I finally landed at LAX on Saturday afternoon for a 20 minute drive to my hotel at the Sheraton Pasadena. I used SafeRide Limo Service.They were prompt, friendly and the driver provided me with lots of information on our ride over.
When you visit the IMATS website you can purchase tickets as well as book your hotel with a discounted rate through the site. http://www.imats.net/los/los_index.php
The service at the hotel was great. Everyone was pleasant , accommodating and full of information. The hotel runs a shuttle to anywhere within a three mile radius and they are ready when you are, to drop you off and pick you back up. Pasadena is such a "walkable " city that you don't even need it . There are tonnes of restaurants ,supermarkets, and even a Sephora and a MAC store around the corner in case you missed an item at the IMATS.
The Shopping Centre across the street from the IMATS
It has a cute outdoor cafe feel and there was even live music.
Nearby restaurants like Islands , P.F Chang's and Yard House are nice but when you are saving each cent for eyelashes a $25 dollar (US) burger platter can be a bit much. The burger was as big as my head but that is alot of lashes. So after my first day I was looking for options and I found Gelson's Market.
It was indeed a Super Market . I came everyday and bought everything from a Vicks Inhaler to huge turkey wings for only $2.79. I was able to buy snacks and drinks and "real food' like rice and beef stew to take over to the hotel without breaking my budget,which left a whole lot for my IMATS shopping. The market also has free wifi. The hotel charges for wifi in the room so spending a little time at Gelson's is a great idea.
I learnt a valuable blogger lesson while trying to photograph this haul. Imagine trying to locate and recall all the pieces I bought at the IMATS weeks after I left :-/ Not a good idea!!!
A rookie mistake I will remedy next time.
Here are (the majority of )the items I bought .
Sponges and puffs from Alcone , all of which were sold in huge packs at super low prices.
Beauty So Clean Makeup Sanitiser spray, wipes and brush cleanser.
I saw this case on an IMATS vid from last year ... It's a case with a space for all the thing an MUA would need to complete a client in a convenient case.
Brush holder, and plastic case with strap.
there is also a magnetic palette, a tissue dispenser and a mirror in the case.
Graftobian HD foundation palettes
Inglot 40 palettes
From Kryolan I got this UV shadow palette and the Derma Color Makeup Fixing Spray
The Mascara Shield
Napoleon Lipgloss from The Napoleon Perdis booth (sample) Two Face Shadow Insurance my favourite primer. From Nigel's Beauty Emporium Booth I got these mixing plates.
Also from Nigel's I got disposables of all shapes and sizes, lip wands, pointed q-tips,mascara wands and 6 beauty blenders and a bottle of cleanser for $70.
Nurturing force blotting papers
OCC cosmetics lip tars and pigment. I got the pigment and the Analog (brown ) from David Klasfeld as a sample.
Ben Nye shadow and Powder from Norcosto MUA booth .
Z palette and empty shadow palette from Cinema Makeup booth
Temptu Silicone Based Airbrush Makeup, a great waterproof alternative to traditional foundations.
Temptu Silicone Based Colour Adjusters . All Temptu products from the Temptu Booth
Many booths give free samples, and extras when you purchase. In some case you get full sized items as samples. I got a free dvd from the Graftobian booth, free lip tars, brush cleaners, eyelash curlers and more.
If you hope to go to the IMATS , the IMATS in LA is the one to get to. Almost 10,000 people a day and a huge exhibitor list make this show the one to beat.