I expected. Again, the formula is a little thinner that the indie nail polish brands I often use, but it is still easy to apply to the nails. Because of the thinner formula and my normal thin coat application, I needed to use three coats to cover any visible nail line. Those that prefer to use thicker coats may find only to coats will suffice.

I have really enjoyed trying out these polishes! The formulas are a little thinner, closer to what I expect from most main stream nail lacquer brands, but they still apply easily to the nails with minimal effort. The colours are beautiful, and just this selection alone gives a nice variety for fun summer nails or something more "work appropriate". If these shades aren't quite your jam, be sure to check out the other shades YAPA Beauty has to offer! There are currently 71 shades to choose from, from muted hues to bold brights. There are several that have certainly caught my attention!

YAPA Beauty nail lacquers retail for $18 each. They can be purchased directly from the website here or in select stores.

Have you tried any nail lacquers from YAPA Beauty? If so, what are your favorites> I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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  1. Cheryl is gorgeous. I never heard of this brand, thanks for sharing it with us!!

  2. Cheryl is my favorite, but I'm all about purple.

  3. New brand to me and all beautiful. I'd love wearing any of those three but especially Caroline. Got to go check out their colors.

  4. Cheryl is so eye catching! I love a pink, but Cheryl is amazing!

  5. I like both Lily and Cheryl - my kind of shades!

  6. I love Lily!!! this is a new to me brand too so I will have to check them out more!

  7. Oooo, new to me and these look great!

  8. All 3 of those are lovely. I like that they are "free" of all the harmful chemicals.


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