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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!


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!

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!

Holiday Gift Guide: Travel Chic


So until today at 1:30 pm, I have been completely dissatisfied with the travel cosmetic cases I’ve seen on the market. To make a long story short, until I crossed paths with this amazing + fun fold-up cosmetics case, I was beginning to settle with ziplock bags for my toiletries. This Jonathan Adler case has room for literally EVERYTHING: makeup, brushes, lotions, skincare, etc. The bundle of joy even has a mirror for quick touch ups, hair fixes, and anything else traveling throws your way. I don’t know about you, but I plan on ringing in 2014 with lots of travel plans and this case will be the perfect traveling companion. Take a peak inside….


(Images via Nordstrom)

My only question for you now is…..which color will be on your Christmas list?

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show

Beauty Trend Show
(Photo Via Nordstrom Michigan Avenue)

Calling all makeup junkies, skincare worshippers, and yes, even you nail polish hoarders! ‘Tis the season for Nordstrom Beauty Trend Shows! If you have yet to experience a trend show, know this: there are only two times a year when Nordstrom is literally taken over by the cosmetics department. I mean where else would you go for fall beauty trends?

So grab your girlfriends, a good seat, and have your Instagram ready because this high-energy runway show doesn’t stop for anyone. Immediately after the show, each cosmetic and skincare line offers free makeup applications and skincare consultations. Make sure to book an appointment!

Tickets are $20 and redeemable toward your beauty purchase on the day of the event. To RSVP for the event, stop by your favorite counter or call anytime.

Michigan Avenue
September 21 
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Oak Brook
October 19 
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Will you be heading to trend show this year? What fall trends are you looking forward to?

Back to the Basics: Lip Balm

Is it just me or does everyone get a little fall-crazy when September rolls around? Between my Twitter-feed blowing up about the arrival of Pumpkin Spiced Lattes and oversized comfy sweaters, I’m busy browsing cosmetic counters to find perfect fall lipsticks and eyeshadows. As I was walking through Nordstrom last week, I realized I needed a new lip balm and thought to myself, “it’s time to get back to the basics.” Sometimes we I get so wrapped up in new and trendy beauty products that I forget about basic and important skincare essentials everyone should be using.

Based on recommendations from the Nordstrom skincare specialist, I now have new additions to add to my collection. I think it’s safe to say my lip balm stash will probably last me all winter long.

Below I’ve listed some of my favorites to share with you all. I even got Stephanie from The Naked Canvas to give us the scoop on a lip balm she can’t live without.

beauty products-lip balm

|Dior Lip Glow | Sugar Advanced Therapy |EOS Blueberry Acai|Bobbi Brown Lip Balm |
|Bobbi Brown Lip Balm|Jack Black Intense Lip Therapy Balm The Naked Canvas favorite|

I’d love to hear some of your favorite lip products. Have you tried any of the above? 



With summer just around the corner and lacking a sun tan, I have to share my love for Bobbi Brown’s Face & Body Bronzing Duo! This bronzer has been a savior these past few weeks with the sun being completely MIA. When I’m not using my self-tanner (see my favorites here), I am maintaining my tan with the blend of these two universally flattering shades Bobbi has created.

Now for the exciting part……I am sharing my love for this product and will give the Face & Body Bronzing Duo to one lucky reader!

To enter please do the following:

  • Follow SITNB on Twitter here
  • Follow SITNB on Facebook here
  • Tweet the following: “Hey @isthenew_black! I can keep my tan all summer long thanks to your latest giveaway http://wp.me/p1XLFC-G6!” 
  • Leave your email address in the comments section (contact method for winner)

Giveaway ends on June 11th at midnight! Good luck to all!