Friday, May 24, 2019

Highlights from the Beauty Spotlight Team

Boxwalla released their "A Summer in Hangzhou" June Beauty Box featuring 2 full-size products from 5YINA– that you don’t want to miss. The full size face oil and face mist are perfect for the summer, and Lola's Secret Beauty Blog highly recommends getting this Cruelty-Free, eco-luxe box before it sells out. The cost is $49.95 for $190.00 worth of products! #Boxwalla #5YINA 

Pammy Blogs Beauty fights the GA heat and humidity with n:p beautiful hair products and vibrating flat iron

Prime Beauty got her glow back with the new Pixi Beauty Glow Collection. It really is exceptional skincare! 

Have you ever wondered which ingredients are important in your skincare products? Check out these 11 dermatologist recommended ingredients on The Makeup Obsessed Mom

It's National Sunscreen Day, Memorial Weekend and the unofficial start of summer. Never Say Die Beauty is protecting her face from the sun's damaging and aging rays with three exceptional lightweight sunscreens from Paula's Choice

Is your skin craving attention? Maybe what it needs is a dose of vitamins to perk it up. Beauty Info Zone has a skincare line, MultiV6 that's the solution to problems your skin is having. See what the fuss is all about. 

Jen from Laugh, Love Contour tested out a cosmic-themed nail art stamping plate and her nails are out of this world! Check out her post to learn more about this plate and if it might work for you! 

Are you looking for a clean, natural, cruelty free and effective age defying serum to add to your skin care regimen? Erika at Notes from My Dressing Table has been test driving the Airelle Age Defying Serum with Barrimatrix and she's really impressed with it. Come check it out!

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Exploring Space with Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate

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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!

The Deep Cosmos Stamping Plate can be found here at Born Pretty Store.

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. 

Other products used for this nail art look:
Literary Lacquers: Court of Dreams
Journey & Co: HALOgraphic
Powder Perfect : Black Stamping Polish

Have you used any products from Born Pretty Store? What types of nail art products do you like or dislike? Did you do your nails this weekend? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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Thursday, May 16, 2019


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.

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 for more information.

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