Archive for January, 2014
For the very first time, I’ll be heading (with my younger sis) to the Pasadena Convention Center for one of the largest of all the IMATS events! IMATS stands for International Makeup Artist Trade Show. I first heard of IMATS a couple years ago, but the timing was such that I was always having or recovering from surgery. But this time around, I’m definitely mobile enough to be able to attend! I’ve been looking forward to this for months!
Unfortunately, I found out about press passes too late to be able to get one, but did hear back from a very helpful woman who reached out to a pro makeup artist that may be able to help me learn how to effectively cover the massive scar that runs from mid-thigh down to my ankle. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a press pass next year!
IMATS began Friday afternoon for pros only with Saturday and Sunday open to the general public. There will be NO ticket sales at the door as ALL tickets sold out a few weeks ago! We’re going to attend on Sunday only as I don’t think I have enough energy to attend both days.
I’ve been having a lot of stomach issues lately and haven’t felt very well. I had a intestinal flora transplant via colonoscopy plus an endoscopy procedure on Dec. 13th and while I’ve had significant lower GI improvement, they endoscopy seems to have flared up the upper stomach where I’ve had 2 Nissen Fundoplications (both ended up failing). I haven’t had such severe stomach issues in a very long time.
The last several weeks, I’ve mainly had liquids (lactaid milk), yogurt, some crackers, and lots of ginger chews (for nausea). I was told to add Carnation Breakfast Essentials at least once a day in order to get more vitamins and minerals, luckily the vanilla mix I bought actually tastes pretty good. When I had tried eating more “real” foods I’d get pain in my stomach almost immediately. I just saw both of the GI doctors and they changed/added medications so hopefully I’ll start having more relief very soon.
In preparation for IMATS, I’ve been getting myself familiar with as many of the different venders as possible in order to try to have an idea of which booths are most important for me to visit. I also ordered 2 sets of business cards (one with my address for brands/PR/etc and the other with social media information), but it looks like my social media networking cards won’t arrive until Monday.
I’ve heard that most venders will have discounts ranging from 10-40% (or more) for the general public (pros receive additional discounts) that are truly unique to IMATS. I can’t wait to see so many of the brands I’ve read about online in person! If only I had a significantly larger budget! We’ll be leaving here very early in the morning so as to leave ourselves plenty of time to drive, park, walk, and get in line. I can’t wait for tomorrow!
Have you ever been to IMATS or other trade shows? What are your favorite parts?
Product Review: Starlooks’ Starbox December 2013 Edition!
A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to receive the very last Starbox of 2013! I sincerely apologize for taking so long to post this review, but I’ve been having significant upper GI symptoms which is rather unusual for me. Back in October we received a sneak peak saying that we’d be receiving a 15 shade Pro Palette in our boxes! Last year I received a 15 shade palette in what is now called the Birthday palette, but was first introduced as a custom made palette for Starbox subscribers. Once again this year, I was told we’d receive another custom made palette.
I have to be honest in saying that I don’t use last year’s palette very much because of how bright the various shades are. While those shades are beautiful, they don’t fit in my day to day routine as I tend to stick to nudes or neutrals. Although I do use the nude quad we received last November. Since this year’s November box had several bright shades, I had hoped that the big mega palette would be nudes or neutrals. And I was by no means disappointed!
I absolutely LOVE this Pro Palette!! Every single shade is absolutely gorgeous! Starlooks has certainly outdone themselves this year with this easily wearable on a day to day basis palette. Once again this is a custom palette exclusively just for Starbox subscribers. Although I believe it is still possible to order December’s Starbox for just a couple dollars more than originally. Even the name of this palette, New Year’s Eve 2014, is a reason to celebrate. If you look at the options for pre-made 15 shade palettes, you’ll see a New Year’s Eve one with similar nude/neutral shades. The regular retail price of this mega palette is $99, but only $17.68 (including shipping) for Starbox subscribers or $21.68 (including shipping) for a single December box! If you love wearing nudes/neutrals as much as I do, t hen this is a palette to get at about a fifth of what it would cost normally!
Onto to the box itself, included in the typical white padded mailer was a white box with green elastic bow (I do miss the bow tied with ribbon, but completely understand that, that kind of detail would be difficult to maintain with growing service). Upon opening the box, I saw two pieces of paper (I miss the card stock from just a couple months ago), one of which was the typical introduction to this month’s box (seen first photo for the front of the card) and the second mentioned a new perk for loyal subscribers!
I really like that both the November and December boxes had pictures of an eye look that can be done with the included items. Although I found November’s a bit more useful as it showed pictorially HOW to apply the shades to get the look the model was wearing. I very much hope this becomes a routine feature! I’d LOVE to see a bunch more pictorial tutorials for looks using this December 2013 box! I was able to recreate the look from November on my first try and received many complements. I had a bit more trouble with the December look as there are so many more shades in the palette to choose from.
Since there is only one “item”, I’ll go through the shades one by one starting with the first row, going left to right.
first row (left to right)
1. silver (shimmer)
2. purple-magenta (matte)
3. dark green (shimmer)
4. cool toned dark brown (matte)
5. black (matte)
second row (left to right)
6. taupe with duo chrome with a magenta sheen (shimmer)
7. pearlized white (shimmer)
8. warm toned medium dark brown (matte)
9. warm toned medium brown with purple duo chrome (sparkle)
10. like a matte black base with purple duo chrome (sparkle)
third row (left to right)
11. beige (matte) [nearly my skin tone so very hard to see]
12. light cream with an ever so slightly pearlized sheen (matte)
13. bronze-y medium brown (shimmer)
14. olive green (shimmer)
15. medium brown with gold (sparkle)
shimmer shadows have very fine micro-glitter
matte shades have no shimmer or glitter
sparkle shades are matte bases with glitter or micro-glitter
I’ve only just started to play around with this awesome palette. The options with this are truly unlimited! Starlooks definitely hit this one out of the park with this palette that contains mostly easily wearable colors for use on a daily basis along with a couple pops of color here and there. The purple-magenta matte shade doesn’t show up very well all by itself, it needs to be applied over eye shadow primer or with a wet brush. I’ve included swatches of all the shades swatched in just that fashion, over primer and with a wet brush. I’ve also taken the photos with different light filters on my cell phone in hopes of giving you the best possible idea of these colors! And all of these shadows can also do double duty as eyeliner just by using a wet angled brush!
TIP: I like to also add a touch of dry shadow (of the the same or different shade) on top for an extra pop.
You too can receive awesome full size cosmetic products from Starlooks’ for only $17.68 a month (includes shipping)! If you do decide to subscribe, please consider using my referral link by clicking HERE, if you do then I’ll receive a special box which I’ll then review on my blog.
The second card included with this box states that beginning with December, continuous subscribers will automatically receive an exclusive gift (valued at $35) EVERY 3 months!! So if you received a December box, then you (and I) will receive a special gift in February! If you joined before January 10th then you’ll receive your first reward in March, and if you are reading this and join before February 10th then you’ll receive yours in April! Also Starlooks’ Starbox is the ONLY subscription service out there that sends subscribers a FREE BONUS box during their Birthday month as a special Birthday Box!! Last year I received a red lipstick with coordinating red lipliner and a black eyeliner in my Birthday Box.
Did you receive December’s box? If so what did you think of it?
How were your holidays? Did you do anything special or fun? I’d love to hear from you!
Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy 2014!
Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season!
Disclaimer: I received one or more items mentioned above from the manufacturer or PR representative for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are mine. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.