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 162015
 

I attended the Clarins Spring 2015 Beauty Event last week promoting their new Garden Escape Collection, with special guests Clarins Celebrity Makeup Artist Dayan Herrera and Nassima Kebir which was held at Macy’s Houston Galleria at Hidalgo.

Clarins went all out to accommodate the beauty bloggers.  They even arranged private car service for us to attend!!  This is the first time I’ve had that experience. :-)

BeautyByLeRenda Clarins Spr 2015 Beauty Event Personal Driver This was my driver, Byron.  He was very good . :-)

BeautyByLeRenda Clarins Spr 2015 Beauty Event Private Car Selfies Car Selfies while on the way to the event.

KODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still CameraAbove is Clarins Celebrity Makeup Artist Dayan Hererra talking with one of the guests.  He did a great job with taking out time to answer all of our questions and meeting everyone. BeautyByLeRenda Clarins Spr 2015 Beauty Event Crowd pic 1There was a great turnout. KODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still Camera

There were non-alcoholic beverages provided for the guests. :-)
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I had a Sparkling water with Lime

BeautyByLeRenda Clarins Spr 2015 Beauty Event My Drink

Houston Fashion Blogger Shalanda got to be one of the models for Dayan’s eye demo with the Clarins Total Eye Concentrate & Daily Duo.  He also used the highlighter pen in 02.  After the demo, Shalanda stated she instantly felt the hydration.

KODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still CameraBeautyByLeRenda Clarins Spr 2015 Beauty Event HIghligher penBeautyByLeRenda Clarins 2015 Beauty Event Daily Duo Skin care display

Below, Dayan is showing us how to apply the Clarins Skin Care products.  He said it’s important to press the products into your skin and not RUB them.  You should be delicate.  KODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still Camera KODAK Digital Still CameraIn the above pic, you’ll see Dayan’s model displaying a look using the new Garden Escape eyeshadow palette.  There are 6 shadows in the palette.  They’re mineral based and can be used wet or dry. If you wet them, they can be used as eyeliners too.  The greens in the palette can be used on every eye color.

 Dayan explained that Clarins makeup has treatment in it so that’s what makes them stand apart from other brands.

Their new Everlasting  Foundation +SPF15 has an 18hr hold and is “Visibly Flawless”.  It contains Anti-polutants, Quinoa, and Bamboo Extract and comes in 14 “Velvety” shades.beautybylerenda clarins spr 2015 beauty event foundation display unit

BeautyByLeRenda Clarins Spr 2015 Beauty Event Instant Light Lip Oil

The Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil is used to enhance and nourish the lips.  It can be worn alone or layered.  It’s like an alternative to using a lip balm.  The applicator mimics the finger.

The Crayon Khol Eye liner pencil in the new shade “Intense Green”

The new Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector helps to moisturize, plump, and enhance the lips.  There are 6 colors available.  Dayan showed us “My Pink” amd explained that it’s a tint designed to react to the person’s skin PH.  It will look different on everyone but works well.

You can see swatches below on my fellow makeup artist and blogger Faith’s hand.KODAK Digital Still CameraBeautyByLeRenda Clarins 2015 Beauty Event hand swatches on Faith of Jolie Rouge Lipsticks

There are 2 new shades of Jolie Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick for this Spring 2015 Garden Escape Collection.  Coral Dahlia and Rose Petal.

The Blush Prodige is Mineral based and brings life to the skin.

BeautyByLeRenda Clarins Spr 2015 Beauty Event with MUA Dayan Here I am with Dayan. He was so nice.

beautybylerenda clarins spr 2015 beauty event counter selfie Couldn’t resist taking a selfie while at the Clarins Counter. LOL! :-P

We received the best swag bag I’ve ever gotten from a beauty event. Thanks Clarins. I can’t wait to reveiw all of these products. :-)BeautyByLeRenda clarins Spr 2015 BEauty Event Goodie Bag

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 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.  :-)