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The Polish Convention happened this past weekend from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. on April 29, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York! I was absolutely thrilled to go and had a blast snagging some awesome polishes and meeting the makers, as well as tons of other bloggers, swatchers, and just overall amazing polish fanatics. This event was put on by Miranda Kraft & Rachel Ciardi of Ever After Polish, Mariah Jonckheere of Great Lakes Lacquer, and Jen Carter of XOXOJen.com, they all came together to plan, organize, and throw this wonderful event from arranging a venue that was awesome to facilitating easy and speedy entrance for each group of convention goers as well as ensuring during the time there everyone got to enjoy the convention to the best of their abilities. They truly went above and beyond to give us an amazing experience all for the love of indie polish! They deserve a huge shoutout of thanks and gratitude for all of their hard work, dedication, blood, sweat, and glitter that went into everything.
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For this Polish Convention there were three separate entry groups available for purchase, they were the VIP, Early Entrance, and General Admission. In addition to this several VIP Bundles were available which allowed people going in with
a friend or significant other who did not want a VIP bag, this was great for people taking boyfriends, husbands, or kids who did not neet/want the VIP bag while still allowing them to have a VIP bag and the VIP entrance time. The VIP entrants got the benefit of entering the convention two hours early at 12:00 noon, got a Polish Con tote to haul all their goodies, and also received a VIP bag filled with ~$100 of products from vendors such as VIP exclusive polishes, regular polish lines, cuticle oils/balms, etc. The Early Entrance entrants got the perk of entering the venue at 1:00 p.m. an hour before general admission and received a Polish Con tote to haul all of their goodies as well. While the final group the General Admission entrants entered at 2:00 p.m. and received a tote to haul their goodies. All entrants also received a Polish Con handout in their totes with
exclusive coupon codes and deals inside as well as a map of how the vendors booths would be set up within the venue. A lot of people were worried that depending on the admission they got vendors would run out of exclusives however all the vendors brought enough stock of their exclusives and regular polishes to guarantee that even when General Admission entered there was plenty available. Even around 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. when things were winding down there was still plenty for even late arrivals to snag up their picks. So no matter which entry option you were able to snag no one missed out on anything, the makers went above and beyond and many who knew they would have limited stock at the event even had deal to allow purchase of the polishes some with free shipping to you in the event they ran out during.
Which brings us all to the awesome vendors that were able to make it and bring their amazing polishes, cuticle oils, wax melts, bath and body products, and so much more to everyone in attendance.
The full list of vendors for this convention included:
- Anchor & Heart Lacquer
- Anonymous Lacquer
- Bluebird Lacquer
- Blush Lacquer
- Bohemian Polish
- Colors by Llarowe
- Contrary Polish
- Cupcake Polish
- Different Dimension
- Dollish Polish
- Don Deeva Polish
- Drip Drop Nail Paint
- Ever After Polish
- Fair Maiden Polish
- Fleur de Lis Polish
- Girly Bits Cosmetics
- Glisten & Glow
- Great Lakes Lacquer
- Julie G
- Lavish Polish
- Leesha’s Lacquer
- LE Polish
- Native War Paints
- Nine Zero Lacquer
- Noodles Nail Paint
- Octopus Party Nail Lacquer
- Painted Polish
- Polish My Life
- Pretty & Polished
- Sassy Pants Polish
- Turtle Tootsie
I’ll admit despite browsing most the booths I didn’t buy from every single one, usually I would try to, but I had things I knew I definitely wanted and had to leave the convention a couple hours early for another event my boyfriend and I had purchased tickets for. Next time though I definitely will not allow that to
happen these were both just one day events on the same day. But back to the awesomeness of the vendors, each of the booths was set up with event exclusives, past collections, collections not released yet, and various other polishes from each maker as well as other nail art/nail care products. In most the pictures you can see the venue lighting was very dim and offset with purple lighting this was unfortunately out of the organizers control as the venue controlled that lighting. So to make up for this many of the makers had also brought along lamps with fluorescent, daylight, or ottlite bulbs to look at polish under. Making it much easier on those of us browsing to see true colors, as well as shimmers, and holographic effects.
In addition to vending there were also raffles going on continually throughout the event sponsored by makers as well as bloggers, and the event organizers themselves. These were not included in your ticket purchase, they were
something you could buy tickets for separately upon entrance into the convention. There were also flash sales from some makers, I missed some of them but I know of one that was all polish for $5 during an hour, and another table was giving away an exclusive with purchases over another amount, etc. These were all super extra and awesome of them to do just to add a little to the event and give everyone a boost of fun.
Around 4:00 p.m. tutorials were offered as well, there were various techniques offered each led by a volunteer, these had to be signed up for in advance and then you were emailed a time to join in. They had them running every 20 minutes, this was kind of short to try to get everything into, but I did greatly enjoy the tutorial I had signed up for which was water marbling with Krystal of Queen of Nails 83, in addition to water marbling they also had tables for basic stamping led by Bianca of @abstractpups, gradients led by Kristi of Let’s Begin Nails, advanced stamping
led by Kaylyn of Killa Kay’s Nails, and various nail art techniques led by Parker of @poshayy. Vendors donated items for use at each of these tables and everyone got to watch demonstrations as well as try them out on either their own nails, swatch sticks, or each other depending on who was up for it. My own boyfriend was such a good sport and even let us water marble one of his fingers so that Krystal could show us how to do a beautiful swirl technique in addition to the more basic techniques she had shown. This was soooo much fun and just added another wonderful facet to the event overall.
If you don’t care about my personal day then you can totally skip to the end for more pictures, this is just a more personal recap of my day at Polish Con!
Now that we’ve gotten all the technical event information out of the way, let’s get into my day! We luckily did not have to get up insanely early, I know some people got up at 2:00 to 4:00 a.m. to drive to the venue and everything, but since I stayed in Paramus, New Jersey with my boyfriend we were an easy car ride and waterway trip away. So we both got up at 7:00 a.m. got dressed, and then due to server issues with my boyfriends service had to run back by his house when we had just headed out. But despite these delays we got to the Weehawken port around 9:00 a.m. and headed into the city! Once in the city we Ubered, we were originally going to walk/take the bus half the way then Uber once deeper into Brooklyn, but this was faster and guaranteed we would get there earlier. Plus if you followed my Instagram story or Snapchat throughout the week you know my boyfriend is super not a fan of public transportation, and apparently loves Uber. He’s a weirdo, it’s okay I love him anyways.
We got to the venue, Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn, New York, in a timely manner, actually really early. We ended up waling a couple blocks down to a little coffee shop and snagging some tea and breakfast before heading back up to the venue and snagging the very first spots in the Early Admission line! This was awesome and we met a few other people that we were able to chat and hang out with until it was time for us to go in. Upon going in it was absolutely stunning the venue was amazing, it was lit a bit darkly though, most makers as stated above compensated for this with lamps on their tables. But the entire room was set up in a circle and I ended up making a bee line for the Fleur de Lis Polish table right away. I had needs people, polish needs. We ended up making our way around the room and my boyfriend ditched me more than once to go talk to someone else’s husband he’d met outside in the Early Admission line. Then he ended up sitting off with my bags for a while as he wanted a break from the people, and I wanted to get footage. I got okay footage I should have take one of my other cameras and framed my shots more, but I didn’t want to get in anyone’s way. Learned stuff for next time though so the next video will be more fun!
I did all of my shopping within about the first couple hours and then kind of browsed a bit and met people. I ran into Jill from Glisten & Glow, Missi from Different Dimension, and Missy from Cupcake Polish. I also got to meet and chat with Shannon from Pahlish while she helped me snag the super muuuuuch needed Dr. Who collection she releases on Sunday. And Lou from Bluebird Lacquer, not to mention Danette of Don Deeva who threw a gorgeous unicorn ducky in my bag with my polishes! I saw it and fell in love with it immediately so that was completely awesome. I ended up browsing around until it was time for the tutorial tables to begin and then sat in on the water marbling table with Krystal (@QueenofNails83) who gave some awesome tips and even pulled out a water marble on John that was super perfect.
I met so many people randomly while browsing and got to snag glimpses of all of the makers as they helped people and were busy, I do wish I’d had more time in the evening as things wound down to meet more makers, and people just there enjoying the polish awesomeness. But we had purchased tickets to the Chihuly at Night exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden and this was my only chance to go to it so we ended up leaving around 5:00 p.m. The entire event was amazing and I had a blast at it and snagged soooooo many beautiful polishes that I had wanted, and a bunch I didn’t know I wanted until I got sucked in by them at the tables. Seriously it is risky browsing those tables, there is so much beautiful polish I definitely ended up going over my budget, but it was completely worth it and for what I spent I got easily 5 times the amount of polishes I would have gotten from a stockist or ordering online!
I want to give a huge thanks to the event coordinators, the volunteers, the staff for the convention, the tutorial table volunteers, the vendors, and everyone else for spending the time to put this together and putting on an amazingly exceptional event. I had an absolute blast and honestly don’t know a person who went who didn’t, and I cannot wait for Chicago!
Below are more awesome images from the day, and random pictures of booths and other polishaholics I got to meet.