Now that I got my comprehensive edit out of the way, I can now show you all what I bought and the samples I got at Beauty Expo. So much for my no buy.
Also, I have never seen so many foil packets in my life...!
You can't go to an exhibition without at least picking up some brochures and business cards. They're kind of fun to collect.
You also can't go to an exhibition without picking up samples, and spending money. I don't even know where to start with the product samples. I got some foil packets, I got some tubes, I even got some full size items. I'm just going to say that I am so, so grateful to ever vendor for these, no matter their size. The foil packets were more than enough!
Small sample packets
2 in 1 Face Scrub + Mask
Ultimate Face Cream
Coconut + Argan Shampoo and Conditioner
Acne AHA/BHA Moisturiser
CalmSeries: Biomimetic Lamellar Cream, Biomimetic Soothing Serum, Purifying Enzymatic Exfoliator
LiftSeries: Cream Lifting Express Eye Care
Bonus: I also got an IV bag style water bottle! SWEET!
Mature Skin: Night Recovery Serum, Rich Recovery Cream, Rejuvenating Mask, Skin Contour Cream, Skin Refining Enzyme Peel
Platinum Care: Day Cream, Night Cream, Eye Cream
Trend Edition: Caviar Luxury Cream, Epigenetic Serum
Aqua Plus Multi-Moisturising Featherlight Cream
Rejuvenating Mask For Hands
Skin Vitality Sleeping Mask
Damask Rose Day Creme
Results Lift Gel
Ultra B2 Hydrating Serum
Ultra Balancing Cleanser
Ultra UV Protection Daily Moisturiser SPF 30
GIFTS & FREEBIES
Some very generous brands gave me beautiful gifts! I am very moved and grateful to every single one of you.
Black Leopard Skincare
I literally tried to purchase my favourite deodorant and was told to put my card away. This deodorant is honestly one of the best for fighting off sweat and stink, and I'll let it stain my clothes just for that level of protection.
Black Rose Cosmetics
The lovely Angel gave me a beautiful box with three products in the range - the body cream, body lotion, and the shower gel. Thank you so much for your generosity, it smells amazing!
I was given a special freebie that was a gift with purchase of DNA EPINEW Crystal Collagen Gold Powder Eye Mask. Thank you so, so much!
Fast Living Slow Ageing
A book by Kate Marie and Professor Merlin Thomas. This book was a special gift from Intermedia and Professional Beauty Magazine. I received an email from the mailing list offering limited copies of this book, or another title by the same author. I decided to claim mine!
The very kind Lisa Claycomb was not only a pleasure to meet, but she was also kind enough to hand me a special blogger gift - the Million Dollar Lash Kit featuring the Million Dollar Lash Booster, Million Dollar Lash Mascara, Superglide Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, plus a compact mirror, tassel keyring, and a gorgeous Genie gift bag. Thank you!
I scored a water bottle (not pictured) and it's getting a lot of use!
I was supposed to take it easy with the spending, and I put in a no-buy rule, so of course, I spent some money. The expo specials were really great!
I purchased Double Lashes, a serum meant to be used every night to help prolong the growth phase of your lashes. I have been using this since the Beauty Expo weekend, and here is hoping I can show my results in 6 or so weeks! I paid the special expo price of $17.95, RRP $27.95.
Murad had an amazing deal for their best selling minis! They were $5 each or 5 for $20, which is incredibly good value, given that the cleansers sell for about $10 each. I got Environmental Shield Essential-C Cleanser and Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum, Age Reform AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser and Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence, and the Retinol Youth Renewal Serum. I also got some samples with my purchase, a deluxe sample of Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15/PA++ and a foil packet featuring the Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence and Ultimate Moisture. The team also kindly gave me a water bottle (plus a bonus for a friend).
The professional division of ChemCorp International, distributors of brands such as 1000 Hour, Rapid Lash, Real Techniques, and Shea Moisture, had some amazing deals on products. I purchased two of the 1000 Hour SoftSole Express Exfoliating Foot Peel at $5 each, RRP $8.75, and from Real Techniques, a Powder Bleu Plush Powder Puff, RRP $17.99, and Bold Metals Tapered Shadow Brush RRP $19.50 (not pictured), I can't remember how much I paid for these, but there was a good discount.
BONUS! MEDIA SHOWBAG!
Some very generous brands supplied products to go into a bonus gift bag for media. Thank you to all!
After Spa - Konjac Sponge
Black Leopard Skincare - Nourishing Lip Balm
CoconutTree - Coconut + Argan Shampoo
CocoBaci - Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening 3 Day Oil Pulling Kit (Mint flavour)
DermaEnergy - Silicone Cleansing Brush
Dermaplane Pro Australia - Justine Tissue Repair Oil
Natural Look - Hand & Nail Treatment Cream
Organic Spa - Intense Moisture
Solaire - 2 Hour Tan (Red Base Solution)
The Aesthetic Bureau - Various disposable samples
Vagheggi - Delay Infinity Treatment
Anyway, it's back to the usual business now. Thanks to everybody who followed my stories, read my big post, and had a look at this one!
Have you ever been to a trade show and got samples? Let me know in the comments!
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