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FOR THE LAST TIME | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

What’s up makeupandthecity,

I kinda wanted to take a second to defend the memo sent out, to bloggers, influencers, beauty gurus and everyone else and take the time to also explain once again due to the alarming number of hate surrounding PR and affiliations!

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Once again – PR is sent to influencers who have an audience of at least 50k and that is absolute must, PR is sent to us truly as a form of advertisement for the company, it’s not like well not most cases but in some, you like a product and that company will keep you fully stocked but that depends on your relationship with the brand, and if you keep it dynamite, truthful and respect the brand above all then you’re going to be treated really nicely by a brand, they truly become your friend, and look out for you.

Every single box has a please open by the date so that we are all talking about the products at the same time – for example I was getting requests for drug store makeup reviews and without even asking I was put on the L’Oréal PR (drugstore) list which was really nice of them to do, I mean L’Oréal or L’Oréal luxe it’s the same head office and the same PR manager so it makes sense to be on both to compare and I have been on the L’Oréal luxe PR list for almost six (6) months now.

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I’m just going to use this as a reference point I blogged about the new L’Oréal lash paradise before it launched click here to view that post there are certain things that we are not really supposed to talk about when its the launch of a new product, which goes without saying kinda, no? it’s not everyone is given the opportunity to do what they love and be paid for it.

It’s true – we don’t have to talk about anything that we don’t want to but if a company takes the time to send me a product then I will try it on myself, or on set and see what its got and if the claims are true. As for affiliate codes and you, beauty influencers either PA email or personal business email are full of affiliation offers and most of the times your influencer will not accept an affiliation code unless its something that we have tried and works and it saves you, our subscribers who believe it or not we get to know, even if we don’t answer all of your DMs or go to prom with you!

Not to say I don’t want to go to prom with you, because I think that would be completely fun! I also know that I put a lot of myself out onto the internet so its hard to not feel like you know me and what I stand for, and although I think that is so amazing – but the reason I’m choosing to do print blog is because I love it, I love writing and giving my opinion and talking about my life because I know there is a lot of you guys out there who are hurting and if I can help or stop you from going down a path that I went down, that makes my day.

There isn’t anything that we can do.

I guess what I’m trying to say is relax a bit on PR and affiliations because at the end of the day its really for all of you guys and girls, and if you’d like to start a blog or a youtube channel and want some advice to boost you forward then lemme know! I can send you a couple contacts and try my best to help. Someone once got my foot in the door, and it was up too me to push the door open.

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MAKEUPANDTHECITY x TARTE – SLAY WITH CLAY 

Hey guys – how goes it? So it’s 4:00am for me just like it pretty much always is when I blog, something about the sun rise is so beautiful to me – it’s hard to explain. 

Coffee ✔️ espresso ✔️ box of new makeup ✔️ i like to keep some makeup (and skin care) in a box that I want to touch base on. I receive so much makeup on a day to day basis that even something new fades to the background sadly. 

I love Tarte and SMASHBOX so much because they are companies that I’m close with and I’ve watched evolve. Tarte has always had Amazonian clay as an ingredient so it’s just a no brainer that they would do – slay with clay. 

SIDE NOTE – makeup 101 which I’ve used since the get go of my blog – nope, not saying I invented it. Calm down. So im going to start calling my new product launches and reviews MAKEUPANDTHECITY x (the brand) and then name the collection. It’s new and current and feels, right

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SLAY WITH CLAY is one of the newest collections from Tarte with the new clay stick foundations • smoothie blender foundation brush • clay face shaping palette • clay smart mascara • clay lid primer • so if you didn’t know Tarte was the first company to use the breakthrough Amazonian clay and maracuja for their amazing complexion products. 

Today Tarte is a leader in healthy, eco-chic beauty, offering cruelty-free cosmetics infused with skinvigorating™ ingredients.

The Clay Stick foundation is amazing and so good for the skin I remember when the PR was sent out for this you open it and there was super healthy energy bars and I was like what the heck..? But they really are like a healthy snack for your skin. It’s a cool powder to liquid formula very similar to the MUFE (make up forever) HD stick foundations but better for you skin for sure. It’s a medium to full coverage but buildable remember what I always say – it’s easier to add then to take away with makeup! There is Micro-encapsulated powders that burst with your body heat to keep you shine and cake-free. 

Vegan formula • antioxidants • vitamins C + E  • amazonian clay • a total skin-balancing powerhouse that hydrates or mattifies depending on your skin type. 

There is zerogluten • talc • artificial fragrances • parabens • sulfate • It’s pretty much got it all for a simple foundation stick. The packaging is simple but in Tarte fashion the top of the cap has a cool details. 

Ideal for travel. 

$50.00CAD for 9 g / 0.32 Oz. 

PRO TIP ➡️ apply with the smoothie brush from Tarte it’s so pretty and feels amazing in the hand and like every Tarte brush (pretty much the only brushes I now use) the quality is unstoppable. The secret’s in the dense, angled bristle design that targets coverage where you want it. Use small, circular, blender-like strokes for a natural, cake-free look. $36.00CAD and available here

Next ➡️ we have the #SLAYWITHCLAY face palette and I won’t lie I’ve been looking for the ultimate complexion palette for travel or for home use and I really hoped and thought it was going to be this but sadly it’s only for shaping the face and eyes (I might have my own complexion palette coming soon) but it doesn’t make it any less amazing and a total must have for summer 2017Tarte always have amazing packaging for their palettes and this palette is, stunning! 

Twelve (12) essential Amazonian clay matte eyeshadows multitask as universal eye, nose & brow shapers, plus contour colors so you can, well, slay with clay. SHADES • journey (rosy buff) • stone (rosy brown) • solstice (ivory) • terracotta (warm taupe) • dunes (slate brown) • smoke (coffee) • sand (cream) • desert (cool taupe) • ember (amber brown) • onyx (black) • instinct (buff) • timber (chestnut) • Each microfine powder blends to a natural, longwearing finish minus the harsh lines. The secret’s in the clay: it helps balance & replenish skin so you get the most even payoff without creasing, caking, or flaking. 

The bronzer and contour shades are perfect for any skin tone when you are looking for a real looking contour colour you wanna go for a more cool toned shade so that it can mimic shadows tone realistic. I’m not sure if you’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling a Tarte palette it smells like vanilla chocolate but more like vanilla thanks to vanilla extract added to the formula. God I could smell it forever

SIDE NOTE ➡️ it does come with a little booklet like most companies throw in on some looks that you can create with that palette and it’s nice but where is the fun in that. Makeup is an expression of art – and you. 

All of them had very good pigmentation and a smooth, silky formula that blended well and adhered to the lid nicely without primer. They didn’t crease nor did they fade during the wear of the model. It’s debatable whether you can dupe these shades across other Tarte palettes. Sure, there are shades that look similiar to past palettes but I’m going to go say they aren’t complete dupes of past shades. Shades like Timber, Terracotta, Dunes, Smoke, Stone, Instinct, all felt very unique to me. 

Again this is a good palette for travel. They are ophthalmologist tested • safe for contact lens wearers • dermatologist tested • it’s nice when a company makes sure their products are safe! 

$64.00CAD and 6 are 0.035 oz each, 3 are 0.070 oz, and 3 are 0.21 oz in size 

➡️ i loved this palette and if you’re interested in learning more click here

➡️ for the rest of the SLAY WITH CLAY collection click here

For SEPHORA lovers and shoppers click here to take advantage (while supplies last) to get a cute little mini! Use code CLAY2GO at checkout. 

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SMASHBOX VS. MORPHE ➡️ THE $15.00 SHOWDOWN 

So today we are going to let two eyeshadow palettes fight it out and see what one comes out on top! We all know SMASHBOX cosmetics and we all know MORPHE for “quality but affordable” 

To be honest with you for a long time I didn’t really like MORPHE – I didn’t think it was as good as it was, and when offered a code I said no because I will never push something into you, ouuu into you 😉 I’ll push something into someone a little later haha no no seriously I wouldn’t push something ONTO you that I didn’t think was killer or on trend for the right reasons. 

IF you’ve been with me from the start OG makeupandthecity then you’d know that SMASHBOX was what kinda caught my eye in the beauty world first – I think it was the name. It’s the most perfect complimentary name for a company SMASHBOX COSMETICS and SMASHBOX STUDIOS alright so moving on to the to the palettes! 

(please remember that I said fight just as a joke there is not a brand fight or anything it’s just to see what palette comes out on top)

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So the MORPHE 12P – PICASSO PALETTE is what it is called or the 12P Palette which came out after SMASHBOX cover shots were put out. 

Sometimes a bit of bold color is all it takes to wake things up and change your makeup game. Whether you’re a beginner looking for a way to experiment without breaking the bank or a pro who wants to add a bit of fun to the mix, this palette gives you twelve eye-popping colors to turn your eye look into a work of art.

So having this in my hand right now I will say it does feel a bit cheap, the pigment in the eyeshadows are there 100% but it feels kinda chalky and not nice on the skin. They do hold up pretty nicely without a primer but – you, well, need a primer to put down for sure. Primer or not I will say the yellow (my favourite colour) in this palette is just a lost cause sadly. They do kinda stain a little bit I’m not sure if it’s because of the literal food colour added to the shadows once they are in pan. Also be careful for red and orange because they are also very chalky and will cause uneven application. 

It sells for only $14.99US 

Dimensions of Palette: Length: 3 3/4″ • Width:4 3/4″ • Thickness: 1/2″ • Number of Pans: 12 • Pan Size:1″ x 1″ • Number of Pans: 12 • Pan Size:1″ x 1″

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Now onto the SMASHBOX COVER SHOT in shade BOLD which is just one of theshade choices from the COVER SHOT palettes put out from SMASHBOX – SMASHBOX eyeshadows are hyper pigmented and they are super easy to blend they also thought outside the box and added in two base colors to change the intensity of each pigment. 

This collection of 7 high-impact eye shadow palettes is influenced by trends seen at our L.A. photo studio. Each slimline, portable palette has a curated mix of 6 shadows + 2 double-sized base shades that deliver beyond blendable color in velvety, fierce foil finishes you’ll obsess over.

Holding this palette in my hand it does not feel cheap it has beautiful graphics on it just like all the COVER SHOTS have but SMASHBOX always have nice packaging. 

It sells for $30.00US for 0.27 oz

SIDE NOTE ➡️ there is a $15.00 difference between SMASHBOX and MORPHE 
I don’t really find any of the SMASHBOX eyeshadows to apply chalky they apply perfect – they even nailed the yellow shade which is hard to do – also they don’t stain like a lot of electric eyeshadow or eyeshadow palettes out there which again was a plus. 

SO for $15.00 more is the SMASHBOX palette better then the MORPHE palette…yes it is boys and girls it is! But I will say if you are a beginner or just playing around with makeup grab the MORPHE palette and have some fun. 

➡️ SMASHBOX is the clear winner of this show down and receives the star! ⭐️ 

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SUMMER PROOF SKIN ➡️ OIL / SHINE CONTROL POWDERS 💥 includes mini give away of some of the talked about products 💥

Since it’s not even summer yet and they days and nights are getting hotter and hotter – he is a few of my tried and true products for while you’re applying your makeup and when you’re out and about for the day,  if you have oily skin or shine due to sweat or other factors then this is the post you’ve been waiting for, but before I continue happy Friday everyone! I’m so so soooo excited for today – I can’t wait to share my news with all of you and have all my posts come full circle. 

Now I’m not going to lie to you guys some of the products the I talk about and I will show you as well are very “I’m about that life” products that range from one hundred and ninety ($190) to three hundred and eighty ($380) and ever product I am going to speak about was given by PR or is sponsored in todays blog post. 

First of all when the wheater starts to get hot and the days get longer the first thing you’re going to want to change is your PRIMER and SETTING SPRAY (if you use one) the two (2) primers and one (1) setting spray is  The Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer + Finisher by Estée Lauder this is also the one with the new formula! So it primes the skin for makeup application, controls oil and minimizes pores and can also be uses as a finisher as well but it kinda lifts up the makeup and sticks together and looks like dry skin. Mattifying, oil-free primer creates a silky-smooth canvas for makeup application by controlling oil and reducing shine for the day pretty much – a little goes a long way when it comes to primer. 

SIDE NOTE ➡️ Remember boys and girls that you’re trying fight the look of oil so what ingredient do you want to look for? Hints above. COMMENT BELOW AND THE FIRST FIVE (5) WILL WIN TODAYS PRODUCTS. (excludes forever more shine control powder

Next would have to be the line of color correcting primers by Clinique personally I like the yellow primer just because I like how it helps to neutralize any redness in my skin and it’s lightweight, oil-free primer creates an ideal makeup canvas. Colour corrects a range of concerns, preps for makeup application and wear. Colour glides on evenly, and this is one (1) of a couple color correcting primers I’ve found to actually work in that department. This oil-free primer originally came in just a white universal shade which you could wear solo, but the others look best paired with makeup.

PRO TIP ➡️ These primers aren’t meant to be layered with each other to address multiple skin concerns—they’ll pill under makeup if you try.

ESTEE LAUDER PRICE – $50.00US

CLINIQUE PRICE – $35.00US

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Next is your setting spray which will come from Urban Decay – the best product for tackling all the city pollution in the air and keeping your makeup so it will not move for some this step might be their last and they are good to go all day, I’m talking about UD all nighter setting spray developed in an exclusive partnership with Skindinavia, is suitable for all skin types, free of oil and parabens, and features patented Temperature Control Technology. Yep, this baby actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation – even in hot and humid or cold and windy conditions. 

 

PRICE | $39.00US

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So now we’ve done what we’re going to do during our at home makeup application and these next products have your back and seriously take care of any shine. 

Clinique Stay Matte Universal Blotting Powder is a must for me, you can ask anyone or come up to me and ask me to show you – I always have this baby in my back pocket for quick touch ups – it’s invisible, lightweight blotting powder instantly absorbs oil and shine – without a trace of colour. You skin stays matte, looks fresh as can be. I just use use it on my nose and forehead after applying my makeup to control the shine and it works wonders. Ive never had a problem since getting product and it’s perfect for on-the-go lifestyle. 

PRICE | $35.00US 

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SAME PRODUCT ➡️ different packaging 

Clinique forevermore compact it does feel kinda cool to pull out this blot powder just because of the silver packaging I think it’s meant for special day touch-ups easy and elegant with this sleek, luxe keepsake compact. Invisible, lightweight blotting powder instantly absorbs oil and shine, so skin stays matte and looks fresh.


To me I just don’t get why, i guess i get it if you have a big day like your wedding and you grab your bridesmaids these but other then that I don’t see the use. 

It’s also very very heavy so if you keep this in your pocket make sure you have a belt on. 

PRICE | $180.00US

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PR UNBOXING ➡️ URBAN DECAY | rehab skin care 

“You can’t get enough of our long-lasting products, but how the hell do you take them off..?”

So I’m quite sure what I think when a clear cosmetic comoany tries on the skin care market – I know you’re thinking there is TARTE who came out with skin care but if you look at the company plan it always there – unlike Urban Decay. All of the prestige brands also are out from this because most of them started with skin “fundamentalism” care and moved onto makeup. 

Now now now – does it work? Calm down! Can I at least introduce the line up and what they claim to do! I will say I have tried one of the products VERY similar to someone TARTE has out and I have to say that they are pretty much almost the same but, will get there.. at the end of the product descriptions and my opinions I’m going to ask the question “DOES IT WORK?” and use it tonight so take a look back tomorrow. 

MELTDOWN MAKEUP REMOVER DISSOLVING SPRAY 

Formulated to easily remove even the most stubborn waterproof makeup (yes, even Vice Liquid Lipstick and 24/7 Pencils!), this dissolving spray is as powerful as it is gentle. Nonirritating, nourishing ingredients leave skin clean, refreshed and without a trace of makeup. Meltdown hydrates, yet never leaves a greasy residue.

Meltdown Makeup Remover Dissolving Spray mists on weightlessly and starts working on contact to instantly dissolve our long-lasting products in one swipe—no rubbing or tugging on delicate skin. Wait until you see how well this spray works; it easily takes everything off, including waterproof mascara. Our super-effective, anhydrous, filler-free formula contains only three ingredients, including conditioning vitamin E.

DOES IT WORK? I will add I have had some issues with the spray and the cap of this profuct right from the get go which isn’t good, instead of a full face mist it sprays very very chunky. But overall this products claims and true and yes it does work to dissolve makeup and with one damp towel whip, it takes off all your makeup. 

MELTDOWN MAKEUP REMOVER – lip oil stick 

Formulated to easily remove even the most stubborn waterproof makeup (yes, even Vice Liquid Lipstick and 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil!), this lip oil stick is as powerful as it is gentle. Nonirritating, nourishing ingredients leave lips clean, refreshed and without a trace of makeup. Meltdown hydrates, yet never leaves a greasy residue. Our oil-based formula helps break down waterproof lipstick easily. And because we used a gelled oil system, the feel is silky, not oily. Our conditioning, wax-free formula contains vitamin E and ceramides to replenish lips. Lip Oil Stick is so moisturizing you can even use it as a balm.  


DOES IT WORK? Nope. Not at all. If you enjoy the put on take off, repeat x 20. There is products out there that will take off your lips even the hardest to take off products in one swipe. 

REHAB MAKEUP PREP

Rehab Makeup Prep Lip Love is a super-luxe, moisturizing balm that hydrates and soothes dry lips, so they’re soft, smooth and practically irresistible.
Replenish overworked lips and get them ready for action again. Our whipped, oil-based formula really hugs lips to seal in moisture, leaving them dangerously kissable. And Lip Love has a bouncy, smooth, comfortable texture that feels great on your lips.
In a clinical study, immediately after use:
96% of participants said that the condition of their lips had improved.

98% said that Lip Love moisturized their lips and made them feel smoother.

100% said their lips felt softer.


DOES IT WORK? As a expensive Chapstick he’ll yeah, plus the package edgy so I wouldn’t mind keeping in it my pocket. 

REHAB MAKEUP PREP – pretty gritty skin polish

Dull, dry skin interfering with your makeup application? Smooth and brighten your complexion with Rehab Makeup Prep Pretty Gritty Skin Polish. Gentle enough for everyday use (yet crazy effective!), this skin-polishing powder exfoliates as it cleanses. Refine your complexion and get prepped, smoothed and ready for the perfect application.


DOES IT WORK? Yes it does – but come on it’s an exfoliating product of course it works, for everyday use? No no no you will end up with small bumps that don’t pop and with the right overnight treatment should be gone by morning. 

PRO TIP ➡️ Fine ground sugar and fresh squeezed lemon juice works as one of the best exfoliaters I’ve ever used. The acid in the lemon helps to prop the skin to reproduce new skin cells while the sugar lightly takes away the old dead skin cells. 


MELTDOWN MAKEUP REMOVER – cleansing stick 

(LOVE these types of products PERFECT for travel so so so happy more companies are coming out with different versions check out my post on TARTE) 

Formulated to easily remove even the most stubborn waterproof makeup (yes, even Vice Liquid Lipstick and 24/7 Pencils!), Cleansing Oil Stick is as powerful as it is gentle. Nonirritating, nourishing ingredients leave skin clean, refreshed and without a trace of makeup. Meltdown hydrates, yet never leaves a greasy residue.

This three-phase, oil-based remover transforms from a balm to liquid oil to microfoam, gently dissolving even the most stubborn makeup. The stick format is portable and travel-friendly—no leaks, no risk of TSA confiscation. We laced the luxurious oil formula with turmeric root extract, sunflower seed oil and vitamin E to leave skin feeling soft, clean and makeup-free. (And Cleansing Oil Stick smells as great as it works!)
PRO TIP ➡️ Apply directly on dry skin and massage gently until product melts into a liquid form. Splash with water, massage a little more to lather, then rinse off. While this product is safe for use around the eyes, everybody’s skin is different. If irritation occurs, avoid the eye area.


DOES IT WORK? yes, it works quite good but the fragrance is a little bit to much for me. I might keep it in a travel bag. 

REHAB MAKEUP PREP – Pore Refining Peel 

Problem pores? We’ve got the solution. Rehab Makeup Prep Pore Refining Peel is like a vacuum for your pores. This easy-to-use, peel-off mask immediately draws out impurities—leaving pores visibly cleaner, more refined and smaller-looking. Gentle enough for sensitive skin, our allergy-tested Pore Refining Peel works on all complexion types. And we laced this formula with a blend of nine skin-nourishing plant extracts, including sugarcane extract, Irish moss, common St. John’s wort, burdock root extract, peppermint extract and lemon balm.


DOES IT WORK? Omg yes, yes it does I’m so so so excited about this product – it uses guess guess LEMON JUICE imagine that. Scroll up to my pro tip. 

And lastly and most sceptical

REHAB MAKEUP PREP – Hot Springs Hydrating Gel 

Looking for a product that will infuse your skin with intense moisture without feeling greasy? Hydrate, balance and energize your complexion post-cleansing with Rehab Makeup Prep Hot Springs Hydrating Gel.

Made for prepping skin for makeup, this benefit-packed gel has an ultra-lightweight, watery feel. Unlike a traditional moisturizer that creates a slippery surface for makeup, Hot Springs Hydrating Gel absorbs quickly to leave skin looking plump and healthy. Water from hot springs is rich in skin-nourishing minerals. The encapsulated water in the gel (sourced from a 1,000-year-old hot spring in Japan) bursts on contact, creating a cooling effect. Because the water in this formula is also hypotonic (meaning a pure form of water), it penetrates the skin’s barrier well and becomes absorbed more easily. The result? Instant hydration that leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, never greasy. And Hot Springs Hydrating Gel is low alkaline. Perfect for everyday use, the light gel formula leaves skin feeling soft (not oily!), significantly more hydrated and ready for the perfect foundation application. EVERY skin type needs moisture to even out the surface texture—including oily skin. Hydration plumps and smoothes skin so makeup goes on better and more evenly. And using Hot Springs Hydrating Gel before you apply takes care of dry spots that can make makeup look flaky on the skin.

DOES IT WORK? Yes and no – I mean the claim to it are a little crazy I went to sleep at 11pm and it’s 4:07am while I’m blogging this and I do not see any changes in my skin. Sadly. 

Urban Decay needs to step it up with a lot of the launches coming out in 2017 or the will suffer a little. I never really loved UD I mean unless it’s the ALL NIGHTER setting spray which i use everyday. 

⬇️05/19/2017⬇️


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WTF WEDNESDAY™ ➡️ NARS | NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

For Spring 2017, NARS came out with their new NARSissist Loaded eyeshadow palette. Available now at Sephora and Nordstrom, this limited edition palette features twelve (12) shades with shimmery and matte finishes. The formula is very similar to all the other NARS eyeshadows of course very blendable, buttery smooth and silky – even the matte shades were great in this palette. 

SIDE NOTE ➡️ I have had this palette for quite some time now – but – I was not going to review it because it was limited but the restocked it due to high demand so if you want this palette – get it. 

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There is three (3) transition shades in this palette alone which is absolutely wonderful, and hate when a brand comes out with a palette and none of the shadows look like they belong together pretty much It’s a very cohesive palette, I don’t feel the need to reach for another palette when I’m working with this one. To bring one palette to set is amazing especially when it’s smaller like this one but you can beat out sixty (60) looks no problem. I also love how this palette has a great variety of warm and neutral hues, none of them are too similar to each other. And the addition of matte shades makes it even more perfect as mentioned.  

The NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette is specially curated by NARS artists to provide the most flattering range of neutral eyeshadows for all skin tones. Encased in an ultra-chic, mirrored palette and the mirror is a very good quality mirror for the palette, it’s one of the mirrors in a palette that you don’t mind setting down and getting ready in also packs a portable arsenal of next-level neutrals that transform your look from day to night. Soft to smolderingright in the palm of your hand. 

I really think this is the highest pigment, highest payoff yet. Its botanical infusion of pomegranate seed oil, vitamin E, and gingko biloba extract known to help smooth skin it creates the perfect base for effortless blending, while delivering rich, saturated color. 

SHADES ➡️ 12 x 0.04 oz/ 1.4 g Eyeshadow in Newbury Street (white gold shimmer) Windsor (warm beige matte) Privilege (gold metallic) Dover (neutral brown matte) Foix (peach matte) Castille (umber brown matte) Alnwick (copper shimmer) Beaumaris (chocolate brown shimmer) Splendor (pewter sparkle) Versailles (bronze shimmer) Montaillou (dark brown matte) Reale (black satin)


I do think you should wear a eyeshadow primer because on set for ten (10) hours I found with out a primer I had to re-apply color to the lids after about five (5) hours give or take but this is a must have palette for summer for sure! 

I personally love NARS so much. I’ve never had a bad experience with any of the NARS family of products – new or old – what it says, is what you get! Love it. 
⬇️05/19/2017⬇️


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SUMMER SKIN | SMASHBOX COSMETICS – CONCEAL AND FIX 

I actually used to be very very close with one of the top dogs at smashbox studios in LA – we would talk constantly and I was invited to smashbox a number of times and when they did a like nation wide smashbox beauty show just introducing new products and talking about the brand when they came to Toronto we met for drinks and had a lot of fun but as I would be sent huge shipments of smashbox products to use on set, review and use I started to find that not all of the products were as good as I thought they were looking back – in fact I voiced my concern for some of the products and was told to my phone (via the phone) they were aware of the same issues and these products would be discontinued so I continued to support and love the brand, I think it’s because smashbox cosmetics was one of the first brands that I really fell in love with back in the MySpace days and the first brand I reached out to to help me product on set. 

Now I’m not hating on smashbox at all smashbox was bought out by Esteé in early July 2010 and sold for between two hundred (200) million and three hundred (300) million but smashbox pulls in about eighty (80) million in wholesale revenue and one hundred and forty (140) million in retail sales. I still do love smashbox but it is limited things that I will use on set and I will warn a lot that if you are fair – light be prepared for the color you see to not be the color you walk out of the house with. They sadly do oxidize and turn orange

They are still a top dog in the eyeshadow palettes and collections departments – killing it with sales and paying their influencers very well. Please note ➡️ all products mentioned have been sent to me for opinion good or bad.  

SMASHBOX 24 HOUR CC SPOT CONCEALER (said to be discontinued) and I’m noticing on the website and in stores whatever is sold out is not being restocked so maybe that is happening. This was my all time favourite concealer I would write about it all the time because this 24-hour, waterproof concealer was created in the L.A. photo studio to instantly cover dark spots, sun spots and post-acne marks while fading the look of them in as little as 4 weeks. You’re basically concealing and treating all at once, which means it covered red spots and imperfections BUT would oxidize so fast and I’m talking the shade fair so the lightest it went and it was very noticeable to everyone but I loved it and it was new and I had it before anyone else so I thought it was amazing. If anyone remembers last summer – my 2016 summer skin favourites (2017 coming soon) it was always talked about! 

SIDE NOTE ➡️ smashbox also only came out with seven (7) shades that really didn’t match very many, maybe it was due to the concealer and the way it mixed with the heat and oils of the skin – I’m not sure. Sadly though it faded out of my mind. I also remember every time you would close the product more then you would use one your face would come out as you close it so it was also wasteful good thing I have one hundred and fifty (150) of them. 

• 24-hour wear thanks to Photoset Polymers created with medical-grade liquid bandage technology that bends and adheres to skin (big claim but it was turn! If it wasn’t for the fact it oxidized it would have been x20 more huge) 

• Waterproof

• Sweat & humidity-resistant

SMASHBOX STUDIO SKIN CONCEALER was developed waterproof, hydrating 24-hour concealer in the L.A. photo studio to look good in any light. Smashbox is the only brand with Flashbox Lighting Lab, where they test and perfect color consistency across 10 shades. This concealer blends flawlessly without creasing, caking or settling. Forget about midday touch-ups or makeup fatigue and for the most part what I’m saying here is completely true but it is not 24-hour wear at all. Again why only 10 shades.. 


It is formulated without Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Phthalates, Oil, Fragrance & Talc. All of smashbox is cruelty-free

There is also all kinds of people with all kinds of skin concerns and needs while yes I have a bit of discolouration under the eyes and it covered it well – a client who had really bad dark circles it didn’t work so well on. 

➡️ to me this concealer is A LOT like the KAT VON D LOCKIT concealer.

Try it out and let me know your thoughts in the “pages” tab. 

A moment silence for the fallen smashbox concealer no longer available to consumers. 


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⬇️05/19/2017⬇️

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY x MAKEUPANDTHECITY