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IMATS NYC First Experience & Haul

Hey everyone!

Imats haul 2013 nyc first experience embryolisse lait creme concentre lotion micellaire eve pearl flawless face palette problender beauty blender kisses of pearl lipgloss in hey sexy ben nye final seal alcone co royal and langnickel brushes morphe brushes cici fashion brushes hakuhodo brushes

Imats Haul!

Okay this is LONG overdue! IMATS in NYC was April 5th-7th this year.

My friend Bianca and I ended up only being able to go on Sunday the 7th because they were sold out for Saturday! This might have been to our advantage as there wasn’t as many people, that I thought would have been there, on Sunday. This was Bianca and I’s first time at IMATS! First I’ll post what I got  and then I’ll go on to write about my experience. As you will see from this haul, I am a brush whore! lol Most of my purchases were brushes and I would have gotten more but I restrained myself haha (I won’t next year though!)

First Booth we stopped at was

Royal and Langnickel:

Royal and Langnickel on imats bag 2013 nyc brushes

They were on the IMATS bags that were given out at the entrance for a good reason!

They have a huge selection of brushes which Bianca and I were a bit overwhelmed about at first. Finally though I decided on these three brushes.

Royal and Langnickel brushes imats nyc 2013

Royal and Langnickel brushes

From left to right:

1) Silk Synthetic Eyebrow brush List Price: $3.99

Paid Price: $3.00

I got this brush mainly because I like to do eyeshadow liner along my lash lines (since I don’t fill in my brows).

2) Silk Synthetic Mini Smudger List Price: $5.99

Paid Price: $4.00

I plan on using this for smudging and applying eyeshadow on the lower lashline or more precisely on the upper lashline.

3) Silk Synthetic Smudger List Price: $7.99

Paid Price: $5.00

I got this for smudging! lol

Total Paid: $12.00        Savings: $5.00+Shipping

You may think its not a lot to save but I got relatively small brushes that were not discounted as much as sets, or larger brushes. Also, its never the same buying offline when you can actually see the size and the feel of the brushes before you buy them! I’ve made that mistake in the past haha

Now I don’t remember what order the next booths came in so here they are in random order.

Hakuhodo:

I have heard amazing things about these brushes and how soft they are and they are all TRUE! Their brushes are the softest brushes I’ve EVER felt!! These brushes weren’t discounted but I picked them up anyways because of the reasons I stated before: you can’t see/feel the brushes online plus no shipping fees!

Hakuhodo brushes imats nyc 2013 softer cheaper Mac 217 dupe

Hakuhodo brushes which are MAC 217 dupes that are cheaper and softer!

Eyeshadow Brush Round & Flat: I got two of them. List Price: $18.00 each

Although I paid the list price this brush is an exact dupe for MAC’s famous 217 brush, However, MAC’s brush is $23.00 and not even close to being as soft as the Hakuhodo one. So I feel like I definitely saved more than just $5.00 there!

Total Paid: $36.00        Savings: $10.00+Shipping

Morphe Brushes:

Morphe brushes imats 2013 nyc crown brushes

Morphe brushes which are the same as Crown brushes

Left to Right:

1) IB116 Round Tapered Crease: List Price: $2.89

Paid Price: $2.00

I don’t have a brush this shape and this size so I decided to grab it!

2) IB119 Deluxe Crease Blender: List Price: $2.99

Paid Price: $2.00

I actually have this brush already which I brought from Crown Brushes. They are the same exact brush and are even labeled the same! Anyways I really like this brush for blending 😀

3) PP16 Mini Smudger: List Price: $1.99

Paid Price: $2.00

 Yes, I paid one more cent than I should have! Like the brush above, I have this brush from my Crown Brush purchase a few years ago. I love it for applying eyeshadow on the lower lash line and even on the upper lash line for a subtle effect. It’s soft but not very stiff.

Total Paid: $6.00        Savings: $1.80+Shipping

Cici Fashion Brushes:

CiCi Fashion Brushes imats 2013 nyc jumbo fan brushes

CiCi Fashion Brushes

From Left to Right:

1) Supreme Fan Brush- HM301: List Price: $15.25

Paid Price: $10.00

I love jumbo fan brushes to apply powder blush and contour. I was hoping I’d find the same brush that I bought from crown brushes called jumbo kabuki fan brush but they didn’t have any. This one and the one below were the only jumbo fans I found at IMATS!! I guess they are not popular enough. But I ended up with two because this one was softer, but less dense and the one below was denser, but not as soft. I’ll see how they perform, hopefully as good as the one I have!

2) Large Fan Brush-NYY001: List Price: $9.85

Paid Price: $7.50

Again this brush is denser but less soft than the one above.

3) Eye Blending Brush-NHY012: List Price: $3.65

Paid Price: $2.50

Just another blending brush very similar in shape and size to the round tapered crease brush above except made of sable hair rather than italian badger.

Total Paid: $20.00        Savings: $8.75+Shipping

Embryolisse was its own separate booth but it was being sold by the Alcone Company so I’m going to put them together.

Alcone Company:

Ben Nye Final Seal Setting Spray imats 2013 nyc

Ben Nye Final Seal from Alcone Co.

1) Ben Nye’s Final Seal: List Price: $7.00

Paid Price: $7.00

Yes, NO discount which I am pretty disappointed about but oh well. At least I didn’t have to pay shipping! I have heard great things about this but have yet to try it. When I do I will do a full review! I was a bit disappointed they didn’t have anymore Ben Nye’s Banana Powder! All sold out.. oh well maybe next year.

embryolisse lotion micellaire no rinse makeup remover and lait-creme concentre imats 2013  nyc alcone co

Embryolisse Lotion Micellaire and Lait-Creme Concentre from Alcone Co.

From Left to Right:

2) Embryolisse Lotion Micellar No Rinse Makeup Remover: List Price: $32.00

Paid Price: $27.00

I was actually looking to get the famous Bioderma Crealine H2O but they didn’t have it and they said this one was very similar. I am still testing it and so far not sure about my opinion and if it really is worth the money.

3) Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre: List Price: $28.00

Paid Price: 2 for $50.00 or $25.00 each

I had tried a very small size of this from Birchbox using birchbox points and fell in love with it (even my boyfriend too!). So I knew this was one of the things I wanted to get most at IMATS. It is expensive mostly because it is not really sold that much here in the states. I feel like you could get it cheaper in France, obviously. But it is definitely a must have, especially for sensitive skin! It is marketed it as a moisturizer and makeup primer in one. I just use it as my regular moisturizer, but I think the reason it works so well for me is because it is also a primer. I feel like it may create a barrier between my skin and the environment, like pollution and other harmful environmental factors that my skin loves to react to. I noticed immediately the day after I started using this again that my skin was less irritated and so smooth! So for me its not just a moisturizer, which it is also amazing at hydrating, but a protective barrier from the harsh elements and pollution!

Total Paid: $84.00        Savings: $11.00+Shipping

 And by now you may be wondering… where is any makeup?! here it is! last but not least is

Eve Pearl:

Eve Pearl Flawless Face Palette in light Problender beauty blender Kisses of Pearl Lipgloss in hey sexy imats 2013 nyc

Eve Pearl

1) The Flawless Face Palette: List Price: $98.00

Paid Price: $58.00

Bianca and I were starting to realize we had NO makeup in our bags at IMATS and went all out at the Eve Pearl booth! It was really the best values at IMATS! We got one of the makeup artists to color match us to the concealers and then Bianca ended up getting the blush and highlighter as well, which sold both of us on the palette!

2) Problender: List Price: $20.00

Paid Price: 2 for $15.00

These are super similar to the Beauty Blender, which I was planning to hit up next with my birchbox points! They are latex free and come in three colors! Of course, we chose pink! haha

3) Kisses of Pearl Lipgloss in Hey Sexy: List Price: $26.00

Paid Price: FREE

Since Bianca and I, both paid exact change in cash for the palette and problenders, the lady gave us a lipgloss each for free! So nice!!

Total Paid: $73.00        Savings: $78.50+Shipping

 

Total Paid at IMATS (including the ticket which was $50.00): $281.00

Total Savings: $115.05

I think IMATS is amazing and if you love all things beauty you should definitely try to go! Do your research beforehand you can look out for price differences and where the best deals are. Also if you know what you want ahead of time, you know how much money to bring and where to go first. I didn’t get a chance to buy anything from Inglot or OCC because the lines were ridiculous (the whole time!) and I just couldn’t be bothered! Plus I wasn’t sure about the discounts and I had no idea what I even wanted. I think if you have never experienced IMATS before bring about $150-300. It doesn’t mean you have to spend it all but it’s nice to know you don’t have to hold back! Also, you don’t really HAVE to do research and look things up beforehand. You can and it might help out but I managed fine and I liked just taking it all in as I was there for the first time, but that’s just me haha. You can easily do a whole years worth of shopping here! I probably won’t buy anymore makeup until I see another huge sale (most likely black friday/cyber monday). So make your purchases COUNT when you go to IMATS. Anyways I hope you all enjoyed my haul and experience at IMATS! If any of you out there have gone I’d love to see your hauls!

Don’t forget to check out my friend Bianca’s IMATS Haul!

~~Andrea

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DIY Makeup Brush Holder

Hello everyone!

This post is about making a brush holder out of… a mug! I got the idea watching Pursebuzz‘s video on a cute, pink, over-sized cup with attached saucer made out of iron. It was very big though, so she had to put a smaller cup in the middle with the actual brushes in it. It looks like it’s an outside decor item but it’s very creative to use it that way!

So I came up with an idea that would be perfect to add to the two gifts I was giving to my sister and boyfriend’s sister (who’s birthdays were coming up). I had bought my bf’s sister a bunch of Real Technique brushes (love them!) and my sister brushes/makeup I knew she would like (Milani Liquify Eyeliner, Covergirl Lash Blast original mascara (her fav), Ecotools brushes, ELF brushes, and a few other things I can’t remember).

I decided to head to the Dollar Tree to see if they had a glass or mug that I could decoupage. I have decoupaged other items as gifts and had tons of different colored tissue paper left over. I was looking for something that would be tall enough for long brushes but not too tall to fit the smaller travel sized/eye brushes. It also had to have a large enough rim but again, not TOO large like one of those big round cappuccino cups. This was probably the most challenging part of the whole project.

I finally narrowed my choice down to a shorter ceramic mug or a brandy type glass. In the end I chose the mug because I liked that it had a handle and grooves along the side.

cappuccino mug dollar tree dollar store white ceramic with grooves diy makeup brush glass cup

Dollar Tree mug!

Here are all the supplies I used and where I got them.

mod podge crafts decoupage mug diy brush holder cup glass

mod podge mixed with water in a cup mod podge crafts decoupage mug diy brush holder cup glass

Mod Podge mixed with some water in a plastic cup

  • mod podge and sponge came in a pack at AC Moore – I used a mixture of the mod podge with water in a plastic cup.
  • A stack of tissue paper which I got from AC Moore for pretty cheap as well a while back.
  • Two ribbons (a yellow and a silver) at AC Moore on sale for 50 cents each!
  • Mug and main tissue paper for the outside I got from the Dollar Tree.
  • I used a sparkly white tissue paper I received in one of my Birchboxes mixed with black on the inside.
  • Glue gun I bought at Walmart for around $10.

I decided the theme I would go for was yellow and gray. I think the combination is very classy/elegant and would match any bathroom/vanity/decor. At first I pictured making the mug gray and with yellow trim, but I found the perfect tissue paper at the dollar store that was the exact style I was going for!

pale yellow pastel shiny white glittery tissue paper ac moore dollar tree decoupage diy makeup brush holder

damask design tissue paper in gray and white diy makeup brush holder decoupage cup and black tissue paper DOLLAR TREE DOLLAR STORE

I started with the inside of the mug. I originally wanted it to be gray inside (after finding this cute paper for the outside) but did not have gray tissue paper and could not find it at the store. So, I tried to put black paper first and then the sparkly white.  It didn’t come out gray but I liked the effect anyway.

One layer of black and one layer of white (still wet):

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

Mugs with black tissue paper and then the shiny/glittery white tissue paper on top

After a few more layers of white, the finished inside:

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

After letting them dry completely (you can use a hairdryer in between layers), I started on the outside. For the outside I chose a pastel yellow (rather than a bright yellow) to go underneath the patterned tissue paper. I was afraid the bright one would show through too much and I’m glad I did the pastel because it was just the subtle effect I was going for, came out perfect.

One layer of pastel yellow:

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

I then added one layer of the patterned tissue. This was really tricky because of the grooves and shape of the mug. The mismatching of the pattern isn’t too noticeable though in the end result.

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

I made sure to put the yellow and patterned paper all the way to the bottom to make sure you could not see any part of the mug when it’s placed down. Also, I made the yellow and patterned paper overlap the rim of the mug because I was planning to cover it up anyway.

After I let it dry a bit, I made sure to go over the inside and outside with the mod podge a few times to make sure it was sealed and shiny (if left in the bathroom I didn’t want it getting ruined with humidity or water).

I then began with the ribbon. I first hot glued the silver ribbon along the inner rim of the mug to cover up the seam of the inside and outside tissue paper.

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

I was originally going to leave it at that and then add the yellow ribbon in the middle of the silver, but I decided to add another layer of the silver right below the first one.

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

I then added the bright yellow ribbon in between the two silver ones.

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

I picked the bright yellow rather than a pastel because I thought it needed a pop of color! I let it dry for a day or two and this is the finished mug!

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER DECOUPAGE TISSUE PAPER YELLOW AND GREY GRAY DOLLAR STORE DOLLAR TREE

I forgot to mention that I left the handles without anything on them. My sister saw me making them before I was done so I asked her advice on it and she told me she would rather it be bare. I figured it was probably for the best because it would be handled a lot (lol see what I did there?) and I don’t know how good it would hold up.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this post! Let me know what else you’d like to see and, if you tried this out I’d love to see pictures. I’m sure you can add rhinestones or glitter, even tulle; anything that suits your style! I have a few more posts to come. 😀

TL;DR — Just follow the pictures!

~~Andrea