Monday, November 16, 2015

@beautypress #SpotlightDay closed out the year with a #BEAUTY bang! Check out my highlights!

Beautypress Spotlight Day September 2015
Beautypress Spotlight Day put a few great products on my radar and with holiday gifting season upon us, I thought a few of these would make perfect gifts!

The gift of 'grooming and beauty' is for both men and women!

Here are the Featured Exhibitors in no particular order:

Flowers and Candle upon entrance at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015
Above: Walking in to flowers (I spot my favorites, Stargazer Lilies!) and a lit candle, set the mood!

Florapy Beauty at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015

Above: A facial mask for every mood? It's now possible with Florapy Beauty and their line of hydrating facial sheet masks, with the restorative powers of flowers and essential oils that include:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - arnica rose - strength + energy mask
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - chamomile patchouli - stress relief mask
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - jasmine peppermint - detox mask

These 100% coconut sheet masks are the perfect holiday stocking stuffers in my book, let's face it, everyone you are gifting has a 'face' right? Most users see an 8-10% increase in skin hydration after the FIRST use! Who wouldn't appreciate the gift of radiant and more youthful skin? (Santa could stuff my stocking with a few more of these and I wouldn't get mad at him either!)

AGEbeautiful Temporary Haircolor Root Touch-Up Spray at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015

Above: Thankfully I don't quite have a need for the products above just yet, but Zotos Professional presented their AGEbeautiful Temporary Haircolor Root Touch-Up Spray in assortment of colors. The ease of application definitely makes these perfect to have on hand with holiday parties just around the bend!

Pencil Me In Cosmetics at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015
AbovePencil Me In Cosmetics These eye liner pencils are heavily pigmented so you don't have to press hard or repeat the line. They have a sharpener already attached to them, how smart is that? Can't have too many eyeliners, at least speaking for myself anyway! I love that you can shop their site by tones (think cool or warm), by hair color (red heads, brunettes, blondes) or by desired effect (like dramatic eyes or glamorous glitter eyes). I LOVE the black! I also love the navy but for some reason the navy one really runs on me so I have to keep up with it when I wear this color, I haven't tried them all yet, but I like the ones I have tried so far including the purple/amethyst color. Somehow the black one is the one that pretty much stays put even if I put it on the water line only. There are actually very few brands I can wear on my water line without irritating my eyes, so I'm stoked that the black which is the workhorse color for me for eyeliner -works so well for me! (High praise indeed. I have tried black eye liners three times the cost of these that run on me like they are in a marathon to make me look like a raccoon at just the wrong moment!)

Bellapierre Cosmetics at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015
Above: Bellapiere Cosmetics I don't quite think I've got the facial contour thing down yet, and now we are contouring LIPS too? Lawd, I can't keep up with all this contouring! What happened to the day we just put on some lipstick? I will admit I love that this kit has everything in one place, and while I know most people are not like me - wearing a signature red lip everyday - this kit is a perfect gift year round if you ask me, but also perfect for your BFF for holidays too! Their motto is "From Everyday to Runway" - don't you just love that? This kit retails for $74.99 - not bad when you consider it offers lip perfection in a box!

La Vendemmia Pinot Grigio at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015
Above: All this Beauty makes an Editor thirsty, time for a quick wine break and this La Vendemmia Pinot Grigio hit the spot!

Bluebeards Original Beard Wash presented by husband and wife team of Paul and Moira Kaniewski at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015

Bluebeards Original Beard Wash Product Closeup at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015
AboveBluebeards Original Beard Wash - Ladies if you love a bearded man, this is the grooming stocking stuffer you want to stock up on! Founded in 2005 by the husband and wife team of Paul and Moira Kaniewski in Pittsburgh, PA - the original goal was to ease "Beard Itch" and provide natural products that clean and tame even the wildest of beards.

Think Bearded Men aren't sexy? Get a load of THIS:

Jason Momoa with Beard, Bearded Jason Momoa
or this one in character:

Jason Momoa in character as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones

Above: Yes I just totally found a way to integrate my obsession with Jason Momoa and Game of Thrones into a Beauty Post, Your'e Totally Welcome Ladies! Beards are starting to look a whole lot sexier right?

Da Luca Prosecco Italia at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015

Above: OK all this talk of Jason Momoa requires a break, so let's take another pause for some Da Luca Prosecco Italia! What I can say, I LOVE my bubbles!

VISAOMD at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015
AboveVISAOMD Visit their website and take their skin assessment so you can mix up the perfect Skin Care Cocktail for YOUR Skin Type! I can't wait to get started on these, and I definitely dig the packaging, I have always been partial to the color blue, especially that deep cobalt. Medical Grade Skin Care? Um, Yes Please!

elvis+elvin Sea Mud Soap at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015
Above: elvis+elvin presented their Sea Mud Soap which uses Natural Mineral-Rich Dead Sea Mud. Sea Mud Detoxifies and improves skin texture and also stimulates blood flow/circulation. It's the benefits of a 'mud mask' within the ease and speed of a soap. I have used many sea soaps, and I will say this one is fantastic, I definitely cracked into this one when I got home. NYC is certainly a pollutant filled city and I love products that give me that 'spa treatment feeling' at home.

elvis+elvin Treatment Masks at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015
Above: elvis+elvin also presented their Treatment Masks, they offer Grape Stem Cell and Rose Stem Cell Treatment Masks. The Grape Stem Cells protect skin against harmful UV rays (which are responsible for 80% of skin aging) and also help prevent against photo-aging. This masks tones and strengthens the skin. The Rose Stem Cell Treatment Mask which is made using the natural essence of rose extract works as an antibacterial cleanser for treating acne and curing skin infections (rose water toners are also fantastic for this as well), this treatment mask is great for sensitive skin!

elvis+elvin Sea Salt Scalp Purifying Anti-Dandruff Shampoo With Sweet Almond Oil Extract at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015
Above: elvis+elvin also presented their Sea Salt Scalp Purifying Anti-Dandruff Shampoo With Sweet Almond Oil Extract. For my fellow 'fine-hair' hair types, anti-dandruff products are great for building body and keeping your scalp healthy, so you don't have to actually regularly experience dandruff to benefit from using them!

Spa Week at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015
AboveSpa Week Spa Week was promoting their annual Spa Week where you can get Spa Treatments at Various Select Spas for only $50, while this week is now over, you should still visit their site for Spa Deals and Special Giveaways year round! (PS: Check out their current #SquadGoals Instagram Giveaway!)

Arts&Scents at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015
Above: Arts&Scents is a young German company that creates perfumes which combine classical European perfum tradition with modern art and design elements. Their packaging is made by an artist using recycled paper, and their bags are actually compostable! Smell great and help the environment, sweet right?

CōTZ Skincare at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015

AboveCōTZ Skincare has quickly become one of my favorites since they first exhibited at BeautyPress, their mineral protection and sheer matte finish make them my favorite daily sunscreen for all skin tones. Sun protection with enough sheer tint to even out your skin tone - Santa can definitely stuff my stocking with a few of these!

Obliphica Professional at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015

Obliphica Professional makes a great hair day easier to achieve with their Seaberry line of hair care products. Simple System to use, just remember: Orange is for fine to medium hair types, and Purple is for Medium to Coarse. The heart of their line is the Seaberry superfruit (also known as Sea Buckthorn Berry), the therapeutic oil is rich with over 190 bioactive compounds! As for me, if I have time for only thing before I head out the door - hair or makeup - I am team HAIR all the way! Santa can't possibly keep up with my obsession for hair care products! (That and handbags, what can I tell you? As tech oriented as I am, I am still a girl at heart!)

Obliphica Professional Fine/Medium Hair Care Products at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015
Above: My hair type is fine, so the orange system from Obliphica Professional is the one for me!

Cheryl Lee MD Sensitive Skin Care at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015
Above: Cheryl Lee MD Sensitive Skin Care helps those with Eczema Prone Skin, Atopic Dermatitis, Aging Skin, Redness & Flushing, Dry Skin, Acne Prone Skin, and Cracked Hands and Heels find relief!

Cheryl Lee MD Sensitive Skin Care Product Closeup at BeautyPress Spotlight Day September 2015
Above: With winter swiftly approaching here in the North East, those cracked hands and feet kits are certainly going to come in handy! I would say as a former Special Education Teacher that those would make EXCELLENT teacher gifts (think mail carriers, doctors office assistants, etc) as well!

Swag Bag Inclusions:

Bellapierre Cosmetics, Florapy Beauty, Pencil Me In Cosmetics and Zotos Professional Products that were featured above were swag bag inclusions, the reps were not actually there in person. I definitely hope to see them at upcoming BeautyPress Spotlight Day with other offerings in their line.


BeautyPress Spotlight Day always curates a great mix of products and brands, this was the final BeautyPress Spotlight Day event for 2015, and I have to say they definitely closed the year on a high note with a diverse range of brands and products that certainly offered a little something for everyone! The quality and caliber of brands featured this time around make it incredibly difficult for me to pick a favorite! I can't wait to see what 2016 will bring!

Which product above would you most like to try and why? 

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  1. That beard wash sounds really cool. I want to get some of that for my brother. What a great event this sounds like.

  2. Sounds like a great event. A facial mask for every mood? I'd like to try all three.

  3. It looks like this was pretty awesome. it's not really for me, but I can see how a day of beauty stuff would be fun for any chick.

  4. Wow! They had a lot of products by companies that I'm not familiar with, but that I could definitely use. The Florapy Beuaty Hydrating masks sound like something I could definitely use and the AgeBeautiful Root Touch up Spray needs to show up on my doorstep now! :)

  5. All of these sound great! I would try the shampoo, I bet the sweet almond makes your hair smell fabulous!

  6. Wow there is a lot to choose from here. I think I would choose Cheri Lee MD because I have terribly dry skin and my hubby suffers from eczema.

  7. The Florapy masks sound really cool! I would like to try them out.

  8. Stargazers are my favorite, too. They make my house smell amazing!

  9. I'm loving tje Bluebeards wash. Just because it sounds cool! LOL

  10. So many great products to try! I would love to try the ones for skin - I'm noticing that as I age, I need to be so much more careful with my skin. I wish I could have been there!

  11. Those coconut masks DO make great stocking stuffers. Also, pinot grigio is my absolute fave!

  12. Wow! There were a lot of products. I like that they had products for men and women.

  13. Those all look like amazing products. The lip contouring interests me the most... and the wine. Thank you for throwing some GOT in there. Lol.

  14. That sea salt scalp scrub sounds awesome! Actually, everything looks so posh and pampering!

  15. I don't know what my favorite would be - so many of them sound great!

  16. I've never tried any of them.. I love beauty products and always try new ones.

  17. I'd love to spend a day exploring new beauty products. I am in need of a little pampering as the rush of the holidays begins. The invigorating masks might just get me through.

  18. This event sounds like so much fun! I would definitely want to try the Florapy facial masks!

  19. I have never heard of Florapy Beauty, but their line sounds lovely! I'll have to check them out.

  20. This event sounds fun. I bet you had a really wonderful time. I haven't tried Ascending Butterfly before. I might give it a try. :)

  21. Wow, the Beautypress Spotlight Day event seems fun and there's a lot of products for you to try. I'm curious about the Sea Salt Scalp Purifying Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, I hope I could try that product because I have problems with my scalp.

  22. Beautypress Spotlight Day looks like a really great event to attend. Do they give you samples of everything to bring home and try?

  23. What a fun event!! I would love to go to a beauty event like this in my area!!

  24. Looks like a lot of great beauty items. I like the sound of those Pencil Me In pencils. As for Jason Momoa, well, any post that can weave him in a top of the list for me!

  25. What a great list of products. I have never tried a sheet mask and the coconut one sounds very nice.

  26. Seeing all those spa products and that mud sea soap makes me want to pamper myself right now. I definitely need to have some pampering and relaxation.

  27. I see a few things that I would pick up for myself and some great gift ideas here for this holiday season.

  28. What a great event for a beauty blogger! SO many cool products to learn about.

  29. Love the fact that it is an event for both men and women. Sounds so much fun.

  30. Look at all those amazing products! I would have loved to gone there. What a great time.

  31. I wanted to attend this event, looks like you had a blast! I know you learned about a lot of great brands.

  32. Omg what a fun event!!!!! Any event that involves procecco must be a pretty fabulous one to be at ;-)

  33. It sounds like you had a great time at this event. You got to see a ton of great products. Thank you for sharing some great items.

  34. This looks like it was a great event. I would love to try some of these products especially the eye pencil.

  35. These shows must be overwhelming! You do such a good job of summarizing the products you like. I think I'd be totally overwhelmed!

  36. My hair is fine too, so the Obliphica Professional would be for me. Your hair doesn't look fine to me. It looks nice and full.

  37. This looks like a fun event. My sister would have loved something like this!

  38. Such a great list of products, and looks like a fun time!! Thank you for sharing!

  39. OHHH! perfect christmas gifts! I would love to try that sea salt scrub!

  40. That looks like a wonderful event. I love learning about new beauty products.

  41. Sounds like a fun event! I just received a sample of Florapy in my Glossybox and love it!!!