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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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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

 

L’Oréal TOP DRUG STORE MAKEUP / HAIR / SKIN | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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I’m actually so excited to write this and I’ve been waiting for some time because I’ve been working closely with a couple different departments of L’Oréal and I will say of all of the companies I have had the pleasure of working work L’Oréal takes the cake with dedication – fearless and love for it’s creators.
IF you’ve had the pleasure of working with L’Oréal or L’Oréal luxe
you will understand when I say how amazing of a company they are.


L’Oréal Paris offers a complete range of make-up products, from trendy innovations to makeup bag essentials.

We have the know-how and product performance to give you what you are looking for in your make up. You’ll feel worth it with perfectly defined eyebrows, your ideal shade of lipstick, sophisticated nail polish colours, a flawless face and eyes to steal the show no matter the occasion.

Whether you need your everyday routine or you’re getting ready for a fabulous red-carpet night out, explore our make up range to find your match

Alright, I know, I know what you’re all here for – first I want to talk about makeup from L’Oréal and how much it’s stepped up it’s game – complexion (1) Infallible Colour Correcting Kit vs. MAKE UP FOREVER five (5) Camouflage Cream Palette I truly thought from using MAKE UP FOREVER cream palette that it would be such a winner but it didn’t even come close to L’Oréal and I’m not sure if its because L’Oréal made theirs after so the formula is better and pigmentation is more secure – honestly to compare the price of one (1) too another its really a no brainer, if you want color correction and coverage you would find L’Oréal in my kit over MAKE UP FOREVER in this case.

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NEXT ➡️ L’Oréal Infallible PRO-MATTE 24h Foundation I love just as so many other influencers do, the Infallible line from L’Oréal offers so many foundations for so many skin needs, skin types, coverage levels and so much more. L’Oréal is full to medium coverage, but it feels extremely light, In other words, it doesn’t feel cakey on the skin, it is a 24-hour foundation but I will say it doesn’t last 24-hours, but it comes very close.
I apply this foundation with my Beauty Blender because I feel it leaves it smoother and more even on my face, rather than with the typical foundation brush. Another thing I liked a lot was that, with drugstore foundations it’s common that they don’t come in many shades but L’Oréal  has one for almost every skin color – also L’Oréal is one of the only drugstore brands to carry foundations and products for every skin tone.

I put this foundation against Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder as it has amazing matte properties to the product along with many, many other benefits and this is where it became fun too me! I created mini heat wave on two different models and L’Oréal outlasted CT but not by that much : then I created a little caught in the rain moment and L’Oréal beat CT by a long, long, looooooong shot.

What I found, CT claims to be only 18-hour wear that is very untrue, you will be lucky to get even 5-hours. L’Oréal claims to be 24-hour, which I don’t want to say isn’t true because you will get almost 20-hours from this product.

None of the caused breakout when worn overnight but we all know you shouldn’t ever sleep with your makeup on.

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PRO TIP ➡️ USING A TESTER APPLY STRIP LINE OF THE FOUNDATION DOWN THE BACK OF YOUR HAND WAIT 60 SECONDS TO SEE IF THE AIR (OXIDIZATION) WILL HAVE AN EFFECT OF THE COLOR PAYOFF AND SHADE AND PICK ONE SHADE LIGHTER.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS IN NO WAY A BASH AT ANY OF THE OTHER BRANDS THAT I PUT AGAIST THE BRAND!

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LOVE ALWAYS,

 

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

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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.

MOVIES THAT MAKE YOU THINK : (2015) PINK MOON | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Imagine living in a world where everyone was born gay and you were attracted to the same sex – being gay wasn’t the issue but being straight was.

To be honest when I started watching this movie they don’t give you much identifying factors as to what is happening, it wasn’t until one of the characters is laying in a hospital bed and the news is on and the man say ” there was another suicide today, that makes the second one this with, as a young boy came out as heterosexual ” then the point they are trying to make became very clear, and actually sit back and exhale.
I think this is a really good movie to watch, it holds a very powerful message.

In a society where heterosexuals are persecuted and abortion is forbidden, two teens are forced to hide an unintended pregnancy before their secret romance is exposed.

➡️this is a short film with a message that will leave you thinking.

Director : Sal Bardo

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This movie got ⭐6.6 / 10
I give this movie ⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Check it out on YouTube! its a really good movie! due to legal I cannot post the movie but it shouldn’t be too hard to find! I’m also going to add the winner of the MACBOOK PRO still hasn’t contacted me back and I messaged him twice so I will be redrawing for it! good luck!

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PHOTO TRUTH 


“Although I am broken; my heart is untamed”