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Makeup Monday ~ Full Face (almost) First Impressions

Happy Monday, lovelies! I hope you all had a restful and peaceful weekend. Mine was pretty productive, which is a bit unusual for me haha. My weekends usually consist of a whole lotta nuttin’. I have had to do a lot of clothes shopping lately. I have lost nearly forty pounds since the beginning of the year, which makes most of my existing wardrobe comical. My weight loss hasn’t been on purpose, it’s health related. I might be more excited about it if it was purposeful. Regardless of the hows or whys, a new wardrobe is a necessity. Because it’s between seasons, I’ve found most everything on serious clearance, so YAY for that! Everything except for undergarments. Why on earth are ladies’ undergarments so insanely priced?? I can’t buy them just anywhere, either. Being more well endowed than the average woman, I have to go to higher end department stores. That isn’t even a guarantee. And guess what? Losing weight didn’t affect my bust size, in the least. Seriously?? The adage that women lose weight in the bust first does not apply to me, apparently. On another note, how about that eclipse??? It absolutely took my breath away. We live in the path of totality and it was a truly stunning and humbling experience.

Random ramblings aside, I have gotten lots of new makeup lately, so I thought I would do a full face impressions for today. Well, nearly full face. I didn’t get any new brow products or setting powder. Here’s everything I used:

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Let’s start with the foundation.

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I used the Lorac Natural Performance Foundation. I just did not like it. It was a pretty light coverage formula, (it does say natural) and it didn’t really build up very well. It doesn’t look too bad in these photos. I dunno, I’m going to continue playing with it and see if I can figure out how to work with it. The Lorac Touch Up To Go concealer/foundation pen was just weird. It has an actual brush tip, and you push a button at the bottom of the pen to dispense the product. It sputtered out all over my desk and I couldn’t get a decent amount to come up into the brush. It blended out nicely with my micro.mini beauty blender, which was a positive. I might keep playing with this one too. I don’t know … I don’t know if the aggravation is worth it.

Next up was the Elevation highlighter and Balm Springs Long Wearing Blush, from The Balm. I liked these! I got a nice amount of bling from the highlighter and the blush was a really pretty color for my skin tone. Win!

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I used a lot of elf products lol The bronzer/blush kit is in St Lucia and I only used the bronzer. It looked a little but muddy, but that could have been the lighting. I have used the blush previously, and I really liked it. The formula of these is fantastic, though. They are nicely pigmented.

Sigh … that matte palette is a hot mess. I used the two blue shades that are next to each other and they were a blending nightmare for me. A friend, who isn’t into makeup like I am, even remarked at how patchy my eye shadow looked. I’m going to try again, using some different brushes and see what happens. Otherwise, this will be going in the bin. In the Aqua palette, I used the white shade at the top and the frosty blue at the bottom. These weren’t bad! I had to use a dampened brush, but I think that can be par for the course with a lot of shimmer shades, if you really want impact.

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For mascara, I used this Make Up For Ever sample that came in one of my subscription boxes. It was alright. The formula seemed quite dry. I don’t know if that’s just how it is, or if it’s been sitting in a warehouse, waiting to go into a subscription box haha. I couldn’t seem to build it up, and it didn’t give me near the lashes that the L’Oréal Lash Paradise does. “Excessive Lash” and “arresting volume” are quite a stretch as descriptors, at least for my lashes anyway. Have I mentioned how much I love crayon-style lippies? I own several from Clinique, tarte, and Cover Girl. They make application a no-brainer. Super easy! And this particular formula from Clinique is fantastic! Well pigmented and very smooth and creamy!

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Finally, my tools. These are all new in my collection. The micro.mini beauty blender came in this month’s Play! box and the brushes I ordered from PÜR. I’m on the fence with the mini fan brush. It did fine, really. It just feels really small in my hand haha The second brush is a concealer blending brush. I didn’t use it for that, but it worked great for setting my concealer! It’s the perfect size for that, and it’s very soft. The micro.mini is the perfect size for blending out concealer, and my under eye area was much less crepe-y and the concealer didn’t settle into my fine lines when I used this. That’s a HUGE win!

I was extremely unhappy with my makeup, and how I looked in general. The majority of that was the eyeshadow. Those blues just did not want to blend! I will give them a second chance, though. And, I’ll keep working with the foundation and concealer. My mind is made up as far as the mascara, though. It’s just too dry. Anyone know how to fix that??

So, what do y’all think? Any of you who have this newest matte palette from elf, did you have trouble blending the shadows, too, or is it just me? Haha, that’s entirely possible! Lemme know!

Carrie♥

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Makeup Monday ~ elf Beautifully Bare Lash Tint

Hello, lovelies! Welcome to a new week! My week has already started out swell … I had to take my truck back to the shop. It had been in the shop for well over a week, and I was so excited to get her back Friday. Until I got down the road. So, back she went today! I really hope it’s a quick fix, because my daughter leaves in just over a week, and we have lots of errands to run between now and then. Since this was a quick trip to town, I did some quick makeup.

elf almost always has a “free gift with purchase” deal going on. I LOVE that they do that! I gives me the opportunity to try products that I might not normally go for. That had to be how their Beautifully Bare Lash Tint, in Naked Noir, ended up in my collection. I scoured the elf website and I could not find it anywhere!

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I think my lashes are decent, without any product on them. They aren’t the worst I’ve seen, for sure. Here’s what they look like without anything:

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Haha well, you really can’t see them, can you? I have some, I swear! Like I said, I was just running to town to drop my truck off at the repair shop, so no need for full glam. I did try out some different shades in the Trolls palette from PÜR Cosmetics. (I am really having some thoughts about this palette, so look for my thoughts on that in an upcoming post.) Imagine my surprise when I pulled the wand out and saw this:

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Ummm … whaaatttt??? This is not marketed as a lower lash product. Just so you have some perspective, this is the elf wand next to the L,Oréal Lash Paradise wand:

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Insane, right? There is no way, this teeny tiny wand is going to do anything for my upper lashes. Because I already had this weird little thing out, I was committed. Here’s the result, y’all:

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I am actually pretty impressed!! Now, to be fair, it’s not really a mascara, but a lash tint. It sure performed like a mascara, though! My lashes are definitely lengthened and fanned out a little. It didn’t do much in the way of adding volume, but I don’t think that was part of the deal. Tint does just that, tints whatever you put it on. I think what it did do was already going above and beyond any expectations I had.

I’m pretty glad the people at elf chose this product for my “free gift with purchase”. I never, ever would have chosen a lash tint before this. Score one for the folks at elf!! What do you guys think? Have you ever used a lash tint? Did you see good results? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Makeup Monday ~ Ciate Liquid Velvet

Good evening friends! I hope everyone is off to a great start for the new week! I started my week with a trip to a new doctor … yay. Haha can you hear the enthusiasm? Aside from that, it’s been an okay Monday. I did get a prize in the mail today that I was pretty excited to see! About a week or two ago, Ipsy emailed and asked if I would be interested in ordering a liquid lipstick from Ciate London. Ispy has started a new program called Ispy Shopper. It’s a pretty cool marketplace for full size products from such brands as MAC, GLAMGLOW, Josie Maran, and others. Each product has a certain cash back percentage. I ordered this Ciaté Liquid Velvet for $19.00, plus I am getting $10.70 back in Ipsy Cash, plus an additional $5 for it being my first Ipsy Shopper order. Basically, this liquid lipstick cost me $4. I’d say that’s a great deal for Ciaté!

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I will start off by saying that I am usually not a fan of liquid lipstick formulas. They are either incredibly drying, or oddly sticky until they dry. This formula is neither. It is actually quite comfortable.

This color, which is called Chatterbox, is actually much darker than it’s showing in the picture. When I opened the package, I was put off because it appears very purple. My sister, who tends to wear the funkier colors, even remarked about how purple it is. This lead to another concern. Darker colors, in my experience, tend to apply patchy or streaky. This also did neither. All of my previous experience with liquid lipstick is being turned on its head with this formula, Ciaté! That’s a good thing! Because of my previous experience, I have actively avoided matte formulas. These Liquid Velvet lipsticks have changed all of that!

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Look y’all, I actually do have hair! LOL It dawned on me that every photo of myself that I have posted, my hair is pulled back in a bun. Okay, back to the lippie … This applied much more in the berry family, than purple. I was very thankful for that. I don’t think purple is a flattering color for my lips, or skin tone. It didn’t go on patchy or streaky. I was able to rub my lips together, to evenly distribute the product … something else that is nearly impossible for me to do with matte formulas.

Now for some not so fantastic news …

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After thirty minutes of drying time, it is not transfer-proof. Now, it doesn’t claim specifically to be transfer-proof. It does say that it offers “kissable colour with extreme hold”. I don’t really know how to interpret that, other than maybe transfer-resistant haha This product also contains hyaluronic acid, which is an ingredient in skin care products that attracts moisture, meaning this product should not dry out your lips like a lot of other matte liquid lipsticks. It also claims to be highly pigmented (umm yep!). It comes in 14 shades, from nudes to actual purple!

All in all, I am pretty impressed with this formula. It’s quite creamy, it doesn’t suck every bit of moisture from your lips, it apples well, the color is pretty cool … what isn’t to love?

What is your experience with matte liquid lipsticks? Love ’em or hate ’em? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Makeup Mondays ~ ColourPop Gemini by Midnight

Good Monday, lovelies! I am back!! Thank you for understanding that I was simply unable to get any posts up while I was gone. Funerals are a crappy way to reconnect with loved ones, but I am so glad I went. Aside from the circumstances, I had a wonderful time seeing everyone. When someone has been in your life for thirty years, they are no longer friends. They are bona fide family. Keeping in touch before the days of social media, heck, even before the internet, is no easy feat haha but we did it. Her parents have been more my parents than my own were. Sorry to ramble, but thank you for understanding that my attention needed to be on them over the last few days.

Right before I left, I got an awesome package from ColourPop. Literally, as I was leaving my driveway haha I have never used any of their shadows or lip products before. I got an eyeliner once in an Ipsy bag and I loved it. I have heard nothing but good things about their products over the last few months, so I decided to take the plunge. I ordered three palettes, but today, I am reviewing the collaboration with Sonya Esman, called Gemini by Midnight.

These are pressed powder shadows, and they are soooo soft and creamy. They almost feel cool to the touch.

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I am aging a bit, (just a bit haha), and my eyelids can cause shadows to skip a little and be difficult to blend, because the skin isn’t as tight as it used to be. Not with these shadows! They glide onto the skin with incredible ease and blend out amazingly well.

I did a very quick, rushed look today, as we were running late for an appointment … shocker, right? haha I used Golden Gate Bridge as a transition shade, Manhattan Coffee Run for my crease, and Moscow Sunrise for my lid. These pictures were taken about seven hours after I applied and I did not use a lid primer. I’d say they look pretty good!

Overall, these are great shadows. I think ColourPop removed this palette from their website, because I cannot find it on there now. However, you should be able to recreate the palette with the names given above. You can create your own palettes, as they sell their shades individually, as well as curated palettes. I paid $12 for four shadows, and I couldn’t be more pleased. The pigmentation is outstanding for the price, or any price, for that matter. As I said above, my eyelids are no longer as firm as they were when I was 20, so shadows can be tricky, especially when I am in a hurry and I need them to cooperate. This formula was incredibly cooperative, and I can only imagine how they will look when I’m not in a hurry! I’m not sure how this company can create such great quality products at such low prices, but I’m sure glad they figured it out!! They have also come out with brushes and concealers! The buzz surrounding that announcement was huge and they are finally live. The concealers are $6 and they are completely sold out. Brushes range in price from $11 to $5, and I cannot wait to try them out!!

Have you tried ColourPop Cosmetics products before? What are your thoughts about the quality? What was your experience? Have you used other indie brands that perform just as well? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Makeup Monday ~ IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

**This post contains affiliate links**

 

Happy Monday, lovelies! I hope everyone is having a great start to their week! A few bits of business before I get this review started … I will be out of town Wednesday through Saturday (possibly Sunday) to attend an out of state funeral. I may not be taking my laptop and the likelihood of me having an opportunity to post on those days is pretty slim. I will do what I can, but obviously my focus needs to be on comforting my best friend and her family. My best friend, who has been my best friend for 30 years, lost her grandmother Saturday morning. We live in different states now, but I plan on being with her and her family during this difficult time, and my focus will be with them. I’m sure you all understand, and I may work on scheduling some posts. However, if there are some days without posts, that’s why.

Now! On to cheerier topics … I love mascara. I don’t feel complete without it. I have pretty awesome lashes, with the right mascara. Without it, I think my eyes look very weird, all done up, but with nekkid lashes haha I am always on the hunt for the perfect mascara. I think everyone has that one product that they search far and wide for the perfect fit. Some have come close (looking at you Lancome), but none have quite reached perfection … yet.

In one of my subscription boxes this month, I received a deluxe sample of IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara(<<affiliate link)

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Phew … that was a mouthful! I love when I get samples of these higher end mascaras. Through my quest for the perfect one, I have found higher end mascaras to outperform drug store brands, in nearly every way, and this is no exception. I love that I can try these higher end products, with little upfront investment, until I find perfection haha Then, I’ll gladly spend whatever I need to.

Let’s talk claims …

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What a great information card! The clams may be hard to read, so I will list them here. According to surveys, 96% said their lashes look stretched, 96% saw dramatic volume and length, 96% saw plumper looking lashes and 100% saw a fuller lash line. Ummm WOW! Those are impressive statistics! The real deal is in what you can see, so let’s go …

The middle photo is ONE coat of fresh mascara. Do y’all see how incredible my lashes look?? ONE COAT! I can confidently say that this mascara met EVERY claim they listed, without a doubt! It was easy to apply, even on my lower lashes, which always give me a hard time, and I often don’t do them, because I usually make a mess hehe No mess with this formula!

Now that this product sounds like the best thing since sliced bread, here are the negatives …

It is not waterproof. I wore this for 6 ½ hours today. I didn’t leave my house. I didn’t cry. I didn’t sweat. My eyes actually weren’t watery today. I didn’t take a nap. I didn’t rub my eyes. As you can clearly see in the final picture, this formula smudged terribly on my lower lash line. If it did that, when I literally did nothing today, it’s gotta be a no-go for me. I am so sad about that!!  My lashes looked AHHHMAAAZING! I am heartbroken over this, for real. It doesn’t appear that IT makes a waterproof version of this formula, and that is a tragedy. That makes this a deal breaker for me. It’s also a little on the goopy side, when you pull the wand out of the tube. That could present a clumping situation, as the mascara ages.

Sigh … so what do you guys think? Have you used this mascara? Did you experience the same level of smudging and disappointment? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

PS ~ Sorry this is going up so late. I took a tumble down my back steps outside today and damaged myself a bit. No hospital trip was necessary, but I am not recovered lol and my foot, knee, shin and pride are pretty banged up. It took some time to recover enough to do what I needed to do for tonight’s post. Sigh … my life the last few days lol Just gotta laugh it off!

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Makeup Monday ~ Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayon

Hello lovelies! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! My apologies that this post is going up so late. Today (well, yesterday I guess) has been an awful day. I had some errands to run this morning. I had to run to the dump (no trash service out here in the boonies haha), pick up my pain med prescriptions from my rheumatologist and get one of them filled. Anyone who takes a Schedule II drug understands the frustration in dealing with those meds. No refills and you cannot fill the prescription early, meaning you can only fill it on the day you are scheduled to run out. I am thankful that I don’t have to see my rheumatologist every time I need a new prescription. When my family doctor was handling my pain management, not only did I have to see him every month, but I had to be drug tested. They weren’t looking for other drugs. They were making sure my system had opiates in it. Crazy, right? Sigh … the trials and tribulations of being on Schedule II drugs. As with everything, my situation could be worse, and I am ever thankful for understanding, compassionate doctors. Anyway, after I finished my errands and got home, I started running a low grade fever. Also something pretty common with autoimmune diseases. Because my immune system is so out of whack, random fevers just happen. I’m not sick with a cold or anything like that. I’m not contagious with anything. Just a fever, and high enough to make my body hurt worse than it already does. That was a very long winded way of telling y’all this post is late because I felt like crap most of the day hahaha

While I was at the drug store, waiting on my medicine to be filled, I wandered over to the makeup section. The pharmacy fills your prescription MUCH faster if you tell them you will wait for it. Two hours versus ten minutes. Yes, I’ll wait and spend wayyy too much money on makeup while I’m at it hehe The Maybelline section caught my eye, and in particular their Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayon. It claims to give up to 24 hours of wear. Now, I don’t have the patience or the constitution to see if it really lasts 24 hours, and it’s a bad idea to sleep with makeup on, so we’re just going to have to take their word on that. I really like cool toned eyeshadow, so I chose two crayons to test out, 705-Pink Parfait and 720-Lilac Lust.

Aren’t they cute! These were $6.99 and they were buy one get on 50% off. Sweet! They apply quite well. They are very creamy. Blending, however, is another situation entirely. These shadows dry down FAST. I had zero time to blend the purple, so it looks a little choppy. The shadow that wasn’t dry just kinda stuck to my brush and came off of my eye. Blending with my finger didn’t work so well, either. I ended up rubbing the shadow off.

Disregard my face. I didn’t have a stitch of makeup on anywhere except my eyes.

It doesn’t look so bad with my eye open haha I would suggest going into the crease very lightly at first, and build up to the pigmentation that you want, instead of going all in right from the start. This is my first experience with such a pigmented shadow crayon, so it’s a work in progress. I am going to continue to play with these, for sure. There has to be a way to blend these out!! They will not defeat me! I really do like them a lot, despite the blending trouble. They are super easy to apply, they don’t skip across the lid. I didn’t use any sort of eyelid primer, but I don’t think you really need one. I don’t foresee these shadows creasing or fading. These might even look great with a black shadow base. Oooohhhhh … I might play with that look tomorrow!

Have any of you tried these out? Do you have the same trouble blending, or is it just me? That’s entirely possible haha Let me know!