Summer Sephora Haul!!!

IMG_5033So I went into Sephora the other day on the hunt for some summer essentials. You know, a foundation with SPF, sunscreen that wouldn’t break out my face, etc. But, of course, the minute I stepped into Sephora, I completely forgot my reason for going in and stocked up on some other “essentials”.

110 Pink Porcelain

In my last post, I reviewed Make Up For Ever’s (MUFE’s) Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation. I loved it so much that I wanted to pick up the HD Invisible Cover Foundation. I haven’t tested it out yet, but I did try a little on in the store and it is so silky. I got the shade 110 Pink Porcelain, which, according to Sephora, is meant for porcelain skin with pink undertones. That I did not know, but it’s the lightest shade they had, and that is usually a pretty simple way for me to pick out the shade to try. This was quite pricy at $50, but it looks pretty good, so I took a chance on it.

4.9 oz Spray Bottle

The next item I bought also coincides with my last post, where I mentioned I got the MUFE Foundation Kabuki Brush. It wasn’t until I began using this brush that I realized I did not have a cleaner for it, so I went out to get the MUFE Instant Brush Cleanser. I figured I would keep my brushes and cleanser of the same brand, because I like to think the formula is best suited for the brushes they sell, but who really knows. Anywho, what I love about this cleanser is it comes in two sizes: a 4.9 oz full-size spray bottle ($25), and a 1.69 oz travel-size spray bottle ($14). For someone like me with an unexplainable love for travel size products, this is perfect because it means I can take this with me in my carry-on without having to worry that Air Canada will lose my luggage (trust me, it happens more often than you think) and I’ll be stuck with dirty brushes until my luggage is found. It’s also a great way to test the product without having to get the full size.

156 Large Flat Blush Brush

I am quite peeved about this next item. I wanted a foundation brush with which to properly apply liquid foundation. The brush guide in Sephora said the MUFE 156 brush was for foundation. Turns out it is actually the Large Flat Blush Brush. A bit of a letdown, not going to lie, at $43. For the time being, I am going to use it for foundation application, but I will eventually find a brush that is actually meant for foundation, given I already have a blush brush that told me up front what it was.

226 Medium Eye Shader Brush

I also picked up the MUFE 226 Medium Eye Shader Brush, because I am accumulating quite a collection of eye shadow palettes, but I like keeping any applicators included in them clean. Plus, I find brushes usually allow for more precise application. I am quite excited to test out this little dandy and hopefully it keeps those pesky grains of powder eyeshadow from landing under my eye.

Marshmallow Bunny

The final item I picked up was a bit of a treat for myself–nothing necessary, but a nice summer splurge: the Too Faced La Crème Colour Drenched Lip Cream in Marshmallow Bunny. I absolutely love Too Faced’s packaging, both the cardboard exteriors with their gold-trimmed floral designs, and the simplistic brushed gold tube design. Not going to lie, the name Marshmallow Bunny kind of lured me in. I mean, come on, how cute is that name for a lip shade?!? I still tested it on my hand in the store to make sure I liked the shade, and decided it was the perfect colour to wear during the summer to add a little pop to my daily make up routine.

The other exciting thing about this little shopping venture is that I am now a Sephora VIB!!! Yes, it means I’ve spent a fair bit of money there, but Sephora is the perfect one-stop make up shop, and now I qualify for early sale access, exclusive offers, samples, and free items. The adorable little silver VIB card is pretty cool, too.

I will be posting reviews for these products soon, so keep an eye out for those if you’re interested. If you have tried any or all of these products already, what did you think of them???

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Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

IMG_5028After reading so many praises and raving reviews of Make Up For Ever products, I popped into the nearest Sephora the other day and picked up the Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation to try out. I have been on the hunt for a good powder for quite some time, and this one has far surpassed any expectations I had.


  1. Can be used as a primary foundation or a setting powder
  2. Buildable, longlasting coverage
  3. Natural matte finish
  4. Fragrance-free, perfect for sensitive skin
  5. Formulated without parabens
  6. Lightweight texture
  7. Mineral oil-free to prevent dehydration
  8. Wide range of shades


113 Neutral Porcelain

This pressed powder comes in a total of 20 shades, ranging from 110 Pink Porcelain to 185 Neutral Ebony. I picked up 113 Neutral Porcelain, and was surprised by how perfectly it matches my skin tone. As someone who is extremely pale, it is often difficult for me to find foundation, either liquid or powder, that matches my pigmentation, but this powder is incredible. However, I am not sure about the range of shades for darker skin tones, given that there are definitely people out there darker than Neutral Ebony. I would definitely recommend popping into a store that carries Make Up For Ever and trying out the shades instead of simply purchasing one online, because some appear to be slightly unnatural.

113 Neutral Porcelain

When I purchased this powder, I also invested in the Make Up For Ever Foundation Kabuki Brush 110 straight. At $55, I seriously considered not buying it, as it cost more than the powder at $42, but in my opinion, the brush is worth it and almost a requirement. Without applying the powder foundation with a brush (not necessarily this one), it can look slightly powdery on the skin and somewhat dry.

The underside of the foundation compact houses an application sponge, which can be effective, but I would not recommend it. Using the sponge for application results in medium to full coverage, which may be desirable for some, but it does create a heavy, powdered look. Using a brush for application results in sheer to light coverage, making it look much more natural.

I typically use this powder foundation dry as a setting powder, but for those who would use this as a primary foundation, it can be applied dry or wet: dry for full coverage, or wet for sheer coverage. If applying dry, use a brush. If applying wet, make sure to use the sponge included in the compact, as it does not create streaks, and delivers even coverage.

While the powder is pricy at $42, it has become a must-use in my daily beauty regime. I apply it over my liquid foundation, and it looks as though my skin is naturally flawless, and I have received many compliments on my “perfect skin”. In addition, I find that the powder lasts quite a while, so it does have incredible value. Furthermore, the packaging isn’t massive so it is easy to pack when traveling.

The brush on the other hand, at $55, was hard to stomach. I have never spent that much on a brush, and had a heated internal battle with myself as to whether to purchase it. I kept thinking that it was extremely over-priced, and that I could find just as good of a brush cheaper somewhere else. But after getting it out of the packaging and using it for the first time, I fell in love. Make Up For Ever’s brushes are insanely good quality, so soft, and result in perfect application. Because of this, I now consider the brush to be an investment, a worthwhile addition to my brush collection that will last a really long time, and work really well.

What do you think of Make Up For Ever’s powder foundation??? And do you think their brushes are over-priced or investments???

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