It was held at a hotel conference room and had a great mix of new nail trends, techniques, and products.
Glitters for acrylic nails and Tammy Taylor's polish line, bottom of the pic:
Sam looks cute here, I look like it's Christmas morning...but it pretty much was!
Patty Yankee is a celeb nail stylist who created (I think) Neil Veils, shown at the bottom of the pic in the little tubs. More on these shortly!!
I picked up a bunch of great samples, including these cutie bunnies by Vinyl Stickers by Sam!
I also ended up with 4 demo-nails, as you'll see. First up is gelcolor, OPI's gel polish line. This is a great gel to try because OPI makes matching polishes, which helps if you get a nick and don't have time to go back to the salon:
Next I went a little wild! A really sweet woman from Michigan did this free formed acrylic nail with a crazy design! She also gave me my first stiletto nail...how do people exist with nails this long OR in this shape?!!? I felt so helpless, LOL.
Finished product. Look at this craziness! Pretty though, isn't it?
Here is her biz card! Thanks, Pam!
Next, I went to the IBD booth where they did my middle finger with hard gel and a cute design:
And my pinky, which I didn't get an action shot of because my phone died, has hard gel with texture glitter and a gel overlay. (Sam, correct me if I said anything wrong, please!)
I made a few purchases and picked up an amazing group of samples!! This pic also shows a quick trip to the beauty supply store (because what's a better way to end a day at a polish convention!?) and my HK Girl topcoat nailmail from Monday as well.
AAAAAAAAHH! At the end of the convention, there was a raffle and quite a few awesome prizes given out! Sam and I won a gel polish kit and a few of the Patty Yankee Nail Veils!!!!! I was so stoked! I planned to buy one of these but the booth was packed up and gone before I had a chance, so I am super excited to own two gorgeous thumb veils (a la Katy Perry).
I ONLY offered to be the convention guinea pig if Sam could take off the madness right after!! On Wednesday, I headed up to her school for some finger nail TLC. She did an awesome job removing the 4 different types of nails/polishes/craziness/ohmygod on my fingers.
I am happy to say, everything came off quite easily and my nails look awesome again, so thank you Sam!!
Hope you enjoyed my pics!! I had a great time, met a lot of fabulous people, and hope to go back next year! ;)