Beautiful Beginnings with Bobbi Brown

Beautiful Beginnings with Bobbi Brown

What was the first Bobbi Brownproduct you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Bobbi Brown product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  I had never tried Bobbi Brown prior to blogging, but Bobbi Brown was one of the earlier brands that worked with Temptalia, back when I didn’t even know that blogs were important.  When our relationship started, we were in time to see what Bobbi had on the radar for Holiday ’07.  The first product I remember trying was Everything mascara, which is a really natural mascara overall.  It’s something I still recommend to readers looking for a little oomph but nothing dramatic.

Share your first time experiences with Bobbi Brown in the comments! :)

Bobbi Brown Miami Coral Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Miami Coral Rich Lip Color ($23.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “nectar.” It looks surprisingly orange in the tube, and even still when swatched (but to a lesser degree), but it’s much pinker on the lips. I actually went back and swatched this just prior to writing out the review, because I was like, “What? This doesn’t look right!” It’s more like a pink coral with warm, yellow undertones once applied. MAC Flamingo is less opaque, less creamy-looking and a touch darker. Chanel Flirt is similar but a little less pale. MAC Blossom Culture is several shades pinker. MAC Ever Hip is similar but a touch less pink.

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Bobbi Brown Miami Coral Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Miami Coral
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
97%

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Capri Collection for Summer 2012


Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Capri Collection for Summer 2012

availability: Now at Nordstrom

Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee ($42.00)

  • Shimmering Sands Innovative tri-blend liquid, powder, gel formula goes beyond face powder to give you a sexy, sophisticated glow. The perfect mix of pigment and pearls for a multi-reflective finish. Smoothes on as an allover soft sheen. Builds for luminous pearl highlighting.

Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer ($28.50)

Give yourself a heavenly glow with this super-luxurious liquid bronzer. Great for all skin tones, it includes a unique blend of bronzing pigments in a pearlized, reflective base. Long-wearing, oil-free formula feels weightless and comfortable as it smoothes on a sheer, natural-looking radiance.

Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon Duo ($24.00)

  • White Sands/Molten Lava White/charcoal brown

Pure Color Five Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00)

  • Bronze Sands Super-metallic, can be used wet/dry

Pure Color Gloss ($24.00)

  • Shimmering Mmirage Gold pearl

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($25.00)

  • Molten Lava Rich burgundy red

Bronze Goddess Capri Eau Fraiche ($57.00)

Turn up the heat with summer’s new sunlit fragrance. Inspired by the seductive beauty of the Isle of Capri.

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Illamasqua Expose Blush

Illamasqua Expose Blush ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is–apparently–discontinued.  I had already written up this review (and then reworded it to reflect the news) when I discovered there was no place to link to in order for readers to buy it!  This post is mostly for posterity, then, and if someone already owns it, since I couldn’t find it anywhere.  Perhaps a local store or counter has a lone one of these in stock, but otherwise…

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Illamasqua Expose Blush
Illamasqua Powder Blusher Expose
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%

Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Shimmer Brick ($39.00 for 0.40 oz.) has five shimmery strips of pink-tinted shades that can be used as a blush or as an eyeshadow. It’s designed to highlight the skin with “pearlescent shimmer.” The individual strips include: a rosy light-medium pink with a frosted metallic sheen, pink-shimmered peach-orange with a frosted metallic sheen, warm-toned dirty pink with a frosted metallic sheen, warm-toned pink with orange undertones and a frosted metallic sheen (very similar to the one before it), and light rose pink with a frosted metallic sheen.

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Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Shimmer Brick
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Wild Rose
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
89%

5 Subtle Highlighting Eyeshadows

5 Subtle Highlight Eyeshadows

When it comes to choosing a highlighter, the best kind tend to have a satin-like finish–not too frosted or shimmery, but not entirely matte, because it will reflect light without looking metallic. Both matte and more shimmery highlighters have their place, though :) Choices for highlighters can vary based on skin tone, as one that works for really pale skin may look very stark against a deeper skin tone.

  1. MAC Brule — MAC has a huge selection of pale beige shades; I also suggest Dazzlelight, Bisque, Blanc Type, Shroom, and Vanilla
  2. Inglot #355 — pale peach with subtle warm undertones
  3. Burberry Trench — light satiny beige
  4. MAC Grain — beige-brown with a subtle sheen
  5. MAC Ricepaper — surprisingly universal shade of beige with subtle yellow undertones

What’s your go-to highlighter for eyes?