Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ISSE 2015: Best Beauty Discoveries

Wow, what a weekend!

ISSE (International Salon and Spa Expo) just wrapped in Long Beach, and I spent both Saturday and Sunday at the fabulous action-packed show! I was honored to be one of the featured bloggers/beauty influencers, where I was able to meet plenty of amazing brands and also cast my vote for the best products I discovered on the floor.

Dawn McCoy of BeautyFrosting, Stevie Wilson of LAStory.com, Yvette Masterson of YCC Agency, Me and Chrissy Kling of Good Carma Girls. Ready to kick off #ISSELB15!

I was truly so impressed by all of the innovative ideas and killer products bursting at every booth, and absolutely loved meeting so many inspiring entrepreneurs, savvy creatives and passionate professionals who shared their stories with me, and offered me samples to try, as well! Life could be worse, right?
How did I get so lucky to turn my passion into my profession? After 10 years as an editor for major media companies, it's so rewarding to continue to do what I love while promoting my own brand and blog this time around! Thank you for following and supporting The Fabulous File!

Check out a few of my FAVORITE products from #ISSELB15:


The fabuous Kim Borio and Me, having WAY too much fun at the Glycelene booth! #lovethisline


Let me just say...Glycelene (pronounced "Glyss-uh-lene") rocked my world on so many levels this weekend, my head is literally STILL SPINNING. But let me tell you this, if there is ONE brand you must know about, it's this one! Glycelene is a brand new line based out of Dana Point, CA with some dreamy products that have turned my whole beauty world upside down in the very best way possible. 

Celebrity makeup artist Kim Borio and her adorbs cosmetic chemist/microbiologist boyfriend, Eric, joined forces to create the most kick-ass line of skin care I've ever laid eyes on (and that's saying a lot!) It's completely natural and vegan and packed with the finest pure ingredients in the whole wide world, so you're absolutely getting your money's worth here! 
 In short, everything is to-die-for ridiculously indulgent and delicious for the skin (and for the soul, planet Earth, animals and more)--and makes your skin glow, glisten and gleam like never before. Try their beauty serum, and you'll never question my unwavering support for this brand again. ;) 

I am also wildly obsessed with their brand NEW Rejuvenation Creme, which is loaded with peptides, hyaluronic acid and yummy cucumber extracts and brilliantly brightens and tightens the skin immediately on touch. 

When I discovered their No. 1 fragrance oil, my head and my heart nearly exploded with enthusiasm and love for this gorgeous fragrance of goodness. There's warm citrus notes from Sorrento and neroli, which makes for a delightful scent that I will make my new signature perfume ASAP. 
Yes, it's that good. 

Please, go buy it. Buy everything. Glycelene is ah-mazing and I am officially in love with every single item they produce. 


When I first stepped foot into the show, I booked it to see celebrity stylist, Ron King, who was proudly touting his incredible line of Invisi-Tab hair extensions. Now I'm no stranger to the hair extension world, and I've tried a handful of methods, including Hot Heads, Great Lengths and Lucinda Ellery, so I was eager to see what all the fabulous fuss was over Invisi-Tab.

Reading my mind, Ron so kindly invited me up and had me sit on stage to demo the line, and put the extensions in in front of a live audience, who ooh-ed and aah-ed every step of the way.

When it was all said and done, I had to admit, my hair did look pretty gorge, and now I'm completely in love with Invisi-Tab! The quality of the real virgin European hair is silky smooth and shiny, and the application process takes mere minutes, instead of hours like other methods.

Best of all, my new tape-in extensions look completely flawless and natural and are lightweight and seamless. They're said to last for three months, so I'll be excited to see how these hold up! I may become an Invisi-Tab convert for years to come!


Okay, I was pretty much in hair heaven all weekend long, and the minute I met the team behind Hair Couture, I was grinning from ear to ear. Hair Couture extensions are brilliant because they offer a quick and easy option to get glamorous without damaging your own hair.

There's no tape, glue or sticky residue with these high-quality extensions, thanks to their "mono-line"design which sits effortlessly right under your part and clips in two rows of gorgeous luxe hair. The shade they picked out for me blended perfectly into my hair and was literally undetectable. I'll be wearing my Hair Couture extensions to the countless weddings I have this year!

Hair Couture also offers fabulous glitzy nail charms that secure beautifully on top of the nail for a fun addition that's bound to nab plenty of compliments.


Confession: I'm always quite skeptical when it comes to new product lines that promise too much, so imagine my surprise when I realized after two shampoos that Healthilocks really delivers! This powerful PlexProtein line puts protein back into hair to strengthen your locks, resulting in shiny, strong and thick strands in no time at all.

I am happt to report that my hair has been incredibly manageable and smooth after using the shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatment, and am confident that with continued use, I'll have a whole new head of hair I won't even recognize anymore. Hooray for Healthilocks!

This was definitely a standout discovery for me!


And last but not least, I was so beyond excited to see a simple idea come to life, and loved meeting the sweet makeup artist-turned-entrepreneur, Melanie, behind the Go2Brush.

This genius two-sided tool is a revolutionary, hypoallergenic, bristle-free makeup brush that makes putting on gel eye liner a breeze! I'm an eye liner addict, and I've flawlessly created my signature cat eye in seconds thanks to the ease and simplicity of the silicone tip.  Thats right--no bristles on this brush!

I definitely had one of those "why didn't I think of that?' moments for me when I chatted with Melanie about her inspiration for the cool new product, and I'm pleased to report that it's on the market and ready for the masses! P.S. The larger side is meant for lipstick application.

Grab a Go 2 Brush, and you'll be glad you did!

And there you have it--my fabulous finds from ISSE 2015!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Red Carpet Beauty: Carol Shaw of Lorac Cosmetics Talks New Products and Celeb Makeup

Hi beauties! It's been a BUSY weekend packed with glamorous moments for me, and am always so grateful for all of the awesome opportunities that come my way! I had the pleasure of attending ISSE (International Salon and Spa Expo) in Long Beach for the past two days, where I met TONS of fabulous makeup, hair care, nail and skin care brands--and will be doing a full run-down on that next!
But since the SAG Awards were tonight, I'm switching gears and buzzing about the red carpet beauty looks seen on my favorite celebs. And to kick it off, I thought I'd share this fabulous interview I did with the talented and legendary Carol Shaw, celebrity makeup artist and creator of Lorac Cosmetics at the Hotel Bel-Air earlier this month.

As many of you know, Lorac has been one of my absolute FAVORITE makeup brands for as long as I can remember, and their palettes truly can't be beat. I'm wildly obsessed with their Unzipped Gold palette, which is brand new, and boasts beautiful shimmery and matte colors that are warm and gorgeous on every skin tone. I've used it every single day since I got it in my hands, and I can't recommend it high enough.

Check out the video above to get the full scoop on this dazzling line from the founder herself!
Enjoy! xx

Saturday, January 24, 2015

ISSE 2015: Hair Model for a Day!

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Long hair don't care! I had the honor of sitting on stage for celebrity stylist Ron King this weekend at ISSE in Long Beach! The hair guru added his trademark Invisa-Tab hair extensions in my hair, giving it glossy dimensional color, added volume and about two inches of length. It was super fast (less than thirty minutes, ladies!) and pain-free, and I am happy to report that they are light, manageable and totally natural looking!

Ron was a DREAM to work with, and so much fun, so I'm pretty excited to see how his line of extensions perform.

What do you guys think?

The "after" #hair pic! All glammed out thanks to Ron King and Invisi-tab #hair extensions! #ISSELB15 #beautyexpert #beautyblogger #isse #longhairdontcare #glamgirl #blog #beautybiz

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That time I was a #hair #model for celeb stylist Ron King at #ISSELB15! #longhairdontcare #invisitab #ronking #haircare #beautyeditor #beautyblogger #host #blog

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