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.

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Sept 2014 IG post from Model JoeyScreenshot_2015-01-08-18-43-07

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.

Jan 062015
 

BeautyByLeRenda NY Sept in front of MBFW SignI never got a chance to do a recap of my New York Fashion Week experience from a few months ago. I’m going to break it down into a 4 parts.  I was elated to have the amazing opportunity to return to New York City to work as a professional makeup artist during New York Fashion Week. I also was blessed with the chance to attend a couple of the Fashion Shows at the Lincoln Center Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

BeautyByLeRenda MBFW Selfie in front of Lincoln Center NYFW

BeautyByLeRenda MBFW Sign outside NYFWBeautyByLeRenda in front of MBFW outsideThe first show I attended at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week or MBFW was the Meskita Spring/Summer 2015 show.

BeautyByLeRenda Model walking runway for Meskita NYFW show MBFW

This show was more like a production. There was great music and lighting the entire time the models walked the runway. There was even a grand finale where the models came out one by one and formed a pyramid then walked down the runway in formation. BeautyByLeRenda NYFW Sept 2014 Meskita finale 2BeautyByLeRenda NYFW Sept 2014 Meskita Finale walk 1

It was hard to believe that after all these years, I was actually inside of the “tents” and had a seat during a MBFW show. BeautyByLeRenda sitting in the Meskita show at MBFW NYFW Shout out to my fellow Houston Fashion Blogger and NYC Roomie Shasie of LiveLifeInStyle.com for helping me get to this Meskita S/S 2015 show. Here we are below. :-)BeautyByLeRenda with fellow HFB member MBFWThis night was another dream come true.  I can finally officially say I was  at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week!! I’m so grateful!!  :-)

 Stay tuned for Part 2 and Part 3 where I’ll recap the Fashion Shows I worked on.

Jan 042015
 

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas FlyerThe Makeup Show Dallas is another event I never got a chance to write about last year, so I’m also including it in my “Way Back When Series”.

BeautybyLeRenda posing at TMS Dallas 2014 The Makeup Show added Dallas, Texas to it’s schedule for 2014.   It was a great decision because the show was a major success! I was disappointed that they chose Dallas over Houston :-( but I was still glad it was in Texas. :-)

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas IG Collage 1I was one of the Ambassadors chosen to promote the new location.  The event was held Saturday September 27-Sunday September 28 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. It was one of the biggest Inaugural Makeup Shows to date!

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas Sponsor sign

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas IG Education CollageThe Makeup Show is the best trade show for Professional Makeup Artists. Here are 6 reasons why.

  1. Networking
  2. Build up/Replenish their makeup kits with professional quality products at reduced prices.
  3. Educational classes
  4. Keynote speakerstwhile
  5. Hands-on Workshops
  6. Opportunities to apply for Pro Discounts

I actually got there a day earlier to help set up the AJ Crimson section of the Frends Beauty Booth.  Here are some of the “Behind the Scenes” pics from Friday.BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas Frends Beauty Booth

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BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas AJ Crimson Foundation and BB Cream display I was pleased to be given another opportunity to work with Celebrity Makeup Artist AJ Crimson. BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas AJ Crimson Banner I always have such an incredible time working with him and I love getting the chance to interact with other makeup artists to show them how amazing AJ’s products are.

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas Selfies with AJ CrimsonAJ does a fantastic job of explaining how to use his foundations and BB +D cremes while doing makeup demos.  He worked with lots of people during The Makeup Show Dallas.  Our booth stayed busy the entire time. :-)

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas AJ Crimson doing a makeup demo BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas AJ Crimson talking a group of his fans

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas AJ Crimson applying foundation on a fanAbove, AJ is matching my soror and Dallas Makeup Artist Charita.   Below is a picture of me at the Frends Beauty Booth holding an AJ Crimson BB+D Cream.BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas IG Post Working at the Frends Booth I got a chance to see my fellow makeup artists from all over the country.

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas Frends Beauty Booth CrewAbove I’m with Matt Frends of Frends Beauty and some of my fellow makeup artists who worked at the Frends Beauty Booth with me.  At the top left I’m with Chante and Matt.  On the bottom left I’m with Marla. BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas AJ Crimson Waverly and LeRendaAbove I’m with Makeup Artist Waverly and AJ.

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas group pic at AJ Crimson Booth with Mimi Mikey and ImogeneGroup pic of LA Makeup Artist Mimi and Oklahoma Makeup Artists Mikey and Imogene.

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas Frends Beauty Booth with Jackie and Crystal of Paw PaletteYay! I got to see Crystal Powder, makeup artist and owner of the Paw Palette.  She’s so sweet! I met her for the first time at IMATS LA in 2012 and I look forward to seeing her at all of the makeup trade shows I attend. :-)

In the above picture, Yackie, who works with Crystal, is on the left and Crystal is on the right.  I’m showing off my new Paw Palette that I used while working with AJ to match fans with foundation and BB Creme. If you’re a professional makeup artist, you’ll love using the paw palette.  It’s so convenient and easy to use.  Crystal hand makes all of them and has a wide variety of designs.

20140928_144134In the above picture I’m with makeup artists Lameka on the left and my fellow Houston makeup artist Anisa on the right.

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas Houston MUA Group PicA group of Houston Makeup Artists above. From Left to Right. Angie, Primas Jewell, Alaysha, Markesha, Judy, LeRenda, and Faith

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas pic with PurseBuzzIt’s always a pleasure to see one of my favorite You Tube Beauty Gurus of all times; Elessa Jade of Pursebuzz!! :-) She provides great makeup pointers, tips, and reviews.  She also sales accessories.  If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll notice the rhinestone lipstick necklace I wear a lot.  I purchased it from Elessa at The Makeup Show Orlando in 2012.  She has great items and is very friendly.
BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas AJ Crimson talking to fans 2 In the Above pic, AJ is speaking with Dallas makeup artist Ronneca.

One of my biggest highlights of TMS Dallas was meeting the legendary Ve Neil!!! :-)

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas Val Garland picture Can you tell how happy I was? :-D

 

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 282014
 

This is the 4th and Final installment of my recap of the Make Up For Ever Pro Artistry Classes. To see the other posts, click here for part 1, here for part 2, and here for part 3.

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This class was on Contouring and was taught by Heather.  Below, she’s holding the MUFE Flash Color Neutral Palette.

20140316_172033 Heather began by highlighting, primarily focusing on the forehead,  nose,  and under eye areas. BeautyByLeRenda MUFE Pro ArtistryHeather Contourin

Then she began to contour. She explained how to figure out where to start.  Below, she’s showing the model’s cheekbone.  20140316_172150

Next, she applied a color that was at least 2 shades darker than the model`s skin color to the area below the cheekbones.  20140316_172811

Afterwards she contoured the forehead, temples, and nose.BeautyByLeRenda MUFE PRO Artistry Heather Contour 3

Below are the finished looks.

BeautyByLeRenda MUFE PRO Artistry Heather Contour 4BeautyByLeRenda MUFE PRO Artistry Heather Contour Finished LookMy battery was extremely low by the time this class started so I didn’t get a lot of pictures. I just made sure to get the highlights. This concludes the Makeup For Ever Pro Artistry Class Recap Series, which was also a part of my “Way Back When” series.  Thanks so much for reading. I hope you’ve enjoyed the posts. :-)