ISSE 2013: Nails (Azature, China Glaze, OPI, Orly, and More!)

All of the nail inspiration was probably my favorite part about ISSE. I loved checking out all of the spring collections and learning about products I haven’t heard of before! I’m a huge nail  junkie (who isn’t?)…so I was in hog heaven. Have fun browsing my photos, and click on them to make them larger! Click here to see my haul!

I just had to share all of AZATURE‘s diamond nail polishes, including the 6 new colors that have just been released. Their original $250,000 nail polish was there, being protected by a guard! Kelly Osbourne and Jennifer Lopez have worn this nail polish before, and you can get the 1-carat version for only $25.

I’m definitely most excited for ORLY‘s collection for spring, called Hope & Freedom Fest. I can’t wait to share more from this collection, as I got the mini set to test them out! I love the name “Coachella Dweller” and think that these are so fun for spring…and loving the promo image. I want flowers in my hair! FYI the mini sets include Elation Generation, High On Hope, Melodious Utopia, and Coachella Dweller.

Nail art is so fun to me. I loved browsing all of the fun glitters and other things that can be put on the nail such as gold/silver foil, velvet powder, etc.

ISSE 2013 Bulk Nail Art Glitter
Glitter Galore

Who doesn’t love China Glaze? Their nail polishes are affordable but work amazingly. They were on a super sale at the show (6 for $15), so I couldn’t resist picking up a few…including some from the Hunger Games collection!

ISSE 2013 China Glaze Hunger Games Collection
The Hunger Games Collection by China Glaze

I also got Rare & Radiant from the Bohemian collection, because it’s a dupe of Chanel’s Peridot…which I regret never getting because Peridot is my birthstone!

ISSE 2013 Hunger Games and Bohemian Collection
Hunger Games and Bohemian Collection by China Glaze

I’m a big fan of CND’s Shellac after getting it a few times in the past. Their spring 2013 collection is called “Sweet Dreams” and features adorable pastel shades with a twist. I love the cake pop photo! One of the shades is even named Cake Pop! These were a hit and all of the colors except for the green, Limeade, were sold out by Sunday!

ISSE 2013 CND Spring Sweet Dreams Shellac Collection
CND Spring Sweet Dreams Shellac Collection

There were gel polishes galore for the manicurists to purchase. I loved all of the shiny bright shades!

Jessica Nails had a fun booth with a holographic floor. I learned about their new system that is a self-curing gel which will cut time for a lot of professionals. Their nail polishes are gorgeous…hope to try them one day!

Other brands you might recognize: Essie, Seche, and OPI were all there as well! I got a pamphlet for OPI’s spring Euro Centrale collection that I will do a new post on soon. I was bummed they weren’t showing it!

Something I thought was fun were these Q-Tickles cuticle oils that had tons of different scents and had little flowers in them.

ISSE 2013 Q Tickles Cuticle Oil
Q-Tickles Cuticle Oils

That’s all that I could possibly capture at ISSE regarding nails…it was such a huge area I couldn’t possibly cover every booth! Stay tuned for my hair, skincare & makeup posts to follow in the next two days!

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ISSE Long Beach 2013: Experience & Haul

International Salon and Spa Expo Long Beach 2013
International Salon and Spa Expo Long Beach 2013

This past weekend I attended the International Salon and Spa Expo (also known as ISSE) in Long Beach. Yes, just 1 week after IMATS! Trade show madness! It was my first time attending this show, which is pro-only (targeted towards salon owners and workers…hairstylist, nail techs, and estheticians). I’m sore to say the least, because this expo is HUGE. I had a fun time hanging out with Stephanie, Alyson, Krissy, and observing the madness. I only attended Saturday and Sunday…I was beat by Monday. I wasn’t planning on purchasing anything but I just couldn’t help it! The deals there are insane. I just wanted to post a few photos today and will continue with a few more posts highlighting the best of the show that I saw for hair, skin/makeup, and nails!

ISSE 2013 Azature
AZATURE, the black diamond king!

I visited AZATURE, who you may remember launched black diamond nail polish worth $250,000. They had it locked up in the glass case you can see in the photo (pics will be in my nails post). Behind him are his much more affordable $25 black diamond polishes, with the new color diamond collection that they just launched.

Ad at CND

CND brought their new spring shellac line (will feature later) that mostly sold out! I love this ad they had at their booth…oxblood lips and bold brows!

ISSE 2013 Dare To Wear Nail Polish by Le Chat
Dare To Wear Nail Polish by Le Chat

There were so many nail polish brands…even ones you may not know about. I saw this brand, Dare to Wear, at Le Chat’s booth. I’ve seen them on many blogs so I just had to take a photo! What pretty colors!

ISSE 2013 G Body Art Professional
G Body Art Professional

G Body Art Professional had fun glitter tattoos…I can’t wait to share mine with you! Can you guess which one I got? And what color? 😉

ISSE 2013 Jessica Nails Nail Polish (2)
Jessica Nails

Another nail polish brand I’ve seen on many blogs was Jessica Nails. I lusted after their Gelato Mio collection from summer 2012, and couldn’t resist taking photos of them at ISSE! I hope to try some of their polishes someday.


ORLY has my favorite base coat (bonder), so I grabbed a professional refill at a great price. I also snagged some photos and minis of their new Spring 2013 collection called Hope & Freedom Fest that I can barely wait to show you! Think Coachella.

ISSE 2013 Seche Nails and It's So Easy Nail Art
Seche Nails

And lastly, I had to stop by Seche to grab more of my favorite Seche Vite Top Coat…it was a great deal. Slightly bummed that I just purchased their clear base coat and restore thinner from ULTA when I could have gotten a better deal at ISSE! They launched a color collection last year that includes a bunch of shades that only need one coat!

I know that’s not too much to share, but I wanted to split my posts so they wouldn’t be to photo-heavy. But, to tide you over…here is what I purchased…just from my Instagram!

On day 1 I didn’t buy a single thing! Thanks for the samples, Moroccanoil & Amika! And thank you Dinair for my airbrush compressor and makeup!

On Day 1 I didn’t buy anything because I was overwhelmed. But, Dinair was incredibly kind and gifted me an airbrush compressor (newly redesigned). I’m so excited to use it in tutorials to review for you guys. Airbrushing isn’t just for makeup artists, ladies! I’m also excited to try my Amika and Moroccanoil samples that were handouts at the show.

Day 2 Haul goodies!

On Day 2 I pretty much bought the whole show out…I got everything but the brushes and a hair oil with my own money…yikes! A few polishes (including the new ORLY), nail and haircare, and a TON of professional face masks. I’ll try to review everything I can that’s available to the public. Stay tuned for more ISSE photos in the next few days!

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Best Lip Stains For Spring

Spring Lip Stain Picks- Stila Pomegranate Crush, POP Beauty Poppy Kiss, NYC Forever Fuchsia, L'Oreal Coral Tattoo, Revlon Rendezvous

I love to use lip stains in the spring and summer because they are so effortless. Who wants to touch up lipstick whenever they’re having fun in the sun? I definitely don’t! I love how stains make your lips feel like they have nothing on them! These lip stains are all great options because some are sheer, some are pigmented, some are affordable, and a few are more pricey. I think you will really enjoy any of these lip stains if you purchase them. Let me know what your favorite lip stain is in the comments!

POP Beauty Stain Stay in Poppy Kiss ($16)- This lip stain is a gorgeous orangey red and lasts FOREVER on the lips. This is the best higher end lip stain that I’ve found. I love to wear a juicy gloss over it to add some shine.

Stila Lip & Cheek Stain in Pomegranate Crush ($24)- Gel based lip stains can be a lot more forgiving than felt tip stains because they are a lot sheerer. I like how you can easily use this one on the cheeks as well for a cohesive look. This berry shade isn’t my favorite in the spring, but if you apply it sheer it will look very pretty.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous ($8.99)- This balm-stain hybrid is for those of you who hate dry lips after using a stain. Revlon hit the ball out of the park with this lip stain because it feels like a light lip balm on your lips, but you still get great color. After the product wears off, you’re left with a just-as-bright stain. I have reviewed it here already if you want to learn more!

NYC Smooch Proof 16h Lip Stain in Forever Fuchsia ($4.99)- If you want a lip stain that is affordable and works just as well as the expensive ones, find NYC’s at your drugstore! I’ve had this one for quite a while, so it is starting to try out, but it is UBER pigmented and lasts just as long as my POP one.

L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Coral Tattoo ($9.99)- This lip stain is new on the market and is pretty much an exact dupe of YSL glossy stains, so I decided to include this one as it is a much more affordable option. I have reviewed this shade along with another here already, but I do really like them! I think these are for those of you who love lip gloss and want more color out of it without wearing a lipstick.

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Paint the Town Pastel: Spring Nail Polishes

Essence Fall For Me, China Glaze Re Fresh Mint, Essie Van D'Go, Julie G Jesse's Girl 9 to 5, Lime Crime Crema de Limon, American Apparel L'Esprit

With spring coming up quickly, I want to brighten up my nails with some pretty pastels. These 6 pastel polishes are my must haves for the spring. These too-cute shades remind me of spring flowers or french macarons, instantly lifting my mood…I love em!

Essie Van D’Go ($8)

Julie G by Jesse’s Girl 9 to 5 ($3.99)

Lime Crime Crema De Limón ($5.99)

China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint ($7.50)

Essence Fall For Me ($1)

American Apparel L’Esprit ($6)


What are your favorite spring nail polish shades?

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got2b Oil-licious Styling Oil Review

got2b Oil-licious Styling Oil

If you know me, you know I adore hair oils, so when I received this one I was all over it. Something I think I should note before continuing, is that this oil contains silicones in it, it is not a straight oil. So, it will build up on your hair if you continuously apply it before washing it out. I prefer to use my oils on wet hair because they absorb better and don’t leave a greasy residue. This oil smells very good, which makes it fun to apply. Not only does it have argan oil, it also has white grape and marula oil to combat frizzy hair and leave it silky smooth. I find the water-bottle esque dispenser to be a tad messy, so I know just to be a little more careful with it. I love that it’s only $5.99 and works just as well as higher end oils. If you want to try an oil but are a little wary…try this one out!

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