I got to drive the 2016 Toyota Avalon around Chicago. You can check out the video/my 48 hour trip if you click here .
She took me to The Makeup Show: Chicago
The Makeup Show is a pretty big deal. It is the biggest beauty driven event in the mid-west and celebrated it’s fifth year. Everyone from professional makeup artists, students, bloggers, editors, retailers and buyers were under one roof. Last year, I went to The Makeup Show: Orlando, which had a completely different vibe and set up.
The Chicago Show was located at the Bridgeport Art Center, which has a very old, yet beautiful, industrial feel. The pictures above are the elevators we took to the main floor. I’m from Florida and have never been in an elevator like this in my life. It was pretty neat.
There were over 75 brands and 4,000 attendees over the weekend
Makeup artists show off their work and compete against each other.
Gleam by Melanie Mills. This is actually one of my favorite highlighters. I use their on my body and to highlight my face. They sell powder and creams, but I tend to stick with the cream.
Mac Pro booth
Make Up For Ever <3
The Godmother of eyebrows, Eugenia Weston aka the founder of Senna Cosmetics. Their brow products are top notch.
But her Face Sculpting kit is amazing. I picked this up at the Orlando show last year. Instead of bronze, it’s actually a gray color to mimic shadows, like in real life. Bronze looks incredibly harsh on TV/Film. The gray gives the actresses/actors a realistic look. One of my makeup artists, Beauty by Cat uses this product and it looks incredible!
NYX also has a booth. NYX is hands down one of my favorite makeup brands. The quality is great and they’re so affordable.
Ellis Faas Cosmetics
I picked up this mascara in Orlando and it’s definitely in my top three mascaras. It curls, gives you length and there isn’t fall out.
Order some now, trust me!
Through out the weekend, there were many hands on seminars for makeup artists held by James Vincent, Melanie Mills, Danessa Myricks, and Orlando’s very own Orlando Santiago just to name a few. Keynote speakers took to the stage with their tips and insights.
Founder of The Makeup Show, James Vincent creates an atmosphere for people to come together, network and learn. Education in a positive environment has always been his intention. I’m happy to report that almost everyone I’ve met that has attending the Makeup Show raves about James, the classes and the people they meet.
If the Makeup Show is at a city near you, I urge you to go!
The 2016 Toyota Avalon
First things first, that sexy grill thoooo!
Luxurious interior with premium heated/cooled leather seats (with French stitching, what?!). The suspensions were fantastic. I couldn’t hear outside noise. The pickup was insane, too. I enjoyed Sport mode very much, along with the Paddle Shifters. When I got on the highway, I pressed on the gas but I got up to 90 mph quickly and it didn’t even feel like it. I had to watch myself so many times through out this trip. Navigation, voice command and backup camera is always a plus.
I appreciated the eBin™ sliding electronic device holder with wire management feature and illuminated interior storage with two 12V auxiliary power outlets, auxiliary audio jack and USB port32 , especially since I was on the go and hoping from one event to the other!
Very spacious. Having so much space kind of freaked me out to be honest. I wasn’t expecting it. There were multiple times that I felt like I was driving an SUV, even though this vehicle isn’t high from the ground. It just felt so big inside!
I think this was the smoothest car I had driven this year. It reminded me of a Lincoln Town Car. My friends who rode the backseat were very comfortable. The back has nice features like heated seats, a rear windows with a defogger and power rear window sunshade. I love when people in the back get love!
Nice size trunk with ample room.
This sedan is perfect for a small family. 🙂