Australian Beauty Blogger Weekend 2011 (+IMATS 2011)

Hi Everyone!
Last weekend, something very exciting happened!
I was so lucky (you have no idea) to take part in Australian Beauty Blogger Weekend 2011 !
I was soo thrilled! Thanks for Jacie and Kimmi, the amazingly talented and gorgeous ladies who organized ABBW 2011 and really really pulled it off! It was a huge success. I am so lucky to be a part of it.

ABBW was held in Sydney - mostly in Novotel, Sydney Exhibition Centre (IMATS), and Establishment.
Well I live in Sydney, so it's pretty convenient for me! But still, me and Janice  decided to book a room at Novotel! It's much easier that way because the event started at 9.00 a.m and lasts for two days!

Day One

Ok, we gathered around 8.30 am at Novotel Darling Harbour's lobby to register and to take our passes ( I woke up at 5.00 am that day - It was hard to sleep when I was pretty damn excited about ABBW)

After that, me and Janice went to Harbourside mall to get some breakfast and we were soooo worried because the food hasn't arrived and it's almost time to gather at IMATS. As soon as the breakfast arrived (bacon,egg,sourdough toast,mushroom - big brekkie!) straight away we gulped down our coffees, ate our breakfast in lightning speed - and ran to IMATS!!

(Photo taken by Liz for ABBW website)

This is the first IMATS that I have ever been to - and I was THRILLED!
Even early in the morning, it was already quite packed!
There, I met Shizuka and other lovely Melbourne bloggers!

I went crazy! I didn't spend a lot of money- I just bought things that are necessary! :)
Bought some brushes from Royal & Langnickel , Ardell lashes, Ben Nye Blush ( I should've bought 5! They're amazingly pigmented), MUFE coral lipstick. Not a lot. I wanted to buy more but it was so packed it got to the point where I couldn't even bother.

Then, I saw this Japanese makeup brush company called Hakuhodo.
They have some AMAZINGLY brushes, it's so soft I'm not even kidding.
The handle is beautifully crafted - but it's quite expensive!

I regret myself for not buying them.. Now If I change my mind I have to buy them online.. Le sigh.
I want the face brush (foundation or powder brush!) with the orange handle!
Look at these amazing brushes, I swear I'm going to buy the powder brush in the future hahaha.

Me with my loot from IMATS (which I will show to you guys later, okay?)

After shopping and got very very tired, we went upstairs where they provided us with refreshments and food - and the highlight is the free manicure service! :) The ladies who did our nails are very lovely.

After that, we got back to our hotel to rest and to get ready for the night gala at the Establishment,
sponsored by Maxted Thomas PR.

Look at our bags! We even camwhored hehe :)

We forgot the time, and we only had 10 minutes to prepare for the gala! Oh noooes!
Anyways, we still made it!

(Photo taken by Liz for ABBW website, edited by me)

It was amaaazing! Everyone was mingling, talking, and I even got my hair done by Sebastian Hair Team! Woot! We also got a bunch of goody bags from Sebastian, Remington, Burt's Bees, Balenciaga Fragrance, Marc Jacobs Oh Lola, Nivea, Bottega Venetta, and Orly! It was fun! 

(Photo taken by Liz for ABBW website)

The dinner was superb, everyone was having so much fun.
We were REALLY tired to even eat the dessert! 
When we arrived back at our hotel, we just collapsed and went straight to sleep.

Day Two

We woke up and had breakfast together - and after that we went to the Alpha-H seminar.
I was sold. Seriously. They gave us samples for Liquid Gold skincare line - I have tried it for 3 days straight and It was amazing. I can see my skin has improved - I don't even need to blot my face with blotting paper! Well the full review will come later, so stay tuned!

After that, we did a makeup masterclass with Face of Australia.
It was very informative, and I never knew that shading is really important to enhance your facial shapes and I learnt some really useful shading tricks ! :)

(Photo taken by Liz for ABBW website)

Me fooling around with my camera :)

After that, we attended our last event from ABBW 2011 (aw..) - which is a talk from Bahar Etminan from Rescu. It was very inspirational. I think I need to make my own presskit as she stressed that it's really important for us beauty bloggers.

After that, ABBW 2011 officially finished.
Pretty sad.

In conclusion, I really enjoy ABBW very much - it's my first blogger event, and will definitely come to the next year's ABBW! No doubt! My favourite part from the whole event is meeting other beauty bloggers from all around Australia - it really motivated me to blog more, and I had so much fun meeting them.

Thank you so much everyone! Hoping to meet you all again in near future! x



Anonymous said...

I love those heels you wore to the party, you wore them at your graduation too right? :)
Seen so many beauty bloggers blog about this event, i would've loved to be there!

breakingrumours said...

wuuu,such a fun event! :D i wished i had a chance to attend,oh well,sucks to be in msia lol. its boring here T.T love your dress! the red(issit red? or orangey red) one tht u wore for the gala dinner.

SHIZUKA said...

Great post Jeanice~~ It was so good spending time with you guys! I hope to c u again sooon haha when u come to visit melb again:) Or I go to Syd. OMG just finally updated mine too.. photos seriously took FOREVERRRR .. tired now hehe! x

Unknown said...

Aww you look so cute <3 lovely style


Beata Megan said...

I wanna go to abbw too :(
btw, your blog is great. and you're so pretty! <3

pandablush said...

hehe come to sydney then! :) thanks a lot! glad you like it x

pandablush said...

thank you hun x

pandablush said...

Awwww thank you♥ I miss yoou too! I will go to Melb when it's warmer! My friend went to Melbourne yesterday and he said the weather sucks. boooooo. :) Your post is heaps better! More detailed and covered a lot more! :) x

pandablush said...

Awww :( Is there any similar event in Malaysia though? I know we don't have any in Indo. Thanks!! :) It's brownish red..? (like brick)

pandablush said...

Thanks! Yeah I love them so much! It's very VERY comfy - it's from Wittner.
Yeah! Everyone did a good post about it! x

catherine_xxoo said...

abbw sounds so fun! :)
by the way, you look beautiful! i love your hair! ♥

Pitaloka Ramadina said...

Awww...that's so awesome. I really want to go to sydney! Anyway, you always look so cute dear :)

Winnieee said...

i love the tan/brown coloured dress! where did you get it? :)

xjustsayokay said...

Darn i wish i went to IMATS. i soooo regret it now, argh the only reason i didn't go was because i was feeling very broke that month. I probably wouldn't have been able to buy much anyway.
Well you look flawless like usual Jeanice :)

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