I bought a general admission ticket for Saturday and it costed me AUD$40 (including the booking fee). I figured that most of the popular items would be sold out on the first day, so I chose to go on a Saturday (if you want to haggle prices, Sunday's probably better but I haven't mastered the art of negotiation). The plan was to go alone because I'd be able to get around faster and a lot of that time would be waiting in queues.
The venue was the Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park, which isn't very far from the CBD but it makes going to the shops afterwards a little less convenient. Nevertheless, you have buses that get you fairly close to the venue.
Prior to attending the event, I did some research and planned my day. I anticipated very long waiting times but in the end, it wasn't too bad. Perhaps I was just patient. I set a list of things I needed to bring or keep in mind:
- Comfortable shoes
- List of things I want to get
- Reading material
I intended to aim within the budget but I went a little over. That's never really good - I typically don't go over budget but I let loose a little this time. Most stalls didn't have great deals on but I have to say I got a pretty good deal with the Royal and Langnickel brushes comparing to the prices they charge on their website.
Here's a couple of pictures I took while I was at the trade show:
|This was just next to the MACpro stall - gorgeous. Can I have a print of that pinned to my bulletin board?|
|Special effects makeup|
|A pop-up museum|
|A demonstration at the Main Stage|
|Outside, near the bus stop, the wild flowers bloom|
|Everything in the bag|
|The cosmetics I bought: MAC lipsticks in Violetta and Morange, Besame Cake Mascara and Brightening Violet Powder and Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet|
|The tools - obviously the most expensive ones are the Hakuhodo brushes. There's Royal and Langnickel, ModelRock lashes and Duo lash glue|