The Makeup Show Chicago returns June 18th-19th

It’s that time again Chicago!!! Mark your calendars for The Makeup Show Chicago!!! June 18 & 19.

The Midwest is home to artists with a variety of talents in the beauty industry. The Makeup Show Chicago is the one-stop shop that understands the diversity of the region and incorporates those many talents into an annual 2-day event. We see artists that work in entertainment, salons, weddings and more in the Midwestern region that flock to the Windy City to take part in the experience that brings the best brands, educators and programs for every beauty professional under one roof.

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Learn new skills that will motivate you in your career from some of the most influential artists in the industry today. Receive hands-on training and be inspired by the artists that work with your favorite brands and celebrities. Purchase the best products for your kit at pro-discounted prices. During this two day experience, you will find yourself surrounded by eager, talented, and motivated professionals that you can call your friends and family.

The Makeup Show Chicago

Set your goals. Put a plan in place. Learn to define success and let us show you how to get there. The next step starts here. The Makeup Show.

Be part of the community and experience the magic that is The Makeup Show – the largest pro makeup event in the United States. A one-stop shop for all things beauty. Walk in with an empty canvas and leave with an explosion of creativity, a sense of unity, and a newfound inspiration for your craft.

Professional Cosmetic Brushes
  • Fill your kit with pro-driven essentials.
  • Refine your skill-set in our exclusive hands-on workshops and seminars.
  • Work with FX, Fantasy and Beauty.
  • Explore Business strategies and opportunities during forums & Keynotes.
  • Unite with fellow industry insiders.
  • Network with brands execs and CEOS.

Makeup by Celestine McGee

When:    June 18 & 19

Where: The Fulton Market

Time: 10:00 am-6:00 pm

See you at the show!

900 North Michigan Shops Unveils Inspiring plans for Renovation

Investment Reaffirms 900 North Michigan Shops Standing as Global Shopping Destination and Local Daily Getaway

CHICAGO, IL – 900 North Michigan Shops announced plans for phase two of a comprehensive modernization. The renovation will completely transform the visitor experience with a meticulously crafted plan of food, fashion, hospitality and entertainment that continuously adapts to consumers’ changing tastes and lifestyles. Bloomingdale’s and 70 retailers and restaurants will remain open and operational, and management will be proactively minimizing inconveniences to guests and tenants.

“900 North Michigan Shops has always been seen as an iconic anchor of The Magnificent Mile and as being synonymous with the best Chicago has to offer,” said Pat Meara, Sr. Vice President, JMB Financial Advisors.

“Our goal is to revitalize 900 North Michigan Shops and strengthen its standing as a renowned destination, not only for tourists, but for tenants and local residents alike. With this investment, we secure 900 North Michigan Shops’ standing among world-class shopping centers and reaffirm our commitment to the city of Chicago.”

JMB Realty Corporation and affiliates, which own 900 North Michigan Shops and other retail properties on Rush and Walton streets, have transformed the retail mix from Michigan Avenue to Rush Street both on the street and inside 900. With newly leased spaces comprising 45,000 square feet, JMB keeps the merchandise mix fresh and current by working with luxury fashion houses and innovative brands including Dior, Versace, AllSaints, Aritzia, Bonobos, UNTUCKit, Kendra Scott, Ministry, and the expansion and redesign of a 13,000 square feet Gucci on two levels.

A Stylishly Intentional Transformation

The revitalization of the space will affect every corner of the center with a focus on the main grand entry, facades, ceilings, lighting, interior décor, acoustics, and a spectacular video art installation.

Shared work and social spaces, complemented by cafes and concierge services, will provide an environment designed to stimulate creativity and comfort and cater to the perpetually-connected guest.

Enhanced greenery and nature-inspired elements introduced into the space will evoke a park-like atmosphere and provide a daily getaway for office workers, nearby residents and tourists. Consideration went into spatial planning to allow for a diverse range of regular live performances throughout the year.

Existing atrium ceilings will be transformed into a digital art installation which will project a custom-produced myriad of compelling images and videos. At 184 linear feet, this will be the largest LED display of its kind and will transfix visitors of all ages with hours of content opening for the 2017 holiday season. 

Enhanced Food & Beverage

While the dining category at 900 North Michigan Shops is already vibrant with restaurants, casual eateries, and fast casual food options, the renovation will give the center an opportunity to augment its existing food and beverage program.

“We are intent on delivering a heightened dining experience for our guests,” said Stacy Kolios, Sr. Director of Marketing, 900 North Michigan Shops. “With our food and beverage partner, we will craft a program at 900 that blurs the lines between upscale retail, luxe hospitality, creative office space and home interiors. Our immersive, multi-level dining experience will satisfy all senses, deliver high-touch service in impeccably designed environments, and present menus of flavors that cater to the most sophisticated palettes. This, together with the center’s enhancements, will provide an experience built with today’s consumer in mind, a completely re-imagined 900.”

The 900 North Michigan Shops vision will be brought to life by design and concept firm, AvroKO, New York-based ESI Design, and Chicago-based OKW Architects. 

About 900 North Michigan Shops                Residing on the north end of Chicago’s vibrant Magnificent Mile, 900 North Michigan Shops is an architecturally stunning 465,000 SF property with seven levels offering guests an unprecedented shopping experience. Anchored by Bloomingdale’s, the 900 North Michigan Shops features more than 70 luxe retailers including Gucci, MaxMara, Montblanc, J.Crew and Michael Kors. The exclusive tenant mix includes a strong line-up of national brands perfectly complemented by an eclectic collection of unique boutiques and a diverse selection of delectable dining options. Follow 900 North Michigan Shops on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube @900Shops.

CURLS the product that will love your hair and show it 

CURLS the product that will love your hair and show it 

During my visit to the American Beauty Show, I explored so many haircare companies that catered to naturally curly hair. This product’s packaging stood out form me because of the colors and the inviting impression of fun.

CURLS Booth at the American Beauty Show

I stopped by CURLS booth and received a sample of one of their products. I wanted to learn more about this best kept secret product.

CURLS Product display
Beauty Blogger- Celestine McGee has CURLS!

What is CURLS?                                                  CURLS is one of the leading Curly Hair Products suppliers. CURLS provided the best curly hair care products for naturally curly hair.

One of the products within the line.

Starter Products from the CURLS line

  • CURLS Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo 

Choosing your cleanser should take some serious consideration. Any cleanser will not do because the wrong cleanser on curly hair could strip the hair of its essential nutrients and oils, leaving it dry and parched leading to breakage. The Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo is gentle and formulated with ingredients like grapefruit and pineapple extracts to gently lift debris and other heavy oils and build-up from the hair.

  • CURLS Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner 

This heat activated deep Asian hair tea conditioner will transform dry, damaged, chemically processed or overly stressed naturally curly hair within minutes! This is the DEEP treatment you’ve been dreaming of! Use with heat.

  • CURLS Soufflé Curl Cream 

A crowd pleaser! Curls Souffle is commonly used on ALL curly hair types. It is light enough to be used on medium density hair types to help retain moisture, soften and style the hair. Use this formula for soft curl styling for a wash and go, or use in your roller sets and other style outs. For best results apply section by section as you set your hair. Then, air dry or use a hooded dryer to complete your style. You will notice enhanced sheen, curl control and of course, no frizz!

  • CURLS Champagne and Caviar Curl Elixir

You are truly in for a lavish treat when you use this oil blend. Formulated with champagne grape and caviar extracts, this luscious concoction transforms dull curls into glorious curls while enhancing growth and retaining length. Use daily by applying to the tips of your hair to nurture and protect the most delicate areas.

    Where can I by CURLS?                                       This retail product line can now be found at: CVS Pharmacy, Target 🎯, Walgreens and Rite Aid. Use Coupon Code: NEW2CURLS at checkout. Take  15% off.

    Do the company have an online presence?
           Yes, here is the link.

    Noted Celebrities that have used CURLS.  Discerning celebrity consumers like Halle Berry, Alicia Keys, Nia Long, Tia Mowry, Chili of the Grammy award wining R&B group, TLC, Blair Underwood, Ashanti, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Echo Kellum seek out the superior quality and natural components of CURLS products.

    Nia Long Photo Credits Website

    About CURLS                                                          

    The Company – The Founder – The Vision- How it all began…CURLS was founded in 2002 in Elk Grove, California by CEO, Mahisha Dellinger. Now greatly expanded, CURLS continues to maintain the highest standards for quality ingredients and product dependability. Dellinger collaborated with leading cosmetic experts to develop CURLS. Her intense desire to create a remarkable line for a growing, yet overlooked audience, coupled with an extensive chemistry background proved to be a winning combination. CURLS’ exceptional CEO remains committed to carefully upholding the principles of quality and integrity that define the company.

    Beauty Blogger- Celestine McGee has CURLS!

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    It Works! The Power of Body Wraps

    It Works! The Power of Body Wraps

      I attended the American Beauty Show and stopped by the It works booth. I have heard about similar products, but didn’t want to invest because of the cost. I tried it and walked around the show for about 45 minutes. 

      The cool thing about this product, is if you can see results in one treatment, just imagine repeated treatments incorporating hydrating the system and exercise. The body wrap gives you an excellerated boost to rid toxins out of the body with the use of the wrap.

      Before and After It Works Wrap

      The Body product…It Works! Is a naturally based, body contouring formula is mess free, paraben free, and will have you looking and feeling years younger with firmer, tighter, smoother and more radiant skin.

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      The key items are:

      The Ultimate Body Applicator (Body Contouring Wrap 4 Applications)- It tightens, tones and fo”firms the appearance of your skin wherever you need it most in as little as 45 minutes, with progressive results over 72 hours!

      It really works! The key is repeating the application of the body wrap along with drinking at least 8 glasses of water. 

      Product Catalog Model

      The Defining Gel (Body Contouring Gel)-Enhances the tightened, toned, and firmed appearance of your skin with this deep moisturizing gel that helps improve the appearance of your skin’s texture.

      I love the Defining Gel because you can actually feel the gel tingling on the skin… that indicates that “It Works”!

      The Fab Wrap ( 1 roll )                                          Soft, breathable, and hypoallergenic, Fab Wrap ensures the Ultimate Bidy Applicator fits flush to your skin.  No slipping-just ” wraptastic” body contouring results!

      Ways to wear the Body Wrap                          Using the standard body wrap, you can cut it and place it : 

      • Under the chin and neck
      • The waist
      • Center of the back 
      • On the outer and inner thighs 
      • High sides, buttocks and upper thigh
      • Upper arms and biceps 💪 

      Ways to Wear a Body Wrap

      In addition to the Body Wrap, other products within the It Works line includes; Greens, Skin, Lifestyle, Essential Oils and Packs.

      For more details go to the website

      About Product                  

      Individual results can and will vary. It Works! cosmetics products are purely cosmetic in nature and do not claim to cure/treat/prevent any skin & hair related disorders. If you are allergic to any ingredients listed, or are under treatment or on medication for your skin, please consult with your physician prior to use. The prices or terms herein could be subject to error/ and/ or change.

        A creative way to remove your makeup: Erase it with the Makeup Eraser

        A creative way to remove your makeup: Erase it with the Makeup Eraser

      The Makeup Eraser
      When I attended the American Beauty Show last week, this item was one of my new finds. I liked the way the makeup cloth removed makeup effortlessly. This is great for individual use and over time, effectively cleansing the skin will prevent break outs from clogged/blocked pores.

      Photography courtesy provided by website

      Makeup Eraser is a cosmetics brand specializing in makeup-removing cloths. This 2 Pack Chemical-free Microfiber Makeup Remover Face Cloths (Pink) …. The towel only requires water and removes any kind of makeup you put on your face! Crafted from pure silicone, (beware of imitations) this lightweight makeup tool is designed to deliver an even application for all your favorite beauty products.

      Makeup Category: Cosmetic Tools               Featured Shops: Innovations Devices  Application Area: Face                                   Cosmetic Tools: Makeup cleansing clothes

      Makeup Eraser Items

      Additional Items

      Give your skin a tighter and more toned look with Cellu-Cup – Glitter from Makeup Eraser. Also crafted from pure silicone, this massage tool is designed to stop and reverse the effects of stretched skin when used in conjunction with the famous pinch and roll technique, most commonly practiced by professionals.  Portable and durable, this massage tool is adaptive to whatever type of cellulite you have. Continued use over time with definitely garner best results.

      Additional products that you may use within the line
      The Makeup Eraser Towels
                                                  Ideal for these Concerns: Cellulite                     Bath and Body: Body Treatments           Application Area: Body                                        Body Treatments: Body Firming 

      Product Facts

      · Sold from makeup eraser direct

      · Beware of imitations and cheap knockoffs

      · Waterproof, smear proof, high definition makeup & more

      · Reusable and machine washable, last up to 1000 washes

      · No more disposable products
      Where this item can be purchased:           Derma Store, Sephora, Walmart, Nordstrom, the Derma Store and Amazon Online

      Links for the Makeup Eraser

      About Makeup Eraser 
      Makeup Eraser LLC was established in 2012 by 3 generations of women in one family.

      Lexi McCarthy Makeup Eraser Founder says “We all wear makeup and were frustrated by the make up removal products. After research and lots of makeup we found the product that removes our makeup with just water. We love makeup but we don’t love sleeping in it.”

      Launched in the US two years ago, the MakeUp Eraser has fast become one of the most popular products on the American beauty market. Designed to remove even the toughest makeup including waterproof mascara and eyeliner, HD makeup and lipstick with water alone, the microfibre MakeUp Eraser is machine washable, lasts more the 1,000 washes and will save you hundreds of dollars in other products.

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      The Beauty Examiner ~Celestine McGee

      The American Beauty Show: Beauty is Power

      The American Beauty Show: Beauty is Power

      The American Beauty Show 2017- Beauty is Power was the theme for one of the most educational, innovative and empowering cosmetology show ever. 

      I have represented in the following capacities for the American Beauty Show for at least the past 35+years: Student, Educator, Administrator, Entrepreneur, Model and Press Media. Wow! I truly love the beauty industry.❤️💄✍🏽👩🏽📷💋Some of the key take-aways from the beauty show were:  

      • the innovative hair extensions techniques named I-Tip

      Hair colors in non-traditional shades such as orange, russets, golden blondes, blues, purple, gray, platinum to name a few.

      Techniques, and practice builds skills
      Barbering companies were represented in full force, I wanted to grab the clippers and do some clipper cut styles!

      Platform Artistry and education along with promoting products and package deals were key.

      Equipment such as salon chairs, dryers and multi-purpose shampoo chairs combined  with a massage table.

      Companies  like Redken, Matrix,  Mizani and more!…emphasized healthy hair concepts with co-washing and conditioning of the hair. 

      Companies also featured hot electric brush, called Head Kandy… the revolutionary way to style hair! This brand is considered to be the #1 Brush Straightener on the market. It convincingly silkens and straighteners the hair.

      There was so much beauty, learning and excitement at the show.  I absolutely love attending these types of beauty event. 

      I ran into some co-workers from my teaching years. We all worked together at beauty schools! I began teaching at the age of 19. Debbie’s School of Beauty Culture is where I got my start. I went on to work at Wilfred Academy, Truman College Cosmetology and Pivot Point… meeting great people along the way! $PRICELESS👍

      I took so many pictures at this show there will definitely be a part II of this article post. I have so much more to share! Stay tuned.
       Happy Blogging! Welcome to my world of beauty. The Beauty Examiner is in the building.👍💋💄

      Getting Flawless Skin with Clarins 

      Getting Flawless Skin with Clarins 

      Nassima Kebir~Presents for Clarins about new exciting products

      Dozens of beauty bloggers attended the Clarins Networking Breakfast event. Gathered around the table to learn about the Spring 2017 Color Collection.

      Clarins Spring 2017 Color Collection Breakfast

      Focusing on “Body Fit”…an Contouring Innovative for Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert. What I love about the concept of the product is it visibly smoothes, firms and lifts the skin. 

      With the NEW Texture Innovation & Unique Application. What’s dynamic about this product is it is 3-fold…in order to get great and consistent results you must incorporate diet and exercise into your daily routine.

      “Body Fit”…an Contouring Innovative for Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert.

      • The fresh yet subtly fragranced cream-gel provides an intense and refreshing feeling. 
      • Upon application, skin feels wonderfully hydrated and ultra-smooth.
      • The rxclusiveSelf-Massage Body Contouring Method combines manual pressure with muscle contractions: helps stimulate the microcirculation and encourage the elimination of excess water and lipids.

      Consumer Satisfaction Results:

      Immediately:  80 of women saw visible results

      2 weeks after application:  91% skin felt smoother; 84% skin felt firmer

      After 4 weeks: the silhouette was more streamlined 93% skin texture is refined; 84% skin is firmer and 81.5% The look of cellulite was not as apparent.

      The retail price: $70~ Available at all Clarins counters nationwide and on in March 2017.

      Additional products were highlighted from the  Clarins Spring 2017 

      NEW Hydra-Essentiel~ Moisture Perfection. Quenches skin from within. Innovation from Clarins Laboratories- a moisturizering range that activates the skin’s natural hydration at every level and protects the skin from daily @ thermocouple shocks” and pollution.

      NEW Hydra-Essentiel
      Clarins Makeup: Inspired by skincare, it reveals the natural beauty of every woman. Underneath the color lies effective, natural plant extracts that respect and care of your skin.

      Contouring Perfection ~ Spring 2017 Color Collection

      NEW-Face Contouring Palette~ $42 Contours, Sculpts. Highlights.

      NEW-4 Colour All- in- One Pen~ $30 Eyes & Lips. Limited Edition. This concept is so cool! I love it!❤.

      4- Colour Eyeshadow Palette~$43 Wet & Dry. Smoothing & Long Lasting. Loves the NEW Shades.

      Ombré Iridescente~$25 Cream-to-Powder Iridescent Eyeshadow. NEW Shades. Long Lasting. I love the consistency of the product and the visual look of the Eyeshadow depicts. 

      Jolie Rouge Brillant~$28 Moisturizing. NEW Shades. Perfect Shine. Sheer Lipstick 💄 

      Contents of the Goodie Bag

      Clarins Makeup products are available at all Clarins counters nationwide and on

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