| Empties – were they worth it? |

Um, excuse me when did we reach the end of January? Can I please go back to being 10& feeling like the year toooooook soooooooo loooonggggggg.

Welcome back to Freckled.Rambles loves – thanks for swinging by. I know I’ve been totally shit at blogging on a regular basis & I’m going to change that! Today’s post is something I haven’t done before & I’m not sure why considering I find these kinds of posts really interesting when other people do them.

Today we’re looking at products that I have finished up (& remembered to keep the packaging) . We’ll run through whether or not I will be repurchasing, what I thought of the product & the most important thing, would I recommend them to you.

Let’s dive straight in with the makeup products I’ve used up in the last couple weeks.

  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Porcelain
    • If you’ve followed me for a while you will know I LOVE this foundation it has been my ride or die since it was released. This is the second bottle I’ve gone through & I will 110% be buying it again. It has a medium to full coverage & is definitely build-able, whilst leaving your skin looking totally natural. All I have to say is if you haven’t got this foundation in your life get on it!

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  • NYX Cosmetics Matte Finish Setting Spray
    • I actually ordered a new one of these yesterday because it one of the most fantastic setting sprays I have ever tried & for $10 you cannot go wrong. If you love a matte finish without looking dry & want your makeup to stay put all day/night long this is for you. NYX is one of my all time loved brands & I am tempted to also pick up this setting spray in the dewy finish because it’s just so good!

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  • NYX Cosmetics Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Brown & Auburn
    • Like I’ve already mentioned I love NYX products, however I am kind of on the fence with these brow pencils. To start with, I have red / auburn hair so when I saw that instead of having to make a brown pencil work for me their was a pencil at an affordable price for my brows I was pumped – unfortunately instead of being a lovely red / auburn the pencil was bordering on fluorescent orange  – not the look I was going for. It is safe to say I will not be re-purchasing the Auburn pencil. As for the Brown shade there are some pros & cons, the colour was great & I loved the way it worked with my hair & the rest of my makeup, however I found the pencil slightly chunky & WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU NOT HAVE A PROPER SPOILE ON THE END NYX????? The little brow brush on the end of the pencil legitimately did nothing to tame my unruly brows. So I’m on the fence with this one – if you’re ok with using another brush to get your brows into shape & don’t mind a bigger pencil this could be fantastic for you. As for me I’m currently on the powder brow train & don’t plan on getting off it for a while.

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I also have two skincare products which I have finished up over the last month.

  • Soap & Glory Total Drama Clean 5 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Water
    • I bought this product when I was back in the UK in October & thought it was the bees knees – totally fell in love. I’ve finished the entire bottle now & I have kind of fallen out of love with it (I need to quickly say this could be entirely my own fault because I’m beyond lazy when it comes to skincare) I found the more I used this product into the winter months my skin was feeling drier & drier. This most definitely could be a combination of the moisturiser I was using & the fact that it has been a delightful -25 degrees over the last few months here in Canada. I have also recently re-vamped my skincare routine – like I said I’m uber lazy & I needed something new that worked for me (keep an eye out for something coming soon about it). I might re-purchase this when I am back in the UK (it’s super hard to get in Canada at the moment) but for now I’ll say we had a good run but I’ve found a new love for taking off my makeup.

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  • Nutrimetics Comfort Calming Day Creme
    • I’ve been using Nutrimetics skincare for a couple years now thanks to my amazing mum. The products are full of great things for your skin & they have a really top range so there is definitely something for everyone. I use the comfort range because it’s nice & gentle on the skin, it’s not to heavy but is still very moisturising & feels great. This moisturiser is so fabulous & I will 100% be stocking up again when I am back in Australia, if you haven’t tried anything from Nutrimetics I recommend giving them ago – they also make some really sweet makeup!

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There you have my very first ’empties’ post, I really hope you enjoyed & got something from it. If you use or have tried any of these products let me know & let me know what you thought of them – I love to here from you!

Also if anyone is wondering my nail polish in these photos is by LA Colors in the shade Transformer.

As always these thoughts & feelings are totally my own & I have not been sponsored for the content.

Freckled.Rambles xx.

| Pumpkin Spiced Easy Fall Glam |

Happy Tuesday loves,

Today we’re having a look at the beautiful Kaylie’s face & this pumpkin spiced fall glam look I created. It’s beyond easy to recreate & I tried really hard to use products which you can dupe or pick up easily. To see the full tutorial head over to my youtube channel!

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Thanks for dropping by & I will chat with you all in my next post!

freckled.rambles xx.

Simple Red Lip. 

Hello everyone, 

I hope April is treating everyone fabulously, my broken arm is going well & the cast is coming off on the 28th! Yay! 

Today I thought I’d write about something slightly different, in that it’s a make up look I created yesterday & not just one product (although the products I used are to die for). 

  

I am the hugest fan of a red lip to spice up a pretty simple look, I wore this with an oversized vintage Beatles shirt, cut off torn ASOS jeans & black leather ankle boots. 

What made up the look? 

FACE:

  • Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer (I’ve previously reviewed this)  
  • Too Faced Born This Way foundation in Porcelain
  • M.A.C Select Cover-Up in NW15
  •  Too Faced Matte Bronzer in Chocolate Soleil 
  • Wet n Wild Mega Glo Illuminating Powder in Catwak Pink 

EYES:

  • Smashbox 24hr Photo Finish Shadow Primer
  •  Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette in Rum Rasin & Mousse 
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4 in 1 Mascara  

EYEBROWS: 

  • Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil   
  • Billion Dollar Brows Brow Gel 

LIPS: 

  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Colour Penicl in NSFW
  • Nutrimetics Hydra Brilliance Lipstick in Geranium 

 This lipstick is creamy heaven, I’ve noticed that because Nutrimetics isn’t a ‘mainstream’ beauty brand that people aren’t talking about how fabulous the products are. I cannot recommend these lipsticks enough, they are hydrating & once dry feel like nothing’s on your lips at all & without cracking. 

 
I also have some very exciting news, broken arm & all I’m on YouTube! So pretty please with a cherry on top go check out my channel at the link below & subscribe. 

Freckled.Rambles YouTube channel
xx.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette.

Hello everyone!

Sit down and get ready for a special Thursday post!

Part two of the Chocolate Bar Palette series has arrived! I hope some of you have managed to get your hands on either the Bon Bon palette or the Peanut Butter & Jelly palette.

I’m writing this post on my way home from work (the train makes for ultimate post writing time) & very excited about my impending move to England on the 8th March!

Now, the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is hands down a must have for any make-up collection whether it’s big, small or in-between. I bought this palette whilst living in Canada last year & as you can see from the below photo it got a fair work out. I was the unofficial house make-up artist & this was my go to for all the girls I lived with. Dark, dramatic eyes are a love of mine & this palette provides bucket loads.

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My top colour picks from this palette are; frosting, rum raisin, bon bon, caramel & peanut butter. Like the original Chocolate Bar palette the two larger pan colours can be used as a base or highlighter & butter pecan is a lovely gold toned highlighter.

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The only sore point I find is the blueberry swirl has a pretty poor colour pay off, I’ve tried applying with both my finger tip and various eyeshadow brushes and just can’t seem to get that vibrant blue colour from the pan (I also always use an eyeshadow primer – 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer by Smashbox), a minor issue, considering I’m head over heels in love with the other 15 colours I can move past this.

Side note: my swatches are not great in showing the vibrance of these colours on the skin, apologies for that.

I am also currently working on getting myself set up to film some tutorials and vlogs! I shall keep you all posted.

xx.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette.

Too Faced Chocolate Palettes are by no means new on the market, but with the impending launch of the Peanut Butter & Jelly palette & the recent launch of the Bon Bon palette (in a Mecca Maxima near you today) what better time to revisit an old favourite, part one.

I’ll begin with the original chocolate palette, this was the second eyeshadow palette I purchased in my life (coming in behind the Urban Decay New York palette – amazing palette, I should definitely give it it’s own post) & can I tell you it was one of the most exciting early make-up purchases I have made. Strolling down The Strip in Las Vegas I made a beeline for Sephora, the only bright lights which truly interested me among casinos and night clubs. Through those pearly gates I marched, a little apprehensive I will admit (not having Sephora in Australia at this time I was beaming with anticipation) after a starry eyed roam around the store I landed upon the Too Faced display, well safe to say I was in heaven. Chocolate infused make-up – WHAT? Amazing. Next thing I’m leaving Sephora chuffed as Larry with my bag of goodies. The main attraction being the Chocolate palette. I hope you don’t mind the minor back story into my discovery of the Too Faced palette’s but I can’t help but reminisce.

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Now, what is so damn fabulous about the Chocolate Bar palette? Besides from the mouth watering smell of chocolate you receive every time the lid is opened, it is the chocolate smokey eye heaven, with a splash of girly charm. The Chocolate Bar is an assortment of  gold & brown with just enough purple & burgundy to spice it up a little. The palette hosts 11 shimmer/glitter shades & 5 matte, which for me is ideal because it provides the perfect sultry sparkle to my day when I’m feeling everything that glitters is gold. Whilst still maintaining the strong base players to support a casual everyday eye. 

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In the last few weeks I have rekindled my love of this palette and have been smashing the shades semi-sweet all over the lid, salted caramel in the crease blended out and marzipan in the inner corner of my eye – its the perfect go to day time look paired with semi-matte skin & a light contour. 

As a side note, champagne truffle is a to die for highlighter on those fairer skinned ladies.

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Would you like to see a step by step photo guide for this? Drop me a message in the comments! 

xx.