Misconception

This is going to be a little be of a rant but I feel like I have to address some of the misconceptions about me, about who I am, about my life and about makeupandthecity.

So if you’re interested in what I have to say – keep reading, if not go find where you should be because makeupandthecity is a family filled with love and respect and trust. 

I will start of saying do you know what it feels like to try your hardest every day to fix mistakes of the past, not looking for forgiveness anymore from anyone but yourself and becoming successful with no ones help but my own, yep, people have got my foot in the door but I pushed it open myself and in return I do the same for people. I am not asking for a thing from anyone, or am I asking for forgiveness for my past. I realized that I needed change and I got myself over the obvious obstacles in my life to become the man I am today the only thing that I would ever ask for from anyone is respect and privacy and that is not a privilege – if you once knew me, and you are not in my life anyone and haven’t been for a while then you no longer know me so please don’t message my boyfriend, my friends, my family or try to come for me because you try all you want to bring me down and try to come between me and the people in my life, and you remember that person who you knew who took you down, broke you down and drained you and you will get that person back just for you, and I’ve learned when you apply yourself you can become and achieve anything you want – I don’t want to become a monster in the process of fighting one or loving one. 

I used to fill my life with people who were weak or hurting and who needed someone to fill that void – I would hurt and use people to get to where I wanted to be in life. I was a monster. But I’ve learned from my past and my life is now filled with strong, amazing and loving people – people I would bet any amount of money on that when I fall I will have them there to catch me, strip me naked with your words, hate and opinions about whatever you want – keep talking, keep checking my blog, keep trying to bring me down and all you’re doing is becoming the person that you hated so much to begin with. When you talk about me, more people know my name. When you keep checking and boarderline stalking me and what I’m doing, it’s more views for me. Every nightmare needs influence so I’m asking you and everyone who use the voice that you have to try to hurt or bring anyone down? Why give in to hate when it’s so much easier to give in to love and see that mistakes are made and like I said I’m not looking for anyone’s forgiveness because I don’t need it – I have the most amazing life, I have been so blessed from the highest high to the lowest low, in heartbreak came makeupandthecity, I learned to channel my heartbreak, sadness and anger to creating something that over time became something more then I could ever ask for a given me so many opportunities, if I even had the amount of time to focus on your life or stalk what you’re doing with it, whoa the free time you must have – for anyone who has made it this far, live your life for yourself and dont allow hate to win, and remember that second chances are rare and we are all beautiful and unique and with our words and with our hate we cause a ripple effect that is clear to see. so I guess I’m asking you; why isn’t it clear to see for the love that we give? 

I will take responsibility for my action and the choices I’ve made in my life. 

Will you? 

Seize fire. 

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beauty news first ➡️ ARTIS BRUSH getting ready to launch Fluenta Collection at Holt Rentrew, which will be Artis first retail partner in Canada.

What’s going on makeupandthecity?

This is pretty cool and a complete exclusive, definitely pretty sure that I am the first influencer to be informed by ARTIST that they are launch at Holt Renfrew in Toronto and this will be their first retail partner – I’d say that a good first partner to have – wouldn’t you? 

They will be launching the Fluenta collection which is the newest collection from ARTIS and the nine (9) piece brush set retails for $500.00US and ARTIS was nice enough to send me the two (2) full sets and then some must have items – which I will taking on set with me for Teen Vogue and a national cover shoot. 

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Artis brushes are very luxury brushes and they are on the high end of price but if you really put the research in you will find that what you are paying for is completely worth it, that’s what I’ll be doing for you as you read, learn and experience.

uniform application • superior blending • efficient use of product • retains shape better • versatile • helps avoid sensitivities • animal-free beauty • CosmeFibre • chemically resistant • UV resistant • wears longer • gentle • comfortable fit • modern construction • improves self-application • evolved • durable. 

What are CosmeFibre?

CosmeFibre is made using high tech manufacturing process that produces completely consistent fibres. You can depend on the fibre quality of every Artis brush to be the same, no matter when you buy it. The CosmeFibre is then shaped and refined by hand into fibre bundles, and each brush is hand-assembled to create the artisan-quality Artis Brushes.

I love this chart above if you’re new to the Artis brushes, where have you been!  If you just think they are to much hard earned money – I hear you. Use the chart above to find out exactly what the brushes are, size codes and uses. 

DID YOU KNOW ➡️ Artis brushes are made with CosmeFibre® which is a man-made fibre that naturally resists microbial growth.

The brushes are stunning and come in beautiful packaging, at first it feels a little strange in the hand but you very, very quickly get used to it and find that you will be reaching for your Artis brush more then your normal brushes, which at first I didn’t even notice. The second you open the box it is, an experience. 

Since Holts (Holt Renfrew) will be the first Canadian retailer for Artis – which is kinda actually fitting for the brand because it’s more luxury based – I thought I’d give you also just a little more information. I have contacted Holts for information, and how they feel about the new line to he sold at their location and I will update when I hear back! 

Celebrating a 180-year heritage, Holt Renfrew is recognized worldwide for an inspired shopping experience. Once a purveyor of fashion to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Holt Renfrew began in 1837 as a modest hat shop. Over the years the brand developed and expanded across Canada. In the 1930’s Holt Renfrew began exclusive accounts with leading European designers and in 1947 hosted Monsieur Christian Dior when he launched his “New Look.” After many years of foreign ownership Holt Renfrew was bought in 1986 by W. Galen and the Hon. Hilary M. Weston. Under their ownership Holt Renfrew has become Canada’s destination for luxury retail.

Of course I will be doing a full brush review and taking you on set with me! That will be coming very soon as well as the UNBOXING make sure you follow to be update when the post changes. For more information about Artis please click here.

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MAKEUPANDTHECITY x MILK MAKEUP 

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And I own, write & run makeupandthecity and have since the start. There are going to be some slow changes that will be starting to happen! So please stay tuned and enjoy the ride. My mission is always to get you, my followers and subscribers the best deal you can get with buying makeup and making an informed decision about what it is you’re buying. 

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Do you remember when I posted a companies to watch in 2017, no? Well you can check it out here. I talked about a company called MILK makeup and since that post not that long ago MILK makeup has become massive and put out so many fun, easy and unique products. It would seem that’s what they are about – No brush? No problem. 

At MILK makeup, we believe it’s not just about how you create your look; it’s what you do in it that matters. We see personal style as the ultimate form of self expression and encourage experimentation – from bare to bold, and everything in between. 

MILK makeup is inspired by our home, MILK studios, a cultural hub of creators in NY and LA. We are driven by our community and champion diversity, inclusivity, and unique personal style.

There are no rules. #LiveYourLook

So it’s pretty safe to say that it was a good call to keep my eye on them and help support from the get go. Let’s talk about some of the iconic makeup to come from MILK studios – now now now I’m only going to mention two products from the right now; I want you to remember them for the future and what I’m going to be announcing in the next couple days! 

One of the newest products is FLEX concealer – full coverage with flex. long-wear full coverage concealer moves with your face (never creases or cakes) to conceal imperfections, combat dark circles, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Infused with marshmallow and chamomile to decrease redness and blemish inflammation, and blue lotus to moisturize, vegan and gluten-free. Flex Concealer can take on anything you’ve got. As always, this product is cruelty-free.

If you know me then you know that I love stick cleansers like this, I think they are so convenient and amazing to travel with this is the Matcha Cleanser from MILK so Do your skin a solid. Infused with antioxidant-packed matcha green tea, this solid facial cleanser detoxifies, exfoliates, and purifies skin. Perfect for at home or on-the-go, this vegan cleanser in TSA-friendly solid packaging helps you fly through security in a flash. (told you) To use make sure you remove all makeup first, then apply cleanser stick to damp skin in circular motions and rinse. For best results, follow with Matcha Toner. As always, this product is cruelty-free. 

So thats it for now from MILK makeup but I promise you there is more to come, do your research good and check out the rest of the products here of course.

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Beauty news first ➡️ Estée Lauder announces new Global Beauty Director!

NEW YORK, June 21, 2017 Estée Lauder today announced it signed makeup artist Violette as its Global Beauty Director (#EsteeBeautyDirector).

Violette will collaborate with the Estée Lauder team on product development, digital content creation, education and training, and public relations initiatives. Content created through this partnership will be leveraged across Estée Lauder’s digital and social channels as well as Violette’s You Tube channel violette _fr and Instagram handle @violette_fr. Violette will star in how-to videos for the brand, sharing her point-of-view on her favorite makeup looks and beauty products.
“We are thrilled to welcome Violette to the Estée Lauder brand and look forward to an exciting collaborative partnership,” said Stephane de La Faverie, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder. “As a talented makeup artist and lifestyle influencer with a passion for art and color, Violette brings a unique voice and perspective to beauty. We are excited to partner with Violette on innovative new product ideas and engaging digital content that creates a dynamic new beauty conversation with women around the world across all touch points.”
 “I am so honored to work with the Estee Lauder brand,” said Violette. “Estée was such a visionary and is still an inspiration for women today. She understood beauty is a way of expressing yourself, a way to celebrate femininity. And that is also my philosophy. I can’t wait to connect with women everywhere as part of this brand and take them on this journey with me.”

About Violette    

Violette is a makeup artist and native Parisian. She began painting and studying art at the age of three, and, since childhood, has connected with others through the use of color. After grade school, she enrolled in the prestigious École du Louvre in Paris and also studied fashion and costume design. She brings a fresh approach to the visceral experience of makeup, playful experimentation, and a genuine appreciation of beauty as an art form.

Violette has worked with renowned photographers including Patrick Demarchelier, Camilla Akrans, Mario Sorrenti and Mert & Marcus. She regularly contributes to publications such as American and international editions of Vogue, Harper’s BAZAAR, W, T Magazine and violetgrey.com. Violette also recently launched a YouTube channel, where she shares her coveted French girl beauty secrets and helps women connect to aspirational beauty in an accessible way. Violette currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her partner, photographer Steven Pan.

About Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder is the flagship brand of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Founded by Estée Lauder, one of the world’s first female entrepreneurs, the brand today continues her legacy of creating the most innovative, sophisticated, high-performance skincare and makeup products and iconic fragrances – all infused with a deep understanding of women’s needs and desires. Today, Estée Lauder engages with women in over 150 countries around the world and at dozens of touch points – from in-store to digital. And each of these relationships consistently reflects Estée’s powerful and authentic woman-to-woman point of view.

MAKEUPANDTHECITY x LA PRAIRIE – most expensive press samples I’ve ever been sent. 

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So I have about 20 min to myself right yes it’s 2:35am lord! Creating makeup lines are no jokes at all! My god – but that’s for another day. I one think I did want to say is TOO FACED came out with an amazing does all prime, set and refresh spray called hang over RX – click the little picture to go to the buying in the side bar (down at the bottom depending on you’re on a computer / iPhone / iPad) and buy it! It is going to change the way you set your makeup, plus you guys know I’ve hooked it up for you. 

When you click through the link I don’t think I’m supposed to say but whatever I did ask if my followers could have a little cute makeup bag with ten (10) to fifteen (15) deluxe samples! Better then a 10$ off code and this is just to hook up my subscribers and followers I am not making money off you buying from that link but you won’t get the special section of offers from me otherwise ➡️

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So I was sent a little heavy of a box and I was confuse and what was inside of it and I didn’t recognize the sender, so I opened it up and it was from LA PRAIRIE which is a brand from Switzerland they are a very very lunxry line from the packaging right down to the caviare ingredients! 

Now – I believe this is some sort of collection from the company but I’m not entirely sure I can see that they are not old products but they are not new so many it’s just a re-launch or promotional focus. 

Ah so I get it this is there caviare line so all of the products within the lines first ingredient is caviare. 

This is just going to be first impressions and I’ll update it as I go – so the first thing I opened was a Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation Sunscreen SPF 15 which was kinda cool because the concealer was in the cap and I know that it’s not a new concept and when you twist the lid comes up and feels extremely nice in the hand and has like plastic typic spatula to dot the foundation onto your skin and it all sits nicely on a component complete with a brush! Sweet touch there. 

Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation offers full, natural-looking coverage with SPF 15 protection and a dewy finish. A perfectly matched concealer camouflages under-eye darkness and deeper flaws while helping to support skin elasticity. The foundation and concealer formulas are infused with caviar extracts for lifting and firming benefits. It includes a foundation sponge and precision concealer brush in addition to a 2x magnifying mirror in the cap. 

I’m noticing also that a lot more companies are making the mirrors in their compacts have magnification now. I wonder if that’s for a reason or just to help us to feel more insecure! 

PURCHASE ➡️ $335.00 for 1oz

If you’d like to take a look at the ingredients or any other information including to purchase then click here

DID YOU KNOW ➡️ La Prairie skin care, makeup and fragrance represent an exquisite fusion of Swiss science, art and rare ingredients. The brand traces its origins to 1930s Switzerland, where a doctor at Clinique La Prairie pioneered cellular anti-aging therapies. La Prairie became the first brand to apply this research to skin care, infusing collections with their exclusive Cellular Complex.



Skin Caviar Liquid Lift Serum feels really nice on the skin and gives it immediate results, it does smell a bit fishy but it’s masked very well, the scent isn’t over powering at all. 

Past damage recedes as existing cells are rejuvenated and new ones are super-charged, nourished and protected. Skin appears lifted and taut. Firming caviar extract gives the look and feeling of an instant lift while the brand’s exclusive Cellular Complex allows skin cells to become rejuvenated and thrive.

A little bit goes a long way with product so remember that if you come across it or buy it you don’t have to use a lot at all. 

PRICE ➡️ $777.00 for 1.7oz 

If you’d like to take a look at the ingredients or any other information including to purchase then click  here ladies and gentlemen.

‘Skin Caviar’ Luxe Cream I absolutely love this cream so much, it’s that cream that you are hoping will come along one day and when it does it’s amazing! Dries and absorbed so quickly into the skin – does not have an over powering smell at all! And the texture is absolutely amazing, it minimizes pores almost immediately (I don’t have large pores but what pores I could see on my nose are gone!) I don’t feel sweaty or overburdened by the skin care products in my regimen during the day or at night.

This lavish cream by La Prairie is legendary. It is a lifting and firming phenomenon infused with caviar extract to help support natural contours, profoundly improving the appearance of skin’s elasticity and tone. Unique proteins create a transformative satiny smoothness and a silken texture, while the brand’s exclusive Cellular Complex allows skin cells to become rejuvenated and thrive. Skin is firmed and lifted.

PRICE ➡️ $625.00 for 1.7oz

$1,350 for 3.4oz

If you’d like to take a look at the ingredients or any other information including to purchase then click right here

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MAKEUPANDTHECITY x VICHY – IDÉALIA

How’s it going makeupandthecity, 

  Today I thought it would be nice to talk to you about what I use on my face after I wash it with moving from one (1) city to another city with even more construction (dust) cars, buildings and people (pollution) I would always say it’s good to wash your face AM and PM for different reasons, of course you want to get rid of all your makeup, dirt, dead skin and the the city off of your face before you go to sleep. When you wake up you will have oils, dead skin cells, sweat, and dust that you will want to wash off to start fresh – on a microscopic level if you saw what was on your skin after a busy day and in the morning you’d want to scream! 

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VICHY IDÉALIA is for younger skin with first signs of aging including – fine lines, visible pores and dull complexion – chances are you didn’t realize that these were your first signs of aging. The Idéalia range improves skin radiance and minimizes the look of fine lines as well as pores when your regular skincare just isn’t cutting it anymore.


You can really use any face wash that you like or have fallen in love with but don’t forget it’s very easy for your skin to get used to a product, so you might want to switch it up, every couple of months or so, you can always go back to what you love! 

SIDE NOTE ➡️ don’t forget that hard water pressure can cause negative effects on the skin! For a cleanser that helps remove imperfections, impurities and help again the negative effect of hard water click here for an amazing cleanser for only twenty dollars ($20.00)


VICHY IDÉALIA RADIANCE BOOSTING SERUM is an absolute must! You will fall in love with the beautiful smell of this entire collection! An antioxidant rich formula to revive the complexion’s glow, even skin tone, refine pores and smooth fine lines.

➡️ visible results in eight (8) days. 

Vichy Laboratories explored the influence of a fast-paced lifestyle (stress, fatigue, lack of sleep, small excesses) on skin quality, to formulate their 1st liquid concentrate that recharges skin with radiance.

The extract of Licorice root has been combined with Citrus Flavonoid, fermented Adenosine and Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water in an energizing, antioxidant formula offering 24H moisture. Light and easy to apply texture. Quick absorption. I’ve actually found that on summer days if I don’t want to apply the normal to combination skin moisturizer on top then just using this alone is enough. It looks amazing under makeup almost like a primer.  Environmental attack on your skin is a real thing when you live a fast life and it took me a while to find what worked best for me to keep my skin looking absolutely amazing when it’s been though hell!

PRICE ➡️ $60.00 

Take a look at it here on the VICHY website

The Radiance Boosting Serum helps correct the first signs of aging and recreate an ideal looking skin quality. Revives glow, evens complexion, refines skin, minimizes pores.  Tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control • Hypoallergenic • No parabens • With Mineralizing Thermal Water. 

It’s 100% a tailor-made solution for oily skin to correct the first signs of aging – smoothes fine lines, boosts glow, refines pores. Lightweight oil-absorbing formula for a mattifying effect, and I don’t want my followers to be scared when they read first signs of aging really it’s good to have anti-aging factors from any age (18+) because it’s just prevention and good for the skin! 

Vichy Laboratories have combined the radiance activating extract of antioxidant fermented Black Tea with absorbing microspheres of Aquakeep and Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water. This sorbet gel-cream offers a matte and ultra-frseh finish and ensures 24H moisture.

PRICE ➡️ $40.00 for 50ML 

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Tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control • Hypoallergenic • No parabens • With Mineralizing Thermal Water. 

Love love love this next product is so amazing and gets ride of bags under the eyes immediately and leaves the skin feeling so de-puffed and, well, refreshed! 

IDÉALIA EYES ANTI FATIGUE EYE CARE formulated with caffeine and licorice root extract, this eye care immediately brightens eyes, reduces the look of dark circles, and smoothes fine lines for eyes that appear rested.

This formula illuminates the eye area for a more rested look. In one (1) month, it reduces the appearance of signs of fatigue, dark circles and fine lines for eyes that look visible rested.

PRICE ➡️ $40.00 for 15ML (currently sold out) 

If you’d like to check it out click here!!

To honest I never really used eye care until I was introduced to this eye cream and I’ve been using it even since and cheers to Vichy for always having my back and being an amazing company that I love so much! 

My next VICHY post will be about there new face masks and well face makes in general from VICHY, Tarte, L’Oréal and so many more! 

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MAKEUPANDTHECITY x SMASHBOX – next chapter in MASTER CLASS! ★ exclusive ★

What’s up makeupandthecity, 

So today I experienced an act of kindness that was super super nice, I met a guy who was really nice and he offered for me to come by the coffee shop that him and his sister owned and I said I wanted to get some espresso and coffee for blogging and I wrote down my page for him to check out, long story short it was right around the corner from me! 

So I decided to bring them a couple of free products for men and some for his sister who he said would also be there! So I get there and it’s closed, so I’m like hmm, that’s kinda strange but he saw me and ran to the door and let me in and he said he was waiting also an hour for me so I was like wow thank you but you didn’t have to do that I thought it was 24/7 and I always said here I brought you and your sister some things, they loved them and were so thankful and he told me I could get anything I wanted on him and I offered to pay but he wouldn’t let me. 

It was just really nice that they would stick around an hour after they closed for me (and had no clue when I said I would be coming and he was very handsome) and I’m really happy to have made two new friends in New York so Google or go too CUPPING ROOM CAFE in NEW YORK CITY because they were simply amazing and the espresso was amazing also! Packs a punch! I didn’t have a photo so I just used a snapchat location and cropped it so it looked a little pretty. 

I will for sure, for sure be going back maybe when they are open to try the menu! 

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It seems when SMASHBOX sets releases a new master class I always seem to get them first which makes me happy – I try to not talk about overly talked about item or items that are, well, hyped up. 

I love this SMASHBOX MASTER CLASS because it’s almost like a little factory in a box to literally create custom shades that you want too with eye shades and lips shades almost how it would be done in a factory which is so so so cool. 

Let’s break it down ➡️ it’s an eye, lip, and face palette of eighteen (18) essential shades and eleven (11iridescent duo-chrome transformers that instantly step up your makeup possibilities – this palette will take you almost to smashbox studios testing and creating shadows and lipsticks, being playful, from lips to cheeks you’ll learn to master the on-set technique SMASHBOX’s pro makeup artists use to create and instantly reinvent looks with transformer shades. 

This palette features four palettes of essential lip, cheek, and eye colors to create endless looks on their own, or mix with transformers to create over seventy six (76) additional eyeshadows, eighteen (18) lipstick colors, and four blush tones that let you play with a new look every day.

Each palette pops in and out for effortless on-the-go customization which is pretty cool and seems to be included in all the new master class from SMASHBOX. 

It reallly really reminds me for all of you guys and girls out there who have loved SMASHBOX from the get go they used to have a little four triangle pan eyeshadow transformer that you applied over older shadows to breath new life into them and change them completely in fact I think I still have one some where in my archives of makeup – yeah I don’t play around. 

With one swipe, wearable day looks effortlessly turn into attention-grabbing night looks, silky mattes suddenly sparkle, and neutral lips get amped to vamp. 

Oh yes – this master class is one to grab from SMASHBOX and let me tell you if you’re a collector of masterclass you would know how beautifully they can be added to a book shelf and look just like books. If you’re new to makeup and have been collecting the masterclasses by now you’d have it on point. They truly do teach you pro-tips and give you industry insight that you wouldn’t find anywhere! 


SIDE NOTE ➡️ to get you started, SMASHBOX L.A. photo studio pros included three get-the-looks and shade-mixing tips for blending killer color combinations as they also way add to any box, palette, they never won’t teach you a little bit about the products but creating is up to you! 

PRICE ➡️ $80.00 (valued at $300.00) 

Sadly, like all MASTER CLASS by SMASHBOX they are limited edition and only available at Sephora but you can buy it or check it out here!

This product is also formulated without • sodium lauryl sulfate • parabens • phthalates and is cruelty-free. 


Over all I really can’t see anyone being sad with this palette the almost chemistry feel of it and making your own personal shades as you mix and match – who knows could spark your imagination and your on your way to your own cosmetics company! 

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