BeautyCon was a day I won’t soon forget.
On Saturday I was lucky enough to score a free ticket to BeautyCon LA. I was this close to not going. Tickets sold out early, and I was devastated. I know I shouldn’t have waited until the last minute to buy a ticket, and trust me I’ve learned my lesson. I lamented my situation online, and some kind soul forwarded me the link to grav3yardgirl’s latest video – grav3yardgirl’s crew was giving away free tickets to the first 500 people who showed up to BeautyCon at 8 a.m. Me, being the crazy determined but emphasis on crazy person that I am, woke up at 5 a.m. on Saturday to wait in line. When I arrived the crowd wasn’t very large so I knew just by looking at it that I would definitely get a ticket. By 7 a.m., I’m pretty sure over 500 people already showed up. I got my special wristband and felt so very relieved.
And that’s the story of how I got a free ticket to BeautyCon. Because I was this close to not going at all, I really appreciated the experience that much more. I even vlogged the entire day, from start to finish, and you can watch that vlog right here and see what BeautyCon 2015 was like.
As you can see in the video, I had a lot of fun that day and accumulated more makeup than I planned. Believe it or not, I went into BeautyCon not planning to buy anything! But almost all of the booths were offering a sale of some sort that I couldn’t pass up. Keep reading to see everything I got at BeautyCon!
I don’t have a subscription to Birchbox, but I know quite a few people who do. I haven’t jumped on the birch bandwagon because I like to research my makeup before I buy it, so I feel that most of my Birchbox goodies would go unused or regifted to someone else. But the Birchbox booth at BeautyCon was giving away a free box to every person who followed them on social media, and who could say no to that!
The cool thing about this box is that I got to choose my own samples. It was fun looking over all of the options, and this is what I ended up getting:
- Hair: Phyto Huile Soyeuse Lightweight Hydrating Oil
- Makeup: Cynthia Rowley Brightening Illuminator, however my package was empty 🙁
- Skin: Red Flower Illuminating Rose Collagen Renewal Face Serum
- Fragrance: Juliet Has A Gun Miss Charming perfume
- Bath: Rituals Zensation Foaming Shower Gel Sensation
I haven’t bought a Tarte product in a very long time, but gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Many of their popular items were deeply discounted, and I have this problem where I just can’t turn down a good deal. I also have this problem where I’m addicted to makeup, but don’t let anyone know about, okay?
I was already in the market for a bronzer, and Tarte’s Park Ave Princess just looked so gorgeous in the pan. And it was only $15 but normally retails for twice that amount. I was worried though that it wouldn’t show up on my skin because it swatched so lightly, but the woman at the counter assured me that it would also make a beautiful highlighter, and oh-my-gosh-she was not kidding. Yesterday I recorded a video using Park Ave Princess as a highlight and it will be up very soon 🙂
When I first started using makeup and watching YouTube videos, one of the first things I coveted was a Tarte blush, but I could never justify the $30 price point. NARS blushes cost the same, and are notoriously the best blushes in the industry! (For the record I don’t have any NARS blushes either).
Well…the Tarte blushes were on sale at BeautyCon for $10. Yes, ten dollars! I could have bought three, but I didn’t want to get too crazy. How many blushes does a girl need? Don’t answer that question, because I’m already regretting only buying one blush. I had no idea which color to get because I was just not prepared, but I ended up with Fearless after a deep internal struggle.
My first, and one of my favorite, purchases at BeautyCon was the BH Cosmetics Missy Lynn palette. I have been drooling over this palette for months now. I can’t tell you how many times I put it in my shopping cart, only to empty it because I kept telling myself that it was just a BH Cosmetics eyeshadow. But I have seen so many tutorials for this palette and all of the looks are so gorgeous. I love every color in this palette, and best of all they are all matte colors, too.
This palette only cost $10, and I am already blown away by the pigmentation just after swatching it on my arm. This is not your typical BH Cosmetics palette. I have been disappointed with the palettes I’ve tried in the past, but this one must have a different formulation because the quality is unbelievable. I will definitely try this on my eyelids very soon and post a full review and tutorial.
I was pleasantly surprised to find at least one clothing brand at BeautyCon. In case you didn’t know, buying new clothes is one of my 5 highs in life (the other four being desserts). I’ve never heard of the brand Rolla Coster before, and according to the saleswoman they are currently only available online. I bought two basic shirts from them for only $8 each, and so far I am very pleased with the quality. The shirts are very soft and opaque. Transparent tops seems to be a trend among women’s shirts these days, and it’s so hard to find a top that you can wear alone without a tank underneath.
I bought a simple striped black-and-white T-shirt and a flowy grey sleeveless shirt. I’m wearing the grey shirt right now and I have to say it’s pretty comfy. Rolla Coaster also had some cute dresses and skirts, but because there was no fitting room I didn’t want to risk buying the wrong size.
I had no idea what would be inside this little box. A woman at the QVC stand wordlessly handed one to me and about a thousand other people passing by. I was expecting a small bracelet or necklace, but luckily there was makeup! And a moisturizer! And hair conditioner!
- Tarte Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Marajuca Oil Self Tanner
- Algenist Concentrated Reconstructing Serum
- Wen Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner
And of course, I did snag some other free samples while I walking around BeautyCon.
- TarteGuard SPF 30 Sunscreen
- Tarte Brazilliance Self Tanning Face Towelette
- Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
- OGX Sea Mineral Shampoo and Conditioner
- Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner
- Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Shampoo and Conditioner
- Tons of cute tote bags 🙂
As you can see, BeautyCon LA 2015 was a blast. I look forward to going again next year! Let me know if you want me to review any of the products in detail.
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Bonus: I got to meet grav3yardgirl at her meet-and-greet! She was very sweet, and I thanked her giving me the chance to attend #BeautyConLA 🙂