This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending IMATS (International Makeup Artist Trade Show) in Toronto. To say I was like a kid in a candy store is an understatement (if this post disappears halfway through it’s because the drool running down my chin fried my keyboard 😛 ) Not only does it feature many brands unavailable in Canada, many sell at ridiculously discounted prices! Yay!
Being the responsible mommy, I made myself a “wish list” with a budget beforehand, and the first thing I did as soon as I stepped foot inside was get rid of it! (at least the budget part! 😛 )
I got there on the first day, a little after noon, and the place was PACKED! Like a determined hockey player on a breakaway, I headed for the Crown Brush booth. The lovely lady handed me a rather large basket, and I let the good times roll! A mere 15 minutes later, 7 brushes had accumulated! I picked up a small contour face brush, a large fluffy eye shader ( I use these for powder),a duo fibre crease brush (I’ve been DYING to try these, thanks EnKore Makeup!), a stiff medium shader, 2 fluffy dome brushes ( you always need a backup for the backup, right?!? 😛 ), a small contour brush, and a mini kabuki. At these prices (between $2-$5) I’m surprised this is all the damage I did…
Next, I scoped out the OCC booth. I’ve been curious to try this brand for a while, but was waiting to see the products ‘live’. Their famous lip tars where on display and within seconds the back of my hand resembled an abstract art painting. After much deliberation, I decided on Grandma, a pinky, bright coral ( LOOOOOOVE them corals!) Also, since their nail enamel had been getting much hype, I decided to test-drive it as well. I picked up two bottles of Extravaganza ( a certain Marta at Chitchat Nails will be getting one too… I had to get a second opinion, you know… 😛 )
The single conscious thought that DID stick in my head during this state of euphoria was that I MUST pick up Nurturing Force blotting paper. I love, love, LOVE this stuff! The one I bought smells like roses…*swoon*
Just when I thought my retail endeavours were done, I came across lashes at Nigel’s Beauty Emporium. Done.
Yup, 7 pairs are mine…this drawer doesn’t replenish itself, you know! 😉
With bags in hand and a grin on my face, it was time for the learning component. Even though, I love Eve Pearl I chose to attend the Kevin James Bennett seminar instead ( I heart him!) He’s a phenomenal public speaker and a wealth of knowledge. He demonstrated a du jour metallic eye look…tres chic! (keep your eyes open for my rendition coming up soon!)
Slowly coming off my buzz and still giddy, I decided to head home to test this stuff out. Let’s not kid ourselves, I barely made it to the car before I was trying it… 😛
Anyone else attend IMATS?