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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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NARS HOLIDAY 2018 x MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Is anyone else absouloutly loving this cold fall weather – it’s beyond refreshing and so comfy to sleep under a big blanket all nice and warm with a dim apple cinnamon candle lit in a cold room! Lipstick ornaments, advent calendars, glitter everything –  When it comes to holiday makeup collections, most brands are pretty predictable. Unless, of course, that brand is NARS Cosmetics — and this year, the industry rebels didn’t disappoint. The brand recently released a studded holiday collection inspired by the iconic punk fashion of the 1970s, which features an array of new lip colors and playful palettes, as well as some cult classics from the iconic brand. I see you Laguna!

NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette, is the palette is loaded with the kind of cult classics you would always home that someone would buy for you or that you would buy for yourself, but were always JUST out of your budget. Packing Laguna Bronzer and Orgasm Blush into one set not only makes them slightly more affordable, but also adds a level of convenience for those of us who just want all our face powders in one place. I could say exactly how beautiful the bronzer, blush, and highlighter looked on the model when they sent me this collection to review but I do not think I’d be able to do any justice.
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NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette, $42.00, available at Sephora

NARS Defiant Lip Gloss Coffret, there’s never been a doubt that NARS makes a good lip gloss, but there’s something about this smoky brownish-red color in particular that makes it party, office, and kiss-friendly. So Glisten up with an irresistible, limited-edition trio of cult-favorite Lip Gloss formula steeped in sultry shine. Lush. Longwearing. Fully-loaded luster.
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NARS Defiant Lip Gloss Coffret, $39.00, available at Sephora

NARS Provocateur Eyeshadow Palette is so beautiful, and is a makeup lover must have, some of the shades within this palette are eye-catching the orange shadow in this palette is what initially grabbed my attention; I’ve been seeing tangerine and rust shades everywhere lately, and I wanted to play around with this shade but my swatch looked more red. So, I added a bit of the deep purple lightly on top and it was so beautiful. Full pigment, completely blendable and lasts forever. With or without a primer. The size of this palette also makes it perfect for a stocking also for travel! The only thing is they are selling out extremely fast of this current shade range.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ Some of the shades within this palette seem to stain the eye – so make sure that you have a good makeup remover!
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NARS Provocateur Eyeshadow Palette, $49.00, available at NARS.com

NARS Manic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set the Vicious color from this set is like a soft pink and a rich red lipstick had a baby. It makes lips look a tinge darker and sexier, and the crayon application is totally dummy-proof. Totally travel friendly, and again the perfect stocking stuffer. They are also iconic NARS products – NARS core products.
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NARS Manic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set, $45.00, available atSephora

NARS High Voltage Highlighting Palette well as much as these highlighters look highly pigmented at first sight, they come off very sheer. I would compare it to a setting powder with a light touch of shimmer. If you do a dusting all over your face for a ‘lit from within’ look, ideally could take a bad situation and make it a lot better. If you want a more obvious highlight, this probably wouldn’t be for you, but if you just want an overall healthy glow, you’ve met your match.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ You can also try laying same shade colors for a more intense highlight, or duh – wet your brush with a setting spray.
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NARS High Voltage Highlighting Palette, $42.00, available at Sephora

I did cover the amazing NARS advent calendar (HOLIDAY GIFTS TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION – PART TWO | MAKEUPANDTHECITY) and those babes are close to selling out or when this goes live they might be but I will include photos below of what you will or would have got within.
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NARS was my first professional brand that I saw and fell in love with when I was just becoming interested in the world of beauty and lifestyle – I remember getting my best friend to take me to Toronto for the second time in my entire life to go to, well, Sephora – at the time I didn’t even know what Sephora was. I felt so out of place or like I shouldn’t be there – I remember it so clearly because I was so out of my comfort zone. I bought a duo eyeshadow called Pandora and I think I bought a couple of red bottomed brushes.

Now lived in and living in Toronto and so much time gone by and my career at a point where I walk into any Sephora in North America and most know me by name is so crazy to think back to that little boy who was so scared and out of place.

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PERFECT HOLIDAY PARTY PRODUCTS PART TWO | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Welcome back to part two of perfect holidays – I tried to find thing that were affordable and a little more expensive because it is ok to treat ourselves and the ones we love, there isn’t anything wrong with that, and I’m not going to lie, I finished 80% of my holiday shopping from PR that I knew I never would use and I also am going to donate a bunch of stuff right after the holidays, unless I can find a good one to help out before hand. It’s funny I used to see Christmas as some type of way of getting gifts and stuff but as of now I don’t want anything I just want to see my friends and family and have a perfect day! and wow is it ever getting closer and closer to Christmas! This year was full of stunning cosmetic launches, advanced skincare tools, and a ton of lust-worthy hair and nail products to say the least so it’s a good thing that there are guys and girls like me who pick out the best of the best for you!

I’m going to talk about some super amazing concealers for winter skin, and for more normal skin the first one is NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer which is amazing for winter skin, no brush needed for touch up and to be photo ready, this used to be my go to concealer – I loved that it really was for all skin types! and they had a fit for every undertone! (WHAT IS UNDERTONE? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? | MAKEUPANDTHECITY) Enriched with hydrating, multi-action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology, it creates a softer, smoother complexion while instantly obscuring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs of fatigue.

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The next concealer we will take a look at is the new URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER CONCEALER and this for guys and girls who are more into one stop shop, can do it all, full coverage, heavy metal packaging concealer! A major problem solver, All Nighter Concealer handles all your hardest-to-hide trouble spots: dark circles, blemishes and discoloration. It even covers tattoos! This formula works beautifully with All Nighter Liquid Foundation or Naked Skin Liquid Makeup. It’s also perfect for the morning after—when you need extra coverage and being Naked isn’t enough. With meticulously calibrated shades that span the complexion spectrum from pale to deep, All Nighter Concealer has every skin tone covered.

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The reason I picked concealers is because in most cases when we go to a holiday party, we are getting ready at washrooms at work or wherever we can! so I want to make sure that these products will do the job! And just a little off topic I’m writing at an airport right now, my babe is coming home today! Just in time for Christmas woo!

Next I’m going to write about IT! cosmetics holiday beauty book which I did a full post for but it was surrounded by a code that is not longer working and the second part is up at INFLUENCER its almost the most perfect holiday gift for yourself or for your bestfriend! as long as you know pretty much shade color – IT! Cosmetics gives you coverage, color, and complexion perfection in this Most Wished For Holiday Palette! Special edition and only for the holidays, it’s gift-boxed and perfect for every IT guy and girl on your holiday shopping list. In this palette, you’ll receive three shades of Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector. Smooth anywhere on your skin for flawless, full-coverage, antiaging results.

Hello Light Creme is designed to add the look of light to your skin without any glitter or shimmer. This formula will give you that lit-from-within glow. It pairs perfectly with your IT Girl Ombre Radiance Blush. This formula instantly adds the look of youth and vitality in just one sweep. Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder is your completely clear finishing powder that gives you the look of a flawless, airbrushed complexion. Six shades of Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick instantly perk up your whole complexion and give you the appearance of smoother, fuller-looking, and younger-looking lips. Your lid-priming shade of Superhero Eye Foundation instantly smooths and color corrects while priming your lid for nine shades of Naturally Pretty Shadows and two shades of Superhero Liners.

This is a kick-ass holiday palette and it really is, one of the top five (5) most looked for! now that I got all of those down I only have two (2) more products that id like to talk about.

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My Armani To Go Cushion Foundation which is a must have for in your desk, purse, back pocket or where ever you want to keep it – it is a fuller coverage that doesn’t oxidize with the air so what you see boys and girls is what you get, I know if you look at the product online and your fair-N (WHAT IS UNDERTONE? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? | MAKEUPANDTHECITY) you’re going to think wow no w a y that this will fit my skin or any fair skin people well that’s not the case at all! you just need to remember undertones for sure!

Skin is instantly transformed with one simple gesture. A high-tech essence-in-foundation formulation – the essential accessory is complete. Supreme coverage, comfort & silk glow: with the precision of a couturier, formulators of MY ARMANI TO GO strike the perfect balance between tailor-made, buildable coverage and a light, “no makeup” sensation.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ I really really do not like how Armani didn’t add a dark complexions with this cushion it was also enough to make me take it off my list completely because i was told that they would be adding in new shades in the new year to come!

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with out a doubt there is countless products out this holiday season but sometimes just a smile can change how someone is feeling or holding the door for them after a long day, so try to keep that in mind this holiday season.

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WHAT IS UNDERTONE? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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What’s up makeupandthecity, it’s almost time to launch my own site and branch away from WordPress – if you’ve been with me from the start too the six (6) month, I did buy domain and got rid of the WordPress.com part from my website but there was a lot more in regards to legal that I still had to conform and fit my branding to which I don’t think is always fair or looks out for what is best for the bloggers of WordPress.

BUT moving on to your skin and your undertone and why you should be able to look at yourself in the mirror and look at shades and be able to match your shade – or the shade of your client(s) this also will be helpful with finding good colors that work on your eyes or will make your eyes pop or help you to know the colors to stay away from perhaps the most helpful thing to know to get your colors matched perfectly is your undertone for sure.

There are three classifications for undertones: warm, cool, and neutral. If you have warm undertones, your skin will lean peachy, yellow, or golden. If you have cool undertones, your skin will lean pink, red, or blue. If you have neutral undertones (like me) your skin will have some mixture of these colors. There are some sneaky clues hidden on your body and in your fashion choices to help out,

➡️ The first clue that I learned about how to find your proper undertone is check out the inside of your wrists – do your veins appear blue or green? If they look blue/purple, you’re cool-toned – if green, you’re warm-toned. If you have trouble telling, you probably lean neutral. This is one of the simplest ways to find your tone but if you’re covered in tattoos as I am then maybe this trick will work better,

➡️ Are there certain colors you find you look better in? If you look best rocking jewel-tones such as blues, purples, and emerald-greens, you’re cool-toned. If you favor earth-tones such as reds, oranges, yellows, and olive-greens, you’re warm toned. And for you lucky guys or girls who can get away with all the colors, you have neutral undertones.

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You can also check out the color wheel which will help you when it comes to tone and color correction which you can check out my post about it here ➡️ COLOR CORRECTION : HOW and WHY? 

When you get it, you get it! No more wrong shade or annoying returns, especially if you’d like to work if this industry there are some things that you’re going to want to just down, undertone and color correction are my two (2) must know for sure! If you have any questions check out the contact page and get at me!

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