Nail Polish Love!

How is this for the love of belly dance. One of my students (Tahnee) spent an arduous afternoon painting her nails so she could come to class with ‘Belly Dance’ written on them. Talk about dedication!

I took the pictures with my phone as it was all that I had handy. Still, I think it is a great idea. I hadn’t realized that belly and dance each had 5 letters.


Have you ever gone the extra mile in your love of the dance? Feel free to tell me about it below.

Natural Make up Review: Inika Liquid Foundation

Inika Liquid Foundation

I have been so enjoying my Inika products that I thought I should review another. As mineral powder blush is all the rage in natural make up lines, I thought I would try out a liquid foundation for a bit of contrast. As it is also a certified organic product, with 76% of ingredients certified organic, I just found it too hard to resist. Liquid foundations are often a good choice for those with drier skin types or older skin. I sampled both Cream and Beige and while both were ok for my complexion I decided on Beige.Inika_logo_black

As always if you don’t want to read the details, just scroll down to the summary at the bottom for the review in a nutshell.


Something I really like is that you can buy small sample tubes of the colours so you can see which one works before forking out the money for the full size bottle. The postage involved in doing this is somewhat offset by the discount they give you if you go on to purchase the product ( I think it was $5 or $10 dollars from memory). Also, the little tubes are great for travelling!

The full sized product comes in a black pump bottle in 30ml (1.01oz). It is easy to use and hasn’t leaked despite me taking it make up bags and on planes. The gold writing at the back started to fade after regular use although strangely the front didn’t!Natural make up for dancers


Like with the Inika Organic Crème Eye Shadow in Champagne I previously reviewed I preferred to use my fingers to apply this product to my face. It provides moderate coverage of imperfections and looks quite natural on. It can leave a slight residue in creases but not every time so perhaps I just have applied it a little bit thick on occasion.

Overall I am deeply impressed with this product.

It withstood the ultimate test!

48 hrs of solid travel with around 20 of those hours on a plane with the ultra skin drying air conditioning.

I came off the plane actually looking OK! It’s never happened before and is partly due to the fact that I uncharacteristically got a few hours sleep but the make up held up. I didn’t think to remove the make up and reapply. I was just trying to endure the torture of long haul travel. I did touch it up a bit in the last few hours on the last flight but it barely needed doing. My skin was not dry and flaking by the end and even better was not irritated by the fact I had worn my foundation for 2 days straight. Seriously, what more can you ask for?

Would it work for stage? Yes. I have worn it in performance and it was fine. I did add a finishing powder but after my aero plane experience I doubt it is necessary. It’s lasting power makes it a good choice however it may not be thick enough to cover serious skin issues or heavy lighting but for most performance works well.

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Blogging on the go! Writing to you from Switzerland. At the end of hard day of being a tourist, wearing Inika Foundation in beige.


This product is already reviewed by the EWG data base, however I think the rating is unfairly high. It ranks it overall as moderately toxic (4)mostly because of the grape fruit seed oil that it ranks as a 6 in safety. This is quite crazy. For one, there isn’t any listed in the ingredients online and secondly because organic grapefruit seed oil is not likely to be contaminated. That was the main warning mentioned -the potential for contamination of the ingredients, but organic production reduces the chances of this significantly so the warning and ratings seem high to me. On investigation of the ingredients myself, I believe it should have a low toxicity rating.


Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Aqua ( Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed butter*, Oleyl Oleate, Rosa Eglentaria Seed ( Rosehip) Oil*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Cananga Odorata Flower ( Ylang Ylang) Oil*, Pelargonium Roseum Leaf Oil*,, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Cymbopogon Martini Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*,, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed ( Tamanu )Oil *, Calendula Officinalis Flower*, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit ( Kakadu Plum) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Glyceryl Caprylate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Alcohol, p-Anisic Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate. * Certified Organic

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From the Inika website:

  • No petrochemicals and other synthetic substances
  • Non-organic products of animal origins
  • No talc
  • No fragrances and other colour components of non-organic or synthetic origin
  • Anti-microbial agents not produced from organic sources
  • No chelating agents based on EDTA and its salt
  • No fatty chain source material of petrochemical origin
  • No sulphonation, ethoxylation or propoxylation
  • No alkyl sulphates (eg sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium coco sulphate, ammonium lauryl sulphate)
  • No alkyl ether sulphates (eg sodium laureth sulphate, ammonium laureth sulphate)
  • No polyethylene glycol (PEGS)
  • No polysorbates (eg polysorbate 20)
  • No ethanolamides (eg cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA)
  • No chemically synthesized sunscreens
  • No potentially harmful preservatives such as parabens, sodium benzoate & parfuminika_mineral_organic_cosmetics

My summary: 4.5/5

Product: Inika Truly Organic Liquid Foundation in beige and cream
Effectiveness: 5
Packaging: 4.5
Safety: 4.5
Suitable for day wear: Yes
Suitable for stage: Yes
AUSTRALASIA : $65 AUD online
UK & EUROPE: £29.50
Where can I buy it: click here
Locals you can also buy it at Kaboodle in Sawtell and Beauty on the Promenade in Coffs Harbour, Studio 287 Coramba and from Millissa Rossow at Moonee Beach.

I have no affiliation with Inika.

Powder vs Liquid Foundation. What’s your preference? Comment below.

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Sometimes you just have to give a bad review! Natural cosmetic review of Butter London Nail polish remover.

Butter LONDON Powder room Acetone free Lacquer Remover

When I first thought of reviewing natural make up for stage I thought I would be kick arse tough on all products, instead I have shied away from writing the reviews on the products that I haven’t liked and focused on the ones I have. Then I realized, I don’t take a reviewer seriously if all they have to say is sunshine and moonbeams so here I am – getting tough on a product I hate, just so you know I am being truthful on the ones I do like. Guess I won’t be contacted by butter London to review any of their future products!!Jade Belly dance review

I bought this product after reviewing suncoat water based nail polish and thinking it would be good to reduce the toxins in the clean up too. I figured I would give another company a try and chose butterLONDON as it had popped up in every health food store in the Coffs Harbour area. It was being pushed as a healthier alternative to regular nail products.

As always if you don’t want to read the details, just scroll down to the summary at the bottom for the review in a nutshell.


It comes in a simple, plastic cylindrical 59ml (2 fl oz) bottle with screw top lid… that unfortunately leaks if you don’t keep it perfectly upright. Consequently I have ended up spilling it on myself several times and having to endure the horrible smell. (Like right now when I got the bottle and placed it near my computer for inspiration. Obviously walking is too vigorous an activity for the integrity of the bottle and now my hands smell like really bad baby talc. Honestly it makes me feel sick- YUK!). And what’s with the lack of child-proof lid? Most nail polish remover has a safety cap.

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“Not impressed. I don’t want to smell like a toxic baby!”



It doesn’t bloody work!

(Can you tell I am an Aussie?) 😉

Well it doesn’t work well at any rate. It struggled to remove the water based nail polish so it’s no good for that (suncoat had said regular nail polish remover usually works)… and it needed a lot of product to remove ordinary nail polish.

When I pay premium for a product I expect it to work well. Cutex acetone free nail polish remover costs about $3.39 for 100mls. This costs around $8 for 59mls ($7.95 from GO-Vita shops, $8US online).Jade Belly dance review

I also expect products marketed as a more “natural” alternative to not make me feel as sick as the regular product. No such luck. I would rather the smell of regular nail polish remover to the insipid scent of whatever the hell ‘baby powder room’ is.


As this product is not already reviewed by the EWG data base, I entered every ingredient by hand. All ingredients are between 0 and 5 (3-6 is considered moderately toxic).  It’s hard to say if this would be a low or moderately toxic product because anything could be hidden by the word parfum.

I can’t say I am feeling trusting of their integrity to put something nice in under that word. First of all because it makes me feel instantly ill, secondly, a quick look on the EWG website has many of their old products as either HIGHLY toxic or moderately toxic!!! Not a single low toxicity product among them.

I certainly hope this company has pulled up it’s socks since then.Jade Belly dance review

For comparison I entered all the ingredients in for the Cutex acetone free nail polish I also had. Overall I feel Cutex would end up with a similar or BETTER rating than butter London in terms of safety. The main ingredient Ethyl acetate is rated slightly less toxic than the Methyl acetate used by butter LONDON for example. The cutex colourants are also less toxic. As Cutex is a third the price overall I would suggest my readers purchase Cutex over butter LONDON.

This proves the point – Just because it’s in a health food shop, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you!


From the bottle as the website does not advertise the ingredients.

Methyl Acetate. Isopropyl Myristate, PARFUM!!!, Red 17, Violet 2

Butter London only has websites for Canada, UK and the US. What about the rest of us?

 My summary: 1/5

Product: butterLONDON powder room acetone free Lacquer Remover
Effectiveness: 2
Packaging: 0
Safety: 2
AUSTRALIA : $7.95 AUD from GO-Vita
Where can I buy it: In more places than it should be – Go-Vita stores for example.
Locals you can also buy it at Kombu in Bellingen but I don’t recommend it, just go to the chemist and get the Cutex stuff instead.

I have no affiliation with butter LONDON (obviously) or Cutex.

Have you tried butter LONDON nail polish? I hope to god its better than this product. Please feel free to comment below and tell me your experience.

Liked this review? Jade publishes natural make up reviews for home use and stage and is passionate about dancers looking fabulous without toxic ingredients.  Follow the blog so you can save money and buy what works best.

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