Indie Beauty Expo

Indie Beauty Expo: Discovering Amazing New Beauty Brands and Trends

Usually, we would rely on Sephora to be introduced to new beauty brands and trends. But the makeup and beauty haven can only hold so many brands in their retail locations. So where does a beauty addict go to discover the hundreds of market-ready indie brands? The Indie Beauty Expo of course! We had the pleasure of attending the beauty event that introduces media, buyers, and consumers to the amazing new beauty brands and trends. In the competitive beauty, skincare, and wellness industry, it is essential for a brand to stand out and the Indie Beauty Expo is a great place to start.

We were introduced and reintroduced to so many amazing brands, many of which we will be highlighting individually. More than 240 exhibiting indie beauty brands were in attendance in several categories. The participating brands covered skin care, beauty tools, hair care, nail care, makeup, and health & wellness.

Since its debut in New York, the Indie Beauty Expo has launched in Los Angeles and Dallas, soon to be launching in London and Berlin. It has connected hundreds of indie beauty brands globally with buyers, press, and consumers while offering a full schedule of education and networking events. We were happy to reconnect with brands like BioMilk, Hair Detox by Angelo David Pisacreta, Kryolan, and Flickable.

But we are truly excited to try the products from some of the new brands we were introduced to at the Indie beauty Expo. Our absolute favorites are ikoo and their wonderful range of hair care products; When and their vast variety of sheet masks; Mighty Patch‘s hero blemish patches; LBK (Love by Kemeny)‘s innovative nail polish bottles; Undefined Beauty‘s amazing beauty oil; Kanai Organics‘ incredible healing skincare; Andmetics‘s brow wax strips; and the Nessa Brush Spa System.

We can’t wait to share our experiences with these indie beauty products with you. We’d love to hear if any of you have tried any of these indie beauty products yourself.

 

Global Beauty Care Face Masks

With Global Beauty Care Peel-Off Masks, Glowing Skin Is Always In

Move over you sheet masks and make room for some great peel-off masks. While you may already be familiar with the classic black mud or charcoal masks, we want to introduce you to the amazing peel-off masks from Global Beauty Care. With a vast array of facial masks under the brands Global Beauty Care Premium, Spascriptions and So Fresh So Clean, you’ll see why you can just peel your way to glowing skin with Global Beauty Care Peel-Off Masks.

Global Beauty Care Face Masks

We have been having way too much fun with these gel masks and our skin is loving every moment of it. Unfortunately, we are cursed with large pores and very oily skin but thanks to these Global Beauty Care Peel-Off Masks.

Spascriptions Superstar Glitter Peel-Off Face Mask, $9.99

SPAscriptions Peel-Off Charcoal Glitter Mask SPAscriptions Peel-Off Charcoal Glitter Mask

Spascriptions Superstar Glitter Peel-Off Mask is a gel-based mask that reaches deep within the pores to dissolve and dislodge the build-up of impurities. Forget the fact that it’s super fun being covered in glitter, this peel-off mask is infused with charcoal to smoothe and brighten your skin. Plus it minimizes our pores, is PH balanced, paraben-free, contains no SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), and is not tested on animals. Check out the fun we had with this glitter peel-off mask on Instagram.

So Fresh So Clean Powerful Peel-Off Black Mask, $9.99

So Fresh So Clean Peel-Off Charcoal Mask

So Fresh So Clean Powerful Peel-Off Black Mask is a gel-based mask that reaches deep within the pores to dissolve and dislodge the build-up of impurities. The formula contains: Charcoal, which acts as a magnet to gently draw out deep-dwelling dirt; Green Tea and Witch Hazel help to unclog pores and purify skin; Cucumber and Chamomile to help to condition and soothe skin; Tea Tree and Salicylic Acid help to control oil and acne; Aloe Vera and Vitamin E help to moisturize skin; and Vitamin C helps to brighten skin.

Global Beauty Care Premium Rose, Gold & Cucumber Gel Face Masks, $12.99

Global Beauty Care Peel-Off Masks

This skin-loving trio are not actually peel-off masks but we love using them after using the above peel-offs. The Rose Gel Face Mask is a powerful facial treatment designed to improve the health and appearance of your skin. It contains Rose oil extracted directly from the petals of roses. The oil is an anti-inflammatory agent and tissue regenerator loaded with therapeutic benefits for the skin.

The Gold Gel Face Mask is a luxurious anti-aging skin treatment. Infused with Gold extract, it is known to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles by firming and toning the skin. This amazing gold gel mask also offers intense hydration to revitalize, smooth and soften your skin. Pamper yourself with the luxury of gold for a flawless, luminous and radiant looking complexion!

The Cucumber Gel Face Mask gently draws out dirt and impurities from clogged pores and lifts away dead skin cells. The cucumber extract soothes and cools your skin and helps to ease puffiness. The unique blend of moisturizers leaves your skin feeling smooth and silky. Your face will feel clean, refreshed and revitalized!

You’ll love these Global Beauty Care Peel-Off masks and it will encourage you to take time out to treat yourself. And personal care time is always a good thing.

Dial Coconut Milk Bath Products

Dial Coconut Milk Bath Products: Coconut Milk Does the Body Good

It is said that Queen Cleopatra regularly bathed in milk and that many people have been bathing in milk for centuries because of the benefits to the skin. Bathing in coconut milk gently cleanse your skin, soothes irritated skin, nourishes your skin, and heal your skin thanks to its healthy beneficial fats, minerals, and nutrients. As we all head out to make sure we enjoy the last few days of the sun, we must remember to refresh your sun-stricken skin. What better way to do so than with the skin-loving Dial Coconut Milk Bath Products – Dial Coconut Milk Body Wash and Dial Coconut Milk Complete 2-In-1 Beauty Bar.

Dial Coconut Milk Bath Products

Dial Coconut Milk Body Wash – Get ready for lasting hydration. This moisturizing body wash, with an innovative 12-hour moisture release for a clean rinse and rich lather, is your first step to supple skin. Boasting an advanced moisture-attracting formula for lasting, lightweight hydration, this is the first body wash with an innovative 12-hour moisture release to keep your skin feeling healthy and soft all day. It fresh creamy coconut milk formula and scent is like a vacation from your skin.

Dial Coconut Milk Complete 2-In-1 Beauty Bar – Healthy and glowing skin are right in your hands, thanks to this antibacterial and ultra-moisturizing formula. Let your skin feel the difference with Dial’s new moisturizing and antibacterial beauty bar. If you’re looking for softer, smoother, more radiant looking skin, Dial’s unique nourishing beauty bar leaves your skin feeling touchably soft and beautiful. This bar helps you look and feel good because you know you’re clean and your skin doesn’t feel dried out. It boasts 2x the moisturizing ingredients and kills 99.99% of bacteria on your face, body, and hands (even after repeated handwashing). The Coconut Milk Complete 2-in-1 Beauty Bar also comes in additional luxurious scents of Silk & Magnolia and Manuka Honey. Check out our previous coverage of Dial’s innovative bath products.

Both Dial Coconut Milk bath products are available for $4.49 each at grocery, drug and mass retailers nationwide.

Beauty Technology: FOREO UFO LED Thermo Activated Smart Mask

What’s New in Beauty Tech: Foreo UFO: The Sophisticated Smart Mask

We have been on a face mask roll lately and our skin is loving it. This time around, we’re getting a lot more technological as we try out the Foreo UFO, the sophisticated smart mask. This smart, blue tooth-enabled facial mask combines groundbreaking hyper-infusion technology with innovative K-beauty formulas for a complete facial treatment in 90 seconds. You may already be familiar with and enjoyed some of Foreo’s innovative beauty tech devices, the Foreo UFO will also win your beauty-loving heart.

Beauty Technology: FOREO UFO LED Thermo Activated Smart Mask

UFO integrates thermo-therapy and cryo-therapy to push the mask’s essence into the skin’s surface and lock in moisture while reducing the appearance of pores. T-sonic pulsations gently massage mask essence into the skin, while full-spectrum LED light therapy completely rejuvenates skin—unveiling a refined, radiant complexion.

Beauty Technology: FOREO UFO LED Thermo Activated Smart Mask

It was lust at first sight and love at first use of the Foreo UFO Smart Mask at Pepcom. We relished indulging in this groundbreaking beauty tech device and transcendent smart mask treatment. As previously hinted above, the Foreo UFO combines advanced dermal technologies with exclusive Korean mask formulas for a decadent facial treatment in seconds. 90 seconds is all you need to enjoy the full benefits of this smart mask device. You’ll love everything about this innovative beauty device that will help to transform your skin’s complexion and give you a spa-worthy facial. We certainly do!

Beauty Technology: FOREO UFO LED Thermo Activated Smart Mask

The Foreo UFO offers a range of UFO-Activated, single-use masks and expert routines, optimized for specific skin care benefits. The individually wrapped mini sheet masks include Make My Day, Call It a Night, Matte Maniac, Glow Addict, H2Overdose, Shimmer Freak Eye Mask, and Youth Junkie. They are available in a box of seven per box for $9.99. We started off with the Make My Day mask, a lux red algae and hyaluronic acid face mask that left our skin looking and feeling hydrated, as well as protected. We are looking forward to trying the others, especially the Matte Maniac soon.

In 90 seconds, this wonder device will prep, moisturize, and protect your skin. Using the coordinating Foreo App, you begin with a Thermo-Therapy and revitalizing red LED light that smooths and preps your skin to absorb the mask’s full benefits. After 30 seconds, the UFO’s T-Sonic pulsations are added to the heat to help with absorption of the hydrating serum. During the last 30 seconds, the heat gradually decreases and the anti-pollution formula is locked into the skin while the LED gives your skin an instant boost of radiance for an all-day glow. With the UFO, you’ll enjoy three targeted photo facials in one at-home device.

Beauty Technology: FOREO UFO LED Thermo Activated Smart Mask

Exclusively developed for the flagship UFO model, Cryo-Therapy mode is an effortless way to diminish the appearance of pores and reduce puffiness. No need to stash skincare in the freezer – with the simple touch of a button, UFO instantly cools to refresh and invigorate skin.

The 100 percent waterproof UFO Smart Mask is easy to clean between uses and the included stand (not pictured) keeps your UFO where it belongs when not in use – on display.  It is USB-rechargeable, lightweight, portable, and is available in three colors – Fuschia, Mint, and Pearl Pink. Plus every UFO comes with a 10-Year Quality Guarantee and 2-Year Limited Warranty. Get your favorite color for $279.00 on www.foreo.com, Sephora retail locations, and www.sephora.com.

Beauty Photography: Peel-Off Facial Masks

Out of This World Glow: I Dew Care Sugar Kitten and Space Kitten Peel-Off Masks

Hey beauty lovers, we have a question for you. What is your favorite beauty product? We don’t mean brand, we mean actual products. Is it something in the makeup, skincare, or haircare category. For us, it’s facial masks of all kinds. We love how clean, refreshed, and youthful our skin looks and feels after we treat ourselves to a mask. We love the way they purge the unwanted things that can leave your skin dull and unhealthy. Who can say no to glowing skin? We were recently introduced to the I Dew Care Sugar Kitten and Space Kitten Peel-Off Masks, and boy are we having fun with them.

Beauty Photography: I Dew Care Peel-Off Facial Masks

We’re enjoying them for more than just the benefits to our skin, just look how fun they are! With adorable names like Sugar Kitten and Space Kitten, and their out of this world looks, we see why everyone loves the K Beauty brand, I Dew Care.

I Dew Care Sugar Kitten Peel-Off Mask

Beauty Photography: I Dew Care Holographic Hydrating Peel-Off Mask

This hydrating, holographic peel-off mask that uses real ruby and pearl powder plus rose water and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and revitalize dry skin for a dewy, post-facial glow. Ruby and Pearl Powder gently exfoliates and visibly brightens your skin, rose water boosts your skin’s elasticity and calms irritated skin, while Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and visibly plumps your skin. The mask starts out a shimmering iridescent pale emerald color (as you can see above) then transforms into a soft holographic pink upon application. Check out this insta video to see our application of the I Dew Care Sugar Kitten Peel-Off Mask. Once you peel it off (it magically peels off a mint color) ,you’re left with skin that’s smooth and hydrated.

I Dew Care Space Kitten Peel-Off Mask

Beauty Photography: I Dew Care T-Zone Clearing Black Facial Mask

If you’re like us, then you’re using a continuous amount of blotting sheets for your T-Zone. If you’re looking to cut down on the usage, get yourself the I Dew Care Space Kitten Peel-Off Mask. This exfoliating, galactic black peel-off mask uses charcoal, topaz, diamond powder, volcanic ash and witch hazel to gently exfoliate skin, absorb impurities, and control sebum to reveals a brighter complexion. This T-Zone clearing peel-off facial mask shimmers with royal blue glitter for a fun, out-of-this-world look. Your T-Zone won’t know what hit it.

The 85ml/2.87 fl. oz. jars of I Dew Care Sugar Kitten and Space Kitten Peel-Off Masks retail for $23.00 each and are available at www.ulta.com, Ulta Stores, www.urbanoutfitters.com, and select Urban Outfitters stores.

coconut skincare products

The Beauty of Papaya: Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Collection

As history shows us time and time again, nature holds an abundance of natural ingredients that serve to protect us from the inside out. Just look at the Papaya fruit, this delicious tree fruit gives you glowing skin, helps the digestive process, has anti-cancer properties, and does so much more internally. Externally, Papaya brightens your skin complexion and fades dark spots, helps remove dead skin cells and keeps the skin soft and supple, boasts skin-cleansing properties that help get rid of clogged pores, and hydrates your skin. These are the reasons why we’re celebrating National Papaya Month with the wonderful products from the Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Collection!

As we are just days into the “official” summer season, your skin will love that natural glow from the benefits of the Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Collection. With this skin-loving collection of bath and body products, you get the benefits of two of the most moisturizing ingredients – coconut, and papaya. The products are made for all skin types and smell wonderfully tropical. It’s like indulging in the Islands. We indulged our skin in the following products:

  •  Hand Cream ($9.99) – A luxurious nutrient-rich moisture treatment infuses skin with hydrating Coconut Oil. Papaya Extract, rich in papain, renews dull dry skin revealing brighter, younger-looking hands.
  • Bath Bombs ($14.99) – Immerse yourself in a luxurious bath experience with these naturally effervescent bath bombs bursting with vanilla beads. Relax as the lush, tropical scent of Coconut and Papaya envelops your senses while the transformed water cleanses and softens, leaving your skin delicately fragranced.
  • Hand Soap ($6.49) – Nourishing Coconut Oil and organic Shea Butter enrich this tropically scented liquid hand soap. Natural papain enzymes gently exfoliate for hands that feel cleansed, softened and renewed.

Other must-try products from the Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Collection include:

  • Body Wash ($10.79)
  • Body Lotion ($10.79)
  • Bar Soap ($4.99)
  • 24-Hour Deodorant ($8.99)
  • Hand & Body Scrub ($12.99)
  • Infused Shea Butter ($12.99)

As with all Nubian Heritage products, the Coconut & Papaya products are cruelty-free. They do not contain parabens, sulfates, phthalates, paraffin, mineral oil, petroleum, DEA, synthetic fragrance or artificial coloring. The Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Collection is available at Vitamin Shoppe stores and online at www.VitaminShoppe.com.

breast cancer products

BCRF’s Pink Outside the Box: Shop these BCA Products Year’ Round

Did you know you don’t have to wait until October to purchase products that support the fight against Breast Cancer? Thanks to the Breast Cancer Research Fund, we were introduced to several products that are helping to fund breast cancer research. No longer do you have to wait until October to show your support. With lots to shop for in the beauty, fashion, home, lifestyle, travel, health, fitness, and more categories, these pink BCA products help you do good 365 days a year. So join us in supporting BCRF’s Pink Outside the Box products.

A few weeks ago, the US observed National Cancer Survivors Day, a day that highlights and celebrates the fact that many are enjoying life after cancer. As anyone who lives with cancer will tell you, it is a 365-day issue, so we thought, why not highlight products you can purchase 365 days a year that helps the cause. While you can donate at any time during the year (and we encourage you to do so), there are many Pink Outside the Box products, many we use daily, that will help further the cause. Plus, for those who can’t donate, purchasing these everyday items pink BCA products ensures you are helping.

Cuisinart Kitchen Appliances

Need a new kitchen appliance? Why not try one of these from Cuisinart who donates $32,500 annually to BCRF, regardless of sales. Your purchase of a food processor, mixer, or blender will help continue to fund research and achieve a cure.

Apollo Precision Tools

Let’s face, we all need tools. Home repair is a continuous need and they will always need fixing. Apollo Tools offers a wide variety of tools and toolkits where a portion of sales are donated to BCRF. For every cordless drill sold, $2.00 is donated; for every 18 piece garden tool set, $3.00 is donated, and so on. Your home repair could save a life.

Conair Hair and Beauty Tools

Beauty tools have become essential in making sure your routine runs smoothly and quickly and these just happen to also help those in need. Whether you’re in the market for a new hairdryer, facial cleansing tool, curling iron or spa treatment device, Conair donates $110,000 annually, regardless of sales.

Everlast Training Gloves

What better way to help fight Breast Cancer than with boxing gloves! Whether you’re a beginner or a pro at sparring, heavy bag workouts and mitt work, purchasing these Everlast pink BCA products help them continue to donate $75,000 annually to BCRF, regardless of sales.

Streamlight LED Lights

Streamlight offers keychain lights, patio/camp lights and far-reaching flashlights in pink including the Pink Strion LED, Pink ProTac HL, Pink Siege AA, and Pink Nano Light. $1.00- $5.00 of every purchase of Streamlight pink BCA products are donated to BCRF.

Teleflora Pink Grace Bouquet

As the saying goes, “Say it with flowers.” So why not share how much you love them with this lovely mixed bouquet featuring pink roses arranged in a perky pink cube. With 15% of its $54.95 price going to BCRF, it’s a beautiful way to pay tribute to those who need it.

Aveda, Clinique, and Estee Lauder BCA Products

Aveda’s limited-edition Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme comes with pink cap and band featuring an invigorating rosemary mint aroma of certified organic rosemary and peppermint. $4 U.S. from the purchase price of this pink BCA product goes to BCRF, with a maximum donation of $331,000.

Each year, Clinique offers a special, limited-edition bottle of its Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, which combines all-day hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients to help skin look younger, longer. $10 from the purchase price, with a maximum donation of $475,000.

Estée Lauder’s #1 repair serum, the Advanced Night Repair, not only comes packaged with a 3-charm pink ribbon keychain that empowers you to show their support for breast cancer awareness, it also contains a touch of blue in the design to represent the less than 1% of men who are also diagnosed with breast cancer, and 20% of its $95.00 retail price is donated.

There are hundreds other pink BCA products available for purchase year’ round that helps support the cause including fashion from Lane Bryant, office supplies from Officemate, jewelry from Alex and Ani, and much, much more. To shop all of BCRF’s pink BCA product categories, visit www.bcrf.org/shop-pink.

Beauty Photography: Sephora in New Jersey

Sephora Studio Hoboken: Small Store Concept, Big Beauty Experience

Hey Jersey girls, we’re excited to share our amazing trip to the newest member of the Sephora family, the Sephora Studio Hoboken. This newest location in Hoboken, New Jersey is the second small-format urban Sephora concept store which offers a more intimate format designed to offer a highly-customized shopping experience for all the neighborhood’s beauty addicts.

The 3,580 square foot Studio, located at 319 Washington St., offers a comprehensive menu of new and classic offerings to meet all of your unique wants and needs during your visit. The intimate beauty haven offers a carefully-curated product assortment, store beauty advisors with the highest level of Sephora training and certification, and a variety of high-tech digital tools that enhance your experience.

The new location is all about celebrating your beauty. We had the pleasure of experiencing the NEW Perk Hydrating Facial at the Skincare Studio – a premium 2-in-1 facial service that utilizes the PERK technology to exfoliate, hydrate and nourish skin for instant, glowing results, complimentary with a $75 minimum skincare product purchase.  Beauty lovers, you will love this facial.

Using suction and a nourishing solution for the face and a replenishing serum for the eyes, the Perk facial acts like a magnet for skin gunk. The device boasts five suction levels but none are even remotely painful or annoying, and there is no redness or soreness afterward. You may cringe a little at the gunk the Perk facial removes from your skin.

The Sephora Studio Hoboken also has apps that offer easy and convenient access to information, like the Digital Makeover Guide, Digital Skincare Guide, Beauty Studio Check-In,  and more. There are several digital components throughout the store that make beauty personal for you, like the Moisture Meter, Color IQ, Online Reservation iPads, and Sephora Virtual Artist.

They also have elevated service offerings at the Beauty Studio include Makeovers,  Studio Concierge, and Beauty Classes. With eight seats and four sinks, customers can the 15 Minute Mini Makeovers + Facials, 45 Minute Custom Makeovers, and the 75 Minute Custom Makeover Plus. Of course, all of your beauty favorites are available. Although smaller in square footage, the Sephora Studio Hoboken has a curated selection of brands across prestige cosmetics, skincare, hair care and fragrance (although the fragrance area is reduced to only rollerballs, it’s more than what you need). After our Perk Facial, we enjoyed a mini makeover using some of the prestige cosmetics and skincare brands Sephora offers.

We also took some time to tour the space to test and try products from the curated selection of brands available. This is something the Sephora Studio Hoboken highly encourages. Check out some of our favorites below:

Naturally, we couldn’t leave the Sephora Studio emptyhanded. Thanks to Sephora’s Scouted by Sephora initiative, we discovered new brands like Dr.Jart+, as well as new products from some of our favorite brands.

If you’re a beauty lover who lives in or near Hoboken, New Jersey, you must visit the Sephora Studio Hoboken location. You will love how this studio’s highly-customized approach to beauty aims to truly raise the bar for personalized services. Happy Shopping Hoboken beauty lovers.