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How to bag the best bargains at IMATS this year?

UPDATED FOR 2017

Bargains at the IMATS

One of the most fun parts of IMATS London has to be the shopping. Vendors exhibiting at the show typically give discounts ranging from 10% to a whopping 50% or more, and some will also have exclusive products and limited editions on sale, many of which you won’t be able to buy anywhere else. Here are some top tips on bagging genuine bargains at IMATS:

Know the prices before you get there

If you’ve got your eye on some particular products, it’s worth checking what the standard prices are before you go, so you can see if you’re really getting a good deal or not. The website lists the exhibitors for IMATS London with links to their websites, making your job a pretty easy one!

Check for coupons before you go

Some exhibitors (including Nanshy!) may be offering discount coupons, money off vouchers or tickets for freebies on their website and social media feeds in the weeks leading up to the event. Check the websites and Twitter / Facebook pages of your favourite brands for coupons before you go, and print out any that you think will come in handy.

Shop with a friend

Going with a friend not only makes the event more fun, it might also unlock some amazing discounts by splitting the cost of multiple purchases. It’s unlikely you’ll want to buy 6 MoYou nail polish colours for £20 by yourself, but you could go splitsies with a friend and have three each, bagging the discount and a reasonable number of polishes too.

Get there early

There are more often than not big queues to get in, even at eight o’clock in the morning! Everyone wants to get to those deal first, so don’t be left out by turning up late.

Snap up the limited editions

If you’re eyeing up a limited edition product at a stand, buy it. Many of these brands produce only a handful of limited edition or new products, often unavailable to buy anywhere else. Grab it now, and be the envy of your friends with your exclusive item from IMATS.

Haggle

Believe it or not, you can negotiate at IMATS. Sunday is the best day to haggle, as the event starts to wrap up and people start packing away. Talk, particularly to vendors that you know, have travelled a long way to be at the show, as they’re unlikely to want to lug their products back with them if they don’t have to.

Of course, if you’re a makeup professional or student, you might be eligible for the Make-Up Artist Pro Card from Make-Up Artist magazine. This card gives a discount on entry tickets to IMATS, expedited entry to the show and access to the Friday Pro card only events.

If you haven’t already got yours, be aware that processing can take up to 6 weeks, so you’ve probably missed it for 2017. But get it in time for 2018, because Pro Card holders can often unlock discounts which are unavailable to the rest of us, particularly from the big name brands.

Even if you can’t get the Pro Card, you can certainly get your hands on some red hot discounts at IMATS London 2017. Here at Nanshy, we’re offering lots of our popular, cruelty-free brushes at a discounted price. Come and see us at stand 310 to bag a bargain at the show!

IMATS 2016 recap:

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Our top 5 tips on surviving IMATS (with your credit card intact!)

Surviving IMATS

Whee! IMATS, the International Makeup Artists Trade Show, is coming to London on the 10th – 12th July 2015, and we’re over the moon to be going along. As a business, it will be our first time exhibiting at the event, although of course we’ve all swung by as shoppers at least once or twice. If it’s going to be your first time at the event too, you’ll find these IMATS survival tips will come in very handy.

1. Budget before you go

Before you even think about what you’re going to be doing, set yourself a budget and stick to it! There are loads of exclusive show discounts on offer, so it’s worth saving up so you can bag a few bargains. You might even want to take cash and leave those credit cards at home; it’s faster and it means you won’t walk into Kryolan or MAC walk out with half your rent gone.

2. Plan ahead

With so much going on at IMATS, it’s crucial that you make a plan of attack well before you get to the show. You might be desperate to attend the Bobbi Brown bridal class on Saturday morning, or to catch David Horne on the Open Forum Stage, but if you don’t know what’s going on and when, you’re likely to miss things. Don’t forget to put your name down early for the space limited workshops to avoid disappointment.

3. Do your research

Take a look at the exhibitors list and do some research on the brands you love before you get there. There certainly are some amazing bargains to be had, but equally there will be a good deal of products on sale at full price too. If you’re after some eyeshadow from Sugarpill, it’s worth knowing what the regular prices are so you can see if you’re actually getting a show bargain or not.

4. Follow your favourites

If you’re on Twitter, get following the style and make-up gurus that you’d love to meet at the show, otherwise you might just walk past them without noticing! Bloggers, gurus and popular vloggers will often look quite different at IMATS London to how they normally do; they could be wearing a wig, extensions, full costume, who knows! Follow them on Twitter, and they might just announce where they are at the show, giving you a chance to fangirl/boy all over their presence!

5. Be open to trying new things

IMATS is an amazing place to get up close and personal with your favourite brands, but it’s also a great place to discover something new and exciting. Rather than rushing to join the queue at Inglot as soon as you get there, spend some time exploring the stands of the brands you’ve never heard of too. You might just discover a hidden gem or two!

Most importantly, get ready to have lots and lots of fun! Although originally intended as an industry show for make-up pro’s to restock at discounted prices, IMATS has become something much more social over the years. Expect to meet new friends, try new things and generally have a great time.

Nanshy can’t wait for the big weekend! Come and see us on stand 310, and don’t forget your £5 off voucher, available here on the website.

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7 Tips For Switching To Cruelty-Free Products (Permanently!)

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You’re aware of how cruel and unnecessary animal testing is, and you want to put your foot down and make a change. Where do you begin? With all the beauty brands currently available on the market, switching to cruelty-free cosmetics can be confusing. Here are 7 tips to follow for a smooth — and permanent! — transition to cruelty-free products!

1. Make it a gradual change.

You might be tempted to overhaul your complete makeup collection, skincare arsenal, bath products, and home cleaning supplies. For most people, this is too much to take on at once! Start by evaluating your products, but don’t feel pressured to make changes right away. Instead, gradually replace your products as you run out.

2. Don’t throw anything away.

Instead of trashing half-used products because they’re made by a brand that tests on animals, please don’t waste anything and please respect the environment! We all know that chemicals should not be poured down the sink, and that plastic containers should always go in the recycle bin. If you don’t want to finish up your old cosmetics, consider donating them to a friend or offering them to a fellow makeup or skincare lover.

3. Know which brands are cruelty-free.

This is crucial when making the switch to cruelty-free products. The easiest way to keep up is to bookmark or print out cruelty-free brands list from a trusted source. For beginners, I recommend the Leaping Bunny’s list of certified brands. You can also check out my own list of cruelty-free brands which includes correspondence from companies.

4. Know your bunnies.

On some packaging, you’ll find a little bunny logo. These logos try to tell you that the brand in question is cruelty-free, but not all bunny logos are created equal. There are only 3 specific bunnies that you can trust: the Leaping Bunny logo, PETA’s Caring Consumer bunny, and the Choose Cruelty-Free rabbit (see below). Any other bunny logo is not an official logo and does not indicate that the company is cruelty-free. Proceed with caution, and verify by looking at cruelty-free brands lists!

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5. Don’t forget your essentials.

Toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash are also mostly tested on animals. I suggest brands like Tom’s of Maine*, Desert Essence, and Jason for all your oral care needs. Deodorant is another product you might take for granted, although a large portion of the deodorants you’ll find in drugstore are tested on animals. I highly recommend ditching those and making the switch to an aluminum-free, natural deodorant. There’s also laundry detergent and cleaning supplies. Some brands to look into are Attitude, Seventh Generation, Method, and Dr. Bronner.

6. Don’t rely on dupes.

Makeup dupes, that is. A dupe is normally considered to be a more affordable alternative to a high-end product. Let’s say you’re swooning over your new high-end designer lipstick, but you discovered that the brand unfortunately tests on animals. You’re looking for an alternative. The $3 dupe you’ve found might be an approximate color match, but you might not be in love with its performance. The result? You’re going back to your tested-on-animals lipstick and you curse the cruelty-free alternative. The real solution? Look into mid-range and high-end brands. You might be surprised to know that Chantecaille, Ellis Faas, and Nars* are all cruelty-free.

7. Discover new brands and have fun!

One of the great things about switching to cruelty-free products is being able to discover new brands that are kind to animals, to the environment, and to your health. During my quest for products that aren’t tested on animals, I’ve discovered a ton of wonderful brands I love that aren’t necessarily found in drugstore aisles and retail stores. I’m positive you will too! I wish you the best of luck, and don’t shy away from smaller companies, hand-crafted cosmetics, and green beauty brands!

*Brands with an asterisk are cruelty-free, although their parent company is not.

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Behind the scenes at IMATS London 2015 with Nanshy!

Nanshy Behind the scenes at IMATS London 2015

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Nanshy Behind the scenes at IMATS London 2015

 

Team Nanshy had a very busy and hugely enjoyable time at the International Make-up Artist Trade Show this past weekend. This was our first time exhibiting at the show and it could not have been more exciting!

Our own celebrity make-up artist and Nanshy ambassador Barrie Griffith together with beauty brand expert Nikki Taylor were delighted to speak to so many of you make-up addicts, fans, professional make-up artists and students.

Barrie and Nikki showed off our range of cruelty-free must-haves including brushes, brush holders, brush belts and our 4-in-1 blending sponge.

With so much make-up product and incredible make-up artistry everywhere we looked it was hard for all us all not to get distracted. Nikki even had a close call with a monster or two!

One of Barrie’s personal highlights was speaking to award-winning make-up artist Lan Nguyen- Grealis about her new book and her love of Nanshy brushes.

We were all delighted when Emmy-award winning make-up artist and the founder of IMATS Michael Key stopped by our booth for a chat!

The real highlight of the show was meeting so many of you Nanshy fans and hearing you tell us what you love about our range.

Thanks to every single one of you who visited us and thanks to all our team at Nanshy who made it happen.

Watch our video to see more!

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Let’s celebrate this summer with Travel Makeup Brush Giveaway

As summer is in full swing and so many of you are going on holiday, we though it would be nice to give away one of our Luxury Travel Makeup Brushes Set.

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…or buy now. Just click the “add to basket” below and follow the checkout steps.

This is joint giveaway with lovely Emily-Victoria Canham so please make sure you follow her channel and social media. (Starts 2:35)

Good luck!