10 Reasons Why You Need To Attend The Makeup Show Chicago

 

 

#SummertimeChi is full of events and festivals every weekend. There’s so many to choose from and it can be hard to decide which one you need to attend. There’s food, beauty, art and empowerment just to name a few. And if you’re like me you want to attend every single one but we all know that’s not possible.

This weekend is no different. There are so many choices and so much to do but there’s one event that I recommend over any other, The Makeup Show Chicago! And just in case you’re wondering why, I’ve got 10 reasons!

 

  1. Makeup, Makeup, Makeup – Top brands will be there to showcase their products and some will debut new products. This will give you the advantage of purchasing the new, new before they hit the stores. Can you say exclusive?

*Check out these new beauties coming to The Makeup Show

  • Smashbox will unveil Photo Finish Primer Stick
  • Danessa Myricks Beauty will reveal Vision Cream Cover

  • Kenia Ontiveros Beautyis launching their Sculpture kit

  • MUSE Beauty Pro will premier KETT METAL TRIO in Rose Gold, Bronze & Gold Rush available

  • Senna Cosmetics introduces Lip Luster Sheer Hydrating Colorfrom Senna Cosmetics

  1. Meet the Experts – Companies send their top beauty experts to participate in the Makeup Show. This gives you a chance to mix and mingle with the best of the best. Get your game face on!
  2. Network, Network and Network – You get an opportunity to meet and network with some of Chicago’s finest. You may meet a new friend, mentor or mentee. Make a Beauty Connection!
  3. Educate Your Mind – There will be classes, workshops and seminars on my! Learn from some of the most sought after makeup artist and movers and shakers in the industry. Enhance your beauty knowledge!

* Check out a list of workshops here Makeup Show Workshops

  1. Become a Pro – Get a TPG (The Powder Group) membership to stay in the know in the world of beauty and receive great discounts on products too. #MembershipHasItsPrivileges
  2. Shop Til You Drop – There’s so many products and so little time. You only have two days to shop over 75 brands. On your mark get ready get set and go!
  3. It’s a Big Beauty Paly Date – If you love makeup then you will love The Makeup Show. The show becomes your muse for inspiration with new looks and beauty styles. Become an innovator and industry leader!
  4. Check Out the Newness – There will be several new brands in attendance this year. They will be launching their products exclusively at The Makeup Show Chicago. Get ahead of the game!

*Here’s some brands that are making they’re Makeup Show beauty debut

  • Bioderma
  • Chicago Costume
  • Dr. Brandt Skincare
  • Georgette Klinger
  • Henry Charles
  • Kenia Ontiveros Beauty
  • LimeLight by Alcone
  • Note Cosmetics
  • Nuestro Secreto USA
  • Smith Cosmetics
  • Sonia Roselli Beauty
  • Stush Extensions
  • Tress Mink Lashes
  1. Here Comes The Bride – For the first time ever, The Makeup Show is hosting a charity bridal fashion show titled, “An Uncommon Bride” on June 17th from 6-7 PM. This show will raise money for the local charity Deborah’s Place. It’s the city’s largest provider of supportive housing for single women experiencing homelessness. Beauty For A Purpose!
  2. Be Open and Have Fun – The Makeup Show is full of endless possibilities! There is an opportunity to meet the elite in the industry and learn how to elevate your style. Improve Your Tips, Tricks and Techniques!

As you can see, this is the event for all makeup lovers, makeup pros, makeup junkies and makeup nerds. You do not want to miss the show! The kickoff starts with the Bridal Fashion Show on June 17th from 6-7 PM. The Makeup Show will be held at the Revel Fulton Market 1215 W Fulton Market. It starts on Sunday, June 18th from 9-5 PM and concludes on Monday June 19th from 9-5 PM. See you there beauties! MUAH

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Tips & Tricks to Finding the Perfect Red Lip

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For those of you who know me, you know that red is my signature lip color. I have been wearing various shades of red since my mother allowed me to wear lipstick. So when I started my blog in 2012, it was a no-brainer for me, my logo had to have red lips.

Over the years of wearing this power color, I have come across so many women who are afraid to wear it or just don’t know how.

If I had a dollar for every woman that said, “I can’t wear a red lipstick because it’s too bright for me. Or I can’t find the right color…” I would totally be a millionaire by now. No, really I would because it’s been that many.

To all the ladies who cringe at the color red or dread shopping for a red lippie, I am here to set you free! By the time you finish reading this post, you will officially call me your, “Red Lippie Sheroe or The Fairy Godmother of Red Lips.” Whatever you choose it’s all right with me just as long as you’re no longer afraid to sport the infamous red lip!

Here are my rules to finding your perfect match…

  1. Yes You Can: If you can wear a red polish (or for that matter anything red), you can wear red lipstick. The next time you go shopping for a red lippie, take your favorite red polish, compare the colors and find a match. You’ll be surprised with your findings.
  1. Know Your Reds: There are several colors of reds with different undertones. Find a red that will compliment your skin tone. Fair skin with pink undertones look for a red/pink. Dark skin with red undertone, look for a red/blue. Medium skin with yellow undertone, look for a red/orange.
  1. Start Off Slow: If you’ve always wanted to try a red but you’re a little nervous because you think it’s too much, take baby steps. Check out the shear lipsticks and slowly graduate to more pigment. Burt’s Bees makes a great shear red.

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  1. Mix And Match: Sometimes it takes mixing 2-3 shades of red to find the perfect match. It may take a few tries before you find what you really like.
  1. Layer, Layer and Layer: Build the colors by layering. Start with a red lip marker or liner, add a lipstick and if you want a little shine, add some gloss too. The reds don’t have to be exact but it’s best if they are from the same color family.
  1. Try It Before You Buy It: Before you purchase clothes you try them on, right? Well, the same thing goes for lipstick. Try it on your lips not your hands because you’re going to wear it on your lips anyway. Besides, your hands and lips are two different shades and you won’t get the same results. Unless you’re a makeup artist or a pro with colors, you’ll be left with disappointment and all mad at me (and I’m just not here for that). So, I beg of you to try it on your lips!

Side Note: Make sure the Beauty Advisor sanitizes the tester before you try it on.

Advice: When you find your favorite red buy more than one. You can never have enough and brands are constantly adding and deleting shades. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Trust me I know!  Smashbox discontinued my favorite lip marker and my life has never been the same.

So there you have it, tips and tricks to finding the best red lips. What are you waiting for? Get your squad together, schedule a beauty play date, follow the steps above and pucker up baby! MUAH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#ImBeautyInspired Holiday Book Sale

#ImBeautyInspired Secret Beauty Tricks & Treats#ImBeautyInspired abeauyscarlet_3d copyBeauty is sharing and I’m feeling generous. Receive 20% off your #ImBeautyInspired book purchase for a limited time. Use code: Holiday2015

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Beauty Scarlet News on Periscope

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Tune in every Tuesday to Beauty Scarlet News on Periscope for the weekly tea of what’s brewing in beauty. I’ll deliver the top beauty news and you (The Beauty Scholars) will tell me if you are going to glam it or slam it. So, save the date, let’s do lunch and spill some beauty tea! MUAH

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Spring Must-Have Beauty Picks For 2015

Out with the cold and in with the new; three cheers for Spring beauty and my recent trip to Sephora. As the flowers bloom so does the new season of beauty. And I am happy to report that I have a list of must haves for Spring 2015.

Contouring is the new wave in the beauty industry. You can give yourself a thinner nose or a perfect pout. You can make the illusion happen from the Contouring Magic section in Sephora. And if you’re not that savvy with enhancing your look, don’t worry; ask for a contour consultation with a Sephora beauty maven. Go head, get your contour on!

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Hourglass just made my heart skip a beat with these new Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes. Five harmonizing shades that give intensity, dimension and buildable color. This will go perfect with my Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon. This is luxury beauty at its best!

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Oh my Nars! These Dual Intensity Blush sets just gave me life. You can wear them dry for a subtle look or wet for a more intense look of a stain. I can’t wait to pair it with my Albatross Blush that I use a highlighter for the best shine, shimmer and glimmer power.

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I will always be photo-shoot ready for a selfie with the new Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liner by Smashbox. Beautiful bold colors and no brush required, this gel liner will last me through the day and night with no smearing or flaking. I can’t wait to add this to my collection with my Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35.

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I so love my Roller Lash by Benefit Cosmetics. It’s giving me lash power times ten. It curls, lengthens and adds depth to my lashes. It gives me an extra boost when I pair it with my Benefit They’re Real Mascara. No more little lashes for me; luxurious luscious lashes from now on. Ooh, la, lash, I love!

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I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Skin Equalizer Primer by Make Up For Ever. This innovative technology is truly the, “next generation of primers”. This primer will equalize any skin tone or concern by balancing toning and smoothing the skin’s texture. This will make a great addition to my current collection of products. It’s truly a crime not to prime!

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Once I tried the Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser by Algenist in the store, I was sold! This soap-free cleanser starts off as oil and lathers into a lightweight milky foam. It washes away all the dirt, debris and makeup from the day. Dear Algenist, I’m smitten with this beauty!

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Wow is all that I can say about these daily cleansers from GlamGlow. These unisex cleansers are for all ages and skin types. They start off as a mud and then just like that…voila’ they turn into a foam. Yep, sign me up so I can add this to my daytime skin regimen.

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Last but certainly not least. Murad has the answer to all my anti-aging beauty prayers in a one step solution with Invisiblur Perfecting Shield. This anti-aging bottle of perfection doesn’t just fight the signs of aging it also has an SPF. But wait, there’s more…it feels like silk and the results are immediate. I know because I tried it on my hand in the store and I was in awe; it was love at first pump. Murad tested and developed; Beauty School Scarlet approved!

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So there you have it Beauty Scholars, my top 2015 Spring Beauty Picks from Sephora. I don’t know about you but I’m excited and ready to get my beauty retail therapy on! Ready, Set…Shop!

Be sure to share which product(s) you’re most excited about. Don’t forget to share this with your friends and schedule a beauty play date at a Sephora near you! MUAH and Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

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What Is Beauty?

What is beauty? Beauty is acknowledging those who inspire you to do your best, be your best and become your best you!

Today is the last day of Women’s History Month and I want to tell you about a woman whom I have admired for many years, Ms. Tyra Banks. She is my idol, my shero, my mentor and sister in my head. She embodies beauty from the inside out; she’s ambitious, she talented and business savvy. This woman is amazing and I want to say thank you for being such a great influence in my life!

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My Tyra beauty crush started in her early days as a model. Growing up, there were not a lot of women that looked like me in magazines, on the runway and on TV. But Tyra changed the game. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated not once but twice. She was the first African American Woman on the cover of GQ. And she werked the coveted wings as one of the original angels for Victoria’s Secret. She became one of the top earning models in the early 2000’s and that was something super amazing not just as a woman but as a woman of color! Yep, she did that ☺

As I watched her career blossom in awe, Tyra continued to push herself. She developed a production company named “Bankable Productions”. And she starred in movies, TV shows, hosted a talk show, developed and produced her very own show, America’s Next Top Model. This woman is not just a brand; she is a mogul on the move who continues to grow. 2011 was a busy year for Ms. Banks. She she wrote the New York Times Bestselling novel, “Modelland”. The book was inspired by her personal experiences as a model. And she enrolled in a prestigious program at Harvard Business School to gear up and expand her brand into the world of cosmetics. Upon the completion of the program, she launched her cosmetics brand Tyra Beauty.

This woman continues to amaze me. But I think her best accomplishment is her leadership camp, the TZONE Foundation for young women and girls. The foundation helps young women and girls to be ambitious and discover new possibilities in life with fierce determination. Go Tyra!

Tyra Banks is a role model with positive influence in women’s lives. She is a woman who continues to make a difference in beauty, business and philanthropy. She is my idol, my shero, my mentor and my sister in my head. #ImBeautyInspired by her tenacity, passion and love to excel in life and be the example…my example. Thank you for inspiring me to do better, be better and be the best in everything I do.

 

 

 

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Can You Restore Lashes?

A few months ago I received a sweet little surprise that I have been dying to try inside of my monthly beauty subscription box, Birchbox. It was the new Restorative Lash Treatment and Mascara by Ojon. It has been on my must-try list and I was considering purchasing this product just a few days before its surprise arrival. Can you say #Winning?

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Just in case you are wondering about the brand Ojon, let me spill the beauty tea! As you know, the air is filled with smoke, smog and pollution, which cause damage to the hair along with regular styling, the sun, diet and stress. Ojon’s mission is to help you transform your hair to perfect health with their hair treatments formulated from a 500-year beauty secret from the remote regions of the rainforest in Central America. The key ingredient inside of the treatment is the golden elixir obtained from the nut of the Ojon tree.

The golden elixir is hand extracted precious oil with natural ingredients, which creates natural affinity for the hair to restore radiance, bounce and body. It also offers vibrancy to repair even the most damaged hair. The products are made with natural ingredients that are 100% essential oils. The products are made without parabens, mineral oils and other harmful ingredients.

Okay, so now you know all about Ojon and their mission, let me give you the Glam it or Slam it and my final grade!

The Glam: This product is pretty cool because it’s multifunctional and we all know I love products that serve more than one purpose. It’s a treatment on one side and mascara on the other. The treatment side conditions the lashes to give them life and yes, it did that. The conditioning treatment seemed to separate my lashes more than if I had applied mascara alone.

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With Mascara (Brand X on the left and Ojon on the right)  and Restorative Lash Treatment 

The Slam: The mascara side is supposed to offer long luscious come hither lashes but when I used it a few times, I got regular lashes and irritated eyes. The mascara side was a disappointment to say the least. Even with three coats, it was just blah. This was quite the disappointment because the conditioning side was nice. Boo…Hiss

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No mascara or Restorative Lash Treatment

My final grade for the Restorative Lash Treatment by Ojon is 3 out of 5 smooches…MUAH. This multifunctional product is not so multifunctional after all. The conditioning side is good but the mascara, not so much. If I am going to pay $21 for mascara it better give me long, full luscious lashes that I can’t live without and won’t irritate my eyes plus the conditioning side should offer the benefit of growing my lashes…IJS! If you are interested in trying this mascara, head over to birchbox.com and make your purchase at your risk…LOL. Happy Shopping!

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My Aveda Experience

I was recently invited to spend some time at the new Aveda store in Orland Park, IL with my blogger boo Terez – author of 11 Beautiful Tools and Founder of the Business of Beauty Collective. We had an afternoon of pampering, surprises and learning more about what Aveda has to offer.

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So I must admit its has been a while since I have been inside of an Aveda store. Nothing against the brand, it’s just been a long time. Anywho… I was excited about tagging along because I wanted to see what I have been missing!

Apparently I have been missing a lot because they have incorporated some cool things such as Chakra readings. Your Chakra is where your energy comes together from the head to the toe; it gives you balance! Yes, you can now go to Aveda and receive a complimentary Chakra reading. They will show you which of your Chakra’s are out of balance, how to bring them back to life, back to reality as well as how to de-stress.

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Your body will tell you what you are missing and what you need based on the colors you see and words that speak to you. I picked harmony, wisdom and insight. You will then smell the scents that go with the cards you picked and the one that appeals the most to you is the one that your body has been craving. My body has been craving number 7, which was wisdom and Terez was number 6, which was insight.

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After you pick the chakra that you are missing, you receive a massage in the area where you feel the most stress. My stress areas are my neck and shoulders and the Stress Fix line was very relaxing and de-stressing. Yes…I am so here for what I have been missing!

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Next, I received a hair consultation based on my hair type and concerns. It was determined that I needed products to nourish my dry hair. The hair specialist suggested that I use Brilliant shampoo and conditioner with dry remedy hair mask and shine. I tried the shine in the store and it gave my hair life! I’m so in love!!!

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I also received a skin consultation and based on my skin type and concerns, it was suggested that I use Botanical Kinetics – cleanser, toner and moisturizer along with Tourmaline Charged Radiant Skin Refiner for my anti-aging concerns along with Green Science eye cream.

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Aveda also offers makeovers too but since I came I with makeup and I was hungry, I decided to pass on that but Terez opted in and received a makeover while I received my skin consultation.

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It was certainly a day filled with beauty, relaxation and fun girl time something that we both needed and enjoyed! If I had to rate my Aveda experience, I would give it 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH! The Orland Park team really went above and beyond. I was surprised and in awe of all of this newness!

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But don’t fret, because you can head over and receive one or all of the consultations free of charge. However, I must warn you…you will not leave empty handed because you will want to purchase some or all of the products that are suggested for you because they are just that good! Good luck because you will need that in order to refrain from overindulgence with purchasing products! Happy shopping…MUAH

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I am a Beauty Maven, Speaker and Women’s Empowerment Strategist! I have a balanced background in social media, retail management and cosmetics. My love for the beauty industry has expanded my career towards women’s empowerment  by focusing on beauty from the inside out.

As a Women’s Empowerment Strategist – I speak at events to educate women and young girls to embrace their beauty from the inside out through empowerment events and workshops. Every woman should know: “Beauty is not complicated or complex; it is simplistic” and they will gain a better understanding of this as well as other topics in my presentations and workshops. 

If you would like to hire me, I am available to speak at schools, youth/women’s organizations and companies who seek to embrace beauty from the inside out! Send all inquires to info@beautyschoolscarlet.com

 

 

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Stila Lippie Love or Nah?

A few months ago I opened one of my beauty box subscriptions and I found a little red sample of Liquid Lipstick in Beso by Stila Cosmetics calling my name! And since red is my signature color, I had to answer, try it and review it…all in that order. LOL

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I tried Stila last year for the very first time and it has become one of my top beauty brands. In case you are new to the brand, let me make the introduction. Ladies, please meet Stila Cosmetics, a brand that believes you create your own rules when it comes to beauty. They encourage you to be your own makeup artist and celebrate your individual style. OMG, I so love that statement because they encourage you to be unique with your beauty and create your own rules. And what’s not to love about that?

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So now that you have been properly introduced, let me give you the Glam it or Slam it!

The Glam: The first thing I have to say is…I love the color. It’s not your usual red; it has an orange undertone. And if you did not know, an orange lippie is what’s hot for Spring! The funny thing is, I usually don’t care for a red orange lipstick, I prefer a red blue but this was just beautiful when I applied it. It’s called Liquid Lipstick and I can see why. It has a velvet finish that is creamy with a bold color. It is long lasting; you can eat and not have to reapply…WINNING! This Liquid Lipstick will not bleed all over your lips or rub off on your drinking glass. It’s infused with amazing ingredients like Vitamin E and Avocado Oil, which keeps your lips from feeling dry and crusty. This color is perfect for all skin tones but if red isn’t your color, that’s okay because there are seven more shades to choose from.

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The Slam: Wait for it…wait for it…NOT ONE THING!

My final grade is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH! The Liquid Lipstick in Beso by Stila Cosmetics is my new lippie love for Spring 2014! If you are interested in purchasing the new lippie love of my life, head over to Sephora or stilacosmetics.com and purchase it for $22. Happy Shopping!!! MUAH

 

 

 

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Highlight, Illuminate, Glow

A few weeks ago during our cold winter spell in the Chicago area, I had an awesome girl’s day at Mojo Spa in Chicago and it was an AMAZING day to say the least!

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Mojo Spa is cool spa where all the products are handmade. It all started with Amanda Kezios’s quest for the perfect lip balm. With her talents as a personal chef, she turned her passion into a business. She has created over 200 products with natural food ingredients and aromatherapy blends made with positive affirmations and healing crystals.

We popped in for manicures and pedicures. We were lucky they had a time to squeeze us in. Delia and Nikki were ready and set to make our nails and toes look new again.

The resident Makeup Artist Chelsea offered us a complimentary makeover with our service. She was very pleasant and chose a good selection of colors for our skin tones.

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The Red Velvet Lipstick was my fave because red is my signature color. But today, I am going to tell you about the lluminata Illuminating Herbal Makeup, so check out the deats in The Glam It or Slam it.

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Here’s the Glam: It is an herbal infused formula mixed with all kinds of goodness to help heal and rejuvenate the skin. It’s a 3-in-1 multifunctional product that primes, moisturizes and illuminates! It has light reflecting particles, which gives you a glow and highlight! The best part is, a little goes a long way and you can wear it alone or underneath your makeup. And if that was not enough…it’s handmade and smells some kind of amazing (but not overpowering). Oh yeah, drum roll please…it’s great for all skin tones (no ashy look here) and skin types!

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The Slam: Insert happy face here 🙂 because I love everything about this product! Plus we had so much fun at Mojo Spa and it was something that we really needed. Thank goodness for snow days, good friends and great customer service!

My final grade for the lluminata Illuminating Herbal Makeup is totally a 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH! If you are interested in purchasing the lluminata Illuminating Herbal Makeup it is $25, at mojospa.com or schedule a spa day with a makeover at Mojo Spa in Chicago… trust me, you won’t be sorry you’ll be refreshed… Happy Illuminating!

 

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