Looking back at how my make up tastes have changed over the years does make me smile. I was a die hard MAC addict at one point, before moving on to Chanel, all day everyday. As time passes, I can see how I still am very much set in my ways in certain areas, but I am no longer pigeon holing myself to one particular brand these days. This means that I’ve made an effort to try new brands and products that I wouldn’t have done before and I’ve had some amazing results. At one point, I had never tried Bobbi Brown, until I fell in love with a seafoam green eyeshadow which was part of the Surf and Sand Summer 2014 collection. I never did buy that palette but it did open my eyes to a brand that had beautiful limited edition collections, and can’t live without products.
The Bobbi Brown Can’t Live Without collection is not a collection as such but a selection of products have that reached Holy Grail status as chosen by the customers and artists within Bobbi Brown. Having used these hero products, it is clear why they have been given cult classic status. What started off as a foray into the brand by trying a lipstick and the Vitamin Enriched Face Base has resulted in owning a full collection. The Vitamin Enriched Face Base is my absolute number one at the moment and I cannot get enough of it. A primer – moisturiser hybrid with an oil free, citrus scented, shea butter laden formulation, it creates a base for makeup whilst hydrating and cushioning the skin. Since using Face Base (and I’m not far off emptying my 2nd pot), my make up is lasting for such a long long time. It’s almost like it’s putting a veil between my skin and my base products so that they sit beautifully and set in place. If you only buy one item, this must be it as it has certainly changed my makeup for the better.
For a flawless foundation, I have been flitting between the Bobbi Brown Skin Long Wear Weightless Foundation and the Skin Foundation stick, both of which mimic skin to look like you aren’t wearing anything at all. The Long Wear Foundation is full coverage, gives 16 hours of wear and has a matte finish and second skin feel. I find that when you use to much product with the liquid foundation, it does go tacky on the skin so it’s better to apply a lesser amount and build up. It really does last all day and has been fighting my corner in this humid weather we have been having. The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is a medium to full coverage that feels even more lightweight than the liquid. I’ve been wearing Beige in both options, and there is a huge shade range of 31 shades to choose from.
I simply cannot believe that I have lived my life for so long without using a bisque corrector for my unsightly eye bags. Using my finger, a small amount of corrector under my eyes counteracts the blueness and gives the illusion of brighter, even under eyes. As I am using a small amount of product in a thin layer, I haven’t been experiencing creasing. I am also adding a thin layer of the Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer over the top for an extra layer of brightening and evening out my skintone.
For a pop of colour on the cheeks and lips, I’ve been using the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink. I also have the Pretty Powerful pink shade as well as my holiday fave Fresh Melon. These pots of cream blush are gorgeous on the skin. Easy to blend, subtle and buildable, they are perfect for a natural and fresh look. When I need a little more than a subtle pop of colour on my lips, I’m switching to my summer shade of Sunset Orange from the Luxe Lip Colour range. Housed in a sleek gold case, the formulation is so creamy and hydrating and extremely comfortable to wear. The shade stains the lips and lasts for age. I love.
My day to day makeup consists of just three items these days; an eyebrow pencil, an eyeshadow stick and a slick of mascara. Starting by brushing up my brows to fluff them up, I’m using the Perfectly Defined Brow Pencil to add in colour and fill in any gaps. I really like the formula of this pencil as the waxy crayon grips hairs whilst the angled tip makes it easy to draw in fine hairs.
Using Truffle and Goldstone in the Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks have made my life so much easier when it comes to getting ready in the morning. The pencils glide onto the eye, and with a little blending round the edges, they set in place and do not move for a good 8 hours. They’re even a match for my oily eyelids which is saying something. I have had to switch over to a waterproof mascara during this ridiculously long hayfever season that we have been having, and I have found that the No Smudge Mascara has been saving my poor would be panda eyes. I wouldn’t use a waterproof mascara usually because I find them really difficult to remove, and as a contact lens wearer, I don’t want extra irritation to my eyes. The No Smudge mascara is actually really easy to remove with micellar water, and I also like how I can use it over any other mascara to make my lashes waterproof. Brilliant.
I totally enjoying my new found love for Bobbi Brown, and I will be forever grateful that I have found the Face Base. It has changed me! What are your fave BB products?
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