IMATS: The Haul

So here’s what came home with me from this year’s IMATS:

I told you guys that NAKED got all my money. I bought the deluxe set of creams, which translates into four full size and four travel size containers of the cream. Allegedly, you can use it EVERYWHERE and even use it to boost your own products. So, that’s what I’ve been doing… I’ve pretty much mixed it with everything, and in the last 24 hours I’ve put it in my hair, on my face, and on my body. It’s chock full of fabulous ingredients (aloe barbadensis, melaluca honey), so I feel very safe using it.

So far, so good.

Bronze Bonanza from Napoleon Perdis. Nothing in this set is actually bronze, but whatever. It was 20 bucks…and it’ll do in a pinch.

Total glitterbomb. But I can see this making a nice eyeshadow. I’ll figure it out.
The lipgloss isn’t really bronze either. But again… it’s whatever.
They gave me this gloss for filling out an information sheet.
It’s a decent summer gloss. And hey, it was free. I am NOT complaining.
DEX Lip Gloss in Columbus Avenue Copper.
Kevyn Aucoin Diaphonous Radiance Powder.

NAKED Cosmetic Pigment Stack in Sierra Nevada. These pigments are safe for use EVERYWHERE, including eyes, lips and even nails. MAC… I’m looking at you. NAKED is over here showing you all the way up!

A lovely gift from the lady at Crown Brushes. Bianca and I were among the last to leave, and the IMATS people were pushing us out the door. The owner was MORTIFIED and ran after us with a brush each for us. She was so apologetic and sweet. We totally appreciated it.

Bindi and Deep Plum eye pencil from Sumita Beauty. This place is local, and offers a professional discount. Who knew?

Kevyn Aucoin Brush Roll. 
That’s my haul from IMATS! Ciao for now!

IMATS: A Lesson from Valente Frazier

I attended the Keynote Lesson from Celebrity Makeup Artist Valente Frazier. He is Iman and Tyra Banks’ makeup artist… and is recognized for his professionalism, drama-free attitude, grace and humility.

Before he came on stage, there was a wonderful vignette with Iman and others talking about why they choose to work with Valente Frazier on a regular basis. And what came through again and again was his professionalism, his grace, and his drama-free attitude.

I met him after the show, and commended him on his consummate professionalism. He held my hand the entire time, and told me that we are nothing without humility, and  none of us is EVER so big that we can be rude to another person. I took that home with me.

But onto the lesson! I have no words…so I’ll just let the pictures do the talking. Valente shared his secrets to getting the perfect flawless Red Carpet look:

IMATS; People of Note

I met some AMAZING people during my IMATS experience. The contrast between some of these ‘nouveau professionals’, and ACTUAL professionals is glaring. I am blown away by the courtesy, professionalism, kindness and generosity of the people who have earned their status the old fashioned way… by working for it. There is a beauty and a humility that is lacking in some of today’s ‘celebrities’ in the makeup world.

Desiree of Kevyn Aucoin. She was so courteous and professional while I waxed poetic about the legend that is Kevyn Aucoin. She even held up a signed copy of  ‘Making Faces’ for me to photograph…

She sent me home with a Diaphonous Powder (for medium to darker skintones), and a promise to do business in the future. I was really impressed  by her level of professionalism and grace.

This is Dexter Phillip, the owner of DEX New York Cosmetics. He did my makeup (and please know that with the exception of my wedding day, I have not let a person touch my face since the late 1990’s) just before we took this photograph. He was patient, and sweet, and just completely wonderful. Despite his INCREDIBLY IMPRESSIVE RESUME, he remains humble and kind and open to real honest conversation. I can’t say enough good things about this man. I was so amazed by his great attitude toward everything in general.

Bianca is going to kill me for this, but I did get a picture of Dexter putting highlighter under her eyes.

Doing another woman’s makeup. As you can see, I spent a lot of time with him. I was SO impressed with his professionalism. I bought one of his fabulous lipglosses (Columbus Avenue Copper) that he used on me. Love it!

The incomparable Samantha. This girl got so much money outta me… OMG! lol She was so open and sweet and bubbly and AWESOME. Just a wonderful, honest person. I bought the ‘premium’ package of Naked Cream (more on that later), and that’s something I would never do. Especially since I make my own cream. But that’s how much of an impression she  made on me… and the product is wonderful to boot. I even brought Bianca back to the booth (she also bought the premium package), and Naked’s other amazing person (Shanna) sent me home with their best selling ‘Sierra Nevada’ pigment stack.

I don’t have pictures of one other person (Jennifer from Clarisonic) who offered Bianca the most amazing Pro Discount that I’ve ever seen. She and I have promised to do business in the future as well. She is going to help me gift a Clarisonic Mia when the blog hits 2,000 followers! How awesome is that!

These people made such an impression on me. I was blown away by the level of courtesy and professionalism that they displayed. Some of these ‘new’ pros and youtube gurus could learn a LOT from them. First impressions are everything… and I will always remember the fakeness and the silliness that comes with thinking that you are too important to be nice to a stranger. A person with a webcam and a basic understanding of makeup can become a ‘guru.’ Any contestant strange enough to win a spot on reality television can become a ‘celebrity.’ It takes a heck of a lot more talent, patience, manners, humility, kindness, courtesy, and practicality to actually become a professional.

IMATS: Professional Grade

Watching true professionals work is something to behold. The spectacle of artistry gets more amazing every year. I continue to be blown away, and continue to learn new and exciting ways to view and use makeup.

IMATS: The Overall Effect

I took 201 pictures… so I’m uploading in pieces. This is the overall ‘spectacle’ that is IMATS. I basically just held the camera up over my head and shot the general environment…

That’s the line. That is all.