Monday, 1 September 2014

SOME BOBBI BROWN FAVOURITES

There are many products I like from Bobbi Brown range but recently I've been loving these two for a simple daytime makeup look. I do like Bobbi Brown eyeshadows alot and I find them long-lasting and overall beautiful. On me they last longer than Chanel's duos. My favourite colour currently is Champagne, a light golden beige, perfect for lightly highlighting the eyelid for a no makeup look. It evens out the skintone of the eyelids and adds a touch of light satiny sheen. This particular shades belongs to the Shimmer wash eye shadow range but I'd rather describe it as a pearly satin. Overall it's a perfect eyeshadow range with beautiful colours for anyone. The other product that I like it a Golden Light bronzer. It is officially described as a "light tan" which is pretty accurate. It's a perfect bronzer for someone with a light skintone as it simply adds a touch of fuss free warmth to the skin. It's matte, easy to blend. There's no pink in this bronzer so I'd say it's better used with a blusher for a healthy and glowing look. The next product I'm going to try is a Maui illuminating bronzer which looks more like a delicate pinky coral shimmery blusher. 

Bobbi Brown Champagne eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Golden Light bronzer

Bobbi Brown Golden Light bronzer ingredients

Bobbi Brown Champagne eyeshadow ingredients

MY NEW SKINCARE

A couple of weeks ago I decided to try some new skincare. After giving a go to many high-end brands like Clinique, Estee Lauder, Chanel, Lancome etc and also some "natural" skincare brands I decided to come back to French pharmacie brands like La Roche-Posay as many of them offer skincare ranges for sensitive skin. This year I had to deal with an eczema come-back as well as extra sensitivity of my skin after the eczema was almost gone. Many creams that are designed to relieve the symptoms of eczema are very emollient and even unpleasant to use as they are normally overloaded with mineral oil and are supposed to leave a film on your skin to protect it from drying out. I stopped using any "natural" skincare products because many of them contain fragrant oils (citrus, lavender, peppermint etc) which can be irritating for a sensitive skin like mine. 

A-Derma is a Pierre Fabre brand just like Avene is. I am not a big fan of Avene as everything I tried from that brand didn't really make any difference to my skin and I don't like the scent of most of their products. I have tried the green range from A-Derma before but it was so long ago that I barely remember it. Recently I discovered the pink range from A-Derma which is designed for sensitive skin. I've got a Sensifluid creamy cleanser (which I like) and makeup remover and a Hydralba Light hydrating cream. Even though many skincare brands try to avoid adding fragrances to their products for sensitive skin, this cream does contain a fragrance but I've not experienced any allergic reaction. I've been using it for two weeks by now and so far, I'm very pleased with it. It is excellent under makeup, it's very light and absorbs quickly. The packaging is pretty too. Overall, it's an inexpensive and effective moisturiser for someone who's got normal/combination skin type. I believe that it would not provide enough hydration for dry skin. There's the original Hydralba cream too which must be richer, I haven't yet tried this one but I am going to buy one for the winter time!

Hydralba Light hydrating cream ingredients

Friday, 29 August 2014

BOBBI BROWN POT ROUGE IN ROSE

It's been a long time since I decided to try a Pot Rouge from Bobbi Brown. They've been around for years but never attracted me enough to want to own one of those. I'm not a big fan of cream blushes in general as I find the application more time-consuming. I've been using powder blushes for years, basically when I first started to use makeup and for me personally, a blush is a must. I've got light skin and brown eyes and hair. Such a contrast often requires a touch of blusher/bronzer. 

I came to see a Bobbi Brown team in John Lewis to find a good bronzer. Their range is perfect for anyone so I never have difficulties choosing something fuss free, elegant and wearable. I do like Bobbi Brown makeup philosophy and in general, if you don't follow trends or want to look natural and polished, Bobbi Brown is a good brand to consider. It's one of Estee Lauder brands and I like Estee Lauder brand portfolio alot. 

While browsing the range of makeup at Bobbi Brown counter I looked into Pot Rouge cream colours again and I thought that it's time to try one of those on. I liked the Rose colour immidiately as it's a different kind of rose colour. Every company means different things when they create something that contains the word "rose" in the name. Brighter cool/mauve rosy pinks come to mind and these colours don't go well with my slightly warmer colouring. Bobbi Brown's Rose, however, is a natural medium rose colour with a hint of brown or terracotta. The more you blend it the sheerer it becomes. Originally it's very pigmented. By the way, the official description of the colour is "a pink rose". To be honest, there's not much pink in it, unless pink is a paler red in this case! It's such a wonderful and flattering colour that I bought that Pot Rouge immidiately and started wearing it the next day. I believer it will suit so many but I would definitely recommend one of those for someone who's got abit of yellow in their skintone and green or brown eyes. Pot Rouge in Rose is beautiful as a lip stain and a blush. It's not really long lasting, but it wears off evenly. I normally don't like long-lasting products as they tend to be heavier and less hydrating. I'm not a big fan of Bobbi Brown packaging as if I compare it to Chanel packaging I think Chanel do a better job. However, it's still simple, functional and sleek. 





Friday, 22 August 2014

CHANEL ROUGE COCO SHINE LIPSHINE IN CONFIDENT (94)


The latests addition to my collection of lipsticks is Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in Confident (94). It's a part of Chanel's autumn 2014 collection which is called Etats Poetiques. In general, it's a beautiful collection but Confident was the only shade that I really liked. Apparently it will be joining the permanent range of Rouge Coco Shines! I've been using Rouge Coco Shines for a very long time by now and even though I believe there are other lipsticks that excel at different categories (hydration, staying power, pigmentation etc) but these lipshines combine all the characteristics that are important to me personally so I keep coming back to them. 

What I like the most about Chanel lipsticks is the range of colours. Normally it doesn't take me a long time to find the colours that suit my style and mood, they are often very chic and wearable. There's something sophisticated about them. I do believe that the formulas of Chanel lipsticks are not the best, there are better ones on the market. For example, Rouge Volupte Shine from YSL is fantastic, it is truly hydrating, long lasting and creamy, but unfortunately there are just a couple of colours I like from the whole range while I would not say no to any of Rouge Coco Shine from Chanel. The elegance of Chanel colours is comparable to the elegance of Dior Addict lipstick range but I prefer the packaging of Chanel. I do like the range of Burberry lipstick colours but Burberry counters are not as widespread. Also, there are many products from Chanel that I really like so it is convenient to get their lipsticks as well. I do hope though, that they will re-formulate their Rouge Coco lipsticks as the formula seems dated. 

As for Confident, it's a beautiful sheer dusty rose/plummy shade which reminds me of Boy (but with no shimmer and less pink) and Mademoiselle (05) Rouge Coco. It's one of those chic shades that looks better on. It's very close to the natural lip pigment so on me it gives my lips a slightly deeper colour. It doesn't sound like alot especially when it's not even that hydrating, but it is a truly elegant shade, it makes you look polished. I find it much more attractive for autumn than peachy/coral shades that have been so popular in the past few years! 

CHANEL STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF EYELINER IN CASSIS


The other day I went to John Lewis to take a look at the the new Chanel collection of makeup for autumn 2014. The only thing that really attracted me was a Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in Confident (94). I've noticed that I gravitate towards dusty rose and plummy colours once my summer tan starts to fade so I decided to get an eyeliner in Cassis as well. Cassis is a deep plum shade. This eyeliner is a twist up (and down!) pencil with a tiny sharpener on the other side of the pencil. It's waterproof and very long lasting. I am so impressed with it so far that I would even say that it's the nicest eyeliner I've used. In general Chanel eyeliners are great, both quality and colour range but this one really exceeded all my expectations. The extra fine line can be achieved and, on my eyes at least, it lasts the whole day (usually 8 AM until late evening). It's slightly harder than other Chanel pencils that I own but it's not difficult to apply and actually it results in more precision. By the end of the day I am glad to find out that it still looks fresh and neat. I would definitely recommend checking this one out!