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FENTY BEAUTY | DUPE ALART | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

Hey beautiful people – so I had something I wanted to write about today, but I decided that since it is on Allure’s list of Best In Beauty (ALLURE’S BEST IN BEAUTY 2018 LIST | MAKEUPANDTHECITY) in the luxury category, and the cost of it is well, the cost of some peoples rent sadly I figured that I would have to really make sure that I can see the results and know the tool to the last bolt, Just hours into 2019, Rihanna already has her sights set on disrupting another major makeup category. On January 11th Fenty Beauty released the brand’s first concealer in 50 shades — a landmark moment for the beauty industry. So how does it preform? Let’s find out.

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The thing is, concealers on the whole aren’t available in wide shade ranges, and even when they are they can be a nightmare as far as colour matching goes – ‘almond’ and ‘cacao’ rarely correspond to your foundation and things can get altogether patchy and unconvincing. Enter the Fenty take on concealer – 50 shades, with names that align with each foundation to help you to pinpoint your ideal colour. As far as formula goes it delivers a matte, long-lasting finish, it’s crease and sweat resistant and it brightens as well as it conceals, which is nice for people who worry more so about darkness under the eye.

It was smart for Fenty to take the match approach when it came to foundation and concealer matching shades, it’s simple and we like simple. I don’t think I have to touch base on the foundation since it’s been out for a hot minute. Rhianna set the standard for brands to follow when it comes to releasing a foundation shade range  ➡️ Tarte take notes. When the foundation was released a lot of people weren’t really feeling it but a lot of people also were, I personally do not use foundation but I have used this on clients and also seen it preform on set and under hot studio lights and well as it dries down very quickly meaning you don’t have to overly powder it — we still keep adding more and more powder and I think that’s what caused the Pro Filt’r setting powder as it works with the foundation and I’ve reached out to some people who didn’t like the foundation the first time around but after using the new setting powder with it, agree that it’s lit.

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ I really like how Fenty Beauty took the time to see what people were saying was wrong with the brand and didn’t say well this is what you are doing wrong and instead came out with the products needed to fix it. Sadly not everyone can afford to buy the Fenty Face but that’s what Fenty is all about, for the best results you use all the products under the umbrella.

The new tools are nice also, I have always liked Fenty brushes but they semi remind me of Kat Von D beauty and her tools, but they are worth the money for sure. The cheek brush is exceptional when it comes to highlighting your face or body. I’m excited to see all of the brushes to come out because we all know that Fenty isn’t anywhere close to being done setting standards and making the beauty community shake. The only thing also is if you are very, very pale there isn’t really a perfect match for you from Fenty, I know right, 50 shades you are thinking but Fenty (Rhianna) did such a good job for in between and darker complexions, and very fair to fair shouldn’t have a problem finding a shade else where and I know brands know their demographic so really can we be that mad or upset with a brand who see’s that there demo is more fair to light but give some darker shades just in case – I guess what I’m thinking is why spend the money to create and bottle all of these shades just have them sit on a shelf or in inventory and not sell at all, you feel me?

DUPE ALERT ➡️ NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Contour Concealer. Available in 24 highly pigmented hues, this lightweight liquid won’t transfer and has three major complexion musts covered.

Check out my previous post ➡️ MAKEUPFOREVER | SELF-SETTING CONCEALER | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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MAKEUPFOREVER | SELF-SETTING CONCEALER | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

Hi there, Nope, You’re reading the title right, I am blogging about the same Self-Setting concealer but at the time I did it came out in PR and wasn’t out just yet so I’m going to cover it again because, and for no other reason than, it’s just that good – prepare you’re self for what I predict to be the concealer of 2019 and I have a feeling it will be out of stock a lot on the shades that you’re going to want and or need! Also if you’re new to the industry you may have heard that MUFE is cutting out PR and that is absouloutly true – they are going to keep Micro-Influencers and some larger ones but they will not be going forward with updating a media list, but they are going to be making the professional discount a lot easier to receive recognizing all avenues of beauty and industry standards. I am left with one question – is 2019 the year to kiss the powders goodbye?

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We’re only two days into 2019, and it’s looking like one hell of a year for innovative complexion products. The latest brand to change up the game is Make Up For Ever, which is solving all of our makeup woes with its new Ultra HD Self-Setting Concealer. Make Up For Everis releasing a concealer that sets itself and promises to stay put. That’s right, you can forget about setting your makeup with a translucent or foundation powder, because the new Ultra HD concealers will do the work for you. This is especially great if you’re looking to cut down steps in your routine and if you want to steer clear of drying powders (or toxic ingredients in our lungs) during the winter season. The new complexion products come in 22 shades (at first launch). The formula offers a creamy, medium coverage that glides on seamlessly. According to Make Up For Ever, the concealers are crease-free for up to 12 hours ➡️ this is all without a setting powder.

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It also has light coated pigments diminish the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, and imperfections, and immediately set. The smoothing, hydrating, creamy liquid captures and diffuses light so that skin that appears bright, flawless, and fresh all day. So pretty much for boys in makeup who don’t want to walk out of the house like Patrick Starrr and there is no hate there, it just seems to do something that I have always wanted from a concealer and you can get as close as you want and you cant tell at all its there. Under the eyes, small bit around the nose area, a dot on the chin, and I’m done and out the door.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ According to a press release sent to MAKEUPANDTHECITY
(I feel so official), Make Up For Ever will discontinue its current Ultra HD Concealer formula for the new one. Does anyone love this one? I never really got into it so I’m not overly upset.

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There is so much to be said about this concealer and I urge you to get and pay the $35.00CAD for 5ML because it’s such an amazing concealer and it’s a good step in the right direction for makeup in 2019! You can take a better look for yourself and buy if you’d like too right here.

Don’t forget to checkout my previous post ➡️ ALLURE’S BEST IN BEAUTY 2018 LIST | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

Check out the MAKE UP FOR EVER story and struggles here.

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SELF SETTING | DUPE ALERT | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

Hi boys and girls I typically don’t write from the 24th till the 3rd for the obvious reasons, but since I have so much going on right now, and I don’t at the same time due to reasons in my past blog (GREEK GODDESS COLLECTON | LUNAR BEAUTY MAKEUPANDTHECITY) I have been spending more time in a hospital more then I’d like, but that’s for a ‘LIFE 101’ post and if you’re new here, ‘LIFE 101’ is where I just talk about what’s going on in my life, things that are bothering me etc. trust me, there is a lot to say but the PR and beauty industry keeps sending out and making new products. A lot are wow and some are hard pass, I find for men in makeup that don’t really want the fully beat face – to woman who just want to be in the know.

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MAKE UP FOR EVER came out with ➡️ Ultra HD Self-Setting Concealer which is truly exactly what we are all asking for, since they came out with the tube HD concealer. I wondered what was keeping them from creating a concealer with a applicator or doe foot, I personally think that a doe foot is a better way to keep bacteria and all that bad stuff off your face. This creamy concealer has medium, buildable coverage, a natural finish, and second-skin feel in a self-setting formula with up to 12-hour, crease-free wear which can be a lot of claims for a concealer but over the years I have found that, MUFE doesn’t print without back up and a lot of testing. You can buy it here for $35.00CAD for 0.17 oz/ 5 ml.
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Right off the PR card about the products ➡️ MAKE UP FOR EVER’s iconic Ultra HD technology for flawless, invisible coverage is now available in concealer form. Coated pigments diminish the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, and imperfections, and immediately set. The smoothing, hydrating, creamy liquid captures and diffuses light so that skin that appears bright, flawless, and fresh all day.

DUPE ALERT ➡️ NYX HD CONCEALER WAND buy it here for $6.00 also click the link to check out the product and the product facts! Save your coins if you need to, there is almost always a dupe out there and I will now be featuring DUPE ALERT.
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A lot of people have the theory that most moden foundations and concealers are all self-setting but that is absouloutly not the case, if it doesn’t say it’s self-setting then you have to set it with a powder and it’s not for the look of powdered skin but for the longevity of the makeup and to make sure that your face doesn’t melt off a hour after you’re done, we create body heat which is not a friend to cream makeup or concealers.

Another really, really great product that is not new per say, but just got a package change is from HOURGLASS which is a little more expensive but if you have oily skin to acne prone skin this would be a game changer for you, hell it works for any skin type, it’s all in the way that you use the product and yes if you didn’t guess it I am talking about Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation.

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This foundation has some amazing ingredients which I will highlight and what that ingredient does for skin ➡️ Advanced Cashmere Kaolinite Clay:
Works continuously throughout the day to control oil, while drawing out impurities to keep skin clear ➡️ Phytostem Edelweiss: Provides antioxidants, smooth’s the look of skin, nourishes the complexion, and protects from free radicals ➡️ Oxygenating Solvents: Deliver oxygen to the skin to help clear pores. All ingredients within are vegan also.

You’re able to buy it here for $70.00CAD and you would get 1 oz/ 30 ml which is about the size of a standard luxury foundation.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ drawback of this foundation is that it can only be used with people who don’t tend to have dry patches. If this foundation is applied over dry spots, they will look even worse than they already do. It will make them very noticeable. If you get dry spots and still want to try this foundation, make sure to use a heavy moisturizer before bed to prevent dry patches. The only other thing about this foundation that could be bothersome to some people is that it is very waterproof. Many people’s face washing routine is only using face wash and then rinsing, which doesn’t work with this foundation. Even when primer is worn with this foundation, I find that because it adheres so well to the skin, washing it off can be a little bit difficult.

Don’t forget about my iPhone XR giveaway and the colourpop Christmas PR collection (THIS IS NOT A DREAM | MAKEUPANDTHECITY) and thanks for making it too the end! I hope you have a safe and fun NYE.
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS |TARTEIST™ PRO REMIX VAULT AND COLLECTION | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Happy Holidays guys, from my family to yours,
it’s Christmas eve right now, sadly if you read the start to yesterdays post (GREEK GODDESS COLLECTON | LUNAR BEAUTY MAKEUPANDTHECITY) you’d know why this Christmas well, sucks, but I am going to try to make the best of it as I can – but I don’t want to not wish everyone around the world, celebrating or not a happy and safe holiday season with your family, and remember it doesn’t have to be blood, sometimes we make our own family and that’s completely alright! I’m sitting next to a cracking fire at 5:07am with the Christmas tree lit up, surrounded with all these products and it feels comfortable – sometimes it’s nice to put in headphones and just write.

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To be completely honest with you, I wouldn’t mind if I didn’t see Tarte or open a new Tarte package for a good year, I do like Tarte but they are a trend company and no really the type to start just follow what they think and before it even makes it they have in production five hundred products incorporating a smile for example, Tarte factory employees must be so well paid, and what warehouse in China, Canada or USA? good, uh, question. Tarte just doesn’t stop and some could see this as a good thing but in the beauty industry, we all need a break unless your company is creating new ideas, not just creating for the sake of numbers. Also what’s with that dude with blonde hair now in all of their how to videos, what does he do for Tarte?

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Alright so the new Tarteist™ PRO REMIX vault is as they always do for sale on the website and maybe in Sephora but it’s been a long time since I have had to go into Sephora but I do have to go there today actually so perfect, I will check and update if they do. I will say, the one that I got in the mail have all the Tarteist™ PRO palettes and also a brush with the splatter handle, and three shade that are closest to my tone with vibrant color caps, which I wasn’t able to see for sale but the other items are, The brush is alright, nothing special, at this point we all know what a Tarte buffing brush is like they did a feature re-launch of the Clay Full Coverage Foundation and I don’t get what that has to do with a remix, but that was what I am talking about with the company, anything to make extra or make the consumer think they need more crap.

Tarteist™ PRO REMIX ➡️ When this palette came out it was the same time Morphe x James Charles came out so I feel like the Tarte team sat down and was like crap, what can we quickly do to do a pop of color in a cool way that’s fresh, It was smart of Tarte because Tarteist™ PRO Palette was actually not well received by makeup artists who actually do to grind. Even influencers found it to be extremely underrate for the price – so a remake of this palette could potentially be a smart move on Tarte’s end. Sold for $65.00 for 0.70 oz. and you can buy it and everything else mentioned in this post here. I’d consider it more of a complementary palette than a typical standalone palette but that really depends on your need for mattes in a look which now a days are pretty high with that said, I do want to mention that the bio about this palette is almost a toned down version of Morphe x James Charles all about unleashing your artist and going outside of your comfort zone some might say, This Remix palette is for those who love metallic shades – it’s full of shimmer and color with three matte shades and the rest pretty much chocked full of shimmer.

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ Within the Remix palette you will get 20 shades, pricing is mentioned above and where to buy, there was a lot a lot of fall out when applying the shades and there was as much with the OG Pro Palette, understandingly that more fall out is typical with shimmer and metallic shades. Most makeup loves will have similar shades within already owned palettes.

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Tarteist™ PRO glow & blush ➡️ 
This is actually a winner in my eyes, The OG Pro Glow was well loved in my kit, I think that Tarte creates some of the best blushes on the market but this doesn’t even come close to the blush book that they have called blush 101 which came out for the back to school products – it was also good marketing to do a refresh on both of the PRO Palettes and not just the Eyeshadow Palette because other brands were launching a lot of great palettes. I do like that they decided to include in one bronzer that is the perfect universal shade for a bronzer, I do wish it was a little lighter for more fair skin but it really is a nice shade. The pan size is also almost mega sizes which is really nice because you will find them lasting you for quite some time!

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ Do make sure that you always check the little container with the lid off to see how long a product is considered good for etc. 24m

I also want to remind you guys to follow me on Instagram for a chance to win the Black iPhone XR or the full Colourpop Holiday collection full details mentioned here ➡️ TOP FIVE PRODUCTS I USE DAILY | MAKEUPANDTHECITY and my handle is above! tis’ quite simple for the chance to win such wonderful items!

Happy Holidays too everyone! And a safe New Years Eve.

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RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS SEASON FOUR PREDICTIONS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

The time has come, hey kitty girl I don’t know if you have been under a rock for a little or are just not a fan of the show Rupaul’s Drag Race but they just released the first 15 minutes of episode 1 and it looks absouloutly amazing! I do have to say and maybe like many but All Stars is my favourite seasons because I love seeing the queens come back and seeing how much they have changed and just really go for the crown. The line up of queens this season is such a good one, for our consideration we have ➡️ Monét X Change ➡️ Latrice Royale ➡️ Trinity Taylor ➡️ Farrah Moan. Valentina ➡️ Monique Heart ➡️ Jasmine Masters ➡️ Naomi Smalls ➡️ Gia Gunn and Manila.

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Which to me seem like a really good line up, it was just to much of a tease for me I mean at the end when Latrice and Manila but I am fascinated to find out how Manila and Latrice’s relationship has changed since their disastrous turn on All Stars 1.

THEQUEENSAll Stars fourth season premiere comes just one week after Rupaul’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular, airing Friday, Dec. 7 at 8/7c. The festive face-off will reunite Eureka O’Hara, Jasmine Masters, Kim Chi, Latrice Royale, Mayhem Miller, Shangela, Sonique and Trixie Mattel as they compete for the title of Drag Race’s first-ever Christmas Queen. They’ll lip sync for their lives to tunes off Rupaul’s holiday albums Slay Belles and Christmas Party. Which was a cute mini episode to watch the best part and spoiler ahead ➡️ when Michelle and Ru both lip sync for their lives and the dancer add in is, maybe a little to funny, or sad. Hard to say.

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Also how do you feel about the trans element within drag? I mean no real woman dresses and wears makeup like a drag queen so the drag element is still there, it’s still within gay culture – also do you guys remember Ru making a transphobic comment last year? Some say that’s why Gia Gunn is even back, as sort of an apology?

I will keep updating this as we go! Don’t forget as a fan you are more involved then ever this season we have the chance to keep a queen or save a queen that should be, interesting.

Do make sure you go and check out RPDR on Instagram @rupaulsdragrace

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NUDE BY NATURE | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

I hate when people say, oh this brand changed my skin or that they wouldn’t do if they didn’t find this brand, but and this will bite me in the ass – I was lucky enough to be sent there full holiday line and basic SKU set including multiple doubles, and this brand is all from nature but you are not sacrificing the quality of the coverage but it’s in a powder, of course they have a full range of items and consistencies. Lets break it down. Also just to note I will not be getting into products within this post, I will be talking about the brand and what takes them a step above.

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Nude by Nature was created in 2008 in Sydney, Australia, born from a demand by a society that was becoming more and more conscious of their health, lifestyle and environmental choices. Exercise, diet and food labelling were all hotly discussed topics. Skincare was also becoming increasingly important, however whilst people were trying to avoid toxins and harsh chemicals during their morning and evening skincare routine, they weren’t spending the same energy selecting the best makeup. Great skincare covered by harsh make-up means you’re building something wonderful only to tear it down.

They spend a lot of time choosing what’s good. With Nude by Nature, there’s compromise. Which believe it or not its something that you need to take active action with because it isn’t something that anyone should play with, you’re spending less and less on makeup due to the high price tag never really looking at the ingredients, it isn’t the way it should be done. Nude by Nature’s promise is to deliver high-performing natural formulas that provide a beautiful finish and benefits that go beyond make-up.

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It is true, Tarte was not the first brand to use clay based ingredients.

Nude by Nature products are made with 100% natural ingredients and formulated without synthetic ingredients or preservatives often found in cosmetics such as Silicone, Siloxanes, Phthalates, Sulphate, PEGS, Triclosan, Phenoxyethanol or Parabens, and do not contain Carmine, Talc or Bismuth Oxychloride – Sourced from pristine environments, Nude by Nature harnesses powerful native Australian ingredients such as Kakadu Plum, known to have the world’s richest source of natural Vitamin C, anti-ageing Lilly Pilly, and Cehami to provide antioxidant defence and benefit the skin.

Cruelty-free means vegan? Not necessarily. The term ‘cruelty-free’ means no form of animal testing has taken place at any point in the creation of a brand’s products. While a product labelled ‘vegan’ means it must not contain any animal products, animal by-products, or animal derivatives, though sadly that does not signify that the product is also certified cruelty-free, or not tested on animals. It’s important to remember a product can be cruelty-free without being vegan.

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Nude by Nature is proudly cruelty-free and PETA certified, and has a broad selection of vegan friendly products, plus an extensive range of cruelty-free professional make-up brushes. The non-vegan products in the range may contain beeswax and or lanolin, which are both ethically sourced and no animals are harmed in the production of these ingredients. While still cruelty-free, our products that contain these ingredients cannot be considered vegan.

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If you are interested in a particular Nude by Nature product and would like to know whether it is vegan friendly, check the full ingredients listing available on all products online and on our product packaging. If you would like further assistance, the Customer Care Team will gladly assist you in selecting vegan friendly Nude by Nature makeup.

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THIS IS NOT A DREAM | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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In total, the collection is massive, consisting of one eyeshadow palette, one highlighter palette and four highlighter singles, one Super Shock Shadow vault, one kit, and six shadow singles, eight jelly shadows, nine body glitters, four lip bundles, a liquid lipstick vault, a makeup bag, and a partridge in a pear tree, oh, I am joking about that last one, but seriously — this line has a lot going on, and it’s all so, so good. I’m tempted to say this might be the brand’s best collection to date.

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ I do want to just say that I did not pay the price tag if $300.00US I was sent this collection in PR and I am adding it to my iPhone give away all you have to do is follow my IG account for a chance to win – I will not use this collection as I am a man and I was sent it in hopes of review but I know that this collection and a brand new black iPhone XR would make someone’s holiday’s better! ALSO this collection is sold out and will not be restocked!

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The Chasing Rainbows Palette is 15-pan palette which features the perfect ratio of wearable neutrals and shimmery statement shades. The top row of the palette is neutral and bronzy, while the middle row includes some fun-yet-wearable pinky berry tones. The last row is where things get really funky, with a few metallic shades, teals, and a matte aubergine to smoke things out.

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Jumping to the face for some major cheek shimmer, look no further than the Super Shock highlight palette it’s very pretty and what I like is the shades are very, very versatile. “Counting Sheep” is an ivory with a silvery sheen, “Pinch Me” is an opal pink accented by violet duo chrome glitters, “Guilty Pleasure” is an icy peach with golden sheen, and “Mr. Wind” is a light coral with a silvery sheen. If you don’t want to buy all four they do sell them in single form for only $8.00US oh – did I forget to say that everything inside this collection is available in single form.

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 I do find a lot of brand not being so exclusive with PR packages anymore meaning that they send then out to writers, influencers and editors and then once reviews go up and the brand picks up a little speed, it’s available to the masses – seem to me that this happen after that silly rumor that influencers get better quality products in PR.

The entire Holiday Collection includes the Chasing Rainbows Shadow Palette, Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette, Flying Colours Liquid Lip Vault, Double Rainbow Super Shock Shadow Kit, Dream Baby Dream Lippie Stix Kit, and brand new shades of Jelly Much Shadow and Glitter Obsessed Body Glitters. Now I know that that is a lot of items and I’m not going to write about a lot of it only a couple of the items that I received extras of because I don’t want to for hygienic reasons as one of you killer babes will win it along with the new iPhone XR.

So this will be a smaller review of a five minute read which I’m wanting to start to do more of because who has the time to sit and read, I’m also getting everything that I need for video set up and my move from WordPress  to my own domain and site is almost done, it will be happening into 2019.

Remember follow me on Instagram for your chance to win above items and check out my full ‘The Cut’ review ➡️ THE CUT | DERMAROLLER | MAKEUPANDTHECITY there is a lot of information.
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