Tuesday, July 18, 2017

BOUTIQUE Powered by Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas

Good evening, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and you are having a productive week!
I've been working out a tentative testing and posting schedule for my beauty samples from the recent Cosmoprof North America (CPNA), so if there is something in particular you want to see more of sooner rather than later, please let me know! Now on to today's CPNA post!

One of my favorite stops while attending CPNA is a visit to the BOUTIQUE sampling bar. Each of the twenty deluxe travel-sized is specially selected to represent the latest in up-and-coming cosmetics, skin care, nails, and hair. Attendees visiting BOUTIQUE are provided with a sturdy pink box and encouraged to select seven different items from the sampling bar. Once you had selected your samples, a $10 donation was collected for the Look Good Feel Better program. This non-medical program teaches beauty techniques to women with cancer that are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and other forms of treatments. Lessons include skin care and cosmetics, nails, styling and accessories, and wigs and turbans, providing women the opportunity to have some normalcy in their lives during a difficult time.

I love that CPNA runs such fundraising efforts through BOUTIQUE, and I naturally had to participate. After deliberating on several different products, I selected my samples and paid my donation. 

The photograph above contains my selections. Below are more details about what I selected for myself, and I am also including the other items that were available in the BOUTIQUE sampling bar. Let's check them out!

DefineMe Fragrance | DefineMe Sofia Isabel Fragrance Oil

Sofia Isabel is a free-spirit who embraces life with confidence. Notes of mandarin, black currant, jasmine + sugar. With coconut oil, vegan and cruelty free.

Scents are really personal, but I particularly love this scent from DefineMe! I recently reviewed mini-sized versions of the DefineMe scent offerings, and when I saw Sofia Isabel on the sampling bar, I naturally had to add this to my box! 

Gabriel Cosmetics | Gabriel Tropical Pink Lipstick

Enriched with natural waxes and emollients for added moisture, the feather resistant, long lasting formula provides natural, full coverage. Shade: bright, cool-pink sheer lipstick.

Gabriel Cosmetics isn't a new brand to me, and I was happy to see one of their lipsticks offered. This is such a great shade of pink, especially for the summer!

MyChelle Dermaceuticals | Refining Sugar Cleanser

Natural sugar and intoxicating vanilla-infused multi-tasking cleanser that gently exfoliates and moisturizes as it transforms into a creamy, foamy lather leaving skin radiant and refined.

I am a huge fan of sugar scrubs, but I've not tried this particular brand before CPNA. I probably would have avoided it due to my not-so-warm feelings towards vanilla, but I found the vanilla scent to be subtle so I don't mind applying this to my skin. I also found this exfoliant to be gentle on my sensitive skin.

Nairian | Night Serum, Nourishing & Rejuvenating

This is an overnight mask. The thick texture is great to soothe chapped skin. Key ingredients: Coconut, Apricot kernel, Sea Buckthorn, Rosehip seed, Almond oils.
How beautiful is this! This rich balm is made in Armenia and meant to be worn overnight, where the assorted oils can soak into the skin and deliver their anti-aging properties. As much as I enjoy this product, it is a little too heavy in oils for me, especially over the hot summer season. I definitely look forward to using this more often when my skin gets drier over the winter!

Naked Princess | Naked Princess Moisturizing Hand Creme

Enriched with Vitamin E and Aloe, this lightweight Hand Creme containing Coconut, Argan and Avocado oils, absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling soft and hydrated.

Between constant nail polish swatching and washing my hands often with two dirt-loving little boys, I use a lot of hand cremes! While I admittedly previously associated the brand with loungewear and lingerie, I was eager to try out their Moisturizing Hand Creme in the scent Boudoir Blush. It is scented with pink peppercorn, white lilies, rose and notes of jasmine, and it is positively delightful! Not only is the floral scent soft and far from overbearing, this hand creme absorbs beautifully without a greasy finish. I found that a little goes a long way, and I have my eye on their other scents and remaining beauty product offerings.

Pur-Lisse Beauty | Blue Lotus Seed Mask + Exfoliant

A 10 minute facial treatment designed with time-tested Asian ingredients that instantly brightens, detoxifies, tightens and soothes skin while providing gentle exfoliation.

I have used and enjoyed other Pur-Lisse products (the 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk is phenomenal if you have extra funds to spend on your beauty routine!), but this is the first I'm trying to Blue Lotus Seed Mask + Exfoliant. This product has left my skin so smooth and I'm amazed at how much it glows! I was a little nervous that it would be too harsh for my combination + sensitive skin, especially since it is a little coarser than my skin normally likes, but so far, it has worked incredibly well for me!

Royal Apothic | Lemoncello Perfecting Perfect Hand Creme

Formulated with micronized safflower oil to deeply hydrate with zero grease factor on the hands, this Meyer Lemon scent will have you ready for spring!

I wasn't kidding when I said I go through a lot of hand cremes so I also picked up this Lemoncello-scented tube by Royal Apothic too! While it does have a citrus scent, I find it to be very light and not overpowering. While the formula is thinner than that of the Naked Princess hand creme I also picked up (shown above), it is still very moisturizing and absorbs nicely into the skin. Royal Apothic offers other scent options that I look forward to trying in the future!

I really enjoyed the items I selected in my BOUTIQUE experience! There are several other phenomenal products offered on the sampling bar, and I had to include them in this post. Other options include the following:

Bioderma | Hydrabio Serum
Hydrabio Serum offers an instant and lasting moisturizing effect, it smoothes the skin and restores radiance with its extra-fresh texture. For all skin types.

Daily Concepts | Exfoliating Body Scrubber
Round shape to cover more parts of your body in less time. Dual texture, if you have sensitive skin or if you want ultimate exfoliation.

Dessata | Dessata Detangling Brush
Dessata is the best detangling brush on the market. It greatly improves the results of any traditional brush. 100% made in Spain with renewable energies.

Erbaviva Organic Skincare | Jasmine Grapefruit Organic Deodorant
Erbaviva's Organic Deodorant spray combines quickly evaporating organic grain alcohol with highly effective organic essential oils that reduce perspiration and naturally fight underarm bacteria.

HerbaDerm Natural Products | Nature Nut
Nature Nut Shampoo and Conditioner introduce a combination of five nuts with well known beauty care benefits and customized specifically for each product. Travel size.

Kavella Hair Care | Leave-In Recovery Lotion
Kavella's Recovery Lotion heals damaged hair with ceramide-rich, organic oils of sunflower, safflower and grape seeds. Vitamin b5 and baobob protein strengthen and protect hair.

Obliphica Professional | Obliphica Professional Seaberry Hair Mask
Inspired by skin care, concentration of quality ingredients reduce scalp dryness, nourish hair follicles, improve hair strength and reduce breakage. Visibly transforms overall hair health.

Presto Industries | Pegasus Beard & Moustache Combs
Enjoy infinite styling with the Pegasus Beard & Moustache comb. Handcrafted from Cellulose Acetate for that smooth, sexy look. Men never had it so good.

Shenzhen Trendz Technology., Ltd | Eye Mini Massager
Anti-wrinkle removing pen massager. Mini, Delicate, Popular Shapre Design, Good match with eye serum 220 times/s micro-vibration Ion vibration helps to absorb nutrition of serum/cream/gel better.

Sonage Skincare | Botanica Souffle Creme
A light and fluffy moisturizer packed with a garden's worth of botanicals to give your skin what it needs to look its best and brightest.

VENeffect | Anti-Aging Lip Treatment
This award-winning anti-aging lip treatment, with VENeffect advanced phytoestrogen technology, helps reduce and prevent the appearance of vertical lines, as it smoothes, softens and plumps.

Vita Liberata | Ten Minute Tan
Glow on the go! This deeply hydrating, organic tanning lotion is rinsed off after 10 minutes, and develops into a sun-kissed tan in 4-6 hours.

Wet Brush | Time Release Detangler
Weightless detangling, plus so much more. Time Release formula detangles up to three days while karatin strengthens hair. Conditions, protects and hydrates for shine.

This is all I have to today! I'll have more specific beauty finds from Cosmoprof North America on the blog soon!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful evening!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Press Release: Zoya Sophisticates for Fall 2017


Meet the SOPHISTICATES, Zoya’s latest palette of smoldering nudes, wine reds and shadowy hues in pearl, metallic and cream nail polish finishes.

Mckenna (ZP904): a refined pearl in soft almond

Beth (ZP905): a soft, sandy, rose gold metallic

Presley (ZP906): a smokey, mauve taupe cream

Joni (ZP907): a deep, dusty plum cream

Hera (ZP908): a muted, red mauve cream

Padma (ZP909): a deep, vermillion red cream

Yvonne (ZP910): a rich, bordeaux red cream

Mona (ZP911): a deep, burgundy plum cream

Elaine (ZP912): a dark, umber brown cream

Hadley (ZP913): a smokey, midnight blue cream

Tabitha (ZP914): a refined pearl in a deep hunter green

Gal (ZP915): a smokey, iridescent, peridot gold metallic

AVAILABLE August 1, 2017. 
ZOYA.COM $10 ea.(US)


Beauty Finds from Cosmoprof North America 2017, Part 2

Happy Monday, dear readers! If you saw my previous post, I shared several of my beauty finds while attending Cosmoprof North America recently. There were a lot of brands and products to investigate, and while my feet were sore by the end of the day, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it! Like my previous post, this one is LOADED with photos of products that caught my attention. I am really eager to share the rest of these with you so I'm going to keep the chitchat short and jump on in. Ready? Let's do this!

Magnetic makeup palettes got turned up ten fold with MYO Cosmetic Cases! Brand new to the market, this case offers a few different things that the more traditional magnet palette does not. One of the key differences that appeals the most to me is the addition of these removable beauty pods. Coming in both large and small sizes, and available for purchase in sets on their own, these pods seal completely and are ideal for transporting your liquids and serums for when you only need a small amount for a few days. It's definitely a space saver when you don't have to travel with your full-sized bottles, and with travel restrictions concerning flying with liquids as carryon, I am bordering on obsessed with these! The fact that the backs are magnetic and can fit easily in this palette means they also won't go missing in your luggage, another frustrating experience I've dealt with quite a few times with my recent travels. They are also great to put your contacts in for more compact traveling. These cases also come with a little black bar that can be shifted around wherever you please. This is great if you like the visual separating of creams from powders, or if you have a mini brush you don't want rolling around in the case. They also come with the coloured and interchangeable rings that can be seen from outside the case, making identification of products while closed easy, and they act as an extra measure to keep contents in your case should one of your powders crumble in travel.

There were several skincare brands in attendance, and one that really captured my attention is K beauty brand Acwell. With a focus on natural skin care, this line is ultra easy to use with their numbering system to help the consumer apply products in their correct order.

I love wearing false lashes, and I was intrigued by these lashes from Battington Lashes. These lashes are 100% handmade using silk for an ultra lightweight product that can be used for 25 times per pair! These strips are very flexible to easily fit the contours of your own lids and simply beautiful!

While there are a number of amazing products to see at Cosmoprof North America, I am definitely excited about these creams and boosters by Bio-Extracts! With multiple skincare concerns, it can become overwhelming trying to find the right combination of products to apply to your skin. Bio-Extracts has made it easy! Consumers start out with a base cream, each with a different weight and formula based on how light or heavy you need for your skin. From there, you can mix in up to four different supplements or "boosts" that are targeted to specific skincare concerns. You are essentially making your own personalized skincare cocktail at home mixed into one unique product! I love the premise behind this brand, especially since my skin care needs are always changing and I don't like having to find a whole new set of products. Bio-Extracts should have you covered with everything you could possibly need!

I am definitely a lipstick kind of girl, and I am fascinated with the new Velvet Air Lipsticks by Ecru New York. This applies to a lovely satin finish, but with the swipe of your finger, the finish changes over to matte! While I cannot speak about how well this works at the time of this post, I am intrigued by it and hope these work as well as the brand claims!

USA Cosmetics has been bringing top K-beauty brands and products to the American market for 20 years, and they had a small selection of their brands at the show. How cute are these animal masks!

Berrisome is just one of the brands partnered with USA Cosmetics. I really need to try these lip tints!

And even more brands! USA Cosmetics distributes more than 70 brands! I actually have a few different products from the company to try out so you'll be seeing more from this distributor on my blog soon!

Pili Ani products are made with pili, derived from "The Chosen Tree" in the Phillipines. This secret superfood also benefits the skin with enriched antioxidants and natural fatty acids. It is also environmentally sustainable in the region, something else I can appreciate about the brand! I have a sample of this beautifully packaged product to test out myself, so you'll be seeing it on the blog again!

I am very familiar with using saffron in cooking, but Saffron Secret was inspired by the teachings of ancient healers to create these innovative products utilizing the ingredients in saffron in their beauty products. Their flagship product is a smoothing hair treatment, and it straightens hair without the use of damaging chemicals.

Infused with real flowers, Blossom Cuticle Oil softens, hydrates, and repairs cuticles. This cuticle oil is available in 12 different scents: six floral and six fruity.

Blossom also offers a base and top coat nail treatment that is also infused with flowers. The 5-free formula strengthens nails while adding shine. As someone that uses a lot of base and top coat, I am intrigued with this product and particularly curious if the flower particles break off and gets onto the treatment brush.

I love scrubs, and I was particularly drawn to the colourful display at the Body Boom booth!

Body Boom scrubs are made in Poland using coffee and other natural ingredients. They come in a variety of scent options: coconut, banana, grapefruit, strawberry, mint, and mango.

Sometimes you come across a company that you love just based on principle, and Bloom Mineral Beauty is just that for me. Created by a Christian woman in a predominantly Muslim country, Bloom Mineral Beauty products utilize minerals from the Dead Sea in Jordan for a unique nourishing treatment for the skin. The company's workforce is also composed predominantly of women! I'm excited about this company and am hopeful the sample I picked up works well for me! You'll be seeing it on the blog soon!

One of my stops included a visit to The Sage Lifestyle, a company that specializes in artisan perfumes and candles. The packaging is beautiful, and the scents are unique and wonderful! Often with scent brands, I like a limited selection of offerings, but with The Sage Lifestyle, I actually really liked every scent I had the pleasure of smelling and couldn't pick a single favorite!

Palladio Beauty has launched several new products to their lineup, including these newer color-correcting concealers! I don't want to give away too much information in this post as I will be visiting the brand again soon to share specific products joining the brand lineup in addition to testing them out for myself.

One of my stops included a visit to the Bel'Oceane booth where I discovered the different Masqu'Oceane. This marine peel off mask is able to penetrate the deepest level of skin layers for a thorough skin treat.

Girlz Only is a dry shampoo that is sadly not yet available for purchase here in the US. The company was hoping to find a distributor so I'm crossing my fingers it was a success!

I had the pleasure of viewing the upcoming fall collection by China Glaze. Named Street Regal, this collection consists of 12 shades that are perfect for the season!

I was also able to view their new collection for Halloween, named Happily Never After! I am happy to report that this Halloween will include new shades rather than repromotes like last year. We will also see the return of their iconic glow in the dark shade, Ghoulish Glow.

Another scent booth I visited is Raw Spirit Fragrances. The brand sets itself apart from others in that it works with Indigenous and marginalized communities to take consumers on a unique journey to some of the world's oldest communities. This socially-conscious business aims to play a vital role to bridge the gap between philanthropic and commercial endeavors.

VENeffect is an anti-aging skincare brand that offsets the signs of hormonal aging utilizing plant technology. This brand was founded by a sister team, one of which is a obstetrician/gynecologist while the other is a skin care expert. With such a strong background in skin care and hormonal aging, I expect we'll be seeing wonderful things about this brand!

Styling routines can be harsh on our hair, and Hot Tresses has set out to create beautiful, manageable hair without harsh chemicals and the use of heat styling products. You can take their survey online to access your own haircare to create your own plan for healthier hair.

I travel all the way to Las Vegas only to discover a brand in my own backyard! The Marin Bee Company offers and luxurious natural and organic skin care collection created using California wildflower honey. I love the idea of supporting local companies so I'm definitely going to have to pick up a few products from Marin Bee to test out and review on my blog!

Biotop Professional is a haircare brand that offers a range of products to cater to your hair's specific needs. The 911 line is one of their key lines that uses quinoa to treat dry and damaged hair. I have a sample from this brand to test out and will be sharing the results with you at a later time!

Ella+Mila has been on the beauty scene due to their nail polishes, but they have recently increased their product lineup to include liquid lipsticks. These lipsticks have been very popular since their launch, and I have a few to share on my blog soon. Without giving away too much information, they will be adding more colours soon that I think people will be really happy to see!

Morgan Taylor Lacquer will be taking a trip to Spain this fall with their new Matadora Collection. These shades are perfect for the cooling temperatures and shorter days!

Morgan Taylor Lacquer will also be launching the Little Miss Nutcracker Collection for the holidays. The collection includes six shimmering shades for full nail coverage and a seventh silvery topcoat to add even more sparkle to your nails. I'm really feeling this collection for the holidays and look forward o their launch!

And this, dear readers, concludes my beauty finds from Cosmoprof North America! I'll be sharing reviews of individual products as I go through the samples I picked up, and if there is something in particular you would like to see, please let me know! I don't have samples of everything, but I will try to review what appeals to you first!

If you are in the beauty industry and considering attending, the next edition of Cosmoprof North America is scheduled for July 29th through the 31st, 2018. I know I'm hoping to be there!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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