Krystal Caracol

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Makeup Show San Francisco Pop-Up Shop

This past weekend my favorite cosmetics show of all time, The Makeup Show, did their second year of the San Francisco Pop-Up Shop. I attended on Saturday, and probably had the best experience I've ever had at one of their shows.

The Pop-Up Shop in SF is smaller than their normal show, it was held at the Hyatt Regency, in the downstairs Pacific Concourse meeting room. I did attend last year's show, but for various reasons, I did not enjoy it (which is why I never mentioned it on here). However, this year's show was amazing! The layout was more spacious, with smaller booths and (I think) more vendors, plus they had a seminar schedule for both Saturday and Sunday. If you didn't already know, TMS seminars are my guilty pleasure every year - industry professionals are on stage to share their wisdom, advice, stories, and demonstrate some of the hottest trends and products.

I arrived on Saturday around noon-ish, after a stop-n-go BART train ride through the San Francisco Bay. I immediately got into blogger mode, and started at the right hand side of the floor to snake my way through the aisles to visit each vendor's booth... until I saw the seminar stage with Emmy nominated artist and SENNA Cosmetics Founder & Creative Director, Eugenia Weston, doing her seminar on The Art of Brows (fun fact: she created the first brow shaping kit!). I've seen her seminar a few times, but it's one of my favorites because she explains how to shape a brow to compliment the facial structure - for women and men.

After the seminar was over, I resumed my mission of checking out each booth. I saw some familiar names like Bdellium Tools, The Body Shop, Inglot, NARS, Besame, Melanie Mills, Muse Beauty, Alcone, Crown Brush, Embryolisse, Make Up For Ever, Cozzette, Glamcor, NYX, Mustaev, SENNA Cosmetics, and Temptu. I also spotted some new-to-me companies, like Bay Area local brand HAN Skin Care Cosmetics, Glo Girl Cosmetics, Ittse, DHC Skincare, TEI Spa Essentials, and Ricky's NYC, and more!

Of course I did some shopping, I think every booth had a special discount for the show, so I made a few purchases here and there:

The highlight of the show was the intimate setting. Due to the smaller floor plan, I was able to have extended conversations with some of the amazing people I met at a few booths. For instance, I met Liana Sundar, a Bay Area native makeup and hair artist, who was working at the HAN Skin Care Cosmetics booth. We discussed the rise of cruelty free cosmetics in the industry, growing popularity in stores and with consumers. I also had an amazing time at the Cozzette booth chatting with Hillis Pugh and Roque Cozzette about everything from their gorgeous vegan makeup brushes, to their stunning new collection of eyeshadows (I bought every single one of them!), to their personal outlooks on life - needless to say, they are my new favorite people to look up to :)

I had a wonderful time at The Makeup Show San Francisco Pop-Up Shop, and I highly recommend looking into it if you are a professional or student looking to expand your education, network, and product knowledge.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

50% off The Act of Craft

I'm currently running a 50% off sale in my shop -

Half-off everything! Washi tape samples, hand drawn stickers, stationery and scrabooking materials :)

Monday, August 01, 2016

Chit Chat: I'm ready for a change

As most of you have noticed, I've taken an unannounced vacation from blogging this Summer. No, I'm not retiring my blog, and yes, I definitely plan to start blogging again, soon! :)

On top of my laptop being 6 years old, overheating, and acting glitchy (hopefully I can buy a new laptop in the next couple months), I've been in a blogging funk.

After some weeks of thinking and discussing my blogging funk with friends and family, I've decided to rebrand my website from "Beauty by Krystal" to a simpler and more personal approach. I'll be changing everything to "Krystal Caracol" over the next couple weeks. This has been a change I've wanted to make for a couple years now, so I'm very excited!

When I started blogging, I only wanted to talk about makeup - but then my interests grew to skincare, nails, hair, ingredients, formulas, cooking, lifestyle, budgeting, planning, crafting, reading. I felt that my beauty blog was limiting me because the stuff I wanted to talk about sounded irrelevant to my website name. So now, I think I'll be more comfortable writing about the things I truly enjoy in life, on a platform that is just ME! :)

I'll still be reviewing ELF products, and cosmetics from other brands as well, I'll just have a bit more variety sprinkled in.

Thank you to everyone who reached out to check in with me :) I am so lucky to have made such great friends from blogging and social media. You guys helped me figure out this funk and I appreciate your support more than you know <3


Saturday, July 09, 2016

ELF Pro Eyeshadow Primer | Review

I've been a long time fan of the ELF Mineral Eyelid Primer, which they no longer offer, instead they only have the Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer ($2.00) (formerly the Essential Eyelid Primer) available - a decent formula but does not hold up all day without a bit of creasing or fading. Now ELF has a new primer, the Pro Eyeshadow Primer ($4.00) "enriched with Kaolin Clay to help lock on color and absorb excess oil, along with antioxidant Vitamin E".

Friday, July 01, 2016

Summer Festival Look ft. ELF Cosmetics

[press samples] 

Summer is here and I'm so ready to play with bright colors and fun looks for the coming events! ELF Cosmetics was generous enough to send me a little pack of products to create a Summer Festival look, and I'm absolutely obsessed with this blue brow & shiny gold makeup look I created!! I have been playing around with colored brows all year, but I was using eyeshadows and my bushy brows just wouldn't hold onto color. This time I used the Cream Eyeliner - Teal Tease, and the results speak for themselves :) I had an old ELF Glitter Mascara in blue, which I lightly applied to the brows for even more sparkle and texture.