Aug 022015
 

Blazers and Bowties Flyer

Car Selfie on the way to the event.  I'm rocking Magnolia Makeup Velour Galore Lipstick in Va Va Voom.

Car Selfie on the way to the event. I’m rocking Magnolia Makeup Velour Galore Lipstick in Va Va Voom.

I attended this event last night at the luxurious Noel Furniture store in Houston.  It was presented by Urgent Psych Care and Random Act Of Kindness Day.  A portion of the proceeds are going to Willie L. Marsaw Foundation.BeautyByLeRenda Blazers and Bowties Elephant at Noel Furniture

Look at these lovely elephant statues that greeted me at the door!! I figured this was a good luck sign that this event was going to be a great experience.  😉 Right after I walked in I saw these adorable cookies on a very pretty glass table.

How Cute are these Bowtie Cookies!!!!

How Cute are these Bowtie Cookies!!!!

With my High School Classmate Simeon Queen

With my High School Classmate Simeon Queen

As soon as the hostess walked me into the event, I spotted my high school classmate Simeon. He was here to support Troy Marsaw and Urgent Psych Care.

I'm With Sonia James, VP of Community Relations for Psych on Site.

I’m With Sonia James, VP of Community Relations for Psych on Site.

 One of the 1st people I met was this beautiful woman named Sonia James.  She was so friendly and eager to tell me about the organization she works with called Psych on Site.  It’s a private counseling firm that works with individuals in residential facilities.

This Blazers and Bowties Event was well attended.

The flyer for this event stated that there would be a lavish buffet, and there definitely was.

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TeQava was one of the sponsors. It's the first sparkling Tequila cocktail.

TeQava was one of the sponsors. It’s the first sparkling Tequila cocktail.

Teqava Bottles

TeQava Bottles

Look at this pretty ice sculpture for Urgent Psych Care!

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Speakers came educate the patrons on the importance of increasing Mental Health Awareness especially in the African American community.

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Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the Blazers and Bowties with a String Of Pearls Red Carpet Event. The organizers did a fantastic job bringing people together in support of Mental Health Awareness and Random Act of Kindness.  I met a lot of cool people and finally got a chance to go inside of Noel Furniture.  I’d passed it for years, I just never had the opportunity to visit it.

Feb 202015
 

 

BeautyByLeRenda Pretty Zombie 3 Witches tube

I learned about this brand on Instagram.  I kept seeing people who had on these beautiful bold lips tag Pretty Zombie, and couldn’t wait to try one of their products.  It has the typical doe foot sponge lip wand.

BeautyByLeRenda Pretty Zombie 3 Witches wand

Here’s what it looks like with a flash.

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After putting 3 witches on my lips, I felt like it looked just like Magnolia Makeup Purple Lip Fix, so I pulled it out to check.Beauty By LeRenda Magnolia Makeup Purple Lip Fix Label

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These swatches below are with a flash.BeautyByLeRenda Pretty Zombies 3 Witches compared to Magnolia Makeup Purple Lip Fix SwatchesThe top swatch is Magnolia Makeup Purple Lip Fix.  The bottom swatch is Pretty Zombies 3 Witches.

Here’s what Magnolia Makeup Purple Lip Fix looks like on my lips.BeautyByLeRenda Magnolia Makeup Purple Lip Fix smile

BeautyByLeRenda Magnolia Makeup Purple Lip Fix on lips

There’s definitely a difference in the colors.  That was a relief.  I hate when I buy a product and later see that I have something already like it.  Magnolia Makeup Purple Lip Fix is clearly darker than the Pretty Zombies 3 Witches liquid lipstick.

I’m very pleased with the Pretty Zombies 3 Witches liquid lipstick.  It dries down to a matte but it’s still comfortable on your lips.  I receive lots of compliments whenever I wear it.  It truly allows you to make a statement with your lips because of how bold the purple is. It has great lasting power even after you eat, drink, and talk.  The only time it fades off is if I eat really greasy food.  I’d recommend both of these lip colors if you love purple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 192015
 

wpid-wp-1424409625488.jpegBeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Lipsticks and Gloss

As I walked through the cosmetic department of H.E.B. Grocery Store, I was pleased to see Milani Cosmetics on sale for $1 off!! I immediately started looking for items I hadn’t used.  As I browsed, I saw new matte lipsticks. These are the ones I chose.  I also picked a lipgloss.BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Lipstick and Gloss hand swatches with flashThe picture above is with a flash.  The picture below is without a flash.BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Lipsticks and Gloss hand swatches without flash

 1st up is the Milani Brillance Shine Lipgloss in Berry Tempting.20150214_005753BeautyByLeRenda Milani Lipgloss It’s not what I was expecting. BeautyByLeRenda Milani Lipgloss Berry Tempting close up It’s disappointingly sheer.  It looks nothing like the the color in the tube. :-(

Next up is Matte Glam BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Glam Lipstick

Love this color! It reminds me of MAC Heroine but at a fraction of the price at only $3.99! :-)

BeautyByLeRenda Milani Lipstick Matte DivaIf you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that this Matte Diva lipstick was hands down my favorite of all of the Milani Lip colors. BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Diva Lipstick pic 2 It’s similar to MAC Pink Pigeon.  I loved this color so much that I had a mini “selfie photoshoot” while wearing it.BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Diva Collage 2 with flash The pictures above are with a flash. Whoa! Matte Diva almost looks neon, like it’ll glow in the dark. Ha ha! :-pBeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Diva Collage 1

 I had to remember that I still had one more color to review. LOL! 😀

So on that note, last but not least here’s Matte Passion. BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Diva Passion close upBeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Passion Matte Passion reminds me of MAC Lady Danger, just not quite as bold.

Overall, I’m happy with the Milani Matte Lipsticks and thoroughly disappointed with the Brilliance Shine Gloss.

Feb 162015
 

I attended the Clarins Spring 2015 Beauty Event last week promoting their new Garden Escape Collection, with special guests Clarins Celebrity Makeup Artist Dayan Herrera and Nassima Kebir which was held at Macy’s Houston Galleria at Hidalgo.

Clarins went all out to accommodate the beauty bloggers.  They even arranged private car service for us to attend!!  This is the first time I’ve had that experience. :-)

BeautyByLeRenda Clarins Spr 2015 Beauty Event Personal Driver This was my driver, Byron.  He was very good . :-)

BeautyByLeRenda Clarins Spr 2015 Beauty Event Private Car Selfies Car Selfies while on the way to the event.

KODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still CameraAbove is Clarins Celebrity Makeup Artist Dayan Hererra talking with one of the guests.  He did a great job with taking out time to answer all of our questions and meeting everyone. BeautyByLeRenda Clarins Spr 2015 Beauty Event Crowd pic 1There was a great turnout. KODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still Camera

There were non-alcoholic beverages provided for the guests. :-)
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I had a Sparkling water with Lime

BeautyByLeRenda Clarins Spr 2015 Beauty Event My Drink

Houston Fashion Blogger Shalanda got to be one of the models for Dayan’s eye demo with the Clarins Total Eye Concentrate & Daily Duo.  He also used the highlighter pen in 02.  After the demo, Shalanda stated she instantly felt the hydration.

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Below, Dayan is showing us how to apply the Clarins Skin Care products.  He said it’s important to press the products into your skin and not RUB them.  You should be delicate.  KODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still Camera KODAK Digital Still CameraIn the above pic, you’ll see Dayan’s model displaying a look using the new Garden Escape eyeshadow palette.  There are 6 shadows in the palette.  They’re mineral based and can be used wet or dry. If you wet them, they can be used as eyeliners too.  The greens in the palette can be used on every eye color.

 Dayan explained that Clarins makeup has treatment in it so that’s what makes them stand apart from other brands.

Their new Everlasting  Foundation +SPF15 has an 18hr hold and is “Visibly Flawless”.  It contains Anti-polutants, Quinoa, and Bamboo Extract and comes in 14 “Velvety” shades.beautybylerenda clarins spr 2015 beauty event foundation display unit

BeautyByLeRenda Clarins Spr 2015 Beauty Event Instant Light Lip Oil

The Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil is used to enhance and nourish the lips.  It can be worn alone or layered.  It’s like an alternative to using a lip balm.  The applicator mimics the finger.

The Crayon Khol Eye liner pencil in the new shade “Intense Green”

The new Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector helps to moisturize, plump, and enhance the lips.  There are 6 colors available.  Dayan showed us “My Pink” amd explained that it’s a tint designed to react to the person’s skin PH.  It will look different on everyone but works well.

You can see swatches below on my fellow makeup artist and blogger Faith’s hand.KODAK Digital Still CameraBeautyByLeRenda Clarins 2015 Beauty Event hand swatches on Faith of Jolie Rouge Lipsticks

There are 2 new shades of Jolie Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick for this Spring 2015 Garden Escape Collection.  Coral Dahlia and Rose Petal.

The Blush Prodige is Mineral based and brings life to the skin.

BeautyByLeRenda Clarins Spr 2015 Beauty Event with MUA Dayan Here I am with Dayan. He was so nice.

beautybylerenda clarins spr 2015 beauty event counter selfie Couldn’t resist taking a selfie while at the Clarins Counter. LOL! 😛

We received the best swag bag I’ve ever gotten from a beauty event. Thanks Clarins. I can’t wait to reveiw all of these products. :-)BeautyByLeRenda clarins Spr 2015 BEauty Event Goodie Bag

Feb 092015
 

MBIB Fit For A Queen Tour Station

 

OMG!!! I was super excited to have walked up on the My Black Is Beautiful Fit For A Queen Beauty Station at Kroger’s today. I have a habit of perusing the cosmetics section whenever I go grocery shopping. Whether I actually need something or not,  somehow I find myself in this aisle.  Ha ha! Well it definitely paid off today!!

BeautyByLeRenda MBIB Beauty Fit For A Queen Display

The My Black Is Beautiful campaign is currently on a tour called “Beauty Fit For A Queen” and I’m sooooo glad they chose a few Houston area Kroger’s Grocery stores to work with.  There were two ladies working the Beauty Station, Dena from LA and Venetia from Chicago.  They did a great job of explaining the tour and the products.

BeautyByLeRenda MBIB Beauty Fit For A Queen lady trying on gloss

There was a full self service beauty station for people to try on products.   As I walked around I saw a picture of one of my favorite Beauty Bloggers and I yelled “Wow! That’s Afrobella!!!” Both of the ladies were pleased to know I knew who she was. Apparently, I was the first person to recognize her. I was shocked.  I told then that I’ve followed Patrice for years.  They were  even more shocked that I knew her real name, LOL! :-)

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Here are some of her top makeup picks from Cover Girl below BeautyByLeRenda MBIB Beauty Fit For A Queen Afrobella's top Makeup Picks

 These are a couple of her skincare picks

BeautyByLeRenda MBIB Beauty Fit For A Queen Skincare picks

Here are a few Haircare productsBeautyByLeRenda MBIB Beauty Fit For A Queen Haircare display

I hadn’t planned on covering a beauty event since I was grocery shopping.  Unfortunately I was pressed for time and didn’t get the names of all of the products.  Sorry.  :-(

The tour is going to several major US cities so hopefully you all will get a chance to experience it. For more info on Afrobella’s top beauty pics click here.  If you’re in the Houston area they’ll be at the Tomball parkway Kroger’s from 2-6 tomorrow.

Jan 252015
 

 BeautyByLeRenda CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Makeup

I haven’t heard any thing about this new line of CoverGirl makeup,  but I decided to experiment with it because I thought the name and packaging was cute. LOL! 😛

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My first reaction to the foundation was “Oh! This is thin. It’s probably not going to cover well”.   I wouldn’t say it’s exactly “watery”,  but it’s really thin & lightweight.

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My second reaction was “oh crap! This is too dark”.

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But somehow, it ended up blending into my skin and evened it out…just as advertised.  😉

BeautyByLeRenda CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer

I didn’t see a good variety of concealers.   Not sure if that’s due to Kroger’s not having the entire line, or if that all CoverGirl offers.

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When I applied it, I thought it was too light, but just like the foundation,  it blended I into a great highlight shade.  I’d forgotten how nice it is to have a concealer with an applicator.  I’m happy to now be able to quickly and neatly apply my concealer without always having to use a brush/sponge.

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I really was curious about this Powder Foundation.
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I love combining steps of my makeup routine, so powder foundations definitely appeal to me. The fact that I can get color and good coverage in one step is good news. My favorite powder foundation is MAC Studio Fix.  I can put it on without liquid or concealer and still be happy.   I really wanted to see how this Ready Set Gorgeous Powder Foundation would compare.

BeautyByLeRenda CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer liquid and powder on face

It worked surprisingly well. The packaging doesn’t say what the coverage is for any of the makeup, so I figured it would be somewhere between light to medium and it is. It does not work nearly as well as MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation as far as the amount of coverage,  but it’s still pretty good; especially for the inexpensive price of around $7 vs $27.

All 3 products appear to be buildable, so you can apply a light amount for sheer to light coverage,  or you can apply a generous amount for medium coverage.

Below are pics of where I  built up (Added more) the foundation and powder to see if I could get to full coverage.

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Yay! I’m pleased to say that I got some really good coverage.  I still wouldn’t say it was full, but maybe medium-full. :-)  The downside was that it appeared that the color changed a bit as I added more makeup. I didn’t like that.  I’m hoping it’s because I applied more liquid on top of the powder ( I was too lazy to take everything off and start over with more liquid). I’ll try it again another day from scratch to see if I can get more coverage without a color change.

I’m sure you noticed my brows weren’t done. :-(  I tried using this Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer to highlight my brow bone.

It did ok. Nothing like my MAC Prolongwear though.  Here’s my finished full face.

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 Below is a picture of all the products I used for my look.

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  1. Magnolia Makeup Highlight Powder in Penny and Illuminaughty on my cheeks.
  2. Magnolia Makeup Highlight Powder in Gloucester for my nose highlight
  3. CoverGirl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze as a Cheek Contour
  4. Magnolia Makeup Eyeshadow in Big Easy on my eyelids
  5. Magnolia Makeup Eyeshadow in Fairground in my crease
  6. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
  7. Beauty Supply Lashes #28
  8. MAC Viva Glam lipstick & lipglass in Miley Cyrus with MAC Magenta Lip Pencil

 

Overall, I’m pleased with this makeup and will continue to play around with it so I can really get comfortable using it.