And once again…I made it! It’s starting to be a bit of a joke with my blogger gal pals and me that every time I make my way to The Makeup Show Orlando, I’ve got a baby in tow. Sure enough, Bub made his beauty show debut at the show and except for the minor whining he did during the Blogger Preview, I think my boy did a grand job. He shot the ladies lot of smiles and had an enjoyable time snugging up with Titi Ellis.
You know your friends love when you when they’re willing to wear your baby so you can enjoy the show a bit. And enjoy, I did! This year, many of the girls in the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group commented on how there weren’t as many attendees this year. I noticed that, too. It was nice to be able to walk down not-so-packed aisles. Brands like NARS, Make Up For Ever and Crown Brush were still packed but even still, their tables were walkable. Which is always appreciated.
As a blogger, y’all know that my focus is really brand-centric. The Makeup Show prides itself on being a show that helps makeup artists and the like in the creative/branding space. It is pro-artistry driven and they rock in the educating department. Having brands in the house just makes things a little sweeter for us bloggers. I have yet to sit in on any of the workshops (and I really should one of these years because two words…Danessa Myricks) as my intent is to talk to and networking with brands. Each year, I make a list of brands that I want to investigate and chit-chat with. Of course, I do minor shopping too but my main focus is always getting some insider secrets.
So many were there. Soooo many. I’ve attempted The Makeup Show in L.A. and NYC and while Orlando is definitely the smaller of the three, I think the show does a great job at giving artists so much to work with. The heavy hitters like NARS, Make Up For Ever, Inglot, Ricky’s NYC and Graftobian are always so popular with their huge displays and live demonstrations.
You also have your smaller brands, including a drugstore favorite of mine…Shea Moisture Cosmetics!
Now I’ve rapped about Shea Moisture Cosmetics before as I’m a huge fan. They not only released new products, but they’ve gone through some re-branding. I haven’t seen many of these items in stores but after chatting with the ladies at the booth, I can’t wait!
They were such a big hit at the show. I’m guessing the $2 OCC Lip Tars (in the older packaging) is what had people going crazy.
The Lip Bar
One thing I love about the show is how they cater to big brands and indie brands. The Lip Bar is a Black girl owned vegan lipstick line. They have suuuuuch beautiful colors. I snagged two of them. Stay tuned for swatches.
Yesssss! Back in the day, I was BIG into nail art, especially those stamping tools. Remember this? I didn’t get a chance to see their booth but we received samples of these tools in our Blogger Preview bag and now I’m regretting that I didn’t at least stop by. So good to see nail brands at the show!
The Makeup Light
I need these. Next year I’ll be purchasing one!
AJ Crimson Beauty
Pretty packaging and shades for brown girls? Yes please! I was so excited to see his powders and foundations. His booth stayed pack during the show.
James Vincent rocks
But you knew this, right? James Vincent has such an incredibly bright personality and I love how much he values bloggers. He really sees our worth and doesn’t hesitate to let us know this during each and every Blogger Preview. During the preview, members of the press are provided with a press bag full of goodies from various brands. We always look forward to these bags. James goes through each product to give us an idea as to why each product made its appearance in the bag. I’m so grateful for James and he truly cares about artists in the industry…and it shows!
Admittedly, I still didn’t get to see as much as I wanted to this year. Even when I make a list and have a game plan, I get all distracted by the glitz, glamor and lights. Next year, however, I will be ON it.
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*I received a press pass to attend this event