Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd Review & Photos

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd and My Private Cabana were two shades sent to me. The Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd is such an amazing shade of polish. The deep chocolate shade has beautiful, sparkling caramel flecks. Yes, I’m a very pale gal, but I believe that it will look great with all skin tones.

I’ve shot the photos of the Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd during the beautiful New England fall weather. I have two coats of Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd, and although My Private Cabana is not specifically a stamping polish, it worked well used on my ring finger. I added a top coat so I could wear the polish as many days as possible.  

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

 

I hope you’ve read my other posts about Lauren B. Beauty, a cruelty free, vegan company. If not, here’s what you need to know. 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, seek out Cape Cod Massachusetts convenience stores while everyone else was at the beautiful beaches!

Eventually, Lauren B. started her own brand of nail polish 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.

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

I love the brushes that Lauren B. Beauty uses; they contain twice the amount of bristles that are common on typical polishes, and each of the bristles are pre-lacquered. All of the bottles have a special over-cap, which means you can use either a square handle, or a cylindrical one for more control. The Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd glided on incredibly smoothly.

As a busy mom, wife, and being owned by two big dogs I’m thankful that the Lauren B. Espresso on 3rd is very glossy, before adding a top coat. My nails dried very quickly, and due to the formula, I had over 4 days without anything more than very minor chips. 

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

I highly recommend the Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd and My Private Cabana shades!

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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Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer Review and Photos

Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer is another cruelty free and vegan nail polish that I received from Inkk’s new Winter Arctic Collection. There are five colors in this limited edition collection, and they are now available for purchase on the Inkk website.

 Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

Ashley Morgan is the talented Creator and President of Inkk, and in a previous interview she said that she, “…wanted to capture the feeling of winter, arctic and chill, and steer away from traditional Holiday colors like red, green, and orange….Ashley also, “wanted to have a variety of light and dark and choose colors that represent winter as well as wear well with other colors (for fashion).

Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

The photos in this post include one shade from the Winter Arctic Collection: the beautiful Arctic Glacier; and there is Desert Treasures, one of the lovely House of Inkk’s shades. The third nail lacquer that I used was Francesca, from the Canto Inferno Collection. Canto Inferno was the very first collection from Inkk. It represents what the House of Inkk believes in: stories told in color and communication in color.

Shown below are the bottles of the shades that I used. I love the beauty of the design, which so elegantly captures the name Inkk, from an octopus inking.  Each bottle holds a large amount of polish: 18ml.

Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

I was thinking that the best way for me to describe Inkk Arctic Glacier was a dark teal. But, it’s much more complex and beautiful than just that. I came across a photo on Instagram, and I thought it perfectly captured the mood. It looks cold, could be winter, and it’s beautiful. Maybe there’s an octopus in that section of the sea!

Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

I hope that you’ve had a chance to read about this newish (2013) cruelty free and vegan nail polish brand that is five-free of the chemicals Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor. 

Inkk Arctic Glacier is easy to work with, and even when I was exhausted but had to keep redoing my nail art, every single time the polish applied easily, and gave a beautiful, smooth appearance. Although I always recommend you add a top coat, it is shiny without one. If you don’t like the shades that are on the website, then it’s very easy, and a lot of fun, to create your own shade. 

 Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

 

 Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

Inkk Arctic Glacier

Use this link for a mobile app to create custom Inkk Nail lacquers using a color spectrum or from a picture.

Here’s the link to check out the website and either make your own shade, or purchase one of the many Inkk Lacquers.

The only downside is that Inkk Arctic Glacier is one of the five shades in the limited edition Winter Arctic Collection.

Disclosure: I received products for possible review. All links are for your convenience only.

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Oleum Vera Review and Photos

Oleum Vera

Oleum Vera is a new company, (launched November 1st), that sent a beautiful sample box that I would like to share with you. Oleum Vera is a do-it-yourself body care company that wants to help you with your self-care routine by building a cruelty free, all natural beauty routine. They’ll provide you with the ingredients and then you follow their recipes to create a product tailored to your needs.

Oleum Vera

Oleum Vera

The photo above is the contents of the wooden crate. Here are some shots as I opened up the package.

oleum vera

 

oleum vera

 

Oleum Vera

So, here’s how it works. There are several Oleum Vera kits, and each one has a specific role. The one I will be making products with is a kit for face cleansing; that has cleansing oils, facial scrubs, and deep-cleansing masks. The kit is called Off to a Good Start, and contains organic oils and flowers to naturally cleanse your skin.  
There is an Oleum Vera kit for hair, which has oil treatments, hair masks, and hair rinses. There is an Oleum Vera kit for the body, from which you can make body butters, scrubs, and lotion bars. There is also another Oleum Vera kit for the face, but that one is for you to moisture. Therefore, you can make toners and serums. There is also a spa kit from which you can make face masks, massage oils, and bath oils. Finally, they have not left out anyone, as the last one is designed specifically for men. That one has shaving serums, body scrubs, massage oils and a hair serum. I see, though, no reason why a man couldn’t use any of the other above mentioned kits. 

I’m guessing that most of us would just love to make our own body, face and hair products. However, after reading even simple recipes, we’re unsure of where to get the ingredients, and how to make sure that when we do find them we’re ordering them from a legitimate source.  In addition, some recipes don’t include any way to adapt them. For example, you want to make products that are for your skin type. If you have dry skin you certainly don’t want a recipe that is going to be too harsh and will dry up your skin!

It’s also a problem, whether you want to buy products, or to make them yourself, that you don’t get misleading, or false claims about the ingredients. The companies will phrase things to make you think that they are organic, without offering any proof. Oleum Vera eliminates this problem by being certified as organic by both ECOCERT and USDA. The company is also non-GMO and non-synthetic.

Oleum Vera

oleum vera

 

I love that all of the containers in the kit are reusable. There is also a recipe book, and if you go to the website you can view recipes and get even more by giving your email address. I did it, and except for having to confirm my email address, I did not receive any spam at all. Just access to more recipes!

Oleum Vera

You can purchase from retail chains, independent stores, or direct from the Oleum Vera website. Each kit is priced at $74.95. 
I’m planning on making lots of the recipes, but I wanted to get the information out to you as quickly as possible.
oleum vera

Disclosure: I received for possible review. All links are for your convenience only.

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Inkk Frozen Blue Sea Nail Lacquer

Inkk Frozen Blue Sea Nail Lacquer

Inkk Frozen Blue Sea Nail Lacquer and Polar Ice are two more of the five new nail polish shades I received from the House of Inkk’s new Winter Arctic Collection. Ashley Morgan, the Creator and President of Inkk now has them available for purchase on the Inkk Nail Lacquer website.

 

The gorgeous 18ml bottles are 5-Free (of harmful chemicals), vegan, cruelty free, and made in the USA. I love that Inkk Nail Lacquers look as beautiful in the bottle, as on my nails! One of the many reasons that Inkk is such a unique nail polish brand is it’s ability to allow customers to make a custom nail lacquer, or purchase one from the House of Inkk Collection.

 Inkk Frozen Blue Sea Nail Lacquer

Inkk Frozen Blue Sea Nail Lacquer

Inkk Frozen Blue Sea is a deep, dark blue shade, and I would describe Polar Ice as being a light blue/gray shade. Both perfect for a Winter Collection. As Ashley told me in last week’s post, she, “…wanted to capture the feeling of winter, arctic and chill and steer away from traditional Holiday colors like red, green, orange.”

 

 Inkk Frozen Blue Sea Nail Lacquer

Inkk Frozen Blue Sea Nail Lacquer

On my nails are two coats of Inkk Frozen Blue Sea Nail Lacquer. I used two coats for full opaqueness, and I wanted to report if, like all the other Inkk shades I’ve tested, it would wear as well. As of today’s writing, I am on day three without any chips whatsoever. Also, even though Inkk Nail Lacquers are not specifically intended/formulated for stamping, I was able use Polar Ice for the nail art on my ring finger. Inkk Nail Lacquers are definitely a luxury, quality nail polish brand!

 Inkk Frozen Blue Sea Nail Lacquer

 

 

 Inkk Frozen Blue Sea Nail Lacquer

The downside to the Inkk Nail Lacquer Winter Arctic Collection? It’s a limited edition, so don’t wait too long to purchase any of these extraordinary nail lacquers!

Here’s the link to purchase Inkk Lacquer or any of the other beautiful shades.

Use this link for a mobile app to create custom Inkk Nail lacquers using a color spectrum or from a picture.

 

Disclosure: I received Inkk Frozen Blue Sea and Polar Ice for possible review. All of the various links are for your convenience only.

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It Cosmetics It’s Your Top 5 Superstars & More!

It Cosmetics It’s Your Top 5 Superstars & More!

I’m very excited to give you a look at the It Cosmetics It’s Your Top 5 Superstars & More that I received! This will be LIVE for pre-sell on the QVC.com website starting today, Wednesday, November 9th.  Keep reading and all the details are in this post. 

IT Cosmetics It’s Your Top 5 Superstars & More! Six-Piece Collection will then be offered again on QVC Saturday, November 12th at midnight (ET) and will be offered at this price for this last day only!

It Cosmetics It's Your Top 5 Superstars & More!

It Cosmetics It’s Your Top 5 Superstars & More!

This exclusive six-piece collection features the products that women told It Cosmetics were the most life changing for them. In addition, there is a brand new brush. I love my It Cosmetics brushes!

From left to right in the photo below, here’s what in the It Cosmetics It’s Your Top 5 Superstars & More!

There are links to my previous detailed reviews of the products.

2. Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment 

3. Celebration Foundation Illumination

4. Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer

5. Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil

6. The Heavenly Skin Full Coverage Foundation Brush is new! The brush hair optically blurs away the look of imperfections. Notice the custom-cut brush head. It’s designed that way to give you an airbrushed look. But, in addition to all that, it is just as soft and luxurious as you know It Cosmetics brushes always are. Always!

It Cosmetics It's Your Top 5 Superstars & More!

Here’s a shot of the new Heavenly Skin Full Coverage Foundation Brush:

It Cosmetics It's Your Top 5 Superstars & More!

Here’s the photo I posted on my Instagram account:

It Cosmetics It's Your Top 5 Superstars & More!

It Cosmetics It’s Your Top 5 Superstars & More!

IT Cosmetics IT’s Your Top 5 Superstars & More surely has at many of your favorites for beautiful lips, brows, eye lashes, and skin.

Here’s a link for the pre-sell on the QVC.com websitethat starts today! The price is $59.95, and if you were to purchase these products separately, the price would be $189.00. That’s quite a deal, right It Girls?!

 

Disclosure: I received the Collection for possible review. All links are for your convenience only.

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