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Smorgasbord Sundays: My IMATS 2011 Trip, Haul & Photos

IMATS Toronto 2011Guess who went to IMATS yesterday? Yours truly!

Some of you already knew that I went to the International Make-up Artist Trade Show held at the Toronto Congress Centre. (It’s my second time going to IMATS. Last year was my first time.)

It was a lot of fun, and I was so exhausted when I got home! (My wallet was a little exhausted, too, but I didn’t put a dent in it as badly as last year, so that’s good.) But I had to work on this post for you! 🙂

For those of you who are hearing about IMATS for the first time, let me break it down for you.

Anyone can attend IMATS – you don’t have to be a make-up artist. You just have to pay for your ticket. IMATS is set up like a pavilion with numerous booths (1 brand per booth). If you’re Canadian, think of it like the CNE’s shopping pavilion, except everything you can buy is cosmetics-related.

Not only can you find incredible deals on a lot of brands under a single roof, but they also have seminars scheduled throughout the day to help you hone your skills and student competitions so you can marvel at current talent.

In this post, I’ll give you a brief run-down of what I saw. And, of course, I’ll also show you the small things I bought. I’ll also share some photos I took while I was there. I thought that I’d take more, but I really wanted to experience IMATS, and sometimes being a ‘photographer’ can get in the way of truly relishing the moment.

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Haul of Shame: Cult Nails Nail Polish (Includes Unicorn Puke)

Cult Nails Nail Polish Haul & PicturesI’ve finally joined a cult – Cult Nails, that is! 😉

For what seemed like forever, I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about this brand. And, so many bloggers have enticed me with their beautiful swatch photos.

There were so many colours on my To-Buy List. Then I found out about a pre-sale of Cult Nails Unicorn Puke, which is an insanely unique multi-coloured flakie polish with cool gold-lettered packaging. There were only 275 limited-edition bottles of it made.

So I bit the bullet, bought Cult Nails Unicorn Puke and a back-up…as well as all the other colours I had wanted before. Yes, I was very, very bad. My wallet won’t stop telling me this.

If you missed out on ordering Unicorn Puke, don’t worry! Cult Nails will be bringing it back (in the regular packaging, though) in their Super Powers Collection. It’ll be renamed Clairvoyant.

I’m already planning on doing separate layering experiments with Unicorn Puke and Hypnotize Me, so please stay tuned for them.

I may wear the rest solo. If I do, I’ll be sure to provide detailed swatch photos and in-depth reviews as usual.

For now, though, please enjoy the simple bottle photos in this post – I’ve included little teaser photos of each colour.

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Haul of Shame: 25-Piece Bundle Monster Image Plate Set (Plus Mini Review)

Bundle Monster Image Plates Haul Post

The easiest way to do nail art is with nail-stamping image plates. It may take a little bit of practice to get the hang of it, but once you have the basics down, you’re golden!

Several months ago, Matty ordered me the 25-Piece Bundle Monster Image Plate Set from the official website as a gift. 🙂 (Thanks, Matty!) Even though this is just one set, since there are so many image plates, I’m considering this haul-worthy!

At just $21.99 USD, it was a stellar deal especially since Konad image plates are around $6-7 USD each.

I love my Konad nail-stamping plates, but you really can’t beat Bundle Monster for the overall value!

If you’ve followed Swatch And Learn for a while, you’ll see that I’ve done a few designs already using some of these images. Plenty more to come! 🙂

In this post, I’ll present photos of each image plate so you can see all the designs, and I’ll show you how the film peels off and what the backing looks like. I’ll also give you a quickie review based on the images I have tried using so far. Continue reading


Haul of Shame: NYX Eyeshadow Pigments & Lip Glosses from HauteLook

Image of NYX Eyeshadow Pigments & Lip Glosses** This post was written by Fiona. She no longer blogs for Swatch And Learn. However, Mary still continues to blog and will be happy to reply to your comment. **

As you may already know: I don’t have much self-control. When I see something I like, I tend to buy, buy, buy until my wallet’s squealing louder than a car alarm that went off in the middle of the night. I’m a little crazy like that. Case in point: The insane haul of NYX eyeshadow pigments & lip glosses I got from HauteLook when they had a super NYX sale one time.

I normally get the NYX pigments from Cherry Culture at a really good price. But HL had 2 sets of 28 of these pigments on sale. With shipping and international fees, each came to about $2. So naturally, I got both sets. *hangs head*

“Why stop there?” I asked my frightened credit card who’s gone completely white in the face. I also picked up a set of lip glosses on sale, too. *drops head to ground*

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Haul of Shame: KleanColor Chunky Holo Collection Swatches, Pictures & Quickie Review (228 Candy to 236 Black)

KleanColor Haul Nail Polish Pictures

A Swatch And Learn reader, Andii, tipped me off about the new KleanColor Chunky Holo polishes weeks ago. My ears perked up when she mentioned that one of them was named 230 and had a multichrome personality of Clarins 230 except in a chunky glitter finish.

Unfortunately, the KleanColor website doesn’t ship to Canada (just the United States), and eBay sellers were out of stock on some that I wanted.

Thankfully, I knew an American who was willing to order them for me from the official website and bring them up since he was going to be visiting me soon anyway. His name’s Matty, and you’ve heard me mention him many times. 🙂 (Thank you, Matty!)

Since each polish was only $3.49 USD and they had a free shipping offer if you spent over $40 USD, I decided to order all 9 colors in this collection…as well as a few back-ups to hit the threshold.

All of these are so beautiful…even prettier in person than my camera could capture! And I can’t wait to wear them as a full manicure. For now, though, here are some bottle pictures. I’ve also swatched them all by themselves and over black to give you a better idea of what these look like. Continue reading


Haul of Shame: Cherry Culture Madness

** This post was written by Fiona. She no longer blogs for Swatch And Learn. However, Mary still continues to blog and will be happy to reply to your comment. **

I feel so ashamed of this post, but I guess that’s why it’s called a Haul of Shame, right? A few weeks ago, Cherry Culture had one of their frequent 20% sales. I was a moth, and the CC sale was the candle. I couldn’t resist. I’m crazy… and not the good kind.

I think it’s safe to say that you should never shop if you’re happy/sad/excited/hungry/mad/crazy/depressed/bored/Fiona. I tend to buy things I don’t really need just for momentary satisfaction. And then I look at my drawers full of barely used stuff and faint (not literally).

Anyway, without further ado, here are my Haul of Shames. Please don’t laugh at me. Also, at the bottom of this post is my first weak attempt at some nail art; it is called “Who Ate the Fish?” (Please don’t laugh at me for that, either!) Continue reading


Haul of Shame: Nail Polish & Nail Art

Nail Polish Haul, Nail Art & Fauxnad Image PlateWelcome to the first ‘Haul of Shame’ post!

I’ve got a pretty special post coming soon (hint: it’s nail-polish related). So excited to share it with you, and I’ve been working hard on it for a couple of days now.

Today I’m putting up a haul post since one of our readers, Kee, showed some interest in seeing these type of posts. Please let me know if you’d like this to be a regular feature or not.

Haul of Shame posts will be where we air our dirty makeup laundry. We’ll show the good, the bad, the cheap, and the pricey. You never know what you might see. But hopefully you’ll like it. And hopefully we won’t look too much like makeup addicts (even though we totally are!).

If there’s something you see that you’d like to know more about or that you’d like to see a review on, please leave a comment to let us know. Continue reading