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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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Try~It Tuesday: NYX Black Eye Shadow Base

Good afternoon, friends! I hope everyone is doing well! Today is a pretty lazy day here on the homestead. We’re in for some stormy weather today, so I’m just hanging out inside, watching my favorites on YouTube. Do you guys watch YouTube much? It literally sucks me right in, and I can get lost for hours haha I mainly watch beauty channels, but I also sub to some culture, science and history channels. It’s sooo easy to get lost, which means I usually don’t realize the time or just how much time I’ve wasted. Is it really wasted time if you enjoy yourself, though?

Back when I fist got into makeup, there was just basic makeup. There were no primers, no CC or BB creams, no highlighters, no mattifying products and I had never heard of contouring. There were the basics: foundation, powder, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush, and lipsticks and glosses. Sometimes, I am literally amazed at all there is on offer at places like Sephora and Ulta. Even Walmart and Walgreen’s blow my mind! Imagine the level of mind blown-ness when I happened upon a black eye shadow base, one day at Walgreen’s. Basically, it’s a product worn under eye shadow that is supposed to deepen and enrich the color worn on top. What an ingenious way to take a daytime look and turn it into evening, without having to buy several palettes! You can just buy this, and use your current collection! Sorry, makeup companies haha

Before we get started, I will be testing this out on my arms today. I think it might be easier to see just how much this product changes (or doesn’t) what is put on top. Alright, let’s get started, y’all!

This stuff is sticky!! I would recommend applying with your finger. Trying to use a brush might be messy and cause it to apply unevenly. I tried with a brush, initially, and it was a sticky mess. Once on, give it a minute or two to set, then go in! It works better with metallic shades, from what I can tell.

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I used five shadows, from five different companies, to see how each reacted.

20707326_10155639497649357_755616524_oFrom top to bottom, I used ColourPop’s Tiny Tangerines (why does a teal color have tangerine in the name??), Maybelline’s ColorTatoo Concentrated Crayon in Lilac Lust, the peachy/pink shade in elf’s Island Breeze Ultra Pigment Cushion palette (part of their Aqua Beauty line), OFRA’s single eye shadow in Victory, and finally from tarte’s Swamp Queen palette, I used the shade Dogman. All of these shades are great, but I did not have high hopes for the elf shade. It barely showed up on my skin!

And these are the shades after applying on top of the shadow base:

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And let’s do a side-by-side comparison:

The metallic shades … whoa! It’s a bit hard to see in the after pic, but the Maybelline crayon turned a very deep purple. Dogman looks a bit muddy but workable, and that elf shade … I don’t even know what that did, but it wasn’t good. That being said, it’s best to see how different shades and finishes react. I like the ColouPop transformation the best. It became so rich and deep!! You can see how easy it is to transform an eye shadow, without doing much!

These bases come in four shades: black, nude, white and white pearl. You can see what black does, white causes a brilliant pop, white pearl will give shadows a pearl finish, and nude enhances the shadow color, but not as much as the white shades. The NYX website has these for $7, which isn’t bad at all, considering they can double or triple your eye shadow collection. I picked mine up at my local Walgreen’s, like I said above, but I don’t remember how much it was.

So what do you guys think? Have you tried an eye shadow base before? Will you after seeing what they can do? I’m pretty interested in getting the white base and seeing how that changes these same shadows. Maybe for another Try~It Tuesday? Haha lemme know your thoughts on these bases!

Carrie♥

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Try~It Tuesday ~ Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads

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Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope everyone is having a good week so far. Mine is meh … haha I never do anything very interesting. Every day is just kind of the same. Not that I mind, because I don’t. I love living a quiet, low-key life. I’m pretty sure I have talked about being on the hunt for the best lazy girl eye makeup remover. I want to be able to chill out on my couch and take my makeup off while watching tv. I’m still looking, and I am hoping I have found it! Today, I am trying out  Almay Longwear & Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads, 80 Count (<<affiliate link) According to the packaging, this is America’s #1 eye makeup remover brand. Ummm … that’s a pretty bold claim!

I started out with a relatively normal amount of eye makeup: shadow, liner and waterproof mascara. It had been on my eyes for nearly nine hours, which means most of the shadow is probably gone. It means nothing for the mascara, though haha

The very first thing I noticed was these pads have no smell whatsoever, which is great for those who may be sensitive to smells and fragrances. The second thing I noticed is they are incredibly oily. That’s not really a bad thing, since oil is what breaks the waterproof bonds. It may be bad if you drop one of these pads on your clothing or furniture, though.

Round One:

Let me just say that I didn’t think I had on that much makeup today. This pad was unable to remove everything, only using one pad. I rubbed this on my eye for a minute or two, at least. When I use either Clinique’s Take the Day Off makeup remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips, or Lancôme’s Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover, it only takes one pad. (Read about the head to head battle between these two removers here.) It also doesn’t seem to take as much rubbing on my delicate eye area.

Round two:

The second go-round seemed to remove everything. It still took a few minutes of rubbing, and my eye area started to sting pretty quickly after starting with the second pad. Not great. I’m not sure I understand why this is proving such a challenge for these pads. I’m wearing a basic eye shadow and a drug store waterproof mascara.

Sigh, it looks like my search for the lazy girl eye makeup remover continues. Granted, these pads aren’t terribly expensive. However, if I have to use two pads per eye, every time I want to remove my eye makeup, these just became twice as expensive in my book. That means four pads per makeup removal, or twenty days worth, if I wear makeup every day. I’m not even getting a full month’s supply! Not to mention, four to five minutes of rubbing, per eye. These Almay pads are definitely not in the same category as Lancôme or Clinique, but both of those brands worked so much better. Almay is claiming to be America’s #1 brand of eye makeup remover, and I am taking issue with that claim. These certainly aren’t the worst I’ve ever tried, but they are far from the best.

What say you all? Have you tried these Almay wipes before? Did they perform better for you? What is your ride or die eye makeup remover? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

© 2017 Look Good, Feel Good

 

Try~ It Tuesday ~ $1.50 Eyeshadow??

Good day lovelies! Hope everyone is having a fine day. My day is scads better than the last few days, thank goodness! We all have rough patches, and attitude is everything. You have to have a positive attitude, no matter your circumstances. A hard life with a lousy attitude makes for an even harder life.

You read that title right, by the way. I happened to be in Dollar General a few weeks back and I wandered into the makeup section. It doesn’t matter where I am, if there’s a makeup section, I’m checking out what they have. They have Wet N Wild, which bloggers and influences rave about, so maybe there was a hidden gem and I’d be the one to find it!! I happened upon the L.A. Colors and there were some five-pan palettes that caught my attention.

I’m typically not a blue shadow wearer, but I thought these were pretty. I do like purples, and these are pretty, too! I wanted to use nothing but these shadows, and was a little bummed there wasn’t what I would deem a “good” transition shade, so I just went with crease, lid and brow bone. The brow bone was tricky in the blue palette lol, but I just went with it LOL I wasn’t creating a look with these shadows, by any means. Just testing to see if they are any good.

I started with the purples and was immediately disappointed. I know purples are notoriously difficult to produce well, but gee whiz. I had to load my brush four times just to get what I got.

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I used the darkest purple shade for the crease, darkened it with the black-ish shade, used the medium purple for the lid and the lightest “peachy” color for the brow bone. This is pre-blend.

And these are post-blend. Where did the shadow go??? Also, if you’ll notice, there’s some shadow on my lower lash line that I did not purposely put there. The purple palette is definitely a bust. I was crossing my fingers the blue would be better …

Haha okay … let’s address the very large, pre-blended blue elephant in the room. I can only assume that something distracted me when I was putting this color in my crease. I think it’s darn near everywhere, except my crease! Hahahahaha holy cow … I’m so glad that I did this after I got home from running errands, not before. Like I said above, I’m not tryin to create a look (and I think we’re all glad of that), just testing the quality of the shadows hahaha

These are definitely more pigmented than the purples … by a mile. For this test, I used the darkest blue for the crease (and surrounding areas), the lightest blue for the lid, and the first color, which is a light grey, for the brow bone. I was pretty excited by the color laid down …

… until I started blending. Like the purple shades, this blended into nearly nothing. I’d say this disappeared even worse than the purple. Clearly, not far enough to undo my terrible application job, though hehehe

There was also significant fall out with these shadows, just like the purple. I may have blonde hair, but my lashes are not white.

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I’m sure you can guess my final thoughts, here. If you are an application queen, and never blend out your shadows, then they might work for you. Even then, these shadows just aren’t worth $1.50. If you are totally desperate for makeup, spring for the extra $1 and buy some Wet N Wild, and leave these to collect dust.

Have you all tried this particular line from L.A. Colors? Did you have a similar experience? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

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Try-it Tuesday ~ Latex Nail Tape

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Good Tuesday, lovelies! A second post today?? I feel bad I didn’t get yesterday’s post up on time, and I feel like I am getting off track, so yep … two posts today! I am the WORST when it comes to painting my nails. I do not have the coordination in my hands to do a neat and tidy job, which means I have a big clean up job to do afterward. Who has time for all that, really? Well, I suppose I do, but I don’t want to do it haha What that meant was I usually went with nekkid nails. Honestly, that’s not a great look for me. My sausage fingers (thanks RA) look MUCH better with polish. Aside from spending a fortune every week or two for a manicure, what’s a messy polisher to do?

Let me introduce you to latex nail tape!

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This PUEEN Latex Tape Peel Off Cuticle Guard Skin Barrier Protector Nail Art Liquid Tape 15ml Pink BH000584(<<affiliate link) is a gift from the heavens for messy polishers. You paint it on the skin around the nail before you polish.

It goes on a very light pink and dries to exactly that nail color above haha Once it dries, you can be as messy as you want to be because it DOES NOT penetrate that barrier! Once your polish dries (and cures … that part is very important) you can peel the latex off and your beautiful polish job is revealed!

These pics show why you need to wait until the polish has cured. When I began peeling, the latex peeled the polish up around the edges. It wasn’t tragic, because it was extra polish from being purposely messy. It wore away pretty quickly and my nails looked pretty darn awesome.

This is such a cool product. It is not the product for you if you have a latex allergy, as it is latex. But, if you are allergy free, an uncoordinated polisher and you don’t want to pay for a manicure every week or two, check this product out! It’s super easy to use and it is very effective.

Are you a pro polisher, or clutzy like me? What products do you use to get a beautiful at-home manicure? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

Try-It Tuesday ~ Mystery Eye Makeup Remover

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Hello lovelies! I hope everyone is having a fine Tuesday! I’m still melting down here, but that’s okay, “winter is coming” hahahaha

I have an amazing makeup removing product for you guys today. I’m sure some of you have heard of it, but I am stunned every time I use it. It’s inexpensive and you get A TON of product. I would even go so far as to say that it could very well last at least a year. I can hear y’all now, “what is this amazing product, Carrie? Don’t keep us in the dark!” Okay, okay … the magical mystery makeup remover is (although you can clearly see the photo haha):

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I cannot sing the praises of this product enough. Not only does it remove waterproof makeup, but it can work as a moisturizer in a pinch, it’s great on your hair, smells incredible and makes a mean pan o’ brownies! Amazon carries an ample supply of Natures Way Oil Coconut(<<affiliate link), but it can also be found at your local grocery store.

Coconut oil works better than any commercial makeup remover I have ever used. There’s no hard rubbing of the delicate eye area. It takes about 20-30 seconds of gently working it into the eyelashes to make sure it melts all of it away. Wipe away with a cotton round and that’s it! Wash your face with your favorite cleanser, get your nighttime skin care routine done and you can call it a night! Here are a few photos of the process:

I had great fun with a friend one evening and sent him a pic of my eye before I wiped what was left of my makeup away. He was instantly concerned, thinking I had blackened my eye somehow hahahahaha I keep a large tub of this in my makeup desk and a smaller container in my bathroom. Bear in mind that the melting point is relatively low, so if your house gets hot in the summer, I suggest keeping it in the fridge to keep it solid. You’ll just have to work it a little more to warm it up. This is a great product for those of you who may have chemical sensitivities, or just prefer a more natural product.

So what do you guys think? Have you tried coconut oil before? Were your results as good as mine? What other natural products have you used to remove makeup? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

Try-It Tuesday Makeup Brush Cleaner

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Have you ever been doing your makeup and you’ve run out of clean brushes? I have, especially with eye shadow brushes. No one wants to actually wash their brushes, because they’ll never dry in time. I had to resort to rubbing my bristles across a tissue, which leaves fibers behind, that stick to everything. Definitely not the best option. So what’s a person to do?

Wonder no more, y’all! Check out Zodaca Brush Color Removal Sponge, Clean Makeup Brushes Easily/ Swiftly Switch To Next Color / Remove Shadow Color from Makeup Brushes. (<< affiliate link) I saw Jessica Braun talk about a similar product on her YouTube channel and I had to check it out for myself. No water. No cleaning solution. No waiting for anything to dry. It comes in a small tin, and inside is a rough sponge.

This product claims to clean brushes in three seconds. I think three seconds might be generous. As quick as it takes to swirl your brush across the sponge is how long it takes to clean it. I was shocked at how well this little contraption works … it’s genius!! It’s so stinking simple, and incredibly effective.

Look how clean that brush came!! I purposely loaded it full of shadow so you could see just how well this little sponge pulled it out. And it pulled ALL of it out! To say this product changed my life is not an understatement. I’m not being dramatic. It has saved me quite a bit of time and energy when I am getting ready, especially if I’m in a hurry. This little do-dad is 100% worth the price. This is not meant to be a replacement for cleaning and disinfecting all of our brushes once a week. That is still a must, y’all.

Try it out! Let me know what you think. Is there another product that you use to pull color out of your brushes? I hope you all have had a happy and safe 4th of July celebration!

Carrie♥