Imperfectly Painted headed to The Makeup Show Orlando this past weekend. I have never been to anything like this before, so it was a very new and eye opening experience. I have to admit prior to going I was very intimidated. I'm just a casual nail blogger, I do not have a background in the beauty industry, and I'm not blogging professionally. I did not want to seem as if I did not belong or feel out of place. Thankfully, as soon as I attended the blogger preview and was surrounded by my blogging friends my fears subsided. This beauty industry is full of amazingly talented, creative, and welcoming people! They were really appreciative of all of us bloggers there, and recognized how we are an asset in this industry.
The weekend started with Saturday where us bloggers had a special blogger preview..just for us!
We were welcomed by the lively, funny, and amazing, James Vincent- one of the directors of The Makeup Show and a makeup artist himself.
He explained to us his background, the details of the show, and all of the talented speakers and makeup artists who would be there. My favorite part of this is when James revealed to us what his favorite TV show was. It's the Golden Girls! That is my favorite TV show too! That made me giddy!
The Makeup Show also graciously put together some amazing swag bags for us.
Then we had three surprise pop-in visitors come in--Koren Zander of Enkore Makeup, Elessa Jade of Pursebuzz. I'm just nail blogger here, but I definitely know these two! I was an avid Youtube viewer before I was a blogger, and it's amazing how these people have made a business out of their love for all things beauty.
Elessa showed us some of her makeup brushes.
Koren shared with us some of his upcoming products.
We also had AJ Crimson of Kissable Couture stop in and show us his new foundation line.
This was a great preview! It really helped me ease into the weekend and was very informative. There is so much passion these people have for this industry and it absolutely shows. I am always impressed and inspired by people doing what they love, and this was a perfect example.
Below is the assortment of goodies we got in our swag bags! We received products from Zuca, Embryolisse, Crown Brush , Stila, Makeup For Ever, Smashbox, and Senna Cosmetics.
The next two days Sunday and Monday were all dedicated to the actual show. The show was crazy! I mean crazy in a good way though. There tons and tons of people and a lot to explore. I admit I was a bit overwhelmed, and I could of done a better job of taking more photos. It was a lot to take in though, so I did the best I could.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics--Woo hoo! Nail polish!
On Sunday, they also had a blogger panel. This is where some of our Central Florida Beauty Bloggers--Phyrra, Clumps of Mascara, and Let Them Have Polish answered great questions about being a beauty blogger.
One of the highlights from the show was that Cult Nails had a booth there! I got to help on at the booth on Sunday and Monday. It was a blast. I loved it! Nail polish is my thing (duh), and I have a lot of Cult Nails products so it was fun to share that with so many interested people at the show. It was very much my element, and I found it very rewarding. I'm so thankful Maria let me and the other bloggers help her out, and I hope the experience was very successful for her.
Look at all the Cult Nails polishes!
Here are some of the things I purchased at the show..
Enkore Makeup Brush Roll, OCC nail polishes in Grandma & Chlorophyll, Kissable Couture lip glosses in Johnny, Glamour, and Mysterious, Cult Nails Charlatan, Tied Up, & Nevermore, Makeup For Ever Invisible Cover HD Foundation, Amerikan Body Art Franken-Polish Suspension Base (so cool!), and I received Cult Nails upcoming Behind Closed Doors collection to review.
Overall, I am so grateful for the experience I had at The Makeup Show. It was really one of the best adventures I've had. I enjoyed seeing people in their element and living their life passion. That is something that is meaningful to me. While, I do not see myself in the beauty industry personally, as a blogger who loves beauty products and just as a human I have so much respect for people who do what they love. It was also so wonderful to be surrounded by so many friends I have made through blogging. They have really changed my life, and made me feel a part of something special. Many thanks to The Makeup Show for allowing bloggers to be a part of their show and for welcoming us with open arms!
Below is a list of the bloggers who attended the show. There are some of them who have posts up about The Makeup Show already, but many of them will be adding their posts soon so please check back!
Pretty Little Bottles
Clumps of Mascara
Let Them Have Polish
Beauty by LaRenda
Make Me Up In HD
Libby's Pink Vanity
Ivory and Olive
Orlando Fashion Society
Lit From Within