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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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SUMMER HAZE | WHY IS DEODORANT SO IMPORTANT..? | M X T C

Hello all you beautiful faces! I’m going to touch base on something you would learn in elementary school and if you really said no to dad when he asked ‘did you put on your deodorant today?’ when we both know…he didn’t then comes home because the kids thought it fun to poke at the easy target! no, no no this is not what happen to me, Hygiene was (is) always important to me! with sumner just around the corner I decided to partner with Vaseline Men to help you understand the different types of deodorant on the market and why it might be right or very wrong for your skin! This also launches my ‘SUMMER HAZE’ category where you can use the drop down menu to find all your summer issues, oh there is one thing, come closer… each issue comes with a with a fix – come on guys you know I wouldn’t leave you hanging!

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I want to start off with something simple the different types of deodorant(s) and basically what it is they do for your body other then have boys or girls bring milkshakes to your yard, still don’t get it? yeah, I’m right there with you guys! A deodorant is a substance applied to the body to prevent or mask (hide) body odor due to bacterial breakdown of perspiration in the armpits groin, and feet.

A subclass of deodorants, called antiperspirants, prevents sweating itself, typically by blocking sweat glands. Antiperspirants are used on a wider range of body parts, at any place where sweat would be inconvenient or problematic for safety or convenience reasons, since unwanted sweating can interfere with vision, comfort, safety, or slipperiness/grip. I also know that it’s a lot to take in, you think that as you hit puberty all you need is to throw on a deodorant but by the time launch rolls around and it’s time for gym you don’t always feel so great about yourself, so as parents it would be a good thing to insure you watch your children or have them watch you apply your deodorant or antiperspirants.

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The human body produces perspiration (sweat) via two types of sweat gland: eccrine sweat glands which cover much of the skin and produce watery odourless sweat, and apocrine sweat glands in the armpits and groin, which produce a more oily “heavy” sweat containing a proportion of waste proteins, fatty acids and carbohydrates, that can be metabolized by bacteria to produce compounds that cause body smells. 

Trust me, I sweat a lot! comes it calms down I’m typically good but I i just happen to leave the house one day and I was with my friend, B, so B and I went past a store and stopped to grab some gum and stuff and on the way out B said hey what about deodorant  and I’m so happy he reminded me because I just happen to grab Vaseline Men Active dry 48h PRODERMA 0% alcohol antiperspirant and I always would just grab a deodorant never thinking that I needed something more, it’s actually funny for two reason one i’ll never be able to replace this since they stopped making it, sadly and also i feel the same way about B, like I just said, I would just grab a deodorant not taking the time to realize that i didn’t want or need a deodorant, and the saddest part is I guess B and Vaseline Men are both discontinued to me.

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Moving on guys, hey that’s why so many of you stay isn’t it? My heart is always in my writing so shoppers drug mart is doing a massive summer skin box which comes with all the Vaseline Men products you need! including a shower luffa just for men and what it does to the bottoms of feet lets just say, expect about 20min late because you will loose track of time playing with the one you love!

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TRVAL WITH ME | M X T C

Hey boys and girls, what’s going on! so much new is coming, I’m very excited to announced one of my biggest ventures into the makeup game, and my biggest partnershipI don’t stop, I keep going to show those who hate one me and said I wouldn’t do something, I was already something, it’s sink or swim, you’ve got to think to win kids, If you are a follower or just keep MXTC up in your favourites you’d know that I’m going to Switzerland in June, fresh with a NDA which stops me from saying some things I’d like to say, but I will be taking everyone with me in 4K, todays post is about travel and the new Sunday Riley x United.

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You can access the line in multiple ways: If you’re flying United Polaris Business Class, expect a dope kit that includes exclusive-to-United products like a hydrating lip balm, a lightweight and soothing face cream, a moisturizing hand cream, and a toner-drenched facial cleansing cloth. (United Premium Plus and Premium Transcon customers receive a variation of this amenity kit) The Lounges and United Clubs with showers will also be stocked with Sunday Riley products including hand cream, body wash, and even shampoo and conditioner.

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The sad truth is whether you’re jet-setting across the globe or just a few hours away, airplane cabins have a major impact on your skin ➡️ flights zap the moisture straight from our faces, leaving us with duller complexions, tightness, and even irritation, dermatologist Elena Poulos of Toronto, ON told MXTC. The main point I am trying to make is that it doesn’t matter if you’re spending an hour or twelve hours the results will be the same, damage to your major organ. 

SIDE NOTE ➡️ If you’re looking for the best Dermatologist’s in Toronto or the GTA check out ratemds.com for the latest and freshest reviews

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“Sunday and her team really took the time to understand how travel and the aircraft environment affects our customers, and formulated an in-flight remedy that complements their journey with United from beginning to end,” United’s vice president of marketing Mark Krolick said in a press release. “By elevating the skincare products offered on our planes and in our lounges, we can continue to lift the experience customers have when traveling with United.”

Check out Sunday Riley ➡️ right here.

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IN BLOOM GIVEAWAY : 2 / 5 SPOTS LEFT

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IN BLOOM – CHARLOTTE TILBURY MAGIC AWAY COLLECTION WITH A TWIST | M X T C

Finally I got my MacBook back (though I do find myself getting stuck on the command and control key) from the Microsoft Chrome challenge, wow it took a little bit longer with shipping it back to me and everything like that, it also got stuck in customs for a very long time, but I’m going to break out the similarities and big differences between the two powerful computers in a coming post! I’ve also decided that any post that is for spring beauty, or new spring launches i will call ‘IN BLOOM’ which just seemed to be, just fitting too me! How are you boys and girls doing? I truly hope that you are all doing well, in Canada central Canada the weather has been pretty good! Not to cold but thankful not to hot! Who you rather it be hot? or cold? or just fall all year round but we had a week of peak sumner heat!

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I don’t know why but I seem always over look Charlotte Tilbury! i remember going to a press event for he line coming into Holt Renfrew in Toronto on Bloor St. I wasn’t really liking the feel mind you Faulhaber Communications who was organizing this whole event and you can quote me on this, I truly think there is no better PR Agency in Canada then Faulhaber – they just do things one step on the game! But anyways a PR agency is not why we are here Charlotte Tilbury is, I just have to say how on the website its all ” hello darling “ it truly is iconically Charlotte, after meeting her now when I read the names or read a paragraph,  I can literally her her saying it, it’s wonderful! 

If you were to buy one thing for Charlotte Tilbury it should be the Magic Away Concealer and heres why honestly the Magic Concealer is like spanx for your eyes as much as that sounds, its completely true! it spreads itself out so thin but there is so much pigment and added benefits to it –  is an incredible full coverage liquid concealer in a netural shade for all skin tones and undertones. For five years, Charlotte Tilbury has been working on this holy grail of concealers that reduces the appearance of dark circles, blemishes and imperfections, for fresher-looking second skin instantly!

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ If you think that this concealer was not 5 years in the making you are wrong! we would get yearly updated from who handle CT PR either the USA or Canada firm.

Next would be Charlotte’s Unisex Healthy Glow which is a hydrating tint – it’s not as full if  a hydrant as a tinted moisturizer, I would recommend putting a little of a stronger hydrator around your nose, chin, between the brows and centre of the forehead to give it that BAM This fabulous unisex cream is SO natural, no one will suspect you’re wearing it! and its so true so who else to try it on but my boyfriend who actually still wears it to date within his skin care regime, it really does just even out the skin with just enough coverage with a hit of bronze that you wouldn’t really expect. It kinda reminds of the Recipe For Men Bronze cream which does the similar thing ➡️ if not the exact same only its made to work more with mens skin and testosterone and such – which when you’re a man it’s nice to have those options without calling it ‘makeup’ and when I say if you’re a man I mean it as a guy who doesn’t wear makeup or know the world of makeup; plain and simple!

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➡️ Next on my would be the Goddess Ritual Cleanser Duo from Charlotte Tilbury it’s absolutely one of my must have for cleaners ➡️ I always say that cleansers are a grey area, many disagree with me but it’s true, I don’t think there is enough time used to be able to make a difference within the skin, I’m not saying that they don’t do anything because they do, but what follows after cleansing your skin us where you will see the most benefits until trying this ➡️ Deeply purifying, super-charged cleansing duo for fresh, radiant-looking skin just make sure if you have blemish prone skin watch out for large doses of vitamin c sometimes with some skin it can have a negative effect! Sadly I know this all to well!

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COVETED TOP 5 : NARS | M X T C

Hey guys, what’s going on! my jaw is on it’s way to healing very nicely! I’m scared for the next week, it’s going to be uneasy for me, Today, my mom is going for her triple bypass surgery, I’m nervous, but I assume that the doctors do this kind of thing every day and it’s just a walk in the park for them, no more time, and no more second chances here but I still have so much to say, so I hope that it goes smoothly and there is still time for me to say what I need to say, sadly my schedule doesn’t allow for me to be there until tomorrow, so I am just hoping in time.

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Today I’m going to be talking about the coveted top 5 NARS products as decided by, you. This is a semi sponsored post, as the images and coding is all provided by NARS. I do believe that this is, in fact, the coveted NARS top 5.

Yes, there will be a NARS item in the spring giveaway, if you’re curious how this works the secrets to the giveaway are left in previous posts (and moving forward), I will let you know when the items are full up, and how you win, well, you will have to be smart this giveaway is items given direct from the companies and PR so you will be sent a list of brands and their social handles so that you may tag them in your IG winning post, there will also maybe be a brand or 19, 05, or maybe 15 looking for it for something special to be given.

Don’t stop. Keep going. NARS mascara, Climax, wants to give it to you – it being long, fluffy, thick lashes that just go on and on and on. Climax contains a full-bodied brush with a whipped, creamy formula that lifts and builds without clumping. There are very few mascaras that I would recommend in fact there are only 3.

➡️ The dictionary definition of the word climax is ‘the most intense, exciting, or important point of something; the culmination.’ So that’s a pretty ballsy name for a mascara. I was ready to get extra critical and pick this mascara apart like it was Bruce Willis and I was Demi Moore on Comedy Central’s Roast. But despite being on high alert for flaws, I couldn’t find any.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ I used Climax on myself, my friend and set model. Each with different results, and with both girls having completely full busy days, both reporting back that it stayed out, only one saying at the complete end of her night there was a small flake under the bottom lash line.

Next coveted item I’m sure you already know, Radiant creamy concealer which move over shapetape is now the new number one selling concealer in America and Canada which is pretty cool. Seems a lot of people have forgave NARS for the whole China thing or they just forgot.

➡️ There is 30 shades in this concealer which is a good shade range for everyone, this concealer is also one of those concealers where its the perfect finish for conceal, contour and highlight, and with the buildable coverage puts the control in your hands. This concealer is also one of those under eye perfect concealers, personally I like a matte finish under the eye but this concealer is a really beautiful finish under the eye, and doesn’t crack, keeps the area hydrated and fresh.

➡️ Even though this is full coverage ➡️ it doesn’t look flat on the skin and that is the most important thing for me when it comes to concealer. If that isn’t the one thing you look for, it should be.

Next is Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation which comes in 34 shades and is probably one of the best set foundations with editing – so if a photo is going to be altered and edited, the makeup artist will lay down almost like colors for the person in editing to know the intended shades and where they go, with lines and almost like a blueprint on the face for the person in Photoshop. For day to day foundation I actually wasn’t a big fan of this but I know it’s 1 of   NARS best selling items and is a great foundation in regards to ingredients.

The NARS PowerMatte Lip Pigment is one word ➡️ NARS
is a definitive cult classic, remaining at the forefront of the beauty world and quickly gaining a permanent place in the hearts (and make up bags!) of all who try it. Uniting impressive pigment with precision (basically the ultimate lip wear power couple) this is NARS’ most powerful matte.

➡️ The liquefied pigment gives a weightless feel and grants ultra-flexible, long-lasting wear. It’s totally smudge and budge-proof, guaranteeing carefree wear, and unstoppable wear.

Warning: this is likely to turn you into a fully-fledged NARSissist. Without a doubt I feel the NARS power matte lip pigment is truly one of a kind. It is very easy to apply and feels weightless on the lips. The colour pigmentation is second to none.

I think that we all know what the last item is going to be from the top NARS items, and that is, without a doubt – NARS Orgasm Blush! is probably one of the most popular blushes from NARS.  It’s known for being one of those universal colors that looks good on everyone, and gives a sort of ‘glow’ to the skin with its fine gold shimmer.

NARS Orgasm is pretty pinkish-peach color with a golden shimmery sheen.  I find it works great as a sort of two-in-one highlighter and blush.  The light bounces of the soft gold shimmer and creates a glowy effect, while the peachy pink warms the cheeks.

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So there you have it. The top 5 coveted NARS products.
Don’t forget to check my previous posts for hidden clues to the give away ➡️ LIKE SAND THROUGH THE HOURGLASS | M X T C
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SMASHBOX COSMETICS | MXTC (MAKEUPxTHECITY)

It’s kind of crazy waking up in a completely different time zone and knowing it would be the time that I am typical awake and starting my day (5:00am) but it’s only (3:00am) and I find myself wide awake, I’m used to the city and being around noise, but it’s almost like this hotel is made for it, I can open my window and hear so much happening even now at this time, and as soon as I shut it I’m confronted with a unforgiving silence, I’ve always needed a fan or sleep or some type of noise and when I asked the hotel if they had white noise I wasn’t expecting birds, waterfalls, and all of that, I do love falling asleep to thunderstorms but this Sound  and Sleep Therapy at the Mr. C hotel in LA is a little, erratic from nice rain to stuck on the sea in a massive storm, like my life and going from one extreme to another – but I’m here with Smashbox Cosmetics and this is a long time coming to discuss upcoming projects and to talk about personal matter when we have time. I want to explain to you why I believe Smashbox is one of the best beauty companies and why they then to really, always get it right, keep reading.

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Launched in 1996 by dapper LA brothers Dean and Davis Factor (who also happen to be great-grandsons of makeup legend Max), the Smashbox Cosmetics line focuses on long-lasting products designed to give a flawless look. Smashbox Cosmetics  to me growing up in a semi small town was one of the first higher end brands that I came into contact with when I was starting out in the world of beauty, I immediately fell in love with the name, the packaging and that has only improved going into 2019. I stopped really paying attention to the brand after working with Smashbox Cosmetics quite a lot, my entire kit was Smashbox Cosmetics, as my brushes were as well. Smashbox recognized my work and credits being sent back so would send me whatever I wanted pretty much, as new brands came out and I became somewhat bigger at what I was doing but still wanted to branch out at the point in my career when studios and other artists at this time were starting to contact me but it’s almost like I lost the passion and needed to step else where for a little.

imagesI’ve seen first hand how some companies just push out product after product and any brand press about a launch just fades away into the cluster of launchesSmashbox Cosmetics isn’t like that, for example they are in the process right now of repackaging everything or giving the brand a facelift  which is where I am kind  of coming into the LA meeting, to become far more more fitting for their always evolving planograms and end shelves within stores and their always evolving customers and fans worldwide. 

Smashbox is iconic for putting primer on the market and keeping up with demand knowing that we are not all the same which is absouloutly refreshing and you think would be a given in 2019 but it’s not ➡️ I decided to write this blog to stay in makeup and not get disconnected in the world of media outreach and public relations, and yeah if even set needs help I would absolutely put on a brush belt and kick butt, Smashbox Cosmetics was part of a wider business empire for the Factor brothers, Smashbox Studios, which includes a modelling agency, a photo studio and a clothing line. The cosmetics arm of the business was sold to Estee Lauder in the summer of 2010, but the brothers remain at the helm.

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PRO TIPS ➡️ Have you open the lip to the packaging and seen their little pro tip for whatever the product is, or how amazing the packaging alone for their new brush line, Truly it’s like an experience and it is one of the things that makes Smashbox Cosmetics so unique to this day.

“Everyone has a story. Ours is original and authentic and sets us apart from every other beauty brand. We’re proud of our story, and this is how we tell it: We live for lipstick. We get excited about primers. (No, seriously, we do.) But mostly, we love sharing our makeup secrets with you. Why? Because creativity and collaboration are at the core of our DNA. We are the only brand born out of a legendary photo studio — Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles — where major photographers, celebrities and makeup artists converge to create iconic images every day.”

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