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Black Opal and Color Essence at the T&T Business Expo 2011

Beautiful dolls, hoping you had a great weekend! As usual I couldn’t stay home and ventured to check out the Trinidad and Tobago Business Expo 2011 which is now in its second year running and hosted by the International Caribbean Business Fair. Although I am a big online shopper I really do love supporting the local businesses and I have been finding that many of the items I usually buy online are slowly making its way at affordable prices to our shores.
Of course there were many booths with lots to see by my eyes zoned in on the beauty booths and for me the Black Opal booth screamed out for my attention. (Side note: I am wearing MAC’s Deliciously Forbidden Mattene Lipstick, LOVE!)
Black Opal is a brand that I didn’t really pay much attention to growing up but many a friend kept raving about their stick foundation. The one stand out item for me at the booth was the Papaya body butter, the smell was so exotic! Their mineral foundation is also a new item. Black Opal products can be found at our local beauty mecca, Pennywise and other stores nationwide.
Moving along now and my next stop was at the Nature’s essence booth. Their items are from India and they carry a wide array of skin, body and hair care items. I’m loving the Magic fruit extract range of products such as orange scrub, fruit gel face and hand wash and lemon pedi cleanser. So fruity!
Have you heard about Color Essence as yet? Well it’s a cosmetics line from India, with the punch line “Colour your spirit”. Items on display included their makeup remover, aqua makeup base, nail polishes, kajal, liquid lip colour, eyeshadows and so much more to make me go dizzy.

Don’t you just love the fact that as small a country as we are, international products are hitting our shores. We can try out new things. Be able to find new products to fall in love with. Local products will have to step up their standards. Maybe that wouldn’t be good for our wallets but it’s good to know we have options.
XOXO
Naomi

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