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L’Oréal skin care | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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So the best thing about being on a PR list of any kind is you get to test out some products that are new and exclusive but, here comes the misconception in most cases unless we really, really love something then sadly they won’t keep sending it over and over!
Which hey, it’s sent as free advertising in half of the situations – it’s actually quite sneaky of a company if you give it some thought, why not create a certain amount to send to well know influencers a boom, free advertising!

SIDE NOTE ➡️ dailyjocks.com just realised their new underwear for men called cloud nine (9) and lemme just say, they couldn’t have named it any better! Cooling and comfort polyester blend which is durable and will not fade!

Drug store makeup and skin care has been stepping its game up for a very long time, its almost like, what took so long you are all owned by four (4) main players. So I’m going to talk about three (3) amazing face wash and mask set my way for consideration of review and I always use all three, well, nope, yep I use all three (3).

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1) EXFOLIATING AND REFINE – 3 mineral clays + Red Algae
2) COMFORT AND UNIFYING – 3 mineral clays + Charcoal
3) PURAFYING AND MATTE – 3 mineral clays + Eucalyptus

That is the three (3) main groups that they stick within which I would say is typical to branding but these masks are a clay to foam cleansers which makes your skin feel so amazing. Clay-to-Mousse daily cleansers enriched with 3 different clays and enhanced with a nature-sourced ingredient to leave skin feeling fresh and clean.

The 1st range of clay-to-mousse daily cleansers that leave skin feeling clean and fresh. This cleanser is enriched with Kaolin + Montmorillonite + Moroccan clays and Red Algae Extract. Pure-Clay Cleanser Exfoliating & Refining leaves skin with pores looking tighter, and less visible, without over drying the skin.

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There is nice playing games with these face washes, the level of science and ingredients beats that of some of the highs brands out there and I never thought in a million years that it would be this way, I think next time we need too grab both and compare the ingredient list because price no longer seems to be that big of a factor. Dun Dunnn Dunnnn.

Not to mention the fact that there is multi-masking so there can be multi-washing, there so perfect to use together, well, that is if you don’t mind buying all three (3) As of now in Canada you cannot buy these sadly but hit subscribe to find out just when and where you can buy them! Infused with 3 clays (Kaolin, Montmorillonite, and Moroccan) and 1 super-ingredient specifically for your skin type. Cleanse to wash impurities every day with our NEW Pure Clay Cleansers and mask twice a week to beautify skin.

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Over time harsh environmental factors, such as pollution and debris damage skin leaving complexion dull and tired. So don’t forget how important it is to wash your face day and night especially if you are a makeup wearer.

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MOVIES THAT MAKE YOU THINK : (2015) PINK MOON | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Imagine living in a world where everyone was born gay and you were attracted to the same sex – being gay wasn’t the issue but being straight was.

To be honest when I started watching this movie they don’t give you much identifying factors as to what is happening, it wasn’t until one of the characters is laying in a hospital bed and the news is on and the man say ” there was another suicide today, that makes the second one this with, as a young boy came out as heterosexual ” then the point they are trying to make became very clear, and actually sit back and exhale.
I think this is a really good movie to watch, it holds a very powerful message.

In a society where heterosexuals are persecuted and abortion is forbidden, two teens are forced to hide an unintended pregnancy before their secret romance is exposed.

➡️this is a short film with a message that will leave you thinking.

Director : Sal Bardo

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This movie got ⭐6.6 / 10
I give this movie ⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Check it out on YouTube! its a really good movie! due to legal I cannot post the movie but it shouldn’t be too hard to find! I’m also going to add the winner of the MACBOOK PRO still hasn’t contacted me back and I messaged him twice so I will be redrawing for it! good luck!

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SMASHBOX BRUSHES AND BRUSH SETS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Before we go on to what I’d like to talk about I just wanna touch base with you guys and talk about STREAMLINE which is my advertising proposals – lately I have been getting offers for advertising for beer and online Poker – and when thinking why would they even offer me that, I was told its because I identify as lifestyle also which is true so I do get but at the same time I’m going to ask you, the viewers if it’s silly to talk about makeup and stuff and then see ads for PARTY POKER. I mean I could just keep those types of ads for posts that maybe they will come in handy.

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If you didn’t know SMASHBOX has been working for quite some time on a brush revamp to launch exclusively at Macys, there will be twenty-nine (29) new red brushes and a new ‘gel cushion’ applicator called “The Photo Filter” of course SMASHBOX has called this line of brushes Camera Ready Brush collection – from what little bit I have seen, I do see a little influence from other brushes like Charlotte Tilbury and the way her handles are grooved for more comfort and so that when placed down, they don’t roll away.

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The Photo Filter gel cushion, at first really reminded me of the silisponge but the silisponge is hard and to be honest, just a big waste of your money. SMASHBOX did something differently with the Photo Filter gel cushion which is in the name really, gel cushion – so I’m thinking that its going to be a little softer and a little more squishy but in a good way – also if you see promo photos you’ll see the details on the gel mimics the same outline on a finger print, we also already know that the texture will not absorbe any product and it will be very easy too clean. It’s flexible diamond shape reaches every angle of face and it will use a lot less of your product then traditional makeup sponges or applicators.

Next with the revamp and new launch of twenty-nine (29) brushes I think that within a lot of the newer and even some older brush sets SMASHBOX has been including these brushes as tests to see what the consumers has to say about them like the #SHAPEMATTERS brush set, I think we will see a more professional quality brush(s) comparable to the look and application of that brush set, I also as I mention above that we will see similar factors from other brushes (from other lines) in the new Camera Ready Brush collection.

Makeup lately has focused a lot on sculpting features and playing with lighting to shape the face, although this is nothing new to SMASHBOX I think they saw it as a perfect time to revamp and launch a new brush collection which is, well, true! SMASHBOX used to have a full brush section and now they don’t really have many brushes like they used to have – I’m happy to hear that they are doing twenty-nine (29) revamped and new brushes and I hope that they blow us away with quality!

Remember what I said though about seeing similar brushes in this collection that look like they have been picked out of previous brush collections because SMASHBOX does put out a lot of brush collections.

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Pictured above is SMASHBOX Christmas brush collection – notice how the metal attached to the handle and shaping the hairs is goes out a little bigger and then to thinner I think we will see that same design from the entire new collection launching soon at Macys – and why not? it looks super cool not just a basic metal component.

I think there will also be a mix of cruelty-free hairs of course, it will be good for SMASHBOX to introduce their new brush line at this time also with all the controversy with NARS and revoking their cruelty-free status to sell in China – just a thought.  At the end of the day – makeup brushes are just makeup brushes not a lot can be done to create or invent a brand new design but I have hopes for SMASHBOX to know this out of the park because lately their new ‘revolutionary’ products have been a little lacking for me.

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ALSO the winner of the MACBOOK PRO was contacted and I will give him three more days to respond or ill re-pick a new winner!

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PHOTO TRUTH 


“Although I am broken; my heart is untamed”

MAKEUPANDTHECITY x SMASHBOX – Photo Finish Primerizer

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If you’ve been with me from the get go then you would know, I love smashbox cosmetics, they really were the first brand that I started makeup with, I’ve got an amazing connection with the company and see them every time I am in LA. They have a wonderful team there, especially Laura – shout out to Laura if you see that!


companies put out a lot of products per year – and some are amazing and some.. not so much so today I am going to be reviewing the smashbox primerizer for you guys, I saw the request to review it – and I have had it since before it’s launch but I don’t know we will get into it.

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I hope you all had a killer weekend and a good Monday, sometimes I wish, I wish so badly that it was possible to rewind time and unsee something or just let it go, and I swear even if we could only do it one (1) time, I would use my one (1) time right now because it’s its killing me to know this and see someone in a different light in a snapI need to let it go or sadly let go.

COME on heart and head, get on the same page again.

Back to why you’re here, Photo Finish Primerizer by smashbox cosmetics is a primer and moisturizer in one (1) Primerizer delivers 24-hour hydration plus powerful primer benefits in the lightest possible texture. It was created in our L.A. photo studio to instantly increase moisture by 127% & prep skin for makeup in one (1) step.
This non-greasy, quick-dry formula acts as a makeup magnet that locks on foundation and makes it last.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ I will say one of the things that I love about smashbox is smashbox studios and that they develop everything in smashbox studios in set environment so the products  you know will be good.

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NOW here’s the thing smashbox is saying that this is a breakthrough and they thought
this up when in fact a brand as small as ELF (eyes lips face) in fact had this before smashbox had this breakthrough..

Actually a lot of companies have been doing this for a while and it’s been a well known PRO TIP to mix a little primer into your moisturizer for added benefits – I even have a moisturizer that I love by Vichy that I love but it doesn’t really help for oil control so I have always added a little matte primer into it to customize my moisturizer that I love.

Primerizer doesn’t even feel like a moisturizer or a primer, I found it to be very greasy on the skin and made makeup application to look just wet and not a look that any man or woman would want, I don’t think any of the claims really are true to be said – and I’ve really given this a good go because I wanted to like it but when smashbox tries to mix in skin care or try to step into that world, don’t you find the products that they come out with flop? sadly to say.


It did feel cooling on the skin which was nice, I don’t really have textured skin so I can’t say it helped with my texture but it did make under my eyes look nice everywhere else just applied patchy, I would say wait for it to dry down before applying concealer and stuff but it never dries down, there is so much oils or something in this.  

I even have a professional moisture checker for your skin, I applied it to my skin on one hand and allowed it to dry down and absorbe into my skin and my normal hand was 67.9% and then the hand that was supposed to give me intense rehydration only went up top 69.9% and the results on my face weren’t any better. I am not saying that this product isn’t right for you, but it didn’t work well for me or anyone that I know.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ it’s also been shown to cause some breakouts to people who have oily to problematic skin sadly.

HONESTLY – if you have Photo Finish primer and you have your favourite moisturizer then save yourself the $50.00 and just mix the two and you will come out with a better result, I know smashbox put primers on the market but its a primer at the end of the day, we have seen them all and know them all. Smashbox already makes the best primer with Photo Finish. Enough – focus on more new and exciting product development.

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Go check out smashbox and the primerizer, and maybe get a sample first before you buy it if it’s something that you think is needed and will work for you and your skin. Click here to go check them out!

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DIORSKIN FOREVER UNDERCOVER / chances, choices, consequences

“For in that solemn silence is heard in the whisper of every sleeping thing :
Look, look at me, Come wake me up for still here I’ll be.”

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How well do we really think we know someone? It’s really sad for me to think about this because you can get to know someone so well and they are just so perfect, you talk, bond, trust – but how much do we hold back because we have already labeled it unlovable. I personally think this is completely unfair because, you don’t get to tell me what I can or can’t handle – I understand doing something in your past that you wouldn’t want to talk about but I’ve learned in my time here that, trying to not hurt someone by choosing to not tell me something about you, when it come up in a completely ‘normal’ pretext inevitably ended up hurting me more.

As human beings we get to make choices, think, and react and that’s one of the main things that makes us considered evolved – and ill use the term evolved loosely because I think now more then ever we need to take a step back and just look, look at the bigger picture, I suppose. Being truly in love with someone is the best feeling in the world wouldn’t you say? we all carry baggage with us from everything we do in life and that is just a given. I guess I just want to tell you guys that, we all have monsters in our past so before we act and react, let’s flip it back and remember that we have no control over the past because it is, the past – we can control the future.

I make mistakes a lot, hell I made a mistake tonight by choosing too think that maybe you are better off with someone else, I am not perfect and when I don’t understand something I take myself and my feelings out of it completely and start to look at it from a logical point of view, but I just couldn’t find reason or give a justification. I will love every part of you, from the top to the bottom, I will love your insecurities and love the things that you think to yourself no one could ever love me for this. I know you and you know me, there is a bond and so much strength and love there but sometimes, especially for me, you have to stop, breath and take a step back and take three steps forward.


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DIORSKIN FOREVER UNDERCOVER is one of those so amazing products that comes out without really a plan or anything I’m sure there was some talk about this but I hadn’t heard much about it – I think it popped up once or twice but I wasn’t too impressed or even bothered to read it because I really did not like DIOR STAR CONCERALER but I do love the DIORSKIN FOREVER foundation. I did read that it is one of a new line of products for DIOR BEAUTY FALL 2017 launch.

I swear this packaging is just so extra, its in a long, skinny, frosted tube with the classic DIOR embellishments of course and no joke when I say to you that this can do your entire complexion it’s formula is just so incredible.

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Create full camouflage coverage with one coat. With 25% more pigments than the DIORSKIN FOREVER Fluid Foundation, this concealer hides and neutralizes imperfections all day. Its hydrating liquid formula stays comfortable, and won’t crease, crack, or settle into lines and is completely all day waterproof. 

DIORSKIN FOREVER UNDERCOVER concealer has a fresh matte finish and delivers full cover, crease-proof concealing in one swipe.
I am really, really trying to think of something to compare this concealer to but I keep shooting blanks here. It’s just so fresh and new – I mean come on we can only take the packaging so far but the DIOR went and frosted the component.

➡️ I know it’s a concealer and this is where I see the issue with most people, for what would seem like not a lot of product for close to $50.00 if you’re in Canada and close to $40.00 in the US.

Available in ten (10) full coverage shades.
Ivory – Very Light : Neutral Undertone
Cream – Very Light : Neutral Undertone
Light Beige – Light : Neutral Undertone
Linen – Light: warm yellow undertone
Cameo – Light : Cool Pink Undertone
Medium Beige – Light to medium : neutral undertone
Sand – Light to medium : warm yellow undertone
Honey Beige – Medium : neutral undertone
Dark Beige – Medium to Deep : Neutral undertone
Light Mocha – Deep : Neutral Undertone

CHECK out the concealer and the perfect partner in crime for it by clicking here.

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JUNE FAVOURITES – 2017

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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!