Hey girls (and guys :P)
I apologise for this delayed post, I'm kinda still recovering from the AMAZING weekend I had at the first ever Australian Beauty Bloggers Weekend where 85 beauty bloggers all around Australia came together in Sydney for a fun-filled weekend on all things beauty!
Luckily for me, it was held in Sydney so I knew I didn't have an excuse NOT to come to an event like this :) I was first informed of the event on twitter where one of my beauty blogger friends, Tram, told me to register for this beauty event held in Sydney! So I registered, with the thought in mind that hey, its beauty related AND its in Sydney, so why not? Glad I did register before it closed because I was guaranteed a spot, yay! :)
Thatttt was all the way back in May/June? Months and months went by and next thing you know its September 24! All during those months I read updates on what the event was going to be like, what sponsors/speakers were going to be associated with ABBW and as the days went by, the more excited I got!
The weekend of 24/25 was a wet and windy one unfortunately, but that didn't dampen our spirits! I met up with Tram and Alice, both gorgeous beauty bloggers and we made our way to Darling Harbour in search of Novotel Hotel to register and also where most of the events were going to be held. It took us a while to figure out the entrance of Novotel since we entered in at the back of the hotel, but we got there eventually and were greeted with Jacie and Kimmi, the awesome organisers of ABBW that brought the event altogether seamlessly :)
Jacie has the most amazing nail swatches! Her nails are so so pretty, perfectly shaped and amaaazing application of nail polish no matter WHAT the consistency. Kimmi's blog talks about anything and everything beauty related, and her posts are always so detailed and informative :)
At registration, we were provided with our own lanyards and imats/abbw passes with our blogs on it yay!
So after we registered at 8ish on Saturday morning, the girls and I headed back to Sydney Convention Centre to get ready for IMATS (International Make-Up Trade Show) where lots of make up brands come and showcase their products and sell at a cheaper price than in store. Luckily for us ABBW attendees, our IMATS tickets were already paid for! I think if you wanted to buy a ticket for one day, it cost $40-$45? That's if you dont buy it presale. Pre sale tickets are only $30/day so you can totally save your money for other things like make up ;)
Before entering the doors, people kindly offered us an IMATS bag to hold our goodies, and also a booklet informing us of what products from what stalls were on offer and what to check out
It was only 9am in the morning and the stalls were already filling up quick. Especially Make Up Forever and MAC. Wow some girls were just so KEEN! I wanted to get a hold of the Macroviolet Fluidline from MAC but they sold out :( Crown brushes were so so cheap! The lines at most of the bigger brand name stalls were just so crazy, there was no line system and everyone tried to push in to get what they wanted. Make Up Forever took so long because people bought a lot and the sales assistants were manually writing out receipts, it took forever!
The view from the top! Alice and I were trying to find the Royal & Langnickel Suite for ABBW'ers because there was free manicures and complimentary morning tea there especially for us yay hehe. We went up the wrong set of stairs and so I took this from the top. As we were about to make our way down, I bumped into Shizuka from heartofpearl cos she went up the wrong set of stairs like us haha Ah, she's so pretty! :) Unfortunately I didn't get a pic with her :(
Pic of the three of us at the Royal&Langnickel Suite , Alice, Me and Tram! They had yummy quiches and orange juice hehe.
As we were leaving the suite, the guys gifted us with a set of their S.I.L.K GreenLine brushes yay! This is what it looks like on their site here hope you guys can see that! The brushes are so soft and amazing. I haven't used all their brushes yet. I've only used the blush brush and its soooo soft on your face and picks up product well. Full review most likely later....in a few weeks! Stay tuned for that, I'll post it up I promise!!
So we wandered around trying to see what there was to buy ... honestly I didn't buy that much things. I knew I wanted a new blush brush but I found that in the brush set we were gifted .. so I didn't feel the need of purchasing any more of those. I did pick up a retractable kabuki brush from Royal&Langnickel for $10. So so sooo soft! I can't stress enough how soft their brushes are!
Oooooh I also purchased a red lipstick. It's not red red...I chose a pretty pinkish red but it got sold out so I settled for this lipstick colour instead. I was worried it wouldn't suit my skin tone but the make up artist there told me that my skin tone was really versatile and that I could wear most colours. That surprised me actually. All this time I was worrying about warm and blue toned reds...not knowing what colour to settle on. I got it from Serge Louis Alvarez (SLA). I had never heard of the brand before in my life, but they were having a deal with lipsticks - 3 for $30 so me and Tram split it up. She got two and I got one.
It looks red but it's got a slight hot pink undertone. Swatches to come! It was too pretty to swatch!!! :(
Happy snaps of IMATS
HE WAS ALL GOLDDD AND METALLIC! yum. LOL
Ah I totally forgot to stalk Napoleon and take a pic with him!!!
How awkward is it when everyone's taking a photo of you .... Her dress was so gorgeous but! AND SHE WAS SO TALLLLLL. Ok, maybe cos I'm short..but ppffffft :D
|photo from Tram! :)|
At the Royal&Langnickel Brush stallll. Brushes started at $3!!!
Gorgeous Cosmetics Eyeshadows & Fake Eyelashes
I think these were Inglot lipsticks? I can't remember ...
Inglot Nail polish heavennnnnnnnnn
The highlight of being at IMATS was meeting Elessa from PURSEBUZZ on youtube! :D
I remember Pursebuzz as one of the first people I ever watched on youtube because I watched her vid on "How to curl your hair with a straightener" yeaaars ago or some hair tutorial. I remember watching heaaaaaaps of her hair tutorials. She was like my idol back then haha, but then I stopped watching. Cos I think she stopped making vids for a while.. and I was out of touch with youtube for a bit too.
But when I met herI was literally starstruck. She's so friendly and nice and bubbly :) She gave us these cute pink sequinned headbands with pursebuzz on the inside! And she told us to tweet her the pic hehe and we did and she replied back to us! *feels special*
I know this post is getting a bit lengthy so I'll leave it at this. I'll post up Part 2 tmrw or in the next few days so watch out for that! :)
Until next timeeeeeee :)