This is me after changing into my Vibram sneakers at the International Beauty Show held each year at the Jacob Javits Center. I receive so much attention when I wear these “comfy-toe” kicks, from New York City all the way to Montauk, that I actually thought about sending my resume in to be a sales representative for the brand! I probably could have made a fortune on this particular day, considering the type of expo I attended. If anyone in the beauty business knows, that this show is like a scene from a Ringling Brothers circus, you better believe that even New York’s ugliest sneaker is going to keep a pretty smile on my face as long as it’s comfortable. Although I never want to take them off my feet, they’re quite the controversial conversation piece. Apparently, more people thought they were SO cool than anything else. I feel barefoot in my orange Vibram’s and they’re just perfect for Montauk, so until you try them then don’t judge my sneaks.. (http://www.VibramFiveFingers.com) ..as I was saying about the circus..
Literally something is going on in every corner at this event and I got to meet Tabatha Coffey from Salon Takeover, Miss New York USA, Theresa Giudice from Real Housewives of New Jersey, and so many hair & makeup industry pioneers.
Don’t think for one minute I didn’t make a special pit stop to see my favorite twin gorgeous brothers, Shay & Roy Sharaby of Profashion Hair (http://www.ProfashionHair.com). These guys developed the best top quality hot irons in the world and I am serious when I say, the BEST! Each tool comes with the most badass black glove to flawlessly wrap your hair around the wand and achieve that amazing look.. years ago they picked me out of a crowd to be their hair model – I was SO completely sold on the line that I invited them to train my staff of 17 beauty technicians in New York’s largest destination spa, The Ocean View Salon & Seawater Spa at Gurney’s Inn Resort, Spa & Conference Center. After taking on the entire line, I invested in their hair styling and conditioning products as well. I can literally curl, flat iron and style my long thick hair all by myself and it looks so good! …It’s an easy and effective training. But you know, I just HAD to sneak in and let someone else make my waves on this day. Any chance I can sit down before having to lose the heels and change into my platypus-looking sneakers was fine by me! (www.Facebook.com/ProfashionHair & www.Twitter.com/ProfashionHair)
Moving onward, besides diamonds themselves, I got to meet my new “best friend”, luxury jewelry designer, Azature, from Hollywood California, known as the “Black Diamond King” due to his forte signature gem, the black diamond. He was exhibiting his polish line named after him, and also containing the mysterious and rare black diamond. Azature is the founder of the most expensive polish line and perhaps even the most expensive manicure in the world. I have heard that even Madonna is one of his regulars and what a five star way to execute a diamond jewelry feature but with the cherry-on-top-of-the-icing-on-top-of-the-cake, adding up a SPARKLING MANICURE! I was fortunate enough to get my nails polished that day, (do you see my nail above? that’s my nail!) and it’s sparkled all week long, I felt like a princess.. Leave it to the New Yorkers however, to wonder if it’s vegan and what the purpose of the black diamond is….well ladies, being I am an industry professional and from New York, I can vouch when I say that this polish is for when you want to feel special… and according to Walt Disney, princesses feel special everyday! ….a special occasion, the red carpet, for the Oscars, for the Miss America Pageant, dinner at The Plaza, a fashion show, or just lounging around at home and wanting to have that glamorous touch, that’s why we now can have a nail polish that contains, a black diamond. (http://www.AZATURE.com).
Now, although this show is filled with chaos, there is a more tranquil side to it and that would be on the north side of the building. This expo actually had some reputable brands mixed into the multiple medical laser technology exhibitors. If you have ever been to an ISPA conference, you would see some brand favorites exhibiting (http://www.ExperienceISPA.com). I noticed Boldijarre Koronczay of Eminence Organic Skincare was educating each day and anyone who wants to take his class should be prepared to learn and laugh a lot at the same time! … this guy is not only an excellent businessman, but is the best spa entertainer of our time! (http://www.EminenceOrganics.com). I went to visit the coolest salesperson I know, Michele Taylor, over at the Revitalash booth and they were launching their newest product, Nouriche, which I had the pleasure of receiving a sampling of (www.Revitalash-usa.com). All I can tell you is, this apparently is the no joke of the eyelash, eyebrow and hair growing business, without all of the harmful crap that makes our eyes explode in puffiness and allergic reactions. ….and to top off the spa exhibit, I got to dip my hands in a popular product favorite called, “Whoopie!” from Farmhouse Fresh (http://www.FarmhouseFreshGoods.com). haha! So, before hitting up a well deserved hot dog from the outdoor stand and then running across town to catch the Hampton Jitney, I stopped back over to salon “mayhem” to watch a Brazilian Blowout (http://www.BrazilianBlowout.com) and an awesome fashion show by Arrojo! (http://www.Arrojo.com).
Another beauty show gone by and all I can say is, before going into the IBS in NYC, take a deep breathe, wear comfortable shoes, be sure to take any anxiety meds to avoid heart palpitations and a panic attack… and have a goal before you leave!