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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 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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NEW ➡️ NARS ➡️ NATURAL RADIANT LONGWEAR FOUNDATION | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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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)

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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