I’ve had a few weeks to come down from the high that was The Makeup Show 2016. Good times, y’all. Good times. I not only did a few things that scared me, but I had much needed time with my girls, ate some REALLY good food and just enjoyed a few days without washing dishes.
You’re laughing but shoot, man. Mom life is mostly of me washing dish after dish every single day. Instead of rambling about the show in its entirety, I’ll just highlight a few of the brands that I was so glad to see. Can we say YAY to Black-owned?!
A little glance at the show. It was busyyyy!
Now now, buttercups…don’t be all uptight over my pride and adoration for James Vincent and his team for providing a space for brands of all backgrounds to shine. This is a big deal. The reality is this – you don’t see a lot of Black-owned cosmetic lines. You just don’t. I can make many assumptions as to why this is but when I do see Black-owned beauty lines, you better believe that I’m investigating and supporting. I’m just so grateful to see people that look like me offer cosmetics at such a huge trade show.
AJ Crimson is a star. He literally shines and has such an incredible spirit. I couldn’t even effectively walk close to his booth because it was so crowded. I was glad that it was crowded as I think AJ differs all of the praise and recognition that he gets. In addition to providing stunning concealers, powders, correctors and contouring palettes for many skin tones, he’s just a rockstar in the industry.
James Vincent giving us some deets about an upcoming mascara!
If you don’t follow these girls on Instagram, please get your life. The ladies behind this brand have absolutely inspired me to wear BOLD lip colors. I’ve always shied away from the greens, blues, and untraditional colors of the world, but seeing ladies as dark as me rock them has given me sooooo much confidence. I regularly rock some of their lippies and was glad to see them at The Makeup Show. They’ve also made it down to the Orlando show!
I’ve reviewed them quite a bit but I’m always happy to see drugstore brands at big shows like The Makeup Show. The reality is – not everyone is ready to shell out over $30 for a foundation. Cool. No problem.
Shea Moisture is one of few drugstore beauty brands that caters to my deeper sisters of the world. They have recently done some reformulating of products and I can’t wait to share them with you.
Another reason why I love The Makeup Show is because you’ll see huge brands that you’re familiar with as well as lesser known brands and smaller brands. Everyone gets a fair shot at appealing to industry professionals. Such is the case with The Lip Bar. I first saw these ladies on The Shark Tank (they didn’t get the deal…I don’t think the investors saw the vision) and then again at The Makeup Show Orlando. They’re fantastic and it appears that they took some of the advice of the sharks. Their lippies are not only vegan, but they’re bold and beautiful. I will continue to support them because I see their vision and would love to see them go far.
I hadn’t heard about this brand and then I saw one of the ladies rocking a bright blue lipstick. I was sold at first sight. This is another brand that is making waves in the untraditional lip color world.
They’ve also got eye products and glitters in so many shades that I think they would greatly appeal to makeup artists and those of us who like a little shimmer.
And that’s that! Outside of the show, I explored The High Line!
This may very well be one of my favorite spots in New York City. This urban park was seriously one of the highlights of my trip and when I visit again, back to the ‘Line I go. I also did a ton of walking around with the gal pals…
My FitBit had never locked in so many miles! I had a great time it was bittersweet visiting The Makeup Show NYC yearssss later.