Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturiser

bobbi brown tinted moisturiser alabaster light coverage pale skin

I’ve never heard anyone talk about the Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturiser so I thought I would do a little post on it. I’m a huge Bobbi Brown fan, I just love the products. I have the shade Alabaster which is the lightest shade but it’s slightly too yellow for my skin. I have cool toned skin but Bobbi Brown only uses yellow tones in her base products. Like most tinted moisturisers, it has SPF15 which is great for day to day use. The coverage is more than the average tinted moisturiser, it does even out skin tone but it won’t cover hyper-pigmentation, moderate redness, dark circles or blemishes so you will need a bit of concealer. I wouldn’t say the coverage is on the level of a light coverage foundation. The finish is very natural, it’s not dewy but it’s not matte, it’s more of a satin finish. My biggest problem is the wear time, I think after about five hours this is pretty much gone from my skin. I do find it very difficult to blend, the texture is quite thick. I don’t like using my fingers to apply foundation or tinted moisturiser but this is best way to apply this product and I don’t think you can apply this with a brush, every brush I’ve tried seems to absorb every bit of moisture in the product. I think this would be suitable for every skin type extreme really dry or really oily. My skin is a bit of everything, oily in the t-zone, dehydrated with the odd dry patch and this doesn’t make me shiny or cling to dry patches.

Overall, I do like this product but it’s not perfect and I would recommend Laura Mercier over this one.

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Christmas Gift Guide #6

Instead of doing a post on my favourite Christmas gifts, I thought I would write about my favourite Christmas Collections. At Christmas, premium makeup brands launch the most incredible limited edition collections and it’s a great time to grab a beautiful palette or compact for yourself or a present for someone special. This year, two collections have stole the show and I just love them.

Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood
I don’t need to say how much I love Bobbi Brown but I would love this collection even if it wasn’t from Bobbi Brown. The theme is Old Hollywood, which immediately appeals to me. I love anything which vintage inspired or reminiscent of Hollywood film stars. For me the star of the collection is the Eye Palette, it has nine really lovely but wearable shades and the quality of Bobbi Brown shadows is really good. There is also a proper, Hollywood red lipstick in glamorous gold packaging. There are also four lip glosses, one red gloss which is perfect for someone who is a little scared for red lipstick and three lovely shimmer glosses. As part of the collection there are four nail polishes, two which are gold toned shimmers which are perfect for the Christmas season. I think this is a really lovely Collection and I don’t think anyone would be disappointed to get this on Christmas Day.

Dior Golden Winter

The inspiration behind Dior’s Christmas collection is Christmas at Versailles so you can expect a beautifully opulent array of products. For me the star of the collection is the nail polishes, not just because the colours are gorgeous and bottles could easily double up as an interior design item but the brush on Dior polishes make painting nails really quick and easy and the formula never chips. There is also a lovely eyeshadow palette and some amazing lipsticks. If you haven’t seen the Dior collection, I really recommend you go to a counter and just absorbs the beautifulness of the products.

Products Worth The Hype #3

Following on from yesterday’s post, here are some products which definitely did not disappoint and worth the hype.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

This is the only concealer I repeatedly repurchase, I try others and sometimes they’re amazing but I always return to this one. It covers everything, dark circles, blemishes and redness without looking dry or cakey or creasing. I love this concealer.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

I’ve never known anyone to dislike Cleanse and Polish. This cleanser will remove every bit of makeup in one go and it feels nice on the skin, it doesn’t feel harsh or like it’s stripping the skin of moisture and oils.

Benefit Dandelion Blush

I love this blusher, it’s a really pretty baby pink that looks gorgeous on paler skin tones.

YSL Faux Cils Mascara

I rarely splurge in High End mascaras because I have an addiction to buying mascaras and there is always a new launch on the high street so I usually have quite a large collection to work through. However, this is an amazing mascara, it looks like you’re wearing false eyelashes, the wand is a perfect size to catch every lash. If you have a special occasion or an event, I really recommend buying this.

Clinique Chubby Sticks For Eyes

I have Bountiful Beige and Lots O’ Latte, these are the only shades in the line I would wear (although I do like Fuller Fudge) but the formula is incredibly, it does not crease or wear off. I really like the eyeshadows sticks because they’re super easy and are great for on the go.

Christmas Gift Guide #1

I love Christmas shopping and I always start early, partly because I love it and partly because the best gifts always sell out quick. From now until Christmas, I’m going to do a post a week on the best Christmas gifts out there.

Origins Mask Marvels £25

I don’t think anyone dislikes Origins, it’s a brilliant brand. All of their Christmas gifts are really nice but this is my favourite. This has three of the most famous Origins masks – Drink Up Intensive, Drink Up and Clear Improvement (all 75ml sizes, a full size is 100ml). I think this is perfect for anyone who takes an interest in skincare and its a great way to be introduced to the brand.

http://www.johnlewis.com/origins-mask-marvels-gift-set/p621326

Benefit Little Love Potions £29.50

This is a great gift for someone just getting into makeup because it introduces someone to the best from Benefit.

http://www.johnlewis.com/benefit-little-love-potions-makeup-gift-set/p575118

L’Occitane Hand Cream Trio £22

Everyone loves L’Occitane hand creams, this set contains the famous Shea Butter hand cream, the Cherry Blossom and the Pivoine Flora scents. Each hand cream is 30ml.

http://www.johnlewis.com/beauty/new-in/c600001924/pg2

Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Brush Set £55

Christmas is pretty much the only time of the year you buy a brush set. Bobbi Brown always releases a brush set, this year’s it’s part of the Old Hollywood Collection. It contains a face blender brush, an eye sweep brush, an angled eyeliner/smokey eyeliner brush and a eyebrow brush all in a gorgeous case.

http://www.johnlewis.com/bobbi-brown-old-hollywood-mini-brush-set/p677302

Some Thoughts on New Products

Autumn is one of the best times of the year for new launches, lots of new products hit the market and I immediately head to my nearest counter to have look. There have been several new products which have launched and I’ve really liked them but there have been reasons why I haven’t splashed out on them. Here is a quick rundown.

YSL Youth Liberator Foundation

This isn’t just a foundation, it contains YSL’s Youth Liberator serum to give you long term skincare benefits whilst wearing makeup. This is a proper full coverage foundation but it doesn’t look cakey or heavy, it leaves the skin with a dewy glow but not shiny. Everything about this foundation is lovely, the bottle is beautiful and the foundation itself is a really good product, my only issue was the lightest shade wasn’t light enough for me but if the shade suits you, I really, really recommend trying it, it’s beautiful.

Clarins Instant Concealer

Clarins make-up is fantastic quality, I absolutely adore the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector and a few other products so I had to try this. It’s designed to cover dark circles but mimic the skin’s natural tones so it looks very natural. The texture is gorgegous, it’s perfect for under the eyes, it’s very moisturising and light in texture but it has amazing coverage and does not crease. However, the lightest shade was too dark for me but it’s amazing if you have dark circles.

Benefit Rockateur

Dandelion is one of the few blushes I own because I’m not a big blusher fan but Dandelion is just amazing. The rest of Benefit blushers don’t suit me but when this launched I had to try it because it looks beautiful in the box. However, it didn’t suit my very pale skin but I’ve seen it on other people and it looks lovely. As with all Benefit blushes, it’s very long-lasting and the pigmentation is really good and I think this would last you a really long time.

Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturising Treatment Foundation

I love Bobbi Brown, it’s one of my absolute favourite brands and I’m never disappointed with the products. This latest foundation is no disappointment, I absolutely love it and the only reason I have bought it is because I have enough foundations and tinted moisturisers but this is on my wish list and it will be mine, eventually. If you want the dewy, luminous skin look but have normal to skin this is perfect, I have combination skin and I loved it. The shade range is absolutely fantastic and the finish and coverage is beautiful.

Bourjois Happy Light Foundation

I really like Bourjois foundations, I think they’re among the best foundations on the high street. This is a nice foundation but I’ve noticed the shades run darker than the rest of the foundations. In Healthy Mix, I’m 51 which is slightly too dark and too yellow but the lightest shade in this is way too dark.

L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint Foundation

Like a lot of foundations, this isn’t pale enough me, there is no way I could wear this foundation which is a shame because I really like it. The texture is very liquid, almost just like water which I like because I think the watery textures blend better and tend to look more natural. The consistency reminds me of Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua. The coverage is light but buildable to medium and the finish is just like natural skin (your skin but better look) so it’s perfect if you don’t want to look like your wearing make-up. The rumours online were differently right, it’s almost identical to Armani Maestro so if you’re looking for a cheap dupe, look no further. It has SPF18 which means it does flash back so don’t wear it if your expecting flash photography. My only criticism is the limited shade range and it does oxidise slightly.

 

My Favourite Powders

I’m not really a powder girl but I always keep one in my collection because it’s really handy to have. After I do my makeup in the morning I tend to set my foundation or concealer with powder but only on the t-zone to get rid of any shine and on any concealer. I prefer small brushes to apply powder because I only want it on specific places, my favourite brush is the Real Techniques Setting Brush.

Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Powder

I really like this powder but I feel it’s a lot of money for a powder so I usually just use the powder that comes with the concealer. There’s a really wide shade range and with all Bobbi Brown products the tones lean to warmer side of things. It’s very finely milled so it never looks cakey and it’s great for blotting shine throughout the day.

http://www.johnlewis.com/bobbi-brown-sheer-finish-pressed-powder/p37402?colour=Basic Brown

Soap and Glory One Heck Of A Blot

This is my absolute favourite powder and I doubt I’ll ever buy another powder again. I prefer a translucent powders because I don’t want my powder to add any coverage, that’s what my foundation is for. This is really finely milled and doesn’t show on the skin and keeps shine a bay. I really love the retro packaging and there’s a large mirror inside it, which is great for make-up on the go. It’s my favourite and I can’t recommend it enough.

http://www.boots.com/en/SOAP-GLORY-ONE-HECK-OF-A-BLOT-9g_1313642/

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier powder is just gorgeous, it’s a real luxury buy but it’s worth every penny. It’s translucent which I actually prefer because I don’t want a powder to give me coverage, I get that from my foundation. This powder is completely indictable on the skin and it feels lovely.

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 Review

This launched during the surge of BB Creams, and I completely ignored it because I so bored of the BB Creams phase but I love Bobbi Brown, so the time came for me to try it.

I’m a bit fed up of the debate whether a western BB cream is in keeping with the Asian ones, to me a BB Cream is really just a tinted moisturiser with a bit more SPF, I really don’t think a BB Cream is going to replace my skin care in any way.

Bobbi Brown’s offering comes in five shades, Extra Light (the lightest option) isn’t the best shade for my skin tone, it slightly too dark but if I use a tiny bit and blend it well, it the colour looks ok but the finish is perfect, it settles to a velvet finish, it’s neither too matte nor too dewy, it just looks like my skin but better. I would say it has light to medium coverage, it evens out my skin tone but doesn’t completely mask my skin. It’s perfect for quick, day time makeup.

I think this is a good product, it provides everything you need for day make-up in one tube and its completely fuss free, if you’re looking for a quick make-up solution, definitely check this out.

http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk/cms/learn/bb_cream_spf35.tmpl

Have you tried the Bobbi Brown BB Cream? Whats your favourite BB Cream?