Smashbox works exclusively with Sephora to create the Smashbox MASTER CLASS palette which is a book pretty much filled with instructions and pro tips and on trend makeup – if you were to find a get each  MASTER CLASS that Smashbox has come out with over the years – I believe based on the season and just used those for your makeup kit, you’d have the perfect kit down pat. 

This class teaches you about lighting and correcting – a face palette to create an even complexion, add depth and dimension, cast a high glow, and achieve eye looks for any occasion. You will get sixteen (16) eyeshadows • three (3) blush • four (4) color correctors • three (3) contour products • three (3) highlighters plus you get some get the look inserts! Smashbox never really gives you a product without details on how to use it properly. 

This palette has everything you need to create pro makeup looks with a perfectly lit glow. Become a master at lighting with this palette for looks that flatter in any light. Inspired by pro-lighting effects used on set in Smashbox’s L.A. photo studio, every formula in this palette, from color-correcting and contour creams to high-voltage highlighters and velvety shadows was designed to demystify contouring and simplify strobing for everyday looks that stand out under office or evening lights. 

Smashbox is always developing looks for the camera in its L.A. photo studio, their pro artists are experts at re-creating lighting scenarios on-set—from bright daylight and office florescence to magic hour and afterhours club lighting. This palette includes full face charts for every lighting look. Each palette pops in and out so you can take each of them on the go. 

I do love Smashbox color correctors in the stick form so when I received  this the cream color correctors really took be by surprise! I was not expecting them to be so smooth and pigmented like the original products – they blended with ease and do exactly what they claim to do ➡️ if you are new to color correcting, the inserts are their to guide you in the right direction or check the link below for my color correcting post! 

The cream contours in this palette are also very smooth and blendable. I was really happy that the contour shade is dark enough for women of color and the bronzer can be used to bronze or to contour. 

PRO TIP ➡️ use the highlight shade in conjunction with your concealer to get the perfect highlighter for your skin tone. 

A lot of people said that they wish that Smashbox would make the palette a little smaller but maybe they are not getting the idea of MASTER CLASS it’s meant to be almost like book you would grab to learn, you can stick them on your shelf and each one looks different closed so they would look pretty cool all sitting together and you can just grab the one that you’d like to use. 

You can’t deny that this palette is jammed packed full of colour choice and deadly pigment but my favourites would have to be the color correctors! this would make a really great gift for someone who is just starting with makeup for sure, it’s almost mistake proof in so many ways. 

I know, I’ve said it before but SMASHBOX is the only company that developes their product inside smashbox studios so it’s created and tested under the strictest control to make sure that you get a product that is going to work for you. I haven’t spoke to many people who do not love Smashbox as a brand and doesn’t love them as a global company either. 

Also if you’ve got some time on your hands why not check out what MASTER CLASS BY SMASHBOX has come out with in the past, will you be late for class? 

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So you guys have been asking me to do a little more budget friendly and I was going to deliver, so, get your iPods really to rumble this is the LASH PARADISE from L’Oréal Paris. 


Launches fully in Canadian stores on may 30th 2017 and will come in four shades which of course are blackest black, black, black-drown and waterproof blackest black! This drug store mascara is going to give you a run for you’re $15 yesterday when receiving the (strange) yet cute PR PACKAGE I immediately put it to the test to see if the PR claims were true so I put this mascara to the tests against DIORSHOW and Benefit Roller Lash and I was kinda scratching my chin when I didn’t see a difference the reason that I decided to pick those 2 mascaras to put #LASHPARADISE against is because it claims too give intense voulume and intense length. 

(what is with the office supplies – love the L’Oréal post-it’s though) 

And after applying the mascara I figured to myself that I would allow the formula to dry down and I would add another coat to do and at the time I was packing for NYC and when I came back I couldn’t tell which was the L’Oréal and which was the Benefit – don’t go to drugstores very often for makeup anymore but with Shoppers Drug Mart and the Beauty Boutique and mass market retail stores like Ulta – drugstore makeup and formulas have began to dominate the markets – good thing that all the drugstore brands and all the luxury brands are all fight against eachother

FUN FACT ➡️ my first career in the makeup industry was when I first dominated sales as a Beauty Boutique employee. 

One thing that I didn’t really like about the mascara was how light it was – it felt like nothing in my hand and maybe this is something that I realize dealing with luxury brands that actually feel as if you’re holding onto something but needless to say I’m happy to be on the L’Oréal Canada PR mailing list to do more drug store reviews. 

The applicator is packed with 200 bristles to make sure that it grabs each lash hair for top and bottom – there was no issues with flaking with this mascara at all which was nice – you can apply it, touch it and snap your fingers. It has an hourglass shaped brush head that is perfect for any eye shape or size think Lize Waiter mascara wand, but, better

Or if you’d like to take the comparison to a level it doesn’t have to go ➡️ I know it’s just natural that people compare products and people are saying this LASH PARADISE is a very good dupe of the Better Than Sex mascara but I think it hits some lashes and some points that TooFaced sadly missed – and considering the massive price point between the two you get your money worth that’s for sure. What it comes to drying up in the tube – check back below this picture and I will give the details once I know. I’m not going to make claims or speak positive or negative about anything till I know for sure. 100% or nothing. 

No flaking. No smudging. No clumping. Women agreed: 91% saw intense & volumized lashes and 87% saw more beautiful lashes. +98% lengthening effect. The rose gold packaging is supposed to convey the height of femininity and be truly L’Oréal

This is one of the best mascaras I’ve applied to a model in a very long time – I couldn’t believe that I couldn’t tell what eye had what products on it, blame it on thinking about my amazing man or packing for New York City – but the model had to tell me which was which so if you’re in the states give this mascara a try, and if you’re Canadian pick it up may 30th everywhere, and, send your lashes aflutter and take them to paradise today.  


➡️ @lorealmakeup on instagram 



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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.



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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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But please check back for part two! 

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Honestly, with the amount of stuff we have coming at us every day, the search for the best beauty products can be exhausting. And when you do finally find a great product, figuring out the most effective way to use it can be just as daunting. Let’s be real, we need help. Enter beauty bloggers like you, I come to makeupandthecity everyday and I love your sense of humanity and humour 

Nail Polish for men is finally said to be normal – just like it used to Be 5,000 years ago. 

History is actually repeating itself: Men have been wearing nail polish since three thousand two hundred (3,200) B.C. following an excavation of royal tombs it was reportedly discovered that most men during that era wore nail polish, with different colors signifying different classes. Like the Fourth of July! Made primarily with kohl, the darker the color, the higher the class of the man, from warriors to leaders. Lighter colors were reserved for lower class men. In fact, prior to battle, warriors would take hours to primp and paint their nails just so. It was mostly Rockstars and the ’emo’ kids who would paint there nails. But we all know that, I can say as a twenty five (25) year old male I have never painted my nails, am I missing out on just another way to express myself and sexuality? 

DID YOU KNOW ➡️ There’s little documentation of how nail polish turned into a specifically feminine expression as the years and time ticked on. What we do know is that by 1800s France, it was primarily women who would paint their nails to signify their own cleanliness. By the 1930s, companies like Revlon were marketing red and pink polishes directly to female customers.

Something has shifted in the past few years, as evidenced – the emergence of nail polish brands catering toward men. Blame it on the rise of the “metrosexual” and of male grooming, or the growing acceptance of gender fluidity

I never really noticed men and nail polish myself until I saw it on YouTuber Joey Graceffa, and after that BOOM I started to notice it everywhere – personally I thought it was for attention but then I thought to myself..wait Kameron why do you wear clear nail polish, I thought on this for a second – now don’t scream but I realized I applied the clear coat on my nails because I wanted too and no one could tell me I couldn’t do that, when we find something we like what do we do? Be bold. Just do it. (not sponsored by Nike) 

So calm down men are not trying to signal a rebellion or make much of a statement. They’re wearing it for a variety of personal reasons — mostly because they just like it. 
Give it a try, maybe you’ll like it. Which I was once told about water sports.. 


SMASHBOX has been ride or die with me for a very long time, I can’t think of a time in my life where I was getting ready and didn’t have SMASHBOX close, through ups in my life and lows thank you SMASHBOX cosmetics and the amazing pro team in L.A. 

If you’re an artist or just a lover of makeup you know the palette game is strong right now and SMASHBOX has been killing it for so long with there products and just the story of SMASHBOX STUDIOS (which I will talk about more at the end because we all know I can ramble..uh..what?) so it was developed with Sephora’s Pro Artistry Team, this exclusive #SHAPEMATTERS palette is a chic, portable go to for sculpting your cheekbones, perfecting your nose, creating an arched brow, and enhancing your eyes with each stroke of alluring color and-richly pigmented liner. It features #SHAPEMATTERS lookbook insert to make contouring your face easy

These three (3) face contouring powders complement a number skintones, and Smashbox’s Photo Op Eye Shadows have won beauty awards for their seamless blendability. 

SIDE NOTE ➡️ The shadow’s micro-milled powder formula may kick up on the palette, but these long-lasting shades apply smoothly and evenly.

Redefine and set arches with the Brow Tech Powders and wax, and then use the included double-ended brush to contour wider and bolder eyes. This all-in-one palette includes a convenient, full-size mirror which come on is a huge plus and the beautiful packaging is killer, SMASHBOX hits the nail on the head when it comes down to packaging and slipping a little sample inside your packaging. (typically a primer sample because smashbox was the first company to change the game hard when it comes to flawless skin and primer) 

You get a total of nine (9) eyeshadows in every formula and that work for various skintones as well and on the TOP ROW ➡️ Vanilla, Totally Nude, and Champagne. MIDDLE ROW ➡️ Stripped, Posh, and Platinum. BOTTOM ROW ➡️ Sumatra, Aubergine, and smoke. So now onto the part of the palette that has gotten a lot of attention lately- SMASHBOX face powders! I personally love their contour powders especially because they work so well on my fair skin. They are lighter & more cool toned which looks more natural. I also like that SMASHBOX was smart and added really good universal type undereye setting powder with this one yes, I know that’s not what it’s made for but it’s makeup boys and girls get creative. 

Inside the box they give you very detailed instructions on to use the palette and it also includes three (3) video interactive Get The Look Cards to make contouring easy for your face, eye and brow shape. Just touch the card to your phone to instantly activate. 

This palette is one that I will forever keep in my kit and will forever stay in my must have vault! I believe it’s here to stay but if not head over SMASHBOX.COM and grab one (1) or hmm six (6) 



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At a point, some of us makeup lovers take our obsession with beauty and cosmetics to another level and make it our career – professional makeup artistry. Of course, you won’t want to use your own tools and cosmetics on clients so this is where your freelance makeup kit comes into play – I remember when I first started out with makeup I would get so many different brushes because that how I would apply makeup to myself but really you don’t need to carry that many makeup brushes but it’s a good idea to carry doubles and always clean them good after a shoot or using them on a client  because you will be using those brushes in places where infection can spread and you don’t want to be the cause of pink eye outbreak at the local prom, now do you? Hygiene is very important. 

You’ll need to make sure you have brush care inside of your case and at home a brush shampoo to give them a good wash. A lot of the brand I’m going to be talking about do sell both, naturally. You also need to keep in mind that there is a big (huge) difference between inexpensive and cheap  – do it right the first time. 

The Beautyblender® which sells for twenty dollars ($20.00) and you can grab from any Sephora –  they also sell in sets so that you can have multiples like I mentioned above. The Beautyblender® is perfect for all kinds of makeup application so that you wouldn’t even think off. 

PRO TIP ➡️ use the Beautyblender® to lightly pull down the water line to apply eyeliner so that it’s more comfortable for who you’re working on and gives you more control. And also makes it look like you’ve been doing it for years. 

When I first purchased BB I bought it in a set when they came out with the Blotterazzi™ which is another perfect product to use a shield between your skin and the clients. And the kits come with the beautyblender pro for laser sharp focused contouring, highlighting, concealing. 

DON’T FORGET ➡️ beautyblender® is easy to use: simply wet.squeeze.bounce. your way to makeup perfection!

Right there I would say you pretty much have complextion flawlessly beat to the gods. Beautyblender® is goof proof. Not saying there is anything wrong with being a little goofy – makeup is all about art and exploring, trying new things and with Beautyblender® you’ll have bouncy ride. 

Having Beautyblender® in 2017 is an absolute must in my professional opinion, it’s one of the smartest forms of complextion perfection. 

The Brushes and the Brush sets

One of the brands that you will find most beauty and life bloggers and social influencers talking about is Morphe and yes that is probably because they want you to use their code where you get fifteen percent (15%) too twenty five present (25%) off which is good on someonthing with an already low cost but I’m not going to include my affiliation link so you because it’s not about collecting a commission at the moment it’s about quality and Morphe does have high quality products (you will see some more Morphe products in future Starting your own™ posts) In order to truly get a feel for what about the line makes every blogger loose her chill, I set out to test every single brush from the Elite II collection. All 61 of them. I spent days making my way through the pack, loving every single second of how the vegan bristles swept my makeup on like it was air. There’s no freaking way not a single one of these is more than twenty three  dollars ($23), I thought. And yet, I’d double check the website and prove once again to myself that this was in fact true. 

Plus, the total cost of them comes out to one hundred and sixty dollars ($160.00) which is around the same price of just one (1) of the designer brushes. You can’t beat these for the price, so I won’t keep trying.

The gold handled Gilded Collection has to be on of the best collections. The twenty three (23) piece set includes everything needed to create a full face makeup look. This complete set covers it all-correct and set, blend and shade, or highlight and contour. Perfect for any budding makeup artist or seasoned professional.

Now – you don’t need to buy the entire collection although I would because it’s great value and like I did mention beauty bloggers do have code to save you even more money – so please comment if you’re interest and I’ll tell you my code or use MannyMUA or LauraLee – both amazing and talented. 

This brush set includes Y1 – PRECISION POINTED POWDER, Y2 – TAPERED POWDER, Y3 – PRO POINTED POWDER, Y4 – DELUXE ANGLE BLUSH, Y5 – PRO TAPERED BLUSH, Y6 – PRO FLAT BUFFER, Y7 – ROUND BUFFER, Y8 – MINI TAPERED HIGHLIGHT/CONTOUR, Y9 – DETAIL CONTOUR, Y10 – MINI DETAIL CONTOUR, Y11 – DELUXE POINTED CONTOUR, Y12 – PRO FLAT CONTOUR, Y13 – PRO HIGHLIGHT FAN, Y14 – PRO DETAIL HIGHLIGHT, Y15 – DELUXE ROUND BLENDER, Y16 – DELUXE FLUFF, Y17 – DELUXE DETAIL CREASE, Y18 – TAPERED BLENDING FLUFF, Y19 – POINTED BLENDER, Y20 – PRO ROUND CREASE, Y21 – FLAT DEFINER, Y22 – DETAILED BULLET CREASE, Y23 – PRO ANGLE LINER and most if not all of these brushes are available on their own for no more then ten dollars ($10.00) as a new artist this would be the set of makeup brushes that you would need or pick and choose to create your own little set! 

There is also 10 PIECE DELUXE SET which has a couple face brushes but mostly focuses on the eyes but that’s why we have the Beautyblender® for complextion perfection! 

Natural hair brushes are one of the most popular options in makeup for their perfect combination of firmness and softness that create flawless blending. This ten-piece set includes gorgeous and versatile brushes for face and eyes with high quality natural bristles. It’s all kept in an faux ostrich snap case for easy travel.

Flat Bronzer Brush, Angle Blush Brush, Soft Fan Brush, Eye Shadow Fluff Brush, Precision Eye Shadow Brush, Blending Brush, Crease Blender Brush, Smudge Brush, Crease Brush, Bullet Crease brush.

So there are lots to choose from out there just make sure you do your research and find what works best for you and you almost ready MUA kit! But Beautyblender® is a must for complextion perfection. 

SIDE NOTE ➡️ Don’t forget to dampen your Beautyblender® for maximum performance and keep it clean. 

💥Also it’s smart to have vegan and none vegan items or ask in advance just so that you don’t show up and they wanted only all vegan products used💥


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Hello, Konichiwa, Bonjour, Hola, Guten tag, Namastê – I'm a lifestyle and beauty blogger of my experiences with the hope it will reach one person. I am lucky enough to be sent a high volume of press samples due to my job(s) so I will often review a lot of new makeup (all my own opinions and experiences unless otherwise expressed) I can make you a promise that I will be truthful and upfront about public relations samples and my life – I hold nothing back when I begin to write. If you find your way to my blog and like it's content please smack the follow button and enjoy my bold, outspoken, energetic and fun personality. If you happen to not like me or my content, I nicely ask you to go check out another blog. Publicity/Media Out Reach and Promotions for Universal Studios.

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