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QUICK BRUSH REVIEW – WET N WILD | MXTC

Hi there, I hope everyone is well and are happy that it’s Friday! In Toronto currently is TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) which in my Monday to Friday job is true to form one of the busiest times for myself. IT! Chapter two comes out today, is anyone going to the opening? I’m going to do a “movie night” about it so there will be spoilers! So Wet n Wild just dropped some new pro brushes, they are simply beautiful in design but how do they preform? Keep reading to find out. 
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I was actually taken back when I open the Wet n Wild PR package for the their new Pro Brush Line I’m now using nothing but these brushes I took all of my brushes away to give them the best chance ➡️ before going on with reading this review I don’t wear eyeshadow personally so I will use a model to test related products or a face chart.

For the price point these brushes are amazing – I do fine that almost all of the brushes can be used as complexion brushes for example the Tapered Blending Brush (P15) is almost a better concealer brush, I did use it for both and that’s the best part of brushes they are extremely multipurpose. One of the down sides to these brushes is they have no weight to them at all, some enjoy that and some like myself, don’t ➡️ to me, they just feel a little bit cheap.

One of the best brushes is the Highlight Brush (P75) it’s the perfect size and the perfect amount of bristles to give you a beautiful subtile glow or if you want to be seen from space this brush has your back, and for $5.99 you can’t go wrong, the handles come into a point kind of like the KVD Brushes and have a ergonomic handle for a comfortable hold so you know how to properly hold the brush.
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One brush I fell in love with almost immediately was the Precision Flat Brush (P25) the densely packed bristles of the flat face brush is perfect for spot concealing and sculpting the face to perfection. It just gets those areas perfectly that other brushes just miss ➡️ no animals are harmed in the making of these brushes they are also fully vegan.

It really is a great way to get an entire brush set, all matching with beautiful rose gold handles but in person the come off a little more silver so they are “masculine enough” that men can use them also, they sell them all 10 Pro Brushes in a kit with a stand up brush bag for only $27.99 and you can grab that while you still can here.

➡️ Perhaps the only downside to this brush design is that white bristles are prone to staining, particularly if you are using very pigmented eyeshadows. I have noticed that a few of my eye brushes are not as bright and white now as when I first got them, having been used and washed multiple times. Granted, makeup brushes are meant to be used, and odds are if you’re using them often they’ll spend more time dirty than clean anyway, but it’s something to be aware of nevertheless.

Whether you’re looking to replace or build up your own brush collection, or on the hunt for a gift for your favorite makeup junkie, I think you won’t be disappointed if you decide to pick this up. I have a feeling they’re going to be pretty popular, though, so I would make sure you grab yours quick before they’re gone for good!

Check out my previous post ➡️ TATCHA TRINITY – M A K E U P x T H E C I T Y

See you tomorrow,
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FIVE FOODS TO NATURALLY BUILD COLLAGEN FOR HEALTHY, GLOWING SKIN | MAKEUPxTHECITY

We all wish there was a magical way to improve our skin, like in the movies just brew up or cast a beauty spell and never have to worry about skin care, or makeup again, just always stay beautiful and perfect makeup-free. One can wish, right? believe it or not there is a lot of soups and foods that you can eat to help the overall appearance of the skin and help many different issues with the skin. So take out your spell books with me, oh – did i say spell book? of course I meant cook books, plants and what they are capable of.

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A lot of our beauty woes are because after the age of 35, our body starts producing less and less collagen. That means our skin loses firmness and gradually starts to wrinkle and sag. Many of us try expensive cosmetics, supplements and even surgical procedures when the best solution might be much simpler.

➡️ Some of the most basic foods can do wonders for our skin.

The first magic food is actually bone broth, and don’t be like yuck, yes, it sadly tastes worse then it sounds but lucky for you there are ways nowadays to make almost anything taste amazing and besides the effects it has on the skin in as little as a week is wonderful – when you eat bone broth, you’re really eating cooked collagen. This is a powerful way to restore collagen in your skin and make those wrinkles disappear. Sure, you could find a lot of products with “collagen” on the label, but dietary collagen is more potent — it mainlines collagen to your cells.

Additionally, the gelatin derived from the collagen you get in bone broth heals your digestive tract which is a surefire way to prevent inflammation and aging skin.

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Believe it or not, the next one is very, very easy, 
Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale offer antioxidants that protect against the free radicals that breakdown collagen. Red veggies like beets, tomatoes and red peppers are full of lycopene, which boosts collagen and protects against sun damage. Orange produce like carrots and sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A, which restores collagen that’s been damaged.

SIDE NOTE ➡️Different types of fish and grass fed meats will help also but i don’t want to get to much into animals and such as I can’t find any non-harmful ways to get the ingredients needed so if interested please google it, or read a chefs food dietary.

➡️ Berries of all types they’re all loaded with antioxidants that fight those skin-ravaging free radicals while boosting collagen.

Next will help with three things, your skin, keep vampires away (sorry twilight fans) and also maybe make someone not want to kiss you, yes I’m taking about garlic boys and girls, Garlic offers lipoic acid and taurine, both of which help rebuild damaged collagen. It’s also an excellent source of sulfur, an essential part of collagen production.

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So the next time you’re tempted by an ad for Botox, grab a big bowl of bone broth and a handful of berries instead. There are lots of foods out there that can help keep your skin beautiful and youthful from the inside out, but just getting plenty of these basics will be a big improvement for most of us.

I hope you enjoyed this different type of post, I’m going to be throwing in different styles of posts as more things beauty and city related have become more relevant and have also peaked my interest! 

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BOBBI BROWN – ESSENTIAL 5-IN-1 FACE PALETTE | MAKEUPANDTHECITY™️

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So everyone knows who Bobbi Brown is in the world of makeup, of course.  I remember when I was just starting out as I am a self-taught artist I did own a copy of her book Bobbi Brown MAKEUP MANUAL and it did teach me a lot of little tips and tricks that I use to this date, so I am very happy to say that there will be a future collaboration but IF you know me, you’d know that for so, so long, I have been searching for a travel palette for just complexion and I mean, not blush, slide out shadows, just concealer, powder and maybe a bronzer would be ideal. BOOM Bobbi Brown comes out with my dream palette – almost as if she knew me and many others out there would benefit from this!

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In comes, ➡️ ESSENTIAL 5-IN-1 FACE PALETTE I was so shocked and happy to have open this and not only that but to have the Bobbi Brown personalize five (5) of them for me and, MAKEUPANDTHECITY is just so nice and amazing. See perfect skin in a snap – this all-in-one palette has everything you need to ace your base.

It’s amazing for travel and touch-ups, this coordinated five-in-one face palette contains all the products you need to perfect skin: Corrector to brighten and neutralize under eye discoloration; Creamy Concealer to lighten and even out under eye skin tone; Skin Foundation Stick for a seamless, natural skin-like finish; and Sheer Finish Pressed Powder to set makeup for all-day wear. Plus, there’s Bronzing Powder for a touch of flattering warmth. Sounds good to me! What do you guys think?

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ It’s always better to start with a Corrector to brighten and neutralize under eye discoloration, beginning at the inner corner of eyes where skin tends to be darkest. Layer on Creamy Concealer, gently patting or use a brush to blend the product out. Apply Skin Foundation Stick all over the face, or just where needed. Set makeup with a light dusting of Sheer Finish Pressed Powder; then sweep Bronzer on the high points of the face – cheekbones, forehead, nose, and chin.

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KILLING YOURSELF FOR LESS THEN MINIMUM WAGE | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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So before we begin – STILL the winner of the MacBook giveaway partnered with xtrememac has yet to be claimed, and he’s actively blogging so I don’t get what the issue would be; I will reload subscribers and have a back up winner just, just, in case I message him again and he answers. Same page? good.

I have been very busy with life and TIFF (TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL) is approaching so damn fast! Which is so crazy, yes it’s a lot of media and publicity but I’ve wanted to work TIFF for years and thank you to my amazing company I work for! I have also come to learn there isn’t much I cant handle anymore.

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I think about my life, and I think about my age and the people who are in my life and have been for years, I sadly just experienced a massively heartbreaking well, breakup. I didn’t really understand how much I love him and how much he pretty much controlled me also, and I don’t mean, control as in he negatively controlled me, I guess I mean I would have done anything for him. Going back to the people in my life, if someone asked me “hi Kam – good today?” I would skimpily answer back with ‘yeah I’m ok’ and there are those people who really don’t want an honest up front answer sadly, but then my other friends who care about me, love me and know me will not allow it stay at I’m ok because most of the time, I am not always ok.

I guess you can’t help who you fall in love with and when, you just have to go with the flow, but what if I feel like it wasn’t my fault, and he feels the same – miscommunicate. Ironic since we promised to always communicate and be forward not act childish and play hurtful games. All I know is I didn’t want to take it public if we both were not ready and willing to fight for each other and build a strong happy foundation to an amazing relationship. 

SIDE NOTE ➡️ MAKEUPANDTHECITY will have so many changes over the next month or so, from fashion all the way to food – I will be introducing some new writes and some new affiliations – SO subscribe so you’re in the know..

Its also kind of sad that you can be qualified to have a job life myself or really, whatever you want to do but without an education, people wont look twice at you and then what, you’re stuck doing the jobs that no one wants to do for forty ($40.00) less because you’re going into a temp agency every morning (yes I have high school diploma) I guess I’m trying to understand that, why that life? Someone offered you an amazing paying job, start up, clients, connections and in the end you go and blow it all up – for no reason at all.

Yes, people have got my foot in the door but I pushed open the door myself, I made mistakes and fell so hard but you, you had someone to catch you, and you had someone to really love you.

I guess right now is where we come full circle – I see so much potential in the world wasted every day of my life, and it suck, I can honestly say to you I have ZERO clue what min. wage is, if, you were to ask me. I love to help people out because that is the type of man that I am, at the end of the day, when its dark and you’re falling asleep you know the type of man (woman) you are and want to be. I’m fully done taking chances on love because it just blows up in my face and the worst part about it is, I knew of this person, I knew what people say about him but I would want someone to take a chance on me because you can make a mistake once or twice as long as you take the time too fix it.

How many times can I catch someone before they fall, before I need someone to catch me? I guess i’m just sorry, sorry to my subscribers for not posting like I did – but truth be told it was like something was missing and I’d sit down to write but nothing would come, I guess I have a one track mind and all
I have on it now is
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L’Oréal skin care | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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So the best thing about being on a PR list of any kind is you get to test out some products that are new and exclusive but, here comes the misconception in most cases unless we really, really love something then sadly they won’t keep sending it over and over!
Which hey, it’s sent as free advertising in half of the situations – it’s actually quite sneaky of a company if you give it some thought, why not create a certain amount to send to well know influencers a boom, free advertising!

SIDE NOTE ➡️ dailyjocks.com just realised their new underwear for men called cloud nine (9) and lemme just say, they couldn’t have named it any better! Cooling and comfort polyester blend which is durable and will not fade!

Drug store makeup and skin care has been stepping its game up for a very long time, its almost like, what took so long you are all owned by four (4) main players. So I’m going to talk about three (3) amazing face wash and mask set my way for consideration of review and I always use all three, well, nope, yep I use all three (3).

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1) EXFOLIATING AND REFINE – 3 mineral clays + Red Algae
2) COMFORT AND UNIFYING – 3 mineral clays + Charcoal
3) PURAFYING AND MATTE – 3 mineral clays + Eucalyptus

That is the three (3) main groups that they stick within which I would say is typical to branding but these masks are a clay to foam cleansers which makes your skin feel so amazing. Clay-to-Mousse daily cleansers enriched with 3 different clays and enhanced with a nature-sourced ingredient to leave skin feeling fresh and clean.

The 1st range of clay-to-mousse daily cleansers that leave skin feeling clean and fresh. This cleanser is enriched with Kaolin + Montmorillonite + Moroccan clays and Red Algae Extract. Pure-Clay Cleanser Exfoliating & Refining leaves skin with pores looking tighter, and less visible, without over drying the skin.

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There is nice playing games with these face washes, the level of science and ingredients beats that of some of the highs brands out there and I never thought in a million years that it would be this way, I think next time we need too grab both and compare the ingredient list because price no longer seems to be that big of a factor. Dun Dunnn Dunnnn.

Not to mention the fact that there is multi-masking so there can be multi-washing, there so perfect to use together, well, that is if you don’t mind buying all three (3) As of now in Canada you cannot buy these sadly but hit subscribe to find out just when and where you can buy them! Infused with 3 clays (Kaolin, Montmorillonite, and Moroccan) and 1 super-ingredient specifically for your skin type. Cleanse to wash impurities every day with our NEW Pure Clay Cleansers and mask twice a week to beautify skin.

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Over time harsh environmental factors, such as pollution and debris damage skin leaving complexion dull and tired. So don’t forget how important it is to wash your face day and night especially if you are a makeup wearer.

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DIOR – THE AIRFLSH EXPERIENCE – TIPS AND TRICK | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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If you saw the last post, I promised to talk about some of my must have Dior products and give you studio tested tips and tricks to make the most out of your Dior AIRFLASH.

I hope everyone is having a fun and safe weekend! Remember work hard and play hard but always make sure your doing it safely! So – I’m going to just give you a little bit of information on Dior as a company ➡️ Christian Dior, commonly known as Dior, is a French luxury goods company controlled and chaired by French businessman Bernard Arnault, who also heads LVMH – the world’s largest luxury group.

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Personally, Dior AIRFLASH is absolutely one of my favourite makeup products, there is so much that you can do with it, and so much that people are not aware it can be used for but like all makeup – its really limitless which is one of the cool things about makeup and with the introduction of the AIRFLASH CC (color correcting) spray and the AIRFLASH matte, they can really be all you need for your base – especially for men, it’s almost undetectable to the eye.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ sadly as I am writing this I believe that the AIRFLASH matte has been discontinued – or at least not available on Dior beauty website – maybe you can find one in stores I cannot speak for all of the distributors of Dior beauty.

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There is eleven (11) shades of Dior AIRFLASH. Dior AIRFLASH CC primer and Dior AIRFLASH matte touch come in one (1) universal shade – as a lot of the backstage pro products come in universal shades to work within all shade ranges.
➡️ the suggested retail price is $80.00

Thanks to a unique diffusion technology, and extraordinary fine texture, within a few seconds of applying your AIRFLASH your complexion has a soft focus radiance and a airbrushed finish that lasts all day.
With precision and ease you can create a flawless base, instantly evens out your skin tone and blurs the look of fine lines and imperfections on the face.

➡️ the coverage can be taken from light to full and completely adjustable to your desire. You can take a look at AIRFLASH and other products by clicking here to be taken to the official Dior website!

TIPS and TRICKS ➡️ You can use AIRFLASH for base, concealing, contour and highlighting it would be your one stop shop for the most beautiful makeup application.
When applying to your face, fold some tissues around your shirt so that you don’t make a mess and apply it to your clothes while getting your neck.
– Mix with your favourite body lotion to even out your skin tone and help hide tan lines.
– Add to legs for beautiful warmth and to hide unwanted imperfections.
– To the beach and back! choose either shade 500 or 600 – spray to the center of the face and blend out and instantly you will have a sun kissed beach look!
– Spray it right onto your brush, and start blending onto the skin!

DID YOU KNOW ➡️
you can use Dior AIRFLASH to even cover a full color tattoo! yes, I have tattoos, yes this was tested and surprisingly powdering in between and to set, your tattoo is gone!

Click subscribe for the full range swatches – photos – application photos and before and after. Don’t forget too follow Dior on IG @diormakeup
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I was sent a lot of Dior products so I will be reviewing my favourites and if you’d like a product to be reviewed or have questions? reach out!

Thanks for checking out makeupandthecity, until next time.
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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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