Friday, May 27, 2016

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Limited-Edition Eye & Cheek Palette in Classic Courage Review

Hello beautiful people!! Happy Friday!!! Today, I wanted to take a few minutes to talk to you about one of my favorite go to palette at the moment. I am always alternating palettes because I just love trying new things. Hey, I love makeup that’s no secret. I love my skin without makeup but I like to enhance my natural beauty and give my face some pretty colors (well mostly nude shades that’s is lol...). For many, makeup is used to cover up those little imperfections that we dislike so much giving us more confidence to feel like we can conquer the world. I believe we should always do what makes us happy and makes us feel confident.

So going on to this palette, I bought it at Ulta for $28 when it had just hit stores a while back. This palette is actually a limited edition palette only sold at Ulta. It was so pretty I didn’t want to use it lol… Then I said to myself, well if you bought it, it was to use it not to leave there collecting dust. So I started using it and I haven’t stopped because it has all the colors I normally use on a daily basis. Seriously, if you look at all my eyeshadow palettes they all have similar shades (nude colors with a few bright colors), plus it comes with a bonus, a pretty blush.

So of course I am talking about The Tarte Double Duty Beauty Eye & Cheek Palette in Classic Courage. They actually have two palettes but I gravitated for this one because of the eyeshadow shades like I mentioned above. Those are my go to colors. So as you can see in the pictures, the palette is a medium sized square compact that you can easily travel with in your purse. This beautiful gold palette has a magnetic closure, so you don’t have to worry about it opening up in your purse. The palette also has a motivational quote in purple letters that I love looking at each morning “She dreamed, She believed, & She Succeeded”. Inside the palette contains five beautiful eyeshadows, a full size blush and a decent size mirror.

The names of the eyeshadows are Rise & Shine which is a matte beige color. I would usually use it on my brow bone as a highlight. Trailblazer is a matte brown color which I use on my crease all the time, and the following three shades I use on my eyelids (not all at once of course, I used the shade I am in the mood for that day) Lucky Penny is a pretty luster shade in a rosy copper color, Rosy Outlook is a nice luster shade in a rose gold color and lastly Smile On is a luster dark brown color. Oh and lets not forget the Blush called Courage and is a matte dusty pink color.

From Left to Right: Rise & Shine, Lucky Penny, Trailblazer, Rosy Outlook, Smile On & The Blush in Courage.
The Blush is barely noticeable in the swatch but you can see it better on my cheeks down below. 

The eyeshadows and blush in the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Eye & Cheek Palette in Classic Courage are very pigmented, soft and a little goes a long way. The shades in this palette do have some fall out so try applying it carefully, it’s no big deal to me but some people may not like this. The shades are pretty long wearing and very bendable. I always wear eyeshadow primer before applying any eyeshadows on my eyes but for testing purposes I did try them without primer once for each luster shade. They do tend to transfer a bit onto the crease after a few hours. So if you’re going to wear these luster shades use a primer. The matte shades stay put all day without primer. The pros are more than the cons for this palette and I love that you can create many different looks with it.

This is my go to look using this palette, for more details check my Instagram @Bravenezz 
Have you tried any of Tarte eyeshadow palettes and blushes? Which ones are your favorite?

Have an amazing weekend ahead!!!

Leslie xoxo

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Lip balms are one of my obsessions besides makeup, fashion and social media. I have tried so many lip balms that I seriously lost count. I use lipsticks that sometimes dry my lips making them flaky and very dry. So my trick is having a good lip balm or just a good lip moisturizer to help keep my lips moisturized and smooth. The weather can also make my lips look chapped, especially in the winter months and sometimes in the summer. I have a few favorites, well actually I can hand pick my top five lip balms but that’s a whole different post. Today I will just talk about one Kari Gran Peppermint Tinted Lip Whip.

A little about Kari Gran; this brand offers skincare, made using the finest most natural and organic ingredients and are free of parabens and toxins. They are all made with 100% pure ingredients and their skincare line contains no water or fillers. Kari Gran offers skincare that its kind to the skin. Their products are packaged very simple yet elegantly and are very good for your skin. No wonder they refer to Karin Gran as the little black dress of eco skincare. You can read more about the brand and how this brand came to life on their website at

About Kari Gran Peppermint Tinted Lip Whip, this product was introduced to me by a fellow blogger Sweet Jelly Bean and I just had to try it. I purchased the Peppermint Tinted Lip Whip at Sephora for $16 and for some this might be a bit pricey for a lip product but after using it for a while I can say it was worth every penny and I would re-purchase it again. They actually have a few different shades available. Sephora sells some of them on their website only and at the store they only have the Naked Lip Whip and the one I am reviewing today. You can also find them in the Kari Gran website.

For those interested to know about the Ingredients here they are: “Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Organic Camellia Oleifera (Camellia Seed) Oil, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) & Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Oil, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine, Tocopherol (Non GMO Vitamin E From Sunflower), Wildharvested Pimenta Racemosa (Pimenta Berry) Oil, Organic Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon Bark) Oil or Organic Mentha X Piperita (Peppermint) Oil.” All these are natural ingredients and some of them are organic.

The Peppermint Tinted Lip Whip packaging comes in a little black pot which is meant to protect all the natural ingredients in the product and it’s easy to just drop in your purse or just put it on your night stand to use before bed time. This lip whip is perfect for those who often have chapped lips (like me). It has an awesome thick texture, is very hydrating and moisturizing. I love how it keeps my lips smooth and moisturized. It also gives my lips some shine without over doing it. Another thing I love is that it’s not sticky at all, which is a huge plus for me because I don’t like sticky lip glosses or lip balms. It feels good on the lips and has a peppermint smell which gives you a tingly sensation that I absolutely love because it makes your mouth feel fresh lol… The one I got has a pink tinted tone but it doesn’t really show up on my lips, it’s really sheer but that’s ok. I always use it under lipstick especially matte lipsticks or before bedtime. This lip whip has become my go to lip product for those days when my lips need some extra TLC and Its one of my favorite lip treatments or balm.

Have you tried Kari Gran’s Lip Whips? If not what is your favorite Lip treatment/Lip balm?

Leslie xoxo