Monday, January 11, 2010

Chit Chat and IMATS 2010

Hi Bellas,

How was your weekend?  I was productive and it went fast.  The BF and I put away the Christmas tree and decorations, and did some last minute shopping for our cruise next week.  I'm excited!  I even convinced my boyfriend to get a pedicure with me so that his feet could be beach ready, woo hoo!

Meanwhile, update on my laptop status.  The boyfriend had to order some parts in the mail so he could fix my computer.  The parts have shipped and should be arriving this week.  I really hope he can get my laptop up this week.  I have a lot of videos and pictures saved on there, ready to post including product reviews and Christmas gifts from my readers.  Thank you for your patience in letting me resolve these technical difficulties. 

Since I don't have access to anymore pictures, I'll be doing random posts this week on topics I can think of, lol.  Today I'll be talking about IMATS 2010.  Have you all heard of this?  It's also known as the International Makeup Artists Trade Show, put on my Make-Up Artist Magazine.  It's pretty much the largest makeup convention in the world with thousands of attendees at each show.  Makeup artists and fans attend this two day conference where they can take classes, listen to speakers, and buy from the largest makeup brands at huge discounts.  These brands include many of the big hitters like MAC, MUFE as well as smaller up and coming brands.  A lot of YouTube gurus and beauty bloggers attend as well, making it a sort of family reunion for this industry.  I've wanted to go for the last two years, but have had wedding or vacation conflicts each year.  This time, i'm determined to go!  I've already started putting money aside each paycheck to cover flight, hotel, meals and of course all the makeup I'm going to buy!

I will be attending the convention in LA on June 26th-27th.  To see details, click here.  I hope to see many of you there!  They also offer the convention in other cities including London, Toronto, Vancouver, and Sydney.  This year, I plan on trying to spend far less on MAC collections.  This will help me save a lot of money, especially for IMATS.  This means less MAC haul videos but I'll still be doing many makeup looks using MAC products.  With the past four collections of MAC, i've been really good and probably spent a total of $50.  I hope this streak continues!  Luckily, a lot of the recent collections have been pretty dupeable and similar to permanent products.

Meanwhile, if you plan on attending IMATS this year, I hope all of you can work with me on spending less and saving more!  I'm also looking forward to a Blogger Pow Wow, my first!  I'm excited, can you tell?  he he.  So that was today's random post, let me know if you guys are planning to attend.  Ciao Bellas!

Atlanta Makeup Artist


btnshe said...

Hi Ren,

So sad to hear about your computer, but I'm sure it'll be up in no time. Thanks for the IMATS announcement. I had fun going last year, and will probably go again this year to LA also. Hopefully I'll get a chance to see you. You've inspired me to start my own freelancing business too, and it's great reading all the great business advice.

KiLLaCaM said...

Ren! I get to meet you this year! yay! The IMATS are sooooo overwhelming but inspiring at the same time! Cannot wait to see the ATL hunnies in Cali!

Mayra said...

I would love to attend the show and meet you too. thanks for the post I didn't know such thing existed. And I am only 4 hours away from LA. I will put $ to a side also.

CosmoFreakaLeak said...

im SOOO going to be there. All my classmates went last year but I couldn't afford it and hated myself for not going!!

Kat W. said...

Hey Ren,

I am sooooo excited to go to IMATS this year since I missed it last time. I am doing the same about MAC...spending less now and saving for IMATS =)
I hope to bump into you there.

Also, I forgot to ask you earlier in my emails about what type/style of lashes you like best and/or carry in your kit all the time? I'll help me with your package on Friday =)

<3 kat

Crystal.S said...

See you there, Ren!!

Lindsay said...

I'm in San Diego so of course I'll be there! Hopefully, I'll get to see you there!

Victoria said...

I didn't know IMATS was coming to Vancouver! I'm going to be there for sure.
Thanks for the tip Ren!