Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

As far as cult & coveted beauty products go, I think Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks are high on many make up lovers’ wishlists. They were on mine at least! I just never knew which shade to get as they are all so pretty but also so expensive. I didn’t want to just go out and buy one and then not like it. That’s why when a Bobbi Brown counter opened in my town, I went over and asked for some advice. I was matched to Pink Quartz and today it’s time to review this beauty.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Pink Quartz

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Bobbi Brown Corrector

Bobbi Brown Corrector

Another beauty day, time for another review. As I said when I reviewed the Bobbi Brown foundation stick, I picked up a few Bobbi Brown products to try. One other product I got my hands on is the corrector which I am reviewing for you today. I bought the corrector for two reasons: 1) I have dark circles and 2) it is a cult beauty product.

Bobbi Brown Corrector Light Bisque

As cult beauty products go, Bobbi Brown carries a few. One of them is the corrector. This is supposed to be the ultimate under eye cure for dark circles. It is supposed to be layered underneath a concealer and costs €28,50 for 1.4 grams of product.

This definitely isn’t the cheapest product, especially considering that you are still supposed to put a concealer over it. When I had this applied, I found that the Bobbi Brown creamy concealer made everything too cakey on me, so I have a different concealer which I already owned which makes a perfect pairing.

I love how Bobbi Brown products have the list of ingredients on the packaging, which makes for easy reference. To me, there aren’t any ingredients here which I would want to avoid.

The packaging of this product is simple and stunning like all Bobbi Brown products. The box it comes in is a sleek black box and the compact itself is a small round container that comes with a mirror inside. There isn’t a lot of product in here, but since it’s so high coverage you only need a little bit to make it work.

I was matched to the color Light Bisque and that seems to be a perfect fit for me. As you can see, the color is very peachy pink and that is exactly the right color to cover up my dark circles. I feel this corrector shade is a much better match for me than the foundation stick.

At first glance this product may seem a tad dark when you look at it in the pan, but once you swatch it is a great peach with a strong pink undertone that feels a little bit tacky. Texture wise this product is very thick and creamy.

That is why I like to apply this by using a brush first and blend it in with my fingers afterwards. I first use the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease brush (I tap it into the product twice per eye) and then blend it along my lower lash line, then I use the warmth of my fingers to blend it in.

Left: just foundation & brows
Right: with corrector applied

To show you the effect of this product I decided to focus more on what this product looks like on. I took this first set of pictures early in the morning before going to work. That means before 7 AM. As you can see, I am working with bags and some serious shadows. With the corrector those are gone.

Left: corrector applied to left side
Right: corrector applied to both sides

This is me doing my make up on a day off, a few hours after I woke up and on a day where I got to have a bit of a lie in. My under eye area shows fewer signs of bags and as a result my under eye area looks a bit better to begin with. But still, the dark circles remains and you can see the effect of adding the corrector has.

Top left: nothing
Top right: correctorBottom left: adding concealer
Bottom right: corrector + concealer

From closer up the effect becomes even clearer. As you can see, I have a little bit of blue coloring in my inner corner area. It looks better on these pictures than it does in real life. Adding the corrector lifts the are and my eye looks more awake instantly. It brightens up the eye nicely and if you want to go for a more subtle look I feel you can get away without adding the extra concealer.

But, since it is advised to use the corrector underneath a concealer I decided to show you that effect as well. Because I didn’t like the creamy concealer over this product (it creased on me so badly), I opted for a very liquidy and lightweight concealer. This is the Catrice Re-Touch Lighting concealer, which is a drugstore version of the Touche Éclat by YSL. I find this to be a perfect pairing. As long as I use thin layers of both products I get a nice and bright under eye area that makes me look awake and fresh.

To show you the full effect of the product, I also added two full face pictures with a full face of make up. I feel that especially on the early morning picture on the left, you can see that my under eye area is brighter.

In conclusion, I find that the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque is the perfect product to make me look more awake. It brightens up the under eye area perfectly and it stays in place all day as long as I use the product sparingly. And using it sparingly I will as this product is very expensive. However, to me this is worth every penny, because I feel I could also wear this on its own, but for days I want some more coverage (hello exam weeks!) I can.

What is your perfect under eye concealer?

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

A make up brand I hadn’t much explored was Bobbi Brown. I had heard of it, I had seen it around, but I never truly became invested in the brand. That was until my local Douglas was refurbished and reopened with a Bobbi Brown counter. I decided to go and explore the brand and ever since I picked up a few items from their line. I decided to start with the basics: foundation, corrector and powder. As the title suggest, this blog post is a full review of the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick Sand 2

This is my first ever stick foundation and my second Bobbi Brown product. I own a gel liner, also known as a Shimmer Ink in Ivy, which I have had for ages. Time for me to delve into the depths of a new make up brand and with a brand new type of product for me. Before I delve into the review a quick word or praise to the lovely lady helping me, who was very professional, kind and not too much of a hard sell. She knew the line to a T and I was impressed by her know how about make up in general.

During my visit, I was shown several types of foundation that Bobbi Brown carries. In store I had the liquid foundation applied to my skin, but this product intrigued me as it is more full coverage than anything I have ever tried, a nice easy on-the-go size, and like I said I was simply intrigued by this product in general. The fact that I could potentially use this as concealer and multitask only added to my willingness to buy this product.

Bobbi Brown is a high end make up brand and this foundation does not come cheap. At €39,50 for 9 grams of product, this foundation is definitely one of the more expensive products in my make up collection. It is available in 24 different shades and I was color matched by the sales rep to Sand 2. Here are the promises of the product:

The ultimate nude foundation—Bobbi’s iconic Foundation Stick gets an update with a unique transparent base plus skin tone correct pigments for an incredibly natural look. Its creamy yet weightless texture applies effortlessly and blends seamlessly so all you see is fresh, smooth, even skin.

An innovative blend of emollients—like olive extracts and shea butter—help to moisturize skin (and lock it in), so skin stays looking soft and smooth all day. Light diffusing powders and oil-controlling minerals help perfect the appearance of skin while reducing shine (even in sweat, water and humidity).

After moisturizing skin, lightly apply across forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Blend with fingertips, sponge, or the Foundation Brush (sold separately). Build coverage as desired.

All skin types—this stick formula is our most versatile foundation yet.

There is some information on the box. The stick formula allows you to apply the product all over, or use it more sparingly on areas where you need it most. Handy and because it’s a stick it’s really quick and easy to use as well.

The ingredient list is made up of silicone, waxes, shea butter and color pigments. Nothing there to suggest this is a product that could lead to irritation in my case, but I would always test face make up before purchase. Especially if you’re shelling out this much much, I would suggest to ask for an application in store or a sample. They are usually kind enough to let you try it if you ask.

Like I mentioned, I was color matched to Sand 2. There are 3 lighter shades available and all the other shades are darker. I am fairly light, usually too light for drugstore foundations, but I have a fair bit of redness in my skin. In order to cover that up, while retaining a natural effect, the lady recommended not to go too light and pick this one instead to prevent a mask like effect.

The packaging is a) gorgeous and b) practical. You can easily use this with one hand to apply it to your face. I use a flat kabuki brush to blend this in and I find that works really quick and easy. The sleek and classy looking packaging is what makes this product only more attractive to me and it’s actually not as messy as a liquid foundation of course.

When you turn the foundation all the way up, you can see there is not that much product in this little stick. Because you don’t have to use a ton of this, a little goes a long way with this, I do find that I do not go through this too quickly though. It is well pigmented and you don’t easily waste product as you can apply just as much as you need, because of the stick form this comes in.

As you can see Sand 2 is quite a yellow toned foundation. I had never used such a yellow foundation before. But the Bobbi Brown philosophy is that that will cancel out redness more easily. This picture also shows you the coverage it gives you: it is almost a powdery finish, despite the fact that this has a very creamy texture. The coverage is pretty full on as well which is handy because it means you need less of it.

Nothing – applied to left side of face – full face – with concealer & powder

As you can see this foundation gives a very natural finish. I have a pretty red splotch above my eyebrow which is a pain to cover, but it does show you clearly how much coverage this gives you. The majority of the redness is cancelled out, but my skin still looks like skin. And that is exactly what I like in a foundation.

What I like best about this foundation is the fact that you can apply it to only those areas that need coverage. These pictures show you the before and after of the application process. I simply draw a few stripes across the areas that I want to cover up, mainly because of redness, and then I blend it in. The effect is really nice and at first glance the color match is perfect.

Close up

The color is a good match from a distance and especially when I finish my complete make up look you can’t see this, but close up you can see that this foundation is a tad too yellow for my skin tone and in this picture it even looks splotchy.

That is exactly the problem with my skin: the center of my face is much darker than the perimeter. Which is why I don’t apply this foundation along my jawline. If I’d do that it would look too dark compared to my neck.

Plus the splotchiness may very well be my sloppy early morning make up application in this picture, but like I said: you really cannot tell from a distance. You would literally have to stick your nose to my skin to see this.

My skin looks different because of different lighting, not because of the foundation, but that’s why I wanted to show you both so you can see the effect in early morning (7 AM) lighting and around noon.

Full face I feel this foundation looks great on me. It is a dream to apply and blend into the skin. The color match is a bit of an issue, but luckily this product is great for targeted application which makes it not noticeable unless you’re very close up. This is a natural foundation that can be build up, comes in many different shades and is easy to travel with. There is only one downside: the price tag for the amount of product you get. If you’re willing to churn out nearly 40 euros for less product than a usual foundation, then this is a foundation that will not let you down.

Do you use high end foundation? Which one do you use? Or which one would you be willing to try?

Make Up Collection: Eyeliner, lipliner & every day things

Make Up Collection: Eyeliner, lipliner & every day things

Okay peeps, so far so good. We are almost done with the first drawer of my make up stash. Up next will be eyeshadows and I have a ton of those, so stay tuned for that. Right now we’ll focus on eyeliner, lipliner and my every day things such as mascara and eyeshadow primer. Ready? Here we go!

Every day stuff:

Maybelline One by One Mascara in black

Bodyshop Eyebrow gel

Urban Decay Shadow Primer Potion (I prefer this one)

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Garnier Roll-On with caffeine

Benefit Ooh La Lift (I sometimes use this instead of concealer)

Benefit Eyebright (great highlighter)

Lipliners:

Too Faced Lip Insurance (like shadow insurance, but for lipstick)

Too Face Borderline (a transparent lipliner)

Essence lip liner in: 08 Red Blush, 07 Cute pink, 06 Satin Mauve, 09 Nude Coral, 01 Soft Rose

High end eyeliner & eyebrow stuff:

These are my favorite and most used liners and therefore in pretty standard colors.

MAC eyeshadow in Omega (I use this as brow powder)

Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Medium to Dark

Dior Crayon Eyeliner Waterproof in black

Chanel Le Crayon Kohl Intense Eye Pencil in blanc

MAC Chromagraphic Pneicl in NC15/NW20

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Zero

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in 01 Onyx & 02 Coffee

Guerlain Kohl me Brown 03

Drugstore eyeliner:

More fun colors that I use less often, that’s why I bought them cheap.

Gosh Velvet Touch Waterproof Eye Liner in 002 Girl Power & 005 Golden Cadillac

Essence Kajal Pencil in 14 Hola Chica, 11 Cool Breeze, 16 Check me out, 13 Nightfever

Etos Kohl Pencil in 050 (silver)

Essence Black Mania Carbon Black Gloss Eye Pencil

Essence 2 in 1 Kajal Pencil in 08 Mix & Match, 06 Flirty 7 Hip, 07 Light & Bright

The Body Shop 01 Hot Brights Eye Liner

Eyeko Line & Shine Duo Colour Pencil for Eyes in Electric Purple/ Plum

Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in 11 Go Wild, 05 C’est La Vie, 10 Almost Famous, 02 Hot Chocolate

HEMA Perfect Eyeliner Twist Up Pencil in pink

High end gel liner:

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Shimmer Ink in 14 Ivy

MAC Fluidline in Dark Diversion, Dipdown and Blacktrack

Drugstore gel liner:

Catrice Gel Eyeliner in 030 In Love With a Robot

Essence Gel Eyeliner in 01 Barefoot Through the Moss, 04 I Love NYC, 03 Berlin Rocks

Q: Next part will be eyeshadows. What would you like to see first? My: single shadows, MAC palette, Z-palettes, 88/ 120 palette, small palettes or duo/trio/quatro/quintet eyeshadows?

Let me know in a comment below!

P.S. I will devote a day to trying to make videos in the next few days. So that favorite lip products vid will be up some time next week!

Review: Bobbi Brown Gel Liner

Review: Bobbi Brown Gel Liner

In one of my recent haul posts, you read that I bought a Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner. I was looking for a forest green gel liner and since MAC doesn’t carry one in their permanent line I decided to check out Bobbi Brown. And oh my god, it’s amazing! Not only is it the exact color I was looking for, it’s also long-wearing and goes on like a charm.

This is what you get: 3 grams of product in nice sleek packaging

The product

Here’s what Bobbi Brown says about the product:

This award-winning liner gives you the look of liquid liner with the ease & feel of a gel formula. Long-wearing, water-resistant colour glides on and let’s you get it just right before it dries – then stays without a smear or crease.

Not one word is a lie: it looks like liquid liner and slides on effortlessly. Pigmentation is great and it is definitely long-wearing. After taking these pictures I did the dishes and the swatch on my hand wouldn’t come off until I started scrubbing my skin with my dish washing brush. Impressive!

I’ve also used the gel liner several times and it’s the perfect dark green color. It’s dark enough for it to be noticeable but not as harsh as black. It also has a very pretty shimmer to it. When the liner catches the light it shows up very, much more so then when your use a matte liner. If you have brown eyes like me, then I can definitely recommend you trying out a similar color.

I had difficulty capturing the color in a picture. It showed up darker all the time. This is the best I could do:

The verdict: this is very good gel liner. I would definitely recommend this. It is rather expensive though. At 21 euros this is an expensive liner. If you are looking for a dark green liner, but would like to spend a fraction, check out Essence at your local drug store. They carry a very decent dark green liner as well.

Q: Do you own any Bobbi Brown products?

Shopping Haul #2: Sephora, Lush, Bobbi Brown, Essence, Catrice, etc.

Shopping Haul #2: Sephora, Lush, Bobbi Brown, Essence, Catrice, etc.

Like I said yesterday, I also bought some beauty related items on my shopping spree. I was looking for a few things in particular, but of course you always come across more that you also want to try. Here are the things I bought:

Atrix Aloe Vera hand cream

One of the very few things posted here that I actually needed. My favorite hand cream (carried by my pharmacy) isn’t there anymore, as the pharmacy changed companies. So, I had to find a new one. I tried a few and love love love this one. It’s think and smell delicious. I love lathering this on my hands before I go to sleep.

Sephora Waterproof Eye Make Up remover, Lush Sweet Pie Shower Jelly, Lush Almond & Coconut Smoothie shower cream

I really needed the make up remover as I nearly ran out of mine. I’ve tried several different ones in the past few months but I really love the Sephora one and with a 20% discount this wasn’t even too expensive. I also ran out of my Swoosh shower jelly from Lush. So I initially went in there to rebuy it. However, they were out of stock, so I went with a different smell instead. Sweetie Pie smells like cherries and coconut, is purple and has blue sparkles. They promised me the sparkles would wash off… The shower cream is new to me so I still have to try it, but it smelled and felt delicious!

Lush sugar scrub with ginger

I love Lush’ sugar scrubs. I already tried the green one, so now it’s time for the white one. I like the smell of this a whole lot more so that’s a good start!

Catrice I’m a Star, Catrice I Wear My Sunglasses at Night

Nail polish! Of course! I cannot go shopping without buying some nail polish it seems. The first one is a nice earthy toned gold color. The second one is a dark purple with different colored sparkles. I generally like Catrice polishes so I’m sure I’ll love these too.

Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Shimmer Ink Ivy

Another thing I had set out to buy was a dark green eyeliner. I hate liquid liners and I had read online MAC had a limited edition in their Mac Me Over collection. Of course they had run out of that one as the collection has been out for some time, but then I walked past the Bobbi Brown counter and found this magnificent green color. It is amazing: it’s exactly the color I want it to be and I’ve heard great things about Bobby Brown gel eyeliners so let’s see how much I like it. I might do a review on this some time soon.

Catrice Gel Eyeliner in In Love with a Robot, Essence Gel Eyeliners in: Barefoot Through the Moss, Berlin Rocks, I Love NYC.

Two stores later I found that Essence has included a great dark green color in their collection. And they had a moss green colored liner in their limited edition line called NATvent Urista. Another color liner I wanted to try was purple and since Essence is so budget proof I decided to take that one with me as well. When I then found a great silver liner by Catrice I couldn’t pass up on that.

As you can see I went on a bit of a gel liner kick. I’m curious to see how well the cheap ones work and I can’t wait to try the Lush shower cream. Is there anything here you’d be curious to try?