Category Archives: 2017


Who am I? Do you mean where I am from? What I might one day become? What I do? What I’ve done. What I dream? Do you mean, what you see? Or what you’ve heard, what I’ve heard? What I fear? Or what I dream? Do you mean who I love? What I have lost? Who am I? I guess who I am is the same as you, not better than, not less than because there is no one who has been or will ever be exactly as the same as you or me.



What’s up makeupandthecity, I guess lately I’ve been feeling a bit exposed, a lot of questions and a lot of fears brought to the front – fears I thought I had tackled and up to the rear. There will be more to come I’m sure. BUT today I am talking about NARS give cards and how they make the absolute perfect last minute gift for anyone who might have slipped your mind this year.

NARS eGIFT BLACK CARD is just like giving the gift of beauty and just like handing them a beautiful black card which yes they will in the mail which they can use to shop all things NARS Cosmetics.

Let’s break it down ➡️ eGift cards can be purchased in pre-set increments from twenty five ($25.00) too five hundred dollars ($500.00) also right now within Canada they are giving you free next day shipping on orders placed for one hundred and seventy five dollars ($175.00) which could mean to sweeten the deal you might want to add a little more.

For the new year I wanted to help you out with your first twenty five dollars on me ➡️ shoot me an email for the code as I’m limited too the generosity of NARS and the first FIFTY (50) will get a FREE twenty five ($25.00) NARS BLACK CARD.





What’s up makeupandthecity,

Wishing you a weekend of joy and cheer as you celebrate the holiday season with friends, family and loved ones. Christmas or not, celebrating or not.
Don’t forget the real reasons behind the holidays.

It’s been a crazy year for me, and I’m happy to end the year off with my partner, family and friends.

Thank you so much too all the brands and PR companies who have sent me products and PR for review and set work.

⬅️ make sure to hit that subscribe button and join the family for the New Year – there will be a lot of surprises and exciting content! (to my e-mail subscribers a e-mail will be sent out to you for site changes to re-subscribe if you’d like)

HOLIDAY PARTY EYESHADOW PALETTE MUCH HAVE ➡️ Chocolate Gold Eye Shadow Palette FROM Too Faced – Chocolate Gold is a rich, medium-dark honeyed gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was smooth, moderately dense but not too thick or too stiff in the pan, and it yielded opaque coverage in a single layer. The eyeshadow blended out well and lasted for eight hours without need of touch up.


It’s been one of the best eyeshadow palettes that I’ve used on set this year! Total must have! Do make sure that you check out a tester before buying it and be careful where you buy it as there is countless fakes – you can click in the side bar to go right to the collection.

BUT remember to respect and love one another this holiday season and respect the beauty around. Take a second and get the door for that person, or smile! Love one another and keep being beautiful.



There’s longwear. And then there’s strong wear.


What’s up guys, I’m currently sitting on the floor of my new office  – I just had it painted a beautiful teal color and set up my tree last night with my babe which was nice, checked out a new steakhouse and had a little bit too much to drink! but hey, blame it on the holidays. If you’ve been following me for a while you’d remember me talking about MARC JACOBS BEAUTY ‘no filter’ which was small campaign work I did for the launch of products for the brand which I thought I’d get my hands on a lot sooner but on new years eve this year you can check out the wall group to see some of my print work for the brand. Huge thanks to BOLD PR in New York city for the opportunity.

moving on,

Seems to me that NARS is coming back stronger and stronger since pulling cruelty free in order to expand there brand into China in the previous year, and since the company hit it big time with PR clean up after this happen, it would appear that they had a line up of knock out products (still not tested on animals) to win back a lot of the beauty industry and, well, me. I’m also not saying that when NARS choose to do this I jumped on my blog and bashed the company, I mean, how could I? I remember my first time going to Toronto and taking the subway to the Eaton Center just to buy a NARS duo eyeshadow for a photoshoot I was doing and new I’ve never been closer to the brand with launch parties, PR lists and free gifts.

NARS’ first 16-hour foundation that stays turned on by the power of radiance. Untraceable. Unstoppable. Unlike anything else. Longwear is finally lightweight—and radiant. High coverage is now super natural. Its breathable, fade-resistant formula is infused with Raspberry, Apple, and Watermelon extracts to help smooth and improve the look of your skin instantly, and over time for full-powered radiance. It wears longer, stays stronger, and looks better with each hour. Specialized skin-matching technology ensures your truest match yet. Your future looks radiant with Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.

The PR send out for this was really costumed to who you are as a influencer they gave you three full bottles in your ideal closest shades and then the full shade range in mini bottles which is absouloutly, smart, perfect and awesome.

If this winter you want the perfect skin without the work check out NARS




good morning makeupandthecity,


Welcome back to part two of perfect holidays – I tried to find thing that were affordable and a little more expensive because it is ok to treat ourselves and the ones we love, there isn’t anything wrong with that, and I’m not going to lie, I finished 80% of my holiday shopping from PR that I knew I never would use and I also am going to donate a bunch of stuff right after the holidays, unless I can find a good one to help out before hand. It’s funny I used to see Christmas as some type of way of getting gifts and stuff but as of now I don’t want anything I just want to see my friends and family and have a perfect day! and wow is it ever getting closer and closer to Christmas! This year was full of stunning cosmetic launches, advanced skincare tools, and a ton of lust-worthy hair and nail products to say the least so it’s a good thing that there are guys and girls like me who pick out the best of the best for you!

I’m going to talk about some super amazing concealers for winter skin, and for more normal skin the first one is NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer which is amazing for winter skin, no brush needed for touch up and to be photo ready, this used to be my go to concealer – I loved that it really was for all skin types! and they had a fit for every undertone! (WHAT IS UNDERTONE? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? | MAKEUPANDTHECITY) Enriched with hydrating, multi-action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology, it creates a softer, smoother complexion while instantly obscuring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs of fatigue.


The next concealer we will take a look at is the new URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER CONCEALER and this for guys and girls who are more into one stop shop, can do it all, full coverage, heavy metal packaging concealer! A major problem solver, All Nighter Concealer handles all your hardest-to-hide trouble spots: dark circles, blemishes and discoloration. It even covers tattoos! This formula works beautifully with All Nighter Liquid Foundation or Naked Skin Liquid Makeup. It’s also perfect for the morning after—when you need extra coverage and being Naked isn’t enough. With meticulously calibrated shades that span the complexion spectrum from pale to deep, All Nighter Concealer has every skin tone covered.


The reason I picked concealers is because in most cases when we go to a holiday party, we are getting ready at washrooms at work or wherever we can! so I want to make sure that these products will do the job! And just a little off topic I’m writing at an airport right now, my babe is coming home today! Just in time for Christmas woo!

Next I’m going to write about IT! cosmetics holiday beauty book which I did a full post for but it was surrounded by a code that is not longer working and the second part is up at INFLUENCER its almost the most perfect holiday gift for yourself or for your bestfriend! as long as you know pretty much shade color – IT! Cosmetics gives you coverage, color, and complexion perfection in this Most Wished For Holiday Palette! Special edition and only for the holidays, it’s gift-boxed and perfect for every IT guy and girl on your holiday shopping list. In this palette, you’ll receive three shades of Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector. Smooth anywhere on your skin for flawless, full-coverage, antiaging results.

Hello Light Creme is designed to add the look of light to your skin without any glitter or shimmer. This formula will give you that lit-from-within glow. It pairs perfectly with your IT Girl Ombre Radiance Blush. This formula instantly adds the look of youth and vitality in just one sweep. Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder is your completely clear finishing powder that gives you the look of a flawless, airbrushed complexion. Six shades of Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick instantly perk up your whole complexion and give you the appearance of smoother, fuller-looking, and younger-looking lips. Your lid-priming shade of Superhero Eye Foundation instantly smooths and color corrects while priming your lid for nine shades of Naturally Pretty Shadows and two shades of Superhero Liners.

This is a kick-ass holiday palette and it really is, one of the top five (5) most looked for! now that I got all of those down I only have two (2) more products that id like to talk about.


My Armani To Go Cushion Foundation which is a must have for in your desk, purse, back pocket or where ever you want to keep it – it is a fuller coverage that doesn’t oxidize with the air so what you see boys and girls is what you get, I know if you look at the product online and your fair-N (WHAT IS UNDERTONE? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? | MAKEUPANDTHECITY) you’re going to think wow no w a y that this will fit my skin or any fair skin people well that’s not the case at all! you just need to remember undertones for sure!

Skin is instantly transformed with one simple gesture. A high-tech essence-in-foundation formulation – the essential accessory is complete. Supreme coverage, comfort & silk glow: with the precision of a couturier, formulators of MY ARMANI TO GO strike the perfect balance between tailor-made, buildable coverage and a light, “no makeup” sensation.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ I really really do not like how Armani didn’t add a dark complexions with this cushion it was also enough to make me take it off my list completely because i was told that they would be adding in new shades in the new year to come!


with out a doubt there is countless products out this holiday season but sometimes just a smile can change how someone is feeling or holding the door for them after a long day, so try to keep that in mind this holiday season.



Maybe it’s the snow, or writing next to the fire place,


I hope everyone is nice and warm this December morning (in Canada) and if you’re driving into work respect the road and each other, there is way to many people who seem to forget how to drive in the snow! So I’ve been to a couple of holiday parties lately and it looks like some people aren’t allowing themselves to get into the holiday mood, and take a look at things from a new and fresh perspective, that can be something in your life, or the same makeup over and over.


Here are some top holiday products and how to use them,

Lets start with the lips with this must have lip vault from Tom Ford – I was super excited to see this in my mail and a little confused since I am not on Tom Ford PR but then I saw that it actually came from the beauty department at Neiman Marcus which is a luxury department store in New York city – It is the Tom Ford Boys and Girls fifty (50) piece set they are not full size but they are a size of smaller lipsticks that Tom Ford does sell separately – this vault of rich, special treated pigments and blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity.


You will have unlimited shades to make your holidays pop and fall in love with a new shade for the holiday season into the new year.

Tom Ford Boys and Girls fifty (50) piece set, $1,900 at Tom Ford website

Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set is a must have and has had the beauty community blown away with the stunning looks you can achieve so easily and quickly – the set contains three, miniature-sized liquid eyeshadows (they’re about half the size of a full-sized shade). All three (3) are also available individually in the permanent line-up. I really enjoy the effect of this formula for layering, but if you’re after them as a standalone product, you may be less enamored with them.

FAST TRACK LOOKS ➡️ Take a Cranberry eyeshadow and wash it across the lip, focusing color on the outer corner of the eye and blending slightly above natural crease – take Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set in the shade Kitten Karma and apply it to the center of the lid in a packing motion and stopping at the natural crease. Smoke out the waterline with the Cranberry eyeshadow dipping into a little Dark Brown.


Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set, $25.00 at Sephora (if not sold out)

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you got to leave before you get left,


What’s up makeupandthecity, it’s almost time to launch my own site and branch away from WordPress – if you’ve been with me from the start too the six (6) month, I did buy domain and got rid of the part from my website but there was a lot more in regards to legal that I still had to conform and fit my branding to which I don’t think is always fair or looks out for what is best for the bloggers of WordPress.

BUT moving on to your skin and your undertone and why you should be able to look at yourself in the mirror and look at shades and be able to match your shade – or the shade of your client(s) this also will be helpful with finding good colors that work on your eyes or will make your eyes pop or help you to know the colors to stay away from perhaps the most helpful thing to know to get your colors matched perfectly is your undertone for sure.

There are three classifications for undertones: warm, cool, and neutral. If you have warm undertones, your skin will lean peachy, yellow, or golden. If you have cool undertones, your skin will lean pink, red, or blue. If you have neutral undertones (like me) your skin will have some mixture of these colors. There are some sneaky clues hidden on your body and in your fashion choices to help out,

➡️ The first clue that I learned about how to find your proper undertone is check out the inside of your wrists – do your veins appear blue or green? If they look blue/purple, you’re cool-toned – if green, you’re warm-toned. If you have trouble telling, you probably lean neutral. This is one of the simplest ways to find your tone but if you’re covered in tattoos as I am then maybe this trick will work better,

➡️ Are there certain colors you find you look better in? If you look best rocking jewel-tones such as blues, purples, and emerald-greens, you’re cool-toned. If you favor earth-tones such as reds, oranges, yellows, and olive-greens, you’re warm toned. And for you lucky guys or girls who can get away with all the colors, you have neutral undertones.


You can also check out the color wheel which will help you when it comes to tone and color correction which you can check out my post about it here ➡️ COLOR CORRECTION : HOW and WHY? 

When you get it, you get it! No more wrong shade or annoying returns, especially if you’d like to work if this industry there are some things that you’re going to want to just down, undertone and color correction are my two (2) must know for sure! If you have any questions check out the contact page and get at me!




All I know are sad songs,


Did anyone else watch the Victoria Secret Fashion show (2017), damn eh? They spend the entire year training for that five (5) minute walk – and that poor girl who fell as she was like this is my home town and MY PARENTS ARE HERE! spoiler! she kept her cool till she went backstage then bawled her eyes out with a camera pointed in her face. It goes to show you in real life we fall, and sometimes hard but we get back up.


I know, I know, get to the review eh..

We all know All Nighter from Urban Decay but soon to launch is the amazing, breath taking packaging – All Nighter concealer. I think this has been widely sent out to people as Urban Decay is the easiest PR list to get on but since they took their PR in house its extremely hard to get in contact with anyone. My first introduction to Urban Decay I just moved to Toronto and found myself a job in a Shoppers Drug Mart – Beauty Boutique. It was on Queen Street right down the street from my house and I have zero clue what UD was, I remember I was immediately attracted to the brand because of the sexual names like I’m sure most, can relate. At that time All Nighter was just the epic setting spray.

Set to launch 12/03/2017 ➡️ Urban Decay’s All Nighter Waterproof Full-Coverage Concealer provides flawless matte coverage that lasts all day and all night. Cover anything and get a perfectly blown-out effect. UD’s ultra-pigmented, blendable formula controls shine and masks imperfections for twenty four (24) hours. The beautiful, modern-matte finish never looks overdone. A major problem solver, All Nighter Concealer handles all your hardest-to-hide trouble spots: dark circles, blemishes and discoloration. It even covers tattoos! This formula works beautifully with All Nighter Liquid Foundation or Naked Skin Liquid Makeup. With meticulously calibrated shades that span the complexion spectrum from pale to deep, All Nighter Concealer has every skin tone covered.


Ok this is absouloutly my favourite part – All Nighter Concealer comes in a gorgeous bottle that’s like a little, covetable version of UD’s All Nighter Liquid Foundation component – with a luxurious, highly metallized gunmetal effect and asymmetric cutouts. As beautiful as the component is, it’s also practical and travel-friendly. No need to carry a brush; the angled, flocked paddle applicator has a little well at the end that provides a precise laydown of product exactly where you need it. Sadly though if there is a ‘little well’ its microscopic or something from first glance.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ it doesn’t oxidize like the foundation or as it says it does. creamy and isn’t dry like the foundation. It is the perfect matte and waterproof as claimed. Easy to blend. After eleven (11) hours it didn’t budge, smear, or crease.