If you’re in the beauty and wellness industry you need to be here this year!
If you’re not you’re in luck. I’ll kiss 💋 & tell all I saw and learned from my spa show and take you on a tour of Las Vegas through photos. I love 💕 love 💕 love the beauty industry and proud to be a speaker and educator too.
Always an awesome show it is THE show of the year to attend. Packed with amazing speakers, free manufacturer classes and paid workshops on all kinds of topics.
I’ll be teaching a class “Age is Just a Number”
This show is alongside the International Beauty Show filled with …products,inspiration and classes on….Hair, Nails, Skin,Massage, Facials and a massive show floor as well. TWO beautiful shows in one!
TWO of the hottest shows were there…and I worked, I played,dined and explored!
Even though I travel to Chicago often o NEVER get tired of it. So much to enjoy, eat and do!
Here’s what I found at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and SPA conference and AMERICAS’ Beauty Show in Chicago this year:
Makeup is a little different …no cake face! No buffet of makeup on the face on a daily basis.
Self-care continues to be in the forefront of beauty and skincare!
It was all about Lashes for days! So many lashes and lash extension classes now more than ever. Faux Lashes and lash extensions don’t seem to be going away.
Vajacials are STILL trending.
Anal bleaching….yes it is a thing. Brghtenup wowed the crowd.
Teeth are getting some bling with …Tooth Kandy! They dazzled on the show floor.
Men’s grooming is HOTTER than ever.
Now that everybody seems to be getting Tattoos aftercare skin care is big business.
HAIR CARE is becoming more clean, green and anti-aging too. Appliances and tools are on fire.
I also discovered some yummy places to eat. One was the infamous Gibsons of Chicago. It reminded me of old Hollywood restaurants. The service was divine and the the food was too. If you are ever in the Rosemont area attending a show at that convention center or have business near by…You must try the Garbage Salad.
I had to stop yet again by the infamous Garetts popcorn for their caramel & cheese mixed popcorn. OMG so decadent. Your lips will not be able to resist.
The micro breweries are still poppin everywhere and the bar and brewery called Short Fuse Brewing Company had a great vibe and made many beers on site.
SHOPPING downtown Chicago and the Magnificent Mile are awesome.
My favorite store downtown is AKIRA.
But I fell in love with the FASHION Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont. There was Bloomingdales, SteveMadden, Nordstrom Rack and more.
Did I forget to mention Versace? The line to get into the the VERSACE store was enormous. I didn’t have time to wait. I wanted to buy a pair of Steve Madden shoes I saw in the window but the long line red rope and door assistant were NOT moving. I tried!
Shoppers,shopper and more shoppers. All got in my way.
I have been working and playing in my beauty haul from the IECSC show from New York City a few weeks ago. The show was so awesome and so were the classes and booths!!!
People …you know the beauty PROS,spa and salon owners filled the floor and were excited like me to explore!
SKIN-CARE ruled the show floor. Makeup was there but skin care ruled.
Bonblissity is the IT girl on the show floor for a updated mani and pedi or self care at home. I was lured over to take part in a demo where they shared how simple and wonderful your hands can look in a flash.
The owner placed a colorful tiny sugar like cube in my hands. Next, they had me dip my hands in a bowl of warm water and rub the cube into my palms and tops of my hands and nail beds. OH MY! What an aromatic and exfoliating high!
Next, I felt the skin softening and skin loving ingredients do their magic. After I did this a few minutes he rinsed my hands. I WAS ABSOLUTLEY AMAZED at the way my skin felt. I could only imagine how luxurious it would feel on my feet in a pedicure at home or at the spa or salon.
They come in a variety of scents:
Lemongrass,Satsuma,Brown Sugar,Lavender,Ocean Mist and more. GREAT item to retail in your spa or nail salon if you are a business owner.
The candy scrub can also be used on the feet at home it in your spa or mail salon.
Face masks, masks and sheet masks galore …KBeauty (Korean Beauty) IS alive and kicking.
There were so many face masks I have yet to try. Floral based like rose,plant-based like aloe,veggie based like tomatoes and even spice based Tumeric from our kitchen was infused in a sheet mask.
I had to buy one of everything to test drive. Tonight after a stressful week I am going to enjoy the aromatherapy based lavender sheet mask.
Esthemax had a fabulous booth. The team was dressed alike in the hottest pant suit style and they were PACKED! If you know the infamous Jelly Masks you’ll flip over the new additions I found. Next time you go to a spa or salon ask them if they do this mask in their face or body protocol. AMAZING. Your skin will glow like you never knew it could. Once you have one of these facial treatment masks for face (and body) you’ll want them even more. Your makeup will glide on like butter on a hot biscuit.
FarmHouse Fresh Goods ALWAYS delivers and they continue to bring it for body and now face and lip care. There booth had this giant Selfie backdrop that I could not resist taking a picture of. I have grown to love all their body products. Especially Oprah’s favorite Honey 🍯 Heel Glaze and the infamous Whoopie Cream hand and body lotion.
These are just a few of the things I am test driving, swiping, sniffing and enjoying. Next beauty stop is Chicago stay tuned for more!
I went shopping to some of my favorite stores this week and one store in particular I so adore. I saw something I had to WARN YOU ABOUT. The beauty department was filled with women and girls going crazy over all the new product and beauty tool additions. They were shopping like they mean it! On the hunt.
BUT their hands were touching all over the bottles, potions and fragrance. No pandemic here! Everyone so close near each other. No safe social distancing a bit here!
Women were trying on, testing and sniffing like there was no tomorrow! Contaminating all around them without a care.
From soaps, to serums, to hand and body lotions and essential oils. Opening boxes and noses PRESSED to the actual soap bars and top of the product jars. No staff around not one stopped them. I’m sure the store was a made house so they might have missed these women doing this but even if the store was not during the holiday season that anyone would say anything to them!
This store is a discount store there are NO Testers. It’s not Nordstrom, Macy’s or Bloomingdales.
I hated to see this happen. After the women decided the scent, the soap bar or skincare wasn’t for them they threw it back. Not placed. Actually threw it back on the shelf.
I felt for all the people who might select these very products and give them as gifts AFTER these handful of women put there nose 👃 inside and touched or squirted product on their hands.
I would never ever allow that to happen in my studio. My guests who shop here would never even think to do this!
So just a word of advice.. please make note and BEWARE and be aware! Think about where you buy your beauty, fragrance products and beauty gifts.
This is one of my absolute favorite days of the year!
It is National Lipstick day!
What color are you wearing today? Are you a lipstick girl or a glossy liquid lipstick girl?
I truly believe and my signature mantra is: “ A day without lipstick is like a day without sunshine”
What’s hot in the world of lipstick 💄💋?
💋Lipstick in general from soft to bold hues. Women are starting to pull out those lipstick tubes! Lip stains rule!
💋Lip conditioners and lip balms are HOT!! These face masks are making our lips dry as ever.
💋 Lip masks are HOT too! From Korea, Hong Kong and now made in the USA 🇺🇸 these masks are little miracle workers.
💋 The dark trimmed lip liner is out. Invisible or Nearly Nude are IN!
💋 Lip Exfoliators are a skin care necessity!
💋 if you vape or smoke cigarettes 🚬 maybe you want to give that a rest and rethink it. If you want your lips to look prettier and more youthful and kissable. You need to do the right thing. Each puff makes you wrinkle more! Day after day! Really!
💋 Wearing sunscreen on your face is a must. Also… pay particular attention to and protect the tissue on the upper lip area and chin from 🌞 sunburn and wrinkling!
💋 Honey 🍯 is a delicious and cheap lip treatment. It can be used on the lips only or all over the face!!
💋Lip brushes make your lipstick look better and your tube last longer. It is a makeup artists fave brush.
Do you have a passion for lipstick like I do? Share with me. I’d love ❤️ to know your go to. Fave color and why you love lipstick?
Here’s a reminder I always tell my clients when they use self tanner or get a spray tan.
Two things…Exfoliate your skin first!
I also follow this up with a sheet mask on my face and décolleté.
I am crazy about an exfoliate brand from Japan available in the US. It is called Cure Natural Aqua Gel. It is a clear gel that you apply on clean skin.
This is a must for self tanner to look good. It also is a good idea for any makeup you wear to glide on like silk!
After you apply you let it dry and leave on at least 3 minutes.
And gently roll off/ sloughing and saying bye to those dead skin cells. Rinse well.
I also love to use this product on a photo shoot and on a bride or bridal party working on location.
It is so easy to use. No harsh granuals and can even be used under the eye area.
I have very sensitive skin but this product gives me only fabulous non irritating results. Natural! Check them out on Instagram. That’s how I discovered them.
You must up that shade of foundation or even tinted moisturizer hue OR your neck and chest will not match nor be even in tone.
I see so many girls miss the mark on this and the look isn’t very pretty! You’ll have a lighter neck and tan face and body. Sometimes you might need to buy another darker foundation as well.
As we roll into the summer think about keeping a safe tan and not bake like a dozen cookies 🍪 in the oven. They smell and taste great … can burn too. And as for a tan the end result you may develop more than a tan. As a skin cancer survivor. I know.
We beauty professionals and speakers have been waiting for over a year and half to reconnect with each other,educate and see what’s trending and new! The show did go on and I could not be BE ANY HAPPIER!
The International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference was wonderful! My class went well. I was thrilled with all the beautiful faces looking to learn all I had to share with them too!
Yes, there was social distancing but we did not have to wear a face mask 😷 while educating. The show attendees had the option if vaccinated they did not have to wear a mask. There were sanitation stations and there was mindful social distancing. Attendance was UP considering what we have been through. Lines to shop 🛍 were long but worth the wait. I can’t believe the crowds of beauty PROS and spa and salon owners so many happy faces.
It was wonderful to be out and about and to TRAVEL on an airplane again. Seeing lots of people was great and Delta Airlines took good care of me! Chatting with strangers and and seeing SMILING FACES without face covers and masks was beyond joyous.
It was HOT and steamy in beautiful Las Vegas and I got a chance to work and play!!! One day it was actually 116 degrees.
Networking at it’s finest! Like a GIANT COCKTAIL PARTY! The IECSC show even treated us to a cocktail 🍸 or other libations to toast and welcome us back!
Here is a list of what I discovered on that’s Trending and NEW! Some I predicted and knew but some trends I saw on the show floor.
Skin care is HOT! It is even more in than makeup! We got to see the latest in action with LIVE demos on the show floor.
Facial embellishments were a thing and step aside tattoos and piercings. Pearls,colorful stencils,flowers and bold eye designs.
Wellness is a MUST in our lives. We must take better care of ourselves!
“Caked on” made up faces are NOT happening. Makeup is heading softer and pretty is back.
Brows and lashes are cared for with serums of gold. Brow laminations are hot.
Lash Lifts are still in.
False Lashes depending on who you speak to are out but faux lash companies are still selling. All kinds of lashes and COLORS!
OVER done and over the top contouring is OUT!
Lip plumpers are still coveted alongside a gorgeous lipgloss or 💄 lipstick.
Shimmery GLOWY skin is still with us.
Dermaplaning is still hot!
Concealing the entire face with concealer, highlighters and foundation is not in.
Tinted shampoos in all colors too!
Root Powder coverups in all HUES!
HAIR YOU WEAR and take off …faux bangs,pony’s and more are not going away.
Bright shiny glass like skin for the hair.
💅 Nails are fresh and natural but also pointed and embellished and long!
Facial Masks reign supreme! ALL kinds of treatments,smell and feel amazing!
Celebrities weren’t the only ones on the Las Vegas Strip.
Theanswer is pretty simple! A great set of makeup brushes! No you don’t have to go to extremes and buy a massive set. You just need to make sure you have a set you put together by putting a set together on your own. Or by the set. I also occasionally use a makeup setting spray. But I think MAKEUP looks better when applied with the proper tools. Sort of like a good baker or chef uses.
You really don’t need a dozen or more brushes. Depending how much makeup you use and what makeup you use will determine that. Makeup brushes make your makeup to look so pretty and gives your face a professional finish too. And the quality of the brush does matter. But you don’t have to spend a fortune $$$. And sorry a Dollar Store set won’t give you or your makeup kit what you need.
The main brushes you need are these:
A fan shaped blush brush
A concealer brush
An eye shadow brush one small and one larger for the outer corner or under the eyes to line or do a smoky under eye.
An eyebrow brush and lash comb.
A foundation brush or makeup sponge.
A fluffy powder brush.
A lip brush which will make your lipstick 💄 last longer.
If you really want to own more. Add as you need.
The key thing to remember is to PLAY, explore and see what works for you before you invest in a lot of brushes. If you are a beginner or a PRO make-up artist you might need to use a few more eye brushes but the more brushes you have doesn’t make you a better make-up artist!
And always remember clean brushes make a difference too! Dirty brushes make you break out and result in a dull and dirty looking complexion.