Make-Up Winner and Make-Up Maybe!

Available at Juvia’s Place or Ulta.

From time to time I watch make-up videos…although by looking at me you probably can’t tell it!  Recently, I had a young make-up afficianado tell me to watch Jeffree Star, Dominique Sasche and/or Tati Westbrook on YouTube for make-up hints and application advice. I had asked where she learned all her tips and tricks.

I watched a bit of Jeffree (I am coveting his pink custom car).  From him I learned about Juvia’s Place I Am Magic foundation make-up.  I ordered a tube from Ulta.  Now I can hear you saying you would never buy make-up online…how do you know you have the correct shade?  I have it much easier than most; I always buy the palest shade, and it always matches my skin!

So far my take on Juvia’s Place I Am Magic foundation is that it really is full coverage.  It covered a scar on my chin with just one pass when applied with a wet sponge.  However, it shows stippling from the texture of the sponge, and it doesn’t seem to set.  After application and powdering, I put my glasses on.  A few minutes later I took my glasses off and where the nose piece touched, there was no make-up.

I have tried applying the Juvia’s Place foundation with a make-up brush; it goes on nicely, but it still shows stippling.  I have also mixed it with a couple of other liquid foundations to see if that helps the texture.  It doesn’t, but the good news is it still retains its full coverage.

Before I make a final call on this one, I want to practice some more.  I think my difficulties are probably user error!  So if you are a novice, such as myself, be aware this one may present some challenges.

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On to my real winner…Nanoblur by Canadian lab Indeed!  This was something that Dominique Sachse mentioned to camouflage large pores, fine lines and wrinkles.  However, I find that it also prevents my T-zone from getting shiny during the day.  Maybe that is part of the light diffusing technology, but that is what makes this product a real winner for me!

I took it to work, and a colleague put some on her upper cheeks just to see how it went on.  She noticed that she had no shine later in the day.

A few weekends ago I saw some friends from college.  A couple mentioned that I had no wrinkles…of course I knew I diffused what they saw!  Now I think I may start smearing this stuff all over my mid section!

This product will be a keeper!  Dominique says it is available at her local Walgreens, but she is in Houston, Texas.  My local Walgreens (and CVS) either didn’t have it or I couldn’t find it.

The overall good news is that if you were never really taught how to apply make-up or if you don’t know the latest (I have learned to bake*!), there are lots of great resources available online for free.  I try to look for vloggers* who are around my age or for specific techniques that I am trying to learn.  I surely don’t want to end up as a “make-up don’t” on someone’s blog!

Do you have any go-to make-up products that you can’t live without?  If so, please share!

* A vlogger is a video blogger.  Baking is setting your make-up with lots of powder so that it doesn’t move during the day.

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