Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Makeup Show 10 Year Anniversary Exclusive Product Announcement!

I found out about The Makeup Show about 4 years ago and here they are celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year! I've been to the Orlando shows obviously, since I'm in FL and I've been to the LA show, but never the NYC show. I am super excited to be attending the show this weekend in NY with some amazing fellow bloggers. I was sent a press release announcing some special show only product collaborations and wanted to share the information with you all. I'm most excited about the Inglot Matte lipsticks and the Crown Brushes! Eek! This will be the first time I attend The Makeup Show as an individual and not a brand! It's going to feel a little weird, but also like I'm coming home! I can't wait to get into NY tomorrow and see some familiar faces!


The Makeup Show partners with 10 brands to create 10 exclusive products in celebration of their 10th anniversary.

New York, NY (April 2015) – Officially a decade-strong, The Makeup Show is commemorating this exciting milestone by partnering with ten beauty brands, including: Auraline Beauty, INGLOT, Crown Brush, I Make You Beautiful, Glamcor Tec, London Brush Company, Pinnacle Cosmetics, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Mehron and TEMPTU.  The brands will create ten exclusive products, each with an individual nod to one of The Makeup Show’s defining concepts.  Following up ten years’ worth of inspiration, education and opportunity, The Makeup Show is thrilled to work with every one of these enterprises to create something that is so beautifully unique to this celebratory occasion.  

Auraline Beauty – Brow Tints in 5 Shades
Keep your brows in tip-top shape with this multitasking brow gel.  Set, tame, condition and tint brows with a flexible all-day hold that can’t be beat.  Your brows are sure to outlast any late night fun.

INGLOT – Matte Lipsticks in 5 new shades
INGLOT partnered with The Makeup Show NYC to launch 5 summer shades of Matte Lipstick.  These are the perfect opaque super matte lipsticks for any occasion.  Vitamin E, macadamia oil, and avocado oil moisturize and nourish the lips while long lasting formula provides the ideal matte, smooth, even finish.

Crown Brush – Brush Set
The FORM AND FUSE 10 Year Anniversary five brush set allows for shading, contouring and blending away those hard edges. The combination of firm, dense brushes to add shape and soft, full brushes are a perfect pairing. The coveted Studio Pro Contour Brush partners beautifully with the Duo Fibre Blush Brush for buffing, blending and finishing hard lines. The three shadow brushes (Small Sable Shadow for perfect placement and blending, Precision Detail for lining, shaping and defining and Deluxe Pointed Crease for soft shadow application and seamless blending) allow you to add depth and dimension without sacrificing structure for a smooth finish.

I Make You Beautiful – Magic Touch Sponge
The Magic Touch Sponge is an amazing reusable tool that utilizes the magic of air compression to evenly apply complexion products extremely close to the skin promoting even, maximum, flawless coverage with the most natural finish. The close application of product to skin covers visible pores evenly, and prevents settling into fine lines and wrinkles. 

Glamcor Tec – The Makeup Show Custom Branded Light Kit
Glamcor is the perfect partnership for The Makeup Show as industry giants such as Loreal, Lancome, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Hourglass, INGLOT, Temptu, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Paul Mitchell, Illamasqua, Smashbox, Eve Pearl, Hourglass, and Graftobian use it. The 50,000 hour lamps are LED technology and are color balanced not to distort the color of the skin/hair or color being applied to it.  The world's top professionals won't leave home without it.

London Brush Company – Limited Edition 5-Piece Set
London Brush Company is creating a Limited Edition 5 Piece set which consist of four of James Vincent’s favorite LBC Detail Brushes,  and one which the brands founder Sian Richards, has created specially to complete the 10 year anniversary set. All the brushes are hand made from premium grade materials in the USA. 

Pinnacle Cosmetics – Vinyl Lipgloss
Vinyl  Lipgloss…..The A-list look of the moment.  A high wattage lip lacquer.  Total full coverage and insane shine.


MAKE UP FOR EVER – Artist Eye Shadow Palette
Artists from The Makeup Show partnered with MAKE UP FOR EVER to curate a palette of their Artist Shadows in honor of the shows 10th anniversary. The palette is limited edition and only available at The Makeup Show NYC.

Mehron – Cream and Powder Blush Set
The Makeup Show and Mehron celebrate ten years of education and inspiration with their collaboration on a blush palette that fits the needs of any artist. This palette of Mehron's Celebre Professional Pressed Powder Blush and Cheek Creme contains 8 shades that are certain to add color, contour and warmth to any skin tone. This palette perfectly combines James Vincent’s love of applying both creme and powder blush to sculpt and shape the face without hard lines or aggressive contours. Add light and life to any complexion with this limited edition palette perfect for the professional kit. 

TEMPTU – Limited Shade Bronzer
To commemorate The Makeup Show’s 10th Anniversary, TEMPTU is introducing a limited shade of S/B Bronzer in Terra Gold. Taking influence from celebrity looks at red-carpet events to hi-def productions, Terra Gold Bronzer was inspired by TEMPTU’s professional heritage in custom mixing shades backstage to get that perfect camera-ready glow for legs, shoulders, décolleté, arms, and abs.  Get the sublime look of gilded skin, instantly.

About The Makeup Show 
The Makeup Show brings two-days full of inspiration, education and an opportunity for fashion and beauty professionals at all levels of their career to come together with some of the best brands and biggest names in the business.   The Makeup Show is owned and produced by Metropolitan Event & Production and travels internationally from LA, NYC, Dallas, Chicago, and Orlando.  Bringing each destination over 75 beauty brands, and unique convergence of artists and community, where beauty professionals are sure to find an artistic energy that will inspire any beauty buff, from the passionate beginner to the seasoned professional.  Each show offers an unparalleled lineup of education and appearances from top beauty professionals and focuses on career building and networking within the makeup community.  The show provides a unique experience for the makeup professional to network directly from the best in the business. 

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Cult Nails is Liquidating

Cult Nails is Liquidating!! 
All polishes 60% OFF!!!!

This is probably the hardest blog post I've ever had to write. We have been fairly open the last four years, so I feel like I have to write about it. Plus when I hear of a favorite indie or blogger calling it quits with no explanation, I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!!! Is that so wrong? I'm vested damn it!

So here it is - We have decided it is time to close the doors on Cult Nails and move on to other things. This is not something I imagined when I started this. I really wanted to start something that could be a legacy for my kids, something that I could eventually grow into a makeup and potentially accessory line down the road. I had big plans. But as we all know the best laid plans, can come undone in the blink of an eye. And that is where we are right now.

I am saddened to see my dreams end, but there are so many reasons that makes now the time to go. I would rather not get into a lot of it, because I have prided myself on always keeping things positive. I don't know what tomorrow will bring, but it is time to see. I still see myself coming back or reinventing myself in some way, but at the same time, walking away from it all sounds pretty nice too. It has been fun, stressful, exciting, scary, busy, adventurous... you name it, and I experienced it. I have made so many friends that I would never have made without this adventure. I keep coming back to one particular adventure, I don't know why, but it is the one that comes back when I think of everything we have experienced.

I was going to Fashion Week! OMG! I was going with a team of nail artists while James Vincent and other amazing makeup artists were doing the makeup. Did I say OMG?! I met some really cool people, I was staying at the Gossip Girl hotel. E! was staying at the same hotel! Lots of celebs were also staying at the same hotel (not that I saw any!) I was right there in the middle of it all! How did this happen?! But even better, I was meeting up with Judy from Beauty Judy and Claudia from Chromatic Misadventures. Claudia was taking me and Judy all over the city for some girl fun. The snow got intense and well, we had a girly sleep over in my hotel room. It was the night of a Target launch and the next morning I got to meet up with some more of my girls, (That I also met online thanks to Claudia) for a day of Target shopping. I thought back on the weekend so many times over the last year. I went to NYC alone, and it all happened because of this little blog. I have family in NY,  and I remember reaching out to a cousin who I was supper close with growing up. I hadn't seen her since my wedding (20 yrs ago this April.) and I was hoping to spend time with her. She never responded to me. Yet these strangers I met online embraced me and took me on a ride of my life for an unforgettable few days. I realized this blog had somehow created a new family. An online family. I am still super close to both Claudia and Judy. There is nothing I wouldn't do for these girls. They are a small handful of all the amazing people I have now have the opportunity to call my friends.

So while some may look at this as a business closing or a business failed, it was so much more than that to me. I can't even express just how much "The Cult" means to me and how much it has impacted my life. I am sad and angry with myself for not pushing forward and making it work. Part of me feels like such a failure for throwing in the towel. But then I think of the times like those days in NYC, and I know that this all happened for a reason. And maybe, just maybe that reason was not leaving a legacy for my girls like I thought. Maybe one day I won't feel like such a failure for calling it quits.

So that's it, we are liquidating, this is the end. I don't know what else I can say. But if you want to hear the entire story, come over and bring a few bottles of wine. We'll laugh, we'll cry, we'll move on.  I don't know what this means for my future just yet. I don't know if I will continue blogging. I know if I do, it will not just be about nails. I have grown and found myself in these last few years as a result of this experience. I have so much more to offer and share. Heck I can't even say that this will be my last attempt at having a business. I just don't know. If I do keep the blog, I will most likely re brand it.  But I guess time will tell.

As for the liquidating and what that means. For us it means hoping the liquidation covers all our business expenses that are outstanding. For you it means having an opportunity to snag your favorite Cult Nails polish or a back up, or heck even trying us for the first time at 60% off. As supplies sell out, we will not be replenishing the stock. So that's it. If you want to grab your polish before we are gone for good, head over to Outside of that, please share the news with all your family, friends and fans, so everyone can help us wish "The Cult" a fond farewell.

And lastly THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us these last four years. I can't thank you enough for helping make my dreams a reality. Regardless of how it ends, at least I got to live a dream. Thank you!