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Media Outreach and PR for Universal Pictures Canada 🇨🇦 Pro MUA / Life and Beauty Blogger. I'm bold, and not a whole lot is off limits.

BORN THIS WAY COLLECTION | TOOFACED | M A K E U P x T H E C I T Y

What’s going on all you sexy boys and girls, so as I start to get back on the grind and fall back into a good work flow I kinda forgot that TooFaced was my first source of advertising made money for my blog, They always as a brand checked up on me, always send me new launches and just stuff that I really don’t need, I love the story of the brand, feels very close to home for myself. I realized when I had the BTW concealer out in a hotel and the person I was with asked me if that had anything to do with Lady Gaga that maybe I thought a educational post was needed, and since they just upped the shade range why not now!?

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One thing about the BTW Collection from TooFaced is there is a lot of shades, and undertones so everyone will be able to appreciate the amazing, medium to full, hydrating with hyaluronic acid provides long-lasting, skin-balancing hydration for a smoother, more youthful appearance with no flashback which is something good to consider for the summer months, when we all seem to take so many photos! I am not one to sit back and kick it with a foundation on my face but if you like a undetectable finish then this is for you, lets be real, it is makeup so yes, you will be able to see it unless you take the time to really blend and we have  our tools that work for us, blending brush, Artis brush or damp sponge, what is your poison?

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ TooFaced partnered with Jackie Ania to create the perfect shade range for everyone under the sun, and those who hide from the sun.

BTW Super Coverage Multi-Use concealer is one of those concealers that really does, do it all. The ultimate multi-use formula for a modern and hydrated photo-ready complexion. Fully loaded pigments provide maximum coverage with an undetectable finish for a look so flawless they’ll think you were born this way.

When I first tried this, i didn’t really like it that much but I didn’t throw it away, I changed shades and it was amazing, I guess the shade ‘snow’ was just to white for myself personally, the formula isn’t ever dry or cake on the skin which is nice but that means it doesn’t self set, so if you’re going to play, make sure that you have something to set your work in place so that you don’t look in the mirror an hour later and be like who the fu…but if you set it, forget it.

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Summer is also one of those times where you should use a primer ➡️ SUMMER HAZE | TOP THREE PRIMERS | M X T C (SPONSORED POST) of course there is a lot of people who will say to you, I don’t use primer, or I forget primer but not setting spray, so I tend to tell those men and woman to get a finishing spray that acts as a primer, so you can spray on your primer, do your base and set it adding to the pore less and even complexion you now have.

➡️ New to the BTW line is the new setting powders which are amazing, and come in three tone shades universal across the board – fair – medium and dark of course! 

I guess in closing I want to remind you all that less is more with makeup, it’s easy to build it up but so hard to take it down, please, don’t be fooled by beauty lights, again, beauty lights the name alone is what they are, we all use beauty lights when filming or on set, or even to take photos now which blur, enhance and fix. If you you do you your makeup correctly you don’t need beauty lights or to constantly check to make sure you look ok. Make up is meant to enhance your beauty and it shouldn’t make you feel worse about yourself or who you are!

Check out yesterdays post ➡️ LIFE 101 | SPEAKING MY TRUTH | MAKEUPxTHECITY

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LIFE 101 | SPEAKING MY TRUTH | M A K E U P x T H E C I T Y

Hey guys, today I’m going to sit down and take the time to talk to you all, and speak my truth just to get it out of there and with hopes that people try to understand my point of view at the age I was at, and unlimitedly what I was going through at the time I was, where I was at that age, and what I felt. So there will not be much talk of makeup in todays LIFE 101 post, as any LIFE 101 it’s about learning and understanding you were in the wrong, I shouldn’t even have to talk about this really because the parties involved have been called out and addressed long ago – but still decide to message people I care about and new parties within my life even with showing proof to the contrary, words effect and they will continue to effect.

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Alright, so do is it necessary for this to be done on such a public platform? at this point, I need people to understand, I understand – plain and simple. I am 27 years old and this happen when i was 19 years old, I just got out of a extremely abusive relationship, mentally and physically, I should have taken the time to fully, I guess heal and find out what it was that I wanted but I decided that I was going to be ok and I was stronger then what happen to me. 

SIDE NOTE ➡️ My family. My parents met at a time in their lives that my grandparents threaten to cut them off if they kept seeing one another, they choose love. Are still married to this day. Sadly my mom is blessed with so much but health wasn’t a blessing.

Out of that common law relationship, there was the parents of my abuser who predicted that I would come after blood for what their son did to me (not the case actually I believed that you had to be married to someone to think you have claim to what they have) last night I saw him after what he did and listen, I’m not going to look for pity or sympathy in any way so I’m not going to go into details about it but I had to go to the hospital which made me have to call 911 and ultimate was the start of my forever fight. As I was leaving the hospital the father came to drop off a brown envelope to me, which was an offer, giving me claim and ownership to certain things. Plain and simple. 

Please keep in mind my young age, I lived in Toronto, I have an amazing job, had no rent to pay on a beautiful condo that was absolutely mine, and other ‘perks’ fast forward the doctors believing that my mom had a form of brain cancer and as you think I would be, devastated, confused, hurt, lost and mad.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ If you are in my life now, you would know know that after, years and years they were able to find out what would be the best approach to helping my mother and she had one of the most complicated and invasive open heart surgery – reaching a point that she didn’t almost make it on the table and that was 03/29/19 so yes that chapter just closed so for someone (people) to take my trust in them and use and twist my own words about my family for their own little game is gross, thats what this has become in my, and the people still knowing a game.

What got me in trouble? or where i was thought to be a liar, was the condo, it took a little be more for the transfer of land to go into my parents name because at that time the amount of money for all of this would have cost for my to do it myself would have been a lot, I also was not open about how I came to have the condo I just said that it was within my family which just felt easier then needing to explain, the pain, the vulnerability and the loss of someone who I loved and still love. I understand that I hurt you, and I understand that you think that you need to keep doing what you’re doing but words are damaging especially when you can see that I have moved on and I’m happy, that’s when you also tend to cause problems for me which flips it around on to you, why do you want to see someone in pain? if you don’t want to forgive me for a lot of things I NEVER had the chance to explain to you then I won’t no i don’t expect that but what I DO expect is for you to stop going to my instagram, stop looking for ways that you can hurt me. I know who you are, there are IP address, and next time you choose to make a face account and attack or feel the need to publicly hurt my character behind your little anonymity of a fake profile, it doesn’t hide you, its been years and years leave me alone or I will come after you with legal action.

If you have something more to say, or something you want me to add to this then stop hiding and talk to me. Man to man. The child I was years and years ago is not the man I grew to be, I have so much long and success in my life and before I start my world travel with two brands for the next couple of months I had to close this chapter one and for all, even if you choose to keep it open you will not get the satisfaction of any more pain, any more loss and it will be detrimental to you in fact because my lawyer has been briefed and loves your game and I’m just waiting to tap him in.

I see my mistakes, I am taking ownership, your same sent paragraph message that just a copy and paste of not even the true is just one big misunderstanding.

Actions speak louder then words.

-KM

SUMMER HAZE | TOP THREE PRIMERS | M X T C (SPONSORED POST)

Good morning, tell me, when you’re all ready and you look picture perfect – then a couple hours you look in the mirror and you’re a hot mess – no offence but some of you always were, and always will be a hot mess, beyond and past help, I speak not of my subscribers but some, some of you out there I have come into contact  with, the fundamentals of makeup is to enhance your natural beauty. You typically should aim to have  makeup be a filter on your face not a mask! The summer is typically time to play down the winters makeup game, less is more and applications typically go from barely there to seamless. If you want to know how to enhance the appearance of beauty this summer then keep reading!

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CoverFX has really changed up the makeup game from the derma brand I used to sell as a manager at a BeautyBoutique on king street in Toronto to now breaking the internet with the launch of their new (3) primers for the skin, but one, has them all beat, try keeping it in stock! One of these primers the ‘gripping primer’ which is exactly that, it almost turns the skin too a sheet of tacky glass so once makeup is applied onto of it, it isn’t going anywhere – with a $50.00 price tag (same a the below listed Smashbox) it isn’t found to be cheap, CoverFX was a brand born out of demand or at least they were, their pigmented mixtures and heavy coverage was created to help the worst of skin conditions and issues to feel beautiful, now they are a top luxury brand pulling from Shoppers to enter the world of Sephora and so on.

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CoverFX has always been clinically tested, vegan and cruelty free product does not contain: paragons, fragrance, mineral oil, talc, gluten, sulfates, or phthalates which is something that in 2019 we want for our skin where the luxury makeup lines really do not feel they have anything to change once great, always great so they say.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ For the most flawless application, apply your primer first to the high points of the face – bridge of the nose, top of the cheek bones, center of the forehead – and blend outwards. 

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– there is the number one primer that takes the cake and that would be Smashbox original PhotoFinish primer, since creating the original primer they have come out with so many more primers under the sun, which have all kinds of ‘capabilities’ but do they really need so many avenues of the already great PhotoFinish. This is a silicone base primer and now comes vegan which is nice – so you better believe it will be a smooth, pore free application helping to prolong the life of your base even in hot summer!

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ Photo Finish Primers got a makeover! It’s the same formula you’ve always loved, just with a fresh new look. Now it’s easier than ever to find a primer that’s perfect for your skin needs.

In a consumer study on 103 women after 1 week of use:
•    93% saw blurred imperfections
•    93% saw smoother skin
•    91% saw minimized pores & lines
•    95% said it helped makeup go on flawlessly
•    94% said it worked well with their skin tone
•    94% agreed foundation blended more easily

Lastly since both above are $50.00+ I thought it only fair to throw in a E.L.F primer mist which I actually do love for the summer, not only do you spray this on and allow to dry as your primer, you can actually set the skin with it also adding too the longevity and pore minimization, Cut oil and ban shine with this water-based primer mist that preps skin for a smooth, matte finish. Enriched with purified water, cucumber, and vitamins B and E to refresh and hydrate skin.

Truthfully it’s almost like Smashbox Primer Water, well it’s exactly like that actually but for under $10.00 and you can get it anywhere that sells E.L.F which is almost everywhere now a days.

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 ➡️ MXTC subscriber has this to say after picking this up from me talking about it in a previous post “Bought this, skeptical about how a mist would work as a primer but elf has never steered me wrong. Well it works very very well! It’s the only primer I use and it keeps me matte for at least 6 hours. Also, because it’s a mist, not a gel or cream or heavy product like other oil control primers , my makeup no longer looks cakey. This makes my least favorite of all my foundations last for hours, so when I’ve got a quick trip I can still look nice without needing to dip into my high end products. It’s a miracle spray. This picture is 6 hours in, no blotting! Thanks Kam”

Check out my last post ➡️ M x T C REVIEWS THE MOVIE ‘US’ ➡️ SPOILERS

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M x T C REVIEWS THE MOVIE ‘US’ ➡️ SPOILERS

I had a chance to go to the movies lately and it was between Little (Comedy) and US (Triller / Horror) and I think it’s because who I was with but I picked the movie Little, not it at all! I think I walked out, leashing who I was with behind me. I now have a very strong understanding of men and children. All I’m going to say about US from the get go is However clunky and repetitive, Us continues to demonstrate Peele’s understanding that great horror requires metaphors that are insanely great and sometimes twisted to understand. I have personally been quoted saying ever nightmare needs influence and I’m so happy someone got the memo, unless their paying your bills pay them bitches no mind.

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You think you’re having a restful summer vacation with your family, but as the night closes in, so does a group of four people who look exactly the same as you and yours—cast in shadows, standing in your driveway. What do they want? All that you are and everything you have.

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That’s the nightmare of Jordan Peele’s new horror movie Us. The film centers on the experience of the well-to-do African-American Wilson family; parents Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) and Gabriel (Winston Duke), and their daughter Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and son Jason (Evan Alex). These doppelgängers—or Tethered, as Peele refers to them—are the products of a failed U.S. government experiment to create controllable human clones. Now, they have left their underground communes, and want to kill and take the place of their counterparts.

This is the sort of movie that fans will rewatch to appreciate the fillips, the purposeful echoes, the bits of foreshadowing, and the performances. Moss has little screen time, but she shows her genius as her character’s murderous double. Watch her savor the act of putting on lip gloss: Her eyes turn dreamy, and her smile spreads so wide it looks as if it will swallow her face. When she’s the double, her voice is the whistle of someone whose throat has been cut, with a gap between the start of a word in the diaphragm and its finish in the head. It’s like a rush of acrid air from a tomb, further chilled by eyes like boiled eggs, fixed on nothing in this world. The terrestrial Adelaide is more subtly scary; Nyong’o builds extra beats into the performance, lurches and ellipses that keep you from identifying with her too closely. Something’s off — but what?

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Peele likes to mix tones and moods, and as he did in “Get Out,” he uses broad humor both for delay and deflection. There’s a cryptic opener and an equally enigmatic credit sequence, but soon the Wilsons are laughing at their vacation home. It’s a breather that Peele uses for light jokes and intimacy while he scatters narrative bread crumbs. There’s a beach trip with another family, this one headed by Kitty (a fantastic Elisabeth Moss) and Josh (Tim Heidecker), who have teenage twin girls. At last, the movie jumps to kinetic life with the appearance of the Wilsons’ doubles, who descend in abrutal home invasion. I feel like US makes US look in the mirror but what happens if we don’t like who is staring back?

Check out my last post ➡️ ADVERTISING FIRM | NARS ORGASM AND SUMMER LIGHTS | MXTC

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ADVERTISING FIRM | NARS ORGASM AND SUMMER LIGHTS | MXTC

Good Morning, afternoon or evening – I hope you all are enjoying your mid – week, I know I most certainly am, before I get going and talk to you all about what’s up and what you want to know, I’m not a bad person, I don’t think anyone is a bad person I believe things happen that change our perspective and tilt our mind, I was hurt lately by someone who, meant something to me, lived a life time in two weeks and now it’s time to bring him to his knees, sorry you asked for what’s to come and the most delicious part of it all, it only will take three phone calls, and I won’t tell a single lie. I’m going today to talk to my second advertising firm to pitch my project – I’m so excited for this, I know at this point you’d be like what are you talking about? and that’s a good thing to be honest! You will know when I need you to know! But I do owe the city of Toronto a massive thank you, also the United States.

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NARS has become kind of a controversial brand since they became un-cruelty free sadly, to sell within China you have to be able to test on animals which is sad, since the pull NARS has not tested on a single animal just wanted to reach fans on a global scale which said be true isn’t such a bad thing! Just look who their parent company is, couldn’t have come to a shock to many when the news dropped.

There is two collections I open this morning so I decided to play around with the colors, and give you my opinion of spring and summer with NARS and the smart choices they made under your nose! The NARS Orgasm collection is ecstatically please, the shade is universally flattering across the board so to have a lot options there when it comes to formula is just smart. For them to lead with the OG Naomi Campbell kind of speaks to the legacy of Orgasm and NARS did something very smart revamping the same shade into a new collection rather then pour out another meh collection!

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“Glide it. Gloss it. Go for it. Turn on the iconic, universally flattering glow with four new ways to Orgasm. Sultry, sensational Orgasm Oil-Infused Lip Tint stimulates lips with a surge of hydration and an irresistible afterglow. Orgasm Liquid Highlighter arouses eyes and cheeks with dewy, illuminating finish. Glow even bigger with oversized Orgasm Blush and ultra-sensorial Endless Orgasm Palette, designed for maximum experimentation. Whatever your pleasure, Orgasm from every angle.”

My top products from the NARS AFTER GLOW COLLECTION would be the Endless Orgasm Palette, NARS is well known for their shades, and well known for their artistry, the shades are curated together beautifully in a way that I haven’t seen NARS packing before – the shadows are like butter and blend together wonderfully, I love the pop of dusty orange within the palette, I also would be foolish to not mention the palette is for eyes, face and lips which comes to be with a lot of NARS lately.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ You can buy or check out all of the new NARS mentioned right here!

The NARS lip balm in shade orgasm is actually perfect if you’re pale as I am, and you kind of start to loose that lip shade you can lightly tap this over top bringing your lips back to lip and keeping them protected and healthy at the same time.

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The summer lights palette from NARS is a personal favourite when they add in contour and or some highlight with your eyeshadows and they never fail when it comes to the summer, if you’re seating or go swimming they fit perfect in your bag if you need to touch up, I they always have been transfer and waterproof.

“Turn on the lights. Turn on the night. Summer gets a smoldering glow with covetable, limited-edition highlighting face palettes, adding instant warmth and radiance to eyes and cheeks. Featuring four eyeshadows in cult-classic matte and shimmering finishes, and complementary bronzer and highlighter to heighten and brighten.”

Don’t forget to check out my previous post ➡️ THE MET GALA | OH MAMA ARTIS (MOTHERS DAY LUXE) | MAKEUP x THE CITY

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Don’t forget NARS radiant creamy concealer is still the #1 mascara in the entire world, they just came out with some new travel size shades!

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THE MET GALA | OH MAMA ARTIS (MOTHERS DAY LUXE) | MAKEUP x THE CITY

Thank you, next. I used to be a ‘little monster’ to the extreme but come on Lady Gaga at The Met Gala – on site costume changes, nothing clumsy, i’d love to give her a high five, what did he say? what did she say? aaaaaaay that’s right nothing!  The light is coming! that’s all I can say! What’s going on my beautiful friends!

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Artis, oh Artis you just keep upping yourself, the Artis if you’re have the  pleasure if being on on their PR list you understand, for once new launch – yes it happen – skin care I was sent four (4) boxes to revamp all my brushes, holders, sets, and gifts. Artis is the definition of luxury and it’s time to break it down.

For the woman who is one in a million, give her the world of Artis. We partnered with SteamLine Luggage, 111 SKIN and Tracie Martyn to bring you this covetable gift set as the ultimate ode to mom with the most elegant beauty tools and essentials to help her create a graceful, meditative and truly divine experience. But be warned — giving this gift will set the bar high for many Mother’s Days to come.

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Includes: Artis Elite Mirror 10-Brush Set; Artis Elite Mirror Palm Brush; Artis Large Runaround Travel Case; Artis Small Gold Travel Case; Artis Premier Brush Cleaning Pad; Artis Brush Cleansing Foam; Artis Brush Cleansing Wipes; Artis Brush Palette Set; SteamLine Luggage Soprano Carry On; Gift Certificate for Tracie Martyn Absolute Purity Diamond Facial (for use at NYC Spa); 111 SKIN Vitamin C Brightening Booster and 111 SKIN Cryo Body Serum


Artis has not stopped elevating skin brushes and now skin care and all I can say it wow, I suck at opening PR so I can happily say that now even you can experience the elegance for a price – I would like to take a second to say I’m not the brands hooker, saying what they want and doing what they wish, I’m sent PR IN CONSIDERATION of review and IF I enjoy the products it’s not a vending machine i don’t just place an order and they send it to me for free, yes I am paid for my thoughts.

Let’s break down the Oh Mama set because, wow – I do want to say sadly this isn’t available anymore but they have something very special coming in July which I have signed a NDA to exclusive rights.

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PHANTOM CLEANSING SILKS RITUAL BOX

At Artis and MXTC, we celebrate the beauty of rituals and how we, as humans, are all connected through these daily practices. Elevate your skincare ritual with this limited-edition box set – a thoughtfully curated collection designed to offer a truly meditative experience from start to finish.

Includes:

➡️ Phantom Cleansing Silks for cleansing to remove impurities

➡️ Artis Mister to activate and gently massage; comes complete with its own luxury silk pouch

➡️ Silk Headband to slip hair back

➡️ Sage Bundle for enhancing and healing your environment

Artis also bright back the Digit Skin Care brushes which were originally sold in sets for over $300.00 and yes Digit is their take on our fingers, and I’ve used them, in face I have the set with holder somewhere, again another one of  partnerships with SteamLine Luggage to give mom the royal treatment. Featuring some of Artis’ cult-favorites, this chic set includes an array of luxurious brushes and accessories that are truly fit for a queen — all housed in a glamorous hat box that puts the perfect finishing touch on a gift she won’t soon forget.

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ncludes: SteamLine Luggage Sweetheart Small Hat Box; Artis Elite Mirror 5-Brush Set; Artis Brush Cleansing Wipes; Artis Premier Brush Cleaning Pad; Artis Large Gold Travel Case

Please check back later today for a mega update! Including a special giveaway from MxTC and Artis!

Check out yesterdays post ➡️ SUMMER HAZE | MARC JACOBS ACCOMPLICE | M X T C

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