As I stated in Part 1 of this IMATS LA 2012 series, my 1st experience was absolutely incredible and far exceeded my expectations. 🙂
I remember how anxious I was the night before. I couldn’t sleep because I was so excited and determined not to over sleep. When I got to the Pasadena Convention Center, this is what I saw below.
Now what you don’t see is the fact that this line totally wraps around this huge building.
Once inside, you register and receive your bracelet that you need in order to enter the exhibit hall to shop and attend the workshops.
Then Oh Boy…The vendors with booths and many many many people.
Make Up Forever, Inglot, and NYX seemed to be the most popular.
This picture doesn’t really capture the reality of the crowds that were there. Can you believe there were this many people as soon as the doors opened to the Exhibit Hall? Wow!!
I purchased products from Inglot for my co-worker. Right before I received my products, a lady in front of me returned to the booth because her order was incorrect. She warned all of us to check our bags and receipts before leaving. I was so glad she gave us this warning because I was charged twice for the same eyeshadow. Take heed, due to how busy the workers are, it’s very common for them to make mistakes so ALWAYS check your products and receipt before walking away. I don’t believe it’s done on purpose, it’s just so much going on that it happens.
I never quite understood why NYX stayed so busy. The prices weren’t much different than what I normally see. Some of the prices were even more expensive. For instance, the lipglosses at IMATS LA were $4. I see them regularly at different beauty supply stores here in Houston for $1.99. I purchased 10 of them when they were on sale for a $1 a few months ago. The Jumbo Pencils were either $3.25 or 3.50. I can’t remember for sure, but I do know that they usually range from $3.49-3.99 at H.E.B. Grocery Store. I stopped looking at prices after that.
I stopped by the Coastal Scents booth to see what specials they had going. It didn’t seem as though they had good deals either. They were mostly promoting their brand new 252 palette, which I almost got but put it back. It retails for only $24.95. There’s no way I can justify getting that palette. It would’ve only been greed. I don’t need anymore shadows especially from Coastal Scents. I’m a huge fan of theirs and have so many palettes that I rarely use. On a good note, they had a game that allowed you to play for free products!!!
Closer Look at the game. It reminds me of a mini Plinko from the Price Is Right. LOL! 🙂 I gave it a shot. I was hoping for a free bar of African Black Soap.I landed on these instead. Hey, I’m always open to getting free brushes. It was better than getting a bumper sticker. Ha ha! 🙂
Stay tuned for Part 3 in which I’ll focus on the educational side of IMATS and give an overview of the classes I attended. 🙂