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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 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

 

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♥

© Look Good, Feel Good

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♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

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

Birchbox vs Ipsy

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Hey y’all! I have had a pretty decent week so far. How about y’all? Decent until last night, that is. Apologies for no post last night. I had a doctor appointment yesterday afternoon and had to get blood drawn (which is every appointment ugh) and I decided to treat myself to some retail therapy. I got a few things at our local Belk store, which is similar to Macy’s, for those who don’t live in the South. After that, I popped in to see my grandparents for a bit, then to the grocery store. I’ve been having trouble with my truck again and took it back to the repair shop today, so I needed to make sure I had everything I needed, in case they kept my old girl for a while. Well, the grocery trip was the final straw for my body. You’d think, after having this diagnosis for as long as I have, I would realize that my body has significant limits. Maybe I’ll learn one day. When I got home, I was already in a good deal of pain, but I had to get the groceries in and put away. All of my helpers are gone! By the time I finished that, I could barely move. I even fell asleep without taking off my makeup, or changing into my jammies. It was that serious. I feel much better today, though, thankfully! I can’t afford to have too many days like that. I have things to get done and dreams to reach, after all!

My ipsy (affiliate link) bag came today and I thought this would be the perfect day to do a head-to-head with Birchbox (affiliate link).

Let’s start off with this month’s Birchbox. I really like the white and gold box this month. I really wish I could find a use for these boxes. They are so pretty and I really hate tossing them out every month. I don’t give enough gifts that I could justify keeping them, and storage space is at a premium in a 700 sq ft house haha I wish Birchbox was a little more makeup oriented. It seems to favor hair care products, and honestly, I just don’t use products in my hair that often. There are two hair products this month, a shampoo/conditioner and a hair oil:

That being said, these products seem to have been hand-picked for my unique hair issues. The shampoo/conditioner are for brightening blonde hair. The oil is argan oil infused and is supposed to keep frizz under control, as well as protect from UV exposure and heat styling damage. We’ll see how it works for my naturally frizzy hair because I am constantly on the hunt for a product that will actually work. Funny enough, both products kinda of smell the same. It’s kind of floral, kind of fresh. I’ll be able to better figure that out when I use them.

 

Next up are the two makeup products, a strobing pencil from Lord & Berry and a plumping lip gloss from Pixi by Petra. Let’s talk about the strobing pencil first. I’m glad the card that comes in every Birchbox tells you where this should be used and the cheekbones is not one of them. I gasped when I saw how small and sharp the point on this pencil is. They recommend it for the nose, inner eye corner, brow bones and Cupid’s bow. I can definitely see it working some magic in those areas. It’s a beautiful frosty pink, which is my preferred highlight color. Now the lip gloss … if you don’t like peppermint, you will not be a fan of this. The peppermint scent is quite strong, but I imagine that’s where the plumping effect comes in. I haven’t used anything from this brand. If I am not mistaken, it is exclusive to Target, and the closest Target is a thirty minute drive on the highway. I’m also not a huge fan of plumping formulas. My lips are quite nice I think, so it’s never crossed my mind to use them. The color also looks a bit light for me, so I’ll likely have to use it as a lip topper.

21767161_10155739216009357_1873081074_o Finally, there’s a Frothy Face Wash from Origins. This has a very nice, minty scent, and claims to balance oil production while softening dry areas. Interesting! I’m not really one to play around with my facial cleansers. Once I find something that I like, I stick with it. I am willing to try it out, though. Who knows, I might like it better than philosophy’s purity cleanser!

Alright, alright, alright … ipsy Glambag, come on down! I have been an ipsy subscriber for several months and I have noticed a definite pattern to the bags. There’s always a tool, a mascara and an eyeliner. Without fail. I really do like the brushes we get, and it’ll be ages before I really need to buy an eyeliner, because they tend to be full size haha Let’s talk about that eyeliner.

 

I have gotten this brand before (Beauty for Real I-Line 24-7 in Champagne Buzz) from ipsy and it’s a pretty good brand. The formula is nice and creamy and it dries pretty quickly. In fact, as soon as I took the pic of the swatch, I immediately went to the bathroom to wash it off, and I had to rub quite hard. Granted, I was only using a wet washcloth, but that’s great, as far as how it will wear, I think. Removal should be easy enough with some eye makeup remover. It doesn’t claim to be waterproof, but I would say it’s definitely water-resistant. Not sure how I will style a champagne colored eyeliner, but I’m sure I’ll have fun figuring it out!

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Next up is an angled shader brush from Luxie. This is also a brand that appears in ipsy glambags with some frequency, and that’s okay. These are right decent brushes. This one is rose gold and cruelty free, so it’s pretty much perfect!

Two skin care items were included this month, an egg white cleanser from SKINFOOD and a face cream from The Organic Pharmacy. Let’s jump in with the cleanser first. The Egg White Perfect Pore Cleansing Foam makes some pretty great claims: gentle, but hard-working to remove makeup, dig deep to clean pores, refine the pores and refresh the skin. Sounds great, if it actually does all of those things. We’ll find out soon enough! It has a very light, clean scent, which I like. I tend to be sensitive to smells and sometimes, they can trigger a migraine. I’d rather not have a strong scent all over my face, although, I do like light scents. And for the last skin product of the month, we have the Double Rose Rejuvenating face cream, for glowing, radiant skin. I am a sucker for rose-scents, and this has already garnered my attention. Not only is it rose, it’s double rose! This also caught my attention for another reason. I’ve talked before about having rosacea. One of the difficult aspects of that skin condition is broken capillaries on the face. I have broken capillaries all across my nose and my cheeks. Even with the rosacea under control, I’m left with the redness from them. I would say that laser treatments are the only option, but this product claims to reduce them!! I am quite skeptical of that, but if it works, I will hand over a blank check to The Organic Pharmacy. The scent is also incredible.

And finally, we have Ciaté London’s Wonderwand mascara. It’s an ultra volumizing formula and they swear it doesn’t smudge. We shall see, Ciaté .. we shall see. While we’re discussing mascara, something pretty cool happened regarding last month’s mascara selection from ipsy. I will link to that blog post here. My first impression of that month’s mascara was less than impressed. As usual, I linked the blog post in a tweet and ipsy actually read my blog. They were bummed about my experience with that mascara and wanted to send me another one to try. Of course, I agreed. I wanted to give Make Up For Ever a fair shot, and I am so glad I did! The new tube was nothing like the first one I received. My lashes looked fabulous!! So, huge shout out to ipsy for not only taking the time to read my blog, but to make right the issue I had with a product. That really showed me who you are as a company, and I liked what I saw.

So there it is, friends! What I think I will do, in order to get a real good grasp of the products, is use them as much as possible over the next two weeks, then come back and spill all the tea. I think that’s a more fair method for a head to head with these two services. Which subscription services to y’all subscribe to? What kinds of cool stuff did y’all get? Lemme know! I love hearing about the different stuff that people receive!

Carrie♥

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Try~It Tuesday ~ Ciate London Glitter Flip

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Phew … happy Tuesday, y’all! I hope everyone made it through Irma unscathed. All of my friends and family in FL, GA and SC are all safe and secure. Most of them in FL are without power and may be for some time. A lot of trees came down, and that makes restoring power more difficult because they have to clear the debris so they can get to the power lines. Mad props to the linemen out there, working night and day, to get everyone up and running again. In my area, about 1200 people lost power yesterday. I never lost power, but it rained and the wind howled for over 18 hours. My poor fur babies barked nonstop, I think. Let’s all hope that Irma was the last of the US storms for the season!

Funny enough, I received a delivery from Sephora yesterday. I don’t know why I thought our local delivery services would not be out and about yesterday, but they were! Sometimes, a makeup product can be so crazy that it fits the theme of Try~It Tuesday perfectly. I think Ciaté London’s Glitter Flip is one of those products. I have seen several YouTube videos and I sit, stunned and amazed, every single time! Finally, a truly innovative makeup product! Lately, it seems companies have kind of lost their inspiration. There’s nothing truly new and exciting, really. Well, Ciaté has obviously been hard at work!!

I had to get on the email list at Sephora because these jokers are selling out as fast as they can stock them. I ended up with the shade Candy, which kind of a mauve-y pink. Don’t let the exterior of the box fool you. It’s not a baby pink, like the box is. I really wanted Infamous, as I prefer berry shades. Oh look! It’s finally in stock, and today is 8% cash back through Ebates (affiliate link)! Oh … my poor, poor bank account! Anyway, Candy is a very pretty shade. There is, what appears to be, dark pink and silver glitter in it, when you look at it in the tube. It doesn’t look super glittery, though.  Oh, I almost forgot … these are a matte formula. Ciaté’s matte formulas are pretty comfortable, though.

Alrighty … let’s jump on in! The instructions say to apply an even layer and let dry for one minute. At this point, do not rub your lips back and forth to distribute the product. I always do that after applying any lip product, so that will be tough for me not to do. Okay … let’s do this!

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This is the product immediately after application. It’s quite matte. Of course, I got a phone call immediately after putting it on, so I was very careful not to press my lips together while I was talking hahaha it’s kind of tough!

I was on the phone longer than a minute, so as soon as I hung up, I went straight to the bathroom and …

 

The photos are not doing the glitter justice! It’s actually quite beautiful! However, this shade looks awful on me. There’s too much of a grey undertone. I will have to return this to Sephora and see about an exchange. Second, it feels pretty darn chunky on the lips, and I find myself kind of chewing the glitter off. It’s an odd feeling that I am sure I would get used to. I have used the Kat Von D’s Glimmer Veil and it feels so much better than this. Maybe she uses smaller glitter? I dunno, but it does feel … different.

Okay, thoughts … despite it feeling a bit chunky, and not liking the shade against my skin tone, I actually DO like it. I am going to head into Sephora tomorrow and see about exchanging it for the berry shade. It’s been on for about 15 minutes now, and it feels much better than it did immediately after the flip. What do y’all think? Have y’all tried this product yet? Do you like it? Lemme know?

Carrie♥

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