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Diamonds & Lace EventScaping presents The Makeup Bar of Chicago's official launch party

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Relana, co-owner of Diamonds & Lace EventScaping


If you're a fan of BRAVO's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," then you probably know about Atlanta's Makeup Bar parties with women being photographed and socializing while getting makeovers. Chicagoans will get to experience these "Girls Night In" events with The Makeup Bar of Chicago's official launch party on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Makeup Bar of Chicago will be located at the Dream Boutique Lounge at 1750 N. Clark.


"I saw ["The Real Housewives of Atlanta"], and I loved the concept," said Relana Johnson, the Creative Director and co-owner of a Chicago wedding planning company called Diamonds & Lace EventScaping. "I saw that there were lots of inquiries about it. As an entrepreneur, I saw that this could be something fantastic to bring to Chicago instead of us being the ones that get the trend last."


Similar to the "The Real Housewives of Atlanta's" third episode of season one, women will get makeovers, take photographs and liquor will be served. However, The Makeup Bar of Chicago adds some unique activities to the event. Diamonds & Lace's event will include eight or nine licensed professional makeup artists, two or three photographers, a chocolate martini sampler provider and wine tasting provider, a tarot card reader, a "resident eyelash diva" and one henna hand artist. Other entertainment will include complimentary mini-makeup applications; a body art fashion show; samba, burlesque and Caribbean dance performances from Sensuality Training for Good Gyrrls; and complimentary appetizers. The Dream Boutique Lounge has a full bar and restaurant. Valet parking will also be provided.

Advance tickets are $15, door tickets are $20 and 30 percent of the proceeds will benefit Bright Pink, a nonprofit organization that educates and supports women who have high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There will also be a location at the Dream Boutique Lounge for additional donations, and 100 percent of those donations will be distributed to Bright Pink.


Invited guests include staff from "Today's Chicago Woman," the Chicago Fashion Foundation, and Chicago radio station 92.3 "Power 92."  And although The Makeup Bar of Chicago is focused on the young adult female crowd ages 25 to 35, men are free to join in the festivities.


"Guys can come out too," Johnson said, who is also the owner and principal instructor of exotic fitness club Good Gyrrl®. "If for no other reason than to socialize but primarily ladies or anyone really who is interested in having their makeup done. We don't discriminate."


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Diamonds & Lace EventScaping mother and daughter owners (l) Relana Johnson and (r) Leeta Liddell

And although opening night will be at the Dream Boutique Lounge, Diamonds & Lace--with co-owner and mother to Johnson, Leeta Liddell--plans to make the Makeup Bar of Chicago a mobile event.


"I want visitors to have a wonderful experience and an interest in booking [The Makeup Bar of Chicago] to come to their homes," Johnson said. "We'll bring the party to you. This is something they may want to do around the holidays for them and their girlfriends."


Prices for this mobile makeup party are $150 per person for a party of four and $75 for a group of ten or more after Thursday's event.




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