Skincare Saturday ~ Boscia Jelly Ball Cleanser

Happy Saturday, y’all! Okay, so remember yesterday when I excitedly said I didn’t have anywhere to go today? Sigh … it never works out like that, does it? To be fair, today’s outing was totally for my own benefit. Bath & Body Works may have been having a buy two get two free candle sale. I may have gotten eight candles, plus a really cool candle holder. I also may have gotten some items at the Clinique counter at my local Belk store, along with some delicates. And I may have gone to New York & Company and gotten a super cute tank top and cardigan to match. All just maybes, though hahaha For some reason, I have been really into cardigans lately. I must be channeling my inner Fred Rogers, but I am all about them right now. I think in the last two months, I have purchased seven of them. What is that about??

Something else really cool that I have added to my hoard of goods is the Boscia Charcoal Jelly Ball cleanser. Ummm, have y’all seen this?? I watched a video from Raw Beauty Kristi and I knew I had to try this thing out! She’s one of my favorite Youtubers. She’s hilarious, talented and honest, all very important qualities for success. The jelly ball cleanser is unlike anything you have every encountered. The first time I tried it, I dropped it no less than six times. It’s unusual and does take some getting used to.

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It comes encased in a balloon, to keep it from drying out, I assume. They even provide a little pick and detailed instructions on puncturing the balloon. You can use it a few different ways. One, is wet your face and the ball, and just rub the ball over your face Two, wet the ball and create a lather in your hands with it, then use that to wash your face. I use the first option, but I use my hands to rub the lather around on my face, after using the ball. I guess I combined the two. Either way you choose, your face will get squeaky clean, I promise.

If you are looking for a sweet smelling face wash, this is not it. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t smell bad. It has a medicinal smell, though. I thought it might be camphor, but it’s not listed as an ingredient. Maybe it’s the hinoki oil, which has astringent properties? It’s not a bad smell, by any means. Just unexpected, when facial cleansers tend to smell flowery or sweet. I actually like the scent. It smells like it’s actually cleaning my face, instead of like I face planted in a flower garden.

I ordered this from Sephora and it arrived last Thursday. I have been washing with it twice a day, for a just over week, so I could give you a truly fair review. For starters, my face feels amazing after every time I use it. It feels absolutely, without a doubt, clean. I always follow a double cleanse method and remove my makeup, no matter what I am using to cleanse my face with, and I didn’t change that. Kristi used the jelly ball to remove a full face of dark purple makeup, and that was what actually convinced me to give this a shot. It removed every speck and crumb of makeup from her face! I will link her video here. Like I said, I just automatically remove my makeup before I cleanse, but you certainly don’t have to, if you don’t want to.

The second thing I noticed, within three days maybe, was my rosacea was significantly improved. My face does redden while I am washing, but I think that’s because I am quite fair-skinned, and any friction is going to cause redness. However, after I rinse and dry my face, you can almost watch the redness fade. I have had another cleanser reduce my redness, but nothing like this. I can’t help but to stare at my skin for a little while when I’m done. It has been so many years since I have seen my actual skin color. I had honestly forgotten what it looked like. Welcome back, peachy-pink skin tone! It’s not a miracle cure, I know that. When I get hot (which has been my entire existence the past few weeks), it does show up, but it is significantly reduced from what it used to be. Keep in mind I have been using this product a week!

Now, you had to know there would be a con. It pains me to even talk about this part. In a week, the ball has shrunk by half. I have used half of it in eight days. At $20, that is simply not sustainable. Y’all, my heart shattered when I realized just how much it had shrunk. I don’t know how to make it last longer. I don’t think I’m using too much product. I mean, it kind of self dispenses, if you think about it. I am heartbroken, because I know I won’t be able to afford to spend $40 a month to wash my face, despite the results I have seen. I spent that on a bottle of Purity Made Simple, by philosophy. It’s almost as good, but a 16 oz bottle has lasted me three months so far. If any of you have used this and know a way to make it last longer, please let me know!

Okay, y’all, there it is. I love, love, love this product. It’s just not something that I consider sustainable. If you can afford $40/month, then I recommend this product with every fiber of my being. (hahaha geeez, dramatic much, Carrie? haha) Seriously, it IS that good in my opinion. If you can’t afford it, I would suggest asking for it for your birthday or any other gift-giving holiday you celebrate. I think it’s a perfectly appropriate gift. Or, gift yourself every now and then ; )

So, what do you guys think? Have you used this product before? Love it as much as I do? Hate it? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

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Bougie on a Budget ~ Hautelook

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Happy Friday, friends! It’s the weekend again! I cannot tell you how happy and thankful I am to have my truck back. I was without transportation for about three weeks. When you live 20 miles from everyone and everything, and your spouse is working out of town, not having transportation is TOUGH! I don’t have many places to be, but there are the occasional doctor appointments and grocery trips. We don’t have trash service, which means trips to the recycling center with our trash. It has been a challenge haha and I hope I don’t have to deal with that again for a long time.

That being said, we had THOUSANDS of errands to run yesterday, of course. I left my house at 10:30am and we didn’t get home until after 7 last night. We had dorm shopping to get done, two doctor appointments, the bank, small grocery shopping, pharmacy pick ups and a quick trip to the local JC Penny to see if they finished building the Sephora. Sigh … it won’t be finished until September 8. I could barely move when we finally got home. My daughter, precious thing that she is, unloaded everything and got it all put away. Not only that, but she cleaned out the fridge. That alone deserves an award haha So, because I was completely ruined last night, I apologize that I couldn’t get a post up.

Today’s post should make up for that, a bit. I don’t know if you guys watch any beauty influencers on YouTube, but one of my favorites is Jessica Braun. In one of her videos she talked about Hautelook, so I had to check it out. Basically, they create events, in which luxury brands are offered at up to 75% off retail. The events last just a few days, and then they are gone. Currently, there’s a MAC event, ending Aug 21. There are events for makeup, beauty products, fragrance, clothing for the whole family, shoes, accessories and home goods.

When I checked them out, they were having a Lorac event. I’ve never tried Lorac products, but I have heard good things about them, so I decided what better time to try them out! I purchased the Natural Performance foundation, and the Touch-up To Go concealer and foundation pen. Amazon carries the foundation (only in light/medium) for                      (affiliate link embedded in image)

$36, Prime eligible. Lorac lists it for the same price. The Lorac website lists the concealer for $16, and Amazon does not offer the concealer.

That’s not exactly a drug store price point for the foundation. I have seen some drug store concealers come close to $16, though, but only recently, and I want to say it was a “higher end” drug store brand, if that’s a thing haha I was able to get these items from Hautelook for $9.97, each. That’s a pretty significant savings! Shipping was $5.95 and with tax, the total was $27.96. Still more than $10 less than the foundation’s full price! (Both of these items will be featured in next week’s Makeup Monday post, so be sure to check that out!)

There are some cons, however. The first is kind of a small one, but orders are generally not eligible for free shipping until you hit the $100 mark. That’s pretty steep, if free shipping is important to you. The second big con, for me anyway, is delivery time. I placed my order on July 25, and received my package yesterday. Three weeks after I placed my order. From what I understand, Hautelook orders your products from the company itself (Lorac, in this case), then they ship everything to you. Which makes total sense when they do these events. Considering they don’t know how successful an event may or may not be, it doesn’t make sense to keep a stock of these products. Not only that, it cuts down significantly on their overhead costs, not having to warehouse all of the products. That translates into more savings for us!

If time, or quick shipping are not huge factors for you, I strongly urge you to look into Hautelook for your luxury needs. Not only will you (and your family, and your home) look amazing, your bank account will breathe a sigh of relief hahaha

What do you all think? Do you know about Hautelook? Have you ordered from them? Lemme know all about your amazing finds!

Carrie♥

© 2107 Look Good, Feel Good

Midweek Mask ~ Formula 10.0.6 Be Berry Smooth

Happy Hump Day, y’all! I am getting excited, finally haha My hubby comes home Wednesday to help get out daughter moved back to school and my truck is ready! Not exactly sure which I’m most excited for, at this point hahaha He’s been working out of state since the end of June, and he’ll be going back a few days after we get her moved … sigh … pretty bummed about that, honestly. We gotta do what we gotta do sometimes, even if we don’t like it. That’s one of the things about adulting that I don’t love. Ah well, I am also elated to be getting my truck back. My transmission went out, then my distributor went haywire and this time, my spark plugs were a mess, likely a result of the distributor. The repair guy (a longtime family friend) said it runs like a totally different truck now hahahaha I am going to assume that’s a good thing.

I also got several deliveries today … YAY! In one of those deliveries, was a whole box of skin care from Ulta! Sometimes, Ulta and Sephora take forever, to process and ship my orders. I have no idea why, but I placed this order on the 11th. Not too bad. Anyway, I had forgotten what I ordered, so it was quite a treat to open the box and find this guy, begging to be reviewed tonight haha

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I was more than happy to oblige! I have never purchased a peel off mask in a tube. It’s always been the one use packets, not that they are all that different. Then only difference is I can use much less when it’s packages like this. When I’m using the one-time use packets, I really feel like I have to use all of the product (no matter how much is really in there), so that it doesn’t dry up and go to waste.

For starters, this smells amazing. Definitely fruity, but not sickly sweet kind of fruity. You can pick out the berry and the pineapple. It also has some interesting ingredients: actual blueberry fruit, coffee, morinda citrifolia, also known as cheese fruit (lol, whatttt?), mangosteen, pomegranate, tea leaf, and açai. WOW!!! This mask is chock full of botanical, superfruity goodness! It says it will reveal “super soft berry smooth skin”. Let’s just see about that …

To begin with, I used significantly less that I usually do, simply because of the packaging. This resulted in a much thinner coating on my face. I’m not sure how I felt about it being thinner, and may use more the next time I use this one, to see if it makes any difference.

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It’s a sheer lilac color, and smells incredible. It goes on just like normal peel-off mask and the instructions say to leave on 10-15 minutes, or until dry. Mine dried fairly quickly, except for my forehead area. That took a bit longer, for some reason. Removal was pretty standard, except it said to rinse thoroughly with warm water. Is that standard with peel off masks? Hmm lol for the life of me, I can’t recall! Now, was I moisturized?

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Umm … maybe. My cheek area, below my cheek bones felt a bit dry initially. That may have been from rinsing with warm water, really. After waiting an hour or so, my skin does feel quite hydrated. Is my skin “berry” smooth? It didn’t magically remove texture, but my face does feel quite nice. Maybe with multiple uses it will work on my texture? That would be cool, and I will be paying attention to that, the more I use this.

I really like this one. The price was fair ($7 at Ulta), the smell is pretty awesome, and my skin feels pretty nice. I’m looking forward to seeing what repeated uses will do for my skin! Do you have a favorite peel-off mask? Lemme know all about it!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Try~It Tuesday ~ Battle of the Drugstore Makeup Wipes

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Good Tuesday, lovelies! I hope everyone is having a glorious day! Mine has been … meh. I woke up with back spasms, which is always fun. I love starting my day with muscle relaxers … said no one ever haha It’s all good, though. It has worked itself out. As you may know, I have been on the hunt for a makeup remover that I can use while being lazy hahahaha I’ve tried a few, and none have been mind blowing. I don’t want to keep my bottle of Lancôme Bi-Facil and a pack of cotton rounds sitting on my coffee table. My coffee table is my space where I keep everything I may need. When I’m having bad days, I need everything within reach, and my coffee table is perfect for that. It holds meds, tissues, magazines, lotions, lip balms … haha anything I could possibly need is all right there. Even when I’m having good days, it isn’t always easy to move around. I have had to restructure my life, in order to make things easier for me, and this is one of those things.

Anyway, I happened to be in the drug store a couple of weeks ago, and I saw the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes, All Skin Types, 25 ct.(<< affiliate link) I have heard great things about micellar water, but I’ve never tried it before, so I grabbed these wipes. After I got home, I realized I had received a travel pack of Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes & Wipes, Fragrance Free, 25 Count, 2 Packs (<<affiliate link) in last month’s Target beauty box, just glaring at me from the shelf. Do I see a battle looming?? Oh yes … that afternoon, the Battle of the Drugstore Makeup Removers was born!

 

Here’s how the battle went down:

I had a full face of makeup on. Blue eyeshadow and waterproof mascara … it was a serious makeup day. My face makeup seems to have disappeared haha, but the eye makeup is still there!

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I used one wipe per eye, and I timed how long it took to completely remove my eye makeup. First, let’s talk about the Neutrogena wipes. I don’t know what sort of material they use for these wipes, but it’s horrible, at least on my skin. It 100% feels like sandpaper on my eyes and the tops of my cheeks. I had to actually scrub my eye area, which is never a good idea. On top of that, check this out:

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That time is a LONG time to be scrubbing the eye area with something so abrasive. My skin burned and was so red and inflamed after using these wipes. My daughter can use these wipes with no problem, so she was happy to get a free pack of wipes haha

On to the Garnier wipes … This material is so much softer. They are still a tad irritating, but that is because the skin on my eye and cheek bone area is very sensitive. Just about everything is going to be irritating and I recognize that. These were much less irritating than the Neutrogena. So what about its makeup removing ability?

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That is a significant difference in time, especially when you have sensitive skin. It took less than two minutes to remove every bit of my eye makeup. I did not feel as though I had to scrub, just gentle wiping. My skin did not burn and did not look like I had the worst sunburn ever.

I think it’s pretty clear which product won this battle. Congratulations, Garnier! I have been using these wipes to remove my makeup since this battle. On its own, I am still on the fence, as far as how these make my skin feel. Having sensitive skin really stinks, sometimes. However, the Garnier wipes beat the Neutrogena wipes without question.

What do y’all think? Do you have a favorite drug store makeup wipe? How is it on your skin? Lemme know, y’all!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Makeup Monday ~ elf Beautifully Bare Lash Tint

Hello, lovelies! Welcome to a new week! My week has already started out swell … I had to take my truck back to the shop. It had been in the shop for well over a week, and I was so excited to get her back Friday. Until I got down the road. So, back she went today! I really hope it’s a quick fix, because my daughter leaves in just over a week, and we have lots of errands to run between now and then. Since this was a quick trip to town, I did some quick makeup.

elf almost always has a “free gift with purchase” deal going on. I LOVE that they do that! I gives me the opportunity to try products that I might not normally go for. That had to be how their Beautifully Bare Lash Tint, in Naked Noir, ended up in my collection. I scoured the elf website and I could not find it anywhere!

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I think my lashes are decent, without any product on them. They aren’t the worst I’ve seen, for sure. Here’s what they look like without anything:

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Haha well, you really can’t see them, can you? I have some, I swear! Like I said, I was just running to town to drop my truck off at the repair shop, so no need for full glam. I did try out some different shades in the Trolls palette from PÜR Cosmetics. (I am really having some thoughts about this palette, so look for my thoughts on that in an upcoming post.) Imagine my surprise when I pulled the wand out and saw this:

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Ummm … whaaatttt??? This is not marketed as a lower lash product. Just so you have some perspective, this is the elf wand next to the L,Oréal Lash Paradise wand:

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Insane, right? There is no way, this teeny tiny wand is going to do anything for my upper lashes. Because I already had this weird little thing out, I was committed. Here’s the result, y’all:

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I am actually pretty impressed!! Now, to be fair, it’s not really a mascara, but a lash tint. It sure performed like a mascara, though! My lashes are definitely lengthened and fanned out a little. It didn’t do much in the way of adding volume, but I don’t think that was part of the deal. Tint does just that, tints whatever you put it on. I think what it did do was already going above and beyond any expectations I had.

I’m pretty glad the people at elf chose this product for my “free gift with purchase”. I never, ever would have chosen a lash tint before this. Score one for the folks at elf!! What do you guys think? Have you ever used a lash tint? Did you see good results? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

This week in makeup news Aug 8 – Aug 13

Hello dear friends! Welcome to the newest addition to the Look Good, Feel Good lineup! Sundays will be for posting makeup related news, new releases, etc. Without further ado, let’s jump right in!

ColourPop is coming to Sephora!! According to sources, the low, low prices we all love will NOT go up. Look for this awesome brand to hit shelves sometime in November. Also in Colourpop news, the popular Fem Rosa palette will restock on Aug 17 at 10am PST, 1pm EST, for $16. If you have been wanting this palette as much as I have, do not wait! Set an alarm on your phone if you need to. The Yes, Please palette restocked on Thursday and sold out almost immediately. This will probably be the same. The website is currently running a special on their Bring The Heat collection. Buy any two single items in the collection, get one free!

Kat Von D News!! The new Shade + Light Creme Contour palette is available online now and retails for $49 at Sephora and the Kat Von D Beauty website. The palette is refillable. This will be on shelves Aug 25. Also available now from Kat Von D Beauty is a line of cruelty free, vegan brushes. Face brushes range in price from $24-$38. There only seems to be two eye brushes listed, Glimmer Effect Eye Brush #50 ($24) and Shade + Light Eye Contour Brush ($27). All products from Kat Von D beauty are cruelty free and a lot are vegan. This very busy lady also unveiled her new line of liquid lippies, Everlasting Glimmer Veil  Glitter Lipstick. These are hugely pigmented and gorgeous! One shade, Reverb, is available now. The other eight launch Aug 22.

Wet n Wild’s new Midnight Mermaid collection hits Ulta on Aug 13, which is today! This 12-piece collection is loaded with metallic liquid eye shadows, lippies, eyeliner and a Mega Glo highlight bar, complete with a mermaid tail pressed into the product. The collection goes live on Wet n Wild’s website Aug 14. I just checked on my Ulta app, though, and I don’t see anything mermaid-y from Wet n Wild. Every source I have checked says it’s launching today at Ulta … I wonder if there has been a delay?

The Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Collection goes live Aug 14. If you like sparkle, this is the collab for you! The collection includes two liquid matte lipsticks, two lipsticks, a liploss, and eyeshadow quad and two highlights. You can get the collection here.

Ciaté is releasing an innovative new liquid lipstick line called Glitter Flip, on Aug 15. From what I can tell, it goes on like a normal liquid lipstick. Leave it to dry for two minutes, then press your lips together. According to the website, this activates the glitter and you now have a full coverage glitter lip! You can also run your finger over your lips to activate. This interesting product will come in seven dazzling shades and can be ordered here.

eos has released another innovative product … transparent vegan lip balm! Available in two flavors, Hibiscus Peach and Vanilla Orchid, these products are exactly what they sound like. The are a crystal clear balm, in eos’ signature shape and packaging. Called Crystal Lip Balm, it is currently sold out on their website, but can be found Walmart, Target, CVS, and Walgreens, for around $5.50.

Juvia’s Place has released multicolored brushes and they are available now! The brushes look a little like Neapolitan ice cream haha They offer a 3-piece face set for $18 and a 5-piece eye set for $15.

Urban Decay has expanded their already expansive Vice lipstick line by adding 15 new shades to the collection. Basically, there are no details, except this sneak peek photo on their Instagram feed. They are pretty, so stay tuned for more details!

Huda Beauty Textured Shadows palette in Rose Gold is back in stock at Sephora. However, this palette is being discontinued this October. The $65 palette is currently available at Sephora and the Huda Beauty site. Despair not, though. The new Desert Dusk palette has several similar shades.

Good news if you participate in Sephora’s Beauty Insider rewards program! Now through Aug 19, you can earn more points with your purchase. Beauty Insiders will receive twice the bonus points per order, VIB members will earn 3-times and VIB Rouge members will receive 4-times the points. You don’t have to do anything extra, just order as usual and the extra points will be applied! Also happening, from now until Nov 1, they will be running Weekly Wow. Each week, various products will be offered at significant savings. Thanks, Sephora ♥♥

Ulta is also running a points promotion now, as well! If you participate in their Ultamate Rewards program, now through Aug 19, members will receive 2x the points on all purchases. Platinum members will receive 3x the points! Also, earn 5x the points on select lip purchases and on all No. 7 brand purchases! As always, there’s a $3.50 off your order of $15 or more coupon, located in the app. It can be used online or in stores. Thanks, Ulta ♥♥

Phew! So what do you think of the newest addition the blog? I think I’m liking it! What do y’all think of the new releases? What important news did I miss? I’m certain there was plenty that I missed hahaha Lemme know what you think!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

 

 

 

 

Skin Care Saturday ~ Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Super Hydrating

Good evening, friends! Ahhhh … it’s Saturday!! I don’t know what it is about the weekend, but those are the perfect nap days. Days of the week don’t matter much to me, since I don’t work outside of my home. However, there is something so much more satisfying about napping on the weekend! Do ya feel me on this?

Tonight, I thought I wold give the Garnier masks a second go. Seems to me, the first Garnier mask I tried was the pink one, which is the soothing version. I did not like it at all. It left my face very sticky and kinda gross feeling. So, when I was in Walmart the other day and saw the display, I thought I would give another variety a shot. I tried the mask in the blue packaging tonight, and I feel much better about this one.

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This mask is incredibly … slimy … when you remove it from the package. According to the website, each mask contains ½ of a bottle of serum. Whaaaaaaatttt?? No wonder it drips like crazy when I took it out hahaha It didn’t feel all that slimy once I got it on my face though. I have used some sheet masks that drip serum all down my neck, which is not really what I am going for. For as much serum as this contains, I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t do that.

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I was on the phone with my sister while I was masking tonight. Yay for multitasking! Don’t judge my earphones hahaha … I cannot wear earbuds. They kill my ears for some reason. Anyway …

My timer went off at the fifteen minute mark and when I removed the mask, I was immediately disappointed. My face was super sticky. I followed the directions, and patted the remaining serum into my skin and did not rinse. My face stayed sticky for about twenty minutes, then it magically went away! I guess it takes some time to absorb that much serum. Patience, Carrie … have some patience.

It’s been two hours now, since I took the mask off and I must say, my face feel very hydrated. My skin feels supple, which isn’t a word I often use to describe my face skin. This formulation contains hyaluronic acid and pomegranate extract. For those who may not know, hyaluronic acids decreases moisture loss and can actually attract moisture. YAY hyaluronic acid! Dry skin is a common part of the aging process. In my teens and twenties, I would characterize my skin as oily to normal. In my thirties, it was probably normal. Now, in my early forties, it is normal to dry. I get very dry patches on the top of my cheeks … sigh. My cheeks feel amazing right now, though!

Pomegranate extract in skin care is an ingredient I really dig. As a food, they are chock full of awesome vitamins and minerals, and are considered a super food. Putting that goodness into skin care can only be good. Turns out, it is! Pomegranate extract aids in hydrating, combats inflammation, stimulates collagen production and helps to protect against sun and environmental damage. Pomegranate oil can even help to strengthen the outer layer of skin, which can help delay and even reduce wrinkles. Impressive!

I am glad I gave this brand of sheet mask a second look. Often, with using a sheet mask just once, there isn’t much of an immediate effect. The benefits usually come after using the same mask a few times. Not so with this one. The effect is immediate, and fantastic! This would be an ideal mask to use before an event or special occasion, when you really need your skin to be in tip-top condition. I want to say I paid right around $3. For a product that gives immediate good results, that price is outstanding.

What you do think? Have you had the same experience with this line of sheet mask? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Hey Hey, It’s Sephora Play!

Well, technically, it’s Play! by Sephora, but that wouldn’t rhyme! Happy Friday, lovelies! I hope you all have had a wonderful week! Mine certainly got better at the end. I got three deliveries, one from Sephora, one from Pur Cosmetics, and one from Macy’s. We’ll be talking about all of those next week. When I checked my mail today, I was shocked to see my Play! by Sephora box inside. That box usually doesn’t come until later in the month and it’s never gotten here before Ipsy or Birchbox! YAY!

This is my third month with this subscription service, and I’m pretty pleased so far. I’m quite happy with all of my subscriptions, to be honest. I love being able to try out a product, with minimal investment. If I don’t like it, it’s not a big deal, and there have been some products that just weren’t my cup of tea. Overall, though, everything has been great. One thing I particularly like about Sephora’s service is you get five deluxe samples plus a fragrance sample. I’ve become a bit of a perfume junkie lately, and this is a GREAT way to find new scents. In fact, I have found a few new fragrances that I cannot live without now … looking at you Versace Bright Crystal!!

Let’s jump on in!

For starters, how flipping cute is this bag??? And I love that they used the Periodic Table to talk about beauty ingredients! As always, you get 50 free Beauty Insider points with purchase, but they have to be used in-store. That’s a big bummer if you don’t have a store nearby. I think one was recently built in our JC Penny store, but I haven’t been there in ages. Guess I should go and check it out! Also, these points are not good forever. They expire on the last day of the month after you get your bag. In other words, these 50 points I got with my August box expire September 30th.

Lets dig into these goodies, shall we?

Starting with skin items, there’s a mini Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation stick in the shade Shell ($46). It looks light enough for my skin tone, so YAY! Next up is Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum ($98/1oz). This is something I am SUPER excited about! It looks very glittery in the bottle, but doesn’t seem to be too much on the skin. I just had to put a drop on the back of my hand, once I saw it haha It smells wonderful!! This has actual Greek saffron and, from what the paperwork says, it takes 150 Krocus flowers in order to produce one gram of saffron. Finally, we have the beautyblender micro.mini sponge applicator ($18). These are the perfect size for concealer, and maybe using a damp sponge will keep my under eye area from looking so dried out and crease-y.

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I’m not really a huge fan of the hair products that come in these boxes. Most are texturizing sprays or volumizing sprays. My hair has plenty of both haha and sprays just make my hair out of control or sticky. This spray from Alterna Haircare, Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist ($30/4.8oz) is both volumizing AND texturizing, so it should be interesting! This has a wonderful citrus scent, so I will definitely try it out. I’m just not going to have high hopes hahaha

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This is an interesting product, Clinique’s HIM Dual-Ended High Impact Mascara & Primer Duo. This must only come as a mini, because I cannot find it on the Sephora website anywhere. I have never used a lash primer before, and this claims to be moisturizing, which I could probably use. I try to only use waterproof mascara (watery eyes and living in the South haha) and that has to be hard on lashes. It also says using the primer will create more a more vibrant and longer lasting eye look. I am looking forward to seeing what effect this will have on my mine!

Finally, we have my favorite part of the Play! bag:

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I had to laugh when I read the description of My Burberry Black ($72/1oz) … “inspired by the iconic Burberry trench coat” What??? It features a blend of jasmine, candied rose and amber. How do those scents jive with a trench coat, exactly? It also has peach and patchouli. Don’t get me wrong, it smells incredible. I just don’t understand how a trench coat was the inspiration for the scent hahaha

So, that’s my August Play! bag. This service is $10 a month and I think it’s well worth that price. If I went out and bought full sizes of these products (not including the Clinique duo), the total cost would be $264. What do you think? Do you subscribe to any of these boxes? Which ones are your favorites? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Thursday Thoughts ~ Life with an Autoimmune Disease: Getting Sick

**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. These are my experiences and this should not replace any advice you have received from your own doctor. You doctor is the expert, not me.

Good day, friends! The weekend is almost here!! I am excited, only because I have prizes coming in the mail. A big order from Sephora and a pretty large Lancôme order from Macy’s. I have gone and gotten myself completely hooked on Lancôme skin care products. My face is happy. My wallet … not so much haha There are also plenty of goodies for me to talk about in the blog, which I am excited about!

Today’s post is not makeup related. That may immediately cause some of you to not read, and that’s okay. The focus of the blog is looking good while living with a chronic condition, and I haven’t talked much about the chronic condition part. Alright then … let’s just jump on in!

Having an autoimmune disease means your immune system goes haywire and begins attacking your body. It sees various parts of your body as a foreign invader, so it does what it’s programmed to do. That often means that the white cell count is pretty high. Normal WBC is anywhere from 4,500-11,000. Mine is consistently around 16,000 and has been as high as 27,000. That one got me a trip to an oncologist to be tested for leukemia, which can be a nasty side effect of these diseases. Now, you’d think that having such a high white count would make you almost immune to getting sick. You body is literally flooded with germ killing machines, at all times. They are on a mission and have called in reinforcements.

Unfortunately, that’s just not the case. In fact, my family doctor told me it’s actually the opposite. It makes you very prone to getting sick. Yes, the body is flooded with germ killers, but they are laser focused on attacking you, not the cold virus you caught at the grocery store a few days ago. Because the immune system is so focused, it leaves you open and vulnerable for whatever is out there.

A year and a half ago, in the span of four months I caught the flu, had roseola, developed a staph infection on my skin and then pneumonia. I haven’t really been sick since then, until this week. As I mentioned in the previous post, I went to my family doctor yesterday and I have an ear/throat infection and thrush. Haha when I get sick, man do I get sick!

When you start to feel sick, it’s important to get to your doctor as soon as you can. Something as simple as a cold can escalate quickly, especially if you are on immune suppressing drugs. Lucky for me, my doctor had an opening for the next morning. He put me on antibiotics and anti-fungals immediately, to stop anything from getting out of hand.

Because the immune system kind of ignores bacteria and viruses when you have an AI disease, it’s very important to get yearly vaccinations against the flu. The flu is a particularly scary infection when you have an AI disease. You may or may not know, but the flu kills about 36,000 people every year in the US. Worldwide, it is fatal for between 250,000-500,00 people. When you immune system is compromised, complications can arise incredibly quickly … in a matter of hours, oftentimes. The flu is a virus, so there really aren’t many options for treatment, once you get it. There are a few retroviral medications, but they have to be taken within a small window of time. If you can’t get to your doctor in time, you may miss the window. If that happens, don’t hesitate to go to an urgent care facility.

The biggest flu complication is pneumonia. If you’ve never had it, thank your lucky stars. I had a mild case, what would be considered “walking pneumonia”. I have never felt worse in my entire 42 years on this planet! Every breath burned and it felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. Definitely not something I want to go through, ever again.

One thing that can help is taking care of yourself. It’s hard for your body to work properly when you’re healthy if you don’t take proper care. Imagine how difficult it is when you aren’t healthy! First and foremost, eat right! You have to provide your body with the right fuel if you want it to work at the highest level it is capable of.

Second, get proper sleep. This is a difficult one. AI sufferers often deal with extreme fatigue, even getting the recommended eight hours every night. The amount of sleep you need might be vastly different than what sleep experts recommend. For me, most nights, I sleep seven to eight hours at night, but after being up for about 45 minutes in the morning, I need a nap. My morning nap is anywhere from one to two hours … seriously. A lot of days, I need an afternoon nap, too. Fatigue is a huge problem. Healthy people tend to get sick when they get run down, and it’s no different for people with AI diseases. We just need much more sleep than the average person.

Third, take supplements. There isn’t a consensus in the medical community as to whether supplements work, or are even worth it. My experience is that they are. Not to mention that people with autoimmune diseases tend to have vitamin deficiencies. My levels of D, iron and B12 are low. My B12 is still considered normal, but on the low end. We also tend to be anemic. It has to do with having chronically high inflammation levels. Being anemic can increase fatigue and generally feeling blah. Having routine bloodwork to assess your levels and your specific needs is something I recommend.

Finally, be a bit of a germophobe. Keep hand sanitizer with you at all times and USE it. Wash your hands as often as is practical. If you can help it, avoid sick people. I know that’s much easier said than done, especially if you have kids or work outside of the home. If you find yourself stuck in a doctor’s waiting room at the height of flu season, wear a mask! I’m not kidding. A few funny looks are better than finding yourself in the hospital.

None of these tips are foolproof. You will find yourself sick at some point. Don’t panic, but get seen by a medical professional as soon as you can. The sooner you an be treated, the less of a chance you’ll be dealing with complications. Phew … this was a long one, but I hope there was information in this post you found useful.

Do you have a chronic condition? Do you find that you get sick easier and more often than most? What have your experiences been? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Mid~ Week Mask ~ Pineapple Peelie

Good evening, friends! Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday! I had to make an unexpected visit to the doctor today. Turns out, I have an ear/throat infection and thrush. Welcome to life with an autoimmune disease! I’m on a Zpack, a round of Diflucan and a Nystatin mouthwash. Yay. Needless to say, I feel awful, which is why this post is coming so late. I took a late three-hour nap this afternoon … the kind of nap that causes you to question what year it is when you wake up. Then, I took a second, hour and a half nap and woke up again about an hour ago.

Because of all of the above, I felt like a needed cheery mask. I dove into my mask collection and pulled out this one, from last month’s Target beauty box. There are still boxes available for this month. You should check them out!

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This mask smells AHHHHMAZING! It was definitely the pick-me-up I needed. Like most peelie masks, the liquid is incredibly thick and just kind of messy to deal with. Of course, it dripped everywhere while I was trying to get it on my face haha

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These types of masks always feel super weird to me while they are drying. One kinda cool thing about it: when I touched my face, I couldn’t feel it in places, once it dried. It just felt like my skin. This required 20 minutes, or until fully dry, so I just kicked back while it dried.

Removal was … different. It actually hurt a little. I’m not sure why. I didn’t apply it thick, but it really didn’t want to leave my face haha

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I tried going slowly, but that just made it worse. This had to be ripped off, just like a bandaid. Polyvinyl was the second ingredient, so I’m guessing that’s why it stung so much. Yikes, y’all. If you try this brand out, be very careful. There was also a casualty.

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If you look closely, there’s a hair in that clump of dried mask. I lose enough hair … I don’t need any help with that. To be fair, that was my fault. I applied it a bit too close to my hairline.

Final thoughts … hmmm The packaging claims this mask is hydrating. I don’t feel hydrated. My skin doesn’t feel particularly soft. It stung like crazy when I took it off. This was not my best peel-off mask experience. The only thing this mask has going for it is the scent which is very nice. If you get this mask in a box, I’d say give it a shot. If you see it and want to spend money on it? Nah … I would recommend that you pass on this one. There are plenty of peel-off masks from Freeman that don’t hurt and smell lovely. I highly recommend any of theirs.

Have you all tried this brand before? Did you have a similar experience? Lemme know! I’d love to hear your experience with it!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good