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Hey guys. 

So this is a video that I just filmed and I’ll post early next week it’s in part of something with L’Oréal but I just wanted to quickly show you how I apply makeup to a man a show you how I apply makeup to myself always on the daily. Theres a massive difference betweeen makeup and not makeup, who you will see is my friend who was actually sick at the time so I begged because he looked like well, crap. 

It doesn’t look like I’d use a lot for this but it’s a fair share of makeup from, TARTE. NARS. GIVENCHY. MARC JACOBS BEAUTY. MUFE. 

No editing. No lighting. In fact I cover darkness and blemishes in LOW LIGHT for men because I can see them better. I know I’ve gotten into to fights with artists for years telling me to turn on the light. 

Well, the lights are always on. 

Left. Makeup.                          Right. The flu.  




So life. Life right now has delt me so many crazy crazy curl balls it’s not like I didn’t know they were going to happen. I just didn’t know it would happen so quickly. The one person who I need and I know can make it better – has plans with his father for a week which I knew about but I just this two things didn’t fall together – but that my life. 

But that isn’t what you’re here for, maybe she I’ll do a LIFE 101 about what happen, my new home, my boyfriend, what massive brand asked me come to their Toronto office – where I was sexually assaulted – but this company has ties to a lot of brands I work for right now and had partnership deals with me in the future. 

What to do. 

There is so much that you all should know about the brands that you love so much BUT before I start a warI’ll digress, back to subtext and fantasy. The make up store is almost like what Sephora brand has tried to make happen inside of Sephora only the makeup is genuinely amazing and not a waste of money because it is a little heavy on the pockets. Think illamasqua and NARS had a baby it would be THE MAKE UP STORE now I know, I wish the name was a little better also but hey what can we do – they also offer a wide variety of classes from PROFESSIONAL CLASS • PRIVATE CLASS • BRIDAL MAKEUP • MAKE ME UP • EYEBROW SHAPING • CONTOURING – HIGHLIGHT, DEFINE & SCULPT • COVER ALL • COLOR IT • SMOKY EYES • WINGED EYELINER •


So THE MAKE UP STORE has an amazing palette called COVER ALL PALETTE and it does just that, A twelve shade concealer palette with customized colors to provide personalized results. Easy to apply with fingers or with a brush (use a brush) providing a flawless and long-lasting result – it’s almost the same type of finish as the NARS soft-matte conceal and illamasqua skin base foundation which is why I earlier said the best way to describe this company is like those two companies came together. 

THE MAKE UP STORE bronzer was in my top bronzer post for summer and a lot of people asked me is that the actual packaging or did you mist it first? But those are high resolution imagines provided by the company via DROP-BOX or WE-TRANSFER but yeah that is the packaging and it’s taken to another level with this company which is so so so nice to see. 
SIDE NOTE ➡️ some and most of the products you see I do take or come up with creative little ways to show off the products – just like people who do film review, set up a background and lighting – I have set up a mini product studio for taking photos and high resolution shade  swatching  which I will be adding to every review going forward I think.

The concealers you can buy separate of course or in threes and if you’re going to do that please try to wait for some cool limited edition packaging to come out I will say in a way that it is an almost solid product that needs some working to make it pliable. This is not my personal favorite but a lot of people like this formula. 

The consistency, though not easy to work with, makes this concealer last for days. Again, I used it on filming day and it held in place despite the time, perspiration and bright lights. It is a much better option than layering extra foundation to cover up, as some very odd sales associates in a makeup store has advised me in the past – and I know what to do. I know how to apply makeup. I can do the job of a Sephora associate like nothing – so it’s funny when I walk in for being a man I mistreated and treated as if I don’t know what I’m talking about I love for them to tell me ‘this is what you do..’ and I said mhm yeah so what’s next and the basket that she brought over just fills and fills with products and every time that they are done, not to be rude in any way at all, I ask for the the manager to come over and with them both there I turn to be he woman helping me and I say this is what you actually do, so my $600.00 bag turns to $50.00 and then on top of all of all of that I even have to show her my correct colour and how to really achieve finding the idea colour for me – like I said I never do it be rude but I always check my bag after and along with all the samples there is a resume from the manager added also. 

The point even I got side tracked is this product is going to last you for a very very long time and performance is professional completely which is idea and sometimes hard to achieve at home. It is extremely pigmented so a little goes a long way. Blemishes, overall redness, dark circles, blue veins, sunspots – this tackles them all and you can mix the shades to perfection. 

PRO TIP ➡️ this product is meant to mix to create custom shades for any skin tone within light and dark SO go take a look at  my post about colour correction and understanding the colour wheel because to mix and use properly you’re going to want to understand and make it easy. It should be 1+1=2 not 1+2=3-2=1/89×6=?* I feel like we over think things when if you’re finding something hard there is social influencers like me who have made it easy for you and break it down! ⬇️


Sadly if you find your skin to be a little more dry I would say that this wouldn’t be the concealer (palette) for you – primer or not! If you stuggle with dry skin and need a power makeup system for your skin type please check out VICHY IDÉAL TEINT. 

➡️ I wouldn’t recommend applying this concealer under the eyes unless mixing with your favourite moisturizer  

THE MAKE UP STOR Cover All is an award winning concealer – featuring a yellow toned concealer to conceal redness and exposed blood vessels, an orangey red concealer to diminish blueness such as dark circles around the eyes and a beige concealer to correct uneven skin tone, Cover All Mix is definitely a MAKEUPANDTHECITY must-have for a flawless complexion.

Each shade can be worn alone or blended together to create customisable coverage. The creamy consistency blends effortlessly and adheres to the skin for enhanced longevity whilst the Vitamin enriched formula nourishes and protects all skin types. Also give it a try as an eyeshadow primer. Wow. 

➡️ Not tested on animals. Paraben free.



DOES IT WORK ➡️ COLOR ME Automatic Foundation Applicator Pro Edition

If you have instagram or watch YouTube I’m sure by now you have seen this by now – there has been so many “automated” foundation application tools some are absolutely crap and some turn out to be perfect for you. Please remember that what it comes to these tools this is just my opinion based off using it, this is the professional edition if that changes anything – I doubt it. 

This is my review about the listed product and what foundations work the best with this tool! 

This tool was apparently developed with celebrity makeup artists but I couldn’t find what artists made it and when, Color Me’s ‘Automatic Foundation Applicator‘ delivers flawless eight (8) hour coverage that’s superior to what you can achieve with your fingers or a brush. 

SIDE NOTE ➡️ the creator of this tool is Eric Jimenez who worked for Benefit and then Urban Decay before founding Color Me. 

This premium version uses sonic pulse technology to mimic the tapping technique of the professionals and really like a beauty blender or something and comes with the brand’s new universal sponges so you don’t have to switch between liquid and powder applicators which is was nice because when this launched I was needed to go from one to another so now I understand the ‘professional version’ 


Comes with Pro Edition applicator device, two Pro Edition universal sponges and one lithium battery – 15,000 sonic pulses per minute – Sponges are latex-free, hypoallergenic and disposable. 

I decided to be incredibly scientific about this trial. I applied the makeup as I normally would with my flat-topped brush to one-half of my face, then used the sonic applicator on the other half as I typically would when I test something like this out.

I then asked my friends which side looked better. They got it right and said the side where the gadget had got to work looked smoother and more even. It wasn’t a huge difference, it has to be said, but I’m glad to know that my years in the business mean I can almost rival something automatic when it comes to applying my foundation but this device will deliver an airbrushed look, naturally. 

➡️ The teardrop shape of the sponge means you can get into tricky areas like the inner corners of the eyes and around the nose which I did like a lot! 

Over all guys I really think that this is a good buy and leaves the skin looking really beautifully airbrushed and it takes a lot less time then you’d think to do your entire face. 

Maybe you won’t use this every single day but if you’re big on makeup and flawless application then give this a try for sure! You’ll be very glad that you did. 

PRICE ➡️ $80.00

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PURCHASE (click on the product photo) 


Plus the packaging is really sleek and nice and will look pretty sitting on your vanity but I wouldn’t recommend using this tool with very very liquid foundation. The finish is very streaky. 


So if you’ve been with my from the get go then thank you very very very much, you’ve seen me come unglued, seen me drunk, the highest high to the lowest low, watched me fuck, and watch me ride or die with those who come into my life. You can try to hate it but baby I laced it 😉 the reason I say thank you is because I just celebrated my two years on WordPress.com I guess when I messaged the owner when I though hm I should blog again and took perfectillussion.wordpress then I was like this is dumb whoever took my site ID is not doing anything life I would do and I asked WordPress if I can show you on perfectillussion how badly I want my site ID back – can I have it back? Sadly it didn’t work that was and I just had to bribe Kimberly (hi) who took over my site ID. Soo happy two years WordPress.

My followers, my friends, my family – did you know what started makeupandthecity? A break up. My first post which you cannot find anymore but I can (smiles) was about SMASHBOX 24h CC CONCEALER (discontinued unless you’re me) I remember getting ready when he was leaving – so that’s me two years ago? 

Then came being noticed very quickly I think it was about a month before my first PR company reached out to me.. BOLD PR in NEW YORK CITY and of course when you’re on one mailing list BOOM thousands of dollars of products are send to you from companies hoping that you’ll take a chance and review their products – I went through so many chances right in front of all your eyes. My writing went from two (2) to ten (10) the thing about posting for the entire world to see if some things shouldn’t be said. I was threatened, sued, almost killed – through all that something happen to me, it just made me was to be there for anyone and everyone that I could – and i began to listen to your stories and feel your pain. 

So yep I was making money at that time off of what I was doing but what the advertisement comes is when it’s a steady weekly income and I’m talking 4K weekly. Sure you have no control over what they want to post or what they give you permission to post im going to use TOOFACED cosmetics to show you kinda what the advertisement website looks like before I sit down to blog if it isn’t already planned I have to check my endorsement websites and emails. 

So this is what an endorsement page set up ONLY for social influencers with 1 million subscribers or more looks like (I hope I don’t get in trouble for showing this) 

Here I’ll find a lot of the photos that you see, any promo, and new launches and money I’ve made and what my month will look like from press samples and ‘brand gifts’ such as HDR camera – coach bags – Apple Watch so much crap really. 

SO – along with this website that and become a brand and a business that I am now going to be funding Max Emersons new project with M•A•C cosmetics – when I can say more I totally will! 

I remember hearing the song Hollow Moon and there is a verse of the song where it says ‘ motherfucker I’ll be back from the dead soon ‘ and I can’t help but think I was meant to hear that part of the song right before walking into my interview with BELL CANADA for just PUBLIC RELATIONS naturally I did get the job very soon after working I also took on Media communications and Marketing which I love. I love the company and I thrived there marking partnerships and friends that will have my back.  

Now my 9-5 job is with ENTERTAINMENT ONE in Publicity & Promotions which I love love love in New York City. I played by the rules, I was honest with myself and honest with people around me – and I got myself far by myself pretty much. As of now I’m still doing some things for Bell until I’m fully trained for a Senior position with EOne and EOne Music. 

The best part of all of this is I am in love with the most amazing and the most kind and so fucking sexy man – ups and downs happen of course but you can feel who is going to be there for you – this man is the reason I took an interest in New York. Don’t hold back. Don’t hold grudges. Go all in. We’ve probably all been hurt before, and I’m not saying we should ignore those situations. But. Don’t let past hurts prevent you from making new relationships or falling in love. This almost happened to me. I was hurt and felt justified in my unwillingness to forgive even though my circumstances had changed. And this attitude nearly prevented me from meeting my future husband. Don’t be afraid to love deeply. It can be scary to depend on anyone. Be open. Be brave. 

I have thought that I was in love before but I have no clue what real love was until this man. He made me question things that I never thought I’d question. He is all I want and all I’ve ever wanted

He’s not perfect but no one is perfect but I will say that he is so close to being perfect. I love you Dan. I love you without reasoning. I will always fight for you and you will always be mine. 

Check back guys! 

FROM ONE DUDE TO ANOTHER ➡️ Why you shouldn’t go COMMANDO!


I do understand the awesome feeling of being free. But I’m also going to be upfront: Going commando is one of those daring ideas that sound good only in theory. In fact, it’s a recipe for ruining your clothes, burdening you with excess perspiration, and causing you embarrassment.

Before going commando, i urge you to give it some serious thought – in fact, I’ve given it some thought for you.

Heed my warnings. I can tell you that this is not going to end well.

These are just some conditions brought on by going commando:

Chaffing. Your pants or trousers are not going to be kind to your skin – they’re not designed to be kind. That means chaffing, which is painful skin irritation. Chaffing is a tough mother which makes its presence known long after you stop moving your legs.

Sweat stains. Especially if you’re wearing lighter fabrics and colors (think khakis), going commando will increase the likelihood of sweat stains. There won’t be any underwear to absorb that funk. And it’s just going to look awful.

Bacteria. I hate to tell you that your privates are teeming with bacteria, which will transfer to your pants. And if you’re trying on new pants in a retail dressing room, we hope you’re not going commando and leaving those germs for the next customer.

Humidity. If you’re living or playing in a land of summer, the humidity is going to go straight to your crotch, bringing with it all of the above (chaffing, sweat stains and bacteria). All of that evil will transfer to your pants without a middleman (underwear) to absorb them.

Increased laundry. Most guys wear their pants a few times before finally throwing them into the washer. If you’re going commando, you’re going to have to reconfigure that schedule. Fabric that directly rubs up against your skin is going to get dirty and smelly. And if you’re going commando on pants that require dry cleaning, get ready to increase that monthly dry cleaning budget.

Cultural and societal rejection. The world sees going commando as one big nope.

Ditch the tight pants. If you like skinny jeans and you also like going commando, you’re going to risk getting that zipper stuck in your crotch, especially when attempting to sit down.

Don’t play sports. Think of your game without a jock or supportive underwear to keep your boys in place. It’s not going to tickle.

Examine your zipper. We all occasionally forget to close the ol’ porthole. If this happens to you while you’re going commando, we hope it’s seen by the right people and not the wrong people (your teacher, your boss, your minister).

Pee drops. You know from years after your toilet-training experience that when you finish urinating, you’re never really completely finished. A drop or two usually presents itself, post-event. Those little droplets will make themselves known in the crotch area of your pants, for a judging world to see (and judge).

Bowel leakage. Have we changed your mind on going commando yet? How about now? We hope it never happens to you, but sometimes shit happens.



It’s hard.. to hard when your life is so public, no matter what I say or do people find one way or another to twist my words and it’s not nice. I’m still, here – better off then I ever have been and not allowing myself to be brought down by myself or that unforgiving feeling of knowing that I couldn’t do anything to stop the train wreck. 

I was out of my body, I was standing looking at myself and just watching it happen. My life, my life has always been what it is – if I can make one person smile. If I can take the weight off your back and and help you even for a day then to me, it’s worth it. 

In some way or another I have made up for the mistakes I’ve made. I’ve cut myself deep and I’ll bleed for my sins – can you say the same. 

Ok ok ok let’s move on too some makeup talk and the best and maybe one or two of the worst bronzers for summer. 

NUMBER ONE (1) would have to be AMAZONE BRONZING POWDER by MAKE UP STORE – and I will say you guys know that I’m a sucker for packaging and the packaging that the make up store comes out with is breathtaking, for some of you rushing to google to know who the make up store is, they are a unique brand of complex pro products and whimsical products. Make Up Store has an extensive range of innovative beauty products and more shade choices and finishes than we thought was possible! 

Exclusively selected ingredients to provide a high-quality formula. To accent an ultra-natural looking tan or for enhancing a skin tone. 

The bronzer is enriched with Lanolin Oil which hydrates the skin, Bronzing Powder offers stylish colour payoff and is the perfect way to achieve a sun kissed tan without the harmful UV rays. 

Suitable for all skin types, Bronzing Powder can be used on the face or decolletage and is ideal for adding a touch of sun without the fuss – never tested on animals. Paraben free.

PRICE ➡️ $39.00US for 0.35 oz 

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PRO TIP ➡️ Bronzers have a buildable formula which can be layered to create your desired colour intensity. Start with a little and build it up! 

NUMBER TWO (2) would have to be NARS, they just repackaged which is really nice. The components are more square and don’t leave..as much finger prints. Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer in shade Laguna. 

I love the fact that it’s a matte bronzer that takes on a new dimension and is enhanced by the warmth of natural light. Designed with soft blurring technology, this innovative powder captures the light and diffuses imperfections for soft-focus bronzing that enhances and entrances. 

The new formula is supposed to have a matte finish with a ‘sheer pigments’ that look like second-skin warmth. There are four shades, and going from light to dark they are: Seaside, Laguna, Casino, and Falaises. The formula feels smoother and firmer compared to the brand’s Dual-Intensity formula (which has a similar pattern on it). The formula had sheer to medium coverage with some shades being more buildable than others. I had to use a denser brush and heavier hand to ensure product transferred onto my brush, so they would be hard to overdo – which I actually didn’t mine using a heavier hand because as we all know that it’s so easy to go from a little tan to Donald Trump… 

PRO TIP ➡️ Apply bronzer to the areas of the face the sun would naturally hit. Using very light strokes, first apply the bronzer to the top of the forehead, the cheekbones, and down along your jawline. Done correctly, your bronzer application will be in a three shape on either side of your face.

PRICE ➡️ $40.00US for 0.28 oz

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Next is bronzer number three (3) and it’s actually a bronzer that I’m sure you’ve all seen and thought is it worth it? It’s Rimmel natural bronzer which you can find at SHOPPERS, Ulta, any drugstore type store or online. I used to use this before but the only thing I will say is it can become very muddy very, very fast. 

I love that it is waterproof and when you apply it, it stays put! Which is really refreshing. I wish I could say wow drugstore makeup is really stepping up their formulas but Rimmel has had this bronzer in there planogram for quite some time! 

It’s very light, natural looking bronzer and when applied with out a heavy hand gives you the sunless tan you want, any time of the year at a affordable price! You can give yourself a radiant new glow or perk up an existing tan. The powder is soft, silky and easy to apply. The look is natural overall. 

PRICE ➡️ $4.99 for 0.49 oz

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Remember your skin tone when it comes to picking the bronzer for you, every bronzer listed above comes in different shades for different skin tones, it’s not just lighter or darker if you want a seamless bronzer application then make sure you get a bronzer that’s right for you. 

When choosing a bronzer for fair skin, there can be a fine line between a warm sculpt and a Cheeto-dusted visage. The key is to go no more than one or two shades darker than your natural complexion and choose a formula with peachy, pink, or golden undertones

Men and women with medium skin tones, you’ve got it made in the bronzer department as it inherently complements your natural tan. You don’t want to overdo it whether it’s a formula that’s too glittery or a shade that makes you look washed out. If you’ve got olive undertones, opt for copper shades. If you’ve got yellow undertones, go with more golden and peachy options.

While neutral bronzers can mess things, warm color pops beautifully on deeper skin tones. Look to reddish coppers and gold-flecked brown formulas to illuminate the skin while delivering a subtle sculpt. As far as application, you can’t wrong using it as you would a blush. Your cheekbones will thank you.



What’s going on guys! Happy Saturday, well, it’s 4:02am, so mornin! Good mornin. This is the final day of the four (4) days of Tarte must haves – from my perspective anyways. Oh also Tarte’s being awesome and giving you 15% off this weekend using code • weekend • at check out! 

New York has been a whirlwind, but it’s finally slowing down – I’ve learned so much lately, I’ve learned who I am, what I want, and just how far I’ll go to get it. A side from just slipping and falling pretty much doing a death drop on a cord coming out of a window that was wet..but if you know me, you know that I trip, I fall, often but I get back up and I’m okay. I think. Ask me in five (5) hours after my massage. Ouch

Ok, moving on ➡️ if you have not heard of this foundation or you’ve seen it but never tried it – I suggest you call over that Sephora employee and ask her (him) to make you a sample – it’s the Hybrid Gel Foundation from Tarte, poreless, full coverage gel foundation with skin-smoothing hyaluronic acid.

The unique, oil-free blend of smoothing, plumping and pore refining ingredients help brighten skin while moisturizing and blurring the look of fine lines and pores. The cooling, hypoallergenic gel feels like a drink of water for your skin, while masking any redness, dark spots, acne and uneven skin tone for 12-hour wear across skin types. Can we all just ask ‘was this made for summer?

SIDE NOTE ➡️ it has a very, natural rose scent that is not overwhelming in any way plus it doesn’t stick around for very long. 

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It does feel like a lighter-weight moisturizer when used, not quite whipped or airy but still light-to-medium in weight and didn’t feel greasy on the skin. I agree that it felt like a cream-gel hybrid, and it even felt cooling as it went on the skin. 

The texture is thick enough with higher coverage that it was less prone to streaking but not so thick that it became hard to spread around nor did it feel particularly heavy on the skin. 

I do find that if you want full full coverage as the foundation says then you’re going to want to apply a second layer for sure, but remember start with a little and build it up, I cannot mention that enough – it’s easier to build it up then take it down. It has a dewy finish; I don’t think it makes anyone look oily, but it is definitely radiant, as described. 

I don’t really think the finish makes the skin appear smoother as Tarte claims, but it didn’t emphasize my natural texture either.  You will want to use a setting powder or a pressed powder on top just to lock it into place it will take away some of the radiant look which some of you might like, and some dislike. Seeing how we are getting into summer and hotter weather – keeping oil-controlled and looking matte is back on trend. I’m also loving the fact that this is a waterproof formula so it’s not going anywhere! 

SIDE NOTE ➡️ this is one of those foundations that has ingredients in it to help the skin and improve the appearance over time so I don’t really see a need for a primer when using this foundation, maybe just around the nose, under the eyes and chin. Again, start small, build up. 

One (1) of the cons to Tarte’s Empowered Hybrid Gel foundation has to be the jar packaging that it comes in, when you first get there is a white stopper on top, I would make sure that you keep that so that you stop the product from getting a little bit messy. Having ingredients like menthoxypropanediol and menthyl lactate would make me right away say please do not use this foundation around the eyes – it could cause irritation. Stick to your concealer for your sensitive eye area! 

Truly this is an impressive formula and Tarte did a great job on it. If you have drier skin, and you’re looking for smooth, soft, lightweight coverage, this is the way to go! It also is perfect for combination skin also but just make sure your setting it! 

If you’re worried about finding your shade don’t be! You have seventeen (17) shades to choose from! Tarte doesn’t leave any skin tone behind. 

PRICE ➡️ $51.00 for 1.0 oz

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Tarte Double-Ended foundation brush for custom, all-over coverage. Brush on your perfect level of radiant coverage with this 2-in-1 complexion-perfecting tool. 

Luxuriously soft and cruelty free, the smaller brush features an angled design to target and cover around the contours of the face, masking any redness, dark circles and fine lines on areas such as the nose and around the eyes. 

The larger, flat brush is perfect for buffing and blending all-over coverage for an instant airbrushed effect.

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PRICE ➡️ $41.00

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