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Skin Care Sunday ~ Boscia Makeup Breakup

Y’all … it has been a while! Does it ever seem that when one not-so-great thing happens, several not-so-great things follow suit? That’s been my life over the last few weeks. Nothing terribly major, just annoyances that have kept me away. I am crossing my fingers they are behind me and I can FINALLY get back to writing and giving y’all useful (I hope) information! So, let’s just jump right in!

I have tested several makeup removers in my time blogging. Some have been okay, some not so okay, and one or two have been good. There are several posts, but I will link my battle between Clinique and Lancôme here. There, I thought I found my holy grail remover in Lancôme. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good. Very good. However, using a cotton round (or anything really) causes friction on my upper cheeks. Not only is my skin very dry on the tops of my cheeks, it’s pretty sensitive. That friction would cause my cheeks to burn for quite some time. I couldn’t avoid it, even being super careful.

This sent me on a journey to find a different style of remover. Now, if you have read my blog for a while, you know how much I love Boscia products. I was browsing my local Sephora and, of course, I found myself in the Boscia section. There I spotted a tiny bottle of cleansing oil. I had heard of “double cleansing”, but never tried that method before. Basically, it’s using a cleansing oil to break down your makeup, then cleansing again with a facial cleanser designed for your particular skin needs. (Could I say “cleanse” any more haha)

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There is so much power packed into this tiny bottle, y’all! It has a wonderful minty scent and is quite cooling. I’ll share my pics, then I’ll talk about it:

Alrighty … the pic on the top left is before any makeup removal began. Note my eyes are quite dark, and I was wearing waterproof mascara. The bottom left is after twenty or so seconds of massaging the oil into my eye area. I used about a pump and a half, pumped onto my fingers. I rubbed my fingers together, then began working the product into my eyes. Please close your eyes, haha! After I took that photo, I immediately used a cotton round and wiped my eyes clean. The final photo is after the second cleansing … all squeaky clean!

I have NEVER been so impressed by a product, and I have worked with a lot of products over my time as a blogger. It immediately goes to work breaking down the toughest of products … waterproof mascara. Because summers are so doggone hot here, waterproof mascara is almost a must, unless the panda look is in hehe Anyone who has worked with waterproof products knows just how hard they can be to remove. I have seriously never seen a product make such quick work of removing makeup before! Twenty seconds … that’s it! Sephora seems to only have the mini (1.7oz), which is what I have, and it can be purchased for $10. When I run out, you can bet I will be purchasing the full size (5oz) from Boscia for $32. They are currently offering 15% your entire purchase, but it expires 3/19, so hurry!

There you have it. This is absolutely my new holy grail makeup remover! Have any of you used it before? Like it, or leave it? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2018 Look Good, Feel Good

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Midweek Mask ~ Purlisse Green Tea & Ginger

 

Happy Wednesday, y’all! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Mine has been … meh lol I’ve had a doctor appointment, which I never like, and today, my sister drove us to pick up my daughter from her college campus for a few days. I had to get some followup X-rays and my daughter is home for a small break after a short study abroad session in Europe. She was there for two weeks and spent time in France, Belgium and England. She had an incredible time! Then, on Friday, I have a waxing appointment. That’s three trips away from my farm, and y’all know I’m not a fan of that hahahaha

After all that time in the car, I felt like I needed some time with a sheet mask today. My daughter’s campus is nearly three hours away. Riding in the car that long, while still recovering, was not awesome. Looking through my extensive sheet mask collection, I felt a rejuvenating formula would be right up my alley.

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This mask is LOADED with serum! As I was pulling it out of the package, it was dripping everywhere, which I am not mad about. There have been masks that I’ve tried that have been a bit more on the dry side. After ten minutes, those types of masks are nearly dry. Once they dry out, they can actually start to wick moisture away from your skin, which defeats the purpose of using a mask, if you ask me. So, this one is LOADED and I am happy about it! The mask also fit my face pretty well. Some of these masks are either wayyy too big or wayyy too small, but these are a great size! No folds in the mask trying to get it to fit!

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There is a scent, but it didn’t seem all that strong to me. Leave on time was 10-20 minutes, and I always try to shoot for the longer of the times given. It stayed on my face pretty well. Even being super saturated with serum, the mask didn’t want to slide around. Score two points for Purlisse!

At the twenty-minute mark, I peeled it off and started patting the serum in, as the directions said to do. It seemed a tad sticky, but that’s not too unusual, immediately upon removing a sheet mask. Thirty minutes later, my face was still pretty sticky. An hour later, my face was still pretty sticky. Can you sense a pattern? My face didn’t look or feel particularly rejuvenated. It’s hard to say if it feels moisturized. It’s still kinda sticky … several hours later.

Overall, I’m a little bummed out about this particular formula. My previous experience with this brand was nothing like this. I tried their coconut and rice sheet mask a few weeks ago and it was a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend that formula! This one is kind of underwhelming, and with my face still being sticky several hours later, there isn’t much in the way of positives to share. Except to say, the coconut and rice mask is amazing if you have dry skin. I wish I could be more positive about the green tea and ginger. Both of those ingredients contain great compounds for our bodies! If my skin somehow looks drop dead gorgeous in the morning, or something happens to radically change my perspective, I will definitely update the blog. As of now, I would pass on the green tea and ginger formula.

Alright, y’all, those are my thoughts! Have any of you tried this brand before? How about this particular formula? What were your results? Lemme know! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Carrie♥

©2018 Look Good, Feel Good

Skin Care Saturday ~ Ariul Juice Cleanse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carrie♥

© 2018 Look Good, Feel Good

Mid Week Mask ~ Naisture Plain Yogurt Mask Pack

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Good Friday Eve, y’all! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Mine has been okay. I’ve been to town twice this week, and if you’ve been a consistent reader of mine, you are aware of the toll that takes. The good part of that is I got my hair re-done. It’s now a gorgeous pink menagerie, with some purple areas. My colorist is a genius, I swear.

Her eye for color and how various colors can work together is astounding. Apologies for the quality of the second photo. I took it outside, after dark, with my phone, and I should know better haha

While I was gone, the postman delivered a package from HauteLook. If you’ve never shopped with them, I highly recommend it. That being said, it will take quite a while to receive your package, so don’t order anything you need rather soon. In my order was this mask from Naisture. I had not heard of the company previous to ordering, so this was going to be an adventure!

The packaging y’all! There are some Korean companies that just go all out with the cute factor, and I think the jar presentation is simply adorable!! I will admit, I have purchased items solely based on their packaging. Thankfully, it’s usually worked in my favor.

I am a big fan of Korean skin care products. There is just something about them that works for my skin, and this product was no exception.

I greatly appreciate that a spatula was included, to dip out the product. It’s quite unhygienic to dip your fingers into a jar of product that will be going on your face. Often you have to dip in more than once, after having your fingers on your face, transferring bacteria and other germs into the jar. Then, you close up the jar, and the germs are left to fester, until you use it again, which can often cause a breakout. You might think the product is causing the breakout, when in fact, it was your own germs from the last time you used it. A spatula or other scooping tool is vital when using jarred products, in my opinion.

The mask looks very much like yogurt in the jar, and has no scent that I can pick up on. This is great for those of you who may be sensitive to scented products. It applied quite smoothly and feels like a very thick moisturizer. The instructions recommend leaving the mask on for ten minutes, then rinsing and following with a toner. It rinsed off cleanly, and didn’t leave behind any sticky feeling.

I must admit I am quite impressed with this mask. Even after toning, I feel like I didn’t need to apply moisturizer. My skin felt incredibly hydrated and supple. I have dry skin, as most women my age do, and the tops of my cheeks are particularly dry. Sometimes they get so dry they burn, which is not a feeling anyone wants to feel on their face. This mask fully hydrated even the tops of my cheeks. I usually have to apply an oil to get the same level of hydration that I received with one ten minute mask.

HauteLook events are short-lived and there is no telling when this product will be offered by them again. It is, however, available from Amazon: PREMIUM QUALITY PLAIN YOGURT MASK PACK, Ultra-mosturizing Face Yogurt Skin Balance for Smooth Skin 4.9oz. (affiliate link) If you struggle with dry skin, I cannot recommend this mask enough. For those of us with dry skin, winter can be especially harsh, and I think this mask is an ideal solution. Most of the instructions are in Korean, so there are no recommendations as to how often is can be used, that I can find. I am not an expert, but I would recommend starting with twice per week, once you see how your skin reacts after your initial application. This is based on my own experience, and yours might be different, so use your own judgement.

Have y’all tried this product before? Have you had any experience with other products from Naisture? What are your thoughts on K-beauty products? Lemme know! I’d love to have a conversation about it!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

 

Thursday Things ~ Target Beauty Box November 2017

It’s Friday Eve y’all and another day closer to the best day ever … my birthday! Oh, also Thanksgiving, which just so happens to be my favorite holiday … aside from my birthday haha My birthday is pretty much a week-long holiday in my house. I’m working toward making it a month, but that might be pushing it. Gonna have to take that slow hahaha

You may or may not know, but Target offers a monthly beauty box. It’s not a subscription, so you have to go to the website and order every month. They usually become available a few days before the beginning of the month. If you are looking to order the November box, let’s say, the boxes usually become available the last day or so in October, and are available until they sell out. As of this writing, there are still November boxes available, and at around $7, I think they are a great deal, even better if you use your RED card and get 5% off!

This month looks to be pretty good, except for one product, which I will talk about in a bit. Please excuse the terrible lighting. It’s very overcast and rainy here, and even indoor lighting seems to be trash today.

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There are 5-6 (usually 6) products every month, and this month’s offering looks pretty cool! (Can you spot the not-so-great product yet?) I am super excited to try out most of these products.

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First up is a hydro-gel sheet mask from the company MISSHA. I’ve never used any of their products, nor have I used any facial products with snail excretions, but I hear they are excellent for your skin. This also contains baobab tree extract, which appears to have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. I might have to try this one out tonight!

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Next, we have a facial cleanser from the Toleriane line from La Roche-Posay . The company touts a few key ingredients on the website: Prebiotic Thermal Water, Ceramide-3, Niacinamide, and Glycerin. I had to Google a few of these haha It seems that prebiotic thermal water is used in place of the traditional deionized water. This water helps to feed the good bacteria that everyone has living on their skin, which, according to the site PR Newswire, is important for maintaining the overall health of our skin. Ceramide-3 is key in “reinforcing the natural water retention barrier in dry skin by promoting moisturization”. Niacinimide is a form a vitamin B3 that has soothing properties, and glycerin, which is found in many moisturizers, has the ability to attract water (moisture) to the skin. Well! This sounds like an all around fantastic skin cleanser! I am very much looking forward to trying this one out, since I have dry skin. With it being winter, and the season of super dry air, this might well be a miracle!

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Next, we have a dandruff shampoo from Dove. I’m not really thrilled about this product for myself. I have colored hair and these types of shampoos will pull my color out in a second haha Besides, I don’t have dandruff. My hubby will get good use out of this, though. He doesn’t have dandruff, but he really couldn’t care less about shampoo haha

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The next product from the box is a hand cream from the company Skinfix. I am always looking for a good hand cream, especially with winter looming. My hands get very dry and have been known to crack and bleed. This cream is chock full of fantastic, soothing ingredients and even won awards from People and Redbook magazines. Okay … I see you Skinfix! (Also, foiled packaging is the bane of my camera taking abilities. If anyone has any tips, please feel free to share!)

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Another cool skin product that I am looking forward to trying out is this tiny bar of soap from Tom’s of Maine. I really like products from this company. I like that they are natural, whatever that means anymore haha I’m also a coconut lover, so this is pretty cool. I’m not a huge fan of bar soaps, even just for hand washing. They tend to be a little messy, but this is a small bar. I think I can manage for a little while.

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And finally, the product I could really have done without … sigh … I’m not a mascara elitist by any means. My go-to mascara is a drug store brand, in fact. But this was just a disappointment for me. I think I’ll just leave it at that …

Okay, y’all! This was my run-down of this month’s Target Beauty Box. Overall, I’m pretty darn excited about it! Rarely has Target disappointed me, though. The products are great, and the value is outstanding. Oh! I almost forgot that there is a $3 off coupon included every month for your next beauty purchase of $15 or more. It does expire at the end of the month that you got the box though. It is available to use in store, or online, which is nice. The closest Target store to me is a 25 minute drive on the highway. Not exactly convenient.

What do y’all think? Do any of you get the Target Beauty Box? What did you think of this month’s products? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Midweek Mask ~ Boscia Luminizing Pink Mask

Happy Hump Day everyone! I hope you all are having a lovely week. I’m going to cross my fingers and hope my tech issues are well behind me now. I finally got my replacement phone from Apple on Monday, and getting everything set up and remembering passwords, etc has taken a bit longer than I thought it would.  I love writing and it was actually my childhood dream to be a writer, and here I am, spreading my words and thoughts literally across the globe! Having technology get in the way of that has been a huge frustration. Ah well … I believe I am over the hump now and I can finally return to blogging on a consistent basis.

So let’s talk about this mask from Boscia. All Boscia products are also available at Sephora. I have become a bit of a Boscia junkie. I am currently testing out two other cool products of theirs to review on here, which should be up next week. They come out with some really innovative and down right cool products. There has not been one product of theirs, that I have tried, that I didn’t like. Not even one that I have been just “meh” about. They have all blown me away, and this mask is no exception.

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This packaging is adorable! I dunno why, but I am a sucker for pink packaging, and pink isn’t even my favorite color haha The original mask comes in black, but I just love the pink! I am pretty sure the only difference between the two is the color. There is an ever so slight scent, but I can’t place it. It’s not bad, but it is there. Looking at the ingredients, it might be eucalyptus, because it a bit medicinal, but pleasant. Well, pleasant if you like those types of scents. As I said above, the scent is slight. I kind of like skin care like this to smell a bit medicinal. It gives me the impression that it’s actually doing something, whether it is or not. Eucalyptus is a great herbal, though, and it has the ability to calm redness, which you will see momentarily. It’s also antibacterial and antiseptic, which is great if you are breaking out.

This mask is a bit goopy and comes out of the tube quite readily, which I was not prepared for. Most masks that contain clay are pretty thick, and this one is much thinner than what I’m used to. My bathroom may or may not have looked like an icing incident occurred.

Note how very close in color the mask is to my donut, although I don’t think it tastes nearly as good hahahahaha (please don’t try it to find out haha) I really wish my bathroom had better lighting. I might work on that this weekend, in fact. Everything comes out redder than it really is, and I don’t want to edit photos like these. That just seems unfair.

This mask took a long time to dry down. The instructions say to give it 30 minutes, and I gave it closer to 45 and there were still two spots that hadn’t fully dried, which I discovered when I started to peel. You are supposed to put a thick, even layer on, which I did. The peeling process was … interesting. It sticks to your skin very well. There were videos a while back on YouTube of people putting masks on that very nearly pulled peoples’ face skin off. This wasn’t to that degree, but there were some spots that were a bit uncomfortable upon removal. Definitely avoid your eyebrows and the baby hairs along your hairline. I lost a few because I got too close haha This mask has definite sticking power! I don’t view that as a bad thing, though. To me, a mask like that is really going to clean out those pores.

The first picture is immediately after the mask removal and the second picture I took a few days later. In the first, my face is much brighter, and the redness doesn’t appear to be so bad. I mean, it’s there. Nothing short of a laser is going to remove those broken capillaries. In the second, my skin looks a little dull, so the luminizing aspect 100% works with this product. I have also noticed that my redness since using the mask has been reduced. I wish I would have taken a before photo, but I didn’t notice the eucalyptus until after the fact. To be fair, this is not advertised as a redness reducer, but it has been a bit of an added bonus for me, that has lasted. I can’t say it’ll have that same effect for everyone, but it might.

Alright, y’all, I think it’s obvious how I feel about this one. The price tag is a bit hefty, at $34 for not quite 3 ounces. That’s not chump change. However, there are some things that are worth a heavier price tag, and I just think anything from Boscia is worth that premium. If there was one company whose PR list I would love to be on, it would be theirs. Every thing that comes from them is a hit, and so, so good for the skin. Well, my skin anyway. If you haven’t tried any of their products, check out their website, or Sephora. I have two more products from them that will be in upcoming posts. One will be up this Saturday and one will be up next week. This is definitely a company that produces quality skin care products, without a doubt.

What do y’all think? Have any of you tried this mask? How about any other Boscia products? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Mid week Mask ~ Too Cool For School Pumpkin 24K Gold Mask

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! Mine was very quiet, which is just how I like it haha Now, we are fully in the swing of Hallowthanksmas, which is kinda the worst part of the season for me. None of the autumnal holidays have their own space any more. Every year, the stores push for earlier and earlier Christmas displays. I’m not even kidding, the pharmacy I use had Christmas decorations up, in the same aisle with Halloween, two weeks before Halloween! That’s just much too soon. Back when I was a kid, that stuff didn’t come out until after Thanksgiving. Now, that was quite a long while ago haha but there are some things from the ancient past that are worth revisiting.

Want to know what I would prefer to not revisit? The mask I used yesterday. It’s kind of a rare thing for me to not like a sheet mask, but I couldn’t even leave this one on my face for the full recommended time! So let’s just get right into it …

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I had such high hopes for this cute l’il guy! It smelled fantastic and was full of serum. It came with a backing, I guess to keep it from sticking to itself in the package. I get that idea, but it’s a bit of a pain for me to peel a dripping wet mask off of a backing. I just don’t have the dexterity in my fingers any more to fool with that sort of thing. But, that’s really a minor thing.

The biggest problem for me with this mask was it was absolutely huge on my face! Now, I know I can have a big head at times, but this must have been made for a giant! In all of the fuss with trying to get it to stay on my face, I neglected to take photos. This is really one time when my goofy mask photos would have been quite beneficial. Because it was so large, it had to be folded in places, which means it didn’t make great contact with my face in some areas. That lead to it sliding all over the place, getting in my mouth and eyes. I got so frustrated with trying to keep it in place, that I ended up taking it off and tossing it after about ten minutes. They recommend 15-20 minutes. I’m sure I got some benefit, but not what it could have been.

There was ample serum left on my face, so I patted that into my skin. It took quite a while for it to fully absorb, more than an hour, which I think it a bit on the long side. This mask experience seemed to be one frustration after another. I think if it had fit better, the longer absorption time wouldn’t have bothered me as much. I understand that manufacturer’s need to do their best to make these products one size fits most, and I get that. However, in all of my vast sheet mask experience, I’ve never had one fit so poorly. And the real bummer is this mask was $8 from Sephora, so I can’t even excuse it by saying it was a cheap mask! One final criticism … where the heck was the gold?? The mask itself was plain old white, and there were definitely no gold flecks in the serum. No gold!

Have any of y’all tried this mask? Did you have an equally frustrating experience, or was yours smooth sailing? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

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Mid Week Mask ~ Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding

Long time no chat, y’all! I’m not going to go into a lengthy explanation for my absence, other than to say my health sucks and it’s been a rough few weeks. I hate having chronic diseases, more so when they interfere with the things I really enjoy, and I really enjoy blogging. Needless to say, I haven’t done much product testing over the last few weeks, but the products have been pouring in! I have so many cool, new products that I can’t wait to talk with y’all about!

On one of my many trips to Sephora since they have opened inside my local JC Penny, I used some points and got a sample size of Boscia’s Charcoal Pore Pudding. I think sample sizes of skin care products are the way to go. Boscia is a higher priced brand and if you don’t like it, or it causes a reaction or break-out, it could be a lot of money and time wasted. Luckily, for me at least, Boscia is a wonderful fit for my skin. They have quickly become a favorite, and when it comes to skin care, price doesn’t much matter, within reason. This is our only skin, and taking care of it is of the utmost importance, I think. Unfortunately, I came to that conclusion a bit late in life, so I am playing catch-up.

If you have never seen this product, you are in for a treat!

How cool is that?? One nice thing about this is the directions say that is can be used all over, or just on areas that are giving you trouble. I have used it both ways. I seem to be experiencing some mid-40s sporadic acne, which could well be hormonal related. When I get a pimple, I like to use a clay based mask, and just cover the blemish. I leave the mask dot on overnight, so it has plenty of time to absorb all the bacteria and help to dry it out. Some work better than others, and this is one that works well. It’s not an overnight miracle, but it helps tremendously.

I also like to use clay based masks when my health takes a turn. A lot of toxins are excreted through our skin, and I feel like a clay mask just helps to get the toxins out better than other products. That’s exactly what I did last week. As you all know, my health isn’t the best, and the last few weeks have been particularly rough. I saw this sitting in my mask bin and thought it would be perfect!

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Hehe I love making silly faces when I take mask photos. The directions instruct to mix the colors, once on your skin, to create this grey shade. I think a swirled mask would look really cool, but it would be pretty hard to maintain that when spreading it out on your face.

Let’s talk performance! Clay can be quite drying, because it is good at absorbing all sorts of things, but particularly oils. We need our face oils, so using a product that strips them totally can actually cause oily skin. After using such a product, your skin is like “Aw shoot, no oil! I’m vulnerable!” It goes into overdrive to replenish what was lost, and it can really be a problem. That is not the case with this product. In fact, I left it on much longer than the recommended 15-20 minutes, without any ill effect. I seem to get distracted when it’s time to remove these masks haha There are masks that become very uncomfortable as they dry, but not Pore Pudding. This particular one is so comfortable, that it is easy to forget it’s even on! When I finally got around to removing it, my skin felt great! It felt deep cleaned and fresh, without feeling like a desert.

I will definitely be purchasing the full size jar when I use up this sample. I have so many masks to test out, but this will be a permanent addition to my regular skin care regime, for sure! Have you tried Pore Pudding? What is your favorite skin care line? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Skincare Saturday … on a Sunday

Happy Monday eve, y’all! Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend. Mine has been pretty blah. I had to go into town on Friday afternoon, and it basically ruined my weekend. It takes so much out of me, these days, to complete the simplest of tasks. I had to pick up my truck from the repair shop, for the final time, let’s all hope. Then, I ran to the pharmacy, the story of my life when I’m in town, ran into Sephora, got gas, then hung out with some friends. I was in town a whopping four hours. I didn’t sleep well Friday night, which means my need for sleep on Saturday was insane. There are times when I truly hate this disease more than others, and this weekend has been one of those times. I did get some pretty cool things at Sephora, though, which almost makes it worth it. Almost …

I did get an incredible skin care product Friday, but I’m not quite ready to talk about it with y’all. Let me use it for the next week, and it’ll be the focus of next Saturday’s post, that’ll actually go up on Saturday haha, hopefully. I do want to tell you guys about a great mask I ordered earlier this week from Ulta. You may or may not know, but we are currently in Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty sale. That’s a special time of year when truly awesome products are deeply discounted for one day only, and there are 21 days of such deals. Not only that, but there are side deals all throughout the sale. While I was checking out the side deals, I came across The Body Shop’s British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask.

I think I may have mentioned that I have a thing for roses and rose scented products. That means that, of course, this went into my shopping basket, without hesitation. I don’t think I even looked at what it claimed to do hahaha It arrived a few days ago, just in time for Skincare Saturday! (Ignore my ghastly manicure in these photos. I have since remedied that situation. Also, I’m human … my nails are not 100% perfect, 100% of the time.)

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So here’s the lovely little jar. It was $28 for 2.6 oz of product. Clearly, this one not one of the side sale items. It is 100% vegetarian and is made without parabens, silicone, mineral oils or paraffins. I don’t see any cruelty-free notations, which is unfortunate. Let’s talk about the claims … rose petal and essence of hand-picked British roses to freshly replenish the skin’s water reserves, rosehip oil from Chile which is rich in Omegas 3 and 6, to help tone skin and Community Trade Organic aloe vera from Mexico, which is known for its calming and soothing skin care properties. The box goes on to say that skin is instantly replenished with moisture, feels ultra smooth, silky soft and toned. With continued use, you can expect a dewy, youthful glow. Starting with a clean, wet face, smooth a thin layer onto the skin, avoiding the eyes and lips. Can be applied to the neck and décolleté, a well. Leave on 5-10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. I believe I was distracted, and left mine on for 15 minutes, without ill effect. Distracted is my middle name hehe

You can actually see roses in the gel! That was the second thing I noticed. The first was the heavenly scent. It’s not perfume-y, by any means. It smells like a tub of roses, and it’s divine. It was very easy to rinse off, and just the faintest hint of rose smell lingered for a few minutes. I didn’t take before and after photos, because it’s too hard to see results with a face mask. Results are intended to be seen with time, not immediately.

I have to say, though, my skin did appear a bit plumper and a bit healthier. Especially around my eye/upper cheek area. The box says this can be used 2-3 times per week, or daily, if desired. While I don’t think daily is necessary for my skin, I can see this being a part of my nightly skin care routine 2-3 times per week. Maybe on the nights I don’t use the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask.

To say I am happy with this mask would be a huge understatement. It would be perfect if it were cruelty-free. That is pretty much the only downside I am seeing right now. I will have to see how long it takes to use the entire jar, using it 2-3 times a week, to determine if the cost is justified. If it lasts two months, then yeah, I can see this having a permanent place in my routine.

Okay y’all, have any of you used this mask before? Or any other products from The Body Shop? Do you like what you’ve used? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

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