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Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Lilac Rose Lipgloss

I’ve talked a lot about the Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose collection, but I’ve still got a few things to show you, and today is the turn of the two gorgeous Limited Edition Lip Glosses, Lilac Rose and Pink Lily.

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned how great the formula of these is.  Highly glossy these are subtley vanilla (or manilla if you are my three year old) scented and I find them to be quite sticky. They are not extremely sticky though, but what they are, on me at least, is super long wearing. I’m just not used to that in a gloss. These even stayed on during the eating of a bacon roll. I’m surprised they aren’t marketed as long wear because they really are.

Both shades are shimmer free and milky, but where Mac lipglosses, the milky ones especially, settle into the lines in your lips, these do not. They are sheer, but still obviously coloured, with, as I say, a slightly milky tone. Very pretty.

Lilac Rose, is as you would imagine from the name, a purpley pink shade (left swatch) and pink lily is a gorgeous true pink (right swatch).

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Lilac Rose Lipgloss

The difference between them is subtle, but there is a difference but you possibly don’t need both, unless, like me, you are a total make up addict.

Lilac Rose

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Lilac Rose Lipgloss

Pink Lily

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Pink Lily Lipgloss

Available now, for a limited time from your nearest Bobbi Brown counter or from Bobbi Brown online where they retail at £17 each.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

So today I’m blogging about two amazing products both of which I’ve mentioned before as they were used on me when I went for my Bobbi Brown Make Up lesson recently. You can see my post here.

So today I want to blog in a little more detail about the Bobbi Brown Ltd Edition Lilac Rose Eye Palette and the Long-Wear Gel Liner in Sepia Ink.

Starting with the amazing Eye Palette.

Bobbi Brown Ltd Edition Lilac Rose Eye Palette

If you only have space in your life for one eyeshadow palette in your life, make it this one. Price wise it’s a hefty £45 but for your money you get eight shadows, giving you all you need for day or night looks. It’s incredibly versatile and the range of colours suit everyone. It’s a good mix of shimmer and matte neutral shades with the addition of a shimmering lilac. At first glance it seems out of place in the palette but on the eye it blends in with the neutrals perfectly to add a certain depth and something just a bit special, without giving you a lilac frosty look. It’s actually rather clever.

Swatches.

Bobbi Brown Ltd Edition Lilac Rose Eye Palette

I have worn this literally every single day in different combinations and different ways, but funnily enough, every single time I make use of the lilac shimmer. Adding it to the centre of the mobile lid and blending. Just as I was shown in my make up lesson. Can’t rate this highly enough. Its a fantastic palette. And I much much prefer it to the UD Naked Palette.  It’s just more… subtle and in my opinion more sophisticated.

Next, the Long-Wear Gel eyeliner in Sepia Ink which is £17 and also the Eye Definer Brush which is £23.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel eyeliner in Sepia Ink

I have heard much about these Gel liners over the years and indeed they are not award winning liners for nothing. Coming in a range of shades these apply easily and do NOT budge one tiny bit over the course of day’s wear. The liner brush is also fantastic, working very well with the liner to apply a great opaque line. In my make up lesson they used the Ultra Fine Eyeliner brush which I think I’d like to use in addition to this one as I think it would make a nicer point on the end when doing wings with your liner. But regardless, this is no doubt fantastic. No transfer to the upper lid at all, not even with my hooded eyes.

Swatch.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel eyeliner in Sepia Ink

There are several other shades I fancy adding, Black Mauve Shimmer, Violet Ink and Forest Shimmer Ink to name a few. Really a fantastic product.

Now here’s an example of how I’m wearing both the palette and the liner at the moment, but please, before you look, I’m booked in to have my brows done at the exact time this post goes live so please forgive the state of my brows, and secondly, my eyeliner isn’t even on each eye, I know this, I suck at eyeliner, what can I say?

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel eyeliner in Sepia Ink

 

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel eyeliner in Sepia Ink

Both products get my seal of approval. Highly recommended.

You can purchase from your local Bobbi Brown counter or from www.bobbibrown.co.uk.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

You’re just going to have to bear with me at the moment as I’m going through a phase of complete Bobbi Brown obsession. Absolutely every product I try is amazing quality and in a way that other brands sometimes don’t, each product I try seems to enhance what you’ve got rather than mask it.

Anyway, I’ve mentioned before that a month or so ago I went along to my local counter to get foundation matched. After a lengthy consultation in which my entire make up was done (except my eye make up) I left with the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Cool Beige.

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

So, in case you weren’t aware, all of Bobbi Brown’s foundations come in the same shades meaning the foundation stick has a couple of uses. Firstly you can of course use it as your foundation in the morning, but in addition, the little twist up stick makes it a perfect handbag size product for touching up throughout the day… so in theory, you could use another Bobbi Brown foundation, but keep this to hand for, as I say, touch ups.

The reason I was recommended the Foundation stick is that it’s a very buildable product, meaning you can make apply it more heavily on areas where you require more coverage, for me that’s my chin and sometimes my nose, blending it out sheerly over areas that need less coverage. You can apply with a brush from the stick, or as I do, apply the stick to the face and blend out once on. This is a very creamy foundation that blends like a dream, I do find I am getting through it very fast though.

That said, I love it, I love how works on my skin giving me the desired coverage but keeping some glow and life. That said, this does tend to go shiny on me throughout the day if I don’t use powder on the danger zones as it were. But a light dusting of powder fixes that for me, I wouldn’t recommend this at all for oily skins but for dry and combination skins, like mine, this is fabulous.
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

The stick is a quite expensive £28 considering I’m getting through it rather fast, so it is my intention to purchase at some point in the future, the Long Wear foundation and keep this for touch ups.

I purchased this foundation myself.

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Good morning lovely people…be warned, I think this may be a long and very picture heavy blog post, I’ve just got so much to tell you.

Okay, so to begin at the beginning, I’ve always been aware of Bobbi Brown but I’d not really dabbled as there wasn’t anywhere locally to purchase and I don’t mind buying somethings based on online swatches but usually products where I’ve had experience of the brand. Then a few months ago Exeter got a John Lewis, bringing with it a Bobbi Brown counter (amongst other fab brands I must add). But this is where my Bobbi Brown addiction began.

A few weeks ago I popped in for some foundation advice and had such incredible service and was so wowed by the whole process I ended up buying several things. I loved how they not only colour matched me for foundation but redid all my make up that day. What can I say? I’m easily sold!

So fast forward a few months and a larger make up collection I went along for the Pretty Powerful Makeup Lesson (previously known as the 10 Step Lesson). A thorough walk through Bobbi’s tricks of the trade and a complete beauty routine.

So I had an appointment with the lovely Sheena who was really fantastic. I think these things can seem a little daunting, glamorous, groomed beauty counter staff who look down their nose at you, being a common misconception, and whilst Sheena was indeed glamorous and groomed, she certainly didn’t look down her nose and me and I was relaxed from the start.

So of course, before cosmetics you need to prepare the skin. Sheena asked questions about my skin, how it behaves and what products I currently use before going ahead and prepping my skin. She explained every step and every product and why she was using it and what the active ingredients were. I was super impressed with the Instant Long-Wear Make Up Remover which made very light work of my mascara. I was also quite taken with the Intensive Skin Supplement.

There was a lot of prep!

Bobbi Brown Makeup Lesson

Then onto the make up! So we talked quite a bit about foundation and what I want in a foundation. Finally deciding upon the Long-wear Foundation as being the best suited to my needs. A bit of colour matching, where I was encouraged to look and see which I felt was the right colour and that was that. I’d already been matched up for my concealer and corrector so Sheena didn’t go into much detail when using those as I’d only recently had a mini lesson in them (and you can see my blog post on them here).

Next was powder, again colour matched and then applied. It just goes to show that just because you’re a blogger and have a passion for cosmetics, you can still always learn, I was really interested in how little powder was actually used. I normally only apply powder where I get shine, but I use much more than I was shown in this lesson. Since my lesson I’ve been using much less! Oh and then, because the foundation was quite matte, we added a bit of glow back to my skin with the new (ish) Brightening Nudes Powder which I LOVE and is on my wish list for sure. Such a lovely product for a healthy glow. Applied very sparingly to the high points of my face.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Lesson

Then my secret passion, the cheek products. Sheena used two products on my cheeks, the new Pretty Powerful Pink Pot Rouge and the new Lilac Rose Shimmerbrick over the top. The Pretty Powerful Pink Pot Rouge is absolutely stunning.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Lesson

This is just the most gorgeous colour for me. My picture isn’t quite colour accurate, it’s not quite as bright and a little more pink and the thing I really learned here was a tip of applying cream blusher with a foundation brush and then blending out. It just did a great job of putting the blush where you want it to go. I always use fingers for cream blushers and find I can spread them a bit too far, covering far more cheek than ideal. The best thing about this product is that 100% of the £18 cost goes to the Dress for Success London Charity (less VAT). No namby pamby 10% here, the full 100% which is incredible. It’s a fantastic cause, helping women back to work by giving them complete outfits for interviews and one to one interview training.

If I thought the Pot Rouge was stunning, I wasn’t at all prepared for the absolutely beautiful Lilac Rose Shimmer Brick which was lightly dusted on top. Seriously, the colours are amazing. This is a must have for me.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Lesson

So here are the two cheek products. So so pretty together.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Lesson

On my lips we have the new Pink Lily Lip Gloss. A little pinker than it shows in my photograph, I’m a fan of Bobbi’s glosses. This isn’t my first and generally I’m not a gloss fan but I find these stay on me for a long time, unlike other glosses which often disappear within the hour…. sorry about the nostrils….

Bobbi Brown Makeup Lesson

My brows were filled in with a brown shadow after a discussion about how I like to have them and then we went onto the Eyeshadow.

Meet the Lilac Rose Eye Palette.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Lesson

A gorgeous and very versatile palette. Four colours were used, Ivory, Stormy Grey, Barely There and Pink Lily. As each colour was applied I was shown exactly where to place it which I found really helpful and I absolutely loved the dab of lilac shimmer applied to the centre of the lid. It just added something special to the look, whilst remaining subtle.

Then liner. My nemesis!! I’ve heard much about the Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners so it was great to be able to try one out. Watching in the mirror I was able to see exactly how she applied it (with the Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush). When I bemoaned my lack of skills when I attempt to create a wing, Sheena added a little wing, showing me exactly how she did it. The shade used was Sepia Brown, a rich shade I really liked.

Finally some lashings of the very nice Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara.

So I suppose you might like to see the end result? I must admit, I felt absolutely amazing afterwards.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Lesson

 

Bobbi Brown Makeup Lesson

And in different lights.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Lesson

 

Bobbi Brown Makeup Lesson

And in case you’re interested. Here’s EVERYTHING that went on my face. Phew!

Bobbi Brown Makeup Lesson

The whole thing was amazing. I learned a lot! I loved the fact that I was watching the whole thing in a hand mirror so I could actually learn and things went into as little or as much detail as I needed, with plenty of time for my questions. Sheena was brilliant, really made me feel at ease, especially as I was feeling really self conscious about my skin when she removed my make up at the beginning. Also, there was no pressure at all to purchase anything, but on this occasion I wasn’t able to purchase and I must admit I felt terrible about it given the amount of time Sheena spent with me (it went quite a bit over 45 minutes).

I would highly recommend the Bobbi Brown lessons, this one in particular, they are absolutely fantastic. It was really great to try out products and a great learning experience as well as making me feel and look great!

From this particular lesson I’ve got quite a wishlist… the Lilac Rose Shimmer Brick and Eye Palette are must haves for me and I will go back and get them when I can (hopefully before they sell out!) and also the Eyeliner, Brightening Nudes Finishing Powder and the Pot Rouge, and I was also incredibly impressed with the mascara but I’m drowning in mascara at the moment so that’ll go on my list for the future.

Thanks Sheena and the entire team on the counter, it was really great and I hope to be back soon.

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I recently popped along to my local Bobbi Brown counter to buy a foundation, which I did end up buying (blog post coming soon), but as part of their recommendation they did me a complete make over which was pretty much fab. I can tell you I didn’t just buy the foundation. I bought a few bits, but what I’m going to talk about today is the Corrector and Creamy Concealer Kit. I was so impressed by this in the store I just had to buy.

The idea of these is for use under the eyes. The Corrector neutralises discolouration and the Concealer brightens the area. So here’s my shades.

Actually I picked up the wrong shade corrector, this is is Light Bisque, but I should have gone with Bisque. It still works but I know it doesn’t work quite as well as Bisque did when they put it one me.

Bobbi Brown Corrector

The Creamy Concealer Kit is Cool Sand with Pale Yellow Powder.

Creamy Concealer Kit

So my first observation of the two cream products was that there was no way they were going to work for me, colour wise, they look, in the pan, way too dark. Somehow they do work though. I have no idea how. The best thing I can do is show you the products in use.

So in the first picture we have just the corrector under the right eye (in the picture). Already you can see the discolouration on the left eye which isn’t underneath the right one.

Bobbi Brown Corrector & Creamy Concealer

Then, again, right eye only, I’ve added the concealer on top, with a very light dusting of the pale yellow powder to set it and brighten.

Bobbi Brown Corrector & Creamy Concealer

Finally, both eyes corrected, concealed and powdered.

Bobbi Brown Corrector & Creamy Concealer

These products are now my must haves for concealing under the eyes, they just work so well. I must add that I find the concealer no good at all on my blemishes, it slides off almost immediately, but for under eyes it works like a charm with no creasing. If it creases, you’ve used to much, you really need very little indeed.

I highly recommend both of these products but would say you really need to get colour matched at a counter. I would have absolutely bought the palest shade on offer if I hadn’t have had them put on me in store, and that would have been far too pale.  The same applies to the foundation I bought actually, it’s several shades darker than I would have chosen for myself, but is actually a perfect match.

Anyway, I bought these for myself, from Debenhams, you can of course also purchase from BobbiBrown.co.uk. The Creamy Concealer Kit is £24 and the Corrector is £18.

I recently made a few cheeky Bobbi Brown purchases that I wanted to share with you.

First up the Pretty In Pink Lipgloss. £17

Bobbi Brown Pretty in Pink

A sheer hint of pink lipgloss that doesn’t add much in the way of colour, but adds a touch of healthy pink to the lips. Shown below swatched and on my lips.

Bobbi Brown Pretty In Pink Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Pretty In Pink Lipgloss
My first experience of a Bobbi Brown lip gloss and I found it fairly thick and a little sticky which does help the longevity. Also it’s minty which I think is a nice touch.

The next item I bought is the Retouching Powder in Yellow. £25

Bobbi Brown retouching powder in yellow

The retouching powders are new and come in a variety of colours, each of which serves a different purpose. Yellow is to tone down redness in light to medium skin tones and it works amazingly well.

In the following pictures, you can see the loose powder on my hand and then blended out. I didn’t move my hand between taking the two pictures so the light is the same, and I think you can see the blotchyness and redness on my hand is vastly reduced on the second photograph, without giving me a yellow hand!

Bobbi Brown retouching powder in yellow

Bobbi Brown retouching powder in yellow
You can use the powder in various ways, in place of your usual face powder, on top of your usual face powder, with the pink shade you can use it as a blusher, you can use it to correct your foundation if it’s not quite right, or on bare skin… really it’s a very versatile product. The next unflattering photo is just to show you the product on my skin… I get quite red around my nostrils and I think this really helps.

Bobbi Brown retouching powder in yellow

I really want the Full Coverage Face Brush to apply it with and the white version for brightening and illuminating! Very impressed.

The final item I bought is the Sparkle Eye Shadow in Gold Star. £20

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Gold Star

 

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Gold Star

I’m going to struggle to review this as my photos don’t really do it justice but before I talk, have a look at it in action.

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Gold Star

 

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Gold Star

 

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Gold Star

This is the finest glitter I think I have ever seen and it’s  so so pretty. For these photographs I haven’t used any kind of eyeshadow primer or base, but I think it goes without saying that if you did you’d get a slightly more obvious effect. As it is this is just gorgeous, it’s the softest hint of gold and sparkle very wearable. I found that on application I had no fall out but after 8 hours of wear, whilst it still looked as though I’d just applied it, it had migrated a bit under my eyes. Very pretty and very understated. I fancy getting Ballet which is pink and Cement which is a grey beige. I’ll do another post soon with this over a base so you can see the difference.

All in all very pleased with my purchases and together they make a lovely soft day time look.

 

All items were purchased from and are available at Selfridges.

Do any of the Spring Bobbi Brown items take your fancy? I fancy the new Creamy Matte Lip colours,  the Sheer Colour cheek tints and the Brightening Finishing Powder is really calling my name!

Hellooo!

I have been spotting these Bobbi Brown Christmas goodies all over the place lately and have been admiring from afar.

I’ve never actually really paid too much attention to Bobbi Brown as it’s one of those brands not stocked down in these Devonshire backwaters meaning I could never actually go in and look at stuff and swatch and have a good nosey… that is until now. Here in Exeter, at long last we’ve got our very own John Lewis that opened last week and contained within it’s hallowed walls is indeed a Bobbi Brown counter. That makes me officially excited.

I’ve got a few Bobbi Brown posts in mind for the not too distant future but I’m going to start with these gorgeous Christmas things I’ve got my eyes on.

The first and top of my wish list, I think I would be beside myself if presented with this on Christmas Day, is the Bellini Lip & Eye Palette, ten eye shadows and four lip shades, along with two brushes, this looks amazing, it is £59.

Bobbi Brown Christmas

Second on my wishlist is the beautiful looking Rich Caviar Eyeshadow Palette, six eye shadows and a brush in every shade you could need, but it’s the Olive Sparkle that’s really catching my eye (bottom left). £42.

Bobbi Brown Christmas

This palette also comes in Black Pearl as well, I wouldn’t turn my nose up at that either. Unusually for me though it’s the browns that really really wins my heart.

Bobbi Brown Christmas

Next on my Bobbi Brown Christmas wish list is the Tube Tint Trio, I’m drawn to all three shades. £28

Bobbi Brown Christmas

My final pick from the Christmas offerings is the Uber Nude Lip & Eye Palette featuring, three shadows, a lip colour and two lip glosses all in a lovely little compact and priced at £36.

Bobbi Brown Christmas

This certainly isn’t the extent of the collection but it’s my top picks and I’m telling you now that if I don’t get my first or second choice then I will actually cry real tears. Real tears I tell you.

You can see the full range and purchase now from http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk