Generation Beauty 2016 Toronto Weekend Thoughts & Experience

Generation Beauty GenBeauty by ipsy Toronto 2016 Weekend Experience Review

Generation Beauty is a two day beauty event founded by Michelle Phan and her company, ipsy. This event is the place to express ones unique beauty, get energized and inspired by favourite brands, beauty gurus and fans alike. Generation Beauty had been held in Los Angeles and New York, but they decided it was time to go international - first stop, Toronto, Ontario, Canada!


#NYXClassOf2016 Prom

About last week... I was asked to "Glow to Prom" to celebrate #NYXClassOf2016. Of course I said yes! I mean, who doesn't want to re-do prom? I certainly do. I have mentioned in a past post, my high school prom wasn't what I had hoped - still had a great time, though. But to be able to have a second chance at prom, I made the most of it. Well, sort of. If I had Claire Danes' Met Gala gown by Zac Posen, my evening would have been complete!

Generation Beauty 2016 Toronto Haul

Generation Beauty GenBeauty 2016 Toronto Haul

Generation Beauty by ipsy is the biggest celebration of the next generation of beauty: YOU.

On May 14 and 15, Generation Beauty came to Toronto, finally! I have heard and seen pictures of this event, which was always held in Los Angeles and New York City, and always wanted to take the trip south of the border just to join the fun.

When they announced they were coming north of the border for the first time, I was excited. And when they said it was going to be in Toronto, I immediately bought my ticket! So glad I did because it's truly an amazing experience - more on that in my next blog post. For now, check out all the goodies received from the event. P.S.: This is only half the reason why I wanted to attend #GenBeauty.

Day 1 Gift Bag

Generation Beauty GenBeauty 2016 Toronto Haul Day 1 Gift Bag

1 - Absolute New York Duo Stroke Liquid Liner
2 - Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil *
3 - Benefit the POREfessional Face Primer*
4 - NYX Butter Gloss (Cupcake)
5 - tarte powder player bamboo pressed powder brush
6 - Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara *
7 - Crown Brush C413 Brow Duo
8 - Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Concealer Eye Brush 211
9 - Too Faced Glitter Glue *

Day 2 Gift Bag

Generation Beauty GenBeauty 2016 Toronto Haul Day 2 Gift Bag

1 - Royal and Langnickel MODA 2 pc Professional Makeup Brush Duo
2 - be Delectable from Cake Beauty Hand Cream *
3 - Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream *
4 - pūr ~ lisse Blue Lotus + Seaweed Treatment Sheet Mask
5 - pür Volume Vixen 4-in-1 Mascara *
6 - OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo *
7 - Pixi Beauty Flawless Vitamin Veil Foundation (Cream Foundation) (No. 3 Tanned)
8 - GLAMGLOW Flashmud Brightening Treatment
9 - Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil (01 Black Fever)

Products received from Brands:

Generation Beauty GenBeauty 2016 Toronto Haul Free Products

1 - Physicians Formula Super BB #InstaReady Beauty Balm BB Cream
2 - Cake Beauty - Delectable by Cake Beauty The Everything Balm *&
3 - pūr ~ lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum *
4 - Too Faced Melted Chocolate Liquified Lipstick (Chocolate Honey)
5 - Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer
6 - Rock Your Hair Spray It Big Volume Hair Spray
7 - IPSY Makeup Bag with artwork from various IPSY Stylists
8 - Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Tapered Highlighting Brush
9 - Royal and Langnickel MODA Super Crease BMD-445
10 - tarte tarteist lash paint mascara
11 - SweetSpot Labs on-the-go Wipette (Vanilla Blossom and Neroli Mandarin) *
12 - Skinfix Ultra Rich Body Butter *
13 - Absolute New York Blush Balm
14 - Nudestix Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm
15 - Essence Longlasting Lipstick (14 Adorable Matt!)
16 - benefit dew the hoola Liquid Bronzer *
17 - Smashbox X-Rated Mascara *
18 - Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
19 - Pixi Beauty Glow Mud Mask *
20 - Pixi Beauty Glow Mud Cleanser *
21 - Pixi Beauty Mini Mesmerizing Mineral Duo (Sunny Bronze)
22 - NYX Pro Lip Cream Palette
22* - NYX Chocolate Bar with a "Winning Ticket" (see below)
23 - pür Cosmetics Double Ego Eyeliner
24 - Crown Brush Lipliner (Mocha)
25 - OGX Bamboo Fiber-Full Shampoo and Conditioner Foil Package *

22* -- Inside every NYX Chocolate Bar there was a "Winning Ticket" to be redeemed with any purchase in store during NYX Grand Opening weekend at CF Toronto Eaton Centre.

NYX HD Eye Shadow Base
NYX Rocker Chic Palette

NYX HD Eye Shadow Base. NYX Rocker Chic Palette

No samples / product received from: Caudalie and Make Up For Ever*

As this was the first Toronto Generation Beauty, I must say, this was definitely a generous amount of goodies. With full size products and deluxe samples, the grand total came out to almost $600! So even at a regular rate ticket, it's still very much worth the time and money to attend Generation Beauty and get a load of beauty related stuff. Check out my full thoughts and experience of Generation Beauty Toronto 2016! Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram for updates!

Did you attend Generation Beauty? What do you think of the products that were given? Are there any products you're excited to try? Are there any products in the haul you would like me to review first?

Asterisk (*) denotes sample size product


* UPDATE June 2016: Make Up For Ever kindly sent a package with a few products featured at Generation Beauty, including; 2 Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners, 2 Artist Shadows, Sens'Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser (30ml), and a makeup bag.

Disclaimer: Not sponsored. I paid for my own Generation Beauty ticket and received all products from sponsors at the event. Views expressed are of my own.

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide Under $100

A few years ago, under my secondary blog over on Tumblr, I wrote about Mother's Day gifting and being creative (read more about it here). Since then, nothing has changed except for the fact that social media today is playing a huge role in doing the creative thinking for you. Although gifts aren't a priority in the family, I like to throw a few surprises here and there for Mom. And if you're stuck on what to gift Mom, you've come to the right place, here are my top Mother's Day gifts under $100. Don't forget to check out the different ways to celebrate Mom's special day.