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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!


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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.


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!


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!


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Sunshine Award!!!



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


Stephanie Vivienne

No Light Without Darkness

Elegant Living Everyday


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!


© 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 😉


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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!!


2018 Look Good, Feel Good

Skin Care Saturday ~ Ariul Juice Cleanse

**This post contains affiliate links. You can read my affiliate disclosure here.**

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!


© 2018 Look Good, Feel Good

Best Finds of 2017

Happy Friday, y’all! I hope the first week of 2018 has been fantastic for everyone! I dunno if you know, but it has been bloody COLD in South Carolina this week. Our average highs this week have barely crept out of the 30s, with nighttime lows in the teens. Those are highly unusual temperatures for the south. And, we got a freak snow storm this week, too, dumping up to seven inches in some parts of my town. If we get snow, it’s usually in February. January snows are very uncommon. Personally, I LOVE it!! I grew up in Ohio, and I miss having actual winters. My dreams came true this week, for sure!

All that time snuggled up inside has given me the opportunity to think about products that I truly fell in love with in 2017. There were plenty of products that I liked, but I’m going to talk about the ones that blew me away.


The first product I want to talk about isn’t a new one for 2017, but it is new to me. ColourPop’s Super Shock shadows absolutely blew my mind. Any of them. It doesn’t matter what shade or finish. Well, that’s not entirely true. The Super Shock shimmers (all varieties) are absolutely beyond mind-blowing. The Super Shock formula has a creamy texture that dries down, leaving a highly pigmented, sparkly, shimmery finish. These shadows run about $5 and come in every color and finish you can imagine. Make sure you close the container tightly, or they will dry out.

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Skin Care

There are a few skin care products that have blown my mind in 2017, the first of them is from the brand Boscia, and it’s their Tsubaki Jelly Ball Cleanser. Y’all … this funky little ball gets my face so clean and my skin feels so good after! There’s no tightness or stickiness with this product. You can read my full review here. This will always have a place in my skin care routine. Next in skin care, is Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, from Sephora. This product is a bit pricey, but worth every penny, in my opinion. I mention it here. My skin feels INCREDIBLE after washing this sleeping mask off. I just can’t describe how good it feels.

Hair Care

I’ve only come across one must-have with hair care, and that’s Redken’s Genius Wash for Medium Hair. If you have curly or color treated hair, I cannot recommend this product enough. This is not a shampoo, but a cleansing conditioner. These types of products are ideal for us curly girls. Shampoos can be too harsh for our particular hair type. A lot of people don’t realize the amount of care that curly hair needs haha This product makes caring for our delicate curls super easy! As for color treated hair, it’s just great! My colorist uses Pulp Riot, which is a semi permanent color. The more you wash, the faster the color will fade, so I try to wash my hair about twice a week. This cleanser allows me to be able to go that long between washes. My hair doesn’t get greasy and gross. Plus, this formula is incredibly gentle on the color. There is some color bleed after the initial washing, post color treatment. After that, there is barely any color bleeding at all! I get mine from Ulta, and it lasts quite a long time!

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Personal Care

There are two items here, from the same company, Sol de Janeiro, from Sephora. The first item is the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. It’s a skin tightening and smoothing cream, but honestly, I haven’t even paid that any attention. This stuff smells DIVINE! The scent is caramel pistachio and it will knock your socks off! The second product is their Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Gel. It has the same scent and offers a very luxurious lather. With these two products, my skin has never felt better, or smelled so good haha

There you have it, y’all! These are the products I discovered in 2017 that I cannot and will not do without. They have all made my life and beauty routine much nicer 🙂 What do you think? What products did you come across in 2017 that became a holy grail product for you? Lemme know! I’d love to hear about them!


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Long overdue ~ Sephora Rose Micellar Milk

Well hey ya’ll!! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! I apologize for being MIA for the last several weeks. I wish I was that woman who had her life together and totally organized, but I’m just not. With the holidays, I feel like I woke everyday with my head on backwards, if that even makes any sense. Too much to do and not near enough hours in the day to do any of it. Couple that with my physical challenges and the last few weeks have bordered on insane. BUT those days are behind me now, and I can actually focus long enough to write more than a few sentences, and man … do I have some awesome things in mind!

We’ll get to those in later posts. I wanted to get back to doing what I love doing … reviewing products! I am forever on the hunt for a GOOD makeup remover. I adore Lancome’s Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover, but I am always looking for a remover that works just as well (or better) that doesn’t have such a high price tag. If you’d like, you can read my thoughts on that makeup remover here. I have dry, sensitive skin and the constant rubbing required to remove mascara really irritates the tops of my cheeks. I have been looking for something that works without all that rubbing. On top of irritating my cheektops, it’s just not healthy for the delicate skin around the eyes.

When Sephora suggested their Rose micellar cleansing milk, I thought I’d give it a shot. It was on sale for $4 (and still is), so there really wasn’t anything to lose.


According to the bottle, this product offers intense moisturization and an instant radiance boost. It also says it’s never greasy or sticky and there is no need to rinse the product off. There is a very pronounced rose scent, so if you are sensitive, this may not be the product for you. I used this over my entire face and didn’t notice that the scent lingered at all. It took four cotton rounds to clean my entire face. I wasn’t wearing foundation yesterday, just powder that had long since faded away. I used one over my entire face, one for each eye, and another to make sure I got everything. Not bad, but if you are wearing anything heavier than hours old powder, it’ll likely take many more to fully get the job done.

It removed everything quite well, even my mascara. I wasn’t wearing a waterproof formula, as I can’t seem to find it haha but I don’t see where this would have any problems cutting through that. My face felt very moisturized. However, my face was quite tacky and remained so for a few hours. It was driving me crazy not to rinse it off haha but I held strong! Once I got through the “never sticky” stickiness, my face felt pretty good, for a little while. The “never greasy” formula was VERY greasy in my normally dry t-zone. My face honestly felt like I was suddenly 14 again … ugghhhh nooooo! I really think it was because I didn’t rinse it off.

Is this micellar milk worth it? I think it is. It works really well at removing eye makeup. And, it’s currently $4. It smells really nice, I think, and it does hydrate. All that being said, I would highly recommend rinsing the product off. At the very least, run a dampened wash cloth over your face. I think that’s a pretty small compromise, considering the pros.

So what are your thoughts? Have any of y’all tried this remover? Lemme know what you think!


© 2018 Look Good, Feel Good

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!


Nighty night!


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Mid Week Mask ~ Naisture Plain Yogurt Mask Pack

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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!


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