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Cosmoprof Preview: ICMAD Honors Beauty Innovations

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Viva Las Vegas ... and innovation. The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) will honor three beauty business experts, as well as more than 40 beauty industry finalists, during its 12th annual Cosmetic Innovators of the Year (CITY) Awards in Las Vegas.

The event will take place July 25 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

More than 40 of the beauty industry’s most creative companies have been selected from over 120 entries as finalists. The finalists’ entries will be displayed in ICMAD’s booth at Cosmoprof, Booth #22090, and the winners, in each of the 14 categories, will be announced at the CITY Awards event.

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Also during the evening's festivities, ICMAD said it will be honoring three beauty insiders who have made indelible marks on the $56 billion dollar cosmetics industry.  

"This year's CITY speakers represent a wealth of expertise and will bring a high level of energy and excitement to the occasion," said ICMAD CEO Pam Busiek. "Their participation will be the perfect complement to an event designed to honor innovation and creativity in the beauty and personal care industry — the CITY Awards is the industry's must-attend event." 

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Harlan Kirschner, The Kirschner Group, will be the Master of Ceremonies during Monday's event. Kirschner started in the beauty business with a few small lines servicing the west coast in 1984, which ultimately grew to become a thriving global professional sales organization, The Kirschner Group, Inc. The company offers complete global coverage to manufacturers with more than 100 sales and educational personnel. Kirschner is on the board of the Professional Beauty Association, and is a 2014 City of Hope Honoree.

Tish & Snooky Bellomo from MANIC PANIC will be the kStill based in NYC, the internationally distributed line is best known for its rainbow assortment of MANIC PANIC hair color and cosmetics. Manic Panic has the largest range of alternative and fashion colors to choose from in the industry. Accomplishments include winning two PETA Awards for the best cruelty-free hair product, the Allure 'Best of Beauty' Award, and three-time winner of the NYLON Beauty Award.

CITY Award winners will be selected from among three finalists in each of 14 categories, and awarded at the July 25 event.

Here are the nominees in the following categories:

Product Innovation

Product Color Cosmetics: 

  • Cover FX, Cover FX Custom Cover Drops
  • IT Cosmetics, IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara
  • Palladio Beauty Group, FIFTY-FIFTY Cat-Eye Liquid Liner + Smoky Kajal

Product Facial Skincare:

  • Bioelements, Plump Start
  • BioMimetic Laboratories, Inc., Erasa XEP30
  • Patchology, Patchology SmartMud

Product Bath/Body/Fragrance:

  • Coastal Salt & Soul, Blissful Body Butter
  • Vita Liberata, Vita Liberata 3-In-1 Self-Tanning Dry Oil SPF 50
  • Whish Beauty, Rice Milk Firming Body Cream

Product Haircare: 

  • Fairy Tales Hair Care, Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Line
  • HATCHBEAUTY PRODUCTS LLC, Body Breakthrough Volume Boosting Hairspray
  • Lotus Rx, Lotus Rx Hair Solution

Product Accessories & Tools: 

  • Clarisonic, Alpha Fit
  • FOREO, FOREO IRIS
  • TEMPTU, TEMPTU Air

Package Design Innovation

Package Color Cosmetics: 

  • gloProfessional, Suede Matte Crayon
  • HCT Packaging, Lilah B. Divine Duo Lip And Cheek
  • IT Cosmetics, IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

Package Facial Skincare: 

  • AMOREPACIFIC, Age Correcting Foundation Cushion SPF 25
  • Elizabeth Arden, Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster
  • World Wide Packaging, NuFACE 24k Gold Gel Primers

Package Bath/Body/Fragrance: 

  • Besame Cosmetics, Decades of Fragrance Eau de Parfum 50ml
  • Defineme Fragrance, Defineme Fragrance Oil Collection
  • Thymes, Frasier Fir Ceramic Poured Candle 3-Wick

Package Hair care: 

  • amika, amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner
  • FHI Brands, Stylus
  • World Wide Packaging, StriVectin Hair N1A114 Technology

Package Accessories & Tools:

  • invisibobble, invisibobble POWER
  • IT Cosmetics, IT Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush
  • Japonesque, Japonesque Kumadori Brush Collection

Marketing/Advertising Innovation Print

Best Cause Marketing:

  • Iredale Mineral Cosmetics Ltd, Rise Above With Love: Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign For Living Beyond Breast Cancer
  • MENAJI WORLDWIDE LLC, Clear Shave 3-in-1 Formula
  • Obliphica Professional, Obliphica Professional

Innovative Launch Campaign: 

  • Cover FX, Cover FX Custom Cover Drops
  • Gavee Gold Collection, NewBeauty Innovative Launch Campaign
  • IT Cosmetics, IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

Member’s Choice Product: 

  • Amazing Cosmetics, Amazing Cosmetics Corrector
  • Elysee Scientific Cosmetics, Inc., Elysee Time Out-Ap Age-Defying Moisturizer
  • Flip-It! Cap Company, Flip-It!
  • Luxury Lady Ltd., ChinUp Mask

Member’s Choice Package: 

  • Bellapierre Cosmetics, Precious Diamonds Instant Cellular Wrinkle Eraser
  • HYNT BEAUTY, Aria Pure Lipstick
  • Nosco, Modere I/D
  • RST, Inc., Oreve Beauty LED Peptide Correcting Serum