Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement Serum – Review

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For the past 10 weeks I have been testing Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement as my daily night time serum. Taken from the Bobbi Brown website Intensive Skin supplement is “an advanced, multi-benefit serum that improves skin’s appearance as it helps prevent the visible signs of aging including dark spots and fine, dry lines. White Birch Extract reduces the look of fine, dry lines, while Grape Extract helps clarify and brighten the complexion. After just four weeks’ use, skin looks firmer, smoother, more even-toned and radiant.” I picked this bottle up from my local department store for £45 and have gotten around two thirds of the way through it in 10 weeks.

Packaging: This serum comes in a semi-opaque bronze bottle with a dropper on the top. I would have preferred if the bottle was fully opaque and there was less air exposure so that the anti-oxidants can remain more stable. However, I have to say I really like the way this bottle looks.

Formula: This serum is water based and contains a few silicones and glycerin which gives it a nice texture and leads to a plumping effect on the skin. Grape Extract is said to help even out skin tone and Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant (may not remain stable because of packaging), Castor oil is also present in this formula making it moisturising whilst not being comedogenic.  It is also fragrance-free making it suitable for sensitive skin. The formula is marketed for all skin types.

Texture and appearance: This serum is clear in appearance. The texture is very watery but once I pat it into the skin it becomes quite sticky. This absorbs in within seconds but leaves a sticky residue, which in my opinion makes it unsuitable for daytime.

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Effects: On the very first night of using this I woke up to more balanced skin, my oily T-zone was less oily and my cheeks were more hydrated. I also had a big red spot on my left cheekbone which disappeared within 2 days of using this and an overall reduction in redness. I’ve been using this only at nighttime only and my skin looks and feels plump and evenly toned. Together with my Paula’s Choice BHA liquid this has reduced the bumpy texture in my T-zone as well. If you have mature or dry skin however this may not be moisturising enough.

Having used this serum for a while now I can say that my skin looks more balanced and the serum has complimented the rest of my skin care routine. I know that this serum is one that I can go back to should my skin break out but I’m not sure I would necessarily purchase it again as it didn’t make me say “wow” unlike Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair.  I experienced balancing in my skin making it perfect for combination/ oily skin and an overall reduction in redness which also makes it suitable for sensitive skin. It is simple and effective skin care with some great ingredients which prevents ageing. Based on that I recommend it if you have troublesome combination-oily skin that is prone to breakouts.

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 (Medium to Dark) – Review

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Taken from the Bobbi Brown website:

“Moisturise, perfect and protect-instantly and over time. Now it’s easier than ever to get great skin with Bobbi Brown’s new BB Cream SPF 35. Inspired by a skincare/makeup hybrid that’s a cult favorite in Asia, this formula combines moisturiser, treatment, SPF and a lightweight foundation in one. Plus, it’s available in nine skin tone correct shades carefully formulated by Bobbi herself. Consider it your skin’s new best friend.

The secret to its multitasking magic: Water-attracting molecules boost hydration; light reflective pearls brighten dull skin; botanical extracts and caffeine reduce discolouration and redness; pore-reducing peptides minimise fine lines; and finally, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and antioxidants fend off future damage.”

I purchased this BB Cream at my local department store for £29.00. BB Creams are great because they moisturise the skin, contain anti-oxidants and also SPF. I’ve been using this same tube since April 2014 and nearly a year on I still have a quarter of the tube to go which makes this great value for money. There are nine shades to choose from and the shade range is quite forgiving. I was matched to Medium-Dark. This shade matches best to those who wear between Honey and Golden in Bobbi Brown foundation.

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Packaging: The packaging of this BB Cream means that there is minimal light and air exposure, therefore the anti-oxidant and SPF ingredients stay stable. I like products that come in tubes as they are more much hygienic too.

Formula: The active sunscreen ingredients in this product are : Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 4%, Oxybenzone 2.5%, Titanium Dioxide 1.1%. I’m not a huge fan of chemical sunscreens and would prefer to see more Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in the formula, nonetheless this has decent UVB and UVA protection. The dimethicone present in the formula gives the cream a nice slip. Also the added anti-oxidants are a great to prevent premature ageing.

Fragrance: This product has no fragrance making it non-irritant and suitable for sensitive skin. This is a big pro for me when choosing skincare/make-up.

Feel/Texture:  This BB cream is very thick and moisturising. For my skin I need less than a pea size amount. I find that it is quite difficult to blend without streaks, it is best blended with a buffing face brush or fingers. The finish is dewy and looks skin-like.

I use this BB Cream sort of like a foundation for everyday use, meaning I wear it on top of my anti-oxidant serum and sunblock moisturiser. The reason being that in order to get all of the sun protection from a BB cream alone you would have to use a LOT of product and this cream is way too heavy for that.  The coverage is light, it won’t cover hyper-pigmentation or spots (I rarely get them), but it does even out my skin tone. I really like how this looks on my skin immediately after I  powder down the T-Zone, after first application.

I have combination skin and I find my T-Zone gets very oily within 4 hours  of using this. By the end of the day my skin is shiny and dewy, I don’t particularly mind myself but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re not a fan of the dew. Also this cream oxidises and separates a bit after 8 hours, less so if you don’t wear sunblock underneath.

I would recommend this BB Cream for daily use as it has some good moisturising and protective ingredients, it is catered to those with dry/mature, sensitive skin. If you’re oily you’re better off avoiding this one. Due to the low amount of coverage it should only be used by those who have good skin but just wants some extra protection and light coverage. I would recommend wearing an SPF underneath the cream for some extra protection.

http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk/product/2573/21694/Skincare/Moisturisers/Face/BB-Cream-SPF-35/New-Shades/index.tmpl 

What is your favourite BB cream? Comment below and let me know 🙂

Jay x

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge – Powder Pink 6 – Review

Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday. I went out for a coffee earlier with one of my good friends and we took a trip to the department store where I picked up this cream blush.

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This is the Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks from Bobbi Brown in the colour Powder Pink (6) and it cost £19.00.

First lets talk about the packaging. As with all Bobbi Brown makeup this compact comes in the sleek black packaging with a mirror on the top making it perfect for touch-ups on the go. The texture of this is extremely emollient and oily which makes application a dream. It is best applied with your fingers or a soft blush brush. On the lips this has the texture of a moisturising lip balm.

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The colour of this cream blush is very different to most pink blushes, it’s a soft pink with a brown undertone which makes it look very grown up. It leaves an extremely dewy, “expensive” finish on the cheeks. If you have very oily skin this is probably a no-go for you because the formula contains castor oil, also if you have sensitive skin you should avoid this as it contains perfume. The colour pay-off is subtle but can be built up. IMG_2466

Overall I am loving this blush, I often find pink blushes a bit too bright and garish. If you’re looking for a more mature way to wear pink then this is the way forward. If you’re someone who touches their face a lot then you will need to reapply this blush as it rubs off easily.

Jay x

Berry Make-Up Look – Tutorial

It was my New Year Party at work the other day and I was in a rush to pull together a look that would complement the purple-berry coloured dress I was wearing. This look is extremely easy and requires very little skill (honestly!)

To start off I primed my eyelids with MAC Prep + Prime Eye in Medium to neutralise the discolouration on the lid. I then used Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the lid. I brushed Bobbi Brown “Ivory” eyeshadow all over the eyelid as a neutral base then took the ELF Baked Eyeshadow in “Burnt Plum” and blended this into the crease, outer V and two thirds of the eyelid. I wing-lined the top eyelid with Urban Decays Liquid Liner in “Perversion” and finished with Rimmel Wonder’full Mascara on the top eyelashes only. The reason I didn’t do anything with the bottom lashes is because I was wearing a dark lipstick and didn’t want to over-do the look.

My eyebrows were outlined first with MAC Eyebrow Pencil in “Spiked” and then filled in with KIKO Eyebrow Expert Kit in Deep Brunette (this is a fabulous product by the way).

Next I completed the base. I used MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NW40 and blended out with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This foundation is high coverage and photographs really well. To cover up my panda eyes I used MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer in NW35 (another fabulous product). As there was already a lot going on my face I didn’t want to use a blusher, so instead I used ELF Studio Baked Bronzer in St Lucia to bronze all over and contour my nose and cheeks.

As a final touch I lined my lips with NYX Lip Liner in “Deep Red” and applied a few coats of “Black Dahlia” from OCC on my lips to reach the colour below >>>

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Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener (Dark Peach) – Review

Now it is no secret that I’m a Bobbi Brown girl, I met this brand when I was 18 and I have loved it ever since. It is also no secret that I have awful dark circles under my eyes that make me look like I’ve been in the ring with Mike Tyson!

I’m not a fan of heavy make-up during the daytime so I wanted to try a light under eye concealer that would survive my 12 hour day without settling into my fine lines, but would also brighten the under eye area.

Cue, Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener.

My foundation match for Bobbi Brown is Honey or Medium to Dark and for MAC it is NC44. I was matched to Dark Peach for the Tinted Eye Brightener.

The packaging is a 6ml clear plastic tube, which is great as you can see how much product you have left. The doe-foot applicator make application of the product smooth and precise.

Clear tube packaging and doe-foot applicator
Clear tube packaging and doe-foot applicator

The lady at the Bobbi Brown counter explained that this concealer can be used under the eyes as well as on the eye lid. The consistency is a light, blendable cream and it has a buildable coverage. I apply this product by dotting it under my eyes and blending out with a concealer brush, you can also use your ring finger. I then pat the product in with my ring finger. If necessary I will put another layer of product on for more coverage.

From left to right: Without concealer, application of concealer, blended concealer
From left to right: Without concealer, application of concealer, one layer blended concealer

This product is great for someone who finds that concealers always cake and settle under their eyes after a long day. I use this product every day when I go to work and a single tube lasts me around 4 months and costs around £20.

I will say that this product isn’t that pigmented or thick and would probably be better for highlighting purposes than concealing dark circles.

http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk/product/2335/24765/Makeup/Face/Correctors-Concealers/Tinted-Eye-Brightener/index.tmpl

Are you a fan of this product? Comment below and let me know your thoughts.

Jay x