Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette Review

Youtube Review (w/ some other products)

Hello wonderful Makeup Geeks! It’s almost my favorite time of the year…FALL and I can’t wait!! I love doing fall inspired makeup looks with the stunning and vivid fall shades that become available during this time of the year. For the transition from summer into fall, I love doing a warmer toned eye and adding pops of summer shades. To make the shift and combine these two amazing seasons with today’s palette is perfect for just that.  I also wanted to let all of you know that being southern through and through, some of that may creep over into my reviews so enjoy!

Too Faced recently launched their new “Pretty Rebel” palette. I have to admit, I am a sucker for packaging! I always have to remind myself to get past the bells and whistles of the package on to the actual product itself. So to be perfectly honest, at first I wasn’t planning on getting this palette. It looked fun, but I own some of the other Too Faced Palettes and I was somewhat disappointed in them. My expectations weren’t high on this palette, but while visiting my local Ulta, I decided to check it out. Can I tell you how much I love this?!?!?! I do have a few things I would like to see changed, but overall this is by far my FAVORITE Too Faced palette.

So have a seat and let’s get started on this rebellious review!

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Packaging

Like I said before, I am a complete packaging sucker. It draws me in, and I have to remember to look past the packaging and look more closely at the product. This palette has a magnetic bar so it stays closed without having a latch. The construction is sturdy, although I wouldn’t recommend this for travel. This palette comes with a mirror on the inside, but this is where I have a problem with the packaging. If they are going to include a mirror for the palette please include hinges so it can stay open while trying to use it!

Eyeshadows

The “Pretty Rebel” palette contains 10 vibrant eye shadow shades. There are a few that don’t swatch too well, but perform much better when applying them. None of the shades are hard to blend, the textures are rich, buttery and very creamy. What I really loved, (besides the dreamy texture) was the insane pigmentation on these.  Too Faced has lacked somewhat in this department, but this palette certainly makes up for it! I used these  shadows over an eye shadow base and on a bare lid. I found no difference in the way they preformed each way lasting well over 8 hours.

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The top row Left to Right:

Dainty – Pale pink with a matte finish. Perfect as a highlight or to brighten the inner corner of the eye. This is also great for toning down any of the brighter shades, or for making a shimmery shade less shimmery.

Charming – Matte brown with a burgundy finish. This shade was one of the most disappointing for me. It was chalkier than the others and it didn’t apply as well. I wish this had been more brown, as the burgundy tone doesn’t match everything in the palettes as well as a regular brown shade would have.

Girly – Green/Brown duo-chrome and one of my FAVORITE eye shadows of this bunch. It’s rich, buttery and oh so smooth. Applies like a dream and is a true duo-chrome shade.

Totally Fetch – Bright cool-toned fuchsia with a pearl finish. This is a true vibrant fuchsia with a luxurious feel and texture. It applies easily and looks amazing!

Miss Sparkles – Deep Black with silver glitter. This was not my favorite color. If I’m going to use black I prefer it to be matte. I wish they would have went in that direction instead of adding the sparkles. The texture is very soft which allows it to blend well, however it feels somewhat chalky. The pigmentation is o.k , but it does layer and build up well.

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Bottom Row L to R

Ringleader – Pearl finished light peach. Stunning color with a creamy texture and great color payoff.

Gangsta – Warm bronzy – brown with a frosted finish. The texture on this is just like the others, creamy and smooth. The color payoff is amazing as well. I wish this would have been more of a transition shade, but it’s slightly too dark for that. Never the less, it’s an amazing shade.

Instigator – True metallic gold. This shade is fighting with “Girly” as my favorite in this palette! The color is absolutely stunning. It has a molten metallic look to it and the texture is perfection.

Badass – Medium dark blue with small flecks of silver. The texture was creamy and it didn’t blend as well as the others, although it still wasn’t  bad. The color payoff was also not as good as the rest of the shades but it can be built up.

Jail Bird – Metallic silver. If you are looking for a intensely pigmented silver then here it is! The pigmentation is crazy good and the texture is creamy and buttery smooth.

I love the concept behind this, the top row is your “pretty” and the bottom row is your “rebel”.

Overall this palette is amazing. It retails for $46.00 for 0.50 ounces. Each eye shadow is 0.05 ounces. I wish they would have made the shadows “Miss Sparkles” and “Badass” true matte shades instead of adding the glitter to them, because of that they are my least favorite eye shadows in this palette. So is this palette worth the money??….ABSOLUTELY!  You are  paying $4.60 for each eye shadow, which is almost unheard of. This palette also comes with ‘how-to” card including three different looks and how to do them. The quality of this palette and price completely make it worth it. The only downside is that this is a limited edition palette so you will have to pick it up quickly!

I hope that you are happy and blessed. See you soon!!!!

Leslie

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REN Omega 3 Serum Oil: An Affordable Skin Booster

skin care anti-ageing product review

I’m becoming more and more adventurous with my face oils, trying all sorts of different textures and blends. There are so many out there to choose from – dry oils, oils with aromatherapy blends, balancing oils for blemish-prone skin, regenerating oils for damaged skin – and I haven’t really found any, yet, that my skin didn’t agree with. Some of the richer and heavier oils have been a bit “touch and go” on the old T-Zone area, but mostly I have found that spending a few minutes massaging oil into my face, just before bed, leaves me with really plump and glowing skin in the morning.

REN’s Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil is a great choice if you’re looking for an oil that’s gives you all of the nourishment and hydration you need but that’s slightly lighter in texture. The Omega 3 Serum Oil is incredibly rich in essential fatty acids, helping to increase cell renewal and restore moisture levels so that the skin looks and feels younger and more hydrated. Rosehip Oil helps with this whole regenerative process (great for tackling dark spots and scars) and Vitamin E, from Rice Germ Oil, is a brilliant antioxidant and works to protect against damage from the environment.

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This is a beautifully put-together oil and, as I said, a great choice if you want to start with something really nourishing, but slightly lighter in texture. It smells insanely nice, it comes in a convenient pump-action bottle and the price is excellent. £23. Even better with 20% off, as Cult Beauty have at the moment* – it takes the price down to almost high-street levels, yet the product is distinctly posh. Apply before your moisturiser, or, if it’s daytime and you wear a tinted moisturiser or BB/CC/DD/EE Cream, you might be fine with just a layer of the Omega 3 Serum Oil and then your makeup. Ditto if you have no problem with dryness; you may find that you can skip the moisturiser altogether. Just see how you go!

This is a brilliant “winter skin” buy; extra support and hydration for when the central heating cycle kicks in and dries the hell out of your face. If you find yourself getting all flaky and chapped, or if your skin starts to feel dull and weather-beaten, this is an excellent booster-upper.

Find the Omega 3 Serum/Oil at Cult Beauty here – use the code OCTBEAUTY20 at the checkout.

*(The following brand exclusions apply to the promotion; Alpha-H, Institut Esthederm, Escentric Molecules, Boudicca, Stila Cosmetics, Aesop, Sunday Riley. Code will work until Monday 13th.)

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April Favourites

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There are perhaps a couple of familiar things in this month’s favourites video; the l’Oreal Revitalift SPF25 is a new discovery and the review very recent, so probably still fresh in your minds, and the Hylamide Glow, a liquid face serum that imparts the most gradual of gradual tans, was a firm favourite at the end of summer last year. I posted about it here, but it has made a spectacular return to my everyday beauty arsenal.

Toleriane Fluid from La Roche-Posay is another skincare staple that has returned to the fold – so light and fluid but intensely hydrating, it’s perfect for troublesome oily-and-dehydrated skin.  (You can find it online here.) Sticking to the lightweight theme, Murad’s almost entirely weightless Invisiblur Perfecting Shield is a broad spectrum sun protection that leaves  a sort of perfecting veil over the skin. It does have some of the dry, velvety-touch finish of a silicone-heavy primer, but not enough to set your teeth on edge.

Watch the video for the rest of this month’s favourites, including a mirror that can see into your soul (kind of) and the best nursing bra for breastfeeding women. I realise how niche that is, but I have bought four of these now and they are brilliant. Off you go, viewing goggles on…

Boden Sweater: http://bit.ly/1r4oKsP
Heidi Klum Nursing Bra, bought from:  http://bit.ly/1NFsqWw
SimpleHuman Mirror, bought from: http://amzn.to/214iJZw
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Fluid: http://tidd.ly/21fb7ad7
YSL Rouge Volupté Oil-in-Stick Shade 44: http://tidd.ly/dbf872
Hylamide Glow: http://tidd.ly/a35ffcfc
Murad Invisiblur SPF30: http://tidd.ly/cf8bc812
L’Oreal Revitalift Laser x3 SPF25: http://amzn.to/214izkV
Dale Pinnock Medicinal Chef, bought from: http://amzn.to/214iEow

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