In two weeks I will be heading to Sydney for the first Aussie Indie Con. The Aussie Indie Con is a convention to highlight the Aussie artisan beauty industry. You will find products from Australian handmade businesses in the areas of nail polish, cosmetics, bath and body and jewellery. This year it is being held at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney from on the 17th of June from 11am to 5pm with free entry – VIP ticket holders get admission at 10am.

Aussie Indie Con 2017
Aussie Indie Con 2017

Some of the highlights of the day include exclusive products from many of the vendors (I can’t wait to see the exclusive nail polishes), live workshops (you must book in for), live demonstrations (available to all), and what I’m most excited for, meeting all the people I have come to know whether they are the business owners, bloggers or indie lovers. I will be filming the day as well as doing a live demonstration at 1:30pm on how to use nail vinyls, so please look for me and come and say hi – I can be a little awkward as I don’t get to leave the house much with being so ill, but I would love it if you introduced yourself.

Aussie Indie Con 2017 details
Aussie Indie Con 2017 details

Now onto the brands that you will get to see and buy from on the day. Many of them will be accepting card payments via terminals like paypal of square, but some may only be accepting cash on the day.

Arcandles – arcandles.com.au
Celestial Cosmetics – celestialcosmetics.com.au
Emily de Molly – emilydemolly.com.au
Femme Fatale Cosmetics – femmefatalecosmetics.com.au
Grace-full Nail Polish – gracefullnailpolish.com
HIt The Bottle Polishes – hitthebottlepolishes.com.au
Ink Blot Bombs
Jewels By Jess
Joss Nail Polish – nailsuperstore.com.au/product-category/boutiquelacquers/josslacquer 
Little Vegan Makeup Shop – littleveganmakeupshop.com
Mckfresh Nail Attire – etsy.com/au/shop/MckfreshNailAttire
Messy Mansion – http://www.messymansion.com.au/
Miss Priss Polish – etsy.com/au/shop/MissPrissPolish
Moonstone Nail Polish – moonstonenailpolish.wixsite.com/moonstonenailpolish
NailSuperStore – nailsuperstore.com.au
Pretty Serious Cosmetics – pretty-serious.com
Sayuri Nail Lacquer – sayurinaillacquer.com
SM Nail Polish – etsy.com/au/shop/SMpolish

Unfortunately Powder Perfect has had to drop out but they are still supplying a nail polish for the VIP bags. Many of the vendors are shops I have listed in my Guide To Australian Indie Nail Polish blog post, but there are a couple of brands that are new to me that are going to be there too. You can search the brand names in my blog search box (to the right of screen on desktop, and to the bottom on mobile) if you want to see if I have reviewed their products previously.

Those with a VIP ticket are able to book a spot at one of the live workshops.

The Aussie Indie Con workshops are:

10:30am Nail polish application and stamping with Emily de Molly products by Sylvia IG sylvialopic_nails

11:30am Messy Mansion stamping workshop

12:30pm Messy Mansion stamping workshop

1:30pm Decal making using products from Hit The Bottle, Sayuri Nail Lacquer and Celestial Cosmetics by Tracy IG highchanceofpolish

2:30pm Watermarbeling using Pretty Serious Cosmetics with Cathy IG morenailpolish

Live demonstrations will also be running throughout the day. Seating will be on a first come basis but demos will be streamed on a big screen so everyone can see.

The Aussie Indie Con live demonstrations are:

11:30am Basic nail application and galaxy nails using Hit The Bottle polishes by SIlvie IG cheekynailmonkey

12:30pm Advanced stamping techniques using MckFresh Nail Attire by IG stormysway

1:30pm Nail art using nail vinyls with Grace-full nail polishes by Alinta (me) – IG alintamcmurdo

2:30pm Science based nail care by Michelle from Lab Muffin IG labmuffin

3:30pm Watermarbeling using Pretty Serious Cosmetics by Cathy from More Nail Polish

I am so excited to meet the other people volunteering their time to this event. The little group who have organised all of this have done an amazing job. Everyone is hoping it will be a huge success so that there will be more Aussie Indie Cons in the years to come.

Aussie Indie nail polishes
Aussie Indie nail polishes

I already have the Grace-full Nail Polishes I will be using on the day and they are amazing. I will have a preview blog post on them before the Aussie Indie Con, but on the day, be sure to check out the Grace-full table as they are launching that day. The closer the day gets, the more excited I become – I’m at silly school girl level at the moment! I think Aussie Indie Con will be a great day, so if you can, come along and see the lovely aussie brands who will be showcasing their best products on the day, and be sure to say hi to me while you’re there.

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