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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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 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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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.

Mar 082014
 

The 2nd Show I worked on was for designer Ernest Alexander. He’s based in NYC and proudly manufactures 100% of  his line in the USA, with most pieces being made in the Garment District.  When I walked into the studio, he was actually one of the 1st people I met as I walked in the room. That was awesome!  He’s so nice and appreciative of all of the people who worked with him on his show. :-)

2014-02-05 17.16.37How cool is this car with the designer’s name on it? :-) IMG_20140205_232900Check out all of the snow that was shoved to the side. *whew*20140205_171312 I love how they went all out with the fashion.  Even with the cars.  I’m guessing Cadillac was one of the sponsors for the show.

I was blessed to have the opportunity to assist Key Makeup Artist Monae Everett. This was another Men’s Wear Fashion Show.  Here she is in action. Monae was showing us the look for the show.  IMG_20140205_142217 Beauty Blender reps came by to supply us with tools to use on the models.  You’ll notice she’s using a Beauty Blender in the picture.   Evolution Man was a sponsor for the makeup team.  Here are the products we used backstage on the models.

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Here’s my very condensed makeup station

These guys were a lot of fun to work with and had great personalities. I even met one model who moved from Houston not too long ago. Here are two of the models I worked with below. 2014-02-05 15.01.152014-02-05 15.24.31 Here’s more behind the scenes action.  2014-02-05 16.11.242014-02-05 16.53.142014-02-05 16.53.542014-02-05 16.55.422014-02-05 16.55.512014-02-05 16.59.16  Below is an #Usie with two of my fellow glam squad members Shrini, and Danielle.  Check out the model behind us doing a photobomb. LOL! :-D2014-02-05 15.55.56-1

Stay tuned for more of my experiences during NYFW 2014.  Also if you missed the 1st part click here. :-)

Feb 282014
 

WOW! Would be the short and sweet version of my 1st New York Fashion Week experience, however, I’m sure you’d prefer actual details of my trip. LOL! :-)

NYC Selfie at the Park with Snow 1 I had to take selfies with the snow in the background because before this trip, I’d never been in real snow. :-)NYC Selfie in the park with snow 2 By the way, I’m wearing MAC Lipstick in Sin. It’s a Pro color.  It lasted all day! Like, for real. I took it off before I went to sleep that night.  I tried it on at the MAC Pro Soho store and kept it on.

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I almost got it, but it’s so close to Diva.  I really couldn’t justify buying it. Here are swatches below.  The Beauty Blogger in me couldn’t resist doing a product review while I was in NYC. LOL! :-)MAC Sin Lipstick Label

MAC Sin vs Diva Hand Swatches

Me in front of the MAC Pro Sign I was on my way to work on a photoshoot with UK Designer Blessed Zion. This explains why I’m at the store with my Zuca and my bag. You know, just in case you were wondering.  Ha ha ha! :-P

Now back to talking about New York Fashion Week. I was blessed to be able to work on 4 fashion shows while in NYC. I almost did 5, but due to the snow on Sunday, the promoter felt it would be best to cancel it. So we did a photoshoot instead.

The 1st show I worked on was on 2/4/14. I assisted Celeb Makeup Artist AJ Crimson who was the Key for the Michael Bastian Show. It was a Mens Wear show and I had a great time. AJ Crimson Michael Bastian TeamAbove is a picture of the AJ Crimson Glam Squad for the Michael Bastian Show. Here are a few behind the scenes shots I took. 2014-02-04 13.02.52The hair and makeup team getting prepared for the models to come in.
2014-02-04 13.00.31Above is my makeup station set up. :-) Below is a picture of the models, and designer team getting the guys ready for the runway
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Muji was one of the sponsors for the makeup team.  They provided these amazing masks for skin prep.  I forgot to take a picture of them, but they’re really small; like the size of a nickle.  Once you wet them, they expand and you just peel it a part and place it on the face for a few minutes.  It provides instant hydration to the skin and makes it smooth and ready for makeup.   Below is a picture of AJ showing us how to use the Muji Masks.2014-02-04 13.12.452014-02-04 13.14.342014-02-04 13.14.46After the time is up for the mask, he sprayed Caudalie Beauty Elixir (also one of the sponsors for the Makeup Team). Then he perfected the skin with his AJ Crimson Creme Foundation
2014-02-04 13.18.20 Here are a couple of the looks from the show below.

Behind the scenes at the Michael Bastian NYFW 2014 show

Behind the scenes at the Michael Bastian NYFW 2014 show

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Michael Bastian NYFW Behind the Scenes

Michael Bastian NYFW Behind the Scenes

I have so much to share with you all. It’s hard for me to know when to stop so that I don’t overload you in one post.  I’m still trying to decide just how many parts I’m going to break up this series into.  In the meantime, I’ll stop here for the 1st part.  Make sure to stay tuned to find out more about my 1st experience working at NYFW!!! :-)

Dec 242013
 

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I attended a makeup mixer hosted by celebrity makeup artist Tai Young of Tai Young Style, a couple days ago here in Houston at the Four Seasons Hotel downtown.  She had a great turn out!

 

2013-12-22 16.59.13Unfortunately, as soon as I took my 1st picture with my camera…my battery died. *sigh* I was rushing from attending the Texans game and didn’t remember to grab extra batteries.  Needless to say, I had to take all of the pictures with my phone and they’re not the best quality.  :-(2013-12-22 16.59.07

I missed the beginning but I rushed over as soon as I could because I’ve wanted to meet Tai for a while now.  I’ve followed her on social media and I love her work.  I didn’t want to miss the opportunity.  When I got there it was standing room only.  I didn’t mind though. I was happy that she had so many people wanting to meet her and learn from her.  I was still able to gather a lot of pointers, tips, and techniques.  When I got there, she was in the middle of her 1st makeover. 2013-12-22 16.53.522013-12-22 16.54.08 She covered all of the basics of doing a makeup application as well as highlighting, contouring, and eyelash application.

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2013-12-22 17.18.33 Above is the neutral eye and red lip look without a flash and below is a more dramatic blue eye/red lip look.  2013-12-22 17.18.52

 She did another makeup application demonstrating how to do eyebrows and lashes.  Tai doing brows 2013-12-22 17.24.52 Tai Young 2nd model midway thru  When Tai finished the brows and lashes, she gave us a bonus by applying shadow and lips. She created an everyday look even with lashes and a pink lip. :-) Tai Young adding shadow to 2nd model I just realized I forgot to get a final picture of the 2nd model. My bad.  *smh*

Tai Young and I  Without a doubt, I truly enjoyed myself at the makeup mixer.  Tai is genuine and it’s so apparent that she loves what she does and has no problems sharing her expertise with others.  I’m thrilled that I had the opportunity to meet her and learn from her.  Here are some of the pointers she gave below.

  • For Lip color applications: Before adding lip color, use foundation, concealer, or a nude lip pencil all over lips to even them out and to allow the true color of the product to show.
  • After applying lip color, set it with a transparent powder to make it last longer.
  • If you are not comfortable with wearing colors on the lid or crease or if you feel your eyes are too small to do dramatic looks; work with the bottom of the eye. Add a pop of color and/or smoke out your liner.
  • *Bonus photo tip* When taking pics, you look more flattering from a side view than front on.  (I’m totally doing this LOL! )

Tai has a new line of makeup brushes.  To learn more about her and her brushes visit TaiYoungStyle.com.