Pam and her team at Girly Bits Cosmetics have done it again! Indie Expo Canada returns with another top-notch event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Toronto this last month. Independently-owned makeup and beauty vendors from all over North America came together to bring attendees amazing products. If you haven’t had a chance to attend in the past, this year, the two-day event features not only indie beauty vendors but also nail art tutorial led many various bloggers, a speakers panel, workshops, massage station, photobooth, silent auction, light snacks and beverages and more. Indie Expo Canada is focused mainly on the indie nail polish scene, but also features cosmetics, make-up, skin care, bath & body, wax & home fragrance, and more.
Let’s dig into the details shall we?
Day 1: The workshops
The Polish Making Workshop
Interested participants had the opportunity to learn from the pros and make their own custom nail polish at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Under the direction of Indie Polish Vendors and Nikki of Glitter Unique, participants learn the foundations of created the polish base and blending THREE of their very own custom colours. All necessary supplies and instructions were included in the cost. The workshop was available at 10am or 2pm.
*New this year*: Meet & Greet Cocktail Reception
Indie Expo Canada 2019 hosted an exclusive social event with makers, customers, bloggers, and volunteers. Attendees had the opportunity to mix and mingle while enjoying a meal and of course, drinks! Attendees also walked away with an exclusive goodie bag, and who doesn’t love a good goodie bag?
Day 2: The Main Event
Attendees could choose to purchase one of three ticket levels:
Early access admissions: Gain access to main event earlier than general admission ticket holders
VIP ticket holders: Gain access to main event two hours before the general admission ticket holders AND receive a swag bag featuring $100 worth of exclusive products from each of the vendors
General admission: Access to main event only at the scheduled doors-open time
This year’s speakers panel featured the indie brand owners of: Clionadh Cosmetics, Bee’s Knees, Cuter Cuticles, LynBDesigns, and Harlow & Co. The panel discussed the importance of the indie cosmetics industry as a whole, specific challenges of owning an indie brand, successes and failures they’ve encountered, and of course, their love for makeup and beauty!
Click on the links above to find out more about them!
FREE nail art tutorial sessions were made available at various scheduled time slots. Participants could choose to sit in and learn how to do stamping, water-marbling, fluid art, and free hand tutorials.