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 1200-1300 calorie McDonald’s Eating Plan

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So my recent trip to the McDonald’s corporate headquarters in Chicago was much more than just a behind-the-scenes look at what the new facility had to offer.  We also learned about the ways in which we can eat three meals from McDonald’s in a day and not break the calorie bank.

Many nutritional studies show that a healthy diet is 1200-2000 calories per day.  For those seeking to lose or maintain weight it has been suggested that you consume about 1200 calories a day.  On a recent trip to the corporate headquarters at McDonald’s I learned that you can eat 3 meals from McDonald’s in a day and remain within a 1200-1300 caloric intake for the day.  The best part about this is that there are options as well as some of your favorites on this menu.

Now before I go into the specifics, let me say this.  I am NOT a nutritionist or dietitian.  This is not an ad or endorsement to eat three daily meals at McDonald’s.  This blog is for informational purposes only.  I do not advocate eating fast food for three meals or daily for that matter.  What I do enjoy is showing healthy options when eating out.  A major thing that I noted is that many of McDonald’s food choices are very high in sodium.  So if you have hypertension, (as I do), please look at the amount of sodium in your food choices.

Ok here we go.

McDonald’s Breakfast options form 300 calories or less.

Egg McMuffin, (300 Calories)

The Egg Muffin is 300 calories and has 18grams of protein (great protein factor for those on high protein diets).  If you like yours with grape jelly as I do add an additional 35 calories for the jelly.  This can be paired with coffee (0 calories).  To keep your coffee calorie free I would add equal or a sugar substitute to black coffee to keep the calories at 0.

 

Egg White Delight McMuffin, (260 Calories)

This McMuffin made with egg whites instead of the entire egg comes in at 260 calories.  It also contains 16 grams of protein.

The Fruit and Maple Oatmeal (260 or 310 Calories)

The oatmeal can be enjoyed two ways, with brown sugar and without the brown sugar.  Without the brown sugar this menu item comes in at 250 calories and offers 6 grams of protein.  If you add the brown sugar the caloric intake goes up to 310 and the protein count remains unchanged.

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Fruit & Yogurt Parfait (150 calories)

This quick and easy option comes in at only 150 calories.   It can be paired with one of the other breakfast menu options to have a hearty filling breakfast.

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Lunch or Dinner Options

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Here are several combinations/options available.  You can even have fries or dessert.  As with dieting enjoying things in moderation is the key.  Remember to eliminate words like large, supersized and extra from your ordering vocabulary.  Learn to enjoy 8-16 ounces of water about 30 minutes prior to your meal to eat less and stay fuller longer.  Again these menu items can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner.

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Premium Asian Salad without Chicken (140 calories, 270 calories with grilled Chicken)

This salad also offers 7 grams of protein without chicken and 31 grams of protein with grilled chicken.

Southwest Salad (220 calories, 350 calories with grilled chicken and 520 calories with crispy chicken)

This is another menu item that packs a good amount of protein.  The plain Southwest Salad has 8 grams of protein, while the gilled chicken option contains 37 grams of protein and the crispy chicken add-on contains 28 grams of protein.

If salads are not what you want or if salad was your choice for lunch, there here are some dinner options for you.

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Asian Grilled Chicken Sandwich (380 Calories, 37 grams of protein)

Filet o Fish (380 calories, 15 grams of protein)

Hamburger (250 calories, 13 grams of protein)

Cheeseburger (300 calories, 15 grams of protein)

McChicken Sandwich (350 calories, 15 grams of protein)

3 Buttermilk Crispy Tenders (370 calories, 28 grams protein)

6 piece Chicken McNuggets (270 calories, 15 grams protein)

Small Fry (230 calories, 3 gram protein) or you can order a Kid Fry for (110 calories, 1 gram of protein)

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Dessert/Extras

A Kids Ice Cream (45 calories, 1 gram of protein) no cone!

Apple Dippers (15 calories, 0 protein)

Drinks

Coffee (0 calories, 0 protein)

Diet Coca-Cola or other diet soda option (o calories)

So as you can see, there are a variety of combinations and/or choice for your culinary pleasure at McDonald’s.  You can enjoy three meals a day from McDonald’s and not go over your 1200–1300 calorie daily caloric intake.  I hope you find this information helpful make good choices when eating fast food.  As we can see it is possible to eat a hearty health meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner from a fast food restaurant and be full and satisfied.  Until next time!

Be Blessed, Be Fabulous

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