Indie Expo Canada 2018~My First Press Experience!

Hey Everyone! Did you get to attend Indie Expo Canada this year?
This was my first time attending as both Press AND a VIP!  
Just wait until you see all the goodies I brought home! 
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My first Press Pass! At Indie Expo Canada June 10th

This was my second year attending Indie Expo Canada in Toronto, and I was so excited to go again!  I had already purchased my VIP ticket and decided to see if Pam from Girly Bits, who organizes the event, would mind if I tagged along with Anita during the Press preview as I am a co-author now.  Pam was awesome of course and said she'd love to add me to the Press group!  Anita and I also decided to have shirts made so that we'd be easily identifiable to all of our fellow polish friends that we often interact with online but don't often get to see in person.  They worked great, so many people came up to us and introduced themselves and I got to put faces to so many of my favourite Instagram handles!   Oh and did I mention that there was Starbucks coffee and snacks for Makers, Press and Volunteers?!  This was the only one I paid for that day, and I'm pretty sure I drank about a gallon total!
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I really enjoyed getting to enter the event early and having time to visit and talk with all of the amazing makers as part of the press!  Some even had special goodie bags made up for us!  Everyone was ready to answer any questions we had and happy to demonstrate new products and collections.  It was nice to have some one on one time with them and get to know the people behind the amazing brands that were in attendance this year.

Now... what you really want to see... my haul!  This is a photo of everything I had in my shopping bag at the end of the day, so it includes Press Samples, VIP swag, purchases and a few goodies some of the makers let us have (older product/ a few donated items we got from the tutorial table).  I'm going to include details on some of these items here in this post and because as you can see there is a LOT, some things will be separated out into additional posts.
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THE HAUL (except some CuterCuticles that I used and put in my purse that day!)
Another first for me this year was participating in the Silent Auction Paint It Forward for The Sinai Health System. Items are generously donated by the makers and bid on all day in a silent auction, I put bids in on a few items and was the winning bids for the two lots offered by Poetry Cowgirl nail polish.  It was polish I didn't even have to feel guilty buying because the money went to a great cause!
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Poetry Cowgirl Nail Polish Silent Auction Donation
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The Polish Lot

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The Base and Topcoat Lot
I of course took these polishes for a spin first, so here are some swatches on the nail!  They each covered the nail in three coats, and would probably really pop over a white base, how gorgeous would these be in a watermarble?!
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Poetry Cowgirl Nail Polish- Vintage Cremes Collection

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Poetry Cowgirl- Bermuda

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Poetry Cowgirl -Sunbeam

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Poetry Cowgirl- Jade

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Poetry Cowgirl- Starliner
The VIP bag at Indie Expo Canada is always full of beautiful products and this year was just as exciting as last!  Polishes, nail care products, bath accessories, beauty products and wax melts!
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Most of the Polish, decals and Greenglitter.ca  from the VIP bag.

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VIP and Press offerings from Terrah Essentials

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VIP and Press Bag items
 Pam and her team always make this event one of a kind and so fun for all involved!  And her Very Important Polish VIP Polish this year is just gorgeous!  I can't wait to try it out!
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Girly Bits Cosmetics VIP Polish

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Pam herself manning the Girly Bits Table
 Oh and did I mention that I assisted Anita with a tutorial table for Stamping?!?!  She stepped in last minute for the lovely Elena from NailExperiments who was unable to attend.  Anita did a great job and all the ladies hopefully left with a few more tricks up their sleeves to make their stamping manicures a little easier!

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Anita at the Stamping Tutorial Table

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My Bestie!  She's so purdy! 

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The nails I was rockin for the day. Bliss Polish Asphalt stamped with Twinkled T black
using this Clear Jelly Stamper plate.
You can see by the pile of stuff I brought home, it's going to take a while to get through everything and take them for a spin!  I'll be sharing them with you as I go so stay tuned for more goodies to come! ~ Kelly
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