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BEAUTY NEWS / LIFE 101 / WINTER SKIN YOU’D KILL FOR / IPHONE XR GIVEAWAY (CANADA)| MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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What’s going on guys and girls, I’m sure that you’ve heard that one of the biggest beauty brands in the word (COVERGIRL) just became the largest brand to take the leap and go completely cruelty free, moving forward that is – I couldn’t see them getting rid of and replacing all existing products around the world and redoing planograms with the news. What is your thoughts about ‘Cruelty Free’ and Vegan? Is that something that you’re thinking about when you purchase makeup, doesn’t it almost seem like it’s trendy to be cruelty free or something like they don’t care about the animals they only care about the bottom line, and I wonder exactly what at this point, on that day, made them go hey lets go cruelty free – yeah it’s amazing but why now? and why not a long time ago.
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You know what they say, better late then never. Cruelty free international presented COVERGIRL with the internationally recognized gold standard for cruelty free designation.  No other certification program has the rigor that seeks to completely eliminate animal testing from a brand’s supply chain – it certifies that no COVERGIRL products or ingredients are tested on animals, either by COVERGIRL or its suppliers.

Do you guys believe in PNR? (PAID NEGATIVE REVIEWS) I can tell you first hand that there is, and I have been offered and truthfully when I was starting out with this did accept a PNR because I was childish and inconsiderate – but I have tried to fix the wrongs of my past and now I’ve been honest with the company who I said some not so nice things about and found out that they are better then the company who paid me to give a not so nice review and hype them, I’m sure if you look at my blog you can see in more recent posts just who I am talking about but truthfully that’s what stopped me from writing for so long, it just was a stupid thing and it not only jeopardized my integrity, but it influenced you, my friends and family too choose something based off of a lie. I’m very sorry – I’ve come to learn from my mistakes.

I’ve come to find the best skin care for me! It would be Knock Out by Tarte, MDNA skin The Serum and the Maracuja Gold Oil from Tarte and I will tell you why, when winter or colder weather comes around I like a little more protection for my skin, I’m one of those people who were like ‘oh oil for my skin, that doesn’t seem like a good idea for me’ I just thought since I have oily skin it would clog my pores like a lot of us but it is actually non-acnegenic which is a huge, huuuuuge plus for me! It’s a lightweight oil that hydrates the skin and balances acne prone skin which I didn’t know till I opened a 4 month package. My bad. I will also add that if you are not using this for a flawless makeup base I would only use it at night and I would remember that a little goes a long way when it cones to any face oils.
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Also – I have been mixing it in with my Tarte stick foundation while I’m doing by skin care, you know just under the eyes, around the nose and chin followed by adding adding some of the not so new NARS powder just repackaged so everyone thinks its new – in the shade flesh. It gives you the skin that you wish you had while under the makeup when you take it off you actually start to feel a lot more comfortable without makeup which is a huge plus because flaws are beauty too me! No one is perfect. If we all embraced our flaws then, oh know the beauty community would be no more! but we would be more empowered and comfortable!

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Wow, Did anyone else hear about Victoria’s Secret backlash due to saying they wouldn’t cast transgender or plus-size models? “Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy,” he told the publication. “It’s a 42-minute entertainment special. That’s what it is.” I am not going to even ask if you feel this is right because plain and simple it’s disgusting and wrong. We just need to keep the faith and make the worse seem better. I guess I will just post this video if Gigi Gorgeous who truly said it correctly.

So tell me, do you think this is fair? or right in any way at all? I am also going to be giving away a new iPhone XR in the same shade I have in yellow! my favourite color of course! Why, Yellow can represent anything. Sadness, Happiness anything you want it too be. Just like me, I can be whatever you’d like! This giveaway is only for Canada as I’m trying to grow my Canadian audience but I will include a Catrice 24h HD foundation vault for my international family, and the new tarteist™ PRO REMIX Amazonian clay palette which is you know there is a long, long waitlist for. It sold out within seconds – funny they did a brighter eyeshadow palette the same time James Charles x Morphe came out. (finishes: 🎨 matte 🎨 luster 🎨 metallic 🎨 duo chrome 🎨 shimmer 🎨 floating glitter)
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THE CUT – TARTE COSMETICS – HOLIDAY PALETTES | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Hi guys, So I’ve thought up a cool idea that I am going to be calling the cut, and the name is basically what it means, is a brand being innovative or still selling mermaid makeup, are the products, making the cut? It seems that it’s the same brands that are sending out the same PR and dominating the spectrum of online blog, and YouTube.

I mean don’t get me wrong, I love Tarte very much, they make good products and are consistent but I would love to be a fly on the wall of their morning meeting and see what influences them, why choose pineapples to represent your holiday collection and does more go into the packaging then what is inside of the package – the product and is it really a value.

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Last year Tarte went for a buried treasure type theme with their holiday collection and this year it’s sweet escape which I do understand but for me and for a lot of others I don’t like to see flowers and palm trees – I like to see snow flakes and actually holiday memorabilia. Tarte Treasure Box Collector Set of last years holiday collection is a pretty standard, traditional release for the brand and sometimes a dreaded ones for fans because they quality isn’t quite what you get from their permanent launches and a lot of their Holiday Collection, over the last few years, has been made in China. The 2017 collection was made in the USA minus a few items within the packages like mini mascara, so am I to assume that Tarte did that for the fans, took a little bit off the bottom line and made it within the USA for us? Well that might be but last year verse all the other years there was a major increase in cost which is to be expected when made on your own soil.
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So I am happy to say that the Sweet Escape is made in the USA, oh nope, they went back to China for the production of the 2018 holiday sets, so it leaves me confused, because the price is the same if not more as if they were to make it in the USA and 2018 has been a major year for Tarte they have made Millions, and are talking about by everyone especially influencers – could it be that nice apple watch that I got from Tarte with a couple of Shapetape concealers. I mean I’m not really into this collection. Summer is Summer, Winter is Winter, I’m not so into combing the two. I like snow and Christmas trees, and hot cocoa, and snowmen, I don’t want flamingos in my Holiday Collection, I get the Christmas in Hawaii theme going on but I’m just not feeling it, and the quality just isn’t there compared to their iconic Tarte Pro Palette which I absolutely love. They now have reverted to doing mega sets which I don’t have a problem with! It’s a good deal of bang for your buck however, if you’re an older fan of the brand it does become very repetitive.

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So do you think Tarte’s Holiday Palette made The Cut?

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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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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.

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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.

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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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