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About carrieanngulledge

I’m a housewife, married 21 years to my high school sweetheart. I am mom to one daughter in college, and two furbabies, Frodo and Pippin. We currently live on 22 acres in rural SC with the intent to homestead. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis a few years into restoring the house on the property. I decided I would not let these diagnoses control and ruin my life, so here we are! I have a lot ahead of me, but in the words of Montell Williams “Mountain! Get outta my way!”

What’s Your Bedtime Routine?

Happy Friday, y’all! I hope everyone is doing well. I am writing this in the middle of the night, in case anyone was wondering. Haha why on Earth would that be something y’all would wonder?? Clearly, it is past my bedtime, but that is precisely what I wanted to talk with y’all about. When inspiration strikes, I have to obey her call!

Bedtime. This is probably one of my favorite times of the day. I am a creature of habit and routine. I perform better, whatever the task, when I have a predictable routine that I can follow. My bedtime routine also happens to be my favorite routine. I’m not talking about a nighttime skin care routine here. So what I am talking about?

My bedtime routine begins several hours before I actually fall asleep. When I decide that I am ready for bed, that doesn’t mean I am ready to go to sleep. It means I am ready to end my day and put it behind me. I start by brushing my teeth and washing my face, always in that order. I also tend to get a little obsessive about the order in which I do things. Things must happen in a specific manner, or I get a little out of sorts. That might not be the healthiest approach, from a mental health perspective, but it doesn’t get out of hand, I don’t think.

So, teeth brushed and face washed. Well, sort of. If I haven’t worn makeup that day, I don’t do a full-out facial wash. I will use a cotton pad and go over my face with a good micellar water, and then a good toner.

Next up is getting my blanket situation situated. Being late fall, it gets chilly at night, so I turn the electric blanket on and get my accessory blankets at the ready. I bought an Isaac Mizrahi blanket from Home Goods a few months ago and it is everything. I have never felt such a soft material!! This is the blanket I snuggle with. I make sure to keep it well out of my dogs reach. He sheds like mad and his fur must be coated with glue, because it sticks to everything like crazy!

I do several things while the blanket is warming up. First, I spritz my pillows down with a pillow spray. My current fave is Ritual of Ayurveda Bed & Body Mist. The scent is Indian Rose and Himalaya Honey. This particular rose scent is a bit musky to me. Not at all like the typical rose scents I am used to. That’s not a bad thing! It feels like the scent wraps itself around me when I lie down. It’s quite comforting!

Next, I get into my jammies. I have a bit of an addiction to pajamas. I own probably 20-25 pajamas, anything from night-shirts to onesies. When you have a chronic disease/chronic pain, pajamas become very near and dear, therefore, I need lots and lots haha I am, unfortunately, running out of space and I had to separate my jammies and store the out of season sets. Yep, it’s that kind of situation haha

After jammies comes my skin care routine. It has changed some over the last few months. I think I’ll post about it this weekend. Being as it is coming up on winter and I have dry skin, my nighttime skin care routine is pretty intense, and has two parts. Sometimes three! Between the first and second parts, I take my little doggo out for his final potty outing. This gives my products time to absorb and settle in before I go in with the heavier products. After I bring Frodo in, I grab a juice box, or some other small drink to have at my bedside.

Before I finish off my skin care routine, I put my hair up in a satin sleeping bonnet. I know, I know … it’s incredibly old-fashioned. It’s also incredibly effective at protecting my hair. Because I had it bleached and dyed, it’s very damaged. I knew that going in, though. Having it up in a bonnet keeps it from becoming a tangled nightmare while I’m sleeping. Satin is very easy on the hair (and skin). It’s also recommended that curly girls sleep on satin pillowcases, which I also have. Pillowcases perform the same function, but with the damage now, I have found the bonnet to be far more effective.

Once all of that is done, I grab a pair of thin socks and jump on into bed. This is the point when I slather myself down in lotion/body cream. I use socks in case I have to get back up, which I always do. I don’t want my feet to get covered in the stick-to-everything fur for one. For two, I don’t want to lotion/cream to rub off into my carpet. Besides, the heat from the socks helps the moisturizer to really sink into my skin. My mom taught me this trick. She had really dry hands and feet and covering them while they are drenched in moisturizers really helped to combat the problem. She used petroleum jelly, though, and I avoid that like the plague haha

Almost finished … I swear haha After all of this, I am ready to settle in with a book or to watch a program or some YouTube. I may do this for a few hours. It just depends on the day I’ve had, how I’m feeling, my pain levels, etc. I usually set an alarm on my phone, to wake me up around 11:30, in case I’ve fallen asleep without taking my nighttime medications. Once I do that, I take off the socks because who can sleep with socks on? Then I turn the light off and let the television lull me into a peaceful slumber.

And that’s it! It sounds like an awful lot, but truly, it t only takes around 15-20 minutes to get through everything. When you write it out though … phew … it sure seems like it takes hours.  There’s a comfort for me, having things follow a structured plan, so I rarely deviate from this regimen.

Do you have a bedtime routine? Is it this involved? Are you someone who needs structure and routine, or are you a come-what-may sort of person? Lemme know!

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Nighty night!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

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Mid Week Mask ~ Naisture Plain Yogurt Mask Pack

**This post contains affiliate links. Please read my disclosure statement here

Good Friday Eve, y’all! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Mine has been okay. I’ve been to town twice this week, and if you’ve been a consistent reader of mine, you are aware of the toll that takes. The good part of that is I got my hair re-done. It’s now a gorgeous pink menagerie, with some purple areas. My colorist is a genius, I swear.

Her eye for color and how various colors can work together is astounding. Apologies for the quality of the second photo. I took it outside, after dark, with my phone, and I should know better haha

While I was gone, the postman delivered a package from HauteLook. If you’ve never shopped with them, I highly recommend it. That being said, it will take quite a while to receive your package, so don’t order anything you need rather soon. In my order was this mask from Naisture. I had not heard of the company previous to ordering, so this was going to be an adventure!

The packaging y’all! There are some Korean companies that just go all out with the cute factor, and I think the jar presentation is simply adorable!! I will admit, I have purchased items solely based on their packaging. Thankfully, it’s usually worked in my favor.

I am a big fan of Korean skin care products. There is just something about them that works for my skin, and this product was no exception.

I greatly appreciate that a spatula was included, to dip out the product. It’s quite unhygienic to dip your fingers into a jar of product that will be going on your face. Often you have to dip in more than once, after having your fingers on your face, transferring bacteria and other germs into the jar. Then, you close up the jar, and the germs are left to fester, until you use it again, which can often cause a breakout. You might think the product is causing the breakout, when in fact, it was your own germs from the last time you used it. A spatula or other scooping tool is vital when using jarred products, in my opinion.

The mask looks very much like yogurt in the jar, and has no scent that I can pick up on. This is great for those of you who may be sensitive to scented products. It applied quite smoothly and feels like a very thick moisturizer. The instructions recommend leaving the mask on for ten minutes, then rinsing and following with a toner. It rinsed off cleanly, and didn’t leave behind any sticky feeling.

I must admit I am quite impressed with this mask. Even after toning, I feel like I didn’t need to apply moisturizer. My skin felt incredibly hydrated and supple. I have dry skin, as most women my age do, and the tops of my cheeks are particularly dry. Sometimes they get so dry they burn, which is not a feeling anyone wants to feel on their face. This mask fully hydrated even the tops of my cheeks. I usually have to apply an oil to get the same level of hydration that I received with one ten minute mask.

HauteLook events are short-lived and there is no telling when this product will be offered by them again. It is, however, available from Amazon: PREMIUM QUALITY PLAIN YOGURT MASK PACK, Ultra-mosturizing Face Yogurt Skin Balance for Smooth Skin 4.9oz. (affiliate link) If you struggle with dry skin, I cannot recommend this mask enough. For those of us with dry skin, winter can be especially harsh, and I think this mask is an ideal solution. Most of the instructions are in Korean, so there are no recommendations as to how often is can be used, that I can find. I am not an expert, but I would recommend starting with twice per week, once you see how your skin reacts after your initial application. This is based on my own experience, and yours might be different, so use your own judgement.

Have y’all tried this product before? Have you had any experience with other products from Naisture? What are your thoughts on K-beauty products? Lemme know! I’d love to have a conversation about it!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Makeup Monday ~ Laura Lee Los Angeles Cat’s Pajamas … finally

Getting to this review has taken way longer than it should have, y’all. I got the palette shortly after it released, but life seemed to have other plans for me hahaha I hope all of my friends in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mine was wonderful, and my birthday was Saturday. which was also wonderful. Having a late November birthday has always been a double-edged sword. One the one hand, every few years my birthday falls on Thanksgiving and there is nothing better than having a full turkey dinner as your birthday dinner. On the other hand, it’s also exactly a month before Christmas, which was quite a bummer as a kid. It was always too close to Christmas to get a whole lot hahaha It’s not a big deal now, being an adult and all. My family spoils me to an incredible degree, regardless.

Let’s get to talking about this palette, shall we?

There are some public figures who seem to generate drama, no matter what. Laura Lee got crap for everything about this palette, before it was even released, and that simply wasn’t fair. I think people should have at least waited until they had a chance to try the shadows out, before writing it off completely. Unfortunately, there are some people who will never like particular figures … just because. Their loss, I suppose. I thought the palette screamed of Laura Lee haha

I can’t seem to find all of the pics I took with the shadows on, except one:

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The formula is fantastic! The shadows blend quite easily, they don’t become muddy and they don’t blend into nothing. In fact, I don’t have a negative thing to say about the formula. My issue is strictly a personal one, and it’s the shades. Most of the entire top row just doesn’t work with my skin tone. The transition shades are too dark for me, and the shimmers are just too warm. I sent this picture to a male friend of mine, with absolutely zero makeup experience and he said something about it just didn’t look right, compared with my typical makeup looks he’s seen, and I agree.

Again, my issue is a totally one of personal preference. I look better in cooler tones and berry/pinks. Does that mean this was a complete waste of money? Not at all! I simply use the bottom row, with a different transition and I have been loving them with some ColourPop Super Shock shimmers. Having to pull from other palettes doesn’t really bother me, although it does bother some. If I had a bit deeper skin tone, this would be an all-in-one for me hahaha Laura clearly has a medium skin tone, and she designed this palette to include her favorite shades. Not a thing in the world wrong with that.

I am excited to see what else is coming from Laura Lee Los Angeles and if the formula stays the same, I’ll be buying it, so long as the colors work with my skin tone. I find the formula to be that good. I would recommend this palette to anyone, from someone just starting out, to a seasoned expert.

Have any of y’all tried the Cat’s Pajamas palette? What were your impressions of it? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Skin care Saturday … on a Sunday: Boscia Tsubaki Jelly Ball Cleanser

Happy Sunday, y’all! This post is a day late because I wanted to have an extra day with this product. You may or may not realize, but I am kind of a die-hard Boscia fan. I have yet to come across any of their products that don’t blow me away. I first became aware of their products when I saw RawBeautyKristi review the charcoal jelly ball cleanser. I immediately knew that this product needed to be in my life. You can read my review of that one here. I was in love. Truly, madly, deeply.

Then, I became aware of their tsubaki line. Having dry skin, this line seemed a much better choice for my skin. I have been using their Tsubaki Swirl moisturizer for a few weeks, and will have that review up next week. After using the moisturizer for a while, I tweeted the company and said they really needed a tsubaki jelly ball cleanser, and their response confirmed that it was happening. Sure enough, a few weeks later, it was all over Sephora’s website. Oh happy day!!!

I immediately ordered one and the waiting game began. I am not a patient person, and I could have gone into town to the Sephora, but I didn’t know if they had it. It’s a small store inside our small JC Penny, so their stock is pretty limited. Besides, I’d rather wait than be disappointed. So, I waited. One of the perks of having Rouge status is free 3-day shipping. Well, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Anyway, the glorious day finally arrived …

Look at how beautiful that is!!! Bear in mind, it is very slippery haha and you need to keep a tight hold of it, or it’ll bounce all over your bathroom. That may or may not have happened to me … several times hahaha

Tsubaki is another name for camellia. It is known to hydrate, firm and is full of antioxidants, which offer protection from free radical damage. Rice bran helps with anti-aging by providing essential nutrients to fight UV damage, reduces dark spots and helps with micro-circulation. Tamarindus Indica seed gum contains hyaluronic acid, which attracts moisture to the skin, helping to plump fine lines, which helps reduce their appearance. Also packed into this wonder ball you will find jojoba, orange and grapefruit peel oils, lime oil, mentha arvensis leaf oil (also known as wild mint, or field mint), which appears to have anti-inflammatory properties, and bergamot oil, which helps to unclog pores. WOW! This little ball is chock full of fantastic ingredients!

 

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It doesn’t seem to have as rich of a lather as the charcoal ball, but it still lathers nicely. My skin does not feel tight after I rinse, and it feels moisturized. In fact, the tops of my cheeks are always dry, sometimes to the point of burning. This is actually working to reverse that! I can feel improvement in that area. There is a definite citrus scent, but it’s not strong or off-putting. It is more of an orange scent. In fact, it reminds me of the scent of children’s chewable aspirin, which is a pleasant childhood scent, oddly enough haha I find it to be pleasant anyway, and as I said, it is not strong. However, for those sensitive to scents, it is there. It does come from a natural ingredient, though, if that makes a difference for you and your skin.

I instantly fell in love with this cleanser, even more than the charcoal variety. I didn’t think that was even possible! I ordered another in my part two of the Sephora sale. (The sale ends 11/15, so if you haven’t taken advantage of these discounts, do it quickly! I had a few items in my cart that sold out, and I got my feelings hurt haha) This item is limited edition, and I have no idea how long it’ll be around. I really hope they will see the demand for this and make it permanent. What will my skin do when it disappears??

When I really love a product, it’s really obvious. I try to wait until the end of the review to give my final thoughts, but I just can’t. Also, I’m not the best poker player, for the same reason hahahaha

Have you guys tried this jelly cleanser, or the charcoal one? How about any other products in the tsubaki line? What do you think about them? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

 

Thursday Things ~ Target Beauty Box November 2017

It’s Friday Eve y’all and another day closer to the best day ever … my birthday! Oh, also Thanksgiving, which just so happens to be my favorite holiday … aside from my birthday haha My birthday is pretty much a week-long holiday in my house. I’m working toward making it a month, but that might be pushing it. Gonna have to take that slow hahaha

You may or may not know, but Target offers a monthly beauty box. It’s not a subscription, so you have to go to the website and order every month. They usually become available a few days before the beginning of the month. If you are looking to order the November box, let’s say, the boxes usually become available the last day or so in October, and are available until they sell out. As of this writing, there are still November boxes available, and at around $7, I think they are a great deal, even better if you use your RED card and get 5% off!

This month looks to be pretty good, except for one product, which I will talk about in a bit. Please excuse the terrible lighting. It’s very overcast and rainy here, and even indoor lighting seems to be trash today.

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There are 5-6 (usually 6) products every month, and this month’s offering looks pretty cool! (Can you spot the not-so-great product yet?) I am super excited to try out most of these products.

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First up is a hydro-gel sheet mask from the company MISSHA. I’ve never used any of their products, nor have I used any facial products with snail excretions, but I hear they are excellent for your skin. This also contains baobab tree extract, which appears to have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. I might have to try this one out tonight!

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Next, we have a facial cleanser from the Toleriane line from La Roche-Posay . The company touts a few key ingredients on the website: Prebiotic Thermal Water, Ceramide-3, Niacinamide, and Glycerin. I had to Google a few of these haha It seems that prebiotic thermal water is used in place of the traditional deionized water. This water helps to feed the good bacteria that everyone has living on their skin, which, according to the site PR Newswire, is important for maintaining the overall health of our skin. Ceramide-3 is key in “reinforcing the natural water retention barrier in dry skin by promoting moisturization”. Niacinimide is a form a vitamin B3 that has soothing properties, and glycerin, which is found in many moisturizers, has the ability to attract water (moisture) to the skin. Well! This sounds like an all around fantastic skin cleanser! I am very much looking forward to trying this one out, since I have dry skin. With it being winter, and the season of super dry air, this might well be a miracle!

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Next, we have a dandruff shampoo from Dove. I’m not really thrilled about this product for myself. I have colored hair and these types of shampoos will pull my color out in a second haha Besides, I don’t have dandruff. My hubby will get good use out of this, though. He doesn’t have dandruff, but he really couldn’t care less about shampoo haha

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The next product from the box is a hand cream from the company Skinfix. I am always looking for a good hand cream, especially with winter looming. My hands get very dry and have been known to crack and bleed. This cream is chock full of fantastic, soothing ingredients and even won awards from People and Redbook magazines. Okay … I see you Skinfix! (Also, foiled packaging is the bane of my camera taking abilities. If anyone has any tips, please feel free to share!)

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Another cool skin product that I am looking forward to trying out is this tiny bar of soap from Tom’s of Maine. I really like products from this company. I like that they are natural, whatever that means anymore haha I’m also a coconut lover, so this is pretty cool. I’m not a huge fan of bar soaps, even just for hand washing. They tend to be a little messy, but this is a small bar. I think I can manage for a little while.

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And finally, the product I could really have done without … sigh … I’m not a mascara elitist by any means. My go-to mascara is a drug store brand, in fact. But this was just a disappointment for me. I think I’ll just leave it at that …

Okay, y’all! This was my run-down of this month’s Target Beauty Box. Overall, I’m pretty darn excited about it! Rarely has Target disappointed me, though. The products are great, and the value is outstanding. Oh! I almost forgot that there is a $3 off coupon included every month for your next beauty purchase of $15 or more. It does expire at the end of the month that you got the box though. It is available to use in store, or online, which is nice. The closest Target store to me is a 25 minute drive on the highway. Not exactly convenient.

What do y’all think? Do any of you get the Target Beauty Box? What did you think of this month’s products? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Midweek Mask ~ Boscia Luminizing Pink Mask

Happy Hump Day everyone! I hope you all are having a lovely week. I’m going to cross my fingers and hope my tech issues are well behind me now. I finally got my replacement phone from Apple on Monday, and getting everything set up and remembering passwords, etc has taken a bit longer than I thought it would.  I love writing and it was actually my childhood dream to be a writer, and here I am, spreading my words and thoughts literally across the globe! Having technology get in the way of that has been a huge frustration. Ah well … I believe I am over the hump now and I can finally return to blogging on a consistent basis.

So let’s talk about this mask from Boscia. All Boscia products are also available at Sephora. I have become a bit of a Boscia junkie. I am currently testing out two other cool products of theirs to review on here, which should be up next week. They come out with some really innovative and down right cool products. There has not been one product of theirs, that I have tried, that I didn’t like. Not even one that I have been just “meh” about. They have all blown me away, and this mask is no exception.

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This packaging is adorable! I dunno why, but I am a sucker for pink packaging, and pink isn’t even my favorite color haha The original mask comes in black, but I just love the pink! I am pretty sure the only difference between the two is the color. There is an ever so slight scent, but I can’t place it. It’s not bad, but it is there. Looking at the ingredients, it might be eucalyptus, because it a bit medicinal, but pleasant. Well, pleasant if you like those types of scents. As I said above, the scent is slight. I kind of like skin care like this to smell a bit medicinal. It gives me the impression that it’s actually doing something, whether it is or not. Eucalyptus is a great herbal, though, and it has the ability to calm redness, which you will see momentarily. It’s also antibacterial and antiseptic, which is great if you are breaking out.

This mask is a bit goopy and comes out of the tube quite readily, which I was not prepared for. Most masks that contain clay are pretty thick, and this one is much thinner than what I’m used to. My bathroom may or may not have looked like an icing incident occurred.

Note how very close in color the mask is to my donut, although I don’t think it tastes nearly as good hahahahaha (please don’t try it to find out haha) I really wish my bathroom had better lighting. I might work on that this weekend, in fact. Everything comes out redder than it really is, and I don’t want to edit photos like these. That just seems unfair.

This mask took a long time to dry down. The instructions say to give it 30 minutes, and I gave it closer to 45 and there were still two spots that hadn’t fully dried, which I discovered when I started to peel. You are supposed to put a thick, even layer on, which I did. The peeling process was … interesting. It sticks to your skin very well. There were videos a while back on YouTube of people putting masks on that very nearly pulled peoples’ face skin off. This wasn’t to that degree, but there were some spots that were a bit uncomfortable upon removal. Definitely avoid your eyebrows and the baby hairs along your hairline. I lost a few because I got too close haha This mask has definite sticking power! I don’t view that as a bad thing, though. To me, a mask like that is really going to clean out those pores.

The first picture is immediately after the mask removal and the second picture I took a few days later. In the first, my face is much brighter, and the redness doesn’t appear to be so bad. I mean, it’s there. Nothing short of a laser is going to remove those broken capillaries. In the second, my skin looks a little dull, so the luminizing aspect 100% works with this product. I have also noticed that my redness since using the mask has been reduced. I wish I would have taken a before photo, but I didn’t notice the eucalyptus until after the fact. To be fair, this is not advertised as a redness reducer, but it has been a bit of an added bonus for me, that has lasted. I can’t say it’ll have that same effect for everyone, but it might.

Alright, y’all, I think it’s obvious how I feel about this one. The price tag is a bit hefty, at $34 for not quite 3 ounces. That’s not chump change. However, there are some things that are worth a heavier price tag, and I just think anything from Boscia is worth that premium. If there was one company whose PR list I would love to be on, it would be theirs. Every thing that comes from them is a hit, and so, so good for the skin. Well, my skin anyway. If you haven’t tried any of their products, check out their website, or Sephora. I have two more products from them that will be in upcoming posts. One will be up this Saturday and one will be up next week. This is definitely a company that produces quality skin care products, without a doubt.

What do y’all think? Have any of you tried this mask? How about any other Boscia products? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Mid week Mask ~ Too Cool For School Pumpkin 24K Gold Mask

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! Mine was very quiet, which is just how I like it haha Now, we are fully in the swing of Hallowthanksmas, which is kinda the worst part of the season for me. None of the autumnal holidays have their own space any more. Every year, the stores push for earlier and earlier Christmas displays. I’m not even kidding, the pharmacy I use had Christmas decorations up, in the same aisle with Halloween, two weeks before Halloween! That’s just much too soon. Back when I was a kid, that stuff didn’t come out until after Thanksgiving. Now, that was quite a long while ago haha but there are some things from the ancient past that are worth revisiting.

Want to know what I would prefer to not revisit? The mask I used yesterday. It’s kind of a rare thing for me to not like a sheet mask, but I couldn’t even leave this one on my face for the full recommended time! So let’s just get right into it …

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I had such high hopes for this cute l’il guy! It smelled fantastic and was full of serum. It came with a backing, I guess to keep it from sticking to itself in the package. I get that idea, but it’s a bit of a pain for me to peel a dripping wet mask off of a backing. I just don’t have the dexterity in my fingers any more to fool with that sort of thing. But, that’s really a minor thing.

The biggest problem for me with this mask was it was absolutely huge on my face! Now, I know I can have a big head at times, but this must have been made for a giant! In all of the fuss with trying to get it to stay on my face, I neglected to take photos. This is really one time when my goofy mask photos would have been quite beneficial. Because it was so large, it had to be folded in places, which means it didn’t make great contact with my face in some areas. That lead to it sliding all over the place, getting in my mouth and eyes. I got so frustrated with trying to keep it in place, that I ended up taking it off and tossing it after about ten minutes. They recommend 15-20 minutes. I’m sure I got some benefit, but not what it could have been.

There was ample serum left on my face, so I patted that into my skin. It took quite a while for it to fully absorb, more than an hour, which I think it a bit on the long side. This mask experience seemed to be one frustration after another. I think if it had fit better, the longer absorption time wouldn’t have bothered me as much. I understand that manufacturer’s need to do their best to make these products one size fits most, and I get that. However, in all of my vast sheet mask experience, I’ve never had one fit so poorly. And the real bummer is this mask was $8 from Sephora, so I can’t even excuse it by saying it was a cheap mask! One final criticism … where the heck was the gold?? The mask itself was plain old white, and there were definitely no gold flecks in the serum. No gold!

Have any of y’all tried this mask? Did you have an equally frustrating experience, or was yours smooth sailing? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Try It Tuesday ~ Amika Polished Perfection Mini Straightening Brush

Happy Halloween, y’all! Are you guys ready for the tricks and treats of the evening? We never get trick-or-treaters. Living in the country, I can totally understand that. But, for the twenty years we lived in town, we never got them there, either. We didn’t live in a neighborhood, though, and our road was kind of busy. It wasn’t really convenient for kiddos looking to make a haul. I usually spend this night making an Irish-inspired meal (my heritage is heavily Irish), and honoring the ones who came before me. It’s a night for me to reflect on my ancestors, without whom, I wouldn’t be here. The meal I make is roasted pork loin and colcannon. Nothing fancy, but it tastes amazing.

Nothing fancy actually describes me perfectly. I’m not one to fuss too much with makeup (what??? lol) or my hair. Mostly my hair. I prefer easy, wash-and-go styles. I never blow dry my hair, and I rarely “do” my hair. There isn’t much to do with it, it’s layered and curly haha I have had stylists, over the years, straighten my hair, and I like how it looks, but never had the time or energy to straighten it myself. Holding my arms above my head is excruciating and exhausting. So when I saw this product on Sephora’s website, I was intrigued. The price was $35, so I figured what the heck! Let’s give it a shot.

This brush is the perfect size for me to handle. Basically, you are just supposed to brush your hair, as you normally would. It does say to brush it with a regular hairbrush first, to make sure your hair is tangle free. This is what my hair looks like when I brush it.

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Haha that frizz! That is my hair’s natural texture. Nice, huh? Thanks, Hair Gods, for bestowing THAT gift upon me hahahaha This is why, in the majority of my pics, my hair is up in a bun. There is NO taming this monster, without a ton of product. I haven’t really found a product that will tame this mane fully, without making my hair feel gross. So, messy buns it is, after day one of hair washing. Now, I have heard that straightening will help tame frizz, so I was excited to see what would happen.

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Ta da! Whoa! What a difference!! Now, it’s not super-duper straight, like one would get with a flat-iron, but I am 100% okay with that. This took TEN minutes, of literally just brushing my hair. Ten minutes, y’all! Keep in mind, this is a mini-sized brush. There is still some frizz, but the reduction is incredible! If I would have used product, I imagine the frizz would have been even less. I still can’t get over the fact that this took ten minutes hahaha I have tried using a flat-iron, and it took me at least 30 minutes, and it didn’t look like it should have looked after that long haha Because there are “bristles” that grab your hair, the risk of scorching your scalp, ear, or neck is minimal.

This product is a winner, in my book! As someone who doesn’t like to fuss much with my hair, I can absolutely handle ten minutes worth of “fussing”, if I will get results like this. And for $35?? This one is a no-brainer, y’all. This would be ideal for young girls who are just learning how to do their own hair. As I said above, the “bristles” keep the heat away from the scalp, neck and ears, so little ones won’t be so prone to burning themselves. This product will be a regular part of my getting ready routine, without a doubt.

So what do y’all think? Have you used a straightening brush before? Do you prefer it over a flat-iron? Lemme know your thoughts, y’all!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Pur Cosmetics Mystery Box

Happy Thursday, y’all! Thursday means it’s almost Friday, and that means it’s almost the weekend!! I have no idea why I get excited about the weekend haha With the hubs working seven days a week, and me not working outside of my home, weekends are pretty much irrelevant. They still excite me, though. Speaking of getting excited, PUR Cosmetics recently offered mystery grab bags. If you watch YouTube at all, mystery boxes from eBay, are all the rage. In fact, there are over 10,000 hits for mystery box on the auction site. Wow! Some are complete rip offs, and some are pretty cool. When I got an email from PÜR with the offer, I just couldn’t pass it up!

So here’s the deal … for $25, plus shipping, you got five full size products, plus a mini, and the grab bag is valued at up to $100. I’d say that’s a great deal!! Unfortunately, they do seem to be sold out. They are still hyping it up on the website, so hopefully that means they will be restocking. Alright, let’s get on into the grab bag! **Edit: I got an email this afternoon about ordering a mystery grab bag, so I followed the link and they appear to have restocked. YAY!!! This grab bag contains SIX full sized products, so even better!!

PÜR included just about everything you need to create a full face! Now, let’s take a peek at the look I created with these products:

There are two products that I am not totally in love with. The first is the blush. Even with a light touch, it is just too dark for my very fair skin tone. I think it would be gorgeous on someone with a medium skin tone, though. The second product is the lipstick, which really bums me out. I am a sucker for deep berry lippies, and this one just falls a bit short. It is very glide-y, which causes it to be patchy. Also, it clung to the even the slightest of dry spots, causing those areas to grab more pigment. What may work for this lippie, though, is layering it over a lip liner, or even a matte lipstick for a custom shade. That should help it to stick better, and resolve the patchiness. The other products, eye shadow palette, mascara, eyeliner and makeup brush, are all pretty great! The mini in this grab bag was the mascara. Out of anything that could have been a mini, that’s the best one, in my opinion. The Fully Charged formula is a good formula, don’t get me wrong, but mascara is something I tend not to experiment with. The shadows are nicely pigmented and blend well, and the eyeliner is quite creamy.

I am pretty happy with this mystery purchase and I will be on the lookout for another opportunity to get one. Have you ever purchased a mystery box/grab bag? Was it a trick or a treat? Which companies have you purchased these delights from? Lemme know! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

 

73 Questions from Vogue

Hey y’all! I have had a whirlwind of a weekend, and I am just recovering. It’s a bummer when I do something really fun, and it takes days to recover. This was totally worth it, though. I saw Matisyahu with a dear friend. If you haven’t heard his music, you really should check him out. His message is soul shaking, not to mention the music is pretty rad haha Even if reggae is not your thing, I still encourage you to check him out. You might be pleasantly surprised! So, I was checking out some other blogs the other day, and I stumbled upon this cool post from Laura, at The Land of Laura and I really liked it, so I thought I would do it over here! These appeared originally on the Vogue YouTube channel. I think it’s a fun way to get to know me a little better, and see different sides of me that aren’t beauty related.

Let’s just jump on in!

  1. What’s the best thing that has happened to you this year? Definitely seeing Matisyahu with someone who has been an incredible part of my life for over twenty years.
  2. What’s the best thing ever? Fresh sheets with freshly shaved legs haha best feeling ever!
  3. What’s your favourite season? Winter
  4. What’s your favourite holiday? Thanksgiving
  5. Would you ever live in a big city? No way
  6. What’s your favourite ice cream? Mint chocolate chip
  7. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Not usually
  8. What’s your favourite dessert? Hmm, not much of a sweet eater, but a local bakery makes a to-die-for strawberry buttercream cake
  9. Cake or pie? cake
  10. What’s your least favourite food? seafood
  11. What’s your favourite condiment? ranch dressing
  12. It’s brunch, what do you eat? eggs, bacon and fruit
  13. What’s your favourite colour? hmm … blue
  14. What colour dress did you wear to your prom? I went to two proms, my hubby’s and my own. For his, I wore a black and white dress, and for mine I wore peach
  15. Blow dry or air dry? I don’t even own a blow dryer haha
  16. Do you think you’re strong? Physically, no. Mentally and emotionally I am like steel, most of the time
  17. Who’s a person you’d love to have coffee with? the Dalai Lama
  18. When was the last time you cried? At the Martisyahu show. His music touched me that profoundly.
  19. Who’s the last person you texted? My friend Audrey
  20. Twitter or Instagram? Instagram I need more characters on Twitter haha
  21. Who should everyone follow right now? I’m gonna say RawBeautyKristi, on Youtube, Insta and Twitter. Her makeup skills are incredible and her SFX skills are out of this world! Check out her Halloween series this month!
  22. Have you ever had anything stolen from you? Yep
  23. Favourite country you visited? Sad to say I haven’t left the US
  24. Last country you visited? Sigh …
  25. Country you wish to visit? Ireland
  26. First pet? A dog named Smokey
  27. Favourite Disney animal? Marie from Aristocats … she’s so sassy haha
  28. What are you doing tomorrow? doctor’s appointment
  29. What are you most excited about in life right now? Thanksgiving. I love being with my family!
  30. What book are you reading right now? Ummm several lol The Banished of Muirwood, by Jeff Wheeler, Brave New Worlds, a collection of dystopian short stories, and The Silmarillion, by JRR Tolkein I don’t think I ever read one book at a time.
  31. A book you read because everybody else was reading it? Twilight series … ugh
  32. What are you completely bored of right now? Summer temperatures in late October
  33. What’s your favourite beverage? Cherry Coke or Dr. Pepper. I also really love Hint waters
  34. What’s your favourite cocktail? I don’t drink
  35. What would you order at a McDonalds drive thru? Big Mac … duh haha
  36. What’s one thing you still have from your childhood? My baby blanket. I still sleep with it every night.
  37. What’s your favourite current TV show? The Real O’Neals, Fresh Off the Boat and Ghosted <<< hilarious … highly recommend
  38. What’s a movie that made you cry? Green Mile … even the novel made me cry like a baby, and of course the last Harry Potter movie and novel … cried like a fool with both of those, too
  39. Who do you miss the most? My mom
  40. What’s something you can’t do? A cartwheel
  41. What are your nicknames? Care Bear
  42. What makes you laugh a lot? Right now, SNL
  43. Heels or flats? Oh good Lord, flats! Heels would murder me!
  44. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done? Flew to California for a long weekend
  45. What’s one thing you wanted to do but been scared of? Fly to Europe … not a fan of airplanes, especially over water for that long
  46. What’s the thing your most proud of? Raising an amazing young woman. I am so stinking proud of her!
  47. What did you want to do with your life age 5? Tell stories
  48. Dogs or cats? Dogs!!!!
  49. What’s the most important thing someone can learn? How to be kind
  50. Bath or shower? Depends … if I need to be clean, shower. If I need to relax, bath all the way
  51. Mountain hideaway or Beach house? Mountain, without a doubt. I hate the beach and I live in a coastal state. I think I am the only one who hates it in all of SC
  52. What’s your favourite scented candle? Not a candle, but a wax melt: Orange Buttercream cupcake … smells exactly like Froot Loops
  53. If you could spend 3 months anywhere where would it be? Ireland
  54. Are you messy or neat? Umm not messy per se, but def unorganized
  55. What’s the first thing you do each morning? Take my dogs out
  56. What do you have for breakfast? Hmm … I generally don’t eat breakfast, but if I do, my favorite is a scrambled egg sandwich with bacon
  57. What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed? Lotion up!
  58. What’s one skill you wish you had? I wish I had more motivation … I def consider that a skill
  59. What’s your favourite pizza? Bell pepper and onion … not green peppers, though haha
  60. Describe your ideal man in 3 words? Hard-working, funny, loving
  61. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? My friend Lisa
  62. At what age were you happiest? Now
  63. What’s the last thing you ate? A pasta freezer meal and a kiwifruit
  64. Where do you go when you need to be alone? A hot bath
  65. What’s the biggest thing on your mind right now? Getting my iPhone fixed … it’s driving me bonkers!
  66. What’s the best activity to do at home on a rainy day? Read
  67. What are you listening to right now? It’s absolutely silent in my house, except for the clacking of my keyboard
  68. On a scale of 1-10 how happy are you about life right now? 11
  69. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? I am not an adventurous eater … at all
  70. Starter or Dessert? Starters
  71. Is there a dessert you don’t like? Hmm I don’t think there is haha
  72. What is the farthest you have been from home? California.

Okay, y’all … that’s a little bit about me! Did you learn anything that surprised you? I challenge you all to post your own bits about yourselves. You might even be surprised what you learn about yourself!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good