Sparkle & Glam Beauty Fair

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If you are a makeup lover like myself and you were not at the #Sparkleandglamsoiree then you missed a fabulous experience.  Sparkle & Glam lived up to it’s name and was definitely an intimate, glamorous beauty event.  Sparkle & Glam is explained as an A-Z beauty experience and it lived up to its description.

The Venue

Sparkle & Glam was held at the beautiful and swanky restaurant BLVD in Chicago’s West Loop.  The venue is a beautiful tribute to the times when glitz and glamour were the rule of the day.  Satin draped semi-circular boots and spectacular chandeliers grace the space.  Mirrors, dim lighting and plus furniture greet you throughout the space.

The space has two levels.  The downstairs is an open area with a bar in the back of the room and then there is a curved staircase that leads you to the upper level where there are smaller rooms, rooms that could accommodate a private party complete with a fully stocked bar as well.

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The day started with a skin care class sponsored by Erno Laszlo Skincare.  The two masterclasses, skincare and makeup, were a apart of the VIP experience.  The skin care line, who was the go to line for Marilyn Monroe and JFK, included an opportunity to experiment with their products.

The full scale demonstration was led by one of the company’s representative and allowed us to clean our faces and have the opportunity to experience the step by step skincare process on the spot.  This doesn’t usually happen, you get your samples in most cases and go hoe and experiment.  The Laszlo class allowed us the opportunity to have the full experience, including bowls of water for washing and rinsing, and individual mirrors.  I must say that while I did not try all of the products all over my face (I suffer with adult acne and problem skin) I did spot test some of the products and they made my skin feel amazing.  The only complaint I would have is that later that day the moisturizer made my skin a tad oily.  The line is carried at high end stores and while maybe a good choice for some, it was out of my skin care budget.

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After the skincare class, we had an opportunity to go downstairs to the glam hall and experience some of the makeup and skincare brands that were onsite.  But before that we all received a complimentary drink ticket and there were refreshments provided as well.  The cookies that looked like MAC cosmetics were so good and went well with my drink.

The best of the best beauty brands were represented at the soiree.  Most brands you could think of from Burberry to Benefit were represented.  Not only did they have products for sale, many were offering complimentary makeup applications or the opportunity to have your browns done (they knew exactly what I needed).  There was no shortage of new fall products, samples or consultations.

 

After the drinks, snacks, mixing and mingling, it was time for the next masterclass which was a makeup demonstration by MAC.  The makeup artist Christy Wielosinski (@Christywillowmakeup) did an amazing job of showcasing some of the colors in MACs upcoming holiday collection.  Her makeup skills are amazing and she has a genuine and bubbly personality that made the demonstration enjoyable.

 

 

Of course we left the event with a bag full of swag.  Everything from full sized lipstick MGS Beauty (mgsaccessories.com) to perfume samples from Burberry.  Sparkle and Glam also provided samples of their brush cleaner and a beautiful bag to carry all of our purchases and freebies in.  It was a great event and a fabulous afternoon.  When the Sparkle & Glam Soiree returns to Chicago make sure to grab your ticket.

 

Be Blessed, Be Fabulous!

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The MET Gala

If you are a fan of fashion as I am, you were probably waiting with baited breath as the photos and red carpet looks from the MET gala were rolled out last week.  I was so excited to see who was wearing what and the looks came together.  From the makeup to the fashion to the drama from the looks that was created it was a great night for fashion and an even greater night for fashion fans.

The Met Ball or the Met gala is a fundraising event where designers, celebrities and models come out to show the world their fashion choices and fabulosity.  The event has been ongoing since 1946 and has become the fashion event of the year.  The event is always held on the first Monday in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The theme for this year was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” introducing the newest exhibition to the museum curated by Andrew Bolton. The fashions for this year were right on point with this theme.   The hosts for this years gala were Rihanna, Amal Clooney, Donatella Versace, Anna Wintour, and Stephen and Christina Schwarzman.

I am going to show my picks for the following categories:  Black, Gold, Men of Met and Legs for days, Aging Gracefully and I will close with my favorite look of the night.  (Images from vogue.com)

Best in Black

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Bella Hadid wearing Chrome Hearts Official.
Met 2018-Solange
Solange in Iris van Herpen
Met 2018-Miley Cyrus-Stella McCartney
Miley Cyrus Looked Amazing in this dress by Stella McCartney 
Met 2018-Kris Jenner
Kris Jenner in Tommy Hilfiger.

 

Met 2018-Taylor Hill-DVF
Taylor Hill in Diane von Furstenburg

 

 

Met 2018-Andreea Diaconu
Andreea Diaconu stunning in Michael Kors Collection.

 

Goddesses in Gold

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Cardi B and baby looked amazing in Moschino

 

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Emily Ratajkowski in Marc Jacobs

 

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Kim Kardashian West, Sleek and sultry in Versace.

 

Met 2018-Olivia
While not a fan of the headpiece, the dress by H&M is stunning.  

 

Met 2018-44-sjp
SJP looked amazing but the makeup was a miss for me.  She looks like she just had bad plastic surgery.  This Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda dress looks fabulous on her. 

 

Met 2018-48-gisele
Gisele’s gold Versace dress was life. And Tom looked good in his Versace too.  
Met 2018-37-katy-perry
Without the wings this would have been a miss.  Katy Perry is wearing this angelic look by Versace.

Met 2018-30-rosie

 

Met 2018-21-ashley
Ashley Graham rocking her curves in Parabal Gurung.  
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Another stunner by H&M.

Men Of Met

 

Met 2018-Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa in Dior Homme

 

Met 2018-77-kylie-jenner
Sorry Kylie, Travis owns this moment!
Met 2018-Trevor Noah Balmain
Trevor Noah looked very chic in Balmain

 

Met 2018-Sean Combs
Sean Combs wearing Musika Frere

 

 

Met 2018-56-chadwick
This Versace ensemble seems a little Elvis inspired.  Chadwick has no problem taking a risk.  The shoes are making this a win for me.   
Met 2018-Migos
A lot of FLAVOR! Migos in Versace.
Met 2018-Idris Givenchy Haute Couture
Idris is always nice to look at.  He looks dapper in Givenchy Haute Couture

 

Met 2018-Colbert and Fallon
Jimmy Fallon looks like he just left the bar.  Both me look great.  Both men are wearing Ralph Lauren.  
Met 2018-05-daniel
This Prada suit, color and cut works well for Daniel.

 

Met 2018-Jeremy Scott_
Jeremy Scott perfectly matching Cardi B in Moschino

 

 

Legs for Days

 

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No one shows leg like J.Lo in Balmain

 

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Slay Gabrielle Union in Parabal Gurung

 

Met 2018_Alek Wek
Alek Wek was absolutely gorgeous in her H&M dress with the tribal pattern. 

 

Honorable Mention

Met 2018-Sienna Miller Louis Vuitton
I adore this Louis Vuitton look on Sienna Miller 
Met 2018-59-gigi
GiGi and this Atelier Versace dress…perfection
Met 2018-Rihanna
In true Met style Rihanna looks amazing wearing custom Maison Margiela by John Galliano
Met 2018-Paris Jackson
Paris Jackson looked great wearing Stella McCartney

 

Met 2018-Lena Waithe
Love this statement by Lena Waithe in Carolina Herrera. 

 

Met 2018-34-kerry
While the dress was a NO for me the hair is giving me life!

 

Met 2018-Katie Lee
Love this look.  This is so my style.  Katie Lee is wearing this Danielle Frankel dress. 

 

Met 2018-Jourdan Dunn-Diane von Furstenberg
This Diane von Furstenberg dress is beautiful and so is Jourdan Dunn wearing it.  

 

 

 

 

Aging Gracefully

These women are aging gracefully.  Well let me be specific, J. Lo never ages at all.  Kris Jenner is always classy so is Sarah Jessica Parker.  Cindy Crawford is ageless.  Linda Carter will always be Wonder Woman to me and she looks great as does Brooke Shields.

My Favorite Look of the Evening

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Kendall Jenner was simply stunning.  I loved everything about this top to toe white.  Complimented by the sleek hair, diamond earrings and gloves.  It was just the right amount of everything.  Simple yet bold and classic.  Hands down my favorite look of the evening.

Be Blessed, Be Fabulous!

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