Saturday, March 25, 2017

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Care & Polish Picks

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I am a major fan of all things Lauren B. Beauty, and their polishes and nail care gems are by far my most reached for products for the hands and nails. You might be surprised to learn that the actual person, Lauren B., is the niece of the Philip B., and between the two of them my hair and nail care needs are amply met! To read more about the genesis of Lauren B., click HERE.
Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish ($18.00 for 0.5 oz. from Lauren B., Beautyhabit and Net-A-Porter): Lauren B. Nail Polish is 5 Free, therefore this formula is made without Formaldehyde, DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde resin or Camphor. Furthermore, Lauren B. polishes are  not tested on animals, they are vegan-friendly, and they are free of harsh chemicals.

Lauren B. Nail Polishes come in a wide variety of gorgeous shades, they boast a glossy chip resistant, long-lasting finish,  and they are fast drying. Additionally, they glide on smoothly and they are streak-free. streak-free

That I am an Angelino, brimming with pride about my city, is indisputable, and the LA-centric names of each of these gorgeous polishes make me particularly happy! In fact, they even have a polish named after my neighborhood that I need to get my hands on!

According to Lauren B.,

Our advanced, quick-drying nail enamels deliver a chip-resistant, long-lasting, mirror-like finish. The brush is packed with twice the standard amount of bristles, all pre-lacquered so your polish glides on smoothly and streak-free. The bottle has a special over-cap, so you can use a square or cylindrical handle for more control.
Each formula is non toxic, eco- and vegan-friendly (with no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene or camphor), TPHP free, and proudly made in the USA. 
MEET ME ON MELROSEA dusky greyed lilac that’s effortlessly transformative, this shade honestly looks gorgeous on everyone. Inspired by hip café dwellers on Melrose Avenue, it’s a little moody and earthy, with a fantastic urban-sophisticated vibe.

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/ Neopentyl Glycol/ Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral, May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.
CITY OF ANGELSA sheer, tender blush pink that flatters all skin tones. Not too saccharine-sweet, it’s possibly the chicest neutral ever.

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/ Neopentyl Glycol/ Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral, May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.
SOUTH OF THE BLVD.A fuchsia pink that’s as lush and showy as the bougainvilleas lining the manicured streets south of Ventura Boulevard – and the actual flowers couldn’t have done it better.The richly pigmented color looks amazing on everyone and bursts with shine.

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/ Neopentyl Glycol/ Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral, May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.
SANTA MONICA SHUTTERSClean and fresh with a touch of translucence, this milky, off-white shade creates the best first-snowfall effect: one coat makes your nails look healthy and glowing; two coats lend them a pearly gleam.

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/ Neopentyl Glycol/ Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral, May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.
WHERE'S MY OSCARA gilded glow that looks warm and elegant, not frosty. And its sheer finish makes it unusually appealing on both pale and dark skin.

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/ Neopentyl Glycol/ Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral, May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.
DOWNTOWN SKYLINEFlecked with silvery shimmer, this mesmerizing deep blue-grey looks offhand and cool with jeans and a tank, or it can give just the right of edge to an evening look.

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/ Neopentyl Glycol/ Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral, May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.
SILVER LAKE SPEAKEASYHauntingly beautiful and versatile. A silvery-gray laced with blue sheen, this alludes to cool water and fall skies.

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/ Neopentyl Glycol/ Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral, May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.
CALABASAS CASHThe look of the season is metallic – and there’s nothing more thrilling than this dark, glossy emerald. Laced with glints of shimmer, it looks cool and provocative, and lifts a minimalist outfit into a whole new league.

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/ Neopentyl Glycol/ Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral, May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.
GREYSTONE GREYMuted but with a wild side: This glossy dark slate hue makes the prettiest neutral, while staying unexpectedly moody and dark.

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/ Neopentyl Glycol/ Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral, May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.
DEPARTING LAXGlints of silver and lavender illuminate this shimmery gray-brown enamel, lending it the shiny iridescence of a jet-plane. It’s an unexpected neutral that soars.

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/ Neopentyl Glycol/ Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral, May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.
RUNYON CANYONA luscious deep caramel glaze with red undertones, this warms up even the palest skin and reminds us of our favorite L.A. hiking trail. Bonus: It doesn’t look traditional in the slightest.

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/ Neopentyl Glycol/ Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral, May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.
Lauren B. Nail & Cuticle Balm ($30.00 for 0.5oz. from Lauren B., Beautyhabit and Net-A-Porter): This Nail & Cuticle Balm, which is more of a light oil-based liquid that dispenses through a twist and click pen, instantly hydrates and heals cuticles. It is very easy to use, and very effective.

According to Lauren B.,

This rich hydrator absorbs instantly to restore parched, straggly cuticles to their prime. Our advanced amino acid complex and biotin promotes healing; sweet almond oil, mango & shea butter, and Vitamin E add moisture; and beeswax creates a water-resistant barrier for extra protection. We love the click-pen applicator – perfect for dotting on throughout the day.

Ingredients: Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Polyethylene, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexldecyl Ascorbate, Niacinamide.

Lauren B. Cuticle Oil ($20.00 for 0.5 oz. from Lauren B. and Beautyhabit): I have long-loved cuticle oils, and this brush-on oil is a fantastic blend of plant, nut and flower oils. It is lightweight, fast absorbing, and very nourishing. The light botanical scent is a delight to the senses.

According to Lauren B.,

Our Ultra-Rich Lightweight Cuticle Oil is a custom blend of 12 ultra-pure plant, nut and flower oils designed to quickly hydrate your dry cuticles. Packed with amino-acids which promotes healing and revival to hands in need.

Our custom blend of 12 ultra-pure plant, nut and flower oils designed to quickly hydrate your dry cuticles. Also, it is packed with amino-acids promoting healing and revival. Apply with our convenient brush applicator so you can take as little or as much as you need – no mess!

Ingredients: Olea Eurpoaea Fruit Oil, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil, Arachis Hypogaea Oil, Prunus Armygdalus Dulci Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis Seed Oil, Juglans Regia Seed Oil, BHT, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Gardenia Florida Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Chlorphenesin, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citrolleol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Famesol, Geranlol, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool.

Directions: Apply a liberal amount of cuticle oil, using our brush applicator – to the base of your nails at the cuticle. Next, rub the remaining oil into your hands. Lastly, if painting your nails, wash your hands and nails with soap and warm water to remove oils prior to painting.

Lauren B. Nail Growth Serum ($75.00 for 0.08oz. from Lauren B. and Net-A-Porter): I have not used this long enough to really see the full benefits, but my nails are definitely stronger than they were before I began using it.

According to Lauren B.,

Salvation for fragile, brittle nails that refuse to grow. This sheer blend of amino acids, antioxidants, Vitamins E and C, peptides and biotin sinks in instantly to boost natural nail growth and strength. Brush it directly onto your nails before applying polish, or on bare nails once or twice a day.

Ingredients: Water, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Saccrum Officinarium Extract, PVP, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Betane, Isoleucine, Proline, Theronine, Histodine.

Lauren B. Polishing Hand Scrub ($20.00 for 2 oz. from Lauren B. and Net-A-Porter): This nourishing hand scrub, which has a warm botanical aroma, is formulated with micro oil beads that gently remove dead skin cells without stripping the skin. In fact, the formula is itself so hydrating that you can actually forgo a hand cream if you so choose. If a hydrating exfoliant is something that you have sought, then you really need to try this non-greasy, and ultra nourishing gem.

According to Lauren B.,

Lauren B. Beauty Hand Scrub – an eco-friendly exfoliator, potent anti-ager, and hydrator in one. Brighten, soothe, heal chapping and protect agains environmental damage. Vitamin E, Aloe Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Swiss-derived Green apple stem cells combine to revive and smooth the thin skin on your hands.

Lauren B. Nourishing Hand Crème ($24.00 for 2 oz. from Lauren B., Beautyhabit and Net-A-Porter): This rich hand cream is ultra-lightweight and fast-absorbing, and it leaves hands remarkably silky, soft, supple, hydrated and luminous.  It has a light, pleasant floral scent that delights the senses, but it does fade quickly for those among you who are sensitive to fragrances.

According to Lauren B.,

A super rich indulgence. Laced with antioxidants, peptides and amino acids, this remarkably non-greasy hydrator leaves hands ridiculously smooth and soft. A special delivery system ensures that moisturizing agents sink in fast to plump and soothe for hours. And the heavenly orchid and peony scent alone will make you want a lifetime supply.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylheptyl Caprylate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Fragrance (Parfum), Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinol, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Phenylalanine, Isoleucine, Threonine, Histodine, Arginine, Proline, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Phytantriol, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Menthyl Lactate, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Phosphate, Carbomber, Aminomethyl Propanol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerine, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, BHT. Paraben-free.
Tips from Skyy Hadley:
Spring is arriving, and that means warmer weather and no more dry hands. Luckily, you can keep your hands and nails in-tact and looking healthy with these tips from Skyy Hadley and products from Lauren B. Beauty! 

Many people don’t realize, but taking care of your cuticles is the best way to keep your nails looking their best. Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Nail Salon, is a firm believer in tending to your cuticles for strong and lustrous nails.

Follow her tips below for the best results:
  • Always use a cuticle oil/cream. Having dry, scraggly cuticles is not a good look and may even make you want to pick them, which can lead to a bacterial infection. Using a cuticle oil can make your manicure last longer. Keeping the nail beds and areas around your nails moisturized will make the nail polish stay in place longer. A cuticle oil is a great way to make a two day old manicure look like you just walked out of the salon
  • If you don’t have cuticle oil or cream available, you can use anything from your kitchen! Olive oil, baby oil, or even Vaseline are quick go-to solutions
  • NEVER cut your cuticles, they should only be pushed back. Cuticles are designed to protect your fingers from infections, and bacteria. You should only cut the dry skin around the nail and not the actual cuticles themselves
Here are her picks: Lauren B. Beauty Cuticle Oil, Lauren B. Beauty Nail & Cuticle Balm and Lauren B. Beauty Nourishing Hand Crème.
Overall Assessment: Lauren B. Beauty is an incredible brand that is very worthy of your consideration. I have yet to try a product from this brand that I didn't love. I highly recommend their beautiful line! A+

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18 comments:

  1. I love Lauren B Beauty! I really want South of the BLVD now!

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    1. Me too! South of Blvd. is my favorite!!!!!

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  2. That is so cool that Lauren is Philip's niece! I love this LA-themed collection ❤ Meet Me on Melrose is my fave

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    1. I agree, Allison! I only just learned that too! Yes, the LA collection is fantastic! Meet me on Melrose is absolutely GORGEOUS! That and South of the Blvd. are my two current favorites!

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  3. I had a sample of that cuticle oil and it was pretty amazing! The whole line looks super pretty.

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    1. Isn't the cuticle oil fantastic?! I am so glad that you have tried it, Norah! The whole line is truly amazing!

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  4. This is a line I would very much like to try. Not only are the bottles and tubes pretty as anything, the quality seems so lovely. I don't think I've ever seen a bad review of this brand.

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    1. This is definitely a line that you need in your life, Erika! From the moment that you first try their products you will be hooked!

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  5. I love Philip B hair products, but I didn't know about his niece. Some of these look so gorgeous - thanks for introducing me to the brand!

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    1. Philip B. products are amazing, and ultra-luxe favorites of mine! His niece is equally talented, and her nail products are among the very finest that I have tried!

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  6. Oooh, those polishes look awesome!

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  7. I would love to try their nail polishes!

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    1. I think that you would be quite impressed by them, Kath!

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  8. I'm crazy about Lauren B polishes. I'm giving away a lot of polishes prior to moving but not my Lauren B. Those are precious. The hand cream and scrub sound terrific too.

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    1. I certainly wouldn't give them away, either! They are precious, indeed! Yes, the hand cream and scrub are truly wonderful!

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  9. I don't know how I've never tried this brand, but there are quite a few polish shades I'd love to have in my collection.

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    1. I really think that you would love Lauren B., Bailey! I HIGHLY recommend their products, and the polishes are incredible!

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