Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Favourites: Bobbi Brown Lipsticks

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(L-R: Jenna / Red Carpet / Pink Blossom / Razzberry)

Hello! I hope you're all thoroughly enjoying this lovely weather we're having. I'm continuing my favourites with some more Bobbi Brown products, the Creamy Matte Lip Color and Sheer Lip Color (which really isn't that very sheer). These lipsticks, for me, have some of the best formulas I've ever tried. The Creamy Matte lip colors are in fact not a contradiction, they are indeed creamy and matte (well almost). They go on easily and feel rich and comfortable on the lips. They eventually go kind of matte but never the matte of say MAC's mattes. If you have dry lips don't be put off by them, they're actually quite moisturising and not drying at all. But besides the impressive formula I really love the colours. Bobbi Brown is generally known for enhancing beauty through muted colours and tones but the lipsticks I have are bright although Razzberry is more subdued, Jenna and Red Carpet certainly aren't. Here's a photo off me wearing Jenna from a previous post.

Jenna doesn't really need much else with it, a nice bit if eyeliner and a light blush. For some reason this is one if my favourites to wear when I go see some Modern Art. Red Carpet is a proper old school glamour red, again not much else is needed with this apart from some eyeliner but I'm beginning to think this is more about my own preferences. I just don't think you need much eyeshadow when wearing bright, strong colours. Razzberry is the perfect winter shade, it's a beautiful berry colour with leanings towards mauve. 

In contrast Sheer Lip Color in Pink Blossom is the perfect Spring/Summer shade. It's a corally pink/red which I think would suit most skin tones. As previously noted I think these are a bit of a misnomer as I wouldn't say they're sheer at all. They definitely feel much lighter on the lips than the Creamy Mattes but I'd describe Pink Blossom as semi- opaque. All of the swatches are only swiped once so they're really quite pigmented. Which is good because Bobbi Brown lipsticks aren't the cheapest but they do last for ages, have a brilliant formula and are long wearing. (I will have cheaper favourite lipsticks coming up soon) 

Do you like Bobbi Brown's lipsticks ? What's your favourite lip product?


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Favourites: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

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Following on from Bobbi Brown's corrector is a concealer at the opposite end of the price range, it's the amazing Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. At only £4.19 it really is a bargain. As you can see from my photo this has been used a lot.
I don't use this product near the eye area as I find it too drying  and it settles into creases. But as a spot or redness concealer it's brilliant. Lasting Perfection is an opaque, full coverage concealer with a creamy consistency that sets relatively quickly, and lasts well throughout the day. This product gets a lot of stick for being cakey but if you build it up slowly and pat it out it conceals perfectly without caking. But if you have dry skin I'd make sure the area(s) you're concealing is well moisturised before application.
I use the lightest shade, fair, which rather handily matches my foundation. Unfortunately the colour selection isn't brilliant, there's only 4 shades send that's not nearly enough.
What do you think of this concealer? What's YOUR favourite concealer?


Monday, 14 July 2014

The Favourites: Bobbi Brown Corrector


Bobbi Brown's corrector is first in the instalment of holy grail or hero products, or more appropriately products I've repurchased or have loads of. Please feel free to add yours in the comments or if you've blogged or are going to blog about them please link me, I'd love to read yours!

I have Bobbi Brown's corrector in light bisque which is a peachy salmon-y shade. It's the perfect colour for countering my dark circles. Despite the pot being tiny this had lasted me absolute ages. The tiniest amount spreads and covers well. The best way to apply this is by heating a small amount up on your fingers then smoothing and patting gently. This is great for eyes with some wrinkles as it doesn't crease or settle, and it lasts well throughout the day, especially if set with some powder. You're really supposed to follow the corrector with concealer but I find that this can be enough, cakiness under the eyes is not a good look. 

The colour selection of this is pretty good and should suit most skin tones. This is a definite repurchase for me. What do you think about it? Or have you got something even better?


Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Bright Stuff- Products to Brighten the Skin

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During my pregnancy I got some dark pigmentation on my skin, nothing too drastic but I wanted to try even my complexion out and brighten it so I looked like I wasn't dying. I've been using these four products for quite a while now and my skin definitely looks brighter but it's a constant battle with being a new parent and having chronic pain.

Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion: I've reviewed this product previously and it still remains one of my favourite exfoliators. I love the orangey scent of this and every time I use it, which is once or twice a week, my skin is super-smooth and brighter. One of my favourite skin care products.

Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash 50ml:This is new to me and the full size (200ml) is just a wee bit expensive at £29 so I thought I'd go with the travel size for £8.50. Another product I really love, I'm just not sure I'm willing to pay the price for this. It's about the only face wash that doesn't dry my skin out, in fact my skin is always lovely and smooth after use. This is a gentle, non- abrasive resurfacing (or exfoliating) product. It contains something called Galactoarabinan which gentle removes dead skin cells, and Brazilian Babussu Oil to moisturise. It also contains white truffle and Poria cocos to sooth and support the skin's natural flora. I'm guessing it's ingredients like these that push up the price. Because it's a resurfacing product you're advised to wear a high SPF to protect your new skin from sun damage. The only thing I don't like about this product is the smell, it reminds me of shampoo. Other than that I'm quite impressed with this, my skin definitely looks brighter after use. I'd repurchase if it wasn't so pricey so I think I'll look for a cheaper substitute.

Paul & Joe Brightening Serum: I bought this in the sale for £14 I think, again this isn't a cheap product at £28 although I do think this will last a while. This is described as a serum but it's more like a cream, a very smooth silky cream that sinks in quickly and leaves the skin smooth. This is the only product I'm not completely sold on. I don't notice that much of a difference with this which is a shame because look how pretty the packaging is. Paul & Joe always have the most amazing packaging. Despite me not being sure about this products brightening qualities this is a really nice product otherwise. It smells beautiful with a gentle orange blossom type scent and when used in the morning provides a really good base for applying makeup. I'm not sure I'd repurchase this, I think I'll look for a similar but more effective product when I use this up.

Boots Botanics Cleansing Toner All Bright :
This is by far the cheapest and currently on offer at just £2.49 so I reckon it's definitely worth a go, although if you have really sensitive skin I'd do a patch test first as this can be a bit strong initially. This was a real surprise for me, I wasn't expecting much from this product but it works really well and from the first use too. My skin was instantly brightened and much smoother. It can feel tightening on the skin due to the natural AHAs from hibiscus flower. The hibiscus AHAs act as a gentle exfoliator and like the Elemis product you need to be careful in sunlight. I'd definitely repurchase and also try other products in this range.

Do you have any brightening product recommendations? 

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