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ABH HOLIDAY PR | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Hey guys,
as we get closer and closer to Christmas day, I kind of want to know – does anyone else start to feel, lethargic? It starts out I’m so excited, and happy for the holiday, it’s a fairy tale in motion almost, then, I’m in a endless line up of shoppers, endless family members, crazy drivers, I say it every year about giving my time to people who need it, or helping at a shelter or donating and I mean to do it but I always forget, and I know I’m not the only one who has the thought, we are always told, it’s the thought that counts, so that’s it then, I can feel good because I did have the thought to do it, so why do I feel lost this time of year. Just so everyone knows, I did go to the shelter and offer my time before it became the after thought of the year. I guess we need to keep the faith and don’t forget the reasons why, whatever your ‘why’ is.

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Anyway, let’s talk about the new PR out from Anastasia Beverly Hills – Which I believe is actually available to buy for you guys which is super cool! I am going to be donating these this year because everything that is in the PR is sold separately which means already have it from past launches or maybe I will do an Instagram giveaway but I am still doing the iPhone XR giveaway right now (BEAUTY NEWS / LIFE 101 / WINTER SKIN YOU’D KILL FOR / IPHONE XR GIVEAWAY (CANADA)| MAKEUPANDTHECITY) so we shall see what happens. I have also noticed that it seems to be a process to subscribe to a WordPress blog, if you don’t have any account.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ It’s about your stats, daily visits, views, what was read, there is also an option if you don’t make an account to just enter an email and you are sent a link anytime a post goes live – that is just as well because I still have disabled likes and comments for personal reason, unless you are a WordPress admin the your like / comment will show through no matter what but anyways I just wanted to let you know for the giveaway, my IG is more personal but I guess what is the point of that, follow me on Instagram if you want to win, and from new followers that is how I will choose the winner I will also screen record from the giveaway site so you see I’m being fair. 

So the holiday PR came in two boxes this year, and within the first box I opened I saw something that I thought Anastasia Beverly Hills should have done for along time now – a eyeshadow vault and it was really nicely done also. Unfortunately the Anastasia Beverly Hills Palette Collection is a limited edition set of 4 iconic ABH eye shadow palettes: Modern Renaissance, Prism, Soft Glam and Subculture, companies always say that something is ‘limited edition’ and they always bring it back so I don’t want to say get it before it’s gone because it is sold out right now on the website, but they are restocking is so if it truly was limited, then it would be once it is gone, it’s gone but being restocked – feel me?

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➡️ Each palette contains 14 eye shadow shades, from essential neutrals and vibrant shimmer shades to bright pops of color and each palette includes a dual-ended brush and a large mirror inside its travel-friendly packaging.

➡️ ABH is committed to cruelty-free product formulation, testing, and development which is a huge plus within the beauty community and extended.

If you haven’t seen these palettes or don’t own them, lets break them down by each palette, Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette is more warm, romantic shades with intense color payoff. Prism Eye Shadow Palette is more universal neutrals and prismatic metallic shades and I personally love using this palette on set. Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette is pretty much an essential neutral palette works with all skin tones and the color payoff is beautiful. Subculture Eye Shadow Palette is more edgy, grungy mattes and bold metallic shades – there was a lot of hype around this palette and when it came out it was a little underwhelming. It sell’s for $90.00US which is extremely good savings.

Next was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Holiday Pyramid Collection with an assortment of 8 shades of ultra-reflective metallic cosmetic glitters for face, body and hair. The Pyramid also came with 3 Mini Metallic Liquid Lipsticks in limited-edition shades – And included 4 Mini Lip Glosses also in limited-edition shades which nice to get some new during the holidays from a brand – Vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free as well. This is available only online and sells for $150.00US, Packaging is a big plus because it is beautiful looks good on a vanity.

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Next I got 2, 10 piece Liquid Lips from sets from ABH and I’m not going to go to far into details because we all know what a liquid lip is by now and we all know how they apply them. What I will mention is there is two sets for Fair – Light skin tone (Containing 2 new nude shades and 8 favorite shades) and Medium – Deep. Containing 8 new nude shades and 2 favorite shades – Each lip color features ABH’s full-pigment liquid formula that applies seamlessly and dries down to a weightless matte finish for smudge-proof wearability. This sells for $60.00US, and it very much so worth the price point.

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There was 1 more item but I’m going to save it for a upcoming post, along with a promise made from a different post not to far back! Don’t forget to follow me on IG for your chance to win the giveaway, and try to do something nice for someone else! Love wins!

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THE CUT – TARTE COSMETICS – HOLIDAY PALETTES | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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The Cut..

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Hi guys, So I’ve thought up a cool idea that I am going to be calling the cut, and the name is basically what it means, is a brand being innovative or still selling mermaid makeup, are the products, making the cut? It seems that it’s the same brands that are sending out the same PR and dominating the spectrum of online blog, and YouTube.

I mean don’t get me wrong, I love Tarte very much, they make good products and are consistent but I would love to be a fly on the wall of their morning meeting and see what influences them, why choose pineapples to represent your holiday collection and does more go into the packaging then what is inside of the package – the product and is it really a value.

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Last year Tarte went for a buried treasure type theme with their holiday collection and this year it’s sweet escape which I do understand but for me and for a lot of others I don’t like to see flowers and palm trees – I like to see snow flakes and actually holiday memorabilia. Tarte Treasure Box Collector Set of last years holiday collection is a pretty standard, traditional release for the brand and sometimes a dreaded ones for fans because they quality isn’t quite what you get from their permanent launches and a lot of their Holiday Collection, over the last few years, has been made in China. The 2017 collection was made in the USA minus a few items within the packages like mini mascara, so am I to assume that Tarte did that for the fans, took a little bit off the bottom line and made it within the USA for us? Well that might be but last year verse all the other years there was a major increase in cost which is to be expected when made on your own soil.
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So I am happy to say that the Sweet Escape is made in the USA, oh nope, they went back to China for the production of the 2018 holiday sets, so it leaves me confused, because the price is the same if not more as if they were to make it in the USA and 2018 has been a major year for Tarte they have made Millions, and are talking about by everyone especially influencers – could it be that nice apple watch that I got from Tarte with a couple of Shapetape concealers. I mean I’m not really into this collection. Summer is Summer, Winter is Winter, I’m not so into combing the two. I like snow and Christmas trees, and hot cocoa, and snowmen, I don’t want flamingos in my Holiday Collection, I get the Christmas in Hawaii theme going on but I’m just not feeling it, and the quality just isn’t there compared to their iconic Tarte Pro Palette which I absolutely love. They now have reverted to doing mega sets which I don’t have a problem with! It’s a good deal of bang for your buck however, if you’re an older fan of the brand it does become very repetitive.

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So do you think Tarte’s Holiday Palette made The Cut?

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HOLIDAY GIFTS TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

Hi beauty babes,

Sorry I’ve not been posting as much, work has been, well, overwhelming – it’s one of those be carful what cha wish for situations because I wanted this job so badly so I shouldn’t complain with the workload.

I won’t talk my head off to much for you guys this time – but I have a lot to say in the coming posts and we will address a lot!

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Ok – so I wanted to start off with a couple of PR items that have been piling up for a little while now, so this comes from Tom Ford and it’s my number one (1) gift idea and it is the Duo Fucking Fabulous treat your giftee like the queen she is with this iconic gift set from Tom Ford. Complete with both the spicy Fucking Fabulous perfume and its matching bright red lipstick, this set works for your friends at the top of both the naughty and the nice lists.

Get your hands on it only at TomFord.com

EXPLICIT. EXCLUSIVE. FABULOUS.

Moving on to number two (2) is Sephora Favorites Holiday Perfume Sampler which is amazing if you are the type of man or woman who doesn’t really know what type of scent works with your body chemistry then this is absolutely perfect, buying a perfume gift set is a sure bet if you know your loved one’s favorite fragrance. If you don’t know the preferred scent, you’re in luck. This sweet set will allow her or him, we don’t judge here, to try all of the Sephora favorites before you buy. Even better, once they lands on their signature scent, she can scoop it up for no additional charge with the included Sephora voucher.

This is the perfect gift available at Sephora and Sephora.com

Number three (3) would have to be Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini Macaron Set – Becca was the brand that really started it all with the highlighter craze with champagne pop and holiday time is the perfect time to shine, and these Mini Macarons by Becca provide the perfect glow. This set includes four different shades of the Shimmering Skin Perfector. The size of these beauties is perfect for using them as stocking stuffers, also.

Head over to Sephora to grab a set before they are gone!

Four (4) goes too Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer let’s face it, we tend to loose that beautiful natural tan when the holidays start to come around and this bronzer is perfect for warming up your complexion with ease. Too Faced’s rich chocolate bronzer is addictive, and not just because its fragrance mimics everyone’s favorite dessert. Enriched with cocoa powder and bronzing pigments, the vegan-friendly bronzer applies in the perfect matte hue to contour features and add some color.

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I like for my blog to not be only for woman but beauty is for all, so number five (5) is a sweet luxury three (3) Piece Shaving Set and the best part about it is it’s one of the best razors a man can use on his face, take it from me the best blades is one (1) or two (2) and you won’t have any face irritation. Razors don’t typically look like luxury beauty tools until you house them in this sleek metal stand. For the product organization diva who needs a proper place for everything, or the boyfriend who always leaves his shaving supplies all over the sink, this classy gift is as functional as it is pretty for him or her.

To purchase head over to Amazon.com

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PERFECT HOLIDAY PARTY PRODUCTS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

Maybe it’s the snow, or writing next to the fire place,

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I hope everyone is nice and warm this December morning (in Canada) and if you’re driving into work respect the road and each other, there is way to many people who seem to forget how to drive in the snow! So I’ve been to a couple of holiday parties lately and it looks like some people aren’t allowing themselves to get into the holiday mood, and take a look at things from a new and fresh perspective, that can be something in your life, or the same makeup over and over.

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Here are some top holiday products and how to use them,

Lets start with the lips with this must have lip vault from Tom Ford – I was super excited to see this in my mail and a little confused since I am not on Tom Ford PR but then I saw that it actually came from the beauty department at Neiman Marcus which is a luxury department store in New York city – It is the Tom Ford Boys and Girls fifty (50) piece set they are not full size but they are a size of smaller lipsticks that Tom Ford does sell separately – this vault of rich, special treated pigments and blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity.

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You will have unlimited shades to make your holidays pop and fall in love with a new shade for the holiday season into the new year.

Tom Ford Boys and Girls fifty (50) piece set, $1,900 at Tom Ford website

Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set is a must have and has had the beauty community blown away with the stunning looks you can achieve so easily and quickly – the set contains three, miniature-sized liquid eyeshadows (they’re about half the size of a full-sized shade). All three (3) are also available individually in the permanent line-up. I really enjoy the effect of this formula for layering, but if you’re after them as a standalone product, you may be less enamored with them.

FAST TRACK LOOKS ➡️ Take a Cranberry eyeshadow and wash it across the lip, focusing color on the outer corner of the eye and blending slightly above natural crease – take Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set in the shade Kitten Karma and apply it to the center of the lid in a packing motion and stopping at the natural crease. Smoke out the waterline with the Cranberry eyeshadow dipping into a little Dark Brown.

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Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set, $25.00 at Sephora (if not sold out)

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HOURGLASS – The Confession Lipstick Archive | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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What’s going on boys and girls – its come to my attention that MAKEUPANDTHECITY has been more makeup only then story time and city events so I will make sure that I start too include more content because I am more then an makeup blog!

I was sent this in PR a bit ago and I didn’t think it was something for Christmas but I was wrong, the PR package is very large and super heavy which for some reason made me think it was all foundations or something like that, I guess I was just added to HourGlass PR which I’m very grateful for I don’t really use much of the products but they are super nice but Hourglass presents the ultimate luxury lipstick collection.
Introducing the limited edition Confession Lipstick Archive – a wardrobe of thirty (30) Confession Ultra Slim Lipstick Refills paired with two sleek gold applicators to be used interchangeably with all thirty (30) lipstick refill shades. This luxe collectors set is available exclusively this holiday season.

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What I opened if you couldn’t tell from the title was the Hourglass The Confession Lipstick Archive for Holiday 2017 and it is completely Limited Edition I was blown away by the beautiful packaging and if anyone knows Hourglass lipsticks you know you have to buy the gold wand component first before you can start to buy the lipsticks, well, inside this luxe box is two (two) of the Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable wands.

SIDE NOTE ➡️this archive set from HourGlass sells for $650.00US so I can only imagine how much it would be if you did a Canadian checkout but you do get thirty (30) shades and two (2) of the gold wands.

• Delivers creamy, saturated, longwearing color with a satin finish without smudging or feathering • Each ultra slim lipstick is designed to be used with the sleek gold applicator to provide the ultimate control to precisely accentuate, contour and define the lips • The two sleek gold applicators can be used interchangeably with the full collection • Vegan & gluten free • .03 OZ  • No Parabens • No Gluten • No Phthalates • No Silicone D5 • No Talc • No Triclosan • No Mineral Oil • Not tested on animals.

THE THIRTY (30) SHADES ➡️ I Wish – (neutral nude) ➡️ One Day – (nude pink) ➡️ The First Time – (pinky beige) ➡️ I Lust For – (peachy beige) ➡️ I’ll Never Stop – (beige nude) ➡️ I’ll Never – (nude rose) ➡️ I Want – (medium rose) ➡️ I Woke Up – (dusty rose) ➡️ If Only – (deep rose) ➡️ I’m Addicted – (terracotta rose) ➡️ No One Knows – (peachy pink) ➡️ I’ve Kissed – (pink lilac) ➡️ My Favorite – (neutral pink) ➡️ You Can Find Me – (coral pink) ➡️ I Always – (hot pink) ➡️ I Believe – (vivid pink) ➡️ I Can’t Wait – (vivid fuchsia) ➡️ I Live For – (vibrant coral) ➡️ I Desire – (vivid red orange) ➡️ I Crave – (bright red) ➡️ My Icon Is – (blue red) ➡️ Secretly – (classic red) ➡️ I Can’t Live Without – (red currant) ➡️ At Night – brick red ➡️ I’ve Been – (deep rose brown) ➡️ One Time – (aubergine) ➡️ When I’m With You – (deep magenta) ➡️ When I’m Alone – (dark berry) ➡️ If I Could – (true plum) ➡️ I Hide My – (deep plum)

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Hourglass luxe lip archive would make an amazing gift this holiday season its also a collectors item if you or someone you know collects makeup, I will say Sephora offers a much cheaper but amazing value set in a new lip shades from all the top brands, minis, full size so its a great alternative – which you can check out the SEPHORA GIVE ME MORE LIPS RIGHT HERE!
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