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Kester Black Nail Polish Remover

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It’s already been established that I really, really like Kester Black stuff. When they offered to send me a bottle of their new water based nail polish remover I jumped at the chance to try it out. Nail polish remover is basically a necessary evil but Kester Black has flipped that notion on its head with their latest offering. Like other products in the Kester Black range their water based nail polish remover is Australian made and Choose Cruelty Free, Cruelty Free International, and Vegan Society accredited. It’s also acetone and acetate-free, non-flammable, and contains goodies like aloe vera and vitamin E. I’ve used acetone-free removers in the past but more often than not they’ve left my nails looking a bit worse for wear. This Kester Black nail polish remover, however, left my nails in good condition. One lightly soaked cotton wool ball easily removed a hand’s worth of nail polish (two coats + top coat) and the white peach fragrance is just the icing on top of an already pretty fantastic, albeit inedible, cake. I also made a little video, plus a pros and cons list, which you can check out at the end of this post.

Kester Black Nail Polish Remover
(For those playing at home, the music is a looped intro to Saturdays by Cut Copy)

Pros
– First up, most importantly, it works. So that’s always a major ‘pro’.
– It’s gentle on nails and skin, and nowhere near as abrasive as some removers can be.
– A little bit of nail polish remover goes a long way. I used one lightly soaked cotton wool ball per hand, but probably could have stretched it more.
– The white peach fragrance smells pretty damn good. Although, as much as you’ll be tempted, it’s probably best not to sniff it straight from the bottle.
– It’s a cruelty free product, so good vibes all round.

Cons
– It does take a bit of rubbing to start getting the nail polish off, as you can see in the video. However, as the remover is quite gentle, the rubbing action doesn’t really strip the nail or damage it in any way.
– At $20 a pop it’s much more than what you’d pay for a supermarket/chemist nail polish remover.
– Those outside of Australia might have some difficulty trying to get their hands on a bottle.

Overall, this nail polish remover gets two (nail polish-free) thumbs up from me. I’ll definitely be sticking with it in the future. In the meantime, you can head to the Kester Black website to shop online or find a stockist. 

Kester Black x Original & Mineral

Who doesn’t love a good collab? One of my favourite beauty brands Kester Black has teamed up with with Australian hair care brand Original & Mineral to create a collection of 12 unique nail polish colours. Inspired by the earthy tones and colours of nature, the O&M colours are a bit more subdued than what you’d usually expect from Kester Black polishes. Pictured here are (from top) ‘Queenie’, ‘Conquer Blonde’ and ‘Know Knott’. I’ve tested all three and like other Kester Black polishes these provide even coverage and last for a couple of days before beginning to chip, depending on how well you prep/seal your nails I guess. I’m a no base coat, two coats of colour and you’re done kind of gal, so pretty slack in that respect, but they still look good regardless! The collection is available for a limited time and can be purchased online at Kester Black or through selected retailers across Australia.


Nail polishes c/o Kester Black

Kester Black Hand & Body Soap

Kester Black nail polishes have long been a favourite of mine and they’ve recently released their first ever line of hand & body soaps. Not only do the soaps smell lush (helloooo gingerbread deliciousness) but they also contain nourishing Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Vitamin E and Shea Butter. If that isn’t enough to win you over, just look at that ridiculously cute packaging featuring special edition illustrations by the talented Dawn Tan (future collections will see Kester Black collaborate with a range of Australian artists and designers). I’ve been making more of a conscious effort to use beauty products that are ethically produced and the Kester Black ethos is one that really appeals to me. On top of creating some ace stuff, Kester Black products are CCF (Choose Cruelty Free) accredited and are free from nasty chemicals. Their new hand & body soaps stay true to that ethos and are free from palm oil, parabens, sulfates and petrochemicals. On top of that, Kester Black are Australian made and owned and employ sustainable production methods. I think that’s the definition of a feel-good product right there.

The soaps are available to buy through Kester Black’s online store or from selected stockists across Australia and New Zealand.


Soaps c/o Kester Black


kester black’s supernova

If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, you’d know that I’m easily distracted by sparkly things and can’t say no to anything glittery. This Kester Black nail polish, which I received for my birthday, is my current glittery object du jour. While it looks like glitter overkill in the bottle, it’s the exact opposite when you apply it to your nails. One application distributes on average four of five glitter particles per nail. If you’re particular about the finish then I might suggest having a toothpick handy to quickly reposition glitter particles while the polish is still wet. I had previously tried applying a glitter layer on top of a plain gold polish but for some reason that took forever to dry and I ended up wrecking my manicure because of it. However, when applying this polish as is it dried pretty quickly. Just one of those things, I guess.


I quite like the sparseness of this glittery look. But mainly, how weird are hands/fingers to photograph?