After last year I was so excited to go back to Pro Beauty, and it didn't disappoint. Pro Beauty is the biggest beauty trade show that takes place all across the UK, and lots of brands come together to sell their products to nail technicians and salon owners who are out for a bargain and looking for new services or stock to offer in their shops. I love the buzz of everyone discovering and trying new products, and the range from simple nail files and gel nails to the hi-tech massage chairs and teeth-whitening booths is just indescribably amusing and exciting at the same time. I also came across some innovative nail art ideas - from printing a photograph onto acrylic nails to stamping on patterns on nails with rubber stamps (the latter is perhaps more appealing to most!) the ideas in the room were endless.
The majority of the stalls are beauty gadgets, fake tan or nail products, but there's also a good range of mainstream and smaller brand skincare, a handful of make-up stands and a few brush stands too. The Christian Brows I discovered last year and reviewed here were there again, as were competitors HD Brows! Everything is at trade prices which means lots of discounts and products you usually would have to buy in bulk/online.
Cool rubber stamp nail art from OMG Nails!
A Coco Beau dupe?
A CoverFX dupe?
Lots of incredibly high quality brushes from Royal & Langnickel - the SILK line is immense!
Affordable and dupe-able brushes from Crown Brush
A machine to print whatever photograph onto acrylic nails - in Claire's at the moment! You can take a photo of patterns from clothes etc., and match it to your outfit.
So what did I nab during my few hours at the show?
Ahava Refreshing Cleansing Gel, Royal & Langnickel SILK Powder Brush, Crown Brush x4, Nubar Citadel, Nubar Earth, the earrings are Accessorize and a completely random purchase.. haha!
Overall, I had a fantastic time and have been enjoying my purchases so far. Like I said, I absolutely adore the atmosphere and I really enjoyed just strolling around at my own pace and discovering new products and brands as I go. I can highly recommend popping into a Pro Beauty show if there's one near you, as they are good fun, a great place to pick up a few bargains and more than anything, it's free to go and a great new experience for us bloggers and everyday beauty consumers alike! Read about my experience last year here.
Have you ever been to a trade show?
I went to the Taste of Christmas in 2012.. not sure it's a trade show but it was lots and lots of food to be tasted and tried!