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Skincare Saturday ~ Boscia Jelly Ball Cleanser

Happy Saturday, y’all! Okay, so remember yesterday when I excitedly said I didn’t have anywhere to go today? Sigh … it never works out like that, does it? To be fair, today’s outing was totally for my own benefit. Bath & Body Works may have been having a buy two get two free candle sale. I may have gotten eight candles, plus a really cool candle holder. I also may have gotten some items at the Clinique counter at my local Belk store, along with some delicates. And I may have gone to New York & Company and gotten a super cute tank top and cardigan to match. All just maybes, though hahaha For some reason, I have been really into cardigans lately. I must be channeling my inner Fred Rogers, but I am all about them right now. I think in the last two months, I have purchased seven of them. What is that about??

Something else really cool that I have added to my hoard of goods is the Boscia Charcoal Jelly Ball cleanser. Ummm, have y’all seen this?? I watched a video from Raw Beauty Kristi and I knew I had to try this thing out! She’s one of my favorite Youtubers. She’s hilarious, talented and honest, all very important qualities for success. The jelly ball cleanser is unlike anything you have every encountered. The first time I tried it, I dropped it no less than six times. It’s unusual and does take some getting used to.

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It comes encased in a balloon, to keep it from drying out, I assume. They even provide a little pick and detailed instructions on puncturing the balloon. You can use it a few different ways. One, is wet your face and the ball, and just rub the ball over your face Two, wet the ball and create a lather in your hands with it, then use that to wash your face. I use the first option, but I use my hands to rub the lather around on my face, after using the ball. I guess I combined the two. Either way you choose, your face will get squeaky clean, I promise.

If you are looking for a sweet smelling face wash, this is not it. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t smell bad. It has a medicinal smell, though. I thought it might be camphor, but it’s not listed as an ingredient. Maybe it’s the hinoki oil, which has astringent properties? It’s not a bad smell, by any means. Just unexpected, when facial cleansers tend to smell flowery or sweet. I actually like the scent. It smells like it’s actually cleaning my face, instead of like I face planted in a flower garden.

I ordered this from Sephora and it arrived last Thursday. I have been washing with it twice a day, for a just over week, so I could give you a truly fair review. For starters, my face feels amazing after every time I use it. It feels absolutely, without a doubt, clean. I always follow a double cleanse method and remove my makeup, no matter what I am using to cleanse my face with, and I didn’t change that. Kristi used the jelly ball to remove a full face of dark purple makeup, and that was what actually convinced me to give this a shot. It removed every speck and crumb of makeup from her face! I will link her video here. Like I said, I just automatically remove my makeup before I cleanse, but you certainly don’t have to, if you don’t want to.

The second thing I noticed, within three days maybe, was my rosacea was significantly improved. My face does redden while I am washing, but I think that’s because I am quite fair-skinned, and any friction is going to cause redness. However, after I rinse and dry my face, you can almost watch the redness fade. I have had another cleanser reduce my redness, but nothing like this. I can’t help but to stare at my skin for a little while when I’m done. It has been so many years since I have seen my actual skin color. I had honestly forgotten what it looked like. Welcome back, peachy-pink skin tone! It’s not a miracle cure, I know that. When I get hot (which has been my entire existence the past few weeks), it does show up, but it is significantly reduced from what it used to be. Keep in mind I have been using this product a week!

Now, you had to know there would be a con. It pains me to even talk about this part. In a week, the ball has shrunk by half. I have used half of it in eight days. At $20, that is simply not sustainable. Y’all, my heart shattered when I realized just how much it had shrunk. I don’t know how to make it last longer. I don’t think I’m using too much product. I mean, it kind of self dispenses, if you think about it. I am heartbroken, because I know I won’t be able to afford to spend $40 a month to wash my face, despite the results I have seen. I spent that on a bottle of Purity Made Simple, by philosophy. It’s almost as good, but a 16 oz bottle has lasted me three months so far. If any of you have used this and know a way to make it last longer, please let me know!

Okay, y’all, there it is. I love, love, love this product. It’s just not something that I consider sustainable. If you can afford $40/month, then I recommend this product with every fiber of my being. (hahaha geeez, dramatic much, Carrie? haha) Seriously, it IS that good in my opinion. If you can’t afford it, I would suggest asking for it for your birthday or any other gift-giving holiday you celebrate. I think it’s a perfectly appropriate gift. Or, gift yourself every now and then ; )

So, what do you guys think? Have you used this product before? Love it as much as I do? Hate it? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

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Skin Care Saturday ~ Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Super Hydrating

Good evening, friends! Ahhhh … it’s Saturday!! I don’t know what it is about the weekend, but those are the perfect nap days. Days of the week don’t matter much to me, since I don’t work outside of my home. However, there is something so much more satisfying about napping on the weekend! Do ya feel me on this?

Tonight, I thought I wold give the Garnier masks a second go. Seems to me, the first Garnier mask I tried was the pink one, which is the soothing version. I did not like it at all. It left my face very sticky and kinda gross feeling. So, when I was in Walmart the other day and saw the display, I thought I would give another variety a shot. I tried the mask in the blue packaging tonight, and I feel much better about this one.

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This mask is incredibly … slimy … when you remove it from the package. According to the website, each mask contains ½ of a bottle of serum. Whaaaaaaatttt?? No wonder it drips like crazy when I took it out hahaha It didn’t feel all that slimy once I got it on my face though. I have used some sheet masks that drip serum all down my neck, which is not really what I am going for. For as much serum as this contains, I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t do that.

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I was on the phone with my sister while I was masking tonight. Yay for multitasking! Don’t judge my earphones hahaha … I cannot wear earbuds. They kill my ears for some reason. Anyway …

My timer went off at the fifteen minute mark and when I removed the mask, I was immediately disappointed. My face was super sticky. I followed the directions, and patted the remaining serum into my skin and did not rinse. My face stayed sticky for about twenty minutes, then it magically went away! I guess it takes some time to absorb that much serum. Patience, Carrie … have some patience.

It’s been two hours now, since I took the mask off and I must say, my face feel very hydrated. My skin feels supple, which isn’t a word I often use to describe my face skin. This formulation contains hyaluronic acid and pomegranate extract. For those who may not know, hyaluronic acids decreases moisture loss and can actually attract moisture. YAY hyaluronic acid! Dry skin is a common part of the aging process. In my teens and twenties, I would characterize my skin as oily to normal. In my thirties, it was probably normal. Now, in my early forties, it is normal to dry. I get very dry patches on the top of my cheeks … sigh. My cheeks feel amazing right now, though!

Pomegranate extract in skin care is an ingredient I really dig. As a food, they are chock full of awesome vitamins and minerals, and are considered a super food. Putting that goodness into skin care can only be good. Turns out, it is! Pomegranate extract aids in hydrating, combats inflammation, stimulates collagen production and helps to protect against sun and environmental damage. Pomegranate oil can even help to strengthen the outer layer of skin, which can help delay and even reduce wrinkles. Impressive!

I am glad I gave this brand of sheet mask a second look. Often, with using a sheet mask just once, there isn’t much of an immediate effect. The benefits usually come after using the same mask a few times. Not so with this one. The effect is immediate, and fantastic! This would be an ideal mask to use before an event or special occasion, when you really need your skin to be in tip-top condition. I want to say I paid right around $3. For a product that gives immediate good results, that price is outstanding.

What you do think? Have you had the same experience with this line of sheet mask? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Mid~ Week Mask ~ Pineapple Peelie

Good evening, friends! Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday! I had to make an unexpected visit to the doctor today. Turns out, I have an ear/throat infection and thrush. Welcome to life with an autoimmune disease! I’m on a Zpack, a round of Diflucan and a Nystatin mouthwash. Yay. Needless to say, I feel awful, which is why this post is coming so late. I took a late three-hour nap this afternoon … the kind of nap that causes you to question what year it is when you wake up. Then, I took a second, hour and a half nap and woke up again about an hour ago.

Because of all of the above, I felt like a needed cheery mask. I dove into my mask collection and pulled out this one, from last month’s Target beauty box. There are still boxes available for this month. You should check them out!

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This mask smells AHHHHMAZING! It was definitely the pick-me-up I needed. Like most peelie masks, the liquid is incredibly thick and just kind of messy to deal with. Of course, it dripped everywhere while I was trying to get it on my face haha

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These types of masks always feel super weird to me while they are drying. One kinda cool thing about it: when I touched my face, I couldn’t feel it in places, once it dried. It just felt like my skin. This required 20 minutes, or until fully dry, so I just kicked back while it dried.

Removal was … different. It actually hurt a little. I’m not sure why. I didn’t apply it thick, but it really didn’t want to leave my face haha

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I tried going slowly, but that just made it worse. This had to be ripped off, just like a bandaid. Polyvinyl was the second ingredient, so I’m guessing that’s why it stung so much. Yikes, y’all. If you try this brand out, be very careful. There was also a casualty.

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If you look closely, there’s a hair in that clump of dried mask. I lose enough hair … I don’t need any help with that. To be fair, that was my fault. I applied it a bit too close to my hairline.

Final thoughts … hmmm The packaging claims this mask is hydrating. I don’t feel hydrated. My skin doesn’t feel particularly soft. It stung like crazy when I took it off. This was not my best peel-off mask experience. The only thing this mask has going for it is the scent which is very nice. If you get this mask in a box, I’d say give it a shot. If you see it and want to spend money on it? Nah … I would recommend that you pass on this one. There are plenty of peel-off masks from Freeman that don’t hurt and smell lovely. I highly recommend any of theirs.

Have you all tried this brand before? Did you have a similar experience? Lemme know! I’d love to hear your experience with it!

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

Midweek Mask ~ Recovering

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Good Wednesday, friends! I hope everyone is having a great week, so far. Mine has been … meh lol As I mentioned in a few previous posts, I did some traveling last week. Having a few chronic diseases, anything outside of my normal routine is very hard on my body. My fatigue is more pronounced, my joints hurt more, my rosacea flares, my face swells … you get the idea. Unfortunately, there isn’t much I can do to get my body back to its “normal”. As I get back into my normal routine, my body will slowly follow suit. I do have a few tricks up my sleeve, though. One is copious amounts of hot baths. The second is intensive skin care.

What that means for me is I do parts of my normal morning skin routine a few times throughout the day. Briefly, my current morning routine consists of washing with Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, 16 Ounces, applying my current rosacea medicine, misting my face with Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, 8 oz., slathering on generous amounts of Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb the Anti-Oxidant Super Moisturizer, 1.7 Ounce, moisturizing my eye area with Clinique All About Eyes Duo Pack ( Travel Size ) - 2x7ml/0.21oz, with a few drops of squalane oil on my dryer areas. (<< affiliate links)

What I’ve been doing since I got home is the above routine in the morning, like normal. Then, I repeat this process again, sometime around midday, with lots of spritzing my face with either the Mario Badescu mist or my PETER THOMAS ROTH - Cucumber De-Tox Balancing Essence Water Mist by Peter Thomas Roth(<< affiliate link) for an additional bump in hydration. I understand that some of these products are a bit on the spendy side, but when it comes to my skin, I have found that you definitely get what you pay for. When you have problem skin, you just cannot get by with less expensive products sometimes. I tried for years, just buying drugstore products. Some are okay, but some just make the situation much worse.

Considering the condition of my poor face skin over the last few days, I felt I really needed to break out the big guns for tonight’s mask, or should I say, masks haha

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(Sorry this is so large! When I tried to size it down, it got very blurry)

First up was the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask 5.0 ounce (<<affiliate link) I didn’t take a goofy pic with that one because you simply cannot see it. Immediately, I noticed that it was very cooling. Even several minutes into the 10-minute time, if the breeze from the ceiling fan hit my face, it was instantly cooler. I would imagine this could be stored in the fridge for an even more cooling effect, during these final days of summer. Also, the squeeze bottle I have is a deluxe sample size of 1 oz. Like the Sephora sleeping masks, there are easily three to four uses in the bottle, which is awesome. I’m not sure if you are aware of how expensive Peter Thomas Roth skincare tends to be, but it’s up there. (This particular mask is one of the least expensive I have seen from the brand.)Being able to get several uses out of this sample will really give you an idea of how well the mask works for your skin and whether it’s a worthwhile investment for you.

I wish I would have taken a pic of my face with the mask on, so you could see just how much redness it took out. That could be from rinsing with cold water, but that usually doesn’t have much effect on my rosacea. I really think it was the mask. Also, I really dislike rinsing with cold water hahaha My face has NEVER felt softer. I am sitting here, literally rubbing my face and am stunned at how nice it feels. Home run, PTR!!

On to the eye pads !

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These things are THICK. There was so much serum in the package that it started pouring out as soon as I opened it! That was certainly a first for me. After a few minutes, the tops of my cheeks started burning, and not just a little. I remarked to a friend that I wasn’t sure I would make it the whole 20 minutes with these on. It did fade a few minutes later, thankfully. Once I removed the pads, there was no serum to pat in. My eye area sucked up every bit of serum there was hahaha Yay for an easily absorbed serum … boo for having such dry under eyes.

This is a situation that requires before and after shots.

Ummm … y’all … there is a definite difference in my eye puffiness. My left eye is significantly less puffy than it was. There seem to be less puffiness under my right eye, as well. Do you know how many eye pads I have used and how many have been total fails? Every single one. Until this one. I just knew this one would fail, too. I am tickled pink to be wrong about this one.  Just imagine, if my eyes look this much better after ONE treatment, how good they (and potentially your under eye) would look with regular use?? I am shook … as the kids in the beauty community say hahahaha You can find them from Birchbox (linked above) for $18 for five sets. If you used them once a week, that’s not too bad.

I am in love, y’all. Complete and total love, with both products. Still … forty minutes later, my face is smoother and softer than I have felt in a long, long time. While my under eye area doesn’t look perfect, it sure looks better than it did before the pads. Both of these products have earned a permanent place in my skin care routine, without a doubt.

Have you used either of these products before? What about eye pads … are there some you have used that gave you real results? Lemme know what they are!!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Try~It Tuesday ~ Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads

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Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope everyone is having a good week so far. Mine is meh … haha I never do anything very interesting. Every day is just kind of the same. Not that I mind, because I don’t. I love living a quiet, low-key life. I’m pretty sure I have talked about being on the hunt for the best lazy girl eye makeup remover. I want to be able to chill out on my couch and take my makeup off while watching tv. I’m still looking, and I am hoping I have found it! Today, I am trying out  Almay Longwear & Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads, 80 Count (<<affiliate link) According to the packaging, this is America’s #1 eye makeup remover brand. Ummm … that’s a pretty bold claim!

I started out with a relatively normal amount of eye makeup: shadow, liner and waterproof mascara. It had been on my eyes for nearly nine hours, which means most of the shadow is probably gone. It means nothing for the mascara, though haha

The very first thing I noticed was these pads have no smell whatsoever, which is great for those who may be sensitive to smells and fragrances. The second thing I noticed is they are incredibly oily. That’s not really a bad thing, since oil is what breaks the waterproof bonds. It may be bad if you drop one of these pads on your clothing or furniture, though.

Round One:

Let me just say that I didn’t think I had on that much makeup today. This pad was unable to remove everything, only using one pad. I rubbed this on my eye for a minute or two, at least. When I use either Clinique’s Take the Day Off makeup remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips, or Lancôme’s Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover, it only takes one pad. (Read about the head to head battle between these two removers here.) It also doesn’t seem to take as much rubbing on my delicate eye area.

Round two:

The second go-round seemed to remove everything. It still took a few minutes of rubbing, and my eye area started to sting pretty quickly after starting with the second pad. Not great. I’m not sure I understand why this is proving such a challenge for these pads. I’m wearing a basic eye shadow and a drug store waterproof mascara.

Sigh, it looks like my search for the lazy girl eye makeup remover continues. Granted, these pads aren’t terribly expensive. However, if I have to use two pads per eye, every time I want to remove my eye makeup, these just became twice as expensive in my book. That means four pads per makeup removal, or twenty days worth, if I wear makeup every day. I’m not even getting a full month’s supply! Not to mention, four to five minutes of rubbing, per eye. These Almay pads are definitely not in the same category as Lancôme or Clinique, but both of those brands worked so much better. Almay is claiming to be America’s #1 brand of eye makeup remover, and I am taking issue with that claim. These certainly aren’t the worst I’ve ever tried, but they are far from the best.

What say you all? Have you tried these Almay wipes before? Did they perform better for you? What is your ride or die eye makeup remover? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

 

Makeup Mondays ~ ColourPop Gemini by Midnight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Makeup Monday ~ IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

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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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Skin Care Saturday ~ Freeman Beauty Green Tea and Orange Blossom

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Happy weekend lovelies! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday. My niece is still with me, so my weekend is a little less restful than usual. For some reason, she was up at 3:30 this morning … and stayed awake until about 7, slept until 8:30 and she is running WIDE OPEN right now. Having her for this long has made me realize that I could never have a child with the conditions I have. Kudos to the parents who are able to do it!! I simply don’t have the energy to parent like I did with my daughter, nearly twenty years ago. I’m also creeping toward my mid-forties. Don’t get me wrong, I love having my niece here, and we have a good time. It’s thoroughly exhausting, and I am not used to having to tend to someone. People are usually tending to me LOL One cool thing about having her here is she likes to pick my masks. It sure takes away my indecision haha

She chose a peel-off mask for tonight and I was glad! I feel like I need to peel away the last few days haha so this is perfect! My go-to for peel off masks is Freeman Beauty. To me, they are one of the best, as far as “drugstore” masks go. Tonight, my niece chose the green tea and orange blossom brightening mask. It helps to refine pores and improve dark spots, and is for normal to combination skin. There is a very light floral fragrance, if you are sensitive to those things. I couldn’t smell it while it was on, and could smell it only when I got very close to the open package. As with most peel off masks, it is very thick. Be careful to avoid any baby hairs you may have around your face, as well as your brows. I can never be patient enough to avoid my brows, and guess who lost a few hairs tonight? Sigh … yep … me lol

The leave-on time for this is 10-15 minutes, but they never dry in the recommended time for me. I probably apply a bit thick, because I always try to remove these types of masks in one big sheet. I am usually pretty successful, but there was one area that wasn’t quite dry, so it broke there. Sigh … hurt my feels a little.

Let’s talk about the claims … was my skin brightened? Hmm … no. It did seem to remove some of my redness once I peeled it off, and my cheeks look pretty calm in the picture above. I’m gonna call that a win. Were my pores refined? No. In fact, it seems as if the pores around my upper lip area are a bit MORE visible. Ugh … def not what I wanted to achieve. Finally, how about any dark spots? I have one spot on my left cheek, from a very deep pimple. It does, indeed, appear to be less dark. Freeman hit two out of the three claims listed for my skin. Percentage wise, that’s 66%. Not fabulous, but not terrible either. I suppose it boils down to which of the claims are more important to you. For me, this is a win! There are a few great pore blurring primers on the market that work well for me, so the fact that some of my pores seemed to be accentuated is no big deal. It removing my rosacea redness is a very bid deal for me. I have battled this blasted condition for nearly twenty years, and am having very little luck with prescription topicals. I have, only recently, found a product that cosmetically covers the redness like a champ (IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream 0.37 fl oz. by IT Cosmetics BEAUTY<<affiliate link>> … seriously look into it if you have redness. It’s pricey, but worth it.) The more redness I can remove through other means, the less product I have to use to cover it up.

Have you tried this particular peel off? What are your thoughts? How well did it live up to its claims on your skin? Do you have a better mask that you use? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

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Try-it Tuesday ~ Latex Nail Tape

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Good Tuesday, lovelies! A second post today?? I feel bad I didn’t get yesterday’s post up on time, and I feel like I am getting off track, so yep … two posts today! I am the WORST when it comes to painting my nails. I do not have the coordination in my hands to do a neat and tidy job, which means I have a big clean up job to do afterward. Who has time for all that, really? Well, I suppose I do, but I don’t want to do it haha What that meant was I usually went with nekkid nails. Honestly, that’s not a great look for me. My sausage fingers (thanks RA) look MUCH better with polish. Aside from spending a fortune every week or two for a manicure, what’s a messy polisher to do?

Let me introduce you to latex nail tape!

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This PUEEN Latex Tape Peel Off Cuticle Guard Skin Barrier Protector Nail Art Liquid Tape 15ml Pink BH000584(<<affiliate link) is a gift from the heavens for messy polishers. You paint it on the skin around the nail before you polish.

It goes on a very light pink and dries to exactly that nail color above haha Once it dries, you can be as messy as you want to be because it DOES NOT penetrate that barrier! Once your polish dries (and cures … that part is very important) you can peel the latex off and your beautiful polish job is revealed!

These pics show why you need to wait until the polish has cured. When I began peeling, the latex peeled the polish up around the edges. It wasn’t tragic, because it was extra polish from being purposely messy. It wore away pretty quickly and my nails looked pretty darn awesome.

This is such a cool product. It is not the product for you if you have a latex allergy, as it is latex. But, if you are allergy free, an uncoordinated polisher and you don’t want to pay for a manicure every week or two, check this product out! It’s super easy to use and it is very effective.

Are you a pro polisher, or clutzy like me? What products do you use to get a beautiful at-home manicure? Lemme know!

Carrie♥