Saturday, June 29, 2013

Etsy Shop Updates - New Jewelry

I've been a little bust lately with several different projects, I haven't had much time to update my etsy shop. Until now! I've only added a few pieces. And I plan to add a few pieces more frequently, instead of a bunch of pieces at once. So here's what I added.and make sure to check out the rest of my shop HERE.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June 2013 Birchbox Unboxing

Check out what I got in this month's Birchbox. Feel free to rate, comment, and subscribe! Join Birchbox for $10/month HERE

Birchbox postcards

Davines OI/Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion 3ml/0.10oz sample
full-size retails for $40

Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner sample 12ml/0.41oz

Davines Smoothing Shampoo 2.5oz
full-size retails for $24

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss full-size Shade: Quick Kiss
full-size retails for $26.55

Color Club Polish 7ml-0.25oz mini
Wanderlust collection with 4 minis retails for $8

Oscar de la Renta Something Blue sample vial
retails for $85-$115

Target Beauty Box June 2013

Target occasionally offers little cosmetic bags of samples for free. All you do is sign up for one and they send it. Though the bags are limited and you have to be on the lookout for when they become available. Well, this time Target offered a beauty box and it was only $5 dollars so I ordered it. I received it about a week ago and was pretty pleased with the contents. Check out what I got in the video! Be sure to rate, comment, and subscribe!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Makeup Show Haul Chicago 2013

Check the items that I picked at The Makeup Show. I decided to split the video in two parts. The first part shows some of the items I got in the blogger preview goodie bag. And the second part shows what I purchased and/or samples. I am pretty satisfied with what I got and the discounts were good so I don't feel so bad about spending. I do wish I would have varied some of color items I got. I gravitated to brights and neons for some reason. Like a moth to a flame. Lol. I'll have fun adding them into my collection anyway.
Check out the haul video and let me know what you think.

Makeup Show Haul Chicago 2013 Part 1 (Blogger Preview) 

Makeup show haul Chicago 2013 Part 2 

Blogger Preview Swag Bag

My Purchases

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Makeup Show 2013 Recap


 The Makeup Show took place in Chicago on June 9 and 10 and closed with record-breaking numbers and a weekend full of beauty and inspiration. This is the 3rd year of The Makeup Show Chicago and there were over 3,500 beauty professionals, buyers, industry educators, press, and retailers at Bridgeport Art Center. The Makeup Show Chicago was once again a platform for top beauty brands to debut new products and for some of the biggest and best talent in the industry to come together at the largest pro-driven beauty event in the Midwest.

The Makeup Show is unique in that it brings a personal touch to this community, and a sense of connection.  With our 3rd year seeing an increase in attendees and brands raving about the show, it brings a validation to the reason why we hold this event five times a year.   We are now looking forward to bringing this same growth and inspiration to our next show in Orlando this September.” Shelly Taggar, Owner of The Makeup Show

The Makeup Show Chicago Highlights
The Makeup Show Chicago featured over 75 beauty brands including Diamond Sponsor MAKE UP FOR EVER, Platinum Sponsor Crown Brush and Temptu PRO, Silver Sponsor NARS, Supporting Sponsors Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, INGLOT Cosmetics, Stila, The Powder Group and On Makeup Magazine.  

Makeup Artists stocked their kits with the newest beauty products on the market and many brands sold out of popular products.  MAKE UP FOR EVER debuted a new Smoky Extravagant, the latest mascara innovation that quickly became a must-have for every makeup artist’s kit. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics new Lip Tar Stained Gloss flew off the shelves, and Ellis Faas, AJ Crimson Beauty, and NARS (to name a few) each had popular products that sold out or became a new industry favorite.

The Makeup Show Keynotes were highly anticipated and well attended.  Keynotes that took the main stage have transformed the faces of some of today’s biggest names including Wendy Williams, Naomi Campbell, Halle Berry, and Twiggy, to name a few. Popular keynotes includedGlobal Pro Lead Artist for Smashbox, Lori Taylor, Merrell Hollis, Eve Pearl, Sian Richards, NARS Cosmetics Director of Global Artistry, James Boehmer, and Sutan Amrull who is most recognized from America’s Next Top Model and Season 3 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Hands-On Workshops quickly sold-out.  These classes allowed a limited number of artists to be a part of intense learning with some of the largest names in the industry.  A few of the educators included makeup artists Danessa Myricks, Orlando Santiago, Tanya Deemer, Eugenia Weston, and Lijah Stewart, teaching on popular topics such as the Art of Cover Up and Understanding Color Theory and Color Correction.

About The Makeup Show Chicago
The Makeup Show is owned and produced by Metropolitan Event & Production and travels internationally from LA, NYC, Chicago, Europe, and Orlando.  Bringing each destination over 60 beauty brands, and unique convergence of artists and community, where beauty professionals are sure to find an artistic energy that will inspire any beauty buff, from the passionate beginner to the seasoned professional.  Each show offers an unparalleled lineup ofeducation and appearances from top beauty professionals and focuses on career building and networking within the makeup community.  The show provides a unique experience for the makeup professional to network directly from the best in the business.  You can also stay up to date on the hottest show news through an informative blog covering all things beauty at  Also, be sure to connect on FacebookTwitter, and Youtube.

For a complete list of participating brands, educational speakers,schedule of events and prices, please visit

Upcoming Event: Art & Sol Flea Market

This Saturday, I'll be vending at the Art & Sol Flea Market from 10am-6pm. There will other local vendors selling handmade goods, art, and vintage items. If you're in the Chicagoland area, please stop by and support your local artists.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Makeup Show Chicago 2013

On June 9-10, The Makeup Show will return  to Chicago for it's third straight year. The Makeup Show is the largest pro-driven event bringing together celebrity makeup artists, beauty professionals, educators, students, bloggers, and more . This year's show will feature 6 keynote speakers, over 75 beauty brands, 20 seminars, and 8 hands-on workshops.

This will be my first time attending the show and I'm super excited to check it out. I'm especially looking forward to checking out many of the brands that will be exhibiting their current lines and new products. And although I'd be considered an enthusiast instead of a professional, I'm very much interested in the seminars and presentations as well. I'm expecting to have a fab time.  I'll make as many updates as I can during the show  via twitter and instagram . And of course, a follow-up post. Stay tuned!

Here's a look  at the artists, their brands and what they'll sharing in the various workshop, seminars, and keynote presentations:

  • I Make You Beautiful - Danessa Myricks is owner of I Make You Beautiful and Director of Product Innovations and Marketing at Benefit Cosmetics.  Not only will her cosmetic line be available at The Makeup Show Chicago, but attendees will be able to join Danessa in exclusive hands-on workshops that covers the “Fundamentals of Complexion and Contour” and “Makeup for Photography”.   Danessa has worked on video and/or print projects for Fantasia, Britney Spears, Madonna, Ciara, Mario, Chris Brown, Bow Wow, Shontelle, Jazzmayne Sullivan, Angela &Vanessa Simmons, Jordan Sparks, Enrique Iglesias, Chris Rock, TI, and more.
  • AJ Crimson Beauty – Celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson is one of today’s premier makeup artists.  He has worked with an impressive clientele list including Fergie, Missy Elliot, and Keyshia Cole (to name a few) and has been featured in magazines around the world!   This experience in the industry makes AJ Crimson Beauty a natural choice for makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts to add to their beauty kit!
  • London Brush Company – Sian Richards is an Internationally recognized, award winning artist, business owner, beauty expert and mother.  She has personally fine tuned and honed the design of each of the brushes in her line which has been used on the faces of celebrities including Halle Berry, Melanie Griffith, Naomi Watts and many more.
  • Eve Pearl Beauty – Makeup Master, Brand Owner, Celebrity Artist, Educator and 5 time Emmy Award winner Eve Pearl has a made a name for herself as one of the best in the business.  With over 18 years of experience in television, film, theatre and print her products are sure to be amongst the best.  Don't miss Eve in her keynote, too as she will share how she started EVE PEARL brand from the ground up and offer pros and cons of starting a makeup line.
  • Z Palette – Founder and makeup artist Zena Schteysel has beautified clients including Kim Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne, Melissa Joan Hart and Brooke Burke, to name a few.  Over the years Zena has carried around enormous makeup kits, spent hours consolidating, organizing and transferring things into smaller containers and palettes just to make her makeup kits lighter and more efficient.   To solve this time consuming process, Zena developed Z Palette, the ultimate customizable makeup palette.
  • Crystal Wright Live – Have you always dreamed of a career in makeup, hair and fashion styling? Crystal Wright is a self-help author, educator, motivational speaker and advisor to freelance styling professionals. She is an internationally recognized expert on the subject of career building and marketing for beauty professionals and regularly appears as a guest speaker and educator at fashion and beauty trade shows, and events. 

The Makeup Show will be held at the Bridgeport Art Center located at 1200 W. 35th street on July 9-10 from 9am-5pm. For a complete list of participating brands, educational speakers, schedule of events and prices, please visit