Lucy's Cruelty-Free Beauty and Living

Female Owned Indie Brand Spotlight +Get to Know the CEO: Dimension Nails

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Dimension Nails Indie Brand Spotlight

I love my cruelty free community πŸ’– Thanks to all of my social media friends out there, I have found, tried, and connected with so many different amazing brands!  Hence one of the reasons I really wanted to focus on giving back this year, and highlighting some of the brands I have worked with and am so thankful for πŸ™

I discovered the brand, Dimension Nails, right on Instagram! I was scrolling through my feed, and one of the Florida bloggers I had connected with, Nicole over at Reasonable Raven, had posted a nail polish collaboration.  I, of course, had to check out the brand, and discovered that DN was owned by another really fabulous Florida woman named Stephanie Warren.  I sent Stephanie a message and we have been friends ever since.  Her polishes are amazing, and I also had the opportunity to collaborate with her on a mineral eyeshadow pigment.  I was over the moon with the opportunity and so happy with the resulting color, Zen πŸ’™ It is the most beautiful, vibrant royal blue, and the pigmentation is outrageous! 😍

I even have a coupon code to share with you! For 20% off your order, use crueltyfreelucy20 at Dimension Nails πŸ’–

Stephanie is quite the fierce warrior!  She is super passionate about her compassion mission, grows  a lot of her own fruits & veggies, puts in a lot of time to take care of her body (both in & out), and is a die hard vegan πŸ’š  I have nothing but the utmost respect for this girl boss!  I asked her five questions about her DN and her responses are incredibly inspiring 😍  Check it out!

1 - What was your inspiration for creating Dimension Nails?

Dimension Nails was actually started from nail stickers. We had the first ever peel, stick, and paint 3D stickers. My father and I came up with them. I was watching Face Off, a movie makeup show, and I thought how cool it would be to create that sort of stuff on your nails. After many concepts and ideas, the stickers were born. Because the products were very new to the industry, we only had one manufacturer who knew how to make them. For personal reasons the owner took a leave of absence and we couldn’t produce the product, so we closed. During that time, I became a vegan. It has brought me so much joy in my personal life I wanted to share that with others. So, we re-opened the business with the goal of spreading awareness about veganism through nail polish.
2 - What did you do before Dimension Nails and how did you make it happen for yourself?

Before Dimension Nails I was a bartender on St. Pete Beach. I started the brand while I was still bartending. It came to a point where I decided to quit my job and go all in with the brand. I saved up some money and left my bar job. There has been a lot of ups and downs, not to mention many sacrifices, but I’m happy I did.
3 - What keeps you motivated, especially on the daily, to continue growing your brand?

First, I love doing my own thing. It’s a lot of fun! There are days though, when I cry because the work that needs to be done is never ending, overwhelming, and getting ahead just doesn’t seem to exist… Those are some challenges, but I’ve never felt like I wanted to quit. I’m the type of person who believes there is always a way to get it all done. The formula just needs to be discovered and precise. Waking up every day with the desire to accomplish everything I want out of this life is the most inspiring and exciting thing to me. That’s what keeps me motivated. And I am truly blessed to have my inspiration come from within. That is something I don’t take for granted.
4 - Where do you see Dimension Nails going in the future? What is next?

I have a lot of goals for Dimension Nails. One of my main goals is to make the biggest impact in the lives of animals as I can. I have loved animals, and doing my nails, ever since I was a child. I wanted to be a veterinarian, but when in college, I found out hospital life wasn’t for me. So, it's not a surprise I ended up where I am today. I want to give back as much as I can and be as active as I can in the vegan movement. I want people to know it’s not just about nail polish for me or the brand. It’s about change, love, compassion, and life. I am also working on new products all the time that give healthier options to many of the current products in the industry. Veganism I also believe is about health. So, I’m always looking to find new things to add to our growing collection of products. Lastly, I would love to have a salon one day!

5 - If you could give any one piece of advice to a fellow indie brand owner, what would it be?

Be patient. This doesn’t happen overnight. It doesn’t happen in one year. Be ready to give 4 years to it consistently. I’m in year 2 right now after we re-opened with polish. It’s a learning process. Some things work some things don’t and it’s our job to figure all that out. But quitting is not an option. Give 100% for 4 years and don’t be afraid to re-invent things and/or yourself. This is your journey and all that you need you already possess.

Thank you Stephanie for sharing so much about you and your brand, Dimension Nails πŸ’…

I know that we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this brand!  I am super excited to see what other vegan and cruelty free goodies Stephanie has up her sleeve πŸ˜‰

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Have a Beautiful Day, Love Lucy~~*

9 Vegan Home Remedies for Healthy Glowing, and Beautiful Skin

Thursday, February 7, 2019

9 Vegan Home Remedies for Healthy, Glowing and  Beautiful Skin

Veganism is on the rise! More people are identifying as vegans. more than any other time in history πŸ’š In the U.S. alone, there’s been a 600 percent increase in vegans in the last three years, with the number of those claiming to be vegan growing from 4 to 6 percent between 2014 and 2017. This is an inspiring statistic that proves that more people are moving toward a plant~based lifestyle πŸƒ

A 2016 research study by the Vegan Society also estimated that there are twice as many women than men who are vegan. Some reasons for this are health related, while others are about caring for the concerns of the environment and animal welfare. While these reasons are important, one major concern for women is their skin ~ keeping it beautiful.  Many people desire skin that is flawless, healthy, and beautiful, but finding cruelty-free, vegan products in stores that are suitable for your skin type can be a daunting task.

Natural ingredients are amazing, and there’s so much about the beauty in them that if used over and over, helps maintain clean, beautiful, but most importantly, healthy skin ✨ One of the best options to getting beautiful skin is to consume a diet  with lots of veggies and fruit, since they are so high in vitamins and nutrients. How about using natural, plant~based ingredients to pamper our skin???

Female Owned Indie Brand Spotlight +Get to Know the CEO: Love, Sylvie Seasonal Perfume

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Female Owned Indie Brand Spotlight +Get to Know the CEO: Love, Sylvie Seasonal Perfume

When I started thinking about what I wanted to put my efforts into for 2019, positive energy + gratitude were at the top of my list!  2018 was a great year, and I had the opportunity to try & share my experiences with so many different brands & products πŸ’œ I also wanted to branch out and try way more indie brands that vegan friendly, cruelty free, and mostly female owned.  I wanted to do more than just review a product...and that was how this series, Indie Brand Spotlight, was born 😍

I started playing with the Love, Sylvie Seasonal Perfumes Winter Collection in November.  You can check out my review here.  Taking my review a step further, I really wanted to go behind the curtain and learn a little more about it's CEO, Kristen Dumbeck.  Keep reading to check it out πŸ ‹

So I sent over 5 questions to make this process streamlined and easy for me and everyone else involved πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰ Thank you Kristen for taking the time to share a little bit about yourself and your beautiful brand, Love, Sylvie 😘

1 - What was your inspiration for creating Love, Sylvie?

My husband worked in the perfume industry in Europe with some major brands. He noticed that the industry operated the way it did fifty years ago – selling perfume through sexist ads, celebrities, and pushy mall sales people. In the age of Casper mattresses and Warby Parker glasses, perfume just wasn’t speaking to the millennial generation.

Together, we listed all of the things people disliked about perfume (harsh chemicals, large bulky bottles, in-store purchases…) and came up with a plan to make buying perfume fun again. We wanted to create a conscious brand using clean ingredients shipped directly to your door. That’s how Love, Sylvie was born!

2 - What did you do before Love, Sylvie and how did you make it happen for yourself?

Since I was a teenager, I was fascinated by entrepreneurship and was always reading about new technology. Then in college, I won an entrepreneurship contest for a prom dress rental business plan that I wrote the night before. However, the thought of actually becoming an entrepreneur was daunting, like climbing Mount Everest. I just didn’t know where to start.

So, I worked in finance in one of those black-suit type jobs in Philadelphia for four years. When I tell people this, they assume I didn’t like my job and was just blindly climbing some Wall Street corporate ladder. The truth is, I really loved my job. I learned how businesses were built over time, and I loved meeting the founders behind them. Yet, I noticed that I wasn’t using all of my skills on a daily basis and was left feeling a little unfulfilled. In essence, I was just bursting with new ideas and creativity that felt stifled by routine. After meeting my now-husband, creating Love, Sylvie seemed like a natural next step. Last May, I moved to San Francisco and started working full time on Love, Sylvie prior to launching in November.

3 - What keeps you motivated, especially on the daily, to continue growing your brand?

I received a letter from a customer in December who is a cancer survivor. She wrote to us about the difficulties of finding perfume free of toxic chemicals like parabens and phthalates, and how much it meant to her to find healthy perfume. It made me realize that we’re creating much more than perfume. We’re creating the ability for a cancer survivor to live a more confident, healthy lifestyle. We’re saving time for busy mothers. We’re empowering women who don’t feel comfortable at beauty counters at the mall. We’re changing the conversation about what we use on our bodies, and what customers should expect from perfume. It’s this broader picture that keeps me motivated on a daily basis.

4 - Where do you see Love, Sylvie going in the future?  What is next for you and your brand?

We have some very exciting news that we haven’t announced yet, but I’ll gladly share it here: we’re starting an at-home trial program!! Instead of shipping three scents every season, we’ll ship you three trials every season, and you choose the scent or scents that work for you! The trials will be automatically included in the cost, so whether you enroll in a subscription or just purchase one-time, you’ll have the chance to sample our scents upfront. This will be available starting in the Summer 2019 collection.

5 - If you could give any one piece of advice to a fellow indie brand owner, what would it be?

I would tell them to keep their ears open. The most important key to success in beauty is to create a product that people love. There’s not a single brand that ‘gets it right’ at the first try. Sometimes, good customer feedback isn’t in a review. It’s hidden in hundreds of Instagram comments or in subtle first impressions. Take time to listen and change the product so that it better suits what your customers want. Don’t be afraid to iterate, take risks, and learn from your customers.

Thank you Kristen for sharing so much about you and your brand, Love, Sylvie πŸ’—

I can tell you, that I personally have really enjoyed getting to know Kristen, and am definitely a fan of her perfume collection.  They are unique and perfect for all kinds of moments in our lives.  If you haven't had a chance to check it out you can find my experience here. I am definitely looking forward to see what Kristen has in store for her next fragrance collection πŸŒΈπŸ™‹

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for 30% off your purchase 😘

Have A Beautiful Day, Love, Lucy~~*

I Won't Be Writing Any New Year's Resolutions Ever Again + Keeping the Energy Flowing with Gratitude & Intention

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thank You

This past holiday season I was fairly disconnected from my blog...Should I have written a holiday guide...probably...should I have posted a few holiday looks...sure...but I didn't!  Why?  I don't know...Honestly it just wasn't in me 🀷 My energies were focused on different things...planning time with family, visiting with friends, enjoying the holiday season with a mug of vegan eggnog πŸΊπŸ˜‰ 

Then in the blink of an eye the holiday season came  to an end, and I started thinking about putting together my New Year's Resolutions, so I went back and looked at my resolutions from years prior.  Guess what?  I didn't really accomplish a lot...I tried, but the ebbs and flows of life kind of took over and while it was a great year overall, if I looked at what I set out to accomplish I was basically a failure?!?! 

Saying Goodbye to Dry, Winter Skin with Natural & Organic Anti Aging Skincare from California Pure Naturals

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

California Pure Naturals Skincare Line options for dry and anti aging skin

You are probably thinking to yourself how I could have dry, winter skin living in South Florida! LOL!  I definitely think there are two factors at play...1st 🠊 my age, I'm 42 and I have definitely noticed my skin getting drier with age starting in my 30s. 2nd 🠊 while we may not get your typical winter down here, the weather fluctuations really mess with my skin. Right now we are looking at temperatures in the 50s after a weekend in the high 80s and then back up in a couple of  days! πŸ˜•

California Pure Naturals really came through with some natural and organic skincare goodies that are helping to keep me extra moisturized this season πŸ’™ Thank you so much!  Keep reading to learn a little about CPN and my thoughts on each of the skincare items I have been using the last few weeks 😊