IPSY Live NYC 2019 – What’s in the Glam Beauty Bag?

I feel incredibly fortunate to have a Sunday off to have been able to attend Ipsy Live NYC this year.  For starters, what an amazing beauty event!  This was probably the best beauty event I have ever attended.  It was seriously such an amazing experience.  My main motivation to go was to meet Mario Dedivanovic although I also got to explore two floors filled with so many fun and unique brands.  It was awesome to interact with them and get the opportunity to really learn about their products.  Most brands had their products for sale and at discounted prices which is always a bonus.  There was endless shopping but if you weren’t in the mood to shop, you could still pick up some free samples at these booths as most had free stuff to hand out.

Each attendee was also given a hefty beauty glam bag which was essentially a goodie bag stuffed with makeup, skincare, and hair products.  The bag itself looked pretty impressive and interesting from the outside so the question is, what did the bag include?

I took out all the products for display and typed out a full list of what was included in the entire glam bag:

A look at everything that was in the glam bag this year!

  1.   Wen by Chaz Dean – Three Nineteen Ultra Nourishing Intensive Body Treatment
  2.   Perfectly Posh – Gender Bender with Charcoal & Shea Butter Big Bath Bar
  3.   Sooae New York – Cactus Soothing Gel Mask, Unicorn Glow Hologram Mask, and My Collagen Hydrogel Lip Patch
  4.   Grown Alchemist – Hydra- Repair Day Cream Cemellia, Geranium Blossom
  5.   Wen – Winter White Forest Cleansing Conditioner
  6.   Chaz Dean – “Faith” Eau de Parfum (0.15 oz)
  7.   Thann – Aromatherapy Shower Gel
  8.   Nelson Beverly Hills – Moisture Healing Mask
  9.   Pixi + Chloe Morello – Lip Icing Lip Glow
  10.   Purlisse – Coconut Oil and Cranberry Silky Body Butter
  11.   111 Skin Harley St. London – Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask
  12.   Nature Lab Tokyo – Perfect Shine Oil Mist Color + Heat Protectant
  13.   The Balm – Time Balm Face Primer
  14.   Derma E – Hydrating Gentle Cleanser Hyaluronic Acid & Chamomile
  15.   Ofra + Madison Miller – Sea Shimmer Highlighter
  16.   Sweet Chef – Beet + Vitamin A Fresh Pressed Sheet Mask
  17.   Mamonde – Rose Water Toner
  18.   High Beauty – Cannabis Facial Moisturizer
  19.   IBY Beauty – City Limits Lush Eyeshadow “Fire & Ice” (shimmery forest green)
  20.   Nature Lab – Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub
  21.   Youth to the People – Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid
  22.   Urban Juve – Ultra-Hydrating Lip Balm
  23.   Babe Lash – Enhancing Conditioner
  24.   Morphe – Lipstick “Lust” (deep burgundy)
  25.   Kokie Professional – Kissable Liquid Lipstick “Pink Pleasure” (bright bubblegum pink)
  26.   Apto Skincare – Pomegranate Face Mist
  27.   Neon & Co – Good Hair Shampoo
  28.   Caolion – Magic Black Powder Eye & Cheek Patch
  29.   Pop Beauty – Kajal Pen “Inky Purple” (dark purple)
  30.   Sol de Janeiro – Coco Cabana Cream
  31.   Moda Pro Makeup Brush – Foundation BMD 200 brush
  32.   Ciate London – Liquid Velvet “Pin Up” (medium pink)
  33.   Briogeo – Blossom & Blossom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Spray
  34.   Yensa Color + Face – Pumpkin Tumeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask
  35.   Colourpop – Super Shock Shadow “Don’t Leave” (red shadow with slight shimmer)
  36.   Uruoi – S3 Extra Mild Lotion
  37.   Eva NYC – Purse Perfect Hair Towelette
  38.   Ebanel Skincare – Hyaluronic Peptide Serum
  39.   Pur Cosmetics – Lash Curler
  40.   Coupons – T3 (25% off purchase) / Derma E (30% off purchase)

In addition to this bag, there was an opportunity to choose five items (probably out of about 15-20 choices) and fill a makeup bag.

I could always use a face wash and setting powder so these were good choices and I’m very excited to try the Ofra Cosmetics highlighter. I also had purchased a full size at their booth for my kit.

Lastly, as I had mentioned, most booths gave out products in addition to what they provided in the main glam bag.  Most booths had lines (between 5-15 minutes) so I wasn’t able to get to every single one but I did stay in the lines for the ones I wanted to look at most in terms of the products they had to offer.  This is a look at what I ended up collecting in addition to the glam bag.

I’m mostly excited to try the Babe Lash serum. This is a full size product to last about 3 months. I am in need of a new lash serum so I can’t wait to try this!

I stayed at Ipsy Live NYC for a little over 4 hours which gave me plenty of time to play with new products and shop for items for my kit, myself, and as gifts.  I spent about $200 on makeup/skincare.

Thank you for checking out this blog post!  If you also went to the Ipsy Live NYC event this weekend, have an interest in makeup, or have a comment regarding this post, please be sure to connect with me on Instagram @melimakeupartist! 🙂

Behind the Scenes – Ruby and Scott’s Wedding

Behind the scenes video

Here is the wedding video:  https://mediazilla.com/zp8jh3qQ5

My friend recently shared her wedding video with me and I am happy to share it on my blog as it not only showcases what an amazing wedding day she had from beginning to end but also captures what the getting ready process is really like.  Here you can see what really goes on behind the scenes with hair and makeup.

It is not too often that I get the opportunity to be the makeup artist and guest so this was truly such a beautiful video to watch because I was not only just there for the prep time but actually there for the entire wedding day.


Ashley’s Bridal Makeup


For this bridal look, Ashley expressed that she liked makeup and wanted it to be a little more dramatic, especially with more emphasis on the eyes.  She was also open to colors rather than just sticking to neutral eye shadows so we played with adding plums and peachy champagne tones for the eyes.  For the lips, she wanted a pink that would pop more for the photos and with lip liner, this also adds more depth.

Complexion:  Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer, Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation Palette (used as concealer), Dinair Glamour Airbrush Foundation in Honey Beige, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Deep (to set the entire foundation), MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Dark (for cheek contour), NARS The Multiple in Copacabana (cheek highlight), NARS blush in Orgasm (blush)

Eyes:  MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, MAC eyeshadows:  Gleam (lid), Phloof (brow highlight and little bit in inner corner of the eye), Romp (crease), Sketch and Shadowly Lady (outer crease), MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline in Blacktrack (top liner, thin and slight wing upwards), Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner pencil in black (bottom liner, applied a couple times for extra emphasis and drama), Kiss false lashes #11, Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara in Ultra Black (top and bottom lashes)

Lips:  Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color in #770 Crystal Pink with a little clear gloss over it, MAC Lip Pencil in Soar



NARS “Albatross” – My Absolute Favorite Highlighter & Makeup Must-Have

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Often times as a makeup artist, I am asked what are some of my favorite products that I use on a daily basis along with in my professional kit.  This can lead to an overwhelming amount of answers as there are so many wonderful products to choose from but there is one single product that comes to mind and it is NARS “Albatross.”

Thankfully, I discovered this highlighter many years ago when I first began doing makeup and to this day, it is still my absolute favorite highlighter.  In my personal collection, I have a few highlighters that I work with but most days I end up wearing NARS “Albatross.”  It is subtle but still manages to pick up beautifully on the skin and especially in photography.

If you keep up with my blog, you will see it is evident I also use this almost every time I do a makeup application on my clients.  Even though it looks deceivingly very white, it actually shows up a sheer light gold.  Best of all, it works on essentially all skin tones!