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

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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 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.  :-)

Dec 032014
 

image In the previous post, I showed you how I used my my beloved Magnolia Makeup Primary Infinity Lip Palette to create a beautiful burgundy lip on model Keneice during our Photoshoot with Ambient Noir.  In this post, I’ll show you the red lip look I did on model Keneice using this same palette.

imageimageThis is my All-Time Favorite Red to use on clients. The name of this color is Patriotic, and it’s theeeeee perfect shade of red and works on everyone I use it on. image For this look, I didn’t even use a lip liner. The color is just that perfect!! :-)

image Here’s the full breakdown of this makeup look below.

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Face:

AJCrimson Creme Foundation

MUFE Mist n Fix Spray

Ben Nye Mojave Powder Palette

MAC Mineralized Blush in Warm Soul

MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Loose Powder

Eyes:

MAC Brow Pencil in Strut

AJ Crimson Creme Foundation 1 (under brow)

Coastal Scents 42 Matte Eyeshadow Palette Brown in the Crease

Magnolia Makeup Loose Pigment in Big Easy on the lid (a must have)

Elf Creme Eyeliner in Black on top lash line

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Perversion on bottom lash line

Ardell Lashes in Wispies

Here’s one of the professional photos by Ambient Noir

IMG_1723.JPG Annnnnd here I am. A few Behind The Scenes Selfies at my work station. ;-)

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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 122014
 

image In this post I’ll show you three more dark lip looks that I experimented with for Halloween that can still be used with the Fall/Winter Trend.  1st up is a MAC Limited Edition Matteen called Midnight Media.imageimageimage Here’s what it looks like alone on my lipsimage image Next I added my beloved MAC Vanilla Pigment.

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imageThen I added the GlimmerGlass in Bling Black to add some shine.image image
imageAnother look I tried was mixing the Matteen Midnight Media with the MAC Limited Edition Superglass in Fab Frenzy

imageimageimageI really liked this combo.

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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.