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ALLURE’S BEST IN BEAUTY 2018 LIST | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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So if you know beauty then you know Allure comes out with the yearly best in beauty which I would like to know the, well, way they come up with what was best in beauty, is it from editors stand point? The beauty guru lists? or really, all the sales taken into full account. Oh to be a fly on the wall there. All the brands saying that brands just pay to be on ‘the list’ to increase sales and drive the new market for the next year, and hey, imagine what brands would pay to be on that list, remember when I just said it drives sales, yep sadly, it works.

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Allure likes to break it down into different categories, best in, base, body, breakthrough (whatever that means) and eyes just for example. So did Allure create the Grammys of Makeup? How influenced by this list will you be? Let dive into some categories and what’s in them.

Base ➡️ you would think that this would be my favourite category because I’m all about that perfect base and less being more but, you’d be wrong to assume – within this list you will see a lot of familiar names ➡️ Marc Jacobs ➡️ L’Oréal ➡️ Estée Lauder and some that you might not know such as ➡️ Erborian, but something tells me that that brand is going to have a really good coming year. There are some on the list that I would even award myself such as NARS Soft Matte concealer which I use on the daily. I do get the list and Allure was smart to think it up but really anyone who does monthly favourites eventually does the yearly favourites so it goes back, what do they consider most for this list?

SIDE NOTE ➡️ I guess that there are nothing taken into consideration within the list except for the makeup who cares if something was completely stolen from a indie company – the thing that’s sad also is Allure choose the ‘bigger’ company when the indie company who the bigger brand completely ripped off deserves to be in that place isn’t, and you all would know in a second one I told you one of the names of the two I am referring to but that’s not the point here I guess. It’s the makeup, remember?

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Some products and brands I do truly believe deserve to be there and since it’s Allure almost if not all beauty of 2018 was more then likely sent by PR to the beauty team, and a lot of PR comes with stuff not even involving the makeup, like a free iPhone or Apple Watch. I guess it comes down to what you want to think and what you don’t all I know if the Powder Winner was a Becca Powder that I didn’t even know existed let alone was dominating 2018 – but hey, I’m only a beauty blogger in the hundreds of thousands, growing more and more every day, who lives in the makeup world but Allure knows better – and really I believe that they do. We all have and are entitled to our own opinions.

➡️ Well, you can check out the list for yourself right here!

➡️ Don’t forget about my last post! (SELF SETTING | DUPE ALERT | MAKEUPANDTHECITY)

➡️ Sadly the iPhone XR and Colourpop Christmas PR collection giveaway will be ending soon! the ways to win are hidden in previous posts.

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GREEK GODDESS COLLECTON | LUNAR BEAUTY MAKEUPANDTHECITY

What’s going on guys – before we move forward I just want to just ask you for an effortless favour, my world, my life, my reason for being alive, my mom suffered from two small heart attacks and then a massive one that sent her to the hospital where she has remain because of it being the holidays and everyone wishes they could be with their families and I don’t blame them or hold on to darkness within my heart towards anything or anyone except for myself – my point is what needs to be done to see it will fix her heart, can’t be done until the New Year and that’s just a big what if and if that doesn’t do the trick it will be open heart surgery and one is more invasive then the other that’s for sure, I hate that for me it’s always lesson learned but too late. I understand heaven wouldn’t ever have me due to the fact that I am all about me, but if you can just pray that she recovers and is okay because a world without my mom is a world unbearable and yes I am saying that because she is mom but also because she is an example of what we are doing right and what is right. I have always said that we are strong along but this time I ask you for this simple favor. The dust is just beginning to settle.

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Alright so let’s get right into Manny MUA and his line Lunar Beauty, I mean I’m not going to talk about the drama surrounding Manny because there is a lot but I am in no way apart of it and I was I guess added to his PR or if this was sent to me just from a firm is unclear I did contact them and it was sent for “my consideration” I will say that I did follow Manny and then I stopped following him with all the drama but I did recently click that subscribe button because there is two sides to every damn story. Manny has used his platform to challenge gender stereotypes and further the makeup-as-self-expression movement, all while delivering some intensely flawless makeup inspiration to both genders along the way.

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Manny MUA has been working on his holiday collection for Lunar Beauty since early January, and it’s obvious how much work he has put into the quality of the products and packaging. The new collection is a Holiday Collection, and I really can’t deny how obsessed I am with the packaging – one draw back is that the eyeshadow palette has a mega matte background and understand why, to make the focus on Medusa as she turns you tp stone, but, this black matte holds everything it’s very similar to NARS matte black packaging they are known for, so, if this is for your kit – which I’m not sure is the idea behind it, be prepared to loose the fight on keeping this one clean. Personally after I was done with it and testing it out on a couple friends who were off, and even playing around on myself which I should do more often I might add – I just stood it up on my shelf, white in the back and peeking out from the black and I have a feeling that I’m not the only one who will do this within your beauty room or for me the office.

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The Greek Goddess colour palette comes in black and gold packaging with a giant Medusa head on the front of the palette. Inside, there is a mirror and 15 eyeshadows with Manny describing them as a colour story on what a Greek goddess would wear on her eyes. The colour palette retails for $48.00US and is the same formula as Life’s a Drag, which means it is cruelty-free. Other then the single blue shade it really is just a basic neutral palette, but would you expect less from Manny? Or with his image being shook should he have made more of a jaw dropping concept – we do have to remember the time frame that Manny MUA starting the production to when he had his life exposed for the world.

Unfortunately, the highlighter palette and lip collection (released at the same time) are limited editions because they are only for the holiday season. BUT, Manny did say that he will be releasing lip products permanently for Lunar Beauty in 2019. On the bright side, he hasn’t decided whether to keep the eyeshadow palette as part of the permanent collection. The packing used for the lip capsules really shows off the hard work Manny MUA has put into the holiday collection for Lunar Beauty. There is a floating diamond on the lid of every lip product, which we have never seen before from a beauty brand. The applicators have sharp edges, making it easy to apply with no lip-liner needed.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ the lipsticks smell like cupcake batter. Lunar Beauty is killing it at the moment from what I can see ecstatically.  Also Lunar Beauty listen with the mirror, it is not a small little mirror inside, it’s a quality mirror, and has strength. ALSO the shade Zaya is a lot darker then you see in the bottle which is why I’m adding to notes if you’re going to buy online.  

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So, it would assume that people are more talking about the packaging more so then the quality of the products and eyeshadows – with this sad they truly are such good quality better quality then some very big brands, the lippies are very nice with rich pigments, and if you know Greek Mythology from the names to the corresponding shades he did a very, very good job. Highlighter Palette is absouloutly without a doubt and fit for all skin tones which is nice to see, not chalky, and little to no fall out. Some can also be used as a blush topper as well which is becoming more and more trendy.

➡️ Don’t forget that my iPhone XR (BLACK) giveaway ends very soon, also includes a colourpop holiday collection and all you have to do is follow me on INSTAGRAM and boom, that is it, all followers will be involved but new followers are added in three times via a live giveaway.
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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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DYNAMIC DUOS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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So, well summer coming to an ending finally and my type of weather rolls in such as, fall and winter I’ve devoted time to include a some new series within MAKEUPANDTHECITY, the first one being ‘dynamic duos’ so two products that marry together really well, because let’s face it, makeup can be a tad bit touchy, I mean you find the perfect foundation then you add a concealer that doesn’t work properly with the other product, so it starts to ball off or it completely removes the previous step once applied.

Believe it or not this is a common makeup mishap and it takes time to marry the correct items and since moving and well, all the other secrets that will come out, I’ve been added to many many more pr lists as I’ve actually started to work with a company that helps me to get my personal name out there and my blog. Within this series there will be high end and also drug store items stent to me for review.

Today’s DYNAMIC DUOS ➡️ TOM FORD foundation plus concealer and PRETTY VULGAR detox and chill lava water foundation primer(this primer is new, and will be in stores September 10/18)but you can’t check it out on PRETTY VULGARS website as of now!

TOM FORD FOUNDATION PLUS CONCEALER ➡️ A full-coverage, waterproof foundation that also functions as an effective concealer to hide noticeable imperfections.

A flawless complexion is essential to the TOM FORD face. TOM FORD’s first full-coverage, waterproof formula conceals flaws as both a comfortable, breathable foundation with a naturally radiant finish and an effective concealer that hides noticeable imperfections—from darkness under the eyes to blemishes on the skin. This hybrid formula withstands harsh weather conditions such as heat, humidity, and water while maintaining an even complexion.

For me and for the five (5) mix of men and woman I gave this to try (they did know know the brand, finish or type of makeup only that it was a foundation) all kinda said the same thing that it was a nice application, it somewhat hide pores and imperfections but overall did what you would assume a foundation to do until a couple of hours it began to split and become a little caked where the skin wanted to start to produce oil, being a waterproof formula it was hard for the oils to cut through the foundation – which you’d think wouldn’t be an issue since oil is a good way to take waterproof makeup off therefore it would be able to cut through the makeup and sit on top. By the end of the day two (2) our of three (3) noticed that it became very caked on the face and offered a minimal coverage, three of them notice it settling in fine lines, laugh lines, and one (1) of the five (5) used an oil-sheet and it completely removed that patch of foundation.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ results came out pretty much the same during three days and the foundation did not cause any breakouts to oily/acne prone skin!

PRETTY VULGAR detox and chill LAVA water primer ➡️ Reap the many benefits of our Detox and Chill lava water foundation primer by applying the unique charcoal formula on to your skin and watch the color transform into a sheer veil of colorless perfection as it is absorbed. This exotic primer will not only increase the wear time of your makeup, but will provide you with smooth, supple and hydrated skin with its gel like texture that transforms into a cooling burst of antioxidant-rich water beads. The formula also contains blurring and charcoal powders to promote oil absorption & detoxified skin. Overall appearance and condition of your skin will improve due to the high concentration of purified volcanic water enriched with essential minerals obtained from the incredibly lush ecosystem of the Jeju Islands.

So just from reading the description above wouldn’t pairing the two fix all of the issues that we had with the stand alone TOM FORD foundation, giving them the samples jars with the DETOX AND CHILL and TOM FORD foundation over three days and here’s what I found, all five (5) saw an immediate improvement in their skin after applying the primer,

SIDE NOTE ➡️ some would get out of the shower and apply face cream followed by DETOX AND CHILL and some would wait till they were ready to start makeup application or in just tee zone.

The primer made a huge difference, and I know what you’re going to say, that’s what primers are supposed to do but I tried this with three (3) other primers and one (1) of my five (5) had the YSL blur primer and found that they had to be careful with application due to the foundation would start to ball off the skin and it wouldn’t leave an even base.

Everyone had a very similar experience with TOM FORD and PRETTY VULGAR it just melts into the skin and works with the ingredients very well, any problems we faced with the foundation seemed to be taken care of just in the description of DETOX and CHILL so these two products marry very well together and I hope they never get a divorce!

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Lots has happen since I took my break from writing, for example I was able to get myself onto so many more PR lists!

Today I’m going to talk about the best and worst of Tom Ford makeup and skin care. This will become a little series on my blog that I’ll do weekly, +BEST and -WORST and I am pretty excited to start off with Tom Ford as they recently sent me a large bag full or face and body products with me to come!

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The best products so far that I’ve been sent are, number one (1) would have to be by far the older Traceless Foundation with SPF fifteen (15) I absolutely love the way the bottle feels in your hand, and how it’s got the old school Tom Ford look.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ I believe that they are going to discontinue this product once they sell through as they have the Traceless Perfecting foundation with SPF fifteen (15) also with the modern packaging and sized dispenser.

The coverage is a little more medium, definitely isn’t full coverage but it can get there with the use of concealer. It’s for all skin types but isn’t the best if you have oily skin but don’t worry, there is a saving grace. This foundation features the skin-nourishing Tom Ford infused complex. This foundation features micronized pigments to achieve seamless and undetectable coverage, while the Infusing Complex nurtures the skin and helps support natural cellular vitality. The foundation offers sheer to medium coverage with a luminous finish.

Price : $87.00US

Next would have to be the Concealing pen which is the number one (1) concealer for under the eyes and creating a cut contour! It’s designed with an unique applicator, the Tom Ford concealing pen delivers an undetectable finish as it camouflages under-eye circles, areas of uneven skin tone, and redness.

If you’re looking for a kick ass concealer that can match up to the price. This is the concealer for you!

Price : $54.00US

Full coverage waterproof ‘concealer’ foundation the reason that I have concealer in quotes is because I still find that you have to use a concealer when you use this product but with that said it is one of the best for oily skin types, it’s not going anywhere, a flawless complexion is essential to the Tom Ford face. Tom Ford’s first full-coverage, waterproof formula conceals flaws as both a comfortable, breathable foundation with a naturally radiant finish and an effective concealer that hides noticeable imperfections—from darkness under the eyes to blemishes on the skin. This hybrid formula withstands harsh weather conditions such as heat, humidity, and water while maintaining an even complexion.

Price : $104.00(US)

Check back for part two (2) tomorrow!

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I’m back | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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WOW – Fist off let me just say that I’ve missed you guys like crazy! Buying a home and starting and family is no laughing matter.

So much has happen, but I will get into that as the daily blogging begins again.

Be ready.

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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