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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

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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♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Birchbox vs Ipsy

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Hey y’all! I have had a pretty decent week so far. How about y’all? Decent until last night, that is. Apologies for no post last night. I had a doctor appointment yesterday afternoon and had to get blood drawn (which is every appointment ugh) and I decided to treat myself to some retail therapy. I got a few things at our local Belk store, which is similar to Macy’s, for those who don’t live in the South. After that, I popped in to see my grandparents for a bit, then to the grocery store. I’ve been having trouble with my truck again and took it back to the repair shop today, so I needed to make sure I had everything I needed, in case they kept my old girl for a while. Well, the grocery trip was the final straw for my body. You’d think, after having this diagnosis for as long as I have, I would realize that my body has significant limits. Maybe I’ll learn one day. When I got home, I was already in a good deal of pain, but I had to get the groceries in and put away. All of my helpers are gone! By the time I finished that, I could barely move. I even fell asleep without taking off my makeup, or changing into my jammies. It was that serious. I feel much better today, though, thankfully! I can’t afford to have too many days like that. I have things to get done and dreams to reach, after all!

My ipsy (affiliate link) bag came today and I thought this would be the perfect day to do a head-to-head with Birchbox (affiliate link).

Let’s start off with this month’s Birchbox. I really like the white and gold box this month. I really wish I could find a use for these boxes. They are so pretty and I really hate tossing them out every month. I don’t give enough gifts that I could justify keeping them, and storage space is at a premium in a 700 sq ft house haha I wish Birchbox was a little more makeup oriented. It seems to favor hair care products, and honestly, I just don’t use products in my hair that often. There are two hair products this month, a shampoo/conditioner and a hair oil:

That being said, these products seem to have been hand-picked for my unique hair issues. The shampoo/conditioner are for brightening blonde hair. The oil is argan oil infused and is supposed to keep frizz under control, as well as protect from UV exposure and heat styling damage. We’ll see how it works for my naturally frizzy hair because I am constantly on the hunt for a product that will actually work. Funny enough, both products kinda of smell the same. It’s kind of floral, kind of fresh. I’ll be able to better figure that out when I use them.

 

Next up are the two makeup products, a strobing pencil from Lord & Berry and a plumping lip gloss from Pixi by Petra. Let’s talk about the strobing pencil first. I’m glad the card that comes in every Birchbox tells you where this should be used and the cheekbones is not one of them. I gasped when I saw how small and sharp the point on this pencil is. They recommend it for the nose, inner eye corner, brow bones and Cupid’s bow. I can definitely see it working some magic in those areas. It’s a beautiful frosty pink, which is my preferred highlight color. Now the lip gloss … if you don’t like peppermint, you will not be a fan of this. The peppermint scent is quite strong, but I imagine that’s where the plumping effect comes in. I haven’t used anything from this brand. If I am not mistaken, it is exclusive to Target, and the closest Target is a thirty minute drive on the highway. I’m also not a huge fan of plumping formulas. My lips are quite nice I think, so it’s never crossed my mind to use them. The color also looks a bit light for me, so I’ll likely have to use it as a lip topper.

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Alright, alright, alright … ipsy Glambag, come on down! I have been an ipsy subscriber for several months and I have noticed a definite pattern to the bags. There’s always a tool, a mascara and an eyeliner. Without fail. I really do like the brushes we get, and it’ll be ages before I really need to buy an eyeliner, because they tend to be full size haha Let’s talk about that eyeliner.

 

I have gotten this brand before (Beauty for Real I-Line 24-7 in Champagne Buzz) from ipsy and it’s a pretty good brand. The formula is nice and creamy and it dries pretty quickly. In fact, as soon as I took the pic of the swatch, I immediately went to the bathroom to wash it off, and I had to rub quite hard. Granted, I was only using a wet washcloth, but that’s great, as far as how it will wear, I think. Removal should be easy enough with some eye makeup remover. It doesn’t claim to be waterproof, but I would say it’s definitely water-resistant. Not sure how I will style a champagne colored eyeliner, but I’m sure I’ll have fun figuring it out!

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Next up is an angled shader brush from Luxie. This is also a brand that appears in ipsy glambags with some frequency, and that’s okay. These are right decent brushes. This one is rose gold and cruelty free, so it’s pretty much perfect!

Two skin care items were included this month, an egg white cleanser from SKINFOOD and a face cream from The Organic Pharmacy. Let’s jump in with the cleanser first. The Egg White Perfect Pore Cleansing Foam makes some pretty great claims: gentle, but hard-working to remove makeup, dig deep to clean pores, refine the pores and refresh the skin. Sounds great, if it actually does all of those things. We’ll find out soon enough! It has a very light, clean scent, which I like. I tend to be sensitive to smells and sometimes, they can trigger a migraine. I’d rather not have a strong scent all over my face, although, I do like light scents. And for the last skin product of the month, we have the Double Rose Rejuvenating face cream, for glowing, radiant skin. I am a sucker for rose-scents, and this has already garnered my attention. Not only is it rose, it’s double rose! This also caught my attention for another reason. I’ve talked before about having rosacea. One of the difficult aspects of that skin condition is broken capillaries on the face. I have broken capillaries all across my nose and my cheeks. Even with the rosacea under control, I’m left with the redness from them. I would say that laser treatments are the only option, but this product claims to reduce them!! I am quite skeptical of that, but if it works, I will hand over a blank check to The Organic Pharmacy. The scent is also incredible.

And finally, we have Ciaté London’s Wonderwand mascara. It’s an ultra volumizing formula and they swear it doesn’t smudge. We shall see, Ciaté .. we shall see. While we’re discussing mascara, something pretty cool happened regarding last month’s mascara selection from ipsy. I will link to that blog post here. My first impression of that month’s mascara was less than impressed. As usual, I linked the blog post in a tweet and ipsy actually read my blog. They were bummed about my experience with that mascara and wanted to send me another one to try. Of course, I agreed. I wanted to give Make Up For Ever a fair shot, and I am so glad I did! The new tube was nothing like the first one I received. My lashes looked fabulous!! So, huge shout out to ipsy for not only taking the time to read my blog, but to make right the issue I had with a product. That really showed me who you are as a company, and I liked what I saw.

So there it is, friends! What I think I will do, in order to get a real good grasp of the products, is use them as much as possible over the next two weeks, then come back and spill all the tea. I think that’s a more fair method for a head to head with these two services. Which subscription services to y’all subscribe to? What kinds of cool stuff did y’all get? Lemme know! I love hearing about the different stuff that people receive!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

August Faves

Happy Sunday y’all! I’m glad this week is almost over. It’s been kind of a stressful week, here. Hubby’s went back to TX this morning. He worked like a maniac to get things done here before he left. We’ve had our eyes on Hurricane Irma, and there was a lot for him to do if he was going to be gone when it made its way here. Mercy, she’s a nasty, nasty storm! I’m not a worrier, by nature, thankfully. To me, worrying just doesn’t make sense. I cannot change a thing by worrying, so it’s a waste of energy that I could be using elsewhere. If I could change things by worrying then I wouldn’t need to worry! See how that works? Haha So, we are focusing on making sure we are ready when Irma hits. Lucky for us, we won’t be getting a direct hit, just the outer bands. They are still forecasting tropical storm force winds and 4-6″ of rain, so still nothing to sneeze at. Please, please be safe if you live anywhere near the path of this storm! Heed the warnings of your local officals!

Now, on to the point of today’s post! I thought I would talk about some of my favorite products from August. Some I may have talked about here already, and some will be talked about more in depth in upcoming posts.

Skin care

Let’s talk about skin, baby! Product number one that has stolen my heart is Clinique’s All About Eyes Rich. My eye area feels amazing since I’ve been using this cream. It’s very thick and rich, as the name suggests. Talk about hydrating! I haven’t noticed much difference, as far as my fine lines, circles, or puffiness, but I think it takes several weeks to see results, and I’m pretty patient.

Product number two that I cannot live without is Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. It smells divine!! Sometimes, I just sit and smell it haha It really smells that good! I’ve missed a few applications due to getting my brows and upper lip waxed. Because of the acids in the mask, you should withhold using it the week before any facial waxing, or you could lose some skin along with your unwanted hairs. My face skin looks so good after I wash this mask off. It looks so healthy and fresh!

Makeup

I’m going to talk about these products in order of application and the first is IT Cosmetics’ Your Skin But Better CC+ This is a full coverage, color correcting cream, with SPF 50. The second ingredient, after water, is snail secretion filtrate. Not kidding, y’all haha It’s also chock full of botanical extracts, hyaluronic acid and collagen, along with some vitamins. I pick this over all of my foundations. It could be because it’s summer and it’s pretty light feeling. Whatever the reason, this is my go-to for foundation right now. The coverage is outstanding, and it still looks natural. Application looks much better on me with a sponge versus a brush, which is a bit of a bummer. I prefer a brush to soaking and wringing out a sponge, but that’s only because I’m a bit lazy hehe

Next up, are the Trolls and My Little Pony eyeshadow palettes from Pür Cosmetics. Honestly, I think I prefer the Trolls palette, only because there are more useable shades for me. The MLP palette has a yellow shimmer and a heavy gold metallic. I looked at those two and said WTF out loud. That could also have been because I really dislike the color yellow. Dunno why, but I do. The formula for these shadows is great! Nicely pigmented, easily blended and buildable. I’ll admit, I totally fell for the themes and wasn’t expecting much. I was happily proved wrong!

The final product in makeup that I’m loving from August is L’Óreal’s Lash Paradise mascara. I always use a waterproof formula and this was no exception. I don’t know what kind of hoodoo magic went into this mascara, and I don’t care. This stuff is incredible! It lengthens, volumizes, thickens and it removes fairly easily with a good eye makeup remover. It can get clumpy, but that is partly user error, I think. It doesn’t flake and I haven’t noticed any transfer. I almost always see transfer on my left eye. Only my left eye. No idea what that’s about haha, but it doesn’t happen with this mascara.

Hair Care

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I only have one thing to talk about under hair care this month, but it’s a good one. On a whim, I ordered a hair sleeping mask from Sephora. I ordered rose, because it claimed to be smoothing and anti-frizz. For some reason, I was blessed with natural frizz to go along with my natural curl. No humidity necessary. Thanks a lot, universe. Where have these masks been all of my wild, curly haired life??? Here’s how they work: you apply the mask and work it into clean, dry hair. Pile your hair onto your head, and cover with the provided cap, and go to sleep! When you wake up, rinse your hair and you will have the softest, curliest and frizz-free hair when it dries! Talk about being shook … I immediately ordered five more and this will be a weekly routine for me. They are $6 and worth every. single. penny.

Self Care

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Above all else, self care is the most important, in my opinion. Taking care of me helps me be on top of my game, whatever my game might be. I’ve talked about my autoimmune disease and the chronic pain it causes. Some days, my pain meds aren’t enough. That’s where Essential Relaxtions comes in. They are a bath bomb company out of FL, but they are so much more: candles, wax melts, mineral baths … if it has the potential to relax you, they sell it.

I am a dedicated fan of their bath bombs. They are well sized, very fizzy, well scented, soften the bath water like crazy and the are incredibly well priced!! In fact, I don’t think they sell a thing over $10. They are every bit as good as Lush. Even better, if you ask me, because of the price. The only drawback is shipping time. It takes a little over a week from the time you place your order until you receive it. However, I believe that is because they make the bombs when you order them, and I’m okay with that. I just have to make sure I have one or two set aside when I order, so I am never without. I’m not even kidding, they are that good. I consider myself a bit of a bath product afficianado and these bath bombs are where it’s at. Heck, they were even featured by BuzzFeed! You can find their products here. Check them out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @essentialrelaxx and they even have a YouTube channel where you can see the bombs in action! Also, enter CARRIE15 at checkout for a 15% discount on your order! It’s not an affiliate code, just a cool thing the company is offering for my followers!

Alrighty lovelies, I think that’ll do it for my August faves. What products did you come across last month that you can’t live without? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

©2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Skincare Saturday ~ 7 Wonders Kalahari Melon Moisturizing Mask

Happy weekend, y’all! Well … yesterday was move-in day! We were all completely exhausted, but our girl got all moved in, obscene amount of money spent at Walmart for groceries and last minute dorm items and she’s a happy girl, about to start her sophomore year. I’d call it a successful day. Her university is about 2½ hours away, so my hubby and I were totally worn out by the time we got home.

Considering the sort of day I had yesterday, I thought I would go for something quite pampering tonight.

I felt like my skin got a bit beat up yesterday, so I thought a moisturizing mask would be ideal! And it might have been, if this 7 Wonders Kalahari Melon Moisturizing Mask was moisturizing. I left this on a few minutes longer than the recommended 20-25 minutes. I might have gotten sucked into the ending of Rogue One. About an hour has passed since I removed it and my skin is tight and dry feeling. I thought it would smell like melon. I’m not sure what it smells like, but it’s not melon. It’s not a bad smell, kind of neutral, I guess.

Let’s talk about the claims: deeply hydrates skin, smooths rough and dry skin and leaves skin dewy and supple. Unfortunately, it did none of these for my face skin. I don’t think I have hard to please skin. It reacts well to serums, usually. The worst part is I think it may have taken moisture away from my skin! What I mean by that is, my skin felt more hydrated before I used this mask. I have no idea how that is possible, but feeling is believing! I didn’t wash the serum off my hands after I applied the mask and my hands are even dried out! This mask was $6 from Ulta. My recommendation is to spend your hard earned money on something else.

It’s a quick one tonight, but some things just are what they are hahaha Have y’all tried this mask before? What did you think? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

 

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

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♥

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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♥

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Skin Care Saturday ~ Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Super Hydrating

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

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♥

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