Dec 092014

This is the 4th installment of my Dark Lip Series.  In this post, I’ll show you how to use the very popular MAC Smoked Purple Lipstick in combination with MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass.

Beauty By LeRenda MAC Smoked Purple Lipstick Label

Beauty By LeRenda MAC Smoked Purple LipstickBeautyByLeRenda MAC Smoked Purple hand swatch

image Here’s what it looks like together.  I did an Ombre lip.  I applied Smoked Purple to the outer portions of my lips, then filled in the middle with the Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass.Beauty By LeRenda MAC Smoked Purple with Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass Ombre LipI’ll be wearing this combo quite a bit.  I really like how it turned out. :-)

Beauty By LeRenda MAC Smoked Purple with Viva Glam Rihanna2 Lipglass Ombre Lip Eyes ClosedBeauty By LeRenda MAC Smoked Purple with Viva Glam Rhianna 2 Lipglass Ombre Lip Looking down Here’s a breakdown of the all of the makeup I’m wearing below:


MAC Mineralize Creme Foundation in NC 45

MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC 42 and NC 45 for under eye, nose, and forehead highlight

Cover Girl Queen Collection Lasting Matte Press Powder in Golden

MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NW 45 as a cheek, nose, jawline, and chin contour

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Warm Blend on cheeks

MAC Pigment in Vanilla as Cheek highlight

MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Loose Powder


Makeup Forever Brow Seal

MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC 42 under brow

MAC Paint in Bamboom

MAC Eyeshadow in Embark in the crease

MAC Pigment in Lithe on the lid

MAC Eyeshadow in Rule above the crease


MAC Smoked Purple Lipstick outer lip

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass inner lip

BeautyByLeRenda MAC Smoked Purple with Viva Glam Rihianna 2 Lipglass Left view

Dec 092013

You ever put on  your makeup and think “Yeah, I did that” and pat yourself on the back? Ha ha! Well I want to share with you some of the times I felt like this throughout the year. I’m going to break it down into different parts and make it a series of My Favorite Looks from 2013 because it would be an extremely long post if I tried putting all of the looks and products used in one post.

I’m gonna start with my Purple Halloween look a couple months ago.Purple Halloween Look This Halloween I decided to go with a dark glam look. I’m not really into scary or gross stuff so I stuck with a beauty look,  just one that’s out of my norm.Purple Halloween Look 2

Purple Halloween Look Left eye openPurple Halloween Looking downPurple Halloween LipsPurple Halloween Look right angle Here’s what I used to create this look:


  1. Revlon Color Stay Liquid Foundation in Carmel
  2. Cover Girl Queen Collection Powder in Golden
  3. MAC Studio Stick in NC 50 for Contour
  4. Urban Decay Deslick Compact Powder all over
  5. Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze for contour
  6. NARS Blush in Albatross as nose, forehead, & cheek highlight


  1. MAC Blackground Paint Pot from lid to crease
  2. Elf Brow Gel
  3. Temptu Concealer wheel 2nd to lightest color for brow highlight
  4. Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette white eyeshadow for brow highlight
  5. Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette dark brown in crease
  6. Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette black on lid
  7. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Perversion upper/lower lash line
  8. Rimmel Mascara in Pink tube
  9. Beauty Supply Lashes #138
  10. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Khalari Sand for under eye concealer
  11. Ben Nye Banana Setting Powder under eyes


  1. MAC Extreme Dimension Mineralize Skin Finish in Glorify
  2. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Comfort


  1. Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #15
  2. MAC Lip Pencil in Currant

Make sure to stay tuned for more of my favorite makeup looks from 2013!!! :-)

Oct 122012

Throughout the day, it’s quite common for us to become oily and need to touch up with our compacts. However, before you do, make sure to blot the excess oil first. This will prevent your makeup from looking too cakey. It will also reduce the amount of oil and bacteria being transferred from your skin to your brush, powder puff, or sponge that you use.

There are many ways you can blot your skin.  I prefer blotting sheets. They come in a variety of sizes and are made by many different brands.  If you don’t have any blot sheets, you can always use a 1 ply tissue (most tissue is 2 ply so just separate it).  Gently press down on your skin, don’t rub because you will rub off your makeup.

Jul 292012

I attended the Houston Image Expo on Sun 7/15/12.  It’s a trade show that’s geared towards beauty industry professionals.  It’s a two day event with workshops, seminars, certification classes, continuing education classes, fashion shows, and of course a plethora of vendors.  The majority of the expo is geared towards hair however there are still opportunities to learn about skin care and makeup as well as lash extensions, and nails.

The first class I attended was on Adult Acne by Dr. Malik from the Dallas area.  She’s a licensed dermatologist and a wonderful facilitator.  She did a great job of breaking down the information in “simple terms” to where it made since to the audience.  She has a great sense of humor and did well with interacting with us.  She explained the importance of anti-inflammatory products and how useful they are in reducing and treating Adult Acne.  For more info on Dr. Malik checkout her website

One of the best parts of my Image Expo experience was finally getting a chance to meet celebrity hair stylist, Kim Kimble.  She was at IMATS however her class was at the same time as the Keynote Speaker Kabuki so I missed it.  I was determined to sit in her class this time.   Kim gave me a compliment on my hair and said it gave her some ideas.  Woo hoo!! That’s a pretty spectacular compliment. :-D

I totally enjoyed being in her class!  She’s such a professional.  She does a magnificent job of getting the audience to participate. You can really tell that she loves what she does. She was so energetic and patient with the audience when questions were asked. She wanted to make sure we had a clear understanding of what she was teaching. She was very open and honest with us. She gave wonderful pointers/tips on how to work in the entertainment industry. Kim is so full of talent, knowledge, and a great facilitator! Even though I’m not a hair stylist, I was able to benefit from the info she presented to us.  *sidenote* This class really got me thinking about going into hair though.

Kim walked us through a chic non-traditional ponytail look that she’s done on Beyonce’.Instead of wrapping the hair around the natural ponytail, she braids the natural hair and then sews in the added hair because it reduces the bulge at the top and it stays put a lot better. Genius!!!

Here she’s sewing the hair into the braidAfterwards, she bumped the ends with a curling ironNext she worked on the bang. She curled and pinned up the hair. Then she combed it out and shaped it.Finished look 
Not sure who did the model’s makeup but it was pretty as well.

Be sure to stay tuned to Part 2 of my experience at the Houston Image Expo.  I’m really excited to show you some of the other amazing things that happened while I was there. :-)

Jul 122012

I talked about my love for MAC Paint Pots in this post.  Doing an eye look doesn’t have to be exhausting. Here’s a quick an easy way to use a paint pot to enhance your eyes.  This same technique can be used with any of paint pots as well as any long lasting cream shadow.


I love  Paint Pots because they are easy to use and versitle.  Check out how I use Constructivist as and Eye of the Day (EOTD).

 Next I applied MAC Vanilla Paint Pot to my brow bone. I discussed how much I love this color in my Paint Pot post hereI also applied MAC Vanilla Pigment to my tear duct area as wellNext I added Clinique High Definition Mascara. It was the first one I saw so I used it.  I’m not usually a fan of this mascara. Here’s the completed quick Eye Look featuring MAC Paint Pot in Constructivist 

Do you use MAC Paint Pots or other cream shadows?  What are you favorites?

Jun 302012

Last weekend, June 23-24, I attended the International Makeup Arts and Trade Show or IMATS held in Pasadena, California.  This was an event I’ve been trying to get to for the last 3yrs.  I was determined to get there this year no matter what. Boy am I ever glad that I attended.

I have soooo many wonderful things to say about my very first IMATS experience.  It’s just not possible to sum it up in only one post. I’ll definitely be breaking it down into a series.

If you’ve never heard of IMATS, it’s basically a huge international convention that’s held in different cities.  It’s a place for professionals as well as consumers to network, attend workshops/seminars, gain education with master make up classes, and of course shop for products at discounted prices. :-)

There’s something there for all makeup lovers. From beauty to special effects, traditional to airbrush, you name it, it’s there.  Academy Award and Emmy Award winners to YouTube Gurus all attend this phenomenal 2 day event. It is very well attended.

 For more info on Makeup Magazine and IMATS 2012 go here.



So stay tuned for Part 2