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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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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

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!

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

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

 

Mid Week Mask ~ Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding

Long time no chat, y’all! I’m not going to go into a lengthy explanation for my absence, other than to say my health sucks and it’s been a rough few weeks. I hate having chronic diseases, more so when they interfere with the things I really enjoy, and I really enjoy blogging. Needless to say, I haven’t done much product testing over the last few weeks, but the products have been pouring in! I have so many cool, new products that I can’t wait to talk with y’all about!

On one of my many trips to Sephora since they have opened inside my local JC Penny, I used some points and got a sample size of Boscia’s Charcoal Pore Pudding. I think sample sizes of skin care products are the way to go. Boscia is a higher priced brand and if you don’t like it, or it causes a reaction or break-out, it could be a lot of money and time wasted. Luckily, for me at least, Boscia is a wonderful fit for my skin. They have quickly become a favorite, and when it comes to skin care, price doesn’t much matter, within reason. This is our only skin, and taking care of it is of the utmost importance, I think. Unfortunately, I came to that conclusion a bit late in life, so I am playing catch-up.

If you have never seen this product, you are in for a treat!

How cool is that?? One nice thing about this is the directions say that is can be used all over, or just on areas that are giving you trouble. I have used it both ways. I seem to be experiencing some mid-40s sporadic acne, which could well be hormonal related. When I get a pimple, I like to use a clay based mask, and just cover the blemish. I leave the mask dot on overnight, so it has plenty of time to absorb all the bacteria and help to dry it out. Some work better than others, and this is one that works well. It’s not an overnight miracle, but it helps tremendously.

I also like to use clay based masks when my health takes a turn. A lot of toxins are excreted through our skin, and I feel like a clay mask just helps to get the toxins out better than other products. That’s exactly what I did last week. As you all know, my health isn’t the best, and the last few weeks have been particularly rough. I saw this sitting in my mask bin and thought it would be perfect!

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Hehe I love making silly faces when I take mask photos. The directions instruct to mix the colors, once on your skin, to create this grey shade. I think a swirled mask would look really cool, but it would be pretty hard to maintain that when spreading it out on your face.

Let’s talk performance! Clay can be quite drying, because it is good at absorbing all sorts of things, but particularly oils. We need our face oils, so using a product that strips them totally can actually cause oily skin. After using such a product, your skin is like “Aw shoot, no oil! I’m vulnerable!” It goes into overdrive to replenish what was lost, and it can really be a problem. That is not the case with this product. In fact, I left it on much longer than the recommended 15-20 minutes, without any ill effect. I seem to get distracted when it’s time to remove these masks haha There are masks that become very uncomfortable as they dry, but not Pore Pudding. This particular one is so comfortable, that it is easy to forget it’s even on! When I finally got around to removing it, my skin felt great! It felt deep cleaned and fresh, without feeling like a desert.

I will definitely be purchasing the full size jar when I use up this sample. I have so many masks to test out, but this will be a permanent addition to my regular skin care regime, for sure! Have you tried Pore Pudding? What is your favorite skin care line? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Makeup Monday ~ Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette

Happy Monday, y’all! Hope everyone had a restful weekend. Mine was … interesting. My niece spent several days with me, and went home today. Not sure how many of you have five-year olds running around, but getting anything accomplished is a feat I have not mastered hahaha On top of that, I had insane lower back spasms. Sitting upright, for any length of time, was excruciating. Thankfully, I had “recovered”, just in time to get my niece home and run 5,000 errands, including taking my truck back to the transmission shop. I have been dealing with transmission woes since July. I am quite ready to not have any more transmission troubles, or any troubles, of any kind haha

I thought I would talk to you all today about the Jacklyn Hill x Morphe eyeshadow palette today. I know it’s a bit late, but it took forever to actually get my hands on it. To me, there is simply no excuse for them to have run out of stock three or four times now. That’s a shady way for companies to build hype around a product, and it works. They could have easily estimated how many units to order. Consider the difference between this release and the Fenty Beauty release. For the most part, anyone who wanted any of the Fenty Beauty products had no problems getting what they wanted, when it was released. The Jaclyn Hill collab? Each release sold out within twenty minutes. Four times. I really dislike that sort of shady deal, but it was incredible effective.

Let’s talk about the palette. It’s a very generous palette, with 35 shades, with each pan weighing in at about 1.6 grams. It retails for $38, exclusively on the Morphe website, and dontcha know, it’s actually in stock!! Snark aside, the palette rings up at around 92¢ per pan. Honestly, I don’t know of any reputable brand (maybe elf) that sells eyeshadows that inexpensively.

It is a beautiful palette. Just about any shade you could want, it’s got it. It very much favors the warmer spectrum, with lots of neutrals. There are, though, enough pops of color to be appealing to just about anyone. From what I can tell, there are 16, possibly 15, matte shades 2, maybe 3, satin shades, 13 shimmers, and 3 full-out metallics. That is just from looking at the palette, and my ancient eyes could be deceiving me hehe

These shadows apply like a dream! They are very soft, without creating much, if any kick-up. They are incredibly pigmented, especially when you consider the price! I have been playing with this palette for several weeks. I wanted to be able to give more than a first impression. I wanted to be able to give you my full and complete thoughts. For today’s photos, I went with a more bold look than I usually wear.

To start with, I ran Silk Creme over the entire lid. I then used Pooter as my transition shade, with Jacz as my crease shade. If you cannot tell from the photos, Jacz is a deep reddish-brown. I used Cranapple on the outer half of my lid, and Faint on the inner half. I put a thin line of Abyss along my upper lash line, as you would an eyeliner. I also ran Jacz on my lower lash-line, with a bit of Abyss on top.

When I took the above photos, I had been wearing the shadows for about 5 hours, at least. They look great! Well … sort of. They wore on my lids incredibly well, in my opinion. On my lower lash-line, however, Abyss had smudged and kind of smeared. It definitely didn’t wear as well as the other shades. With the other eye looks I chose while testing this, I don’t recall the other shades smearing and smudging like Abyss did. For the other looks, I put whatever shade I used in my crease as my lower lash color.

Honestly, that is the only downside I have found with this palette. This is my only experience with Morphe products, and I have to say I am impressed. I have heard others’ experiences to be a mixed bag. As I said above, the shadows are wonderfully soft and blend so, so well. I think better experienced makeup lovers and the earliest of beginners, alike, will have absolutely no trouble using this palette. In fact, I would heartily recommend this for those guys and gals just starting their makeup journey. Aside from one shade getting smudgy, I simply found no drawbacks.

Okay, those are my thoughts! What about y’all? Have any of  y’all tried the Jaclyn Hill X Morphe collaboration? Did you have the same experience I did? Lemme know! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Carrie♥

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Try~It Tuesday ~ Eyeliner Stencils

Hey hey hey, y’all! Hope everyone is having a fine Tuesday! I’m undecided about mine haha I went to bed this morning at 4:30 and woke up around 11:30 and that just totally messed my day up. I have no idea why I couldn’t go to sleep last night, but I just couldn’t. That’s not true, I do know why I couldn’t sleep. My dog, Pippin, who is as close to a soul mate to me that an animal can be, was acting very bizarre last night. All of the sudden, he just started crying, either when walking or standing. He couldn’t jump up onto my bed, and when he was lying down, he had his head in my closet, or he would wedge himself under my bed. And when I say crying, I mean it sounded like someone was trying to murder him. I ran my hands along his body, to see if I got a reaction from him and there was nothing. I couldn’t feel anything that seemed out of sorts. There was nothing I could do except see how he was in the morning and then call the vet. Whatever was bothering him seems to have completely vanished, because he’s perfectly fine this morning, able to jump on my bed and chase squirrels at full speed. I was wondering if he wasn’t playing around, to be honest. I had an episode last night with my foot joints. I was in excruciating pain and my hubby had to actually help me back into the house, because I couldn’t put any pressure on my foot at all. About half way to the couch is when Pippin started crying. We thought he was being empathetic with me and my pain, but then he got so bad with it last night, I was sure he was legitimately injured. Then this morning, he was miraculously healed. I’m back to thinking it was empathy haha

Needless to say, I am bone tired, so I thought I would test out an easy product today. I ordered these stencils from Wish, and anyone in the States knows that ordering from there is really gambling haha Most of the products come from China, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but you may not get what you ordered. It’s just the nature of Wish hahaha Now, I have the worst luck when it comes to applying winged liner. It’s almost like my hands forget how to function. It’s truly sad haha When I saw these stencils I just knew my winged liner prayers had been answered!! Well, be careful what you wish for y’all haha

There are no instructions. I understand that stencils are a bit self-explanatory, but they don’t even indicate which stencil will give you a classic look, thin, cat or extravagant. The double eyeliner and fishtail are pretty easy to pick out, but the others? Ha! Just gonna have to wing it … hehe get it … wing it?

You don’t have to look hard to see the skepticism on my face. These are quite sticky, which is good, as far as getting good lines. There is no way you could put these on once you have eyeshadow on, though, and applying eyeshadow after liner is just crazy. These will, undoubtedly, pull off your eyeshadow. I also wonder if they would even stick like you’d need them to, if you’ve done your shadow first. Also, if you have done your face makeup, there’s a good chance of messing that up, depending on how far out you go with the stencil.

However, if you just want to wear eyeliner, these might not be a bad product.

These photos are before I went in to “clean up” the lines. I’m still pretty skeptical, at this point.

Okay, okay, it’s still doesn’t look great. And the time it takes to put the stencil on, readjust and readjust again … it just doesn’t seem worth it to me. This package was only a $1, or it may have even been free with $1 shipping. I still don’t think the stencils are worth it, unless you absolutely cannot do any sort of upper eyeliner at all. By the time you are ready to apply the liner on one eye, you could have had both eyes done and been heading out the door. I’m certain there’s a learning curve to using these, and if you wanted to do a fancy look, like double liner, or the fishtail liner, these might have a place in your makeup bag. Might. I’m sure there is someone out there who could find these stencils useful. It’s just not me.

Have y’all tried any products to help up your makeup game? Eyeliner stencils? Haha lemme know!

Carrie♥

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