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Crane and Peach hits Cosmoprof Bologna

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Beauty in Bologna
Last weekend we went to Cosmoprof, the largest worldwide trade fair for the beauty industry, in the beautiful city of Bologna. We're excited to bring you a selection of the best Asian products we uncovered in Italy.

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NEXGEN
A plant genetics company formed in Korea, they started in cosmetics independently two years ago, but have 17 years experience in the medical market.  One of the real differences with NEXGEN is that they have no preservatives. Normally you need this to ensure the products don't go bad quickly but preservatives are toxic substances. However NEXGEN has a highly strict process of manufacture, maintaining a sterile packaging to avoid the need for harmful substances like parabens.  Each daily dose is individually packaged to make sure the effectiveness is not lost when opened.

The second big difference that makes this a favourite with Crane and Peach, is the way that NEXGEN uses plant biotechnology, focusing on components like artificial cell sap to harness the power of vitamins, amino acids and minerals.

Their latest offering? Spider toxin proteins to help with cell regeneration and elasticity.

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Individually packaged products including dayTOPY, miniRAIN and miniHALU. dayTOPY is a gel produfct for anti wrinkle skin care. miniRAIN is a night cream to nourish the skin and can be used as a sleeping mask. The miniHALU is a serum with a high concentration of special low molecular hyaluronic acids, 21 essential amino acids and 10 minerals including adenosine. This is great for moisturizing and helping to repair damaged skin.  All of the products are sterile and preservative free.  They're retailed in packets of 60 doses, so they're perfect for travel.  No need to bring travel sized bottles!


Labiotte
The latest offering from the Tony Moly group in Korea, Labiotte had on display some amazingly gorgeous products including these cute little wine bottle lip tints in 6 pretty shades.

The company philosophy strikes a chord with their Korean customers and promotes beautiful skin through the principles of naturopathy: botanic based components to harness the healing power of nature and treat the cause not the symptoms.

They have some great facial sheet masks and this selection of young leaf handcreams to help get smooth 'child-like' hands. We can't wait to get our hands on the full range from Labiotte.



Maskingdom
These days everyone is talking about the Korean and Japanese beauty trends, but what about the offerings from Taiwan? MasKingdom is a boutique brand offering effective facial sheet masks, beautifully packaged and with green at its heart. We were really impressed with the brand's philosophy to promote their love of Taiwan, ranging from showcasing an endangered species of native bird on their gift packaging, through to the recyclable aluminium packet and biodegradable boxes. MasKingdom has a great range of masks featuring chinese herbal medicine, vitamins and minerals, and best of all no alcohol, no parabens or animal ingredients with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certification.

The masks have whitening/brightening features for radiance, moisturizing, anti-ageing, repairing properties, and oil control.

One of the masks from the popular Taiwanese Aboriginal series with the two step system.  First apply a preparation moisturiser (vital precursor) and then the facial sheet mask for 20 minutes.

A selection of facial sheet masks at the MasKingdom booth:

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Imine

Imine has been the secret to success for big Korean beauty brands like Laneige, Innisfree, and Hera. They're now launching their own mask brands including Utru and Manefit which has been seeing big success in Asia. Imine focus on sheet masks formed with a cellulose layer to help moisturize skin and give a silky feeling.

One of our favourites is the Manefit Bling Bling mask range. This is a soluble mask type called hydrogel which is different to having a fabric sheet on your face to help facilitate absorption of essence into the skin. It works wonders for dull skin tones and adds some great moisture and radiance to the face, whilst feeling cooling on the skin.

We've been so excited to see all the great products at Bologna and can't wait to share more with you in the next post. In the meantime, we'll be busy working on more beauty ideas for you!


 
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