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Bougie on a Budget ~ Hautelook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carrie♥

© 2107 Look Good, Feel Good

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Bougie on a Budget ~ Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick

Happy Friday, friends! Whoo hoo, I don’t know about you guys, but I am thankful for the weekend! I’ve had lots of errands this week, so I am glad to have a few days of nothing. For today’s Bougie on a Budget, let’s talk about rewards programs. Any opportunity you have to join a store, or brand’s, rewards program, you should do it. They are usually free and, depending on how often you shop, can pay off pretty quickly. Today, we’re going to talk about Sephora’s rewards program, Beauty Insider.

Sephora offers three levels of rewards, Insider, Very Important Beauty, and VIB Rouge. When you first join, everyone starts as an Insider. At this level, participants receive a birthday gift, access to the rewards bazaar, access to the Beauty Insider community and free beauty classes. Once you spend $350 in a calendar year, you get upgraded to VIB. Benefits include everything from Insider, plus monthly gifts, and one free custom makeover. Should you spend $1000 at Sephora in a year, you get everything from Insider and VIB plus free 2-day shipping, access to a private hotline, and invitations to exclusive events.

I think I order a lot from Sephora, and I am $43 away from VIB status. I am pretty excited about that! I’m quite curious as to the monthly gifts, honestly. This is Bougie on a Budget, after all haha You also get a complimentary VIB welcome kit when you upgrade to that level. The best thing about being part of the rewards program, though, is access to the Rewards Bazaar. For every dollar you spend, you are awarded points. When you place an order, you have the option of cashing in those points for deluxe-sized products. Every month, the products change, and they are not cheesy products. They are high quality, often high-end, luxury brand products. There are different products for different amounts of points. This month, for 100 points each, you can get Sephora Collection LashCraft Big Volume Mascara, Tatcha The Water Cream, CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops, MIU MIU L’eau Bleue, Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel, REN Keep Young and Beautiful™ Instant Firming Beauty Shot, Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick, Tocca Stella, Make Up Forever Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow, YSL Mon Paris Eau de Parfum, and Prada Candy Gloss. For 250 points each, the choices are Urban Decay Perfect Prep Set, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense, L’Occitane Dream Moisturizing Duo, and a Sephora Polka Dot Tote. At 500 points each, the options are bareMinerals Best of bareMinerals, Tarte Skin Heroes Discovery set, First Aid Beauty Beauty Script, Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Aging, Dr. Brandt Skincare Polish & Plump, and Amika Treat, Style, Extend. At the 750-2500 points each level, they offer a Josie Maran Dream Big set. At 3000-4500, the choice is an Urban Decay Aspiring Artist Starter Kit. From 5000-15000, the offering is WildFox Sole X WildFox Dutch Bicycle … a bicycle AND perfume! For anything over 20,000 points, the offering is a trip for two to Verb Southwest Fest, in Austin. This reward includes round trip airfare for two to Austin, TX, three nights’ hotel accomodations, two three-day VIP passes to Austin City Limits (including food and beverage), meet and greet with Verb founding team, and a Verb goodie bag, valued at $200. WOW, Y’ALL!!! I’ll never save up enough point for something like that, but I think it’s pretty awesome that they have such a wide range of rewards.

Phew … that was a lot of background info to talk about the awesome Bougie on a Budget “purchase”. Last month, Sephora offered Givenchy’s Rouge Interdit satin lipstick, in the shade Fuscia-In-The-Know.

Yes, it’s a small lippie haha, but it’s a free Givenchy lipstick. Free makes any size worth it, in my book. This is a very bright, beautiful color.

It went on so smooth, and is so creamy and light!! (Look at those lashes btw, y’all ♥♥) It dries down just a little bit, giving it a semi-matte appearance. It is not transfer-proof, though, and performs just like any normal lipstick. It does have some staying power, though. Wish I could say the same for that eyeliner today haha

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Being long wearing is one of the claims, but there isn’t a whole lot left after 2 ½ hours. I did eat a snack, and I’ve been drinking through a straw for most of that time. It’s certainly not the worst, as far as staying power. It is very comfortable, and my lips felt very hydrated when applied. They still feel pretty good.

I am very happy with my very free, very bougie lipstick. This line retails for $34. Is it worth $34?? Hmm … no. Aside from the name, there isn’t anything really special about this lippie. If I can get another for free, though, I will jump on that offer.

Do you have a favorite rewards program? What kind of cool products did you get? Let me know all about it!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Bougie on a Budget ~ Battle of the Eye Makeup Removers

Hello lovelies! Are we all ready for the weekend?? I sure am. I am kicking this weekend off right! Lots of relaxation, me time and epic battles! Also, Game of Thrones returns Sunday haha

Any opportunity I have to get eye makeup remover samples, (any samples, really), I jump on it. If I’m going to potentially spend $30, for just over 4 oz of product, I need to know it’s going to be a worthwhile investment. It’s very important to me that a remover is 1) actually going to remove makeup and 2) remove it with minimal effort. I have watery eyes, and I live in a very hot, humid climate, so waterproof mascara is nearly a must if I don’t want to look like a raccoon. Also, I am getting to that age where my facial skin is thinning, so the last thing I want to do is scrub my eyes, trying to remove waterproof mascara. And so, a battle is born … the Battle of the Bougie Makeup Removers!!

In one corner, weighing in at a hefty $30 for 4.2 oz is Lancome’s Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover.

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Photo taken from the Lancome website

In the other corner, also weighing in at 4.2 oz, but for the shocking low price of $19, Clinique’s Take The day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips.

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Photo taken from Clinique’s website

Both of these heavyweights came out swinging, battling for the number one spot. There can be only one winner, though. Here’s the breakdown:

This is a before picture of my eye makeup. It was a long day, but there is some eye shadow and eyeliner left, and waterproof mascara.

After photos of my right eye.

After photos of my left eye.

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And the aftermath hahaha I used Clinique on my left eye, and Lancôme on my right. Both removed every bit of make up, as you can see on the cotton pads, and in the after photos. There were some small differences, however.

The Lancôme remover was a dream. It took about thirty seconds to remove every trace of waterproof mascara. There was no tugging, no harsh rubbing or scrubbing. Just gentle wiping of the eye area.

The Clinique remover didn’t work quite as well. Don’t get me wrong, it still did an excellent job. It took about twice a long to ensure I got everything off, and it required me to be a bit more aggressive. Now, I didn’t have to rub hard enough to do any damage or anything like that. I would have gone another route before I damaged my eye area. It was a small, but noticeable difference between the two removers, though.

Now, is it an $11 difference? To me, no. The Clinique remover does an excellent job. However, if your eye area is particularly sensitive, it may be well worth the price difference. And since this post is about being bougie on a budget, I have to go with the more budget-friendly price, hands down. For now, Clinique is the champ. It shouldn’t get too comfortable there, though. There’s always a contender, ready to take the number one spot!

What’s your favorite high end makeup remover? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

Bougie on a Budget ~ Mascara Edition

Let me start by saying that I am a waterproof mascara girl. I have watery eyes, I live in central SC and it’s summertime. Even in winter, I use waterproof formulas because of the watery eye situation. In my freebie pack from Lancôme the other week was a mascara. I assumed it would be a product that I gave away because it was regular ‘ol mascara. I was in a hurry to get out of the house this morning, so it was a mascara and lipstick only kinda morning. I thought I would give this a shot, and if I looked like a raccoon twenty minutes after we left the house, then so be it.

Boy, was I WRONG!! We left the house at 9:30 this morning. It is currently 11:10 pm and I just took these photos. My daughter had an appointment, we got gas, went to Walmart and I had my eyebrows and upper lip done. We got home around 2:30. With the heat index today, it was 105°. I took a nap later in the afternoon. This is the result, y’all:

Can y’all believe this mascara has been on my face nearly 14 hours, in insane heat, with mildly watery eyes and through a nap??? Aside from a little bit of flakiness on my right eye, this stuff looks nearly perfect!!! Because this was literally all I had time to do before flying out of the house, I put it on the upper and lower lashes, which I rarely do. I usually just put mascara on my upper lashes and call it good. What is this miracle product from Lancôme, you ask??

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Mini Mascara

This is their Défincils formula in black. It retails for $27.50 and comes in black, deepest black and deep brown. This formula is also available in a black travel size for $13.00. It gives a natural enhancement to your existing lashes and is suitable for contact lens wearers, which is huge. If you’ve ever worn a mascara that isn’t compatible with contact lenses, you’ll know pretty quick. Don’t ask me how I know. I have never felt such an intense sting in all my years.

Depending on how often and how much mascara you wear, the travel size may be a good option. This is Bougie on a Budget, after all. However, this formula would be WELL worth the full price. According to their website, this is “the number 1 mascara for over 16 years!” Not only has it been number one, it’s also award winning. It doesn’t mention what award, though. Budget doesn’t always mean spending as little as possible, although being thrifty is certainly as aspect of “budget friendly” purchases. To me, budget friendly items are those that will give you the best value for your dollar. I really think this mascara (in either size) is a great value. Just look at those pics of my peepers, and consider everything this formula was up against today. I REALLY put it to the test and it came out on top. Brava Lancôme!! I will be ordering from you again!

Carrie♥