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EXCLUSIVE : HAUS LABORATORIES PRESS DINNER IN VANCOUVER | M X T C

I was nothing but honoured to be invited to the Canadian launch of HAUS LABORATORIES by Lady Gaga press dinner in Vancouver which I told myself I would be at no matter what, I am so happy that i went and if it goes like that for all press dinners maybe I would find myself attending more, moving on, Lady Gaga’s beauty line went on pre-sale July 15th and will be on sale in September 17 – FLARE Magazine and I questioned will it even be sold in Canada, since this was a press dinner in Canada that should answer the question. (yes)

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Lady Gaga is finally putting her take on beauty in our hands, all our hands, because it will be available not only on hauslabs.com but on Amazon: “Just like with my music, I wanted everyone to have access to it.”

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I did have one of the best times at this dinner, It’s one of those times where you’re having so much fun that you forget just what you’re there for, and you tune in to the information you should be listening to, crap! Gaga is into the makeup part of the equation for sure. She reviewed formulas, named products, picked components and brought in her friend and makeup artist Sarah Tanno as global artistry director for the brand, which everyone who knows Gaga’s makeup day to day would not be shocked by this at all.

On the print out and video clogged iPad in front of us ➡️ While it’s uncommon for new beauty brands to be unveiled in July, Le Bourgeois said it is common for new concepts to launch on Prime Day. Amazon has executed successful Prime Day launches in categories like books and video games before, he said. Plus, for something like Haus Laboratories, it allows time to make more products if preorders exceed expectations.

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Update ➡️ Amazon Prime Day is here, and that means Haus Laboratories has officially arrived. It includes nine different duos (either two lip liners, two glosses, or two Glam Attack shimmer powders, in a range of shades), and also six different three-piece sets. Each three-piece set — or “haus” — includes an RIP Lip Liner, a Le Riot Gloss, and a Glam Attack.

Lady Gaga sees your face-tuned beauty ideals, and she wants to smash them. Lately I’ve been feeling the same way also the promise of something better can only get you  so far, I’ve always said that makeup isn’t there to fix or change anything but to enhance the beauty you already have but its true, even I sometimes follow suite and won’t leave the house without insuring all redness is gone. 

I am excited to see all the PR Packages be sent out and all the youtubers and bloggers to start really ripping the brand apart as they do! it happens with each and every brand – there was address fill out form but I’m really not 100% that Gaga will even bother sending out because of the pre-sale.

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DOMINIQUE COSMETICS |MAKEUPxTHECITY

‘I just wanna look good for you, let me show you how proud I am to be yours’ the lyrics breathed air into this company and gave millions the power to play with their own artistry, this brand shouldn’t be new to anyone within the beauty industry, you look good girl, I bet it feels good doesn’t it? starting with liquid lips as many companies start out now a days due to the lack to money it cost to create! Nothing is impossible is what I am trying to say to all of you reading this – get to work! The only one who is stopping you, sadly is you! Lately, and when I am ready I will talk about what exactly I experienced and just how it changed my life for the rest of my time of this earth. 

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From a young age, Christen Dominique had a strong interest in color. From painting to experimenting with her mother’s makeup, Christen understood the transformative power of cosmetics which led to her passion for makeup artistry. The launch of Dominique Cosmetics is the next chapter for Christen where her childhood dreams of color are realized. The Latte Paletteinspired by her ritual coffee that she shares with her mom and now with her fans, who start their day with her sharing their morning coffees and lifting each other up with positivity on their social channels – is the first of many luxurious unique products to come.

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The Rustic Glam Palette and Collection was maybe one of the first that brought my attention to DC COSMETICS and for good reason, boys, and girls – The Rustic Glam palette is a free spirit, wandering beauty who likes to take risks and most importantly is all about good vibes. Whether you’re feeling a neutral smoked out look or a fierce and glam look ➡️ Rustic is there to paint every memorable moment.

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From there I realized that Christen Dominique Cosmetics was a brand that i would want to use in my artistry and that I would want to represent because that is extremely important to me now more so then ever! I would like to thank Foundation PR for adding me to a couple of PR Lists including Christen Dominique who I have heard of course within the beauty industry but I never knew how good it actually was, I just wish there was complexion products such as Foundation, Concealer, Powder, Primer, Blush, Highlighter they just knocked out of the park so we are good there!

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The Lemonade Palette was maybe one of the more successful bundle launches for summer of ’19 with the unbelievable palette and the liquid lipsticks that were paid and pick perfectly off the same lemon tree, if you will. This was another one that caught me off guard because other then Jeffree Star Cosmetics we haven’t really seen anything like that so it was very, very needed and if you will, refreshing!

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Lemonade is a bright fun punch of pops of color and a lot of glam. Extremely blendable and creamy so you can create everything from fresh soft looks to dramatic eyes for a hot summer night out.

Each shade is smooth and buttery in texture that glides on for intense color payoff. Includes four (4) richly pigmented soft matte shades and six (6) ultra creamy sparkling shades curated for all skin tones, eye color and artistry skills.

To create each shimmer shade in our Lemonade Palette, we used different sizes of pearl particles to create varied textures and shimmer appearances making each palette a unique experience that you’ll discover as soon as you break the surface of the shade with your finger or brush.

➡️ Fresh, Bitten lip like color. Lightweight texture that is non sticky and flexible. Our glosses create a dewy effect that adds fullness to the lips. Sheer to medium coverage that is long lasting. To be worn alone or layered over lipstick.
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I think that it is safe to say that DC Cosmetics will only be going up with what I can only hope will be a full line! They only have up to go. up! up! and away! I know that me and all the other fans of the brand will be eagerly watching for this to happen! mind you I personally do not wear eyeshadows or liquid lipsticks but I am still able to appreciate the hard work that goes into creating an original company and can’t wait to see all the coming success for Christen Dominique Cosmetics!!

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BACK FROM THE DEAD | M A K E U P a n d T H E C I T Y

What’s up guys! I’m so excited to start getting back on my grind! i have so many new ideas and so many new collaborations coming your way; thanks so much for allowing me to take the time off I need and 100% we will get into what caused that and why just like so many influencers passing 2M have had happen to them – step back  is always welcomed.

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just keep checking back or keep email notifications turned on and you see! should be a partnership with a very luxury skincare life off the go! 😉

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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!

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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.”

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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!

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SUMMER HAZE | MARC JACOBS ACCOMPLICE | M X T C

What’s up guys and girls – today is just one of those days, you know know when you order your first Cartier bracelet because thats just what you do when you get you’re tenth big deal? Or maybe I should keep my money in the bank, but i like my money where I can see it, in my closet. Come on, you guys know, I get beat down if I flex and I get beat down if I don’t. MJB ACCOMPLICE was apart of their summer collection and I won’t lie, this powder, I want it, I got it.

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PR samples. Affiliate links | Exciting! A brand new concealer from Marc Jacobs Beauty! I have all the details, along with my review and swatches of the Marc Jacobs Accomplice Concealer. Enjoy! I also have the new Accomplice Instant Blurring Beauty Powder (must have) here for you to see, so keep reading to find out what you want to know!

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Accomplice is a brand new collection designed to give you flawless, perfected, filtered skin. There’s a creamy concealer stick and also an Instant Blurring Beauty Powder.

The Accomplice Concealer claims ➡️ Creamy concealer and touch-up stick ➡️ Full coverage Long wearing Blends seamlessly for skin that looks totally natural ➡️ Can be used under or over makeup ➡️ Blurs the look of pores and fine lines ➡️ Covers dark circles and blemishes ➡️ Evens out skin tone Formulated with hydrating snow mushroom ➡️ Resists creasing or caking ➡️ Packaging designed to be easy to use on the go ➡️ Stick is created with a dip to fit finger ➡️ Can also be applied using a brush or sponge, or straight from the stick ➡️ 17 shades, I’m not sure if this is Marc Jacobs Beauty first launch of the Accomplice line but I don’t really think in this day and age having only 17 shades is really that acceptable but due but the brand did only send me three shades they thought were closer to me and the powder within my category shade so that they don’t waste packaging and so they they don’t waste product so I’ll pop into a local Sephora and check out the full line up when they launch!

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I was particularly excited to try this concealer because Marc Jacobs Beauty know how to do coverage. The stick format is super convenient and my hope was that it was like the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer but in a stick ➡️ it pretty much is just what I hoped for! I am actually so happy regarding this because the product from NARS was 

I used it straight from the stick on to my face but I allowed the product to warm up a bit from the warmth coming off my skin, and it blended out effortless creating a super flawless finish. It blurs pores, covers redness and pigmentation, and works as well under the eyes as it does on all the other areas of the face. I have only used it once so far – I tested it out yesterday and plan to wear it again today – but it was love at first try. I actually got asked if I was wearing any makeup or is that just how perfect my skin is and when I say i did just a little under eye, beside my nose and blended all together with enough to cover my eyelid then a but on my chin ➡️ no primer also. I was done and out the door. 

SIDE NOTE ➡️ The one thing I would say is that if your skin is dry, or dries out during the day, reapplication can feel a little dry, so I’d recommend a quick hydrating spritz first.

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It is creamy and glides on to the skin with ease, and then just takes a light tap of the fingertip to blend in. It couldn’t be easier and is the perfect handbag (or bag pack) essential for touch ups on. I am actually looking at the claims and I’m trying to find something that it’s not capable of.

Accomplice instant blurring beauty powder claims➡️ Blurring, touch-up powder ➡️ Formulated to set, blur, and reduce the look of shine ➡️ Comes in a compact with a built-in brush ➡️ Perfect for use while out ➡️ Use it to refresh makeup throughout the day  ➡️ Contains perfecting pearl pigment to diffuse light & filter away the look of imperfections  ➡️ Available in 4 core color

It is very light and weightless, and does work to blur the look of pores and lines. My first impressions of this are good, but I need a bit more time to work out how much I need it in my life as a man who wears makeup sometimes the powder can be that one that gives it away. I legit cannot over look and thats the built in brush, not just you open it up and there is a small puff or little brush – nooooope, the entire and I mean like a transformer sorry thats just what it makes me think or my reference point about comes apart and it’s a full packing dense fan almost, it’s wonderful and so smart on the MJB team.

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