Thursday, July 20, 2017

I Love My Body! Bodyography Pro Cosmetics Review And CPNA Overview

One of the best things about attending a show like Cosmoprof North America, is having the opportunity to meet with and learn more about brands whose products you already love.  I was sent a couple of Bodyography Professional Cosmetics items by PR and if you've followed me awhile, chances are good that you've read, heard or seen me talking about them.  When the opportunity came up for me to meet with Lori, Creative Director and makeup artist at Bodyography, I booked the appointment for my first meeting of the conference because I just couldn't wait to learn more!

The items I had received are Stratus glitter pigment, (3 gm / $23), and Tango Lip Vapour, (7.48 ml / $22).  They came with the hilarious button that cracked me up stating "I love my Body!".  (In the picture is an unrelated nail polish by Omega).  When you order, use the code POLARBELLE20 and save 20%!

The glitter pigment at the bottom of the picture is in the pinky color Stratus.  It's nothing short of impressive, incredible and remarkable.  It has a creamy consistency and isn't typically what you'd think of as something that is called glitter.  Glitter chucks don't fall's really unique.  The texture is a creamy powder packed with a shine that you just can't beat.  It does have glitter particles but they meld perfectly in the formula, rather than as separate pieces.  The glitter pigments can be used wet or dry; with a finger or brush.

From the Bodyography website: One of a kind eye shadow technology incorporating the saturation of a loose pigment, the cushion of a cream and the silkiness of a powder, all with a beautiful high glitter and pearl finish.

I just can't adequately explain how beautiful and metallic it is with multi-dimensional color.  I definitely want to get more of these.  I've applied Stratus on Snapchat numerous times to show how it's just such a surprising product.  I hope you've seen it.   It will be in my Products of the Year for 2017, I can already tell you that.

Here are a couple of colors I saw in the display at Cosmoprof North America.   They also have some incredible colors coming out soon.

Cosmoprof North America

The second product I received was the lip plumping gloss Lip Vapour in the color Tango.  Lip Vapours are a non-irritating lightly plumping gloss which use the body's natural hydration to help plump lips.  Tango is a peachy nude with very light gold shimmer.  I love to wear it over nude liquid lipsticks.  I wear this sometimes as a gloss alone, and it's quite sheer but I really love to wear it over a nude lip.

During our meeting at Cosmoprof NA, Lori showed me a lot of products from Bodyography, which I learned is a family business under Robanda International that her grandfather started.  That's really cool.  All Bodyography products are made in the USA.  They are certified cruelty-free by PETA and are vegan, gluten free and paraben free.

One of the new products they have coming out is Lip Lava Liquid Lipstick, (2.5 ml / $19).  They come in ultra matte or metallic finishes.  Lip Lava has 6x the pigment that other liquid lipsticks have.  Lori gifted one to me and I found it so amazing that I wore it for both of the next two days of the show.  They are very lightweight and comfortable and perfect for anyone but especially those who find other liquid lipsticks to be drying.  It wears all day through multiple meals for me.  The color I was given is Rose Moon, a beautiful metallic plum.

I also wanted to show you some of the things I saw and learned about in their booth.  First is this awesome two-bulb foiled umbrella light.  This is just outstanding when I think about how great it would be for blog photography.  I can't find it on their website but it retails for $178 and has LED daylight bulbs and a carrying case.  I love that the underside of the umbrella is reflective.  I can imagine it with my blog photography as well as ultilizing it while I film youtube.

There is a cool professional makeup case that comes with pocket bags, (like zuca bags), inside and a few pockets on the outside.  I wish I'd had this when I was doing some makeup artistry.  I wish I had it in my vanity area now!!  It would have been the perfect item for me to pack to go to Cosmoprof North America this past week!! (My smaller bag couldn't hold all the product I put in it and it broke on the way up to Vegas.)  The price for this beautiful bag $299.99.

Something I've wanted for a long time that, ironically, I had ordered from another company but never received, is a metal mixing palette and mixing tool set.  It brings me joy, as an artist, to look at it's creative potential.

There are many beautiful makeup items to choose from, including the popular hydrating primer, which hydrates while controling oil and shine.

Color correcting primers.

Ready, Set Go hydrating setting spray is formulated with ylang ylang and is their most successful launch of 2016.

Beautiful shadows


Lip products.

Here I am clowning around, showing you the glitter pigment and lip lava in use.

You'll find more items to browse on their website. When you order, use the code POLARBELLE20 and save 20%, (not an affiliate code).   Use the Bodyography map to find where products are sold in store or order from their website online.  Learn more about the brand by following them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Found At Cosmoprof North America - Quick Temporary Hair Color Change With COLORSMASH

Guys!!!  I just returned home from Cosmoprof North America 2017, the 15th annual show, held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.  This year was bigger and better than ever.   Attendees and exhibitors were both up by 9%; 36,787 and 1278 respectively.  I thought 2016 was huge but 2017 covered 4% more area!  There is no way to make it around the whole show and chat with everyone, and while we try to choose wisely, we always end up missing some of our favorites when we run out of time.  Our plan is generally to be sure to cover the specialty sections such as Discover Beauty, Discover Green, Tones Of Beauty and then to try and hit the larger areas as time permits.

One of the booths we were fortunate to visit in 2016 was ColorSmash, a new innovative colored hair spray.  I made this video awhile ago but felt it appropriate to share now with Cosmoprof NA having just wrapped up.  You'll see how to use it in the video.  It is intense color pigment infused into hair spray which allows you to use temporary color in a safe way.  It washes completely out from my hair in the first washing.  It's an excellent way to have fun at parties and events while still maintaining your school or job's hair requirements.  Have a look.

Last week while at Cosmoprof, I didn't see ColorSmash on the exhibitor list and found out, once I got home, that they had indeed attended.  I was happy to find out they were there but sad we'd missed them.  We had a great visit last year.

Oh and in case you were wondering, yes, I DID see Elvis!!!!  He wasn't in the house, but he was waiting under the Vegas sign on the strip with Viva Las Vegas blaring from his suit.  He asked me if I wanted a picture but I giggled so hard, I couldn't even reply and ran like a dope to the car.  I drew a blue line under him in the following picture so you could see.

I have a lot of coverage coming from this year on all my social media as well as youtube, so just keep tuning in and see what fun things we discovered while at Cosmoprof North America.  Follow ColorSmash on youtube, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

Is there anything you're look to hear about most from Cosmoprof North America?  What are you hoping to see?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pixi Beauty Skintreats Peel & Polish - Plus A Giveaway!

Pixi Beauty has been just killing it lately with their skincare products, referred to as Skintreats.  One of the most recent releases to hit the shelves is the Peel & Polish, (1.5 fl oz / $24).  Pixi Beauty is a cruelty free company and their products are sold in their boutiques, Pixi online, and at Target in the states.  The Peel & Polish is one of those rare skincare finds that you know is exceptional from the first use.

I would agree with Pixi's claim that it delivers a professional salon peel at home.  This peel uses natural fruit enzymes  and lactic acid to exfoliate and peel while utilizing sugar to polish.  The result is that the dead outer surface of the skin is lifted and removed revealing softer smoother skin underneath.

You can use this as a peel or as a peel and polish combination.  The instructions say to apply it, let it sit for up to five minutes and wash away.  It can be used 2-3 times a week in the morning or evening.  To receive a more polished effect, when applying, gently rub in circular motions helping to speed the exfoliation, and let the peel sit on the face for a few more minutes.  This is how I use it with my dry skin.  The result, when I wash it off, is a clearer radiant complexion and softer smoother skin.  I've very impressed with this product.  It's suitable for all skin types so I think you might like it as well.

Here are the ingredients:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Lactic Acid, Polylactic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Ceteareth-20, Beraclay Light Red, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyglceryl-3 Cocoate, Butylene Glycol, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Polyglceryl-4 Caprate, Polyglceryl-6 Caprylate, Polyglceryl-6 Ricinoleate, Pentylene Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzoic Acid, Tocopherol.

Learn more about the Pixi by following their blog and across their social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and youtube.

The good folks at Pixi Beauty sent me an extra to giveaway to one lucky entrant.  The winner will be chosen at random at the end of the giveaway.  I'll contact the winner via email and they have 24 hours to respond with shipping info.  Please make sure to enter with an email address that you check regularly.   Have fun everyone and good luck to you!

Pixi Beauty Skintreats Peel & Polish