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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

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This week in makeup news Aug 8 – Aug 13

Hello dear friends! Welcome to the newest addition to the Look Good, Feel Good lineup! Sundays will be for posting makeup related news, new releases, etc. Without further ado, let’s jump right in!

ColourPop is coming to Sephora!! According to sources, the low, low prices we all love will NOT go up. Look for this awesome brand to hit shelves sometime in November. Also in Colourpop news, the popular Fem Rosa palette will restock on Aug 17 at 10am PST, 1pm EST, for $16. If you have been wanting this palette as much as I have, do not wait! Set an alarm on your phone if you need to. The Yes, Please palette restocked on Thursday and sold out almost immediately. This will probably be the same. The website is currently running a special on their Bring The Heat collection. Buy any two single items in the collection, get one free!

Kat Von D News!! The new Shade + Light Creme Contour palette is available online now and retails for $49 at Sephora and the Kat Von D Beauty website. The palette is refillable. This will be on shelves Aug 25. Also available now from Kat Von D Beauty is a line of cruelty free, vegan brushes. Face brushes range in price from $24-$38. There only seems to be two eye brushes listed, Glimmer Effect Eye Brush #50 ($24) and Shade + Light Eye Contour Brush ($27). All products from Kat Von D beauty are cruelty free and a lot are vegan. This very busy lady also unveiled her new line of liquid lippies, Everlasting Glimmer Veil  Glitter Lipstick. These are hugely pigmented and gorgeous! One shade, Reverb, is available now. The other eight launch Aug 22.

Wet n Wild’s new Midnight Mermaid collection hits Ulta on Aug 13, which is today! This 12-piece collection is loaded with metallic liquid eye shadows, lippies, eyeliner and a Mega Glo highlight bar, complete with a mermaid tail pressed into the product. The collection goes live on Wet n Wild’s website Aug 14. I just checked on my Ulta app, though, and I don’t see anything mermaid-y from Wet n Wild. Every source I have checked says it’s launching today at Ulta … I wonder if there has been a delay?

The Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Collection goes live Aug 14. If you like sparkle, this is the collab for you! The collection includes two liquid matte lipsticks, two lipsticks, a liploss, and eyeshadow quad and two highlights. You can get the collection here.

Ciaté is releasing an innovative new liquid lipstick line called Glitter Flip, on Aug 15. From what I can tell, it goes on like a normal liquid lipstick. Leave it to dry for two minutes, then press your lips together. According to the website, this activates the glitter and you now have a full coverage glitter lip! You can also run your finger over your lips to activate. This interesting product will come in seven dazzling shades and can be ordered here.

eos has released another innovative product … transparent vegan lip balm! Available in two flavors, Hibiscus Peach and Vanilla Orchid, these products are exactly what they sound like. The are a crystal clear balm, in eos’ signature shape and packaging. Called Crystal Lip Balm, it is currently sold out on their website, but can be found Walmart, Target, CVS, and Walgreens, for around $5.50.

Juvia’s Place has released multicolored brushes and they are available now! The brushes look a little like Neapolitan ice cream haha They offer a 3-piece face set for $18 and a 5-piece eye set for $15.

Urban Decay has expanded their already expansive Vice lipstick line by adding 15 new shades to the collection. Basically, there are no details, except this sneak peek photo on their Instagram feed. They are pretty, so stay tuned for more details!

Huda Beauty Textured Shadows palette in Rose Gold is back in stock at Sephora. However, this palette is being discontinued this October. The $65 palette is currently available at Sephora and the Huda Beauty site. Despair not, though. The new Desert Dusk palette has several similar shades.

Good news if you participate in Sephora’s Beauty Insider rewards program! Now through Aug 19, you can earn more points with your purchase. Beauty Insiders will receive twice the bonus points per order, VIB members will earn 3-times and VIB Rouge members will receive 4-times the points. You don’t have to do anything extra, just order as usual and the extra points will be applied! Also happening, from now until Nov 1, they will be running Weekly Wow. Each week, various products will be offered at significant savings. Thanks, Sephora ♥♥

Ulta is also running a points promotion now, as well! If you participate in their Ultamate Rewards program, now through Aug 19, members will receive 2x the points on all purchases. Platinum members will receive 3x the points! Also, earn 5x the points on select lip purchases and on all No. 7 brand purchases! As always, there’s a $3.50 off your order of $15 or more coupon, located in the app. It can be used online or in stores. Thanks, Ulta ♥♥

Phew! So what do you think of the newest addition the blog? I think I’m liking it! What do y’all think of the new releases? What important news did I miss? I’m certain there was plenty that I missed hahaha Lemme know what you think!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

 

 

 

 

Hey Hey, It’s Sephora Play!

Well, technically, it’s Play! by Sephora, but that wouldn’t rhyme! Happy Friday, lovelies! I hope you all have had a wonderful week! Mine certainly got better at the end. I got three deliveries, one from Sephora, one from Pur Cosmetics, and one from Macy’s. We’ll be talking about all of those next week. When I checked my mail today, I was shocked to see my Play! by Sephora box inside. That box usually doesn’t come until later in the month and it’s never gotten here before Ipsy or Birchbox! YAY!

This is my third month with this subscription service, and I’m pretty pleased so far. I’m quite happy with all of my subscriptions, to be honest. I love being able to try out a product, with minimal investment. If I don’t like it, it’s not a big deal, and there have been some products that just weren’t my cup of tea. Overall, though, everything has been great. One thing I particularly like about Sephora’s service is you get five deluxe samples plus a fragrance sample. I’ve become a bit of a perfume junkie lately, and this is a GREAT way to find new scents. In fact, I have found a few new fragrances that I cannot live without now … looking at you Versace Bright Crystal!!

Let’s jump on in!

For starters, how flipping cute is this bag??? And I love that they used the Periodic Table to talk about beauty ingredients! As always, you get 50 free Beauty Insider points with purchase, but they have to be used in-store. That’s a big bummer if you don’t have a store nearby. I think one was recently built in our JC Penny store, but I haven’t been there in ages. Guess I should go and check it out! Also, these points are not good forever. They expire on the last day of the month after you get your bag. In other words, these 50 points I got with my August box expire September 30th.

Lets dig into these goodies, shall we?

Starting with skin items, there’s a mini Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation stick in the shade Shell ($46). It looks light enough for my skin tone, so YAY! Next up is Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum ($98/1oz). This is something I am SUPER excited about! It looks very glittery in the bottle, but doesn’t seem to be too much on the skin. I just had to put a drop on the back of my hand, once I saw it haha It smells wonderful!! This has actual Greek saffron and, from what the paperwork says, it takes 150 Krocus flowers in order to produce one gram of saffron. Finally, we have the beautyblender micro.mini sponge applicator ($18). These are the perfect size for concealer, and maybe using a damp sponge will keep my under eye area from looking so dried out and crease-y.

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I’m not really a huge fan of the hair products that come in these boxes. Most are texturizing sprays or volumizing sprays. My hair has plenty of both haha and sprays just make my hair out of control or sticky. This spray from Alterna Haircare, Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist ($30/4.8oz) is both volumizing AND texturizing, so it should be interesting! This has a wonderful citrus scent, so I will definitely try it out. I’m just not going to have high hopes hahaha

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This is an interesting product, Clinique’s HIM Dual-Ended High Impact Mascara & Primer Duo. This must only come as a mini, because I cannot find it on the Sephora website anywhere. I have never used a lash primer before, and this claims to be moisturizing, which I could probably use. I try to only use waterproof mascara (watery eyes and living in the South haha) and that has to be hard on lashes. It also says using the primer will create more a more vibrant and longer lasting eye look. I am looking forward to seeing what effect this will have on my mine!

Finally, we have my favorite part of the Play! bag:

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I had to laugh when I read the description of My Burberry Black ($72/1oz) … “inspired by the iconic Burberry trench coat” What??? It features a blend of jasmine, candied rose and amber. How do those scents jive with a trench coat, exactly? It also has peach and patchouli. Don’t get me wrong, it smells incredible. I just don’t understand how a trench coat was the inspiration for the scent hahaha

So, that’s my August Play! bag. This service is $10 a month and I think it’s well worth that price. If I went out and bought full sizes of these products (not including the Clinique duo), the total cost would be $264. What do you think? Do you subscribe to any of these boxes? Which ones are your favorites? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Try~It Tuesday: NYX Black Eye Shadow Base

Good afternoon, friends! I hope everyone is doing well! Today is a pretty lazy day here on the homestead. We’re in for some stormy weather today, so I’m just hanging out inside, watching my favorites on YouTube. Do you guys watch YouTube much? It literally sucks me right in, and I can get lost for hours haha I mainly watch beauty channels, but I also sub to some culture, science and history channels. It’s sooo easy to get lost, which means I usually don’t realize the time or just how much time I’ve wasted. Is it really wasted time if you enjoy yourself, though?

Back when I fist got into makeup, there was just basic makeup. There were no primers, no CC or BB creams, no highlighters, no mattifying products and I had never heard of contouring. There were the basics: foundation, powder, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush, and lipsticks and glosses. Sometimes, I am literally amazed at all there is on offer at places like Sephora and Ulta. Even Walmart and Walgreen’s blow my mind! Imagine the level of mind blown-ness when I happened upon a black eye shadow base, one day at Walgreen’s. Basically, it’s a product worn under eye shadow that is supposed to deepen and enrich the color worn on top. What an ingenious way to take a daytime look and turn it into evening, without having to buy several palettes! You can just buy this, and use your current collection! Sorry, makeup companies haha

Before we get started, I will be testing this out on my arms today. I think it might be easier to see just how much this product changes (or doesn’t) what is put on top. Alright, let’s get started, y’all!

This stuff is sticky!! I would recommend applying with your finger. Trying to use a brush might be messy and cause it to apply unevenly. I tried with a brush, initially, and it was a sticky mess. Once on, give it a minute or two to set, then go in! It works better with metallic shades, from what I can tell.

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I used five shadows, from five different companies, to see how each reacted.

20707326_10155639497649357_755616524_oFrom top to bottom, I used ColourPop’s Tiny Tangerines (why does a teal color have tangerine in the name??), Maybelline’s ColorTatoo Concentrated Crayon in Lilac Lust, the peachy/pink shade in elf’s Island Breeze Ultra Pigment Cushion palette (part of their Aqua Beauty line), OFRA’s single eye shadow in Victory, and finally from tarte’s Swamp Queen palette, I used the shade Dogman. All of these shades are great, but I did not have high hopes for the elf shade. It barely showed up on my skin!

And these are the shades after applying on top of the shadow base:

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And let’s do a side-by-side comparison:

The metallic shades … whoa! It’s a bit hard to see in the after pic, but the Maybelline crayon turned a very deep purple. Dogman looks a bit muddy but workable, and that elf shade … I don’t even know what that did, but it wasn’t good. That being said, it’s best to see how different shades and finishes react. I like the ColouPop transformation the best. It became so rich and deep!! You can see how easy it is to transform an eye shadow, without doing much!

These bases come in four shades: black, nude, white and white pearl. You can see what black does, white causes a brilliant pop, white pearl will give shadows a pearl finish, and nude enhances the shadow color, but not as much as the white shades. The NYX website has these for $7, which isn’t bad at all, considering they can double or triple your eye shadow collection. I picked mine up at my local Walgreen’s, like I said above, but I don’t remember how much it was.

So what do you guys think? Have you tried an eye shadow base before? Will you after seeing what they can do? I’m pretty interested in getting the white base and seeing how that changes these same shadows. Maybe for another Try~It Tuesday? Haha lemme know your thoughts on these bases!

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

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

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

Try~ It Tuesday ~ $1.50 Eyeshadow??

Good day lovelies! Hope everyone is having a fine day. My day is scads better than the last few days, thank goodness! We all have rough patches, and attitude is everything. You have to have a positive attitude, no matter your circumstances. A hard life with a lousy attitude makes for an even harder life.

You read that title right, by the way. I happened to be in Dollar General a few weeks back and I wandered into the makeup section. It doesn’t matter where I am, if there’s a makeup section, I’m checking out what they have. They have Wet N Wild, which bloggers and influences rave about, so maybe there was a hidden gem and I’d be the one to find it!! I happened upon the L.A. Colors and there were some five-pan palettes that caught my attention.

I’m typically not a blue shadow wearer, but I thought these were pretty. I do like purples, and these are pretty, too! I wanted to use nothing but these shadows, and was a little bummed there wasn’t what I would deem a “good” transition shade, so I just went with crease, lid and brow bone. The brow bone was tricky in the blue palette lol, but I just went with it LOL I wasn’t creating a look with these shadows, by any means. Just testing to see if they are any good.

I started with the purples and was immediately disappointed. I know purples are notoriously difficult to produce well, but gee whiz. I had to load my brush four times just to get what I got.

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I used the darkest purple shade for the crease, darkened it with the black-ish shade, used the medium purple for the lid and the lightest “peachy” color for the brow bone. This is pre-blend.

And these are post-blend. Where did the shadow go??? Also, if you’ll notice, there’s some shadow on my lower lash line that I did not purposely put there. The purple palette is definitely a bust. I was crossing my fingers the blue would be better …

Haha okay … let’s address the very large, pre-blended blue elephant in the room. I can only assume that something distracted me when I was putting this color in my crease. I think it’s darn near everywhere, except my crease! Hahahahaha holy cow … I’m so glad that I did this after I got home from running errands, not before. Like I said above, I’m not tryin to create a look (and I think we’re all glad of that), just testing the quality of the shadows hahaha

These are definitely more pigmented than the purples … by a mile. For this test, I used the darkest blue for the crease (and surrounding areas), the lightest blue for the lid, and the first color, which is a light grey, for the brow bone. I was pretty excited by the color laid down …

… until I started blending. Like the purple shades, this blended into nearly nothing. I’d say this disappeared even worse than the purple. Clearly, not far enough to undo my terrible application job, though hehehe

There was also significant fall out with these shadows, just like the purple. I may have blonde hair, but my lashes are not white.

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I’m sure you can guess my final thoughts, here. If you are an application queen, and never blend out your shadows, then they might work for you. Even then, these shadows just aren’t worth $1.50. If you are totally desperate for makeup, spring for the extra $1 and buy some Wet N Wild, and leave these to collect dust.

Have you all tried this particular line from L.A. Colors? Did you have a similar experience? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

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Makeup Monday ~ IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

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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!

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LOL what a week (and a mini haul)

Hahaha good Friday, lovelies! I dunno about y’all, but this has just been a week and I am incredibly glad it’s Friday. Not only have we had unpleasant weather, I’ve had awful flares AND I was plagiarized. I got so excited yesterday, looking at all the views I racked up … then I realized the views were mostly me, grabbing links to address the nastiness that happened. Sigh … ahhhh Life, I see you … you funny beast! If ever there was a lesson in humility, it’s been this entire week. And that’s okay … obviously this was a lesson Life thought I needed. I didn’t need to be slapped quite so hard in the face, though. I can grasp subtlety, for future reference.

Yesterday’s posting was supposed to be my Ipsy and Birchbox unboxing. Of course, I cannot find that stuff anywhere! Also, I was on my laptop, literally all day, researching copyright information and violations, ways to make my blog less easily copied, etc. I’m also too trusting of a soul, apparently, and I forget the world is full of selfish, heartless people. They aren’t all like me, or you.

So, instead of making myself crazy looking for everything I need for that post, I thought I would post a little haul from e.l.f. I dunno about you guys, but I LOVE their makeup and most of their skin care products. Their eyeshadows and blushes are very well pigmented, lip products are outstanding, foundations are incredible (mostly lol). You get the picture. I honestly don’t know how they do it at their price point.

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The first product I am loving is the hydrating gel mist. It’s such a confusing product!! It’s quite thick in the bottle, but it sprays out wonderfully and it somehow transforms into a more water-like product, once it hits the skin. My parched cheeks are in love so far!

The eye shadow is the Island Breeze palette from the new Ultra Pigment Cushion line of shadows. I’m not real sure why it’s called a cushion shadow, because it’s not at all similar in formula to cushion correctors or foundations. It’s definitely powder. It is buttery and soft, but not cushion-y. The website says they melt into a cream, and have a dewy finish. I didn’t see any of that happening on my hand. The satin finishes are not all that pigmented, as you can see from the finger swatches, The shimmer shades, though, are incredible. The shade closest to my knuckles is the silvery one, first on the bottom row. I swatched totally backwards haha I figured we all know what black liquid liner looks like, so I didn’t swatch. (Please disregard the fact that it looks like I have no fingers in these swatches. My nails are in terrible shape this week haha and no one wants to see that mess.)

The blush/bronzer duo is called St Lucia and I think it will go really well with my skin tone. The blush is a peachy tone, which I don’t normally go for, but it just looks really pretty! And can we talk about this liquid highlighter real quick?? I’m not sure how this will work on top of powder or foundation, or if it will even show up under those things. Mercy, it’s beautiful, though!!

Finally, we have some lippies! The first is part of their new matte liquid lipstick line, in Wine Tour. The color is just gorgeous, and it’s not streaky, which can be tough for darker shades. The other is a lightly pigmented lip balm with SPF 15. This would be a great on-the-go lippie to keep in your purse to ensure you have some sun protection on your lips. It’s easy to forget that our lips need protection, too, and lipsticks won’t do it. I think this shade is light enough that you could put it on under other lippies, and it won’t alter the shade too much. It is pretty sheer, once applied. I went a little crazy in the swatch so you could see the color, which is listed as pink. Hmm, ya don’t say haha

Also, for my budget bougie peeps out there … Nordstrom is having their anniversary sale, starting today and running through August 6. Lots of fantastic deals in beauty! Some products are nearly half off!! The link I added goes straight to the beauty section of the sale. I looked through it this morning and there may be a few things in my cart hahahaha Prices go up August 7. Don’t miss out on this awesome sale!

I think that’s all I have in me for today, lovelies. Let’s cross our fingers that next week will be a quiet, calm, peaceful week. No flares, no thievery. Just you and me, trying to get through this life as best we can, with the cards we’ve been dealt, and looking great while we’re doing it!

Carrie♥

 

 

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