Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Makeup Show in NYC

The Makeup Show - NY: This is my favorite trade show as its focus is directed toward those of us whom are professional or freelance makeup artists. The annual two-day event was held in New York City's Metropolitan Pavilion on May 5th and 6th. The days consist of educational seminars, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, product demonstrations, makeup competitions, pro discounts and networking. For me, this was also a great opportunity to catch up with people I have not seen in awhile.

The exhibitors that participated this year read like a "who's who" in the cosmetic industry. Exhibitors such as Smashbox, Nars, Make Up For Ever, MAC, The Powder Group, Tweezerman, Naked Cosmetics, Dermalogica, Mario Badescu, Hakuhodo, Crown Brush Company, Face Atelier, Eve Pearl, Stila, BDellium, Yaby Cosmetics, Frends, Alcone Company, Embryolisse USA, Mehron, Graftobian, Temptu, OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics), Crystal Wright Live, Inglot Cosmetics, Bite Beauty, Ellis Faas and Kevyn Aucoin Cosmetics. This was a just a small sampling of the exhibitors.


The body painting was spectacular! Seeing artists throughout the space working on their models. When the body painting artists have finished, the models will stroll around the event space so we attendees may see the beautiful work done by these exceptionally talented artists.


My two favorite purchases were the tee shirt from Crystal Wright Live and a cute storage case for my false eyelashes from the company Lady Moss.

The tee shirt (on the right) was a big favorite amongst my fellow makeup artists. Kudos to Crystal Wright Live for making it available for purchase at The Makeup Show! To learn more about Crystal Wright Live or to purchase the tee shirt ($22.00), click here. Tee shirts are also available for hair and nail artists.


The "Ribbon False Eye Lash Case" is cute, but also very functional. There's room for 3 sets of lashes, adhesive and tweezers or adhesive remover (depending upon the size). Thanks to Lady Moss for making them available to purchase at The Makeup Show.
The item is priced at $5.50 at Lady Moss. To purchase the case from Lady Moss, click here.

Monthly Favorite: Recently I purchased a natural and organic product called "White Tea Gel Fluid Cleanser" by Korres. It is a vegan friendly product formulated for all skin types. After using this facial cleanser for the very first time, it left my combination skin feeling soft and smooth. The t-zone and non oily areas of my skin looked and felt moisturized. It did a great job balancing these areas, without over stripping them. The product's scent is quite pleasant.

Unfortunately "White Tea Gel Fluid Cleanser" will no longer be carried in Sephora. However a couple of places where you can purchase this product are or The price will vary depending upon where you purchase the product (Amazon $18.98 and Skinstore $21.00).

On The Cheap (But Oh So Chic!): The "Ultra Last Lip Wear" lipsticks by N.Y.C. (New York Color) Cosmetics. They are supposed to last for up to six hours (I'm not able to confirm this yet). However this is not the reason why I am mentioning them. For the price of $1.99, you will get a lipstick that is quite moisturizing. After an hour, my lips were still soft without showing any signs of dryness. N.Y.C. "Ultra Last Lip Wear" lipsticks come in ten shades. They may be purchased in stores such as CVS, Walgreens, Target and K-Mart. 

I Nailed It!: I was by the nail bar at Sephora a few days ago. Nails Inc. has a collection of polishes called "Leather Effects". The collection looked pretty interesting. So I decided to give it a go and polished the nails on my left hand. Once the polish dried to its matte finish, I rubbed my finger over each nail. I didn't really like the texture, so I put on a layer of Nails Inc. topcoat. Afterwards, it felt somewhat better, but I am not planning to purchase anything from this collection. The colors I tested out were "Noho Leather Effects", "Shoreditch Lane Leather Effects" and "Soho Mews Leather Effects". Should you decide to test it out, be sure to use Nails Inc.'s matte topcoat. 

Monthly Treat (Because I'm Worth It!): When I attended The Makeup Show this year, I stopped by the Smashbox booth. I have been wanting to purchase their BB Cream, but never got around to buying it. Finally I said today's the day. Boy am I glad I waited! As this was a trade show, Smashbox gave us pros a lovely discount. This permitted me to purchase not one but two of their BB Creams. Thank you Smashbox!

Walking further into the space I found Nars Cosmetics. I stopped to check and see if my favorite Nars eyeshadow was available for purchase. Again I got lucky as it was on their display counter AND they had it in stock! The color to which I am referring it "Outremer". It is a rich royal blue. Thank you Nars Cosmetics!


Did You Hear About?: Scarves are one of my favorite accessories. I wear them all the time. Unfortunately it can become a bit boring wearing them the same way all the time. Here is a YouTube video entitled "25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes". To view the video, click here.


Every woman wants to find her perfect shade of red lipstick. For some this task can be somewhat frustrating. Well help is on the way! There is a wonderful article on The Beauty Department's website called "Best Red Lip Shades For Your Skin Tone".  Click here to read it. 


Scent-sational: "Loverdose" by Diesel. If you can find this it! It's absolutely wonderful!

Stay beautiful!