Recently, I traveled up to NYC for the weekend to attend the beauty tradeshow, IBS (International Beauty Show). New York City is one of my favorite cities to visit. Inspiration is everywhere, plus it’s always nice to get away! I stayed at the beautiful Hudson Hotel right near Central Park. The room itself was more on the petite (i.e., tight!) side, but I swear it was the quietest morning I’ve ever woken up to in NYC. Here’s the view from my room. Usually my slumber is disrupted by the sounds of taxis, buses, horns, people hollering, children crying, strangers fighting, and general sounds of the city.
The hotel also features a gorgeous outdoor patio, although it was closed when I was there. You know, since it was 20 degrees out. That’s cool, though. I’ll just have to make a visit back once spring finally decides to show up. The Hudson also boasts a chic bar and restaurant, and if you don’t feel like venturing far in your down time, many of the guests were found reading quietly in the foyer.
And now onto all the products I grabbed for my makeup and hair set kit. I was running low on men’s hair products, so I scooped up some smaller sizes. These Rusk products fit neatly in my hair kit, without taking up too much room. The Paste and the Glue will be great on controlling longer locks, while the Putty has a subtle, matte finish that’s a bit softer and not so product-y.
I plan on rocking some great voluminous blowouts with the Rusk Mousse, while the Rusk Thermal Serum and Rusk Thermal Flat Iron Spray will be great for working on sleek, straighter styles.
EcoStyler is really great for defining curly hair. Yup. Styling gel, you say? Um, I haven’t used styling gel since the 80s. Well get ready, because it’s my top pick product for curly hair that just so happens to also be alcohol-free. Win. This updated version is made with olive oil, which is ALL THE RAGE. Ha. But really, I use it on myself when I’m too lazy to blow dry my hair. Hence, the monster size 32 oz. tub I got. Always perfect curls, that aren’t too crunchy (promise). Might have to give away samples to friends or I may never get to the bottom.
Next up…these Japanese duck bill clips were also hard to resist (perfect for setting hair for pins curls) and I went a little crazy on the fine-tooth combs (some not shown!). But hey, you can never have too many combs for last minute tweaks on-set for smoothing down haywire hairs.
I’ve been hearing great things about Eve Pearl’s Salmon Concealers. Instead of buying them individually, I decided to get the HD Pro Palette since it’s jammed with all 12 HD dual foundations, 6 Salmon concealers, cream blushes, eye primer, illuminator and lip treatment. Sold. I’ve experimented on myself so far, and I’ve been impressed with the results. I can sheer it out for light coverage or can achieve medium to full coverage just as easily. Plus, I can create many looks if I were only carrying the palette alone. Great for keeping a lightweight kit.
Excited to add these new products and tools to my makeup and hair kit!