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Sephora Buys: What Products I am Loving- Makeup Over 40

Hello friends

What lady doesn’t love makeup? I find myself over the past few years looking for the Holy Grail of products, the best primer, the best foundation for my skin. I have heard much about Becca products in particular, the Primer, so I find Sephora is a great place for getting samples to try! My sister’s birthday was Feb 8th, she is in her 40s,and I asked her if she wanted to go and get our makeup done at Sephora and have lunch afterward. She said she would love to, and that it would be great to see what someone else would see in our features and have our makeup professionally done. I do love great makeup, but I really only want to spend 10-15 minutes on it at home, not 45-to an hour, which would be our session.I know many ladies that want to have flawless looking skin and flattering makeup, but don’t want to spend tons of time either. My sister and I have separate artists, and we getting ours done together. First, she had used this product from Origins, which I absolutely loved! It is a crisp, clean smell and is put on starting as a mask, then later works into a foam. I could have just sat there and inhaled the scent for a while!

Cleaning my face, she noted my long eyelashes, and that my skin was in good shape. I have been using a skin care routine I will later review on the blog, and am quite happy about the results! Anyhow, I told her my interests, wanted a cat eye, and mentioned that I have a fondness for anything “illuminating”.. I am kind of  a sucker for that word.. if I can glow and illuminate, it’s mine!  Anyhow, we went to lunch afterward, enjoyed a few pineapple martinis, and before we left I told the artist we were just going to stare at ourselves in the mirror for a while. hehe.

Rather than go through my whole routine, I thought I would share some of the products that were used and makeup that I have found to be the best for me! ( yes, that Holy Grail product!)

Foundation: I was using Dior Nude Air- which I love, but it is very light and I wanted more medium coverage for other days and wearing on the blog. She used YSL Eclat Foundation, which comes  in many shades – Porcelian Cool and Warm, and I used Ivory, the next color shade down. This is wonderful, blends well, lasts throughout the day and is moisturizing to the skin.

  1. Primer first: Before the foundation, I have been using YSL Eclat Primer for years. I absolutely love the consistency and the smoothness in which it goes on.  It creates an excellent base for my foundation and blush.

3. Blush: I use Cream blush: NARS. I am not a fan of powders for me, I just find that the cream blends better and looks a bit more dewy on the skin. I like this NARS stick in South Beach, a shimmering apricot, but there are other pink tones I like as well.

  1. Highlighter: Not everyone likes a highlighter. The one the artist used is one I use from Becca.  There are various color choices, but I wanted the Pearl, to highlight areas of my face: upper cheeks, corner of eye, forehead. Gives a glow and healthy look, just a little goes a long way!

5. Mascara: I stopped buying DIORSHOW as it was a great mascara, but since I have very long lashes to begin with, I found Loreal’s Voluminous Feline Mascara  to be an excellent choice in length and volume with less than half the price.

  1. I have tried gel eyeliners, but the artist used a liquid liner for creating a fine line and cat eye. I prefer this STILLA black liner and find it offers more precision that using a gel. Love it!

7. Eyeshadow: The artist used a nude palette from NAKED. However at home, I love various eyeshadows. I LOVE NARS as it is highly pigmented and the color choices are wonderful. I have the Naked Palete 3 that I use often with pinks and brown tones, for a very soft, natural look.

8. Lipcolor: The artist used MAKE UP FOR EVER in rose- a matte lipcolor, #105 Rosewood, a brownish pink. much like the Anastasia line and many others offering color that lasts all day. I am particular about these as I find some can be drying on the lips. I actually prefer MAC lipcolors as I find they are more moisturizing.

I do hope to show you some of this used in a makeup post and would love to do a look with these products. My sis and I weren’t prepared for a photoshoot that day or I would have gladly shared the look!

This just gives you an idea that I like a natural look with makeup, so nothing too heavy in real life.

Have you found the Holy Grail of beauty products? if so, Id love it if you shared! I am not a beauty “expert” persay, but know what I love on my own skin. What would you be interested in seeing in a beauty post? 


Have a great weekend!

If you haven’t stopped by Turning Heads Tuesday, please do! There is much beauty and fashion inspiration!

xo Jess




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  • Reply
    March 6, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I’ve seen lots of good reviews of the YSL foundation – when I’m next out shopping (without husband and child in tow) I’ll pop to the counter for a colour match and sample. I love Urban Decay Naked palettes. I’m currently using the Smokey one but I also have 1 and 3.

    Emma xxx

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      Jess Jannenga
      March 6, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      I love it! I have a few items I want to try too… Becca Primer and coverup and a few others I will get samples of. Love the Naked palettes and would love to get a second one. xx

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    Nicole Mölders (@HighLatitudeSty)
    March 3, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    February 28, 2017 at 8:04 am

    What a fun post! I’m a little bit of a makeup junkie too from all my years on TV. I wore Mac for years. Now I really, really love Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer with their white/nude pressed setting powder on top. I’m a big fan of BADgal mascara too! I actually just wrote a post with my favs the other day (has’n’t published yet!)

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 28, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Hi Julie, I love MAC as well and have never tried BADgal mascara! Ill have to pop over and read your favs too! xx

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    February 27, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    First off I wanted to say you’re hair is stunning! Wow! And secondly, I haven’t used any of these products, but I hear great things about the YSL!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 27, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Lorna, is that you, from Denim DNA? It is Jess, It has been a long time. thank you regarding my hair. You might like the YSL, Sephora is great on giving out samples. xx

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    February 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    These are all such great products! I can’t wait to try them out. Happy Monday!


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      Jess Jannenga
      February 27, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you Lizzy for stopping by! i love the products and want to try out the Becca primer as well. I love the YSL, just like to try whats out there too! xx

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    Mary Murnane (@MaryMurnane)
    February 27, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Love learning what others are using for makeup. I’m also always on the search for the holy grail products!


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      Jess Jannenga
      February 27, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Hi Mary! Your skin always looks great, so Id like to know what you use too! I have found the YSL foundation to be great with the higher SPF and matching my skin tone. xx

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    February 26, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I’ve never been able to master liquid eyeliner. I should give the Stilla a try!

    Doused In Pink

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    Samantha Blair
    February 25, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I would love to see a beauty post Jess!
    I am bored to death with over-lit makeup videos that totally remove all traces of reality from a face.
    I would be keen to see a before and after of your foundation…. and a closer look at your enviable lashes!!!

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      jessica jannenga (@jessicajannenga)
      February 25, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks for your feedback Sam! I need to work on better lighting for taking pictures of the products. I know what you mean, about the lighting for women’s makeup. I am going to be experimenting at home, I think, with the video, and would enjoy shoring that . You do quite well with video, I would need some practice! thanks againxx

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    February 24, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Love hearing about your makeup routine, lady- I love YSL and NARS products! They’re so lux!

    Le Stylo Rouge

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    February 24, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Thanks for this rundown, Jess.
    I have only just discovered a liquid eyeliner (thanks to my mom who didn’t like it) and I’ve found it stays all day!! What a concept.
    I am looking to try a different foundation, so I’ll have to check this out!

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 24, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Glad you like it Jodie! Yes, I have just discovered the Becca line too and really like the product. The YSL foundation is great with my skin tone and they offer so many color shade variations! xx

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    Nancy Baten
    February 24, 2017 at 3:03 am

    I never use that much foundation and highlighter on my face. It is so sensitive that I almost always get pimples when I use to much on my skin. But I always love to know what kind of products other women use!

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