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Makeup Monday ~ I Want Kandee eyeshadow palette

Phew, y’all … it has been a rough week or so at my house. I’m going to guess that I am in a crazy flare, because I have felt horrendous. I have been sleeping 15-18 hours a day and have been having crazy intense back spasms. For a week. I had a brief respite when I got my hair done, but even that day, the spasms started before I left the salon. Ooooh, you guys haven’t seen my hair yet!

In case it wasn’t obvious, I’m not all that conventional haha I dialed it wayyyyy back while our daughter was in school. She went to a small private school, and those parents/teachers can be just as nasty as the kids, oftentimes. I didn’t want our daughter affected because I’m kooky. She doesn’t really live with us most of the year now, so I feel … un-beholden, if you will. I was that girl in high school with the partially shaved head, purple hair, with combat boots. Okay, back to my week. I haven’t felt that bad in a long, long time. Funny enough, it wasn’t my RA that was giving me such a fit. I’m going to chalk it up to a fibro flare. It’s all I’ve got haha I am relieved to be feeling so much better. Five hour naps aren’t that awesome, despite what you might think.

Before my body decided to betray me last week, I put in an order with Ulta and one of the things I needed that week was the I Want Kandee eyeshadow palette collab between Kandee Johnson and Too Faced. I hadn’t really watched her YouTube videos before the collab, so I thought I would check her out (you can find her channel here). She is so freaking adorable!! What a positive little corner of YouTube and that is so needed within that beauty community!! There are several products in the collaboration, but I was most interested in the eyeshadows. If y’all could see my palette collection, you’d tell me I was crazy for ordering even more. What can I say? I really like eyeshadow! Let’s jump on in, y’all …

Can we talk about the packaging real quick? This has to be the most adorable packaging I have ever seen! And yes, the shadows do smell like candy hahaha They look like little chocolates on the back!!! I almost can’t stand how cute this is! The back has the shadows separated into how Kandee imagined them being used (from what I heard). They are separated into quads, with a highlight color for each. Of course, you don’t have to stick with that. It’s makeup … do whatever you want, however you want!

Here’s the look I came up with for today:

(Disregard my lip look … I clearly had some trouble with application. I am on the fence with that shade.)

Here’s what I did for this look … I took the highlight shade Banana Cream Pie and put it over the entire eye area, over my eyeshadow primer. I used Raspberry Cocoa in the crease, with Hot Chocolate in the outer “v” to deepen the look just a bit. I used a combination of my finger and a dampened flat shader brush to apply Sugar Plum on the inner 2/3 of my lid. I used Hot Chocolate again on the lower lash line, and added Licorice Rope to line the upper lash line. That’s it! I really like this look and I can see myself returning to this combination.

Now, for the question on everyone’s minds … how does it perform? Beautifully, honestly. I have never used a Too Faced product before this and I am quite pleased. The shadows are nicely pigmented and yet they blend very well. They also have great staying power. The day I got my hair done, I opted to use this palette. It was the first time I used it. I would say it was probably on my eyes a minimum of eight hours (four and a half of those at the salon) and the pigment had not diminished in the slightest. I also forgot eyeshadow primer that day, so that’s really saying something! The shimmers perform best when dampened or with your finger, but that’s nearly every shimmer I have ever used. It seems the “matte” shades have a few specks of glitter when you see them in the pan, but that does not translate to the lid. I haven’t noticed any kickback, nor does there appear to be any fallout.

I think it’s fairly clear how I feel about this palette. Not only are the shadows pigmented and easily blendable, but I think the price is quite fair. There are 15 shadows, and the palette sells for $45 (through Ulta or the Too Faced website). That works out to $3 per shadow. 12 of them weigh in at 1 gram (0.04 ounces), and the three highlight shades are 2 grams (0.07 ounces). That’s a decent amount. Just as a comparison, the pans in Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Modern Renaissance palette contain 1/2 gram, or 0.02 ounces. There are 12 shades in that palette and it runs $42 at Sephora. The pans in I Want Kandee are double the size for three more dollars.

Have you guys tried this palette yet? How about Too Faced, how do y’all feel about their products? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

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Makeup Monday ~ BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2

Happy Monday, y’all! I hope everyone is safe from Irma today. Being in SC, we’ve been spared the brunt, but we’re still getting some pretty strong winds and a ton of rain. I have family and friends in Florida and everyone is safe and sound, thankfully. Personally, I love weather like this. Not hurricanes, but cold, wet, dreary days bring me to life. Haha yeah, I’m kind of weird, and that’s totally fine by me. There’s just something about days like this that are perfect for hot tea (or caramel cappuccino hehe), snuggly clothes, fuzzy socks and a good book. I haven’t read in ages, and it’s something that I miss. There’s no reason, other than getting sucked into the black hole of YouTube. That is going to change. I am committing myself to read for at least two hours a day, starting today! Heck, I can read an entire novel in that time! Lord knows my Kindle has enough books for at least a year of reading.

Anyway, I am super excited to get back to my blog. I had entirely way too much going on while my hubby was home. When he left, I took a few days to get myself organized. I created an office space, bought a new printer and basically organized my life for living alone. So far, so good! Having a dedicated space to work has been fantastic. I actually work, instead of watching videos! I made sure to put my back to the television, and only have music on while I’m working. Now, let’s actually talk about makeup while I’m working in my fab office space haha

For some reason, blue shadows don’t look great on me, but I keep trying!! I don’t know what I think will magically change about my complexion that will make blues suddenly look fabulous, but I keep on! Since I’m wearing all blue today, I thought “what the heck, my eyes may as well match the rest of me” hehehehe And since I’m going absolutely nowhere, while a tropical storm rages outside, what better look than foiled shadows?? Ammirite??

A few weeks ago, I ordered this palette from BH Cosmetics and I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived.

They don’t look like much in the palette, but the swatches!! Gorgeous!!

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Like I said, I thought I would go for a blue look today, and boy did I!

These shadows are so pretty!! If you swirl your finger in the pan a few times, you will be impressed by how soft and buttery these shadows feel. I thought they’d feel a little rougher, being foiled, but I was wrong! They are creamier than many of the higher end shadows in my collection, that’s for sure. I tried them using a dry brush to start with, and they were shimmery, but I felt they could look better. I spritzed my brush with a bit of setting spray and the payoff was so much better!

While this is only a first impression, it made quite an impression! This palette normally retails for $12.50 here, but it’s currently on sale for $8.37. There’s a site-wide 33% off sale. Even full price, you’d be hard pressed to find 28 shadows, of similar quality, for that price. I can’t believe it, every time I see how much their shadows are. It truly boggles the mind, how they can sell their products so inexpensively. I would definitely suggest heading over to their site and loading up! There are two versions of the Foil Eyes palette, the first having some yellows and brighter blues. Whichever tickles your fancy …

Alright, y’all! Those are my thoughts on the BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 eye shadow palette. I say run, don’t walk, to your nearest web browser and load up! Have you tried BH Cosmetics’ products before? What were your thoughts? 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

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♥

Makeup Monday ~ Lancome eyeshadow

Happy Monday, y’all! I hope everyone enjoyed a peaceful, BBQ filled weekend! Mine was kind of exciting, which is not the norm for me. I prefer quiet weekends, but having some fun every now and then is a good thing. Remember what happened to Jack in The Shining when he didn’t take the time to play? Ummm, no thanks hahahaha

I thought I would try out this new eye shadow palette I got from Lancôme. It’s their Color Design Palette in French Riviera – Cool. It’s not a huge palette. It looks like the entire thing is 2g. The shadows are incredibly soft and buttery, and they are beautiful in the pan.

 

I was running late (of course) Saturday, so I did a rushed look with these colors. The picture isn’t the best, as I took it in my car as I was pulling out of my driveway. (Where did my lip color go???)

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Honestly, y’all, I was less than impressed. Maybe it’s because I was in such a hurry. I dunno. For starters, the satin brown in the middle applied grey. Ummmm … what? I went in with another brown, from another palette, to get the right shade in my crease, which you cannot see hehe.  The pink shimmer was not very pigmented, and I had to dampen my brush just to get what I got. Here are some swatches. The first pic is finger swatches, and the second I used a Real Techniques domed shadow brush.

Even in the swatches, the pink is very underwhelming, which is such a shame, because it’s so beautiful in the pan. I looked on the Lancôme website and I cannot find a price for the 4-pan shadows. 5-pan shadows, though, are $50. This palette was part of a free gift with purchase deal, so maybe they don’t make it as an individual piece to purchase. That being said, if this is any indicator of the performance of their shadow collections, I would steer clear. Just because a product is high end and expensive does not mean it will perform better than a drug store, or more affordable product. Save your money when it comes to Lancôme shadows.

Have you been disappointed by a makeup product that you just knew would be amazing? Let me know! I want to take a moment to wish everyone a very happy and SAFE 4th of July! Please don’t drink and drive and be careful with those fireworks, y’all!

Carrie♥

Mascara Review

I got my ipsy bag today, finally. It has never, ever gotten to me this late before. I even got a “sorry for the delay” email a week ago. Despite the tardiness, I am overjoyed with ipsy. I have loved nearly everything I’ve gotten from them, and I’ve always gotten things in very complimentary colors. I always worry when I see the color choices of, say an eyeliner, and they are gold or brown. I always implore the powers that be to provide me with the brown one haha! 

This month, I was blessed with a mini mascara. I am always on the hunt for a jam up mascara. I like my lashes, but when I’m wearing the right mascara, my lashes look phenomenal. This month’s offering was a “right” mascara. 


I received a mini tube of PÜR Cosmetics Fully Charged mascara, in black.  It’s an anti-aging formula that, according to the website, uses “a “magnetic” polymer matrix that wraps a positively charged elastic veil around each lash to instantly lift, separate and define each lash for long-lasting performance.” (http://www.purcosmetics.com/fully-charged-mini

Those are pretty bold words, until you actually use the product. Then, you realize that it really lives up to the hype. In the picture below, I used one coat. ONE COAT, people!! 

That’s pretty impressive, if you ask me. The tube I was sent is not waterproof, and I prefer a budge-proof formula, especially in the summertime. I wore this out this afternoon for about two hours and there was no smudging. It was super easy to get off my lashes, too. I always use coconut oil to remove eye makeup, and it cut through the mascara like it was nothing! 

This definitely made a very good first impression. My lashes were well coated, separated, lifted, fanned out. Just about every good thing that can be said about a mascara, I’m saying. The only drawback, and it’s slight, is that this isn’t waterproof, and I couldn’t find a waterproof version of this formula on their website. Again, it’s slight, but it is a drawback for me. However, that will not stop me from purchasing the full size when I finish up this little baby size. Aren’t travel size makeup products the cutest? Check it out, let me know what you think. What are some of your favorite mascaras and what do you recommend? 

Carrie❤️