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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Where Have I Been?

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The honest answer is nowhere.  The even more honest answer is at home and at work.  This entrepreneur life is hard and there are times when enough just isn’t enough.  I have been diligently working on building my seven streams of income, but the streams are just drops right now.  I have missed blogging conferences and other opportunities because honestly I have been working on and growing my businesses and my brand.

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No don’t think I am making any apologies, because I am not.  I have to do what I gotta do, no matter what so that is what I have been doing. I have been trying to be diligent in positing on Social Media and was even able to parlay my social media expertise into a social media management opportunity.  Its all coming together but I have to remind myself often that this life is a marathon not a 50 yard dash.

So if I miss some events, if I miss calls and don’t return them for days understand that I am working on building my empire.  For me that is brick by brick, nail by nail, screw by screw.  It is hard work and labor intensive but it is what I want and what is right for me.  I am learning to work smarter not harder and I see the empire coming together, little by little, step by step, victory by victory.

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If you haven’t already stop by drsharice.org and subscribe to my blog there and see where I will be headed next on my way to empire building.  You may want to keep checking the coming events section because the way my work life is set up for the next few days I may be a little delayed in updating.

I miss you guys and will do my best to post more and update more often.  Until next time.

 

Be Blessed and Be Fabulous!

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