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THE GOOD. THE BAD. THE TRUTH – GUERLAIN CELEBRATES 190 YEARS OF CREATION. | M A K E U P x T H E C I T Y

When you think the house of Guerlain under LVMH you think of luxury makeup mostly with a starting point that the average person would see as to high, Partnering with this amazing company I’m going to take you down the story line of Guerlain, we the exclusive 190 YEARS PR VAULT, I can actually comment on the design of the past with product that they didn’t know at the time would be, revouloutinary in the brands future! To be a simple daydreamer to the name of a globally recognized iconic brand of Guerlain is such an accomplishment ➡️ Beauty lovers of then and beauty lovers of now, this is and always will be yours.

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Guerlain has been in the business of luxury and beauty for more than a century. Founded in 1828 by master perfumer Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain, the small business was passed down five generations to become the beauty powerhouse that still stands today. Although they are still renowned worldwide for fragrances like Shalimar, Guerlain is home to products with technology and ideas that have inspired the newest breed of makeup and skin.

Experiencing Guerlain’s products is like a journey through the history of beauty itself, and below are some of the crème de la crème:

When in doubt, start your Guerlain journey with the Rouge G. The unique packaging alone reflects the brand’s flair for subtle touches of opulence, and their vibrant signature colors are made to fit any mood or complexion. Beauty authorities worldwide agree that the Rouge G’s moisturizing, longwearing, and plumping formula has permanently raised the bar for lip products from its release until today.

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➡️ For this exceptional lipstick, Guerlain has sealed intense colour and luscious lip care into a jewel formula. Enriched with plant-based polymers and silver microcrystals with a reflective power, this exceptional formula beautifully enhances lips, cloaking them in intense and luminous long-lasting colour. Jojoba and mango butter help to nourish lips, offering them instant and lasting comfort. Hyaluronic acid and gugul resin help to smooth and plump up lips. It’s pretty much what any lady of the house, 9-5 boys, and PR mavens have been wearing for years because it’s so customizable with the case that it truly does become a part of you, your style and your story.

FUN FACT ➡️ I was, believe it or not, was an employee of Guerlain on Queen St, Toronto within the Flagship Hudson’s Bay Company – after a year I left to go to work for Bell Media.

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L’Essentiel is the newest of the brands foundation range, with a focus that bare skin is more beautiful, day after day – the formula lets the skin breathe; hydrates, balances and protects the skin from pollution. The complexion is more even; the appearance of imperfections is reduced. Formula dermatologically tested on all skin types, even sensitive skin.

The Cils d’Enfer So Volume takes us back to the seductive powers of a mascara. Brushing this decadently creamy formula on the lashes produces the blackest and most voluminous lashes of your dreams. The lasting power on these are unbelievable as well, thanks to the adhesive oils that prevent smudging and the elastomer brush that completely coats the lashes. When I was a working artist this was one of my staples because I used to hate putting on fake eyelashes but thanks to Cils d’Enfer So Volume I never had to because after only a coat or two lashes looked as if they were false.

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Guerlain is a world-renowned perfumery turned makeup and Skincare Company. If you’re looking for a luxury beauty brand, you’ve certainly found it. With stores all over France and products sold in Sephora, Bergdorf Goodman, and Clyde’s, Guerlain guarantees that you’re walking away with something extravagant and lavish if you’ve got your hands on one of the company’s products.

There is something I will leave you to think about ➡️ MXTC is all about uncovering the true quality of beauty products, so feigned goodness in a pretty jar doesn’t impress me. The most obvious issue with Guerlain is their prices. Just one ounce of Guerlain’s famous Jicky fragrance costs $317.00 at Bergdorf. And the Guerlain Success Future Day Care SPF 15 costs $140 for one ounce. Which would be absolutely fine, perhaps even worth the price, considering the Success Future skincare line is formulated to be anti-aging.

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Compulsive indulgence, Sephora user said “great…however, I decided to return it after noticing it contains oxlybenzoate…as well as parabens…it’s absolutely a 5 star product if you don’t care about its ingredients…”

I kept falling down the rabbit hole…

There seems to be very little proof that their $1, 700.00 Anti-Aging care does anything special for your skin. Overall, I would have to say save your money and invest it into beauty products that aren’t deceiving or unsafe, and I will say that who I am and who I warn you I am are two completely different and Guerlain will never ask me to work with them again but it isn’t in my blood to say anything for any amount of money, Sadly for me. Guerlain does not post ingredients anywhere on its website. Luckily, Sephora does, but most other retailers that carry Guerlain products do not. However, a quick search Google search of “Guerlain ingredients” brings up several helpful pages, including one that notes the functions of certain Guerlain ingredients, whether they are comedogenic or not, and their safety ratings.

Everything that you’ve read is the truth from the good, and the bad but at the end of the day it is in no way my place to tell you how you should or shouldn’t feel about the company and LVMH. A lot of things are done differently for a company of this age, and within the guidelines of Paris.

Check out my previous post ➡️ THE ONE THING YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED | M X T C and thanks for checking out MAKEUPANDTHECITY.
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DYNAMIC DUO | M X T C

Hey boys and girls, what’s going on, I hope you guys had a fun and safe Friday night, if you had alcoholic beverages that can be seriously bad for the skin but we all do it, thankfully for us we have many, many tricks to boost the skin and start to heal it back to better condition. Dynamic Duos is a post I do when two products from different brands just work together so well it’s unbelievable and today I’m going to be talking about BLAQ and GLAMGLOW which are two pretty well known brands in Canada and much of North America. Don’t forget to DM me on Instagram if you have any questions or anything as I don’t approve comments due to negative comments in the past about my gender, of all things and I have likes restricted to five hundred and it allows one like to come though if you’re interested in that it’s a paid plug in call ‘with in the hundreds’ check out my past Dynamic Duos ➡️ DYNAMIC DUOS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY.

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I’m sure that you all think BLAQ and GLAMGLOW would go well together regardless because of the brand types that they are but there is so many differences actually night and day – just so you know the Duos are GLAMGLOW Bubble Sheet Mask and BLAQ Eye Masks.  I wasn’t always 100% on the hype of GLAMGLOW I did a promo for them a while back which is what made me actually, see the ingredients, the factory and so much more!

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➡️ This carbonated fizzy foam mask effectively removes dirt, excess oil, and makeup buildup. The translucent cleanser begins the oxygenating transformation into a face-forming foam cushion and 3-D microbubbles foam in all directions for the ultimate detox. Truth be told I semi like this mask because it makes you begin to look as if you’re a gnome or right out of the movie Frozen – The black bamboo charcoal sheet is infused with a microbubbling cleanser, featuring Green Tea Teaoxi technology and the essential amino acid l-arginine for radiant skin ➡️ Fresh citrus invigorates the senses.

Now as for BLAQ wow, is one word of saying it, putting it on before you get into the shower, and then even leave it on as you get in and wash your hair – the results are just wow. BLAQ says using the eye mask twice a week until you’ve kicked your bad habits will help reduce the appearance of under eye bags, but they can also be used as a one-off before an event or when you just want to feel good about.

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➡️ Hyaluronic acid has the greatest ability to restore moisture out of just about anything, it holds close to 1000 times its weight in water! So for around the eye area these babies are what you need and what you will use once, they will be come apart of your full routine.

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THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY | M A K E U P x T H E C I T Y

What’s going on boys and girls, if you’re like me, you’re happy the weekend is here, I always was the type to work Monday till Friday and typically, other then emails – the weekends are mine! So every Friday I’m going to start ‘TGIF’ which will feature weekend makeup, tips, fun city events and everything in between! I like the idea of consistency and coming up with little posts for everyone – but remember, drink responsibly and be mature if you’re going to be going out this weekend!

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When it comes to weekends and playing your makeup up a lot of the times it’s as simple as just adding some pretty glitter right to the center of your lid especially if you’re wearing a basic neutral look. SMASHBOX has amazing little cover shot palettes which are absouloutly the perfect size to keep in your purse, back pocket or wallet. Recently I was sent a cover shot vault, and they have a cover shot of just pigmented glitter, it is absouloutly what you need to take the look to the next level ➡️ you can take a look at bold glitter right here.

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There is also Stila Magnificent Metals they’re rather well pigmented and opaque. You will love the super shiny effect, they look like liquid metal on the eyelids. With the glitter, the finish can quickly look crumbly and not very elegant. But here, it’s not the case, the glitter particles are fine and very pretty. I just adore this finish. I love the fact that they’re pigmented, they’re not just glitter, they provide color as well. One of the facts about them that makes them good for going out, or just going to dinner is they’re long-lasting so they aren’t going anywhere.

Don’t forget to bring a touch up powder or blotting compact! it’s important to make sure you don’t look like you’ve already had your makeup on for a full work day, if you do have the time, go home and shower. The city life can be lives very very fast!

THE CITY (TORONTO) ➡️ EVENTS ➡️ 

The Village of Yorkville Park will be transformed into a glittering display of ice sculptures inspired by the Toronto Film Industry. This annual event supports the Heart & Stroke Foundation and features live carving, prize packages, and vendors. This is actually so much fun, I went last year and was just memorized by what these men and woman could do with ice! This is a free event for all ages, so family appropriate.

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➡️ (Saturday) 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location ➡️ Village of Yorkville Park – 115 Cumberland St., Toronto ON, M5R 1A6

Just remember to be safe! Have a lot of fun! and love one another! oh and make sure you subscribe or bookmark MXTC!
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FabFitFun | M A K E U P x T H E C I T Y

Naturally, if you have any type of audience you will be, if you don’t approach, the FabFitFun team which is a good thing if you’re looking for codes or commission paid work which at point I’m just to busy but I thought to myself FabFitFun is on of those boxes with full size products within each box, with a massive value for the consumer – so when they asked me to send me two of their editors boxes due to the fact they are seasonal I was like that’s pretty cool of the brand, don’t forget to check out this post first ➡️ SUBSCRIPTION​ BAGS – IPSY, IS IT WORTH IT? |MAKEUPANDTHECITY it would be a good place to start, as they say in Germany, Was Hänschen nicht lernt, lernt Hans nimmermehr.

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FabFitFun really is the only box out there of it’s kind to focus on so many things but maybe that’s where it personally went wrong for me, they do offer a wide variety of items within – or maybe where it went wrong is because I am a man but that sucks even more to me. FabFitFun creates curated boxes of health and beauty products to its customers through an online subscription service. The company offers a seasonal gift box filled with fashion and beauty care products, every three months in a year. I know that they have different employees who also research the best, hottest and newest products for the box.

I was sent two boxes so that I was able to see a variety of change and see how the consumer would pick a nice little item or swap it out but when the boxes came they were the exact and I mean exact same, not a single difference, do I use the items, yes but it’s like a semi stock up of items because I already owned them – I have the Kate Summerville, GLAMGLOW, BLAQ eye masks – I kit you not even the maker of the cross body bag sent me some of there affordable but still ‘classy’ items and that was one of the items sent to me for that – the one thing that was ‘new’ to me or that being a man, with a penis, shocker (I mean absouloutly zero disrespect by saying that, we all know about sexual organs it ain’t new) was a throw that was amazing and it’s become my reading blanket or I cuddle up in it and watch a movie, I even used it as my blanket last night with my big comfy blanket beside me and I didn’t even need it, or touch it at all, I was comfy, warm and perfect temperature all night, that’s how comfy this throw is.

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There was also a shower luffa type thing that was presoaked in body was and I read it and though whoa this would be absouloutly nice, so in the shower the product felt pretty stiff and hard so I got it wet and worked it with my hands so that it became softer, I thought it was appropriate to start washing my body, no, I still, yes still have what looks like rug burn and irritation and micro scratches from that shower brick, I mean beauty sponge for the shower. Come on FabFitFun whose choice was that?!

SIDE NOTE ➡️ FabFitFun brought in $40M in Revenue in the last year. Wow you’d think that they would find a way to incorporate more things for men within the boxes or have a separate smaller department just in case a box is split for men and woman fifty fifty.

Is it worth it ➡️ Yes, for a female who wants to try new things in the categories FabFitFun is known for then yes it is, it was also make a wonderful gift for my be your mom or sister so they are able to try something new if there life is very demanding, cute little concept but I do also want to point out that typically when I am sent PR, Press, Sponsorships and all of that it comes within the next day or maybe even second day, FabFitFun used FedEx ground and it took almost two weeks, which I didn’t really understand!

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➡️ Just so everyone knows also the FabFitFun boxes along with some other unused PR I donated to a local woman’s shelter for abused and homeless woman! They need it more then I, and I absouloutly know that it will give them a smile and make them feel beautiful when they need it the most.

NEXT WEEK ➡️ check out my review on BoxyCharm.

Check out my previous post ➡️ BEAUTY NEWS -> MARC JACOBS BEAUTY | GROOMING FOR MEN, YOU NEED THIS | M A K E U P x T H E C I T Y and be ready for a lot more posts such that one.
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MY TIME IN LOS ANGELES | M A K E U P x T H E C I T Y

Friends, brands, incredible people and pretty good food – they say it doesn’t matter how big the city is, or the world, if you don’t want to see someone the odds are you will somehow. I always have this luck, it doesn’t matter if where I am or who I am with I will run into someone that I don’t want to see, even with an ocean between us but that’s not the point of this post, the city of angels, I can tell you right now there is a massive difference between work and play when you go to LA – a lot to see and a lot of places to play. Oppertunities around almost every corner if you know where to look and as long as you look the best.

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I found that you can do just about anything if you’re creative enough, though you have to know where to draw the line, just like with anything; I was really surprised to find the intersection of Hollywood and Highland is like the Times Square of Los Angeles or Young and Dundas of Toronto. There’s very little here that’s exciting or LA-specific.It’s pretty much just a big, shiny, tourist trap if you come to LA for a work specific trip with a little time, you can absolutely do better in finding a place to unwind and feel the real LA-vibe. Ever since I was little, I would love taking the bus maybe to much actually even as I grew up I would put in my headphones and listen to music and just learn the area or the way around my new city or part of the city, I do not suggest LA city transit..it was…a good place to get the flu, one word ➡️ Uber.
instant-touch-up-essentials-feature-headerIf you’re like me you’ll have a touch up powder in your jacket pocket or have a cross body bag or nice backpack, assuming you’re not a woman and carrying a purse with you, there are a couple products that I’d recommend to keep your skin looking matte and oil free, if you’re not one for the touch up in public you can go the blotting paper route which I absouloutly love, and can really say they are not a gimmick, trust me I’ve done the leg work – Clean & Clear oil absorbing sheets will do the trick, but, you can also go the Fenty route with Invisimatte Blotting Paper which can work as rolling papers also in Marijuana legal LA and now Canada but that’s getting off topic! You can also just use your trusty MAC studio skin for that oil-free look that latest and a dose of pigment correction if you’re flushed ➡️ lastly if yo u’re carrying a cross body bag or purse you can throw in Smashbox Halo Hydrating powder for a fresh hydrated glow, pair with Smashbox Sheer powder brush.

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ There is a lot of smog within LA and A LOT of air pollution so maybe pack a travel size Tatcha Luminous skin mist for only $20.00 or any brand really, just as long as it’s got ingredients to protect and keep the skin comfortable, and safe.

Please do check back to this post because it will be updated!
Take the time to check out my last post ➡️ SMASHBOX COSMETICS | MXTC (MAKEUPxTHECITY)

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS |TARTEIST™ PRO REMIX VAULT AND COLLECTION | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Happy Holidays guys, from my family to yours,
it’s Christmas eve right now, sadly if you read the start to yesterdays post (GREEK GODDESS COLLECTON | LUNAR BEAUTY MAKEUPANDTHECITY) you’d know why this Christmas well, sucks, but I am going to try to make the best of it as I can – but I don’t want to not wish everyone around the world, celebrating or not a happy and safe holiday season with your family, and remember it doesn’t have to be blood, sometimes we make our own family and that’s completely alright! I’m sitting next to a cracking fire at 5:07am with the Christmas tree lit up, surrounded with all these products and it feels comfortable – sometimes it’s nice to put in headphones and just write.

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To be completely honest with you, I wouldn’t mind if I didn’t see Tarte or open a new Tarte package for a good year, I do like Tarte but they are a trend company and no really the type to start just follow what they think and before it even makes it they have in production five hundred products incorporating a smile for example, Tarte factory employees must be so well paid, and what warehouse in China, Canada or USA? good, uh, question. Tarte just doesn’t stop and some could see this as a good thing but in the beauty industry, we all need a break unless your company is creating new ideas, not just creating for the sake of numbers. Also what’s with that dude with blonde hair now in all of their how to videos, what does he do for Tarte?

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Alright so the new Tarteist™ PRO REMIX vault is as they always do for sale on the website and maybe in Sephora but it’s been a long time since I have had to go into Sephora but I do have to go there today actually so perfect, I will check and update if they do. I will say, the one that I got in the mail have all the Tarteist™ PRO palettes and also a brush with the splatter handle, and three shade that are closest to my tone with vibrant color caps, which I wasn’t able to see for sale but the other items are, The brush is alright, nothing special, at this point we all know what a Tarte buffing brush is like they did a feature re-launch of the Clay Full Coverage Foundation and I don’t get what that has to do with a remix, but that was what I am talking about with the company, anything to make extra or make the consumer think they need more crap.

Tarteist™ PRO REMIX ➡️ When this palette came out it was the same time Morphe x James Charles came out so I feel like the Tarte team sat down and was like crap, what can we quickly do to do a pop of color in a cool way that’s fresh, It was smart of Tarte because Tarteist™ PRO Palette was actually not well received by makeup artists who actually do to grind. Even influencers found it to be extremely underrate for the price – so a remake of this palette could potentially be a smart move on Tarte’s end. Sold for $65.00 for 0.70 oz. and you can buy it and everything else mentioned in this post here. I’d consider it more of a complementary palette than a typical standalone palette but that really depends on your need for mattes in a look which now a days are pretty high with that said, I do want to mention that the bio about this palette is almost a toned down version of Morphe x James Charles all about unleashing your artist and going outside of your comfort zone some might say, This Remix palette is for those who love metallic shades – it’s full of shimmer and color with three matte shades and the rest pretty much chocked full of shimmer.

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ Within the Remix palette you will get 20 shades, pricing is mentioned above and where to buy, there was a lot a lot of fall out when applying the shades and there was as much with the OG Pro Palette, understandingly that more fall out is typical with shimmer and metallic shades. Most makeup loves will have similar shades within already owned palettes.

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Tarteist™ PRO glow & blush ➡️ 
This is actually a winner in my eyes, The OG Pro Glow was well loved in my kit, I think that Tarte creates some of the best blushes on the market but this doesn’t even come close to the blush book that they have called blush 101 which came out for the back to school products – it was also good marketing to do a refresh on both of the PRO Palettes and not just the Eyeshadow Palette because other brands were launching a lot of great palettes. I do like that they decided to include in one bronzer that is the perfect universal shade for a bronzer, I do wish it was a little lighter for more fair skin but it really is a nice shade. The pan size is also almost mega sizes which is really nice because you will find them lasting you for quite some time!

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ Do make sure that you always check the little container with the lid off to see how long a product is considered good for etc. 24m

I also want to remind you guys to follow me on Instagram for a chance to win the Black iPhone XR or the full Colourpop Holiday collection full details mentioned here ➡️ TOP FIVE PRODUCTS I USE DAILY | MAKEUPANDTHECITY and my handle is above! tis’ quite simple for the chance to win such wonderful items!

Happy Holidays too everyone! And a safe New Years Eve.

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RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS SEASON FOUR PREDICTIONS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

The time has come, hey kitty girl I don’t know if you have been under a rock for a little or are just not a fan of the show Rupaul’s Drag Race but they just released the first 15 minutes of episode 1 and it looks absouloutly amazing! I do have to say and maybe like many but All Stars is my favourite seasons because I love seeing the queens come back and seeing how much they have changed and just really go for the crown. The line up of queens this season is such a good one, for our consideration we have ➡️ Monét X Change ➡️ Latrice Royale ➡️ Trinity Taylor ➡️ Farrah Moan. Valentina ➡️ Monique Heart ➡️ Jasmine Masters ➡️ Naomi Smalls ➡️ Gia Gunn and Manila.

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Which to me seem like a really good line up, it was just to much of a tease for me I mean at the end when Latrice and Manila but I am fascinated to find out how Manila and Latrice’s relationship has changed since their disastrous turn on All Stars 1.

THEQUEENSAll Stars fourth season premiere comes just one week after Rupaul’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular, airing Friday, Dec. 7 at 8/7c. The festive face-off will reunite Eureka O’Hara, Jasmine Masters, Kim Chi, Latrice Royale, Mayhem Miller, Shangela, Sonique and Trixie Mattel as they compete for the title of Drag Race’s first-ever Christmas Queen. They’ll lip sync for their lives to tunes off Rupaul’s holiday albums Slay Belles and Christmas Party. Which was a cute mini episode to watch the best part and spoiler ahead ➡️ when Michelle and Ru both lip sync for their lives and the dancer add in is, maybe a little to funny, or sad. Hard to say.

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Also how do you feel about the trans element within drag? I mean no real woman dresses and wears makeup like a drag queen so the drag element is still there, it’s still within gay culture – also do you guys remember Ru making a transphobic comment last year? Some say that’s why Gia Gunn is even back, as sort of an apology?

I will keep updating this as we go! Don’t forget as a fan you are more involved then ever this season we have the chance to keep a queen or save a queen that should be, interesting.

Do make sure you go and check out RPDR on Instagram @rupaulsdragrace

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