Ipsy June 2014

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I just got my Ipsy bag and that makes today one of my favorite day’s of the month!!


The Rebecca Minkoff bag was such an amazing thing to open my package to…It is so pretty and I can’t wait to throw minis in it and toss it into my purse.


The samples this month, on the one hand, are not that exciting.. I went to Generation beauty so I have the NYX Butter Gloss and the Laneige BB Cream Sample.


The Beach Spray is just another brand of a product that I have a lot of. The Bombshell product is a mascara and I also am at my capacity with those too and to be honest, I haven’t found many that I have liked as much as my staple choices. Finally, the one thing I might be excited to try but also isn’t something I would go for on my own is the electric blue eyeliner. I love bright mascaras but I am just not a dedicated eyeliner person. I just don’t pick it up to wear as often as some others might….so while it is the most exciting, it isn’t the most practical for me considering my makeup rituals.


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Recap: Generation Beauty 2014

This past weekend I attended Generation Beauty by Ispy. Last year was its first year and I honestly hadn’t even heard about it but I saw images and this year they amped up their marketing for it and I couldn’t pass it up!

People have celebrated the fun events/tutorials/mini makeovers, the best goodie bag ever, and fun giveaways. How could I pass this up?!

GenBeauty ran from Friday to Sunday but Friday was an exclusive event for select beauty bloggers/vloggers. So I didn’t get to attend that but I made sure I was there bright and early on Saturday!

So I didn’t get great pictures of the space overall but Ipsy set up a huge tent on top of LA Live, the venue where they held the Grammys after party. And inside, each brand had their own stations.

At the first booth I visited, Benefit was giving away their brand new gel liner pen, that doesn’t even launch until later this month!

Here is one of their educators doing a tutorial on another GenBeauty attendee.

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She also did my liner but I haven’t tried it on myself yet! I will let you know how it turns out.

Next, China Glaze set up a bar where you could do your own nails or get ombre nails done. This was a fun idea to test their colors out.

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After making my way around, I came across the Lush booth which was showcasing 5 of their new products: mango soap, parsley prodigy soap, a new bath bomb, a new body butter, and a hair product (I think a styling gel?) These smelled great and were so fun to see and touch. I loved the soaps and am so excited they were included in our goodie bags (more on that below)


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At the Dermalogica booth, they did skin consultations and based on your needs they gave you a full size of one of their products. I got the Masque… can’t wait to try it!

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Now I don’t have pictures on all of these, but I also got a braid done at Oscar Blandi, got my foundation matched at BareMinerals (longest line ever!), got great nail polish remover samples for Josie Maran, got a complimentary Paleta (mexican popsicle) from NYX cosmetics, and a touch up from L.A. Girls

On sunday, I also stopped at the Temptu booth and tried airbrush makeup for the first time ever. IT. IS. AMAZING. I am getting married in August and knew I wanted Airbrush for my wedding but I’ve never tried it so I was basing my judgement on good pictures, not because I knew it was going to be awesome. They have me a quick do over and tutorial and I couldn’t believe that I came out looking like this!:

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Seriously, it is so easy and the results are just unmatched! I was so in awe that I bought one on the spot (okay, they were having a good deal for $79 for the system and a matched foundation) and got a bronzer and blush too! Probably my favorite experience through the whole event and it even introduced me to something super amazing that I can’t live without!


Here are the goodies I got just from going to the booths and participating in their activities/events.

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Soho powder brush, bare minerals bare skin foundation with the matching brush (have you seen this amazing new innovation?) and a moxie lipstick not pictured), They’re real fine liner, nix lip butter, proactive cleansing wipes, mark fading pads, and shine control (review coming).



Now on to what you really want to see right?! THE GOODIE BAG! So Ipsy gives out goodie bags during “Happy Hour” With your registration you get tickets to take to a certain booth at a specific time in the afternoon. You make a line and they exchange your ticket for your goodie bags! Each attendee received 2 on Saturday and 2 different ones on Sunday.

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The pink bag (from left to right): Cargo HD mascara, City Colors lipstick, Liner brush, Pixi eyeliner, Pixi lip butter, Temptu highlighter, BareMinerals mineral veil, and Sexy Hair hairspray, and Eva NYC shampoo and conditioner.

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Purple bag (left to right): Cargo HD Mascara, Temptu Blus, City Color cheek stain, HSI Argan Oil, Sexy Hair sea salt spray, Em lipstick, liner brush, Eva NYC shampoo and conditioner, and Bare Minerals primer.

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White bag (left to right): F21 Shimmer Stick, Josie Maran Cheek Gelee, Vincent Longo eyeshadow, China Glaze and L.A. Girls nail polish, Ardell Lashes, Benefit Porefessional sample, Dermalogica clear start overnight treatment, Pacifica lip shimmer, NYX eye palette, Laneige Water Moisture Cream (dying to try this!) and Pur Minerals lipstick pads (the colors are all single use swatches on individual cards…I’ve never seen this before)

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Blue bag (clockwise left to right as best I can): Lush Mango Soap, L.A. Girls and China Glaze polish, Ardell lashes, Laneige BB Cream (dying to try this too, I’ve only heard AMAZING things), Josie Maran argan body butter, NYX Chunky Dunk, Vincent Longo lipgloss, F21 Lipstick, Pacifica lip butter, Dermalogica Clear Start moisturizer, F21 blue, and Pur Minerals moisturizer.

Are you going to go next year? I am just waiting for the official ticket announcement!!!


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Ipsy March 2014

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This month, Ipsy introduced a new approach at their makeup bags. They are incorporating artwork of subscribers which is so cool. I feel like I own a very fun one-of-only-a-few products.

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BareMinerals Moxie Lipstick in “Get Ready” $18.00 for Full Size

This is a nice dusty rose/nude color. This is a travel size so it’s perfect to toss into my purse. I am not a big BareMinerals fan.. personally, I don’t understand what is so special about their mineral makeup method but their color cosmetics I seem to enjoy like their Lipsticks, eyeshadows, etc.

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Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter $5.00 Travel Size

I love this brand so this was a great surprise especially since it was a very coveted item. I can always some some more Pacifica!

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Missha BB Cream $7.00 Sample Size

This shade actually matches me pretty well and I always like an extra BB Cream to carry around. I was originally a BB Cream sceptic because I like my primer and I like my moisturizer and on and on….but now when I am just doing the grocery store run or Sunday errands, I have found that BB Creams are a nice go to for a low key look. I did notice on their site they have VIP pricing and this is for people who spend over $200 a year. We all know how easy that is with cosmetics and it might be something I aim for. I see a few things that I like and I love their packaging too!


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Bombshell Eyeshadow Palette Quad in Bora Bora $16

I like this quad largely because it is neutral colors I tend to use plus a great teal color too!! Bombshell cosmetics are really middle of the road for me. I wouldn’t pick it first but I get excited to get them because they are pretty good quality. Also, if I did buy stuff from them their pricing is really good too.


I paid $10 and got about $30 worth of product plus an AMAZIN bag. Overall, Ispy is such a fun bag and you should join if you haven’t already!!


Ipsy Glam Bag September 2013

Getting that hot pink package in the mail is always a great way to end the day! I couldn’t wait to tear open this bag and see what I got this month! I am a subscription box addict and usually do  a steady rotation of PopSugar, Ipsy, Julep, Birchbox, Glossy, and various other ones here and there when there is a good special edition.

What I like about Ipsy is getting all the little makeup bags. When I first signed up I thought this was going to be annoying but although I don’t totally love the pattern on this one, it will get put to use in some way!


Ipsy Glam Bag September 2013

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