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HOLIDAY GIFTS TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION – PART TWO | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Good morning boys and girls since it’s – 5:32am for me here in Canada, early I know but I know that I stopped posting for a while and truthfully, I have so much going on in my personal life. As the summer begins to fade away I’m feeling more and more like myself. I felt that click where you need an extra blanket on your bed at night to help keep you warm and truthfully I have no idea what it is but I come alive and thrive in the fall and winter, I haven’t felt so creative lately, which I took very hard because it’s who I am and when I am the happiest, I felt invisible then I realized I had to break the chains and snap myself out of it, I felt, feel almost like I have gone so far that how am I going to top myself. I came to find that I don’t need to do anything but just be who I am and remember why I began and who I wanted to show that they were wrong, but let’s jump into part two (2) of kickass Holiday gifts!

Retire the worn-out Bath and Body Works sets and get them what they really want this holiday season, if you didn’t check out part one (HOLIDAY GIFTS TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION | MAKEUPANDTHECITYHOLIDAY GIFTS TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION|MAKEUPANDTHECITY) I will be starting where I left off, number six (6) on my life is The NARS 2018 Advent Calendar, all you need. Beauty advent calendars are kind of a thing if you haven’t noticed, and they make perfect early holiday gifts. Not only do they offer a fun surprise each morning leading up to Christmas, but it’s kind of like getting a small gift every single day, and how could someone (or you) not love that. The NARS 2018 Advent Calendar has some of the brand’s most iconic and loved products in mini sizes that will have you looking so chic for the entire holiday season.

As for the cost, it’s not exactly a drug store find, but those who shop NARS already know that the brand is undoubtedly high-end. Given that you’ll be getting a whopping twenty four (24) mini items of some of their most popular products, Grab it for $150 on the NARS website.

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Number seven (7) lucky number seven – Sunday Riley Good Genes Holiday Kit, I live for Sunday Riley all year, but think this holiday set is especially great! Complete with everything you need to bless your recipient with perfect skin, this set is sure to please anyone who finds it under the tree. If you or your recipient has yet try Sunday Riley this is it – Good Genes is one of the top selling lines from the brand. Enough said.

Pick this set up at Sephora while you can.

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Number eight (8) would have to be the iconic Naked 4Some from Urban Decay and no, no this is not on my list because there was a opening in their PR and they added me, it’s because it really is the eyeshadow palettes that started it all – With a range of shades and finishes this huge, you’ll never run out of options, and they are all perfect shades for fall and the holiday season, this would be the ideal gift for your bestfriend or someone close as you’ll be spending $200US on this bad boy, but hey it’s the season of giving, right?

Create sultry neutral looks, smoky dramatic looks and everything in between. Each palette comes loaded with a full-size mirror and a double-ended brush, so you can get Naked whenever the urge strikes. The box is also made with a well in the middle which is really ideal for standing up makeup brushes or even pencils.

4someDyson consistently blows me away with their innovative styling tools. The latest in the brand’s arsenal of amazing hair tech is the Airwrap Styler. Unlike traditional tools that utilize heat (and therefore, can cause major damage), this one uses air, propelled by the Dyson digital motor. This way, users can curl, wave, smooth, and dry with no extreme heat! which is why the Dyson Airwrap Styler is my number nine (9) for amazing holiday gifts – to be clear it’s number nine (9) because its a whopping $500 and you can grab it in store or online at Sephora.

dysonCurious to know what my number ten (10) item is? You will have to come back and look for my next post to find out! It is so special and amazing that it needs, no, deserves it’s own post!

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GIGI HADID x MAYBELLINE | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Hi guys and girls, what’s going on! Remember before I was talking about not being able to get to all of my PR boxes due to moving and all the other exciting thing, well I opened the new collaboration between Gigi Hadid and Maybelline New York so I thought mind as well go with it, this collection is not out to the public and was to be open by a certain date (two (2) weeks ago) I also have some pretty crazy but sad new coming up in a week or so, so you can expect a stand alone post regarding that! my website is also pretty much done now we are just working on headers and downloading content and selling spaces to advertisers so that they can be active ads constant and changeable by the company like you see with the too faced ‘product of the month’ also I don’t know if anyone has realised but its new products sold a week earlier which is pretty cool!

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It’s finally here: a flat lay of the open Jetsetter makeup palette that Gigi Hadid has created for her Maybelline collaboration. The California-born model loves a natural look, so it’s no surprise that everything in this all-in-one palette is very wearable. According to the IG post, the palette is packed with eyeshadow, concealer, blush, bronzer, highlighter, mascara, lip balm, and brushes – and it’s still under $45

SIDE NOTE ➡️ this collection isn’t available in Canada as of now and I’m not going to add the date its to drop because, its said to be dropping early as it did most places.

The only downside? It appears that the palette comes with two concealer shades that will only work on light to medium skin tones, leaving a large portion of individuals with shades they simply can’t use. No official word yet on shades, or any other details about the palette.

This is a limited edition collection of course, with beautiful shades, typical name and luxury packaging for the Maybelline brand and According to the model, the collection is ‘for the people who are maybe intimidated to do full glam every day.’ And while the collection is divided into East Coast and West Coast capsules – Gigi encourages shoppers to mix and match everything the way she herself does.

The fiber mascara is one of the most have product I think and let me just say, if this works wonders on my arm hairs I can only imagine what it would do to the actual eyelashes – Apparently, this double-sided product was previously only available in Japan, and it’s pretty darn fun to use. First, you apply a coat of mascara as usual, then you brush on the tiny white fibers encased in the opposite end of the tube, which build up your natural lashes before you seal them in with another coat of the mascara. I can see why this collection is so sought after plus the PR package was absolutely beautiful in its own rights. 

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Gigi insisted that she relies on this stuff in lieu of individual false lashes. I don’t entirely believe this, but that doesn’t change the fact that this is a very good, non-clumpy mascara.

I wonder if the hype behind this is as it should because from what I have in front of me isn’t anything to go crazy over at all, its kinda, well not very pigmented and very powdery with a lot of fall out sadly, the lipsticks are typical Maybelline formulation and the mini brushes are already in the garbage. I cant wait to see what you guys have to say or think, is it mostly about a name? or other then the already boosted about mascara from me, am I being to harsh to expect more from the drugstore brand!

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NEW ➡️ SO YOU WANT DRUGSTORE? L’ORÉAL VOLUMINOUS #LASHPARADISE available in Canadian stores MAY 30th 

So you guys have been asking me to do a little more budget friendly and I was going to deliver, so, get your iPods really to rumble this is the LASH PARADISE from L’Oréal Paris. 

SRP (SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE) $13.99

Launches fully in Canadian stores on may 30th 2017 and will come in four shades which of course are blackest black, black, black-drown and waterproof blackest black! This drug store mascara is going to give you a run for you’re $15 yesterday when receiving the (strange) yet cute PR PACKAGE I immediately put it to the test to see if the PR claims were true so I put this mascara to the tests against DIORSHOW and Benefit Roller Lash and I was kinda scratching my chin when I didn’t see a difference the reason that I decided to pick those 2 mascaras to put #LASHPARADISE against is because it claims too give intense voulume and intense length. 

(what is with the office supplies – love the L’Oréal post-it’s though) 

And after applying the mascara I figured to myself that I would allow the formula to dry down and I would add another coat to do and at the time I was packing for NYC and when I came back I couldn’t tell which was the L’Oréal and which was the Benefit – don’t go to drugstores very often for makeup anymore but with Shoppers Drug Mart and the Beauty Boutique and mass market retail stores like Ulta – drugstore makeup and formulas have began to dominate the markets – good thing that all the drugstore brands and all the luxury brands are all fight against eachother

FUN FACT ➡️ my first career in the makeup industry was when I first dominated sales as a Beauty Boutique employee. 

One thing that I didn’t really like about the mascara was how light it was – it felt like nothing in my hand and maybe this is something that I realize dealing with luxury brands that actually feel as if you’re holding onto something but needless to say I’m happy to be on the L’Oréal Canada PR mailing list to do more drug store reviews. 

The applicator is packed with 200 bristles to make sure that it grabs each lash hair for top and bottom – there was no issues with flaking with this mascara at all which was nice – you can apply it, touch it and snap your fingers. It has an hourglass shaped brush head that is perfect for any eye shape or size think Lize Waiter mascara wand, but, better

Or if you’d like to take the comparison to a level it doesn’t have to go ➡️ I know it’s just natural that people compare products and people are saying this LASH PARADISE is a very good dupe of the Better Than Sex mascara but I think it hits some lashes and some points that TooFaced sadly missed – and considering the massive price point between the two you get your money worth that’s for sure. What it comes to drying up in the tube – check back below this picture and I will give the details once I know. I’m not going to make claims or speak positive or negative about anything till I know for sure. 100% or nothing. 

No flaking. No smudging. No clumping. Women agreed: 91% saw intense & volumized lashes and 87% saw more beautiful lashes. +98% lengthening effect. The rose gold packaging is supposed to convey the height of femininity and be truly L’Oréal

This is one of the best mascaras I’ve applied to a model in a very long time – I couldn’t believe that I couldn’t tell what eye had what products on it, blame it on thinking about my amazing man or packing for New York City – but the model had to tell me which was which so if you’re in the states give this mascara a try, and if you’re Canadian pick it up may 30th everywhere, and, send your lashes aflutter and take them to paradise today.  

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