A few months ago, I attended LA's Indie Beauty Expo 2017 to research and discover some of the latest and greatest independent companies shaking up the skincare, wellness and beauty industries. The IBE provides a platform for indie brands to showcase and promote their products and to support the growth and success of the entrepreneurs behind them!
It was fun learning about so many quality and emerging brands all under one roof and you can see by the insta stories and photos below that I personally sampled as many products as possible. In addition to trying several products on site, I took home two bags filled with samples from the event. Over the past few months, I put most of these to the test from masks and moisturizers, to lipsticks and nail polishes! So now you have it--my 15 Glow Girl approved favorites below:
1. Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens in Coconut Vanilla
This nourishing, collagen-enriched elixir combines marine collagen peptides with raw organic greens, hyaluronic acid, and probiotics that visibly improves your skin's firmness, hydration, and elasticity for a beautiful glow. The natural coconut flavor is made from organic coconut water and Madagascar vanilla beans.
2. Dermaflash Facial Exfoliating Device ($189)
Say goodbye to peach fuzz, dullness and uneven textures with this at-home professional quality exfoliating tool. Use it once a week, and you'll have healthy smooth skin in no time.
I was kind of nervous to try this gadget because I did not want the hair on my face to grow back thicker but I promise, it DOES NOT!
3. Whish Renewing Mud Mask ($44)
With ingredients such as aloe vera and rose hip oils, this eco-friendly exfoliating mask deep cleans and revitalizes skin. For best results, simply apply a thin layer to the face, let it sit for two minutes, wash it out with warm water and voilá, beautiful skin!
4. Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Waterless Wonder Balm ($42)
This multi-purpose treatment with potent chia oil extract works best on your hands, feet, cuticles or any other area that needs extra moisture and hydration.
5. Paris Honoré Balancing Toner ($59)
A must for a complete skin care regimen for women and men, this organic luxurious toner heals, tighten pores and fights off free radicals. The winning formula works for all skin types and is made with hand-selected ingredients such as tea tree oil, witch hazel, aloe vera, and water.
7. Secret in-a-Tube Facial Serum ($36)
Its unique blend of certified organic oils, vitamins and plant extract is super rich with antioxidants. Secret-in-a-Tube will firm your skin, diminish the appearance of lines, and reduce stretch marks. Plus, it absorbs nicely into the skin and hydrates without leaving an oily residue. All of their products are natural, vegan and cruelty-free.
8. Julie Hewett Matte Lipsticks ($28)
Hollywood makeup artist Julie Hewett's Noir Collection is known for its cult-following. These fragrance-free and easy to apply matte lipsticks come in a variety of hues and last for hours.
9. Brow Gal Espresso Eyebrow Pencil ($23)
Created by celebrity brow expert Tonya Crooks, this pencil contains powerful antioxidant-rich pigments, jojoba oil, and shea butter. With six different shades to choose from, this pencil will leave your brows beautifully shaped and defined. Tonya has worked her magic with celebs like Megan Fox, Fergie, Molly Sims, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Britney Spears.
10. Rutz Skincare Freeze Frame Nighttime Resurfacer Moisturizer ($52)
This organic moisturizer does all the dirty work while you get your beauty rest. It is filled with Glycolic acid, silk peptides and vitamins that fight anti-aging and prevent wrinkles. Once you wake up, your skin will be refreshed, firmer, and ready to go. I love that Rutz Skincare products are injected with healing Reiki energy for an overall feel-good vibe--they also donate a portion of proceeds to charitable organizations annually.
11. Beauty with a Twist Purple Shampoo ($24)
This organic and cruelty-free purple shampoo is created and formulated to neutralize highlights and gray tones found in our hair.
12. Lauren B Beauty ($18)
Quick drying and chip resistant, this nail polish comes in a variety of colors, nudes and metallics. Plus, its brush is packed with twice the amount of bristles, as compared to other brands.
13. Skin Inc. Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($45)
Designed to replenish and retain moisture, this potion contains a patented seaweed encapsulation technology that leaves your skin with a youthful, smoother glow.
14. Seven Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask ($6)
If you thought Acai was only in bowls, think again. This sheet mask, inspired by the South American Amazon, has advanced bio-cellulose ingredients that give quick results. This dermatologist tested sheet mask purifies the pollution found on your face, while reducing the look of pores.
15. CelleCle DetoxyClean ($45)
With natural ingredients such as cotton stem cells and green clay, this creamy vegan cleanser penetrates deep into the pores to gently remove make up residue and dissolve impurities, resulting in clean and dewy skin. I am loving how well this works on removing my most resistant make-up plus the texture is amazing. Perfect for dry, combination or damaged skin.
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