|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|
|Alyssa from Pretty Little Bottles offered polish changes to anyone who wanted one|
Pretty Little Bottles
Clumps of Mascara
Let Them Have Polish
Libby's Pink Vanity
A Big Bit of Everything
Beauty Lit From Within
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!!|
|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|
|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!|