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CHANTECAILLE BEAUTY | M X T C

Hey guys, how goes it? Chantecaille is one of those brands that you see at Holt Renfrew which is a luxury retailer where you can find this brand within Canada, They have stunning visuals and stunning packaging, but it’s the charities behind the brand that is alluring. They set the bar high for clean beauty and might have even been the first to do so, there is so many small ways that we can help the planet, and I know that is not why readers come to this blog but I will leave a link if you’d like to check it out.

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“Hello readers of makeupxthecity we just wished to share our story, Chantecaille sets a luxurious standard in the world of modern, botanical skincare and cosmetics. Our obsession with flowers and their amazing natural abilities to heal and work in harmony with the body is at the heart of our passion for skincare. Through ground-breaking scientific advancement, meticulous formulation and personal commitment, we use beauty as a tool to effect change in the world. By creating purposeful, obsession-worthy beauty products crafted from the purest ingredients, we’ve raised the bar for the beauty industry. We’ve also created a philanthropy platform which shines a spotlight on global environmental issues and supports conservation efforts around the globe”.
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I am very happy to call attention to this brand within Canada and try my best to show you the beauty of the packaging while talking about the quality some of the brand is amazing and some of it I think is just to much so that’s why I’m going to take a look of the best and worst in the brand.

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Africa’s Vanishing Species Collection is pure beauty and the eyeshadows are made of unbelievable formula this collection of rich, pearlescent eye shadows is inspired by six beautiful creatures — cheetah, elephant, giraffe, lion, pangolin and rhinoceros — that are among Africa’s most endangered. All of these wild animals face common threats from shrinking habitats, conflict with local communities, and the illegal wildlife trade.

➡️ Please click here to learn more about the important causes you help with your love of makeup and skin care!
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One of my most favourite product Le Camouflage Stylo puts YSL Touche Éclat to shame even the new full coverage on and again I love the packaging, the silver and black camo is very beautiful – there is a difference in price though, Le Camouflage Stylo sells for $75.00 in Canada! With a single stroke of the brush, the ultra moisturizing formula’s light- reflecting pigments instantly blur the appearance imperfections while a sugar-based oligopolymer helps plump the appearance fine lines. Anti-Fatigue Complex works to lighten the appearance dark circles and reduce the look of puffiness ➡️ It comes in seven shades, sadly.
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The Polar Ice Palette is dazzling and features nine cool-toned shimmering eye shades with next-generation pearl pigments.

The effect: a galactic glow inspired by the otherworldly landscape and night sky of the Arctic.

With three distinct effects: holographic, metallic, and radiant, the shades and shine range from demure to dramatic and create artful, luminous eye looks with ease.

The nine wearable hues were assembled to offer endless opportunity to play and customizable looks.

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POLAR-ICE-PALETTE---OPEN_grandeBeauty with results Recognizing the potential in botanical ingredients is something that Chantecaille was built upon. When Sylvie discovered a field of Rose de Mai in Grasse, she zeroed in on a new, revolutionary rosewater that possessed unprecedented anti-aging, skin-perfecting benefits. Products that start with a foundation of anti-inflammatory, soothing plant-based ingredients that boost the skin’s natural protective qualities are at the heart of Chantecaille, and we are always ceaselessly searching for the most effective ingredients that produce the most impactful, visible, beautiful results.

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New micro-fine light perfecting powders, undetectable under High Definition cameras or by the naked eye, give all skin tones a flawless yet natural looking finish. It’s also one of the best powders that I have ever used, stays all day, using it with just concealer or on its own gives you all the same benefits, true to claims.

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Check out my previous post ➡️ QUICK BRUSH REVIEW – WET N WILD | MXTC
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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

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GEORGETTE KLINGER SKINCARE SINCE 1941 | M x T C

Hey boys and girls, I am personally a very big fan of changing my skin care pretty much when I feel the seasons begin to change. Skin is the largest organ of the body. It consists of three layers of tissues: the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous layer. The epidermis is the paper-thin outer layer of the skin. The outer layer of the epidermis consists of dead cells that are always flaking or washing off. These are replaced by new cells manufactured in the lower portion of the epidermis, which move upward to the outside of the skin. As they do so, the cells harden and die, some people have skin care that works for them but in a lot of cases the skin just gets used to what you are using.
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This cycle of cell production and replacement slows as we age. It takes about 28 days for the average, middle-aged adult. As we grow older, this skin cycle slows to about 45-60 days in our 40’s and 50’s. It can further slow to about 60-90 days in our 50’s and 60’s. As this process slows, dead cells accumulate on the surface of skin causing sagging and collapse of structure or what we see as lines, wrinkles, and deeper folds. Bacteria can become trapped causing blemishes and breakouts. Discoloured and irregular cells can also become trapped causing spots, discolouration, and sometimes more serious skin conditions, which is why I find it very important to take care of your skin starting at a good age, and there are available treatments to correct what time has done on the skin but after it would be up to you to keep it up.

Georgette Klinger is a European line that was interested in my feedback so they sent me a couple of item, and in return I was asked to pick whatever products I was interested in and added to the PR list. The prices of the products are on par with what you will be getting, of course the moisturizers and treatments start to become a little bit more expensive but it’s the same with any brand, the difference is the ingredients. 
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Coconut Cleansing Milk I love using in the morning to take off all the oils and yucky stuff from the night ➡️ not to mention the aroma is so light but smells so good. Purify and deeply clean your skin of impurities — including pollution, dirt, and makeup — with this luxurious cleansing milk, rich in Coconut Oil and Coconut Extracts to prevent drying out or irritating your complexion. Perfect for all skin types, this luscious facial cleanser incorporates anti-inflammatory Grape and Cucumber Extracts to soothe as you wash your face for skin that looks and feels healthy, hydrated, and refreshed.
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Vitamin C Complex  I really didn’t think I was going to like just because there has been so much active ingredients with Vitamin C but I truly was pleasantly surprised by this treatment, you should only us it at night time but I enjoy using it in the morning as well just a lot less and only in targeted areas – lighten, tighten and brighten your skin. Formulated with a stable, ultra-effective form of Vitamin C and Kakadu Plum, which boasts the highest source of natural Vitamin C in the world, along with extracts of Mulberry, Licorice Root and Lemon Peel, to help fight and protect against oxidative stress, this potent serum boosts radiance and luminosity and improves skin tone evenness. Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid promotes the absorption of Vitamin C, allowing this powerful anti-aging formulation to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, sun and age spots and acne scars while retaining moisture for more youthful, glowing skin.

” In 1941, Georgette Klinger brought the best of European skincare to Madison Avenue, attracting a vast, devoted, and influential following. Now, we’re celebrating 75 years of innovation and natural beauty.

There is so much about this skin care line that I could just rave about all day! But they have one product that I literally call my secret little weapon and that’s because it is, gone are the days of the night before a big job interview you get that feeling like you have a huge pimple coming and you wake up and sure enough there it is, right on your chin! It is even worse when it’s the night before a date and you get the same feeling, concealer can only do so much! Georgette Klinger created Charcoal Drying Lotion I promise you, if you feel that little tingle, and we all know what I’m talking about, apply this before you go to sleep and wake up do you thing, I will reapply a fresh dot on my existing dot just while I eat my yogurt, check my email, etc and then I shower, when you come out of the show, boom, it’s completely gone ➡️ now if this was a cystic pimple all you’ll have there is redness, no bump, no lump, and concealer can easily cover the redness and you are good to go! 
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Clear troubled skin at the source with this overnight spot treatment. Made with natural minerals and exfoliating Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs), the Charcoal Drying Lotion works fast to unclog pores on your face, jawline, chest, and back. Salicylic Acid begins by dissolving pore-blocking buildup of dead skin cells. Absorbent Activated Charcoal instantly draws out grease, while Zinc Oxide and Sulfur work deep to eliminate impurities and control excess oil. To calm the newly purified pore, cooling Camphor and soothing Calamine treat visible signs of irritation, inflammation, and sensitivity. Clarifying White Willow Bark minimizes redness and tightens the look of pores. Apply this treatment at the first sign of trouble, and you’ll wake up to a calm complexion that looks good as new.
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MILK MAKEUP ESSENTIALS + TIPS | M X T C

Milk Makeup, what took you so long to come into my life? I can’t believe that it took me so long to finally know my skin care, and the best part about it is even if i don’t keep it up for a week, it just stays frozen in time it would seem. Not to mention using to much of a product, come on, we are all guilty of this – all that concealer we pack of we only need half of that. Stick with me, I’ll fix those lies. GLOSSIER and MILK MAKEUP are very similar don’t get the two mixed up, you would think that they are owned by the same company, almost a year ago to date I was added to Glossier PR, Milk Makeup is all self paid for. Ok  boys, girls, let’s get this done.

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First off I’m going to talk about MILK Makeup and their FLEX line, which is complexion products, MILK has a FLEX Concealer which was a complete game changer for me and i think if you can get past the slightly high price point then I believe you will fall in love just as hard as I did – I mentioned above that I spent my own money on MILK Makeup that is not completely true they did a send out of new shades that they added and for some reason I happen to get one of the sparkly bags, but that was the only thing(s) I didn’t pay for.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ I use NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer the same tip as I use the FLEX Concealer, the different textures add something special, I’m not saying in any way you can’t do this tip for any brand. This product is also : VEGAN, CRUELTY-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE and TALC-FREE.

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Flexibility – Flex seamlessly becomes one with your skin — without caking or creasing — thanks to a combo of tiny bendable spheres and elastic marshmallow root powder (the ingredient that gives the candy its squishy abilities)

Full Coverage – The long-wear, medium-to-full coverage formula can take on anything you’ve got — from under eyes to over blemishes.

Hydration – Infused with blue lotus to moisturize and chamomile to calm skin. Do something good for your face.

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One of MILK Makeups bestsellers is there ability to be portable and for flights, hotels etc, these are killer, I bought this set around Christmas and took time to see if it was actually something I would like, use, recommend to my friends and family, I love these, actually all of them, I love the idea of a wash in a stick especially when they, you know, get it right, solid, microbead-free cleanser formulated with matcha green tea to clean, exfoliate, and purify skin. MILK Makeup actually cares about our environment and what we put on our bodies.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ Do your homework click here to find out what Microbeads are in cosmetic products and why they cause issues to our waters.

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One of my favourites is the Watermelon Brightening face serum, Swiss garden cress sprout extract helps brighten by reducing the appearance of dark spots for a more even skin tone. Watermelon fruit extract hydrates and delivers an immediate blast of hydration that lasts all day, while vitamins A, C, and E help fight against free-radicals. The formula goes directly from stick to skin, meaning no wasted product on your palms. Matrixyl, a biomimetic peptide complex, helps skin appear smoother by improving its elasticity.

The Cooling Water stick is so amazing for after you apply your serum, I just use it in certain spots and areas of my face like under my eyes, around my nose and in areas that tend to get a bit more dry, it’s also a blessing for the winter. It’s also infused with caffeine to support micro-circulation, giving skin an energized, refreshed glow. Formulated with natural seawater to calm and hydrate irritated skin, It’s also oil-free.

Lastly included in the set is the first ever solid matcha toner, Purifies pores after cleansing with ingredients like kombucha and witch hazel, while matcha green tea detoxifies and protects. They also have a organic cactus elixir which helps my skin especially if I’ve been really busy or working in the sun.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ The talked about set above in no longer in stock and I’m not sure if it will be back in stock you can ask by emailing hello@milkmakeup.com also a trick for working out put your cooling water in the freezer for 15 minutes then the fridge (don’t want a cooling water popsicle) and after your work out quickly use your Macha Solid Toner to refresh and then your cold Cooling water to lock the pores shut giving yourself time wash your face! Nothing feels more amazing then ice cold Cooling water from MILK!

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EXCLUSIVE : HAUS LABORATORIES PRESS DINNER IN VANCOUVER | M X T C

I was nothing but honoured to be invited to the Canadian launch of HAUS LABORATORIES by Lady Gaga press dinner in Vancouver which I told myself I would be at no matter what, I am so happy that i went and if it goes like that for all press dinners maybe I would find myself attending more, moving on, Lady Gaga’s beauty line went on pre-sale July 15th and will be on sale in September 17 – FLARE Magazine and I questioned will it even be sold in Canada, since this was a press dinner in Canada that should answer the question. (yes)

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Lady Gaga is finally putting her take on beauty in our hands, all our hands, because it will be available not only on hauslabs.com but on Amazon: “Just like with my music, I wanted everyone to have access to it.”

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I did have one of the best times at this dinner, It’s one of those times where you’re having so much fun that you forget just what you’re there for, and you tune in to the information you should be listening to, crap! Gaga is into the makeup part of the equation for sure. She reviewed formulas, named products, picked components and brought in her friend and makeup artist Sarah Tanno as global artistry director for the brand, which everyone who knows Gaga’s makeup day to day would not be shocked by this at all.

On the print out and video clogged iPad in front of us ➡️ While it’s uncommon for new beauty brands to be unveiled in July, Le Bourgeois said it is common for new concepts to launch on Prime Day. Amazon has executed successful Prime Day launches in categories like books and video games before, he said. Plus, for something like Haus Laboratories, it allows time to make more products if preorders exceed expectations.

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Update ➡️ Amazon Prime Day is here, and that means Haus Laboratories has officially arrived. It includes nine different duos (either two lip liners, two glosses, or two Glam Attack shimmer powders, in a range of shades), and also six different three-piece sets. Each three-piece set — or “haus” — includes an RIP Lip Liner, a Le Riot Gloss, and a Glam Attack.

Lady Gaga sees your face-tuned beauty ideals, and she wants to smash them. Lately I’ve been feeling the same way also the promise of something better can only get you  so far, I’ve always said that makeup isn’t there to fix or change anything but to enhance the beauty you already have but its true, even I sometimes follow suite and won’t leave the house without insuring all redness is gone. 

I am excited to see all the PR Packages be sent out and all the youtubers and bloggers to start really ripping the brand apart as they do! it happens with each and every brand – there was address fill out form but I’m really not 100% that Gaga will even bother sending out because of the pre-sale.

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DOMINIQUE COSMETICS |MAKEUPxTHECITY

‘I just wanna look good for you, let me show you how proud I am to be yours’ the lyrics breathed air into this company and gave millions the power to play with their own artistry, this brand shouldn’t be new to anyone within the beauty industry, you look good girl, I bet it feels good doesn’t it? starting with liquid lips as many companies start out now a days due to the lack to money it cost to create! Nothing is impossible is what I am trying to say to all of you reading this – get to work! The only one who is stopping you, sadly is you! Lately, and when I am ready I will talk about what exactly I experienced and just how it changed my life for the rest of my time of this earth. 

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From a young age, Christen Dominique had a strong interest in color. From painting to experimenting with her mother’s makeup, Christen understood the transformative power of cosmetics which led to her passion for makeup artistry. The launch of Dominique Cosmetics is the next chapter for Christen where her childhood dreams of color are realized. The Latte Paletteinspired by her ritual coffee that she shares with her mom and now with her fans, who start their day with her sharing their morning coffees and lifting each other up with positivity on their social channels – is the first of many luxurious unique products to come.

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The Rustic Glam Palette and Collection was maybe one of the first that brought my attention to DC COSMETICS and for good reason, boys, and girls – The Rustic Glam palette is a free spirit, wandering beauty who likes to take risks and most importantly is all about good vibes. Whether you’re feeling a neutral smoked out look or a fierce and glam look ➡️ Rustic is there to paint every memorable moment.

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From there I realized that Christen Dominique Cosmetics was a brand that i would want to use in my artistry and that I would want to represent because that is extremely important to me now more so then ever! I would like to thank Foundation PR for adding me to a couple of PR Lists including Christen Dominique who I have heard of course within the beauty industry but I never knew how good it actually was, I just wish there was complexion products such as Foundation, Concealer, Powder, Primer, Blush, Highlighter they just knocked out of the park so we are good there!

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The Lemonade Palette was maybe one of the more successful bundle launches for summer of ’19 with the unbelievable palette and the liquid lipsticks that were paid and pick perfectly off the same lemon tree, if you will. This was another one that caught me off guard because other then Jeffree Star Cosmetics we haven’t really seen anything like that so it was very, very needed and if you will, refreshing!

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Lemonade is a bright fun punch of pops of color and a lot of glam. Extremely blendable and creamy so you can create everything from fresh soft looks to dramatic eyes for a hot summer night out.

Each shade is smooth and buttery in texture that glides on for intense color payoff. Includes four (4) richly pigmented soft matte shades and six (6) ultra creamy sparkling shades curated for all skin tones, eye color and artistry skills.

To create each shimmer shade in our Lemonade Palette, we used different sizes of pearl particles to create varied textures and shimmer appearances making each palette a unique experience that you’ll discover as soon as you break the surface of the shade with your finger or brush.

➡️ Fresh, Bitten lip like color. Lightweight texture that is non sticky and flexible. Our glosses create a dewy effect that adds fullness to the lips. Sheer to medium coverage that is long lasting. To be worn alone or layered over lipstick.
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I think that it is safe to say that DC Cosmetics will only be going up with what I can only hope will be a full line! They only have up to go. up! up! and away! I know that me and all the other fans of the brand will be eagerly watching for this to happen! mind you I personally do not wear eyeshadows or liquid lipsticks but I am still able to appreciate the hard work that goes into creating an original company and can’t wait to see all the coming success for Christen Dominique Cosmetics!!

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HAUS LABORATORIES BY LADY GAGA | MXTC

OUR HAUS, YOUR RULES – who didn’t see this coming from the launch Fame by Lady Gaga because I am not at all, in fact; took you long enough Gaga, I wish she started with concealers and such but that would not be on brand with her so i get that!! I just open the Canadian PR which is highly different then the USA PR pretty much the same but with a little Canadian twist. This isn’t the first time Gaga has taken the game and shook it up and down and make people think and I can say, it’s almost like Marc Jacobs beauty and Lady Gaga had a baby.

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Currently I am not yet allowed to write about the brand as we signed a PDA and I’m not going down that rabbit hole again, ever again! but I urge you to check back next week just to experience the PR kit and the beauty Lady Gaga herself put into it!

When I was young, I never felt beautiful. And as I struggled to find a sense of both inner and outer beauty, I discovered the power of makeup. I remember watching my mother put her makeup on every morning, basking in the glow of her power to put on her bravest face as the hard working woman she was. I then began to experiment with makeup as a way to make my dreams of being as strong as my mother become true. It was then that I invented Lady Gaga. I found the superhero within me by looking in the mirror and seeing who I wanted to be. Sometimes beauty doesn’t come naturally from within. But I’m so grateful that makeup inspired a bravery in me I didn’t know I had. I’ve come to accept that I discovered my beauty by having the ability to invent myself and transform. They said I was weird, but really, I was just Born This Way.

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