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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My Crush on Lush

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So a few years ago I received a Christmas present from my bestie.  It was a Bath Bomb Bath Knot from Lush, and I have been in love ever since.  Lush has an array of skin, hair and body products, for the entire family.  There store is addictive and you can leave with bags of items to take home and explore and the items can make you feel as if you are on an exploration.  I suggest beginning with a single bath bomb and allow the experience to grow from that point forward.

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A few months ago I was working with a professional makeup artists and we began discussing our skin and our skin care regimens.  I have always had problem skin, one product may work for a short period of time and then the breakouts would return.  The makeup artist explained that she had similar experiences and that she had found great success using Lush products.  So after just buying the bath bombs for years, I decided to try Lush for my facial needs.

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She suggested that I try the Herbalism facial wash, the Tea Tree toner and the Enzymion moisturizer.  Well that combination did not quite work for me.  The Herbalism is awesome, I tried several other toners and found that Eau Roma Water worked best as a toner and Vanishing Cream was the best moisturizer for my skin.  I have been using this combination for a few months now and I am noticing a ig difference in my skin.  My breakouts are becoming more and more infrequent and the oiliness is balancing out.  Recently I have added the Ocean Salt scrub a few days a week just as a kind of in home facial a few times a week and it has wonderful effects.

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One of the best things about Lush is that they allow you to sample their skin, hair and body products before buying.  Since you are making an investment, taking care of your skin is an investment, it is great that you have the opportunity to essentially, try before you buy.  This was a great way of helping me to find out what worked best for me.   A great thing about the samples is that it is an ample sample size.  The samples are not single use; they provide enough of a sample for you to actually have the opportunity to experience the product.  Lush totally wins in this department. You can also return items that do not work for you, another win for Lush.

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If there is a Lush near you I suggest that you just go in and take a look around.  I also suggest that you purchase at least one bath bomb to unwind and have a great relaxing bath at the end of a stressful week.  My favorite bath bomb is the Sex Bomb.  Not only because it is my favorite color, pink, but it smells amazing.  After soaking in this bath bomb you are also left feeling smooth and soft.  But they have several other bombs to choose from so I would suggest making a choice that is in line with your needs and bathing preferences.

If you get a chance, stop by your nearest Lush and browse the store and see what works for you.  If you are experiencing problems with your hair, skin or body (eczema, psoriasis) then find out what products they have that may assist you with that issue.  They also have a lavender infused lotion called Dream Cream that help promote calm and sleep.  So there is something in the store for everyone.  There are even bubbles for the kids.  I encourage you to go to the site and see how their products are all natural and use natural ingredients.  A big boost for those who are more eco conscious.  Again go and check them out and you will find out why I have a Crush on Lush!.