Jan 082015
 

Welcome to part 2 of my New York Fashion Week Sept 2014 Recap.  To see part 1, click here.  This post will focus on the Fashion Shows that I worked with backstage as a makeup artist.  I worked on 3 shows while in NYC for NYFW.  The first two were with African Fashion Week New York and the third one was called “Life is Lust Fashion Show”, which exhibited local NYC fashion designers. In this post, I’ll focus on African Fashion Week.

BeautyByLeRenda NYFW Headed to worknow my 3rd All packed and ready to go! :-)

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A few selfies before starting my work day.  Y’all have no idea just how happy I was to be working in NYC again!! :-) BeautyByLeRenda Selfie with Zuca before AFWNYC Show NYFW

 This was a huge event with lots of press and fashion designers from all over Africa.  These are a few pictures of the designers being interviewed. It was held at the Metropolitan Pavilion,  which was awesome because I knew exactly where it was.  That’s the same venue as The Makeup Show NYC! I worked there last year with AJ Crimson.  :-)

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNYC NYFW Press interviewng Fashion Designers BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Fashion Designer being interviewed 2 Here are a few backstage pictures below.

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Day 1 Work Station The picture above, is my work station at African Fashion Week New York 2014.

BeautyByLeRenda BTS Working on NYC Model Jo for AFWNYC NYFW cropped Here I am working with NYC Model Joey.  Below are a few selfies of us.  She was so sweet.

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Below I’m with my Glam Squad Team Member NYC Manicurist and Makeup Artist Vanessa.   I had so much fun working with her.  :-)

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Sept 2014 Selfies with Manicurist Vanessa

We didn’t have a lot of space for the Makeup and Hair Glam Squad so we had to do makeup where ever we could find a spot.  Below, I’m working on NYC Model Juanita. She has an awesome personality was such a pleasure to work with.  BeautyByLeRenda Working BTS with NYC Model Juanita for AFWNYC NYFW Day 2

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY 2014 Juanitas finished lookJuanita was fierce on the runway!
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Here I am working with NYC model Tanesha and NYC Manicurist Gina.  I was so happy to work with Tanesha again.  We worked together eariler in the year for NYFW in Feb. So nice to see a familiar face in such a big city. :-)

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Collage with Model Tanesha and Nail Tech GinaHere’s a picture of Tanesha werking the Runway!Screenshot_2015-01-08-18-43-21

Below, I’m doing makeup while NYC Manicurist Carmen is doing nails.BeautyByLeRenda AFFW 2014 IG post of me doing makeup and Carmen doing nails

 Below is a collage of another model I worked with.  I can’t remember her name, but I remember she currently lives in Europe.BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Model

I didn’t realize the two bottom pictures were so blurry until after I left.  :-(
BeautyByLeRenda AFWNYC NYFW Models Backstage

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BeautyByLeRenda AFWNYC NYFW Models They had a step and repeat so I HAD to take a pic before I left. Ha! :-)

BeautyByLeRenda Posing with Zuca on Step and Repeat after AFWNYC NYFW show Make sure you check out part 3 of my NYFW SEPT 2014 Recap.

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 062014
 

With all of the options for makeup gifts this holiday season, it can be difficult sometimes to narrow down what to get.  To help customers really decide what to purchase, MAC has been having incredible events to promote this year’s Heirloom Mix Collection.

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I only worked two of these events due to me being booked with my freelance business (which is a blessing, not complaining :-)). Both events were fun and totally busy.  I didn’t get to take a lot of pictures, but here’s a glimpse.

 These pictures are from the Level A event

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These are from the Level AA Event.  This was my 1st time working a Level AA. I hope to do it again. It was so much fun. Didn’t feel like work at all. :-)

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imageThe models/dancers were phenomenal!! They put on a show about every 15-30min.  I got to take a pic with one of them.  He was absolutely FIERCE!

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Nov 292014
 

I just realized that I never got around to posting my love for the Viva Glam Rhianna 2 Lipglass.  It’s even pretty in the tube!!

imageIt has Rhianna’s autograph on it just like the original Viva Glam Rhianna.

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I’m wearing Viva Glam Rhianna 2 Lipglass alone in these pictures.  It can definitely be worn with a lip pencil and/or lipstick, but I think it’s absolutely gorgeous by itself.

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It’s like magic in a tube.  Viva Glam Rhianna 2 Lipglass is a beautiful iridescent sparkly clear gloss that reflects the light and appears to change colors depending on the angle that you look at it.

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

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Feb 282014
 

WOW! Would be the short and sweet version of my 1st New York Fashion Week experience, however, I’m sure you’d prefer actual details of my trip. LOL! :-)

NYC Selfie at the Park with Snow 1 I had to take selfies with the snow in the background because before this trip, I’d never been in real snow. :-)NYC Selfie in the park with snow 2 By the way, I’m wearing MAC Lipstick in Sin. It’s a Pro color.  It lasted all day! Like, for real. I took it off before I went to sleep that night.  I tried it on at the MAC Pro Soho store and kept it on.

MAC Pro Selfie

I almost got it, but it’s so close to Diva.  I really couldn’t justify buying it. Here are swatches below.  The Beauty Blogger in me couldn’t resist doing a product review while I was in NYC. LOL! :-)MAC Sin Lipstick Label

MAC Sin vs Diva Hand Swatches

Me in front of the MAC Pro Sign I was on my way to work on a photoshoot with UK Designer Blessed Zion. This explains why I’m at the store with my Zuca and my bag. You know, just in case you were wondering.  Ha ha ha! :-P

Now back to talking about New York Fashion Week. I was blessed to be able to work on 4 fashion shows while in NYC. I almost did 5, but due to the snow on Sunday, the promoter felt it would be best to cancel it. So we did a photoshoot instead.

The 1st show I worked on was on 2/4/14. I assisted Celeb Makeup Artist AJ Crimson who was the Key for the Michael Bastian Show. It was a Mens Wear show and I had a great time. AJ Crimson Michael Bastian TeamAbove is a picture of the AJ Crimson Glam Squad for the Michael Bastian Show. Here are a few behind the scenes shots I took. 2014-02-04 13.02.52The hair and makeup team getting prepared for the models to come in.
2014-02-04 13.00.31Above is my makeup station set up. :-) Below is a picture of the models, and designer team getting the guys ready for the runway
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Muji was one of the sponsors for the makeup team.  They provided these amazing masks for skin prep.  I forgot to take a picture of them, but they’re really small; like the size of a nickle.  Once you wet them, they expand and you just peel it a part and place it on the face for a few minutes.  It provides instant hydration to the skin and makes it smooth and ready for makeup.   Below is a picture of AJ showing us how to use the Muji Masks.2014-02-04 13.12.452014-02-04 13.14.342014-02-04 13.14.46After the time is up for the mask, he sprayed Caudalie Beauty Elixir (also one of the sponsors for the Makeup Team). Then he perfected the skin with his AJ Crimson Creme Foundation
2014-02-04 13.18.20 Here are a couple of the looks from the show below.

Behind the scenes at the Michael Bastian NYFW 2014 show

Behind the scenes at the Michael Bastian NYFW 2014 show

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Michael Bastian NYFW Behind the Scenes

Michael Bastian NYFW Behind the Scenes

I have so much to share with you all. It’s hard for me to know when to stop so that I don’t overload you in one post.  I’m still trying to decide just how many parts I’m going to break up this series into.  In the meantime, I’ll stop here for the 1st part.  Make sure to stay tuned to find out more about my 1st experience working at NYFW!!! :-)