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 Post subject: Nail polishes in the UK
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:06 am 
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I know this could go in the lotions and potions thread, but I'm being a baby. I'm having envy over the main nail polish thread and can't get most of what they post. Can people talk about nail polishes which they know to be vegan and good places to get them?

I have a few Butter ones that I got in WF in Kensington. I like them OK but the green is a funny colour. I have one Bloom one and a couple of ELF ones and I'm not impressed. I have some Jessica and on the rare occasions I get a manicure it's with Jessica. Any other hints and tips? Good websites for getting hold of them?

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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:30 am 
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Ones you can get in Superdrug: Barry M, Beauty UK, MUA, Bloom, MeMeMe, Sleek, Collection 2000 - all non animal tested, but aside from Barry M I'm not sure if they're all vegan.

Beauty UK's seem to be vegan (and they're cheap!), I haven't checked MMM or Sleek but Sleek don't seem to use carmine in their make up. The one I have from MUA looks ok on the ingredients list (plus they're only £1!) Boots have No 7 & No 17. Again, not animal tested but you'll have to look on the ingredients list for carmine/guanine.

House of Fraser sell Deborah Lippman, Chanel, Dior (I think they're all ridiculously expensive though).

On Jojo's suggestion I checked ebay for Orly and found it there very reasonabley. You can probably get other difficult to find brands there too.

Zoya - just found this website: http://www.supaprice.co.uk/p/result.jsp ... +polish+uk - never used it so can't vouch for how good it is.

Edit: SpaRitual: All vegan http://www.sparitual.com/nail_lacquers/ and you can prob find them on ebay too!

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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:33 am 
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As baps said Barry M is definitely vegan & available in Superdrug & I get my Orly polishes from Ebay.

I buy China Glaze & Deborah Lippman from Ebay too.

The cheapest place I've found Zoyas is here http://www.beverlybeaute.com/shop/goods ... 006&page=1

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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
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No OPI over here? Is OPI still vegan? I know it was touch and go there for a while.
Zoya is good, I used that last time I got a pedicure, it held up like OPI.
Butter is more expensive compared to other polishes in the States. Is that the case here?
Is China Glaze readily available or is that strictly eBay?
(Sorry so many questions, and thanks for the shop info!)


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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:53 am 
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Meggs wrote:
No OPI over here? Is OPI still vegan? I know it was touch and go there for a while.
Zoya is good, I used that last time I got a pedicure, it held up like OPI.
Butter is more expensive compared to other polishes in the States. Is that the case here?
Is China Glaze readily available or is that strictly eBay?
(Sorry so many questions, and thanks for the shop info!)


OPI is still a vegan product but they are now owned by a company who test on animals. I've seen it through the window of fancy salons but never in a shop.
Zoyas are good!
Butter definitely isn't cheap but Zoya's hella expensive here too.
I've never seen China Glaze in a real life shop.

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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
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Yeah OPI you generally only find in salons or online. I can get it in the beauty supply shop as I have a trade card, but since they got bought by Coty I don't bother with them anymore.

I've never seen china glaze anywhere either.

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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
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Boo! Zoya is hella cheap in the States, and China Glaze is pretty decently priced, too.
I should start a nail polish care package request from the US and then distribute what I get throughout the UK.


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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:22 pm 
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apparently you can get China Glaze from Sally Beauty Supply. A lot of branches don't require you to be a trade member to shop there. There is one Exeter, but although I can see through the window into the shop, there doesn't appear to be a door...


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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
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I always buy all of my polishes on eBay. I usually buy them from a US seller too, even with shipping it works out much much cheaper than buying from salons or UK eBay sellers.


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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
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Yes, what hana said! My flatmate's girlfriend just told me about a sally beauty supply in city centre! I can't wait to go! She also knows of a few pedicure places that are in my price range.


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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
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I got salesmanned into buying China Glaze in Sallys.


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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
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There's zoya polishes on ebay for just under a tenner with free shipping.

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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
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Jessica polishes are vegan, but I think are only in salons. They and OPI are free from formaldehyde too.


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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
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Damn I wish I had read this thread before I spent £30 on OPI nail polish today!

I just go to Sallys for my nail polish or get Barry M in superdrug.


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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
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Can anyone recommend a good remover? I don't think using acetone is good for my fingers but if I use glitter the one I've got (had for years, probably not even vegan)struggles.

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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
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Superdrug makes a vegan, non-acetone one.


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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
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Yes they do and it's pretty good, but I struggle taking off glitters with it. It will come off, it just takes a bit longer.

I have an extra strong one for tougher polishes and I don't know whether it's vegan, I'll check when I get home. It does have acetone in though.

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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
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I posted this in the other nail polish thread, but will do it here as well.
I got the Barry M Red Black and it's cute. It's like red wine.

Are the Boots non-acetone remover pads vegan? I used one of my flatmate's girlfriend's and they smell so good. They worked well on the remainder of really dark polish I had leftover from my last pedicure.


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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:22 am 
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I posted this in the nail polish thread but it's probably just as relevant here...

I have slightly shitty Barry M news. I noticed a couple of weeks ago that a whole load of polishes & the mascaras weren't labelled as vegan on the new website so I emailed to see if it was an ingredient thing or a new website fuckup. I got no response so I emailed again. Still no response but I noticed yesterday that all the mascaras, nail paints & glitter nail paints that I asked about in my email now have the vegan symbol next to them again. The bad part is that the shatter nail effects & the foil nail effects are still no longer labelled as vegan, they were on the old site & I bought 4 of them so I'm getting pretty annoyed. I emailed again but I'm not holding out much hope for a response!

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 Post subject: Re: Nail polishes in the UK
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Rubbish!! Try tweeting them. Barry himself is sometimes on twitter so you might get an answer!

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Models Own polishes are all vegan too. They're my favourite!


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