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.

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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.
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 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.

Dec 202014
 

Welcome to Part 2 of my recap of the Make Up For Ever Pro Artistry Class that was held in March 2014. To see part 1, click here. This is my 2nd post of the “Way Back When” Series. BeautyByLeRenda MUFE Pro Artistry Class 2The 2nd class I took was Editorial Dark Beauty facilitated by Regional Artist Amber Lynn. As a warning, my battery was running low, so I missed some of the look being created. :-(  So, to recap what I didn’t get in pictures, she began by priming the skin with HD Primer.  She used MUFE Face and Body 20 and let it sit a while to get a bit tacky, then blended to get just the right texture.

She used Aqua Brow to shape the brows with Pro Waterproof liner for the wing.  She instructed us to never pull up the eye and to make sure that the inner corners are just as sharp as the outer wing.  Also it’s very helpful step back frequently to check symmetry. 20140316_141326Here’s Amber Lynn working on her model’s eyes.20140316_142157She used MUFE eyeshadows and blended them really well (even on the lower lash line), as well as the Aqua Eyeshadow Stick in 22E in the water water line to create the look.20140316_143249Then she did the lips.  She mentioned that she understands how it can be difficult to get that perfect lip, so she showed us how she sometimes holds the lips to get a straight line.  Great idea! :-)BeautyByLeRenda MUFE Pro Artistry Class 2 Amber LynnAmber used Aqua Lip 19C with Lab Shine Gloss on top.  For the cheeks, she used the very popular #92 eyeshadow with a touch (very lightly) of the fuchsia from the Flash Color Palette.

Amber Lynn did a great job with her makeup application and educating the class on the techniques she uses for editorial jobs.  I hate that my battery ran out before I was able to get the total completed look. :-(

Stay tuned for Part 3 of my recap of the Make Up Forever Pro Artistry Classes.

Dec 022014
 

I’m going to start right off by saying “Go Get This Lip Palette!!!” No…really…you should purchase this palette.

image(The top of my palette is stained from me spraying Beauty So Clean Sanitizing Spray over time.  It started off clear)  The Primary Infinity Palette is an absolute staple in my Professional Makeup Artist Kit. I can create all kinds of looks with this one palette.  These colors are very vibrant, not at all sheer, and easy to blend.  They are just the right creamy texture; not too thick.  They apply well to the skin without being too greasy.  Even though it’s a lip palette, the Primary Infinity Palette can effortlessly be blended into pretty cheek colors.

Below, I’ll show you how I created a gorgeous burgundy Fall lip on model Keneice for our photoshoot with talented Houston photographer Ambient Noir.

imageimageFirst I used my spatula to scoop out some red, purple, and black.  Then I mixed those colors together until I got the color burgundy that I wanted.image I later added MAC Cremestick Lip Liner in Velvetella.

Here’s what it looks like.imageimageimageModel Keneice did a fantastic job werkin the camera! It was such a pleasure doing her makeup. :-)

image Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll use the same Magnolia Makeup Primary Infinity Lip Palette to create a pretty red lip on Keneice.

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 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.