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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Holiday Gifts Under $25

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So here we are at day 5 of my holiday gift guide.  We started with gifts under $5 and here we are at gifts under $25.  Here are 10 unique gifts for the important people in your life.  These options provide you with a budget conscious way of shopping for all of the people on your holiday list without being in debt when 2018 starts.  Following is a list of gifts for under $25

  1.  Wave Mug and Coaster Set $20.40 (The Grommet)

    Of all of the gifts I have discovered, I think this is my personal favorite.  I enjoy having tea everyday and what a stylish way to have tea without wondering where to place your used tea bag or a small snack.  I really think this is a gift that the tea or coffee drinker in your life would cherish (hint*hint).

  2. Charcuterie Cutting Boards under $25 (World Market)

    This is two of the various options you have to choose from.  Since I added the Marble cheese slicer and marble coasters on previous list, the marble charcuterie board would make a wonderful addition to a hostess set gift.   Or for a more natural look the wood option works as well.

    3.  Map Maker Passport Holder $24.99 (Anthropologie) Mappassport holder 24.99

For the friend or work colleague that is jet-setting around the globe, what a great gift for them.  A stylish way to cover their coveted passport and see the world in style.

4.  Lush Holiday Gift Set price varies (Lush)

Lush set $19.95You can never go wrong with a gift from Lush.  One of the great things is that most of their gifts are already wrapped.  So if you are one of those people who hates the thought of wrapping a gift, Lush is your spot.

5.  Hairo Cold Brew Coffee Pot $25.99 (Bed Bath and Beyond)

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A great gift for the coffee drinker in your life.  This cold brew coffee pot allows you to brew your iced coffee without destroying the flavor with ice.  A quick and easy way to brew your iced coffee without the space of many of the larger coffee makers.

6.  Champagne Bears $20 (Nordstrom)

champagne-bears-nordstrom-20-00.jpgA great treat for the adult candy lover in your life.  Candy + Champagne= YUM.  What a great combination.  Who knows they may even share a few with you.

7.  Planning Cork Boards $24.99 (Bed Bath and Beyond)

bed bath beyond cork planner boad $24.99For the person who plans everything or for the person who works from home, these are stylish options to keep them on track.  A great way to plan your week and that all too important ‘girls night out’, this set of 4 boards would be the great addition to the home office or personal workspace.  Who says work has to be boring?

8.  Collapsible Silicone Water Bottle $19.95 (The Grommet)

 

Another great gift for the traveler in your life or the person who always has a water bottle.  The great thing about this bottle is that it collapses, so it is easy to carry in your purse, work bag or workout bag.  The bottle also comes in several colors so find the right option for the person you decide to gift with this bottle.

9.  One Line a Day Five Year Memory Book $16.95 (Urban Outfitters)

Anthropologie 5 year journal $16.99An appropriate gift for the writer or person who loves to journal in your life.  A great way for them to document the changes in their life and the lives of the people that mean the most to them.  This would also be a great sentimental gift for a person going through a transitional phase in their life.

10.  Liz Claiborne Charging Clutch $19.99 (JCPenney)

clutchAnother option for the person on the go who needs to keep their phone charged.  This is an excellent gift option for the blogger in your life or the selfie addict.

I hope you have enjoyed this series of gift guides.  I have provided you with over 50 gifts that you can purchase for the people under you list and all for under $25.  This year you do not have to break the bank when shopping, there are some unique, budget friendly and affordable options for the friends, family or co-workers in your life.  With the money you save you may even be able to pick up an item or two from this list for yourself.  Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

 

Be Blessed and Be Fabulous!

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