The Makeup Show (2013): The Haul!

I did really good. I got exactly what I wanted, and exactly what I needed. Nothing to take up space in my already overstuffed collection. I was very proud of myself. 🙂

I ended up with goodies from NARS, Ellis Faas, Koh Gen Do, and … of course… Hakuhodo.

The NARS Pro Artist Card. Apparently, those who know have to ask for these lovely things. The fabulous SA at NARS made one for me on the spot. Previously, you just had to mention that you were in the system so they could look you up. But this makes things much easier. Like MAC, the cards can only be used at standalone boutiques (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco) or online.

 Multiple in G Spot
Light Reflecting Loose Powder (backup)
Satin Lip Pencils in Golshan (top) and Het Loo (bottom)
Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger
Alcapulco Candle
Ellis Faas Skin Veil in S106 (left) and S107 (right)
Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in White (00)
Hakuhodo J-Series Brushes…12 (scaled down from 19). These will fill the void left by the Beaute debacle and be cycled into my daily kit. 
The craftsmanship on these brushes is just… beyond.
Hakuhodo Brush Soap (no really, that’s what it’s called). It’s more detergent and less traditional brush cleaner. You have to rinse this stuff out of the brushes. I’ve been advised to make the water hot… and dip one brush at a time. I’ll let you know how it works out.
Swatches to come. Ciao for now!

IMATS 2012: The Haul

This year I hit IMATS with a budget and a plan: NO MAKEUP! Seriously, there is no need for me to add a single piece of makeup to my collection… especially not from IMATS. The discounts are nice… but the makeup stations are always a feeding frenzy. I find that it’s best to plan ahead. So I did.

I called Hakuhodo ahead of time and placed my order. That way, I wouldn’t have to worry about what they brought to the show, and what they left behind. With the exception of replenishing my Velour Lashes stash (I used them all on the models for the Agenda Magazine cover), that’s all I really planned on buying.

I took pictures of the brushes separately (I got 10 in all) because I thought they looked better that way:

Angled Face Powder Brush
Pointed Face Powder Brush
Highlighter Brush
3 Eye Shadow Brushes (Small/Med/Large)
 2 Crease Brushes (Small/Med)
 1 Angled Brush (brows/lashline)
1 Mascara Spoolie
Now, of course these brushes are not necessary. I am, however, upgrading my brush collection (and sending the lot of my original brushes to my little sister)… and I opted to add the Hakuhodo Vermillion Brushes to my collection. I’m slowly building. I’d like to use mostly Hakuhodo brushes in the future. I love their symmetry and performance, and I think they’re worth every penny. I’ll finish this collection up likely next year. I have plenty to work with for now.
I also restocked my Velour Lashes stash. I’m fond of the ‘Complete Me’ Lashes because they’re very long and can accommodate a wide range of eye sizes and shapes. You can cut them and not lose the overall look and feel of the lash, which is fabulous. 
I admit to being a first-timer with Model in a Bottle. I’ve heard amazing things about this product, but I’ve never gotten around to actually using it. So this time, I plunked down a few dollars for the original formula and the sensitive skin formula. I can’t wait to test it out in this summer heat!
There was a fantastic show special on brush cleaner (this is my favorite brand), so this purchase was a no brainer. I was out of brush cleaner, and I got this little ‘show kit’ for the price of a regular bottle of cleaner.
My final purchase was a makeup book called ‘Makeup Is Art.’ I bought it because I liked the practical aspect of the makeup. I’m always interested in unusual color combinations and placement, but I tend to lean toward more wearable creations. The cover notwithstanding… the inside is full of looks and ideas that can easily be interpreted into editorial… and even practical applicaton.
That’s it… that’s my haul! See… NO MAKEUP! I  had a really good time this year. I’m really happy with the experience, and my purchases. 
We’ll do it again next year!

Gearing up for IMATS

I can’t believe it’s been a year already. IMATS is coming back to Los Angeles… and I’ll be there. But this time I’m on a budget. Hmph.

IMATS London

I’ve also mapped out a plan so that I don’t lose my natural mind. After my exploits at The Makeup Show, I sincerely need to have a seat.

I will definitely get some choice brushes from Hakuhodo. I want to start building an S-Series collection. But I have to take it slow. Those are the flagship brushes of the company, and they are EXPENSIVE. So I’m just going to do a few this time.

I’m also going to pay a visit to the lovely ladies of Velour Lashes. I’ve started using their lashes since getting them at The Makeup Show in March… and they are FABULOUS. They are so light and comfortable, and clients love the fact that they are Mink and cruelty-free (the hairs come from brushing the animals, so they are not harmed).

I’ll pop by OCC Makeup to see if anything is new and maybe hit Naimies and Nigels for show discounts on some of my favorite brands. I’m a little bummed that Kevyn Aucoin won’t be there (I can always use more Radiant Diaphanous Powder), but I’ll survive.

I also want to go to the Master Class taught by Kabuki (MAC), and I might catch a few others. I hope to stay (read: be awake) long enough to see the student competition at 3:45pm.

I always go to IMATS the old fashioned way (waiting in line with everyone else). I know a few ‘Pro Card’ card holders will be there on Friday, and I think they get an express pass in on Saturday, but honestly I enjoy the spectacle of IMATS, from long lines to amazing makeup.

I might meet with a few colleagues while I’m there… but I promise that this time I’m wearing comfortable shoes! I do NOT want a repeat of The Makeup Show. Bianca was just having a ball and taking her time, and I was in the worst shoes on earth… my feet were KILLING me! No more. Sneakers this go around. I’ll leave the ‘dressing up’ to the youtube gurus this year. 🙂

As always, I’ll take lots of pictures and regale you guys with tales from the wild side of makeup!