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Let’s take a closer look! Makeup Show products and brands

So this is a closer look at the products and brands I got from the Makeup Show. I will be sure to give more in depth, individual reviews on each product when I get around to testing and wearing the products.

Inglot: This was my first stop and my favorite. I previously got some eyeshadows and some of their gel liners last year at the IMATS and I just fell in love with the brand so I was super excited to try more of their products.  Everything they have is so lovely and enticing I really could’ve spent all my money here but that would’ve been it for me so I decided to pace myself. So I got three of their glosses, one lipstick, some pigments/loose eyeshadows, a blush and this really beautiful illuminator. I was really overwhelmed here since there is so much from them that I haven’t tried so I just picked a few things and called it a day. Their prices were 30% off retail. Here’s some pictures!

Inglot Goodies!!

Inglot Face and Body Illuminator

Naime’s: Located here in LA I could go here anytime but my friend showed me these glosses and they looked lovely. Going by the packaging it looks like the brand is Lime Crime and the product is Carousel Gloss. I’ve never heard of this brand before. I only got one to test out since I already own tons of glosses and I really needed to stay focused on what I NEEDED as opposed to what I WANTED. I’ve been wanting a Z-Palette for blushes and/or eyeshadows, so I got one from here since this was the cheapest spot at the show (I think).

Carousel Gloss-Golden Ticket

Carousel Gloss

Z-Palette

OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics): I’ve always wanted to try OCC lip tars and I hate buying things online without testing them first so this was the perfect opportunity. I bought a couple of their loose eyeshadow/pigments two years ago at IMATS so I wanted to try something else from the brand. I got a few really pretty lip tar colors, I could’ve easily gotten so many more but again I needed to stay strong and focused! I also met the beautiful Queen of Blending here! She’s so wonderful and nice. I love her YouTube videos; her blending is always on point and perfect; hence her name. So if you haven’t already, check her out!

Lip Tars!

Alcone: Based in NYC and a sponsor for my show Face Off, I thought this would be a good place for professional makeup. They had a lot of good stuff  for professionals at reasonable prices but I only got a concealer palette here. I was going to get one or two foundation palettes for my kit but I decided to invest in another brand and build it up.

Concealer palette with Correctors

Nigel’s: I bought a HUGE bag of sponges here for 10 bucks! You can’t really beat that deal. And I got a really cute brush belt since my Sephora brush belt is crappy (the slots are loose and I almost lost a few brushes). The belt is more like a purse actually and It looks small but there are a lot of pockets and holders. Again I could go here anytime since they are in LA but I couldn’t resist this belt! I saw a makeup artist wearing one and I had to have it. Plus it was a pretty good deal.

Brush Belt/purse

I Envy: Had a great deal on lashes. 2 bags of 10 for $30. And they came in a cute bag. I thought this would make a good addition for my kit to use when I start doing bridal, proms or other special occasions makeup. I don’t use lashes so I went in half with friend and just got one bag for now and I got a cute green glitter liquid liner as a gift! You get a good assortment of lashes in the bag and there was also a dramatic lash bag. Good deal!

Crown Brush: I love their brushes. They are good quality at good prices. I bought some brushes at the IMATS last year and I really like them. I haven’t had any problems with shedding and they are really soft (but not all though, this is why I like to test before I buy). They are great dupes for Mac Brushes.

Auraline Beauty: I got a cute lip palette for my kit here. This brand is online and it’s only available for pros and retailers. So you need to do an application and show your proof (like Mac and MUFE) to buy from here. They have lots of great stuff for great prices. They had amazing deals but I am so good on eyeshadows and blushes I had to pass. It was tempting though!

Makeup Show LA Preview!

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SOOOO, I finally have some time to do some writing! What a busy, fabulous weekend! Friday night was spent working on the play production of Once on this Island and Saturday with St. Patty’s Day and the Makeup Show LA!

Makeup Show was a fabulous show, well organized, great speakers and seminars and just so much fun! For those who don’t know, the Makeup Show is a makeup convention where makeup brands sell their products for as little as 30% off to as much as 60% off their prices. Vendors included Makeup Forever, Inglot, Kevyn Aucion, Smashbox, Naimes, Nigel’s, OCC, Alcone and so many more. It’s a great way to network, learn what’s new in the beauty-shere and of course buy products for your profession or your obsession. I bought a lot of good products (Inglot was my favorite spot), some stuff for my makeup kit and stuff I wanted to try out for my personal stash. I didn’t really take as many pictures as I would have liked but I was too busy buying stuff 🙂 I didn’t get to see a lot of the panels I wanted to see and I didn’t take advantage of the Professional Resource area like I wanted to, so I’m a bit bummed. I was just so overwhelmed. Next year for sure I’ll have a much better game plan.

I liked the Makeup Show so much better than IMATS because Makeup Show is Pro (and students) only and yes they definitely ask for proof.  IMATS is open to everyone and it’s just ridiculously and uncomfortably crowded. Every year brings more people. IMATS is bigger and has more vendors like MAC, Sugar Pill and NYX to name a few but honestly for me they were not missed because there was so much more to choose from. Makeup Show was a lot more intimate, I didn’t have to stand in line for hours to get my stuff, I could actually move around and I got to see a few seminars. Every vendor at the Makeup Show is at IMATS so yeah, big thumbs up for the Makeup Show LA. I might actually pass on IMATS this year…maybe 😉

So here are a few pictures from the show I’d like to share. Product Reviews are definitely coming soon (whenever I find the time to test products and write) and a more detailed look at my stuff. I’m just so tired and want to relax right now with St. Patty’s day last night….yeah just know it was a good night. AND I had class this morning so I’m exhausted! Hope you enjoy!

Spring is just around the corner!

So I’m doing something a bit different today, other than a makeup or beauty post!

Despite the fact that a storm is coming to LA this weekend and putting a damper on my St. Patty’s day AND Makeup show festivities, when you go to the malls it’s undeniable that Spring is nearing. There are bright colors everywhere and pretty dresses, airy tops and tanks have replaced sweaters and coats on the racks. Apart from Fall (because its boots season) Spring is probably my favorite season because of all the beautiful colors in nature and in stores. You’re just naturally inclined so gravitate to all the beauty and bright colors.

My mom dragged me to the mall, knowing I’m trying to save money for spring break in Vegas and the Makeup Show. She says “You’ll be fine! Just learn some self control and don’t spend any money”. Says the woman who has over 30 pairs of shoes, a collection of Coach, and Dooney handbags and has only worn them a few times. She wonders where my shopping addiction comes from. I swear she buys something just because its on sale! Ah, my loving mother.

Anyhow, I’m trying to be good and just follow her lead since she wants, go figure, another pair of shoes. We pass Bakers and the cutest pair of shoes catch my eyes! Perfect for Spring, especial for spring break with the outfit I want to wear. I love Bakers because they carry cute shoes that are pretty comfy in size 11’s and they are cheaper alternatives to Aldo or Nordstrom. I just couldn’t resist these shoes. I tried them on and I was instantly in love. So of course I buy them because I have issues! LOL. NO self control what so ever.
So here they are! I am so excited to wear these babies!

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