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Keep your nails looking gorgeous, yet green

Manicures are hardly the first thing that comes to mind when one considers being eco-friendly, but the truth is, the modern mani can be both green and gorgeous. Here's how.

Polish pretty

Sheswai lacquer is free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and to "top" that off, the cap of each Sheswai bottle is made of sustainably harvested wood. Plus, Sheswai lacquer is proudly made in the USA.

But who cares about green polish if it's not pretty? Oh, but it is. And not only is this lust-worthy lacquer collection eco chic, the shades are simply stunning. Sugar Kiss is that perfect pink hue met with a daring dash of sparkle. Nice is that just-right nude hue that's typically impossible to find. And then there's Stoked, the color of the season, a chic turquoise that's unabashedly on trend for Spring 2012. Shop the collection at online at sheswaibeauty.com.

Remove polish (and bad energy)

G2 Organics non-acetone nail-polish remover is organic and odorless. And, in case you're wondering, it actually works quite well at removing nail polish of all kinds. G2 Organics polish remover sells for $9.95 at g2organics.com and Reiki charging is included in the price. That's because G2's founders, Cherie Corso and Marie Lamari, are Reiki-certified and "charge" each bottle personally, which, according to the G2 site, "amplifies the good energy and integrity of the product."

Green-it-yourself scrubs

Banish dead skin with a DIY scrub made at home with organic products that you probably already have in your pantry. Got sugar? Then you've got all a woman needs to make an at-home mani/pedi scrub that will leave skin incredibly smooth from head to toe. Mix 2 tablespoons of organic light-brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of organic cane sugar, 1 tablespoon of applesauce and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Combine all ingredients, mixing well, and then apply as a scrub for hands and feet as part of your at-home maintenance routine.

Professionally green

A DIY mani/pedi may do in a pinch, but nothing makes us feel as good as having the professionals execute the perfect eco-friendly manicure and pedicure. Not to worry, dolls, organic or all-natural professional treatments can be found near you. In Tampa head to SB Spa located at 116 S Oregon Ave. Opt for the Organic Citrus Mani ($55) or the Organic Citrus Pedi ($60) and enjoy pampering the natural way within this 5,600-square-foot eco-friendly escape.

— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet up with Carolyn on Twitter @tampabaypretty.

Keep your nails looking gorgeous, yet green 02/23/12 [Last modified: Thursday, February 23, 2012 3:30am]

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