IMATS London 2014

IMATS was last weekend and it was amazing! I loved it!

For all the photos taken there I’d like to direct you to the Facebook page of this blog.

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When I arrived there, I was lucky to be early! I got at Olympia around 8.00, and while the line was only 30 metres or so. The staff decided to scan our tickets already so we could go right inside once the doors were open.

I started with shopping, first stop: Sugarpill! Though it would have been a better choice to start with NYXcosmetics, because after a few hours the queue was really really long and I waited for about an hour…

I also got to meet my favorite artist in the world, Klaire de Lys. As most of you will know, she is the person that caused my love and passion for makeup art. If it weren’t for her videos, I’d never found out about the world of possibilities and artistic ways of makeup.

I learned that there are (obviously) more ways to do special effects, one that I didn’t know anything about is silicone. I was triggered by several companies that displayed their work, it was very interesting and definitely worth researching in the near future.

All in all this was a fantastic weekend and I got to do and buy all the things I planned, so this was a succes. I wouldn’t say I can’t wait to go again next year, because this is something I have to save a LOT of money for. I actually saved for over a year, trust me, it’s hard! Plus, I think I’m very satisfied for a while. Maybe I’ll change my mind in a few months and decide to go again, who knows!

Now, let’s go to the important chapter: my HAUL!

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Item number 1: the Sugarpill pro palette!
This was on the top of the wish list, actually! I love it, can’t wait to try out all the colours.

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Obviously I also got Bulletproof, as it’s not included in the palette.

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I have some putty from Kryolan, but I wanted to give this a try, since I’ve never had any Ben Nye products.

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These two soft brushes are from Royal&Langnickel, from their S.I.L.K. collection, as you can see these are the Pointed dome powder brush and the Contour shadow brush.

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Some lovely Eldora lashes 🙂

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Since Lex has been shouting at everyone that will listen that Mehron is amazing, I wanted to get the Paradise paints, so I did. I got Black, White and the 8 colour Tropical palette. It was a though choice! I wanted to get the pastels at the end of the day if my money allowed me, but it didn’t.

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A new makeup bag! My little red pouch is too small, I think of it as my ‘basics’ bag, but truth be told: they’re not just basics anymore.. 

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A brow set, from FAB brows. This was not on the list, at all. It just happened xD

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I found Limecrime as well! Whoohoo!

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And then there was NYX cosmetics.. There’s a dark red lipstick, a bright orange lipliner and the Jumbo pencils in Milk and Sparkle Leopard.

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These OCC liptars are called Grandma and Kava kava.

I also got a wigcap, which is in the front of the ‘total’ photo.

And for those that actually read the entire novel I write, there’s another item that is not visible in the photographs, this is a surprise for YOU!
Believe it or not, I almost have a 100 followers total on this blog, and 3/4 of them are complete strangers to me. When we hit 100, and that might be soon, I want to thank you by giving out a present 🙂

One thing I didn’t get: the Urban Decay Primer Potion. I was hoping it would be somewhere, just like I found Limecrime, but it wasn’t. And I was too lazy on Sunday morning to go to the large/expensive warehouses on Oxford street, while I also had to pack and be gone before 11.00 and fly home 😉

Did you go to IMATS? Or did something else that was fun during the weekend?

Love,

-M.

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Painting progress May + updates

Hi everyone!

Sorry for the silence.. I know it’s terrible..
As usual though, I have worked on things.. They’re just not finished yet. The main reason for my lack of posting this month is the following:
My laptop screen has a huge crack in it, it’s been there for 2 months now. I’ve found a person who is going to fix it, but the screen is a special type (apparently?) and now it takes weeks to get a new one. Now I try to use my laptop as little as possible because it’s really annoying, plus I haven’t saved any photos on the laptop, because otherwise I have to make yet another backup which takes a lot of time. So, I still have all photos on my card and simply forget to upload them…

Firstoff: the painting on the wall. There’s some more detail in it, I gave life to the castle in the clearing, the path has more definition, just all over more definition..

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Second: I was crocheting another scarf with the broomstick stitch, same as the red one I did last year. It’s not finished yet.

Third: For the painting that is shown above, I made a model of the castle that is in the clearing.. Like, a crafted model with my materials from back in the day when I was still an architecture student instead of constructive engineer?
I present to you, a scale model of the Castle of Hogwarts:

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The model was something I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while, I researched all the places within the castle once, I had maps of all the floors, it’s crazy really.. But, yes, I love Harry Potter and I believe the magic never ends. You should check out this song! I know, off topic, but it’s cool! There’s quite some names missing though, haha (:
So, after I finished drawing and painting the little castle on the wall, I had no purpose for the model.
No, there’s not going to be some contest to win this thing. I already gave it away, to a friend who’s even a bigger fan of the whole world of magic then I am (Hi Andrew!) and I am 100% sure the model is in good hands with him 🙂

Fourth: Sure everyone remembers this guy! :

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This is my most viewed post, which is wonderful, and now it will get an expansion! Whoohooo! I told you last time that I was working on something big, well, that would be a COMPLETE COSTUME to go with this pretty cloak. It’s almost done, I’m still working on a very detailed embroidery and after that I want to create an actual pattern for you guys! Which will take us to the next update:

My wrist. I had an inflammation in the joint. Is that how you call this in English? Not sure. But I hope you understand. In Dutch it’s: ontstoken polsgewricht.
This happened out of nowhere, it’s quite annoying. The fact that I had a mountain of homework and studying to do did not ease my mind about this.
And so, I agreed that I should probably give everything a break. No crocheting, knitting, anything that might do more damage. I have to use my arm a lot for school already, so, yes, this really sucks. Now, at night, while watching TV or something, I have nothing to DO! Fellow crocheters and knitters will know 😛
Luckily there’s only a few more weeks of school left, I’ve got 2 more projects which are not individual, meaning more work during the week and less during weekends (:

But there’s always something to brighten my days! In just a few weeks I will be walking around at IMATS LONDON!!!! Finally!! Counting days here.. I haven’t made a complete wish list yet, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to tell me! One thing’s for sure: my #1 stop is at Sugarpill. Oh, happy day 🙂

Love,

-M.

PS: I read ‘The Silmarillion”. I feel like Galadriel, knowing everything. It was great (:

IMATS Countdown!

Welcome to my new followers!

I have fantastic news! I just booked my IMATS tickets for London this June!!!!!!
Got my flight, hotel, everything’s settled 🙂
This is a dream come true, I wanted to go for 2 years and now I’m actually doing it..

Anyone else who’s going? Want to meet me there? I’d love that!
Let me know, write an email/comment below (:

Love,

-M.