Beauty On A Dime

Beauty On A Dime

by Megan McIntire

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The Skin Care Scoop


This Dead Sea mud mask will make your skin
so soft and smooth!

Ciao everyone! Today was my last day here at Cosmoprof Bologna–can’t believe my time in Italy is almost over! I saw so many interesting new skin care launches today. I’m going to have the best complexion ever!

My first amazing skin care find was from an Israeli company called -417 Dead Sea Cosmetics. This anti-aging line features mud taken from -417 meters (or 1368 feet) below the Dead Sea. Two stand-out products for the line included the Recovery Mud Mask and the Instant Wrinkle Filler. The mask is made up completely of Dead Sea mud and is removed from the skin by an included magnet–no need to wash. It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and soft. The Instant Wrinkle Filler is like spackle for your crow’s feet–smooth it over wrinkles and its collagen and natural silicone formula instantly hides wrinkles. It’s unfortunately not a long term effect–it only lasts until you wipe it off–but it truly does visibly erase those wrinkles.

Estelle & Thild is a beautiful Swedish skin care line that counts everyone’s favorite makeup artist, Carmindy, as a fan. The adorable line uses organic and natural ingredients and features three different formulas–sensitive skin, age prevent and normal skin. The creams feel so luxurious, absorbed quickly and made my skin feel so soft all day long.


The gorgeous fragrance layering set from The Lab Room.

My absolute favorite new brand of the day is a Spanish company called The Lab Room. Started in 2004 by Monica Ceño Elie-Joseph as an extension of her posh salon, the luxe line features candles, perfumes, hair care and skin care products that are very covetable. Superstar stylist Orlando Pito is a fan, so much so that he stocks the products in his New York salon Orlo. I fell in love with a Magnolia and Lime scented body cream that left my skin silky smooth, and with the seven-piece layerable fragrance collection. DIY chic! Currently Orlo is the only US retailer, but you can also buy products on The Lab Room website.

What’s New For Nails


The cool nail designs from Incoco

Hello again from Italy! It was day 2 of my tour of Cosmoprof Bologna, the world’s largest beauty trade show and I spent the day wandering the halls of the nail pavilion scoping out news and trends

The biggest news in nails right now are strips. First came stickers, then Minx and now there are nail polish strips–stick-on, long-wearing manicures made from real polish. I was first introduced to this technology when I reviewed the new ones from Sally Hansen, but I was not prepared to see the variety available now.

My favorite was a brand called Incoco. From glittery zebra to crackled, arty streaks, they had rows upon rows of these cool strips. You simply peel them off, stick them on your nails and file off the excess. The strips require no drying time and look real, because they are made of real polish. The brand is currently only sold online, but are hopefully going to be in stores later this year.


Who needs a Chanel bag when you can
have a Chanel manicure?

While I was wandering the halls, I bumped into celeb manicurist and all around nail guru Deborah Lippmann. She was scoping out what was hot for nails as well. When I asked her about the polish strips, she told me that while she thought they were a neat idea, she didn’t see this catching on with any of her celeb clients. She sees this as more of a line for real woman who want to follow the trends, but don’t want to spend a fortune going to the salon.

Another cool new brand I spied was Nails Inc. from the U.K. The trendy brand has women in England going mad for their polishes. They have 60 shades in their core collection and release two limited edition colors each month, as well as special collaboration collections. I spied some very cool crackle polishes in unexpected colors like pastels and neon.
The line was just picked up by Sephora, so expect to see them popping up in stores stateside this June.

Finally, I swung by the OPI booth to get a look at their brand new collection inspired by the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie. The pastel shades are amazing and I was intrigued to hear that star Johnny Depp actually wears an OPI shade, Lady in Black, in the film. That same shade was also recently spotted on the toes of soccer star Christian Reynaldo, making me wonder if dark nails are suddenly the latest trend for stylish men.

Tomorrow I’ll be touring the skin care and hair pavilions, so tune in then to find out the hot trends and cool new brands that caught my eye. Ciao!

Bonjourno Beauty


Ciao bellas! Greetings from Bologna, Italy and Cosmoprof, the world’s largest beauty trade show. I’ve spent all day today exploring the show, meeting beauty brands new and familiar, and I still have only covered about a quarter of the site. It’s ginormous!

One of the first things that caught my eye is this amazing new brand called Paperself. It’s a truly unique line that is the perfect example of the hidden gems you can find here at Cosmoprof.

Paperself is a line of false lashes made of, what else, paper. Founder Chunwei Liao uses a special waterproof paper to create his tiny lash works of art. Each lash is so delicate and exquisite that they look as if they could be framed in a museum.

With lashes that range from peacock feathers, to tiny antlers, seahorses and butterflies, the fantastical designs definitely aren’t for everyday use. Each lash lasts for just one application, but if you are gentle you might be able to work two out of them. They really are the most gorgeous, delicate little beauties–lash art for the woman wanting to make a statement of self-expression.


Currently the line is only sold in the UK at Harrod’s, but expect an American invasion in the near future–Chunwei told me that über-hip NYC boutique Opening Ceremony just placed an order for the lashes. Fashionistas will be flocking to get their hands on them and who can blame them–these really are the epitome of cool-girl chic.

The Happiest Hands On Earth!

Method_mickey_mouse_Hand_soap.jpg (Blog Post)

The minute this new hand wash hit my desk, I was smitten. What’s not to love? It’s part of a limited-edition collaboration between Method and Disney that includes two hand soaps in the shape of everyone’s favorite power couple, Mickey and Minnie. Both foaming hand washes are naturally derived and biodegradable, so they get your hands clean and keep the planet green.

You can’t help but look at this adorable bottle without feeling like a kid again. Method has done a fabulous job of enhancing that feeling with the scents of the soaps–Mickey has a lemonade scent, while Minnie is Strawberry Fizz.

The soaps will be released the first week of April at and, so be sure to stock up before they sell out. They make a great gift for the kids in your life, or for those who are just young at heart.