2017 CEW Beauty Insider Awards

CEW- Cosmetic Executive Women consists of over 6,000 beauty industry professional’s who each year vote for the coveted CEW Beauty Insider Awards. Demo day is where ticketed members have the opportunity to sample each year’s contenders for the lead up that is the actual Insider Awards day.

Previously held in New York’s landmark the Waldorf Astoria, this was the first year it took place at Hilton Renaissance hotel in midtown New York. Every year, there’s nothing like the energy of thousands of beauty lovers clamored together in the heart of New York with eager anticipation to hear this year’s winners.

And the winners are (by category)….

Hair Shampoo/Conditioner:

DryBar Detox Dry Conditioner


LivingProof Full Dry Volume Blast

Makeup Category:

Eye Product Prestige:

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics

Makeup Tools:

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush #702

Men’s Grooming Category:

Men’s Grooming:

Clinique for Men 2-in-1 Skin Hydrator + Beard Conditioner

Scent Category:

Women’s Scent Mass:

Vera Wang Embrace Marigold & Gardenia

Women’s Scent Prestige:

Dior Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming

Skincare Category:

Anti-Aging Mass:

Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Concentrate

Anti-Aging Prestige:

GlamGlow Gravitymud Firming Treatment

Cleanser and Scrub:

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-boosting Face Mask

Eye Treatment:

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream

Moisturizer Prestige:

GlamGlow GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer

Sun Product:

Shiseido Cosmetics America Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ for sensitive skin and Children

J.Lo Posted An Abraham Hicks Quote and It Means EVERYTHING for Truth Seekers

J.Lo Posted on Instagram, a few weeks ago, a quote by Abraham Hicks. Abraham Hicks is a collective spirit that remains still rather under the radar when it comes to literature about spirituality. The teachings of Abraham Hicks are spread through the globe by Esther and Jerry Hicks.

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Essentially, Abraham Hicks is the teachings of universal law and universal truths. It is what most of the world knows as “The Secret” but it teaches the universal law in its totality, it is a true teaching that imparts universal knowledge onto its readers. Knowledge that is tangible and quantifiable.

You can buy Abraham Hicks’ book’s at Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.com or check out their website here.

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Be Healthy, Be Whole This Summer

This time of year so many people are getting ready for the summer season and the inevitable bikini season that comes with it. Eating healthier and hitting the gym are probably the largest two ways people get “fit” for summer.

Let’s move beyond the usual looking in the mirror and criticizing what we don’t like and identifying what we may feel we need to change. Let’s challenge ourselves to instead, look in the mirror and express aloud statements of acceptance.

Of course, health is a priority and having a fit body is essential for fit internal organs. Go to the gym out of love for your body, but resist the urge to look in the mirror afterwards and criticize yourself. Go to the gym, look in the mirror and accept, and gently continue the routine.

You are worth not only being healthy, but accepting yourself as whole.

Be Fearless Enough to Relinquish Fear.

You may wonder why most of my posts focus around this concept of fear. It’s because I believe that our society-individuals and corporations-are subconsciously acting, thinking and living out of fear. What I believe is that all there ever is-is love. I believe that the purpose of all of us living here on planet Earth, is to move beyond the limit of fear.

It takes a truly fearless person to recognize the truth of fear permeating our very earth through all avenues and consciously select thoughts and actions that echo love, the real truth of our beings.

It’s not that I’m acting like fear doesn’t exist, I just choose love. And I am training myself to always choose love in my next thought, my next action.

If you encounter negative people or negative situations you have to train yourself to not believe in it. Because if you do that enough you’ll truly see how “negativity” is false. Let’s say you encounter a negative person. They’re negative because they believe in fear and the more you devote yourself to relinquishing fear and only believing in love, when you encounter that negative person again, it’ll be easier to see their actions and thoughts as fear.

If someone says something mean or negative to you, you’ll learn that this is coming from fear rooted somewhere in the heart and spirit. Fear that they’re not good enough, fear that they aren’t showing their best self, fear that they don’t compare or fear that they’re unacceptable. All of this is true as long as the person keeps believing in their fears.

How does one move from fear to love?

You have to want to make the change. You have to want to be gentle and forgiving with yourself to see where in you, you may be thinking or acting fearfully.

For me, my website and career is where I was clearly acting fearful. Not acting in love. I was doubting everything, never thinking I could be “good enough” or “reach success” with these things. Once I started devoting myself to healing my fears and moving into a life of love and spirit I was able to unlearn some of those beliefs. Through reading books, seeking resources and networks of people to help I shifted my conscious to a more loving, forgiving spirit.

It’s still hard for me, sometimes, to be around very fearful people. I am human and for a quick second when someone says something very fearful, something full of insecurity and not based on love I can identify with it for a second. But with so much practice I have had, very quickly, it feels like my spirit jumps in and is like “hey Vanessa! Remember me? Remember the truth? Yes? Good. I still love you. All is well.”

And that is the truth. It is my truth and it’s what I choose to engage in, what I choose to share with the world.

The Make-Up Show NYC 2017

This year’s NYC Make-Up Show was literally one for the books. With the keynote speakers of the industry’s biggest cultivators, and some of the hottest selling brand’s and products, there’s no wonder this show makes its mark all across the United States every year.

On May 7-8, 2017, The Make-Up Show made its stop in NYC and brought the Metropolitan Pavillion House down.

Top brands launched brand new products at the show here’s a recap of what’s new in pro-beauty:

Lip Voltage: A clear, juicy gloss, with adjustable chambers to pick your level of intensity. Cool to hot and the hot ain’t lying. Start cool and work your way up to your level of comfort.

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Dr. Brandt’s Needles No More LIP PLUMPfix: This matte lip perfecting is packaging in the same chamber technology Lip Voltage uses. Except from moving from cool to hot, you can move your lip intensity from day to night.

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Kevyn Aucoin’s The Molten Lip Color Molten Metals Collection: High-shine, metallic, full-coverage glosses. It’s Kevyn Aucoin, c’mon, you know it’s going to be good.

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Danessa Myricks Vision Cream Cover Foundation: launched at the show. I’ve purchased one in N03 and I love it! Full coverage, medium-weight, just set and skin is perfect.

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For the creative conference’s, I was able to sit on two stunner beauty creatives session’s as they motived and inspired young beauty professionals to never give up on a career of artistry, even amidst the vast landscape changes. Those were Vlada Haggerty and Ryan Burke.

I posted on my Instagram videos from Ryan Burke’s forum titled “Creative Thinking”. Ryan Burke is a creative genius I found when I first started engaging on Instagram and I felt like finally, an artist that perceives beauty in a way that I do: out-of the box, unconventional, yet still strikingly beautiful.

Ryan Burke create one of his avant garde looks on model, Miss Queen Sateen. Read some of the interview from his session here. The moderator is James Vincent, a world renowned makeup artist.

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James Vincent: Where do you get inspiration from?

Ryan Burke: Color combinations instead of specific makeup preferences.

James Vincent: What words would you would use to describe makeup that is a great makeup?

Ryan Burke: Something stunning, something that really catches your attention more than pretty. If you really want to express yourself you have to let go of the rules.

James Vincent: How can artists build their name, build their presence?

Ryan Burke: The most important thing is authenticity. If you are doing work you love and enjoy. It’s not about the likes, it’s about why people are liking it and why you’re doing it. Just be authentic and real.

James Vincent: How can you be confident that what you’re doing is impactful and will get you work when you’re showing something no else is showing?

Ryan Burke: If you’re experimenting with make-up a lot, you probably will have doubts. Take whatever and make it work.

James Vincent: Advice for an artist that may feel like giving up and it’s too tough?

Ryan Burke: If you’re doing it because you like it, love it, you’ll be fine. It doesn’t come immediately. But if you’re having doubts like idk if this is for me then maybe there’s other types of art forms you can explore.

Other notewaorthy happenings at The Makeup Show include:

MAC Pro always exhibits, but this time they only had their lip bar there. Lip products were the only thing for sale. Spice lip pencil, check.

Pat McGrath had a ‘Lip Project’ going on where attendee’s were encouraged to try out one of Pat McGrath’s double 0 something or rather and take selfies, post on social, using a specific hashtag to enter for a chance to win one of 100 who will win Pat McGrath’s next double-0 something or rather.

IT Cosmetics had a huge exhibition space and IT Cosmetics isn’t exactly the brand you think when you think of makeup professional brands. I was happy to see them, however, because I every IT Cosmetics product I try I am way impressed.

Moises Ramirez‘ Art Gallery was stunning, click the link to view it here:

Moises Ramirez Art Gallery

Ipsy Glam Bag April 2017

Is there a God? OR is there a GOD? A Lisa Frank God to be exact. I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I WAS TO RECEIVE THE GLAMOUR DOLLS & LISA FRANK BRUSH. I’ve only been seeing the highly anticipated resurgence of all things Lisa Frank all over social media and of course, my heart strings tugged at the though of being able to purchase Lisa Frank memo paper again, but it seems it’s only cosmetics for now and some odd speakers.

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Clearly, you already know what product I am most excited about. Here’s what the rest of my April Ipsy Glam Bag contained:

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Mint Pear C Your Youth Vitamin C Serum

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Luseta Beauty Dry Shampoo

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“Millennial” Pink

Yep. “Millenial” Pink. It’s a real thing. I recently heard about this buzz word and when I did I was like duh, that makes so much sense! Think: Glossier’s product packaging and branding, Drake’s 1-800-HOTLINEBLING graphic that sprawled the internet, Rihanna’s Fenty x PUMA collaboration that launched with the pink fuzzy slip-on’s everyone wanted their hands on, etc. The list goes on and on. & I’m here for it. Who else?

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The International Beauty Show 2017

The best thing about IBS is how the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference always take place right next door. Not only do beauty professionals get access to one BUT TWO professional beauty tradeshow’s. A playground for beauty professionals no matter your scope of work or how big or small your business. There’s something for the local salon owner, the YouTube beauty guru, the celebrity makeup artist and the entire studio of artists.

More than any other sector, the hair brands always come to show out. Stages, spotlights, and mega microphones with IRL demo’s make these brands stand out from the rest. Some of the industry’s biggest hairstylists represented for some of the largest brands showing what’s trending now in hairstyling.

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Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Are you tired of burning through bottles of different cleansers only to deal with the same break-outs and irritated skin with no solution in-sight? Enter: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. Dermalogica’s #1 international selling product is made up of fine rice enzymes, salicylic acid, and papain to provide skin brightening, and inflammation busting ingredients in a exfoliator fine enough for daily use.

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