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The weekend that was… ABBW 2011 and IMATS Sydney


Last weekend I had the privilege of taking part in the Australian Beauty Bloggers Weekend (ABBW), a history making event that brought together over 80 bloggers from across the nation. The ABBW was planned to coincide with IMATS Sydney 2011 (the International Makeup Artists Trade Show).

It was the brainchild of two extraordinary women who knew the beauty industry inside out, who are passionate about blogging, and who could subsist on 2hrs of sleep a night- they are Kimmi from The Plastic Diaries, and Jacie from You’ve Got Nail.



The International Makeup Artists Trade Show (IMATS) is held annually in Sydney, Toronto, Los Angeles, London, and New York. It’s one of the biggest events of the year in the makeup industry and caters for both professional makeup artists and hobbyists like myself.

Last weekend the IMATS exhibitors included MAC Pro, Inglot, Illamasqua, Ben Nye, Makeup Forever, Hakuhodo (aka the best brushes in the business), Napoleon Perdis, and Ardell. I went absolutely NUTS (will do a haul post very soon).

Our ABBW 2011 perks included a press pass to IMATS, as well as an upstairs chill out lounge just for ABBW bloggers (sponsored by Royal & Langnickel Brushes) with food, free manicures, and a free brush kit.

Did I feel like a VIP?  Hell yes.


IMATS Sydney 2011

IMATS Sydney 2011 *

The long queue at the MAC Pro stand at IMATS Sydney 2011

The long queue at the MAC Pro stand at IMATS Sydney 2011


MAC Pro stand at IMATS Sydney 2011

Ooh Chromacakes .... MAC Pro stand at IMATS Sydney 2011


Photobombed! Sarah from Hip and Haute at IMATS Sydney 2011

Photobombed! Sarah from Hip and Haute at IMATS Sydney 2011


 Keep reading after the jump!



Posted by on Oct 1st, 2011 in Miscellaneous | 18comments

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MFV’s first reader survey!

Hi guys!


One of the take home messages that I got from the Australian Beauty Bloggers Weekend  was that as a beauty blogger it is really important to get to know your blog audience.

To get to know all of you a little better I’ve decided to conduct a reader survey. The information you give is completely anonymous and will not be used on it’s own- rather it will be incorporated into general trend data. The overall results may also be used in my media kit (yes, I’m finally getting around to making one.)

I would really appreciate it if you took a minute to participate.




Posted by on Sep 29th, 2011 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments.

A Family Affair- a short film by Ellis Faas

Makeup and performance art at it’s best. Meet the family.



Film and makeup: Ellis Faas

Performance: Thijs Faas (Ellis’ brother)

Music: Flavia (Ellis’ daughter)


What a treat it is to experience the  artistry of Ellis Faas, the amazing woman behind the brand, and who Vogue Paris calls  “one of the most influential make-up artists of her generation”.

I was blown away by the amazing art that Ellis created using her brother’s face as a canvas, and how talented this family is.

Hope you enjoyed the short film.





Posted by on Sep 21st, 2011 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments.

Winner of My Funny Valentine Benefit and Bobbi Brown Giveaway is… *drumroll*



I’m very excited to announce that the winner of my Benefit and Bobbi Brown Giveaway is Julie of Me My Best and I ! Congratulations! I’ll be contacting you shortly about the good news and sending the prizes out your way.  🙂 🙂 🙂  I can’t wait to hear what you think of everything!


Posted by on Sep 1st, 2011 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments.

My Funny Valentine Bobbi Brown and Benefit Giveaway!

Happy friday everyone!

As you may have heard on twitter I was over the moon when I reached 400 followers on My Funny Valentine. To mark the occasion and to say a big THANKYOU to everyone for supporting my little blog, I have some goodies in my hot little hands to give away!


The prizes:

Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15 (AUS RRP $42)- it’s one of my absolute favourite lip balms. I reviewed it here.

Benefit Feelin’ Cheeky Minis (a Sephora exclusive) with Posie Tint, Benetint, and High Beam illuminator.

note: all items were purchased by me and are new in box.


How to enter:

You must be a public follower of this blog through Google Friend Connect to enter.

1. For one entry, leave a comment below saying absolutely anything!  Make sure you include your email address.

2. For one extra entry and tweet about this giveaway (using the tweet button at the end of this post), and tag me @Jfunnyvalentine.

3. For a whopping 4 extra entries put a link to the giveaway on your sidebar or blog post (please include the link to this in your comment below you can add this in another comment later if you wish)

So there you have it folks! You can give yourself 6 chances to win just by following all three steps. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! If you have any questions or just feel like telling me how your day is, email me on

The competition is open internationally and will run until Wednesday 31th August midnight Sydney time. I will draw the winner using a random number generator and email the winner on Thursday 1st of September.



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