PHAMExpo 2014 Recap, Haul, and Thoughts

Before I get to my recap of PHAMExpo, I wanted to share this photo I took with Sam and Nic of Pixiwoo. They happened to have a booth there but weren't selling any product. Instead, Sam and Nic had meet and greets throughout the day and it was such an amazing experience. Sam and Nic hugged every single person that met them and were so kind about asking everyone's name, how they were enjoying the show, etc. In contrast to overly produced and hyped up meet and greets (whose goal is to sell you their brushes *cough cough Sigma), it was extremely casual and low-key and made it so enjoyable. They're just as nice in person as they are in video and it's so wonderful to know that people you idolize or appreciate are worth your appreciation.

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I also wanted a share a photo I took with Samantha of BataLash. She was also very nice and just as beautiful in person.



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I took a lot of pictures so to condense it down, I put everything into a Picasa album embedded into the post. I have a picture of my haul, and also a few thoughts on the show as a whole and the future direction I'd like for it to go (which you can read after scrolling through the album).




My Haul:

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This year, I was able to save up and spend a little money on things I've been wanting for ages. I bought five pairs of Koko Lashes, mainly because the styles are so similar or dead-on to House of Lashes eyelashes that I swear they use the same manufacturer.

Next, I got two eyeshadows from Makeup Geek in Beaches and Cream and Vanilla Bean. I wanted to dip my toes into the brand and have been needing some skintone neutrals so I thought these mattes looked the best.


I also got my first Hakuhodo brush. I'll talk more about this in a separate review I've got planned but I can already say that this brush has inspired me to do experiment and play with my eye makeup again. I also got the brush cleaner because I feel paranoid about keeping the brush in good condition.


From L.A. Girl Cosmetics, I got two Pro Conceal concealers and their Glazed Lip Paints. A review is coming up but I'll say that the Pro Conceal concealers are pretty amazing for only ~ $2.00.


Lastly I got a backup of my Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown (previously Medium Ash) and two free brushes from Real Techniques (their accent and detailer brush).


My Thoughts on the Show:


PHAMExpo happened to be on the same weekend as IMATS London (even though PHAMExpo's date was announced first) which lead to a conflict where many brands were having to pick between a standalone booth at PHAMExpo or IMATS London. Many brands chose to go to IMATS London but have resellers like Nigel's or Naimie's sell a limited selection of their brands.


I do think the decision for brands to dedicate their main resources to IMATS London affected the availability and vibe of the show. As a whole, the crowd felt less frenzied and more low-key. There was breathing room to be had while you walked down the aisles though I'm not sure how vendors may have been affected. Though brands like OCC, Sugarpill, Graftobian, Bdellium, Beauty So Clean, etc. were at the show, only select products from each line were available. OCC for example only had their lip tars and lip pencils whereas I was hoping to try out their airbrush foundation and concealers. Also, very few brands were debuting something new (possibly because their inventory was all at IMATS London!). 


Personally, I was hoping that there would be some vendors selling airbrush foundation (as I've decided to save up for an Iwata system to get into airbrush foundation) but sadly I wasn't able to find any. 


I did appreciate the diversity of some of the speakers (Damone Roberts of course and also Pixiwoo and Sam Fine on Sunday) and the fact that Pixiwoo were present at the show but I think something felt missing and that might have been the presence of the brand owners. Part of the trade show experience for me is being able to see the brand owners and have the potential to talk with them at the show but many were in IMATS London.


I did enjoy the show and shopping there but I'm hoping that for next year, there isn't a date conflict. My friend and fellow beauty blogger Bren and I had a good talk on how the show could improve and our main thought is that it should be pushed back to late summer or maybe early fall. Between IMATS LA in late January, The Makeup Show LA in March, and IMATS London in June, that's a lot of trade shows within 6 months. Though there are shows that continue during the year, there's no show in LA in July or August. 


Either way, I hope that in the future both trade shows can coexist peacefully and the vendors, consumers, and professionals can enjoy the show.


Disclaimer: I received a press pass to attend and cover this show. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this post.


28 comments

  1. I want to make it out to Phame expo one of these years!

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  2. Jealous! Sounds like a great time. Love the girls from Pixiwoo

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  3. I'm SO jealous you got to meet Sam. We've talked via TinyChat but holy moly, in person must be incredible.

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  4. I kept seeing Samantha behind me in lines and I had no idea who she was but everyone was asking for her picture lol!

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  5. So jealous you got to meet them, and I love hearing from people how sweet they are in person.

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  6. I love seeing all of your pictures and I agree with you and Bren, an August date would be nice!

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  7. They were on the SAME day as IMATS London? Noooo waaaay. Dang. Bummer. But it looks like you had a fabulous time nonetheless. I didn't realize that Real Techniques had that many brushes. Must haul ALL.

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  8. It sounds like you had a great time :)

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  9. Those shows are always tons of fun. And talk about sensory overload!!! Phew!!!

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  10. I love shows like this. And the shopping is always awesome!

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  11. I'm totally ordering Koko lashes - how exciting that you got to meet Pixiwoo! I love the Chapman sisters.

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  12. I totally wished I would have seen you there. I agree something was missing, I just cant pinpoint it. It was sooo much fun and I love that the Chapman sisters were seriously so down to earth and nice. I also loved seeing Scott Barnes he was awesome. And Damone was awesome. Pretty motivational. Great pictures and goodies you got. Love this!!!

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  13. Looks like fun! Maybe one day I'll head out that way.

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  14. If you want an airbrush machine, you def should do the Makeup Show LA or TMS - trade shows like Phameexpo are more consumer driven. The LA Girl concealers are the best, you are going to love them!!!!

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  15. Would there be a reason for IMATs to deliberately place their show on the same dates as PHAMExpo? It doesn't seem like there would be a reason for competition between trade shows. Everyone would benefit from having them on separate dates.
    If PHAMExpo was moved to July or August, there would still be time for IMATS Australia in September, but not much. A brand wouldn't even have to unpack!

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  16. What a bummer that there was a conflict of dates! Sounds like a lot of great products and hauls, though. I hope to find that LA girl concealer, I hear it's amazing. I'm somehow surprised to see that you're not wearing a bold, funky lippie in your pix, though!

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  17. those lashes look soooo nice!

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  18. Great haul you had! I want to try the Makeup Geek eyeshadows too!

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  19. wow! Great haul and great event!

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  20. Nice Haul! I hope to be able to attend one of these Expos someday soon. They look like so much fun!

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  21. So many fun products to try.

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  22. There are lots of other trade shows out there too (more from IMATS and The Makeup Show) so it's definitely worth a trip!

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  23. It was such an amazing experience and even though I only interacted with them for a minute, it was fantastic

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  24. Yay - awesome haul. I love Samantha - she is surely someone I would love to meet. I wish they had those shows here.

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  25. Nice haul. Too bad about the scheduling. Maybe next year it won't conflict. :-/

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  26. That looks like so much fun. I wish I could go!

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  27. That looks so fun! I'm really eyeing that Japonesque makeup :)

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