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THE ONE THING YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED | M X T C

Sunday, and it’s a never ending thought that wakes me up from a dead sleep and the gears in my mind start spinning and I find myself in front of a computer, but it’s nothing to a point that I need to start to even talk about it really bring it up – what’s done is done and the dust has settled and I used to put on a show until I open my eyes and found myself in the life I always meant to be living, I guess, what I am trying to say is, no dream is to big to fight for and it’s never to late to change! But even nightmare needs influence and when you can correctly identify it and you don’t get rid of it, you are only letting yourself down. Artis Palm Brush, this little small wonder, could it be the one brush to actually give you a airbrushed look with any powder?

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➡️ Artis is known more for being the luxury base brush company sold within the beauty industry but there is a lot more then just the price tag, I guess what I am trying to say is you are not just paying for a name here.  Artis does really have PR list that they send out items to on the regular, but when they do sent out items it’s, an experience to say the least. I absouloutly looove using Artis for the base and the skin care set designed to use with well…skin care! It brings a wonderful and luxury experience for clients and also for yourself.

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I’m not here to talk about all of the brushes per say, I’m here to talk about The Palm Brush Elite and The Palm Brush Elite Mini at that! I never really gave them a chance because and yes, Artis was the first company to create any type of brush of this design and I am talking about the full range, there are so many copies out there, well I wouldn’t say copies with this brand but I tried some of these brushes that were sent to me for consideration from Eloise Beauty and they were just very hard to use and as a man it personally reminded me of when I’ve gone for a straight razor shave how they use that dense brush to swirl and apply the cream to the face – these are the brushes here if you are interested in checking them out.

The Palm Brush Elite Mini is just so amazing if you want full coverage from your compact power and also undetectable airbrush look to your skin, I really do challenge you to try this brush out because it will change your makeup game it’s even good for liquid and cream products but I only now use powder for my face and it’s effortless. In no way is it hard to hold, they have a built in finger groove for more comfort while applying makeup which is a plus. You can use a promo code at check out ➡️ BETTERBEAUTY for 10% your purchase and hey I know it’s only 10% off a $90.00 tiny little brush – but still it’s all savings at the end of the day.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ Code provided was by Artis and is NOT a commission base code

They even now have little draw string bags for your Artis brushes to keep them clean and they fit so perfectly inside of the second to smallest bag on the website so if you already own it, you should consider grabbing one of those bags to keep the product in good shape and keep it clean between use.

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With the Palm Brush Mini, you hold the entire brush in the palm of your hand with your fingers and move it gently across your face. This design includes a grip-pad encircling the brush, and finger-indent on top for improved stability and control when applying and blending product. The double oval design and unique bundle orientation is exclusively patented by Artis, and CosmeFibre® is trademarked.

Hey good lookin; yes you! Don’t forget to check out yesterdays post ➡️ DYNAMIC DUO | M X T C and go take a look at my social and DM me if you have any questions!
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BEAUTY NEWS -> MARC JACOBS BEAUTY | GROOMING FOR MEN, YOU NEED THIS | M A K E U P x T H E C I T Y

Hey, Hi, Hello; so I am back happily and safely in Canada and one of my new years resolutions what to start to film more and out of my spare room create a nice little filming set up that, so I have ordered the lights and I already have then 4k camera, so I’m just waiting for the proper items to arrive – I met a couple Marc Jacobs employees while I was there who shared some really cool item(s) that will be for sale coming up one item in particular I have mentioned previously as kind of ‘why hasn’t anyone done this yet?’  and I bought something for the time that as a man, simplified and just made something I don’t much like doing – such a good experience and for only $49.00.

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Alright so lets get into it, Marc Jacobs beauty is coming out with new concealers and wonderful touch up and finishing powders, I know they are set to launch I believe mid February to the end of February but it will be worth they with, the packaging for these are absouloutly flawless as Marc Jacobs always does, though that whole cheetah print collection I had to just take a couple of steps back from, a little to feminine for me, but hey we are all different.

The powder is what I can’t wait for, it’s a faux leather from meeting with a beautiful metal, built-in brush, and get this it’s so well hidden you wouldn’t even know it was there unless someone told you, I was able to check out some empty shells and if you’re all about the name and  the design, be prepared to fall in l o v e.

The concealers packaging is kind of standard for Marc Jacobs Beauty, to me, it kind of looks like a lipstick or one of those in your purse vibrators, come on, you see it too! It appears like it’s going to be a good year for Marc Jacobs of course I can’t comment on anything else as I don’t have the products just as if yet.

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For men’s grooming, I know I am late to the party for this one but I’m so happy I am at least late and I have a feeling that maybe males already know about this but if you’re a female buying for Valentine’s Day for your man or even if you got it all done, trust me, add this in and he will love it, what I am talking about is Philips OneBlade for face and body edition which costs close to $100.00 but there is one for just the face for $49.00 and you can find it for cheaper only by like $5.00 but hey, it’s still saving right.

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I always, no matter what I did, new razor, the softening hair oil, the exspensive brews and potions would always, alwaaaaays, suffer razor bumps and I hated it so much, I just hate the act if shaving but with Philips OneBlade you can do it all even a complete close shave, you can us it wet or dry but do not run it under water, it means you’re able to us it in the shower if you wish, I have see the Dolan Twins use this, a lot of drag queens use it because it doesn’t cause any irritation and gives you such a close shave! Oh and it’s rechargeable!

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ Such a cool feature is the heads last you up to four months and when it is time to change the head a green square appears in the centre saying hey no, you better get me a replacement head!

Don’t forget to check out my last post ➡️ MY TIME IN LOS ANGELES | M A K E U P x T H E C I T Y OR ➡️ SMASHBOX COSMETICS | MXTC (MAKEUPxTHECITY)

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FRIENDSHIP(S)| MAKEUPANDTHECITY™️

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So lately I have found myself thinking more and more about friendships and the different types of friendship because well, let’s face itone size does not fit all… You know when you first meet someone and the two of you just click like you’ve been friends forever. That’s what I thought I found lately, and I was really happy, but when others become involved my friend becomes someone completely different, especially with her boyfriend who seems to not like me for, zero reasons. So today I just wanted to talk to you guys about friendship, and signs and if someone is a straight up two-faced bitch.

Healthy and happy friendships are based on common interests, similarities and trust, yep, a real friendship is almost like a relationship. I’m not sure if I’m overthinking as I have been told, but sometimes for your own health and wellbeing it’s time to say goodbye, you have to trust your gut.
Don’t listen to stupid things that people have said, wait and see if you can see that for yourself because chances are, you will. 
You can also just talk to the person like I did but it just seemed to make it even worse, I have come to find that when my friend wants something from me, wants me to do something for her, even when new PR comes in – which is sad. I wouldn’t have ever said I was being used or taken advantage of because it was like we helped each other out and had each other’s backs but ever since a boyfriend got involved for absolutely no reason at all, I have been able to see all of these things for myself.

Great-Friendship-Quote.jpgI find myself to be a loyal friend. Sometimes a loyal friend is the only thing you need to stay sane or to have someone talk you down from doing something you’d regret. These days, a lot of people don’t know their own neighbors. It’s a shame because some neighbors can be the nicest and most helpful people ever. If you’re on a vacation, and you suddenly realize that you forgot to lock the front door, you can call up your trusty old’ neighbor and ask them to head over to your house and lock it for you. Nice dependable neighbors who have each other’s backs are a dying breed, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t introduce yourself to the new neighbors across the street.

I’ve also found its good to have someone who is wise in your life doesn’t have to be someone who shares the same occupation or hobbies with you. It’s simply someone who’s a few steps ahead of you in life and has enough wisdom and patience to guide you in the right direction. It can be anyone — a colleague, a friend who’s beyond their years, or an older neighbor — as long as you look up to this person and want to be more like them or share the same thought process.

SIDE NOTE ➡ Did you know that people without friends are more likely to die an early death?

There are so many different types of friends out there, some that you might not have even known you’d been friends for years until you read this! and hey, I’ll be your friend for sure!

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DERMABLEND – FLAWLESS CREATOR FOUNDATION DROPS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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What’s up makeupandthecity, you know that uncomfortable feeling where you’re getting out of your car in the drive way and you know no one home, and you feel like someone is watching you and all of a sudden you’re the next victim in the Scream Netflix show, and your mind starts to play tricks on you, and its all epic and scary then as soon as you get into your house, it’s over – I cant stand that at all, anyways, who can believe that it’s already almost December first (1st) – Christmas tree soon! I’ve been seriously loving DERMABLEND lately, there one of those brands who are owned by the same company as VICHY and they used to be a part of makeup line until they became a big enough line to part off leaving VICHY too create their own flawless line ➡️ VICHY COSMETICS ➡️ TEINT IDÉAL full collection *UPDATED this morning (I try to post every morning before work excluding Sunday) I’m going to talk about the TOPS and BOTTOMS of DERMABLEND and the brand itself.

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Flawless Creator™ Foundation Drops (multi-use liquid makeup pigments) Meet the brands best lightweight foundation: Flawless Creator, with 33% high-performance makeup pigments for customizable, weightless coverage that anyone can wear, in any way. This water-free, oil-free foundation formula has a unique weightless, silky texture making it bendable and customizable for buildable coverage. With only 10 ingredients, you get makeup pigments at their purest: a little goes a long way.

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ BEFORE we go any further, please get out of your head that this brand is anything like COVERFX which is another similar branding strategy. Someone will love you – let the drama go.

Words truly cannot describe just how amazing this foundation is, and how male and female this company is, they use both male and female models is shade charts (as NARS now does) which I absouloutly love, this lightweight foundation is suitable for all skin types. Water-free, oil-free foundation is available in true-to-tone, fade-proof shades. Never cakey or masky for an even and natural look. Provides 16 hours of comfortable wear that is smudge – and transfer-resistant when you set it with setting powder.

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FORMULATED WITHOUT : Parabens ➡️ Fragrance ➡️Phthalates ➡️ Triclosans Sodium lauryl sulfates and Vegan formula: no animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

DEVELOPED FOR SAFE USE : Dermatologist-tested for safety ➡️ Fragrance-free ➡️Allergy-tested ➡️ Sensitive-skin tested and non-comedogenic (non-acnegenic).

You can take this product from sheer coverage with one (1) drop to full coverage with four (4) drops. Personally I just use the dropper and allow it to drip down my face and buff it in with a liquid buffing brush.

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Smooth Liquid Camo Concealer (all-purpose smoothing hydrating concealer) where do I start with this amazing, amazing concealer – I’m trying to think of a concealer to pair it to but I cant it’s almost like a stand alone product as, this lightweight, smoothing liquid concealer provides seamless, even coverage for up to sixteen (16) hours of consistent smudge – and transfer-resistant color wear – when set with DERMABLEND Setting Powder. Use as a under eye concealer to hide dark circles or as a full coverage concealer to cover dark spots, acne scars, and the appearance of redness and rosacea. It glides on smoothly for all-day hydration and leaves skin comfortable.

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FORMULATED WITHOUT : Parabens ➡️ Phthalates ➡️ Triclosan ➡️ Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Vegan formula: no animal derived ingredients or by-products.

DEVELOPED FOR SAFE USE : Dermatologist-tested for safety ➡️ Ophthalmologist-tested for safety ➡️ Fragrance-free ➡️ Allergy-tested ➡️ Sensitive-skin tested and non-comedogenic (non-acnegenic).

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Set + Refresh Makeup Setting Spray (makeup-extending refresher) this is without a doubt one of the best and most powerful makeup setting sprays on the market but sadly I feel that not a lot of people know about the product or it’s not brand name enough for them, when makeup should be about the real-time, real-life, real-results not just a fancy name(s) keep your makeup fresh with the amazing lightweight setting spray. Oil-free makeup setting spray locks in makeup for long wear. Mist on as a makeup refresher throughout the day for a just-applied look all-day. Oil-free and aloe-enriched to enhance complexion throughout the day.

I love that it also controls oil so I  don’t have to use oil sheets for a good nine (9) plus (+) hours when I spray this right after I’m done my own or clients face, also works wonderful under set lighting or influencer lighting, it also is oil-Free and aloe-enriched to keep the cake face clear, not today Satan!

FORMULATED WITHOUT : Parabens ➡️ Sulfates ➡️ Phthalates ➡️ Triclosan and vegan formula: no animal derived ingredients or by products.

About DERMABLEND ➡️ in 1981, American dermatologist Dr. Craig Roberts had a breakthrough. frustrated with the limitation of skincare to fully treat his patients, he turned to makeup to solve what skincare could not. he developed a partnership with his makeup artist wife Flori Roberts, and DERMABLEND was developed at the intersection of dermatology and makeup artistry – our uncompromised commitment to safety is why we are trusted by dermatologists across the US. Our formulas are: ⭐fragrance-free⭐ ⭐non-comedogenic⭐ ⭐sensitive skin-tested⭐ and ⭐allergy-tested⭐ our unmatched formulas and high-performance pigments make us a cult-favorite among makeup professionals.

 

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NARS – Velvet Matte Foundation Stick / Elephant in the blog | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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I’m going to get this off my chest and address this to you, and you know who you are, to take the time out of your day too attempt to attack me, show one you’re assumed level of intelligence, and two you’re inability to move on – I will admit that I haven’t always been the best person in the world but thankfully I was able to learn from my mistakes and move on with my life, I’ve always said that it impossible for me to go back and fix the mistakes that I have made, but I can make things right going forward. Instead of attempting to find ways to attack me or my man, if it wasn’t for me you’d still be exactly where you were when I came into your life, keeping PG, and real, thank you, thank you for giving me the drive to live better, fight harder, and love freely, and more importantly thank you for taking the time to even try to hurt me as I don’t even think about you anymore – thank you for showing me that I always did, and still keep winning.

To makeupandthecity, be stronger then hate, take the chance and love – if someone wants to try to use their free time to bring you down because they have had a bad day and feel worse when they look in the mirror just think to yourself ‘damn I wish I had that much free time still’

Now let’s get to the review shall we ➡️ NARS – Velvet Matte Foundation Stick isn’t extremely new of a product but after the company decided too sell in China meaning that they had to take away the fact of being cruelty-free – I was on the fence about wanting to continue my relationship with NARS, assuming that what they did was for money, and not considering the alternative reasons.

It’s one-of-a-kind, versatile matte foundation stick with a built-in, touch-up blender for all over coverage or touch-ups on-the-go. I have to say the built in blender is absouloutly amazing and if you spray a little setting spray on it to make it a little moist it applies even better. It’s a latex-free sponge designed specifically for use with the Velvet Matte Foundation Stick – it is washable, and anti-bacterial.

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It has medium to full coverage and is traceless which I really, really like comparable to HOURGLASS Vanish Foundation Stick but completely more product and function. It’s compatible with almost every skin type ➡️ ✔ Sensitive ✔ Normal ✔ Dry ✔ Combination ✔ Oily. As mentioned above it does have a matte finish and nicely controls oil. It has matte rebound powders that enhance the glide and comfort of wear, while mattifying the look of skin. Elastomer micro beads provide extreme flexibility and elasticity to help prevent creasing by adapting to movement without settling into lines or wrinkles. Ginger root extract and vitamins A, C, and E support natural antioxidant protection and defend skin from environmental damages while helping to improve the appearance of smoothness and evenness.

consumer study of sixty seven (67) men and women
➡️ 94% agree that it applies quickly, spreads easily
➡️ 94% agree that it feels flexible
➡️ 84% agree that imperfections are blurred
four (4) week clinical study of thirty one (31) men and women over four (4) weeks
➡️ 81% showed an improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

SIDE NOTE ➡️ the blender sponge on the end of the Velvet Matte Foundation Stick pop’s off to be washed and also is available to replace (sold separately of course)

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FROM NARS TO YOU ➡️ Makeup artist. Photographer. Iconoclast. Creative visionary François Nars launched NARS Cosmetics with twelve (12) cult-favorite lipsticks in 1994, inspiring self-expression, creativity, and artistry with uncompromising pigment purity and imaginative color. Today, NARS’ boundary-pushing approach manifests from the pigments to the products to the photographed campaigns, shot by François himself – bringing high-fashion, high-style, and forward thinking to beauty. “Play and try to be a little bit daring. Break the rules.” img_0274-10

SMASHBOX BRUSHES AND BRUSH SETS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Before we go on to what I’d like to talk about I just wanna touch base with you guys and talk about STREAMLINE which is my advertising proposals – lately I have been getting offers for advertising for beer and online Poker – and when thinking why would they even offer me that, I was told its because I identify as lifestyle also which is true so I do get but at the same time I’m going to ask you, the viewers if it’s silly to talk about makeup and stuff and then see ads for PARTY POKER. I mean I could just keep those types of ads for posts that maybe they will come in handy.

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If you didn’t know SMASHBOX has been working for quite some time on a brush revamp to launch exclusively at Macys, there will be twenty-nine (29) new red brushes and a new ‘gel cushion’ applicator called “The Photo Filter” of course SMASHBOX has called this line of brushes Camera Ready Brush collection – from what little bit I have seen, I do see a little influence from other brushes like Charlotte Tilbury and the way her handles are grooved for more comfort and so that when placed down, they don’t roll away.

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The Photo Filter gel cushion, at first really reminded me of the silisponge but the silisponge is hard and to be honest, just a big waste of your money. SMASHBOX did something differently with the Photo Filter gel cushion which is in the name really, gel cushion – so I’m thinking that its going to be a little softer and a little more squishy but in a good way – also if you see promo photos you’ll see the details on the gel mimics the same outline on a finger print, we also already know that the texture will not absorbe any product and it will be very easy too clean. It’s flexible diamond shape reaches every angle of face and it will use a lot less of your product then traditional makeup sponges or applicators.

Next with the revamp and new launch of twenty-nine (29) brushes I think that within a lot of the newer and even some older brush sets SMASHBOX has been including these brushes as tests to see what the consumers has to say about them like the #SHAPEMATTERS brush set, I think we will see a more professional quality brush(s) comparable to the look and application of that brush set, I also as I mention above that we will see similar factors from other brushes (from other lines) in the new Camera Ready Brush collection.

Makeup lately has focused a lot on sculpting features and playing with lighting to shape the face, although this is nothing new to SMASHBOX I think they saw it as a perfect time to revamp and launch a new brush collection which is, well, true! SMASHBOX used to have a full brush section and now they don’t really have many brushes like they used to have – I’m happy to hear that they are doing twenty-nine (29) revamped and new brushes and I hope that they blow us away with quality!

Remember what I said though about seeing similar brushes in this collection that look like they have been picked out of previous brush collections because SMASHBOX does put out a lot of brush collections.

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Pictured above is SMASHBOX Christmas brush collection – notice how the metal attached to the handle and shaping the hairs is goes out a little bigger and then to thinner I think we will see that same design from the entire new collection launching soon at Macys – and why not? it looks super cool not just a basic metal component.

I think there will also be a mix of cruelty-free hairs of course, it will be good for SMASHBOX to introduce their new brush line at this time also with all the controversy with NARS and revoking their cruelty-free status to sell in China – just a thought.  At the end of the day – makeup brushes are just makeup brushes not a lot can be done to create or invent a brand new design but I have hopes for SMASHBOX to know this out of the park because lately their new ‘revolutionary’ products have been a little lacking for me.

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ALSO the winner of the MACBOOK PRO was contacted and I will give him three more days to respond or ill re-pick a new winner!

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