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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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ON SET WITH ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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It’s been a while, maybe too long I’ve just had so much going on with work, my life and my setting up my new house! I have since worked on some pretty cool photo shoots and sets and love when I can review a brand from a makeup artist (MUA) on set, also it’s a good way to make brand connections and PR lists, today I am going to be talking about the amazing Anastasia Beverly Hills and the some of the top products from my PR and set call ➡️ in most cases, when you get one brand PR e-mail it isn’t long before you end up with 99.8% of brand contacts, or they will contact you.

I’ve loved Anastasia Beverly Hills for brow products for years but to be honest I didn’t really think about the other products within the brand, other then kick ass highlighter glow kits so one (1) of the palettes that I loved was not something completely new or anything but just the way they mixed, and all the tools given and pigmentation is the LIP PALETTE VOL. 1 ➡️ There are eighteen (18) shades within the palette and a large clear from too see them, five (5) of the colors are ‘primary colors’ or the colors that you’d was to use to create any color that you’d like.

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With shades ranging from primaries and neutrals to bold brights. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette to create an endless array of lip looks by mixing and customizing highly pigmented, long-wearing matte shades.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ Includes pro mixing plate and double-ended lip brush and spatula.

Moving on with have to be the A18 brush in their pro category and it would be an Angled Chiseler Brush, with this one (1) brush you are able to achieve so much that you would have used multiple brushes for, its a large, slanted brush with soft natural hair to sculpt and define facial contours or apply powder perfectly under the eyes to set concealer ➡️ this brush is an absolute must-have for makeup lovers or professionals. These brushes are premium natural hair but are completely cruelty-free.

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The new Soft Glam Palette was my go to set palette, the colors were incredible and very blendable but I really didn’t think I would get anything other than amazing quality – there are fourteen (14) essential shades, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette is the perfect collection of easy-to-blend, full pigment shadows. I did use primer but some of the finger swatched i did on the back on my wrist indicated that it’s a long-lasting formula, this palette is complete with bronze metallics and iridescent finishes ideal for a nighttime look and neutral mattes for daytime – not to mention that this is one of the most sought-after palettes in the beauty community, almost always sold out.

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DRUG​STORE HITS AND MISS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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First off I would like to thank RIO PR in Toronto for all of their support and love and for adding me to the PR list! I couldn’t be happier with the company and the wonderful team! Maybelline has been killing the drug store lately and I was one of the bloggers to receive these products before they launched (some are still not out until 02.15.18)  So let’s get right into this HIT AND MISS.

First is MAYBELLINE TATTOOSTUDIO BROW GEL AND TINT which I’m not going to lie this is a massive game changer that even rivals Anastasia Beverly Hills for the companies legendary brow products – I absolutely love the applicator on the end of this product, and it lasts for days as it does have a semi-tint added to the amazing formula. My female friend, Summer, helps me to test eye, lips, and highlighters and she likes to apply this product to the back of her hand and sketch out her outline and then fill in as desired.

This product comes in four (4) shades  BLOND  SOFT BROWN ➡ MEDIUM BROWN AND DARK BROWN and it sells for $15.00CAD at any drugstore and Ulta of course!

Fill and color your eyebrows with this ultra-resistant and waterproof eyebrow gel. The sculpting tip and eyebrow spoolie brush work together to create fuller-looking eyebrows that last for days. Smudge-proof. Does not transfer. 98% saw fuller and thicker eyebrows, 93% saw gel does not transfer, and 88% would recommend to a friend.

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SET TIP ➡ use two shade one lighter and one darker within your personal tone range and apply the lighter shade to the front of the of the brow then adding the darker shade to finish off the tail end of the brow and blend where the lighter shade meets the darker shade for ombre brows that will always get compliments!

LIP STUDIO Python Lip Kits again, in my eyes another game changer for the lips because let’s face it there is only so much that companies can do, well Maybelline Lip Studio Python Metallic Lip Kits feature duos in gorgeous lip colors and prismatic lip powders. It’s lip artistry made easy! Take on the hottest beauty trend with Maybelline’s metallic lip kit. Make an impact in chromatic lip color with a python effect.

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 The powder topper to the lipstick can also double as a beautiful eyeshadow!

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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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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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GIGI HADID x MAYBELLINE | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Hi guys and girls, what’s going on! Remember before I was talking about not being able to get to all of my PR boxes due to moving and all the other exciting thing, well I opened the new collaboration between Gigi Hadid and Maybelline New York so I thought mind as well go with it, this collection is not out to the public and was to be open by a certain date (two (2) weeks ago) I also have some pretty crazy but sad new coming up in a week or so, so you can expect a stand alone post regarding that! my website is also pretty much done now we are just working on headers and downloading content and selling spaces to advertisers so that they can be active ads constant and changeable by the company like you see with the too faced ‘product of the month’ also I don’t know if anyone has realised but its new products sold a week earlier which is pretty cool!

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It’s finally here: a flat lay of the open Jetsetter makeup palette that Gigi Hadid has created for her Maybelline collaboration. The California-born model loves a natural look, so it’s no surprise that everything in this all-in-one palette is very wearable. According to the IG post, the palette is packed with eyeshadow, concealer, blush, bronzer, highlighter, mascara, lip balm, and brushes – and it’s still under $45

SIDE NOTE ➡️ this collection isn’t available in Canada as of now and I’m not going to add the date its to drop because, its said to be dropping early as it did most places.

The only downside? It appears that the palette comes with two concealer shades that will only work on light to medium skin tones, leaving a large portion of individuals with shades they simply can’t use. No official word yet on shades, or any other details about the palette.

This is a limited edition collection of course, with beautiful shades, typical name and luxury packaging for the Maybelline brand and According to the model, the collection is ‘for the people who are maybe intimidated to do full glam every day.’ And while the collection is divided into East Coast and West Coast capsules – Gigi encourages shoppers to mix and match everything the way she herself does.

The fiber mascara is one of the most have product I think and let me just say, if this works wonders on my arm hairs I can only imagine what it would do to the actual eyelashes – Apparently, this double-sided product was previously only available in Japan, and it’s pretty darn fun to use. First, you apply a coat of mascara as usual, then you brush on the tiny white fibers encased in the opposite end of the tube, which build up your natural lashes before you seal them in with another coat of the mascara. I can see why this collection is so sought after plus the PR package was absolutely beautiful in its own rights. 

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Gigi insisted that she relies on this stuff in lieu of individual false lashes. I don’t entirely believe this, but that doesn’t change the fact that this is a very good, non-clumpy mascara.

I wonder if the hype behind this is as it should because from what I have in front of me isn’t anything to go crazy over at all, its kinda, well not very pigmented and very powdery with a lot of fall out sadly, the lipsticks are typical Maybelline formulation and the mini brushes are already in the garbage. I cant wait to see what you guys have to say or think, is it mostly about a name? or other then the already boosted about mascara from me, am I being to harsh to expect more from the drugstore brand!

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