Cosmoprof Asia 2019 / Best of Hair & Nails


To be completely up front, I was not intending on visiting BlueSky this year and it is not because I don’t love them, I actually love them too much and wanted to give another company a chance! Alas, I picked the wrong company to demo their gels on me and ended up pretty flustered after a 3 hour manicure that ended in broken nails due to a faulty gel light. This isn’t a game you know?! So I fled to the BlueSky booth and they luckily had the Russian nail goddess, Natalia Polushkina, who bestowed upon me literal fire nails last year.  She saved me and my nails, demoing the newest 9D cat eye gel and 3D design and builder gels for me.   9D cat eye gel polish has more possibility and creativity, the effects depend on the magnetic stick you use and the way you use it to make different shapes beyond the available gradient looks of the 3D cat eye gel.  The new shape I was into is called a galaxy effect, check the slideshow below for a better look and try it for yourself!

Helios is the personification of the Sun in Greek mythology, imagined as a majestic god crowned with the shining aureole of the Sun who drove the chariot of the sun across the sky each day to earth. That is quite a name to live up to for this new professional nail brand based in New York, yes Helios. As a fashionable nail cosmetics line, Helios has developed an impeccable product look, incorporating appealing aesthetic touches and a special, signature twist to the details. The Helios Goddess product line offers a wide range of artificial nails. New nail designs and collections are developed all the time to follow the current trends. The Helios Goddess product line offers a wide range of evolving nail designs, not just following but predicting trends. Without the sun there would be no life on earth, an extreme comparison but nails are life! 

Yes I know, these are not new to the industry but they are still a hot product on the convention floor. Allow me to introduce you to the company behind your favorite gel strips that you may have seen in CVS, Sephora, or online beauty shops, Joyme.  I cannot name names, but this OEM manufacturer has been busy so I had to give their in house brand some love. These are a commitment-free 3D nail art gel mani, ultra-shiny, strong, wrinkle free gel strips that don’t require UV dry time or soak off removal. Highly recommended for those of us with NO time, whether you’re a nail artist on the go or doing your own nails at home, Joyme brings the JOY out of ME, see what I did there? 

After trying this product I am not sure I will ever need another salon pedicure again. I mean I’ll still get them but I won’t NEED them you know? Lova Skin has created a new generation of cosmeceutical foot peeling for a pedicure and express beauty care at home in minutes. Recovers the softness and beauty of your feet, removes the roughness of the foot skin, hydrates and protects, keeps your feet healthy, fresh, and relaxed. Ingredients include swiss glacier water, aloe vera leaf juice, cactus extract, eucalyptus leaves, hamamelis bark, lemon peel extract 4 Acids : Lactic, DL-Malic , Salicylic , Glycolic–I’m no scientist and I don’t know what all that means, but it sounds good and is quite natural compared to competitive brands.

Most of the time I pick products that are small enough to be taken with me to photograph, alas, I could not convince anyone to gift me the fabulous $600 drill set, which is totally understandable.  I was immediately blown away by this nail drill as soon as it grabbed my attention. How could I not notice all the teeny nail drill bits resting inside the battery pack? Genius!!! I sat down at the booth, wide eyed, proclaiming, “What else can it do?!” The better question is “What can’t it do???” Seriously. A nail drill with a drill bit storage in the battery pack, dust collector, vacuum cleaner,  30,000 RPM, it really is a 4 in 1.  I’ve never seen anything like it but after discovering it I cannot imagine ever spending money on a nail drill that doesn’t come with all these bells and whistles that should honestly be the new standard! Time saver and mess reducer would be a grave understatement of the luxury this thing actually affords nail technicians. Sent from nail heaven? I almost wanted to ask the thing, “Did it hurt when you fell?” I bet it did.


Kocostar’s camouflage hair mask is a nourishing hair treatment that hydrates and rejuvenates dry and damaged hair. The unique and eye-catching pink camouflage is symbolic to an anti-violence campaign. Through bright, warm colored camouflage prints, they wanted to convey the message that we should cover ourselves with love and delight, instead of hatred and violence. Although these sheeted hair masks are a but a few years new to the industry they are still a hot product on the convention floor.  My tiny pink to orange sherbet tie dyed hairs were overjoyed to experience this all too perfectly matched pink camouflage hair mask. Please also reference the matching deputing eye gels and moisturizing hand glove masks pictured below as well.  I simply could not resist so I didn’t, I hope you don’t either! These can be found nearly online everywhere and I have quickly become a fan of all of their other lip, eye, face, and various other masks too. 

This French made ammonia-free, semi permanent direct hair colour certainly caught my attention with it’s packaging and color selection. Made of a mix of 3 vegetal proteins: wheat, soy & corn Unique complex balancing the hair hydration and with film-forming properties for the best color adherence.  I was on the hunt for something to keep my hair pink that might work on my natural very dirty blonde hair that would be easy enough for me to apply on my own. In Nouvelle’s words, our universe came from the big bang…our spatial nuances come from paint bang! Each color was also meant to be mixed or toned down with their neutral Moon tone shade. An explosion of spectacular colors for a universe of the most lively, amazing tones: a color for each planet. If you need me I’ll be on Planet Pink.

On the look out for quick changes I could make to spice up my freshly shaved hair I found Beaver’s color rock hair color spray, meant to add cool color to your hair instantly.  You can create your own style with these temporary spray on shades.  I chose glittery metallic gold, hoping to inspire myself into a gaudy New Years Eve look perhaps. When I tried the spray it lasted all day and only came off when I finally rinsed it out in the shower.  This was a huge relief after years of sprays that would flake into powder all over my shoulders and whatever I might be wearing, lasting mere hours in my actual hair. Highly recommended for quick fun looks on the fly for those with hair color commitment issues.

There are many reasons that this product is already award winning.  Moremo Water Miracle Treatment 10 gives intense moisture to damaged hair from the moment it is applied, truly providing hair that is over processed, damaged, dry an abundance of shine and hydration for a silkier smoother voluminous look. It’s unique formulation of SR-21 Complex: 3 types of natural keratin, 17 types of natural amino acid and hippophae rhamnoides extract and free of parabens, mineral oil and sulfates. Hydrolyzed corn protein, hydrolyzed soy protein and hydrolyzed wheat protein aid the restoration of damaged hair. The serum is also said to increase the speed of hair growth 😉!

This cord/cordless lithium clipper, equipped with a high torque, brushless, Ferrari-designed engine. A perfect tool for cutting all hair textures with power, speed and precision. Adjustment lever so you know where your blend is at all times. Led indicators to show you how power you have left and when you’re ready to go! Also a motor and blades that let you glide through any hair type. You could probably even cut through a s.o s pad like hot butter! I of course don’t know what any of this means but Atlanta based barbers David Connor and Hawk of the BabyBlissPro team assured me that these were the perks they looked for in their tools of choice.  I let them demo all of the newest gear on me, leaving me with some smooth new designs and a fresh clean cut, teaser photos below.

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