It was a beautiful green that I couldn’t help but wanting to bring home, despite having…a Helmer and a half full of polish. oTL
I honestly love using Ryan’s balloon face. So fun to use in these shots xD
Again, not a post to protest Valentine’s Day (though, yes I am spending it single), more so that it isn’t along the colours of red, white, or pink that we typically see. You can see the first one HERE.
I had COMPLETELY forgotten that I had these nail art stickers. I had bought them YEARS ago…seriously…5 years? Maybe more. In any case, since I have been back, I have been tossing and reorganizing my room at my parents. Since I came across the stickers, I figured I should put them to use. Upclose, you can see that they have greenish glitter. Not very pretty. But, thankfully you can’t see them in the pictures xD
I really had no proper thought for a title. So, Anti Valentine’s it is! lol
Not that I am really anti, I guess the anti part would be the fact that it isn’t the typically red, white, or pink polish you would normally see.
Honestly, I just missed using my nail polish. Having been in Korea for 2 years, I know I could have bought cheap polish. But, with the things that I do, I couldn’t maintain unchipped for very long. Nor did I want to wait patiently until they dried.
October 15-17, 2015 – @ COEX Hall C, #rd Floor in Seoul – Website – Exhibitor/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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 :)
*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.*
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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
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
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 :)