One of the biggest nail art events in Asia is the Tokyo Nail Expo. This year, it was held on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Tokyo Big Site, which is a huge convention center on an artificial island in Odaiba Island. This was incidentally the scene of my recent Design Festa debacle. But I’m pleased to say my time at Tokyo Big Site was much more pleasant than the last!
All the big Western polish companies were there, as well as a few Asian ones. It was a madhouse. Seriously mayhem. Some of the deals /highlightsthat sent people into frenzies were :
OPI for $11 per bottle. It usually retails for $22 in Japan. I bet they’d croak if they knew if sold online for $5. No special Japan-only colors this season, which surprised me.
Zoya had a booth where they were selling polish for around $7 a bottle, same as the website. I scored a couple.
Nail decals: 8 sheets for around $11, they usually retail for around $4 each. It was a total feeding frenzy. I got 16 sheets which I’ll probably never use, but I couldn’t resist a good deal.
Nail art deco sweets: little cookies, cakes, candies, etc. I got a bag of about 20 for $10. The epitome of tacky Japan nails. Now all I need is some caulk whipped cream.
TiNS: The Japan glitterbombs that are almost impossible to get outside of Japan. They are usually $15, but on sale for $8 and discontinued colors were 5 for $10!!! Woo hooo! I got some for a giveaway! Update: I can’t get Google Friend Finder on a WordPress blog. Boo! I wanted to allow people to follow the blog and do contests via the follower list, but stinky old WordPress says it’s a security issue. There are other ways to do contests, but still. I feel cheated.
Glitter: I bought tons of $3 pots of microglitter in the hopes that it will work as well as MAC, which is $20 per pot. We’ll see…I haven’t had the time or the nerve to see if it turns silver when it hits the nail polish. I sure hope not!!
Here’s some photos of the event- the haul photos and some more contest photos will be following through the week:
The entrance…before the frenzy!
Everyone’s favorite frankener/glitter troll getting interviewed on Japanese TV. I sounded really dumb, I’m sure, but it’s hard to be on TV in another language! It was just a couple minutes but it seemed much longer!
And the highlight was the Nail Art contest, with contestants from all over Asia, but mostly Japan. I’ll be showing the entries over a few days, because there are so many amazing ones. The theme was “Heart and Soul.” Even if you hate giant long nails, you’ve got to admit these are true works of art.