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Good morning, and happy Monday, dear readers! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and the new week is off to a good start. Last week was particularly bad for me with caring for a sick kid, and the weekend culminating with my other child getting sick (with something different, I might add) and getting sick myself yesterday. I spent all day yesterday either resting and napping on the couch or my bed. While it makes for a less than glamorous story to share here, I am cautiously optimistic I am fully over it and can resume normal life. Cross your fingers for me!
While my weekend was certainly uneventful, I did have some time to paint my nails on Saturday during my kids' naptime. I had the cutest celestial-themed stamping plate from Born Pretty Store waiting for review and did I create an adorable manicure with it! Let's jump in and check it out!
This is the "Deep Cosmos" stamping plate (BP-A09). As you can see, it contains 14 etched images to choose from.
While there are certainly cosmic images on this plate, there are a few that I personally find to be a stretch for "cosmic". Adding in a few stars or a moon is a stretch for me, but in spite of that, I do still enjoy the images. The night city scene in particular is calling to me and will definitely be worn some time soon! The angel "Peace on Earth" is a little too holiday for me for this time of year and not quite to my taste in general. Other than this particular image, I can see myself using everything on this plate.
How cute is the image of shooting stars over the penguins? I generally don't gravitate towards penguins in nail art until the winter and will have to remember this image later in the year!
Let's check out the nail art I created this weekend!
I love space-themed nail art and have often shared designs with planets and stars. While there are many of these styles on this plate to choose from, I opted to go a little different route and selected the astronaut image. Please pardon the bit of smearing from top coat issues on my one nail. Other than that, how cute is this manicure?
Normally when I sit down to do stamping, I grab my tried and true stampers. This time, however, I had a couple new stampers I purchased awhile back I wanted to try out. This experience left me rather well acquainted with this plate. One of my new stampers is firm, a fact I did not realize when I bought it. I still wanted to try it and found my firm stamper could not pick up the image on this plate at all. I quick tried it on a different plate by MoYou London and had success. I then attempted to stamp with my other new stamper that I had used once before with success. This second stamper is a little squishier than the first, and while it picked up some of the image, is still did not pick up the full image well. In the end, I used a third stamper that I love and is very squishy a slightly sticky. I had success with this final stamper picking up the full image and transferring it onto my nails.
I had already suspected the etching on this plate to be on the shallow side, and my testing utilizing several stampers in a range of firmness only confirmed it for me. Firm stampers do not transfer images well, if at all, on my curved nails so this is not a deal breaker for me, but it is something to be aware of if you tend to prefer a firm stamper. The images are really cute, and for such an affordable price, it's still worth checking out.
As you can see from this stamped image, I only got the astronaut and the lower part of Earth onto my nails. This is about the longest I keep my nails now, so if your nails are the same or shorter, you won't have the full image on your nails. I do like that this design is so accommodating to long nails, but I would have liked the astronaut and most of the earth to fit on my nails. The gap for the Earth up at my cuticles sadly just looks like the image transferred poorly. I am by no means a stamping expert, but this image is a little less forgiving than others I have used. Also, you can see the star pattern (four cardinal points-type) by the Earth loses its crispness due to the shallow plate etching.
I love the images on this plate, but I do wish it was etched deeper. Even with a dedicated stamping polish, I still needed to use a sticky and squishy stamper, often referred to as a "marshmallow" stamper, in order to fully pick up the image. While this is my preferred type of stamper, I know it doesn't suit everyone. I am still glad to have this plate, but it is sadly a little limiting for who can use it. This plate normally retails for $5.99, but at the timing of this post, it is on sale for $2.99.
While you are shopping, be sure to check out all the items Born Pretty Store has to offer for your nail art needs. Also, be sure to use the discount code QWL91 to save 10% on all full priced items. Please note I do NOT get any commission if you use the code; this is just a way for my readers to save some money on already affordable products. Free worldwide shipping is slower and can take up to 6 weeks although my experience has been between 3 and 4 weeks. Alternately, you can purchase expedited shipping and should have items in about a week.
More than 5,000 attendees ● Over 100 Beauty Brands ● 110 Educational Opportunities ●
8 Beauty Demo Stages ● 20 Countries Featured ● Over 200 Buyers
The Makeup Show NYC took place on May 5th and 6th at the Metropolitan Pavilion. This year, the show brought a great platform for attendees to network, learn, get inspired, and receive amazing deals from some of the most innovative indie brandsto the top beauty brands in the world! It also rang in more than 5,000 attendees that traveled in from all around the world including Australia, Russia, Ireland and England, and, nearly 200 members of the media and buyers, over 100 beauty brands, and more than 110 educational sessions on 8 demo stages.
Shelly Taggar, Owner of The Makeup Show states, “The Makeup Show is a beauty experience that brings artists together for a weekend of shopping, networking, and education. It’s so amazing to see how the artist community in New York supports us every year to celebrate this industry! This year was really special to us as we were committed to supporting global artists and brands from around
the world by featuring them in the show. It was an honor to see all these artists that traveled in from all around the globe. We are looking forward to continuing to support global artists at our upcoming shows including iArtist in Washington D.C. this summer. ”
Below you will find the highlights of what the weekend offered....
Over 110 Educational Opportunities: This year The Makeup Show NYC had more education than ever before, with over 110 opportunities spanning across the 8 demo stages! Seminars and main stage presentations have become a staple for artists to learn tips, tricks and techniques for career advancement. The show featured an exclusive lineup of today’s greatest celebrity artists including Daniel Martin, Tabatha Coffey, Erin Parsons, Danessa Myricks, Natasha Denona, James Vincent, Damone Roberts, and many more. Each speaker covered a range of topics and themes such as innovation, trends and signature celebrity style.
FIRST-EVER International Stage: The FIRST-EVER International Stage sponsored by Danessa Myricks Beauty brought top artist from Russia, Australia, Israel, Dublin, England and more! These highly valuable and desirable makeup artists well-known from all over the globe shared their beauty secrets to attendees all weekend. This exclusive lineup consisted of Darya Kholodnykh, Isabelle De Vries, Mia Connor, Einat Dan, Vanessa Davis, Isabelle De Vries, Lorcan Jude Devaney, Pepe Gutierrez, Daniel Takahashi, Bastian Russ, and Ederson Oliveira. Each speaker covered a range of topics such as SFX, editorial looks and signature celebrity style.
“FACES” The Art Gallery Featuring Matthew Jordan Smith: Matthew Jordan Smith featured his passion and love of art at “FACES” art gallery this past weekend! Smith premiered some of his shots that included some of the most famous faces in the world, including Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah and Angela Bassett. His understanding of beauty and ability to capture the essence and individuality of each subject is unparalleled.
The Beauty Brunch: The Beauty Brunch was a perfect kick off to the weekend! This industry event brought 100 members of the media together and top makeup artists including Dick Page, Daniel Martin, Colleen Runné, Matin, Pati Dubroff, Sam Visser, Kabuki, Tracy Murphy, Hung Vanngo, and many international artists. This was a great way for press and makeup artist to mingle with fellow industry peers in a more intimate setting. Sipping on cocktails from Ketel One Botanical and connecting with their favorite brands, artists, and press.
NYC Nights Fashion Show: From the famous uptown ball scene to the East village underground drag and the boroughs dance halls, New York City night life influenced music, fashion and makeup. On Sunday evening, The Makeup Show NYC celebrated these iconic places and the people who made them with NYC Nights, a cocktail event with a fashion presentation featuring look after look from local artists and The Makeup Show brands. Attendees listened to the music of well-known NYC DJ’s, watched drag done the NYC way and mingled with makeup peers while looks were being served.
Over 100 Beauty Brands: The Makeup Show NYC featured over 100 top beauty brands including Silver Sponsor Temptu, Frends, Ardell Beauty, Crown, and MAKE UP FOR EVER, Supporting Sponsors Alcone Company, NYX, Kiss, Inglot, and Smashbox Pro, Contributing Sponsors Pinnacle Cosmetics and GLAMCOR.
Innovative Indie Brands: The show once again was a platform for indie brands to share their newest innovation with pro-artists! Some of the most innovative show picks include CHROM Toothpolish who introduced their entire line of tooth polish for the first time, to SUVA Beauty’s UV HydraLiners, and MĀSK Skincare’s line of CBD sheetmasks. Other indie brand favorites were those created by pro-makeup artists, including Danessa Myricks Beauty, Rebels & Outlaws, Veil Cosmetics, LippieBook, and Breakups to Makeup.
The Makeup Show Podcast LIVE Filming: The Makeup Show took their new podcast to the stage and hosted a LIVE segment with Danessa Myricks and James Vincent this past weekend at the show! James and Danessa chatted all things beauty and new episodes will be released every Wednesday. Tune into the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.
ABOUT THE MAKEUP SHOW The Makeup Show is one of the largest professional makeup events in the United States offering artists the ultimate Beauty Experience. The show brings together more than 120 of the most exclusive beauty brands in the industry, an average of more than 5000 artists in each city and individuals from all over the world to learn techniques from master artists, mingle with peers, and shop their favorite brands. The show focuses on career building and networking within the makeup community by presenting an unparalleled lineup of education and appearances from top beauty professionals, with 6-8 stages of education from legendary artists and industry experts, it provides a unique experience for the makeup professional to network directly with the best in the business. Owned and produced by Shelly Taggar and Alan Boss., The Makeup Show travels to NYC, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. Visit www.themakeupshow.com for more information.
Happy hump day, dear readers! I'm finally getting to sit down this evening to get this post written, and I'm going to keep it short, sweet, and to the point so I can get it up quickly. After doing some serious updating on my laptop, I have finally been able to get photos from my time at The Makeup Show in New York City off my phone. Yay! The down side is the rest of my life has gotten a little crazy this week and I haven't had the opportunity to even look closely at them, let alone crop and get a post written. I'm going to try, but this may be the only blog post I get up this week. Until then, I wanted to get this post up for you!
The most requested blog post about my time at The Makeup Show was a haul post, so I'm giving you just that! I went in with a small budget and still spent more than I had originally planned. Here is a look at the things I picked up!
You already know by now that I live for this sunscreen, and the fact that it works well as a primer under makeup is a major win for me. In addition to the full sized tube, I did bring home a sample size to toss in my travel bag for my next trip.
Natasha Denona products are generally a bit out of my budget, but the deals at the show were too good to ignore! Even then, I still tried, but after watching more than one demo of makeup artists using the Bloom and Cranberry palettes in particular, I knew I needed them in my life. They may have pushed me over my planned budget, but I have zero regrets!
New brand alert! For those of you that don't mind or even really enjoy risque names, these lipsticks by Dirty Mind Cosmetics are sure to win you over! The brand currently only has six shades of lipstick in their lineup, and I actually picked up all six of them. Here's two to entice you until I get a blog post up showing them all off in their full glory!
As a blog that originally started out with a strong focus on nail polish, I couldn't turn away from this brand. Not only is it a new brand, it was created by an inspiring 8 year old! I'll have more details on these here soon as well!
If you were following me on social media while at the show, you already saw a peek at these new Glōlighters. I had swatched them at the show for a photo, but an hour later I couldn't get them off my mind and had to make them mine. They are seriously so stunning in person!
While NYX Cosmetics is already a pretty affordable brand, it doesn't hurt when you can pick up items for a small discount! I naturally had to pick up these eyeshadow palettes to test them out, and I like that many of the shades coordinate well with each other across the palettes. The setting spray is also an affordable go-to for me so I picked up another one while shopping.
I recently tested out the De-Slick setting spray when I picked up a travel sized bottle and really liked it! I opted to get a full-sized bottles since I could save a little cash; I suspect this is about to be very popular for me now that the weather is about to hit triple digits! I'm also a fan of Urban Decay's eye pencils and opted to add more shades to my small stash.
I like to wear lashes, but I find most strip lashes aren't the most flattering on my hooded eyes. Sure, there are several that do work, but I've found myself lately gravitating towards individual lashes. These pro packs will be officially launching online tomorrow, but I couldn't resist the opportunity to snap up a pack and try out the brand. I opted for a set that includes short, medium, and long lashes although they are also available exclusively in one length if that is what you prefer.
Not to brag or anything, but I am actually pretty darn good about washing my makeup brushes every week. Normally I use a mat with some baby shampoo, and while that has always worked well for me, I figured I could treat my brushes to something a little nicer. After all, I do make them work hard for me! The original goat milk formula is supposed to be better for natural hair brushes while the vegan formula is ideal for synthetic brushes.
And this concludes my haul post! There were so many things I would have loved to have purchased, but with taking photos at the event and sitting in on demonstrations and presentations, time kind of ran away from me. Not to mention it can be a little overwhelming and budget constraints force me to adult when it comes to attending events like this. My husband did kindly inform me when I got home that he was getting credit card alerts as I was making purchases (we have a joint credit card account, nothing shady going on here)....um, oops! At least he took it well and said he was happy to see a purchase come through because he knew I found something I really liked. Awwwww!
Have you tried any of these products? What new beauty items have you picked up recently? I'd love to hear from you!
Greetings, dear readers! I'm currently having some computer/phone interface issues so my post about The Makeup Show in New York City is temporarily on hold. Until then, I thought I would share my nails for the event.
I didn't get my nails painted before I left town, but I knew exactly what I wanted for my manicure for the show. While attending Polish Con last month, I picked up a New Orleans grab bag by Rogue Lacquer. One of the items in the bag was Bayou Mermaid, a polish that was an exclusive created just for in the grab bag. I had been eager to get this beauty on my nails, and with the range of blues in my clothing for the weekend, it was the perfect opportunity. In my liquids bag it was tossed along with a base and top coat so I could be polished in the city. Check it out!
How pretty is this polish! The icy blue base is accented with blue shimmers and flakies in a plethora of colours.
This polish was a little on the sheer side, and I needed to use three coats to reach opacity on my nails. In spite of all the flakes, the application was a dream come true! They do give a bit of a textured feeling to the nails, but a couple coats of top coat smoothed my nails down nicely.
This polish is gorgeous, and I hope you picked up a New Orleans grab bag! Unfortunately it is no longer available on the website, but it totally needed some time to shine here on my blog! There are many other stunning Rogue Lacquer shades available with more on the way, so be sure to check out the website!
Cross your fingers for me that I am able to figure out my phone/computer interface issues so I can get my post on The Makeup Show soon!
Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful evening!
Greetings, dear readers! I hope you've been having a wonderful week! I got home from New York City early Tuesday morning, and I've been attempting to catch up on a few things at home before diving into the blog. I'll have a post about my time in NYC at The Makeup Show up soon so keep an eye out for it hopefully by the end of the week! Until then, I have a stunning nail polish collection to share with you!
KBShimmer will be releasing the latest collection on Friday, and you will want to get your hands on all of them!
After a long winter inside, you can feel the excitement all around a temperatures finally start to rise; shorts and sandals come out of storage, the kids are outside, and soon, summer will be upon us! This collection of nine tri-thermal polishes featuring shifty aurora shimmer is the perfect way to bring on the new season. Whether you like to sunbathe by the pool or beach, love to go boating, or just enjoy spending the season in your own back yard, this collection has a nail polish for every warm weather occasion!
Thermals are often hit-or-miss for me as I often love the cold state, but as I tend to run warm, it is rare for me to see it. These tri-thermals, on the other hand, let me experience a range of colours on my nails all at once, and I am living for it! All photos are shown with three coats plus KBShimmer's Clearly On Top top coat.
Slay La Vie
This tri-thermal polish starts as a vibrant magenta color that quickly shifts to a bold rose hue, which then morphs into a shocking hot pink. Sparks of an indigo to blue aurora shimmer set off this pink hued polish.
This tri-thermal polish starts with a deep midnight shade accented by a bright indigo blue aurora shimmer. As your fingers warm, a grape purple gives way to a hot pink.
Aloe There is a tri-thermal polish that, when cold, is a rich forest green hue set off by orange-red to green aurora shimmer. Then, as your hands warm, a vibrant Kelly green changes into a bold lime green, really making that shimmer pop!
Reel Good Time
Reel Good Time is a tri-thermal polish that starts off as a deep eggplant burgundy color accented with an aurora shimmer that shifts from a flashy coppery red to green. As your hands warm, a purple-leaning indigo shifts to a light orchid pink.
Just Glow With It
Just Glow With It is a tri-thermal nail polish that when cold, starts as a near neon red. As your hands warm, a neon coral orange hue shifts to a vibrant hot pink. This bold polish is accented with classic aurora shimmer, going from a coppery orange to a bright green.
This tri-thermal polish starts as a deep slate-leaning navy blue accented by a soft pink to green and gold aurora shimmer. When warmer, a deep periwinkle blue gives way to a light and bright sky blue for a truly pool-ready shade!
Grow With The Flow
Grow With The Flow is a tri-thermal polish that starts as a deep grape purple accented with a soft pink to golden green aurora shimmer. As it warms, a lavender-leaning-periwinkle gives way to a bright robin's egg blue that's just perfect to welcome spring and summer days!
That's S'more Like It
That's S'more Like It is a tri-thermal polish that starts as a milk chocolate brown glowing with bright aurora shimmer. As your hands warm, a fiery red gives way to a light orchid, while the shimmer shows off flashy gold and green tones.
This tri-thermal polish starts as a jean-like deep slate blue, then warms into a deepened orchid that gives way to a bright minty lime, all accented with classic aurora shimmer that goes from a coppery orange to a bright green.
I adore this new collection by KBShimmer, both because the colours are stunning and the formula is fantastic. Every shades applies beautifully to the nails and builds to opacity nicely. It was particularly warm in my house while I was swatching so I used three very thin coats on my nails to make sure it dried well and prevent bubbling. I think two normal coats would be sufficient on most people barring long nails or a very white free edge.
The Suns Out Collection will be launching May 10th at 10am EST at KBShimmer.com and select retailers.
Are you a fan of thermal polishes? Do you have any favorites from this collection? My top picks are Aloe There, Pool Shark, and Just Glow With It!
Happy Friday, dear readers! I hope you have had a wonderful week and have something fun planned for the weekend! I am heading to New York City later today to attend The Makeup Show. It is a wonderful educational plus shopping experience for beauty professionals. If you are in the business and in the area, I recommend attending!
Before I head out, I wanted to share my latest nail art look with you. It has been a little while since I have done nail art, and I have been wanting to create this look for over a month now. I finally found a little extra time to myself to bring my vision to life, and I hope you enjoy it!
When I received the ZoyaInnocence Collection for this Spring, Agnes, Aire and Theo jumped out in particular as a gorgeous pairing. I just knew I had to come up with something fun that would combine these shades together!
After a trip to Whats Up Nails, I spotted the fabulous Geo-Radical stamping plate and just knew it would combine perfectly with these shades.
I used a white stamping polish to pick up my preferred image and filled in a few spots with Agnes and Aire. I then stamped over Theo on my ring finger. On my other fingers, I painted a simple triangle and line pattern in Aire over Agnes to coordinate with my main accent nail. I then topped everything off with top coat to seal in.
I could tell it has been awhile since doing some stamping as I wasn't as careful about floating my top coat over my nail art as I should have been, but this overall design turned out pretty well. I may have to try this design again and just be more careful with application.
Happy Thursday, dear readers! I am so excited for this weekend as I will be in New York City for The Makeup Show once again. It is such an incredible event where professionals in the beauty industry have to opportunity to learn a lot of information, rub elbows with fellow artists, and pick up items to add to their kits. If you are available and in the area, I strongly encourage you to attend! If this weekend isn't a good time for you, be sure to check out The Makeup Show lineup for details on the upcoming shows in Washington DC, San Francisco, and Chicago. For those that are not beauty professionals, have no fear! The shows in Washington DC and San Francisco are opened to the public and you can enjoy the pro experience as well!
For today's post, I wanted to highlight some of the brands and products that you can expect to see at this weekend's show. While the brand lineup varies from location and even year to year, I can promise you that you will have a plethora of quality brands present, whether you are stocking up on a professional kit or attending the public events later in the year and making personal purchases.
MAKE UP FOR EVER MAKE UP FOR EVER has been one of the sponsors for all The Makeup Shows I have attending thus far, and they are one of the Silver Sponsors for this weekend's show. I have used many of their products from eyeliners to lipsticks, and their foundation is one of my absolute favorites. I'm going to be picking up more foundation in particular as my current colour isn't such a good match for me now that I'm getting more of a tan in spite of my constant sunscreen use.
This is a brand I am ashamed to admit I wasn't familiar with prior to attending The Makeup Show in the past, but I am a big fan of the products I have tried! I obviously have sunny days and summer on the mind as I am immediately drawn towards the Prism FX lotion as it adds such a gorgeous glow to the skin (HELLO, SHOULDERS!) and I am all about this bright orange liner! I don't know exactly what products will be capturing my attention at the show this weekend, but I know I want to experience more from this quality line!
I have a few eye brushes from Cozzette that I really like, and I am obsessed with their eyeshadows! Available in magnetic singles, they also offer magnetic palettes with a padded top to provide, well, extra padding, in order to protect your investment. This photo only shows a small selection of the shades I currently own, and they have a new one I hope to pick up at the show. While I could do on about the gorgeous options, I'm going to be practical for a moment and steer you in this direction if you are looking for a quality black eyeshadow. It is incredible, and when mixed with their mixing medium, makes for a budge proof liner.
If you prefer eyeshadow palettes or are on the hunt for eyelashes, Ruby May Cosmetics might be a good stop for you. They offer several glitter eyeshadow palettes that are really pretty if glitter is your jam, and the price point is certainly affordable. I personally don't wear glitter enough for me to justify picking up a full palette for myself, but I really like their lashes and am hoping to pick up a few different styles.
This is another brand I had never heard of prior to my first The Makeup Show experience, and I really hope some of you check out the brand! I adore their sheet masks and have a few left from my last shopping experience with them. I was on the fence about including them since I have made a conscious effort to not buy more sheet masks as the packaging is not particularly eco-friendly. That said, this post just wouldn't be complete without the mention. I still mask when traveling, and since I like to travel light, the individual masks are still a good option for me. Another product they have that I love is this brush holder! I love that it holds my brushes I take with me while traveling (because let's be honest, my brush collection is pretty large and broken up amongst several cases), and I LOVE that the top part can be folded down while the bottom keeps my brushes standing upright. I don't consider myself a germaphobe, but hotel bathroom counters are always a bit questionable and I don't really want them touching my face.
Rebels and Outlaws is a brand that turns makeup application from just a same ole same ole into an experience. The brand uses colours, stones, and scents in candles to create a desired environmental energy in which to work. I know this isn't something everyone believes in, but the brand is about lovingness and positivity that regardless of your specific beliefs, I feel most people would want to get behind. If candles just aren't something you want to bring into your beauty routine, they do offer a nice hand sanitizer.
Inglot Cosmetics I was first introduced to Inglot by their fully customizable Freedom palettes, but it was their collaboration with Jennifer Lopez that made me pay more attention to the brand. There is no question that Jennifer knows how to glow, and my most favorite product is the Illuminator. Mine had been put aside during the fall and winter months, but now that it is getting warm here in Arizona, I have definitely pulled out this baby again for a gorgeous warm glow to my skin! Inglot Cosmetics is one of the Supporting Sponsors for this weekend's show.
If you've been following me for the past couple years, you already know what my go-to obsession by Smashbox is: The Cali Contour palette! I bought this immediately after it launched, and it is without a doubt my most used palette. I believe Smashbox has updated to look of the palette with a more California-vibe cover, at least it appears so based on more recent photos of this palette. Not only is this palette beautiful on the face for blush, contour and subtle highlight, I actually use this on my eyes as well for when I want a soft natural look. If you apply the highlighter with a damp eyebrush, you get some beautiful shimmer to the lids! Smashbox certainly offers other quality products, but if you can only have just one item, this is my pick. Smashbox Cosmetics is also a Supporting Sponsor for the upcoming show.
NUDESTIX is a brand that I associate with quick, on the go makeup with easy application. Dot a little colour on your face, eyes, or lips, dap with your fingertips to spread, and then you are on your way! I was on the fence with this brand at first as I either wear makeup or not, and when I wear makeup, I use my brushes and sponges. In the end, I still opted to treat myself by curating my own tin at last year's show in New York City, and I am so glad I did! These are perfect for the days I don't want to deal with makeup but my face could use just a little touchup. Their Nudies Tinted Blur is also fabulous for a no-makeup look just to help even things out, and I have a darker shade I use for contouring my face when I'd rather use a cream instead of powder.
NYX Cosmetics is one of those brands that needs no introduction- whether you are a beauty professional or a minimalist that occasionally just shops for yourself at your local Target, NYX has made a name for themselves as an affordable beauty brand. As with any brand, some products can be a miss for me, but those that I enjoy I keep coming back to time and time again. Their glitter primer is a go-to product for me on the days I use glitter or even extra shimmery products that I want to pack on and POP. I also like their Matte Finish Setting Spray as a great way to set my makeup and at such a good price! It is one of my preferred go-to setting sprays and I often have a backup bottle on hand lest I run out. NYX Cosmetics is one of the Supporting Sponsors for The Makeup Show NYC.
I had not heard of Stilazzi prior to attending my first The Makeup Show, but it is another brand I am glad to have met! I have picked up a variety of their brushes, and their Precision Crease Blender L216 suits my hooded eyes well and is one of my most used brushes. A little small than their L215, it gives me a little more control that I prefer. Stilazzi brushes are also very affordable, and I even have two of these particular brushes on hand for when I'm lazy and delaying cleaning my brushes. I recently tried a couple Stilazzi cosmetic items and particularly enjoy their Lip Vinyls!
Moira was a brand I discovered at Cosmoprof North America last summer, and I had the pleasure of seeing the yet-to-be released products from the brand. They offer both makeup and skincare products. I had picked up their blush palette with I enjoy using, and I am debating on pickup up more cosmetic items to try out. Their price point is very affordable so it wouldn't break the bank, but I am making a effort to only buy items I think I would use with some frequency. That said, some of their palettes have peaked my interest so I may have to get some to test out for you all! I am interested in some of their skincare items as well, and there are some I am already planning to pick up for myself!
CōTZ Skincare This is another brand you have likely seen mentioned either on my blog or social media numerous times and for good reason: I am totally in love with their sunscreen! Shown above is my absolute favorite, the Face Tinted SPF 40. Please note they have since expanded on the product lineup, and this particular product is now called the Face Prime and Protect Tinted SPF 40; I just haven't picked up the new tube yet. The texture of this sunscreen is silky and dries down to a lovely matte finish that is far from drying. I actually prefer this product over other sunscreens I have tried because the finish lends itself well to makeup application and I can skip adding primer between sunscreen and makeup application. The tube lasts me surprisingly longer than I would have expected based on the size and I will definitely be picking up an extra couple of bottles!
Esum at MUSE Beauty.Pro Your makeup look can only look as good as your brushes will allow, and Esum offers some great brushes! The Esum W23 Medium Filbert Shader is one of my favorites to quickly get even eyeshadow coverage on my eyelids. I also really like the Small Tapered Eye Contour Brush (S31) as it picks up colour perfectly and lends itself well to precise colour application. Whether I am trying to place colour in my crease or along my lower lash line, this is a tool I know I can rely on. Esum also fairly recently launched their Pro Mixing Medium, and I have had good experience with it. I can intensify eyeshadows for a bolder look or mix it with eyeshadow to create my own custom eyeliner shade.
Viseart at MUSE Beauty Pro Not to knock cheaper eyeshadow brands, but if you are really wanting to up your eye makeup game and have a little extra cash to spend, Viseart products are the way to go! I really enjoy my eyeshadows from the brand, and they are one of the few brands I actually still will purchase a palette. Of course my palette rules still apply and I only buy the few that comes in a range of shades that I am confident will get substantial use. They introduced their new SlimPro packaging a year or so ago, where the pans are magnetic and can be popped out and palettes mixed and matched. You all know I'm a big fan of magnetic palettes, especially when I have to travel, so this was a fabulous conversion for the brand. Not all the older Viseart palettes have made the conversion, but some of the 12-pan palettes have in addition to the newer palettes and smaller 6-pan Theory palettes. While I find the cost of Viseart to be well worth it, I can see where the cost is a little higher than some people want to spend. If you've been wanting to try out the brand but haven't because of the cost, I am beyond thrilled to share that Viseart will be launching SINGLES at this weekend's show! This launch includes 50 of their most requested shades from their palette assortment and empty 12-pan palettes. This is an excellent way to try the brand at a fraction of the cost as well as just picking up the shades you are interested in from some palettes but don't want or cannot splurge on the whole thing.
Pacifica Beauty Pacifica is a brand I came to know and love years ago thanks to their delicious Blood Orange scent. I have since branched out and have tried some of their cosmetic items, and I am looking forward to seeing what all they have decided to bring with them to the show this weekend. The last time I saw them at The Makeup Show, the offerings did not include many scented items and focused more on the new crystal-inspired items: foundation, highlighter, lipgloss and mascara. Given that it IS The Makeup Show, it wasn't surprising to see the main focus on cosmetic items. I am secretly hoping (or I guess not-so-secretly now) to see some of their newer skincare items at the show as we all know the better the condition your skin is in, the better your makeup will apply!
Urban Decay UD is a brand that any beauty lover knows, and for good reason! The Naked eyeshadow palettes have become a staple in many a beauty lover's cosmetic arsenal. Even if these aren't to your fancy, Urban Decay offers numerous items that may not be flashy but still important to get the job done well. Their Eyeshadow Primer Potion is a cult classic and a staple in my own beauty routine. Trust me, on the days I skip it and use something else, I notice, and not for good reasons. I also started using their De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray after purchasing a travel-sized version, and I am seriously digging it! My face definitely gets oilier as the days get warmer, and this spray does help a lot.
Hourglass at Nigel Beauty Emporium There are several brands to choose from at the Nigel Beauty Emporium, and it is a great stop to pick up a variety of items that fit your needs. While I am unsure of what all other brands they will have on site, The Makeup Show has Hourglass specifically lists as an exhibitor, hence my focus on the brand for this blog post. I'm hoping the mention means they will have a substantial showing with numerous products available for purchase rather than a couple token items. I won't know until I get there, but it is a quality brand I recommend checking out while there!
Ardell Beauty Ardell Beauty is generally my go-to brand for lashes, especially when it comes to a more natural look. These lashes give my eyes the little extra oomph I desire without looking strange or taking away from the rest of my eye look. Ardell lashes are very affordable in general anyway, but you can usually get even better deals at the show when you stock up on several pairs! Ardell has expanded over the years to include cosmetic items, and I recall some of them being available for purchase in addition to lashes at the previous show I had attended. Ardell Beauty is a Silver Sponsor for The Makeup Show NYC this weekend.
Smith Cosmetics Makeup brushes....oh how do I love thee! Let me count the ways.....but not the number of brushes I own! Higher price points aren't always indicative of quality, but when it comes to cosmetic brushes, there is a bit of truth to it. Don't get me wrong, there are some cheaper brushes in my collection that I use and work well for me, but as a general rule, better brushes usually cost a little more money. Smith brushes are fantastic, and if you use makeup regularly, are worth the investment. I don't find them to be crazy expensive personally, but I can understand why someone wouldn't want to pay around $25 a brush. As this post alone can attest, I don't have any one specific brand loyalty, and my collection of brushes includes a range of brands. That said, I do have favorite brushes based on specific use, and for me, I have a lot of love for my Smith Cosmetics Highlighter Brush (#122). I use mine most often for its intended use as a highlighter, but I occasionally will use it to wash a natural shade on my eyelids before running out the door. This brush is too big for me to use it on my eyes with colours that stand out, but it places a nice touch of colour quickly on the days I'm either feeling lazy or just want to get my makeup done fast.
This post only contains a taste of the brands that will be available at The Makeup Showin New York City this weekend. For the complete exhibitor lineup, be sure to check out the list here. Your makeup needs can definitely be met at this show! Once you have figured out what shopping stops you need to make, check out the schedule for workshops, stage presentations, and seminars scheduled during the show. I strongly encourage you to check out as many of these shows that peak your interest and plan your shopping around your preferred talks. While shopping for makeup is a fun experience, The Makeup Show offers a wealth of knowledge you most definitely want to take advantage of. It is an incredible opportunity you will not want to miss!
I will be posting snippets on social media throughout the show days this upcoming Sunday, May 5th and Monday, May 6th. I actually just got a new phone since my previous one was old and had become less reliable, so I am crossing my fingers this one will work much better and let me post more often and regularly! I will also get a blog post up as quickly as I can after my return home to fill you in on even more details. I'm so excited and I hope you are just as eager to come along with me on this experience!
Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day! XO!
Who can forget those Friday nights at the skating rink? For teenagers in the 80s it was the place to be, to see and be seen. And the best part? When the DJ announced the couples skate. The lights went down and the mirror ball reflected the colored spotlights in shards all around. You did a quick check that your feathered hair was in place as you waited with your friends, hoping that certain person would ask you to skate. Or if you felt brave enough, you asked them. Holding hands and skating in circles as your heart pounded felt like magic. After, you both went back to goofing around with your friends, but stole little glances for the rest of the evening. Maybe next weekend you’ll actually talk to each other?
April is just about over, and Friday is the May opening of the Polish Pickup! This month's theme is the 1980's, and brands have really come up with some fun inspirations based on the theme! One of the contributors for the upcoming month is ellagee polish. Can I say just how much I adore the name of this polish! I was too young in the 80's to be skating, especially for the couple's skating time, but this does remind me of fun times with friends in the 90's!
Couples' Skate by ellagee is a silvery royal purple holographic polish filled with chameleon shimmer that flashes blue, pink, and violet plus sparks of tiny silver holographic microglitter. As magical as your 80s memories.
Couples Skate has a nice formula that is easy to apply to the nails. Not too thick or thin, I was able to cover all visible nail line with two smooth coats. ellagee polishes can get a little thick if you overwork the formula as it dries, so your best bet is to work with thinner coats and not fuss around with the polish too much.
Couples Skate will be available for purchase from the Polish Pickup website this Friday, May 3rd through Monday, May 6th. Each bottle will retail for $12; there is no limit to the number of bottles that will be made available.
As always, please keep in mind that orders submitted to the Polish Pickup are submitted as a preorder. Once the shopping window closes, makers fulfill their specific orders and ship to Polish Pickup headquarters. Final orders are then put together and shipped out to customers. Please allow three weeks for shipping of your orders.
Did you ever spend time at the skating rink? Have you had the chance to skate around with a special someone? Will you be picking up Couples Skate this weekend? I'd love to hear from you!
Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
Happy Friday, dear readers! I don't know about you, but I am SO GLAD today is Friday! It's not that I have anything special planned for tonight or this weekend; yesterday was just such a bad day. No one major negative thing happened, for that I am grateful; rather, it was a series of bad little things: my youngest causing trouble at school, disappointing my older one due to miscommunication about an event at his school, my youngest in even more trouble at his school, my oldest having signs of an ear infection..... and let's not even get into just how crappy it is to be stabbed by a security tag that fell off while trying on a bra. I may not have the power to have a total do over for the day, but I have today to hopefully look forward to. I'm totally down for a boring and uneventful day! Now on to today's blog post!
This month has flown by at an incredible speed, and May is upon us already! Next week sees the opening of the Indie and Polish Pickups. I have the goodies being offered by KBShimmer to share with you! May's theme is the 1980's and I had no doubt Christy would come up with something fun for us. As a fellow child of the 80's, she often reminds me of things I had forgotten about; her offerings for the Pickups were no exception to the rule. Let's check them out!
The Brite Stuff
As a kid, I loved colorful toys. I wanted the pony with rainbow hair, Cheer Bear with his colorful tummy, and of course, Rainbow Brite! Rainbow Brite helped the Color Kids spread color throughout the world with color crystals and star sprinkles. The Brite Stuff was inspired by the colorful Rainbow Brite. A bright blue thermal base sets off a rainbow of small glitters which really pop when the base turns a lighter blue, and then white, with heat. Each bottle will come with a bag of star sprinkles so that you, too, can help bring color to the world!
I'm sure I've mentioned before in blog posts featuring thermal nail polishes that I throw out a lot of heat, so it's pretty unusual for me to see cooler states other than occasionally my tips. The Brite Stuff actually goes into a deeper blue hue, but I could not keep the temperature on my nails low enough while I tried to snap a photo. I'm sure I'm not the only one that experiences this so this light blue may be the most blue others like me get to experience most of the time.
I had so much fun wearing this polish; it certainly reminds me of Rainbow Brite! I love how the glitters are subdued while in the blue state but then really pop when in the warm white state. I also like that the glitter combination is limited to smaller hexagon shapes in the polish itself, but I can still add in as few or as many star glitters on top. The Brite Stuff applied easily with three coats to opacity. Once I placed the star glitters, I topped my nails off with two coats of KBShimmer's Clearly On Top top coat.
The Brite Stuff will retail for $10 and there is no cap to the number of bottles made available for purchase.
Wacky Watermelon Popping Bath Powder
When I first had Pop Rocks as a kid, I was blown away. That sweet yet tart flavor and fun popping experience in your mouth made for one amazing treat! Our Popping Bath Powder is inspired by Pop Rocks. We started with pure luxurious cocoa butter and then added moisturizing coconut milk powder for a silky, skin-softening soak. Using the provided scoop, add to water and listen to the magic popping sound while the cocoa butter melts into the warm water. The sweet and tart watermelon fragrance scents the inviting foam just waiting to moisturize your skin! Use 1-2 scoops as a hand or foot soak, or add 3-4 scoops from the 9.5 oz bag for a decadent bath. Does not contain Pop Rocks candy.
I loved Pop Rocks when I was younger, and I even had a cat that was obsessed with them. I discovered one day that if I left my Pop Rocks pouch open or if a piece fell on the floor and I didn't pick it up quickly, he would swoop in and steal it away. It was the only thing I even saw him have such a response to, and he just seemed to really enjoy picking up a piece, letting it pop in his mouth, and spitting it out before repeating all over again. I don't think Pop Rocks are the best thing for our feline friends so I tried to be careful to hide them from him although he was a sneaky cat and still found a way. Now on to the bath powder!
KBShimmer Popping bath video - YouTube
This popping bath powder is so much fun! Once it hits the water, it starts to fizz up and make popping sounds right away. The smell is so good as well! I love watermelon scents, but often find many to be too sweet for my liking. Wacky Watermelon, on the other hand, is a delightful balance of tart plus sweet. It definitely captures the essence of Pop Rocks, all without containing Pop Rocks themselves. I'm also glad about that fact for two reasons: adding actual Pop Rocks would likely end up having to increase the price and I really don't want sugary large POPPING candy pieces doing its thing next to my, ahem, girly parts in the tub. This bath powder is rather fine, and while there is some popping, it is much more subtle and not likely to cause an issue on sensitive bits. That being said, a quick rinse of fwith clean water after any bath product like this is often a good idea and it may still be too much for those with ultra sensitive skin.
I also appreciate that this product comes with its own scoop enclosed in the pouch. I'm less likely to use a bath or shower product that requires me to go back downstairs to get a measuring device out of the kitchen. I'm just not too keen on taking the "dump it out" approach as I don't like to waste product and I want to be sure to use enough to get the proper experience.
The Popping Bath Powder will retail for $10 per 9.5oz bag. There is currently no limit to the number of units made available for purchase.
The Brite Stuff and Popping Bath Powder will be available for purchase on The Pickups website on Friday, May 3rd through Monday, May 6th. They will only be available during this limited time so be sure to mark your calendars so you don't miss out!
Please keep in mind that all orders place through the Pickups are placed as a preorder. Orders can take up to three weeks to shipping out to customers.
Are you excited about the 1980's theme next month? Are you more interested in the nail polish, the popping bath powder, or are you interested in them both equally? I'd love to hear from you!
Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!