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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!

Check out yesterdays post ➡️ SUMMER HAZE | MARC JACOBS ACCOMPLICE | M X T C

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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!

Check out yesterdays post ➡️ E L L I S F A A S | M X T C
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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.

Check out MXTC previous post here ➡️ IN BLOOM – CHARLOTTE TILBURY MAGIC AWAY COLLECTION WITH A TWIST | M X T C

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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DYNAMIC DUO | M X T C

Hey boys and girls, what’s going on, I hope you guys had a fun and safe Friday night, if you had alcoholic beverages that can be seriously bad for the skin but we all do it, thankfully for us we have many, many tricks to boost the skin and start to heal it back to better condition. Dynamic Duos is a post I do when two products from different brands just work together so well it’s unbelievable and today I’m going to be talking about BLAQ and GLAMGLOW which are two pretty well known brands in Canada and much of North America. Don’t forget to DM me on Instagram if you have any questions or anything as I don’t approve comments due to negative comments in the past about my gender, of all things and I have likes restricted to five hundred and it allows one like to come though if you’re interested in that it’s a paid plug in call ‘with in the hundreds’ check out my past Dynamic Duos ➡️ DYNAMIC DUOS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY.

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I’m sure that you all think BLAQ and GLAMGLOW would go well together regardless because of the brand types that they are but there is so many differences actually night and day – just so you know the Duos are GLAMGLOW Bubble Sheet Mask and BLAQ Eye Masks.  I wasn’t always 100% on the hype of GLAMGLOW I did a promo for them a while back which is what made me actually, see the ingredients, the factory and so much more!

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➡️ This carbonated fizzy foam mask effectively removes dirt, excess oil, and makeup buildup. The translucent cleanser begins the oxygenating transformation into a face-forming foam cushion and 3-D microbubbles foam in all directions for the ultimate detox. Truth be told I semi like this mask because it makes you begin to look as if you’re a gnome or right out of the movie Frozen – The black bamboo charcoal sheet is infused with a microbubbling cleanser, featuring Green Tea Teaoxi technology and the essential amino acid l-arginine for radiant skin ➡️ Fresh citrus invigorates the senses.

Now as for BLAQ wow, is one word of saying it, putting it on before you get into the shower, and then even leave it on as you get in and wash your hair – the results are just wow. BLAQ says using the eye mask twice a week until you’ve kicked your bad habits will help reduce the appearance of under eye bags, but they can also be used as a one-off before an event or when you just want to feel good about.

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➡️ Hyaluronic acid has the greatest ability to restore moisture out of just about anything, it holds close to 1000 times its weight in water! So for around the eye area these babies are what you need and what you will use once, they will be come apart of your full routine.

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RIDE OR DIE PRODUCTS | MAKEANDTHECITY

So with it being 2019 – it’s a new year and a new start to do better then last year, we all have those products that are our ride or die, we use them daily and freak out a little when we see we are starting to run out. Hey guys, I hope you had a nice week! TGIF! We are going to be looking at my favourite beauty items and hopefully I can turn you on to something new for the new year. New year, new you! Some of the products I’m going to talk about you will see in more details. I believe in the products mentioned and I believe the companies can grow – all products have been sent to me via PR or direct from company, unless mentioned.

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There is going to be no particular order or anything like that, I don’t want anyone to think that I like one brand more then another brand, also we are all different which is nice, so something that might work well for me – doesn’t work so well for you and your skin. All we can do is try new thing until we come up with our must have list. There is going to be some items that isn’t skin care or makeup as well!

SIDE NOTE ➡️ I am a firm believer that sometimes you have to change up your skin care, it doesn’t have to be anything dramatic it can be something so small as changing your toner, or to a more moisturizing formula in the cold harsh winter life.

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One thing that I love and actually have a couple of for different reasons is The Zip Pouch by the MakeupDrop, they are so cool looking and the perfect size for all that you would need including brushes, the design of this bag is wonderful, a hard plastic material that stands tall on its own, with it’s holographic and transparent design, it’s the cutest addition to everyone’s beauty arsenal.

Next is something I just discovered but I absouloutly love so much called Restore* Wipes for you face and neck, the packaging is eco-friendly and so clever the way they made it come to be, The Restore* Wipes are individually packaged, making them great for on-the-go. With ingredients such as Chamomile, Cucumber, Jojoba, Aloe and more, Restore* Wipes deliver the proper nutrients to restore skin back to a calm and glowing state. It’s pretty much skin care in a wipe which I love so much because you get such an amazing feel from the wipes before you was your face, so the extra care your skin needs is there. They are also free of Parabens, Sulfates, Triclosan, Dyes, PEG’s, and Animal Byproducts.

Move over BeautyBlender – hello Hybrid Blender, Wow is all that I can say and this brand is a brand that I heart and soul believe in, I love the branding, the image and the 2019 forecast of products, but this blender is like a brush and a BeautyBlender had a child – Revolutionize your makeup game with the Hybrid, the perfect two-in-one applicator for liquid and cream makeup products. The flat Silicone Drop is a clean and product saving surface for an initial application, or sculpting and outlining. The super soft & latex-free Sponge is ideal for that flawless airbrush finish. For those who wear a full face of makeup, this blender takes you from base, contour even to lipstick and everything in between.

➡️ CLARISONIC
I can’t say enough good things about my Clarisonic Alpha, it’s helped my skin in so many ways just to help get that extra clean and to make sure that all of the environmental pollutions, dead skin cells, stop the pores from even becoming clogged in the first place, the only thing I can say, if you buy one of these devices make sure you use it everyday and put the work in because it will change the look of your skin. It also minimizes water retention in the face and neck which creates more collagen and stronger skin without the needle! Removes dirt, sweat and oil for healthier looking skin and boy, does it ever!

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➡️ MAC 
This one I think is on everyone’s top love list and that is the MAC studio fix powder plus foundation which works amazingly but, that truly only if you know what your actual correct shade. SO I did a little test, I went to the MAC PRO store and asked my shade and got NW15, next, I went to the MAC inside The Bay, there I was told I’m NC15 – I think point I’m like how the hell.. So I went into the MAC store when I was shopping in Buffalo and they said I was N5. So I was just so confused again, I guess it depends on the person that you ask, but shouldn’t MAC of all stores have some kind of system or training to properly, I understand my skin tone, undertone and MAC’s color system so the first man was correct, I am in fact NW15, I guess I’m just saying make sure you get a couple opinions of what is right, for you. Studio Fix really is that one-step powder foundation that gives skin a smooth, flawless, all-matte finish with medium-to-full coverage and a velvety texture that allows skin to breathe. Long-wearing, colour-true, non-caking, non-streaking, non-settling/creasing, non-fading – all for 12 hours. Available in a wide range of colours.

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➡️ ZIIP BEAUTY
So this will be one of the most expensive tool I will be talking about but if you’re my age and are not yet ready for filler or botox (done right) or if it’s not even your avenue, it’s your body and your face – always do what makes you happy, ZIIP Beauty is the ultimate tool for well, everything. What it isZIIP is an electrical facial in the palm of your hand. We use nanocurrents and microcurrents to communicate with your skin cells, increasing their effectiveness, prompting them to heal, and encouraging them to make an abundance of collagen and elastin. The result is healthy, lifted, glowing skin that gets better over time. One of the best parts of ZIIP is the APP that you download to sync in whatever treatment that you’d like there is so many, ranging from 12min to 1min quick fix, ENERGIZE ➡️ FILL / LIFT / GLOW ➡️ SENSITIVE ENERGIZE ➡️ CALM / HEAL / TONE ➡️ INSTANT GRATIFICATION ➡️ LIFT / SCULPT / AWAKEN ➡️ PIGMENT ➡️ TREAT + PREVENT / MELASMA / SUN SPOTS ➡️ TOTAL CLEARING ➡️ TREAT + PREVENT / ACNE / BACTERIA ➡️ QUICK FIX ➡️ TREAT PORES / UNDEREYE / FINE LINES ➡️ VITAL EYES ➡️  FOR PUFFINESS / DARK CIRCLES / FINE LINES. ZIIP Beauty costs over $500.00US but truthfully if it’s a substitute for botox and fillers then it’s worth every penny – if you have hooded eyes, after one month of treatment, say bye-bye hooded eyes. I can’t even describe to you how ZIIP feels when you are using it on your face, but you can see the results after one use.

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ You have to keep repurchasing the conductive gel which can become costly because you have to use a lot, at least ten pumps for each ZIIP use, Conductive Gel is the link between your ZIIP and your skin. All of our gels start with the ZIIP Electric Complex, a combination of pharmaceutical-grade glycerin, a sugar complex that is one of the most conductive materials on earth, and dehydrated seawater, which is saturated with electrolytes magnesium, potassium, and sodium. The Electric Complex effectively and safely transfers electrical currents from the ZIIP Device to the skin. GOLD CONDUCTIVE GEL – $150.00 SILVER CONDUCTIVE GEL – $50.00

➡️ MAKE UP FOR EVER
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for flawless, invisible coverage is now available in concealer form. Coated pigments diminish the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, and imperfections, and immediately set. The smoothing, hydrating, creamy liquid captures and diffuses light so that skin that appears bright, flawless, and fresh all day. What I do love about this concealer and the HD technology is that it’s undetectable even under 4k which will just show you how it will look like skin and not apply well, like Shape Tape, this concealer is self-setting so there is no need to powder the concealer, but you can still use a powder if you like, it will not make it look bad or cakey in anyway, I know everyone likes to set and forget and that still applies to this concealer, but, it’s just to good of a concealer. If you are male, it’s particularly amazing for our skin – it seems to work very well with our testosterone.

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These are just a few of my ride or die products, I will do a complete list very soon or do monthly favourites.

Don’t forget my previous post ➡️ MY MAKEUP KIT HACKS | FACE POWDERS AND CONTOUR | MAKEUPANDTHECITY
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MY MAKEUP KIT HACKS | FACE POWDERS AND CONTOUR | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

Hi boys and girls – so I am just going to address a couple things right now, I had a couple items from Tarte that I was going to talk about truthfully I really, really can’t stand that company. Yes I am on a PR list, but it will be my choice to pull out because I just can’t handle the amount of pointless and same items they send out, Morphe x James Charles, Tarte REMIX. Morphe Fluidity, Tarte Shape Tape powders and the list just goes on and on. I find Tarte to be very rude, and there is a couple of them I know personally, like Lauren and Hailey – They will be rude to you and make you feel bad for no reason at all, Tarte is not be all end all in fact Tarte products are conceived and produced so fast that they are just garbage. They print logos they think we want to see, yet the company is anything but ‘kind’ I don’t need eyes to see Tarte won’t last 2019 at the rate they are going. The price we pay just isn’t worth it, and if I have to sit, for almost an hour at a blank screen, trying to find nice words, I can’t do that, not for ‘free’ products and some apple watches from time to time. But this is not what this is about I’m going to show you a couple of new kit hacks to have a brand name items in your starter kit with multiple uses.

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So there a lot of Contour Palettes out there, ABH, Morphe, heck any brand really but the one I’m going to talk about is from MAC and it’s just because of the idea tones for it to also be used as a face powder set from light, medium and dark. The blendability also is a major factor for what I choose MAC – the hard shell package is also ideal for travel. It’s for all sick types and a massive plus is it will not clog your pores.

The texture of these powders are nothing different from the standard MAC powder formula. While some shades are on the chalky side, all can be blended out on the skin and last all day and you will not notice anything.

The top row contains highlight powders meant to brighten or set certain areas on the face. These powders have more of a sheen or a matte finish but they also contain subtle shimmer. When buffed into the skin, it’s not a disco ball but it reflects the light in just a way that its flattering and beautiful. I think it’s not hard to see why I picked this one but if you do want all matte shades within you should go with the ABH palette but I am also adding in travel and pan side to get the best bang for your buck to my list.

MAC is also a MUA staple across the world, starting in a small kitchen in Toronto to the mega worldwide company, always doing it right. Any skin tone. Any Gender.

Don’t forget to checkout my last post ➡️ FENTY BEAUTY | DUPE ALART | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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