14 March 2011

IBS New York and CosmoProf Haul

Hello! Sorry I haven't posted in so long, but I've been super busy! This past Tuesday I took the day off from school and took a field trip to the International Beauty Show in New York City! I absolutely had a blast. Unfortunately when I got there, they were all out of show directories, so even though I had an idea of vendors I wanted to see, I had no idea where they were located and the show. Was. HUGE. Also, on Thursday I went to CosmoProf which is a beauty supply store. I was able to join because I am now a cosmetology student and I am beyond excited. So instead of talking away, I'm going to go ahead and show you guys pictures of all the fun new stuff I bought!

Polishes from the OPI booth
From left to right: Crepes Suzi-ette, Overexposed in South Beach, Conquistadorable Color, You're Such a Kabuki Queen, Chapel of Love, Pistol Packin' Pink, Coney Island Cotton Candy. I also had one of my nails done in the Axxium gel line in the color Cajun Shrimp. It was somewhat time consuming, but it looked beautiful!

Polishes from the Essie Booth
From left to right: Pillow Talk, Ballet Slippers, Au Natural, Coat Azure, Angora Cardi, Little Brown Dress. I also bought a youthful hand regimen for my mom. I have only given her a manicure with it once so far, but it made her hands look phenomenal! I've been looking for some good nude colors, and Essie is the perfect place to find them. I am so excited to try Little Brown Dress, it's the first pure brown I've seen in a long time.

Private Label Booth
These eyeshadow pans are from a no label brand, and they were only charging $1 each since they were sold out of palettes to put them in. I got these twelve for $10 because I am crafty with my words. The top row are all shimmery, and the bottom row is the closest I could find in a matte duplicate. The pans are about the size of a half dollar and the pigmentation is awesome! I have them in two empty CD cases until I get a palette to store them in.

Eyeshadow Palette from Addiction NV

Left to Right: Tempt (pink shimmer), Coax (champagne shimmer) I have never heard of the brand Addiction NV but I was drawn into the booth by how feminine and sultry everything looked. They had a handful of eyeshadow pans left (since I was there the final day of the show), and you could pick any two you wanted to fill the palette. I liked these two colors together and thought they had a nice payoff so I wanted to give them a try. The palette is really sturdy and has a hidden magnet closure, and I just adore the packaging. I also bought a mineral highlighter that I'm excited to try:

WannaBe: Glow Getter
I absolutely love the packaging!

Eve Pearl Booth

My first Eve Pearl purchase, lipstick in Pink Stiletto. I love it!! I was waiting to try everything out until I took pictures of it, so I put it on as soon as I took the picture. At first the color wasn't very vibrant, but within a minute or two, it turned into the most gorgeous pink that I wish I could put words to! I had my foundation and blush done by a girl at the booth, but she was very rude and didn't even tell me any of the products she used on me before moving on the the next customer. I didn't buy anything she used, and instead selected my own lipstick, and I'm very happy with it. Unfortunately, I did like the makeup she did on me, I just didn't feel like bothering with her to ask what she used. I'm hoping Eve Pearl will be at IMATS.

Sample Kit from Rain

I had read on-line a couple months ago about Rain Cosmetics and really love their packaging and the fact that everything seems to be very hydrating. I didn't buy anything on-line at the time because they were pricey and I had never tested the products out myself. I had my lips done by one of the guys working the booth and I really like what he did. He layered lip liner, lipstick, lip conditioner, and finally lip gloss. While my lips looked and felt beyond wet and smooth, I felt like I had too much product on (no kidding). I sampled a bunch of the eyeshadows, and they were not very pigmented at all. They were out of the lip conditioner I wanted, so I decided to try this essentials kit with trial/travel sized versions of some simple products. The 'bronzer' is quite dark and creamy, and I can't imagine using it as anything other than a cream shadow. It's way too dark for me to use as a cheek color.

New products I picked up from beauty supply:

Biomega Moisture Mist Conditioner
Straight Sexy Hair regimen
Joico Color Endure
OPI polishes and treatments
I bought the Biomega Moisture Mist because I've been wanting to try a leave in conditioner on my hair to help with the dryness. They were having a sale on the StraightSexyHair line and it set included shampoo, a hair straightening balm, a sample of Powder Play, and a sample of Smooth and Seal. Joico I heard about on a YouTube review and have been wanting to try. I have heavily color treated hair, so I decided to go with the Color Endure line, which came with a sample bottle of styling oil. The store I went to didn't have a huge OPI selection, but they had a sale on the color Bogota Blackberry (left) and it came with the Naural Nail strengthener at half price. I got the Drip Dry because I'm always looking for something that will allow my nails to dry as fast as possible. Finally, they had Sweetheart and Vodka & Caviar, which are two colors I have been wanting to try. Not pictured is a Paul Mitchell bamboo back combing brush, and Nail Envy Maintenance by OPI. In my Absolutely Orange: Part 1 post, I mentioned that I used Nail Envy as a base coat. When I was at IBS and chatting with the girl who was doing my nails, she informed me that Nail Envy shouldn't be used more than 6 weeks in a row, or else it can have an adverse affect on your nails. I decided to try the Maintenance to keep my nails looking healthy.

I know this is a super long post, but I hope you enjoyed everything you saw! Are there any nail polishes that you would like me to do swatches of? I plan on doing a post soon on my favorite nude nail colors to pair with your vibrant lip colors for Spring! Please let me know if you would like to see any swatches or read any reviews for any of the products I have just shared with you. I love to hear all feedback, good and bad, so please keep the comments coming!!



  1. Great haul! I have the "Overexposed in South Beach" too! It's a great color for toes...

  2. Bogota Blackberry is a fabulous color!