Try It Tuesday ~ Beauty Creations Blending Sponge

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Happy Tuesday y’all! I’m kind of a subscription box addict. I think I sub to six services … it could be worse, y’all haha One of the services is I sub to is Sol Theory. They are a sunglasses/beauty product box. They have several different options, at varying price points; everything from one pair of sunglasses to sunglasses and beauty products, to sunglasses and jewelry. There are even men’s options! The option I chose is one pair of sunglasses plus beauty products, for $21/month. Some months I’ve gotten three beauty items, some months I’ve gotten six. I’ve been, generally, very happy with everything I have received from them. The sunglasses are very trendy and the beauty products are great!

One product that I thought might be great to talk about is this beauty sponge I received.

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It’s from the brand Beauty Creations Cosmetics. I’m always on the hunt for a beautyblender  alternative. As amazing as that sponge is, it’s a bit on the pricey side. When I saw this in my Sol Theory box, I was pretty excited! Looking on the Beauty Creations website, the sponge retails for $3.99. Score! There weren’t really any directions, so I proceeded like I would with my regular sponge. I dampened it and squeezed as much water out as I could.

It swelled to quite a nice size. Sorry I didn’t use anything to accurately show the size! I don’t know what I was thinking, but it did get quite large.

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It’s very dense, though, and a bit on the heavy side, which is really a bummer. I don’t know how you blend in your foundation, but I use a bouncing motion. Bouncing using a heavy sponge got to be quite tiring on my arm. I know that sounds kinda crazy. I mean, it’s a sponge! How heavy can it be? I guess I am so used to the lightness of the beautyblender, and this is quite heavy in comparison. It’s also a bit hard on the face. It’s very dense, so when bouncing on the skin, it’s quite hard. Not rock hard, but certainly not gentle, either.

As I was blending, I started seeing black specks all over my face.

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I purposely left this photo large, so you could really see what’s going on. Do you see all of that on my face? I couldn’t figure out what was going on until I looked at the sponge. Apologies for photo quality, but you can definitely see the problem …

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After maybe five minutes of use, it tore. Seriously??? Sigh … this is definitely one of those instances where you get what you pay for. Granted, mine came in a box, but it does retail for $3.99. I don’t mean to sound snobby, but it’s clearly not even worth that price.

If you happen across this sponge in your beauty shopping, my advice to go the other way, quickly. Not only did it tear up quickly, but it made my face look awful. I get that I am a bit older than a lot of my readers, but somehow that sponge added about ten years to my eye area … ten years I am NOT ready to claim!!

All of that being said about this particular product, I have been extremely happy with my subscription to Sol Theory. If you like sunglasses, beauty products or jewelry, and want to check them out, you can use CARRIEGULL at checkout and get 20% off your first box. Not too bad!

There you have it, y’all! Have any of you used this sponge? Did you get better results? The same? Worse?? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2018 Look Good, Feel Good

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Stand By Me ~ The Importance of a Support System with Chronic Illness

It’s here, y’all! Friday … in all her beautiful glory! My days all run together anymore, but I do get excited for everyone else who gets to have a break from work for a little while. Time to spend doing nothing, or catching up on everything they don’t have time to do during the week. My last out of the house job I had was as a teacher, about eight years ago. It’s recent enough that I still remember, vividly, in fact, the mad dash to get housework and laundry done, plus errands … in a day and a half. I say a day and a half, because there’s really only a half day available on Sunday if you think about it. After the chaos of trying to accomplish everything before heading back in on Monday, ya gotta decompress!

I was lucky enough during that time to be healthy. That was a few years before I got my RA diagnosis. To read the backstory on that, click here. I was also lucky enough to have a spouse and a kid who pitched in when I got overwhelmed. As a housewife/SAHM for most of my marriage, housework was not my strong suit. I still stink at it haha I just think there are far better ways to spend my precious time, but that’s another post for another time. I’m not saying there wasn’t a lot of grumbling going on from both of them because there definitely was. But, my husband at least, recognized my weaknesses and did what he could.

That ability came in handy shortly before my diagnoses. My strength and stamina were quickly going downhill and my pain was increasing daily. For a while, my hubby just thought I was being lazy, and of course, there were plenty of arguments to be had over that. After the diagnoses came, there was a lot of guilt on my husband’s part, and I hate that for him. Unfortunately,  “being lazy” is something a lot of women with chronic illnesses hear. It was also a mindset that he quickly adjusted. While I felt a bit victorious in having a bonafide reason for my then-current inability to perform my stay-at-home duties, seeing how crushed my hubby was devastating. He was crushed for having thought about me in such an ugly way. He was crushed because I was in true pain and he wasn’t necessarily my knight in shining armor when I needed him to be. He was crushed because he knew what I was in for. My mom had RA, so he was fully aware of the road ahead.

If you don’t have a partner who understands your dis-ability (hyphenated purposely), I strongly suggest taking them to every doctor’s appointment possible. It is vital that they understand, as much as they can, exactly what you are going through, and will be going through. It’s one thing for you to tell your partner, but it’s a whole different ball of wax, sometimes, if it comes from a doctor, especially if you find yourself with a less than supportive partner. This isn’t just for partners. This applies to anyone important in your life, be it parents, siblings, or friends.

There will be times in your journey when even the simplest of tasks is impossible. I underwent some brain testing a few years ago. There was a possibility of a seizure disorder, on top of everything else, (thank goodness it wasn’t seizures). I underwent EEG testing, which required my brain to be mapped out on my scalp. The technician used a type of soft grease pencil. She had to press a bit hard and, of course, it triggered a fibromyalgia flare-up. By the time I got home, I was in a full-blown flare, crying near hysterically from the pain. I barely got myself out of the car and into the house. When I am in such a state, the only thing I want is a hot bath. I couldn’t even undress, or lower myself into the tub. My hubby had to undress me, help me into the tub, help me out, dry me off and re-dress me, then put me to bed. I was basically a 200-pound infant.

The physical toll is bad enough, but the emotional toll can be much, much worse. I remember the day I started methotrexate, my hubby happened to have the day off. He took me to breakfast. I was supposed to take my medicine with food, so I pulled out my little baggie of five deceptively tiny pills. I sat there at our table, staring down at this baggie of life-changing medication and I started to cry. I was terrified of these tiny, tiny pills. Would my hair fall out? Would they make me ill? What other damage might these cause? Why did I have to get RA? What had I done to deserve such a horrid fate? What had I done to deserve such a punishment? How could such tiny pills have such a HUGE impact?? My hubby reached across the table and just held my hand. There were tears in his eyes too, as he told me everything was going to be okay. He held me and told me everything would be okay, as I stood in the bathroom, holding handfuls of hair that had just fallen out from another mediation. He held me and told me everything would be alright as we faced a possible liver cancer diagnosis, even though I could see the absolute terror in his eyes. I cannot even imagine having to go through any of this alone.

There are plenty of days that find me unable to do much more than move from the couch to the bathroom and back. That means no laundry, no cooking, no nothing. My family understands and we have those “fend for yourself” nights. Or, if my hubby is feeling particularly brave, he will attempt to cook dinner. He’s gotten pretty good at laundry, and cleaning too!

Since mid-January, I’ve broken a rib randomly, had a colonoscopy and endoscopy, several X-rays, an MRI, and a CT scan. This is my life. Recently, I had to have new images of my liver taken. I’m being sent to a medical university because all of my doctors are baffled by whatever it is my liver is doing. My family doc, rheumatologist, gastroenterologist, and oncologist have NO idea what is going on. I can’t tell you how scary it is for FOUR doctors to be stumped about what your body is doing. My RA treatment has been on hold for TWO years because of this. My hubby will be going with me on Monday to get the results, and I cannot tell you how much I need his strength on those visits.

I don’t know what condition I would be in emotionally if I had to go through this alone, or if I had a family that dismissed my health complications. I cannot tell you how many women DO NOT have a supportive family. I have read hundreds, if not thousands, of their stories in RA support groups. Their stories are so heartbreaking that I actually felt guilty because my family has been so amazing.

If you suffer from any chronic disease/disability and your family doesn’t support you, my heart goes out to you. Keep trying to find ways to get them to understand. Take them to appointments, email them links to articles, print out studies for them to read, find a local support group and go together. Support from family and friends is critical, not only to our physical health but our mental health, as well. If you need support, I am here for you, to the best of my ability. You can contact me here and I will contact you back. These diseases are too hard to go through alone ♥

Carrie♥

@ 2018 Look Good, Feel Good

Makeup Monday ~ BADgal Bang

Happy Monday, y’all! I hope the workweek has started off well for everyone! Mine started with a CT scan. Definitely not my ideal way to start the week haha There are worse ways, though, I suppose. We’re gearing up for some rough thunderstorms this evening and tomorrow morning. I really hope they are out of here quickly tomorrow, because I have a hair appointment and I cannot stand driving in bad weather. I’m going for a new color, so stay tuned to see what I choose!

If any of you follow the beauty community on social media, you’ve no doubt heard of Benefit Cosmetics newest mascara offering BADgal Bang. The hype surrounding this new release was intense, so of course, I had to get in on the action. I went to my local Sephora and picked up a mini for $12. I didn’t want to commit to the full size, at $24, if I didn’t like it.

The bristles are plastic, which isn’t my favorite style of wand. It is narrow at the tip, which would make it perfect for bottom lashes.

Here are the downsides … this formula is very wet. I had a lot of trouble with transfer onto my eyelid, even up by my brow bone! Because it makes the lashes so long, and mine are already on the longer side, there was a tendency for the mascara to get everywhere I didn’t want it to go. Now, here’s the real downfall:

Can you see how bad this mascara smudged? The first photo is maybe thirty minutes after application, and it’s already smudged a bit on my left eye. The second photo is about two hours later. Two hours, and it’s all over my undereye area. My eyes are not oily, and I had powder on the area. Look at my top lashes, though!! It’s really a darn shame.

I’m not really sure how I feel about this product. It made my lashes look AMAZING! I have to say, Benefit makes a fantastic mascara. They’re Real is one of my all-time favorite formulas, in fact. I was really hoping to find a new best friend with the BADgal Bang formula, but I am not sure how to keep it on my lashes, and not all over my face. I have watched glowing reviews of this product all over YouTube and I only saw ONE person talk about the transfer. Literally, no one else mentioned it, and I don’t understand how that’s even possible.

Let’s talk about what Benefit says this mascara does. It claims dramatic volume, lifted and lengthened lashes, and a whopping 36 hour wear time. Yes, there was dramatic volume, my lashes were lengthened and lifted. And the 36 hour wear time? I don’t know who would wear mascara that long, but who am I to judge? Honestly, I don’t see it. Not with the amount of smudging and smearing I had, after just two hours.

I’m so torn about this product. It does nearly all of what it claims to do, and my lashes were bangin’! It just doesn’t stay put, though. If you want to try this for yourself, I strongly recommend buying the mini. It’s half the price, so if you don’t like it, you aren’t out a whole lot of money, and you aren’t wasting a ton of product.

Have any of y’all tried this mascara? Did you have issues with smearing? If you figured out how to stop that, please, let a girl know! Talk to me about in the comments, because I really want to love this mascara hahaha

Carrie♥

© 2018 Look Good, Feel Good

 

 

 

 

Skin Care Sunday ~ Boscia Makeup Breakup

Y’all … it has been a while! Does it ever seem that when one not-so-great thing happens, several not-so-great things follow suit? That’s been my life over the last few weeks. Nothing terribly major, just annoyances that have kept me away. I am crossing my fingers they are behind me and I can FINALLY get back to writing and giving y’all useful (I hope) information! So, let’s just jump right in!

I have tested several makeup removers in my time blogging. Some have been okay, some not so okay, and one or two have been good. There are several posts, but I will link my battle between Clinique and Lancôme here. There, I thought I found my holy grail remover in Lancôme. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good. Very good. However, using a cotton round (or anything really) causes friction on my upper cheeks. Not only is my skin very dry on the tops of my cheeks, it’s pretty sensitive. That friction would cause my cheeks to burn for quite some time. I couldn’t avoid it, even being super careful.

This sent me on a journey to find a different style of remover. Now, if you have read my blog for a while, you know how much I love Boscia products. I was browsing my local Sephora and, of course, I found myself in the Boscia section. There I spotted a tiny bottle of cleansing oil. I had heard of “double cleansing”, but never tried that method before. Basically, it’s using a cleansing oil to break down your makeup, then cleansing again with a facial cleanser designed for your particular skin needs. (Could I say “cleanse” any more haha)

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There is so much power packed into this tiny bottle, y’all! It has a wonderful minty scent and is quite cooling. I’ll share my pics, then I’ll talk about it:

Alrighty … the pic on the top left is before any makeup removal began. Note my eyes are quite dark, and I was wearing waterproof mascara. The bottom left is after twenty or so seconds of massaging the oil into my eye area. I used about a pump and a half, pumped onto my fingers. I rubbed my fingers together, then began working the product into my eyes. Please close your eyes, haha! After I took that photo, I immediately used a cotton round and wiped my eyes clean. The final photo is after the second cleansing … all squeaky clean!

I have NEVER been so impressed by a product, and I have worked with a lot of products over my time as a blogger. It immediately goes to work breaking down the toughest of products … waterproof mascara. Because summers are so doggone hot here, waterproof mascara is almost a must, unless the panda look is in hehe Anyone who has worked with waterproof products knows just how hard they can be to remove. I have seriously never seen a product make such quick work of removing makeup before! Twenty seconds … that’s it! Sephora seems to only have the mini (1.7oz), which is what I have, and it can be purchased for $10. When I run out, you can bet I will be purchasing the full size (5oz) from Boscia for $32. They are currently offering 15% your entire purchase, but it expires 3/19, so hurry!

There you have it. This is absolutely my new holy grail makeup remover! Have any of you used it before? Like it, or leave it? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2018 Look Good, Feel Good

Thursday Thoughts ~ How Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Affect Your Appearance

Hey y’all! Happy Friday Eve! I hope everyone is doing well today! I’m kind of meh. After being in the car for long periods of time, I’m pretty wiped out for a day or two. It’s a bummer because I really enjoy road trips. It is what it is, though. It’s one reason that I am very glad I don’t do much haha If I was a busy person I don’t think I’d ever be rested.

I thought I would talk to you guys today about how having RA has affected my appearance. I’m sure y’all are thinking “how that could even be possible?” I sure never thought it could be possible, and yet here I am. I feel as though I don’t address autoimmune/chronic illnesses enough here, even though it’s part of what this blog is about. Autoimmune diseases and chronic illness are not easy topics of conversation, but they are important, nonetheless.

I was diagnosed in 2014 and immediately put on methotrexate, which, if you don’t know, is chemotherapy. The dosage for RA is lower than for treating cancer, but that doesn’t always mean one will be immune from the effects. Luckily, I was spared the worst of the side effects. It was also completely worthless for me. The next med my doctor tried was Arava, also known as leflunomide. This is where I experienced some ugly effects.

I had only been on it a few weeks when I noticed some heavier than usual hair fall. While that was happening, my blood pressure was also creeping up significantly. Within a few weeks, my hair was coming out by the handfuls in the shower. There wasn’t a time that I showered that I didn’t exit in tears. The first time it happened, I screamed for my husband. Not knowing what happened, he was there before I even finished screaming his name. I just stood there, holding out my hands and crying. Full disclosure, even writing about it, nearly three years later, is causing me to cry.

I had been blessed with such thick, curly hair. Looking back, I am so grateful that I had so much hair. Had my hair been any thinner, I think I would have had significant balding because of that medication. I was on it for roughly five months. Shocker, it didn’t have any effect on my RA either. After almost three years being off of it, my hair still hasn’t fully recovered. The crazy thing is, this med has to be scrubbed out of your system. Otherwise, you can experience side effects for up to TWO YEARS after stopping it. There’s an old-school cholesterol medication that removes it from your system pretty effectively. Within days, my blood pressure returned to normal. I wish my hair would.

Balding can be addressed. There are wigs and hair pieces that can be worn. My hair never got to that point, but it was close. The next topic isn’t so easily addressed, however. It’s something that happens to nearly everyone with RA, and that’s joint deformity. If you’ve ever come across someone with gnarled looking hands and/or crooked fingers, it’s likely they have RA. The joints become so swollen and disfigured, due to the ongoing damage, that fingers begin to twist and bend, often into very unnatural positions. Because of that swelling and the constant pressure it puts on the tendons and ligaments, they can no longer help to hold the fingers where they need to be (and toes, if there’s RA in those joints). The result is often a claw-like appearance to the hand. The fingers become unusable and the joints are basically frozen in those positions.

There are surgical options, but they aren’t pretty. No surgery is. This surgery is usually to fuse the joints. That will restore the fingers to a more natural position, but they are fused. There will be limited, if any, movement. Forever. My mom’s hands were terribly deformed. After my diagnosis, I was gutted every time I saw her hands. I was literally looking at my future, and it was terrifying. I can only imagine how she felt because it had actually happened to her. I was just anticipating what was going to happen. She was living it every day, not being able to open anything and dropping things constantly. Clearly, those are just the minor inconveniences.

Yikes, y’all … this took a bit of a dark turn. That wasn’t my intent, but it is the reality for me and the 1.5 million others in the US alone, who have to deal with this horrendous disease. Never in a million years did I think an arthritic condition could affect my appearance. Now that I know, I do what I can. I take mega amounts of biotin. With it being a B vitamin, whatever my body can’t use will get excreted quite readily. Please, always talk to your doctor about taking vitamins first, though. You never know how anything will interact with any medications you may take. I also try to not have my hair in tight ponytails or clips. Anything that pulls on the hair can weaken it at the root, often causing it to fall out. I have found, for me, keeping my hair shorter helps a lot. No idea why, but when it’s shorter I have less hair fall than when it’s long. Right now, it barely grazes my shoulders, and that seems to be a good length for keeping it in my head.

As far as the finger joints, there are exercises that you can do to keep the joints from getting too stiff. I’m on the fence as to whether they are effective or not. I guess I’ll know in ten years or so. Staying hydrated can also help keep the joints lubricated. Lubricated joints are less likely to lock up. Honestly, I’m not the best at drinking water. I try, but I often fall short.

So there ya have it, y’all. It’s not a fun topic, but it’s something that so many like me have to deal with every day. And it sucks, I’m not going even try to sugar coat that. I definitely don’t dwell on it though. I’m not a dweller. I can’t afford to be. I know there are other autoimmune diseases that can affect appearance, like lupus, but I don’t feel qualified to talk about those. If you have any questions, or you’re just curious about something, I’ll be more than happy to answer, or if you have anything to add to the conversation, please do! I’d love to hear your perspective!

Carrie♥

© 2018 Look Good, Feel Good

Midweek Mask ~ Purlisse Green Tea & Ginger

 

Happy Wednesday, y’all! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Mine has been … meh lol I’ve had a doctor appointment, which I never like, and today, my sister drove us to pick up my daughter from her college campus for a few days. I had to get some followup X-rays and my daughter is home for a small break after a short study abroad session in Europe. She was there for two weeks and spent time in France, Belgium and England. She had an incredible time! Then, on Friday, I have a waxing appointment. That’s three trips away from my farm, and y’all know I’m not a fan of that hahahaha

After all that time in the car, I felt like I needed some time with a sheet mask today. My daughter’s campus is nearly three hours away. Riding in the car that long, while still recovering, was not awesome. Looking through my extensive sheet mask collection, I felt a rejuvenating formula would be right up my alley.

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This mask is LOADED with serum! As I was pulling it out of the package, it was dripping everywhere, which I am not mad about. There have been masks that I’ve tried that have been a bit more on the dry side. After ten minutes, those types of masks are nearly dry. Once they dry out, they can actually start to wick moisture away from your skin, which defeats the purpose of using a mask, if you ask me. So, this one is LOADED and I am happy about it! The mask also fit my face pretty well. Some of these masks are either wayyy too big or wayyy too small, but these are a great size! No folds in the mask trying to get it to fit!

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There is a scent, but it didn’t seem all that strong to me. Leave on time was 10-20 minutes, and I always try to shoot for the longer of the times given. It stayed on my face pretty well. Even being super saturated with serum, the mask didn’t want to slide around. Score two points for Purlisse!

At the twenty-minute mark, I peeled it off and started patting the serum in, as the directions said to do. It seemed a tad sticky, but that’s not too unusual, immediately upon removing a sheet mask. Thirty minutes later, my face was still pretty sticky. An hour later, my face was still pretty sticky. Can you sense a pattern? My face didn’t look or feel particularly rejuvenated. It’s hard to say if it feels moisturized. It’s still kinda sticky … several hours later.

Overall, I’m a little bummed out about this particular formula. My previous experience with this brand was nothing like this. I tried their coconut and rice sheet mask a few weeks ago and it was a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend that formula! This one is kind of underwhelming, and with my face still being sticky several hours later, there isn’t much in the way of positives to share. Except to say, the coconut and rice mask is amazing if you have dry skin. I wish I could be more positive about the green tea and ginger. Both of those ingredients contain great compounds for our bodies! If my skin somehow looks drop dead gorgeous in the morning, or something happens to radically change my perspective, I will definitely update the blog. As of now, I would pass on the green tea and ginger formula.

Alright, y’all, those are my thoughts! Have any of you tried this brand before? How about this particular formula? What were your results? Lemme know! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Carrie♥

©2018 Look Good, Feel Good

Sunshine Award!!!

 

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Phew … hey y’all! Boy, am I happy to be sitting back down in front of a computer! I didn’t realize how much I missed it. Let’s all cross our fingers that nothing else goes awry and I can continue writing because I do enjoy it immensely. While I was trying to figure out how to get my new machine up and running (you’d never know I used to teach computers at the high school level haha), I was nominated for the Sunshine Award on Twitter!! It’s an award for bloggers, by bloggers who are a positive and inspiring presence in the community, and who spread a little sunshine. It felt pretty good for other people to see that about me, to be honest.

The rules for this award are:
1) Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in your blog post and link back to their blog.
2) Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
3) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

I was nominated by Becoming Elysia. You can check her blog out here! Good stuff! Alrighty, y’all, let’s jump on into these questions!

1. What made you decide to start blogging?

Hmm, I’ve always wanted to be a writer, as far back as I can remember. I also really like makeup. I thought I could blend the two, plus offer some information about autoimmune/chronic diseases at the same time. So far, it seems to be working out pretty well!

2. Who is your hero?

I have two heroes and they are my grandparents. Their love and commitment to family are awe-inspiring. There is nothing they wouldn’t do for one of his own. Over the years, they have lost three of their five children, my mom being one of them, and their strength and grace during such times render me speechless. They have been married 67 years and they are who I have looked to as role models for my own marriage, and life in general.

3. If everything was legal for the day, what would you do? (ooh cheeky!)

I guess I’m pretty boring because I just can’t think of anything “illegal” that interests me hahaha

4. What skill would you like to master?

I would really like to learn to crochet. My arthritis makes it really tough sometimes, though.

5. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

I think everyone should confront a fear, especially if that fear interferes in their life somehow.

6. What city would you most like to live in and why?

No cities for this girl! I am 100% a country girl haha No traffic, no sirens, cleaner air, fewer people (this one’s a biggie for me) and lots of space. Now, if I could choose, I would choose either the Irish or Scottish countryside, or a sparsely populated island, perhaps, like one of the Scottish Isles.

7. What is something you can never seem to finish?

Can I say laundry? Haha aside from that one, something I can never seem to finish is The Silmarillion, by JRR Tolkien. He’s one of my favorite authors, and that book, for whatever reason, starts out pretty slow. It can’t hold my interest for more than twenty pages or so, and it drives me crazy!

8. What book impacted you the most?

There have been several. A Wrinkle in Time, The Hobbit and LOTR (I basically consider them one giant book), The Sword of Shannara, Brave New World, Tommyknockers, The Green Mile … I’m sure if I thought more than ten seconds, more would come to mind. These seem to have had the most impact, though.

9. What do you wish you could tell yourself 10 years ago? What do you think you’ll want to tell your current self 10 years from now?

Sigh … be nicer to your mom, without a doubt. We always butted heads over the dumbest things, and now she’s not here. I have a lot of regrets when it comes to her and our relationship. Ten years from now … the hard times have a purpose. Look for the lessons.

10. What’s the best way to start the day?

Without pain.

11. Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?

I guess California, about ten years ago. I’m a homebody and I know this is gonna be hard to understand for the travel bloggers, but I’d really rather stay home than travel. I do have a few spots on a travel bucket list, though.

Alrighty, those are my answers and these are the bloggers I choose:

Coffee Meets Polished

Travelling Wanderer

My Passion Projects

Life With Lizzie

Mawusi

Stephanie Vivienne

No Light Without Darkness

Elegant Living Everyday

LADYHOOD Journey

This Way and That Way

Gone Stalking

And now … drumroll, please … here are your questions:

1. If you could be any animal, which one, and why?

2. What is your favorite part about blogging?

3. Who inspires you? They can be living or dead, fictional or real.

4. What do you do to recharge yourself from the pressures of life?

5. If you could go anywhere, do anything, where would you go and what would you do?

6. What is the hardest part of blogging, in your opinion?

7. What’s your ultimate favorite food?

8. What’s your best piece of advice for life?

9. What’s your perfect Friday night?

10. How long have you been blogging?

11. And finally, the age-old question … Coke or Pepsi? 😉

 

I can’t wait to read all of your answers! If you don’t have time, or can’t get to it for one reason or another, that’s cool, too. I know how crazy life can be haha Thanks, bloggers, for the positivity in our community, thanks for the belly laughs and thanks for the times we’ve chatted!

Happy Monday, everyone!

Carrie♥

© 2018 Look Good, Feel Good

Brief update

Hey y’all, it’s Friday!!! Whoohoooo! I hope everyone has had a great week so far! I just wanted to give y’all a quick update on my situation. My rib seems to be healing nicely. My pain is significantly less than it has been. So much so that I am quite sore from moving around too much haha! I am going to make an appointment with my family doctor as soon as possible, just to talk about what’s going on and what I can expect going forward.

Next, my computer has broken. I typed in my password to log in, and it stayed on the welcome screen. I left it, to see if it would bring up my desktop and it stayed on that dang welcome screen for hours. Anyone have that happen? Any ideas on how to fix it? I’m desperate, y’all haha! I’m not exactly sure what the problem is, but I just ordered a new laptop today and it should be here by Tuesday. In the meantime, I’ll keep trying to get into the darn thing. I have nine years worth of my life on there that I need to start pulling off! Yeah … it’s nine years old, long overdue to be replaced. I *should* be able to resume blog posts late next week or early into the week after. I need to give myself ample time to acquaint myself with the new machine, download all the various software that I need, etc.

When it rains it pours sometimes, but you’ll never see me with a frown! Despite the pitfalls life sometimes puts in our way, there is always something to be grateful for and something to be happy about. Life is far too short to spend it dwelling on things that are out of our control. I don’t intend on being a Negative Nelly. For one, it’s not my nature. For two, it just doesn’t serve any purpose. I’ve certainly never heard of anyone’s situation turning around because they complained enough about it, have you? We all need a bit of rain in order to grow and thrive where we find ourselves planted. I, for one, intend on being the strongest, prettiest flower in the garden 😉

Carrie❤️

©️ 2018 Look Good, Feel Good

Quick update

Happy Friday, y’all! I hope everyone had a great week! I have not, which is why I am giving y’all this update.

I had been having some pain in my left side since Sunday morning. I was kind of massaging the area Tuesday morning and felt an incredibly painful pop. Later that afternoon, I coughed to clear my throat, and felt another excruciating pop. My sister drove me to an urgent care facility associated with my family doctor. A few X-rays were taken and the doctor on call said I likely separated the cartilage from my rib cage.

I called my doctor the next morning and asked him to go over everything. He decided my X-rays warranted a second opinion, and lo and behold, I have fractured my 8th rib. From a light cough.

I see my rheumatologist Tuesday and will ask if this could be RA related somehow. My entire body has been affected by this damn disease, so to me, it’s not absurd that this could be related. Unfortunately, this injury severely hampers my ability to test out makeup, take photos, try out new face masks, etc. I can’t even get out of my recliner without a significant amount of help.

I will try my best, but I honestly don’t see me blogging anything more than updates to my condition, until the pain subsides. I am quite active on Twitter, so you can pop over there to stay in touch, if you’d like. My handle is @LkGoodFeelGood Thankfully, all Twitter requires is my phone and my thumb hahaha

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and I will be back just as soon as I can be!!

Carrie❤️

2018 Look Good, Feel Good

Skin Care Saturday ~ Ariul Juice Cleanse

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Whoohoo it’s the first weekend of the new year! Haha I have no idea why that is “whoohoo” worthy, but I think any weekend is “whoohoo” worthy 😉 It is still bitterly cold here, with no relief in sight until Monday, which is perfectly fine with me. The hubs left this morning to go out of town for a few days, so it’s just me and my dogs! My dogs are weird dogs, which really should come as no surprise haha The both refuse to go potty without someone being outside with them. And they have to go outside separately, of course. On top of that, in the mornings, every ten minutes, for at least two hours, one of them HAS to go out. So, not only do I have to stand outside in the bitter, bitter cold for 10-15 minutes, but I have to do it every ten minutes … for two hours. I do love my dogs, but I need them to understand that I don’t have fur!!

Alright, now that the obligatory cold weather gripe is out of the way, let’s talk skin care! I happened upon some really cool sheet masks the other day, and I was kinda of impressed with the ingredients. This is a new-to-me K-beauty brand, and I was really impressed to see an entire display at my local CVS. The brand is Ariul, and this is one of their Juice Cleanse masks, in raspberry and lentil.

First of all, I want to thank this company for sticking English instructions on the back. It can be frustrating trying to figure out if I’m supposed to rinse the left over serum off or leave it on, either of which could affect the overall performance of the mask. Second, anyone else intrigued by the addition of lentils in a skin care product?? From what I can gather, the lentils reduce excess oil production and help to reduce acne flares by helping to re-balance the skin’s pH. Well how about that! Also, this is one of the better fitting sheet masks I have come across in a long time.26655260_10156044045479357_1310741157_o

So let’s talk about the claims. I went to Amazon, because honestly that was just the easiest. The only claim in English, on the packaging, is it’s anti-wrinkle. According to Amazon, this product is 5 Free (paraben, mineral oil, tetraethylammonium, artificial color and cruelty free), reduces freckles and purifies skin, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that can help heal eczema and other skin conditions, it has antioxidant levels 10 times higher than tomatoes, and repairs, reinforces and immunizes the skin with its detox formula. I’m not exactly sure what “immunizes the skin” means, but as long as it doesn’t melt my face off, I’m up for giving it a go!

After cleansing and toning, apply this like you would any other mask. There’s a slight pink hue to the mask, which I am guessing comes from the fruits since it has no artificial colors. There’s also a very faint fruity scent, for those who may be sensitive. It is very, very slight, though. It should be left on for 10-20 minutes, and massage any remaining serum into the skin. This mask stayed put, even when I was sitting upright. I have found some masks really want to slip and slide around unless I am perfectly horizontal, which can be a real pain. Sometimes I want to watch TV while masking, and I had no problems doing that with this one.

I left the mask on for 17-ish minutes and there was a good bit of serum on my face. It was very wet when I pulled it out of the package, so I expected to have a decent amount left on my face. Several minutes after massing the serum in, I noticed that my face felt quite hydrated. It didn’t seem unreasonably sticky, and that faded after the product dried. Did I seem miraculously unwrinkled? Umm … no. I think with any anti-wrinkle product, the effects will happen after repeated use.

That’s not to say I was unhappy with the mask. As I said, my skin felt pretty hydrated. It’s been drier than usual, being winter and all, and I can’t imagine my skin was unhappy with being drenched in antioxidants. It even tells you how many milligrams of each fruit are in the mask! Maybe micrograms … 1,000 milligrams of raspberry and lentils seems like a lot.

I would say give this mask a go! If you cannot find it in your local CVS, you can find it here: Ariul Detox Juice Cleanse Sheet Mask Multipack of 5 - Facial Face Cleansing Mask Packs - Natural Raspberry & Lentil for Elasticity and Vitality, Anthocyanin, Reduce Freckle, Purify Skin(affiliate link)

So what do you guys think? Have you tried this or any other products from Ariul? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Lemme know!

Carrie♥

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