ILLAMASQUA | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Hi beautiful – how are you guys doin? I hope you all had a nice Friday night and you guys were safe and smart! and have some amazing weekend plans! I went out last night with some friends from high school and it’s so amazing to see how much their lives have changed – my one friends just had her second child and I thought too myself wow that seems absolutely crazy! But you know what, it really isn’t sometimes I forget that I am 27 years old and when my parents were younger then me they had a full house, three kids who they loved and took care of, it’s just so crazy to think sometimes how different things are from back then till now. It’s like penny who? What is heck is a penny! I’ve always said no matter what, time will always keep pushing us forward until one day we ask ourselves where did the time go?

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Moving on
too my UK favourite brand illimasqua – they are so amazing and they’re all about makeup for your alter ego but what they would be famous for would be there Skin Base foundation which is a company staple item, I don’t think it will ever go bye-bye  but more recently they all the top artists and makeup artists have been using their primer Veils – Which comes in ➡️ Hydra Veil ➡️ Matte Veil ➡️ Beyond Veil and a little bit more recently is the Beyond Powder – Which is recognized on a global scale for its ability to blind you with shine but also it’s extremely different texture, hence ‘Beyond Powder’ they also come in a variety of shades so no matter your skin tone you shouldn’t have any issue finding what works for yourself.

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Beyond Veil is an exhilarating partnership between two of Illamasqua’s iconic products: the intensely moisturising 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 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. I cannot say enough good things about this Beyond Veil its absouloutly what your skin and beauty routine needs, the iridescence to the formula is just so pretty.

Part hydrator, part primer, Hydra Veil instantly hydrates and smooth’s skin through a self-levelling, 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.

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 ➡️ this primer truly keeps the oil away so much so that I even laid down Matte Veil and then a face-oil and tried to mix them and no matter what way or how face I mixed the oil wouldn’t mix with the product or it encased it its on little tomb of some kind.

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Last thing I want to talk about because I am so happy about this and I have been saying since I was introduced to the company years ago is they need a liquid version of concealer for under the eyes and to conceal any redness on your face but just like Skin Base foundation is that full skin like coverage and finally they have the Skin Base concealer Pen with a cooling metal tip to further help with tired morning eyes or bags – it feels amazing, the formula is so beyond amazing! With Vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant that will effectively help to fight against free radicals, including the ones caused by UV light. This concealer, containing pro-vitamin B5, will help the moisture balance of the skin, allowing it to become softer, smoother and more elastic.

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ALSO ➡️ There are holiday type vaults on there website which ill link below where you can get four of the Beyond Powder highlighters and face faux filter powder. Also they even have a vault with one Beyond Powder and one Hydra Veil.

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Thank you so much for being here with me! Have a killer weekend, boys and girls!

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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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The Cut..

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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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MDNA SKIN | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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So I was opening some PR mail and I came across a package that was from a sender that I have never had before, I guess I never understood the presentation of a PR package they always try to make it look so cool and relatable so that we will want to talk about it, but this was different it was a plain box, and when I opened it, it had only four little boxes inside, it was like the products could speak for themselves and it they didn’t need all the bells and whistles by now you’ve read the header and know I’m talking about MDNA skin – and if you know pop culture you would know that MDNA stands for Madonna – so yes, Madonna came out with a extremely luxury skin line.

If you have my blog bookmarked or are a subscriber, you would know that I live and work within Canada so I think it’s safe to say that I am one of the first to receive MDNA skin and if you check out the website you will see some items that say coming soon, on a global scale which I got and I have been using this line for about two weeks, It’s truly changed my skin – if you want too give your skin care line that is a over priced and considered luxury brand, where do you launch it? Japan right? Right. (available in Japan since 2014)

The packaging is so beautiful, the box itself is astatically pleasing from the way it opens to the bottle sitting in a beautiful blanket of cashmere – reaching new lengths of hydration – It’s made with glycerin, squalane, and hyaluronic acid — the most potent hydrators around. A stable version of vitamin C in the serum works to dissolve age spots and acne scars. The Serum’s texture is more like a light lotion and is scented like a delicious orange soda. Try not to eat it. There is seven products within the line so but some are not so important as others. I was sent, The Serum($300), The Eye Serum($180), The Chrome Clay Mask($600), but I am going to do a review if it is better then the very similar E.L.F magnetic mask so I wont talk to much about it now, The Rose Mist ($120)

SIDE NOTE ➡️ Everything mentioned is available at Barneys

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I find the rose mist to be a little be trashy of the Seven wonders, I mean Madonna sniffed 50 iterations of rose to land the perfect fragrance accord for The Rose Mist – I guess what I am saying is there is so many Rose Water sprays out there and that don’t come with a $120 price tag. If you’d like to read more about the brand story click here

There is a lot more to come on this review but I think I’m going to review each of the items in one post so that I don’t have a extremely long review.
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