The Makeup Show NYC 2011 - EXPERIENCE & HAUL...
The Makeup Show was at its usual location - Metropolitan Pavilion on 18th Street in NYC. I love this location for this type of event because it's spacious and airy and perfect for crowding all us makeup fiends in. The floor space was large enough for 4 rows (or was it 3?) of booths without being clustered. Of course with the crowds of people it got tight sometimes...nothing a good ole excuse-me-poke-elbow won't fix.
The demos and classes were on higher floors along with a few other lesser known companies and pro program sign-ups.
Although the line was long, they moved people really quickly through the check-in line and everything flowed smoothly. Obviously they are experts at these shows now!
Parking was such a breeze this time around. I parked one block away and since it was Sunday it was free parking! I was able to unload heavy purchases when my hands got too full.
The exhibitor list was fantastic with many well known and popular brands not to mention new comers. And of course because the show is geared towards Pros, there were many airbrush companies and artist supplies (bulk sponges, disposable wands, lashes, ZUCA bags, etc.).
Make Up For Ever (diamond sponsor of the show) had the biggest booth and was PACKED! They were very organized though...you got a booklet with all the products and you simply wrote down what you wanted to order and handed it in. The killer was the line you had to get on to collect your purchases. Now being who I am I SKIPPED the line and went right to the front much to the chagrin of the rest of the line-huggers. Oh well....LOL! The funniest thing is two of the artists there know me anyway so...
MAC was there as well but I didn't even check them out. Inglot was also there but again I stayed away. I checked out Stila because my friend Amy was gushing about the new liners (thanks mama). I also checked out a few more places but I was on a mission for an airbrush system. I stalked Dinair, Temptu PRO, Kett but settled for Luminess which is for waterproof makeup only. I will probably upgrade if I like the whole concept but for now I'm happy. I also grabbed some more lashes, glitter, lip tars and random brushes.
The highlight of the show for me was meeting some great friends, subscribers and fellow YouTubers/Bloggers!
I met up with my lovely beauty pal Amy at the start if the show! I spent some time with Tysh (Addicted2Makeup), Lisa (Welcome2DivasWorld), Erin (Makeup Fiend), Erika (The Glamorous Gleam), Olivia all the way from Grand Cayman (Shades of Professional Makeup) and a few others. And I finally saw Lauren (QueenOfBlending) up close. Poor thing is so shy but she's not rude at all!
I also sat in on a Sam Fine demo and he was just a wealth of knowledge! Love him!
Shout out to everyone I met. I am terrible with names so for sure I may not remember your name but I always remember faces. If you saw me let me know! Send me pics too if you have any - firstname.lastname@example.org! YAY!
P.S. I had my camera but it was just my luck (or stupidity) that I left my battery pack in the charger. So I pretty much has no pictures to share! : (