Sunday, November 25th, 2012

5 Holiday Red Lipglosses to Try

I can’t decide if I love red gloss or lipstick more.  I just love the juicy glossiness of a gloss, which is why I don’t often wear a matte lip by choice.  Do you have a preference?

What’s your favorite red lipgloss to wear during the holidays?

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

5 Great Layering Shades to Create Festive Lip Looks

Whether you love a red, berry, burgundy, copper, or orange lip for the holidays, these are fantastic products to layer with your favorite lipstick to add the sparkle and shine of the holiday season.

What’s your favorite holiday lip combo?

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow

A Sparkling Wash of Taupe for Lids

Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “grey beige sparkle.” It’s a light-medium taupe brown with bits of silver, brown, and reddish-brown sparkle. I don’t know of anything quite as sparkly, but there are some shades that are similar in color (just not in finish). MAC Romance Me is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir is a bit darker. MAC Superwatt is browner. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is grayer. Bobbi Brown Sandy Rose is very similar in color.

I love the idea and concept of glittery, sparkling eyeshadows, but they don’t always translate well on the lid.  One of the biggest problems is the fall out that occurs while you wear it, so by the end of the day, half of it (and sometimes all of it!) is beneath your eye instead of on it. Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle formula is hit or miss for me, but Cement worked well (as far as this type of finish goes).  It wore for eight hours without creasing, but more importantly, the fall out was minimal.  There were a few stray, fallen sparkles, but not enough where it would be noticeable to the casual onlooker.

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Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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Bobbi Brown's Sparkle formula is hit or miss for me, but Cement worked well (as far as this type of finish goes). It wore for eight hours without creasing, but more importantly, the fall out was minimal.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Bobbi Brown Bone Sparkle Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Bone Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Bone Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “cream sparkle.” It’s a pale, golden ivory with lots of sparkle and shine.  What’s really crazy is that it looks very yellow in the pan, but it’s not really yellow (just lightly warm and cream-colored) swatched and applied. Cinderella Ball Gown is similar, whiter. Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra is also a bit whiter. Givenchy Lune Mysterieuse is similar. theBalm Tempting Tara is more metallic.

The Sparkle Eyeshadow formula is the brand’s take on glitter with “shimmering pearls and fine glitter” that is crease-free and long-lasting.  Bone is nicely pigmented with a good base color along with plenty of sparkle.   The sparkle felt well-embedded within the eyeshadow, so fall out during application and throughout wear was minimized.  There was some noticeable fall out that occurred throughout the eight hours I wore this, and I did have faint creasing after eight hours of wear (without a primer).

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For an eyeshadow that's as loaded up with sparkle as this one is, the fall out was surprisingly little, but there was some, which couldn't be overlooked.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “golden beige.” It’s a medium-dark reddish plum-brown with a naturally glossy sheen. It’s darker than Bobbi Brown Uber Nude, but they have a similar tone. MAC Shitaki is a bit more subdued. CoverGirl Smolder is redder. Bobbi Brown Moonlight Rose is sheerer and shimmery.

The plummy coloring of this particular shade of brown makes it wearable and more modern; and because it’s not a deep brown, it’s versatile and will wear well across complexions.  Uber Suede is opaque in color coverage, easy to apply because of the creamy, glide-on consistency, and wore for six hours when I test drove it.  The formula itself is lightly hydrating and didn’t leave my lips dry after wear. It’s also scent- and taste-free, which is great for those more sensitive to scents.

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The plummy coloring of this particular shade of brown makes it wearable and more modern; and because it's not a deep brown, it's versatile and will wear well across complexions.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012


Bobbi Brown Holiday Gift Giving 2012

So many people on your list, so little time. Not to worry: Bobbi’s holiday lineup of beautiful gift sets and perfect palettes has everyone covered from your best friend to your boss… and while you’re at it, why not treat yourself?

Uber Nude Lip & Eye Palette ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Navajo Eye Shadow
  • Downtown Eye Shadow (New)
  • Espresso Eye Shadow
  • Uber Beige Lip Color
  • Blushed Heather Glitter Lip Gloss (New)
  • Nude Glitter Lip Gloss

Atomic Pink Lip & Eye Palette ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • White Eye Shadow
  • Cement Metallic Eye Shadow (New)
  • Eclipse Eye Shadow
  • Pale Mauve Lip Color
  • Atomic Pink Lip Gloss (New)
  • Pink Popsicle Lip Gloss

Tube Tint Trio ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

Three is definitely a charm with this trio of cult favorite Lip Tints, designed to look gorgeous on all complexions. Adding to its irresistibility: it’s flavored with a hint of mint.

  • Grape Glitter Lip Gloss
  • Pink Violet Lip Gloss
  • Pink Mist Shimmer Lip Gloss

Shimmer Brick ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

Sparkle this season with Bobbi’s newest Shimmer Brick shade, 24 Karat. Five different shades blend together to create a soft, warm holiday glow on the cheeks. Or, use each individually for a gorgeous sparkle on the eyes.

Powder Pearl Eye Trio ($46.00) (Limited Edition)

Put on the glitz with fun accents for the eyes with Bobbi’s new Powder Pearl Eye Shadows. Packaged in a conveniently small vial this product houses loose powder eye shadow formulas with a sponge brush applicator for easy, on-the-go application.

  • Black Pearl
  • Moonlight
  • Pink Pearl

Rich Caviar Eye Shadow Palette ($47.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Bone Eye Shadow
  • Candlelight Metallic Eye Shadow (New)
  • Wheat Eye Shadow
  • Olive Sparkle Eye Shadow
  • Black Topaz Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Rich Caviar Eye Shadow
  • Includes a mini Dual Ended-Eye Shadow/Eyeliner Brush.

Black Pearl Eye Shadow Palette ($47.50) (Limited Edition)

  • White Eye Shadow
  • Tin Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Black Velvet Sparkle Eye Shadow
  • Oyster Grey Eye Shadow (New)
  • Grey Denim Eye Shadow (New)
  • Charcoal Eye Shadow
  • Includes a mini Dual Ended-Eye Shadow/Eyeliner Brush.

Bellini Lip & Eye Palette ($75.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Navajo Eye Shadow
  • Candlelight Gold Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Petal Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • Cement Eye Shadow
  • Prosecco Eye Shadow (New)
  • Truffle Eye Shadow
  • Bellini Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow (New)
  • Bronze Stone Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow (New)
  • Brown Sugar Metallic Eye Shadow (New)
  • Caviar Eye Shadow
  • Bubble Bath Lip Gloss (New)
  • Chrome Pink Shimmer Lip Gloss (New)
  • Bellini Glitter Lip Gloss
  • Bare Glitter Lip Gloss
  • Includes mini Eye Shadow and Lip Brush.

Caviar & Oyster Collection Travel Brush Set ($125.00) (Limited Edition)

This essential brush set gives you all the tools you need to apply makeup like a pro. Includes eight of Bobbi’s “must have” brushes: Foundation Brush, Blush Brush, Eye Sweep Brush, Eye Smudge Brush, Eye Brow Brush, Angle Shadow Brush and a Dual Ended Eye Liner Brush / Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush. These high-quality brushes come in a gorgeous faux-leather zip-around case with a pink satin interior to protect the brushes for years of use.

Caviar & Oyster Collection Mini Brush Set ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

When space is premium, (but you’re not willing to compromise on quality), downsize with the Caviar & Oyster Mini Brush Set. It contains five of Bobbi’s must have” brushes: Mini Face Blender, Mini Eye Shadow/Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush, new Mini Smokey Eye Liner Brush and a Mini Lip Brush with cap.

Caviar & Oyster Collection Deluxe Travel Kit ($125.00) (Limited Edition)

Sure to be a favorite among all Bobbi Brown devotees. This ultra luxurious beauty kit is a refined and luxurious way to house and travel with your makeup. Interior features several compartments to organize beauty essentials, tools and skincare.

Availability: Nordstrom

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