Dec 152014
 

 

AJ Crimson On The Go Tour Flyer

In the previous post, I gave you a synopsis of the 1st half of the “On The Go” Tour featuring AJ Crimson and his AJ Crimson Pro products.  In this post, I’ll focus on the 2nd half of the class which includes Celebrity Lash Guru Ja’Maal Buster.

BeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster talking to the attendees of the On The Go Tour HoustonHe gave us the background on how he developed his brand of lashes and the benefit of using them verses other lashes.  The biggest benefit is the way the lashes feel.  They’re very lightweight and easy to maneuver. The bands are thin which makes it so much easier to apply to the lash line.  (I can vouch for this.  I really like his lashes. I bought some last year when I worked with him and AJ for  the Glam Suite during NBA  All-Star Weekend).

Ja’Maal asked for a volunteer to apply his lashes on.  BeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster's Model NikkiProfessional Makeup Artist Nikki was chosen as his model.

He informed us of the different styles of lashes and that each style was based on a story from his clients in his early years. The lashes have names like “Soap Opera” (which I wore last night), “Crush”, 2nd Date Guaranteed”, “Daddy’s Little Girl”, and “Disturbia” (named after the Rihanna video that he created amazing lashes for).

He showed us exactly how he uses the Ja’Maal Buster Lash Adhesive and Lash Tool to apply lashes on Nikki.

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Here he is applying the lash to Nikki’s lash line below20141211_204917

20141211_20505420141211_205059Ja'Maal Buster applying lashes on Nikki

20141211_205850Next Ja’Maal gave Nikki a chance to practice using the Ja’Maal Buster Lash Tool to apply the lash herself. BeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster showing Nikki how to use his Lash ToolBeautyByLeRenda Nikki using the Ja'Maal Buster Lash ToolBeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal helping Nikki apply her lashes

Ja’Maal explained how versatile his lashes are and did a bonus demo to show how to add drama and glam by stacking his lashes. He asked for another model to show the difference stacking lashes can make on your clients.BeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal telling class about versatility of his lashes
Ja’Maal informing us how to use his Lash holder to stack lashes for a more dramatic effectBeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster showing us his Lash Tool He instructed us to remember to apply the most dramatic lash at the bottom. BeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster stacking lashes

Then he applied the stacked lashes to the model’s lash line.  Beauty By LeRenda Ja'Maal Buster applying stacked lashesBeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal applying stacked lashesBeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster finishing the stacked lashes application

 Selfies!! :-)BeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster and his model taking selfies

Here is the multi-pack of Ja’Maal Buster Lashes being passed through the class.  These would be great for Professional Makeup Artists to have in their Pro kits.  :-)
BeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster Lashes being passed around Here are a few more pictures from the event.  It was very successful.  I’m so glad I was able to attend.  BeautyByLeRenda posing in middle of AJ Crimson bannersMe posing in front of the classroom after the event. BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson and Ja'Maal Buster lineThere was a very long line to buy products after the class was over.  It stretched from the classroom all the way to the front door of the store.  People were super duper excited to buy the products. :-)Beauty By LeRenda with Brian Champagne at "On The Go" Tour  Celebrity Makeup Artist Brian Champagne came by to show AJ and Ja’Maal support.  I was eager to finally meet him in person.  I’ve followed him on social media for a while now.  He’s very nice and even provided some of us pointers and tips. Thanks Brian! :-) Beauty By LeRenda with Ja'Maal Buster at the "On The Go" Tour Me with Ja’Maal Buster!! :-)

BeautyByLeRenda selfies with AJSelfies with AJ.  Oh and this great lighting is due to The Makeup Light.

Dec 132014
 

Yaaaaaasss!!! Two Celebrity Beauty Pros in one class. AJ Crimson and Ja’Maal Buster have been touring the country and they stopped in Houston a couple nights ago! :-)

AJ Crimson On The Go Tour Flyer

This is a 12 city tour that initially began with Celebrity Makeup Artist AJ Crimson educating his fans on his AJ Crimson Pro products and makeup techniques.  Before the St. Louis stop, Celebrity Lash Guru Ja’Maal Buster was added to the tour to facilitate lash techniques and to meet his “Lash Barbies”.  What an amazing combo!!!!

BeutyByLeRenda AJ Crimson and JaMaal Buster speaking to the Houston class for the On The Go Tour

The event was held at The MUA Project (side note, if you’re anywhere near the Houston area and you’re a Pro Makeup Artist or even a Makeup Lover, you NEED to stop by this awesome store).BeautyByLeRenda The MUA Project Sign It was a packed house.

BeautyByLeRenda AJ and JaMaal OTR Tour attendees 1BeautyByLeRenda Kimmie taking a selfie at the AJ Crimson JaMaal Buster On The Run TourBeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson and JaMaal Buster attendees for Houston On The Go Tour

Before doing makeup and Lash applications, both AJ Crimson and Ja’Maal Buster gave their fans a summary of their backgrounds, which are truly inspiring.  They gave advice and shared some interesting tips to motivate everyone.

BeautyByLeRenda AJ Greeting the classBeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster talking to the attendees of the On The Go Tour Houston

AJ went first with the Makeup Application.  He asked for volunteers and chose a young lady named Resha to be his model.

BeautyByLeRenda Resha the volunteer Model for AJ taking off her makeupBeautyByLeRenda AJ Telling attendees about the AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundations

He began by explaining to us the benefits of his AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundations.  Then he moisturized her face and applied the Banana Creme makeup to highlight.

BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson using the Beauty Blender BeautyByLeRenda AJ Criimson explaining his highlighting technique

AJ showed us how he mixes the AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundation colors to really work with the skin.  He explained how to use different shades to bring dimension to the face.  BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson using the AJ Crimson Pro CremeBeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson applying AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundation on model 1BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson applying AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundation on Model pic 2BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson's Model Resha showing how pretty her skin looks

He also informed us that he doesn’t mind using other brands as well to complete a great look.  He often uses Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate in either 1 or 2 to create a glowing effect to the skin

Aj using Tom Ford Shade and Iluminate

Next he added his brand new Lip and Cheek color palette. BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson holding his Lip and Cheek Color PaletteAJ used the peach color on Resha’s cheeksBeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson Lip and Cheek Palette used in On The Go Tour I’ve been waiting months to see this palette in real life.  Please excuse the blurry picture. I captured this as it was literally being passed  around the class so that we could see the palette close up.

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And to top it off he took selfies with Resha, his model for the night. Ha ha! :-pBeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson and his model Resha taking a selfie Make sure to check out  part 2 of my AJ Crimson and Ja’Maal Buster “On The Go” Tour Recap to see highlights from Ja’Maal’s segment. :-)

Dec 112014
 

MAC and Nasty Gal collaborated to provide makeup lovers with a bold December collection.  It includes Lipsticks and a Nail Lacquer.

 Here are the lipsticks below.BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Lipsticks with flashFrom Left to Right Gunner, Runner, Stunner.

I didn’t get the nail laquer because I have plenty of red polishes that I never use.  I’ll swatch all 3 lipsticks in this post to show you what they look like.  First up is Stunner.

BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Stunner Lipstick BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Stunner Hand Swatch BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Stunner Looking LeftBeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Stunner Looking down It’s a pretty Red.  Not much different from Ruby Woo and Riri Woo.  (I’ll compare it to other reds in a later post)  Next up is Runner. BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Runner Lipstick swatchIt’s a nice burgundy matte lipstick. 20141208_185410BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Runner Duck LipsBeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Runner Lipstick smiling

The last lipstick is Gunner. BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner Lipstick with flash

BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner Hand Swatch with flashBeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner looking rightGunner is my favorite out of the three.  It’s a true dark purple and yep, It’s a different shade than Smoked Purple ( I’ll do a comparison in a later post)BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner SmirkBeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner smiling I like the texture of these lipsticks.  MAC has them labeled as Matte, however they glide on more like Satins.  This is a good thing.  It means, my lips don’t feel as dry and uncomfortable throughout the day.  :-)

Dec 092014
 

This is the 4th installment of my Dark Lip Series.  In this post, I’ll show you how to use the very popular MAC Smoked Purple Lipstick in combination with MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass.

Beauty By LeRenda MAC Smoked Purple Lipstick Label

Beauty By LeRenda MAC Smoked Purple LipstickBeautyByLeRenda MAC Smoked Purple hand swatch

image Here’s what it looks like together.  I did an Ombre lip.  I applied Smoked Purple to the outer portions of my lips, then filled in the middle with the Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass.Beauty By LeRenda MAC Smoked Purple with Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass Ombre LipI’ll be wearing this combo quite a bit.  I really like how it turned out. :-)

Beauty By LeRenda MAC Smoked Purple with Viva Glam Rihanna2 Lipglass Ombre Lip Eyes ClosedBeauty By LeRenda MAC Smoked Purple with Viva Glam Rhianna 2 Lipglass Ombre Lip Looking down Here’s a breakdown of the all of the makeup I’m wearing below:

Face:

MAC Mineralize Creme Foundation in NC 45

MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC 42 and NC 45 for under eye, nose, and forehead highlight

Cover Girl Queen Collection Lasting Matte Press Powder in Golden

MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NW 45 as a cheek, nose, jawline, and chin contour

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Warm Blend on cheeks

MAC Pigment in Vanilla as Cheek highlight

MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Loose Powder

Eyes:

Makeup Forever Brow Seal

MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC 42 under brow

MAC Paint in Bamboom

MAC Eyeshadow in Embark in the crease

MAC Pigment in Lithe on the lid

MAC Eyeshadow in Rule above the crease

Lips:

MAC Smoked Purple Lipstick outer lip

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass inner lip

BeautyByLeRenda MAC Smoked Purple with Viva Glam Rihianna 2 Lipglass Left view

Dec 062014
 

With all of the options for makeup gifts this holiday season, it can be difficult sometimes to narrow down what to get.  To help customers really decide what to purchase, MAC has been having incredible events to promote this year’s Heirloom Mix Collection.

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I only worked two of these events due to me being booked with my freelance business (which is a blessing, not complaining :-)). Both events were fun and totally busy.  I didn’t get to take a lot of pictures, but here’s a glimpse.

 These pictures are from the Level A event

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These are from the Level AA Event.  This was my 1st time working a Level AA. I hope to do it again. It was so much fun. Didn’t feel like work at all. :-)

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imageThe models/dancers were phenomenal!! They put on a show about every 15-30min.  I got to take a pic with one of them.  He was absolutely FIERCE!

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Dec 032014
 

image In the previous post, I showed you how I used my my beloved Magnolia Makeup Primary Infinity Lip Palette to create a beautiful burgundy lip on model Keneice during our Photoshoot with Ambient Noir.  In this post, I’ll show you the red lip look I did on model Keneice using this same palette.

imageimageThis is my All-Time Favorite Red to use on clients. The name of this color is Patriotic, and it’s theeeeee perfect shade of red and works on everyone I use it on. image For this look, I didn’t even use a lip liner. The color is just that perfect!! :-)

image Here’s the full breakdown of this makeup look below.

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Face:

AJCrimson Creme Foundation

MUFE Mist n Fix Spray

Ben Nye Mojave Powder Palette

MAC Mineralized Blush in Warm Soul

MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Loose Powder

Eyes:

MAC Brow Pencil in Strut

AJ Crimson Creme Foundation 1 (under brow)

Coastal Scents 42 Matte Eyeshadow Palette Brown in the Crease

Magnolia Makeup Loose Pigment in Big Easy on the lid (a must have)

Elf Creme Eyeliner in Black on top lash line

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Perversion on bottom lash line

Ardell Lashes in Wispies

Here’s one of the professional photos by Ambient Noir

IMG_1723.JPG Annnnnd here I am. A few Behind The Scenes Selfies at my work station. ;-)

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