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The final day of Cosmoprof North America fast approached and I awoke that morning with stress on my mind. After Day 1 and Day 2, I had only managed to see a quarter of the exhibition floor. ONE QUARTER. I had 5 hours left and approximately 500 stands to see. Ok, 100 stands per hour, that sounds easy, right? WRONG.

My feet were blistered, I was tired and my shoulders couldn’t possibly carry another branded bag. But, this was the new career path I have chosen and by god I was going to do it. This was the day I wanted to cram as much in as possible, and the more I moved through the isles, passing dozens of stands, I noticed the trends really starting to emerge.

Hair Feathers and Hair Tinsel

The biggest and by far most ‘outrageous’ trend on show was the hair feathers craze. There were plenty of exhibitors who purely sold Hair Feathers, and many others who also were selling Hair Tinsel. I briefly mentioned this in my Day 1 post, when I came across Hair Flairs. After seeing how many stands were flogging the stuff, I decided to return to the Hair Flairs stand and ask them more about it.

 

Every where I looked, people wore hair feathers

Hair feathers

The result was this …. Continue Reading

Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway

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Best Vegan Skincare Brands

Everyone has their own opinion on what skincare should do and be, but for me it’s all about aiming for perfection. I don’t want skincare that does the bare minimum and let’s me age gracefully. I only want to use skincare that WORKS – constantly improving my skin and getting it to function at it’s very best. That’s why I’m sharing with you the best vegan skincare brands.

People often confuse my choice to be vegan as somehow meaning I don’t care about my aesthetics any more. They couldn’t be more wrong! My strict standards for top performing skincare isn’t lessened by my cruelty-free choices. If anything, it makes my standards even higher.

There’s a misconception that cruelty-free and vegan skincare is unable subpar; that they’re less effective than animal-based skincare formulations. While this may have been the case decades ago when vegan skincare exclusively meant “natural” products with little to no scientific basis, skincare development has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, there are still hundreds of natural skincare brands out there that do exactly what I don’t want – they don’t improve your skin, they just make it feel and smell nice – and there is a market for those. Not everyone is deathly afraid of aging like me. However, if you strive for clear, healthy and progressively improving skin despite the years passing us by, than I have exactly what you need.

My list of top performing skincare brands will introduce you to the changemakers. The hard-working, highly efficient skincare that allows you to take charge of your own aging appearance. And it just so happens they’re also the best vegan skincare brands too!  Continue Reading

Best New Beauty September 2017 beauty products

Wow, guys. This month is absolute madness in the beauty launch calendar. The best new beauty September launches have come in strong from the likes of Fenty Beauty, Too Faced, St Tropez, Nip + Fab, Katy Perry and more.

Discover the best of the best new beauty products with my Best New Beauty September round-up. Continue Reading

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