Monday, November 12, 2018

The Makeup Show LA: Part 1

It was a busy and rather event-filled weekend while at The Makeup Show in Los Angeles. This event is the prime place for professional makeup artists to congregate to network with fellow artists, attend one of many educational workshops, keynotes, or demonstrations, and to pick up new and core makeup items alike for kits.

Director of Education and Artistry James Vincent is always the first person I see at the show as he introduces the press to the key features of this year's show. The first three words that come to mind when I think of James is warm, caring, and inspiring: you can really feel how passionate he is about the community.

What better place to start with brands than James' own Rebels and Outlaws. From candles and sprays that clear the air of negative vibes and instead attract all things positive to scrubs that slough off more than just dead skin, this brand is sure to bring makeup artists all the best things possible!

This is a small collection of the candle offerings, including the new scent, Because The Night.

Make Up For Ever was the Diamond Sponsor for the show. Here we have an artist perusing the brand's selections before making her purchase.

I was really excited when I heard MYO Cosmetics Cases was going to be at the show! I absolutely love this brand and reviewed the personal version of the MYO case here.

The magnetic pods are my favorite part of this product; what an ingenious idea! You can see some of the uses in the above photo. The possibilities truly are endless; the only limit is your imagination!

While the MYO is black with a circlet is black, silver, fuchsia, or turquoise, this silver sparkled beauty made an appearance at the show. I can't give you all the details on it today, so be sure to follow MYO Cosmetic Cases to catch the news when the time is right!

Rude Cosmetics is a fun brand I discovered right around the time they launched a couple years ago, and I was excited to see them make an appearance at the show! They offer quality products at an affordable price. Who knew that being rude could actually pay off?!?

Their eye shadow palettes offer nice pigmentation, and I like that they have options of both larger and smaller palettes.

Smashbox will always have a special place in my heart as the fist non-drugstore brand I ever really used. They also sell my beloved The Cali Contour palette which is my makeup workhorse.

There were three demo stages (in addition to the keynote and seminar stages) at different locations, and the talented Danessa Myricks was spotted at one of them! Her work is incredible.

Danessa's beautiful products were on site and could be purchased at the Danessa Myricks Beauty booth. These illuminators are spectacular!

There was also a table available for Henry Charles cosmetics bags. Whether you were in the market for something low key and casual or something a little fancier, you were able to get what you needed.

One of my own personal stops was with Frends Beauty Supply to pick up backups of some of my favorite Stilazzi brushes and some makeup items to try out. At the booth was Kiani Love of MakeUpbyKiani. She was so helpful in answering my questions and pinpointing the extra products I picked up.

Here is Kiani doing an eyeshadow application demo. Seriously, this show was filled with so many educational opportunities, it was impossible to leave without learning something!

Stila Cosmetics is another brand that I got into when I first stepped away from drugstore only makeup, and it was exciting to see they launched their Pro Program at the show!

It was exciting to see Hourglass Cosmetics at the show, and I know it was the first stop for many!

There were lashes galore thanks to Ardell Lashes! They had some great pricing to make this already affordable brand even more so for the artists wanting to share the lash love.

I first encountered Moira Cosmetics while at CPNA this summer, and it was a delight to see the affordable brand at this show. I had actually seen this palette over the summer before it was announced on social media and officially launched, so it was pretty cool to see it get snapped up quickly by many.

Jordan Liberty was one of four keynote speakers on Saturday, which his inspirational talk about how he got to where he is today. If you didn't leave his talk feeling at least the slightest bit inspired, you must not have been paying attention!

If you were shopping to fit the current glitter trend into your kit, Ruby May Cosmetics was there to deliver! Their Winter Wonderland palette in particular certainly dazzled me!

Once it is all said and done, the makeup does eventually have to come off. Bioderma was on site to sell some of their products, including my beloved Sensibio micelle solution. My sensitive skin really appreciates how well this is able to remove product from my face without stripping it dry or irritating it. Had I not been doing carry on only for my flight home with liquid restrictions, I would have brought a lot of this home with me!

Be sure to tune back in later this week for Part 2 of my time at The Makeup Show in Los Angeles!

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Friday, November 9, 2018

highlights from the beauty spotlight team

Halloween has come and gone and now it is time for all the winter and holiday collections to start popping up! Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour is thrilled to see all these new offerings and has the much anticipated Winter Collection by KBShimmer up on her blog. In addition to core shades, KBShimmer has created a nail lacquer with $4 from each bottle going to the Terra Haute Humane Society. Decorate your own claws while knowing your purchase is helping those of the feline variety!  

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has proclaimed that the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette and the Shu Uemura La Maison du Chocolat Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipsticks and Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks are the best of the best holiday collections. #HourglassCosmetics #ShuUemura 

If you’ve wanted to take less than perfect skin to a more flawless complexion Polarbelle has some tips in this week’s video. Be sure to enter the giveaway for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Makeup By Mario Master Palette while you’re there. 

Lip Balms for you astrological sign? Pammy Blogs Beauty tries out the Zodiac Collection from Fresh

Never Say Die Beauty is showing off her new sterling silver, contemporary name tag necklace from online jeweler, Messages In Metals! Perfect for holiday gifting or for a self-treat, Messages In Metals has oodles of styles for personalized necklaces, Mom's necklaces with birthstones and even state-shaped key chains. 

Prime Beauty has the low down on the new Sultry Eyeshadow Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. If you've been searching for a stunning cool-toned palette, you found it! 

Have you wondered which products in the Kerastase haircare line are the best? 15 Minute Beauty can help you with that. 

Are you wondering what to buy a fragrance lover for their holiday gift? Beauty Info Zone has a one-size-fits-all suggestion with The Sam & Lori Aromatherapy Necklace. This contemporary piece is a winner.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

KBShimmer Winter 2018 Collection

Press Sample

Halloween has come and gone, and as a result the winter nail polish collections are now upon us! I always look forward to the reveals as the seasons change, and KBShimmer's upcoming Winter Collection has many standouts that are sure to make you swoon. Consisting of 12 shades, including a fundraising nail lacquer, this collection perfectly captures those chilly days, whether you are spending them all cozy by the fire with your sweetie or out for festive fun with friends. There is a lot to take in with this post, from the photo reveals to details on the charity polish and news about a special (and Early!!) Black Friday promotion so let's jump on in and get to it!

1 coat shown alone (pinky and index fingers) and over black cream (middle and ring fingers)
Plus KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat

There is one in most families.  They claim to have the best sense of style, love to give clothing advice, and tell you exactly where to shop and what does (and does not) look good on you.  Sometimes that person really is in the know, but sometimes they are just a hot mess, and that can make family gatherings oh so fun!    Fuchsia-nista is a nod to all lovers of fashion!  A bright mix of multichrome flakes start with fuchsia, and shift into hues of purple, magenta and orange.  This flake shade is perfect over creams in 1-2 coats, or sponge on in 3-4 for full coverage.

Space-ial Edition
Two coats plus KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat
Dual-ended magnet used on center two nails

On a chilly winter’s evening, many of us look up at the sky and wonder what is out there.  We look for that one bright star to guide us or wish upon, or just hope to see a glimpse of holiday magic. Space-ial Edition is a deep purple polish with a galaxies worth of holo flakes and strong blue shimmer.  When used with a magnet, the shimmer gathers like the Milky Way, seeming to move with the flick of your fingers for a truly space-ial manicure.  Best in 2 coats.

Yes Weekend!
1 coat shown alone (pinky and index fingers) and over black cream (middle and ring fingers)
Plus KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat

Being an adult is hard.  We work all day, then come home needing to cook, clean, do laundry, and more, just to wake up and do it again.  By Friday, I think most of us are saying Yes!  it’s the weekend, where relaxing, hanging out with friends, and doing what we want takes priority.  Yes Weekend! is inspired by the freedom of the weekend.  Multichrome flakes boldly shift from a vibrant green to aquamarine, fuchsia, magenta and orange.  This flake shade is perfect over creams in 1-2 coats, or sponge on in 3-4 for full coverage.

So Cordial
Two coats plus KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat

When it comes to holiday treats, I love cordial cherries.  That bright red cherry with creamy center and crisp chocolate shell was a favorite of both mine and my grandfathers.  Seeing those red boxes just brings back warm memories.  This warm hued Christmas red shade gleams with a semi metallic finish.  Micro holo flakes add sparkle to the red shade.  Best in 2 coats. 

Sweater Weather
Two coats plus KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat

Some people count down the days until Birthdays or holidays, I count down until it is chilly enough for sweaters and leggings. And I know I am not the only one, SNL even has a skit about sweata weatha! This bright and bold green is a nod to sweaters popping up. This uber shiny polish is almost metallic, and pops of micro holo flakes make this polish light up! 

Love Thy Selfie
1 coat shown alone (pinky and index fingers) and over black cream (middle and ring fingers)
Plus KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat

Today social media is a part of almost each of our lives, and with cameras able to share shots globally in an instant, sharing our self with the world has never been easier or harder.  With IG perfect photos all around, filters and props make those snaps look more perfect then they probably are.  We at KBShimmer encourage you to love yourself for who you are, and to Love Thy Selfie.  Embrace the differences that make you, you!  Love Thy Selfies multichrome flakes shift from a rich indigo, to royal purple, fuchsia and magenta.  This flake shade is perfect over creams in 1-2 coats, or sponge on in 3-4 for full coverage.

I'll Be Chrome For Christmas
Three coats plus KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat

I have to admit it, I love Christmas.  The music, the movies, and the wrapping of presents brings me joy. Like many, the time spent with family is also something to cherish.  I’ll Be Home For Christmas is Christmas in a polish. Like the tatters of wrapping paper, multichrome chrome flakes in shades of red, gold and green pop against the snowy white base.  Best in 2-3 coats.

Flake Expectations
1 coat shown alone (pinky and index fingers) and over black cream (middle and ring fingers)
Plus KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat

If you live in a colder area, you know the vibe when the forecast calls for snow.  The kids are excited, the stores are packed, and expectations are that it will feel like winter soon.  A few months later, Flake Expectations gives us a whole different feel.  This flake polish is a nod to winter, and the chilly vibe in the air.  Multichrome flakes shift from lime gold, to bright green, to royal blue to navy.  This flake shade is perfect over creams in 1-2 coats, or sponge on in 3-4 for full coverage.

I Cat Even
Two coats plus KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat

Growing up I was a dog person.  Our family had big dogs and little dogs, and even with cats on the family farm, dogs were it, until I met my husband, the cat person.  We started out with one of each, a cat and dog.  Soon we grew to a house of two cats.  After our dog passed, our third cat joined the tribe.  I slowly began to appreciate how unique cats are.  They are smart, willful, affectionate, and wicked and can make humans stay in one place for hours just by sitting on our lap.  Cats are the best.  I Cat Even is deepen navy blue linear holo that in some lights looks blurple.  This dark shade is perfect in 1-2 coats.

Taupe Notch
Two coats plus KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat

There is something about taupe; not quite brown, nor gray, and not beige that feels warm and cozy to me.  The color just pairs well with jeans and leggings, and matches most home d├ęcor, which is why I have a million sweaters and blankets in taupe.  Taupe Notch is a nod to all things cozy.  A creally base swims with holo flecks, while a rose gold shimmer adds a warm glow to this shade.  Best in 2-3 coats.

On Cloud Wine
Three coats plus KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat

There is something about wine that makes it the drink of choice for so many.  Maybe it is the wide variety of varieties, each with a different note from the grapes, the barrel, the age.  It could be that it is just on trend, but no matter the reason, people seem to enjoy a glass, and after a few are On Cloud Wine!  On Cloud Wine is a red leaning grape jelly polish.  Shifting flakes swim in this jelly base, morphing from shades of teal to purple and fuchsia.   This shade deepens in color with coats, so is best in 2-3.

Santa Claws
Two coats plus KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat
Dual-ended magnet used on center two nails

Each year KBShimmer chooses a charity close to our heart to donate to. This year we have chosen the Terre Haute Humane Society. As a parent of three adopted cats, we are thrilled to be able to donate $4 from each bottle of our Christmas Polish, Santa Claws to this wonderful organization! Plus, we will pick one person that purchased this polish and donate $250 to their local humane society!
Some holidays you cannot think of without thinking of its iconic colors.  For Christmas it is red, green and gold.  When creating this year’s charity polish, I wanted to play with that classic palette.  Santa Claws is a magnetic polish that looks like a bronze gold polish with red background, then when you use with the magnet, a green background sets off the red magnetic accent, while hints of gold shine through with a dusting of holo glitter.  Best in 2 coats.

The new shades will be launching November 15th on; each bottle will retail for $10.

KBShimmer will be kicking off Black Friday early! Starting November 15th through November 25th, each purchase of $50 or more on will receive a KBShimmer holographic draw string backpack free!  Plus, free shipping equals Priority Shipping!  All orders that qualify for free shipping will automatically be upgraded to USPS Priority Mail. This shipping upgrade will run from November 15th through November 25th on orders of $50 or more.

What are your favorite shades from the new Winter Collection? I'd also love to hear what base shades you would wear these gorgeous flake toppers over!

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

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