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!
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 andit’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.
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.
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.
➡️ 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.
Please check back later today for a mega update! Including a special giveaway from MxTC and Artis!
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 partnership – I 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.
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.
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.
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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.”
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!
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 CharlotteTilbury 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 fullcoverageliquid 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!
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!
➡️ 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!
What is cookin’ good lookin’ welcome back to MAKEUPxTHECITY (MXTC BEAUTY) yes, you may have noticed that I’ve previously started changing names, traveling more and organizing some pretty cool things with some amazing brands and companies, so at this point I can say, I used to have a dream of a makeup line but I jumped into it way to fast and wanted to much to soon and it, it just didn’t work and wasn’t branded right, so I’m now working with a partner for MXTC BEAUTY and the first thing will be launch is the ultimate face(s) brush set, which is three brushes with iconic charcoal fibers that will change the way you do your entire base with only three brushes that you will use for, concealer, foundation, primer, powder(s), contour, highlight, skin care if you want one of the biggest things is the forth item that comes inside the package that allows you to change between only the three brushes and not have carry any product over, birthing the only face base set from MXTC BEAUTY, I am going to be sending these out in PR before I even tell a retailer and a launch date because I want word of mouth to travel globally. Permanently infused with Charcoal powder. Paraben and sulfate free. Brushes stay fresher for longer and more importantly are anti-bacterial ➡️ it’s also the as mentioned above the fourth item within that will change and I mean change your base routine also just the unique brush cute, the length of the beautiful handles, so much more – I also want to say thank you to Cosmetco Company and TrustPilot for helping to make my vision a reality and CROWN Brushes for sitting down with me and really showing me the ropes! Ok so that’s my little news! Let’s move on to E.L.F and drugstore products!
So I’ve found that E.L.F has came out with products that, well, could be considered DUPESbut from my research some, and I mean some of them E.L.F actually came out first, also – did you know our favourite luxe brands are actually inflated prices of up to 70% – yikes. If you check the ingredients list you will find a lot of the items of the high end list and of E.L.F are the same. I’ve picked three items from E.L.F that I think are just to good to be true for the items and complete threats. E.L.F came to play, and they are not stopping and why would they. Why should they?.
Item one is clear and obvious, E.L.F Camo Concealer which is such a killer concealer, I littler only use a concealer under my eyes blended down to around my nose, and a vegan setting powder that just melts into the skin and melts into the concealer. The intense pigmentation is full coverage, but won’t settle into fine lines, courtesy of its oil-balancing formula that leaves behind a full matte finish so make sure that you lay down moisturizer and a good primer!
➡️ I said that I am done with the company Tarte, I’ve made it very, very clear that I did not wish to work with them anymore, buuuut I have to bring attention to the fact that E.L.F Camo Concealer and Tarte Shapetape are almost one the same – Tarte finish in my eyes is actually less then Eyes Lip Face (E.L.F) I love the matte finish and the extreme coverage. I will actually be showing both wanders and you will see they are identical➡️ which is bananas to me! It does leaves a long lasting, velvety matte finish that looks almost airbrushed. I even tried it under my eyes, where I tend not to use any matte products, and it was still good. I mean, I do like something a lot dewier for that area, but it isn’t at all unflattering and doesn’t settle into the lines.
SIDE NOTE ➡️ E.L.F is actually labeled as the best budget concealer all the luxury ingredients for only $5.00 ($6.00 in Canada) remember when I said luxe brands mark up also 70% please always remember that but also, don’t be running to a dollar store saying Kam told me too!
With this concealer you can’t go wrong for the price, for the packaging and for the fact that it works, and it works good, and the fact that if you try to find it right now it’s pretty much sold out almost everywhere! They do re-stock them quickly but you have to go or recheck as much as you can and it would be the same as my other two items on the list!
The next item is E.L.F Booster Drops for skin care to custom create your own regime or to add and use as serum! personally I like to add it right to my skin in a patting motion so that it protects against any feature break outs, I don’t have acne or breakouts as it stands but I love the smell of tea tree oil, zinc, which hazel and all the other none chemical ingredients! but guess who came out with very similar if not the same items COVER FX also lets not forget COVER FX used to be sold in drug stores to help people with problem skin and personally I feel as if they sold out, they were already a million(s) dollar company so I don’t get why but that’s how it works I guess.
There are many benefits to a booster serum, and it differs from your regular serum by giving you faster results. The ingredients are concentrated in larger amounts, which gives you a “boost” in outcomes. You typically use three to four drops on your face, and you can use it with a combination of other serums and lotions in a multiple-step skincare routine, delivering a series of restorative ingredients that will get your complexion to look its best. But seeing how it’s such an effective product, small viles usually cost anywhere between $30-$100 or more, which isn’t easily accessible to beauty lovers on a smaller budget. Seeing that gap in need, E.L.F stepped in with their own version. E.L.F Booster Drops cost under or exactly $11.00.
➡️ Take a minute to check this website out, not only for E.L.F but for all brands, know what it is that you are putting on your face! www.skincarisma.com
The next item is one that SMASHBOX had on shelves for quite some time and that would be there primer water, but it doesn’t do all the things that E.L.F has created for their primer water, matte, hydration, glow, clean and fresh and the list goes on. I love this one from E.L.F more then then SMASHBOX because it actually, and I mean actually works! As it dries down it becomes a tacky good matte but not moister sucking primer and trust me, we all know my love for SMASHBOX and how much the brand has had my back and helped me so much within my career but I can’t lie, E.L.F figured something out that SMASHBOX just, well couldn’t and maybe its because the one from SMASHBOX is a primer water and a setting spray from E.L.F it would be only a primer.
Naturally, if you have any type of audience you will be, if you don’t approach, the FabFitFun team which is a good thing if you’re looking for codes or commission paid work which at point I’m just to busy but I thought to myself FabFitFun is on of those boxes with full size products within each box, with a massive value for the consumer – so when they asked me to send me two of their editors boxes due to the fact they are seasonal I was like that’s pretty cool of the brand, don’t forget to check out this post first ➡️ SUBSCRIPTION BAGS – IPSY, IS IT WORTH IT? |MAKEUPANDTHECITY it would be a good place to start, as they say in Germany, Was Hänschen nicht lernt, lernt Hans nimmermehr.
FabFitFun really is the only box out there of it’s kind to focus on so many things but maybe that’s where it personally went wrong for me, they do offer a wide variety of items within – or maybe where it went wrong is because I am a man but that sucks even more to me. FabFitFun creates curated boxes of health and beauty products to its customers through an online subscription service. The company offers a seasonal gift box filled with fashion and beauty care products, every three months in a year. I know that they have different employees who also research the best, hottest and newest products for the box.
I was sent two boxes so that I was able to see a variety of change and see how the consumer would pick a nice little item or swap it out but when the boxes came they were the exact and I mean exact same, not a single difference, do I use the items, yes but it’s like a semi stock up of items because I already owned them – I have the Kate Summerville, GLAMGLOW, BLAQ eye masks – I kit you not even the maker of the cross body bag sent me some of there affordable but still ‘classy’ items and that was one of the items sent to me for that – the one thing that was ‘new’ to me or that being a man, with a penis, shocker (I mean absouloutly zero disrespect by saying that, we all know about sexual organs it ain’t new) was a throw that was amazing and it’s become my reading blanket or I cuddle up in it and watch a movie, I even used it as my blanket last night with my big comfy blanket beside me and I didn’t even need it, or touch it at all, I was comfy, warm and perfect temperature all night, that’s how comfy this throw is.
There was also a shower luffa type thing that was presoaked in body was and I read it and though whoa this would be absouloutly nice, so in the shower the product felt pretty stiff and hard so I got it wet and worked it with my hands so that it became softer, I thought it was appropriate to start washing my body, no, I still, yes still have what looks like rug burn and irritation and micro scratches from that shower brick, I mean beauty sponge for the shower. Come on FabFitFun whose choice was that?!
SIDE NOTE ➡️ FabFitFun brought in $40M in Revenue in the last year. Wow you’d think that they would find a way to incorporate more things for men within the boxes or have a separate smaller department just in case a box is split for men and woman fifty fifty.
Is it worth it➡️Yes, for a female who wants to try new things in the categories FabFitFun is known for then yes it is, it was also make a wonderful gift for my be your mom or sister so they are able to trysomething new if there life is very demanding, cute little concept but I do also want to point out that typically when I am sent PR, Press, Sponsorships and all of that it comes within the next day or maybe even second day, FabFitFun used FedEx ground and it took almost two weeks, which I didn’t really understand!
➡️ Just so everyone knows also the FabFitFun boxes along with some other unused PR I donated to a local woman’s shelter for abused and homeless woman! They need it more then I, and I absouloutly know that it will give them a smile and make them feel beautiful when they need it the most.
In total, the collection is massive, consisting of one eyeshadow palette, one highlighter palette and four highlighter singles, one Super Shock Shadow vault, one kit, and six shadow singles, eight jelly shadows, nine body glitters, four lip bundles, a liquid lipstick vault, a makeup bag, and a partridge in a pear tree, oh, I am joking about that last one, but seriously — this line has a lot going on, and it’s all so, so good. I’m tempted to say this might be the brand’s best collection to date.
SIDE NOTE ➡️ I do want to just say that I did not pay the price tag if $300.00US I was sent this collection in PR and I am adding it to my iPhone give away all you have to do is follow my IG account for a chance to win – I will not use this collection as I am a man and I was sent it in hopes of review but I know that this collection and a brand new black iPhone XR would make someone’s holiday’s better! ALSO this collection is sold out and will not be restocked!
The Chasing Rainbows Palette is 15-pan palette which features the perfect ratio of wearable neutrals and shimmery statement shades. The top row of the palette is neutral and bronzy, while the middle row includes some fun-yet-wearable pinky berry tones. The last row is where things get really funky, with a few metallic shades, teals, and a matte aubergine to smoke things out.
Jumping to the face for some major cheek shimmer, look no further than the Super Shock highlight palette it’s very pretty and what I like is the shades are very, very versatile. “Counting Sheep” is an ivory with a silvery sheen, “Pinch Me” is an opal pink accented by violet duo chrome glitters, “Guilty Pleasure” is an icy peach with golden sheen, and “Mr. Wind” is a light coral with a silvery sheen. If you don’t want to buy all four they do sell them in single form for only $8.00US oh – did I forget to say that everything inside this collection is available in single form.
➡️ I do find a lot of brand not being so exclusive with PR packages anymore meaning that they send then out to writers, influencers and editors and then once reviews go up and the brand picks up a little speed, it’s available to the masses – seem to me that this happen after that silly rumor that influencers get better quality products in PR.
The entire Holiday Collection includes the Chasing Rainbows Shadow Palette, Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette, Flying Colours Liquid Lip Vault, Double Rainbow Super Shock Shadow Kit, Dream Baby Dream Lippie Stix Kit, and brand new shades of Jelly Much Shadow and Glitter Obsessed Body Glitters. Now I know that that is a lot of items and I’m not going to write about a lot of it only a couple of the items that I received extras of because I don’t want to for hygienic reasons as one of you killer babes will win it along with the new iPhone XR.
So this will be a smaller review of a five minute read which I’m wanting to start to do more of because who has the time to sit and read, I’m also getting everything that I need for video set up and my move from WordPress to my own domain and site is almost done, it will be happening into 2019.
Hey guys, as we get closer and closer to Christmas day, I kind of want to know – does anyone else start to feel, lethargic?It starts out I’m so excited, and happy for the holiday, it’s a fairy tale in motion almost, then, I’m in a endless line up of shoppers, endless family members, crazy drivers, I say it every year about giving my time to people who need it, or helping at a shelter or donating and I mean to do it but I always forget, and I know I’m not the only one who has the thought, we are always told, it’s the thought that counts, so that’s it then, I can feel good because I did have the thought to do it, so why do I feel lost this time of year. Just so everyone knows, I did go to the shelter and offer my time before it became the after thought of the year. I guess we need to keep the faith and don’t forget the reasons why, whatever your ‘why’ is.
Anyway, let’s talk about the new PR out from Anastasia Beverly Hills – Which I believe is actually available to buy for you guys which is super cool! I am going to be donating these this year because everything that is in the PR is sold separately which means already have it from past launchesor maybe I will do an Instagram giveaway but I am still doing the iPhone XR giveaway right now (BEAUTY NEWS / LIFE 101 / WINTER SKIN YOU’D KILL FOR / IPHONE XR GIVEAWAY (CANADA)| MAKEUPANDTHECITY) so we shall see what happens. I have also noticed that it seems to be a process to subscribe to a WordPress blog, if you don’t have any account.
SIDE NOTE ➡️ It’s about your stats, daily visits, views, what was read, there is also an option if you don’t make an account to just enter an email and you are sent a link anytime a post goes live – that is just as well because I still have disabled likes and comments for personal reason, unless you are a WordPress admin the your like / comment will show through no matter what but anyways I just wanted to let you know for the giveaway, my IG is more personal but I guess what is the point of that, follow me on Instagram if you want to win, and from new followers that is how I will choose the winner I will also screen record from the giveaway site so you see I’m being fair.
So the holiday PR came in two boxes this year, and within the first box I opened I saw something that I thought Anastasia Beverly Hills should have done for along time now – a eyeshadow vault and it was really nicely done also. Unfortunately the Anastasia Beverly Hills Palette Collection is a limited edition set of 4 iconic ABH eye shadow palettes: Modern Renaissance, Prism, Soft Glam and Subculture, companies always say that something is ‘limited edition’ and they always bring it back so I don’t want to say get it before it’s gone because it is sold out right now on the website, but they are restocking is so if it truly was limited, then it would be once it is gone, it’s gone but being restocked – feel me?
➡️ Each palette contains 14 eye shadow shades, from essential neutrals and vibrant shimmer shades to bright pops of color and each palette includes a dual-ended brush and a large mirror inside its travel-friendly packaging.
➡️ ABH is committed to cruelty-free product formulation, testing, and development which is a huge plus within the beauty community and extended.
If you haven’t seen these palettes or don’t own them, lets break them down by each palette, Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette is more warm, romantic shades with intense color payoff. Prism Eye Shadow Palette is more universal neutrals and prismatic metallic shades and I personally love using this palette on set. Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette is pretty much an essential neutral palette works with all skin tones and the color payoff is beautiful. Subculture Eye Shadow Palette is more edgy, grungy mattes and bold metallic shades – there was a lot of hype around this palette and when it came out it was a little underwhelming. It sell’s for $90.00US which is extremely good savings.
Next was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Holiday Pyramid Collection with an assortment of 8 shades of ultra-reflective metallic cosmetic glitters for face, body and hair. The Pyramid also came with 3 Mini Metallic Liquid Lipsticks in limited-edition shades – And included 4 Mini Lip Glosses also in limited-edition shades which nice to get some new during the holidays from a brand – Vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free as well. This is available only online and sells for $150.00US, Packaging is a big plus because it is beautiful looks good on a vanity.
Next I got 2, 10 piece Liquid Lips from sets from ABH and I’m not going to go to far into details because we all know what a liquid lip is by now and we all know how they apply them. What I will mention is there is two sets for Fair – Light skin tone (Containing 2 new nude shades and 8 favorite shades) and Medium – Deep. Containing 8 new nude shades and 2 favorite shades – Each lip color features ABH’s full-pigment liquid formula that applies seamlessly and dries down to a weightless matte finish for smudge-proof wearability. This sells for $60.00US, and it very much so worth the price point.
There was 1 more item but I’m going to save it for a upcoming post, along with a promise made from a different post not to far back! Don’t forget to follow me on IG for your chance to win the giveaway, and try to do something nice for someone else! Love wins!
Hello, Konichiwa, Bonjour, Hola, Guten tag, Namastê – I'm a lifestyle and beauty blogger, am an organized, honest, responsible hard working person who loves writing and talking about all the wonderful products that I'm sent – I am a mature, self-motivated, confident, and an ambitious person always committed to deliver high standards within my writing you will also find I'm very consistent and am always honest about the products I am reviewing. I also tend to write about my own crazy life experiences, smash that follow button and buckle up! It will be a run ride!