sabato 5 aprile 2014

My Cosmoprof Experience

We had set our priorities straight
My sister and me went to Cosmoprof together (the ticket was her birthday gift for me) for the first time, and despite the weather (rainy most of the time) we still managed to have good time and spend some money.
Trained by years of Lucca Comics & Games, I had brought enough food, water and supplies to survive a day in a war zone, but compared to LC&G it was a different experience: enough air to breathe, super big pavillions to explore everything without queues and people with giant cardboard swords blocking the view.

We started at the Nails pavillions, and I was super excited for it, lemme tell ya. The first booth we stopped at was Orly. It also turned out to be one of the best ones in terms of organization, courtesy, availability of products and prices. All polishes were half price, including the mini sizes, and there was a lot from old limited editions, including gift sets, single polishes and just pretty much everything Orly produced in the last years.
There were testers and nail wheels, but I had to find a specific polish... you know, the one in my wishlist. Miss Conduct. They had it. I almost trembled with excitement! And they also had the famous Space Cadet just how could I not get it? It wasn't even 10 am and I was already satisfied.
Clarissa Nails had China Glazes and a separate mini booth for Seche Vites. Seche Vite tcs were at 5.50 euros so we purchased some as gifts. I got China Glaze Lubu Heels and my sister two China Glaze. We also stopped at the OPI booth, they had only new polishes on sale, and the price was 12 euros (Insert "I don't think you even tried at all" image), really, for that price why not purchasing them at Sephora?

The nail pavillion was, surprise surprise, my favourite. Not only for the lots of stuff that you could see, also because you could, you know, buy something. Which wasn't possible in the national pavillions area and in the general make up area. I still cannot get over the fact that Nyx didn't sell anything. At Cosnova (Catrice/Essence) they gave at least beautiful bags (I got the Catrice one, a solid, almost water resistant one I plan to reuse). I could see some old LEs, gave a look at the products they don't sell in Italy and have a chat with an assistant, a very kind lady that was glad to hear our honest opinions on the brand. I also saw Catrice's Haute Future but apparently that was in an area reserved to personnel so I couldn't even try the eyeliner, sigh.

let's sob all together

oh look another Brazil inspired LE how original

Also a part of the make up area was reserved to professionals but it wasn't written anywhere, seriously the organization overall wasn't that great. Once you entered you couldn't leave, or you had to repurchase another ticket. (See also what Giuliana from Makeup Delight has to say about this here)
Even the simplest fair/concert/event has at least stamps or bracelets, why they couldn't use such a sistem is beyond my understanding.

As I examined some polishes in the makeup area, a sales attendant informed me that, no, they didn't sell anything at that booth, but I could go to area 34 where they had another booth.
After lunch we investigated area 34, which cheered us up. It was more like a local market, with booths selling bags, clothes and even chocolate. There were some interesting hair care products, and two surprises.
The Kryolan booth with everything at half the standard price. I got a gorgeous cream matte white eyeliner, in special occasions I could use it as base, but I'm willing to try it simply as an eyeliner, I've always been intrigued by the idea of a white eyeliner.

my hand and my sister's hand

Now, see my hand? the pink stain is a gloss by Kryolan that still stains my hand after having showered and washed the dishes. Also, the blue stain on the right is another eyeliner also by Kryolan. The brown stain on my sister's hand is the eyeliner she got, Sienna.
But was you can see, there's lots of other stains on my hand. Because we found the Manic Panic booth. I knew it was there, somewhere, but I hadn't planned so search for it, so it was a pleasant surpirse. There also was a moment when only a few people, behind or in front of the booth, didn't have weirdly colored hair. The salesladies were sooo pretty with their colorful hair, I feel so guilty for not having taken a photo! One of them even complimented my nails and my hair ( my hair are brown on the right and lime/acid green on the left).
I didn't get a hair dye (despite the temptation) but I got a lipgloss, called Cross Gloss in Underworld Amethyst, and a pressed powder, Vampire's Veil. The names! And the packaging was so lovely!
Between them and Orly, it's hard to decide my favourite booth!

The pressed powder came in the drawstring bag you can see, and they also gave us a small notebook each. They were really kind and friendly. The eyeshadows, especially the cyber palette, were super tempting, but I didn't get anything.

After a small break we were almost ready to leave. But first, let's go back to the nails pavillion! I wanted another Orly polish, since I couldn't get all the makeup I had wanted. I chose High On Hope form the old Hope and Freedom LE.
Oh, and the samples you can see in the background are makeup removing cotton pads that don't require anything else but water to clean your face, since they already contain cleansing product. First law of life, never say no to samples, especially the potentially useful one.

And I think I'm gonna leave you with this closeup of the polishes. That's all for today, folks! That was a long post so if you made it to the end I am grateful that someone out there reads my ramblings.

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