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Thursday, September 13, 2012

I’ve been playing around with product spreads (rather than widgets), recently, and I have to say — I kind of love this one. Laying it out like this takes a bit more time okay, like, an entire bloody hour more than throwing everything into a ready-made box, but the effect is… different, I think. Hopefully better, and potentially worth getting used to.

Anyhow; I hope really do hope you guys enjoy the mildly-interactive spread. Have fun with it; everything is clickable (product photos & labels, but not individual shade names) and will bring you to the product’s page! 

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A summer lip of the day with Bobbi Brown and Etude House

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Just something I’ve been wearing recently! I love the way the brown tones in Heather Buff tone down the brightness of Berry Red, and the formulas work well together, lasting quite a while but wearing really comfortably.

Used: Etude House Dear Darling tint in Berry Red (review and swatches) under a sheer layer of Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour in Heather Buff (review and swatches; also seen in this LOTD)

I’M HAVING AN INDECISIVE SUNDAY, OKAY? You can’t make me do trivial things like choose a reasonable number of photos of the same thing or try to properly colour balance these photos.

I mean, that’s just ridiculous! Ridiculous.

Bobbi Brown hits Sephora

Friday, September 17, 2010

What is this maddness?! you ask? No, we’re not kidding — after years of makeup lovers pleas, Sephora’s finally going to start stocking Bobbi Brown!

The products won’t be hitting all stores, and the ones that they will be appearing in might not have the line until the end of the year… but in the meantime, I say we hound the heck out of the online site, yes?
A few products I would possibly die without:
  • Lip Balm SPF 15 (review.) It’s a bit more expensive than a tube of ChapStick, but you get a ton of product and it works like a dream! When my lips are strapped for moisture, this is quite literally the only balm that’ll cut it. (As an added bonus, it works amazingly as a lip base.) Aww, I guess not :( It doesn’t look like they’ll be stocking this one *sigh*
  • Heather Buff lipcolour (review.) An almost-perfect muted-but-darker MLBB shade for my lips!
  • Rose lip pencil, another Bobbi shade I reach for all the time. I love using lip liners as lip colours, because (as long as I use them with my Bobbi lip balm,) they deliver just the most gorgeous, super-pigmented, long-wearing hues. And as an added bonus, they’re both deliciously matte and shimmer-free!
Plus, a few products that I’d love to try: (click on the images to get to their product pages!)
Bobbi Brown, Bobbi Brown, Bobbi Brown, Bobbi Brown


Anyone else totally excited for this? I know I am ;) Let us know what you’re lemming in the comments!

Bobbi Brown Heather Buff: a surprising MLBB shade

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What it is: Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour in Heather Buff

Why we love the shade: Heather Buff is a surprising MLBB, for my skintone — it sat in my to-try box for months, unloved, because it looks so very “blah” in the tube! However, this sheer brown reads like a muted mauve on my lips, delivering an almost perfect my-lips-but-better shade that’s just a bit darker than my own lip colour.
What we still long for: while allllmost perfect, Heather Buff’s still a little more brown than my ideal MLBB colour would be. I’m hoping to get to a Bobbi counter soon, though, to try on Heather Mauve! Their site describes Heather Buff as a “medium brown neutral” and Heather Mauve as a “medium mauve brown,” so it sounds… perfect, basically.
all swatches are bare / one layer, and can be clicked for enlargement.

The formula: just one more thing we adore. It’s not terribly moisturizing (I’d place it right above Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks,) but it definitely won’t strip your lips of moisture. Anyone without super-dry lips should be fine with just a swipe of Bobbi’s Creamy Lip Colour, no extra lip balm needed. And, of course, it’s scent-free and very creamy! The texture is smooth and thick; more like a good lip balm than like a stick gloss.

The verdict? I love, love, love this lip colour! Both the formula and the colour are fabulous, and it’s quickly becoming one of my go-to lipstick shades — it’s just so easy to wear, whether I have on a full face of makeup or barely anything else. And, okay, so maybe the cute tube doesn’t exactly hurt the cause!
Try it if…
  • You’re looking for a muted MLBB shade, and lipsticks tend to pull too orange on you.
  • Smooth, shimmer-free, creamy lipsticks are your thing. True cream formulas (none of this shimmer or shine nonsense!) are getting harder and harder to find, but this is a great one.
Skip it if…
  • You like your lip colours bright and bold! (Well, skip this shade, at least.)
  • $22 sounds like too much for a lipstick. I know, it hurts me too.

Availability: Bobbi Brown, Nordstrom, Saks.

Just out of curiosity…

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bobbi Brown released a LE foundation palette recently – the BBU. I was looking at it (and it’s hefty $250 price tag!) and wondering – if you were starting out as a makeup artist, would this be worth it?

Well, short of doing an in-depth study, I’ll just go over the cost breakdown. It contains correctors, concealers, and foundations… but what would the cost be if you were to buy the products from her normal line and split them with other new makeup artists?
The palette has 0.04oz/1.2g pans of nine different correctors. Bobbi Brown makes three others, but I’ll pretend they don’t exist for this breakdown :P We’re just sticking to replicating this palette!

Normal cost: $22
Product per pot: 0.06oz/1.7g

This means you could get 1.5 pans per container, so let’s pretend we’re buying four and making six palettes (you’ll see why later). You’ll have 0.24oz of product, letting you make six 0.04oz portions.

Then there’s 12 pans of the 14 creamy concealers, 0.03oz/1.1g in each pot.

Normal cost: $22
Product per pot: 0.06oz/1.7g

Just like with the correctors, four of these is equal to six of the pans in the palette.

And finally, pans of all 17 shades of Bobbi’s foundation stick – you’d get 0.05oz/1.7g of each.

Normal cost: $44
Product per stick:

If you buy the sticks, you’ll get 6.6 pans per stick. See why we’re doing six, now? For the sake of my brain, I’ll pretend the last 0.6oz disappeared – let’s say the six of you got together to make swatch sheets, and that was used up.

So – what are my findings??

We’re buying four of each concealer and corrector, and one of each foundation stick.

=$22[4 x (9 correctors + 12 concealers)] + $44(17 foundations)
=$1848 + $748

Let’s divide that by six, because you’re getting six palettes out of it!


Man, that took up way too much time for such a small result. Which was…?

If you’re going to buy all of Bobbi’s foundations, this is very much worth it.

That is all.

Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15 review, photos

Monday, May 18, 2009

Product: Bobbi Brown’s Lip Balm SPF 15.

What they say about it:

Specially formulated with Wheat Germ and Olive Oil, this comfortable, non-greasy lip balm immediately goes to work comforting and protecting lips. Wear alone for natural look, with Lip Liner or Lip Gloss. Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15 comes in a sleek and portable polished silver tin.

Stuff that matters: At $17, this is damn well better be better than the average lip balm! But don’t worry – it is better than anything else I’ve tried. It’s very hydrating (my lips haven’t cracked or bled since I stareted using this), and lasts forever. I put a coat of this on in the morning around 7:30 and don’t have to put more lip balm on until around 1:00, after lunch. Now, keep in mind that I lick my lips a lot, and that I snack through the morning. Usually, by lunch, I’ve reapplied lip balm at least once, if not more than that. (Incredible, right?) And hey! SPF 15!! A few more things you should know: this balm is on the sticky side, but don’t let that deter you — because of it, this makes an amazing lip colour base! Liner, gloss, lipstick, you name it: everything layers well over this balm. Especially on my lips, colour tends to pile up around the outer edges and in fine lines if I’ve applied over normal lip balm, but there’s none of that funny business with this one.
So, who should pass on this? Anyone with normal lips, anyone for whom this would be too expensive, or anyone who doesn’t like pot packaging (I don’t, but I’ll take what I can get! My lips were honestly so dry before trying this that they bled on a regular basis.)
Who would I recommend this to? You — if you have dry lips, and you can’t find anything hydrating enough. Or if you’re a lip balm addict! Apply it religiously, which only works out to three or four times a day (angels are quietly rejoicing.) I’m actually okay with the price in the long run, because there’s about three times the amount of product in here as there is in a tube of Labello, which is about $4. And after all, it does do amazing things to the condition of your lips!
Availability: Bergdorf Goodman, BarneysBobbi Brown, Saks, Nordstrom, Macy’s… yah, it’s pretty much everywhere.

Edited to add 15/09/10: I’m still slowly working my way through this pot of lip balm, and still have not found anything even close to it in terms of quality. It’s true love! After over a year, I haven’t even hit pan, and it’s the only balm I’ll turn to when my lips are super-chapped. 

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