Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream

Bobbi Brown you are really floating my boat at the moment! I’m totally loving Bobbi Brown skincare.

It takes me ages (as in, ahem, years), to try a different moisturiser because at work THERE CAN BE NO SURPRISES! I need to know the products that I use work reliably on everyone, anytime. And they need to play nicely together as well. I don’t want to moisturise and then add a sunscreen that pills up on the skin and goes weird, or that makes the foundation sit on top of the skin or make it look cakey and masky. And I’m certainly not going to drag a million products around either, so things that ALMOST make the cut just aren’t an option.

Thus my skin bag is now really small as it’s a tiny, perfect edit of products I love and that work amazingly well together. When another product is coming into the bag, it’s a BIG DEAL. I test it on myself (and sometimes my teenage son who as it turns out is quite partial to a bit of luxury skincare), then it goes in with my older products and I start busting it out here and there to see how it performs. It doesn’t replace my current favourite product for quite awhile until I’m definitely sure.

So if Bobbi Brown skincare has finally made it into the bag, it means it’s good y’all! I’ve loved the BB Vitamin Enriched Face Base for years and now it’s summer in London I’m rocking the BB Hydrating Gel Cream which is a water-based moisturiser, so perfect and cooling for the summer months. It plumps the skin and leaves it looking hydrated but not greasy. So even the oiliest skins love it as it plumps the surface but doesn’t create more shine. It works well with mattifiers as well like MAC Matte and YSL Blur Perfector and basically provides the perfect base for makeup. My new skincare love.

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In My Makeup Kit: Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

 

This is my favourite moisturizer du jour. It’s the perfect weight for trans-seasonal times like this, and it has a heavenly scent – hard to describe but it’s like a cross between citrus and sunshine, in a jar. That means it’s like a little slice of holidays in your kit, and makes both you and clients feel (briefly) like you’re on a tropical island, instead of a windowless studio in London.

It contains shea butter and feels hydrating but is oil-free, so the skin feels plump and juicy and ready for makeup application, but never greasy. I love this all over as a hydrating base or it’s also nice as a sheen on cheekbones. I’ve even been known to use it on lids for a soft non-shimmery highlight which is beautiful when photographed.

I do love the Bobbi Brown range. I find it such a simple, no-nonsense incredibly comprehensive brand that works both for makeup artists and also for real life. I’m always recommending the Bobbi Brown foundation and concealers to clients as the range is very inclusive for all skin tones (from Icelandic models to Somalian beauties), and the staff are also very well trained. So you won’t find yourself walking in for a concealer and coming out with a 12 step contouring kit that looks like a blueprint of the Hadron Collider that you’d need a degree in engineering to figure it out. Just the right makeup for you, and your skin tone. Bobbi has always stuck to her guns and produced consistently flattering makeup that just works, and she’s always in my kit.

This is how this moisturiser makes you feel – like you’re on holiday! Daria Werbowy giving some island vibes in US Vogue, 2004. Shot by Patrick Demarchelier, makeup by Gucci Westman.

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From the Front Lines: Kate Upton Signed as the new Celebrity Face of Bobbi Brown

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I was delighted to hear that lovely American model Kate Upton has been signed by Bobbi Brown as the new face of the brand (and I also have to confess that I’m more excited to see her new campaigns than more of Katie Holmes. I find her underwhelming I’m afraid). One of my favourite models for one of my favourite brands, yes please!

Kate has that real original 90’s supermodel vibe to her, reminiscent of Cindy and Claudia back in the day. She’s helped bring big boobs back into high-fashion, and being of the larger busted persuasion myself, I’m very grateful that she’s helping make big boobs look chic and glamorous, and not porn star.

Great call, Bobbi Brown. Kate Upton looks like the kind of girl who’d be a laugh to hang out with – and I’d definitely buy makeup from her.

Here’s how versatile Kate Upton is – her real self, with Bobbi Brown:

 And a BTS video from her first big Italian Vogue shoot by Steven Meisel, the classic femme fatale:

 Now THAT’S what I call a model.

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The Foundation Files – Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

I’ve been very naughty – I’ve been using this for nearly a YEAR without telling you about it. In fact, I’ve nearly finished the tube and I haven’t said a word. Let’s just say it’s a very rare thing for me to finish a foundation – I always switch them out for whatever new one I happen to be testing. But this one – I just keep going back to it.

The finish is perfect – it’s like a souped up tinted moisturizer. It melts into the skin, eradicating any redness or discoloration that you might have. It never looks masky and it has just the right amount of glow to look like – well, like nothing at all. Like Mother Nature really, really likes you.

I love the practical black tube which you can toss in your handbag or kit, and for a BB cream it comes in a decent range of shades – 9 in total. Like all BB foundations it covers the skin spectrum from alabaster to mahogany. (One of the many reasons I do love her range of makeup so).

I was super skeptical of BB creams when they first came out, which is why I was so late to that party – they seemed to me like a cynical rebranding of tinted moisturisers. I’m always a bit wary of new products that get released as there is a fair amount of Emperor’s New Clothes that goes into makeup. New! Shiny! Fantastic! Exactly like something that came out four years ago that we’re hoping you’ve forgotten about!  Plus the first BB creams that I tried only came in about two colours – fantastic for the two people who happen to come in those shades! The rest of us? In the too hard basket.

That is, until I tried the Bobbi Brown BB Cream for a foundation article I was writing, and I was sold, hook line and sinker. These *MAY* even make it into my kit when I do a foundation reorganize. You never know your luck in the big city.

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An Ode to Cream Blush

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When the weather in the Northern hemisphere starts warming up, and the beach (or at least a patch of green grass in the park) starts beckoning, I know it’s time to start switching up my makeup routine. It’s almost instinctive – powders start feeling goopy and heavy, your skin wants lighter products (with sunscreen!) and you don’t feel like spending lots of time getting ready. In summer let’s face it, everyone generally looks better with a flush of healthy colour.

With that in mind, I love cream products as they are fast, portable, can be dabbed on with a finger and let your natural glow come through. For me in summer, it’s all about cream blushes and bronzers. Here are my picks of the season:

Stila Convertible Colour – these are the prettiest flush you will find in a compact. I carry about 8 in my kit on every makeup job, and pat them on to the apple of the cheek either with my fingers, or with a sponge. You can also blend in with a brush, and my favourite for this is the MAC 187 large duofibre blending brush.

Paul & Joe Creamy Cheek in 03 – this is it, this is the one that I’m personally wearing all summer long. Deceptively pale in its sweet Art-deco inspired pink packaging, it can be built to a gorgeous flush of colour with a subtle shimmer that makes you look uber-healthy.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge – These come in a gorgeous chunky pot and really can be used on lips and cheeks. I love Calypso Coral for a punchy flush of colour and Summer Tan for a monochromatic bronze effect.

NARS Multiples – yes, every one raves about these because they are amazing. The shimmery bronze-y shades are my favourite, and I mix and match St Barts, South Beach and Palm Beach depending on the models’ skin tone. You can also add Malibu or Riviera on the apples of the cheek (if you felt like taking a walk on the wild side.)

Chanel Bronze Universel – a big, chunky beautiful pot of caramel bronze goodness with a hint of shimmer – just enough to look like skin, that you buff in with a big brush. Such a perfect start to the day as well – dipping into a big pot with the double C’s on top.

Becca – juicy, sweet little pans of blush in punchy, unusual colours like Hyacinth, Turkish Rose and Amaryllis. I keep a good selection on hand at all times, and it is equally sweet on lips. This is a lovely range for the summer months as no-one does flattering, natural, juicy summer colours like an Aussie brand, and this one definitely fits the bill.

These are just a few of my favourite cream blushes – The other lovely thing about cream blushes is you can layer them under your powder blush or bronzer to create a new, more longer lasting blush colour. Because cream blush, like summer, will fade. But the memory of it lingers on.