Tuesday, April 17, 2012

NYC 2012 IMATS =) My Experience & Haul!



Hi!!!!! So as many of you all probably know from the flood of NYC/IMATS vlogs/hauls in your subscription boxes that IMATS took place over the weekend (April 14-15) & to sum it up in one word - it was INCREDIBLE!!!! Can you tell I'm excited? Today's post is going to be about my experience & about the cool products I picked up =)


IMATS NYC 2012 was held at PIER 94, I was so glad they changed the venue this year because last years location in Soho was way to small & the layout was a bit confusing. Pier 94 was 10X bigger which made the experience more enjoyable since you didn't feel like you were in a pack of sardines =)

When I first walked in (after waiting on a huge line at 8:30 in the morning) I got my IMATS bracelet & my jaw dropped open (not literally, lol) It felt like being in makeup heaven!!!! So many sellers, so much makeup, so many pretensions, so many amazing people... so little time! I just stood there for a few minutes taking it all in because I wanted to remember the day forever!

The first place I went to was NYX because I knew later on in the day the line would be ginormous & some products might have sold out. Having that said there was still a large line and a lot of people surrounding the stand but I would rather take that then have to stand in line for a hour later on! I bought the most products at NYX and my total came out to $27 =) I tried to control myself & only get the products I truly wanted/needed, so I'm very proud of myself! I picked up the NYX...
-Soft Matte Lip Cream (Antwerp & Istanbul)
-Powder Blush (Cinnamon)
-Eye/Eyebrow Pencil (Charcoal, Satin Blue, Purple, Teal)
-Mega Shine Lip Gloss (Clear)
-"Mood" lip gloss (Affectionate)

After NYX I went to the Jessie's Girl booth & the first 100 people to show them a coupon that JulieG713 mentioned in one of her videos got a free gift! Speaking of JulieG713 she looked so pretty and throughout the whole day she had a line of people waiting to speak to her!! Julie is such a inspiration, and I'm so happy I got to see her! The gift was amazing & so generous =) The products came in a cute little plastic replica shopping bag & inside we got...
-JulieG Nail Color (My Private Palace)
-White/Gold Eye Dust
-Creme Shadow Collection #1

Next I went to the Ardell lash stand! I was really glad Ardell was participating in IMATS this year because I really wanted to try the half lashes!! The promotion they had going on was buy 6 pairs of lashes for $15, get a free Duo Lash Adhesive & have them put on a set for you. I thought that was such a great deal since lashes can get very expensive but seeing how I rarely wear them I just got two pairs. Which lashes are your favorite?
I got the...
-Accent Lashes (301)
-Accent Lashes (305)
I also really wanted to try the Demi Whispies but they sold out really quickly =(

I was looking forward to picking up a set of Beauty Blenders (especially since I passed on them last year) I really wanted to try the famous pink sponge out because I heard so many amazing things about it & almost everyone raves about it! So... I went on a BB hunt, luckily one seller had them so I immediately snatched up a set of 2 (2 for 18, 1 for 14) because I thought I would get more bang for my buck! I'm going to start using it and testing it with different foundations so expect a review/foundation review within the next few weeks! I'm giving one to my mom as well so It'll be interesting to see what she has to say about is since she doesn't use brushes to apply her foundation! Hopefully it lives up the hype =) Did you ever try the Beauty Blender?

By this point I got everything that was on my very short list so I started to explore the other stands, all the products looks so amazing & I had to resist myself from buying everything in sight! However I did pass buy Adoro & I picked up a unique (I think) product. It's the beDazzled Hair Jewlery and I have never seen anything similar & thought it would be so fun to play around with and try! Basically you get 3 rows of hair crystals that you flat iron into your hair & they last for 3-10 days (isn't that amazing?) When I'm in the mood to bedazzle my hair I'll definitely show you how it looks! It was a impulse purchase but for $4 I couldn't pass it up!

After doing some shopping I started to spot in the sea of people (it sort of felt like the I spy game, beauty guru edition!) some of the beauty YouTube-rs I watch =) Meeting the gurus was 30% why I came to IMATS, the other 50% was for the experience & so I can say I went to NYC IMATS, and the last 20% was for the shopping! The first person I saw as previously mentioned was JulieG713, then I saw Amarixe, FleurDeForce, MissGlamorzzi, NikkiPhillipi, Enkore, JoshCollierMUA, akaydoll, beautybaby44, StrawberryElectric48, ayydubs, etc... just to name a few but plenty others as well (I include some of the pics in my IMATS Haul/Vlog video, linked below!) After meeting most of the gurus, I went to a cool presentation of Film Age Makeup! 2 makeup artists transformed a young model into a 80+ looking women, it was amazing! (I filmed a bit of it, you can watch it in my Vlog)

Kandee Johnson was going to do a Q&A session & I was set on seeing it! I waited for 30 minutes on a huge line because their were only 600 seats available. Since it was a hour long presentation and I was walking all day I really wanted to get a seat! I think I was around in the 500 point in the line so I just barely made it =) The seminar was great! Kandee is the most amazing person ever, she is so positve, has so much energy, good advice, and you just feed of her happiness! Her presentation was one of the highlights of the day =) Someone asked Kandee what her favorite products of all time are & one of the items she mentioned was Model in a Bottle! It's basically a makeup setting spray, Kandee said that the product is great for weddings because it almost waterproofs your makeup and prevents it from melting off! She also said that after running around all day in the city when it was boiling hot, her makeup still looked great! I had to check it out (I'm sure most in the audience head towards the booth later on as well!) I decided I had to try it out & for $15 I thought it was worth a shot (compared to Skindinavia & Urabn Decay it seemed like a bargain!) I'll start using it and I'll try to review it ASAP =)

By this point it was around 4:00 in the afternoon & IMATS was almost over =( Can't believe how all the good things pass by so fast! Everything was winding down & I was exhausted so sadly I had to say goodbye. It seemed like I was waiting for IMATS for months & I'm sad its over. Hopefully I get the chance to attend another IMATS in the future whether in NYC, Australia, or anywhere in between =)

Watch my IMATS HAUL/VLOG to see the products/footage =)



If your wondering if you should attend IMATS I say YES! It's such a incredible event, and if your a makeup lover you will love it! Did you ever go to IMATS before? What did you think of it? 

Thank you so much for Reading, Watching, Commenting, Following & Subscribing =)
XO-Angelika

1 comment:

  1. Hi doll,

    Thanks for this article! I attended IMATS LA last year and chose to attend IMATS NY this year. Are you going next week?

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