New Make Up Review: Primer and Bronzer

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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Who loves buying new make up--raise your hand??  Me!  Me!  Me!  

I had to take a little break from make up buying after I reached VIB status at Sephora in a month.  I know.  But then I ran out of a few things and needed to restock before our vacation this summer, and I wanted to share my purchases with y'all!

Make up for me has been an evolution.  I remember dying to wear make up in junior high and feeling so cool when my mom let me have lip gloss and clear mascara in sixth grade.  Then seventh grade through ninth grade I wore it all--foundation, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara.  I quit wearing foundation in tenth and eleventh grade and just wore eye make up. I know that sounds strange, but I had great skin and didn't need foundation.

Fast forward a few years, and after watching Jacyln Hill make up videos one night with one of my best friends, I was hooked on make up.

laura mercier primer make up forever step 1 primer

My skin has gotten oiler since I've gotten older so my need for a good primer is a must. 

I was using Laura Mercier and it was okay, but I occasionally needed to blot my face once a day.  And that's something that gets on my nerves.  When I was in Sephora a few days ago, I told them my issue and they recommended the Make Up Forever primer.

I already use this Make Up Forever foundation and am so obsessed with it.  I seriously could write an entire post on how it's the best foundation I've ever used.

make up forever step 1 base mattifying primer

This is what the MUF primer looks like out of the tube.  Let me be honest, it's like putting a layer of plastic over your skin.  It felt so weird the first day I used it and I just knew I was going to hate it and return it.  And that day ended and my skin looked way better than it normally did after a long day.  And so I used it a second day and there's a picture at the bottom of this post of my skin for you to decide how it looks!  (I contemplated a before picture, but my skin thinks I'm still a teenager.)

When I went to Sephora I also went to find a new bronzer.  I had been using a left over Bare Minerals bronzer and wasn't thrilled with it.

tarte park ave princess bronzer waterproof
 I strolled around the make up section and told myself I would not spend over $40 on bronzer.  Then I found this Tarte bronzer!

tarte park ave princess bronzer waterproof
 The packaging is really cute and the best part?  It's WATERPROOF!  I love how natural it looks, and it lasted through the sweltering Alabama heat for an entire day.

So you can decide for yourself--I took this picture after wearing this make up all day long and even sweating during one part of the day.  I think my new primer and bronzer worked pretty good!

Linking up with Jenn and Kristy


  1. Whoa, I think I need both these items! My face gets really oily, especially in the summer. I don't really use bronzer, but it would add a nice bit of color right now!

  2. I really love my tarte blush - the staying power is amazing so I imagine it's much of the same with the bronzer!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. Wow that is great coverage, your end of the day makeup looks awesome!

  4. The Tarte Park Avenue Princess collection is seriously my favorite right now! I wear that lipstick almost daily. I need to check out that bronzer! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  5. I LOVE a good bronzer. I use Physicians Formula but have been wanting to try the Tarte brand!! You are beautiful, love your review, love that glow!!

  6. I adore these posts bc I love adding new products to my must try list! Love this and seohora!

  7. Aaaaah clear mascara! I had forgotten all about it until you mentioned it! I remember when my mom finally let me start wearing clear mascara... I was in 6th grade, too! It was the best day! And now I'm all, jeez, do I have to wear makeup?? And the answer is yes... ALWAYS YES! I look dead without it.

  8. I really need to try that Tarte bronzer - mine is always rubbing off. I have oily skin also and the MUF primer and foundation did nothing for me. Kinda like you said about Laura Mercier - I was always blotting my face which is a bummer! I'm still on the search for a good primer and foundation but I'm definitely checking out that bronzer! -xx Leah || Chasing Texas

  9. That bronzer looks like such a pretty color and waterproof - yes please!

  10. I've been wondering about a new primer but I just couldn't decide which one was worth the $$$, I think I'm going to try that one!

    xoox, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  11. I need both! I am struggling with the oily skin, too! I hate blotting or applying powder in the middle of the day. Thanks for sharing :)


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