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Philips – OneBlade | MXTC

This is one for all my guy’s out there, and it’s a massive game changer when it comes to men’s grooming, I’m also going to try to make it a 5 minute read due to the nature of the post, I will say though there is so much coming and I have a lot of things I’m excited to share with you all!

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I know I was the last man to find out about Philips OneBlade – and personally I’m a little sad that none of my men didn’t DM me and tell me I happen to know I have 1 or 2 drag queens who follow me – and I know it’s very large within the drag community, although with that thought I’ve never voiced my hate for shaving and getting razor burn easily so that might be my bad so its 50 / 50 blame game.

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Anyone of my dudes out there who didn’t know there was a saviour out there, I got you! Every male should know about Philips OneBlade just because it’s one of the best grooming tools I have ever used. Men don’t talk about their skin a lot or really take care of it but they should, most men suffer from sensitive skin but don’t do anything about it when they should be.

OneBlade is waterproof but I wouldn’t recommend bringing it into the shower with you, you can just wash the tip after you are done with it and spray with a alcohol spray to insure the blade is fully clean and ready for your next use.

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Trim ➡️ Trim your beard to a precise stubble length. 3 stubble combs included: 1 mm for a tight trim, 3 mm for stubble and 5 mm for long stubble.

Edge ➡️ Create precise edges with the dual-sided blade. You can shave in either direction to get great visibility and see every hair that you’re cutting. It stays comfortable even on sensitive areas, so it’s fast and easy to line up your style in seconds.

Shave ➡️ OneBlade doesn’t shave as close as a traditional blade – so your skin stays comfortable. Go against the grain and shave off any length of hair easily.

Guard ➡️ Attach the skin guard for an extra layer of protection on sensitive areas.

I don’t think that any man would be unhappy with this grooming tool, as a gift or just because you love him or to treat yourself, it’s the ultimate tool and its my first Can’t Live Without ’19 item because I tried even to just shave normally and it was uncomfortable and I got that stupid bumps from the razor it doesn’t matter of there is one blade to 8 blades, it always happens to me from sensitivity.

Check out my last post ➡️ JWLS – Timepieces With a Purpose| M A K E U P x T H E C I T Y and if you have any question shoot me a DM on my social and I will always answer!

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JWLS – Timepieces With a Purpose| M A K E U P x T H E C I T Y

Hello this post is going to be set to go to live for Saturday I believe as I’ve had a small procedure done that I’m at this point going to be hopefully sleeping, and kept asleep for a little, its not plastic surgery was, I don’t think so anyway – my jaw bone was broken in my past and healed incorrectly so it will be re-broken and re-set into place and my mouth will be re-wired shut for a bit again, these is a lot of reasons why I want to do this and number one is purely for vanity. Sadly.

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I know that anyone can find a cause that is close to something in their life or close to something that has caused them pain and run with the idea, I guess what I’m trying to say is there is a lot of ideas dreamt up and found a reality in the world because of heartbreak and that become successful because of the message that this item spreads, for example, Product (RED), TOMS, Radiant Cosmetics and the list keeps going and going. I find unless it’s very easy to become marketable at the begging because of all of the amazing work that you’re doing, but 56% of companies end up keeping the promised profits to charity – which is sad but not illegal for them to do as long and the intent is there and we continue to back them up.

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With pain comes strength.

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Until I found, well I didn’t find, I wish that I could say I found this company, and I paid for the items because truth be told if I would have come across these in store I would have paid because of the craftsmanship, beauty, function, style, should I keep going? Also the work that they do is so transparent which I love, I understand you have to market and break even with yourself then the rest is pure profit, or in this case goes purely to The Julia Lyons Foundation which is a sad story with a beautiful message and marketing can become very exspensive and yes I was sent a couple of watches, one I am going to keep and the others I will ask if they would like them sent back or if I am able to give them away with the promise if social marketing such as #jwls #julialyonsfoundation or #fashionthattakesaction because marketing campaigns can becomes exspensive that’s for sure but choosing to work with micro influencers with an audience of 500k+ gets you so, so much more exposure so I hope that I am bringing awareness to such wonderful thing that is also close to my heart.

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Her name was Julia Marlane Lyons – affectionately nicknamed “Jewels” – and she is the eponymous inspiration for the JWLS brand. The sister of JWLS founder Emily Lyons, Julia passed away in 2011 after a long, hard-fought battle with cystic fibrosis. She underwent double-lung transplants – twice – and countless hospital stays. And, finally, there was the incalculable loss – leaving an indelible void in the hearts and minds of many. Through it all, her beautiful, fairy-like, irresistible energy shone – and shone brightly. This is fashion that takes action. A minimum of 100% of each and every JWLS purchase goes towards The Julia Lyons Foundation. Your purchase helps patients battling Cystic Fibrosis directly in the community. The Julia Lyons Foundation is driven by this mission: to lessen the hardships of people with CF, to lift up the CF community, and to proactively fight back against this disease – so that one day, no more tears will be shed over the devastating losses it inflicts.”

Source ➡️  The Julia Lyons Foundation.

➡️ Another wonderful thing about this company is it was founded in 2017 in Toronto, Canada which is always wonderful to see a small company meet the correct PR firm and go global and have the opportunity to market different avenues.

Don’t forget to check out my last post ➡️ 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

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THE ONE THING YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED | M X T C

Sunday, and it’s a never ending thought that wakes me up from a dead sleep and the gears in my mind start spinning and I find myself in front of a computer, but it’s nothing to a point that I need to start to even talk about it really bring it up – what’s done is done and the dust has settled and I used to put on a show until I open my eyes and found myself in the life I always meant to be living, I guess, what I am trying to say is, no dream is to big to fight for and it’s never to late to change! But even nightmare needs influence and when you can correctly identify it and you don’t get rid of it, you are only letting yourself down. Artis Palm Brush, this little small wonder, could it be the one brush to actually give you a airbrushed look with any powder?

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➡️ Artis is known more for being the luxury base brush company sold within the beauty industry but there is a lot more then just the price tag, I guess what I am trying to say is you are not just paying for a name here.  Artis does really have PR list that they send out items to on the regular, but when they do sent out items it’s, an experience to say the least. I absouloutly looove using Artis for the base and the skin care set designed to use with well…skin care! It brings a wonderful and luxury experience for clients and also for yourself.

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I’m not here to talk about all of the brushes per say, I’m here to talk about The Palm Brush Elite and The Palm Brush Elite Mini at that! I never really gave them a chance because and yes, Artis was the first company to create any type of brush of this design and I am talking about the full range, there are so many copies out there, well I wouldn’t say copies with this brand but I tried some of these brushes that were sent to me for consideration from Eloise Beauty and they were just very hard to use and as a man it personally reminded me of when I’ve gone for a straight razor shave how they use that dense brush to swirl and apply the cream to the face – these are the brushes here if you are interested in checking them out.

The Palm Brush Elite Mini is just so amazing if you want full coverage from your compact power and also undetectable airbrush look to your skin, I really do challenge you to try this brush out because it will change your makeup game it’s even good for liquid and cream products but I only now use powder for my face and it’s effortless. In no way is it hard to hold, they have a built in finger groove for more comfort while applying makeup which is a plus. You can use a promo code at check out ➡️ BETTERBEAUTY for 10% your purchase and hey I know it’s only 10% off a $90.00 tiny little brush – but still it’s all savings at the end of the day.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ Code provided was by Artis and is NOT a commission base code

They even now have little draw string bags for your Artis brushes to keep them clean and they fit so perfectly inside of the second to smallest bag on the website so if you already own it, you should consider grabbing one of those bags to keep the product in good shape and keep it clean between use.

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With the Palm Brush Mini, you hold the entire brush in the palm of your hand with your fingers and move it gently across your face. This design includes a grip-pad encircling the brush, and finger-indent on top for improved stability and control when applying and blending product. The double oval design and unique bundle orientation is exclusively patented by Artis, and CosmeFibre® is trademarked.

Hey good lookin; yes you! Don’t forget to check out yesterdays post ➡️ DYNAMIC DUO | M X T C and go take a look at my social and DM me if you have any questions!
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BOXYCHARM | M A K E U P x T H E C I T Y

Hey guys – I hope that you are having a wonderful Monday morning or evening whenever this is read, please do click the link to listen to the song that I hit shuffle and started playing, in case you don’t understand where the ‘press play and listen with me’ comes from it would be the first song that starts to play on my apple music, or my saved music, I can’t really find my phone at the moment but it can’t be far since my AirPods are workin’ maybe I left it in my room, as I left kind of in the dark so that I didn’t wake someone up…but that’s besides the point of why you are here, we’ll maybe some of you but you’re going to want to look for the posts labeled as ‘LIFE 101’ such as ➡️ LIFE 101 – Some love stories are not epic novels, they are short stories but that doesn’t make them less full of love. please do be advised most of those posts are 18+ and based on a birthday entered – but let’s get into BOXYCHARM and see if it was a charming experience.

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So in each BOXYCHARM box, you will receive 4 to 5 full-size beauty items. Ranging from makeup and skincare, to beauty tools and color cosmetics, each box has a minimum value of $100 which we already know is less of a value of FabFitFun but this is more up a makeup lovers alley, personally I found what was in my box could be used for a full makeup look – and from the way that I see them lay it out with the theme I’m going to assume they are set up to be used in such a manner.

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Within my BOXYCHARM ➡️ TARTE ➡️ BDB ➡️ BITE ➡️ BRIOGEO ➡️ TATCHA ➡️ AND LUXIE which I did check and don’t know if Yosef Martin sent it to me for to be able to use the shadows with a brand that they work with, I do also know the owner and CEO mentioned above and he knew I was reviewing the box, so I will keep going with the thought that I did not receive the brushes, and to be honest I very much dislike the brand Luxie there is some sourcing they use that I think is unethical.

There is a couple of options for renewal of the box you can choose one time to make sure that it’s for you which is what I would always advise when it comes to something to this or three months because one box might be not for you so it makes a great gift, then the next box is what you’ve been waiting for.

➡️ Just so everyone knows also the BOXYCHARM through FabFitFun boxes along with some other unused PR, I donate 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.

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BOXYCHARM is one of the subscription boxes that I would highly recommend for a lot of reason, gifts, personal, and the list goes on. Also don’t forget that you can choose to get the luxe box which is filled with even more items and a much larger value for your money, but it just will take some more of your money to get that box but it is worth the upgrade, isn’t it always?

Yesterdays post ➡️ FabFitFun | M A K E U P x T H E C I T Y

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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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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

Hey, Hi, Hello; so I am back happily and safely in Canada and one of my new years resolutions what to start to film more and out of my spare room create a nice little filming set up that, so I have ordered the lights and I already have then 4k camera, so I’m just waiting for the proper items to arrive – I met a couple Marc Jacobs employees while I was there who shared some really cool item(s) that will be for sale coming up one item in particular I have mentioned previously as kind of ‘why hasn’t anyone done this yet?’  and I bought something for the time that as a man, simplified and just made something I don’t much like doing – such a good experience and for only $49.00.

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Alright so lets get into it, Marc Jacobs beauty is coming out with new concealers and wonderful touch up and finishing powders, I know they are set to launch I believe mid February to the end of February but it will be worth they with, the packaging for these are absouloutly flawless as Marc Jacobs always does, though that whole cheetah print collection I had to just take a couple of steps back from, a little to feminine for me, but hey we are all different.

The powder is what I can’t wait for, it’s a faux leather from meeting with a beautiful metal, built-in brush, and get this it’s so well hidden you wouldn’t even know it was there unless someone told you, I was able to check out some empty shells and if you’re all about the name and  the design, be prepared to fall in l o v e.

The concealers packaging is kind of standard for Marc Jacobs Beauty, to me, it kind of looks like a lipstick or one of those in your purse vibrators, come on, you see it too! It appears like it’s going to be a good year for Marc Jacobs of course I can’t comment on anything else as I don’t have the products just as if yet.

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For men’s grooming, I know I am late to the party for this one but I’m so happy I am at least late and I have a feeling that maybe males already know about this but if you’re a female buying for Valentine’s Day for your man or even if you got it all done, trust me, add this in and he will love it, what I am talking about is Philips OneBlade for face and body edition which costs close to $100.00 but there is one for just the face for $49.00 and you can find it for cheaper only by like $5.00 but hey, it’s still saving right.

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I always, no matter what I did, new razor, the softening hair oil, the exspensive brews and potions would always, alwaaaaays, suffer razor bumps and I hated it so much, I just hate the act if shaving but with Philips OneBlade you can do it all even a complete close shave, you can us it wet or dry but do not run it under water, it means you’re able to us it in the shower if you wish, I have see the Dolan Twins use this, a lot of drag queens use it because it doesn’t cause any irritation and gives you such a close shave! Oh and it’s rechargeable!

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ Such a cool feature is the heads last you up to four months and when it is time to change the head a green square appears in the centre saying hey no, you better get me a replacement head!

Don’t forget to check out my last post ➡️ MY TIME IN LOS ANGELES | M A K E U P x T H E C I T Y OR ➡️ SMASHBOX COSMETICS | MXTC (MAKEUPxTHECITY)

Catch you all in the next one!
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GREEK GODDESS COLLECTON | LUNAR BEAUTY MAKEUPANDTHECITY

What’s going on guys – before we move forward I just want to just ask you for an effortless favour, my world, my life, my reason for being alive, my mom suffered from two small heart attacks and then a massive one that sent her to the hospital where she has remain because of it being the holidays and everyone wishes they could be with their families and I don’t blame them or hold on to darkness within my heart towards anything or anyone except for myself – my point is what needs to be done to see it will fix her heart, can’t be done until the New Year and that’s just a big what if and if that doesn’t do the trick it will be open heart surgery and one is more invasive then the other that’s for sure, I hate that for me it’s always lesson learned but too late. I understand heaven wouldn’t ever have me due to the fact that I am all about me, but if you can just pray that she recovers and is okay because a world without my mom is a world unbearable and yes I am saying that because she is mom but also because she is an example of what we are doing right and what is right. I have always said that we are strong along but this time I ask you for this simple favor. The dust is just beginning to settle.

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Alright so let’s get right into Manny MUA and his line Lunar Beauty, I mean I’m not going to talk about the drama surrounding Manny because there is a lot but I am in no way apart of it and I was I guess added to his PR or if this was sent to me just from a firm is unclear I did contact them and it was sent for “my consideration” I will say that I did follow Manny and then I stopped following him with all the drama but I did recently click that subscribe button because there is two sides to every damn story. Manny has used his platform to challenge gender stereotypes and further the makeup-as-self-expression movement, all while delivering some intensely flawless makeup inspiration to both genders along the way.

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Manny MUA has been working on his holiday collection for Lunar Beauty since early January, and it’s obvious how much work he has put into the quality of the products and packaging. The new collection is a Holiday Collection, and I really can’t deny how obsessed I am with the packaging – one draw back is that the eyeshadow palette has a mega matte background and understand why, to make the focus on Medusa as she turns you tp stone, but, this black matte holds everything it’s very similar to NARS matte black packaging they are known for, so, if this is for your kit – which I’m not sure is the idea behind it, be prepared to loose the fight on keeping this one clean. Personally after I was done with it and testing it out on a couple friends who were off, and even playing around on myself which I should do more often I might add – I just stood it up on my shelf, white in the back and peeking out from the black and I have a feeling that I’m not the only one who will do this within your beauty room or for me the office.

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The Greek Goddess colour palette comes in black and gold packaging with a giant Medusa head on the front of the palette. Inside, there is a mirror and 15 eyeshadows with Manny describing them as a colour story on what a Greek goddess would wear on her eyes. The colour palette retails for $48.00US and is the same formula as Life’s a Drag, which means it is cruelty-free. Other then the single blue shade it really is just a basic neutral palette, but would you expect less from Manny? Or with his image being shook should he have made more of a jaw dropping concept – we do have to remember the time frame that Manny MUA starting the production to when he had his life exposed for the world.

Unfortunately, the highlighter palette and lip collection (released at the same time) are limited editions because they are only for the holiday season. BUT, Manny did say that he will be releasing lip products permanently for Lunar Beauty in 2019. On the bright side, he hasn’t decided whether to keep the eyeshadow palette as part of the permanent collection. The packing used for the lip capsules really shows off the hard work Manny MUA has put into the holiday collection for Lunar Beauty. There is a floating diamond on the lid of every lip product, which we have never seen before from a beauty brand. The applicators have sharp edges, making it easy to apply with no lip-liner needed.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ the lipsticks smell like cupcake batter. Lunar Beauty is killing it at the moment from what I can see ecstatically.  Also Lunar Beauty listen with the mirror, it is not a small little mirror inside, it’s a quality mirror, and has strength. ALSO the shade Zaya is a lot darker then you see in the bottle which is why I’m adding to notes if you’re going to buy online.  

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So, it would assume that people are more talking about the packaging more so then the quality of the products and eyeshadows – with this sad they truly are such good quality better quality then some very big brands, the lippies are very nice with rich pigments, and if you know Greek Mythology from the names to the corresponding shades he did a very, very good job. Highlighter Palette is absouloutly without a doubt and fit for all skin tones which is nice to see, not chalky, and little to no fall out. Some can also be used as a blush topper as well which is becoming more and more trendy.

➡️ Don’t forget that my iPhone XR (BLACK) giveaway ends very soon, also includes a colourpop holiday collection and all you have to do is follow me on INSTAGRAM and boom, that is it, all followers will be involved but new followers are added in three times via a live giveaway.
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