In late July, over 30,000 beauty industry professionals gathered in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for the 2016 Cosmoprof North America beauty convention. With more than 1,000 exhibitors (from around the globe), this massive annual convention is considered one of the largest beauty conferences in the world.
From exciting debuts of emerging, new beauty companies to world launches of innovative beauty devices and products, the Cosmoprof North America convention was the ultimate place to be to find the best and brightest beauty products from Asia to Europe, and everywhere in between.
2016 Cosmoprof North America Beauty Convention
Since returning from the Cosmoprof Beauty Convention, I’ve been busy testing and reviewing a 25-pound box of beauty product samples. From body lotions and anti-aging laser light devices to youth-boosting skincare and long-wear cosmetics, over the past few weeks, I’ve tested dozens of beauty products to discover which ones are truly worth the expense. Of all the beauty products I’ve been reviewing, here are the top 12 beauty finds from the 2016 Cosmoprof Beauty Convention.
Best Anti-Acne Skincare from Cosmoprof: BeBe & Bella
As featured in the September 2016 Giveaway from Inspirations & Celebrations, the BeBe & Bella Probiotic Facial Cleanser is one of the best anti-acne skincare treatments to hit the market. It’s gentle on sensitive, acne-prone skin, yet effective in clearing up existing breakouts and preventing future blemishes.
During my meeting with the company’s CEO (Allison Krebs Bensch), she shared the story of how her family-owned business came to be. With a background in pharmaceuticals (focusing on nutritional supplements and probiotics), Allison (and the company’s co-founders, her mother, Rose, and sister, Linda) started researching the health and beauty benefits of probiotics. “The idea was sparked to harness the full potential of the probiotics and its components as the basis of a skincare regimen…and BeBe & Bella was born! As a crucial element, BeBe & Bella includes probiotic supplements as part of its skincare regimen. Beauty truly does start from within and the balanced internal health of a person will be reflected in a luminous complexion.”
Best Radiance-Boosting Skincare from Cosmoprof: SimySkin
If you want a dewy, radiant glow, then you need to try the SimySkin Triple Advanced Serum. This hydrating serum adds essential moisture back into dry, parched skin, making you look fresh and youthful. Plus, it helps to visibly reduce the signs of aging (like fine lines and wrinkles), as it contains UV protection and soothing ingredients, including Vitamin B12.
“SimySkin mission is to produce age specific, anti-aging serums, creams, lotions and related products which use Vitamin B12 to reduce the effect of time, environment and stress on the skin. With the assistance and expertise of Dr. Uri Sagman, Georges Benarroch founded SimySkin. For over 10 years, they have co-managed Kyto IP, a biotechnology company which secured a number of patents related to Vitamin B12 and Ubiquinone CO-Q-10 and which, together with the State University of New York (SUNY), has been instrumental in the discovery of the human vitamin B12 receptor – a milestone in the annals of human biology.”
Best Natural Body Lotion from Cosmoprof: Rahua Amazon Beauty
Since our bodies absorb at least 30% of the ingredients we put onto our skin, it’s imperative that we use only the best beauty products (that don’t contain dangerous parabens or phthalates). To keep your skin hydrated, one of the best natural body lotions exhibited at Cosmoprof is the Rahua Amazon Beauty Body Lotion, which comes straight from the Rainforest. Free of toxins, this organic body lotion contains moisture-boosting omega-9 and Quinoa antioxidants.
“For centuries in the Amazon, women from the Quechua-Shuar tribes traveled deep into the Amazon rainforest to follow a beauty ritual and prepare a highly potent, restorative oil they call Rahua (ra-wa). Created by New York hair stylist and colorist, Fabian Lliguin, and his wife, Anna Ayers, “Amazon Beauty, and the Rahua brand are passionately committed to creating the most clean and efficacious 100% natural formulas on the market – all of which are vegan, organic, sulfate free, paraben free, gluten free and cruelty free.”
Best Moisturizing Mask from Cosmoprof: Fango Essenziali
Hailing straight from Italy, the brand new Fango Essenziali Moisturize Mud Mask will help soothe and hydrate dry skin. Containing essential ingredients like olive and blood orange, this powerful face and body mask nourishes your skin, while balancing the pH levels to lock in hydration. All it takes is 5 minutes to wow!
“An ideal marriage of healthy and luxury, Fango is Borghese’s line of mineral rich mud treatments. Each Fango treatment delivers nourishing minerals, natural botanicals, and an exclusive Acqua di Vita Complex to renew and restore both the body and the soul.”
Best Lash-Boosting Mascara from Cosmoprof: Skin Research Laboratories
Why bother with falsies when you can get naturally-thick, luscious eyelashes just by using a mascara? Developed by Skin Research Laboratories, the creators of the popular neuLASH and neuBROW products (which promote the growth of eyelashes and eyebrows, respectively), their newest beauty product to hit the market is the neuENVY Peptide Enhanced Mascara. This new mascara contains a lash-enhancing serum that conditions, volumizes and lengthens the appearance of your lashes. Not only does the mascara make your lashes look voluminous upon application, the formula contains nourishing peptides and conditioning ingredients that help strengthen and boost the health of your lashes, making them look fuller and longer, naturally.
Best Clarifying Skin Cleanser from Cosmoprof: Skinn
If you feel like your skin needs a deep-cleanse and you can’t seem to get rid of those nasty blackheads, then try the Skinn Pure Pore Detox cleanser. Brazilian Volcanic White Clay and Amazonian Green Clay are combined to create a gentle, yet deeply purifying cleanser. This sulfate-free, oil-free, creamy textured cleanser gets rid of dirt, grime and makeup, rinsing away pore-clogging surface debris and impurities, revealing fresh skin with smaller-looking pores.
Launched in 2002 by Dimitri James, a professional makeup artist and licensed esthetician, the Skinn line of skincare and cosmetics has become a big hit on shopping networks like Evine.com. Dimitri’s “goal when he started Skinn was to make the finest skincare formulas and bring them to the world at prices real people could afford—and he’s proud to say he’s accomplished that mission.”
Best Brightening Skin Peels from Cosmoprof: DERMAdoctor
If Summer has left your skin looking dull, lifeless, and lacking vibrance, then the DERMAdoctor Kakadu C™ Intensive Peel Pads are a must-have for you. Suitable for all skin types, these easy-to-use, intensive peel pads will brighten and revitalize your skin in less than 3 minutes. This set of high-potency vitamin C and ferulic acid pads can be used regularly as a smoothing daily peel. Containing essential ingredients from the vitamin-C rich kakadu plum, this effective brightening skin peels features seven sources of AHA and BHA, plus ferulic acid.
DERMADoctor was developed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Audrey Kunin, and “has created many clinically proven, patent-pending formulations that target a number of overlooked yet common skin concerns. Beloved by celebrity and consumer clientele alike, they have received multiple awards from respected publications such as Health and Fitness magazines and been finalists in the CEW Beauty Awards, the “Academy Awards” of the beauty industry.”
Best Anti-Aging SPF Moisturizer from Cosmoprof: Pur-Lisse
Whether you’re in your 30’s or 50’s, battling fine lines and wrinkles is a daily war. To minimize the appearance (and on-set) of wrinkles, the Pur-Lisse Blue Lotus SPF 30 Essential Daily Moisturizer not only helps combat the skin-damaging effects of UV rays, it also helps boost hydration and calm irritated skin. This lightweight, absorbent formulation contains White Tea, Soy Protein, and Algae Extracts which provide powerful antioxidants that promote skin radiance. Plus, Vitamin E improves skin texture while preventing premature aging.
Developed by Chinese-American actress, Jennifer Yen, “Pur~lisse is a culmination of Asian Wisdom and modern beauty philosophy.” During my meeting with Jennifer at Cosmoprof, she shared her inspiring story about how she came to create this line of beauty products. She said, “as a former actress, I spent hours under heavy makeup, and my skin paid the price. The journey to restoring my complexion lead me to rediscover my grandmother’s Asian beauty secrets, which healed my skin back to life with unbelievable vibrancy.”
Best Makeup Removing Cleanser from Cosmoprof: Whish
One of the most important daily steps in taking care of your skin is removing your makeup before bed. However, most traditional face washes don’t efficiently take-off makeup, leaving your skin prone to breakouts and clogged pores. That’s where the Whish Revitalizing Cleansing Oil can help. This cleansing oil gently cleanses skin by using olive fruit oil, organic rose hip oil and coconut oil. Not only does it effectively remove makeup, it leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.
Best Anti-Wrinkle Laser Light Device from Cosmoprof: LightStim
In addition to using anti-aging skincare products, if you want to go one step further in the battle against wrinkles, your next best bet is to use a laser light device. Instead of spending thousands of dollars at a Dermatologist’s office, opt for LightStim for Wrinkles – an at-home laser light device that zaps fine lines and wrinkles, reduces inflammation, and helps reverse the signs of aging within just a couple months of repeated use. Cleared by the FDA for the treatment of peri-orbital wrinkles, “LightStim actually penetrates the top layer of your skin and enhances collagen production, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.” Within a few minutes a day, this soothing, painless device makes it easy to turn back the hands of time.
Having received the Pure Beauty Award, Dermascope Aestheticians’ Choice Award, American Spa Professional’s Choice Award, LightStim uses advanced LED light technology to help firm skin and make you look more youthful and radiant by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.
Best Nail Treatment from Cosmoprof: Orly
For those of you ‘polish-a-holics’ who never skip a manicure or go without polish, you might find that your nails have become brittle, delicate, or prone to breakage. Instead of going polish-free for a few weeks (to get your nails back in shape), try the new Orly Breathable Treatment + Color. This one-step polish “has an all-in-one longer-lasting formula for longer, stronger, healthier nails.” Plus, get vibrant, long-lasting color that actually helps to improve the condition and strength of your natural nails.
- Nourishes and hydrates nails with Argan oil, & vitamins B5 & C
- Features advanced oxygen technology
- No basecoat or topcoat needed
Best Long-Wearing Nail Polish from Cosmoprof: Essie
If you have ever gone to the nail salon for a gel manicure, you’ve quickly learned the unwanted effects of removing gel polish. Weak, brittle nails are often what’s left after getting a Shellac or gel polish treatment. If you want the high-gloss finish of a gel manicure without the expense of visiting a salon or frustration about damaged nails after use, then you’ll love the brand new Essie Gel Couture line.
This incredible 2-step process doesn’t require a UV lamp to curate the nails, nor does it involve multiple steps or harsh removal solutions. Just swipe on two coats of luxurious color, then apply a high-shine top coat. It’s that simple! You’ll get up to 14 days of gorgeous, long-wearing color that is as glossy and glamorous as a gel manicure. What makes this new nail polish line especially appealing is the patent-pending, curve-hugging brush. With just one swipe, you can cover the entire nail bed, making diy manicures faster and easier than ever.
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