Beach Wedding Beauty: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation Review

So I ended up getting a deluxe sample size of the new MUFE Ultra HD foundation in a Sephora order and I thought I would give it a try. As I mentioned in my original foundation post, unlike most of the world, I am not the biggest fan of the original HD foundation. For me it was not enough coverage and even though it is oil-free, did absolutely nothing to control my oil throughout the day. The original, however, is great with flash photography and I understand why it is such a cult classic. So, how did the new and improved version perform?

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The Ultra HD foundation is definitely an improvement over its non-Ultra counterpart. It controlled my oil much better (although I still was shiny towards the end of the day). The finish on the skin is very skin like and beautiful. The coverage is nice and medium. And of course it performed fantastic with flash. As with most MUFE foundations there is a terrific shade selection, 40 listed on their website. I would still suggest this foundation for brides with normal and dry skin. Perhaps now those with combination skin could use this with a good, mattifying setting powder. If this foundation sounds like it could be a fit for you, definitely go to Sephora and get a sample size!

Hope y’all are having a beautiful and fun-filled fall and thanks for stopping by!

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Beach Wedding Beauty: Norvell Spray Tan Review

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For my wedding I got an airbrush spray tan from a local salon. The salon uses the Norvell spray tan system and it is by far my favorite spray/self-tanning system. Combining a brilliant, dark, deep, and natural color with a custom application, the end result is a beautiful tan for your beach or summer wedding. I have always loved the color the Norvell system gives me and will continue to use it when I have special events. I enjoy applying a self-tanning lotion myself but for special occasions, I like to have a professional spray tan. I have also tried the Mystic tanning booth and I do not recommend it at all (uneven application, horrible smell, extremely unnatural color, faded quickly, even more expensive, etc).

Even though I did develop a natural tan before my wedding, the darkest tanning color for the system deepened my tan even more. But you may be asking, “What if I have naturally fairer skin?” Choose a lighter shade and the resulting look will still be a natural and healthy glow to your skin. Both my mother and sister, who are more fair than I am and have a reddish-undertone to their skin, got the lighter shades done for the wedding and it turned out great. While traditional self-tanning lotions/mousse leaves streaks if water touches it before the tan has fully developed, my Norvell tan still looked great the next day even though I accidentally spilled water on myself only a hour after application.

If you would like to have these results at home, you can purchase a Norvell system and learn how to apply it (or make a loved one learn, haha). Or you can choose to go to a salon that uses the system (that is reputable, look up reviews) and get a custom application. The salon I went to is Glow Tan and Boutique in Canton, GA. If you live in the metro Atlanta area, I highly suggest you try out this salon. It is a far drive but completely worth it. The current cost of one application is $30 (plus tip if you want) and that is a reasonable price, especially since most salons are charging $35-$55 for either a personal airbrush tan or a tanning booth. If a party of four or more goes at one time (make sure to set up an appointment beforehand), the cost of the spray tan per person drops down to $25. If you are curious in getting a spray tan, regardless of the brand, try it out a few weeks before the wedding to see if you like the color. If you do end up going with the specific brand, I suggest getting the spray tan done two days before the wedding.

I hope all this information is helpful and look out for my next post which will give suggestions for products to bring on your honeymoon!

 

Beach Wedding Beauty: Bobbi Brown Beach Perfume Review

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Sorry for such a delayed posting! Once the weeks leading up to the wedding hit, I was swamped with wedding duties and work duties. I am waiting for the professional pictures to get back before I upload my beach wedding eye makeup post.  I absolutely loved how my makeup turned out and I cannot wait to share it with y’all! But for now, a perfume review will do!

My personal philosophy is that perfume adds the perfect final touch to any beauty routine, especially a bridal one. I knew I wanted a signature perfume for my wedding day but I just did not know where to start. Then one ordinary day I heard of Bobbi Brown’s Beach eau de parfum. By just the name alone I was intrigued and dying to discover what type of scent this was. A few days later I stopped by Saks Fifth Avenue, made my way over to the Bobbi Brown counter, and sampled Beach. It was truly love at first scent!

Per Bobbi Brown’s website, Beach is described as having a “lightly intoxicating blend of sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin.” Translation: it smells like Coppertone. Now you are probably thinking “why on Earth would you want to wear that for the most glamorous and special day of your life?” It boils down to personal preference. I have always been obsessed with anything beach related (hence my desire for a beach wedding). Few things in life make me happier than laying in a beach chair and soaking up the sun. Since the wedding day is one of the most-important days of a person’s life, I wanted a perfume that I would always remember fondly and Beach was it.

While there is definitely a strong Coppertone-esque top note, it is slightly more sophisticated of a scent than straight-up sunscreen. Beach is quite potent so you only need one to two sprays of this beauty. However, this is not a long-lasting perfume and I do not notice any middle or base notes as the scent dries down. A few hours into the wedding I ended up spraying a few more sprays, which was fine with me because I had a touch-up bag with me during the reception. For me personally, the scent and the memory associated with the scent was more important than the longevity. It comes in a simple, clean-looking bottle (if you choose to purchase the bottle, also comes in a rollerball) and contains 1.7 fluid ounces. It is not a cheap perfume and if you want to reapply it throughout the day, you may run out of this product fairly quickly. I was able to purchase it during the Sephora VIB sale and it was for my wedding so I had no problem justifying the purchase 🙂

All-in-all, Beach does not have the most elegant and sophisticated scent but for a beach wedding I thought it was perfect! This is also just a great perfume to wear during the warm and hot months, especially when you wish you were at the beach. It has such a great scent and you will no doubt smile every time you spray it on!

Beach Wedding Beauty: Face Primers and Setting Sprays

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Face primers and setting sprays are very essential for a summer bride. Even if you do not struggle with foundation and other face makeup breaking down on you normally, you will still want to make sure these steps are part of your wedding day makeup. Between sweating, the humidity (at least for those of us in the South), and oil from your face, brides getting married in those hot months need all the help they can get.

To start with, face primers go on after your moisturizer and before any face makeup. However, there are many different primers with many different purposes. There are primers to reduce the look of pores, to make your makeup glide more easily on to the skin, to improve the longevity of foundation, to reduce oil, to calm red skin, and so on. For me, as a gal with extremely oily skin, I wanted something that would help my foundation last long while keeping me matte. Girls with dry skin, since they do not have the same struggle that I do, may want a primer that helps the foundation apply better on the skin, but still improves the wear of their makeup. This is something that you will need to decide first before going out to purchase one. For those wanting a smoother canvas to apply their makeup, go for a silicone-based primer (here is the article again helping you find out what type your foundation and primer is). On my skin though, silicone-based primers cause my face makeup to just glide right off. I tend to go for mineral- or water-based primers, as they are more mattifying (or at least the ones I have tried).

As pictured above, and yes I am horrible with taking photos, I LOVE Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. I bought the smaller size because I rarely use primer. Unless it’s a special occasion or I need my foundation to look perfect all day, I really do not see the need to add another product to my foundation routine. This primer is just amazing though! It greatly improves the longevity of whatever foundation I am wearing while calming down some of my redness. While there is a sunscreen in it, the ingredients that provide the SPF are chemical not physical, and therefore do not cause flashback.

Even though I loved my primer I already had, I thought that for my wedding I would test a few other primers. Of course I had to try the Smashbox ones! They are a cult classic after all! I ended up getting either the sample sizes or actual samples of the regular, light version, and the green-toned version. These all have silicone in them and just did not do well with my skin type. The green-toned one helped reduce the redness in my face but that was the only benefit for me. I would, as previously mentioned, suggest these primers for brides with normal to dry skin. I also tried the Becca Ever-Matte primer. I had heard great things about this primer and the name was ever so intriguing to me. Sadly, I really did not like this one either! It was definitely mattifying, but it was so difficult to blend on to my skin! It was so weird. I understand that silicone is the ingredient that improves a product’s blend-ability but I just could not make this work for me. It ended up causing my foundation to pill up when I applied it, which is NOT a look I want for my wedding. So for those with combination to oily skin, I would steer them towards the Hourglass one.

Finally, you will want to set all your makeup with a setting spray. The one I have loved for years is Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Setting Spray (the one pictured where you cannot see the name, yeah that’s the one). This amazing product is what I will use on my wedding day since it is great at controlling oil. For normal skin to combination, I suggest using their All-Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray. Girls with dry skin, IMO, could get away without a long-lasting or oil-controlling setting spray. If you really would still like to set your makeup, I would say try MAC Fix+ spray. It is such a nice product and gets rid of that powdery look. With all the great ingredients in it, it will bring a healthy look to your skin. Hope these tips have helped and as always test these products out well in advance!