I just came back from my first ever beauty show in Moncton, New Brunswick on the weekend. My class decided to take the 3 hour drive from Halifax to Moncton to go the ABA's this year and see what all the fuss was about and score some goodies at discount prices as you had to be in the industry to get in. Most of them were excited to score some Moroccan Oil hair products as you have to be a licensed hairstylist in Nova Scotia to obtain it. We got there after 10 that morning and made our way into the Coliseum where the show was. It was a great sight to see... if you were a hairstylist, nail tech or aesthetician but for a MUA, there wasn't much to see. It actually says so right on the program- " Canada's largest Beauty Exhibition and Educational Event, All your professional needs under the same roof; Hair, nails and Aesthetics."
There was one makeup company there- TIGI which is the makeup line for Bedhead which is a hair products company. I got two things from their selections as nothing else really appealed to me. They had live demonstrations of their products on woman there but that's another story. I also got all into the Moroccan Oil frenzy and got a shampoo and conditioner whereas most of the other girls got their entire product line. lol I also scored some OPI nail polishes on sale. Thank god there weren't too many makeup suppliers or I probably would have done some serious damage. My instructor informed us that Modern Basics Cosmetics were part of the show up until last year. I wonder what happened? But if the association is going to represent the Beauty Industry in Canada then they need to think about including MUA's more (one booth really?) There are so many MUAs here but sadly somehow they seem to be left out. I have to ask myself if Altantic Canada is really a good place to thrive and grow as a makeup artist. But if somehow there are supplies who would love to be a part of a roadshow for MUAs in Canada, specifically the Maritimes, I would love to be a part of that. I wish the IMATS would come here because I could do some serious damage there. lol So all in all if you were in any of the three professions mentioned about this was a great networking opportunity, the hairstylists got to meet Tabitha Coffey. I would love to meet Sam Fine. lol (a girl can dream)
Other than that I got to experience Moncton night life on a Sunday which left much to be desired but the girls I was with gave me some lasting memories, phones were lost, people went missing and we got stuck in an elevator. lol Good times.
|WELCOME TO THE ABA'S|
|GOT TO TRY OUT METALLIC AND BLING NAILS. I LOST MY SILVER ZEBRA AT THE END OF THE DAY.|
|FRENCH INSPIRED ARCHITECTURE IN MONCTON|
|VIEW OF MAIN ST FROM THE HOTEL|
|MY LOOK FOR THE NIGHT. MY EYES WERE SUPER IRRITATED THAT NIGHT,|
|EVERYONE GOING OUT FOR A NITE ON THE TOWN IN MONCTON. MY FIRST TIME|
|MOROCCAN OIL GOODIES|
|OPI MINI POLISHES|
|MY ABAs HAUL. RECEIVED A FREE SAMPLE OF BLACK 15 IN 1 TO TRY OUT ON MY HAIR. APPARENTLY JESSICA ALBA SWEARS BY IT ACCORDING THE PRO.|