Jessica Johnson Beauty: Classic Beauty

Jessica Johnson Beauty

I “met” Jessica of  Jessica Johnson Beauty via Twitter. I was very excited to read that her businesses in NYC and Maine can give you beautiful brows, and glowing skin.

Jessica Johonson Beauty has a mission to, “…Empower women with a simple, straight-forward approach to beauty that allows them to race out the door in five minutes looking polished and put together.”

Jessica Johnson gets her nspiration from the heyday of Hollywood glamour.  “The icons of that age had an easy, effortless beauty grounded in two essential elements: stunning eyebrows and a vibrant complexion. Simple. Graceful. Elegant. That’s always in style.”

In addition, Jessica has a product, that while I have not yet tried, I would like to write about. It is the Jessica Johnson Brow & Lash Conditioning Serum. As I do with all the products that I review, I make sure that it’s completely cruelty free. Being 100% cruelty free means that at no point in the making of the product is there animal testing. In addition, it is not sold in China, where testing is still required by law! So, to that end, Jessica double-checked with the manufacturer, and it is still cruelty free.

The Jessica Johnson Beauty Brow & Lash Conditioning Serum has been clinically tested to produce longer, stronger, thicker eyebrows and eyelashes in six weeks. The blend of active ingredients including SymPeptide (TM) Xlash, Black Sea Rod Oil and Hyaluronic Acid. The product is paraben free, perfume free. and opthamologist approved.

 

Jessica Johnson Beauty Jessica Johnson Beauty is located at The Yves Durif Salon at The Carlyle, and with Erno Laszlo Institute, both located in New York City. You can also make an appointment for Jessica at her business at 15 Middle Street, Suite B2, in Portland, Maine.

Disclosure: I have nothing to disclose. I have not, nor will I, receive any compensation for this post.

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Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues Review

Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues

This week’s Manicure Monday is the Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues, a shade that was sent to me. I previously reviewed another of Lauren B.’s shade My Private Cabana  Just a reminder that Lauren B. Beauty is a cruelty free, vegan company. The owner is Lauren B., who has always loved nail polish.  Lauren B. started her own brand of nail polish, Lauren B. Beauty, that does not have the chemicals included in a lot of polishes: formaldehyde, DBP, and toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor. Hence, Lauren B. Beauty is a five-free nail polish. In addition, Lauren B. Beauty polish is non-toxic, eco-friendly, and made in the USA.

Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues

The Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues is an iridescent midnight navy blue shade that looks fabulous no matter the lighting conditions!

The photo below still shows the awesome shine, despite there being no sun out on that day. In fact, it was one of the few days I was able to be outside without getting deluged with rain.

 Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues

 

All the photos show two coats of Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues, but no top coat, except on my ring finger. I did that due to the nail art, where I used My Private Cabana (last week’s shade), and then the Lauren B. Beauty Gel Like Top Coat.

Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues

I love the brush; it contains twice the amount of bristles that are common on typical polishes, and each of the bristles are pre-lacquered.  The Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues glided on incredibly smoothly. I think it’s great that the bottle has a special over-cap, so I could use either a square handle or a cylindrical handle, for more control.

I did not need two coats of polish. In fact, when I asked my family if they could tell which one finger I had just one coat of polish on, they could not tell the difference!  So, after the photos, I added a second coat, and a top coat to all the nails, to check out the wear, and test how long I could go before I noticed any chipping.

Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues on a very sunny day!

Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues

Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues

Here is my assessment of the the Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues polish. I’m a busy mom, wife, and I’m owned by two big dogs. The Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues is very glossy, even without a top coat. My nails dried very quickly, and if you are rushed, this shade does not need a second coat of polish.  I have had only two minor chips, and I think that’s because I’m at my computer typing away a lot of the day–never mind all the dishes, etc. that I do. I am planning on asking if Lauren B. herself can tell us about the formula of her polish. There is something very different (special) about the thickness, and the durability of it. I’ll get back to you when I have a response.

The Lauren B. Beauty looks great in the direct sunlight, and as in the photo below, in my house, working on this post late at night! Without any hesitation, I highly recommend the Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues shade!

Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues

 For more information and current pricing, check out the Lauren B. website.

Disclosure: I received the polish, but all links are for your convenience only.

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Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask Review

Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask

I was sent the Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask and I tried it four times, once a week for four weeks, as I believe in giving skincare products a thorough testing. I’m ready with a review so you can decide if it’s right for you.

The reason that I decided to test the mask was due to three top reasons. The Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask is cruelty free, vegan, and Kaeng Raeng donates a portion of every sale to support animal rescue organizations! (That’s a cause that is near and dear to me as I am a volunteer at my local animal shelter). I’m also really pleased to note that the mask is gluten free, phthalate free, and paraben free. Sounds great, right?! So, if you want to learn more about the Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask, keep reading!

 

 Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask

 

Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask

I know Kaeng Raeng from trying their vegan detox cleanse program. Using the same principal, they developed three skincare products; the other two products will soon be reviewed on my blog. By the way, do you know what Kaeng Raeng (pronounced kang-rang) means? It’s, “be healthy, be strong,” in the Thai language.

 

The jar of the Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask contains 2 oz. of a detoxifying charcoal face mask, which  means that you’ll be able to enjoy approximately fifteen masks. It’s a very dark black shade, as one would expect with activated charcoal in the ingredients. It’s also very thick (it’s sticking to the spoon I dipped in), so make sure that you wipe and rinse off your face with a dark colored washcloth.

 

Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask

 

Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask

You are directed to apply liberally (which I took to mean that I should have fun generously slathering it over my clean, dry skin). Keep out of your eyes, of course! Now, set a timer for ten minutes and let the mask dry completely. The first time I used it, I felt a bit of tingling while the mask was drying. I was concerned, as I have sensitive skin. However, after I gently, and thorougly, removed it with warm water and a dark wash cloth, all I saw was a bit of redness (from wiping off, and the mask), but my skin otherwise looked fine, and felt very exfoliated. As recommended, I stored it in the refrigerator, to extend it’s shelf life.

 

Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask

I tried the Mask in the evening, and when I awoke the next morning, my skin was incredibly smooth, with no sign at all that I had any adverse reaction. I also found that the Mask really seemed to able to zero in on any breakouts I had, and make my skin look better. I definitely felt as though I had visited a spa (while in reality I had not left the confines of my bathroom!). Kaeng Raeng recommends that you follow the mask with their After Glow moisturizing serum, which I will review soon.

So, after using the Kaeng Raeng for once a week, for four weeks, I can highly recommend it, and will continue to use it since I love how it makes my skin feel, and look.

Cons? Other than not wanting to take a photo with my face covered in a black mask, I could think of absolutely nothing that others would not love about the product!

 

Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask

Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Mask

For current pricing, and other products sold by Kaeng Raeng, check out their website: http://kaengraeng.com/

Disclosure: I received the product for possible review, but all links are for your convenience only.

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Lauren B. Beauty My Private Cabana Review

Lauren B. Beauty My Private Cabana

Lauren B. Beauty My Private Cabana Nail Polish shade was sent to me, and I’m so happy to be able to share this beautiful pale mint green with you. First, a little bit about Lauren B. Beauty, a cruelty free, vegan company. The owner is Lauren B., who has always loved nail polish. When she was little, she would frequently set up her own nail salon in the garage and paint her grandmother’s (and other family members’) nails. By the age of fifteen, she was obsessing over the newest nail trends so much that she would put nail polish shades in color groups and, during the hot summers, stalk out Cape Cod Massachusetts convenience stores while everyone else was at the beautiful beaches!

I loved reading that since some “well meaning” adults advised her to go into a career (other than the nail industry), she graduated college and started her medical career journey. However, like most people that don’t pursue things that excite us, she found that “something was missing.” Fortunately, the hair care guru Philip B. is her uncle! He asked, and got her help. Eventually, Lauren B. started her own brand of nail polish that was  just the right combination to produce a line of cruelty free, vegan nail polishes, without the horrible chemicals of formaldehyde, DBP, and toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor. Hence, Lauren B. Beauty is a five-free nail polish. In addition, Lauren B. Beauty polish is non-toxic, eco-friendly, and made in the USA.

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Lauren B. Beauty My Private Cabana

Lauren B. Beauty My Private Cabana

What I love about the pale mint green shade is that I believe that it looks great no matter what the season, and seems to look perfect on all skin tones. The photos show one coat of Lauren B. Beauty My Private Cabana on my thumb; the other nails have two coats. The only finger that I put a top coat on was my ring finger, where I added a little flower, and a rhinestone, and the Lauren B. Beauty House of Blues shade. I used the Lauren B. Beauty Gel Like Top Coat.

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my private cabana

I love the brush! It contains twice the amount of bristles that are common on typical polishes. The Lauren B. Beauty My Private Cabana glided on smoothly, and certainly without streaks.  The one coat of polish on my thumb is amazing.  I’m assuming that is due to the quality and also the fact that each of the bristles are pre-lacquered, so the brush is just the right width to easily paint my fingernails.  Also, as I’m not a nail blogger, I’m a good test to see if a “typical” customer has any issues.

Bonus: the bottle has a special over-cap, which means you can use either a square handle or a cylindrical handle, for more control.

Here’s what I found, as a busy mom, wife, and being being owned by two big dogs. First, without a doubt, the Lauren B. Beauty My Private Cabana is very glossy, even without a top coat. My nails dried very quickly, after one and two coats of polish. Yes, I did add a top coat to my nails after the photos to test how long I could go before I noticed any chipping. My verdict, after 5 days, when I am now writing this review, I have only minor chips. However, I do want it noted that I actually use my nails! There was nothing that a bit of polish couldn’t easily fix, and some of it, I’m sure, would not be noticeable to most people!

The Lauren B. Beauty My Private Cabana shade looks great in the direct sunlight, and as in the photo below, in my house, with no direct light on it.

Lauren B. Beauty My Private Cabana

 For more information, and current pricing, check out the Lauren B. Website

Disclosure: I received the polish, but all links are for your convenience only.

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ani MICHELE Nail Art Review and Photos

ani MICHELE Nail Art

After reviewing two of the ani MICHELE nail polish shades I recieved, I decided to show you how beautiful they work together with an ani MICHELE nail art post. My inspiration is the night sky, and the name of the glittery black, Reach for the Stars shade.

ani michele nail art


In case you haven’t read my two previous posts showing both Love Bug and Reach for the Stars,  here are some facts you need to know. Ani Sousamian is the founder and owner of Ani Michele Products LLC. Since early childhood, Ani has had a passion and infatuation for nail polish. Ani MICHELE lacquer is different from the “typical” polish you would purchase in that it’s cruelty free, vegan, made in the United States, and five free of chemicals. Five free means that all the polishes are not only made without the three common chemicals found in nail polishes (toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde), but also without two other dangerous chemicals (formaldehyde resin and camphor).

Ani so strongly belives in staying positive and hoping for the best, and she reminds everyone of that on the bottom of each of the ani MICHELE bottles. Check out the inspirational motto, “always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”  

ani michele Nail Art

 ani michele Nail Art

ani MICHELE Nail Art

For the ani MICHELE nail art, I applied two coats of polish on all my nails and a top coat. My thoughts about the polish remain the same. The brush is just the right width to easily paint my fingernails. The polish dries quickly, and that’s extra important when I’m not only in a hurry to get somewhere, but doing nail art! The polish did a great job of only having minor chips after several days, and that’s to be expected since I use my hands to type, write, do dishes, etc..  Even without a top coat, the ani MICHELE nail lacquer has a beautiful glossy sheen. I have no cons to report about this polish, and I highly recommend it.

Here are some more ani MICHELE nail art photos:

 

ani michele Nail Art

 

 slightly different lighting

 

ani michele nail art

 

 

  ani michele nail art

Purchase ani MICHELE nail lacquer at the website, and see other fabulous shades that you can wear on your nails.

 

Disclosure: I received the polish, but all links are for your convenience only.

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