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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.



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.





There’s longwear. And then there’s strong wear.


What’s up guys, I’m currently sitting on the floor of my new office  – I just had it painted a beautiful teal color and set up my tree last night with my babe which was nice, checked out a new steakhouse and had a little bit too much to drink! but hey, blame it on the holidays. If you’ve been following me for a while you’d remember me talking about MARC JACOBS BEAUTY ‘no filter’ which was small campaign work I did for the launch of products for the brand which I thought I’d get my hands on a lot sooner but on new years eve this year you can check out the wall group to see some of my print work for the brand. Huge thanks to BOLD PR in New York city for the opportunity.

moving on,

Seems to me that NARS is coming back stronger and stronger since pulling cruelty free in order to expand there brand into China in the previous year, and since the company hit it big time with PR clean up after this happen, it would appear that they had a line up of knock out products (still not tested on animals) to win back a lot of the beauty industry and, well, me. I’m also not saying that when NARS choose to do this I jumped on my blog and bashed the company, I mean, how could I? I remember my first time going to Toronto and taking the subway to the Eaton Center just to buy a NARS duo eyeshadow for a photoshoot I was doing and new I’ve never been closer to the brand with launch parties, PR lists and free gifts.

NARS’ first 16-hour foundation that stays turned on by the power of radiance. Untraceable. Unstoppable. Unlike anything else. Longwear is finally lightweight—and radiant. High coverage is now super natural. Its breathable, fade-resistant formula is infused with Raspberry, Apple, and Watermelon extracts to help smooth and improve the look of your skin instantly, and over time for full-powered radiance. It wears longer, stays stronger, and looks better with each hour. Specialized skin-matching technology ensures your truest match yet. Your future looks radiant with Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.

The PR send out for this was really costumed to who you are as a influencer they gave you three full bottles in your ideal closest shades and then the full shade range in mini bottles which is absouloutly, smart, perfect and awesome.

If this winter you want the perfect skin without the work check out NARS




good morning makeupandthecity,


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.



NARS – Velvet Matte Foundation Stick / Elephant in the blog | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

I adore you.


I’m going to get this off my chest and address this to you, and you know who you are, to take the time out of your day too attempt to attack me, show one you’re assumed level of intelligence, and two you’re inability to move on – I will admit that I haven’t always been the best person in the world but thankfully I was able to learn from my mistakes and move on with my life, I’ve always said that it impossible for me to go back and fix the mistakes that I have made, but I can make things right going forward. Instead of attempting to find ways to attack me or my man, if it wasn’t for me you’d still be exactly where you were when I came into your life, keeping PG, and real, thank you, thank you for giving me the drive to live better, fight harder, and love freely, and more importantly thank you for taking the time to even try to hurt me as I don’t even think about you anymore – thank you for showing me that I always did, and still keep winning.

To makeupandthecity, be stronger then hate, take the chance and love – if someone wants to try to use their free time to bring you down because they have had a bad day and feel worse when they look in the mirror just think to yourself ‘damn I wish I had that much free time still’

Now let’s get to the review shall we ➡️ NARS – Velvet Matte Foundation Stick isn’t extremely new of a product but after the company decided too sell in China meaning that they had to take away the fact of being cruelty-free – I was on the fence about wanting to continue my relationship with NARS, assuming that what they did was for money, and not considering the alternative reasons.

It’s one-of-a-kind, versatile matte foundation stick with a built-in, touch-up blender for all over coverage or touch-ups on-the-go. I have to say the built in blender is absouloutly amazing and if you spray a little setting spray on it to make it a little moist it applies even better. It’s a latex-free sponge designed specifically for use with the Velvet Matte Foundation Stick – it is washable, and anti-bacterial.


It has medium to full coverage and is traceless which I really, really like comparable to HOURGLASS Vanish Foundation Stick but completely more product and function. It’s compatible with almost every skin type ➡️ ✔ Sensitive ✔ Normal ✔ Dry ✔ Combination ✔ Oily. As mentioned above it does have a matte finish and nicely controls oil. It has matte rebound powders that enhance the glide and comfort of wear, while mattifying the look of skin. Elastomer micro beads provide extreme flexibility and elasticity to help prevent creasing by adapting to movement without settling into lines or wrinkles. Ginger root extract and vitamins A, C, and E support natural antioxidant protection and defend skin from environmental damages while helping to improve the appearance of smoothness and evenness.

consumer study of sixty seven (67) men and women
➡️ 94% agree that it applies quickly, spreads easily
➡️ 94% agree that it feels flexible
➡️ 84% agree that imperfections are blurred
four (4) week clinical study of thirty one (31) men and women over four (4) weeks
➡️ 81% showed an improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

SIDE NOTE ➡️ the blender sponge on the end of the Velvet Matte Foundation Stick pop’s off to be washed and also is available to replace (sold separately of course)


FROM NARS TO YOU ➡️ Makeup artist. Photographer. Iconoclast. Creative visionary François Nars launched NARS Cosmetics with twelve (12) cult-favorite lipsticks in 1994, inspiring self-expression, creativity, and artistry with uncompromising pigment purity and imaginative color. Today, NARS’ boundary-pushing approach manifests from the pigments to the products to the photographed campaigns, shot by François himself – bringing high-fashion, high-style, and forward thinking to beauty. “Play and try to be a little bit daring. Break the rules.” img_0274-10



Happy Halloween, makeupandthecity..

⬅️SMASH THAT FOLLOW BUTTON (let’s get to three (3) million)

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.


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




“Although I am broken; my heart is untamed”



What’s going on makeupandthecity, 


It really makes me happy when I’m out and someone says that they know me from my blog and they love the raw feeling also when I’m told that if it wasn’t for me they wouldn’t know what a certain brand was. I love that so much! So much time and energy goes into writing and I try too think of ways to make it more fun for you guys and to take you closer to the world of makeup and my life because – we don’t live perfect lives (I mean clearly you know I keep it one hundred with you) and so I’m going answer some questions while I talk about June favourites! 

I have been a little depressed lately so maybe this will help me because I find when I’m sad, or upset – the best thing to do is channel it into creativity. Sometimes you close your eyes and can block it out. 

Also I love that you guys listen to the music while reading the blog post before we get into it also I wanna just say there’s a little interview about me and MAKEUPANDTHECITY in the September issue of GAYTIMES MAGAZINE and thank you guy so much for getting MAKEUPANDTHECITY on the top one hundred list of print beauty blogs. 

So for JUNE I was sent a lot more PR because JULY 3rd is my birthday so brands just want to reach out and say happy birthday and give you a nice little gift or gift card – it depends.  

So VICHY came out with three face masks that are absolutely amazing – they help to keep your skin clear and take away environmental stress on the skin through the month of JUNE I found myself using the peel off mask called DOUBLE GLOW PEEL MASK which is amazin’ for the skin. 

It’s the first mineral mask with volcanic stone and AHA to gently peel off dead cells for a refined skin texture for a bright and luminous tone. This fresh watery gel has a light fragrance of peach which is so relaxing itself, white musk and black tea for a pleasurable masking experience.

Next would absolutely have to be SMILE SCIENCES they are such a solid brand with benefits better then professional whitening and I have never ever seen my teeth as white as they are now. 

Zero sensitivity • vegan • whitens caps, crowns, and porcelain veneers • with worldwide shipping and superior customer service, Smile Sciences is the go-to, at-home teeth whitening system to a wide array of clientele: from celebrities, top international beauty bloggers and socialites; to busy parents, teachers and on-the-go business executives.

DID YOU KNOW ➡️ I started the ball rolling on incorporating smile sciences into makeup artists kits and have them on set for a whiten boost with the Oh Hello kit that plus the LED trays right into your phone and can be washed and reused on clientele. Check out Oh Hello right here. 

USE CODE ➡️ HELLOCAMERON for 50% your Oh Hello kit (when not on sale) 

USE CODE ➡️ CAMERONMICHAEL for 90% the original kit pictured about sold for $299.00 (when not on sale) click here to check it out.

Note ➡️ using the code is better then any sale they have. I’m also aware that we all want whiter teeth, it doesn’t matter who you are or for what reason so a lot of research went into picking who I was going to partner with for this. Happy whitening guys and remember keep smiling 😁

This beauty Gucci ring which I wanted to get for quite some time and someone saw that at L’Oréal luxe and sent me it for my birthday thinking it was JUNE 3rd still none the less so amazing and so beautiful! It’s metal with aged palladium finish and  green Swarovski crystals and the box it came it! Wow, it looked like snake skin but not it’s really hard to describe but nonetheless thank you L’Oréal luxe. 

Next is for sure the MAKEUP FOREVER HD PR VAULT which I was a little late to open but still so amazing and you guys don’t even understand how far some of the PR packages go, I just got a PR package with a pair of glitter roller skates in it alone with the products which you’ll see very soon! 

Anyone in the makeup and beauty world know the HD line from MAKEUP FOREVER and I don’t think I need to say very much other then it’s dependable, buildable, just won for best under eye concealer. 

➡️ If you’d like a shade match, and receive a foundation, concealer, HD POWDER, lip and skin booster – just comment or email why you’ve been late to the HD party and I’ll pick a few of you to send out some too!

And my last favourite for this month is YOU, you reading right now, my subscribers and viewers I know 44% of you view and don’t subscribe so hit the follow button and be a party of the makeupandthecity famjam

All you comments and input actually means a lot to me and when I hit two million subscribers I’m going to have a massive giveaway – I also haven’t forgot about the MacBook give away, I had picked the 15th of July to do it since it was also a day I was going to announce something very special!