I'm super happy to be updating right now. Some of you might know that I've been totally hyped up since Thursday about going to the Expo. Well Sunday arrived and I dashed to Darling Harbour (where the Expo took place). Gosh I was so surprised to see everybody there! This was my first time at an Expo or Convention so I really didn't know what to expect. There was everything from makeup to organic skincare and of course nail essentials..
This is Yuka! She works at LE M Nail Boutique (where I'm currently taking nail classes) and she entered a competition at the Expo. She ended up taking home a trophy for 3rd place in french nail and clear nail sculpting. She's such a talented and funny girl I love her!
I managed to squeeze my way through the mob of nail fanatics and picked up some goodies! Some of the more recognizable brands were OPI, Essie, CND, Zoya, Young Nails, Nfu.Oh and Japanese brand Eternal and PA (which are well known for nail art).. I bought mostly nail polishes although I did treat myself to a CND sculptor brush! There was a promotion going on (buy any brush and recieve an aluminium brush case for free!) so I couldn't pass it up :p Also I tried out Zoya's Remove + and ended up buying the regular size which is 240ml and an extra 960ml refill :D It was 50% off so I had to jump at the offer..
My student badge and Expo pass :)
My haul! Yayyy.
China Glaze @ $6 each
OPI @ $10 each. They had a promotion offer which was buy 12 get 1 free. So of course I had to buy 12 because I'm a sucker for 'free' things :)
Discontinued colour @ $5
Matte About You Top Coat @ $11
Sensations Hand Wash @ $10
CND Crystal Touch Sculptor #6 @ $64 :(((
CND @ $5 each :)))
Zoya Twist Collection @ $42 (works out to be $7 a bottle)
Zoya Remove + @ $13-$14 (I can't remember the exact price)
Zoya Remove + @ $32-$33 (I can't remember the exact price for this either)
Nail Art Star @ $14
Nail Art Heart @ $14
Empty Stackable Containers @ $5 each
Just so you know this Expo was very exclusive and I wasn't allowed to enter until they checked my details on their system and confirmed that I was a student. I could understand why because these are all very serious distributors looking for placement and they most likely didn't want someone like me wasting their time only buying $100 worth each time so I'm very thankful I got the chance to experience something like this! I wanted to buy some acrylic powders but I want to finish what I already have before moving on to something else. This Expo was for me to pick up goodies and complete my collections not necessarily to see the new products out there. Although I did learn about CND's newest Citrus Spa. NOTE* I believe all the products listed at the Sydney International Spa & Beauty Expo was at least 40-50% off the suggested retail price. NOTE** One of the downpoints about living in Australia is that we're very behind on releases. VERY! I asked about OPI's Banana Bandana and Gale (a rep from OPI) told me that I would have to wait a few more months.
This NOTD is 3 coats of Zoya's Barbie. It has a great finish but I found the polish itself to be a bit thick.
PS. My boyfriend and I passed our Australian Citizenship Test today! To celebrate here's a picture I took while I was my nail class. HELLO KITTY NAIL POLISH! :D
PPS. I recieved my package from BF-Beauty a while ago but I haven't had time to play with it yet. I'll try to get pictures up as soon as I can.