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10 Tips & Tricks for Attending Generation Beauty


Hey, beauties!  Can you believe that Generation beauty San Francisco is over?  I definitely can’t.  Tia and I have attended Generation beauty the past four years and have accumulated some pretty helpful tips for your visit to the next Generation Beauty.

What is Generation Beauty?

For those of you who do not know what Generation Beauty is, it’s a beauty event created by Michelle Phan.  She wanted a place where brands, You tubers, bloggers, makeup artists, and makeup lovers come together to enjoy something we all love.  The swag isn’t half bad either.  I personally love meeting with brands and learning about the new products or current faves.

10 Tips & Tricks for Generation Beauty
  1.  Early Registration.  Generation beauty is always on Saturday and Sunday, but they always have an early registration.  This happens on Friday before the event between 5-7pm.  This gives you a sneak peek of the venue and you get your admission badges early.
  2. Prior to the event, check out the brand’s page on the Gen beauty website.  Follow and like all the brands on social media.  Believe me, this simple step will save you a lot of time.  This is also a great time to prioritize what brands you want to visit with first.  Create your plan of action.
  3. Eat breakfast!
  4.  Arrive early.  The lines fill up quickly.  IPSY has an early entry admission that can be added on to your ticket.  Kind of like Disney’s magical hour.  You pay an extra fee of $39.95 for an extra hour to spend with the brands.
  5. Wear comfortable shoes.  You won’t believe how many girls come fully glam in 9″ heels.
  6. Do not carry a huge bag/purse.  Believe me, you will receive so many bags through out the day that you won’t need them.  A wrist-let or cross body bag will suffice.
  7. If you are a blogger or Vlogger- have your business cards and elevator pitch ready.
  8. Necessities- phone, portable charger,  water, and a snack.  They do have food trucks outside of the venue to grab some lunch or drinks.
  9. Bring cash and card to purchase goodies at a discounted price.  Brands like Benefit and Tarte sell their products at a discount.
  10. If you are not local to the event, bring a big luggage or an extra bag to carry onto the plane.  You will need it!

Final Thoughts

This is was by far the most organized Generation Beauty that we have attended.  All the lines went by smoothly and we were actually able to visit all the booths this time around.  Which is something we were not able to do in the past?  Another change is swag bags.  Instead of getting a swag bag each day, you are given one big swag bag, whenever you decide to pick it up.  Have you attended Generation beauty?  How was your experience?  Tell us in the comments.


Have a beautiful day!


in Blog Life

Mystery Blogger Award


Happy Wednesday!  Over the weekend I found out we were nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Real Unicorn Mom.  We’re a little behind on getting the post this post up, but better late than never, right?

Award Rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well (Thank you and congrats to Okoto!)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions from the nominator.
  • Nominate 10-20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice.
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

For starters, thank you Real Unicorn Mom for the nomination.  I am extremely grateful that you chose me as part of your nominations.  I would also like to congratulate the creator of the award, Okoto.

About Me

I have to provide three things about myself. Hmmmm…. Well, I am originally from Guam, USA, but currently living in Portland, Oregon.  I know, huge transition!  Living in Oregon has really weakened me when it comes to heat, lol.  I am also a mother of two beautiful girls.  They are 10 and 15.   I hate they are growing so fast, but I am doing what I need to do to cherish our time spent together.  Beauty is a huge love and addiction of mine.  I am trying to be better about purchasing items I don’t need, but it’s all so pretty!

Answered Questions
  1. What is the best aspect that you have learned through blogging?  I have learned that I take on way too much and plan too much for a short period of time.
  2. If you could travel to anywhere in the world tomorrow where would you go?  I would love to go to Paris, France.
  3. What advice can you give other bloggers?   Continue to learn, engage, empower and support other bloggers.
  4. What is something about yourself that is interesting?  Probably the fact that I have 40+ first cousins.
  5. Where is the best place that you have visited and why? Guam- it’s home!  
My Best Post
My Nominees
  1. Beauty By Gaby
  2. How to Provide
  3. Linda Talks Beauty
  4. Writings & Worship
  5. Out of the Box Fashion
  6. Sparkle & Spice
  7. Alexandra Quinlan
  8. Ambers Trendy Thoughts
  9. Alifya Lifestyle
  10. The Mama Source
My Questions For You
  1. Who has inspired you through your blogging career?
  2. If you had to choose one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  3. What songs have you completely memorized?
  4. What movie, book, or tv series would you live in?
  5. What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?

Thank you again, Real Unicorn Mom for the nomination!  I am looking forward to seeing what you all have come up with!

in Lifestyle

Makeupateers to Luxe Budgetnistas: Our Rebranding Story


Hi, loves! It’s been awhile since we’ve posted. Well, as you can see we’ve re-branded! Makeupateers to Luxe Budgetnistas: Our Rebranding Story.  Read on to see how and why we chose to rebrand.

Makeupateers was started three years ago by Gaby, Blaire, and myself.  We decided on Makeupateers because we were three-makeup-loving girls.  Kind of like the musketeers of makeup, get it?  After a while, Blaire lost interest in the blog.  It didn’t seem right to have only two Makeupateers.  Gaby and I decided to bring on another makeup loving friend, Erin- who, at first, provided great makeup looks for the blog.  After a year or so, real life hit Erin full force.  She could no longer actively contribute to the blog.  By this time, I was running Makeupateers on my own, because Gaby was focused on her blog, Beauty by Gaby.  By the way, if you haven’t checked out Gaby’s blog you should here!

Makeupateers to Luxe Budgetnistas: Introducing Tia

Again, it didn’t feel right having one Makeupateer.  I decided to bring someone else onto the blog, Tia!  Why not?  I felt she was a perfect fit. She was a long-time supporter of Makeupateers, beauty group owner on Facebook and has an amazing love for beauty.  I am happy to say that I have finally found my blog match and our partnership has worked out so well.  With that being said, all the changes through the years with Makeupateers, we have come to a point where we felt the name no longer held the same meaning. After some deep thought and discussion, we felt it was best to re-brand with a new name that was fitting to us now.

We are happy to announce that we have made a full transition to our new brand- Luxe Budgetnistas. We plan on providing great content on all things lifestyle, beauty, fashion, and travel- with some inspiration/empowerment thrown in as we always have.

Thank you for being patient with us as we make this change and for the continued support.