Beauty & Spa Expo 2014 visit

A few weekends ago I attended the Beauty & Spa Expo. My intentions were different from last year.  In 2013, it was my first year and I had no idea what to expect.  It was exciting, new and mostly ogled at everything and shopped ridiculously.

This year I was more organised, I had a list of stands to visit, treatments to experience and products to explore.  My aim was to check out 'new to the market' brands and treatments.  Unfortunately there were not enough hours to do everything, but I was very pleased with what I accomplished.

This year it was held at Glebe Island exhibition centre instead of Darling Harbour's exhibition centre. I didn't mind the new location, it was closer to home.  What was a little disappointing is the amount of exhibitors not at the show this year.  From memory there were many more brands and the variety was bigger.

I came across many familiar brands like OPI, Orly, Napoleon, Pelactive etc. I did explore and was very tempted to buy.  I successfully refrained myself from spending senseless amount of money on products that I already have heaps of but at those fab prices it was too good to pass up situations.  I had to keep reminding myself that I will be in New York next month and I need that extra dosh for splurges at places like Sephora!  

Ok, I tell a small lie, I bought this bag of nail colours, mini Orly's, they were so adorable I couldn't resist and at $10 for the bag, it was a crime not to grab one.

Their fandangle machine caught my eye so I drifted over for a sticky beak.  30 minutes later I was still there, intrigued and excited at this new technology.

Beyonails Get Tink'd is a desktop printer, capable of printing unlimited colour patterns or photos on your nails and nail tips.  Easy to use, it enables you to create quick nail art designs.

Professional salon printer

Mini desktop printer (portable)
Preparing my nail and adding base
Finger getting printed

Voila a digital nail print!

Samples of amaze art

I was so impressed by the blue rubber cuticle protector I had to buy a box. This was an extreme necessity. I'm a very messy nail painter, I then pick the nail polish off my cuticles and they look terrible.  This will solve all my problems.

100 sheets in a pack

Faby 'Made in Italy'
Scooting down in my vespa, I made a coffee pit stop at Faby.  An attractive Vittoria espresso machine was giving me the eye convincing me to share an espresso with it.  Whilst waiting for my brew some Italian stallions standing near my vespa, had asked me to take a photo with them.  All Italian themed I felt at home!  There were endless rows of nail polishes that looked like a sea of colours.  One section were gels and the other normal nail colours.  I opted for the quicker option due to time restraint.

Faby is Made in Italy with really fun names like 'sunglasses and bikini', 'hop on my scooter' and 'look at me baby'. With every shade imaginable available, you really are spoilt for choice.  They even have a collection for men.  Fabuloso!

Faby nail polishes are proud to be the Big 5 Free.  This means their products do not contain the following five harmful chemicals, DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate), Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.

Colours for men!

Beautiful range of colours

Variety of different gift packs

Intimate sesh with Michael Brown
I briefly attended a workshop session with Michael Brown.  Within the hour of sitting there I learnt so much from tips and tricks to knowing the shape of my eyes and how to do my makeup to compliment them. 
I wondered over to Jen Hawkins stand where she launched J Bronze, great product but I do not use bronzing products. I did try the samples that they handed out though,  easy application and goes on nicely.
Moving right along I stopped at Dermatude stand.  I'm not a fan of cosmetic enhancement of any kind but I am open to knowing more about microdermabrasions of any sort.  Meta Therapy is the latest innovation in the beauty industry.  By using the Dermatude Meta-Ject FX50 device and  hand attachment with ultra-thin needles, you can create micro-perforations in the skin.  The skin sees these practically invisible micro-perforations as skin damage and will activate its natural repair mechanism,  In addition it is suppose to stimulate the production of collagen and elastine.  

So I braved it and gave it a go, I was super nervous because you never know how the skin will react, no numbing cream is needed, there is no downtime and no bleeding.  As I settled in the chair, the therapist commenced the treatment starting at my chin and working her way up, it began to get quite painful around the temple and forehead.  I was told that it will feel tender and warm from anywhere up to a couple of hours.

After the treatment my face felt like I had been sitting in the sun without sunblock between 10am-2pm!.  This lasted for around an hour and a half.  My face was like a tomato and swollen so walking around the expo I felt paranoid so I popped into the Pelactive stand and they kindly applied mineral foundation to mask the redness.

My face was red for almost up to a week, this was not expected, My skin felt quite sensitive and I had to use more makeup than usual on a daily basis.  I had bags under my eyes for a good week.  I was not pleased but it settled down around eighth day and the rest of my face began to settle as well. Three weeks later, still waiting for any improvement.

Last year I visited and purchased a lovely amount of Ruby Wing nail polishes.  Amongst them were scented and UV colour change polishes.  Again, they had an array of new and amazing UV colour change polishes. I did not buy any this year, I wanted to concentrate on new things, like the new Manikit and Pedikit I picked up, 2 for $5, a bargain. I will let you know how these products performed.

Lebanese brand, Provoc

An Italian comb company with its factory situated in Milan Italy.  Their stand was cute and colourful with a wonderful range of combs and brushes to choose from sizes, shapes and colours.  I opted for the small handle comb in orange and small paddle hair brush in green.  The quality is really nice, made from smooth sturdy plastic.  

Janeke also have other combs and brushes made from other  materials ranging from wood, chrome, genuine horn and carbon fibre.  There are a variety of styles, patterns.

Perfect for travelling

My favourite brand discovery would have to be Uspa.  The stand was inviting and lush.  The scent that filled the air was relaxing and fresh.  Indulging in a hand massage and learning about the brand was interesting. with natural ingredients sourced from Australia, Uspa products smell divine and feel luxurious. This is a brand to watch and I definitely can't wait to have a spa experience when they open up a centre in Sydney.

A little takeaway gift
I used these products and I would have to say they are one of the nicest organic natural products I have used.  I can feel the quality ingredients working on my skin.

As it was well into the afternoon I couldn't believe how quick the day has gone and I felt I had only seen half of the expo.
There was one last brand I wanted to check out before I leave, Blinc.  I discovered this amazing mascara when I was trawling the shelves in David Jones.  The cool packaging caught my eye and had to buy it to give it a try.  I was truly impressed with the mascara and was excited to know they were going to exhibit at the expo.

Blinc invented a technology breakthrough in mascara that allows for the easy application of water-resistant "tubes" around your lashes which differs from the painted on coverage of conventional mascaras. 

Once applied, the tubes encase you're lashes and will not run, smudge, clump or flake even if you cry or rub your eyes! Blinc mascara will add both volume and length to your lashes, giving you a radiant natural look that lasts all day long. Only when you are ready to remove Blinc mascara will the tubes slide off your lashes into your hands effortlessly without the use of harsh make up remover, leaving no tint and residue behind. Blinc mascara has been clinically tested to be non-irritating making it ideal for sensitive eyes, contact lens wearers, and active people in search of mascara whose look, hold and ease of removal is unrivalled.

The most exciting new is that they have a new product coming out soon and I cannot wait to get my hands on it to trial.

That was a wrap, I was at the expo for a good 6 hours and I was exhausted.  I was proud of myself that I did not spend hugely, now I can reward myself in NY.

Until next year!