I’m going to skirt over my absence and hope you forgive me! I had to have a little beauty rave. I’m beach crazy. Beach hair, beach skin, beach bags, sandals, swinmwear… you get the gist. If there is a scent of the sea incorporated into a fragrance, hair or skin product it is inclined to end up in my shopping basket. It just cheers me up, makes me happy and reminds me of relaxing times. I hated Secondary school and on bad Winter days I used to smear myself in Hawaiin Tropic… hey, whatever gets you through right!
I adore all things Bobbi Brown. I also love a but of sparkle so I was grinning like a cheshire cat where I saw the new Sparkle Eye Shadows. Mine is in Ballet Pink.
The shadow is loaded with dimensional shimmering pearls and glitter. Glitter? I can see you running away screaming. However, it works. If glitter conjures up images of you as a fourteen year old sparkling like a disco ball, shudders, then you are just like me but this product may change your mind. It’s elegant, light the eyes and face and I believe would look great on anyone. Yes, absolutely anyone, of any age!
The new light-weight formula is designed to last 8 hours without creasing. I’m always sceptical when I hear this but at Bobbi Brown prices I had high expectations. They do sell their own eye primer which I haven’t tried so I applied a layer of Urban Decay Primer Potion Anti-Age underneath before patting the shadow on with my finger. It glides on! More importantly it’s not greasy or oily in any way.
The shadow did in fact last all day using a primer as a base. I even went for a run in the evening and it still hadn’t budged. Now that is impressive. I’m not usually into cream shadows. I spend the whole day checking if they’re creasing or fading. This beauty has changed my mind. I never thought I would use the words ‘elegant’ and ‘glitter’ in the same sentence!
You know hoe much I like a swatch image. However, in this case I couldn’t do it justice. I walked around the house, stood in different light, tried the flash, went outside, I just couldn’t capture the magic!
It is so much more beautiful that this images shows!
It comes in 11 shades, which I am now coveting :). Silver Moon, Ballet Pink (above), Mica, Sunlight, Cement, Taupe, Pebble, Silver Lilac, Smokey Quartz, Allspice and Baby Peach. They are definitely worth checking out.
Are you a fan of cream shadows? Any recommendations?
I know Bobbi Brown products are a little on the steep side but the quality in fantastic. Their creamy concealer and eyeshadows are divine. I decided to have a little look at the Christmas collection. The eyeshadow palettes look absolutely beautiful!
I hate when they crack eyeshadow for promo shots – it looks destroyed, it’s so sad. I’m so sad ha ha!
Day to Night Palette (Cool) Ivory, Flint, Charcoal, Pearl (Shimmer), Rockstar (Metallic), Gunmetal (Shimmer) Eyeshadows
Day to Night Palette (Warm) – Ivory, Oat, Espresso, Burnt Sugar (Metallic), Velvet Bronze (Metallic), and Black Plum (Shimmer) Eyeshadows
Pink & Gold Lip Palette – Roseberry, Kir Metallic, Pretty Pink Metallic, Sunset Nude Creamy, Italian Rose Creamy, Brownie.
Sparkle Glamour Quad – From palest pink to deep slate, these glittering shades are made for New Year’s Eve.
Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette Eyeshadow – Ivory , Oyster Grey Metallic , Antique Pink Shimmer Wash , Quarry Shimmer Wash , Taffeta Metallic , Birch, Heather Rose, Shimmer Wash , Navy Charcoal, Gold Thread Metallic, Espresso. Lip Gloss – Grape Glitter, Pink Bouquet Glitter, Golden Topaz Glitter, Paisley Rose Shimmer.
Lip Gloss Trio – Bright Pink Lip Gloss, Gold Glitter Lip Gloss, Kir Sugar Shimmer Lip Gloss
Crystal Eye Palette – Amethyst Metallic, Diamond Shimmer Wash, Star Sparkle, Marine Metallic.
Deluxe Travel Kit – This travel kit, which has compartments for every last beauty essential, makes the worst red-eye seem glam again.
Smouldering Eye Palette – Each palette features a base and an eyeliner color plus a bold metallic and a dramatic shade of Bobbi’s NEW Long Wear Eye Paint. Includes: White Eyeshadow, Tin Metallic Eyeshadow, Storm Eyeshadow, Onyx Long Wear Eye Paint
Sultry Eye Palette – Each palette features a base and an eyeliner color plus a bold metallic and a dramatic shade of Bobbi’s NEW Long Wear Eye Paint. Includes: Bone Eyeshadow, Antique Gold Metallic Eyeshadow, Caviar Eyeshadow, Brandy Long Wear Eye Paint
Smokey Eye Palette – Each palette features a base and an eyeliner color plus a bold metallic and a dramatic shade of Bobbi’s NEW Long Wear Eye Paint. Includes: Ivory Eyeshadow, Heather Lilac Metallic Eyeshadow, Charcoal Eyeshadow, Port Long Wear Eye Paint.
What are your thoughts on Bobbi Brown products? Do any of these products stand out to you?
- Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For everyone from Beginner to Pro
- Making Faces by Kevin Aucoin
- Asian Beauty by Margaret Kimura
- The Art of Makeup by Kevin Aucoin
- Makeup Makeovers by Robert Jones
I will be reviewing these books over the nest few weeks but for now, know that they are fantastic books. I have chosen them from a pile of 24 books. These are the ones that are dog-eared from use.
Do you have make-up or beauty book that you love? I love collecting these, so share your wisdom!
I’ve decided to do my own little awards ceremony on makeupandbeauty.ie for a bit of fun. I’ll keep them coming…
Here are my favourite eye liners of 2009:
Loreal Contour Kajal: I pick up this liner at some stage every day. I use it on my water line and it stays put. Mine is black, it’s pigmented, easy to blend and doesn’t budge when it sets.
MAC Fluidline – This is probably my favourite liner of 2009. The main reason for this is that it’s the quickest and easiest to apply. I use a slanted liner brush to apply. It’s cost €7 more than the Avon equivalent but it’s 10 times better. I’ll be picking up this goodie in other colours.
L’Oreal Super Liner : This is a great liquid liner. The nib is easy to work with and it gives a high shine line to the eye. This one is great for winged liner.
Urban Decay 24/7 Liners – My favourite is Zero (black). These are the most pigmented and smoothest liners I have tried this year. I’m a massive fan! As liners go these are foolproof. The only downside is that they need to be sharpened with every use.
Disappointments of 2009: Eye Liners
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner – Loved it while it was fresh but after a few months of everyday use it congealed. I only got a third of the way down the pot before it was unusable. So as I much as I loved it I won’t be re-buying.
Make up For Ever Retractable Liner – After a week the liner fell into the container.
Avon Liner Pot: I found these hard to work with and not as pigmented as Mac Fluidline. I used them twice and never touched them again.
What’s your favourite eyeliner or 2009?