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Event Alert: Bobbi Brown Personal Appearance

Have you heard the news? Bobbi Brown is coming back to Chicago soon…like really soon. Soon as in 11 days, but who’s counting? If you remember the last time I got the opportunity to work a Bobbi Brown personal appearance, it is a HUGE honor as a makeup artist. After working for Bobbi for almost three years, I can truly say she is an amazing woman, and her story is motivation for women to always follow their dreams.

Bobbi Brown

Now for the good news, I’m inviting you all to come and experience a Bobbi Brown personal appearance with the opportunity to attend a Bobbi Brown Masterclass taught by BOBBI HERSELF (JSHGSGKSHGSKGH!!!!!!)

Details you need to know:

Date: Tuesday, May 20.
Time: Varies from 10:30-5:30
Where: Bloomingdale’s Michigan Avenue

Event Options:

VIP MASTER CLASS w/ BOBBI BROWN (11am – Noon) – Experience a very rare opportunity to meet Bobbi Brown for an exclusive VIP master class! ($250 booking fee redeemable in product and includes a signed copy of Bobbi’s newest book – EVERYTHING EYES).

BOBBI BROWN BOOK SIGNING (1pm – 2pm) – Bobbi will be signing her 8th book — Everything Eyes —  which teaches readers everything they need to know about how to create standout eyes.

PERSONALIZED MAKEUP LESSONS (10:30am – 5:15pm) – If you aren’t able to attend a master class, you can still get-in on all the fun with a personalized makeup lesson with a talented Bobbi Brown makeup artist!

To book any of the above appoints, please email me ASAP at justinegershak@gmail.com as space is limited and will fill quickly. Hope to see you there!


Happy Spring?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from living in Chicago (okay…..Chicago suburbs) for the past 20+ years, it’s that you never know what the weather is going to be like. We have 80 degree days in March and sometimes 50 degree days in June. Yesterday, however, was a perfect spring – borderline “summer” day. The people of Chicago came out of their almost 5-month winter long hibernation to enjoy Summer Shandy on patios everywhere.

So with the first 70 degree day of the year, I had to ditch black for a day and wear my first white dress of the summer accompanied by my new YSL lipstick.

IMG_2458 What’s the weather like tomorrow you ask? Snow and temperatures in the low 40’s. IMG_2464 IMG_2476 IMG_2493

|Dress: Forever 21 |Shoes: Steve Madden Wedges (see similar)|Clutch: Michael Kors (old, see similiar)|
|Bracelets: Alex and Ani + Deepa Gurnani |Lipstick: YSL ‘Fushchia Tourbillon’|

Photographed by: Stephanie

(18) What’s in HER bag?

For this installment of “What’s in HER bag,” I’m featuring one pretty amazing chick, Natalie Jalouga. In addition to making women feel and look beautiful at Bloomingdale’s Michigan Avenue, Natalie (CEO of Fashion for a Cure), created a non profit event to raise funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in memory of her mother. In 2013, Natalie campaigned for LLS’s Woman of the Year amongst a select group of candidates in the Chicagoland area.

885664_4625886722412_1129927324_oBelow, Natalie dishes on her three key beauty items and the secret product that has changed her life (seriously though).


Inside her bag: 

SITNB: What’s your favorite beauty product of all time?
Natalie: That’s tough. I’d have to say NARS Casino Bronzer. I’ve tried so many different bronzers but always find myself going back to this one. It’s the perfect shade for me!

SITNB: If you had to pick three key beauty items what would they be?
Natalie: Eyeliner (My favorite is Bobbi Brown Black Ink Gel Eyeliner. It has an amazing finish and never smudges), Concealer (right now, I’m using MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer. I love that it comes in a pump bottle – it’s the little things in life), Lipgloss (I’m a little bit of a junkie when it comes to lipgloss…my perfect “everyday” shade is Naked Plum by Bobbi Brown.

SITNB: Who is your beauty inspiration?
Natalie: Angelina Jolie and Blake Lively. I love their clean, fresh looks. Their makeup is always so effortless and I envy that.

SITNB: What was your biggest beauty no-no?
Natalie: Oh gosh. Well, in high school I was obsessed with being tan. I would pile on bronzer but never think to even it out and match my neck. There are so many pictures I have when my face is 5 shades darker than my body. I was rocking Jersey Shore before it was “Jersey Shore”.

SITNB: Guys want to know…how much do you really spend on makeup?
Natalie: Honestly, I don’t spend nearly as much as some people do. I really just replenish my favorites every couple months. Skincare is what breaks the bank!

SITNB: When did you first start wearing makeup?
Natalie: 6th grade – I remember taking my mom’s blue eyeliner, sneaking it in my backpack and putting it on when I got to school. I’m sure she knew I had her makeup! I grew up with 3 older sisters so I was always learning from them.

SITNB: What has been your biggest beauty splurge?
Natalie: Fragrance is always my biggest beauty splurge. Right now, I’m using Manifesto by YSL and love it.

SITNB: Do you have a product that changed your life?
Natalie: Clarisonic. If you don’t have one – buy one. It is amazing and my skin has never been the same. You can continue with your favorite cleanser and still use the Clarisonic. Highly recommend it!

Be sure to keep up with Natalie and her adventures through Chicago here.

200th Blog Post Celebration

Today on SITNB, I’m celebrating my 200th blog post with all of you! I can’t thank my readers, friends and family enough for your love and support these past 200 posts. You have helped turn my blog into something WAY more special than I ever thought was possible. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

Justine confetti 1

justine confetti 2(What’s a celebration without a bright lip and confetti……am I right?)

So here’s to the absolutely wonderful friends I’ve made along this journey and to the friends who have supported me since day one. I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings for Short is the New Black and I’m inviting you to stay along for the ride!

justine confetti 3| Dress: Olivaceous| Lipstick: Morgan Marie Beauty ‘Madonna’ | Blush: Bobbi Brown ‘Pale Pink’ | Eyeliner: Bobbi Brown Gel Liner ‘Black Ink’ | Highlighter: NARS ‘Albatross’|

Thank you to my very first blogging friend, Stephanie, who captured the celebration!


Happy Saturday, everyone! Today on SITNB, I’m featuring one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Zahra Sandberg. Zahra is the blogger behind Love Zahra and she’s here today to give us a peak inside her makeup bag.

Black_White3Aside from blogging and styling segments with major fashion retailers like Woodfield Mall, Zahra can be found covering major fashion events and shows all throughout Chicago.

I hope you’re ready for a makeup bag filled with goodies. Below, Zahra even shares her favorite four lip combinations and the colors you need to achieve each look!


Inside her bag:

SITNB: What’s your favorite beauty product of all time?
Zahra: The MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter was a game changer for me. It transforms my face to look like I actually got a full eight hours sleep!

SITNB: If you had to pick three key beauty items what would they be?
Zahra: My Bobbi Brown Lip Balm , MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter, and my NYC brow powder.

SITNB: Who is your beauty inspiration?
Zahra: This might sound cliche but I’d say Angelina Jolie is my inspiration. Not only is she drop dead gorgeous on the outside, but she is a mother of six children which is incredible in itself, and at the same time she is a really great philanthropist. I think when people do good for others in the world, they just radiate a much greater beauty.

SITNB: What was your biggest beauty no-no?
Zahra: I’ve had so many – but I think one of the worst is when I did a black lipliner and Vaseline lip (cringe!). Black lips should really be reserved for Halloween. Can I add one more? I used to wear a lot of concealer and in pictures I looked like I had these white half moons under my eyes- not cute!

SITNB: Guys want to know: How much do you really spend on makeup?
Zahra: Oh man, I really have NO idea! Can I take a pass on this question?

SITNB: When did you first start wearing makeup?
Zahra: When I was little my mom would let me wear a little bit of Kohl on my eyes, and lipstick or gloss for special occasions – but I really got into makeup in Junior High School. At that time I felt like there weren’t a lot of makeup options for darker skin tones available, and the makeup artists at the department store counters seemed to think that loading up the darkest shades of shadow, blush, and lipstick was the only way to go – (this is before YouTube changed the world of makeup for women of color) – that’s when I decided to take matters in to my own hands and I became sort of obsessed with playing with makeup.

SITNB: What has been your biggest beauty splurge?
Zahra: My biggest splurge to date was probably my Invisalign braces I did a couple of years ago. It wasn’t something I absolutely needed to do, and I thought hard about doing it so late in life – I mean braces are supposed to be for kids, right? but I’m so happy with the results I am glad I went for it.

SITNB: Do you have a product that changed your life and/or beauty routine for the better?
Zahra: Brow powder. I seriously don’t know how I lived without it – I think filling in your eyebrows instantly makes you look healthier and younger – who doesn’t want that? Also, if I can sneak one more in – I recently discovered contouring, I know I am really late to the party on this one, but I found that highlighting and contouring makes such a big difference especially when I’m taking pictures or making a television appearance. I mentioned the products above but I use MAC blush in Blunt for contour and MAC Prep+Prime highlighter in Bright Forecast. I highlight the middle of my forehead, along my temples, down my nose, and contour only in the deepest hollow under my cheek bones. Then I blend, blend, and blend some more!

I hope you all enjoyed Zahra’s debut on SITNB! Don’t forget to check out her blog and daily adventures here.

Lipstick Files: Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color

I’m happy to announce a new series coming to you from SITNB. Everyone knows how annoying it is to fall in love with a lip color swatch online or on someone’s hand, only to find out it looks COMPLETELY different on their lips. This new series, “Lipstick Files,” is here to help ease the process of finding your new favorite lip color.

My first lipstick formula holds a special place in my heart. Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Color in Guava was the first lipstick I ever officially started wearing. This lip color formula delivers intense pigment, hydration and is long-lasting. What more could you ask for? Nordstrom Michigan Avenue was kind enough to let me try on some of my favorite shades from the line for you. Old Hollywood_Cosmic Raspberry

Plum Rose_Guava Bare Pink_CrimsonMod Pink_PinkPeonyFrom Top to Bottom (L to R): |Old Hollywood|Cosmic Raspberry|Plum Rose|Guava| |Bare Pink |Crimson|Mod Pink|Pink Peony|

Do you have a lipstick formula you would like me to test for you? I’d love to hear your favorites!


Before I explode with excitement for my 16th “What’s in HER bag,” I have to apologize for the blogging hiatus I’ve been on for the past month. In case you didn’t know, I just recently moved to the best city in the world, CHICAGO (apartment tour to come).

To tie in with my new Chicago home, my next “What’s in HER bag” features Jill Badlotto, one of the fabulous bloggers behind Jess & Jill and the social producer for the Chicago Blogger Network.

For this edition of “What’s in HER bag,” SITNB readers will not only get to peak inside Jill’s makeup bag….but also some of her favorite ways to have fun in the Windy City.


FYI: Jill and I are not responsible for your Sephora shopping haul after taking a peak inside her bag.

(Jill’s products are in constant rotation in her bag, but these are currently occupying it)

Inside her bag:

– Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit

SITNB: What’s your favorite beauty product of all time?
Jill: I’m a rule breaker, so I’m going to have to go with two – Bobbi Brown’s creamy concealer kit for my dark circles and Anastasia Clear Brow Gel. Eyebrows are the windows to the soul, and mine are my best friend.

SITNB:  If you had to pick three key beauty items what would they be?
Jill: Moisturizer with sunscreen is definitely number one. I wouldn’t be caught dead without sunscreen on! Under eye cream and a bright lipstick (for a fun pick me up) come next.

SITNB: Who is your beauty inspiration?
Jill: My mom! She barely wears any makeup but has always been an avid moisturizer/sunscreen wearer, and it shows in how gorgeous her skin is.

SITNB: What was your biggest beauty no-no (come on, we all have had them)?
Jill: I gotta go with Jena on this one, roll on glitter. So embarrassing!

SITNB: Guys want to know, how much do you really spend on makeup?
Jill: They say they want to know, but trust me, they don’t. I love a good drugstore product, but I spend a lot of money on skincare – cleanser, moisturizer, under eye cream, etc. All the makeup in the world won’t matter if you don’t take care of your skin. And of course, splurge on a good foundation!

SITNB: When did you first start wearing makeup?
Jill: I think I was around 12, but it was very minimal, usually just mascara or concealer. My under eye circles have always bugged me, so I learned from an early age how to conceal them.

SITNB: What has been your biggest beauty splurge?
Jill: Does stealing my Mom’s La Mer count? That stuff is the fountain of youth trapped in a bottle.

SITNB: Do you have a product that changed your life and/or beauty routine for the better?
Jill: My Clarisonic Mia 2. I don’t know how I survived without it! Also Josie Maran Argan Oil has helped my dry skin fight the Chicago winters.


While I let you finish taking notes on Jill’s favorite beauty finds…here are some of Jill’s favorite Chicago places & feel good tips.

Your favorite happy hour spot: My balcony with a bottle of Champagne and my dog (he’s over 21, don’t worry.

Your favorite restaurant in Chicago: Nellcote. The decor, the food, and the drinks are A+.

Your favorite way to treat yourself: Shopping for a new pair of heels. I’m always more confident when I’m a bit taller.

Your favorite go-to meal: The Mama Depandi Bucatini at RPM Italian.

A guaranteed good night is where? RM, or anywhere that my friends are. Good company is the most important thing!

To find out more of Jill’s Chicago whereabouts – you can follow her on Twitter or on her fabulous, two girls & one blog: Jess & Jill.