Beauty By LeRenda

I am a professional freelance Make-Up Artist working in the Houston area. I have six years of experience in the beauty/make-up world. I own Beauty By LeRenda. I also work for M.A.C. as a freelance/on-call make-up artist. For appointments or business inquiries, please contact me by email lerenda@beautybylerenda.com.

Nov 182014
 

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I received the Beauty Treats Green Tea Makeup Cleansing Tissues in a goodie bag that I won at The Makeup Show Dallas Pre Mixer hosted by Faith of OnlineWithFaith.com at The MUA Project in Houston.  She was allowed to pick some of her favorite products from this store and these wipes were part of her faves.

By now, you should know about my love for makeup remover wipes and how I’m always on the hunt for new ones…even though I ALWAYS return back to my beloved Ponds wipes. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical of these wipes because I’d never heard of them.  I also wasn’t sure about the Green Tea. I was worried the fragrance would be too strong.

image These Beauty Treats Green Tea wipes are actually good!!  They are a nice size, as seen in the above picture.  They do a good job of removing all of my makeup. On average I use 2 or 3 depending on how much makeup I had on that day.  The fragrance is just enough to notice, but not overwhelming.  I like the packaging.  The seal opens and closes without any problems.  I’ve had some wipes that have seals that don’t stick or lay down properly which causes the wipes to dry out.

Overall I like these wipes and may purchase another pack.  The only downside was that the first few wipes weren’t as moist as the middle and last ones. This is one of the major reasons I consistently use the Ponds wipes. They are wet from beginning to the end.

Nov 122014
 

image In this post I’ll show you three more dark lip looks that I experimented with for Halloween that can still be used with the Fall/Winter Trend.  1st up is a MAC Limited Edition Matteen called Midnight Media.imageimageimage Here’s what it looks like alone on my lipsimage image Next I added my beloved MAC Vanilla Pigment.

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imageThen I added the GlimmerGlass in Bling Black to add some shine.image image
imageAnother look I tried was mixing the Matteen Midnight Media with the MAC Limited Edition Superglass in Fab Frenzy

imageimageimageI really liked this combo.

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Nov 112014
 

image American Textile Recycling Service or ATRS hosted the Houston Fashion Bloggers for an exclusive thrifting event at the corporate office in Houston.

 

image The amazing ATRS staff pulled out all the stops.  They picked their Fall Favorites for us to try on and take pictures of. We were thrilled to see the variety of items! Everything was very well organized.

imageCheck out Jasmine of Spookieloo.com striking a pose. ☺️:-)

The ATRS Staff set up racks of clothing for us to try on. imageimageimageimage They also had a gorgeous spread of accessories that included shoes, jewelry, purses, and even hats!

imageimage Hey Taylor of PrettyPinkLiving.com :-)

imageThese boots caught my eye! Unfortunately, they weren’t my size. :-(

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imageLook at how cute this purse is, annnd…it matched my hair. LOL!!! :-D

image image I’m not much of a hat person but something was special about this one. image imageIn the above pictures, I’m on the “Green Carpet” modeling my accessories that I picked out!

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 Above is Houston Fashion Blogger founder, Shalanda of Live-Life-In-Style.com on the Green Carpet with her ensemble. Below are or hostesses from ATRS werking the Green Carpet image

As a courtesy for the Houston Fashion Bloggers coming out to ATRS and sharing the info on social media, we were surprised with the gift of being allowed to take home what we picked out!! It was hard to choose my purse. I contemplated for a while and finally decided on the green bag. I already have a purple as well as a yellow bag.  This will be my 1st green one.

imageI had a great time at the ATRS Houston Fashion Bloggers meetup! I’m looking forward to be able to do more recycled thrift shopping with them in the future. I’d  highly recommend you check them out.  Especially if you’re environmentally conscious and appreciate “Eco Chic” apparel. Go to atrscorp.com for more info.

Nov 062014
 

In the previous post I experimented with MAC Black Knight Lipstick. In this post I’ll be using Wet N Wild Lipstick Pagan Angel from the Fergie Collection.  image I love everything about this lipstick. I did a review of it last year but didn’t really wear it. Pagan Angel was the 1st lipstick that came to mind when I decided to go with dark lips for Halloween. imageimage

Since I used the MAC GlimmerGlass in Blackware in the previous post, I decided to try something different and go with more sparkle and gloss.  I used MAC GlimmerGlass in Bling Black on top to get this effect.imageHere’s what this combo looks like on my lips below image

*Remember my disclaimer about trying to decide what eye look to pair with my dark lips.  I wouldn’t normally have two different ones on. Ha! *

This Wet N Wild Pagan Angel is by far my favorite black lipstick. #1 it’s inexpensive. #2 it has great staying power. #3  it feels really good on my lips. It’s nice and creamy. Good job Wet N Wild! I wish I would’ve purchased two of these last year because I’m not sure if this color is still available.

Nov 062014
 

Every year around this time, people tend to get rid of their bright pink, orange, lavender, and coral lip colors in exchange for darker berries, purples, burgundies, browns, and even black lip colors.

In this series, I’m going to show you some of the colors I’ll be using this season. Starting off with my variation of Black Lips. image **Now before I go any further, I want to give a disclaimer. I was doing practice looks for Halloween when I took most of these pictures, hence the bright blue wig and the mismatched eye makeup. Ha ha! I couldn’t decide whether to go with dark eyes or more neutral eyes. I was also trying to decide which black combo to use. **

I began with MAC Black Knight Lipstick. image  Due to Black Knight being a Cremesheen, it goes on pretty sheer. image  This looks more like a dark purple than black, so I added Urban Decay Perversion Pencil.  It’s the smoothest & blackest pencil I have.

image image The Perversion Pencil made a big difference. I was curious to see how a glossier lip would look, so I added MAC Blackware GlimmerGlass.  image image image I really like the high shine effect that I got from using Blackware GlimmerGlass.  image Stay tuned for Part 2 of my Dark Lip Fall/Winter 2014 Trend series.

Nov 052014
 

I learned about the Muji Face Lotion Sheets, or Compressed Facial Masks Sheets as it’s listed on the Muji Website, in Feb of this year when I worked New York Fashion Week assisting Celebrity Makeup Artist AJ Crimson. We used them on the models as a part of the skin prep.

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I didn’t get a chance to purchase any then, but I made it a point to get some of these masks when I returned to New York Fashion Week in Sept of this year.  Before using these sheets, I had no idea Muji made anything else besides organizing products. When I went to the Muji store, I found out they sell a wide variety of items including an entire skin care line.

I’m so fascinated with these masks! I think it’s super cool that they start off as these little pellets but then expand after you wet them.  imageimage

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image Here’s what it looks like fully unfolded and on the face.

image I like to take time to spread it out to really make it fit on the face, but it was hard to do that while holding my phone trying to take a picture. LOL! Also, my client had just gotten her hair done and I didn’t want to put the mask on her hair.  Below is the finished makeup application. image

I really like using these masks during my makeup application appointments.  I view them sort of like an added VIP service.  They make my clients feel more relaxed during the makeover.  The Muji masks also helps to provide some instant hydration to the skin and leaves it smoother; which also means the makeup looks better. I’d highly recommend these.