Sunday, 5 June 2016

IMATS London 2016 Buys

I went to IMATS this year with a list. I've lost out so many times in previous years by being distracted talking to friends that I literally always come home thinking 'I wish I'd bloody bought that.'
This year I had three things on my list - all of which I did get hold of, but I also bought some extras - as you do.
First stop was Hakuhodo. The Rolls-Royce of brushes and the only ones I hadn't yet bought. I usually use a mixture of Royal & Langnickel, Real Techniques, Charlotte Tilbury and Zoeva for day-to-day and some coveted older Shu Uemura brushes that Ive had for over 20 years. I tend to keep those to look at now, sad as I am.
The Hakuhodo stand is completely non-descript, it's all about the product. They don't need the pomp & ceremony. A quiet, long line of people ooh-ing and aah-ing and stroking the brushes. And what beauties they are. I only bought two. I decided to be sensible and go for two shapes that I use every day. The larger B100 will do for powder/highlighter and the smaller G503 is blush/contour.

Viseart had been on my list since Kevin James Bennett raved about them on his FB group. They're his first choice for eyeshadows and when it comes to makeup, there is nothing KJB does not know. The man sticks his finger in a palette and tells you what lab it was made in and who else bought the same product off the shelf. Viseart are handmade in Paris and the quality is insane. The colours above are Cashmere (6 pan), Paris Nudes Eye Palette 06 (top) and Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 at the bottom.
They're available in the UK from

Kevin's favourite concealer is Makeup Atelier Paris's Waterproof Liquid Corrector and Concealer - I picked up two to mix the shades - the teeniest amount gives an insane amount of coverage and it does not budge. At all. Perfect for redness, breakouts, scarring. And the best part? It's £12.50 normally and only £8.00 at IMATS. GO GO GO.

The beautiful Louise Young has been in the industry for over 30 years and has great brushes and product - either in a palette or as singles. Must-haves include the foundation brushes LY34, LY48 and the LY51A buffing brush. Available from PAM Makeup and

This Nanshy set is great for everyday basics. Without doubt the brushes I use the most are face, of all shapes, sizes and 'roles'. These are perfect for that. Also vegan for those of you on the lookout. Available here:

Screenface were selling off these leather brush rolls for £5.00 so I bought two. I can't find them anywhere online so I think these were end of line and they were just selling them off.

I grabbed this Charles Fox brush in "Big Mama' for face masks, not body paint.

I picked up a small Get-Set-Go bag - primarily to hold my everyday favourite makeup so I can do my face around the house depending on who is asleep/around/annoying me just by grabbing one bag. Anything to save me going back and forth from the bathroom to the bedroom to the kitchen carrying everything in my hands. Available here from Screenface:

The Kryolan Brush Roll is perfect for travel - especially if I'm putting some in my hold luggage and I want them to stay intact and not get squashed. On arrival you break it in two and use them as holders. Perfect.

Bobbi Brown BBU Pro Palettes were the third thing on my list. The lip and foundation/concealer palettes are a must-have for pros and strong 'enthusiasts'. ;)
More on these in my next post, but if you're going today, know that they are usually £190/200 and are £130 at the show. Available here:

IMATS is on today until 5pm. More info here:


  1. I need the get set go bag. I'm exactly the same, I do not want to be rummaging around in the morning. Everything in one place!

  2. The Viseart eyes (and lip) palettes have been on my wishlist for so long, I just don't understand why they are so difficult to find in France if they are made here! The Bobbi Brown palette is gorgeous as well!

  3. I got my first Hakuhodo brush at IMATS NYC in April. It's lush. I got a blush one. You're right- it was such a quiet and unassuming booth. I've fallen in love with natural hair and use my Wayne Goss and ChikuhodoXBeautylish brushes more than anything. So I'm glad to add a Hakuhodo into the mix.

  4. So many amazing brushes. Not that I don't have enough already, but somehow they feel more durable than buying lipsticks.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  5. I have a Nanshy bent eyeliner brush - I just thought I was being cheap, not hip. Great brush!

  6. Hello, I been using acids (Pixi Glow Tonic, Avon Anew pads, Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion, Nip+Fab extreme pads, and few others) and oils (unrefined, organic jojoba oil and kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate) for about a year now and I am still struggling with ridiculously congested pores on and around my nose area. I use acids twice daily (I try to not stick to the same one for an extended period of time) and use 4-5 drops of oils at night. I only wash my face with non-foaming, creamy/balmy cleansers e.g. pixi nourishing balm or pixi clay cleanser. Once a week I also use origins mud mask (the black one). I don't really get the nasty big pimples anymore (thank Jesus...), but after a long day I get an astonishing amount of congested pores on my cheeks that are FILLED with white pus (it squeezes out very easily). I tried using various microdermabrasion products available on the market but these products only made my skin extremely sensitive and dry. I was wondering if you could give me a direction in which I should go with my skincare, if perhaps my acids are too weak to handle my excessively oily skin or whether I should maybe invest in something specific.

    I would highly appreciate anyone's thoughts on that as I really don't know what to do. :)

    1. This is just one data point but in my case the state of my nose is directly correlated with my diet (the more refined sugars, salt and fat I ingest the worse the congestion of the pores), while my chine moves more in line with hormonal fluctuations. In terms of products you could look into, try a mild retinol cream if you haven't already (I tend to go with Redermic R at night and Effaclar Duo during the day (both from La Roche-Posay) when I have a flare up. Hope this helps!

    2. I bet it's your makeup that's clogging you!

    3. Hello Lucy, I do not wear make-up at all. I need to tell you however that I am seeing quite an improvement since I changed my diet! :-)

  7. Thank you so much for your advice! I didn't know diet affects the way your skin looks - I guess the old saying "you are what you eat" is true! I will try look into my diet to eliminate the ingredients you mentioned, hopefully that will help. I always been afraid to try Redermic R because I was sure it had mineral oil in it - but it doesn't. I will definitely give it a try! Thank you so much again for this valuable advice!

  8. That Paris Nudes Eye Palette is soooo pretty.