Showing posts with label Primp and Polish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Primp and Polish. Show all posts

Friday, March 20, 2015

What #Beauty Brands did @beautypress put on the radar of #bbloggers this time? Find out here!

NOTE: This is an event recap, this is not a product endorsement or review.

Please note my new disclaimer above event recap posts, an event recap is not a product review nor is it an implied endorsement, these are brands we had the chance to interface with at the Beauty Press Spotlight Day, and as we go actually testing product samples (if samples were provided), we will then highlight our specific thoughts about each product in an individual post.

The first Beauty Press Spotlight of 2015 put some brands that were new to me on my radar and I also got to meet the faces behind a few brands I was already familiar with.

Here are the brands we  met, this time in no particular order:

All Beauty Water

Pictured Above: All Beauty Water comes in three 'refreshing-tastic' flavors: Pomegranate, Cucumber Aloe and Strawberry Acai, each bottle is 16oz and contain: 2 glasses of water per serving, 8 SkinVitamins including: Vitamins A, C, D E, B3, B6, B12, and Biotin as well as 7 SkinNutrients including: Selenium, Green Tea Extract, Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium, Potassium and Zinc. They are 0 Calories, contain NO sugar and are non-GMO, Kosher, Vegan and Gluten Free with no artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives!

Blemish Potion and Sen7 Fizz, whats hot products

Pictured Above: whats hot! showed off two products, Blemish Potion (above on the upper shelf) and the Sen7 Fizz (on the lower shelf) a fragrance atomizer that is actually TSA friendly so you don't have to leave your favorite scent home for fear it will be taken from you at the airport!

cureology beauty

Pictured Above: cureology beauty certainly caught my eye with the butterflies on their poster, they make haircare products that use only ingredients available from renewable/sustainable resources, packaging with post consumer material, organically grown ingredients, are a cruelty free brand that doesn't use animal testing and they donate 10% of their proceeds to the Breast Cancer Cause. I definitely love supporting brands that give back!

Grand Central Beauty

Pictured Above: Grand Central Beauty - There wasn't a time when this booth was by itself so we have a candid photo above with the Grand Central team mid pitch! They offer "S.M.A.R.T." skincare with SMART being an acronym for Smooths. Moisturizes. Anti-Aging. Redness-reduction, Tones. They are also cruelty free and they are made with pride in the USA.

My Amazing Hair Secrets

Pictured Above: My Amazing Hair Secrets offers a Shampoo, Conditioner, Quick Dry Shake'n Spray (that cuts your blow dry time in half), a Repair & Shine Secret and a 'My Amazing Color Boost+ Secret that helps to protect and intensify hair color while helping to also maximize shine and luminosity. Their website even offers '15 steps to a perfect "Amazing"  30 Minute Blowout!

NUTRAFOL, Hair Loss Dietary Nutritional Supplements

Pictured Above: Co-Founder of NUTRAFOL, Giorgos Tsetis holds up NUTRAFOL for both men and women, these clinically formulated supplements promote thicker, fuller, faster hair growth as well as improved texture, by repairing and revitalizing damaged hair follicles, minimizing hair loss due to stress, combating hair loss due to hormonal imbalance, helping the body build resistance to stress and protects hair against damage from excessive styling or excercise and counters the effects of (lack of) sleep or nutritional deficiences. - This is definitely one of the products I look most forward to starting on as I am a lifelong insomniac!

Ottilie and Lulu at BeautyPress Spotlight Day February 2015, Skincare for Tweens and Teens, all-natural skincare and beauty

Pictured Above: Ottilie and Lulu provides an all-natural skin regimen for tween and teen girls including cleansers, moisturizers, sun protection solutions and blemish treatments. Their products are all dermatologist tested and allergy tested and contain natural ingredients, never to early to get started on a healthy skincare routine!

Pour le Monde Parfums at BeautyPress Spotlight Day February 2015, Certified 100% Natural Prestige Fragrance

Pictured Above: Pour le Monde Parfums are the only CERTIFIED 100% natural prestige fragrances in the world! And they also give back to charities including: Cancer Support Community, Guiding Eyes for the Blind and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. there is a huge difference between natural versus synthetic perfumes butterflies, and please remember 60% of what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream!

Pictured Above: Primp and Polish Manicure with Nail Art!


Sadly a lot of bad behavior by super entitled "Print Editors" marred my experience. While some of us patiently waited our turns in line to meet a brand rep many "Print Press" felt it was OK to walk right in front of the line, and instead of brand reps asking them to wait their turn in line like everyone else, if the person said "I'm Print" the brands more than 75% of the time allowed it, marring my opinion of them both quite frankly. Perhaps for the next show I should tout my print credentials and see if it allows me to skip the lines too......And as many brands went 'vial size' for 'bloggers' this time around you won't see as many individual product reviews on this show as a vial size is not sufficient to test the efficacy of any Beauty Product. There were some brands who did provide sufficient full size test samples and those will be given individual features in the future.

I am finishing up a supplement I am currently testing and will start on the NUTRAFOL system next, so I will keep you posted on my progress with them at the end of the testing and report my results in a separate post.

I loved that many brands included this time do give back a portion of their proceeds to benefit charity, and that a movement toward natural, chemical free products are prevailing with many emerging brands. Me and All Beauty Water definitely have something major in common, we both believe that Beauty definitely starts from WITHIN.

Which product mentioned would YOU most like to try and why? 

(Who knows if a lot of you are interested in the same product I may be able to have them come back and do something nice for YOU! So don't forget to let them know you saw them featured here first when you connect with them via Social Media!)

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Stuck in a #beauty rut? @beautypress #SpotlightDay offers up great ideas for 2015 for both men & women! #bbloggers

Don't get stuck in a rut for 2015, just like you set professional goals, set some new personal ones too! Single and ready to mingle? Maybe a switch up in appearance is what you need to help cupid along while you are waiting to get hit by the love arrow!

I have been on a sort of 'personal renaissance' myself, I chopped off over 13 inches of hair last year to donate to women with Cancer (read up on my experience if you missed it HERE), next up for me a color change for my hair which I have never actually done but really want to try (and NO there are no grey hairs on my head yet, this is just for FUN), and I started the first week of the new year by shopping my closet, tossing stuff I have entirely outgrown and getting ready to make some wardrobe changes. Starting with new foundation, because you can buy great clothes but if the undergarments aren't holding what they should hold, the clothes won't look right!

Even with professional goals the first foot you put forward counts, so I am also looking to give my Beauty Routine a swift kick in the mascara so to speak and my favorite New York City event, Beauty Press (a network for Beauty Editors and Bloggers to connect with Beauty Brands) put some new products on my radar, and I just had to share them with YOU, here they are in alphabetical order:

Brand Exhibitors Include:

Absolutment Parfumeur, Absolument Homme, Men's Cologne
Absolutment Parfumeur, Absolument Homme

My little 'scent secret'? I tend to wear Men's Cologne's over women's perfumes. I like the notes in cologne better and find that they smell better on me (and I guess men feel the same way, because when I go out and wear cologne I get more of those 'what scent are you wearing'? from men than I do when I try wearing women's perfume! With 3 notable exceptions, my three 'girlie' fave scents are Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue, Doux Amour by Spadaro, and Midnight Promise by Bellegance Perfumes!) Absolutment Parfumeur, (Press on the British Flag to read the site in English!) founded by Pascal Rolland (the person who re-introduced Absinthe Liquor in France in 1999 after an 84 year ban!) decided to create his first perfume Absolutment Absinthe - making him the first liquor-maker perfumer! I did like Absinthe, but I LOVE Absolment Homme, I mean like obsessively love it! I am waiting on full size units on both of them and I think they would be amazing as gifts for Valentine's Day! (and if you want to bring over a bottle of Absinthe while you are it....#justsaying)

Aquage, Haircare, Hairspray
Biomega Freeze Baby Mega-Hold Hairspray by aquage (Photo credit @beautypress)

While I love my new shorter 'do', keeping those layers looking 'styled' definitely requires a good hair spray, but I don't want sticky helmet head, so I'm digging the new Biomega Freeze Baby Mega-Hold Hairspray by aquage to keep those layers in place on these cold, windy and inclement winter days on the East Coast!

Baiser ROSE, Scented Candles
Baiser ROSE Candle

I love the smell of FRESH Roses. And yes I meant to capitalize the word Fresh, one of the reasons I tend to not be attracted to many perfumes is that the rose scent used is highly 'synthetic' or overly concentrated and over-bearing, at least to my nose. I was surprised to find myself taken with the Baiser ROSE Candle, I'm rarely such a frilly, girly girl type, but this very pink, rose-scented candle was a delight to the senses and I really like it! Definitely another Score as a Valentine's Day Gift Idea!

Breakups to Makeup, fashion, accessories, beauty
Breakups to Makeup

Breakups to Makeup is the creation of makeup artist Angelique Velez (pictured above) as a staple of self-expression for the person whose heart was broken and buried themselves in the darkest of places, to the cancer patient who has lost all her hair yet finds comfort in that perfect shade of lipstick, a brand for those with a genuine love of makeup, their fashion and accessories are just plain spot on! See the t-shirt next to her? It reads "I would cry but my mascara is designer' - I know I am not the only one yelling YAS! and YES! or the makeup bag that reads "I May Not Be Perfect But My Makeup Is' - If you plan to 'give good face' this year, then this is EXACTLY the brand you want to do that with! I wish one of their T-Shirts or Cosmetics bag were in the Swag bags, but sadly they weren't or you would see a picture of me wearing it!

Huile des Princesses, aromatherapy, precious oils for face, body, hair & massage
Huile des Princesses aromatherapy utilizing precious oils

If a trip to Paris is on your bucket or New Year's resolutions list but for whatever reason you don't think this is going to be your year either, try Huile des Princesses a new aromatherapy line with all-natural precious oils for face, body, hair and massage on for size. A little bit of Paris luxury for your home spa. Maybe not a trip to Paris, but your skin will think it has been there at least!

Intelligent Skin Sense, Skincare
Intelligent Skin Sense

Founded by a multi-spa owner, Intelligent Skin Sense uses a very holistic approach utilizing botanical herbs and clinically tested ingredients to make beauty products and tools that help you bring the spa experience home. Sense a theme? Why not make pampering yourself one of your top priorities for this new year butterflies? I would love to try out the Micro-Current Home Facial Device, I have never tried one of these before and have often wondered about their efficacy. If any of you have tried them please let us know what you think!

K6 Skincare, Sharon Krahn, Traditional Naturopath, Naturopathic Skincare
K6 Skincare (Photo Credit: @beautypress)

K6 Skin Care, founded by Dallas based naturopath Sharon Krahn, her combination of enzymes, herbs, essential oils and nutrition led to an organic skin care line that is safe for ALL skin types especially those with hypersensitive skin.

Primp and Polish, Manicures, Nail Art, Nail Salon
Manicure by Primp and Polish

This Gel Manicure with Nail Art courtesy of Primp and Polish (linking you guys to their twitter handle as the website was down when I sat down to write this!) is just plain EVERYTHING! Looking back at it just makes me happy. Look at that vibrant nail polish and that 'deco-inspired' Nail Art! This lasted well over a week for me and while Gel is a bit harder to remove than traditional Nail Polish, the long lasting brilliant look is worth the extra time and steps in my opinion. They have 3 locations in Brooklyn, New York!

What happens when a group of cosmetics-crazed science geeks from MIT join forces? Wink Natural Cosmetics an all-natural solution to help promote eyelash and eyebrow growth in dormant hair follicles. While some growth serums, can boast giving you longer eyelashes, they can still be sparse, just longer and sparse, what Wink does is make your lashes AND brows thicker and fuller too!

In addition to the brands above who provided samples, there was a swag bag and the Editor Review Bag Sponsors included:

Nordic Beauty, skin care, Marine Collagen Peptides, SPF 30 CC Cream
Nordic Beauty (photo credit: @beautypress)

Nordic Beauty is a natural and organic skin care line that utilizes Marine Collagen Peptides from Norway, it is a combination of Science, Marine Collagen Peptides and cold Norwegian Sea Water. 

Nurse Jamie, skin care
Nurse Jamie (photo credit: @beautypress)

Jamie Sherrill, R.N., "Nurse Jamie" is the owner of Park Medical Spa in Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi, she is a registered nurse and global skincare expert with quite a list of celebrity clientele who love her healthy skin solutions, cutting-edge products and medical devices. She also offers skincare regimens for MEN, not just women! That's right my male butterflies, this is the year to kick your grooming habits up a notch too!

I actually got to meet the Zotos 180PRO  team at the summer Beauty Press (held on a Luxury Yacht in Manhattan, if you missed that recap click HERE), the anchor in the line (oops no pun intended after the yacht reference I swear!) is the Miracle Repair Damage Eliminator Treatment which uses a patent pending cross-linking ingredient to attract the reparative benefits of 180PRO products to the damaged areas of your hair like a magnet, to repair up to two years of hair abuse and safeguard your tresses against future damage. I tend to blow out and flat iron my hair often, so this is literally made for me!

My Take:

I was stoked that Beauty Press was actually able to squeeze in another event just before the holidays! I loved to see that 180PRO returned as my hair is really responding their products, and there were a ton of new to me products, and as I go along road testing them I will provide individual reviews. (I only test one system at a time so I know what is actually working for me, takes me a bit longer, but I test systems individually and finish them completely/empty the tube so I can give you an accurate review and pinpoint exactly which product is giving me results. I fell in nail love with my mani with nail art so I will be doing more Gel Manicures on these pages this year that's for sure! Although I will say that KISS Products pop on and pop off nails are still a particular fave of mine for speed, ease and convenience. 

Wonder if it's too much to ask of Cupid to be sure that the man that comes trying to sweep me off my feet is wearing Absolutment Homme?

Butterflies which brand resonates most with you? Which one would you most like to try? Let them know you saw them featured on Ascending Butterfly so we can hopefully come back with something fun for YOU too!

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FTC Disclosure: I am a member of the Beauty Press Network. This is NOT a compensated post, it is an event recap. This is NOT a sponsored post and all opinions are 100% my own!  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Monday, August 18, 2014

What happens when @beautypress takes their #spotlightday to the water? It's #Beauty on a #Boat! #zephyr #bbloggers

beautypress spotlight day in New York City aboard Zephyr Yacht August 2014

This Summer our friends at Beauty Press decided to mix things up a bit and took their Beauty Press Spotlight Day to the high seas, well OK maybe not exactly the high seas, but we definitely set sail aboard The Zephyr Yacht on a beautiful Summer Day on the Hudson River in New York City to interface with Beauty Brands, enjoy eats and cocktails, take in magnificent views of Manhattan and enjoy the sounds of DJ Ralphael Valentino! What a wonderful way to celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of beautypress in the United States.

Beauty Bloggers if you are not already registered with Beauty Press you definitely should be! They are an amazing platform that helps brands and Bloggers/Beauty Editors connect. It's all about forming valuable partnerships right?

Brands Featured:

Elke Von Freudenberg NYC Celebrity Eyebrow Specialist, beautypress spotlight day, beauty, eyebrows

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -  Elke Von Freudenberg - NYC Celebrity Eyebrow Specialist showed us how to take the natural route to brow growth with her trio of products including the Brow Scrub, Serum and Brow Smooth!

Happy Hands The Original UV Nail Glove, beauty products, nails, manicure

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Happy Hands - The Original UV Nail Glove! The glove is 100% cotton and offers a 40+ UPF, it has a protective coating that blocks 98% of UV rays and the ruffled fingerless tips allow for easy removal! They allow you to shield your skin from artificial UV rays while getting gel, shellac and acrylic manicures, and by the way you can also use these to block natural UV rays when you are behind the wheel while driving, brilliant right? And yes my fellow nail junkies these are dermatologist recommended!

Measurable Differences on display at Beauty Press Spotlight Day aboard Zephyr Yacht

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Measurable Differences - They are a variety of brands that offer pretty much head to toe beauty solutions -

Primp and Polish Specializing in Nail Art, Manicures, Nail, Beauty

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Primp and Polish - They Specialize in Nail Art - Don't you just love this 'zenicure'? Namaste Butterflies!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Scenterprises - They offer Custom Fragrances for men and women, fun for Bridal Showers, Bachelorette Parties, Corporate Team-Building, Graduations or even to celebrate a special birthday!

The Fragrance Group Lalique Parfums

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - The Fragrance Group -  they are an exclusive distributor of prestige fragrances whose brand portfolio includes: Bentley Fragrances, Christian Siriano, Lalique Parfums (my personal favorite of their brands), Parfums de Marly, Tiziana Terenzi and Tadashi Shoji.

Lalique De Lalique Butterfly Collectible Crystal Flacon

I have been absolutely obsessed with this Lalique De Lalique Butterfly Collectible Crystal Flacon - a 2003 Limited Edition since the day I first laid eyes on it! But at $1,200 for 2.0 Fl Oz, here's hoping to me winning to the Lotto so I can add this epitomy of butterfly perfume perfection to my collection of all things butterfly!

Lakur Enhanced Nail Colour by LONDONTOWN, Nails, Manicures, Nail Polish

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - LONDONTOWN - a 5-step nail treatment system that strengthens, hydrates and restores weak, brittle nails.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 180PRO - A hair system by Zotos Professional that is formulated to mend and target hair's worst breaking points, and repair up to 2 years of hair abuse! One of their products was in the gift bag and as soon as I try it out I will be sure to update you guys with the results and a full review! (Although I think my recent haircut has helped get rid of major damage to my tresses as they are looking way better now!)

The Brighton Beach Sea Breeze created by Sorel

Signature Cocktail:

The Brighton Beach Sea Breeze created by Sorel:


1 oz Hibiscus Liquor
1 oz Vodka
1 oz Copra Coconut Water
1 oz Pomegranate Juice
1 oz Water

Ascending Butterfly Editorial Team taking in the view!

My Take:

The Ascending Butterfly Editorial Team simply adores Beauty Press Spotlight Day, it's a wonderful opportunity to interface with Beauty Brands in a way that is truly conducive to networking and really getting a chance to understand the products a bit better. I have to say that hosting the event on the Zephyr Yacht was a truly unique touch! It was relaxing, fun and I got a chance to enjoy the South Street Seaport area both before and after the sail. (Which of course gives me some great photos for upcoming Wordless Wednesdays! So definitely a Win/Win!)

Which of the beauty brands featured above in our recap coverage of Beauty Press Spotlight Day are you most interested in trying? Sound off here, and hopefully we can make that happen!

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FTC DisclosureThis is an event recap NOT a sponsored post, no monetary compensation has been received to share our opinions of this event. As always, all opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.