PHAMExpo 2014 Is Coming!

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I’m extremely pleased and excited to announce that I will be attending and covering PHAMExpo 2014! PHAMExpo stands for Professional Hair And Makeup Expo.

PHAME was created to fill the void left in the summer lineup after IMATS LA moved to January. Like IMATS LA it takes place in late June at the Pasadena Convention Center. 2014 will be the 2nd year PHAME has been held. If you’re unfamiliar with PHAME or not sure it’s worth making travel arrangements to attend, etc. let this post be what convinces you. You need to go!

#1. Get Your Idol On

Some of the biggest names in the beauty world will be at PHAMExpo dropping knowledge on you. People like Damone Roberts, Sam & Nic Chapman, Sam Fine, Michael O’Rourke, and Donna Mee.

#2. PHAMEous Nail Competition!

Love amazing nails? Come check out the newly launched PHAMEous Nail Competition and watch competitors compete for fame and glory in the world of nail art. There’s still time to enter, too. For more details check here.

#3. Hands On Workshops

As much as soaking up knowledge from the speakers will transform your life (no joke, hearing these mega talented people give their tips has changed the way I do my makeup ever since!), some people like to get their hands dirty and learn by doing. Grab your kit and your model and sign up for a master class! More details here.

#4. Shop Til You Pop

Duh. There’s an amazing array of vendors lined up for PHAMExpo just waiting for you to show up and shop. For a full list of vendors, click here. There are a lot of brands that are normally online only, so this is a great chance to ogle things in person that you normally would have had to guess about!

 

PHAMExpo 2014 takes place June 28th & 29th at the Pasadena Convention Center. Get your tickets here! I hope to see you at the show.

2014 Makeup Show LA Shopping List

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My favorite of the beauty trade shows, The Makeup Show, has its LA stop this coming weekend. A week from today I will be immersed in my favorite beauty brands, along with some of my favorite people! As much as I gush about the fantastic educational experiences and getting to hang with my fellow beauty blogging babes, let’s get real– the shopping is amazing at these events! Some brands are even debuting brand new products at TMSLA. So what’s on my shopping list? Keep reading.

The very first thing I will do is probably make a beeline for the NARS booth. I pretty much always have a NARS wishlist as long as my arm, and right now is no exception. Any time I can get my paws on some NARS at a discount, and all bets are off. I can’t wait to swatch the new Matte Multiples and to nab the new Satin Lip Pencil in Timanfaya (seen below in use back stage during NYFW at Creatures of the Wind SS’14). I love the Satin Lip Pencils and I highly recommend them if you’re looking for suggestions for your own shopping list.

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After waiting in what is sure to be a crazy line at NARS (worth it!) I will head over to booth 909, Billion Dollar Brows. You guys know what a brow freak I am. A lot of the stuff I will be picking up at TMSLA this year is brow-related. To me, eyebrows are like foundation, except where I would leave the house w/o my foundation, I wouldn’t like to leave without my EYEBROWS.  Anyway…

I am obsessed with my BDB brow brush. I’ve used it *exclusively* for my brows for the last 4 years. I just want to pick up another one. If there’s some sort of show special I’ll grab another brow powder too. I’ve had my BDB brow powder for as long as I’ve had the brush, and I’ve made a pretty significant dent in it. I’m sure it could go another few years, but it’s always good to grab a backup if it’s a good deal, no?

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After BDB I will mosy on over to the booth #1000, Breakups to MakeupAngelique’s Etsy shop has the cutest tees and accessories with makeup-obsessed themed phrases on them. I’m particularly fond of “I Would Cry But My Mascara Is Designer”. How friggin’ cute, right?

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Then I can’t wait to go stare at the gorgeous vintage-inspired makeup at Besame Cosmetics. Everything is made in small batches here in LA. The packaging and attention to detail of this line makes every piece a work of art! I have never owned anything from their line, but maybe it’s time? ;)

Next I’m off to do more brow-related shopping! I want to go check out the new Dipbrow pomade by Anastasia. I haven’t decided if I will actually buy this, but it looks pretty cool and I want to check it out. However, I’m very sure I want another Sketch-a-Brow pencil from Senna Cosmetics! I used mine up completely, and I miss it. GIMME.

Also on my list to check out…the tinted moisturizer from OCC. I want something with a little coverage that looks skin-like, and is less heavy than my BB cream. I don’t really need much, just evening out the redness on my cheeks and around my nose.

The Makeup Show is also the best time to stock up on staples like makeup wipes, sponges, brush cleaner, etc. I am on the hunt for a large sifter jar to decant some of my Ben Nye Neutral Set powder into. It comes in a huge bottle and it’s kinda hard to use it by pouring a little onto the teensy cap.

A post about TMSLA shopping would be incomplete without mentioning brushes. If you want brushes, THEY GOT BRUSHES. You can pick up brushes from all of the best lines in the business: Bdellium Tools (the b is freaking silent, people), Crown Brush, London Brush Company, esum (find them at the Muse Beauty booth – AMAZING), oh and a little line by the name of Hakuhodo. Also, a special treat – Beautylish will be there along with the Wayne Goss brush collection! Some of those brushes look really cool from what I’ve seen on Youtube, so I look forward to getting to play with them in person.

Speaking of brushes, Stila will be at TMSLA and several of their brushes are longtime favorites of mine. The #5 all over shadow brush, the #7 precision crease brush, and the #9 all over blend brush are all fantastic brushes. I have like 4 of the #7 brush, that’s how much I like it. You really can’t ever have too many brushes. ;)

As far as other things at the show, I will see what strikes my fancy. You never know who is going to have some super cool new thing, or what’s going to be on a ridiculously awesome show special price. Plus, and this happens to me all the time, you’ll see a product you didn’t think you wanted and a makeup artist will show you a different way to use it that CHANGES EVERYTHING. That’s the best part about shopping at these events. Often, you’ll get to talk to the people that developed the product and get to hear their thought process, and gain such amazingly helpful insight into the products themselves.

The Makeup Show LA (#TMSLA) is March 1st & 2nd in downtown LA. Tickets are still available ($48 for 1 day, $68 for both) with various discounts available for students etc. You do have to be a professional (or studying to become one) to get tickets. More info about all of that is here.

See you at The Makeup Show!

By the way… if you are as crazy about eyebrows as I am, follow my Pinterest board “Hey, Nice Brows” for lots more eyebrow love.

BeWell Expo Preview

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This weekend I will be attending BeWell Expo for the first time! BeWell is the Beauty & Wellness Expo. The idea of this particular show is to bring together all the tools to improve mind, body, and spirit. Exhibitors at the expo range from beauty to yoga, with an emphasis on natural ingredients.

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Cosmoprof North America 2013 RECAP

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This past week I attended the biggest (easily) beauty trade show in my usual lineup: Cosmoprof North America. Literally hundreds of vendors from all over the world gathered together to meet with buyers, educators, salon distributors, and of course – ME. [Read more...]

Cosmoprof Q&A With Top Beauty Brands

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This weekend Mr. Boyfriend and I are packing up the car and heading to Vegas for Cosmoprof! This will be my second year attending and I am so excited. Cosmoprof is unlike any of the other trade shows I cover here on the blog. It’s much more formal, closed to the public (!!!) and many brands bring out their unreleased goodies to show off to retail buyers. It’s a tremendous opportunity for me to get one on one with representatives from some of the top brands in the beauty industry, as well as get insider information. Sometimes they even give me information I’m not allowed to publish yet! It’s always such a challenge to keep quiet when they give me something good that I have to sit on, but it’s so much fun anyway. ;)

I have one on one sessions scheduled with some of the greatest beauty brands in the industry, and I want to know from YOU guys, what do YOU want me to ask? I want to give you the insight and answers you crave. I created an account on ask.fm, for those of you who want to ask Cosmoprof questions! You can find that here: http://ask.fm/glossmenagerie.

If you don’t have ask.fm or you’d just rather comment below, you can do that! You can also tweet me @glossmenagerie during the next few days if something comes to mind.

I am meeting with or talking to reps from…

AGEbeautiful, Ardell, Body Drench, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Color Club, Conair, Cricket, Derma Earth, Essie, Fruitique, Gelish, Gigi, Gorgeous Cosmetics, Jessica Cosmetics, Jordana, KareCo, LA Girl, Layla, Macadamia Natural Oil, Milani, NYX, Orly, Precision Nail Lacquer, Royal & Langnickel, Ruby Wing, Seche, Swoon, The Balm, Tweezerman,  and Zoya!

There will also be MANY other brands there…over 900 brands attend Cosmoprof, that I can go pounce on if you are interested, but those are the ones I’m for sure getting face time with. More info on the other brands there can be found here. If you see someone on the list that you have a question for, I will do my best!

So what do you want to know?!

Top 10 Things To Do at PHAMExpo 2013

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PHAMExpo is coming!!!! The Professional Hair And Makeup Expo is this coming weekend, June 29-30th! If you don’t have your tickets yet, they are still available (and will be more expensive at  the door), so go getcha some tickets! It’s open to the public, but there are discounts available for professionals (as well as some pro-only hours so you don’t have to fight the unwashed masses while you shop!).

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New Blog Feature – Events Calendar

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The beauty world and blogger world both have TONS of events going on, so I am introducing my new EVENT CALENDAR feature. It details all of the events where I will be so that we can meet up and connect! Whether you’re a brand, a reader, or a fellow blogger, I welcome you all to check it out and take a look!

Here it is ———-> EVENT CALENDAR

That’s all for now! :)

Generation Beauty 2013

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This past weekend I attended and worked at the first annual Generation Beauty event put on by Ipsy. I have posted a ton of pics on Instagram and Twitter (if you aren’t following me on Instagram yet, why the heck not? Get to it… my name’s glossmenagerie as you can probably imagine…) so I don’t want to picspam the blog with the same photos unless you guys really really want me to, lol. Comment below. ;) Otherwise hit up my Insta.

Anyways, a lot of people have been asking me my thoughts on the event itself, if it was worth attending and how it compares to other beauty events…so that’s more what this post is about, from the point of view of someone attending the event (since most of you won’t really relate to my thoughts as an exhibitor – if you’re a brand wanting to know about THAT, please contact me directly).

Generation Beauty provided a lot of educational content. There were loads of little mini seminars that they called “content sessions”. Topics included things like how to pick a channel name, how to balance school & your youtube channel, and how to deal with creepers on the internet (that was my favorite – very practical advice from AndreasChoice). The content was really heavily geared towards those who either are on youtube, want to be on youtube, or really admire youtube beauty gurus and want to gain insight into their ‘world’. There were also a lot of meet & greets with various youtube personalities. GB was supposed to have been also a blogger event, but I felt like there wasn’t much, if any content available that was blogger-specific. A lot of the youtube-related advice can be applied to bloggers though (we ALL deal with creeps on the internet, issues of balancing life vs. your beauty hobby/job, etc.) so it wasn’t useless info.

The crowd that attended GB was almost entirely female (shocking I know) and skewed very young for the most part. But I didn’t feel out of place there by any means. Unlike other events I’ve been to, everyone seemed very open to talking to other people (not just the brand experts or youtubers). There was a genuine positive energy and a willingness to discuss ideas, opinions, and our love for the beauty world. I made friends in line for things, sitting around taking a breather, and later on Instagram by talking to other people posting things. Michelle Phan said that was her number one goal for the event, to bring people together who love beauty so they can meet and network. I think the event definitely made that possible and it worked well in that regard.

As a blogger or youtuber, especially one just starting out, the representatives from the beauty brands there were very easy to approach about working together. I have been to events where I asked about talking to someone who works on PR and was met with dumbstruck stares. Not at Generation Beauty! The brands were well-prepared and came ready to talk about media lists and collaboration. That was a REALLY nice thing to see.

Like any beauty event, the brands had their latest and greatest around to talk about and show off. And yes, there was swag. Lots of swag. ;) What’s a beauty event without swag, right? haha. More about that later. That’s not what this post is for!

Would I recommend attending? Yes, if you can afford it and it’s not geographically prohibitive. However, I don’t think both days are completely necessary. I think it was the kind of thing that they probably could have squeezed into one day. If it weren’t for getting double the swag, I’d say most people could just pick either Saturday OR Sunday. I’m not sure if they offered 1-day tickets though. It’s something for them to consider in the future if they don’t. Remember, this is the very first year of Generation Beauty.

It’s important to also remember this was not a show marketed as a pro event. Yes there were many makeup and hair artists in attendance, but if you are looking for the place to learn the latest cutting edge body painting technique for example, this wasn’t the show for you. This was designed as an all ages social event for people who love beauty to come together, learn something, and make a new friend. It was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed myself! Since I haven’t been blogging in a while, I really needed this. It reminded me why I love what I do. :)

If you’re reading this and you’re one of the people I met at GB, thanks for being a part of what was a really great weekend!

Save The Date: PHAMExpo Coming This June!

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The beginning of 2013 has been quite a strenuous schedule of major beauty trade events. It kicked off with ISSE Long Beach and IMATS LA in January, then The Makeup Show LA this month, and for us bloggers there’s Lucky FABB in April! [Read more...]

The Makeup Show LA 2013 in Pictures

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I did something kinda different with this particular show…I decided to stick to mainly images instead of just rambling on and on about how awesome it all was. These pics speak for themselves!

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