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9.04.2019

In Good Company: My 12 Favorite Discoveries From The Indie Beauty Expo onTuwi Program

Hundreds of beauty aficionados (including your truly), members of the press/media, industry professionals and retailers rocked up to Pier 94 in NYC last week for the largest Indie Beauty Expo to date, with over 240 brands from all across the globe showcasing their latest and greatest. There was such a palpable excitement in the air, and if you were there you’d know what I’m talking about!

On top of that, I was invited to the pilot onTUWI (Team-up With Indie) program, which grants me access to the most exciting new-to-market / under-the-radar brands in the indie beauty scene right now. Read on to find out what products made the curated boutique and why, and scroll to the bottom for a special discount code to save you some money.

A luxurious yet weightless water-based cream from a blend of jojoba oil, botanical hyaluronic acid, plant extracts and essential oils, this will literally melt into your skin with a matte finish and works beautifully as a daytime moisturizer or layered over your face oil/serum at night. I really dig the chic, gender-neutral design too!

2. Graydon Skincare Face Glow / Canada ($43.00)
This tinted primer and illuminator is packed with antioxidants and infused with Smithsonite (a precious gemstone known for UVB protection), providing light to medium coverage with brightening and highlighting effect. I like wearing it in lieu of foundation for errand days- it'd have people believing you really woke up like this. 

3. Graydon Skincare Full Moon Serum / Canada ($87.00)
Suitable for all skin types, this lightweight serum contains a concentrated dose of phyto-retinol from moth bean extract, proven to stimulate collagen production and boost cellular turnover. The powerhouse formula also includes moringa, malachite, coffee, jasmine and blue tansy, all working together to calm inflammation and protect your skin from everyday pollutants. I love that my skin drinks this right up and only a few drops is needed to work its magic!

4. P/Y/T Beauty Upgrade Highlighter - USA ($22.00)
This satin-smooth powder highlighter is beautifully pigmented and all it takes is a single swipe for a gorgeous lit-from-within glow. It has quickly become my summer go-to- I am amazed by how it stays on all day even in the most humid weather! Not only is the entire line of makeup really affordable, they are also free of harsh chemicals, parabens, phthalates and more.

5. Province Apothecary Healing Eczema Balm / Canada ($19.00)
This targeted balm is a potent blend of organic plant ingredients and free of steroids, essential oils, coconut oil, shea butter, petroleum and synthethic fragrances and chemicals, and it will heal and reduce inflammation, redness, itchiness and other skin irritations. This balm is legit, you guys, and this is coming from someone who has spent hundreds of dollars and tried dozens upon dozens of creams and lotions on my toddler's eczema. 

6. Province Apothecary Rejuvenating + Hydrating Face Serum / Canada ($76.00)
This dynamic blend of plant oils is fast-absorbing and will provide an immediate boost of intense hydration for a healthy, youthful glow, along with improved skin elasticity and a reduction in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It works for all skin types and is also available in an unscented version if you cannot tolerate any essential oils. 

This oil-free serum will drench your skin on contact and absorbs almost immediately for a matte finish and barely-there feel, leaving it really soft and plump for up to 8 hours. I love applying this on my clean face in the morning to replenish my skin’s moisture (especially when I’ve had the A/C going on all night) before my sunscreen goes on.

This richly formulated cream contains a proprietary prebiotic extract that helps to rebalance and maintain the skin’s ecoflora to keep it healthy, along with an impressive list of plant extracts that will have your skin functioning at its best. It pairs perfectly with the serum and you can mix them together for a nice aqueous texture or simply layer one over the other.

9. Stamba DAILY / USA ($65.00)
These superfood capsules are designed to be whole foods alternative to multi-vitamins, promising balanced energy, immune boosting and better digestion amongst other benefits. Made from a powerful medley of certified organic whole food ingredients that include berries and fruits, medicinal mushrooms, cacao, adaptogenic roots and spices, these are easy to injest and great for filling the gaps in our modern diet.

10. Codex Beauty Bia Skin Superfood / Ireland / USA ($50.00)
This wonderfully hydrating cream brings together ancient wild Irish botanicals and cutting-edge herbal science, with its unique herbal formula and velvety smooth texture. It reminds me of an elevated version of Weleda's Skin Food and can be used pretty much anywhere on your face or body, and a big thumbs up for the airless pump packaging!


11. Nø Cosmetics 24K Gold-Infused Beauty Oil / Germany ($39.00)
With an impressive 2mg of real 24k gold particles suspended in apricot kernel oil and other skin-nourishing ingredients, this beauty oil will help you achieve an all-day natural glow. This new-to-US brand operates on the principle of marrying the best natural ingredients with high-quality, synthetically-produced ingredients that are also sustainable and degradable.

12. PMD Clean Pro Brush RQ / USA ($179.00)
The PMD Clean Pro is the smart facial cleansing device I didn't know I was missing until I tried it, and now I'm hooked! The brush side offers SonicGlow™ technology at over 7,000 vibrations per minute for an effective deep cleanse, while the massager side comes with ActiveWarmth™ technology which aids in skincare absorption and effectiveness. For the few minutes I use it every night I feel like I am giving myself the most luxurious spa experience, and I swear my skin is more luminous after. 

GOOD NEWS! You can shop my curation here and code NIHAONEWYORK20 gets you 20% off your order from the entire onTUWI boutique from now until October 20. Happy discovering!

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