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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Makeup Show LA Recap (Pic Heavy)


Yay! Finally my pictures from last weekend's makeup show! In case you missed it, read the blogger preview post.

The objective of the Makeup Show LA of course was the Blogger Forum which was amazing because I saw a lot of familiar faces in the crowd (other gorgeous beauty bloggers!), and it was fun to talk to the audience about blogging in general.

I met so many familiar faces and like I said before, it was a great experience to finally meet my "virtual friends" who have become like sisters to me. On the blogger forum: Elke, Robyn from Purely Cosmetics, and Felicia from

Of course in addition to the wonderful gals I met at the Blogger Preview, I also saw Anne of, reader Ingrid, the flawless Seymone, and Audrey from Fabuless Beauty; as well as many other fabulous ladies! We also saw Ongina from RuPaul's Dragrace!

Anyway, I will let the pictures speak for themselves and discuss each company as I go along(some pics are clickable to enlarge) are a couple videos of celebrity MUA James Vincent at the Crown Brush booth telling us what his favorite brushes are!

First, let's start of with getting READY for the show, stylist Tatiana came over and did our hair (Erica and myself), she is AWESOME with cut, color, and updo's and is in the LA area, so if you are interested in her services, let me know!


At breakfast:

I loved the view!

Chaos at the Crown Brush booth (clickable):

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics:

Model in a Bottle! (makeup setting spray, CLICK HERE for my review)

Powderpuff Beauty is an awesome company that allows you to create your own custom palette, you choose the colors and ta-da! Here are the lovely owners:

Eve Pearl's Cosmetic Line:

At Eve Pearl's Seminar at the show, she covered false eyelash application techniques, how-to's, etc. I highly recommend that you visit her Makeup Experience Studio & Boutique if you are ever in New York! She knows her stuff!

Her seminar was packed with bodies!

This is ALL body paint and glitter!

Freaky huh!?

Shoes are cute...but not with that thing!

A model getting an airbrushed tattoo:

The Smashbox booth:

Make Up For Ever Booth:

This ENTIRE bag costs over $300!

Me and some of the beauty blogger babes!

Me and Audrey (Fabuless Beauty)

Group shot (from Audrey), I am always the odd one... :(

Me and Anne (Yummiebitez)

Me and Robyn (Purely Cosmetics)

Me and the stunning Ingrid

The beautiful (and tall!) Brenda from Cover FX:

Robyn goofing off with her "tiny" eyeliner brush before the forum:

So what did I haul? Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner Kit for only $20! Comes with the cleaner jar, brush wipes, brush cleaner spray, and a huge bottle of brush cleaner, (yes once I use these items I WILL do a review!), Makeup Forever Concealer Palette #1 (since it was a nice 40% off at the show!), and some Crown Brushes of course! See I was good!

Parian Spirit Demo:

I don't know the exact style number of these brushes, but I am sure you can tell what kind of brushes they are... :) (Click to enlarge)


LipStick Staiin said...

omg you're soo lucky!!!!!! i want all those makeup palettes and brushes!!! u look gorgeous as always n im loving ur outfit + boots! haha that "wut not to wear pic" is funny but seriously! soo not matchin.. and i have those heels in black from charlotte russe LOL! btw.. this is

my private blog.. xoxo

AskMeWhats said...

eeeekkk! you obviously had fun!!! I will go crazy with all those cosmetics !!!! :) Thanks for sharing your experience!

Linda said...

So many good photos!!! I went there on Monday and had so much fun. =) You look so pretty. I really wish I was there to listen in on the forum.

JANE said...

That looks like so much fun! I love the body paint pics.

sanniet said...

omg!!! everyone looked so lovely <3 so many pretty pictures too! I see so many colors and I just go goo-goo-gaa-gaa over them >_< I wish I could've gone! I always love the outfits you wear so cute <3

dani said...

WOW! i'd love to go to one of those makeup shows! i'd be in beauty heaven! so jealous, hehe. it sure looks like you had so much fun!
thanks for posting this one. now i can see what goes on in one of those shows.

love your site! :h:

Aprille said...

how are the crown brushes? are they any good? i've been thinking of buying them since im a newbie on makeup so i wouldn't invest in mac brushes yet...

Anonymous said...

how fun! I'd just stay at MUFE counter forever! look at the all the foundation colours! we only have very few so far. :(

and I really like eve pearl's stuff too.

thanks for sharing these pictures. seirously love all the pictures.

Inge said...

Sounds like you had a great time! I love Crown brushes too. Really nice quality.

A. Rose said...

Looks like you had a great time. I wish these shows would come to my area, but a girl can only dream. Great pics! Love your outfit, as always! :)

B said...

Good Lord, sister. I need to get on your level next time and take pictures like these!! I think I have like 20 total...LOL! I was obviously too much in awe to get a lot of picture taking done.

I am crackin' up at you over the "what not to wear" shoes. I couldn't agree more. We had so much fun!!

Have an awesome weekend, love!

Amina said...

I wished I were there but thanks for your pictures I felt like I did!!
Great pictures and thank you for sharing your experience!

MakeupByRenRen said...

hey chica, you look amazing, hair and outfit and everything! i wish i could have been there!

Unknown said...

Great recap! I wanted to know what deals they would have at Make Up For Ever and I can't wait to get to NYC to find out! Looks like you had an amazing time!

madison817 said...

aww that looked like so much fun! i wish there were beauty events like that in toronto - i could use some affordable brushes!

Anonymous said...

how fun!! i was going to go but already made plans...i will go to IMATS!!!

u met Ongina!!! aaahhh!!! i love her!!

J├ęssy said...

Wow how many brushes! I am printing .. makeups as a place only!

I am Needing to brush .. I ended up buying in Ebay Bobbi Brown brushes .. but I think are fake aaaarg .. i am the poor naive T______T !

Dark Eyed Girl said...

LOL> In the first photo I look like I'm yelling at the audience.. hehe. I would NEVER do that! It was great fun! Hopefully they'll ask us back for the NY one... :) so glad you could join us!

jilliandanica said...

i was so sad that i couldn't snap a pic of ongina! yay for your papz skills hehe.

Jen said...

I wish they had something like that in San Francisco! How cool!

Lolita Riot said...

I looove that eye combo! and your outfit is sooo cute! where did you get it??

Felicia/ ThisThatBeauty said...

once again...awesome recap with amazing pics. i need to know what kind of camera you have. your pics are gorgeous! kudos to you...absolutely fab coverage. you totally took your readers to LA. YOU ROCK!

Felicia/ ThisThatBeauty said...

also, i remember those shoes. hilarious!

Fabuless Beauty said...

It was nice meeting you! I didn't realize how tall you were!

Fabuless Beauty said...

It was nice meeting you! I didn't realize how tall you are! I wanted to go to the blogger forum, but my schedule couldn't permit.

GurlOnA"Diet" said...

omg i'm jealous about ur brush haul! i'm starting to collect brushes one at a time lol

Anonymous said...

your outfit is sooo cute
& ahh makeupforever. i think im gonna get in trouble by them very soon...MAYBE

Iyah Love said...

Ohhh!! How fun!! :D *jealous*

Is this show same as IMATS? :) I'm so excited for IMATS, I have to save up for it! hahah! :D

And also, is the price same as outside?

yummy411 said...

such effing porn! can't wait until i go to the one in NY!

do you get tired of these events? does it all start looking the same? did you find that you'd already seen a lot or acquired a lot of what you saw?

anything that i must check out when i go?

do you have any tips for taking advantage of the makeup show? do i need to go both days to see and take in everything? is one day enough?

how long was the panel discussion? i'm so excited for you! i like seeing my fav ppl on panels and doing it up!

♥ Ms. Kendall ♥ said...

That seems like such an awesome experience!!!!
Lucky Girl!

Jasmine Nicole said...

Wow! Looked amazing!! I hope I can attend one day!

Katrina said...

u look gorgeous! the makeup is awesome. i really want to attend in one of those makeup events but idk if they have it here in the philippines. :(

S said...

you look so pretty! =)
i love the body paint on those models...just WOW.

Anonymous said...

makeup porn! waaaah! I'm so jealous! anyways, I ordered some Crown brushes but I have to wait for someone to visit here to get my haul. Lol. you guys are so pretty :D

Milan said...

OMG! Luvin Ongina's bald head. She looks like a friggin Barbie doll! Gorgeous!

Vanessa said...

Thanks ladies- hi Katrina and Shizra! Thanks so much! I know the body painting on the models were A-MAZING!

Vanessa said...

Yummy 411:

I get physically tired sometimes at these events, especially when you are there all day just walking around in circles, but it's always fun stopping at all the booths and seeing familiar faces, but yeah after awhile everything does start to look the same in the sense that it's usually always the same companies that attend these kind of shows, and hardly new and upcoming companies have the financial sources or know to exhibit at these shows so we don't hear from them until later on...

I have seen a lot, but I don't feel like I have fully grasped all the products and knowledge that some of these shows/companies have to offer. I think the biggest mistake a show-goer can do is to just go to buy stuff, to me the funnest part is walking around and talking to these people and picking their brains a little bit to see where their creativity comes as a makeup artist, or as a business owner in this industry.

I think you should definitely check out Eve Pearl, the theatrical makeup such as Kryolan, Mehron, etc because they have awesome pigmented makeup, and so does Make Up For Ever. Auraline Beauty is great for makeup palettes, and Crown Brushes has the best affordable, quality makeup brushes on the market right now.

As far as tips for the makeup show, I bring my own big bag I got from another show, and I use it to store all my bought goodies, some shows have their own bags to giveaway, but I bring one just in case so I am not carrying all these bags; wear comfy shoes since you'll be walking around endlessly, prepare to spend a lot since these shows have "show prices" and you can buy things at a good deal, and definitely bring a notepad and paper (and a camera!) to jot down any helpful tips, company names and contacts for future reference so you can always check them out later when you get home.

Certain shows, a one day pass is enough, such as IMATS since it's such a small show, and you can pretty much cover everything in one day; other shows such as IECSC in Vegas is a HUGE show, that you definitely would want to go all 2 or 3 days because they have makeup, spa, hair, and nails at that show, so one day is NOT enough to cover all that goodness!

Our blogger forum panel discussion was about 45 minutes give or didn't feel that long..

Seymone said...

Aww. Thanks so much for the compliment.. Ur hot was hot miss lady.

Seymone said...

I meant to say ur outfit was hot

Anonymous said...

i thought you were working out a lot?

Vanessa said...

I am, just because my face is fat, doesn't mean my body is obese, and I just started working out a month ago, you don't get immediate results...only in a perfect world. And for the record, I am at 123 lbs. that's definitely NOT fat for my height at 5'6".

Anonymous said...

Your outfit is so cute! where did you get it all?

I was also wondering if you had seen the new ulta 64 piece spring color collection. How big are the eyeshadows? Is it worth the money if that's all I want it for?


Laetitia said...

:j:I wish visit a Makeup Show in the futur..!

Unknown said...

Hi there,
I've been searching online and youtube for a review of the Makeup Show in LA b/c I'll be attending the one in NY. I'm reeeeaaallly excited about getting some MUFE stuff, you have a pic of a bag with the MUFE HD foundations and what I think is their primer and powder, do you remember how much that cost??? Thanks so much for your pics and videos!!!! If you remember the cost of the MUFE kit, email me at

Thanks again,

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