Aug 112013

I received free samples of the new Smokey Extravagant Mascara when I went to the Make Up Forever Store in Dallas. I’m always happy to get free samples of makeup. I hadn’t heard any reviews of this new mascara at the time so I really didn’t know what to expect.





This is a picture of my lashes before applying the mascara.



These are after pictures







I can definitely tell the difference between the before and after.


Have you tried this mascara?

Oct 302012

The First class of the day was facilitated by Oklahoma Make Up Artist Gwen Pettie-Green.  I’m so happy or her.  We follow each other on facebook and twitter.  I got a chance to meet her in person at the MUFE Pro Road Show last year in Austin.  The name of this class was Creating Beauty.

Gwen creating some very cool glitter brows on her model.  They were just enough to add a little extra without being too over the top.  I’m totally going to try this.  She then added a gold lid then black liner.

Above, is the midway look that Gwen created.  Below is where she began to add more drama with the lips and eyes.

I really like how Gwen used the lash brush to apply mascara to her model’s lashes.  She was really able to work through each lash.  I need to do this more often.  I purchased a Royal & Langnickel Revolution lash brush, but haven’t used it yet.

The 2nd class of the day was The Artistic Advantage which was taught by Joy Hom.  She did a fabulous job in showing us how to use the MUFE Flash Color Palette and how extremely versatile this product is.

 In the above picture, Joy is using different colors from the MUFE Flash Color Palette to match the models skin.  It’s something that you have to practice and really incorporate color theory to pull off.

She explained that a lot of it is trial and error and you have to train your eye to be able to pick up the right mixture to make the match.  She also used the Flash Color Palette to highlight and contour.

This was the completed Beauty Look that Joy created with the MUFE Flash Color Palette.  Just for fun, she kept going to take it to more of a theatrical look.

Here I am with the model and Joy.  I truly enjoyed this class.  Joy does a great job in explaining her techniques to help the class gain a better understanding of the products.  Oh this is totally off topic but did you check out the model’s shoes?   Here’s a closer picture. I couldn’t help but take a picture.  I’m in love with these.  Not sure what I’d wear them with or wear I’d wear them to, but I’m sure I could pull them off. Ha ha! ;-P

Oct 282012

Day 2 of the Make Up For Ever Pro Road Show was just as good as day one.  The first class of the day was Red Carpet Beauty facilitated by Celebrity Makeup  Artist Patrick Eichler. He was introduced by Mariel Guay of Make Up Forever.

In the above picture, Patrick is teaching us that orange and pink colors work really well as blushes either alone or mixing them.  They tend to be universal. 

Above he is applying MUFE Smokey Lash MascaraHere Patrick is showing us where he will Highlight/Contour

These are the finished looks below

The 2nd class of the day was HD For All facilitated by Joy Hom.

Joy shared with us the techniques she uses when applying makeup that will be recorded in High Definition.  Unfortunately, I got to this class late so I don’t have a lot of pictures to share. :-(

Joy stressed the importance of prepping the skin and keeping in mind that less is more when working in HD.  You have to go softer with colors and texture because it will be amplified with the HD lens   Stay away from frosty textures and dark colors if possible because they will be extremely dramatic.  She also said it’s important to pay attention to your application.  Be ware of the strokes and finger prints that may be left on the skin.

Above is the finished look that Joy created with HD techniques.

Above is Michael DeVellis introducing Lija Stewart who taught the 3rd class of the day titled The Beauty and Business of Bridal.  The class served two purposes.  Lijah had a Q&A portion at the beginning then she did an application towards the end.  The Q& A portion was extremely helpful.  She did a terrific job in answering questions about how to deal with issues when working with brides and their bridal parties.  I’m very happy I attended this class.

First Lijah prepped the skin with HD Primer. 

Then she applied concealer under the eyes to highlight the area.Next she contoured the model’s cheeks to bring more dimension to her faceLijah believes in taking care of the skin first, so she did all of the face work before the eyes.  In the above picture she’s working to give the bride a soft smokey eye.

Here are the finished looks below. 

Below are Lijah and I.  I know I’ve already talked about how awesome Lijah is in my 1st post about my MUFE Pro Road Show Dallas experience, however I just wanted to reiterate just how amazing she really is as both an artist as well as a facilitator   She teaches the type of class that keeps you wanting more.  When you get to the end, you’re like “awww man, it’s over”.  I’m thrilled that she’ll be facilitating a couple of classes at The Makeup Show Orlando.  :-)

As I mentioned in the Day One experience of the Pro Road Show, Michael DeVellis stated there were 3 goals of this weekend. At the end of day 2, we completed the 3rd goal which was to network.  Because Make Up For Ever is so totally awesome, they had a special Meet and Greet Social Cocktail event for all of the attendees at the MUFE Store in Dallas North Park Mall.  It was after hours and pretty much open exclusively for us.  How cool is that???  We had the opportunity to not only network with one another, but also MUFE staff.

 Above is a picture of me with Patrick Eichler during the Pro Social event.

Sep 282012

Yay!! One of the events I’ve been waiting for all year was the Make Up For Ever Pro Road Show. I attended it last year in Austin, and it was truly life changing. It was held in Dallas this year Sept 15-17.  I was able to network with amazing people and I gained a plethora of knowledge…for free.

In case you aren’t familiar with this event. It’s a complimentary 3 day workshop/seminar with educational classes for professional make up artists. According to Michael DeVellis, the three main goals are 1.) Education 2.) Product Knowledge 3.) Building the MUA Community. I can honestly say I accomplished all three of these.

Michael DeVellis interacting with the MUAs after his Branding class.

The first class was The Art of Highlighting and Contouring by MUFE Educator Lijah Stewart.  In the above picture, she’s prepping the model’s skin. Lijah told us that she likes to actually touch her client’s skin to really get an idea of the facial structure she’s working with.  It also allows for a connection between MUA and client.   I never thought about that.  I always use brushes.  It’s rare that I really touch my clients’ faces, unless I really needed to blend the under eye concealer.

She used liquids with a flat foundation brush to highlight and contour to provide a skin finished effect and reduce that cakey look.

Above Lijah is contouring the eye with a matte brown color in the crease

She used the tighlining technique instead of lining the top lash line to add subtle definition to the eye without being too dramatic.

The completed beauty look with Highlighting and Contouring is above.

Next she took the look from a beauty look to a fantasy look starting with pink brows.  How awesome is that? :-)  I’m totally trying this.

Next she used the MUFE Flash Color Palette and mixed colors to make a gorgeous pink cheek contour.

 She used a sponge because of the easy to use shape.

Then she added a soft white cheek highlight

Lijah completed the look by contouring the forehead, lips, and eyes with pink. It’s incredible that even though this is a fantasy look, the model still looks pretty not scary. :-)

It’s so hard to put in words how fantabulous (yep that’s what I meant to say LOL!) Lijah Stewart is.  She was one of the 1st people I met when I walked into the room.  I didn’t know who she was until I introduced myself and she said her name.  I was like OMG you’re one of the presenters.  Can’t wait for your class!  Even then, I had no clue what I was in for.  I was blown away by her ability to not only create beautiful work but also engage the audience and make  the class really enjoyable.  It’s so clear that she truly loves what she does both being a make up artist and an educator.  Her personality and overall aura is just so pleasant, vibrant, and fun.  I’m so happy I was able to be in her class.

Sep 102012

Woo Hoo!!! I finally made it to the Make Up For Ever (MUFE) store in Dallas! I intended to post this weeks ago, but somehow never got to it.  I visited the store last month.  I had such a wonderful experience that I wanted to document it on Beauty By LeRenda.

First I have to say I was ecstatic that they allowed me to take pictures.


I was like a kid in a candy store.  Soooo many amazing products, so many I didn’t get to play with last year at the MUFE Pro Road Show but now had the opportunity.

This was definitely a time that I had to prioritize needs vs wants. I have a MUFE Backstage Pass (makeup artist pro card) so I had to resist the urge of purchasing a bunch of stuff just because I had a discount. LOL! I also had to keep in mind that I would be returning in a month for the 2012 MUFE Pro Road Show being held in Dallas. Ahhh, decisions decisions.

I knew for sure I wanted some Aqua Creams so that’s what I went to first.  I also needed some brush cleanser so I got that as well as a beautiful teal eyeliner that’s 100% better than the Elf one a purchased a couple of months ago from Target.


Here I am with one of the MUAs, Jaimie, who helped me.

 Here I am with Charlie, the other MUA who helped me.

I’m a firm believer in giving praises when they’re due especially when it comes to customer service.  Too often we hear negative and not positive.  These two were tremendously helpful even before they knew I was a MUA.  I’m looking forward to seeing them again this weekend at the Pro Road Show.