I just realised. Yesterday I wore a face full of favourites. It’s my simple daily look with a pink base so I felt oh-so-pretty! It’s a fresh, Monday morning pick-me-up look but I’d love it any day.
No proper pictures of my face (the commuter/outdoor selfies were awkward) but you can get an idea from my Instagram page (@tashasface).
On to the kit:
Expensive as this brand is, I love it. When I first heard of the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara, I did wonder what the point was. Surely the smoke in smokey eyes comes from eyeshadow? Does it really matter which mascara you use?
Well, this mascara is really quite clever.
I love wearing pink make-up because it feels neutral, is a natural colour and makes me feel pretty – just like a rose! So, when I wanted to wear a green dress to a family party, I decided a pretty-in-pink look was perfect. I wouldn’t look over-the-top but would have a health flush of colour to my skin.
Here is my perfect pink kit:
- Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 3 – a great selection of daytime appropriate matte and shimmer pink eyeshadows.
- Bobbi Brown Blush in Desert Pink 18 – my perfect matte pink blusher
- Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in Pink Mauve to fill in my lips as a base for the lipstick
- Bobbi Brown lipstick in Lilac – ignore the name – it definitely looks pink on my lips!
In case you were wondering, here is why I have posted a bunch of mini mascara reviews wearing Anita Grant eyeshadows.
I acquired lots of mascaras through beauty boxes, magazines and general make-up shopping but I didn’t get around to sharing them with you. I also hadn’t used all of my Anita Grant mineral eyeshadows although I had used most of them. I ended up with eight mascaras to write about and I just so happened to have eight Anita Grant mineral eyeshadows.
One evening I decided that I would wear all the mascaras and all of the eyeshadows and photograph them to share with you. That’s how the mini-series came about.
In all of the pictures I am wearing:
- Make-up Revolution I ❤ Makeup Eye Primer;
- Clinique All About Eyes Concealer in Deep Honey;
- Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Powder Foundation in 17 to set the concealer under my eyes, and
- Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Mahogany for my brows.
- EcoTools Concealer Brush to apply the concealer;
- No7 eyeshadow blend & contour brush to set the concealer with the foundation;
- Teez flat stiff brush to apply the eyeshadows
- Ruby & Millie angled eyeliner brush to tidy up any mascara mistakes, and
- The angled brush end of my Bella Pierre dual brush to define my brows.
I also used my Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Make-up Remover to remove the make-up in between pictures.
Eventually this process did start to irritate my eyes so next time I will not wait until I have eight mascaras! I was fun to finally wear all of my Anita Grant eyeshadows – they are so beautiful and some are even a little magical. I will warn you though, the mineral powder will get everywhere if you are not very careful! This is why I usually avoid all types of loose powder but these eyeshadows are too pretty not to use. I have even made a new mental wishlist of more shades to buy!
I hope you enjoyed the mini-series – I would love to know what you thought of it!
Earlier in the summer I attended the Bobbi Brown masterclass “the secret to perfect skin”, in the John Lewis Roof Garden after seeing it in Stylist Magazine. Sorry the post is so late! Buying a ticket was a complete no-brainer – I love Bobbi Brown’s make-up philosophy, the brand really does cater for all skin tones and I think the products are great.
I watched two demonstrations – one showcasing a city chic look and another showing a beach look. Both looks were then taken from day to night. Most importantly, both looks were quite natural, making the models (I say models, but they were women just like us) look like amazing versions of themselves with glowing skin and rosy cheeks and lips, rather than looking like they were wearing make-up. This is the Bobbi Brown way and I love it, especially for daytime.
The make-up artists were Pro Artist Hannah Martin and Featured Artist Zara Findlay. Hannah and Zara explained about skincare and explained how to apply the products. I knew the basics from studying the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual but there is always something new to learn.
I learned how to tight line which was demonstrated by Zara. I always wondered how to do it and now I know. When hayfever season is over I will definitely be trying it! I discovered the Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara, which can be used on top of other Bobbi Brown mascaras to make them water resistant. I also fell in love with the Pot Rouge for Cheeks & Lips. Oh and then there’s the Well I love nearly everything Bobbi Brown so that was no surprise!
After the class there was the opportunity to have mini makeovers. I didn’t have time to get my eyes done but the main reason I was there was to get my summer foundation. During the demonstration, both Zara and Hannah used the Bobbi Brown foundation stick. It looked so easy to use I just had to have one (or some). The ticket price for the event was £25 redeemable on the night, and I’m allowed to buy summer foundation during my epic make-up spending ban, so that was perfectly justifiable.
It turned out that I actually needed two foundation sticks. My forehead is noticeably darker than the rest of my face so the foundation needed for the majority of my face looks completely wrong on my forehead. Well, maybe I don’t need foundation for my forehead on a daily basis because my forehead skintone is very even. My cheeks, however, are another story. The quickest way for me to use the foundations is to swipe the foundation stick in golden (6) on my cheeks, nose and chin and blend out. This gives me a sufficiently even base for the rest of my make-up and is perfect for work and other everyday situations. But, I am going to be a bridesmaid soon and I need to look photo-ready so this is why the darker shade in warm almond (6.5) is needed for my forehead so I can get all-over coverage.
The foundation sticks give a great skin-looking finish so I don’t need powder on a daily basis. However, for photos I don’t want to risk looking oily, so I also tried Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Soft Honey. This looks scarily pale in the compact but as it is so sheer, it acts like translucent powder.
I bought one stick on the night and the rest online. This brought my summer foundation total spend to £85. Ouch (in a good way)!
I then got my lips and cheeks done because I didn’t want to look strange. My lips were prepared with Lip Balm SPF 15 and my lip colour was Tea Rose lipstick – my perfect pink. For my cheeks, Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral was used followed by the Shimmer Brick in Nectar. I already have the shimmer brick and although it is pricey, it is well worth it. I might even go so far as to say it is my favourite Bobbi Brown product, if not my favourite cheek product, full stop. My epic spending ban mean I was not allowed to buy any of this.
I had so much fun and I learned a lot, especially that I don’t need a ton of make-up to look good. I’ve stuck all of the make-up I tried in a Pinterest board here. I can’t wait until this spending ban is over!
I bought the Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation in Golden quite soon after it was released as I needed replacement for my Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder Compact Foundation. I was looking forward to what I hoped would be the new and improved version, although I didn’t think any improvement was needed. I had a quick colour match at the counter and brought it home.
This foundation is not quite light coverage – it’s barely there! It’s a lot lighter than the Illuminating Finish Powder which it replaced. Coverage doesn’t last all day which means I have to carry the foundation with me then I discovered that for some reason, mine didn’t travel well at all and broke a week later. The only thing I could use the powder for before it broke was as a finishing powder – which was really the job of its predecessor.
My attempted repair didn’t last long – it started to crumble again so I crushed it all up and stuck it in an old container. I’ll just use it as a loose finishing powder.
Unfortunately this has been a disappointment for me. I much prefer the formula of the Illuminating Finish Powder as this was great as a finishing powder and a foundation. It’s not often Bobbi Brown misses the mark but this Skin Weightless Powder Foundation just really didn’t work for me.
Following on from yesterday morning’sSummer Melt Make-up, the sun was still in full force which was great!
If you missed my sneak peak on Tasha’s Face Instagram, I wore:
- Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in medium/deep
- Benefit Boi-ing in shade 4
- Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof eye pencil in Blue Remix
- Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Hot Cocoa (discontinued)
- No7 Intense Volume waterproof mascara
- Model Co Crème Rouge in Just Peachy
- Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in shade 17
- Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant
Please ignore the failure to blend – I was in a rush and covered it up with dark sunglasses (and thick rimmed spectacles) anyway!
I feel an “Outfit to Match the Face” post is needed…