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This year’s Makeup Show was epic! There were a lot of brand new companies, as well as more established companies launching their pro lines.  This time, I was most interested in the education part of the show.  There were some fantastic makeup artists in attendance giving of their knowledge and experiences.  There was a lot to learn but the one thing that I walked away with was,

“Don’t give up on yourself!” – Ashunta Sheriff

And this was the premiere of the “Icon Gallery”.  An exhibit celebrating the pioneers and icons of makeup artistry.  This year, Kevyn Aucoin was honoured.  He is one of my early personal favourites and was the best at that time!

Check out some of the amazing stuff!

Waterproof Modster eye pencils by Ardency Inn – the yellow one is brand new!

New Sephora PRO brushes – they have launched their PRO collection at stores!

I.CANNOT.WAIT! – A preview of the new Charlotte Tilbury collection which is debuting in the US in August!!!

The Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks! They look fantastic!!

Brushes by makeup artist Wayne Goss – available at Beautylish (in the US). You guys should check out his YouTube channel, gossmakeupartist. He’s amazing!

blackUP Cosmetics – making its entry into the US. French made makeup, specially suited to the needs of women of colour. Fantastic pigmentation! Definitely worth checking out!

Gorgeous blushes and eye shadows by Troy Surratt – his palettes are customizable as the products are available in tiles.

Body painting by Haus of Glam

Makeup artist Dani Fonseca body painting at the Temptu booth

Body painting and prosthetics at the Bdellium booth

James VIncent, Danessa Myricks, Orlando Santiago dropping knowledge!!!

Troy Surratt, James Vincent, Nick Barose. Three amazing artists that are quite down to earth! Btw, you may have seen some of Nick’s work recently (yup, Lupita Nyong’o’s!)

Makeup artist and Youtuber Ren Monteloyola, Makeup by Ren Ren. Her classes are always very fun!

Me, and makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff. A wonderful woman, who continues to challenge herself and inspires others. She has worked on everyone in the hip hop world including Alicia Keys. She now has her own line of foundations, Perfect Blend.

The last makeup kit of Kevyn Aucoin

Kevyn Aucoin working on Ms. Janet Jackson

Kevyn Aucoin working on the Rock n’ Roll Rolling Stone cover with Courtney Love, Tina Turner and Madonna

Kevyn Aucoin with Christy Turlington


An island girl living in the Big Apple. She hails from the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago but currently reside in the beauty/fashion capital of the world, New York City (Harlem to be exact!). She is passionate - well, obsessed - about beauty and in addition to blogging, she is also a corporate beauty professional and a budding web designer/developer. She loves combining her in-depth, practical knowledge with her chemist/scientific training to make your cosmetic choices fun and easy. She likes to take the guesswork out of beauty, separate the hype from what really works, to help you bring out the most beautiful you! She loves colour, and makeup, and she has been natural for years! She also loves great food, culture, sports and laid back vibes! Check out some more about me here and if you like this post, sign up to my newsletter to get updates on what I am craving right now.