Spraytan voor Black Beauty’s

Menataupe Beautycare bestaat uit een groothandel, beautysalon en een opleidingsinstituut gevestigd in Barendrecht.

Gwendolyn Landvreugd begon ooit als succesvolle nagelstyliste in het beautyvak en is de eigenaresse van dit unieke beautyconcept.

Q Wat was je idee achter menataupe?
A Inspiratie door klanten en goed luisteren naar de vraag van klanten. Ik kreeg veel complimenten van klanten over mijn make up en wenkbrauwen, of ik iets met make up en wimpers wil gaan doen en kreeg daardoor de inspiratie voor Menataupe. Als je goed luistert naar de vraag van klanten dan weet je ook waar ergens markt in is. Klanten inspireren mij heel erg.

Q Heb je een belangrijk speerpunt in je carriere en in je bedrijf?
A De combinatie van dicht bij jezelf blijven en niet bang zijn voor concurrentie. Er is altijd een mogelijkheid voor samenwerking en er is altijd wel iets wat je kan toevoegen of waar je een toegevoegde waarde in kan zijn. Ik geloof volledig in de visie van mijn bedrijf. Toen wij bijvoorbeeld begonnen met Spraytan heb ik het eerst ook zelf uitgeprobeerd. Het is namelijk ook voor de donkere huid geschikt omdat je een mooie egale kleur krijgt. De melanine die je in je huid hebt wordt door de zon in Europa niet voldoende opgebrand omdat de zon niet hoog genoeg staat. Met spraytan krijg je dezelfde uitstraling en je hersenen pikken dat gevoel op, het gevoel alsof je net terug bent uit de tropen. Die egale uitstraling is mooi zichtbaar op zowel gezicht als lichaam. Boodschap in deze is dat je absoluut niet bang moet zijn voor iets nieuws en meer out of the box moet blijven denken. Met de keuzes die je maakt is de achterliggende gedachte “The Why” waarom je iets doet is heel erg belangrijk.

Q Heb je een Gouden tip voor iemand die wilt starten in de beauty?
A Wat ik heel veel zie is dat er veel wordt gekopieerd en nagedaan en daar is niets mis mee. Het spreekwoord geeft het immers al aan. Maar het grootste succes van een starter zit hem in het feit dat je iets met volledige passie doet want jij bent namelijk de enige die begrijpt waarom je iets doet. Op die manier zal je slagen omdat je volledig achter je eigen keuzes staat. Je visie moet geboren worden uit een bepaalde passie waarin jij gelooft en alleen jij hoeft hier in te geloven! NIEMAND anders.



Xmass Goodies

I took a trip to Barcelona last weekend and offcourse I had to pay a visit to my dearest SEPHORA.

Everytime I’am there I feel like a kid in a candystore! I transform into a make up monster and purchase everything I like.

For the Holiday season it’s even better to be there because a lot of brands have special Limited Edition Gift Sets. 

One of my goodies is from Too Faced Cosmetics. Too Faced The Chocolate Shop is one of several gift sets and eyeshadow palettes that are part of the Too Faced Christmas in New York Holiday 2016 Collection.

Inside the package you will find mini sizes of my alltime favorite Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara, Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer, and a Melted Chocolate Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chocolate Milkshake.

The set comes with a total of 21 eyeshadow shades. There’s also a highlighter a Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, and a Blush which.

From NARS I purchased some very nice matte lip shades. The application of a lipstick combined with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design is just everything!!!

The colors are rich pigments and create a velvety matte finish. Use for lining, all-over lip color, or pairing with another lip product.
With all my Xmass goodies I’am all set and done for the Holidays!

Sexy Brow Essential

Fashion trends are a big form of influance to the shape of the eyebrows. Currently BOLDBROWS (fully trimmed eyebrows) are a big hype in the magazines and social media.

Beautiful eyebrows automatically create a beautiful face expression. That’s why it’s very important to take good notice and care of the following steps when shaping your eyebrows;
-the shape of your face (round, oval, angular, long ..)
-the shape of your eyes
-the color and texture of your eyebrow makeup

By plucking you remove excess hair that grows just outside your desired shape. You can also trim your eyebrows to get a more forward form. But which product is suitable to create a nice and even colored AND natural looking eyebrow ..?

A pencil?

A browpomade?

A brow powder?

As an makeup artist I am constantly testing various makeup products. 
I’m a fan of a dark brown eyebrow pencil when it comes to coloring and browshaping. Until one of my clients offered me a sample of the Brow Extender from Divaderme Cosmetics.
Divaderme Brow Extender is composed of fibers made from natural ingredients and minerals. The fibers are semi permanent and waterproof. These fibers give your eyebrows the effects of more hair and volume. Besides the fact that the Brow Extender makes your eyebrows nice uniform color throughout and it is once again caring for the natural moisturizers that are incorporated into the fibers. What else do you want!

The Brow Extender applies on very easily. After you have fixed your eyebrows into shape, place the fibers gradually between your hairs.

I think it’s nice to finish with an eyebrow gel so my eyebrow shape is fly and fierce all day long.

This amazing product is hypoallergenic, it contains no parabens or gluten and it is not tested on animals.

The Brow Extender is available in the colors Espresso Brown Ash Blonde and Cappuccino Brown.

I myself use Espresso Brown.

“Divaderme : BROWS IN A BOTTLE”


Morphe Magic

I’am so obsessed with my new Morphe 35N Matte Palette and I have been super excited to blog about it! 
I have heard so many good things from other make up artists about these shadows that it was a must for me to purchase it for my professional make up kit.

In the fall and winter time, I’m really a big fan of matte eyeshadow and matte makeup looks. That was the main reason for me to seek for a palette with a range of color choice and variety of shades.

The brand Morphe Brushes has several eyeshadow palettes in theire range including a matte palette; Morphe Matte 35N.

The pallette consists of 35 colors ranging from nude earth tones to warm tones such as dark plums, red, and browns.

The shades are suitable for your everyday look or for a deep smokey eye. These shadows are so pigmented and easy to blend. I honestly did not expect such amazing pigmentation for this pricerange. For those that like a more intenser pigmented look I recommend to spray some fixation spray on your brush and blend it with your shade.

This palette is definitely a fall/winter make up  MUST HAVE of the moment.

#Morphebabe #Morphebrushes



Yves Saint Laurent

It’s always nice to work for a beautiful brand. And certainly one of the most glamorous luxury one; Yves Saint Laurent


During my promotion for YSL, I was working on makeovers and touch ups. In this way, the ladies got in my YSL chair and create a nice and good impression of the make up products and looks. 


The focus was mainly on the new FALL LOOK with the name PRETTY METAL with intense black, cobalt blue and berry colors.

I am very excited about Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation! 

This product creates a nice satin smooth effect. In addition, there is a SPF 19 in processed.

The Kiss & Blush lipstick was also one of my favorite products to work with. It can be used for both the lips and the cheeks. The velvety texture consists of a cream which creates a matte finish.

During these kind of assignments, it is always a privilege to do make up and make people very happy with a better version of themselves!


My workday with Linda Stephanie

Do I want to assist Youtube Beauty Blogger and Make Up Artist Linda Stephanie  during a Eyebrow & Eyeliner Masterclass ..?! Uhm Yes Please! 😃

Linda Stephanie is known for her youtube tutorials and wonderful artistic eye makeup looks.

That’s why I was really looking forward to be able to assist Linda during one of her Masterclasses in Rotterdam.

The group consisted of enthusiastic make up artists who wanted to expand their creativity. 

The lesson began with a detailed explanation of the drawing and shaping of the perfect eyebrow, and what aspects you should focus on in a face. Products that can be used are a pencil, powder or dipbrow.


After the explanation it was time for the students to practice. It was my job to make sure that all the questions were answered and any tips where given when needed.

Linda is a true expert when it comes to the perfect eyeliner wing if i do say so myself 🙂

It was explained that it can be drawn in various ways, and which products are the most suitable for this purpose; Gel, liquid liner etc ..
Also, Linda taught us that it was best to start of with a pencil, and to create an imaginary line to upgrade your flawless wing.

I’ve been given the unique opportunity to work with a super talented and amazing makeup artist! Unfortunately, three hours had passed too quickly. It was a fun and educational experience. Thanks to Linda, I’ve improved my knowledge and skills. 


Aïcha Pure Beauty

Good skin care is essential for a beautiful healthy skin and also the most important step in your beauty ritual. For my work, it is therefore very important to stay ahead of all new developments and products in the skincare industry.

I came in contact with the skin care products of Aïcha Pure Beauty at Rotterdam Fashion Week. The beautiful packaging and interesting products immediately caught my attention. The productline is suitable for all skin types and hypoallergenic and fragrance free.

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CEO and Founder of Aïcha Pure Beauty Cheryl Tevreden indicates that she has always been interested in the cosmetics industry and therefore the choice was made ​​to launch a hair and skincare line. Cheryl is an energetic and inspiring entrepeneur who talks with passion and joy about her work and unique brand. Her beautiful glowing and flawless skin made me more curious ​​to use the products!

CEO Cheryl Tevreden
CEO Cheryl Tevreden

The main ingredient of Aïcha Pure Beauty is Argan oil.
In Morocco Argan Oil is refered to as “liquid gold”,and this is also reflected in the style of the brand and the packaging of the products.

Argan Skin Therapy Rollerball
The rollerball contains antioxidants and it hydrates the fine lines under your eyes. Because of the ball you automatically massage your skin around your eyes for a soft and smooth feeling. The product also helps to prevent dark circles and puffy bags under your eyes. Your eyelashes will be delighted with the rollerball because it serves as a eyelash growth serum!

Argan Skin Therapy Rollerbal

Argan Anti-Ageing Cream
Delicious full cream with flower and plant extracts that provide a wonderful scent. The formula is made to prevent your skin from the signs of skin ageing. The rich texture of the cream gives your skin  extreme hydration. Wonderful to use because it works on healing blemishes, narrowing your pores and mattifying the skin. That’s why it’s perfect as a makeup primer!
My makeup stays flawless al day long and even my t-zone is less oily than before.

Argan Anti- Ageing Cream
Argan Anti- Ageing Cream

Argan Skin Therapy
The miraculous oil makes your skin super soft and provides a nice glow for a dewy effect. You immediately notice that your skin absorbs the nourishing oil. The combination of argan oil and vitamin B results in reducing fine lines and wrinkles on your face. By using this oil you immediately increase the hydration and nourishment level, which is very important to maintain a healty and smooth skin.

Argan Skin Therapy
Argan Skin Therapy

The reason why you have to start using these products: Because it’s pure!

Aïcha Pure Beauty skincare is a solid and essential element in my beauty routine.

I can’t live without this wonderful liquid gold!

Rotterdam Fashion Week – Salonè Della Moda

… “Hey Xiomara how are you doing?, would you like to be part of the makeup team during Rotterdam Fashion Week on the 12th of September … ‘?” Uuuhhh Hell yeah! was my thought when reading this message of make up artist Maico Kemper. This really made my day;the idea that I can express my skills and creativity during one of the greatest fashion events in the fashion industry.

The Rotterdam Fashion Week ‘Salonè Della Moda’, was held at LP2 Las Palmas.
This amazing lifestyle and fashion event was entirely in the hands of the talented creative director Jerry Luxenburg. He really did everything to create a unique event in which both national and international designers and brands were able to present their creations.

Jerry Luxenburg
Jerry Luxenburg

Meanwhile backstage all the models were busy with the fitting of all the clothes and shoes while the makeup team was getting instructed by key MUA’s Maico Kemper and Zouhair Benkabbou with the looks for the shows.

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We practiced all the techniques and looks that we had to create for
the models. My team was responsible for the make up  of the brands Story Dress and Minirine.
The dynamic and chaos was something that I had to get used to at first backstage.
In the heat of the moment, the pressure was also increasing. This for me was a great learning experience. Fortunately, I was surrounded by talented, helpfull and generous make up artists.
All the skincare products that we used where provided by Aicha Pure Beauty.

The Story Dress look was a combination of lines around the eyes and a red mouth. The focus was on the wing eyeliner and tight parallel lines.

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For the Minirine make up was the focus again on the eyes in combination with a red eye shadow creation. Blending Blending Blending and another blend was the key essential for this look.

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Just before the start of the show all the models were equally in a line-up stand.
Possible adjustments could be made ​​to the make up look and finishing touch.

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A lot of press, bloggers and PR girls were running back and forth to get a backstage preview and experience the models and the atmosphere.

I was very happy that I got the opportunity to actually watch the shows and most important my own make up work. With a very proud feeling I was looking at the models, their makeup and of course the amazing clothes in which they walked. All the hard work was rewarded at that time.

The Story Dress clothes all tell their own story on the theme of Vincent Van Gogh.

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Model: Sandy Geyah Darjij MUA: Xiomara Romeo Photo: Xander Barenski – xmoments.nl
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Model: Jalisa Minaar MUA: Xiomara Romeo Photo: Xander Barenski – xmoments.nl
Xander Barenski
Story Dress Photo: Xander Barenski

Minirine clothing is characterized by colorful visuals and unique prints that are inspired by street art and traveling.


Salonè Della Moda gave me the chance to meet a lot of talented, beautiful and inspiring people and the opportunity to acquire a unique experience that I’m really grateful for!

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Too Faced Beauty Experts Darlings

image5On my holiday in Pineda de Mar, I obviously had to pay a visit to Sephora in Barcelona.
I always feel like a kid in a candy store when I visit this make up mecca. During my two-hour ( 🙂 ) visit i’ve noticed a super nice travel-size box of Too Faced Cosmetics.

It turned out to be a collection of the top four bestsellers tested by American beauty experts like Jeannie Mai and Vegas Nay. Therefore I became very curious about the contents of this package which included travelsizes of the Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer, Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, Better Than Sex Mascara and La Creme Lipstick. Since the Better Than Sex Mascara was high on my wishlist, I was sold!

When it comes to the Better Than Sex Mascara I must sadly admit that this mascara actually is better than sex! No man on earth is able to give me the same satisfaction like this amazing mascara can. Nothing beats a good lash day and I prefer my lashes on fleek.FullSizeRender

My lashes look beautiful with only a few applications with this massive full applicator. Thanks to the fibers,your lashes receive a huge boost in terms of extension and volume. No more serums or other miracle cures for my lashes!

Because of my addiction for nude lippies, I was eager to start swatching with the Naked Dolly lipstick. image4 (1)

At Sephora the sales girl said that this nude lipstick was better for people with a lighter complexion. Offcourse I disagreed and like Kanye would say; “You aint got the answers!” 😀
With a lightbrown/darkbrown lip pencil you can create a beautiful color for the darker complexion. La Creme lipstick: It’s all in the name. A good moisturizing lipstick with a long lasting finish.

Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow primer is really a beauty musthave for women with oily skin.
Because of its fine texture it is very easy to apply on your eyelids and it pulls quickly into your skin.

image6This allows you to immediately apply your eyeshadow unlike with other primers.The great thing about this primer is that it prevents creasing between your eyelids and your eye makeup look remains the same color and maintained throughout the day.

The Chocolate soleil matte bronzer is ideal for mattifying the oily T zone. It is also very nice to contour along if you’d rather prefer powder instead of liquid products. I find it very useful for all skin complexions. Lighter complexions can use the Chocolate soleil as a bronzer and mattifying powder.


It suits great as a highlighter or mattifying powder as finish for the dark complexions. Oh…..and the Cocoa scent is very tasty yum yum gimme some more!

Too Faced Beauty Darlings kit : Must Have of the Moment!

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