Feb 192015
 

wpid-wp-1424409625488.jpegBeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Lipsticks and Gloss

As I walked through the cosmetic department of H.E.B. Grocery Store, I was pleased to see Milani Cosmetics on sale for $1 off!! I immediately started looking for items I hadn’t used.  As I browsed, I saw new matte lipsticks. These are the ones I chose.  I also picked a lipgloss.BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Lipstick and Gloss hand swatches with flashThe picture above is with a flash.  The picture below is without a flash.BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Lipsticks and Gloss hand swatches without flash

 1st up is the Milani Brillance Shine Lipgloss in Berry Tempting.20150214_005753BeautyByLeRenda Milani Lipgloss It’s not what I was expecting. BeautyByLeRenda Milani Lipgloss Berry Tempting close up It’s disappointingly sheer.  It looks nothing like the the color in the tube. :-(

Next up is Matte Glam BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Glam Lipstick

Love this color! It reminds me of MAC Heroine but at a fraction of the price at only $3.99! :-)

BeautyByLeRenda Milani Lipstick Matte DivaIf you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that this Matte Diva lipstick was hands down my favorite of all of the Milani Lip colors. BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Diva Lipstick pic 2 It’s similar to MAC Pink Pigeon.  I loved this color so much that I had a mini “selfie photoshoot” while wearing it.BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Diva Collage 2 with flash The pictures above are with a flash. Whoa! Matte Diva almost looks neon, like it’ll glow in the dark. Ha ha! :-pBeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Diva Collage 1

 I had to remember that I still had one more color to review. LOL! :-D

So on that note, last but not least here’s Matte Passion. BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Diva Passion close upBeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Passion Matte Passion reminds me of MAC Lady Danger, just not quite as bold.

Overall, I’m happy with the Milani Matte Lipsticks and thoroughly disappointed with the Brilliance Shine Gloss.

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 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.

BeautyByLeRenda Loreal Infallible Pro Spray top off

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 062014
 

I have several Wet n Wild lipsticks, mostly the matte lipsticks.  I’d never tried the Megalast liquid lipsticks until I got this one.Wet n Wild Back to the FuchsiaI purchased this one from CVS while they had a sale on Wet N Wild Products that was Buy One Get One half off! I also purchased some lipsticks from the Fergie collection.  To see my review of those lipsticks click here for Ferguson Crest Cabernet and here for Pagan Angel.

Back To The Fuchsia is a gorgeous color…but I haven’t figured out how to apply it evenly without it caking and being too dry. Wet n Wild Back to the Fuchsia on lips In the picture above I have about 3 coats of it.  I love that the color gets bolder the more you apply, but it also gets cakey and cracks. I’m still trying to play with it to figure how to apply it and prevent this from happening.  It seems like if I could get it on with one smooth stroke, it would be ok.  That’s just hard to do.  When I use the applicator I go across the top lip moving up and across then down and next I fill it in.  On the bottom lip I use the applicator going down and across then back up to the other side then I fill it in. This liquid lipstick dries pretty quickly so if I go back and apply more in the middle it’s no longer smooth.  It’s different than how you can apply a lipgloss where you can just go back and forth across your lips.

Anyway, below is the look I wore with this lip over the weekend. FOTD feat Wet n Wild Back to the Fuchsia  Angle viewFOTD featuring Wet n Wild Back to the Fuschia Ha ha! A silly pose belowFOTD feat Wet n Wild Back to the Fuchsia silly pose

This last picture is with a flash and I added Stila Lip Enamel in Giggle to add an extra pop of pink to the middle and to take away some of the dryness. FOTD feat Wet n Wild Back to the Fuchsia full viewFace

  • Cover Girl Queen Collection 3 n 1 Liquid Foundation in Brulee’
  • Cover Girl Queen Collection Matte Powder in Golden
  • Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze as Contour
  • Nars Blush in Albatross for Highlight
  • Black Radiance Baked Bronzer in Gingersnap as blush

Eyes

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion Original Formula
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk on lid
  • Black Opal eyeshadow in Illusion on lid
  • MAC eyeshadow in Embark in crease
  • Black Opal eyeshadow in Ring A Ding above crease
  • Black Opal Foundation Stick in Kalahari Sand to shape brows, brow highlight, & under eye concealer
  • Maybelline Clear Mascara on brows to hold them in place
  • Stila Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black
  • #138 False Lashes

Lips

  • Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Lipstick in Back To The Fuchsia
  • Stila Lip Enamel in Giggle in the middle of lips

Jan 032014
 

Rimmel The Max Volume Flash Mascara I took a chance when I tried this mascara.  I hadn’t heard any reviews and didn’t take any time to look it up.  I saw that it was on sale for $2 at H.E.B. grocery store and decided to give it a try.  Rimmel Max Volume Mascara brush I’ve been using it for a while now and it does a pretty good job.  I recently posted a look while using it when I created my FOTD with Ofra and Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette.  To see that post click here.Rimmel Max Flash Mascara on one eye

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It’s ok.  It’s not the best mascara I’ve ever used but it’s definitely not the worse.  It got the job done.  I mean, it was only $2 so my expectations weren’t that high anyway.  Not sure that I’d buy it again, but  I don’t regret that I took a chance on it.