Two years ago the stage in the West Hall was tiny and very cramped, this year the Open Forum Stage allowed plenty of room to watch even when already at the seated capacity of 150. Once again David Klasfeld was first speaker of the day when I'm too busy touring the stands - one of these days I'll get to have a listen.
This year, Sleek attended with their giant i-Divine pop-up shop. No Spotlight sign up booth this year as they felt people preferred to shop at IMATS rather than taking the time out to sign up. I did manage a brief hello, the much promised website with Spotlight sign up facilitaties finally in place is due in April......
There were some good prices to be had at Fero Beauty, but the feel of the brushes really didn't excite me.
Both the Real Techniques stand and the Make up Atelier Paris stand next door, were run by the fabulous
@lovemake_up who's now in charge of MAP's UK presence. As a newcomer to the show and the UK last year, I hadn't really taken much notice of MAP. The French assistant who matched me for foundation put me off with a colour I knew wasn't me at all. With Sue in charge this year, the stand had a very different feel. I left my temptation for a turquoise shadow palette and an awesome Gel Liner I was playing with in Azure Blue, to stew overnight.... Bah too many things I wanted to go back for.
Vincent de Monfreid Chief Makeup Artist for Make-Up AtelierParis
Thanks to the anonymous lady who agreed for me to use her pics
They also stocked some seriously bright nail wraps a few of which I may have purchased for a giveaway.
Finally for the middle section of the hall, Dermalogica and Beauty So Clean. The Cosmetic Sanitisers from Beauty So Clean were without a doubt, my best and most used investment form IMATS 2011, well worth checking them out.