5 March 2012

Event & Haul: Pro Beauty Show

On Sunday, I trotted to the ExCel in London to the Pro Beauty Show - I am neither a pro, nor a creative inventor of odd beauty contraptions, but they somehow thought I was worthy of a ticket and so I joined Nic in checking out what it was all about. I'll let the photos do most of the talking ;)

Undoubtedly the busiest stand of the day - this was when the crowd had died down!

Don't they look so yummy? I totally should've gotten that Lo shade! 

Hmm who do I spy on that advert there, Nic?

China Glaze are the go-to for bright shades imo!

ArtDeco was here!

Was so good to finally able to feel and look at the brushes sold on Crown Brushes!


Mavala was probably one of the hardest stands to choose from!

Said strange beauty contraptions..

Christian Brows - this is Nic's auntie that did my brows for me! :)

Youngblood stand - always a pleasure to look at!

It was absolutely manic but such a good day! There wasn't as much make-up to look at, as I imagine there would be in IMATS, but there were loads of nails, fake-tan, false eyelashes and strange beauty contraptions (sorry I just can't stop thinking about how weird they are lol).

So before I left for the event, I told my boyfriend and his flatmate - I haven't saved, so I probably wont get too much. Lol.


L to R: Mavala Fresh Melon, China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, OPI Kiss on the Chic, OPI I Have A Herring Problem, Essie Nice is Nice.

5 in a day? I know, that's more than I've bought in the last 6 months. With spring and summer in mind, I picked these shades, starting with Fresh Melon from Mavala's spring collection which is pretty much pastel gorgeousness in nail polish form - you can see a picture above. I also got a baby pink after realising I have none, and this resulted in OPI Kiss on the Chic. As for I Have A Herring Problem, this is from the new Dutch collection, and I've been eyeing it up since the press releases, so it was great to finally get my hands on it - at trade price! China Glaze and Essie? Not gonna lie - impulse buys, but no regrets at all, they are both gorgeous! :)

Essie Nice is Nice

L to R: C210 Small Chisel Fluff, (no name), C408 Chisel Shader, C412 DLX Pointed Crease, C160-1/4.

These are the Crown Brushes that I got. I found that a lot of the eyeshadow brushes were incredibly good quality, and would go far as to say that the C412 feels nicer than my MAC 224. However, I did feel that the cheaper face brushes just weren't up to par with the high-end alternatives so I stuck with these 5. These are all brushes I've wanted a similar one of, or feel I'll get a lot of use out of! :)


These two were the 2 things I received from Nic. I'd asked her a massive favour to pick up my first ever Real Techniques brush! I'd needed a new powder brush for ages, as using my MAC 129 for both bronzer and powder was taking its toll on it!

The Christian Eyebrow Kit was a gift from her mom from Izabelle Hammon, who sells these and the Calgel stuff you saw above. I got colour-matched to Charcoal by her lovely auntie, and had a go at it this morning myself. It takes a bit of getting used to, but the fact that you don't need to concentrate so much on shaping your brows, and that it's waterproof is such a relief - I'll be sure to do a review in the near future once I get the hang of it! :)

My Christian eyebrows!

So that was my day! Like I said, absolutely manic, but such good fun. It was partly the shopping, but it was partly the atmosphere that was just so new to me! A part of me loved the colours and the weird things people come up with, but a part of me couldn't help but believe the amount of time and money people put into beauty (I mean we are talking MACHINES resembling anti-aircraft missles here, not nailpolish or eyeshadow)! It was all just one big whirl of professional beauty, and it was a great experience to be part of it! If you wanna see what Nic thought of the day and what she hauled, click here for her post! :)

Sorry for the photo overload, but I was just so excited about being able to photograph the hustle and bustle around the event so I can show you guys! Hope you guys enjoyed that - next year, I think I'll save a bit before I go! ;)

Have you ever been to a beauty show? :)
Were you there yesterday or going today to Pro Beauty?

<3yu

41 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a brilliant day. I love these types of shows but havent made it to one in years as im so far away. All those nail polishes look so pretty that you purchased x

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    1. Oh nooo! I know Pro Beauty do one up north (I think you're in the northern area right..? LOL sorry if I'm wrong!), you should go! :)

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  2. Nice selection of nail polishes that you bought :) I would have personally chosen those colours hehe especially the "OPI I Have A Herring Problem"
    Thank you for sharing :)

    www.beautypicknmix.blogspot.com

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    1. Isn't it so pretty?! Hahaha great minds think alike ;)

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  3. I love the selection of polishes, it looks so amazing you so lucky to have attended!


    http://thefashiondistrictnlc.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Nicola! You should apply for a ticket next year :)

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  4. You got some great buys! My mum was there as she's a makeup artist with her own salon and said it was a nice day but not as crazy as IMATS. Love the colours of the polishes! Candy pastels for spring..lovely :) xx

    LittleGlitter.org

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    1. Wow that's so cool! Did you get to tag along? I imagine IMATS are absolutely mental, I bet I wont survive hahaha.

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  5. Looks like a fab day love Essie Nice is Nice :D x

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  6. i only found out about this last night... too late to book the day off!!

    http://allthingsbeautymake-upandshopping.blogspot.com/2012/02/massive-200-follower-giveaway.html

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  7. This looks like such a fun event :) the china glaze colours are gorgeous!

    Shannen Xx

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    1. They're so bright and irresistable! ;)

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  8. wow look at all those gorgeous nail polishes! Looks like you had a great time. x

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    1. Oh I'd go as far as to say they are my 2nd or 3rd favourite brand of nail polishes :)

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  10. Sounds like an amazing day @A@ I wish I was there!
    Mavala's nailpolishes! Omggg so pretttyyyyy. I would've bought all of the shades LOL
    And your eyebrows look perfect!

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  11. Eyebrows look good! Not too dark at all. :) Your photos are lovely too, I definitely didn't take enough.

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    1. I got a Hammon approval! ;) Thanks Nic for inviting me I had such a good time!

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  12. Great purchases! I hope you love your first real techniques brush. I have the same one and it's so well made.

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  13. Lucky you! I've never been to a beauty show, but dream about going!

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    1. You should go to this next year, or IMATS! :)

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  14. awesome haul, love the Mavala polish and your eyesbrows look gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Laura! I'd definitely recommend Mavala they are so affordable :)

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  15. Great pictures, looks like you had an amazing time! Some of those nail varnish colours are so so pretty :) x

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    1. Thank you Kate! :) Oh nail polishes are so pretty especially when they're all put together like that haha!

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  16. Your lashes look really good in that photo Yu! :)
    Aisling

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  17. I love the China Glaze and I've had my eye on I Have a Herring Problem for quite some time hehe but I've bought so many nail polishes recently I need to stop! :P

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    1. You're talking to the girl who bought 5 in a day - just get it ;P Hahaha!

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  18. Your brows turned out great! Love! I can't wait to hear how the real techniques brush works out for you.

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