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.

BeautyByLeRenda Loreal Infallible Limited Edition Pro Matte Glosses LabelsBeautyByLeRenda Loreal Infallible Limited Edition Pro Matte Glosses Swatches

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
BeautyByLeRenda Loreal Blushing Ambition Label
BeautyByLeRenda Loreal Infallible Limited Edition Pro Matte Gloss Blushing Ambition

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

 Here’s Fuchsia Amnesia
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This is Tantalizing Tangerine BeautyByLeRenda Loreal Infallible Limited Edition Pro Matte Gloss Tantalizing TangerineKODAK Digital Still Camera

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.

Dec 292014
 

BeautyByLeRenda TheLipBarBoxWelcome to the 2nd installment of my Review of The Lip Bar products.  To see part 1, click here.  This post will focus on my favorite The Lip Bar lipstick so far, called Dark & Stormy. BeautyByLeRenda TheLipBar Dark&Stormy LipstickI’m totally in love with this packaging.  These The Lip Bar lipsticks will surely stand a part from all of my other lipsticks. BeautyByLeRenda TheLipBar Dark&Stormy  LabelThis is my 1st ever grey lipstick!BeautyByLeRenda TheLipBar Dark&Stormy Swatch

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After swatching and wearing the Dark & Stormy Lipstick,  I decided to experiment with a Lip Liner.  Well, I don’t own an actual grey Lip pencil, however, I do have a grey Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Pencil in 4eBeautyByLeRenda TheLipBar Dark&Stormy Lipstick wMUFE Aqua pencil

Here’s what it looks like with a flash as I’m applying the pencil.BeautyByLeRenda TheLipBar Dark&Stormy applying MUFE Aqua pencil with flashBelow are pictures of the finished combo without a flash. BeautyByLeRenda TheLipBar Dark&Stormy on my lips without a flashBeautyByLeRenda TheLipBar Dark&Stormy wMUFE Aqua Lips with smirk

Dec 292014
 

OMG!! I just found a new favorite makeup brand. The Lip Bar!!!

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I haven’t been this excited about a makeup brand since discovering Magnolia Makeup & AJ Crimson; and if you’ve been following me, you know how much I love those two brands. :-)BeautyByLeRenda TheLipBarBox opened The Lip Bar has great customer service,  fast shipping,  personalized messages, and pretty packaging. (I’m a sucker for pretty

 packaging. LOL! :-P).  They even spelled my name right with my personalized Cheers!!  *Bonus Points* HA!! :-)  I love the whole theme of the company and I’m looking forward to getting more products from them.

The 1st lipstick I’ll review is Purple Rain. Studio_20141229_203540BeautyByLeRenda TheLipBar Purple Rain LipstickThe 1st swatch is with a flash. The 2nd is without a flash.BeautyByLeRenda TheLipBar Purple Rain Swatch with flashBeautyByLeRenda TheLipBar Purple Rain Swatch no flashHere’s what it looks like on my lips without a flash. BeautyByLeRenda TheLipBar Purple Rain on lips closeupStudio_20141229_203341

The texture of this lipstick is similar to a MAC Cremesheen Lipstick, but with more pigment.  They are very hydrating, glide on really easy, and feel great on my lips.

BeautyByLeRenda TheLipBar Purple Rain on lips 2 All of The Lip Bar’s lipsticks are Vegan. Their ingredient list includes Vitamin E Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter,  Organic Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Pigment, and “Love” :-). They don’t include Parabens, Mineral Oils, Animal products, or other “unnecessary crap”. (All of this was taken from TheLipBar.com)

Stay tuned for Part 2 of my The Lip Bar review in which I’ll show you Dark & Stormy Lipstick.

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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Here he is applying the lash to Nikki’s lash line below20141211_204917

20141211_20505420141211_205059Ja'Maal Buster applying lashes on Nikki

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 132014
 

Yaaaaaasss!!! Two Celebrity Beauty Pros in one class. AJ Crimson and Ja’Maal Buster have been touring the country and they stopped in Houston a couple nights ago! :-)

AJ Crimson On The Go Tour Flyer

This is a 12 city tour that initially began with Celebrity Makeup Artist AJ Crimson educating his fans on his AJ Crimson Pro products and makeup techniques.  Before the St. Louis stop, Celebrity Lash Guru Ja’Maal Buster was added to the tour to facilitate lash techniques and to meet his “Lash Barbies”.  What an amazing combo!!!!

BeutyByLeRenda AJ Crimson and JaMaal Buster speaking to the Houston class for the On The Go Tour

The event was held at The MUA Project (side note, if you’re anywhere near the Houston area and you’re a Pro Makeup Artist or even a Makeup Lover, you NEED to stop by this awesome store).BeautyByLeRenda The MUA Project Sign It was a packed house.

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Before doing makeup and Lash applications, both AJ Crimson and Ja’Maal Buster gave their fans a summary of their backgrounds, which are truly inspiring.  They gave advice and shared some interesting tips to motivate everyone.

BeautyByLeRenda AJ Greeting the classBeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster talking to the attendees of the On The Go Tour Houston

AJ went first with the Makeup Application.  He asked for volunteers and chose a young lady named Resha to be his model.

BeautyByLeRenda Resha the volunteer Model for AJ taking off her makeupBeautyByLeRenda AJ Telling attendees about the AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundations

He began by explaining to us the benefits of his AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundations.  Then he moisturized her face and applied the Banana Creme makeup to highlight.

BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson using the Beauty Blender BeautyByLeRenda AJ Criimson explaining his highlighting technique

AJ showed us how he mixes the AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundation colors to really work with the skin.  He explained how to use different shades to bring dimension to the face.  BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson using the AJ Crimson Pro CremeBeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson applying AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundation on model 1BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson applying AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundation on Model pic 2BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson's Model Resha showing how pretty her skin looks

He also informed us that he doesn’t mind using other brands as well to complete a great look.  He often uses Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate in either 1 or 2 to create a glowing effect to the skin

Aj using Tom Ford Shade and Iluminate

Next he added his brand new Lip and Cheek color palette. BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson holding his Lip and Cheek Color PaletteAJ used the peach color on Resha’s cheeksBeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson Lip and Cheek Palette used in On The Go Tour I’ve been waiting months to see this palette in real life.  Please excuse the blurry picture. I captured this as it was literally being passed  around the class so that we could see the palette close up.

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And to top it off he took selfies with Resha, his model for the night. Ha ha! :-pBeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson and his model Resha taking a selfie Make sure to check out  part 2 of my AJ Crimson and Ja’Maal Buster “On The Go” Tour Recap to see highlights from Ja’Maal’s segment. :-)

Dec 112014
 

MAC and Nasty Gal collaborated to provide makeup lovers with a bold December collection.  It includes Lipsticks and a Nail Lacquer.

 Here are the lipsticks below.BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Lipsticks with flashFrom Left to Right Gunner, Runner, Stunner.

I didn’t get the nail laquer because I have plenty of red polishes that I never use.  I’ll swatch all 3 lipsticks in this post to show you what they look like.  First up is Stunner.

BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Stunner Lipstick BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Stunner Hand Swatch BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Stunner Looking LeftBeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Stunner Looking down It’s a pretty Red.  Not much different from Ruby Woo and Riri Woo.  (I’ll compare it to other reds in a later post)  Next up is Runner. BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Runner Lipstick swatchIt’s a nice burgundy matte lipstick. 20141208_185410BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Runner Duck LipsBeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Runner Lipstick smiling

The last lipstick is Gunner. BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner Lipstick with flash

BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner Hand Swatch with flashBeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner looking rightGunner is my favorite out of the three.  It’s a true dark purple and yep, It’s a different shade than Smoked Purple ( I’ll do a comparison in a later post)BeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner SmirkBeautyByLeRenda MAC and Nasty Gal Gunner smiling I like the texture of these lipsticks.  MAC has them labeled as Matte, however they glide on more like Satins.  This is a good thing.  It means, my lips don’t feel as dry and uncomfortable throughout the day.  :-)