If you have been following me on Instagram, or my Facebook page, you would have noticed the images I’ve shared of my weekend in Sydney. Like last year, I was there as part of an event that was held especially for Australia’s beauty bloggers- Beauty Bloggers Utopia (BBU12), which was organised by Sara-May from Makeup Utopia and Larah Kennedy. A similar event was held last year, known as the Australian Beauty Bloggers Weekend (ABBW). This year, 30 beauty bloggers from different states congregated in Sydney for this smashing weekend of make-up, beauty, fun, laughter and education.
The event started off with a welcome breakfast hosted by Cosmetiques De France, introducing us to their range of skin care brands – Bioderma, Uriage and the soon-to-be-released, Nuxe. Like last year, the event also coincided with IMATS, enabling us to join in the fun of acquiring beauty and makeup products at wholesale or heavily discounted prices.
It’s amazing what a year can do for your knowledge. I for one, came armed with a list (in my head) of what I knew I wanted to purchase. The pod was high on my list and I knew I had to get the set of 3, saving me some money and great for alternating when one is drying after use. Yes, I wash it each time I have used the sponge to get rid of any foundation, ready for use the next time I need it. Next on my list were brushes. Royal & Langnickel were there again, and their brushes were not only super affordable but great quality for everyday wear. I snagged myself two slanted blending brushes at only $3.00 each and two fine point eyebrow brushes at $2.00 each. They were also very generous to host some refreshments, shoulder and neck massages as well as manicures for us in the media breakout room. This was where we got to meet Kevin James Bennett, the designer of their new [R]evolution brush collection.
After some rest & relaxation, came time for me to get some colours. Ben Nye is known for some amazing make-up that is great for theatre and special effects. I chanced upon their cake eyeliner and blusher.
Now, tell me they don’t look gorgeous?! Could not resist the bright fuchsia blusher and the electric blue cake eyeliner. At $10 a pop, they were something I just had to have! My final purchase was the 4 piece eyeshadow set by Limelily, a brand I had just heard of while at IMATS. For a set of 4 colours, we received a free empty palette to store the colors and all for only $25.95! I had to pick colours that had a little shimmer in them for intensity seeing that their non-shimmery ones were a tad bit too subtle for me. All up I only spent $75.00 and all were items I knew I needed and would use. Not bad!
Thanks to Lust Have It, we were treated to an evening of fun, music and entertainment at the Lyric Theatre at The Star to watch Legally Blonde The Musical. It was such a spectacular performance, with a stellar cast. I dare say the musical was a lot more entertaining than the original film. But my highlight was meeting some of the cast, Erica Heynatz, who looked amazingly fit, Rob Mills – yes he is cute in person and David Harris who, reminded me of Bradley Cooper!
While Saturday was all about fun and shopping, Sunday was more about learning – the serious stuff. First up was a session by Cameron-Jane of Cameron Jane Make-up Design (CJMD) in Surrey Hills. We were taught the basics of facial symmetry, learning how to measure our faces, and identify the ”weak’ and ‘strong’ features of our face in order to better understand how to work with what we have and accentuate our strengths. That, I think warrants an individual post of its own.
Next we were introduced to Stephen Adderton, the founder of Adderton Cosmetics; an Australian luxury beauty and cosmetics line that will definitely whet your appetite if you were after quality skin care that works and luxurious make-up in gorgeous colours.
Christina Butcher from Hair Romance and Hannah DeMilta from Rocketman Media led the discussion on working with brands. There were some very interesting points covered, that got us all sharing our experiences and knowledge as well as topics that really made us think about the future of working effectively with brands.
Heather from Hello Darling, one of the founders of the Australian nail lacquer brand that boasts to be 5-free – free from toulene, formaldehyde, DBP, and animal & cruelty free, graced us with her presence and introduced to us their new soon to be released nail art decals. We were treated to experiment with some shades from their nail lacquer collection and then the adorable nail art decals, which were surprisingly easy to use! These will be available soon, so stay tuned for an update!
For the finale, we had Lorraine Murphy from The Remarkables Group sharing with us a few tips about monetizing and adding value to your blog. It was an interesting session indeed. A lot to take on board.
Overall, I thought the weekend event was a success, as I not only got to learn a lot, but forged new friendships and strengthen old ones with the other beauty bloggers that were there. I can’t wait for next year! Thanks so much to Sara-May and Larah for making this happen and the generous sponsors for supporting this amazing (hopefully) yearly event.