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.

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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 Limited Edition Pro Matte Glosses

My 1st thought when I read “Matte Lip gloss” was that doesn’t make sense. How can something be a gloss and a matte. Then I thought, well maybe it’s like a liquid lipstick. Either way, due to the colors being pretty and all Loreal products being $2 off at HEB, I figured I’d give them a try.

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They’re not actually matte. They glide on smoothly and feel nice on my lips, but they still have shine and never dry down to a real matte texture. Even though they last pretty well throughout the day, they do still transfer.

Here’s Blushing Ambition
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BeautyByLeRenda Loreal Infallible Limited Edition Pro Matte Gloss Blushing Ambition on Lips

 Here’s Fuchsia Amnesia
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And the last one I got was Aphrodite Kiss
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I definitely like that they’re fully pigmented. The color pay off is great.  I’m not sure how long they’ll be available so if you look fully pigmented,  long lasting inexpensive lip glosses, I’d recommend you go get these soon.

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.