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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

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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♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

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♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

Birchbox vs Ipsy

**This post contains affiliate links. Read my disclosure statement here.**

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.

21767161_10155739216009357_1873081074_o Finally, there’s a Frothy Face Wash from Origins. This has a very nice, minty scent, and claims to balance oil production while softening dry areas. Interesting! I’m not really one to play around with my facial cleansers. Once I find something that I like, I stick with it. I am willing to try it out, though. Who knows, I might like it better than philosophy’s purity cleanser!

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