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Benefit You Rebel Lite Review

As Summer approaches I’m all about lighter coverage, lighter makeup, just less of everything. I’m really minimal about my makeup regime this Summer and keeping it simple is where it’s at for me. In keeping in the theme of lighter makeup I’m always on the look out for the best tinted moisturizer around but never really found just the right one. I do really love Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer but I’ve cheated on it and tried others in the name of beauty blogging.

My quest brought me to Benefit You Rebel Lite last Summer and ever after it’s played an important role in my “run out of the house with as little on my face as possible” routine.

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My sister SWEARS by the original Benefit You Rebel. I’m talking can’t live without. But why is beyond me, because no offense Benefit, that stuff is crazy dark and makes me look like a big blob of orangey bronze badness. When the lite version was released I was all about trying it out for myself and I’m pretty glad I did because it’s one of the very few tinted moisturizers I enjoy using!

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Rather random review isn’t it? Benefit You Rebel Lite isn’t new by any means so why am I reviewing it now? I think it deserves a mention because I’m sure, like me, many of you are seeking that perfect light coverage to get you through the long, humid days ahead. What better way to get that coverage than with a tinted moisturizer? Preferable one that works well.

It deserves to be mentioned my first few tries with You Rebel weren’t exactly great. I didn’t really like the results, wasn’t too keen on the overall look, and wasn’t loving the formula. But it’s since oddly grown on me and I find I reach for alot it more daily even when it’s not hot outside or Summer for that matter. These are the days I want to look flawless but I’m not in the mood to go through the entire process of primer, base, foundation, etc…etc….etc….

Right off the bat it’s greasy and it’s oily. It feels pretty darn greasy going on and has a bit of an oily texture. Don’t say I didn’t warn you kids. Now, putting that aside I will say my skin seems to love it but my skin is dry and it sucks up any moisture it can get so even though it feels greasy as hell on my fingers it ends up blending very well onto my skin. Funny as it’s oil free but indeed that’s the feel of the formula all the way.

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Secondly, it has a really low SPF of 15. I suppose you’re not going to get much better than 15 in a tinted moisturizer, 30 if you happen to be lucky which is why you should prep prior with your regular SPF for extra coverage if you’re as anal about the sun as I am.

Aside from these two possible flaws it does manage to even out my skin tone and create a nice, lightweight coverage that I can apply a pinch of blush to and be gone. No insanity, no huge makeup regime. Concealer, You Rebel, and a bit of cheek stain and gloss and I’m good to go! It’s possibly one of the better tinted moisturizers I’ve tried since it’s considerably more pigmented than most so it successfully evens out my skin tone plus erases dullness. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone with clogged pores or oily skin as this has the potential to be a bomb for that type of skin. However, if you have dry skin and virtually clear pores or no pores like me your skin should suck it up and enjoy.

I also wouldn’t recommend a tinted moisturizer to anyone who desires extra coverage. The point is it’s sheer, lightweight coverage so if you’re wanting to cover a ton of skin woes this isn’t going to do that for you. Stick to regular foundation for that.

If you’re wanting a simple way to create a good working canvas for a light application of makeup I definitely suggest checking out Benefit You Rebel Lite. It’s one of the better tinted moisturizers I’ve tried out.

Any one a Rebel fan?

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My next venture? I’m so wanting to try out DuWop Revolution!

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Beauty Items The Muse Just Can’t Live Without

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You ever have those very favorite products that seem so amazing, so great, so incredible that you feel like you couldn’t possibly live without them? Indeed, the Muse knows that feeling well!

Jump ahead for a few Beauty Items that I can’t live without.

Shills BB 6 in 1 BB Cream (review coming sometime soon) is something I can’t possibly live without. It’s one of thee best BB creams I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing! So much so that I’ve forsaken most every other BB Cream in my collection for it. This is love people.

Speaking of BB Creams no question that Etude House Magic Cream and InnisFree Trouble Care BB Cream are two of my other favs in the BB Cream world!


Benefit Coralista omg! I can’t think of three letters that explain how great Coralista is other than O M G. This pigmented peachy powder is my very favorite blush of all time.


On the topic of Benefit let’s not forget the awesomeness that is Thrrrob and my staple product, Benefit Lemon Aid.


I find that lately I can’t live without the very beautiful Ella Dean’s Beautiful Twist Lip Balm in Winter’s Cherry Snow Slushie Kisses. Who doesn’t like slushies? Especially cherry ones! Yum!


Although it’s sticky and tacky and ooey and gooey I probably couldn’t live without Lipstick Queen Shine Gloss. It gives my lips such incredible slippery shine plus it makes them look twice the size! Loves it!


The day NARS Super Orgasm entered my life I think the angel’s sung! What an incredible blush. Needs no commentary from me about it’s awesomeness.


I can’t live without Urban Decay Primer Potion and I don’t want to think about it not being in my life. ’nuff said.


Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot entered into my collection quite by chance when I happened upon it at my local CCO. Ever after it’s been my staple blush and favorite shade!


Oh Bobbi your name is on my lips today! Let’s not forget how I went from feeling unsure about the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer palette and quickly having it become a staple product for me. I NEED this in my life.


Shu you know how to treat my lashes right. The cadillac of lash curlers would be my trust Shu Uemura Lash Curler, we be best buds.


Although it’s meant for aging skin I absolutely love Lancome Absolue Makeup. Flawless perfection comes to mind after use!


Speaking of perfection that would also come in my jar of Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer, nope can’t live without, can’t go for that!


Another beautiful foundation that graces my daily cosmetic regime would be Lavshuca Creamy Liquid Foundation, we loves each other for about a year now with no end in sight!


It’s Summer again so the Muse is hauling out Urban Decay Baked Bronzer in Glided Gold. Indeed, this product single handedly changed my mind about bronzers!


Life isn’t worth living without Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy in my life, golden perfection.


Mally Concealer System, worth it’s weight in gold peeps.



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probably couldn’t live without that and not willing to try either!

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Ok that’s Beauty Items that I can’t live without! Any of ‘em match yours? Name a few you can’t live without!

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Yay or Nay: Benefit Posietint

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For the longest time I thought that the earth revolved around Benetint! I think this was mostly due to the fact that I was such a n00b to makeup plus it was probably one of the first of it’s kind on the market as stains hadn’t quite reached the pinnacle they are now at in cosmetic land.

Recently, I fell hard for Benefit Posietint and it’s since taken up resident of revolving around the Muse’s planet.

Benefit Posietint is thee perfect shade of pink. Flushing cheeks with beautiful health this slick bottle of joy is sure to please anyone that wants a quick and simple look that’s both natural and pretty!

From first use I fell deeply in love with Posietint and haven’t looked back since. I’ve since proclaimed over and over again how superior it is over it’s sibling, Benetint.

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For me Benefit Posietint is a big Yay!

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How about you?

Yay or Nay for Benefit Posietint?

Tell the Muse!

See my rave on Benefit Posietint

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Pieces of Life: Twitter Your Favorite Beauty Brands

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Have you caught the Twitter bug yet? I’m a Twitter-a-holic! I love following my favorite celebs, brands, and friends on Twitter. It’s a great way to keep people abreast of what you’re doing or get info on coupons, releases, etc….Although it’s a social networking tool it somehow turns into a whole lot more!

Do you Twit?

Check out some of my fav beauty brands that are on Twitter!

Urban Decay is prob one of my fav brands to Twitter as they are so interactive in replying to their fellow Twitters! It’s also a great way to hear about their new products!

Follow Urban Decay

Kenzo Parfums is new to Twitter! Looking forward to hearing what the peeps at Kenzo have to say!

Follow Kenzo

Our friends from Lush UK Mail Order are on board the Twitter express train!

Follow Lush Mail Order UK

Check out what Tarte Cosmetics is up to!

Follow Tarte

Heck, even Beauty.com Twitters!

Follow Beauty.com

Learn about the latest from Benefit with their friendly daily Twits!

Follow Benefit

Bliss has lots to tell daily!

Follow Bliss World

L’occitane keeps us abreast of all that’s happening in the land of beautiful skincare, fragrance, and bath and body delicacies!

Follow L’occitane

Starting following your favorite brands to learn all about what’s happening in their beauty worlds!

Do you Twitter?

What beauty brands do you follow?

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Yay or Nay: Benefit Coralista

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Benefit Coralista has been out quite a while now so I’m sure many of you have either picked it up or had a swatch and a play at your local Sephora or counter. The question today is was Benefit Coralista a Yay or a Nay for you?

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Jump ahead to see if the Muse was Yayin’ or Nayin’ it (as if you don’t already know my answer)!

The sweet smell of tropical peach, a pigmented blushing powder that’s a cross between peach and coral, and great packaging? Obviously it’s a Yay for this Muse!

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I absolutely adore this stuff and think it’s probably one of the best Benefit Powders released to date, believe me I know as I’ve tried ‘em all!

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What do you think? Was Benefit Coralista a Yay or a Nay for you?

Tell the Muse!

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