Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Review + So much more!

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish

Remember my trip to Philly where I went to the Make Up For Ever store? Well I’ve finally pulled everything out and did a demo and review on it! I love everything that I bought! Take a look below.

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// Products Used //
Full Cover Concealer #14: http://scandalous.be/1uuE0hr
Pro Finish Foundation #177: http://scandalous.be/1sCGMhr
Skunk brush: http://scandalous.be/1p8mUlS
Fix +: http://scandalous.be/1t17Yqz
HD Cream Blush #515: http://scandalous.be/1ovUH9Y
Shine On Powder: http://scandalous.be/Y6QKO4
Aqua Brow #30: http://scandalous.be/1nQY6dr
Brow brush: http://scandalous.be/1uuIeWp

My Mini Make Up For Ever Haul + Pro Finish Video Demo

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This weekend, Josh and I took a random trip to Philly. In my mind, Philly = King of Prussia Mall = The Make Up For Ever boutique!! Every time I go into Sephora, I swatch the same products over and over. This time, I went ahead and bought them all.

I finally got Aqua Brow in #30, and it is as long lasting and pigmented as everyone keeps telling me! This cream isn’t as thick as I thought, which made it easy to glide along with a slanted brush. I used it today when I went to get my brows done (I color my brows super dark so they don’t over thread them).  Speaking of threading….

Eyebrow threading hurts like hell

Anyway, back on schedule. I also picked up the The Full Cover Concealer in #14 is that light as air product that packs in major, major coverage. The color is lighter than my skin, so I used it to cover blemishes and then applied foundation on top.

Okay guys, my new holy grail powder foundation is Pro Finish in #177! It blew my mind how natural this powder looks and how long it lasts! You can use it wet or dry, and the makeup artist on hand applied it by “rolling” it on with the side of their foundation kabuki brush. For reference, I wear #175 in MUFE HD foundation and #44 in Face & Body, as well as NW43 is MAC Studio Fix. This is reason #62281171 why MUFE is my favorite beauty brand of all time!

Nine Powders, Creams and Primers To Help You Keep Your Bronzy Summer Glow

I hate when we get to that time of year where the focus is on Fall instead of Summer! I’m a hot, sunny day girl, all the way! Since we love to be outside and get those free bronzy glows, I’ve got a list of products that will keep you glowing year round. This is just a roundup for now, but I’ve got swatches to come!

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Liquids

Maybe I should have saved the best for last, but these are definitely the best bang for your buck! They are more concentrated and give you the glowing effect instantly. I use these almost everyday.

Japonesque Color Liquid Light in Bronze – Here’s a product that gives you the bronze glow without looking too obvious!

Make Up For Ever Uplight in Bronze – This is actually a gel product, and it’s got a fair amount of glitter in it. If you’re going to use it, only do a little at a time.

Koh Gen D Illuminator in Beige – This is a much lighter shade, but the microfine sheen is irreplacable. Again, I found this product after taking a class with celebrity makeup artist Sheika Daley. I couldn’t believe what it did to the skin! [ See swatch and review here]

 

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Primers

Primers are the most subtle way to add a glow to your skin. These products barely had enough pigment to show on camera, but you can see it more on bare skin.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiant Bronze – Laura Mercier makes a lightweight lotion-y primer that melts into the skin.

Becca Cosmetics Bronzing Skin Perfector – Super lightweight, almost undetectable.

Smashbox ‘Photo Finish’ Luminizing Foundation Primer – This gives the slightest golden glow under makeup. If anything, get it for the texture. Your makeup will glide on effortlessly!

 

Glowing Powders
Powders

These are the most practical, and probably the most common way to add a glow to the skin. You can brush it on with or without foundation, and you can also use them to easily highlight and contour.

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish – A cult favorite! It adds sheen and a bunch of color at the same time. You can use it wet or dry, and it comes in a million limited edition colors. If you see one that you like, don’t hesitate, just get it! Metal Rock will always be my favorite–RIP.

Cover Girl Bronzer in Ebony Bronze – A fan favorite. I’ll say it over and over again–it’s the perfect brown girl bronzer. And for less than$10, how can you beat that? [See swatch and review here]

Shea Moisture Illuminating Powder – Ah, a newbie! These products are available exclusively at Target. You’ll get a light, but buildable glow with this one.

 

Japonesque Color Liquid Light  / Smashbox ‘Photo Finish’ Luminizing Foundation Primer  / Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Sheer Beige Illuminator  / BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector SPF 25+  / MAKE UP FOR EVER Uplight Face Luminizer Gel  / Laura Mercier ‘Radiance’ Foundation Primer M·A·C ‘Mineralize’ Skinfinish  / CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Minerals Bronzer

Do you have a favorite product that gives you a glow? Share it below! 

Make Up For Ever Black Tango Palette, Review and Swatches

Fall beauty at its best, baby.

Make Up For Ever Black Tango Aqua Cream Palette

My favorite brand has done it again, folks! Check out the new Black Tango Palette ($45). It’s packed with traditional Fall colors, but this time, MUFE offers them in their Aqua Creams.

 

These four colors will work perfectly as eye shadow and eyeliner. There’s a double-sided brush that comes with the palette, but I somehow misplaced mine. I hate when that freakin’ happens.
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Scandalous Beauty News, Vol. 001: Jet Open Casting Call with RHOA Cynthia Bailey, Essence Best in Black Beauty Awards and More

Celebrity stylist June Ambrose, celeb hairstylist Ted Gibson and ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Constance C.R. White

  • Jet Magazine is holding an open casting call at RHOA’s The Bailey Agency this Saturday from noon-3pm. Want more information? Email: JETcastingbow@gmail.com
  • Make Up For Ever launches a pro newsletter (Makeupforeverpro.com)
  • Essence Best In Black Beauty Awards was held last night, honoring 6 people who made a profound inpact in the beauty world. Pictured above is celebrity stylist June Ambrose, celeb hairstylist Ted Gibson and ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Constance C.R. White. (Essence)
  • Nars Cosmetics wins 15 (!!!) Instyle Best Beauty Buys Awards. (Narscosmetics.com)
  • Select Sephora stores are getting a new look! Manhattan locations will be the first, of course. (Sephora.com)
  • Refinery 29 shared 14 blouse ideas to wear to your 9-5 (Refinery29.com)