“Love Me” Sweets & Makeup Party

I sure do "Love Me" some makeup and sweets!

I sure do “Love Me” some makeup and sweets!

I have been a fan of makeup for as long as I could remember so I was super excited when I was asked to set up a blogger event for Smashbox’s new “Love Me” collection of makeup. “Love Me” by Smashbox was developed in conjunction with graffiti artist, Curtis Kulig. It is a beautiful line of makeup, with really special packaging, “tagged” looking logos and even embossed markings on the lipsticks and blush- so fun! As a big fan of heart imagery, I was especially inspired by Curtis’ signature “Love Me” mark. We took the idea of Curtis’ signature red spray paint and ran with it using paint splashes, canvas drop cloths, dripping paint cans to enhance the makeup displays and the sweets.

Here’s a behind the scenes of how this fun project came together!

I am a bit of a fish out of water when it comes to shopping in huge Home Improvement stores so I enlisted KF to help me. Here is am panicking about choosing paint colors...

I am a bit of a fish out of water when it comes to shopping Home Improvement stores (do they have to be so huge?!) so I enlisted KF to help me with the props. Here is am panicking about choosing paint colors…

We started the prop side of the project of the roof but as you can see it was totally freezing...

We started the prop side of the project of the roof but as you can see it was totally freezing… our paint even started to freeze!

So we re packed it all up and jammed ourselves indoors. We hung the tarps on the walls to dry! (City livin!)

So we re packed it all up and jammed ourselves into the front room of my studio. We worked on one tarp at a time and then hung them on the walls to dry! (City livin’!)

To mock up the filled paint cans I used an old prop stylist trick from back in my Martha days... I filled the cans with "bubble monsters" (bubble wrap taped together) then placed a piece of chipboard over that. We then poured the paint over the chip board and added drips.

To mock up the filled paint cans I used a prop stylist trick from back in my Martha days… I filled the cans with “bubble monsters” (bubble wrap taped together) then placed a piece of chipboard over that. We then poured the paint over the chip board and added drips. The chip board curled in some places but this was easy enough to hide with our other props.

I LOVED the way the cans came out- especially the ones KF spray painted black. They looked so Smashbox!

I LOVED the way the cans came out- especially the ones KF spray painted black. They looked so Smashbox! We let the brushes we used dry as they were and used them as props too.

Next up... cookies inspired by the Love Me line. I used the two lipsticks "Love Me" and Tempt Me" as color inspiration. This was the orangy pink which I love!

Next up… cookies inspired by the Love Me line. I used the two lipsticks “Love Me” and Tempt Me” as color inspiration. This was the orangy pink which I love!

Its rare that I ever ice a cookie so plain these days but I noted that they looked so simply pretty mixed together...

Its rare that I ever ice a cookie this plain these days but I noted that they looked so simply pretty mixed together…

...of course they couldn't stay too plain for long! Using one of my favorite decorating tools  while staring at Curtis' art, I outlined and "tagged" each heart with the word love. this was a pressure filled couple of hours as I did not bake even one extra (what was I thinking?!)

…of course they couldn’t stay too plain for long! Using one of my favorite decorating tools of late (the Americolor Food Doodler) while staring at Curtis’ art, I outlined and “tagged” each heart with the word LOVE. This food doodler reminds me of the Smashbox eyeliner marker pen that is in the Love Me line. It was designed after one of Curtis’ favorite paint pens and its the best “liquid” eyeliner I have ever had!

We set the favors on the window ledges in front of posters of Curtis' art. We propped the whole room with cans of his favorite spray paint...

We set the favors on the window ledges in front of posters of Curtis’ art. We propped the whole room with cans of his favorite spray paint…

At the last minute we decided to hang one of the tarps on the wall behind the sweets table so I added a red heart to it... I wished I had centered it better!

At the last minute we decided to hang one of the tarps on the wall behind the sweets table so I added a red heart to it… I wished I had centered it better but working at that scale quickly is tough!

Overall, we were really happy with the way it turned out!

Overall, we were really happy with the way the room came together. I especially loved the Sweets Table…

I loved how well the makeup mixed in with the paint props...

The makeup mixed in really well with the paint props… Thats the eyeliner I mentioned in between the lipgloss- so good!

Once the bloggers arrived we enjoyed cake pops, sugar cookies, mini red velvet cupcakes, confetti bars and chocolate chip cookies... I made cake stands out of paint cans using glass plates.

Once the bloggers arrived we enjoyed cake pops, sugar cookies, mini red velvet cupcakes, confetti bars and chocolate chip cookies… I made cake stands out of some of the paint cans using glass plates. Using a sharpie, I wrote the sweets table descriptions on paint sticks…

...or paint swatches!

…or paint swatches!

I even requested VP of Christina Calbi to use one of the Love Me eyeshadow palletes so we could take a photo together... she chose the "Admire Me" neutrals pallate and I went with "Entice Me" pallatte. Very fun!

Here I am with Associate VP of Tractenberg & Co., Christina Calbi. For a little extra fun we each used one of the Love Me eyeshadow palettes to do our makeup that day… she chose the “Admire Me” neutrals pallate and I went with “Entice Me” palette

I would never normally know what to do with blue toned eyeshadows but after watching the how to video I got right to it. Then I ate a blue cake pop for good measure! :)

I would never normally know what to do with blue toned eyeshadows but after watching the how to video I got right to it… Then I ate a blue toned cake pop for good measure! 🙂

It was super SWEET to work on such a fun, colorful and yummy event… “Loved Me” this project!  Xo

 

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