Quick shots of what came home with me (sans the shirts. I’m keeping those private ’cause it’s Saturday and I just feel like it).
I did say I was not interested in eyeshadows. HOWEVER, the Nubian 2 Palette got me! Such pigmentation, and the names are just DARLING. I had to.
I already confessed about the Makeup Geek blushes. I no longer wish to talk about it. NOPE! Not the Makeup Geek palette either +4 (which is empty and thankfully magnetic. Thank you Marlena for thinking like a professional, unlike damn Troy Surrat. I’m still not over that idiotic palette).
Organic makeup brush cleaner. I have to try it. I have to. I’ll let you know if it works. I’m keeping that flannel for my face. Too cute to wipe brushes on.
Velvet 59 is quaint, but not tacky in a Benefit kinda way. I like it. I like those colors, the lip velvet doesn’t dry out my lips, the gloss is mad pigmented, and the flesh tones (on my skin) just called to me.
I HAD to support Miss Casanova! Wasn’t even a question.
Swatches at a later date. Ciao for now!
Edica Casanova is a colleague (we did the Capo Nata Lookbook together) and an all around amazing human! She was selling her makeup brush cleaner and I snapped up a bottle (in PINK) plus her brush cleaning pot!
Products off the makeup beaten path. I’ve seen Sauce Box before. Nice to know they’re still going strong. ❤
Products. I was a good girl this year and skipped anything that I can get any other time, and anything that wasn’t truly interesting or move me in some way.
Consider me MOVED by Makeup Geek Blushes! I avoided most eyeshadows like the plague, and these were no exception. But the blushes are insane. INSANE. I started out with 2, grew to 6, then 10, then SCREWITGIVEMEALLOFTHEM. The SA’s eyes nearly popped out of her head. Yeah, I said it. All of them. Show prices, within budget, and I’m not paying for them once they get in the packaging and are sold as singles. I’m good with pro pans at pro prices. Yep.
Consider me BOWLED OVER by Crimes of Beauty! The quality of these shirts is soo good. The owner, Whitney (pictured), says she’s a stickler for quality. She’s not lying. I need to bribe her for a pair of tights (they’re not available until she can recalibrate costs) because the shirts are EVERYTHING. And they speak to every makeup lover. I’ll let you just guess which ones came home with me…
Whew I am TIRED! I have to be getting old because I wasn’t even at PHAME that long today and I feel like I’ve been there since 7am! Trifling.
That’s the face ya’ll: MAC Face & Body in C6, Tom Ford Bronze Age, Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, Make Up For Ever felt liner, Urban Decay Pencil in Zero, Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara, and OCC RTW Lip Tars in Artifact and Hollywood. I’m super shiny because I sprayed with MUFE Mist + Fix and it was still setting. Kept my makeup ALL day. I swear by that stuff. I know a lot of people use Skindinavia and Model in a Bottle. But this is my go to. I’ve gone through gallons of it, and I’m known to douse clients with a ton of it before I send them on their way.
Hopped up this morning and started the day right with yoga, taught by my favorite Bag of Skittles (her description of herself. not mine). Then I got ready, got gas, and got to getting my tail to the convention center in Pasadena. By the time I got there (11am), it was 100 degrees and there was a line around the corner.
THIS picture is after the fact (about 3pm) because I didn’t think to take it until I was leaving. But my GOODNESS when I tell you that people are troopers for standing in that damn heat? I literally wore yoga clothes because I was not sweating out anything that couldn’t be tossed in the wash asap and cleaned with some kind of random detergent. You can always tell the old pros from the new ones because we were comfortable as hell. I am not wearing heels, too much makeup that I gotta worry about sliding off my face, or clothes that I have to adjust every 20 minutes. Comfort and performance is key. Oh, and black. Hush. You can tear it up and it cleans easily without an issue.
Pictures of the actual convention are coming. Kudos to the organizers for being really streamlined in the check in process. I was impressed. The artwork was better this year too. They are getting better and better. I will say that this time I focused on brands that I knew little or nothing about. I found some real gems and I’m really happy about that. They do need more education and maybe a competition or two at this convention. And some hair stuff! No, not all those damn extensions, but PROFESSIONAL products and tools for people who do hair! Why was that not there? We also need hair education. Still, overall I’m not mad. PHAME is coming along nicely.
Where did the time go? I swear it was January 10 minutes ago. I actually had to check the calendar for PHAME because I just KNEW I had another week. No such luck. Ah well. The good news is, the passes are confirmed, my yoga classes are subbed out and I think I’ve got a workable plan to get around the floor, gather as much info as I can and get out relatively unscathed.
I was digging around Youtube this week and happened upon some mess that apparently happened in 2015, that would have totally changed my stance on IMATS in 2016. I know I’m late to the party, but since I don’t keep up with vloggers and the like, I’m excused. I guess some folks got kicked out of IMATS for holding meet-and-greets there. Forgive me if I nod in approval. I stopped going to IMATS several years ago because the blogger/vlogger meet up thing had gotten so out of control that it became impossible for the rest of us to actually do our jobs.
Besides the insane overcrowding that easily translated into a fire hazard, the event had become more commercial than professional and a lot of pros (who get the same discounts off season) decided that standing in line for 2 hours (a real thing y’all) for a damn lipgloss was not gonna fly. IMATS had turned into the Six Flags of Makeup Shows, and it was really a bit much. Vendors (who pay insane amounts of money for booth space) started complaining that the meet and greets were pulling focus from their business… and it was particularly heinous because the focus of those meet and greets hadn’t paid much more than the price of admission (if that). Plus, there were bloggers/vloggers who expected free swag from vendors simply because of their blog or YouTube channel. Man, listen.
The last time I went to IMATS I was in the middle of a conversation with the folks at OCC about their latest launch (I’m there in journalistic capacity), when a rather messy now-defunct vlogger (there is balance in the universe after all) pushed past me screaming and jumping all over the reps in familiarity. My conversation was immediately derailed and as a result that company got no coverage because I wasn’t condoning that bullshit. I decided then and there that I would not be back unless things changed. First, clearly this person was raised in a barn and had no home training. Second, WTF? So yeah. Nope.
Leaving IMATS wasn’t a strain because there’s so much brand crossover at The Makeup Show and PHAME. Plus PHAME was started by a former IMATS founder (which is why IMATS suddenly got pushed to January some years back) and is specifically geared to pros, so I didn’t feel any loss. I guess IMATS figured out real quick (like Los Angeles did about charging asinine production fees and forcing studios to shoot out of state/country) that being greedy short term would end up tanking the whole thing. So they’ve pulled back. As they should.
I believe that there is space for everyone. But when that space starts getting high-jacked to the detriment of the collective, it’s time to regulate.
*Makeup is By Terry CC Cream in Tan, NARS Orgasm, Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Mascara, and Lipstick Queen Medieval*
Here’s what came home with me from Sugarpill:
The Pro Palette:
As you may (or may not) know, the pro palette is simply three of the regular Sugarpill Palettes smashed together in one palette. I have the smaller palettes (which I’m gifting to my little sister), but I got this one because it’s a lot more convenient to have all of the colors in one palette. The black shadow is missing from this palette, but I don’t really mind.
I also got the Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette:
And I thought I was done, but the Elektro Cute Loose Pigment in Hi-Viz caught my eye:
Believe it or not, this swatch really doesn’t capture the magnificence of this pigment. It’s neon bright, and sparkly all at once. There are other colors like royal blue, fuchsia, peach, and green… but the yellow simply sparkles the best in my opinion. It is totally amazing.
Here’s part of the haul…
Sauce Box Mascara, Creme de la Creme Palette, and Single Eyeshadow in Black Widow
I put the black shadow on the other end because by the time I got to swatching it, I was out of arm space on the front end.
The finger swipe that changed my life:
That’s one swipe. ONE.SWIPE. With my finger. Amazing. And this shadow is so creamy and pigmented… just divine. The bad news is, Black Widow is only available in single form for special occasions (the PHAME Expo being one such occasions). I don’t think it’s available in single form again until the Holiday Season. But it does come standard in the Creme de la Creme Palette, so you can get your fix that way in the meantime.
I haven’t tried the mascara. It came free with any purchase. The wand is thin and flimsy like Maybelline Falsies, and the bristles are plastic. We’ll see how it performs.
Sauce Box Single Shadow in French Toast
I got this color for smoky eye purposes. It’s a black based brownish khaki color. Reminds me of Laura Mercier’s Black Karat, but more brown than that.