I was contacted a couple weeks ago by someone representing himself as James Patrick. He said he was a talent scout and that Vogue commissions what is termed as "emerging talent" as a corporate responsibility initiative. The initial e-mails sounded legitimate, but I kept my enthusiasm in check.
There were things about this person that didn't check out: He was using a gmail account and not one out of Condenast or Vogue. He could be professional and polite in one e-mail and condescending and demanding in the next.
As the correspondence went on, he said he would pay for the makeup I needed for the shoot, then the money would be redirected to someone who represented himself as Michael Flutie. I googled Michael Flutie, and he does come up as a legitimate talent agent. But anyone can create an e-mail account under someone's name.
The check came as promised, and I deposited it. James Patrick immediately pushed to get the money redirected to Michael Flutie. This set up anothe…
I got this product after seeing some raves about it on Youtube. The manufacturer offers sample sizes in shade undertones, which is helpful for a foundation that isn't available in the department stores. Kett is a high-def. airbrush foundation, but the hydro foundation can also be applied with a stippling brush. I bought the Olive sample set and found a perfect shade match in the collection.
Since I've never used an airbrush foundation, I was surprised at how watery it is. I applied the foundation with a stippling brush and was initially impressed with the results. Because the consistency is so fine, it does seem to meld right into the skin. This works well for anyone with minor skin imperfections, but such a watery product can't cover any skin issues such as blemishes.
The problem I have is the foundation never seems to "set." It stays a wet consistency and wears down easily. At work, if I touched my face, I actually saw fingerprint marks and streaking left behi…
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