IMATS NYC 2017

What’s up, Beautiful Blossoms? I hope you’re all alive and reasonably well in spite of all the craziness that’s happening all over the planet. But I’m not gonna make this into a political rant (because there’s just an oversaturation oozing from pretty much every major media outlet in existence) because even I’m tired of it. And I’ve always been keen on keeping BBA strictly about makeup (and the occasional skincare that works across the board regardless of skin type).

Thankfully, I was able to come home with some energy to spare from work to write about my excitement for this year’s IMATS. Februrary already starts tomorrow and the event itself is held in April and I had a reasonably good time last year when I went for the first time ever. The only reason I found out about IMATS was because I was desperate to find a convention for makeup. We have Comic-Con, Winter-Con, Pax East (okay, not held in NYC but still), SXSW (South by Southwest), DragCon (West Coast only), but none that really caters to a makeup enthusiast.

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BAFT: Makeup Conventions

This year, I’ll be attending IMATS NYC for the first time after hearing about it via MannyMua’s video about his experience attending the event. He was kicked out of the venue with fellow YouTuber and makeup artist PatrickStarrr for professional and safety reasons: they were supposed to work at a company’s booth to sell makeup brushes, but they left their post to go around and meet fans that were in attendance.

Being well-known Internet celebrities, it wasn’t long before they started drawing huge crowds wherever they were, which led to the IMATS security throwing them out for safety reasons. Manny and Patrick went on YouTube to air their experiences and grievances at the fact that they were thrown out.

People have criticized and defended them regarding the unfortunate experience and I’m not gonna jump on that bandwagon for this week’s entry. I think enough solid points have been thrown out and there’s no sense in parroting them.

The reason why I mentioned Patrick and Manny’s experience at IMATS is because I am actually apprehensive about going: in the back of my mind, will their experience be a repeat this year?

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