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

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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.

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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

Nov 062013
 

The Houston Fashion Bloggers were hosted by Macy’s in Memorial City Mall a couple weeks ago for our October Meetup and we had a great time!!!

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We got a chance to see the newest Fall/Winter Trends for this year.  Two members of the executive team put pieces together for us to preview.  The majority of the pieces put together cost less than $300.

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DSCF0654This green Ralph Lauren Dress was the 1st piece that caught my eye when I walked in the room. It’s priced at only $99 .  It comes in different colors (although I’d  prefer the green since it’s the Pantone color of the year) and would be perfect for holiday parties. :-)

DSCF0655This is a top by Rachel Roy. It can also be worn as a short dress. It’s definitely in trend using black and white (which is hot for fall/winter as well as the stripes).  The fact the the stripes are diagonal is a plus because they’ll compliment your shape a lot better than just vertical and especially better than horizontal. It’s priced at a great value of $59.

DSCF0659This Black Leather jacket by Free People was another eye catcher. It’s retailed at $158.

 

DSCF0658 This lovely black coat is by Bar 3 and retails for $298 ( the most expensive item shown)  . I love the accent on the sleeves. The printed tee under the Black Coat is by Denim and Design $39.50. It’s a fairly new brand that’s described as cool “military chic”.  It’s paired with jeans for a comfortable look that still makes a statement.

Here are some close up pics of the shoes that were paired with the clothing.

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I’d love to have these black and gold studded boots as well as these open toe/open heel booties for work. :-) The shoes below come in black as well.

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 This is Erica. She was our hostess for the evening. She’s in the Executive in Training Program and did a great job facilitating the Fall/Winter Meetup with us. 20131024_193028Here I am with our hostess Erica

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We learned that only a few Macy’s in the Greater Houston Area have personal shoppers and this location actually has one. Her name is Deyna. That’s pretty cool.  Whenever I think of personal shoppers, I think of very high end stores.  So nice to know it’s this service is available for the everyday shopper as well.

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Feb 222013
 

BeautyByLeRenda Gordon Parks exhibitMacy’s has really done well with recognizing cultural events. This is second year in a row that I’ve attended their Black History Month event. Last year they focused on Romare Bearden. This year they focused on Gordon Parks.

This event was held at the Macy’s Galleria on Hidalgo.  There was a nice set up displaying Gordon Parks’s pictures as well as a live musician.BeautyByLeRenda Macys Gordon Parks Panel backgroundBeautyByLeRenda in front of Gordon Parks background BeautyByLeRenda Macys Gordon Parks event musician

I missed the beginning of the event because I was booked to do makeup for an event at Qwashae Boutique. I got to Macy’s towards the end of the panel discussion.

BeautyByLeRenda Gordon Parks PanelEach member gave info about Gordon Parks and how he made an impact on their lives. In this picture Rebecca Briscoe is speaking on how inspirational he was to have been so successful despite the racial tension that existed during his era.

To the left of her is Ray Carrington, he spoke very highly of Gordon Parks and emphasized how his early mistakes led to him learning lessons that allowed him opportunities to leave a huge legacy. He discussed how important it was for Gordon Parks to get to know people before taking pictures.  Then there’s Joy Sewing. Unfortunately, I missed her speak, but I’m sure she gave a lot of good insight. She’s very intellectual and full of knowledge.  I look forward to seeing her at events. On the end is David Parks.

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Here I am with Rebecca after the panel discussion.  I’m so proud of her success.  We both grew up in the same home town of Port Arthur, Texas. Nice to see her doing well. :-)

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This gentlemen in the above picture was the host for the Gordon Parks event.

BeautyByLeRenda David Parks speakingAbove is David Parks, Gordon’s son.  He shared a lot of great background information about his father, including how he and his brother approached their dad for assistance in producing the movie Superfly.  He also spoke about how diversity is still an issue in the film industry.  He urged film makers to work together and explained why family and the community and are keys to being successful.

BeautyByLeRenda Macys Black History Month BackgroundThere was a great turnout for this event. :-)

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I got a chance to sit down and talk with David Parks. He ‘s so personable and approachable. He was very patient and took time to talk with everyone and took pictures.  He appeared to be just as happy to meet us as we were to meet him.  I’m so honored to have had this opportunity.

David Parks and BeautyByLeRendaThere was a reception following the panel discussion in which Macy’s provided light refreshments and drinks. BeautyByLeRenda Macys Wine list for Gordon Parks eventI’m so glad that I was able to attend this wonderful event. Kudos to Macy’s once again for putting on a fantastic showcase for Black History Month.

*I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s Black History Month. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.*

 

Feb 192012
 

 

Macy’s is doing it’s part to help celebrate Black History Month by honoring artist, visionary, and scholar Romare Bearden.  I attended an event sponsored by Macy’s in the Houston Galleria on Hidalgo on 2/16/12 with a few of my fellow Houston Bloggers Shalanda of Live-Life-In-Style, Imani of Fashion by Faith Seekers, Kourtney of Cheap Chic and Curvy, Crystal of P.S. Your Lovely,  Vernetta of Women are Game Changers, and Shanda of The Naturalista Glam.  This post will give you a glimpse of what a great event it was.

Below is a picture of the Macy’s Banner that was used to promote the event.  The artwork is by Romare Bearden.  It’s from his painting The Lamp.   It was actually featured on the U.S. Postal Stamp in 2004. :-)

Below is a picture of Kim, owner of Lamik Beauty in the green top, and one of the patrons.

It was well attended and the guests really seemed to enjoy themselves.

There was live entertainment provided as well.

There was even a bartender there to keep the party going. LOL! :-)

I’m so glad that we attended this event.  I’d never heard of Romare Bearden before Macy’s recognized him.  He played a major role in Art, Literature, and music.  For more info on Macy’s Celebrates Black History Month and Romare Bearden you can go to the Macys.com/events

Sep 092011
 

Tonight was the 2nd Annual Fashion Night Out.  It’s a day celebrated all over the country dedicated to fashion and the new trend for the Fall Season.  There were several shows and events dedicated to this day. I attended the Macy’s Galleria Fashion Nigh Out.  It was a lot of fun.

This was the setup inside of Macy’s Galleria Houston
Animal Print will be in this season.  These were from the Fall Rachel Roy collection.  The Macy’s associates spoke very highly of her.  She attended the FNO here at the Houston Galleria Macy’s last year and was very nice and down to earth.  According to the associates, Rachel stayed the entire time to make sure she met all of her fans.  That’s cool! :-)
I really liked these Karl Lagerfeld dresses.
They had a bartender and servers who provided quaint refreshments. :-)
They also had photographers taking pics of the customers with the FNO background. Sorry for the quality but it’s my cell phone camera capturing a picture of my printed picture. Ha ha!
You can get more info on Macy’s Fall 2011 Trends by clicking here
Jun 242011
 

Okay, so I intended to post this earlier and lost track of time so this was actually my look from yesterday when I worked at the Macy’s M.A.C. counter.

I added false lashes

The products used are listed below.  I purchased all of them unless otherwise specified:

Face
  1. Black Opal Foundation Stick Truly Topaz
  2. Queen Collection Brown Bronze Mineral powder
  3. Coastal Scents Sunless Body Art Bronzer Light (cheek highlight)
  4. Queen Collection Ebony Bronze Bronzer (contour)
  5. NYX Mosaic Powder MPB 10 Love (blush)
  6. Black Opal Oil Blocking Invisible Powder (finishing powder)
Eyes
  1. Black Opal Foundation Stick Heavenly Honey (concealer and base for shadow)
  2. Brown Highlight M.A.C. Naked Pigment
  3. Transition color M.A.C. Tete a Tint
  4. Crease M.A.C. Saffron/Sketch
  5. Lid M.A.C. Expensive Pink/Sketch
  6. Top Liner M.A.C. Boot Black
  7. Waterline liner Urban Decay Zero
  8. Lashline liner Milani Easyliner for Eyes Glitter Purple Quartz
  9. Smokey color through lashes M.A.C. Sketch
  10. Under eye concealer M.A.C. Select Moisture Cover NC45
  11. Mascara M.A.C. Zoomfast Black
  12. False Lashes The Creme Shop Lashes #12
Lips
  1. M.A.C. CB 96
  2. M.A.C. Lychee Luxe Lipglass