Wow, it’s been awhile. I know I’ve been absent on this blog for a few months now. I decided to take a break for a bit. But I am pleased to announce that I am back.
I attended the Los Angeles International Makeup Artists Trade Show this past weekend and I have to admit I was a little underwhelmed. Well, as far as the vendors and products/prices go. The amount of people there, however, did get overwhelming at times.
Last year the prices were heavily discounted at majority of the vendor booths. I was disappointed to find a lot of the brands only offering a 10% or 20% discount. So because of this, I skipped on a lot of stuff. Particularly Make Up For Ever which I was looking forward to getting a heavy discount on like last year. They were only offering 20% off unless you already were a part of their own professional program.
So onto the few goodies that I picked up…
88 Pearl Eyeshadow Palette
This is a palette I had been wanting for a while. And yes, you can get these on a ton of different Websites, but they were only $19.95 and I didn’t have to pay for shipping. So I figured why not? The colors are gorgeous and very pigmented. I have the 88 Matte Eyeshadow Palette and this complements it quite well.
OCC Lip Tar in Grandma
I’ve seen several people wearing this Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar shade and it always looks like such a great summer color. It’s a muted coral (it looks a lot more orange in the picture above), and is just a tad lighter than MAC Lipstick in Vegas Volt, a vivid coral. It looks great on its own or paired with a lipgloss. I’ve been wearing it a lot with MAC Lipglass in Nymphette for just a touch of shimmer. I’m a big fan of the lip tars and this is the third one in my collection now. You can purchase them here.
Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in Love +
I have been dying to try the products from Sugarpill Cosmetics since before they were even released to the public. I was so bummed to find out the palettes were sold out, especially since they were about $10 less than their normal retail price at IMATS. So I opted for the one pressed eyeshadow I had been dying to try: Love +. This is a true bright red and I have NEVER seen an eyeshadow similar to this.
See how pigmented the red is? I’m impressed and will definitely be purchasing more of these shadows, hopefully in the palette next time. You can purchase Sugarpill Cosmetics here.
I also bought an eyebrow brush since I was in need of a new one and it was only $1 along with a flat top short handle kabuki brush to throw in my makeup bag for on the go touch ups.
I could have purchased a lot more, but decided not to because I didn’t think the deals were that great so I figured I’d save my money. Will I be attending IMATS next year despite my disappointment? Probably. It’s always a fun experience and I like that you can just purchase exhibit floor only tickets so that I can shop if I don’t feel like sitting in on any of the speakers.
Did anyone else attend IMATS this year? Any great deals you just couldn’t pass up?