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THE CITY – SHOULD YOU SPRAY TAN? | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Don’t worry, you already glow and shine, just by wearing your Daily Jocks. But what if you want to deepen and darken that pasty skin of yours, especially when the sun is not at its strongest? Would a spray tan make everything cool, or will it make you look as phony as a three-dollar bill?

It’s not as erotic as it sounds, but spray tanning is a gentle mist that you — or a professional — spray on your skin with an airbrush-type gun. The spray contains an ingredient called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) that interacts with the chemistry in your skin to turn it tan. It’s considered safe, but it won’t protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.

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The advantages of spray tanning: it’s quick, easy, painless and dries quickly. You really don’t want to bake in the real sun or a tanning bed, do you?

Disadvantages: everybody’s skin chemistry is different, so spray tan results can vary. You may have to experiment a bit with how to get your tan the way you want it. Also, it’s more expensive than most tanning products (as opposed to lying in the sun, which is free). Plus, you have to schlep to the salon every time you are due for a tan (average: every two weeks).

If you decide to go for it, burn these pointers into your mind:

Exfoliate beforehand. Get rid of those dead skin cells that will stand in the way of your glorious spray tan.

Choose a health-minded salon. Check for ventilation fans and signs of good sanitation and hygiene. Make sure you’ll be working with a low-volume, low-pressure machine (LVLP) so that you are not inhaling more spray than your body can handle.

Apply the spray to dry skin. If you spray the tan on wet skin, it will roll right off of you. Always spray dry.

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Also, I am going to assume you’d like to know how long will it last? It actually depends on your DNA and your age. As your cells regenerate, the tan will fade. Usually, the cells of younger people regenerate faster. Your first spray tan, using all the advice above, should give you an idea of how long you can show it off.  The average spray tan lifespan is about two weeks. And there is no maintaining a spray tan with more spray. It’s a one-time job, not welcome to touch-ups or spraying fading spots. Start fresh with your next spray tan.

Don’t forget summer is around the corner!

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PRETTY VULGAR | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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I know that some miss my talks about life and things that have happened to me and what I did to deserve this or if it came right out of left field so I’ll start breaking into more storytimes! Attention must be called to this indie brand that you might know or you might not – they are similar to storybook cosmetics, PRETTY VULGAR is an edgy makeup brand with amazing branding and their beautiful PR is worth a call out alone as attention to details is unbelievable, right now to the wax seal envelope.

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Pretty Vulgar, a vintage-inspired makeup line, was created by a collective flock of cosmetics industry veterans, innovators and makeup artists who wanted to create a brand that embodies the fact that people are beautiful multifaceted contradictions.

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Disclaimer:  Pretty Vulgar was created for real people living real lives; lives that are inspiring, fun, messy, and complex. The faces behind the brand are real people, too. Sometimes, we’ll hit on something extraordinary, and other times, we may make a mistake. Either way, we always strive for transparency. We promise to be honest with you, and, in return, we would love your honesty right back! That’s the only way we can keep giving you the amazing products you deserve!

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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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SMASHBOX – STUDIO SKIN SHAPING FOUNDATION STICK | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Good morning guys, and, well happy Monday! it’s come to my attention that my link landing pages only work via Safari via computer, for some reason iPad, or on your mobile will not accept it so that should be fixed by the following Wednesday!

Stick foundation are more popular then I thought, yesterday I wrote about NARS foundation stick which you can check out right here ➡️ NARS – Velvet Matte Foundation Stick / Elephant in the blog | MAKEUPANDTHECITY and with the innovation of having the washable, anti-bacterial and replaceable mini Beauty Blender feel sponge on the end I figured today we’d look at SMASHBOX – STUDIO SKIN SHAPING FOUNDATION STICK which has a full size stick foundation and the complimentary contour shade on the other side, and since they are both around the same price, same concepts with different unique dual sides.

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After I am done the review for SMASHBOX – STUDIO SKIN SHAPING FOUNDATION STICK I will bring back FOUNDATION FIGHT! and put them under tests and see which brand (product) comes out on top!

SMASHBOX – STUDIO SKIN SHAPING FOUNDATION STICK is a double-ended, face-shaping foundation stick with a full-sized foundation on one side and a complementary soft contour shade on the other, similar to there step-by-step contour sticks in the shade, uh, well ‘contour’ just matched to the skin tone of the foundation but the contour side does the same blendability, scent, and feel as the ‘contour’ shade from the trio.

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ find your shade by matching the foundation side to your skin tone (not the contour side) which I would think my makeupandthecity family would know but I still think for anyone new to makeup it’s worth saying.

This is an all-in-one stick that gives you coverage and sculpting very 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 will say that half way I did start to notice that it started to become a little patchy and there was quite a bit of oil that came to surface and I don’t mean oil from my skin (I wish I had a nice hidden little blender hmm) I mean oil from maybe the wax in the product. The contour shade to the foundation shade is absouloutly a wonderful pairing which I could even see just from opening both sides.

SMASHBOX – STUDIO SKIN SHAPING FOUNDATION STICK is created for all skin types, and is formulated without ➡️ Parabens ➡️ Phthalates. This product is cruelty-free and free of sodium lauryl sulfates ➡️ oil ➡️ fragrance, and alcohol.

FROM SMASHBOX TO YOU ➡️ Live for lipstick? Won’t pose without primer? Smashbox is a beauty brand born in an L.A. photo studio. Their cruelty-free makeup is made to stand up to hot lights, long days, and real life – so you look good in any light and every photo.

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⭐SMASHBOX and NARS COSMETICS founders seem to have a very similar life story which we will get into in FOUNDATION FIGHT – SMASHBOX vs. NARS⭐

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M·A·C x ROBERT LEE MORRIS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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I did have a little falling out with M·A·C cosmetics if you’ve read my previous post, I have since brought up the issue that happen too me at M·A·C head office in Toronto and the situation has been taken care of – which makes me feel a little bit better! Since M·A·C did start in Toronto in 1984 and began in a friends kitchen, I like the idea of working with a company that is home grown and became a massive company by working hard and creating a good team!

The PR sent out for the M·A·C x ROBERT LEE MORRIS was so beauty and kind of made me fall in love with M·A·C cosmetics again, when I first started applying makeup it was ➡️ M·A·C pro long wear concealer and ➡️ M·A·C studio fix powder.

Timeless yet astonishingly contemporaryRobert Lee Morris crafts fine jewellery that eludes categorization, existing at the boundaries between fashion and sculpture. Now, Morris adapts his sensuously organic style for a limited-edition collection for M·A·C, featuring a lineup of well-loved products reimagined and resculpted with golden and matte black packaging. Makeup takes on new, ultra-luxurious forms in Morris’s hands – primordial, futuristic, fantastical.

This collection has Mattene Lipstick’s in six (6) shades which are super hydrating and extremely long lasting pigment, it also come with beautifully packaged Pressed Pro Long Wear Powder in three (3) shades, and new Powder Blush which is limited edition.

DID YOU KNOW ➡️ ROBERT LEE MORRIS is a famous jewelry designer who I had the pleasure of working with this past spring!

Robert also repackaged two of M·A·C most loved brushes (135 Large Flat Powder Brush / 168SES Large Angled Contour Brush) along with coming out with a brush roll with four (4) brushes included and a very unique handle and design (184SE Fan Brush / 222SE Tapered Blending Brush / 204SE Lash Brush / 229SE Mini Synthetic Brush) there is also a small pocket or purse mirror which I thought was a cute little touch – I absouloutly love the look and the feel of this collection, and the vision is very easily seen.

The compact has an antique gold finish and the inside features an extra lid flapped attached to an oval mirror. I do wish that the compact was made out of metal (everything is plastic) but it is still very eye-catching and collector-worthy. Promising a 12-hour wear, the Pro Longwear Powder is finely-milled and nicely pigmented. Although not super creamy and soft, the powder provides some pretty impressive coverage. The formulation is blurring and matte and even after a full day of wear, there is minimal creasing or caking – as I said I love this partnership between M·A·C x ROBERT LEE MORRIS it’s very beautiful and stunning and you can see exactly what they wanted from this collection!

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Mattene Lipstick / Robert Lee Morris ➡️ $29.00CAD
Pro Longwear Powder / Pressed / Robert Lee Morris ➡️ $53.00CAD
Powder Blush / Robert Lee Morris ➡️ $45.00CAD
135 Large Flat Powder Brush / Robert Lee Morris ➡️ $67.00CAD
168SES Large Angled Contour Brush / Robert Lee Morris ➡️ $55.00CAD
Brush Roll / Robert Lee Morris ➡️ $150.00
Small Mirror Compact / Robert Lee Morris ➡️ $25.00

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