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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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+BEST and -WORST products from TOM FORD | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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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.

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THE BASICS – CONTOURING SUMMER EDITION | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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What’s up friends and famjam.. maybe some that hate me or wish to be me! today we are going to talk about the full art of contouring – as a woman, I bet you didn’t even know with summer around the corner you have the same powers as photoshop to give you the body you always wanted!

Hey boys – here at MAKEUPANDTHECITY the same goes for you!

First of all, since we are going step by step lets take it to the face and explain first and hopefully the last time what contouring and highlighting means, Contouring is when you use a matte not shimmery powder, cream, or pencil product that’s two shades darker than your skin tone to shade areas you’d like to define or reshape, like your nose, forehead, chin, and cheekbones.
Highlighting (or strobing) offsets contouring by accentuating areas of your face with light concealer or highlighter. To properly highlight or strobe, use a concealer that’s two shades lighter than your skin tone or a highlighter that flatters your complexion to emphasize the areas of your face that naturally catch the light.

1. The collarbones are so sexy and if you are not born blessed with this beauties, you can easily draw them with the help of your contouring kit. Follow the natural bones and enhance them with makeup.

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If you are not professional for contouring with a brush, here is a little trick that will be a big help for you: find a thin paper in a form of a rectangle that matches the form of your nose, just the way your highlight should be. Place it vertically and start contouring.

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CONTOUR – make sure that your contour is one (1) to (two) shades lighter than you actually are! The contour shade absorbs the light… literally.

HIGHLIGHT – It will bring out the features that, well, you want to accelerate.

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ON SET WITH ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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It’s been a while, maybe too long I’ve just had so much going on with work, my life and my setting up my new house! I have since worked on some pretty cool photo shoots and sets and love when I can review a brand from a makeup artist (MUA) on set, also it’s a good way to make brand connections and PR lists, today I am going to be talking about the amazing Anastasia Beverly Hills and the some of the top products from my PR and set call ➡️ in most cases, when you get one brand PR e-mail it isn’t long before you end up with 99.8% of brand contacts, or they will contact you.

I’ve loved Anastasia Beverly Hills for brow products for years but to be honest I didn’t really think about the other products within the brand, other then kick ass highlighter glow kits so one (1) of the palettes that I loved was not something completely new or anything but just the way they mixed, and all the tools given and pigmentation is the LIP PALETTE VOL. 1 ➡️ There are eighteen (18) shades within the palette and a large clear from too see them, five (5) of the colors are ‘primary colors’ or the colors that you’d was to use to create any color that you’d like.

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With shades ranging from primaries and neutrals to bold brights. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette to create an endless array of lip looks by mixing and customizing highly pigmented, long-wearing matte shades.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ Includes pro mixing plate and double-ended lip brush and spatula.

Moving on with have to be the A18 brush in their pro category and it would be an Angled Chiseler Brush, with this one (1) brush you are able to achieve so much that you would have used multiple brushes for, its a large, slanted brush with soft natural hair to sculpt and define facial contours or apply powder perfectly under the eyes to set concealer ➡️ this brush is an absolute must-have for makeup lovers or professionals. These brushes are premium natural hair but are completely cruelty-free.

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The new Soft Glam Palette was my go to set palette, the colors were incredible and very blendable but I really didn’t think I would get anything other than amazing quality – there are fourteen (14) essential shades, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette is the perfect collection of easy-to-blend, full pigment shadows. I did use primer but some of the finger swatched i did on the back on my wrist indicated that it’s a long-lasting formula, this palette is complete with bronze metallics and iridescent finishes ideal for a nighttime look and neutral mattes for daytime – not to mention that this is one of the most sought-after palettes in the beauty community, almost always sold out.

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DRUG​STORE HITS AND MISS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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First off I would like to thank RIO PR in Toronto for all of their support and love and for adding me to the PR list! I couldn’t be happier with the company and the wonderful team! Maybelline has been killing the drug store lately and I was one of the bloggers to receive these products before they launched (some are still not out until 02.15.18)  So let’s get right into this HIT AND MISS.

First is MAYBELLINE TATTOOSTUDIO BROW GEL AND TINT which I’m not going to lie this is a massive game changer that even rivals Anastasia Beverly Hills for the companies legendary brow products – I absolutely love the applicator on the end of this product, and it lasts for days as it does have a semi-tint added to the amazing formula. My female friend, Summer, helps me to test eye, lips, and highlighters and she likes to apply this product to the back of her hand and sketch out her outline and then fill in as desired.

This product comes in four (4) shades  BLOND  SOFT BROWN ➡ MEDIUM BROWN AND DARK BROWN and it sells for $15.00CAD at any drugstore and Ulta of course!

Fill and color your eyebrows with this ultra-resistant and waterproof eyebrow gel. The sculpting tip and eyebrow spoolie brush work together to create fuller-looking eyebrows that last for days. Smudge-proof. Does not transfer. 98% saw fuller and thicker eyebrows, 93% saw gel does not transfer, and 88% would recommend to a friend.

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SET TIP ➡ use two shade one lighter and one darker within your personal tone range and apply the lighter shade to the front of the of the brow then adding the darker shade to finish off the tail end of the brow and blend where the lighter shade meets the darker shade for ombre brows that will always get compliments!

LIP STUDIO Python Lip Kits again, in my eyes another game changer for the lips because let’s face it there is only so much that companies can do, well Maybelline Lip Studio Python Metallic Lip Kits feature duos in gorgeous lip colors and prismatic lip powders. It’s lip artistry made easy! Take on the hottest beauty trend with Maybelline’s metallic lip kit. Make an impact in chromatic lip color with a python effect.

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 The powder topper to the lipstick can also double as a beautiful eyeshadow!

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UPDATES / WHAT’S NEW AND MAKEUP | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Wow, it’s been forever eh? So much has happened from me breaking my arm and wrist which left me completely out of commission with so many launches lately – Tarte SHAPETAPE foundation which was, more of a miss than a hit to me but we will get into that later, illamasqua veils, – I do just want to say thank you so much to everyone wow reached out for the NARS BLACK CARDS I was more than happy to do that for you guys of course! Which also bring me to a little partnership with illamasqua I was sent 100 little kits from illamasqua for you guys! it includes five (5) products and a wonderful makeup bag – three products being full size and they are

– MINI HYDRA VEIL
– PRECISION GEL LINER
(FULL)
– GEL SCULPT
– LIPSTICK
(FULL)
– SKIN BASE LIFT CONCEALER 
(FULL)

All you have to do is smash that follow button and comment where in the world I am sending it! OG makeupandthecity kids front of the line! So my house is almost done also, I’m actually in my office/PR room/studio – I’m so excited for everyone to see whats coming very, very soon – my website is almost ready to launch which is amazing and I couldn’t be more proud of what I’ve made and what it’s done for me.

So that’s just a little update and whats been happening today for review I’m going to be talking about the amazing illamasqua veil primers because being a UK company not a lot of people are able to experience the company.

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HYDRA VEIL PRIMER

Part hydrator, part primer, Hydra Veil instantly hydrates and smooths skin through a self-leveling, futuristic clear gel. Microalgae, Vitamin C and B3 work together to help maintain skins hydration levels, creating a healthy looking, balanced finish. Plant extracts also provide a calming and refreshing feeling, leaving skin fully prepped to apply your chosen foundation.

MATTE VEIL PRIMER

An oil control primer, Matte Veil preps the skin to create the perfect matte base for make-up application. It’s mattifying cream-gel formula absorbs excess oil whilst retaining the skin`s natural moisture levels, providing a silky, soft finish. Enhancing make-up longevity, Matte Veil also controls shine throughout the day and into the evening, keeping skin feeling healthy and balanced.

BEYOND VEIL PRIMER

Beyond Veil is an exhilarating partnership between two of Illamasqua’s iconic products: the intensely moisturizing Hydra Veil and the metallic, illuminating Beyond Powder.

The new unique, light-weight gel formula instantly rehydrates skin to give a natural, glowing finish where the skin appears illuminated from within.

Formulated with multi-active ingredients, gardenia Florida fruit extract and sodium hyaluronate help skin to retain a youthful look whilst haematococcus pluvais extract and vitamin C help to improve skin elasticity and brightness.

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