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Generation Beauty Recap! Short Film of New York City

Hey, Chameleons! This post that recaps Generation Beauty from New York City last year (October 2015) has been a long time coming. It took me so long to finally post this because I was overwhelmed with hours and hours of video footage and tons of photos I needed to sift through but I finally sat down for four days and made my way through all of the footage. Here is the beautiful piece of art that I call my experience in New York City during my first Gen Beauty convention!

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with what Generation Beauty (commonly abbreviated as just “Gen Beauty” for short) is, then let me explain. Gen Beauty is a convention created by Michelle Phan’s company “Ipsy” that is on a Saturday and a Sunday and focused on beauty. People buy tickets to the event and receive a card that has tabs that you can rip off and exchange at the corresponding brand’s booth for whatever they are offering at the event. Most booths have long lines, but once you get there you hand in the brand’s tab off of your card and get a free beauty product or products.

Generation Beauty New York City

There are also other types of booths. Some were demonstration booths where you could watch someone explain and show how to use a product. Another was one where you could pick designs from a set and watch people print out exactly what you wanted on a makeup bag that you get to keep. Others are meet and greets of your favourite beauty gurus like Julie G at the Jessie’s Girl station, or Mally who had a photoshoot type setup where you could take photos with her.

Julie G Makeup

Generation Beauty had up until this point always been held in L.A. but this was the first time it was in NYC. I was obviously excited because as an East Coast babe, this made it easier for me to be able to go, especially because it was during the school year.

Because I am a beauty vlogger, I was given tickets to the event and invited to a cocktail party that was the night before that was just beauty influencers and beauty brands. In the video you can see Michelle and her Ipsy team making cute speeches and everyone partying and having a great time. Did I mention that it was open bar?

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During this time, I met so many wonderful people. I ended up becoming great friends with Jennie (The Bargain Princess) and Linda (JaMexicanBeauty) and will be attending the next Gen Beauty with both of them in L.A. at the end of this month!

Mixed Girls

 

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Michelle Phan Sister

We got to meet Michelle Phan’s sister on the way out on the last day (She’s the second from the left in the maxi-dress)!

Manny MUA

I don’t remember who took this photo but I’m still sad that they didn’t focus the camera :/

Desi Perkins Chrisspy LustreLux

 

Haley Williams

(Other famous YouTubers I got to meet!!)

Carlo's Bakery Coffee Lamb Gyro

This is the lamb gyro from the video. Just looking at it makes me so hungry omg.

Hot Black Girls

Some babes with melanin from the event!

Curly Hair Beauty By Genecia Bad Boosh Summer Kellsey

More lovely people I met and whose work is actually fantastic.

New York City

My view from the hotel! (I stayed at Row NYC)

Gaby McKay

My lovely friend, Gaby who goes to NYU that I got to visit before leaving the city.

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Just various photos of yours truly this weekend! :)

PhotobombHe photobombed us pretty badly but the next day we found out that he works for Cover FX and he gave each of us two bottles of the Cover FX Foundation Drops (which retail for $44/bottle!)

Oil Slick

Aesthetic.

Patrick Star Makeup

 

He congratulated me on my hair tutorials. Crazy that Patrick Star (the makeup artist) has even heard of me. It was great meeting him!

Offbeat Look

Pretty much the cutest subscriber in the world awhhh!!!

Overall it was such an amazing time and a great place for beauty bloggers to network, meet viewers (yall are so cute!), or for beauty-enthusiasts to get new products and run into some of their faves. Everybody gets a goody bag in the end and comes home with tons of photos and a smile on their face :)

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xoxo Camille

New York: Day 12 - Stargazing, Meteor Shower, Long Exposure Photography, and the Red Light Night Vision Myth

Hey, loves! Day 12 of my trip was absolutely breathtaking. We drove to Cherry Springs, Pennsylvania to the state park to go star-gazing and watch the meteor shower. Apparently it is a beautiful place to observe the stars without any light pollution and whoever claimed that was more than right.

Here’s my vlog for day 12 in New York, that you can watch on my vlog channel, or right here:

Today I rocked a very simple look. I washed my hair and while it took its usual 6+ hours to dry (I realllly need a damage-free way to make my hair dry quicker ughh) I did some super simple makeup. I did my brows, put on some mascara, and applied a vampy matte lip cream by Ulta in the shade “allusive”. I skipped face makeup and was glad I did because when I got home I was super tired and not feeling like removing globs of face products.

Wet Curly Hair

We drove for about 2.5 hours from NY to the Cherry Springs National Park in Pennsylvania because of how perfect it was for stargazing and because it was the last night to watch the meteor shower and we didn’t want to miss that. I snapped this photo of the sunset from the car on our way there.

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I will never cease to be amazed at the beautiful colours the sky comes up with at night.

night sky

I found this scene at a stoplight that took way to long to be hauntingly beautiful so I captured the moment as well. This one was super vivid and the photo looks like it’s been enhanced, but I promise it hasn’t. I couldn’t even dream of what this would look like with increased saturation D:

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The cool thing about the park is that everyone respects the no-light-pollution rule so you won’t find anyone using white lights to see anything. The only lights acceptable are red lights because they are the lights deemed best to preserve night-vision, which after some research online is a TOTAL WIDELY-ACCEPTED MYTH which completely blew my mind. I had accepted this myself, especially because my Astronomy professor from last year who I greatly looked up to told us the same thing.

We went on a field trip to an observatory and were only allowed to use red lights because of this. Anyone who used their phone or whose phone went off accidentally with the white light on it would automatically fail the assignment we did because it was said to ruin night vision. I personally believe that it’s all about how bright or dim the light you’re using is, and the dimmer it is, the better it is for night vision. And although the red light thing may just be a myth, I advise you not to show up to Cherry Springs with your dimable white-light flashlight because you will get yelled at. Trust me. I saw it happen.

If you want to know more about this, episode 71 of Mythbusters talks a bit about night vision, and the inner-science geek in me absolutely eats that stuff up!

cherry springs park

Lets talk about how the sky was so absolutely clear and bright and speckled with stars, and so absolutely amazing that it literally made it harder to breathe. I’ve never encountered something so breathtaking in such a literal sense where it actually felt like I was being suffocated by beauty.

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Here’s one of the first few photos I took while experimenting with the long-exposure settings on my camera. It was very difficult since I had to do every single thing manually. There was no cheating by looking at the LCD monitor to see how your photo would come out because all that shows up on there is complete blackness when it’s this dark outside. I had to guess where to pull the focus, which is very hard to do without any visual help from the monitor, guess how much to zoom, which side to turn the focus and zoom rings to do what, and figure out the perfect balance between how long I want my shutter open in combination with the correct ISO speed and aperture settings.

It was complete guesswork and I suppose you could describe it all as “a shot in the dark” (HAHAHA best pun I’ve ever made omg) but it was a long series of trial and error. Maybe that’s the fun part. However, I am glad that I have been getting to know my new lens pretty well over the past month or so and that I was able to get the photos that I did.

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I’m going to cut to the chase and reveal the best photo I took that night right now. This is a photograph of my silhouette pointing up at the Milky Way, and you can easily see the plethora of red lights used by the campers who were staying the night at the park at the bottom/background. This photo has me blown away at how well it came out and when I look at it, it reminds me of how breathless I was when I was actually there and able to see that in person.

Being surrounded by so many clearly defined stars that appeared to not be moving felt like being trapped in a snow-globe. I felt like the celestial sphere was a real thing and I was stuck in the center of it. Trapped, and running out of oxygen. But it was okay because it would be a beautiful way to die.

The settings used to take this photo, for all of you photography lovers who were wondering, are: F/2.2, Shutter speed: 25seconds, and ISO 6400. I also uploaded this picture in full resolution so if you click on it, it gets bigger for your viewing pleasure.

Milky Way long exposure photography

This photo right here could be considered a digital double-exposure photo in my opinion because of the fact that I had set it to be a long-exposure photograph and propped my camera up on the ground against my phone to stabilize it, but half-way through taking the photo, my phone dropped and the camera tipped over, capturing the image again from a lower angle during the same shot. I have never thought of that as a photography technique, but if you’re ever trying to take a trippy/interesting photo, you could consider trying that out.

trippy photography double exposure

I wanted to see if I would be able to take a photo with the shutter open so long that I would be able to see proof of Earth’s rotation by seeing a circular motion of the stars in the sky, and I ended up with this beauty. My camera only goes up to 30second shutter speed but then it has the bulb option. If I had thought ahead to bring my remote, I could have pressed the shutter button on that, then waited as long as I wanted without touching the camera, then pressed the shutter button to end the photo and avoided all camera shake.

Unfortunately I didn’t have my remote with me, so I did what any hardcore photographer would do and I improvised using the equipment I had. I propped up my camera on the ground and as steadily as possible, held down the shutter button, doing my best not to shake the camera at all or not even breathe hard. I sat there for probably 4 or more minutes without moving or shaking and ended up getting exactly what I wanted. It would have been better with my remote, but I take what I can get. Unfortunately there’s no way for me to know how long the shutter was open because in the details of photos taken on bulb, it’s always listed as 30 seconds so the world will never know…

celestial sphere

Here are a couple more photos from that night. Here’s another beautiful one of the Milky Way,

milky way

and another from the same tree spot that just happened to be a great place to take photos.night stars

I hope you guys liked this post; it took hours to compose and if you missed out on the meteor shower I hope you enjoyed it vicariously through my blog. Comment down below what your favorite photo was and if you’ve ever been tricked into believing the red light myth!

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Summer Sunset Makeup Tutorial

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to show you how to create a colorful, summer sunset makeup look. This look is perfect for the end of summer, as it is a metaphorical sunset. You can also wear this look any time you want something bold or colorful.

Summer Sunset Eye Makeup Tutorial


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How to Fringe a Shirt DIY

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to show you how to create a fringed shirt out of a regular t-shirt.
This is a really simple and easy do it yourself clothing modification tutorial. I show you how to turn a regular cotton shirt into a cool fringed top. If you have a shirt laying around that you don’t wear because it’s pretty loose on you, this is  a great way to get some use out of it. All you need are a pair of scissors and some spare time and you can get really creative and transform your old shirt into something new. The fringe trend is really cute, so I encourage you to try it out!

How to Fringe a Shirt

Here are all the Steps and Products I used:


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Steps

1) Get a cotton shirt that you want to fringe

2) Try it on and find how high you want the fringe to come.

3) Mark the desired height of your fringe with a pencil. Use a pencil, white eyeliner, or chalk. Don’t use something like a pen or marker because those won’t come out of the shirt. The area you mark will tell you where to stop cutting, but won’t be gone once you’re done cutting so you want to make sure whatever you use to mark the shirt washes out!

4) Get a pair of scissors and cut off the bottom seam of the shirt.

5) Use your scissors to cut vertical strips up to the marked line. Try to make all the strips about half an inch wide, and evenly space them. It doesn’t have to be super perfect, but try to be neat.

6) Once you cut the strips all around the shirt, gently tug on each of them to change the boxy rectangle shaped fabric into more of a curled cylinder shape. Try on your shirt and you’re done! You have now changed a boring old tee into a trendy fringed top with just a pair of scissors!

Tools Needed

-a cotton shirt that you want to fringe

-a pair of scissors that cut through cloth easily

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Beauty Gurus - What is a Beauty Guru and How to be a Beauty Guru

What is a beauty guru? How do I become one? Where can I find them? These are all great questions to ask when it comes to beauty gurus. Here’s my definition:

What is a Beauty Guru?

“A beauty guru is a person, male or female, that has a passion for an aspect of beauty, whether it be makeup, hair, nails, fashion, or skincare. To gain the title of a beauty guru, one must be interested in more than one of these areas, and must have a following.” -Amber Johnson (Me)

For example, if someone is really into nails and nail designs, and has a following or people who observe their work, then the person would be a nail guru, not a beauty guru. If you are only interested in one of those topics, then you are more of a specialized guru, not one for beauty in general.

Where can you find Beauty Gurus?

Beauty Gurus exist all over the internet. The top two places to go for content from one is YouTube, which is by far the biggest, and individual blogs. Many gurus from YouTube have their own blog as well, and usually they will embed all of their videos on their blogs as well, so those might be better places to find content. However, lots of the newer girls (I use girls as a general term) in the YouTube community don’t have blogs. Also, many of the younger girls don’t either because they don’t know how to set one up, or they just don’t know what a blog is yet.

The best way to follow/subscribe to your favorite YouTube gurus is through the subscription service on YouTube or through adding their blog to your RSS feed. You can use Google Reader to subscribe to all of your favorite blogs, and get all of their new posts delivered to your feed. This is how I keep up with all of my favorite beauty bloggers.

How do I become a Beauty Guru?

Being a beauty guru takes time and skill. It doesn’t simply happen overnight. First you have to make sure you are dedicated to the challenge, the put your all into it and jump right in. There are hundreds and hundreds, possibly thousands, of beauty gurus online, and it’s simple to become one if you know how.

I recommend starting off with a blog and YouTube. In the end, the best gurus have both, so the sooner you start with either, the better, and the more chances you will be found. Set up your blog with an about page, talking about yourself so your future readers can get to know you. If you want, you can do a YouTube video like this to, to start off. Make a few videos, but make sure they are high-quality, and your best work.

The amount of followers you get will be based on the quality of your work, not quantity, so don’t just post really quick makeup tutorials that are hasty and half-done because nobody would want to watch that. When you are starting out, you need to make sure you put your best foot forward to make a great first impression.

Continue doing your best work, constantly, and eventually, the followers/subscribers will roll in. Surprisingly, there are millions of people online looking for beauty-related content, so there’s a large audience to reach.

When you have followers, don’t let them down! Make sure you update your blog or channel as often as possible- once a week is nice. After you become more famous, you will be getting haters, and the best beauty gurus who are experienced with haters, always recommend ignoring them. I suggest you do this too because getting mad because some internet troll is being mean is a waste of time, and it will make you not want to continue what you started. Let positive feedback lift you rather than negative feedback make you feel bad about yourself.

If you have any further questions about beauty gurus, blogs, or making YouTube videos, feel free to leave a comment or message me. Thanks for stopping by my blog! If you like it, don’t forget to subscribe! :)

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