My Generation Beauty + Ipsy Experience!

Generation Beauty 2015

What is Generation Beauty?

Generation Beauty is organized and run by Ipsy and Michelle Phan. This unique beauty event brings together the leading online beauty, fashion and lifestyle gurus along with their passionate fans and top beauty brands for a weekend of inspiration, networking and fun. Not to mention, amazing goodie bags filled with makeup, skincare and haircare products. Anyone can attend this event! It is a great place to meet the people behind the brands, connect with other youtubers, or meet the youtubers you adore!

My First Beauty Event!

I was so happy that this event was held in downtown LA at the same time that I happen to be in California!! I got an invite from Ipsy to attend the event and have been looking forward to it for months! The even is two days (Saturday and Sunday) with a special cocktail kick off party on the Friday night. This party was only for beauty creators and is invite only. This event was held at the Ipsy Open Studios which is an open filming space that anyone can use to film their makeup videos. It took my hours to get ready! I was so nervous! How embarrassing would it be if my false eyelashes where to fall off while talking to Desi Perkins!?! I arrived at the event only to see a line up all the way around the building ūüôĀ The only downside to the whole even was waiting in line to get in that first night. I waited in heels in ‘cold’ LA weather for an hour and a half! I just wish I knew to get there 2 hours early to line up! I would have. By the time I got in they had run out of their swag bags which was pretty upsetting. But I know that Ipsy is working to give a little extra love to the people who missed out on the bags. So we shall see about that.

Generation Beauty

Inside it was so glamorous and pink and girly! There was an open bar, a DJ, photo booth and food! They had a room where you could make your own makeup bags. They had a camera that made GIFs for you. And it was packed!!! All the tops names were there; Desi Perkins, LustreLux, MannyMUA, Kathleen Lights, Chrispy and the list goes on. I went alone but met up with another creator I know Alanna Davison. It was so packed and so loud but we ordered some cocktails and attempted to meet new people. It was a really fun night and I stayed until they kicked me out! Typical!

Generation Beauty Swag Bag

The Main Event

Creators who attended the cocktail party the first night were able to skip the lines on the Saturday, which was nice considering I was now so worried about lines! The event was downtown at LA Live. It was a huge space that was inside a very large tent! When you walk in you feel so energized by all the people who share the same passion for makeup as you! You are given what they call a ‘passport’ that has a ticket for every booth there. It allows you to get a free gift from each brand. Which is so great! At the cocktail party I met an Instagram makeup artist.¬†¬†and we got along so well we decided to hang out at the event on Saturday! Her name is Carina Castro. Carina, Allana and I went from booth to booth scoping out the new products, chatting with brand reps and seeing what we could take away with us! I met a few people who were subscribed to my channel which was so amazing!

Gen Beauty Free Stuff

The amount of goodies you get in the swag bag from Saturday and Sunday is incredible! Not to mention every brand attending gives you something for free! It’s a great way to test out new products! I now have so many lipsticks I don’t know what to do with them all!

I was also invited to a dinner with my network Style Haul! We went to Cerveteca in DT LA. It was so amazing. I got to meet Laura Lee who is one of my favourite bloggers! She was so sweet and funny. Gen Beauty was so incredible. I had such an amazing weekend. I met some people who I feel will now be my really good friends! This event is worth it if you are a blogger or youtuber as you meet so many amazing people, brands and get to try out lots of good products! It is fun and exciting!! I am definitely going to go next year!

Hope this inspires some people to attend the next Generation Beauty!!

xox

Top Five Eyeshadow Palettes

My Top Five Eyeshadow Palettes!

It is time to be honest about something… I have an addiction to eyeshadow palettes. With over 50, yes that is 5-0, palettes in my collection I know a thing or two about what is good! So here I am going to share my top five eyeshadow palettes with you! They seem to all be neutral palettes because that is more what I reach for on an everyday basis!

Top 5 Eyeshadow PalettesSo let’s go through why I love all of these five palettes. In no particular order. Don’t make me choose between my children!

1. Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette 46.00$

This is the completely matte palette of my top five collection. The whole point of the palette is to be able to contour (define) your eyes. Using matte shades allows you to add shadows and dimension to make the eyes appear bigger or smaller or wider ect. I love this palette because it comes with three quads that are neutral, cool toned, and warm toned. There is something for every look you are trying to create. How I use this palette is as a companion palette. Which means I use this for all my shading and defining needs and then go in with shimmery or colourful shades. The quality of these shades is best of the best. They are pigmented, buttery, easy to blend and long lasting! Such a great palette to have if you have a lot of shimmery shades and want to do more defined detailed looks.

2. Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette 54.00$

Oh the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. These are probably the most talked about palettes in the beauty world. I have all of them so it is clear my love runs deep. But lately my love is for the newest addition to the naked family which is the Naked Smokey. Now I didn’t think I would love this one as much because I rarely do smokey eyes. But oh was I so wrong. This palette is actually the most versatile of all of them. Out of thirteen shades only three of them are very dark. There are actually really beautiful light and natural shades in this palette. It also have four matte shades which is more than they normally include. This palette can just do everything! Natural looks, matte looks, night out looks, smokey looks you name it! It really does have the perfect range. If you are looking for a fun palette that can also be daytime appropriate this one is for you!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette

3. Lorac Pro Palette 42.00$

Okay if I did have to choose one (which hurts me) I would say that the Lorac Pro is the best eyeshadow palette on the market! This palette seems like nothing from the outside. But inside it is probably the best laid out eyeshadow palette I have ever come across. It is sleek and slim for travel! It is very user friendly. The eyeshadows are so soft and intensely pigmented. I never have a bad eyeshadow day with these shades. There are 8 matte shades along the top row and 8 shimmery shades along the bottom. They are mostly warm neutrals which are my favourite! But there are also a few pops of fun colours that are not too crazy. I believe it contains the most ‘classic’ shades that people look for in makeup. Golds, champagnes, browns, purples. If you do not own a single eyeshadow palette then this is the one for you! It is really a no-brainer!

Lorac Pro Palette

4.¬†Marc Jacobs¬†Style Eye Con No 7 Plush Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Lolita’ 59.00$

Talk about luxury. This eyeshadow palette comes with its own carrying pouch! The packaging is so sleek and elegant! It looks like something a movie star would have on her dressing table. So this is a pricy one and you only get seven eyeshadows. I will be honest in the past I have written off this palette as nothing too special. But every single time I wear it someone compliments my eyes! And I always think it looks so simple but its true there is something about these shadows that just glows on the lids. They blend together well and just look effortless and beautiful on your eyes. There are three matte shades, three shimmer shades and one glittery shade. This is an extremely neutral palette. All the shades are very similar and there are not too many looks you can do with it. It is mostly champagne pinky bronze shades. This palette will give you that soft, ethereal naturally beautiful look. Which is definitely¬†why its called Lolita! This palette is perfect if you have some money to spend and want just a natural pretty palette and don’t want to fuss with bright colours or different looks.

Marc Jacobs Eyeshadow Palette

5.¬†Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette in ‘Soul’ 49.00$

This is one shadow that seems to be a love it or hate it product. I heard mixed reviews so I did not pick it up for the longest time. But I kept thinking about it and cracked. This is another neutral eyeshadow palette (clearly thats what I like!) but this one has a little bit extra. It has 5 matte shades and 7 shimmery shades. It has Stila’s cult shadow ‘Kitten’ in it which is ¬†a beautiful shimmery champagne colour. This is a really great travel palette if you want simple and effective. The eyeshadows are a little stiffer than the Lorac or Marc Jacobs which actually make them a bit easier for beginners. They won’t get messy and fall over your face. There are the typical champagne, gold and bronze shades but there¬†are also beautiful purple, maroon and grey shades too! Its a bit hard to explain but its just a great easy palette for on the go and travel.

Eyes are the window palette

I hope this was helpful! It can be overwhelming to navigate the world of eyeshadow palettes. Let me know if you would like me to do my top five colourful eyeshadow palettes. As I seemed to have picked all neutrals here!

Chat soon! xox

Britt

Luxury Holiday Gift Guide for Beauty Lovers!

I will admit, beauty lovers can sometimes be hard to shop for as they are usually pretty particular. Makeup is one of those things that is very personal and subjective. So how do you buy for the makeup addict on your list? How do you make sure they don’t already have it or they will wear it? Don’t worry I have you covered with this luxury holiday gift guide! I have curated ten items that any beauty guru would go crazy for! These items are versatile enough to suit everyone! They are also special unique pieces that people tend not to buy for themselves so make perfect gifts! These products are definitely on the pricey side so are sure to wow whoever receives them! Stay tuned to my Youtube Channel for an affordable gift guide coming later this week! All of these products I have tested out and can give you a full recommendation for! Brands come out with gift sets that allow you to try out many of their products for a better price! It is the best time of the year to shop for beauty!

*Click the gold font for a direct link to the product! ūüôā Prices in US dollars.

Luxury Holiday Gift Guide

Luxury Gift Guide:

1. GlamGlow Gift Sexy Dazzling Hydration Set – 69.00$ (127.00 Value)

GlamGlow is my favourite brand for masks! They really know what they are doing. In this set you get two masks. The thirsty mud treatment which is perfect for hydration and the super mud treatment which clears out pores and leaves skin fresh and clean! It also has a cleanser and an application brush!

2. Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette – 58.00$

This eyeshadow palette is the perfect gift for the eyeshadow lover! For one its created by Gwen Stefani and who doesn’t love her!? This palette is beautifully designed and looks so luxurious and glamorous. It is filled with 15 shades. They are very neutral with a few pops of colour. So many looks can be created with this palette. It is limited edition so move quickly!

3. Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System – 149.00$ (206.00 Value)

Clarisonic is a skin cleansing device that cleans six times better than your hands alone. The Mia 2 has two different speeds for the ultimate clean! Using this cleansing brush leaves your skin feeling clean, radiant and smooth! I have had mine for two years now and absolutely swear by it! It is the perfect gift for a skincare junkie! This set comes with the Clarisonic, a replacement brush head, a travel bag, a charger, and a gel cleaner!

4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – 80.00$ (132.00 Value)

Oh Hourglass how you have changed my life forever with your powders! These are some of my favourite palettes! I don’t have this palette but I already own 5 out of 6 of these shades! They are all incredible! This palette gives you everything you need. Blush, Bronzer, Highlight and Setting Powders! Such an incredible gift! Limited Edition

5. Laura Mercier ‘Matte-to-Metal’ Caviar Stick Collection – 58.00$ (101.00 Value)

If you have been watching my videos you know I use a Caviar Stick pretty much everyday! They are the best cream eyeshadow pencils ever. This set gives you all the colours you would need including two new matte shades which I am excited to try! Perfect for everyday and on the go!

6. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Gift Set – 75.00$ (109.00 Value)

Perfume is always an amazing gift for any age! One of my all time favourites is the Nirvana Black. I love perfume sets because you get bonus products! It does not have to be this scent but a great gift idea is get someone a perfume set! They always go over well. This one smells like violet, sandalwood and vanilla. It is sensual, mysterious and warm. Comes with the perfume, a rollerball and a perfume oil!

7. Nars Steven Klein Collaboration ‘Killer Heels Lipstick Collection’ – 49.00$ (69.00 Value)

Nars always comes out with the best holiday sets! This collection is perfect because it has five mini lipsticks that range from soft to bold! This is perfect for the lipstick lover as they get to try 5 new shades and will have all the colours they need for the holidays! Nars lipsticks are very pigmented and long lasting!

8. Best of Sigma Brush Set  Р92.00$ (122.00 Value)

It should be no surprise that top quality brushes will make makeup application easier and more flawless! A makeup lover would love to get a quality set of brushes that will last them a long time! I love sigma as they have top quality brushes at reasonable prices. This kit has all of my favourites in it!

9. NuMe Lustrum Curling Set – 249.00$

This is my most used curling set. NuMe wands are my favourite and this set is perfect. It has everything you need for any type of look you want to achieve. It comes with 5 different sized barrels and a roll up travel case that makes this perfect for on the go! Seriously these wands are perfect and will make the hair guru stunned!

I have discounts!! 55% off sitewide (except nails/holiday collect) + FREE US shipping code: STOCKUP exp 12/31 Use this link: http://goo.gl/l9c7uE Total for this set comes to 112.05$ Its a steal!!

10. Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Killer Cheekbones’ Set – 110.00$ (147.00 Value)

This is the most amazing thing I own! Hands down. I absolutely love this set. It is the perfect contour and highlight set. And since contouring is all the rage this days this makes the perfect gift! The colours and pigmentation are incredible. The packaging is so luxurious. This set also comes with a brush so you are all set!

Those are all of my choices! I really hope you like my list of luxurious gifts to give to any beauty lover! Again check my channel for a video on gifts under 25.00$ ūüôā

xox

 

Nars Holiday Cheek Palette 2015

Nars Steven Klein Cheek Palette

Nars Steven Klein Collaboration ‘One Shocking Moment’ Cheek Palette

Nars Steven Klein Cheek Palette

Every holiday season Nars comes out with a new and improved cheek palette! This year it was the Nars Steven Klein Cheek Palette. For the past couple of years I have looked at them and thought about whether or not it was worth purchasing. I did not buy last years but this one had my name written all over it! Steven Klein is an American avant garde photographer who has worked with Madonna and Lady Gaga. He created the photograph on the packaging, not sure if he has anything to do with the blushes they put inside though.

Nars Steven Klein Palette

Overview:

This palette is limited edition for holidays 2015. It is still in stock but I cannot say for how long. So I would grab this while you can if you are interested. It is 69.00 and you can get it at Sephora in store and online. As well as Nars stores. It comes with four blushes, 1 bronzer and a highlight and contour duo. This is the first time the holiday palette has had a contour duo in it. However, having a highlight and contour powder is tricky as it will not match all skin tones where blushes can be a little more flexible. If you are light Рmedium this palette will be perfect for you. If you have a tan Рdark complexion then this may not show up as nicely.  All of these powders are very high quality. Sometimes with holiday palettes the quality and pigmentation is never as good as the original colours but I approve of these ones.

Nars Cheek Palette Swatches

Details:

All of these colours except for two blushes are in their permanent line. So if you are wondering if this palette is right for you it may depend on if you already have these shades or not. The two blushes that are unique to this palette are ‘Robotic’ and Blasphemy’. The rest you can buy individually. If you are new to Nars this is the perfect palette to get into! You can pretty much do your whole face with this! You can bronze, blush, set your conceal and contour with it! All of the blushes have great pigmentation and blend-ability. Lustre is my favourite which is an apricot shade with gold shimmer. Perfect for the fall months! And I also love Dolce Vita which is a duty rosy red colour. This shade is very pigmented so be careful! I have not used the more pinky shades much but that could be because it is the winter. I am sure I will be feeling a bright pink blush in the summer! The contour duo ‘Paloma’ is great! The contour shade is more of a reddy brown. It is not as grey as a lot of contour shades which offers more of a natural contour. The highlight shade it very brightening as it is a soft pink shade. Perfect for under the eyes!

Honestly I love just having all these amazing shades in one perfect little package! It makes getting ready so easy!!

Hope this helps. I would definitely put it in my Christmas wish list if I were you!

3 Looks 1 Palette – Urban Decay Naked Smokey!

 

Urban Decay Naked Smokey

We’ve all been there, you buy a palette, fall in love, bring it home, and then have no idea what to do with it! Sometimes I just stare at all of the shades in front of me and have no idea what I should do with them! Or sometimes I just stick with the same colours in a palette and never branch out! So in this video I wanted to show you how to get three completely different looks from one palette. Here is¬†my Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette makeup tutorial! This video will take you through three looks that will take you from day to night to a bit wild and smokey! This palette is actually extremely versatile as it has a lot of matte shades and a lot of soft neutral colours. So don’t let the name ‘smokey’ throw you off. ¬†You can actually get some really natural looks with this palette! It has quickly become one of my favourites if you can’t already tell! ūüôā Be sure to watch the video to see exactly how I get these looks!

Products Used:

Face Products:

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/11aa7/
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/646f/
Hourglass Diffused Light Powder http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/9c28/
Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/544a/
Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/11aa8/
Becca ‘Champagne Glow’ Highlight Palette¬†http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/fcd7/

LOOK ONE:
Nude Stix Magnetic Eye Color in ‘Gilt’¬†http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/11aa9/
Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/a5b5/
Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/11aaa/
Lips: Ofra and Kathleen Lights Liquid Lipstick in ‘Miami Fever’¬†http://goo.gl/hxfJrK

LOOK TWO:
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in ‘Moonlight’ http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/80ed/
Urban Decay Perversion Eyeliner http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/1231/
Lancome Grandiose Mascara http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/743c/
MAC Whirl Lip Liner http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/bcb7/
Colour Pop Liquid Lipstick in ‘Beeper’¬†http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/c8ea/

LOOK THREE:
Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in ‘Amethyst’¬†http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/840e/
Physicians Formula Liquid Eyeliner in ‘Ultra Black’¬†http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/49fa/
Ardell Demi Lashes http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/74c/
NYX Eyeliner in ‘Glitzy Gold’¬†http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/799c/
MAC Subculture Lip Liner http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/bcb7/
MAC Patisserie Lipstick http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/11aac/
Chantecaille Lipgloss in Lucky http://go.magik.ly/r/brittanysarah/11aad/

Thanks so much for watching!!! xoxx