May 16, 2011


It's that special time of year again...time for The Makeup Show NYC!!! All year I'm like a kid waiting for Christmas for The Makeup Show to finally arrive. This is the Show's fifth consecutive year at Metropolitan Pavillon and it just continues to get better and better!  The Makeup Show is the largest PRO-ONLY driven beauty event in New York City and this year was the best yet (no small feat). Without further ado here's my run down of events for Day 1....

This day turned out to be totally devoted to shopping and running into Beauty Industry friends since I got there late. My first stop was at The Smashbox Cosmetics booth near the entrance. I swatched a few new eye and lip products:
 Left side - Limited Liquid Liner Pen  and on Right Side - Limitless Eye Liner

I had to purchase this new eyeshadow palette - Smashbox Softbox Eye Palette....I'm such a sucker for a pretty palette even if I know I have similiar colors individually. Sigh.

Next stop was Alcone for beauty supply staples for my Makeup Artist kit like Cinema Secrets brush cleaner, sponges, powder puffs, mini q-tips, mascara wands, makeup remover wipes, etc. These items are necessary for my work but very boring so I didn't take any pictures or include in makeup haul photo.  (I'm sure you'll forgive me).

Then it was on to more fun cosmetic purchases...Graftobian.  I love their Hi-Def Cream Foundation Palettes and always get a new one at each show. Here's pic of their tower display:

Hi Def Glamour Cream Palettes - Warm Palette #2 (top) and Warm Palette #3 (bottom)

I didn't take a picture at their booth but I also brought a Cinema's Secret Foundation Palette . I needed to buy a replacement for my kit - I like the colors so much in one palette it's almost empty.

I wanted to go to Make Up For Ever booth but as usual it was a total madhouse! They have a store in Union Square area so I figured that worst case scenario I would make a trip to the actually store. As long as I could use a pro discount I was happy. At the rate that they were selling products I think they were going to be sold out of anything I would want anyway and there were lots of other vendors.

I ran into a few famous faces in the Beauty Industry while roaming the vendor floor:
 Me with L'oreal Paris Celebrity Hairstylist - Johnny LaVoy
 Me with Celebrity Makeup Artist Danessa Myricks
 Me with Celebrity Makeup Artist Sam Fine

I wanted to visit some of my favorite beauty lines and of course that meant I had to go to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic (O.C.C.) booth!  If you're a long time "Karen's World of Beauty" Reader you know how much I love Founder David Klasfield and his innovative and genius products (previous blog post mentions).  He's come out with yet another new and amazing cosmetic product called "OCC Tints: Tinted Moisturizer".  Of course I had to add it to my pro makeup kit.  Here's a peek at some of the products in the OCC cosmetic line:
 OCC Lo-Fi Spring 2011 Collection
I also got opportunity to grab the newest spring colors of the lip gorgeous! I don't know how David keeps coming up with new awesome colors but I'm glad he's so obsessed with color.

Next stop was Smashbox...I know logically that I have enough lip glosses but I'm a lip gloss addict.  (Yes, I can admit it). So of course I had to check out their new lip gloss collection which lead to a purchase of 4 new glosses:
I also wanted some of Stila's new Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner but they were practically sold out. I guess I can always buy online later but I wanted them in my hot hand immediately! LOL.

Then I stopped by to visity my friends Eric Kaiser and Shana King at Glamcor which provides "Innovative Cosmetic Systems" for the professional Makeup Artist (and Beauty Blogger).
 Me with Glamcor's Eric Kaiser
I heard about their company through the digital grapevine of Twitter and brought their new Classic Light Kit.  I have to say that this purchase has changed the quality of my YouTube videos tremendously!!! I look forward to using it on future photo shoots and on-location makeup jobs. Stay tuned for future blog post review on the Light Kit. I'm saving up for my next Glamcor purchase... their Mobile Studio Bag Set System and Brush Set. Actually, I want everything they make including this new Lighted Vanity:

I went to visit booths for other favorite cosmetic and skincare companies like Embryolisse and Jao to buy more kit essentials like Jao Goe Oil and Hand Refresher. If you read my previous product review of Jao's Goe Oil you know I'm crazy about this stuff!

I also checked out the new lip gloss colors at Armour Beauty, brainchild of rocker/model Theo Kogan.
 Me with Armour Beauty's Theo Kogan
I remember I met Theo at a Powder Group shopping event when she first started her line and I really liked her lip gloss. Theo melds high-end fashion with Rock-n-Roll attitude which is reflected in the colors and packaging. And yes folks, I brought yet another lip gloss... I did say I was a lip-gloss addict, right?!?!

I stopped by a few more booths but I realize this post is getting really long so here's pictures of my makeup and skincare haul for Day 1 of The Makeup Show:

Make sure to come back tomorrow to read my wrap-up of The Makeup Show- Day 2!!!

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