IMATs: Makeup, Wheelchairs and Bloggers. Oh My!As you may have guessed from the title I went to IMATs London this Saturday.
I'm sorry, I just want to take a moment and bask in that statement. I went to IMATs. ME - the chronically ill chick who has to use a wheelchair which she can't push - went to IMATs in London, which boils down to a loud, busy room full of makeup people, a 4hr drive away from home.
|Please excuse photo quality, they were taken on my little camera which isn't very good|
And it was incredible. The best single day I think I have ever had, and something that never would have happened if I hadn't gotten sick. Weird.
Anyway, this post isn't about me getting misty eyed and saying amazing over and over again until you are screaming, "And?!?" at the screen, it's about my experience, what the disability access was like and - more importantly - what I bought.
So, I live in Leeds which makes getting to London a three and a half, four hour drive and staying anywhere overnight wasn't in my budget so I was up at 2.45am. No lie. Mostly because I wanted to wear makeup - we set off at 4am. Anyway, got up, sorted my bag, washed my face, did my makeup, got dressed, double checked my bag and left. And then I grabbed my Mum and we set off.
Why did I grab my Mum? I can't drive, and I can't self-propel so I had to have someone with me and I had my Mum. And why did I drive? Well the venue had parking, trains are ridiculously over priced and it's easier for me in my wheelchair.
|The crowds at just after 9am|
When we got to the venue it was actually 8.25am as we had stopped on the way down and there was a queue pretty much the whole way down the side of the venue and I was freaking out cause it was cold and I didn't think queueing for ages was going to help the whole 'crazy exhausted due to an f-ed up medical condition thing. However, because I was in a wheelchair and had pre-booked a ticket they whisked me in straight away and gave my mum a free wristband (ticket) as she is my essential-companion (there is no way I could have gone without her).
Anyway, the access was really good. The ramp was really good, hand rails on both sides, the works and there was a good sized lift (only one but most people were really good about not using it). The space was carpeted but it was still possible for me to self propel a little bit and the stalls were far enough apart that the wheelchair fit comfortably between them. There were at least 3 other wheelchair users there and none of them seemed to be struggling. The only thing I found really hard was the fact that the seating for seminars wasn't good for wheelchair users, the aisles weren't wide enough for wheelchair users to sit in so we had to sit really far from the stage, at the edges. It was kind of awkward.
The stalls had some amazing stuff, were often doing some really cool demos and were staffed (in the main) by really friendly people. The only stalls I found that had rude people working at them were Inglot (who were super busy so I don't know that it was their fault) and one of the ladies at Mac Pro was a little snippy. The people at OCC Cosmetics, PAM and Guru Makeup Emporium were super lovely, and most of the people at Mac Pro were also super lovely.
I went, obviously, primarily for me but also was sent with a budget for special effects makeup for my little brother and everyone was really kind and helpful in finding the right stuff for me and giving me loads of information.
So, I also went to some amazing seminars, the OCC "Cosmetic Chemistry for Makeup Artists", The "Makeup to Die For" seminar with Bobbie Weiner (Bloddy Mary) and the "Power of Social Media" seminar with Ruth Crilly (amodelrecommends), Caroline Hirons (Beauty Mouth), Louise from sprinkle of glitter and Anna from vivianna does makeup.
The OCC one was super interesting; they were talking about how the chemical composition of their products (and other products) effects how they performed. I also found out that lip tars can be used anywhere (officially they don't recommend them for the eyes but everyone was saying how nice they looked on the eyes, take from that what you will).
But my favourite seminar was the social media seminar, it was funny and interesting and felt like chatting with friends. Seriously, it was really great and I got to talk to Caroline Hirons who is a really amazing person.
|Photo - Lotionspotionsme :)|
|Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre|
|Hakuhodo Fan Brush|
|Hakuhodo Tiny Smudger Brush|
|Hakuhodo Angle Brush|
|Mac Face and Body Foundation in White|
|Mac Reflects Pearl Glitter and Mac Reflects Gold Glitter|
|OCC Conceal in Y0|
|OCC Lip Tar in Hush|
|OCC Lip Tar in Interlace|
|OCC Lip Tar in Pris|
|Sugarpill Soot and Stars|
|Sugarpill Poison Plum|
|The Real Techniques Duo Fibre Collection|
|The Glamcor single use adhesive hand palettes (they are super useful)|