Five years ago, Lauren Johnson dreamt up the idea to open a nail salon, but not just any nail salon—this one, she says, would specialize in curating “unique, innovative, and mindful experiences.” Her dream came true in July 2019 with the launch of Mindful Mani in Plantation. There, she merges conscious beauty practices and innovative design.
Like most business owners, she was forced to shift gears during the pandemic and began making gel-removal kits and at-home manicure and pedicure kits for people stuck at home without their weekly manicures. “Creative juices started flowing, and the idea of a nude polish line came to mind,” shares Johnson. She spent the summer working to conceptualize and create the colors for the collection, aptly named Notably Nude, which officially launched last fall. The collection features 12 shades of inclusive, go-to nudes that are cruelty-free and non-toxic. The shades are inspired and named after the notable women in her life who she says played an integral role in her growth.
Two shades go further by raising awareness—proceeds from BE are donated to advance the work of mental health through her mom’s practice, Mental Health Matters, and the shade Layla was inspired by her niece diagnosed with autism, with proceeds benefiting The Color of Autism Foundation.