NorCal Beauty Expo 2019

NorCal Beauty Expo 2019

Hey guys!

So Facebook suggested an event for me a few weeks ago and all I did was click “interested” and move on. The closer it came to time the more I saw it pop up: The NorCal Beauty Expo at the Win- River Casino. Lucky for me that is only a few miles down the road! And it was free to enter and walk around. Also air conditioning.. its so hot here and my apartment gets pretty toasty.

I debated going this morning because I was feeling pretty lazy, but one of my girlfriends encouraged me to get out.

I’m glad I did. It was an enjoyable experience. The venue was small and there weren’t a million vendors, but it was plenty busy and lots to see. There were classes you could attend if you were a professional and a hair show. The only expo I have been to is the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim and its HUGE. (if you get a chance to attend…DO IT, it is amazing and like Disneyland for health…plus BAGS of samples) Its in the same place they hold NAMM. So I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. In reality it was similar just tiny in comparison. I got a swag bag as I entered (a reusable bag with the casino spa logo and a magazine and flyer) and I picked up cards and samples as I wandered. Mostly it was local business repping the brands they sell or services they offer. It was a great way to meet people and see who is who in the local salons. I’m new to town so I have no idea where to go for hair and nails.

 

I tried Bang energy for the first time at the vitamin booth… Unicorn whatever tastes gross, but I’m on board with energy that isn’t full of garbage. Well the woman said its not, but I’ll have to do more research. I played in some cheap jewelry and spoke with a woman about eyelash extensions. I found a hair care line I would like to try when money isn’t so tight, (I say this and I totally ended up buying something at another booth *insert eyeroll). The line is called Monat and Stephanie who was telling me about it was just lovely. They aren’t made with a lot of garbage ingredients and they have different things to fulfill all the different needs. Fingers crossed I win the giveaway haha

If anyone has tried it or uses it let me know! I would love to hear what you think.

I stumbled upon a local small business started by a mom and daughter called Siren. Everything is made with organic ingredients, its vegan, and food grade. The line is small with only four products, but they’re pretty awesome. There are three different scrubs and one bath salt. Y’all… they not only smell amazing, but the scrub works. She did one had and used a rose to wipe the scrub off (YES IT WAS A GODDESS EXPERIENCE THANK YOU MA’AM) which left my hand visibly brighter and healthier feeling and looking. I was sold. I’m a weak human. Anyways they had a pretty good deal running for the expo so I picked up the Rise scrub and the Restore salts. http://www.sirenscrub.com

They all smelled amazing, but I decided with summer coming I wanted the invigorating peppermint.

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I picked up some sampled from the Rodan + Fields girl.. these people made Proactive. They have since sold that line and are now pursuing new skincare lines. I don’t really have an opinion on them since I haven’t used them yet nor am I up whats in them. But I’m here to try it out!

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Glowing seemed to be a theme because I picked up another skincare sample set with a similar name haha

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I know nothing about this one and I also have no opinion. They are having a nice Mother’s Day facial special so…maybe I’ll treat my stepmom haha

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I’ll let y’all know what I think of the samples soon!

I had a really fun time and I look forward to popping in next year.

 

 

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ColourPop .1

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So, I have heard of the makeup line ColourPop, they are owned by SEED Beauty which also owns Kylie Cosmetics and KKW Beauty. ColourPop is LA Based, carried in Ulta, and affordable. I have heard some people RAVE about them, but I never felt the compelled to actually try them out.

Until now….

I’m on the search to break my Sephora habit and broaden my knowledge. This has lead me to get out of my comfort box haha

I hopped onto Colourpop.com about a week ago and started poking around. First of all: I was floored by the prices. Second: The range of products. I actually thought they only made eyeshadow! What rock have I been living under!? You can do a full face with them!

Then I stumbled upon their sister site Fourth Ray. This is a “clean” line of skincare. Perfect because I just ran out of my Caudalie foaming cleanser (p.s. I am sad to see they lost their cruelty free stamp)

ColourPop is cruelty free!

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I snapped up the travel kit that includes: Keep Clear Clarifying Tonic, AM to the PM Gel Cleanser, BFD Cleansing Oil, & The Lightweight Hydrator. Plus a cute bag! Total – $20.00

They all smell pleasant and so far seem really gentle on my skin. I haven’t used the oil to clean makeup off yet, but I do not see why it would not work.

The gel is effective, but so far unremarkable. That is A-ok with me 🙂 I don’t need anything fancy to cleanse my face.

The tonic smells like tea tree oil which explains the “clarifying” claims. Now I use Thayer’s witch hazel as a toner normally, but I do like this one because I feel like it might actually help me control my oil and blemishes a little better. Too soon to know for sure though.

I’ll keep y’all updated on the cleansing oil – But I liked it when I tried it. It is not super messy and I thought it felt nice on my skin.

The hydrator is odd. BUT I like it. It is very light and not a cream. Its a milky liquid that gushes out of the tube so be careful haha There is no grease or oil either. It coated my skin nicely, but I feel almost a tacky feeling after. I have not felt my skin rage and produce a wave of oil after applying it either. My skin needs hydration, but rebels against it most of the time.

SOOOO I have to say I will probably give some of these full size products a go!

The other things I grabbed: Lippie Stix in After Shock $5.50 

An eye palette – Karrueche X ColourPop in Brown Sugar $12.00 

Will update on the makeup products later 🙂

(sneak peek – the lippie feeeeelllllsssss  ssssooooo sssoooofffttt)

 

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That pink box is my new Function of Beauty – trying a new formula AND the limited Black shampoo color. It came way early so it’ll be a while before I can update on the change in formula.

Function of Beauty

Function of Beauty

Hey guys!

I started using Function of Beauty a few months ago and wrote a review on my other blog. https://katiedidweb.wordpress.com/2018/11/30/shampoo/

I hate the review haha So I hope to redeem it in time.

First order Summary:

No Dye, essential oils, goals- volume, anti-frizz, curl definition, oil control, nourish roots.

 

I’m on my second order of the shampoo and I still really like it, but it isn’t working for me the same way the first order did. I’m looking at trying another brand just for the heck of it. If I don’t I’ll just switch the formula up again.

The first round I didn’t like the smell, but my hair seemed to really like it. On the next one I changed the color to orange and made the smell peach ❤

The smell is AMAZING! I switched up

Color – Orange, Smell – Nude (p)each, Goals: volume, anti-frizz, curl definition, oil control, strengthen.

So my main problem is my hair seems to be getting oily quicker… I could just be crazy. The first formula had my hair feeling almost like it does when you use a clarifying shampoo. This one feels a little more gunky. I really didn’t change it much, but I think strengthening is not working for me.

I really really like and encourage this movement into custom beauty. Not everyone is EXACTLY the same so why shouldn’t we have something made to tailor like clothing? Only for our skin and hair. I also like that because they aren’t some huge commercial beauty co. the ingredients might be a little more carefully chosen. i.e. w/out sulfates, silicons, ect.

Function of Beauty does use some silicone – I am currently looking at trying Pure Mine because they don’t use silicone. There is much debate about the use of some of the chemicals and I am by no means an expert or even remotely educated in chemistry haha  I simply did a tiny bit of research and found that people with curls have been moving away from silicone…there are some awesome Youtube videos by some BEAUTIFUL women with BEAUTIFUL hair who talk about why they have moved away and what to look out for. I have found that the advice is solid and I am sooooo happy to be getting back to products that aren’t full of crap.

Here is one of the videos that taught me what to look out for – https://youtu.be/NAN7KE6RvGI

This hair adventure has been fun and is far from over haha I have given up on dying it after my allergic reaction to purple shampoo when I bleached it…. BUT I’m still lookin’ for the best products for me.

 

Let me know what your experience has been!