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Saturday, October 14, 2017

What's In My Bag!?| Gen Beauty Weekend Haul And Breakdown

Oh hello!

This post is a few weeks overdue, but truth be told.....fml. It made me anxious thinking about it. A few weeks ago I came back from the most amazing weekend in New York. In August, I was fortunate enough to get invited to Generation Beauty in New York by Ipsy as an Ipsy OS member. For those who don't know what Ipsy OS is, it's a community for beauty bloggers and lifestyle bloggers that was created by Michelle Phan. You can find more information here.

Come September, I was on my way with Jessy to what I knew would be the most exhausting, exciting, fulfilling, and rewarding weekend since becoming a creator. And boy, WAS IT.

On my agenda I had Creator Day, Cocktail Party, Gen Beauty, and a "launch party" that is irrelevant.

From the moment we flew in, it was go go go. We arrive around midnight into JFK and our AirBNB host very generously picked us up. We didn't want to stress about distance so we stayed right in the Jamaica neighborhood for the night.

The next morning we rode the subway into the city where I arrived at Creator Day (Jessy wasn't allowed in, invite only). Even though Creator Day, this year, was a mess schedule wise it was an incredible change from the year before. In 2015 I was blessed with an invite as well. That was the year they hosted their very first Creator Day. It was in one room in 2015. This year it was open and the panels were in an auditorium. I can't really explain it, but you walked downstairs and you were greeted and given your wristband and you continued into the hall. The hallway had set ups with brands and food stands and a lounge area with free refreshments. The brands in attendance with "booths" were Too Faced, NYX, Lime Crime, Bes Frens, Kendra Scott, Skyn Iceland, and a drink company (for the life of me I can't remember the name.)

Each "booth" was giving away goodies and had displays for you to play with makeup and talk with the reps. The year before didn't have anything close to this! There were also panels. And each panel was headlined by a CEO or President or reps from brands or companies and of course Ipsy's top Creators. You had the option to not attend, but um hello, you received goodies at each one. The panel with Doe Deere is where we received a free FULL SIZED Pocket Candy. You know, the ones that were JUST released. I swatched it below.

I'm still how they say... SHOOK. NYX gave us a mini bag full of goodies as well, SKYN Iceland gave us a few masks, Bes Fren gave us cookies!! and the most amazing lotion I have ever smelled in my life, Too Faced gave us a FULL SIZE Better Than Sex Mascara, and Kendra Scott let us custom make a piece of jewelry! It was overall a really fun event and the panels were pretty informative. The two that stood out most to me were Studio 201 and this other one (I can't remember the name) that was with the President of Pixi and one of the Creative Directors of Disney. I felt like I learned a lot from those panels. For example, did you know Ask Yeff and the Ipsy studios don't recommend ring lights? So glad I never got one. Yeff recommended one source of light in front and directed down on you. Shadows are GOOD.

Moving on.

M absolute favorite favorite part of Creator Day was the Cover FX Workshop. We learned the basics of mixing your own foundation and proper color matching. I'll admit, it took me a pretty minute to figure it out. Here's a shot of the final outcome.

At the end of the [Creator Day] event, we were given another goodie bag filled with some pretty cool things. Afterward we rushed to our second AirBNB to get me ready for the cocktail party. The party was amazing. I met up with a few of the girls I met at Creator Day and had a genuinely good time. Please keep in mind these events were invite only so networking is a huge deal. The friends you meet at these events are an asset. It really is an amazing thing to connect with people who do what you do and love what they do as you love what you do! lol. If that made sense!

Anyway, after the party we were given our creator bag and....HOLY ISHHHHH. Probably the most overwhelming generous goodie bag I've ever received in my life. I would have cried had I not been slightly intoxicated (sorry mom). But honestly, it was insane!

By the end of the weekend (after the Gen Beauty event) I had accumulated quite a bit of goodies. I brought along my duffel bag to send back my +3 oz products. I moved all my clothes to my duffel and added as much as I could. Meanwhile, I filled my carry on and personal item with all the makeup I could. I ended up having to unpackage as much as I could and still ended up using Jessy's bag for storage. Let's put it this way, the bag of goodies weighed more than my 15 pound cat. Don't believe me? Here's a photo of it spread out (with a bit cut out).

The photo above does include 3 or 4 purchased items though. The rest was accumulated over the weekend. Want to see and hear a bit more about the goodies? Watch my video below.

If you made it to the end of this post AND watched my video , I love you! I am so very fortunate to be a part of Ipsy OS and when these opportunities do come up, I can't help but be thankful for the chance to do what I'm doing and really love it. So if you're reading this, thank you! ♥


Thursday, October 5, 2017

First Impression| Models Own Celestial Collection

Issa nother old one! Okay it's not that old. I loved this palette!! I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to play with the Models Own Celestial collection! It was sent to me for PR purposes along with some other goodies that I was so excited to receive. This set is exclusive to Ulta and can be purchased here.

So let's get into it. The collection comes with some very unique things including a glitter face and lip set alongside some lip toppers and  an eyeshadow palette. 

Watch my first impression and GRWM here!

If you're not ready to commit to watching me and a full video, watch my mini swatch video on Instagram below. Honestly, I was blown away by these lip toppers. Especially Rose Comet..... it had me feeling some type of way!

Watch my mini one minute tut here.

Another close up of the look created with the Celestial palette! I loved this look so much. ♥

A little up close lip swatch!

Would you buy this collection? It's definitely worth taking a look at!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Jeffree Star Cosmetics| Mini Velour Liquid Lipstick Bundle IS IT WORTH IT?!

Hi Hi everyone! I was actually really excited to share this video because my lips almost fell off for it! I felt compelled to swatch and swatch and swatch one of these minis to see just exactly how many uses you can get out of one container. To be honest, I was surprised! And pleased.

I will admit, I very much thought I was going to give up on the swatches. I had to take some serious breaks. My lips were quite numb by the end of it. In fact, if you watch my video, I don't even wear lipstick for my final thoughts. My lips (and face) were so stained I didn't find it necessary. My boyfriend reminded me of the torture my lips endured the night before the next morning by telling me my lips looked WRECKED.

This bundle sells for $52, plus shipping, for a total of $56.95. You are getting eight of the most popular nudes for that price. One full size is $18 plus S&H. So if you're thinking about just getting one of these nudes, you're already paying half of this bundle for it..... HHHHWAT!?!! Nope.

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I honestly think this bundle is a STEAL, especially after finding out how many wears you can get out of one little one!

In my video I mention a pretty popular video showing how many [arm] swatches are in one full sized. Total count? 300. That's an amazing number! However, the way I looked at it, there are less than 300. Think about it. One arm swatch takes up less than two lips, amirite? Not saying there aren't a buck ton of wears in a container, I am just saying 300 is not an accurate representation. So I cut that number by about a third to be fair. The minis are still a fraction of that number, BUT again, taking into consideration there are EIGHT for the cost of THREE full sized ones, I think it's a sweet deal.

Watch my video below.

So what do you think? Worth it? Let me know what you think!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Rimmel London | Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick Swatch and Review

Okay. So it has been a pretty minute since I found an AMAZING drugstore liquid lipstick. Rimmel London has officially stepped in the spotlight to claim that spot though. I am very impressed with how these lipsticks worked out for me. I was sent a few for a campaign I participated in back in July and I was blown away then and I am STILL blown away now.

These sell anywhere from $4.99 to $5.99. Of course, the best place to shop is Ulta!  There you can always use coupons and there is almost ALWAYS a sale! You know I am right too!

This formula is AMAZING! It's the perfect dry and long lasting that you would expect for a high end brand but at a drugstore price. I mean.....WHAT!?!?

Watch my full video and review on them below.

In fact, you may have seen these swatches on Rimmel's page!

Have you tried these yet? What do you think?

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

First Impression| Billion Dollar Brows

Let's just cut to the chase. My eyebrows suck. Sometimes I watch my videos and I cringe seeing my eyebrows. I know they're a work in progress and that's okay for me. To be honest, I think that makes me more relatable. I am not perfect and neither are my brows!

I was so excited when I got sent some brow goodies from Billion Dollar Brows. It was interesting, to say the least. I did a video! Watch me review and demo some of BDB's best selling products.

Spoiler alert! It was quick and easy and I really enjoyed their products. The little tool and utensil actually made me feel better about my brows. Like....the don't 100% suck. You know?

Would you try it?