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FRIENDSHIP(S)| MAKEUPANDTHECITY™️

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So lately I have found myself thinking more and more about friendships and the different types of friendship because well, let’s face itone size does not fit all… You know when you first meet someone and the two of you just click like you’ve been friends forever. That’s what I thought I found lately, and I was really happy, but when others become involved my friend becomes someone completely different, especially with her boyfriend who seems to not like me for, zero reasons. So today I just wanted to talk to you guys about friendship, and signs and if someone is a straight up two-faced bitch.

Healthy and happy friendships are based on common interests, similarities and trust, yep, a real friendship is almost like a relationship. I’m not sure if I’m overthinking as I have been told, but sometimes for your own health and wellbeing it’s time to say goodbye, you have to trust your gut.
Don’t listen to stupid things that people have said, wait and see if you can see that for yourself because chances are, you will. 
You can also just talk to the person like I did but it just seemed to make it even worse, I have come to find that when my friend wants something from me, wants me to do something for her, even when new PR comes in – which is sad. I wouldn’t have ever said I was being used or taken advantage of because it was like we helped each other out and had each other’s backs but ever since a boyfriend got involved for absolutely no reason at all, I have been able to see all of these things for myself.

Great-Friendship-Quote.jpgI find myself to be a loyal friend. Sometimes a loyal friend is the only thing you need to stay sane or to have someone talk you down from doing something you’d regret. These days, a lot of people don’t know their own neighbors. It’s a shame because some neighbors can be the nicest and most helpful people ever. If you’re on a vacation, and you suddenly realize that you forgot to lock the front door, you can call up your trusty old’ neighbor and ask them to head over to your house and lock it for you. Nice dependable neighbors who have each other’s backs are a dying breed, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t introduce yourself to the new neighbors across the street.

I’ve also found its good to have someone who is wise in your life doesn’t have to be someone who shares the same occupation or hobbies with you. It’s simply someone who’s a few steps ahead of you in life and has enough wisdom and patience to guide you in the right direction. It can be anyone — a colleague, a friend who’s beyond their years, or an older neighbor — as long as you look up to this person and want to be more like them or share the same thought process.

SIDE NOTE ➡ Did you know that people without friends are more likely to die an early death?

There are so many different types of friends out there, some that you might not have even known you’d been friends for years until you read this! and hey, I’ll be your friend for sure!

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THE BEST BLACK CARD | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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

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

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

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

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

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THE CITY | CARTIER – JUSTE UN CLOU BRACELET / KISS NEW YORK PRO | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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There is a couple things that I’d like too talk about, one is the Cartier Juste Un Clou Nail Bangle – in which if you saw a couple posts back I ended up loosing mine when I went out, if you don’t know the bangle or how it works it opens in two places at the bottom of course and then at the top the stud of the nail head they attach together there and when I bought my original on it was bought in store and they advised me of going on side smaller then my actual wrist because it would help the Nail Bangle to sit properly on my wrist the way that it’s supposed too and I didn’t listen to them at that time, and I also wanted white gold but didn’t want to pay the extra bit more, when I talked about it you some of you thought I was happy to loose such an expensive and expressive piece of jewelry when I was actual crushed, I don’t know how it came loose from the stud, I bought that when I signed an advertising deal, hit a goal of view traffic and it was my birthday and I didn’t even mention that I bought it when I did because it wasn’t important, I still had my certificate of authenticity and with that I was able to get thirty (30%) off new purchase where I decided to listen to the advice of sales and there comments from my visit because this time I bought it online – the Nail Bangle is meant to be a layering piece which I didn’t know that’s why its suppose to fit you higher up and sit above the two bones you can feel popping out the side of your wrist PLUS I have tiny, tiny, girl wrists.

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I guess what I am trying to say to you guys is that I’m aware of the cost of the bangle trust me, I am. I am proud of the fact that I’ve worked hard, and now am able to treat myself from time to time too something nice and someone I can look down at and remember where I came from and how if you apply yourself and work hard and keep smiling there isn’t much that you can’t achieve.

Moving on to a brand that a PR company sent in a box just full of new makeup / skin / lifestyle products from ROI relations in NEW YORK – its affordable yet powerful the brand is called KISS NEW YORK PRO nothing in the collection exceeds twenty ($20) dollars but it has the power AND pigments and the top sellers out there – I was blown away by this company, there is some influencers talking about this brand right now but not enough, and I hate to follow suite and talk about what everyone else is talkin’ about I pride myself in keeping my content new and fresh.

The first thing I was too talk about from the brand will be seventeen ($17) dollars and is coming soon which of course means its yet to be released to the public but here you’ll find the run down on the new Cream Contour Palette they have a wide range of concealer cream shades that color-correct, conceal and contour the face, these concealers are like the MAC studio fix concealers but truly better.

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They come with eight (8) different shades for a wide range of skin tones and light-medium and medium-dark, its a full concealer palette for a pro MUA kit for under twenty ($20) dollars.

SIDE NOTE ➡️I compared this brand against MAC cosmetics as it was the next box to be open, plus if anyone knows me, they know I’m hot and cold to the brand.

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Remember to check out the full collection at KISSNYPRO.COM
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FOUNDATION FIGHT – NARS vs. SMASHBOX COSMETICS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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What’s up makeupandthecity, if you saw my last two PR review’s with NARS (NARS – Velvet Matte Foundation Stick / Elephant in the blog | MAKEUPANDTHECITY) and SMASHBOX (SMASHBOX – STUDIO SKIN SHAPING FOUNDATION STICK | MAKEUPANDTHECITY) I thought to myself that, they are both similar in the fact that they are stick foundations double sided with unique ends (blender sponge or contour shadeI have tested both one on set and at home and one just at home to keep the playing field fair I wont say which was taken to set.

So – I will brush up on more facts about each item and then give my opinion but in the end it will be for you too decide for yourself which company came out on top.

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Both of the products give a medium buildable coverage but with the NARS I wouldn’t say that you need to go back into the skin and reapply product in any area, as you would do with SMASHBOX for sure, the latex and anti-bacterial blender on the NARS foundation stick is absouloutly genius and to make it anti-bacterial was even smarter (replacement blenders for the NARS foundation stick are only $6.00US) As most of NARS complexion products it’s finish is matte, where SMASHBOX likes to give the more natural finish, SMASHBOX is oil-free but it seems to be that as you wear throughout the day it becomes patchy and oil appears to show due to a wax that they use in the product I believe so there have been times that I wish that SMASHBOX did have a sponge component to re-buff the product into the skin mid-day.

If we are being honest ➡️ I am not much of a fan of a cream contour and find the contour side to break off very effortlessly with SMASHBOX, when you use SMASHBOX be prepared to still need to go in with a concealer for certain area where as with NARS I found that you didn’t really need to go in with a concealer which is a huge plus for me being a guy I don’t want everyone to be able to tell that I have makeup on my face. I’ve always found NARS to be a little more seamless with there products and do active case studies with men and woman but SMASHBOX creates and tests their products at SMASHBOX STUDIOSso I guess it would come down to, do you like the idea of active case studies where a product is judged and complaints and nice comments are used to fix if need be, or have a team who have been working behind the lens, and a MUA for years tell you something is perfect to their level of standards.

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NARS – What it does ➡️
This all-in-one matte foundation stick and pro tool offers all-over coverage or touch-ups on-the-go. Its soft-matte finish and creamy, blendable texture layers easily for medium to buildable coverage. Matte Rebound Powders enhance the glide and comfort of wear, while mattifying the look of skin. Elastomer micro beads provide extreme flexibility and elasticity to help prevent creasing by adapting to movement without settling into lines or wrinkles. Ginger root extract and vitamins A, C, and E support natural antioxidant protection and defend skin from environmental damages while helping to improve the appearance of smoothness and evenness. The foundation can be applied multiple ways: with fingertips, directly from the stick, or with the included removable Touch-Up Blender, to create various effects.

SMASHBOX – What it does ➡️
This is an all-in-one stick that gives you coverage and sculpting on the quick. The foundation side gives you medium, buildable coverage with smooth blendability and a natural-looking finish. Use the soft contour side for a perfectly coordinated contour shade that adds dimension in seconds, while it shapes and sculpts with the angled tip. Each end delivers lasting coverage that will not settle into pores or fine lines while allowing color to stay true. Both formulas moisturize the complexion, and offer coverage that stays sweat-, humidity-, and water-resistant.

I personally think its a no brainer which is the better product and what you will use more often! I mean, who wouldn’t want an anti-bacterial mini beauty blender added to the end of their foundation stick.

⭐NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick ➡️ $45.00US for 0.31 oz/ 9 g
Smashbox Studio Skin Face Shaping Foundation Stick ➡️ $42.00US for 0.26 oz/ 7.5 g Foundation, 0.14 oz/ 4.25 g Soft Contour

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TOP FIVE (5) IT! COSMETICS PRODUCTS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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I used too work with IT! cosmetics before the L’Oréal take over and now that they have a massive back up to help the small company evolve and grow to a multi-million dollar well known company, I wanted to wait a bit before working with IT! cosmetics just to see the direction that they would go. Since reaching out I’ve been sent some press samples to use and try out on set and via print and I’m happy to bring you the top five (5) products from IT! cosmetics.

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the first product would have to be Bye Bye Pores Primer they are a lot of primers out there and they all have claims to be the best but when it comes to real results it doesn’t work out so well – but with this primer the claims are all 100% true, as soon as you apply Bye Bye Pores Primer to your skin you immediately look airbrushed and the skin looks better, even wearing this primer alone leaves the skin with benefits which again is a major plus. Some of the main reasons this primer works so well is some of the main ingredients of moroccan lava clay, colloidal clay, purifying charcoal, papaya fruit extract, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides and niacin – plus exclusive Bye Bye Pores Optical Blurring technology. When I wore this primer it did not clog my pores and is oil-free, it also didn’t melt under studio lights and lasted through sweat, even on acne prone no acne was made worse or developed due to Bye Bye Pores Primer.ITPRIMERBYEBYE
DID YOU KNOW ➡️ Almost all products from IT! cosmetics are developed with plastic surgeons.

Next product that is a must ➡️ You Sculpted Face (and body) Universal Contouring Palette which I actually have two of because the last time I did a product pull I picked this product and have had it for two (2) years, there are a few small changes now in packaging and some shades but it has it all from warm, cool tones to matte highlight shades – Talc-free, and perfect for all skin types and skin tones, these shades are infused with anti-aging collagen, silk and peptides to blend effortlessly and deliver smooth, natural-looking coverage that lasts all day with six (6) universally flattering shades.

ityousculptedNext ➡️ Brow Power is an amazing eyebrow pencil and it’s waterproof which is a major plus and the shades that they offer are pretty cool – it’s almost as if they found a way to add a light and dark tone into one shade for a more natural and real applied brow (put to the test against ABH brow products and came out on top) The custom 1.4mm tip, combined with the built-in brow grooming spoolie delivers the look of real hair to your brows with precise hair-by-hair like application that adheres to skin and looks like real hair in just seconds – you achieve long-wearing, budge-proof and sweat-proof results easily and extremely quickly.itbrowpowersuperskinny Next ➡️ Your Skin But Better CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder with SPF 50+ the fact that they mention airbrush in the name is smart because that is exactly what you’re going to get is beautiful airbrushed skin that is effortlessly blended and left unbelievably even – the lightweight powder instantly transforms the look of your skin with a veil of optical-blurring pigments, and visually camouflages imperfections while providing powerful sun protection. Infused with hydrolyzed silk, hydrolyzed collagen, niacin and peptides, the talc-free formula also gives you completely buildable coverage that never settles into lines or pores and restores your complexion with loads of skincare benefits and flawless results.

complete must have for everyone and every skin type, especially if you’re just running around and you quickly blend it all over and pat with sponge in areas you need fuller coverage.

Superhero™ 4-in-1 Eye Transforming Super Shadow and Liner Brush has to be one of the coolest brushes I’ve seen in a while and is for sure one (1) of the top five (5) products for me – To experience your Superhero™ eyes, use the eyeshadow brush end to apply your all-over shadow. Slide up the brush base one click to buff in your crease shadow. For added definition, slide up the brush base another click and smudge shadow along your lower lash line. To finish, use the angled eyeliner brush end to effortlessly apply your liner.

economic handle and custom-cut brush heads for easy, controlled application.

Don’t forget to follow IT! Cosmetics on IG ➡️ @itcosmetics

Everything mentioned is available and itcosmetics.com

 

Tech industry gets a makeover – or is it makeup receiving an update | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

What's up makeupandthecity,

I'm really sorry for my absence lately I don't really have a reason for it as of now other then how can I possibly influence and inform you(s) when I'm not doing so well, if I was to see myself right now, I wouldn't even recognize myself. Maybe it's the season change that's got me down, or just even more of a realization that time is the ultimate killer.

Is it just me or are beauty products starting to look less like regular pots of cream with tamper-proof packaging – and more like something that should come with a two-year manufacturing warranty? It's almost crazy to me to see how much of the beauty industry is now run by a technical component.

We now have a mirror that checks your skin for any wrinkles, dark circles or blemishes, before making product recommendations based on its analysis. It stores the data for future use which only you can access after “logging in” using your face as the passcode. So if you’ve started using a new skincare product and want to see if there are any noticeable changes after a few weeks, you can pull up previous data (via your smartphone or the mirror itself) to check for signs of progress. The point is, it leads to actionable changes – whether that means switching to a new routine or continuing with your favourite products – based onevidence, not what you think might have happened.

L’Oréal Group is aggressively investing in innovating hi-tech beauty products through its Technology Incubator. This incubatorconcentrates solely on technological innovation.

The company has unveiled a string of products through different brands: My UV Patch by skincare brand La Roche-Posay; Le Teint Particulier Custom Made Makeup by cosmetics brand Lancôme; and a smartbrush produced with Kérastase, a hair-care brand, and Withings, a consumer electronics company that falls under Nokia.

Kinda crazy to think about don't you think? My UV Patch, resembles the look and feel of a non-permanent sticker tattoo – a symbol of our childhood youth – which can adhere to and stretch to match the movement of your skin. It’s just 50 micrometres thick, about half the thickness of an average strand of human hair. The patch uses photosensitive dyes that change colour according to the level of UV rays it is exposed to, which you can take a photo of and upload to an app to find out how much sun you’ve been getting.

By now we should all know just how dangerous that lovely sun exposure is doing, actually, is hurting your skin.