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! :-P

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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.

 

Jan 232015
 

BeautyByLeRenda Loreal Infallible Pro Spray

While walking through the cosmetic aisle at HEB Grocery store, I saw a Loreal Infallible display, and on it was a new Makeup Setting Spray with the Pro Matte Glosses.

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If you’ve followed me over the years, you already know my biggest facial issue is extreme oiliness.  With that being said, I was definitely intrigued by this spray.  It’s advertised to extend the wear of your makeup and allow “All Day Makeup Lock-In Without Touch Ups”.

I was truly eager to see if this spray lived up to this claim.  I usually use Skindinavia products.  I have bottles both for my personal use as well as in my pro makeup artist kit. Here are the ones I use the most below. BeautyByLeRenda Skindinavia SpraysThe primer is fairly new, but I’ve used the Oil Control Finishing Spray (pictured below) for years.
BeautyByLeRenda Skindinavia Oil Control Finishing Spray

 I’m including the Skindinavia products in this post as a frame of reference for a comparison.  Before the Primer Spray was developed,  I used the Oil Control Spray (or No More Shine as it was previously called) before and after applying my makeup because I’m super oily.  Now I use the Primer Spray before and the Oil Control Spray after.  This new Infallible Setting Spray says you can use it before and after as well.

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The directions tell you to use an X motion. Then you can optionally spray in a T motion if you know you need extra help (which of course I need the extra help).

Here’s my after picture.BeautyByLeRenda Loreal Infallible Pro Spray finished makeup look eyes closed

I like the way it helps my makeup settle and helps my skin look smooth.  However, I can’t honestly say it helped oiliness. I still had to blot several times throughout the day.  :-(  I will say that my makeup was still on, it was just shinny. Ugh!  So maybe it worked liked it was supposed to because it DID NOT say it reduced oiliness.

Now to be fair,  this doesn’t necessarily mean this product is trash or that it won’t work for you.  I’m somewhat of an extreme case and I own it and recognize. *sigh*  I just didn’t feel like this L’Oréal Setting Spray worked as well my trusty Skindinavia sprays.

Jan 232015
 

BeautyByLeRenda Loreal Infallible Limited Edition Pro Matte Glosses

My 1st thought when I read “Matte Lip gloss” was that doesn’t make sense. How can something be a gloss and a matte. Then I thought, well maybe it’s like a liquid lipstick. Either way, due to the colors being pretty and all Loreal products being $2 off at HEB, I figured I’d give them a try.

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They’re not actually matte. They glide on smoothly and feel nice on my lips, but they still have shine and never dry down to a real matte texture. Even though they last pretty well throughout the day, they do still transfer.

Here’s Blushing Ambition
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 Here’s Fuchsia Amnesia
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And the last one I got was Aphrodite Kiss
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I definitely like that they’re fully pigmented. The color pay off is great.  I’m not sure how long they’ll be available so if you look fully pigmented,  long lasting inexpensive lip glosses, I’d recommend you go get these soon.

Jan 132015
 

After the leaving MBFW I attended a NYFW Beauty Mixer called “Relax Relate Relase” hosted by Social Media Gurus Kela Walker, Ty Alexander of GorgeousInGrey, and Christen of Divas and Dorks who started the Digital Sorority.   It was held at the Inglot Studio in SoHo to celebrate the end of another successful New York Fashion Week.  Before I go any further, I need to make a disclaimer.  I lost a lot of my NYFW pictures.  For some reason, not all of my pictures transferred to my dropbox.  :-(  As a result, I’ll be posting my Instagram posts.  At least I still have those.  Thank God.

The ladies had a cool set up towards the back of the Inglot studio with lights (looked like Glamcor, but I’m not sure) an iPad on a stand, and a big screen TV.  We were able to take selfies, usies, and wesies during the event and instantly post them to our social media accounts.  They even had cute little signs for us to hold up with pre-printed titles and hashtags. :-)

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BeautyByLeRenda NYFW Inglot Beauty Mixer Usies

  This was such a fun event! There were Makeup Artists doing makeup demos and Hairstylists from Angela’s Hair Salon NYC doing hair.  AT&T gave away a cell phone and Otterbox gave out cases.  They had light refreshments and gave away goodie bags.  (sorry I don’t have those pictures anymore.  *cries*)  The Instagram collage below is the closest thing I have left. BeautyByLeRenda NYFW Inglot Beauty Mixer CollageBeautyByLeRenda Swag Bag from Inglot NYFW RRR Party

Here’s the goodie bag we received at the NYFW Relax Relate Release Party. :-)

Jan 112015
 

This post will focus on the last day of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. I was privileged to attend the Dorin Negrau show.

BeautybyLeRenda MBFW Entrance

BeautyByLeRenda MBFW 2014 waiting for Dorin NegrauAbove, the lights had just dimmed as the show was about to start.

BeautyByLeRenda MBFW 2014 Dorin Negrau 1st modelDorin Negrau’s 1st model to walk the runway.  It was a bit theatrical. Below are more of the models walking the runway.

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BeautyByLeRenda MBFW 2014 Dorin Negrau

After the show, I hung around for a while to experience everything MBFW had to offer.  It was a lot of fun.  There were booths set up from different companies and most of them provided goodies and picture opportunities. :-)

BeautyByLeRenda MBFW Inside the Tent of NYFW

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They even had free refreshments & charging stations! BeautyByLeRenda MBFW RefreshmentsBeautyByLeRenda MBFW Charging stationThe Pandora booth offered free flash tattoos.  The elephant immediately caught my eyears of course! :-) BeautyByLeRenda at MBFW with Flash Tattoo

Jan 102015
 

BeautyByLeRenda NYFW Life Is Lust Fashion Show Flyer

 

This post will focus on the third Fashion Show I worked on. I did makeup for Fashion Designers Yanell Galva and Ricardo Cabrera.

Me with two of the male models I worked with for Ricardo Cabrera.

With Rayme Clay and JMills at Life Is LustModel Raemi on the left and model Jay Millz on the right. These guys were super cool and had everyone laughing backstage. We had such a great time that it didn’t even feel like work.

BeautybyLeRenda grooming on Raemi Clay walking for Designer Ricardo Cabrera *The picture above is from Ricardo’s Instagram*

BeautyByLeRenda Male Grooming on Model KILLS for Ricardo Cabrera 

Me working backstage on a model walking for Yanell Galva. The look included a bold and pretty orange lip.  I used Magnolia Makeup.

BeautyByLeRenda NYFW Creating Orange lip look on Model for designer Yanell Galva

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Below are looks I created for the female models walking for Ricardo Cabrera. He requested gold lids,  glowing skin, with nude lips.

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BeautyByLeRenda Makeup done for model walking for Ricardo Cabrera NYFW

Yay for another Step and Repeat! LOL! :-P
BeautyByLeRenda On the Step and Repeat at Life Is Lust Fashion Show NYFW