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PERFECT HOLIDAY PARTY PRODUCTS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

Maybe it’s the snow, or writing next to the fire place,

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I hope everyone is nice and warm this December morning (in Canada) and if you’re driving into work respect the road and each other, there is way to many people who seem to forget how to drive in the snow! So I’ve been to a couple of holiday parties lately and it looks like some people aren’t allowing themselves to get into the holiday mood, and take a look at things from a new and fresh perspective, that can be something in your life, or the same makeup over and over.

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Here are some top holiday products and how to use them,

Lets start with the lips with this must have lip vault from Tom Ford – I was super excited to see this in my mail and a little confused since I am not on Tom Ford PR but then I saw that it actually came from the beauty department at Neiman Marcus which is a luxury department store in New York city – It is the Tom Ford Boys and Girls fifty (50) piece set they are not full size but they are a size of smaller lipsticks that Tom Ford does sell separately – this vault of rich, special treated pigments and blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity.

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You will have unlimited shades to make your holidays pop and fall in love with a new shade for the holiday season into the new year.

Tom Ford Boys and Girls fifty (50) piece set, $1,900 at Tom Ford website

Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set is a must have and has had the beauty community blown away with the stunning looks you can achieve so easily and quickly – the set contains three, miniature-sized liquid eyeshadows (they’re about half the size of a full-sized shade). All three (3) are also available individually in the permanent line-up. I really enjoy the effect of this formula for layering, but if you’re after them as a standalone product, you may be less enamored with them.

FAST TRACK LOOKS ➡️ Take a Cranberry eyeshadow and wash it across the lip, focusing color on the outer corner of the eye and blending slightly above natural crease – take Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set in the shade Kitten Karma and apply it to the center of the lid in a packing motion and stopping at the natural crease. Smoke out the waterline with the Cranberry eyeshadow dipping into a little Dark Brown.

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Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set, $25.00 at Sephora (if not sold out)

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GLOSSIER – THE SUPER PACK | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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I really do love this time of year, I love it when the weather starts to get so cold that you have to add a couple blankets on your bed at night, or am I think only one who sleeps with my window fully open in the winter? In my last Glossier review (NEW PR LIST ➡️ GLOSSIER COSMETICS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY) I did show off the super pack, what is it is three (3) SAVE YOUR SKIN serums (each sold individually) let me just say, wow x ten (10) these are so amazing and I find this time of year is when you truly need to give you skin care one hundred (100%) Super pure, Super bounce and Super Glow could be just what your skin is needing right now!

Lets take a look ➡️

They’re supplements for your face: potent, fast-absorbing treatment serums packed with vital nutrients to bring your skin the boost it needs today. Because you’re not just a “skin type” your needs change throughout the month, and your product lineup should help you adapt. Some days skin feels dull, like after an all-nighter. Enter: Super Glow. Some days it’s stressed and breaking out – sounds like a job for Super Pure. Super Bounce eases tight, dehydrated skin – think: hangovers, long flights.

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⭐⭐⭐SUPER BOUNCE ➡️ The main ingredients that are going to focus on the main issues you’re having when you reach for Super Bounce are, Hyaluronic Acid – Abundantly found in our body, it holds up to 1000x its weight in water to plump skin from the inside out to create that bounce that we all need, a good way to find out if your skin is nice and hydrated is the pinch test, no don’t pinch so that it hurts but pinch the skin and let go, if it snaps back fast – your skin is hydrated and your drinking enough water and Super Bounce is doing its job, also this test is to be done on the top of the hand. Vitamin B5 – Found naturally in mushrooms, avocados and lentils, vitamin B5 helps reveal skin that’s softer and more supple. Part of a well-balanced skincare routine.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ SUPER GLOW ➡️ Help brighten and energize dull, tired skin with Vitamin C [AAP] which helps reduce dark spots and creates smoother, light-reflective skin. We chose a specific type of vitamin C that penetrates deeper into skin and stays stable longer because with this serum a little bit goes a looooong way!  Magnesium PCA which is like a fresh battery for your skin, it energizes tired skin cells. Part of a well-balanced skincare routine.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ SUPER PURE ➡️ To calm breakout-prone skin and redness in the skin Glossier has come up with a kick butt ingredient line up that, guess what, works! Niacinamide is also known as Vitamin B3, it has a powerful soothing action at the source of redness which is a powerful ingredient not utilized as it should be for control of combination skin. Zinc PCA will penetrate pores to help clear out impurities and excess sebum that can cause blemishes. Adding zinc is like giving your skin a calming massage to help it rest, recharge, and let go of built-up agitation. Part of a well-balanced skincare routine.

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ all products mention are hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, paraben free, fragrance free, appropriate for all skin types, cruelty free AND vegan.

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as I mentioned these are sold individually but you do save some money when you purchase all three (3) and come on, you know that you will end up using all three (3) switch it up weekly or daily, or even mix to create your own combo that’s the best part of Glossier – you’re in charge.

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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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FOUNDATION FIGHT – NARS vs. SMASHBOX COSMETICS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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What’s up makeupandthecity, if you saw my last two PR review’s with NARS (NARS – Velvet Matte Foundation Stick / Elephant in the blog | MAKEUPANDTHECITY) and SMASHBOX (SMASHBOX – STUDIO SKIN SHAPING FOUNDATION STICK | MAKEUPANDTHECITY) I thought to myself that, they are both similar in the fact that they are stick foundations double sided with unique ends (blender sponge or contour shadeI have tested both one on set and at home and one just at home to keep the playing field fair I wont say which was taken to set.

So – I will brush up on more facts about each item and then give my opinion but in the end it will be for you too decide for yourself which company came out on top.

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Both of the products give a medium buildable coverage but with the NARS I wouldn’t say that you need to go back into the skin and reapply product in any area, as you would do with SMASHBOX for sure, the latex and anti-bacterial blender on the NARS foundation stick is absouloutly genius and to make it anti-bacterial was even smarter (replacement blenders for the NARS foundation stick are only $6.00US) As most of NARS complexion products it’s finish is matte, where SMASHBOX likes to give the more natural finish, SMASHBOX is oil-free but it seems to be that as you wear throughout the day it becomes patchy and oil appears to show due to a wax that they use in the product I believe so there have been times that I wish that SMASHBOX did have a sponge component to re-buff the product into the skin mid-day.

If we are being honest ➡️ I am not much of a fan of a cream contour and find the contour side to break off very effortlessly with SMASHBOX, when you use SMASHBOX be prepared to still need to go in with a concealer for certain area where as with NARS I found that you didn’t really need to go in with a concealer which is a huge plus for me being a guy I don’t want everyone to be able to tell that I have makeup on my face. I’ve always found NARS to be a little more seamless with there products and do active case studies with men and woman but SMASHBOX creates and tests their products at SMASHBOX STUDIOSso I guess it would come down to, do you like the idea of active case studies where a product is judged and complaints and nice comments are used to fix if need be, or have a team who have been working behind the lens, and a MUA for years tell you something is perfect to their level of standards.

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NARS – What it does ➡️
This all-in-one matte foundation stick and pro tool offers all-over coverage or touch-ups on-the-go. Its soft-matte finish and creamy, blendable texture layers easily for medium to buildable coverage. Matte Rebound Powders 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. The foundation can be applied multiple ways: with fingertips, directly from the stick, or with the included removable Touch-Up Blender, to create various effects.

SMASHBOX – What it does ➡️
This is an all-in-one stick that gives you coverage and sculpting on the quick. The foundation side gives you medium, buildable coverage with smooth blendability and a natural-looking finish. Use the soft contour side for a perfectly coordinated contour shade that adds dimension in seconds, while it shapes and sculpts with the angled tip. Each end delivers lasting coverage that will not settle into pores or fine lines while allowing color to stay true. Both formulas moisturize the complexion, and offer coverage that stays sweat-, humidity-, and water-resistant.

I personally think its a no brainer which is the better product and what you will use more often! I mean, who wouldn’t want an anti-bacterial mini beauty blender added to the end of their foundation stick.

⭐NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick ➡️ $45.00US for 0.31 oz/ 9 g
Smashbox Studio Skin Face Shaping Foundation Stick ➡️ $42.00US for 0.26 oz/ 7.5 g Foundation, 0.14 oz/ 4.25 g Soft Contour

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SMASHBOX – STUDIO SKIN SHAPING FOUNDATION STICK | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Good morning guys, and, well happy Monday! it’s come to my attention that my link landing pages only work via Safari via computer, for some reason iPad, or on your mobile will not accept it so that should be fixed by the following Wednesday!

Stick foundation are more popular then I thought, yesterday I wrote about NARS foundation stick which you can check out right here ➡️ NARS – Velvet Matte Foundation Stick / Elephant in the blog | MAKEUPANDTHECITY and with the innovation of having the washable, anti-bacterial and replaceable mini Beauty Blender feel sponge on the end I figured today we’d look at SMASHBOX – STUDIO SKIN SHAPING FOUNDATION STICK which has a full size stick foundation and the complimentary contour shade on the other side, and since they are both around the same price, same concepts with different unique dual sides.

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After I am done the review for SMASHBOX – STUDIO SKIN SHAPING FOUNDATION STICK I will bring back FOUNDATION FIGHT! and put them under tests and see which brand (product) comes out on top!

SMASHBOX – STUDIO SKIN SHAPING FOUNDATION STICK is a double-ended, face-shaping foundation stick with a full-sized foundation on one side and a complementary soft contour shade on the other, similar to there step-by-step contour sticks in the shade, uh, well ‘contour’ just matched to the skin tone of the foundation but the contour side does the same blendability, scent, and feel as the ‘contour’ shade from the trio.

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ find your shade by matching the foundation side to your skin tone (not the contour side) which I would think my makeupandthecity family would know but I still think for anyone new to makeup it’s worth saying.

This is an all-in-one stick that gives you coverage and sculpting very quick. The foundation side gives you medium, buildable coverage with smooth blendability and a natural-looking finish. Use the soft contour side for a perfectly coordinated contour shade that adds dimension in seconds, while it shapes and sculpts with the angled tip. Each end delivers lasting coverage that will not settle into pores or fine lines while allowing color to stay true. Both formulas moisturize the complexion, and offer coverage that stays sweat, humidity, and water-resistant ➡️ I will say that half way I did start to notice that it started to become a little patchy and there was quite a bit of oil that came to surface and I don’t mean oil from my skin (I wish I had a nice hidden little blender hmm) I mean oil from maybe the wax in the product. The contour shade to the foundation shade is absouloutly a wonderful pairing which I could even see just from opening both sides.

SMASHBOX – STUDIO SKIN SHAPING FOUNDATION STICK is created for all skin types, and is formulated without ➡️ Parabens ➡️ Phthalates. This product is cruelty-free and free of sodium lauryl sulfates ➡️ oil ➡️ fragrance, and alcohol.

FROM SMASHBOX TO YOU ➡️ Live for lipstick? Won’t pose without primer? Smashbox is a beauty brand born in an L.A. photo studio. Their cruelty-free makeup is made to stand up to hot lights, long days, and real life – so you look good in any light and every photo.

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⭐SMASHBOX and NARS COSMETICS founders seem to have a very similar life story which we will get into in FOUNDATION FIGHT – SMASHBOX vs. NARS⭐

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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

VICTORIA BECKHAM x ESTEE LAUDER | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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As mentioned previously I had a lot of unopened boxes from PR that are a little late from when I took my break but hey, better late then never right? and buying, moving into, your new house takes some time! But with that said I’ve never seen such a stunning or more expensive collaboration between a company and famous person but we will get into that later, this morning was the first time I woke up and kissed my fiancé before going into my office / studio to write and it was so cold I had to turn the heat on! long story short its amazing! oh and typically anything marked TARTE I will always open first! BUT – lets get started.

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Since the original launch or VICTORIA BECKHAM x ESTEE LAUDER went so amazingly well they came out with the most popular places in the world and went off Victoria’s experiences there!

I was sent five (5) single pieces which are, matte lipstick 03 black cassis, eye foil 01 burnt anise, eye kajal 01 black saffron / vanilla, eye matte 02 blue electrique / nude and of course since I am a man, and don’t wear much makeup (all makeup is set tested and approved) skin perfecting powder!

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I was also set a really nice box set from a company not Estee Launder so who ever sent me that, thank you! there was no call back or email to connect, I’m assuming it came from L’Oréal though! Every product is packaged beautifully and is extremely heavy and feels very, very luxury like Victoria Beckham.

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Since there are so many cities and parts too this collection I’m going to break it down one or two products at a time! so if this interests you be sure to hit subscribe and be notified when new content is added!

DID YOU KNOW ⭐ the compact designed for the skin perfecting powder was designed after a vintage cigarette case Victoria found in the Burlington Arcade in Mayfair, London.

This powder creates an airbrushed finish, minimizes the look of imperfection, and sets makeup. It is luxuriously soft, lightweight, and comfortable. The soft yellow undertone visibly brightens all skin tones – and its so wonderful applied to the skin, it doesn’t come with a puff so you’d have to use a travel brush with it but its completely worth it as the beautiful design will catch the eyes of both men and woman alike. The powder is a pale yellow-toned beige and is meant to be a universally flattering and mattifying powder. The powder is indeed invisible on the skin and can work for all skin tones. The powder does mattify but it does not make the skin look flat or powdery. It provides a very natural, skin-like finish. It is a very fine powder that sits weightlessly on the skin and sets it, without sinking into lines or emphasizing texture. While it doesn’t emphasize lines or texture, it doesn’t blur them either. It keeps your makeup on a reasonable amount of time, like many powders, and does a pretty good job of mattifying. I love that the finish is very natural and I don’t really see or feel the powder.

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