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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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Midweek Mask ~ Formula 10.0.6 Be Berry Smooth

Happy Hump Day, y’all! I am getting excited, finally haha My hubby comes home Wednesday to help get out daughter moved back to school and my truck is ready! Not exactly sure which I’m most excited for, at this point hahaha He’s been working out of state since the end of June, and he’ll be going back a few days after we get her moved … sigh … pretty bummed about that, honestly. We gotta do what we gotta do sometimes, even if we don’t like it. That’s one of the things about adulting that I don’t love. Ah well, I am also elated to be getting my truck back. My transmission went out, then my distributor went haywire and this time, my spark plugs were a mess, likely a result of the distributor. The repair guy (a longtime family friend) said it runs like a totally different truck now hahahaha I am going to assume that’s a good thing.

I also got several deliveries today … YAY! In one of those deliveries, was a whole box of skin care from Ulta! Sometimes, Ulta and Sephora take forever, to process and ship my orders. I have no idea why, but I placed this order on the 11th. Not too bad. Anyway, I had forgotten what I ordered, so it was quite a treat to open the box and find this guy, begging to be reviewed tonight haha

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I was more than happy to oblige! I have never purchased a peel off mask in a tube. It’s always been the one use packets, not that they are all that different. Then only difference is I can use much less when it’s packages like this. When I’m using the one-time use packets, I really feel like I have to use all of the product (no matter how much is really in there), so that it doesn’t dry up and go to waste.

For starters, this smells amazing. Definitely fruity, but not sickly sweet kind of fruity. You can pick out the berry and the pineapple. It also has some interesting ingredients: actual blueberry fruit, coffee, morinda citrifolia, also known as cheese fruit (lol, whatttt?), mangosteen, pomegranate, tea leaf, and açai. WOW!!! This mask is chock full of botanical, superfruity goodness! It says it will reveal “super soft berry smooth skin”. Let’s just see about that …

To begin with, I used significantly less that I usually do, simply because of the packaging. This resulted in a much thinner coating on my face. I’m not sure how I felt about it being thinner, and may use more the next time I use this one, to see if it makes any difference.

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It’s a sheer lilac color, and smells incredible. It goes on just like normal peel-off mask and the instructions say to leave on 10-15 minutes, or until dry. Mine dried fairly quickly, except for my forehead area. That took a bit longer, for some reason. Removal was pretty standard, except it said to rinse thoroughly with warm water. Is that standard with peel off masks? Hmm lol for the life of me, I can’t recall! Now, was I moisturized?

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Umm … maybe. My cheek area, below my cheek bones felt a bit dry initially. That may have been from rinsing with warm water, really. After waiting an hour or so, my skin does feel quite hydrated. Is my skin “berry” smooth? It didn’t magically remove texture, but my face does feel quite nice. Maybe with multiple uses it will work on my texture? That would be cool, and I will be paying attention to that, the more I use this.

I really like this one. The price was fair ($7 at Ulta), the smell is pretty awesome, and my skin feels pretty nice. I’m looking forward to seeing what repeated uses will do for my skin! Do you have a favorite peel-off mask? Lemme know all about it!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Try~It Tuesday ~ Battle of the Drugstore Makeup Wipes

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Good Tuesday, lovelies! I hope everyone is having a glorious day! Mine has been … meh. I woke up with back spasms, which is always fun. I love starting my day with muscle relaxers … said no one ever haha It’s all good, though. It has worked itself out. As you may know, I have been on the hunt for a makeup remover that I can use while being lazy hahahaha I’ve tried a few, and none have been mind blowing. I don’t want to keep my bottle of Lancôme Bi-Facil and a pack of cotton rounds sitting on my coffee table. My coffee table is my space where I keep everything I may need. When I’m having bad days, I need everything within reach, and my coffee table is perfect for that. It holds meds, tissues, magazines, lotions, lip balms … haha anything I could possibly need is all right there. Even when I’m having good days, it isn’t always easy to move around. I have had to restructure my life, in order to make things easier for me, and this is one of those things.

Anyway, I happened to be in the drug store a couple of weeks ago, and I saw the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes, All Skin Types, 25 ct.(<< affiliate link) I have heard great things about micellar water, but I’ve never tried it before, so I grabbed these wipes. After I got home, I realized I had received a travel pack of Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes & Wipes, Fragrance Free, 25 Count, 2 Packs (<<affiliate link) in last month’s Target beauty box, just glaring at me from the shelf. Do I see a battle looming?? Oh yes … that afternoon, the Battle of the Drugstore Makeup Removers was born!

 

Here’s how the battle went down:

I had a full face of makeup on. Blue eyeshadow and waterproof mascara … it was a serious makeup day. My face makeup seems to have disappeared haha, but the eye makeup is still there!

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I used one wipe per eye, and I timed how long it took to completely remove my eye makeup. First, let’s talk about the Neutrogena wipes. I don’t know what sort of material they use for these wipes, but it’s horrible, at least on my skin. It 100% feels like sandpaper on my eyes and the tops of my cheeks. I had to actually scrub my eye area, which is never a good idea. On top of that, check this out:

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That time is a LONG time to be scrubbing the eye area with something so abrasive. My skin burned and was so red and inflamed after using these wipes. My daughter can use these wipes with no problem, so she was happy to get a free pack of wipes haha

On to the Garnier wipes … This material is so much softer. They are still a tad irritating, but that is because the skin on my eye and cheek bone area is very sensitive. Just about everything is going to be irritating and I recognize that. These were much less irritating than the Neutrogena. So what about its makeup removing ability?

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That is a significant difference in time, especially when you have sensitive skin. It took less than two minutes to remove every bit of my eye makeup. I did not feel as though I had to scrub, just gentle wiping. My skin did not burn and did not look like I had the worst sunburn ever.

I think it’s pretty clear which product won this battle. Congratulations, Garnier! I have been using these wipes to remove my makeup since this battle. On its own, I am still on the fence, as far as how these make my skin feel. Having sensitive skin really stinks, sometimes. However, the Garnier wipes beat the Neutrogena wipes without question.

What do y’all think? Do you have a favorite drug store makeup wipe? How is it on your skin? Lemme know, y’all!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

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

Hey Hey, It’s Sephora Play!

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

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

Let’s jump on in!

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

Lets dig into these goodies, shall we?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

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

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♥

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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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LOL what a week (and a mini haul)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carrie♥

 

 

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