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Midweek Mask ~ Boscia Matcha Magic

Happy Wednesday, y’all! I hope the week is treating everyone well, so far. It seems my allergies have taken a break, for which I am ever so thankful haha There are few things more miserable than sinus issues, especially when the weather is so darn beautiful!

So, y’all should know by now how I feel about boscia products. I have yet to come across anything that I haven’t loved. It makes me want to try everything they make, just to see if there is something! They really are a great skincare company! When they came out with this matcha mask, I was very excited. I am a firm believer in the benefits of green tea, and to have it in skincare is truly a bonus. With that being said, let’s talk about these claims …

Green tea is a well-known inflammation-fighter and those claims are extended to bosica’s Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask. According to their website, this mask will detoxify, decongest and de-stress skin, absorb excess oil, and minimize the appearance of redness while fighting free radical damage. In addition to matcha, it also contains bakuchiol, which is a natural Retinol-like substance that promotes collagen and elastin production; willowbark extract, a natural salicylic acid, to combat redness and acne; willowherb which works to fight inflammation and reduce irritation and redness; and jojoba seed, a moisturizer that improves the softness of skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. (All info from boscia.)

To use, scoop out the product with the provided spatula and spread evenly over your face. Let it dry 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Make sure to rinse the spatula after each use. It feels very much like a regular clay mask, but there isn’t the same intense dry down. It’s fairly easy to rinse clean. There is a bit of a scent, but I can’t really place it. boscia doesn’t add artificial fragrance, so I looked at the ingredient list to see if I could figure it out. I found chamomile, lavender, white tea and clove. It’s a nice, clean smell, whatever it is haha

I would imagine that most of these benefits come with using this mask over a period of several weeks, if not months. While I have used it a handful of times, I did notice a few benefits. After rinsing, I immediately noticed my redness was gone. Unfortunately, it only lasted a few minutes. I think I caused it to come back by rubbing my face to ensure it was totally clean. Of course I did. I think with repeated use, the reduced redness will be better sustained. What was most noticeable, though, was how soft my skin was. We’re talking baby-level softness, y’all!

As I said above, I think the majority of benefits will become clear with the repeated use of this mask. It’s not meant to be a one-and-done product, so I will continue to use it. I can’t seem to find any recommendations for how often it should be used, but I plan to continue with once a week. That seems more than adequate.

So, even though results aren’t immediate, I am still quite happy with this mask. My face felt amazing, and that’s worth it, even if the other claims don’t pan out for me. Have y’all tried this mask? What about other boscia products? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2018 Look Good, Feel Good

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Try It Tuesday ~ Farmacy Green Clean

Happy Tuesday, y’all! I dunno about you, but allergies have been killing me this spring. I don’t normally have too much trouble with pollen, but this year has been pretty tough. So what do I do? Bring the laptop outside because it’s too beautiful to be inside working, of course, haha! I won’t be able to breathe later, but it’s a little bit worth it.

A few weeks ago, I told y’all about an amazing makeup remover from boscia. This week, I’m going to talk to you about another amazing find from a company called Farmacy. One of their key ingredients is Echinacea GreenEnvy™. It is a plant, patented by them, and is said to contain nearly 300% more antioxidants than regular echinacea. You can learn all about them here. Both boscia and Farmacy are available at Sephora.

I received a decent-sized sample of Farmacy’s Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy™ (that’s a long product name haha) in a subscription box/bag, but I don’t recall which one. I absolutely love oily/balmy-type makeup removers because they are so gentle on my sensitive skin. There’s zero scrubbing, tugging, pulling or pressure on the delicate skin around the eye area, and these types of removers are incredible at breaking down waterproof mascara. With the way my allergies have been, waterproof mascara is a MUST.

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Photo taken from Sephora app

Basically, you just scoop a bit out of the jar, warm it up between your fingers, and gently rub it into your skin. The full-sized product comes with a spatula, which makes this a very sanitary and far less messy process. I use these types of cleansers exclusively on my eye area, which is totally personal preference. They will work equally well to remove face makeup. Anyway, after rubbing it into the eye area, I use a cotton round/pad and gently wipe the gunk away. By the way, if you haven’t tried Shiseido facial cottons, you really must!

After removing the majority of the mess around my eyes with a cotton pad, I go in with my regular facial cleanser. The double cleanse method (which is what this process is) has been incredibly effective at removing every single trace of makeup. My eye area also seems to feel better moisturized when I use this method, which is a wonderful side effect of using oils or balms.

I have to say, this is giving the boscia oil cleanser a run for its money, which I never thought I would say. Both are incredibly effective and I like both equally well. I think it comes down to whether you prefer a liquid oil or a solid balm. The solid would certainly be easier for travel. I don’t have a preference haha

The only thing that concerned me was the presence of echinacea. My rheumatologist warned me against products containing echinacea. With autoimmune diseases, you don’t want to deal with anything that boosts the immune system, and echinacea is a well-known immune-booster. These types of products have the ability to cause a flare, and if you have an AI disease, you know flares are to be avoided at all costs. That being said, I think that might only apply to taking echinacea internally. At least, I didn’t notice any ill effects from a topical application. Just something you should be aware of.

This was a definite win for me, and I cannot recommend this product enough! There’s a reason it was an Allure Best of Beauty award winner in 2017! Have you tried this remover? What were your thoughts? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2018 Look Good, Feel Good

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

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

Skin Care Saturday ~ Ariul Juice Cleanse

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Whoohoo it’s the first weekend of the new year! Haha I have no idea why that is “whoohoo” worthy, but I think any weekend is “whoohoo” worthy 😉 It is still bitterly cold here, with no relief in sight until Monday, which is perfectly fine with me. The hubs left this morning to go out of town for a few days, so it’s just me and my dogs! My dogs are weird dogs, which really should come as no surprise haha The both refuse to go potty without someone being outside with them. And they have to go outside separately, of course. On top of that, in the mornings, every ten minutes, for at least two hours, one of them HAS to go out. So, not only do I have to stand outside in the bitter, bitter cold for 10-15 minutes, but I have to do it every ten minutes … for two hours. I do love my dogs, but I need them to understand that I don’t have fur!!

Alright, now that the obligatory cold weather gripe is out of the way, let’s talk skin care! I happened upon some really cool sheet masks the other day, and I was kinda of impressed with the ingredients. This is a new-to-me K-beauty brand, and I was really impressed to see an entire display at my local CVS. The brand is Ariul, and this is one of their Juice Cleanse masks, in raspberry and lentil.

First of all, I want to thank this company for sticking English instructions on the back. It can be frustrating trying to figure out if I’m supposed to rinse the left over serum off or leave it on, either of which could affect the overall performance of the mask. Second, anyone else intrigued by the addition of lentils in a skin care product?? From what I can gather, the lentils reduce excess oil production and help to reduce acne flares by helping to re-balance the skin’s pH. Well how about that! Also, this is one of the better fitting sheet masks I have come across in a long time.26655260_10156044045479357_1310741157_o

So let’s talk about the claims. I went to Amazon, because honestly that was just the easiest. The only claim in English, on the packaging, is it’s anti-wrinkle. According to Amazon, this product is 5 Free (paraben, mineral oil, tetraethylammonium, artificial color and cruelty free), reduces freckles and purifies skin, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that can help heal eczema and other skin conditions, it has antioxidant levels 10 times higher than tomatoes, and repairs, reinforces and immunizes the skin with its detox formula. I’m not exactly sure what “immunizes the skin” means, but as long as it doesn’t melt my face off, I’m up for giving it a go!

After cleansing and toning, apply this like you would any other mask. There’s a slight pink hue to the mask, which I am guessing comes from the fruits since it has no artificial colors. There’s also a very faint fruity scent, for those who may be sensitive. It is very, very slight, though. It should be left on for 10-20 minutes, and massage any remaining serum into the skin. This mask stayed put, even when I was sitting upright. I have found some masks really want to slip and slide around unless I am perfectly horizontal, which can be a real pain. Sometimes I want to watch TV while masking, and I had no problems doing that with this one.

I left the mask on for 17-ish minutes and there was a good bit of serum on my face. It was very wet when I pulled it out of the package, so I expected to have a decent amount left on my face. Several minutes after massing the serum in, I noticed that my face felt quite hydrated. It didn’t seem unreasonably sticky, and that faded after the product dried. Did I seem miraculously unwrinkled? Umm … no. I think with any anti-wrinkle product, the effects will happen after repeated use.

That’s not to say I was unhappy with the mask. As I said, my skin felt pretty hydrated. It’s been drier than usual, being winter and all, and I can’t imagine my skin was unhappy with being drenched in antioxidants. It even tells you how many milligrams of each fruit are in the mask! Maybe micrograms … 1,000 milligrams of raspberry and lentils seems like a lot.

I would say give this mask a go! If you cannot find it in your local CVS, you can find it here: Ariul Detox Juice Cleanse Sheet Mask Multipack of 5 - Facial Face Cleansing Mask Packs - Natural Raspberry & Lentil for Elasticity and Vitality, Anthocyanin, Reduce Freckle, Purify Skin(affiliate link)

So what do you guys think? Have you tried this or any other products from Ariul? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2018 Look Good, Feel Good

Makeup Monday ~ Laura Lee Los Angeles Cat’s Pajamas … finally

Getting to this review has taken way longer than it should have, y’all. I got the palette shortly after it released, but life seemed to have other plans for me hahaha I hope all of my friends in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mine was wonderful, and my birthday was Saturday. which was also wonderful. Having a late November birthday has always been a double-edged sword. One the one hand, every few years my birthday falls on Thanksgiving and there is nothing better than having a full turkey dinner as your birthday dinner. On the other hand, it’s also exactly a month before Christmas, which was quite a bummer as a kid. It was always too close to Christmas to get a whole lot hahaha It’s not a big deal now, being an adult and all. My family spoils me to an incredible degree, regardless.

Let’s get to talking about this palette, shall we?

There are some public figures who seem to generate drama, no matter what. Laura Lee got crap for everything about this palette, before it was even released, and that simply wasn’t fair. I think people should have at least waited until they had a chance to try the shadows out, before writing it off completely. Unfortunately, there are some people who will never like particular figures … just because. Their loss, I suppose. I thought the palette screamed of Laura Lee haha

I can’t seem to find all of the pics I took with the shadows on, except one:

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The formula is fantastic! The shadows blend quite easily, they don’t become muddy and they don’t blend into nothing. In fact, I don’t have a negative thing to say about the formula. My issue is strictly a personal one, and it’s the shades. Most of the entire top row just doesn’t work with my skin tone. The transition shades are too dark for me, and the shimmers are just too warm. I sent this picture to a male friend of mine, with absolutely zero makeup experience and he said something about it just didn’t look right, compared with my typical makeup looks he’s seen, and I agree.

Again, my issue is a totally one of personal preference. I look better in cooler tones and berry/pinks. Does that mean this was a complete waste of money? Not at all! I simply use the bottom row, with a different transition and I have been loving them with some ColourPop Super Shock shimmers. Having to pull from other palettes doesn’t really bother me, although it does bother some. If I had a bit deeper skin tone, this would be an all-in-one for me hahaha Laura clearly has a medium skin tone, and she designed this palette to include her favorite shades. Not a thing in the world wrong with that.

I am excited to see what else is coming from Laura Lee Los Angeles and if the formula stays the same, I’ll be buying it, so long as the colors work with my skin tone. I find the formula to be that good. I would recommend this palette to anyone, from someone just starting out, to a seasoned expert.

Have any of y’all tried the Cat’s Pajamas palette? What were your impressions of it? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Skin care Saturday … on a Sunday: Boscia Tsubaki Jelly Ball Cleanser

Happy Sunday, y’all! This post is a day late because I wanted to have an extra day with this product. You may or may not realize, but I am kind of a die-hard Boscia fan. I have yet to come across any of their products that don’t blow me away. I first became aware of their products when I saw RawBeautyKristi review the charcoal jelly ball cleanser. I immediately knew that this product needed to be in my life. You can read my review of that one here. I was in love. Truly, madly, deeply.

Then, I became aware of their tsubaki line. Having dry skin, this line seemed a much better choice for my skin. I have been using their Tsubaki Swirl moisturizer for a few weeks, and will have that review up next week. After using the moisturizer for a while, I tweeted the company and said they really needed a tsubaki jelly ball cleanser, and their response confirmed that it was happening. Sure enough, a few weeks later, it was all over Sephora’s website. Oh happy day!!!

I immediately ordered one and the waiting game began. I am not a patient person, and I could have gone into town to the Sephora, but I didn’t know if they had it. It’s a small store inside our small JC Penny, so their stock is pretty limited. Besides, I’d rather wait than be disappointed. So, I waited. One of the perks of having Rouge status is free 3-day shipping. Well, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Anyway, the glorious day finally arrived …

Look at how beautiful that is!!! Bear in mind, it is very slippery haha and you need to keep a tight hold of it, or it’ll bounce all over your bathroom. That may or may not have happened to me … several times hahaha

Tsubaki is another name for camellia. It is known to hydrate, firm and is full of antioxidants, which offer protection from free radical damage. Rice bran helps with anti-aging by providing essential nutrients to fight UV damage, reduces dark spots and helps with micro-circulation. Tamarindus Indica seed gum contains hyaluronic acid, which attracts moisture to the skin, helping to plump fine lines, which helps reduce their appearance. Also packed into this wonder ball you will find jojoba, orange and grapefruit peel oils, lime oil, mentha arvensis leaf oil (also known as wild mint, or field mint), which appears to have anti-inflammatory properties, and bergamot oil, which helps to unclog pores. WOW! This little ball is chock full of fantastic ingredients!

 

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It doesn’t seem to have as rich of a lather as the charcoal ball, but it still lathers nicely. My skin does not feel tight after I rinse, and it feels moisturized. In fact, the tops of my cheeks are always dry, sometimes to the point of burning. This is actually working to reverse that! I can feel improvement in that area. There is a definite citrus scent, but it’s not strong or off-putting. It is more of an orange scent. In fact, it reminds me of the scent of children’s chewable aspirin, which is a pleasant childhood scent, oddly enough haha I find it to be pleasant anyway, and as I said, it is not strong. However, for those sensitive to scents, it is there. It does come from a natural ingredient, though, if that makes a difference for you and your skin.

I instantly fell in love with this cleanser, even more than the charcoal variety. I didn’t think that was even possible! I ordered another in my part two of the Sephora sale. (The sale ends 11/15, so if you haven’t taken advantage of these discounts, do it quickly! I had a few items in my cart that sold out, and I got my feelings hurt haha) This item is limited edition, and I have no idea how long it’ll be around. I really hope they will see the demand for this and make it permanent. What will my skin do when it disappears??

When I really love a product, it’s really obvious. I try to wait until the end of the review to give my final thoughts, but I just can’t. Also, I’m not the best poker player, for the same reason hahahaha

Have you guys tried this jelly cleanser, or the charcoal one? How about any other products in the tsubaki line? What do you think about them? 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♥

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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♥

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