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Makeup Monday ~ BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

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Bougie on a Budget ~ Hautelook

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Happy Friday, friends! It’s the weekend again! I cannot tell you how happy and thankful I am to have my truck back. I was without transportation for about three weeks. When you live 20 miles from everyone and everything, and your spouse is working out of town, not having transportation is TOUGH! I don’t have many places to be, but there are the occasional doctor appointments and grocery trips. We don’t have trash service, which means trips to the recycling center with our trash. It has been a challenge haha and I hope I don’t have to deal with that again for a long time.

That being said, we had THOUSANDS of errands to run yesterday, of course. I left my house at 10:30am and we didn’t get home until after 7 last night. We had dorm shopping to get done, two doctor appointments, the bank, small grocery shopping, pharmacy pick ups and a quick trip to the local JC Penny to see if they finished building the Sephora. Sigh … it won’t be finished until September 8. I could barely move when we finally got home. My daughter, precious thing that she is, unloaded everything and got it all put away. Not only that, but she cleaned out the fridge. That alone deserves an award haha So, because I was completely ruined last night, I apologize that I couldn’t get a post up.

Today’s post should make up for that, a bit. I don’t know if you guys watch any beauty influencers on YouTube, but one of my favorites is Jessica Braun. In one of her videos she talked about Hautelook, so I had to check it out. Basically, they create events, in which luxury brands are offered at up to 75% off retail. The events last just a few days, and then they are gone. Currently, there’s a MAC event, ending Aug 21. There are events for makeup, beauty products, fragrance, clothing for the whole family, shoes, accessories and home goods.

When I checked them out, they were having a Lorac event. I’ve never tried Lorac products, but I have heard good things about them, so I decided what better time to try them out! I purchased the Natural Performance foundation, and the Touch-up To Go concealer and foundation pen. Amazon carries the foundation (only in light/medium) for                      (affiliate link embedded in image)

$36, Prime eligible. Lorac lists it for the same price. The Lorac website lists the concealer for $16, and Amazon does not offer the concealer.

That’s not exactly a drug store price point for the foundation. I have seen some drug store concealers come close to $16, though, but only recently, and I want to say it was a “higher end” drug store brand, if that’s a thing haha I was able to get these items from Hautelook for $9.97, each. That’s a pretty significant savings! Shipping was $5.95 and with tax, the total was $27.96. Still more than $10 less than the foundation’s full price! (Both of these items will be featured in next week’s Makeup Monday post, so be sure to check that out!)

There are some cons, however. The first is kind of a small one, but orders are generally not eligible for free shipping until you hit the $100 mark. That’s pretty steep, if free shipping is important to you. The second big con, for me anyway, is delivery time. I placed my order on July 25, and received my package yesterday. Three weeks after I placed my order. From what I understand, Hautelook orders your products from the company itself (Lorac, in this case), then they ship everything to you. Which makes total sense when they do these events. Considering they don’t know how successful an event may or may not be, it doesn’t make sense to keep a stock of these products. Not only that, it cuts down significantly on their overhead costs, not having to warehouse all of the products. That translates into more savings for us!

If time, or quick shipping are not huge factors for you, I strongly urge you to look into Hautelook for your luxury needs. Not only will you (and your family, and your home) look amazing, your bank account will breathe a sigh of relief hahaha

What do you all think? Do you know about Hautelook? Have you ordered from them? Lemme know all about your amazing finds!

Carrie♥

© 2107 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

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♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

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♥

Bougie on a Budget ~ Battle of the Eye Makeup Removers

Hello lovelies! Are we all ready for the weekend?? I sure am. I am kicking this weekend off right! Lots of relaxation, me time and epic battles! Also, Game of Thrones returns Sunday haha

Any opportunity I have to get eye makeup remover samples, (any samples, really), I jump on it. If I’m going to potentially spend $30, for just over 4 oz of product, I need to know it’s going to be a worthwhile investment. It’s very important to me that a remover is 1) actually going to remove makeup and 2) remove it with minimal effort. I have watery eyes, and I live in a very hot, humid climate, so waterproof mascara is nearly a must if I don’t want to look like a raccoon. Also, I am getting to that age where my facial skin is thinning, so the last thing I want to do is scrub my eyes, trying to remove waterproof mascara. And so, a battle is born … the Battle of the Bougie Makeup Removers!!

In one corner, weighing in at a hefty $30 for 4.2 oz is Lancome’s Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover.

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Photo taken from the Lancome website

In the other corner, also weighing in at 4.2 oz, but for the shocking low price of $19, Clinique’s Take The day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips.

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Photo taken from Clinique’s website

Both of these heavyweights came out swinging, battling for the number one spot. There can be only one winner, though. Here’s the breakdown:

This is a before picture of my eye makeup. It was a long day, but there is some eye shadow and eyeliner left, and waterproof mascara.

After photos of my right eye.

After photos of my left eye.

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And the aftermath hahaha I used Clinique on my left eye, and Lancôme on my right. Both removed every bit of make up, as you can see on the cotton pads, and in the after photos. There were some small differences, however.

The Lancôme remover was a dream. It took about thirty seconds to remove every trace of waterproof mascara. There was no tugging, no harsh rubbing or scrubbing. Just gentle wiping of the eye area.

The Clinique remover didn’t work quite as well. Don’t get me wrong, it still did an excellent job. It took about twice a long to ensure I got everything off, and it required me to be a bit more aggressive. Now, I didn’t have to rub hard enough to do any damage or anything like that. I would have gone another route before I damaged my eye area. It was a small, but noticeable difference between the two removers, though.

Now, is it an $11 difference? To me, no. The Clinique remover does an excellent job. However, if your eye area is particularly sensitive, it may be well worth the price difference. And since this post is about being bougie on a budget, I have to go with the more budget-friendly price, hands down. For now, Clinique is the champ. It shouldn’t get too comfortable there, though. There’s always a contender, ready to take the number one spot!

What’s your favorite high end makeup remover? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

Bougie on a Budget ~ Mascara Edition

Let me start by saying that I am a waterproof mascara girl. I have watery eyes, I live in central SC and it’s summertime. Even in winter, I use waterproof formulas because of the watery eye situation. In my freebie pack from Lancôme the other week was a mascara. I assumed it would be a product that I gave away because it was regular ‘ol mascara. I was in a hurry to get out of the house this morning, so it was a mascara and lipstick only kinda morning. I thought I would give this a shot, and if I looked like a raccoon twenty minutes after we left the house, then so be it.

Boy, was I WRONG!! We left the house at 9:30 this morning. It is currently 11:10 pm and I just took these photos. My daughter had an appointment, we got gas, went to Walmart and I had my eyebrows and upper lip done. We got home around 2:30. With the heat index today, it was 105°. I took a nap later in the afternoon. This is the result, y’all:

Can y’all believe this mascara has been on my face nearly 14 hours, in insane heat, with mildly watery eyes and through a nap??? Aside from a little bit of flakiness on my right eye, this stuff looks nearly perfect!!! Because this was literally all I had time to do before flying out of the house, I put it on the upper and lower lashes, which I rarely do. I usually just put mascara on my upper lashes and call it good. What is this miracle product from Lancôme, you ask??

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Mini Mascara

This is their Défincils formula in black. It retails for $27.50 and comes in black, deepest black and deep brown. This formula is also available in a black travel size for $13.00. It gives a natural enhancement to your existing lashes and is suitable for contact lens wearers, which is huge. If you’ve ever worn a mascara that isn’t compatible with contact lenses, you’ll know pretty quick. Don’t ask me how I know. I have never felt such an intense sting in all my years.

Depending on how often and how much mascara you wear, the travel size may be a good option. This is Bougie on a Budget, after all. However, this formula would be WELL worth the full price. According to their website, this is “the number 1 mascara for over 16 years!” Not only has it been number one, it’s also award winning. It doesn’t mention what award, though. Budget doesn’t always mean spending as little as possible, although being thrifty is certainly as aspect of “budget friendly” purchases. To me, budget friendly items are those that will give you the best value for your dollar. I really think this mascara (in either size) is a great value. Just look at those pics of my peepers, and consider everything this formula was up against today. I REALLY put it to the test and it came out on top. Brava Lancôme!! I will be ordering from you again!

Carrie♥

Bougie on a budget 

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This post is the first in a series that will talk about getting the most bang for your buck with luxury products.

I’ll admit it. I can be pretty bougie. I think we all, more or less, have the potential. I like to call my approach bougie on a budget.  Ebates  (<< affiliate link) sent me an email that Bloomingdale’s was having a sale on Lâncome. Of course I jumped on it! Let’s all take a moment and look at this eyeshadow …

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And this came FREE! All I had to do was spend $39 in Lâncome products (the lippies) and I got a six-piece gift set free! I am all over those “free gift with purchase” offers. Here’s my entire Bloomingdale’s haul, minus the eyeshadow above:

I am so excited to create a look with those eyeshadows. I am not a fan of finger swatches, or brush swatches, because neither really give a true impression of how the shadow will perform on the eyelid. Trust me when I tell you those shadows are PIGMENTED! And the shimmer is stunning!! Heck, the shimmer is stunning in the pan hahaha

This haul is another reason to love Ebates. (<< affiliate link) They let you know when their affiliates are having AMAZING sales. So not only do you get to take advantage of sales you might otherwise not be aware of, but you get to MAKE money while you do it! Sorry, this is NOT another Ebates post. I swear. But, because of them, I got a beautiful gift set, free, along with some pretty cool lip products! I’ll do some swatches tomorrow of everything. Even though I said I don’t love swatches haha, y’all just have to see those shadows at work!

Carrie♥