So, I park… get in line… get out of line… park AGAIN… experience IMATS…
3 hours later I emerge exhausted but victorious! I got just about everything I wanted. I resisted the massive spectacle that was the MAC display, despite the gaggle of gorgeous new glitters! Eh…I can get them later at the Pro store. My goal was to get things ‘cheaper’ that are not readily available at this time.
I really really wanted a glittery diamond lipgloss from MUFE, but when I tell you that the line was THE LENGTH OF THE CONVENTION CENTER… omg. I was in line for about 10 mintues before I decided that I was too grown to be waiting for a freakin’ hour for some lipgloss. Again… I’ll get it later. I’m sure Nigel’s will have it soon enough.
I get back to the mall only to realize that I DON’T REMEMBER WHERE I PARKED MY CAR! Seriously! I wandered around for 20 minutes before going to the parking office for help. But all the attendants were tied up with fender benders around the parking lot (I WANT YOU MUA’S TO LEARN HOW TO DRIVE) because 1) Many of the IMATS attendees were from all over the world and 2) Most of ’em weren’t so handy behind the wheel. 27 minutes later, an attendee comes to my rescue. Why did he find my car right at the foot of the main escalator? So ridiculous. I must have walked by it a million times!
I’d pre paid for my parking ticket, but because I spent so much time LOOKING for my freakin’ car, the meter had continued to run! The parking folks waived the 4.50 cents that I might have paid extra… if not for their sympathy.
I hauled out of Pasadena happy, but exhausted. IMATS was worth the wait, and every penny. I can’t wait for next year!
Swatches to come… yes, really. Hush! I know I still owe swatches from last time. I had to get a new camera. Long story.
Out of bed by 7:00am… at the Pasadena Convention Center by 8:30am.
Parking at the convention center is SOLD OUT. The show started at 8:30. WTH?
I park at a meter (only good for an hour) with plans to get in line and get my wristband for my prepaid ticket (purchased in February). This is the line:
Pool Party/Fashion Show
Venue: Palazzo West LA
Designer: Pamela G
Provisional Clothing: EM & Co.
Makeup: Shahada Karim
This is what ‘neon orange lips’ looks like in motion…
Only the host (Monique Stateena of ANTM fame) was exempt.
Not THE Golden Girls (RIP Bea & Rue)… but a reasonable fascimile…?
I’ve been on a metallic kick lately… ALL metals make me happy. But Gold is my all time favorite. From pigments to shadows to creams and liners… all products in the precious hue have me positively giddy this summer.
Here are some of my favorites:
Urban Decay’s 24/7 eye pencil in ‘Baked.’ This one is a bit more ‘bronze’ but still very nice. The formula for this pencil is unmatched. The entire 24/7 line is beautifully done, with smooth application and major staying power.
My next obession:
Okay… so what had happened was…
I know I promised swatches and pictures. But alas, the pictures are STUCK in my camera because for the life of me I CANNOT find my USB cable! In my defense, I’ve just moved and I’m unpacking. I’m sure it’ll turn up in the sea of boxes and packing tape currently strewn across the rooms of my new digs.
Still, my sustainable journey continues. Ever on the hunt for the ‘perfect’ purple eyeliner pencil (it’s a long story), I stumbled across this:
Tarte continues to impress. This retractatable pencil comes in a lovely shade of plum. Glides on and stays put. I feel like I’m one step closer to my quest for the perfect purple pencil.
I also broke down and got another bronzing stick:
Don’t judge. I’ve been using it EVERYWHERE… head to toe. It wipes down easily with alcohol (stay santiary!) and stores well… even if it’s stuck in the car under the California summer sun. This has easily become a kit staple.
So for now… HOORAY FOR TARTE! And whenever my USB cable surfaces… you’ll get those pictures I promised.