I Met Danessa Myricks at The Makeup Show Chicago!

October 28, 2019

You guys, I went to The Makeup Show Chicago and I was in a version of heaven, to say the least. 

As a  professional and license Cosmetologist for going on 9 years now, I get the chance to attend many professional beauty events. This year I attended 2 of them. The first being Premiere Orlando International Beauty Show and the second were The Makeup Show Chicago. I really love going to these events because there are many opportunities for me as a Beauty Writer and Content Developer in the beauty industry to network, sample new products and see what new techniques and tools are hitting the mainstream market or what you can see on models of the fashion runways.

The Makeup Show Chicago with Danessa Myricks and James Vincent

This event took place a few weeks ago on October 6th and 7th at the Fulton Market in Chicago's gentrified Westside neighborhood. For 2 days beauty industry professions gathered in an artist community environment where they met industry and learned from industry leaders such as Taraji P. Henson makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff, runway and fashion hairstylist Linh Nguyen, makeup artist, and hair educator Bethany Townes and more. During this event, there was also an opportunity to meet and see (no charge) demos from Chicago television makeup artist of The Profit CNBC  Viola Nicholson which is an experience within itself. Attendees also had the opportunity to not only purchases products from 'new to them' or favorite brands but meet the CEOs of the brands themselves One of the CEO/Founder of a growing brand for people of color and celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson of AJ Crimson Beauty. Talk about a win! This event was clearly an opportunity to pick the brains of these major beauty enthusiasts. The Makeup Show is held in multiple cities of different states, so check out their website for opportunities near you;-)

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Free and Paid Education Classes
My main reason for attending the show was to learn from and meet my favorite 'new to me' makeup artist, global educator and photographer Danessa Myricks of Danessa Myricks Beauty and I did:-) :-)

When I learned from my Instagram feed that she was going to be there and was also teaching classes, I purchased my ticket and attempted to purchase a ticket for a class. Unfortunately $35 classes were all sold out and the really expensive class that was $100 over my budget I simply couldn't afford. I'm trying to live within my means. When I arrived for day 2 of the event, I saw that there really was no need to purchase a ticket for the classes because the layout of the building allowed for people who purchase general admission tickets to view the classes that were being taught. The only thing that you could not do is sit down, partake in Q&A's and so forth. For me, this was fine because I learn a lot by looking however it would have been amazing if I could have gotten the hands-on experience.

Brands At The Event
The brands that were there were:
AJ Crimson Beauty
Danessa Myricks Beauty
Alcone, Crown Brush
Friends Beauty
Glamours Chicks Cosmetics
Kett Cosmetics, Bdellium Tools (I purchased their Golden Triangle brush and I'm filling with it soon!)
Pinnacle Cosmetics
Cozzette Beauty
Smashbox Cosmetics and so many more!
Click here to view the list, WATCH MY INSTAGRAM STORY or look up this hashtag #TMSChicago!

The Space of The Makeup Show
The space of the event was smaller than I expected. After coming from Premiere Orlando International Beauty Event in June which was HUGE, I was expecting the same. This was not the same. The layout of the space reminded me exactly of the name of the location, a market. The Fulton Market. This a was medium sized, market store layout that you would find in a downtown grocery store in Chicago, Illinois or even Miami, Florida. Although it wasn't much space, that didn't mean that the beauty vendors and educators were not packed inside of there selling products left and right because believe me honey, small space or big. We will migrate towards beauty deals and opportunities to learn from the best.

One On One With Danessa Myricks
You all, this is the first time I was ever a super fan. I waited and waited, walked around, meet some owners of new Minority owned cosmetic brands such as nail polish brand "Janet and Co", attempted shade matched with one of the Danessa Myricks Beauty Associates, played in her products products and waited some more. BTW, even before the event I was dong an IG story about it and she even responding via DM because I mentioned that I was sad that I couldn't get a ticket to her class but I was still coming because I love her education and techniques. Dude, can you tell I'm really a super fan. I seriously watch so many of her IGTV education videos. 
When I finally got to meet her we took a couple pictures, she definitely helped with capturing the best angles and she shades matched me. I have this crazy skin complexion that has both red and yellow undertones so it was difficult to find a color. She tried about 2 colors and one of them matched pretty nicely but it was slightly off but I didn't care, I could just use bronzer. When I went to purchase the foundation she had one of her sales associates give me another FREE FOUNDATION and I was like, OMG! Thank you so much! After purchasing the foundation, I left in total excitement and forgot my credit card. Thankfully, Danessa found me and her assistant gave me back my card.

An Opportunity You Shouldn't Miss
This was my first time attending the show and I definitely enjoyed myself. I enjoyed seeing all of the makeup, the tools, the people and even the space of the event. It was quite an eye opening as an artist to network and learn from people who are in my industry. I saw and met skin care specialists, makeup brush and tools specialists as well as see how photographers create the beautiful images that we see on social media every day. This is a show I truly enjoyed and believe that more pros should go.

OMG, YOU ALL! I totally went to The Chicago Makeup Show!!!!

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SL Thomas is a professional cosmetologist, barber and beauty writer for independently-owned cosmetic brands. 

Raegann's Beauty Corner. A New Makeup Brand You Need To Know

October 10, 2019
Loose highlighter, Raegann’s Beauty Corner, highlighter There are so many new makeup brands that I feel you need to know that the list is never-ending. This post is no exception.
Introducing another new Minority-owned makeup brand, Raegann's Beauty Corner. Trust me when I say, this brand has products you want in your collection. From the very intense glow of the loose highlighters to the pigmented liquid lipsticks followed up with the amazing lashes in packaging so cute and original that you will want to buy a lash style for every day of the week. If you have yet to see my First Impressions YouTube video then honey, click HERE
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Before I continue raving the products, I want you all to get to know the founder, Raegann.  
When did you fall in love with makeup?
I've always loved makeup, but only the basic parts of it, i.e., mascara and lightweight foundation. About 2 years up until now I have really found true love in how expressive makeup can be - the creativity that comes with trying different eyeshadow to contouring! I started watching YouTube tutorials more and then taught myself how to apply foundation correctly. I learned how important highlighting was and using setting powders to finalize looks. It was all exciting to me. Safe and natural ingredients also became more important to me. I saw how natural ingredients affected my how it affected my face so I became consistent with researching every product I purchased. 
What was your first makeup product? Maybelline Mascara and Covergirl's Pressed Powder Foundation. Both I still highly vouch for. 
What is your beauty routine? Meaning from skincare to makeup application?  My skincare routine is pretty simple. I like to use minimal products as possible on my face due to sensitivity. It doesn't take well to different products being applied when it comes to cleansing. I use an all-natural avocado-based soap to wash my face. Avocado does wonders for my skin! I also make a DIY facial mask using avocado, turmeric, plain yogurt, and honey. After I rinse off the mask, I moisturize with avocado butter. 
When did you start your business?  May 2019 
How many years young are you? I say years young instead of how old are you? I am 27 
What convinced you to go hard as a Minority-owned brand? I believe representation matters especially as a Black woman and a Black business owner. We are on a rise as far as Black beauty (products, services, and companies) in our communities who are inclusive and I LOVE IT. I wanted to be a part of this phenomenal change. I also care about generational growth and wealth. I wanted to teach and show my daughter that we can do whatever we put our minds to as long as we have ambition and perseverance. It's not just a saying, it is a REAL thing. I wanted to have something to pass down to her when she meets the appropriate age. Once she is then can get involved in what will essentially be HER OWN business. 
Where would you like to see your brand featured? I would like to see my brand featured inside of Macy's, Target, Sephora, beauty magazines and blogs (small or big) and Forbes. 
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Where do you see your business in the next year?  I see my business prospering thanks to several connections already in progress. 
What influencers have you worked with and what influencers would you like to work with? I have not worked with any influencers as of yet. I do not have a specific influencer that I would like to work with because I feel if you are for all things beauty, I am here for it and will definitely reach out. 
Where can people purchase your products? Locally or only on the web? For now, online only. 
Why do you think it is important to support Minority-Owned Cosmetic Brands? I mean let's face it, we lack representation in the cosmetic world - whether it's Black or Minority-owned. Yes, some may be on a rise but the majority of us are still overlooked. I've been supporting small minority-owned cosmetic businesses before my cosmetic line was even thought of. These minority-owned cosmetic brands deserve my solidarity and support. I am going to be apart of that change and conversation to give them the recognition they/WE deserve. 
Now that you have gotten to know the owner of this new brand, go check her out on her website. https://raegannsbeautycorner.com/ and follow her on Instagram 
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SL Thomas

SL Thomas is a professional cosmetologist, barber and beauty writer for independently-owned cosmetic brands. 
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