Yesterday evening, I attended the KISS 2016 Preview at the Omni King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto.
I got a firsthand sneak peek at the latest nail and eyelash products that will be launching early next year!
In this post are photos I took during and after the event, as well as my commentary on the whole experience, including the setup, the food, and meeting celebrity manicurist, Gina Edwards.
As usual, the PR team did a wonderful job setting the ambience, complete with festive silver balloons, fresh flowers, and a sprinkling of the KISS and imPRESS nail products when first entering the Omni King Edward Hotel’s Royal Suite on the ninth floor.
As a foodie, I appreciated the wonderful spread of goodies from little skewers to sweet treats.
Below is a photo I snapped with my phone during the event of the delectable food I devoured much quicker than the time it took to prepare them.
My favourite was the rose cupcake! Not only was it a masterpiece to behold (it had glitter sprinkled on top), but it tasted like the dreams of fairies in your mouth. YES! (My regret of the night? Not grabbing another one or two. Ahh, gluttony!)
As you can see from this photo I snapped later on, I was clearly debating whether or not I should be greedy and grab another cupcake.
Look how pretty they are! I love when desserts look like works of art and taste good.
In the dining area, there were elegant white trays holding KISS and imPRESS nail products that will be launched at the beginning of 2016.
What better combination could there be? Desserts and nail products – perfecto!
In the goody bag that PR gifted me with before I left, there was a cute KISS USB key. (It has information regarding the upcoming releases. I love this branded USB key. Nice marketing touch!)
One of the products I was most excited about were these KISS Waterless Nail Tattoos!
We saw Gina Edwards, a professional manicurist, apply them in literally seconds. They’re fast and easy – ideal for those who want more intricate designs on their nails, but who don’t have the time to paint them freehand.
I’ll definitely be trying these out, especially because there’s a bee or wasp included in the mix. That caught my eye instantly because I don’t see it often. It’s the kind of unusual addition that inspires me. Ordinary and predictable are boring.
During the presentation, we also opened our KISS Salon Secrets Glitter Science kit, which was fun!
There are tubes filled with glitter, and you can pour them (using the funnel) into the provided test tube. Then, you can stir them around with the sticks (I actually skipped that), place two of the silver balls into the clear polish, and then pour in your custom glitter mix.
This would be really fun to do as a craft project with kids or even nailphiles of all ages!
I snapped a quick photo of what I came up with during the event. (If I were to name it, I’d call it Cracked Christmas Cracker.)
Some of the other new KISS 2016 nail products include nude nails that really look natural.
I don’t tend to wear press-on nails much, but I’ve been thinking up ways to utilize them for more complicated nail art. (I’m going to do some experimenting, and if anything works out, I’ll be sure to share it with you on here.)
These nude nails come in the Medium and Really Short lengths to accommodate the majority of nailphiles.
We were told that, in a study, the most popular nail shapes (in order) are square, squoval, and oval. So, KISS created more oval nails to appeal to the trend.
Also, to get the best results from the nails, make sure that you add a drop of glue to your natural nails and some to the fake nails.
These pre-glued rhinestones caught my attention right away. I love the convenience of them being pre-glued because they’re less messy. I’m going to try to incorporate these into nail art in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled like a banana for those.
Interesting fact brought up by PR: 71% of consumers use rhinestones at home in their nail art!
There are also some fun new Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Nail designs coming out soon!
I also received a bunch of eyelashes, which I’m going to try out.
During the event, Judy and I spoke about eyelashes, and she applied some on me. (It was my first time wearing any.)
Since I wear glasses, I’m going to try to snip the lashes and use them just for the outer corners. It’ll be fun to play around.
They also gave me a tube of black lash glue, which will come in handy.
At the end of the night, before I left, PR showed me some jewellery and said that if I liked any, they’d give me one! (Hehe, that certainly doesn’t happen often to me, so I was thrilled!)
They had some cool bangles and rings.
I love rings, but because my fingers are skinny little chopsticks, they never fit me, unless they’re the adjustable variety. Also, my wrists are very small, so most bracelets slide right off.
Naturally, when I went to try some of the jewellery on, I was expecting them not to fit me, but…miracle of miracles…the ring fit!
It has a geometric design that is totally up my alley, and I love that it’s a statement ring and not the dainty types.
They had them in silver and gold, but I chose gold, since most of my jewellery is gold, and I tend to wear a lot of black and gold in general.
Here’s what it looks like on! 🙂 (Yes, I’m still wearing my Ghost Nail Art. I never want Hallowe’en to end.)
In case you’re wondering, the ring is by Aimee Kennedy Custom Jewellery.
I may need to check out the ring selection because this is a first for me to have a ring fit me!
Of course I had to photograph the ring by itself, so you can see all the details. 🙂
Here’s Gina Edwards, the manicurist I told you about earlier. She has worked with celebrities including Demi Lovato and Gwenyth Paltrow.
Apparently Demi Lovato is a big fan of KISS nails, and she uses them when she’s on tour.
Gina Edwards showed us at the event how to create coffin nails, which she did for Demi.
You use a nail clipper and cut the nail on an angle, so you form a “V.” Then, use a nail file to flatten the point.
Since Gina was rocking a hot manicure, I asked her if I could snap a photo of it. She obliged, and this is her edgy manicure that I’m loving! (It goes so well with her pants.)
Hope you enjoyed this little recap of last night’s KISS 2016 preview event!
Thanks to PR for inviting me and giving me a firsthand look at all the latest goodies!
Would you have grabbed a second cupcake? Have you ever been to the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto? Which nail product or eyelash style excites you the most?