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! :-P

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 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.

BeautyByLeRenda MBFW 2014 Dorin Negrau 2nd ModelBeautyByLeRenda MBFW 2014 Dorin Negrau back of 2nd modelThere were some great pieces in this collection.

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BeautyByLeRenda MBFW 2014 Dorin Negrau Models Final WalkHere’s Fashion Designer Dorin Negrau making his appearance after the final walk of the models.BeautyByLeRenda MBFW 2014 Dorin Negrau Fashion Designer

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.

BeautyByLeRenda Doing making up model for Ricardo Cabrera NYFW

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

Jan 082015
 

Welcome to part 2 of my New York Fashion Week Sept 2014 Recap.  To see part 1, click here.  This post will focus on the Fashion Shows that I worked with backstage as a makeup artist.  I worked on 3 shows while in NYC for NYFW.  The first two were with African Fashion Week New York and the third one was called “Life is Lust Fashion Show”, which exhibited local NYC fashion designers. In this post, I’ll focus on African Fashion Week.

BeautyByLeRenda NYFW Headed to worknow my 3rd All packed and ready to go! :-)

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A few selfies before starting my work day.  Y’all have no idea just how happy I was to be working in NYC again!! :-) BeautyByLeRenda Selfie with Zuca before AFWNYC Show NYFW

 This was a huge event with lots of press and fashion designers from all over Africa.  These are a few pictures of the designers being interviewed. It was held at the Metropolitan Pavilion,  which was awesome because I knew exactly where it was.  That’s the same venue as The Makeup Show NYC! I worked there last year with AJ Crimson.  :-)

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNYC NYFW Press interviewng Fashion Designers BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Fashion Designer being interviewed 2 Here are a few backstage pictures below.

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Day 1 Work Station The picture above, is my work station at African Fashion Week New York 2014.

BeautyByLeRenda BTS Working on NYC Model Jo for AFWNYC NYFW cropped Here I am working with NYC Model Joey.  Below are a few selfies of us.  She was so sweet.

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Below I’m with my Glam Squad Team Member NYC Manicurist and Makeup Artist Vanessa.   I had so much fun working with her.  :-)

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Sept 2014 Selfies with Manicurist Vanessa

We didn’t have a lot of space for the Makeup and Hair Glam Squad so we had to do makeup where ever we could find a spot.  Below, I’m working on NYC Model Juanita. She has an awesome personality was such a pleasure to work with.  BeautyByLeRenda Working BTS with NYC Model Juanita for AFWNYC NYFW Day 2

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY 2014 Juanitas finished lookJuanita was fierce on the runway!
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Here I am working with NYC model Tanesha and NYC Manicurist Gina.  I was so happy to work with Tanesha again.  We worked together eariler in the year for NYFW in Feb. So nice to see a familiar face in such a big city. :-)

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Collage with Model Tanesha and Nail Tech GinaHere’s a picture of Tanesha werking the Runway!Screenshot_2015-01-08-18-43-21

Below, I’m doing makeup while NYC Manicurist Carmen is doing nails.BeautyByLeRenda AFFW 2014 IG post of me doing makeup and Carmen doing nails

 Below is a collage of another model I worked with.  I can’t remember her name, but I remember she currently lives in Europe.BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Model

I didn’t realize the two bottom pictures were so blurry until after I left.  :-(
BeautyByLeRenda AFWNYC NYFW Models Backstage

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BeautyByLeRenda AFWNYC NYFW Models They had a step and repeat so I HAD to take a pic before I left. Ha! :-)

BeautyByLeRenda Posing with Zuca on Step and Repeat after AFWNYC NYFW show Make sure you check out part 3 of my NYFW SEPT 2014 Recap.