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Ofra bag My 1st time hearing about Ofra Cosmetics was at The Makeup Show Orlando in 2012.  I remember seeing Ofra giving a presentation as I walked by.  I intended to go by their booth, but for whatever reason, I just never got back around to doing it.  Fast forward to this year at The Makeup Show New York.  While working with AJ Crimson, I got the opportunity to meet the owners David and his wife Ofra. They are wonderful people. Super friendly and they love meeting makeup artists.  I was amazed at how many products they had and couldn’t believe I’d never heard of them before.  They have skin care, tools, education materials, and of course lots of makeup.  To learn more about Ofra go to ofracosmetics.com. I’m going to do a series highlighting some of my favorite Ofra Products so stay tuned.

In this post, I’m going to show you my Face Of The Day (FOTD) featuring Ofra cosmetics and Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette.  I’ll walk you through how I completed the look.Ofra and Naked before pic

First I primed my skin with the Ofra Primer Ofra PrimerI decided to do my face first so I could test out my new Elf shadow/mascara shield.  Here’s what I used on my face below.  I applied the Cover Girl Queen Collection 3 n 1 Foundation except under my eye area.  I used my Black Opal Foundation stick under my eyes as concealer and set it with Ben Nye Banana Powder.  I also used these two products down the middle of my nose and middle of forehead as highlights.  Ofra and Naked 3 Face products

Then I went to my eyes.  These are the products I used

Ofra and Naked 3 Eye Products I used the Maybelline clear mascara on my brows to shape them and hold them in place.  It’s a great alternative to MAC’s brow set.  Elf has a good dupe as well. Next I used the Black Opal Foundation Stick to clean up my brows.  Then I applied the Ofra Eye Primer Gel from my lash line to brow bone. Afterwards I began to apply the Naked 3 Shadows, the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Perversion, Rimmel Mascara and beauty supply lashes.  See below for the steps I tookNaked 3 Darkside I used Darkside in my creaseNaked Darkside blended in crease Next I blended limit right above my crease as my transition color. Naked 3 LimitNaked 3 Limit blended above creaseNext step was adding Strange as my brow highlightNaked 3 StrangeNaked Strange blended as brow highligh For my Lid, I used Dust.  This color has quite a bit of shimmer and has big specks of color so I used my Elf Shadow/Mascara shield to reduce fall out. Naked 3 DustNaked 3 Dust with Elf Shadow Shield Here’s what my eyes look like so far.  There was still some fall out, but a lot less than if I wouldn’t have used the shield. Naked eye look before eyelinerNext I added Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Perversion as well as Rimmel Volume Flash MascaraOfra and Naked 3 look b4 lips and lashesNext step was lips.  I used Ofra Purple Haze lipstickOfra and Naked 3 look with mascara and lips done I added  #43 false lashesOfra and Naked 3 lash application 1st step Ofra and Naked 3 Lash application 2nd step Ofra and Naked 3 Lash Application 3rd step Here’s the finished look! Ofra and Naked 3 finished look 1Ofra and Naked 3 finished look 2Ofra and Naked 3 Finished Look 3

So, I’m absolutely in love with Ofra Cosmetics. I’ve enjoyed using everything I have from them so far.  I also really like the Naked 3 palette.  I can definitely see myself using this one more than the 1st on.  I honestly forgot that I had the 1st one until people started talking about the 3rd installment of the palette. LOL!

Dec 242013
 

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I attended a makeup mixer hosted by celebrity makeup artist Tai Young of Tai Young Style, a couple days ago here in Houston at the Four Seasons Hotel downtown.  She had a great turn out!

 

2013-12-22 16.59.13Unfortunately, as soon as I took my 1st picture with my camera…my battery died. *sigh* I was rushing from attending the Texans game and didn’t remember to grab extra batteries.  Needless to say, I had to take all of the pictures with my phone and they’re not the best quality.  :-(2013-12-22 16.59.07

I missed the beginning but I rushed over as soon as I could because I’ve wanted to meet Tai for a while now.  I’ve followed her on social media and I love her work.  I didn’t want to miss the opportunity.  When I got there it was standing room only.  I didn’t mind though. I was happy that she had so many people wanting to meet her and learn from her.  I was still able to gather a lot of pointers, tips, and techniques.  When I got there, she was in the middle of her 1st makeover. 2013-12-22 16.53.522013-12-22 16.54.08 She covered all of the basics of doing a makeup application as well as highlighting, contouring, and eyelash application.

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2013-12-22 17.18.33 Above is the neutral eye and red lip look without a flash and below is a more dramatic blue eye/red lip look.  2013-12-22 17.18.52

 She did another makeup application demonstrating how to do eyebrows and lashes.  Tai doing brows 2013-12-22 17.24.52 Tai Young 2nd model midway thru  When Tai finished the brows and lashes, she gave us a bonus by applying shadow and lips. She created an everyday look even with lashes and a pink lip. :-) Tai Young adding shadow to 2nd model I just realized I forgot to get a final picture of the 2nd model. My bad.  *smh*

Tai Young and I  Without a doubt, I truly enjoyed myself at the makeup mixer.  Tai is genuine and it’s so apparent that she loves what she does and has no problems sharing her expertise with others.  I’m thrilled that I had the opportunity to meet her and learn from her.  Here are some of the pointers she gave below.

  • For Lip color applications: Before adding lip color, use foundation, concealer, or a nude lip pencil all over lips to even them out and to allow the true color of the product to show.
  • After applying lip color, set it with a transparent powder to make it last longer.
  • If you are not comfortable with wearing colors on the lid or crease or if you feel your eyes are too small to do dramatic looks; work with the bottom of the eye. Add a pop of color and/or smoke out your liner.
  • *Bonus photo tip* When taking pics, you look more flattering from a side view than front on.  (I’m totally doing this LOL! )

Tai has a new line of makeup brushes.  To learn more about her and her brushes visit TaiYoungStyle.com.

 

Feb 202013
 

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This weekend I worked with the incredible celebrity make up artist AJ Crimson and his makeup team at LeToya Luckett’s Lady L Boutique in the Houston Galleria Mall. We were a part of the Glam Slam Beauty Suite event that allowed clients to get a total makeover in one location. Teams were led by celebrity Hairstylist Kiyah Wright, Celebrity Lash Guru Jamaal Buster, and Celebrity Manicurists Skyye.

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Words can’t express how grateful I was that AJ Crimson selected me to be a part of his makeup team.  This experience was spectacular! I was able to become more familiar with his Kissable Couture Lip Colors. I was introduced to his pressed powders. I also got to really work with the AJ Crimson Creme Foundations (which I reviewed a couple months ago here).  We provided makeovers Fri-Sun.

2013-02-15 11.51.45Above is a picture of my makeup station set up. Below is a picture of AJ’s makeup station set up. Ha ha! I’ve got a long way to go. ;-p2013-02-15 11.56.10

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2013-02-15 15.04.50I’m holding the brand new AJ Crimson CCC palette.  It’s a convenient compact with all 8 shades of his Creme Foundation. I’d highly recommend it for makeup artist who want great foundation in a condensed form.  I’d also recommend it for makeup lovers who want to have versatility with creating looks.  You can do your overall skin color, highlight, contour, add cheek color, do lips, etc… So many options with this product.

2013-02-15 11.52.06Here are the Kissable Couture Lip Colors and AJ Crimson Creme Foundations and Pressed Powders. I really, really like his lip colors.  They range from sheer glosses to liquid lipsticks.  They all feel very comfortable on your lips without being too sticky or tacky.  My favorite is Fantasies, which I purchased 2 tubes at The Makeup Show Orlando.  It’s a beautiful red…but they’re currently out of stock so we didn’t use it for the event. :-(2013-02-16 00.33.35Here is Aj doing a lip demo

My Purple Lip Demo Above I’m giving one of my clients a Purple Lip Demo using AJ Crimson Kissable Couture Limited Edition Allstar Weekend Purple with the regular Kissable Couture lipgloss in Tyler applied in the middle for an extra pop. :-)

BeautyByLeRenda b4 and after kissable couture lip demoMy client posted this on her instagram. :-)

I'm in the background working. ;-p

This picture was taken from Christina Milian’s Instagram. I’m in the background working. ;-p

This is my client who was in the chair in the above picture. She posted this on her instagram. I just love seeing my clients happy with their makeovers. :-)

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This was taken from another one of my client's instagram. I used AJ's creme foundation #8 to create that gorgeous contoured cheek.

This was taken from another one of my client’s instagram. I used AJ’s creme foundation #8 to create that gorgeous contoured cheek.

Below I’m using AJ Crimson Kissable Couture Limited Edition AllStar Weekend Lip colors in Blue and Purple to create Shasie’s lip. These pictures are courtesy of my fellow MUA Faith. :-)

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I created this pretty Kissable Couture Lip Combo on Hairstylist Kierra.

I created this pretty Kissable Couture Lip Combo on Hairstylist Kierra.  She worked with Celebrity Hairstylist Kiyah Wright’s team.

My favorite kissable couture lip demo was on Valerie. I used 3 of the Limited Edition Allstar Weekend colors. Blue as the lip liner, Green as the main color, and light blue/teal in the middle.

My favorite kissable couture lip demo was on Valerie. I used 3 of the Limited Edition Allstar Weekend colors. Blue as the lip liner, Green as the main color, and light blue/teal in the middle. 2013-02-17 14.46.42

I had the opportunity to use the AJ Crimson Creme Foundations and the Kissable Couture Lipgloss in Mysterious on Love and Hip Hop star Raqi.

I had the opportunity to use the AJ Crimson Creme Foundations and the Kissable Couture Lipgloss in Mysterious on Love and Hip Hop star Raqi.

2013-02-16 18.58.56This is a picture of me with the uber fab Celebrity Hairstylist Kiyah Wright! She works wonders with hair. :-) Faith did her makeup and used the Limited Edition Allstar Weekend Orange lip color.

So happy to have finally met Jamaal Buster, Lash Guru to the stars. He is so fabulous and his lashes will change your life. :-)

So happy to have finally met Jamaal Buster, Lash Guru to the stars. He is so fabulous and his lashes will change your life. :-)

This Jamal Buster bag is too cute!

This Jamal Buster bag is too cute! I just adore his packaging.

OMG! These lashes are amazing!!

OMG! These lashes are amazing!! Can’t wait to try them on my clients.

I learned a new technique from Jamaal and his team this weekend. Instead of waving the lashes back and forth while you’re waiting for the glue to get tacky, just use a small hand held fan to quickly dry the glue.  He’s a genius! I’ve been doing makeup for 6yrs now, this has never crossed my mind. Totally going to get a little fan for my kit now. :-)

Yay! I met YouTube Beauty Guru Ateya. She was one of the first people I followed on YouTube years ago. She's super sweet in person.

Yay! I met YouTube Beauty Guru Ateya. She was one of the first people I followed on YouTube years ago. She’s super sweet in person.

Be sure to watch the video above the title of this post to see footage of this phenomenal beauty event. Shout out to Charles and Brittany  of Ambient Noir and Coeus Magazine for the great footage. :-)