Happy Monday friends!

This past weekend I attended the Ultimate Women’s Expo at the L.A. Convention Center with my good friend and P.R. guru, Devan. The UWE is one of the biggest beauty conventions that come to town, featuring celebrity guest speakers like Tia Mowry and Niecy Nash and a huge variety of vendors, ranging from spa, nails, makeup, skin to home decor and wine tasting. We spent almost four hours at this huge convention and couldn’t get enough of the great deals, samples and wine tastings!

The Ultimate Women’s Expo comes to a bunch of cities annually, so grab your most comfy pair of flats and best girlfriends for a fun day of shopping!

I was really impressed with the vendor turnout. Bloomie’s had their own booth!

I drooled over these Chanel lip glosses.

Veebow is a new smart phone app, backed by Valerie Bertinelli, that offers coupons similar to Groupon. It’s free so download it!

I found some of my favorite Mary Kay Timewise skin care products.

Body Kantina brought all their yummy handmade soaps. I wish you could smell how delicious this pineapple coconut soap was!

I love the packaging. The ones on the right smelled like ocean and sunscreen. MMmmhhmmm

There were also lots of fun jewelry booths to look at. We definitely noticed a trend in hair jewelry!

Benefit Cosmetics, known for their quirky packaging and ridiculous cute products, was there.

The wine tasting began with this delicious Rose Regale brand. It’s a sweet and bubbly sparkling wine that goes down easy and would be a fantastic addition to any sangria.

We found cool arts and crafts booths like this one below, featuring drinking cups made out of beer and vodka bottles!

Your destination for all things belly dance is BellyDance.com They literally have everything you could ever need like costumes, class wear, jewelry, accessories like finger cymbals and veils and even instructional dvds and world music. If you couldn’t tell in the photo below, I’m a huge fan of belly dancing, and not because of Shakira either. I grew up going to kabob houses and middle eastern restaurants and was introduced to belly dancers early on. I was always the little kid who got up and danced alongside the beautiful dancing women who I so admired. Here I am taking a quick lesson a the BellyDance.com booth. I ended up buying myself this upper-arm snake bracelet for $8 and some Arabian Grooves music. LOVE! Even if you aren’t necessarily a “belly dancer,” this site has great jewelry and costume pieces for super affordable prices.

Use my coupon code WE2121 to get 10% off your order!

This woman was drawing people’s names with her amazing calligraphy skills.

 

Wine Tasting Stop #2: Refresh by Turning Leaf.

Turning Leaf recently launched Refresh as a new line of quality wines at an affordable price. I absolutely LOVED their refreshing Crisp White flavor. They also carry Red Moscato and regular Moscato, both bubbly and easily drinkable. These products can be found at almost any grocery chain or liquor store.

 

Check out this awesome furniture setup by Lux Lounge Event Furniture Rentals!

My favorite all-natural skin and body brand, LUSH had a booth! I practically tripped over 4 other people as soon as I smelled the familiar scents in the air. I’m a huge fan of their Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. It’s a skin conditioner that you use in the shower. After you rinse off, you pat dry and have silky smooth skin til your next shower!

Here I am getting a hand treatment, ahhhhhhh.

Here is Linda K and her fabulous hand-made prayer stools. Aren’t they cute? She makes custom furniture and accessories, and told me that many people use these prayer stools to store photos, jewelry and keepsakes. Check out her website here.

Umm, this was wine tasting stop #62023575343. SALUTE!

Here’s Devan trying on an amazing berry lipstick that is so on Fall trend. We didn’t like the formula, but decided the color was a must-have.

I absolutely LOVED the One Minute Manicure scrubs! They come in a variety of scents and leave your skin soft for hours. I actually bought a few for an upcoming giveaway I’ll be doing on my blog- stay tuned!

Touch of Purple is an all-purpose natural cleaner that keeps jewelry sparkling like new. The sales man cleaned my rings with it and I could not believe how much gunk came off! I immediately bought a bottle, and according to him, you can also use this stuff on glass, LED screens, ceiling fans, computers etc and Touch of Purple literally prevents dust from forming. LOVE IT.

Okay peeps, this Hot Iron Holster was probably the most exciting thing we saw all day. It’s silicone material clings to any smooth surface without adhesives and holds your hot styling tools while in use! I’ve never seen anything like this. It comes in black, white and hot pink. And my hair stylist readers, get ready because these babies come in a professional, larger size that you can hang over the back of your client’s chair while styling. SO genious!

Among the things we didn’t get to do because we ran out of time were: manicure touch-ups by OPI and facial treatments galore. We literally stumbled out of there and got some food so we could drive home! Can’t wait for next year!

*Please click the links to visit each vendor’s website for more information.

**I do not get paid by anyone for my reviews. I only bring to my readers what I think are truly good products and values. Hence, I skipped reviewing the vendors I was not impressed by at the show. Please enjoy my finds and let me know if you agree/disagree with any of these product reviews, I’d love to hear from you!

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