13th International Beauty Expo Korea

October 15-17, 2015 – @ COEX Hall C, #rd Floor in Seoul – WebsiteExhibitor/Floor Plan
Organized by Korea Cosmetic Industry Cooperative, and managed by SeoulMesse, I had the opportunity to attend the 13th International Beauty Expo Korea.

I had wanted to attend in 2010, but I had gotten sick the night before. I was super disappointed that I had missed out. So, I was thinking about it last week, and did a Google search…when I found out that it was next week (or rather started October 15th!) I applied for the Pre-registration, which meant that I could have the entrance fee waived. I mean, the entrance fee is nothing compared to what I have paid in the past for IMATS Toronto. 5000won/ ~$6CAN. ONLY that!

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The space was also quite large, with generous aisles.


There was this place, Unni’s Pouch (언니의파우치), which is a new beauty app. If you downloaded the app, you got a few tote bag (for the first, i think, 150), or a small makeup pouch if you weren’t part of the previous group. I got the small pouch, but I actually think its cute.

International Beauty Expo Korea
Being one of the sponsors, Incoco Korea was there as well. I have seen the silver blue packaging back at home, but have never tried it for myself. I picked up a few…but I gave them to the teachers at my branch. Wasn’t to surprise them a little this week.

The designs were all 50% off, so it varied from about 4,000won – 6,000won. Not bad at all.

International Beauty Expo Korea
International Beauty Expo Korea
International Beauty Expo Korea
It was nice to see a booth I actually knew. KONAD was all bright and happy. They were saying that it is easy to use the metal places for gel polishes as well. I need to try it out…

Also, they seem to have skincare as well!

International Beauty Expo Korea
No Joke…I was intimidated by this booth -___- I don’t know why lol

International Beauty Expo Korea
Scalp consultation. I kind of wanted to do this. I did, however, figure that I wouldn’t get a good reading. I’m annoyed by how my hair is going lately. I should look into Viviscal which Melody Iafelice has mentioned a few times on Instagram.

International Beauty Expo Korea
Forestree
Lots of samples out for you to try out.

International Beauty Expo Korea
This booth was pretty amazing! It was like an airbrush system, with a little vial of magic. They would let the air and serum massage the deep set wrinkles, and it would slowly soften them up…to the point where it wasn’t as visible!

International Beauty Expo Korea
International Beauty Expo Korea
In terms of polish. I had actually wanted to check out Nfu-Oh…but they didn’t make an appaerance this year. Though they had last year. I was super sad about that. There wasn’t a lot of regular polish. A Lot of the salons in Korea specialize in the gels. As such, they were geared for all that heavy duty stuff instead.

International Beauty Expo Korea
International Beauty Expo Korea
I had to get to work, so I had to leave earlier than I had expected. But it was an interesting experience for sure. Wish I had a Korean friend with me so that it would have been easier…I did see some translators, so I’m sure if you were working with a larger company you could use that service.

I honestly wish I could have taken more pictures, but for a lot of the booths, they were so hard to get to. A lot had events going on, where gaggles of women were standing to complete the mission. Other areas, I just had no idea what they did…

In any case, a good experience for sure :)

13th International Beauty Expo Korea

Chameleon Gels from Madam Glam

*Disclaimer: Products in this post were received for reviewing purposes. Views and opinions about the product are of my own experience with the product. If you intend on trying Soak Off Gels, please read up on proper application.*

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When I arrived home a few weeks back (Toronto Home), I looked at the pile and thought “Damn…I bought more than I thought I did.”

Madam Glam Thermals

Then I noticed the little black box, off to the side…

It kicked in.

Madam Glam had been able to ship these babies to me, just in time for my week in Toronto!

In the little box was Pop Goes My Heart, Dancing in the Moonlight, Love on Top, and Glam Me. These are all classified under the Chameleon Gel heading on their website. Basically, this is known as thermals/colour changing polish for the rest of the world :P

Thermals/colour changing polish, are polishes that change under different temperatures. Think Mood Rings.

I have two Regular polish thermals that I had a friend snag for me, but they were fairly on the weaker side. They didn’t seem to want to work with me at all.

This meant…I didn’t have true colour changing polishes in my collection.

Me…

a Polish hoarder, lacked this little type.

Until, I received a lovely email asking if I wanted to check them out.

My first experience with the brand was written HERE. The Deep Brown Red was my go to colour for my toes in the winter. It wore well, and looked lovely.

So, I had high hopes for the Chameleon line…and boy…was I far far FAR from disappointed.

One issue I have with gels in general, is that similar to some polish, you get drag marks. This can be a huge bummer when glitters are involved. 

Not. With. This.

Madam Glam Thermals
Madam Glam Thermals
Pop Goes My Heart
Blue glitters to purple, which first seems quite thick out of the bottle, but you quickly find that it is deceptive. It applies well. Two coater, though there was a slight VNL for me. The colour changes quite easily, and doesn’t look too chunky after it has been cured. The contrast is quite strong, so it might not be for everyone, but a great to stare and get lost in.

Madam Glam Thermals
Madam Glam Thermals
Dancing in the Moonlight
Is a lovely pink shimmer that changes to a pale/lavender purple (Or in MD’s description “blush pink to a soft lilac” ;P). This was SUPER pretty. What I enjoyed was that I could technically get away with one coat. It was pigmented enough, yet still gave you the satisfaction of the changing colours. I did two coats in the pictures, since I wanted to hide the VNL, which in truth distracts from the beauty of this gel polish. My only wish was that the pale purple/lilac would have been more prominent on the regular nail. However, the polish is just so pretty either way. I think I will have fun using this in the winter xD

Madam Glam Thermals
Madam Glam Thermals
Love on Top
It only gets better, since Love on Top was another love of mine. On that note, I am so happy that their computerized swatches are fairly accurate, and that they have real swatches up as well. In my view, Love on Top starts off as a sheepish white, that transitions to a bright pink. What I really liked about this polish, was that the bright pink shows up quite easily. It was sensitive, but persisted without having been introduced to cold water.

Oh, you can also see the broken pinky! I had been eager to shape my nails, and glam them up once I got home. On my way to Incheon International Airport, I broke the nail. I didn’t have a file with me, and drove me BANANAS on the plane ride over. Note to self: pack a file.

This was what remained on my nails when I came back to my Home in Korea. The kids were fascinated by the colour change :)

Glam Me
Glam Me was the last one I tried out. The thing is, I accidentally thought that they were the exact same! LOL. In reality, Glam Me is pale pink that shifts to a bright pink.

“Where are the pictures?”

Well…I thought that they were the same when I was editing…so I deleted them.

OTL

It also doesn’t help that it seems to be OOS or something, as it is not on the website at the moment.

In any case, these babies sell for $19.95 US. Yes, that may seem like a lot, however, you are not changing it up every day. That means you save that much. Plus, you don’t need to layer it a handful of times. The wear, when cured correctly, should last like any other gel. I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary.

You will, however, experience high shine, and gleefully look forward to washing your hands the full proper required time.

If you don’t think that the really bold ones will work in your daily routine, I would suggest Love on Top, Glam Me (if it comes back in stock), or Dancing in the Moonlight. Not too bold, but beautiful in their own way.

Thanks to the Madam Glam team for allowing me the opportunity to check these out! So glad to have colour changing, Chameleon Gels in my collection xD

Chameleon Gels from Madam Glam

I miss my gels…

I used a Christmas release soak off gel by Fingerpaints (bought at Sally Beauty Supply).

I did these for my friend Lo’s wedding. A grand night filled with a lot of laughter :D

Gels

Gels

I really miss doing my own gels. I wish I could have brought my system with me, but the lamp was not compatible with the voltage (amps? I don’t know) here. I should go and get them done, as they aren’t overly pricey…but just haven’t had the time to do the research to look for a decent place.

That being said, my first main goal is to try and make them long! Haha…I miss that :)

I miss my gels…

OPI from Dollarama

(You can find the first post of the two, HERE)

OPI at Dollarama

Dollarama

Golden Waves
Metallic gold. Looks beautiful in the bottle, but the metallic doesn’t really translate to the nail. More like a shimmer.
OPI From Dollarama

Girl Color
Pretty pale pink, with very light blue shimmer. Hard to see on the nail, but you can see that it reflects differently.
OPI From Dollarama
OPI From Dollarama

OPI from Dollarama

Trying Out Madam Glam

*Products in this post were provided for review purposes. Views and opinions about the product are my own experiences on the product*

Madam Glam UV Gel

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Several weeks ago, I was contacted by Madam Glam, wondering if I’d like to dabble in their new UV Gels. Of course I said yes, since I have fallen in love with soak off gels since my first venture through Finger Paints. Plus, they have gorgeous glitter polishes on their site, so that left a happy impression on me to start (oh yes…I love me my glitters :P). So, I received the base coat, colour coat in Deep Brown Red #412, and the top coat.

Madam Glam UV Gel
So, I want to start backwards. One of the things people hate about these type of, long lasting nail products, is the removal. I did a very quick application at first, where I applied the trio to the middle of my nails. I found that the removal of the Madam Glam gels were quite easy. The acetone soaked in well, making the removal process quite simple. I personally found it easier than the Gelish gels that I have in my collection.

Madam Glam UV Gel


The application process:
– Apply an even layer of the base coat, clean up any application on the skin, and cure for 30 seconds in the LED/2 minutes in a UV
– Apply an even layer of colour coat, clean up any application on the skin, and cure for 30 seconds in the LED/2 minutes in a UV (repeat as many times as necessary, though I wouldn’t suggest you do more than three as gel polishes generally get thick by the end of the process then)
– Optional: Decorate nail as you see fit
– Apply an even layer of the top coat, clean up any application on the skin, and cure for 30 seconds in the LED/2 minutes in a UV

Madam Glam UV Gel
(Excuse the bump on the middle finger. That wasn’t the product fault, it was me having improperly removed the previous gel and messed up the natural nail)
I only have the one colour to try out (thought not for long, seeing as they have a great promo going on right now…details at the end of this post), but I also found the polish a little thick (which makes me think mine was just a little different, as Manic Talons didn’t have that issue with the same one. On that note, check out the more swatches of different colours on her blog). However, the top coat levels it out very nicely, so as long as it isn’t patchy, you can remedy it there. I used two coats in the pictures (though I did end up using three for my right hand), but would have been happier with three. It would allow for more of an even coverage on the nail. Darker colours do need the proper time to cure, so I wouldn’t suggest using too thick of a coat

Wear time was quite good, or standard for soak off gel polishes. Though I didn’t cap the tips (which I usually forget to do -___-), it didn’t seem to affect the tip wear, in comparison to the other gels I use. On my right hand (dominant hand), I did cap my nails, and can say that capping them is quite beneficial, as they should last easily up to two weeks without a problem. The uncapped left hand, did have a few minor chips at a little over a week. But again, I blame my not capping, as my dominant hand was perfectly fine.

Madam Glam UV Gel
What I LOVED about the bottle, was that the colour on the top of the bottle, really did match the actual colour in the bottle. Too often, there are gels that do not represent the actual product. That drives me up the wall. I have a Quo by Orly that was supposed to be purple, and turns up blue. I then have a FUSE polish, which doesn’t look like the bottle either. So, the bottle does match, and is pretty spot on when you look at the swatch on the website as well (though take in to consideration that colours on monitors may vary slightly).

Madam Glam UV Gel
Madam Glam UV Gel
The brush manipulates easily, though I did find it a little bigger for my own nails, in comparison to my other gels. Just means that I had to work it a little differently, but didn’t make application any harder. But since it fans outs nicely, it means you can get a lovely application at the base of the nail.

Madam Glam UV Gel
Also, because the caps are clear (to indicate the clear base and top coat), I marked them B for base coat, and T for top coat. Just for my own ease. It is one thing that bugs me about some of my other bottles, so I liked that I could customize it like this.

Price may seem a little heafty, but considering that Finger Paints are 9.8mL, and GElish are 9mL, and the Madam Glam are 15mL…it really is a no brainer that you are getting a better deal with them. Especially when they are all roughly the same price. BUT, Madam Glam does have various promotions that pop up in my inbox, so that does bring the price down.

For example, as of the moment by going to the website (kind of a tracking link, not a monetary referral link), and inputting the code “YGEL30OFF“, you get…30% off! Yes yes…I know that was obvious, but just in case :P

So, by buying two colours + promo code + free shipping, you would pay about $25US (not sure if there is taxes on that). Under ~$38 if you get the start up trio of base coat, top coat, and a colour.

They actually have a early Black Friday promo going on, which you can find on the website as well.

Madam Glam UV Gel

Now, word of caution.
The world of gels is not for those who are careless. There are issues associated with them if you are not interested in the application or the proper curing processes. As such, I cannot claim to be a professional at them, nor can claim an expertise in the the understanding of the chemical theories behind it. If you want to read up, I suggest going HERE, a link that BeautyGeeks shared, a few times. It is a rather long thread.

Trying Out Madam Glam

New OPI pick ups from Dollarama

OPI at Dollarama

The day I went to the Myers Apple Farm, we all went to Mississauga to eat. While there, since the Dollarama was across the street, I popped over while waiting for our food.

So glad that I did.

You see, Dollarama has been selling OPI, NOPI, Essie, Sally Hansen etc nail polishes for a REALLY long time now. HOWEVER, I just could never find them at the stores that I would frequent. For a nail polish hog, it was so frustrating not to be able to find them.

In any case, I picked up four as they were $3 each. Basically, it seems that a lot of what we see in Dollarama, are reformulated NOPI as OPI, or renamed bottles of previous collections from OPI. Yeah, I don’t get it either…but you can see the ones that have been matched up @imabeautygeek.

Anyway I only got two swatches for you today, but the other two are equally pretty. Just will come over eventually, as I need to get rid of the yellow gel polish (it peeked through the lighter ones).

OPI at Dollarama
Stir Fried Eggplant
A deep purple, almost dark burgundy like. Has gold and purple shimmer, but very hard to see once on the nail. A little harder to work with. Formula was a tad thick and streaky.

Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow
Slightly watery, creme, deep green. You could probably pull off two coats, but I went with thin 4.

Golden Waves
Metallic gold. Looks beautiful in the bottle, but the metallic doesn’t really translate to the nail. More like a shimmer.

Girl Color
Pretty pale pink, with very light blue shimmer. Hard to see on the nail, but you can see that it reflects differently.

OPI at Dollarama
OPI at Dollarama
OPI at Dollarama
OPI at Dollarama

OPI at Dollarama
OPI at Dollarama
OPI at Dollarama

Anyway, if you do see them, its worth a shot trying them out. NOPI polishes don’t always work well with my nails, but these ones have held up so far.

Also, check the beauty aisle for Burts Bees wipes, and other hair care items.

I might still be wishing that Daiso would get their act together and come to Toronto, but at least the newest additions at Dollarama has held my pleas at bay for a little bit longer :)

New OPI pick ups from Dollarama

Sunset Gradient

sunset Gradient

For some reason of another, the week I did this, I was wanting to do a gradient nail. In the past year, I don’t dabble too much in to the fancy nail…but I did.

sunset Gradient
I applied a coat of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On. Then I applied American Apparel Butter to the upper half of the nail. Once I let that dry, I swiped American Apparel Butter, Jacob Retro Chic, and Loreal Orange You Jealous? on to the piece of sponge. I like keeping the sponge on the narrow side so that I don’t get nail polish all over my finger. You can use the glue and sponge method though.

sunset Gradient
I sponged the stripes on the nails, adding more polish once I run out. With this sponge, it is a bit of a pain. I have to work fast or little bits pull off and stick to the nail.

sunset Gradient
I sealed it all in with a top coat, and voila. All done.

It was a little rough on the index finger, but I still liked how it turned out :)

Sunset Gradient