The Cosmoprof North America trade show was at the Mandalay Bay July 13 through 15 in Las Vegas. The annual trade show showcases new cosmetic products, packaging and professional hair and nail products from companies from all over the world. This year's show featured emerging beauty trends, a GlossyBox sampling bar and appearances by Mark Cuban and Bill and Giuliana Rancic. Here is a just a sampling a some great products you will soon see at stores and salons near you.
LightStim for wrinkles
For many years people have been running to the dermatologist for different types of laser and LED light therapies. Now Light Stim is bringing that technology to the home with handheld devices for wrinkles, pain and acne. The FDA approved devices employ LEDs (light Emitting Diode) that penetrate the skin and boosting your skin’s ability to produce collagen and elastin. In an FDA clinical study, 100 percent participants showed improvement in their fine lines and wrinkles in eight weeks. All you have to do is hold the light near each area of your face that you want to treat for at least three minutes, once a day. They even have an app that includes a timer. Unlike many of the LED treatment devices on the market, LightStim does not need cartridge refills or batteries and comes with a five year warranty. $249 at lightstim.com.
Bee venom for wrinkles
Manuka Doctor is a company from New Zealand that makes products infused with the healing powers of Manuka Honey. Kate Middleton is said to be in love with a U.K. based product for wrinkles that includes bee venom. Manuka Doctor is one of the few companies that offers such a product in the U.S.. The Apinourish Rejuvenating Face Mask (available at Sephora) is a mask that you apply for 30 minutes and then wipe off. The purified bee venom, Manuka honey, royal jelly and vitamin E help renew damaged cells, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine line and smooth skin. Later this year the company will be releasing a line of targeted wrinkle fillers.
Tape-in hair extensions
The use of hair extensions by the consumer market is growing by leaps and bounds. Painful bead extensions are on the way out, being replaced by ones attached by adhesive tape. All the stylist has to do is section the hair and then sandwich existing hair between two tabs of hair. It cuts application time down and is much more comfortable for the client. Invisi-Tab has created the creme de la creme of hair extensions. Their extensions are made from the highest quality hair available, virgin hair. It has never been dyed or processed and is essential for people with fine, thin hair.The extensions can be dyed and highlighted (unlike some other types of hair) and they last 10-12 weeks. Visit invisitab.com for salon locations.
Marula Oil is a cold pressed oil that comes from a fruit in Africa. It has high levels of Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acida and 50 percent more antioxidants that argan and grape seed oil. Marula Oil from John Paul Selects is produced in Africa and provides women sustainable form of income. It can be used as a moisturizer or a primer before makeup. It provides long lasting moisture, soothes irritated skin and improves elasticity. It can also be added as a booster to your existing products. Available at Sephora, $58.
Body art cosmetics that look too good to be true
Fake tattoos and body glitter you find in stores can be disappointing. A company called Tattoo Junkee is bringing high-quality body cosmetics to the masses. The line, available in Wal-Mart stores and online, includes glitter body art, matte finish tattoo color, lip paint and glitter kits and ombre lip stencils. The matte finish tattoo color looks realistic it was mistaken for a real tattoo. The products are long-lasting and are easy to remove with cotton and alcohol. A Glitter Lip Kit is $8 and a Matte Tattoo Kits start at $10.
An angelic tangle free brush
If you have fine or thin hair, you may have had a battle or two with tangles. That popular soap bar sized tangle brush can be awkward slipping out of your hand. Royal celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward invented the Tangle Angel to make handling tangles easier. It has a ergonomic head that is shaped like angel wings along with a handle like a traditional hairbrush. It is made of antimicrobial material, is heat resistant and anti-static. It can be used on wet or dry hair, extensions and kids hair. Coming soon to the U.S., tangleangel.com.