Posts Written On November 18, 2016

Pt. 2 Cosmosprof Asia 2016 Hong Kong Convention and Expo Centre


Arriving at the second venue, the buzz and swarms of people created a ton of excitement! The energy of the crowd was high and numerous languages can be heard as you go through the crowd.

20161116_134642This part of the convention was split into 3 large floors and was also divided in countries of origin and specific areas. I also had the opportunity to attend some seminars about K-Beauty trends as well! Some of the key points discussed the current growth sectors (Teens) and the importance of K-Pop and K-Drama’s role in catapulting brands into superstardom.  With an average of 800 SKUs per year, this Korean ‘pali pali’ system of fast turnaround jumps on trends and make them the leader in innovation in so many ways.


I also got to meet Van Lu, the head of BeautyStreams and Innovation Award winner, Kilala and Pinkan Tilaar of Indonesia beauty giant Martha Tilaar Group.


There were so many brands, innovators and products that it was truly overwhelming. Instead of buzzing around trying to cover all ground, I focused on booths that caught my eye and spent time learning about their brand story and products. So alas, here are some of the best innovation products and trends to highlight from this part of the show!


  1. From the Deep Sea (Trend) – A very strong pull towards the ocean’s mystic and powers. With a strong connection to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Asians believe there are many health benefits to ingesting these items raw, cooked, pulverized and now assimilated through the body’s largest organ skin. The cosmetics ingredients from the deep sea include Sea Horse, Jelly Fish, Abalone, Seaweed, Coral, Pearl, Sea Cucumber.


2. Organic baby products from Down Under (Product) – El8te – This is a brand new product line from Australia that has been featured all over glossy magazines and social media alike. With its irresistibly adorable packaging and affordable price, El8te is in a class of its own. Goat Milk being the main ingredient in the baby line, providing nourishing protection from head to toe.20161116_163141

3. Minimalist Design (Packaging) –  Instructive packaging is on the up and up. Minimal light and airy design with a focus on Ingredients and Function as the anchor. The feel of the packaging is unobstructed and floats, while there is a solid base design that promised high quality ingredients and solid efficacy. This new trend in packaging gives the consumer a good feeling about the honesty, integrity and quality of the product. There are no frills and distractions to ‘entice’ the customer but just a clear presentation of what it really is. 20161117_143056

This is refreshing, simple and the current trend for new brands as well as rebrand initiatives for existing brands for targeting MILLENNIAL consumers. 


4. Hyper Local (Product) – this emerging trend comes from geo-specific ingredients that may only be available at a short time each season. These products from Latvian brand Dabba is a clear example of this. Their ingredient story is not dependent on trend forecast reports but what is only found in Latvia and its cultural significance in culture and folklore. With a connection to both the natural world and human nature,  Dabba allows consumers to experience and explore Lativa through their range of hydrosols, hair products and infused oils.


Stay tuned for an in depth interview with Janis Kesa, the founder of Dabba!


The Holiday Gifts You’ve All Been Waiting For…..

Happy Friday! It’s that time of year again and there’s no better way to pamper yourself and your loved ones than with the below awesome gifts and deals from Artis, PHYTOand The Beachwaver Co., keeping your family, friends and your budget in mind!

I want to highlight Artis, PHYTO and The Beachwaver’s special deals and steals for Black Friday & Cyber Monday! Also want to share this exclusive holiday offering from Tata Harper – her Multi-Masking Collection!

unnamedTATA HARPER THE MULTI-MASKING COLLECTION ($178 at; Collection includes 30ml/1oz Resurfacing Mask, Purifying Mask and Limited Edition Honey Blossom Mask)
Following on the multi-masking trend bandwagon, this trio addresses all of your skin concerns & incorporates all of your multi-masking needs. The Resurfacing Mask provides instant glow, the Purifying Mask deeply cleanses and the Limited Edition Honey Blossom Resurfacing Masks boosts hydration. This collection is the ultimate beautifying mask trifecta.


Remarkable Holiday Gift Sets:
Whether for a loved one or a treat for yourself, these are the perfect gifts to achieve flawless looks for any holiday festivity. Each distinct set features a collection of Artis brushes created with CosmeFibre, a revolutionary engineered fibre specially made for applying cosmetic and makeup products. Cleaning pads and foams will maintain brushes in immaculate condition, while a clutch makes holiday travel with Artis easier. What’s not to love?

unnamed-1Artis The Essentials: $175.00 at ($340.00 Value)
This gift box includes the Fluenta 3 Brush Set, curated to offer those new to Artis a “starter” set of brushes. This includes the Fluenta Oval 4, great for application to the eyelid and around the eye area; the Fluenta Linear 1, used to create a thin line of product along the lashes or to perfect the brow; and the Fluenta Circle 1, wonderful for lip colour application and applying spot concealer to smaller areas of the face. Additional goodies include: Elite Mirror Oval 8, Elite Smoke Linear 6Brush Cleaning Pad (Essential), Brush Cleansing Foam (50mL), Zippered Logo Clutch, and the Artis Scarf, black.



Black Friday – Cyber Monday Weekend Sale (11/25-11/28): For a limited time, PHYTO will be offering 40% OFF your entire purchase on . The code for Black Friday/Cyber Monday – “CYBER”.

  • Whether hair needs a hydration boost, volume lift or deep-down repair, there’s a limited edition set that does it all – a perfect treat for yourself or a stocking stuffer for another.

PHYTO Limited Edition Ultimate Hydration Volume Travel Set, $29 at

  • This set contains: 1.7 oz PHYTO Phytojoba Intense Hydration Brilliance Shampoo, 1.7 oz PHYTO Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Brilliance Mask, 1 oz PHYTO Huile Soyeuse Lightweight Hydrating Oil

PHYTO Limited Edition Instant Volume Travel Set, $25 at

  • This set contains: 1.7 oz PHYTO Phytovolume Shampoo, 1.7 oz PHYTO Phytobaume Volume Express Conditioner, 1.7 oz PHYTO Phytovolume Actif Intense Volumizing Spray

PHYTO Limited Edition Deep-Down Repair Travel Set, $26 at

  • This set contains: 1.7 oz PHYTO Phytokeratine Shampoo, 1.7 oz PHYTOPhytokeratine Mask, 1.7 oz PHYTO Phytokeratine Spray

PHYTO Limited Edition Color Protect Travel Set, $23 at

  • This set contains: 1.7 oz Phytocitrus Shampoo, 1.7 oz Phytocitrus Mask, 0.27 oz Subtil Elixir



Exclusively available at Nordstrom this holiday, The Beachwaver Co. will be offering a Limited Edition Beachwaver Pro 1.25 adorned with Swarovski Crystals! This glamorous, luxurious gift will be on everyone’s wish list, especially as it’s the exact iron that will be used backstage at the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show!

  • The Beachwaver Co. Limited Edition BEACHWAVER Pro 1.25 offers the same high-quality professional results as the Beachwaver® Pro, with the same user-friendly features from the S series. Key benefits include a heat range of 290° – 490°, lighter 5.5” ceramic barrel length, 1.25 barrel width, arrow button for rotation control, 8 foot swivel cord, ergonomic handle, beveled no-kink clamp, fast/slow speed switch and a home button.
  • THE LIMITED TIME ONLY OFFER: Retails for $199 (a $250 value) during Black Friday – Cyber Monday (11/25-11/28); available in all Nordstrom stores and

Also available for a limited time this holiday is the start of the S series from Beachwaver, now available in white. The Beachwaver Co. Limited Edition unnamed-1BEACHWAVER S1 was created especially for women who have difficulty using hair tools, but still want gorgeous, coveted waves. The S1 makes it easy, while still delivery high-quality professional results.

  • The Beachwaver Co. Limited Edition BEACHWAVER S1 offers the same high-quality professional results as the original BEACHWAVER PRO, but with several new and improved, user-friendly features. The digital temperature dial lets you select a safe temperature range from 290F – 410F based on your hair type, while the new hi/lo speed switch and arrow button provides users with better rotating control. The new home button gives you the ability to reset the clamp at the start position for easy styling, allowing you to create beautiful waves in as little as ten minutes.
  • Retails for $129; available at



Holiday Gift Guide Suggestions from Live Out There

As we approach the holiday season, Live Out There, Canada’s fastest growing online outdoor retailer, is prepared to be your one-stop-shop for today’s curious explorers.
Live Out There recently expanded their online offering to include new fashion-meets-function brands to help stay stylish yet prepped for any outdoor activity. This means a great selection of gift ideas, whether it’s for the urban-explorer, the back-country adventurer or the jet-set traveler. And to help you out, we have put together a selection of items that will fulfill any true Canadian’s holiday wish list!


From L to R: Fjallraven – Ovik Lite Vest, Aigle – Miss Julie,
Mackage – Kay Jacket, Fjallraven – Frost Hat, United by Blue – Derby Tier Backpack.unnamed-6From L to R: Merrell – Eagle Luxe, The North Face – Venture Jacket,
Outdoor Research – Yukon Cap, Icebreaker – Lifestyle Crew, Laundromat – Yukon.unnamed-7

From L to R: Osprey – Xena 70 Pack, Arc’teryx – Norvan Jacket,
Helly Hanson – Active Flow Graphic, Vasque – Breeze 2.0 GTX, Hestra – Omni Mitt.


From L to R: Columbia – Midweight Stretch Baselayer, Vasque – Eriksson GTX,
Sorel – Caribou Parka, Stanley – Classic Flask, Osprey – Talon 44 Pack.


From L to R: Soia & KYO – Samia Wool Jacket, Sorel – Working Wool Tote,
Ugg – Coquette Slipper, Sorel – Conquest Wedge, White + Warren – Cashmere Travel Wrap.


From L to R: Hunter – Refined Chelsea, The North Face – Patricks Point Vest,
Scotch & Soda – Classic Duffle Coat, Olukai – Moloa Nubuck, Filson – 48 Hour Duffle.

The fall/winter gift ideas are now available to shop online at


Eliminate electric shocks from the daily routine once and for all

Surprisingly, many people don’t know what the actual purpose of fabric softener is. Most think it is just to make our clothes soft and wearable but it is also to help prevent static cling. But sometimes, softener can use extra help to kill that static. There is nothing more annoying than constantly get a shock of static electricity or having everything always sticking to you. There are some simple tips and tricks, like tossing an aluminum foil ball into the dryer to kill the charge, remove clothes from dryer before fully dry or spray some water onto dry clothes to help further reduce static cling.


Tips for getting rid of static cling

  • A great tool to get rid of static cling is the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus spray. It has over 101 uses and one of them is eliminating static cling. Not only will you remove static charges from your clothes but they will be left with a fresh scent.
  • Place a safety pin on the inner hem of clothing to dispel any static charge, instead of shocking you, the charge will go to the pin.
  • Place a damp towel or cloth inside dryer and dry at lowest heat setting. The clothing will not become as dry and susceptible to static.
  • Take clothes out of the dryer before they are completely dry, allowing them to air dry the rest of the way will better prevent static, due to the reduction of heat and friction between clothing.
  • Instead of wearing rubber-soled shoes, wear leather-soled shoes to help prevent static because it is a non-conducting material.
  • Use Aluminum foil balls in the dryer, the foil will pick up any charge from the clothing while in the dryer.
  • Spray fine mist of distilled water on clothing after it comes out of the dryer, it will kill any static that is clinging to the clothing.
  • Slip clothes with static charge through a metal hanger, just like the safety pin and aluminum foil, the metal hanger will pick up any charge that is in your clothing.
  • If you have static cling on clothes you are already wearing, place a think layer of moisturizing lotion on your skin underneath your clothes. The moisture from the lotion will counteract the dryness of the clothing.

November Hotness – 9th Annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

Last week at BEMF was a success, as they brought a plethora of cutting edge music to Brooklyn.

There were so many great music artists played at the festival.

Full lineup:

Anna Homler & Jorge Martin: Breadwoman * Amtrac * Angel-Ho * Asquith * Barnt * Ben Sims * Ben Vida * Benji B * Chino Amobi * Danny Daze * Diamond Terrifier Cipher w/ Don Devore & Michael Beharie * DJ’s Nina and Nicely * DJ Qu * Function * Greg Gow * Gobby * Greg Fox * Gunnar Haslam * Honey Dijon * Infinity Ink * Jey Kurmis * Jimmy Edgar * Joey Anderson * Jon Fay * Jubilee * Justin Cudmore * Kerri Chandler * Kidnap Kid * King Britt * Levon Vincent * Mary Yuzovskaya * Mike Servito * RAMZi * Roisin Murphy * Route 8 (Live) * Silent Servant * The Black Madonna * Tristan Perich* Truncate * Turtle Bugg

Here are some photos that you could get the idea how cool it was! (Credit: Zachary Filkoff / Ross Figlerski)

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BEMF’s goal is to showcase the music and creative community intertwined with Brooklyn’s electronic music scene, and highlight its place in the global community. The ever changing milieu of Brooklyn, the influence it wields given its place in one of the world’s most exciting and dynamic major cities and the rapidly changing landscape of American dance music, provide BEMF a unique position to foster a dialogue around dance music that extends beyond any dancefloor or Borough delineation.

BEMF’s venue partners include some of the Borough’s most reputable spaces, including Output, Analog BKNY, Good Room, The Knockdown Center, Trans-Pecos and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Partnering with multi-disciplinary creative hub Trans-Pecos to host South African artist and NON Records Co-Founder Angel-Ho. In alignment with this focus on non-traditional venues, BEMF has announced their 11/11 showcase at an undisclosed underground venue featuring Levon Vincent, Joey Anderson, and Mary Yuzovskaya.

As a continuation of their cross-medium, culturally entrenched programming BEMF has created the TRANSFERENCE series in collaboration with Sam Hillmer and RVNG at The Knockdown Center. New this year, TRANSFERENCE offers three nights of electronic music fused with visual arts practice with uniquely choreographed, audio-visual experiences like Airport Music for Black Folks featuring NON Record’s Chino Amobi choreographed by Richard Kennedy, Diamond Terrifier Cipher with Don Devore and Michael Beharie, Breadwoman with Anna Homler & Jorge Martin, plus standalone performances by RAMZi, Gobby, Greg Fox, DJ’s Nina and Nicely, Suzi Analogue/VHVL, Ben Vida, and Tristan Perich.


Want to know more about BEMF and get ready for the next year? Click here,