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JUMP INTO SPRING WITH THESE MUST HAVE PRODUCTS! | M X T C

Hey there boys and girls, how goes it? clocks have went forwards so we are that much closes to summer for all of you who enjoy summer but before we get to summer we first have too go through spring! I don’t mind spring so much, but I am not a summer person which, but, I have a July birthday so I’m told that should make me enjoy summer, not 100% sure where these people are doing their research but I will go with it. There are so many products that I could recommend for spring 2019! In this post you will see such brands as ➡️ Recipe for men, La Prairie, BeautyBlender, The Body Shop, Too Faced,  SMASHBOX, so many brands are killing it and it’s wonderful to see.

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Recipe for men has an amazing moisturizer with the a hint of bronze that is enough to make a difference but not a crazy self tanner or something that looks fake, the brand actually just sent me almost their full product line up, super nice of them so I will be touching base on the brand in the future!

➡️ It is a hint of color for fresh and healthy looking skin.
This lightweight bronze cream evens skin tone while imparting a natural glow with just enough coverage to enhance your complexion, of course you’d want to bring it down the neck a bit but this is a cream not a makeup. It does have extract of African pepper energizes overtired skin exposed to shaving, pollution and stress. Hydrogenated jojoba and provitamin B5 provide anti-irritating and moisturizing action, this is not going to tan your skin, but it will make for a instant glow effect.

Too Faced actually was one of the first brands to believe in MXTC and offered me a paid 5 year advertisement placement (with scheduled changes) also it was one of my first PR lists I was ever added to with the ad placement but I don’t really talk about the brand that much because I don’t want people to think that I am pushing the brand but I have come to realize that, they will still pay me every 3 months for a years worth of ad space regardless, so something for spring to really get your hands on would be the Born This Way Super Coverage Concealer which really, if you have a couple of shades it really could be all you’d need for your base as you prepare for spring and summer skin.

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Too Faced also has the semi-annual sale starting soon! up to 75% off, click the photo in the side bar to be directed!

The formula is oil-free, non-comedogenic formula ➡️ can be used to conceal, contour, highlight, and retouch ➡️ weightless and hydrating so skin is never dry or cakey ➡️ long wearing for 12 hours ➡️ photo-friendly, no flashback ➡️vegan and curtly-free! I don’t think that we could really ask for anything better, it also comes in a shade for all skin and under tones!

In the past I have talked about The Body Shop ➡️ COLD WEATHER FAVOURITES | MAKEUPANDTHECITY which is funny because the product I was speaking about and how I got interested in the brand was from RIO RELATIONS in NYC and I’m talking about going from cold to spring because it’s The Body Shop Vitamin C glowing skin line, this time what I am talking about is their cleanser with mild exfoliation daily cleanser, right from the get go, your skin is radiant, glowing and looks more healthy. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health so there would be a reason why a lot of brands make millions off that simple vitamin that your were told to take as a child (and you should still take a daily vitamin) give this cleanser a try and you won’t be sorry.

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ The Body Shop cleanser also works well with cleansing tools and Clarisonic alike!

Next I would have to say for perfect skin that will bring you back to winter is White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire from the house of La Prairie – I really just use this cream as a finishing cream or in areas where I know I feel a little bit more dry, I know, I know it’s $1000.00 and you feel I’m abusing how you use it! but the effects and the smell of this skin care line alone is amazing, It’s a lavish cream infused with Lumidose, the extraordinary molecule of light. It helps skin reach new levels of luminosity and evenness ➡️ measurable in two weeks, visible in four, extraordinary in eight. I do have wonderful news! La Prairie has launched travel size skin care of their coveted creams and potions and the PR box was so cute, I literally thought that they were sending new concept jars of what new packaging would look like till I read the card – prices were not released but I assume they will launch with my previous mention ➡️ LA PRAIRIE | NEW PRODUCTS | BRAND TRIP(S) and more | M X T C either way, when I know you better believe you, will know!

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Now I know BeautyBlender Bounce was a terrible launch! but at least they addressed the issue and fixed it!
A lot of brands would just ignore it till they think its out of our minds but they did a press release, and a consumer apology and made it better for all skin tones. There is no denying that the Bounce foundation with the new BeautyBlender is some beautiful witch craft, you really see how you get to control coverage with this product, you can take it there or keep it bare! it can even be used as a targeted area, like on the chin, around the nose, a little on the forehead and go! it a lot of cases you don’t really need powder because it dries so matte!

I’m going to make this two parts because if you remember my Chromebook challenge its almost up so I will have my final thoughts and talk to you a little bit about how it went and if I’m going to give up my MacBook for it.
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MAKEUP BAGS, AND YOU | MxTC

Happy Tuesday to you, oh yeeeees grandma you! 🙂 Welcome to MAKEUPxTHECITY, do you ever just wake up in such a good mood, knowing your love is beside you, I know I am the only one who wakes up at (and anywhere between) 4:00am-6:30am I just can’t help it, now don’t get it twisted, I could fall back to sleep! I just love my little drive to get my espresso and my coffee downtown, typically I go for a run but with the snow I go every other day; I always have such a love hate relationship with the weekend, don’t get me wrong I enjoy not putting so much time into work and having some time to write which sometimes I will write a couple of things and send them in a draft to the brand, or company or whatever, saying this has already been set and timed to a day, these are my thoughts – if its a sponsored post or whatever it is, I don’t allow them to change my words as once it is locked in to go, it can’t be changed which I love a lot about working with TrustPilot and I thank them allowing me to handle my own PR for my own space and be my own management, back to what I’m here to talk about! I know you all like my little rants, and talks in my introduction!

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Today I want to talk about a few makeup bags that are for more personal use or for a small set call, you can also keep them within your luggage or weekend bag as a little add on and they are absouloutly stunning especially if you like classic, clear, halo type, toss and go, or organize to the gods.

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Some are a little more exspensive and some are a little cheaper but none are a lacking quality and protection of whatever is inside! That’s a promise!

Firstly, we have Artis and you know I don’t mess around with price tags if the quality is there, yes, oh yes, my PR list grows and grows but it is in no way like oh hi, yes, I ran out of my liquid diamond gel can you sent me another one! thanks sooooooooooooo much. Yeah no it just doesn’t work like that, PR is for influencers to one – try the product or whatever first, two – for consideration to write about or blog about it and get it across to your subscribers, three – repurchase. Yes they are good with sending a package on or around your birthday of some items they know and are aware that  you like, which is super sweet and they do not have to do that!

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But back to Artis and their makeup holders, they change by season and by holidays, for example for Valentine’s day they became red which I really applicate having different colors, especially for travel, and on the note of travel they also come in small, medium and large – all of the bags from Artis has a place for your needed brushes to remain safe and on the other side a mesh bag (see photos below) the newer
bags are very beautiful they are fully black with a thin layer of plastic around the zipper, with ARTIS over pattern, one of my personal favourites.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ Artis is giving away a luxury makeup case as a gift right now when you spend $75+ which is a good deal considering the price of the bag alone.

The next makeup bag is Ariana Grande approved, its from the brand TheMakeupDrop, and the reason I say its Ariana Grande approved is for good reason for her new tour all of the bags you bring in have to be clear so that security can see what you have inside, we all remember what happen at the singers concert in Manchester, sadly and truthful absouloutly devastating and wrong, anyways to take a look at Ariana Grande$8.00 tour bags check it out here on iheartradio that’s getting a bit off topic but it falls under the realm of something that is important to shine light on, for me anyway, one of the best parts of this bag also if it’s only $15.00 which is a great price for everyone!

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What do you think? Pro Makeup bags? or it doesn’t matter to you really?

Check out my previous post here ➡️ MY MISTAKE(S) AND THE HOUSE OF AENEA | MXTCMY MISTAKE(S) AND THE HOUSE OF AENEA | MXTC

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WAR PAINT FOR MEN | MxTC

What’s going on – I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are enjoying the work week I have a huge work project that’s taking up a lot of my time the new movie Hell Boy which comes out in April which if you are a fan of Hell Boy I would totally go and see it! I was sent some samples from a brand called War Paint which is pretty much makeup for men, it’s all very masculine and very manly containers, for example a woman wouldn’t see this sitting on a mans sink and think oh that’s makeup, the packaging is very discreet! Which is a huge plus for men who are straight and put on a little something to hide a night so well rested weekend or drinking. But there is a lot of claims behinds War Paint and we will get into some of them.

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Men’s skin is naturally tougher, the skin on a man’s face is 25% thicker than a woman’s, men’s skin also has bigger pores and a lot more of them which produces more sebum than a woman. The difference in men’s skin to woman’s skin is caused by hormones, specifically testosterone. Androgens such as testosterone affect the thickness of the skin and how much sebum their skin’s sebaceous glands produce. Seeing as men have a whole shedload of testosterone, their skin is both thicker and oilier than women’s. This means that as a man you may be more likely to get spots and blackheads.

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Due to this, men need to be more cautious about what they use on their skin, as “regular” skincare and cosmetics could worsen the skin over time.

All of War Paint’s products are individually designed for men’s skin including ingredients such as; Vitamin-E, this is a natural protection from UV rays as men’s skin is naturally more prone to damage from UV rays which increases signs of ageing skin. Tea Tree Leaf Oil, this is excellent for acne prone skin and has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which can help fight acne and improve the condition. Lanolin Alcohol is a fatty alcohol that can greatly benefit dry skin caused by shaving because it helps defend against moisture loss and maintain a supple feel on the skin. BHA which works on the skin’s surface and inside the pores to reduce blackheads and prevent spots. Learn more here.

Check out my previous post here COSMETIC SURGURY – SKIN VITALITY MEDICAL | MXTC and don’t forget to DM me any questions that you might have!
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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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THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY | M A K E U P x T H E C I T Y

What’s going on boys and girls, if you’re like me, you’re happy the weekend is here, I always was the type to work Monday till Friday and typically, other then emails – the weekends are mine! So every Friday I’m going to start ‘TGIF’ which will feature weekend makeup, tips, fun city events and everything in between! I like the idea of consistency and coming up with little posts for everyone – but remember, drink responsibly and be mature if you’re going to be going out this weekend!

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When it comes to weekends and playing your makeup up a lot of the times it’s as simple as just adding some pretty glitter right to the center of your lid especially if you’re wearing a basic neutral look. SMASHBOX has amazing little cover shot palettes which are absouloutly the perfect size to keep in your purse, back pocket or wallet. Recently I was sent a cover shot vault, and they have a cover shot of just pigmented glitter, it is absouloutly what you need to take the look to the next level ➡️ you can take a look at bold glitter right here.

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There is also Stila Magnificent Metals they’re rather well pigmented and opaque. You will love the super shiny effect, they look like liquid metal on the eyelids. With the glitter, the finish can quickly look crumbly and not very elegant. But here, it’s not the case, the glitter particles are fine and very pretty. I just adore this finish. I love the fact that they’re pigmented, they’re not just glitter, they provide color as well. One of the facts about them that makes them good for going out, or just going to dinner is they’re long-lasting so they aren’t going anywhere.

Don’t forget to bring a touch up powder or blotting compact! it’s important to make sure you don’t look like you’ve already had your makeup on for a full work day, if you do have the time, go home and shower. The city life can be lives very very fast!

THE CITY (TORONTO) ➡️ EVENTS ➡️ 

The Village of Yorkville Park will be transformed into a glittering display of ice sculptures inspired by the Toronto Film Industry. This annual event supports the Heart & Stroke Foundation and features live carving, prize packages, and vendors. This is actually so much fun, I went last year and was just memorized by what these men and woman could do with ice! This is a free event for all ages, so family appropriate.

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➡️ (Saturday) 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location ➡️ Village of Yorkville Park – 115 Cumberland St., Toronto ON, M5R 1A6

Just remember to be safe! Have a lot of fun! and love one another! oh and make sure you subscribe or bookmark MXTC!
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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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ZIIP BEAUTY – TAKE BEAUTY INTO YOUR OWN HANDS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

So I’ve got something really cool, I actually got to go to a press event for ZIIP Beauty and ask the creator, Melanie Simon, some questions and find out for myself what the heck makes this go amazing also why they decided to take away the video of the male, mine you I wasn’t a ZIIP user so I only heard echo’s of this video. I got to find out first hand why things are priced the way they are, and why ZIIP Beauty proves to put some electrical esthetician’s out of a job – a lot of celebrities are known to stop by these popular trend spots rather then going under the knife.

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First of all, What is ZIIP ➡️ ZIIP is a handheld electrical skincare device. The technology behind ZIIP is ground breaking – tiny, energetic currents are pushed into the skin through positively and negatively discs located on the bottom of the ZIIP. Envision a battery where there is a positive and negative end. The energy runs between the two polarizing ends and into whatever it’s in contact with giving it life; in this case, the skin. With regular use ZIIP will leave your skin, revived, refreshed and lifted.

What is it that you feel people need ZIIP? ➡️ Well, as the aging process kicks in, or acne causing bacteria is a growing concern for you, the skin starts breaking down, due to overly washing your face or due to lack of collagen production. One of the key factors is decreased ATP production – ATP is nicknamed molecular currency because it’s used to produce collagen and elastin in the skin. ZIIP increases ATP by up to 500%

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Another mentality ➡️ ZIIP infuses the skin with specific waveforms to create ATP, as a result, the user will produce more ‘youth proteins’ to create more beautiful and healthy skin. Excess ATP can’t be stored in the body, using ZIIP one to three times per week allows the user to create more collagen and elastin, heal tissue, stimulate lymphatic drainage, increase blood circulation and diminish bacteria in the skin.

Check out my previous post where I touched base on ZIIP and the different types of treatments that you sync right to the device from the APP ➡️ RIDE OR DIE PRODUCTS | MAKEANDTHECITY

Compulsive indulgence? ZIIP is proudly made within the USA, where modern technology and beauty intersect. ZIIP has offices in San Francisco Bay area, the epicenter of young tech companies, and LA. ZIIP is available online, Barney’s New York, Violet Grey, Neiman Marcus, Revolve.com, and other retailors. ZIIP sells for over $500.00US.

I have a nose ring, when I use ZIIP I take it out, do I have too?
No you don’t have to take it out if you do not wish to, ZIIP can be used with metal piercings/implants; however, the piercing area should be avoided as much as possible as you may feel a “zinging” sensation if the probe touches anything metal.

What happen to the video that featured a male showing how to use the ZIIP, Why was it changed to a woman?
It’s best to avoid using ZIIP on areas where there is facial hair. The hair acts as a blocker to ZIIP’s electrical currents so we thought it best to change the outline of the Quick Fix video your are speaking of. We recommend using ZIIP on a clean-shaven face, but if you do have a beard and/or mustache, you can adjust any of the electrical treatments to avoid those areas, or use the Quick Fix or VitalEyes electrical treatments, which do not include the lower face and jaw area.

The conductive gel is kind of.. pricey for this day and age and you have to use a lot of it, how long does a bottle last?
2-5 months. We also offer a Silver Treatment for only $50 vs. $150

The PR package received was very beautiful and presented very well, is there a difference between PR send outs and what a consumer will receive?
Absouloutly not.

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Well, what do you think? Will you order a ZIIP or save up to get one? I will say the Instant Gratification treatment is my go to before getting ready before I getting ready to out, Quick Fix and, Energize are my night in treatments and every couple days, Total clearing. I am giving this device full run down and putting it to the test, I will say that I’m not to sure that I agree the conductive gel will last five months. I will add updates to this post as they are needed.
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