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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Work Life Balance

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Work life balance.  We are all searching for it, we all want it.  We want to be able to do all things impeccably and still have the time, attention and energy to do whatever else we desire to do.  Sounds good, but it doesn’t always happen.  So what do you do to find or achieve work life balance and is it possible?

I think the first thing that we need to understand is that work/life balance will look different on different days.  If there are days when you have more appointments than usual, then your work/life balance will be different on that day as opposed to a day when there are no additional duties, appointments or responsibilities.  Additionally, if you work outside of the home, your work life balance will also be different compared to someone who works from home.  The same if you are single or married, have children or no children.  For each individual, work/life balance will be something different.

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The key to finding work/life balance is to find what works for you.  No one can give you the perfect roadmap or manual on how to run your life, so figure out what works best for you.  You can listen and take bits and pieces from others but it is up to you to construct that unique puzzle that make the best life for yourself.  You are the best judge in knowing and understanding how work/life balance best fits into your life.

I know personally, it is difficult for me to do anything other than the basics early in the morning.  Outside of shower, dressing, makeup, devotion, journaling and coffee, my mornings are shot.  If I add anything else to this list, I will end up rushing, running late and being frustrated.  So I don’t add anything else.  I enjoy afternoon or evening workouts.  I used to workout before bed and shower, that was the best sleep ever. The key is that I had to adjust my schedule and do what was best me for and for my life.  It is ultimately up to you to figure out what works.

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Work Life balance is possible.  It really can happen.  It is just up to you to be realistic, find what works for you, make a schedule, and stick to it.  We can do it all, have it all and be successful, we just have to figure out the best way to do it.  Good luck on your road to work/life balance.  Tell me about your journey and how you are enjoying the destination.

Be Blessed, Be Fabulous!

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