Can we talk about nail polish for a moment?
I used to buy one every, single week. It was pathetic. When I first moved to NYC, my internship only gave us $10 a day for lunch. Which meant my mom and dad were paying my rent. Which meant that any money I made from working as a sales associate at Zara should have gone to my utilities and food. But, a good chunk of that money went to endless amounts of nail polishes (and other makeup additions to my stash that I didn’t need at all).
Thank God I’d go on to become the EBONY.com Associate Beauty and Style Editor (shameless plug, whatever) where I wouldn’t have to buy makeup anymore.
Honestly, nail polish has been some kind of saving beauty grace for me. That and lipstick. You can change it whenever and even cheaply indulge in a few at a time. It’s easy makeup, not like contouring and strobing. Nail polish is fun. It’s shareable. Bring the girls over, have a “polish party”, drink a lot of wine, talk all the shit you want.
But, back to the point of this write-up. I’ve become obsessed not only with nail polish again, but Black and Brown-owned brands. My top faves at the moment: LAW Beauty Essentials (I interviewed her and her story will be up soon, she’s a doll), 25th and June, and Mischo Beauty.
Let me break down why I like each of them really quickly, so I can hopefully convince you to buy their lacquers (I just love that fancy word for polishes).
Besides being owned by a young 20-something, gorgeous (and I mean gorgeous…just wait until her interview hits the site) Brown girl, I love the packaging of LAW. It’s chic and pretty and feminine. My second favorite obsession is that her polishes are 5-free and cruelty-free. That means they don’t test on animals and the polishes don’t contain the typical 5 harsh chemicals many mainstream polishes do.
Owner Kitiya has the coolest story. She started Mischo Beauty because she couldn’t find any polishes safe enough for her to use while pregnant with her son. Since she didn’t find what she was looking for, she created it. Um…talk about badass.
The saying goes: if they don’t invite you to the party, throw your own…
Her polishes are 8-free, vegan and cruelty-free.
Well, besides the fact that Nexus is a fellow Temple University alum like myself (TU!), what I like about this nail elixir (another fancy word for polish, loves it) is that you can get all of your basic colors with a dose of sass. 25th and June has the reds, pinks, blues, greens and so on, but they also have personality. They’re not just basic basic colors, if that makes sense.
Buy them here.