Posts Written On November 16, 2016

Holiday Season Gift Ideas: Jennie Links Jewelry

Winter is coming so this can only mean one thing: the holiday season is near! Now is the time to start your gift search for that special woman in your life, and what a better gift than to frost up your lady with a little ice.

Launched this September, Jennie Links is a fine jewelry brand composed of handmade-to-order pieces produced in New York City. Founder and Creative Director Jennie Jackson’s design aesthetic is based on bringing refined minimal essentials direct- to-customer through online only sales on www.jennielinks.com.

The Jennie Links collections are meant to seamlessly fit any wardrobe with perfectly fitting customized creations. Designed with both the minimalist and maximalist in mind, Jennie Links encompasses the necessary elements needed to complete the perfect jewelry chest. With the added value of direct-to-customer pricing, these minimal accents are the ideal ‘link’ for both the simplistic architect of fashion and the layering maven.

Jennie Links is a revolutionary approach to fine jewelry pricing and customization. As a fashion industry professor, Jackson became frustrated with the degree to which fine jewelry is marked up because of expensive ads and storefronts.

The pricing is set to disrupt the luxury jewelry market and ranges from $200 – $6,500. Offering only 18K gold and VS G color diamonds, Jennie Links is for the discerning customer with impeccable taste.

All rings are offered in quarter size increments, allowing the customer to have a final piece that is their size without any rigged adjustments. While shopping for her wedding ring, Jackson realized perfectly fitting rings were not a concern of the large luxury houses. In order to solve this problem, and offer customers a true fit, she founded Jennie Links as a way to finally have the pieces she desired in exactly the right size and color of gold. All pieces are offered in yellow, white and rose gold. Customers choose what color or combination of colors they want per piece.

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Make Way for Metal! All NEW from Hard Candy!

unnamedMove over flat and dull colored lips and pave the way for the metallic movement.  Introducing the new Metallic Mousse Matte Liquid Lipstick from Hard Candy, a collection of luxurious colors that deliver high impact while also hydrating the lips.  The long lasting formula is available in seven shades for the perfect Fall look.

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Hard Candy Metallic Mousse $6

  • Full coverage matte liquid lip color that hydrates and also offers comfortable wear
  • Available in 7 shades including:

o   Sandstorm

o   Queen of Hearts

o   Truffle

o   Glided Cocoa

o   Smoke & Mirrors

o   Sweet as Honey

o   Penny Talk

The Hard Candy Metallic Mousse Matte Lipstick are available only at Walmart and Walmart.com

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Pt. 1 Cosmosprof Asia 2016 Asia World Expo

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1 Event, 2 Venues! The first venue for Cosmoprof Asia this year was held at near the Hong Kong Airport at the Asia World Expo convention center. The venue featured Pack & OEM as well as Spotlight on Ingredients. Vendors were spread out across 10 Halls and it took over 2 days to walk to the entire area. Booths were divided by country of origin with the Korea Pavilion being the largest with 460 business. With K-Beauty as the hot topic in the industry, it is no wonder that so much innovation comes out of Seoul.

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Here are some of the coolest products I found at the Asia World Expo side of CosmoprofAsia 2016.

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  1. Pouch Designs – Mylar foil bags (With or without a spout) seems to be common and prefered in the Asian beauty industry. It is common to see this in the food industry stateside but here in Asia, this lightweight environmental option is gaining popularity in home goods and cosmetics as well.  With incredible capabilities to fill millions per day with state of the art machinery, we will be seeing mylar packaging in more products than ever in 2017. Currently used in liquid products like soaps and sheet masks, mylar is ideal for deluxe samples, multi product packaging with significantly lower cost per unit with vibrant packaging designs. We are seeing this type of mylar packaging for multi-step sheet mask products and also unique shapes that tell the ingredient story and increase sales from shelf appeal alone. The sky’s the limit with this technology because of the speed of production, ease for flat shipment and versatility in design.masks

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2. Think Outside the Tube – OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturing involves creating a mold for a custom design. This is more expensive compared to using a stock or existing tube (where you are limited to printed designs, color and the tube texture). OEM allows a complete new shape in design and can spark imagination and creativity. Brands and product designers are often inspired by lifestyle sectors like food and drink, architecture, pop culture trends and travel. These unique sample packaging in a miniature wine bottle opens up a world of possibilities. I bet someone saw a lipstick stain on a champagne glass at a party and created this one! The doe-foot wand could be replaced by mascara wand, eye shadow sponge tip or fine eyeliner etc. Just think about what champagne and wine companies can do using these packaging designs for promotional giveaways, line extensions, collaboration and even the beginning of an entire new brand. Cheers to that!

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3. Think Inside the Tube – The journey of the industrial production line and steps to create the lipstick was showcased during the Lipstick Factory live demonstration. The top of the line Italian technology creates laser precision designs to transform the traditional bullet shape into a work of art in a tube.cosmoprof_5

Korean OEM designs are using similar sentiment in the creation of character shapes (first seen in 2010 Paul & Joe’s cat lipstick) as well as multi-tonal lipsticks that paints the lips ombre with just one swipe. The rectangular shape lipstick bullets eliminate the need for a lip liner, perfectly suitable with the no-fuss Millennial consumers in mind.

4. Get Technical – Not to stereotype at all but we can all remember at least one nerdy Asian kid in school who loved Physics, Chemistry, Biology and was super passionate about math right? Well at Cosmoprof I realized that the Asian beauty scene is run by these left brain professionals.  The beauty tools and devices of the Asian Beauty Market is straight out from the Jetsons. Futuristic, beautiful, seamless and backed up by science. Down to the nano detail, these tools can supercharge your beauty regime and propel you into hyperspeed glam status. One of the stand out products is the Nion Beauty range with unique super charged negative ion silicone technology infused in multifunctional facial cleaning products. I can’t wait to try this out.

Stay tuned for more from the 2nd venue Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre tomorrow!

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