Preview: The Makeup Show LA 2018!

Let’s be honest–it takes a lot to get this Orange County girl to venture beyond the confines of my safe little orange bubble. Especially into Los Angeles. Orange County residents get it. But one event that I never miss up in Downtown LA is The Makeup Show.

The Makeup Show takes place November 10-11. It is an annual conference, trade show, and educational event for professional makeup artists. From brand new students to seasoned pros, The Makeup Show has something to offer everyone, including a chance to learn from and network with the best of the biz. Attendees can soak up knowledge from keynote speakers including Pati Dubroff, Jordan Liberty, Damone Roberts, Miss Fame, and even YouTuber and industry professional, Stephanie Nicole. And if that isn’t enough to get you jumping out of your chair, there are a ton of intimate talks and demos from many other artists, hands on workshops with artists like Danessa Myricks and Bethany Townes. It’s kind of a big deal.

While The Makeup Show places a large emphasis on education and career betterment, let’s not forget about the brands themselves. The shopping experience at TMSLA is second to none. It’s one thing to be able to see and touch your favorite brands’ products (including new launches) in person, but to also have expert artists, often including the brand owners themselves present to talk about their lines…that’s priceless!

There is an extensive list of brands exhibiting at The Makeup Show LA 2018. Some exhibitors I’m especially excited to see and play with are:

Bdellium Tools – The B is silent! Bdellium Tools has been a longtime favorite of mine. Their brushes are beautiful, functional, and very affordable. I have one brush from the Golden Triangle collection, and may end up bringing a couple more home with me.

Clarins – I am pretty sure this is Clarins’ first time to The Makeup Show (at least in LA), and to be honest, I haven’t been checking for Clarins. I really want to stop by their booth just to see what the newest offerings from the brand are, because while I’ve heard the name for years, I’m not very well acquainted. Oops. Sup Clarins, let’s talk.

Danessa Myricks Beauty – Danessa Myricks is the shit, okay? She is insanely talented and creative, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about her line. I can’t wait to check it out in person. Also, p.s. if you aren’t following her on Instagram, your loss. SO inspiring!

Frends Beauty Supply – The Mecca of makeup shopping, Frends Beauty Supply is a must. The people are great, and they always bring a tempting selection of goodies from the brands they carry. I don’t think there’s ever been a Makeup Show where I didn’t grab something from Frends.

Miss Fame Beauty – When I heard the always flawless Miss Fame was launching a makeup line, I knew it would be something beautiful. I can’t wait to check out the new line of lipsticks. We’ll see if one or two end up coming back to Chez Alyson. Don’t be surprised.

Muse Beauty – Another makeup shopping pillar of the professional community, Muse are the creators of Esum (it’s muse backwards!), which is one of my favorite brands for brushes. They are top notch quality, and shapes I don’t necessarily see everywhere. The Muse booth is also where I’ll find the good folks of Viseart and their parade of pretties. Last year I definitely spent some coins there, and had a really nice chat with their team.

Rude Cosmetics – New friends! I’ve never seen Rude Cosmetics before, and I know nothing about the brand other than what I’ve seen briefly skimming their website, and ooooo I want more. Color-shifting duo chrome shadows? Yes please.

Smith Cosmetics – I’m a woman on a mission. I’ve been interested in a few of the Smith eye brushes (they have such unique shapes!) and they’ve been sold out on the Beautylish site for what seems like forever. Maybe this weekend will be the time when they’re no longer my “one that got away.”


As with every year, make sure to follow me on Instagram to follow along as I scurry around the show floor. This year has their first ever Trend Report for the rest of 2018 and beyond. I can’t wait to share what I see!

Just Spotted: Embryolisse Lash Boosting Serum


This beauty news is HOT off the press! 30 minutes ago Embryolisse just announced its upcoming LASH BOOSTER! I am so excited. Very little is known about the product yet, except that this is the packaging:

In the comments on the image, they said it has a mascara wand and is applied like a lash primer.

Shut up and take my money, Embryolisse. I’m hoping they have this for The Makeup Show LA! All of their products have such high quality ingredients; I’m sure this is going to be really nice. So exciting! I will update as soon as they give a launch date. Does the idea of an Embryolisse lash booster get your buying hand tingly?

The Countdown’s On: The Makeup Show LA 2016


The Makeup Show is coming soon! This multi-city event hits LA this coming March 19th and 20th. The Makeup Show LA is by far my favorite makeup event of the year. Professional makeup artists and other industry professionals gather in LA to learn, network, and of course shop, all under one roof. Some of the best brands in the business will be there, often with the owners on-site just waiting to have their brains picked about what makes their products tick. It’s often an event where brands launch new items for the first time, too. Who doesn’t love getting their paws on something before everyone else does?

The Makeup Show is founded on education, and this year is no exception. The lineup of keynote speakers and forum leaders reads like a who’s who in the industry. There are also hands on workshops on topics such as Bridal Makeup, Color Theory, Eye Makeup, Complexion, and more. The workshops are an additional fee, but well worth the price if you are wanting to expand your craft and learn from some of the best!

This is the 10-year anniversary of The Makeup Show, and with that they are celebrating with a huge gala. The gala celebrates 10 years of The Makeup Show and iconic women in the industry. Join the makeup artist community in honoring Susan Cabral-Ebert, president of The Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild, IATSE Local 706. Tickets are available for purchase to this special event here. A discount is available on gala tickets when they are purchased in conjunction with your Makeup Show tickets.

I’ve already started making my shopping list for this year’s show. Sorry, not sorry. Many brands that I would otherwise only be able to shop online (or by driving up to LA to the pro shops) will be present, and I plan to take full advantage of having everybody all in one place. So many things to swatch, brushes to fondle…you name it. Yeah, I fondle brushes. Again, not sorry.

Want shopping ideas? Here are some of my picks from the exhibitors at The Makeup Show LA, and what I’m excited to possibly pick up for myself…

Bdellium Tools

First of all, the b is silent, people! Pronounce it Dellium Tools, haha. If you want brushes that are excellent quality and a very friendly price point, check out Bdellium Tools. Bonus: they come in fun colors. My personal faves from the range are the 957 Precision Kabuki and the  785 Tapered Blending brushes, but they have a ton of great shapes you will love.


Beautylish is a great site for the beauty lover. They carry brands you can’t get anywhere else, or hard to find things. I love it. At The Makeup Show, you’re never quite sure what they’re going to have for sale. Previous years have been things like Wayne Goss brushes and Bioderma. But whatever it is this year, it’s going to be worth checking out. I’m kinda thinking this year it will be Natasha Denona. I hope so, because her stuff is so dang expensive (but beautiful) that I’d feel pretty lucky to swatch before buying. And from what I’ve seen on Youtube and Instagram, I’ll want to be buying.

Dante Disposables

Bulk bags of low-lint facial cottons and latex free sponges might seem boring to you…well wait, if that stuff is boring to you, you’re probably in the wrong place. Dante is a longtime trusted name in makeup artistry essentials. They have a clear, unscented brush cleaner that I’m curious to try. It’s incredibly cheap at only $7 for a 4 oz bottle. As an added bonus about Dante, many (if not all?) of their products are made in the USA. Hooray.


No visit to The Makeup Show is complete without a visit to Embryolisse. Even if you aren’t going to buy (what’s wrong with you?), you should go talk to them because they’re incredibly nice people. But their products are where it’s at. There’s a reason the Lait-Creme Concentre has been an industry staple for over 60 years. I keep their Radiant Eye balm stick in my desk at work, which is wonderful for adding moisture throughout the day because you can use it over your makeup if you like. Southern California gets some hella dry weather and it’s a godsend.

Frends Beauty

I’m going to go into more depth about Frends in another post soon because I’m visiting them up in LA tomorrow, but their booth at The Makeup Show is always on my list to check out. Frends carries a gazillion and one amazing makeup brands, hair brands, skin care brands, and also carries tools for artists as well. They also have a lovely in-house brand called Stilazzi, and there’s just never any shortage of cool things to spend my money on there, and their team is the best.


Want to spend your whole paycheck on makeup brushes that will make your face feel like it’s getting kissed by little baby angels? Go to Hakuhodo. Also, they have a showroom open now in Torrance, CA! See their website for more details. Bring money. Lots of money.

Kat Von D Beauty

Hnnngggggg. I have an unhealthy addiction to KvD Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, and the Shade & Light Contour Eye palette is my boo. So of course I’m going to stop by their booth and probably pick up more lipsticks. KvD has some upcoming new products launching soon that I have a hunch will be on display at The Makeup Show, also. Can’t. Wait. Crossing my fingers they have Bow ‘n Arrow, since it’s always sold out.

Make Up For Ever

MUFE has been knocking it out of the park with their launches since…oh always, I guess? Last year at the show I snagged a couple mini tubes of Step 1 Hydrating Primer, which I love. And now I’m trying to decide if I want to re-up on that primer, or grab the smoothing version, or maybe the matte version too so I can mix and match depending on what my skin is doing that day (yay combo skin!). I’m also intensely curious about the new HD stick foundations, and if I end up purchasing I will 100% blame NikkieTutorials. :) And even though I’m still very in love with my Urban Decay concealer, I want to check out the new Ultra HD concealer as it is rumored to the bomb diggity.

Mario Badescu

I had a chance to get a personal consult and new regimen designed by Mario Badescu last year and it has done amazing things for my skin. I still use MB products daily, and consequently I need to repurchase some things I have run low on, such as the Enzyme Cleanser. The Enzyme and Keratoplast cleansers are some of the nicest cleansers I’ve ever used. And so economical for the amount of product you get. Either one of those used in tandem with my FOREO Luna face cleaning device and I’m good to go. That is what I refer to when people say I have great skin. Sure, genetics help, but I also have great skincare. 

NYX Cosmetics

Now it’s not like NYX is that hard to get a hold of. I live near a pair of great Ultas that always have most anything I could want. However, a.) show specials and b.) much lower chance some dumb cow has opened a product and used it when it’s not a tester. Those 2 things you can’t usually get at Ulta.

Urban Decay

Oh hey there Urban Decay! It’s their first year at The Makeup Show LA, believe it or not. Time to stock up on crack water aka their amazing B6 prep spray, which I’m pretty obsessed with.

Now by no means is that a comprehensive list of all of the amazingness of The Makeup Show. There are many more amazing things to be seen! You’ll most definitely want to be following me on Instagram and Snapchat (glossmenagerie for both) to follow along if you can’t come in person. For a full list of exhibitors, click here.

For tickets and more info, visit The Makeup Show LA.

MAC Red, Red, Red Collection Info


This collection may be called Red, Red, Red — but there’s plenty of near-red type colors to enjoy if you aren’t into the color full-out. I appreciate this since red has never really been my thing, haha. This collection launches 12/26 in North America and will be at all locations. Pro discount available.

MAC Red, Red, Red Collection – December 26th 2014


Lady Bug – yellow tomato (Lustre) – permanent
See Sheer – grapefruit pink (Lustre) – permanent
Toxic Tale – bright coral (Satin) – repromote
5-Alarm – soft orange red (Lustre) – new/LE

Cremesheen Glass:

Nectar Sweet – soft pink peach – repromote
Meteoric – mid-tone vibrant coral – repromote
Night is Young – bright red cream – repromote


Love Alert – raspberry red with red pearlized pigments – permanent

Eye Shadow:

Give Me Fire – soft pink champagne with pearlized pigments (Lustre) – new/LE
Red Alert – rusty red mid-tone copper (Veluxe Pearl) – new/LE
Strike While Haute – true red (Matte) – new/LE

Beauty Powder: 

Hot Sensation – sheer pale peach highlight – new/LE

Casual Color: 

Out For Fun – cool coral – new permanent shade
Secret Admirer – coral pink – new/LE
Red Obsessed – soft rose – new/LE

Nail Lacquer:

Impassioned – bright warm pink (Cream) – permanent
Red Red Red – creamy orange red (Lustre) – new/LE
Rouge Combustion – pink red with sparkles (Frost) – new/LE

MAC Technakohl Expansion For Winter 2014

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This new expansion to the Technakohl line from MAC will be permanent and launches December 11th.

MAC Technakohl – Dec. 11 – Permanent – $16 ea.

$$$ – midtone gold bronze
Alpha-Grey – metal grey
Army Style – military deep green
Bare Asset – medium beige
Bishop Blue – blue purple
Brass Band – copper bronze metal
Broque – deep brown
Cast Iron – elephant grey
Clay – deep grey
Cool Jazz – navy blue
Counterfeit – silver grey
Funfare – bright true pink
Image Conscious – purple
Metalhead – greyish metal blue
Plank – (relaunch) – deep bronze brown
Raisinette – brown purple
Risque – pale beige
Skyscape – metallic deep sky blue
Snowed In – light peach off white
Sourpuss – acid green
Steelpoint – deep smoky metallic grey
Sterling Silver – silver
Superfly – soft black
Take The Plunge – deep ocean blue
Twinked – yellow gold with sparkles
Vent – metallic lime
Whirlpool – dark deep blue

MAC x Prabal Gurung Collection Info


The much-anticipated collab between MAC and Prabal Gurung launches Nov. 26. MAC went all-out with luxe packaging for this collection, which unfortunately means luxe pricing. ;)

MAC x Prabal Gurung 2014 Collection

Lipsticks – $30 ea.
Carmine Rouge – true red (matte)
Light English Red – sheer beige nude (lustre)
Ultramarine Pink – midtone violet (satin)

Lipglass – $30 ea.
Carmine Rouge – true red
Light English Red – sheer beige nude
Ultramarine Pink – midtone violet

Kohl Power Eye Pencil – $20

Chromagraphic Pencil – $20

Creme Color Base – $70
Coral Lumineaux – vivd coral creme

Bronzer – $70
Matte Bronze

Eye Shadow Duo – $40
Satin Ochre – soft pale white gold/coral orange
Cinder – smoky cool grey/dark charcoal
Terre – shimmering neutral beige/midtone warm brown

Square Handled Powder Brush – $70



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MAC Nasty Gal Collection 2014 – #MACxNastyGal


This collab between MAC Cosmetics and Nasty Gal launches December 4th at MAC locations in North America (as well as online). It’s a small capsule collection with just 4 items.


MAC Lipstick – $16.00 USD / $19.00 CAD

Stunner – clean red (matte)

Runner – burgundy (matte)

Gunner – deep purple (matte)

Studio Nail Lacquer – $12.00 USD / $14.00 CAD

Flaming Rose – true red (creme)

Miley Cyrus for MAC Viva Glam 2015

Viva Glam

It’s official: the new face of MAC’s Viva Glam campaign for 2015 is none other than Miley Cyrus! For those of you unfamiliar with Viva Glam, it is a series of lipsticks and lip glosses released to benefit the MAC World AIDS Fund. The best part of the Viva Glam campaign is that every cent of the selling price of Viva Glam items goes to helping women and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Unlike other charity makeup items that donate only 1-5%, MAC really puts its money up for the cause. True story, MAC Viva Glam V is one of my favorite lip colors of all time.

This release includes 2 items – a lipstick and a lip gloss. I’m really interested in that lipstick! How do they look to you?

MAC Viva Glam Miley launches January 2015 at all MAC stores, counters, and online.

Viva Glam

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lip Glass – hot pink with sparkling pearl – $15.00 USD / $18.00 CAD

Viva Glam

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick – hot pink (Amplified formula) – $16.00 USD / $19.00 CAD

MAC Smoky Black Friday 2014 – #MACCosmetics Collection Details & Info


MAC Smoky Black Friday Collection – Nov. 21 & 28

Hautecore lipstick (Black Matte) – Brazil-only exclusive (repromote)

Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow – (white silver, cool silver, black) US-only exclusive

This collection will be online only, and only available to the U.S. and Brazil. MAC PRO discount is available on these items, as there will not be special packaging. Normally this would be one to wake up early for (or stay up late, depending on your preference), but I give this one a massive pass. VPF eye shadows have not been reviewed very well, and the shades for this one aren’t very unique. Only hardcore collectors need to take note.



MAC Matchmaster Concealer – Fall 2014 #MACCosmetics


Picking up where the MAC Matchmaster Foundation left off, the new Matchmaster Concealer utilizes the same Shade Intelligence Technology. This technology utilizes breakthrough pigment technology to create a fully personalized, subtle satin finish. The concealer contains Vitamin E that conditions as the concealer reduces the appearance of under eye circles, dark spots, discolorations, fine lines, and wrinkles. This stick concealer launches in 12 shades with ‘color-true’ coverage for up to eight hours. Added to the permanent collection.

Matchmaster Concealer – $21.00 US / $25.00 CAD

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