Friday, May 30, 2014

New Products and Exclusive discounts from MAKE UP FOR EVER, OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS, TEMPTU, INGLOT, and more

The Makeup Show Chicago is just 9 days away and I couldn't be more excited. I'm especially stoked to hear that several of my favorite brands will be launching and showcasing some of their newest products. And, there will be some exclusive discounts only available at The Makeup Show. So, new products and sweet deals.

Here are the full details:
Make Up For Ever will be showcasing Rouge Artist shade extensions, with matching Aqua Lip liners.   The Makeup Show Chicago is the first beauty event where these will be available.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics will be bringing Tarred and Feathered to Chicago for the first time!  ‘Tarred’ Lip Balm veils the lips with sheer black, giving subtle definition, while ‘Feathered’ Lip Balm creates a gesso-like blank canvas, allowing other lip products to read more true to color. I'm definitely interested in checking this one out.

Kevyn Aucoin will be selling their new shades of Loose Eyeshadow Shimmers!  With a silky smooth formula these eyeshadows blend effortlessly while adding a stunning shimmering highlight to the eyes.  Also, buy the full range of KEVYN AUCOIN Sensual Skin Enhancers and receive 50% off the sale, rather than 40%!

 Charlotte Tilbury, for the first time ever, will be offering free shipping plus a 20% discount on all orders over 75 pounds.

Inglot  will be offering several show exclusive discounts, including 30% off (excluding accessories and palettes) and 50% off for selected products.

Temptu Pro will be launching Temptu Best In Kit exclusively at The Makeup Show Chicago.  These 6 perfect shades will sculpt, line, define, and highlight.

The Makeup Show Chicago will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 9am to 6pm and on Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 9am to 5pm at Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th Street, Chicago. Check for more info.

Stay up to date on the latest show news on The Make Up Show's blog  And you can follow The Makeup Show on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

Sweets and Snacks Expo 2014 #SSE14 Haul

 Here is a haul of what I picked up at the Sweets and Snacks Expo Chicago 2014. This is an industry only expo but I was there working with a company. During my breaks (and after the show floor closed) I was able to walk around the expo. I checked out the exhibitors, snacked, and grabbed PLENTY of samples.  I wish I were able to get more photos and video but as I mentioned, I was there to work. So I couldn't do much "bloggy" stuff. Maybe next year I'll get a chance to go outside of working. Either way, I must go again.
Check the videos (yes, there's more than one)  to see some of the stuff I got. And let me know if you've had anything I mention.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May 2014 Birchbox Unboxing - Freewheeling

 I got my May 2014 Birchbox a few day ago! This month's theme is Freewheeling which is about ignoring all the beauty rules and having fun with your beauty and style. There was also a cool offer inside and a info about a fun giveaway. Check out the video to see the unboxing.  And don't forget to rate comment and subscribe.
Are you a Birchbox subscriber? What'd you get this month? Are you subscribed to any other beauty boxes?

If you're not a Birchbox subscriber you can join HERE to start getting beauty samples and racking up points. I  was able to pick up 3 full-size products for only $3.20. See what I got HERE.


Monday, May 19, 2014

The MakeUp Show Chicago 2014 - Face Off Stars and Pati Dubroff Take Main Stage

The Makeup Show is coming back to town and I can't wait to go. I went last year and had a blast. I sat in on a few sessions, met some great folks, and of course picked up some really cool makeup/products.

If you're a makeup industry professional, this is an an event you don't want to miss. Over 75 beauty brands will be there including MAKE UP FOR EVER, Crown Brush, Temptu PRO, NARS and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. What's cool about this show is that many of the owners and creators of the brands are actually there in the booth.

And of course I have to mention the celebrity artists/keynote speakers which includes headliner Pati Dubroff (celebrity makeup artist to Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Biel, Drew Barrymore, and more). She'll take the stage on June 7th from 12:30-2 to share tips and techniques that have made her a successful celebrity makeup artist.

Also headlining will be Anthony Kosar and Nix Hererra who are known for their incredible body of work and appearances on SyFy's Face Off and Naked Vegas. They'll take the stage for the "Face Off Panel" on June 8th from 2:30-4.

 And here's a quick list of the other artists and speakers:

“Making it in Makeup” with Renny Vasquez on Saturday, June 7th from 10:30am to 12:00pm – Celebrity clients include Kelly Rowland, Gabrielle Union and Brandy and more. 

" The New Movement in Makeup” with Ashunta Sheriff on Sunday, June 8th from 12:30pm to 2pm– With over 16 years in the beauty industry, Ashunta has mastered thart of makeup and managed to change the game. 

"The Art of Application” with Ricky Wilson on Saturday, June 7th from 3pm to 4:30pm – Ricky has worked with John Galliano, Dior, and Betsey Johnson and more. 

“Making a Name in Makeup” with Lianne Farbes on Sunday, June 8th from 10:30am to 12pm – Lianne Farbes is the creator of the award-winning beauty blog The Makeup Girl Girl and has gone to make a name for herself as a social media strategist, beauty expert, brand consultant, and founder and principal of Digital Girl Media, LLC 

Sounds like a cool lineup. Right? Not to mention all of the opportunities to network with peers which is so important in any industry. Especially creative fields.  So if you're interested in going head on over to for more info on tickets.

Lastly, let me mention that although this is an industry only show, last year, non-industry individuals were allowed to come on the last day. I'm not sure if that will be the case this year but let's hope. Especially for those people who are super beauty enthusiasts.

The Makeup Show Chicago will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 9am to 6pm and on Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 9am to 5pm at Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th Street, Chicago. Check for more info.
Stay up to date on the latest show news on The Make Up Show's blog  And you can follow The Makeup Show on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

Friday, May 9, 2014

#Nibblebox via Unboxing (Get a Free box)

Well...I picked up another subscription box. This time it's the Nibblebox from It's a box that offers healthier options for snacking. One of the cool options for this box is their rating system which lets you  give a little input into what you might receive (more details in video). I got my first box free and you can get your first box free too by entering my friendcode 97NKLZN7B in the promo code box. FYI, there's also the option of getting their Calorie Counter Box which only includes snacks that are 100-150 calories per serving.

Checkout the video and let me know what you think. Is this a box you'd wanna try out?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

New in my Etsy shop - Silver Stainless Steel Hoop Earrings

I've been getting so many request to add some more silver to my Etsy shop. Especially for the hoop earrings. Well, I've finally added them and I decided to use stainless steel. I've used aluminum in the past but I like working with stainless better. I have them available in small, medium, and large, just like the brass and copper versions. Click  the photos/links  below for more info.

Large Hammered Hoops

Medium Hammered Hoops

Small Hammered Hoops

April 2014 @Bulubox Unboxing

Check out what I got in my April 2014 Bulubox. This is the last box of a three month subscription deal that I picked up on for $15.  And I have to say that this one was my favorite. I'm not sure if I'm going to subscribe to Bulubox yet but I'll keep you posted.
Check the video and let me know what you think. And don't forget to rate, comment, and subscribe!

Note:  Regular price for Bulubox is $10/mo so this was a half off deal.