Arriving in NYC on Friday after a very long ride was fabulous. I was starving, so off to The Plaza I went to meet Alicia and friends for some dinner at The Plaza Hotel's The Food Court.
We woke up very early to make our way to the IMATS, I was extremely lucky and skipped the line to get in, it was a few hundred people long. Right away I got in line to meet JulieG. I told her that I saw her last year at IMATS but I didn't start watching her videos until right after. Then, I died a little because she told me I had nice skin, when I told her I use NYC color, she couldn't believe it. Super Compliment! Then she told me she liked my outfit and she tried my purse on, sweetest girl ever! She's just like her videos!
After meeting Julie we wondered around a bit, and I took a few photos:
Super Soft Brushes, I didn't buy any but they are supposed to be really good!
Queen of Blending, I don't even watch her videos, she was just wearing this crazy outfit!
Fun glitter, even safe for lips! I got some put on my eyes!
Pictures from the Make Up Museum:
E.T. face mold from the set of the movie.
Black Swan makeup maps and test pictures.
Old time makeup and tools.
Royal Family wig replicas.
Full body makeup, the live model was being painted from the time the show started at 8:30 and I took this around 3.
In this picture you can see she I only wearing underwear. Both the thigh-highs and garter are makeup!
I also loved the Stila Fashion Show, I took a video of the finale and a picture of every outfit so I made a short video:
And of course I saw Kandee Johnson! She was incredible, she is a truly genuine person and I was so glad I got to hear her speak! I also made a short video of her coming on stage:
She called a girl, Taylor, on stage. One of her cheerleading teammates messaged Kandee and told her that Taylor was just diagnosed with cancer,would be at the show and really wanted to meet her. So Kandee called her up on stage and gave her a handwritten note and a gift. It was so sweet, everyone was cheering for her.
After Kandee it was definitely time to leave, we had been there since 8:30 in the morning and there wasn't much more to see.
We took our picture with the IMATS backdrop to end the show!
I actually didn't buy too much this year, I basically never need an eyeshadow again, so I was on the hunt for good lip, cheek and foundation products. This is what I got:
Free Jesse's Girl Gift (3 products), Mehron Blush Palette ($35)*, Mehron HD creme foundation ($9)*.
I love the Mehron/ Celebre HD creme foundation, I got this last year and it is amazing! Mehron makes professional theater makeup and this product has full coverage with a lightweight formula.
This blush palette was quite a splurge for me, but for under $5 a blush you can't go wrong. These are so super pigmented it's going to take me quite a bit of time to get used to them but the colors are gorgeous!
The free Jesse's girl gift is so generous! a mini palette, nail polish and eye dust!
Colors left to right, top to bottom:
Tropi Coral, Rosewood, Mocha, Contour
Mojave, Wine Berry, Just Peachy, Bold Red
I was just getting into makeup the first time I went to IMATS and it was a little overwhelming, but going a second time I had more of a handle on things and knew what I wanted to see and do. I think the shows are the best part, take advantage of the free lessons! There are so many different things to see, many of the makeup line creators go to IMATS and you can meet them. The ticket was a little pricy at $45, but all of the different things you learn and see are amazing! If you like makeup I would absolutely recommend it.
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