Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Makeup Show Recap

I am going to try to make this a super quick post since I have a million things to do today, one being is put everything back in the office and clean it up because.... BEAUTYJUDY is coming to the compound tomorrow!!! How exciting is that? And my FL Beauty Blogger buddies LIBBYSPINKVANITY and ONCEBITTEN are coming to join her! It's going to be a fun day! Although I may have them help roll some polish burritos for the upcoming collection while they're there! LOL!

Our booth at 1st, it changed a lot over the course of the weekend.

The Makeup Show was friggin' amazing! I was originally planning on attending as a blogger. Going booth to booth and talking to the different companies there, and taking pics and all that fun stuff. But on Tuesday I had an opportunity to meet James Vincent and Orlando Santiago and I fell in love! LOL! I instantly bonded with James though, seriously. He instantly felt like my big brother. Have you ever had an immediate connection with someone like that? He is just the sweetest person and so when he asked if Cult Nails would consider putting a booth at the show, I instantly said yes, knowing that financially things would be tight. (You have to pay for booths at trade shows.) It being a Makeup Show, I wasn't sure how nail polish would go over. I mean just because you love makeup doesn't mean you love polish, and as a mostly unknown brand, it could go either way. But sometimes life is all about taking chances and the exposure could be worth it.

With Steph from Imperfectly Painted, Cristina from Let Them Have Polish and Alyssa from Pretty Little Bottles
I was so nervous on Saturday. It didn't look like we would even break even as far as costs would go. But I met so many amazing people! There were so many more I didn't get to meet, I wish I could have a few more days! In the end we did break even as far as costs to attend the show, and the people I met was more than worth every cent! Even if I didn't sell one single polish, I had the best experience and learned so much for the next show! (OH yes I will do this again!)

Alyssa from Pretty Little Bottles offered polish changes to anyone who wanted one
The best part for me was my blog sisters! They all banded together around me and helped at our booth. They helped spread the word about Cult Nails and just kept me going when my nerves got the better of me! They came up with ideas I didn't think about for the booth and helped set it up and take it down. I could go on and on, but I am just so thankful for all their help! It was like a dream to have these women take time out of their day to meet with brands and expose their blogs to work the Cult Nails booth! What an amazing community of woman (& a few spouses) supporting and lifting each other up! So I want to list each of their blogs (in no particular order) and if you don't follow them, please do! (I hope I'm not missing anyone here.)

Pretty Little Bottles
Clumps of Mascara
Let Them Have Polish
Judi XO
Once Bitten
Libby's Pink Vanity
Mina Slater
A Big Bit of Everything
Beauty Lit From Within
Imperfectly Painted

And even the Krystal the owner of BFtE Cosmetics who only just met me on Saturday and spent her birthday weekend sharing her knowledge and experience, taking pictures and even working the Cult Nails booth! WOW! She gave me a few samples of her shadows, LOVE! She has probably THE largest selection of loose pigment eyeshadows! She has over 500 shades to choose from!
Krystal from BFtE Cosmetics!!
Lashon Evans who is a friend and amazing nail tech in Orlando was at The Makeup Show for other reasons, but while I was watching AJ Crimson's keynote, she noticed Juan needed help and so when I came out of the keynote, she was there working the booth! How friggin' awesome is that?! So if you are in Orlando or coming to Orlando and want the best mani/pedi around, please check her out at The Flaunt Beauty Bar located inside Avi Salon!

Brianna from Brikasia and Lashon from Flaunt Beauty Bar

And lastly but certainly not least, my friend Steph who is starting a blog soon, but has an awesome Beauty page on Facebook and my friend Pam who came out looking fabulous as usual to help out!

My girl Steph, James Vincent and Me

We definitely had more people than we needed, but it helped keep things fun and the fact that everyone was coming out to help was beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of or ask for!

My girl Pam's mani - Enticing layered with Seduction

You see what I mean? Amazing support! In a time when many big bloggers get paid to attend shows, these bloggers came out and helped me! I mean seriously! It just brings tears to my eyes thinking of their kindness and generosity and I don't know how I can ever come close to expressing how thankful I am!
Having fun with Nidia from Beauty Lit From Within

OK OK, I seriously could on about these amazing ladies, but I have orders to pack, so I am going to TRY to keep the rest short! (I'm sure I'll fail!)

with James Vincent

I do also want to thank James Vincent though, without him, our success at the show would not have been possible! He is just amazing! He is so motivational and his desire to help others succeed is just awesome! Pretty Little Bottles, our resident nail painter at the show had the opportunity to paint his nails at the show. Everyone was then coming to the booth asking for the products used in his mani! (Nevermore & Wicked Fast). Talk about a celebrity endorsement! (He is a celebrity in the makeup community and I can see why!)
Alyssa from Pretty Little Bottles painting James Vincent's nails

James loved his mani and Alyssa!

I got to meet Roy Wooley and Laura Tyler, both recent contestants on the show Face Off, which I am obsessed with!
With Roy Wooley

With Laura Tyler

I had an opportunity to hear AJ Crimson speak and I got to meet him! He is amazing! I am just loving his new cream foundation that will be available on his site AJ Crimson soon and his (and Keisha Whitaker's) line of lip glosses, Kissable Couture! I will be doing a review on both soon, but Tyler is a must have lip gloss, don't wait for the review on that one, go check it out now!
With AJ Crimson and his team
I even met the owner of Cara Cosmetics, Leslie Christin. Have you ever thought about the person behind the brand of the makeup you wear? I really never did before, but when I met Leslie the first words out of my mouth were OMG I'm wearing your loose powder right now! (Which was true!) Just a cool moment and she even came by our booth later to check it out! GAH! (Oh and my lucky daughter Kat got to take her class and a class by Orlando Santiago! How totally jealous am I? Yup not afraid to admit it! Totally jealous! LOL)
I got to meet Cultie Sara (as well as a few others)! Sara and I have a bit of a bond though, her daughter is a bit younger than Coco and is a lot like her too! So when Coco grew out of her clothes we sent them to Sara and now her mini is making use of the clothes! I have to send her some more, Coco is growing like a weed! I was so excited to finally meet her in person! And I think we could totally be friends, it just felt like we already were friends, so we may have to meet in Orlando with our mini's one of these days!
Blogger panel! I wish I could have stayed to watch! :(

Oh and before I forget - I met Elessa from Pursebuzz in person! She is the sweetest and cutest person! When she came by our booth all the bloggers there held their breath and started whispering "OMG that's Pursebuzz!!" and they even took pictures of me showing her our products and of her after her purchase! (You know what is even cooler? Phyrra, Clumps of Mascara and Let Them Have Polish all spoke on a panel with Elessa and Koren of Enkore Makeup!! - How lucky were they!!) I bought one of Elessa's new brush sets for Kat since she needed a set of brushes for her classes, and then loved them so much to get another set the next day for myself, and Nakizzle took those! Grrrr, so now I am (im)patiently waiting for them to go up for sale on her site so I can get my own set.
with Elessa from Pursebuzz

I didn't get to officially meet Koren from Enkore Makeup, but I did buy his brush tote bag for Coco. All profits from the sale of those bags are going to help with Hurricane Sandy relief. He also has a cool new app for iPhones and iPads called Face Chart that I can't wait to play with!
Elessa from Pursebuzz

So as you can see there was sooo much going on and I met some amazing people and confirmed what I already knew about the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida - that they are as beautiful and amazing on the inside as they are online! Now I better go pack orders and respond to emails before my customer service goes by the wayside! Thanks to everyone for all your encouragement throughout the whole weekend and following along!

OOTD outtakes! These girls are hilarious! In the front in Toni from Toniizbeauty.  

another OOTD outtake! 

One more OOTD outtake! 

There are so many more pics, I will try and get them all posted on Facebook today! I looked horrible in all the pics, combine little sleep, nerves, excitement with horrible lighting and the fact that I forgot my real camera and forget it! I look like I wasn't wearing makeup and I had a ton on! I need to remember to bring my real camera, or perhaps to get rid of my sucky phone! Oh well, it is what it is!


  1. Ahhh I had so much fun this weekend Maria, and thank you for letting me be apart of the Cult Nails booth experience- it was truly a blast! I can't wait to see you again! :) xoxoxo

    1. Thank you so much for helping! We definitely need to get together soon!

  2. Thank you for letting us join the Cult! Ray and I had a great time with you :) and it was such an amazing weekend.

    1. It was, I am still basking in it's afterglow! LOL

  3. I love it!!!! You captured the crazy awesome of the show!!!! And yes... the mini's hsould totally meet!

  4. I'm so glad you had a booth and hope the exposure will lead to many, many opportunities :)

    1. Thank you! I am hoping for more opportunities like this in the near future!