As you can see, I was able to catch a few of the seminars. First up was "Uncovering Flawless Skin" with Jessie Powers for MAKE UP FOR EVER, the upper photo on the upper right corner is a photo. The second photo collage was from "Editorial Beauty Secrets" with Valerie Hernandez for Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. Definitely not something you see everyday!
I always try to get to the show as soon as it starts at 9am and shop first to avoid the big afternoon crowds. I was prepared with a list and a cash budget - and was quite proud of how closely I stuck to both! I've been playing with almost everything this afternoon so here's a haul with some first impressions.
The first stop was Makeup Forever, I've been wanting to try their Mist & Fix. With the current heat wave in LA this will be put to the test over the next few weeks!
At NARS, I picked up a backup of my favorite Light Reflecting Setting Powder in the pressed version. I go through these to quickly to pay full price. I also couldn't resist their new Single Eyeshadow in Valhalla to pair with the St-Paul-de-Vence Duo Eyeshadow that I picked up recently.
Ellis Faas is always a fun stop to play with their infamous "bullet" style makeup. I decided on the Creamy Eyes in E108 and Milky Lips in L206. The eyeshadow has a blendable, almost mousse, texture and makes a great light wash of color or a base for powders. The lipstick will definitely become a quick favorite, it's a neutral pinky brown color that will be perfect for everyday.
I was very interested in looking at Senna Cosmetics. After much deliberation at their booth I decided on the Form A Brow Eyebrow Stencil Kit in Neutral (A4490, A4409, A4554), the Pro Makeup Brush in Brow Pro 40, and the Small Eye Color in Copper 11J15. This is my first time using real brow powders and they are everything I had hoped for, the three tones are perfect for creating a natural looking full brow look. The brush pairs perfectly, it's much softer than brow brushes I've seen in the past, but is still able to draw precise thin lines. The eyeshadow was an impulse buy, the color just jumped out at me. As a reference point, the texture reminds me a lot of Makeup Geek shadows.
It's been sold out recently at the Inglot near me, so I was excited to finally be able to get the HD Sculpting Powder in 501, which is a yellow face powder. I'm excited to see if it's similar to the often talked about Anastasia banana powder. The Hakuhodo booth is always stunning with their brushes all beautifully lined up, and I finally decided to get one this year. I picked Brush BJ142, which is a medium sized goat hair eyeshadow crease brush. It's incredibly soft and will be perfect for blending pigmented eyeshadows. I finished my tube from last year so I picked up another Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. My skin seems to really like this simple moisturizer, and all the makeup artists swear by it. Another exciting purchase was from Beautylish, they were there with their newest launch, Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Water which is now easily available to those of us here in the US through their website!
My final stop was Nigel's Beauty Emporium booth. I picked up the Beautyblender Micro Minis which work so well with concealer and cream highlighters, and a large bottle of the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer since I keep finishing every sample of it that I can get my hands on. It's the best primer I've tried that both makes foundation application smoother and extends the wear.