Bobbi Brown: Foundation Stick Review

Bobbi Brown Make-Up

I follow Bobbi Brown on twitter, so lately I had been noticing their tweets on the foundation stick. I’ve tried foundation sticks in the past (years and years ago) but not the Bobbi Brown one. I read some reviews and as usual mostly positive but some negatives. Some of the negatives were that it was too heavy. This kind of made me wary about this product, as I don’t like the heavy-too-much makeup look. However, I was out of my tinted moisturizer and thought I would give this foundation stick a try. And that’s how I ended up at Neiman Marcus.

The lady at the Bobbi Brown counter helped me with choosing a color. We tried 3 different colors and ended up with the Warm Beige foundation stick as the best fit for my skin tone. She then proceeded with adding some bronzing powder in Golden Light (1), blush, and creamy lipstick (Uber Pink). She had informed me that with a $150 Bobbi Brown purchase I would get a gift  which consisted of a classic eye & cheek palette, mini mascara, and mini eye cream. I went ahead and bought the foundation stick, bronzing powder, lipstick, and a face brush as I needed some new makeup. I was surprised when they asked me what tote color I wanted, as I still had no idea about their beauty event (free tote with $125 beauty purchase +free samples). I chose the blue one, and honestly I didn’t look inside until yesterday and found all these beauty samples.

I took a photo after the mini-Bobbi Brown counter make-over and here it is:


After my Bobbi Brown makeup counter mini-makeover (wearing BB foundation stick in Warm Beige, blush, bronzing powder in Golden Light, and Uber Pink lipstick)

It’s been only a few days since I have been using the Bobbi Brown foundation stick in Warm Beige, but I really like it. I can tell from the photo, the BB makeup counter lady put more of the foundation on than I usually do. I only need a few small little dabs of the foundation stick, which I blend with the face brush and it looks pretty natural. It doesn’t feel heavy, and it doesn’t melt off. I think a little goes a long way, so if you think it’s too heavy maybe try using a little less. I am also loving the Uber Pink creamy lipstick, which is perfect for day/work.

If you are looking to update your makeup, you might want to check out NM during their beauty event going on until 9/21. That way, you not only get what you need, but also a free tote!



How Long Does Makeup Last? Does it Expire?

Makeup: When to Toss Out

I have to admit I am guilty of keeping makeup around for longer than I should. I probably have tons of makeup I should throw out. At least I am no longer wearing it! Expired makeup can cause styes, conjunctivitis, and blemishes. If you haven’t gone through your makeup in a while, this might be a good time to go through it and toss out all expired beauty products.

Beauty products applied around the eyes have the shortest shelf life. Mascara and liquid eyeliner should be replaced at 3 months. Pencil eyeliner will last you a little longer as long as you sharpen regularly. Once you see it has developed a white film, it’s time to stop using it. And even though powder eyeshadow should last as long as other powder beauty products, it does have a higher risk of contamination. Eyeshadow comes in contact more often with the mucous membrane, which could cause a transfer of bacteria back to the product and then back to your eyes.

Make sure you are storing your makeup in a dry place. The bathroom sink might not be the best place to store makeup since it’s a moist environment which could cause bacteria to breed.

If your makeup starts changing colors or has a funny smell to it, it’s probably time to throw it out. Next time you buy makeup, it might be a good idea to label it with the date (Month/Year) you opened it so it will be easier for you to tell when a beauty product has become expired.

I for one, will start buying smaller tubes of mascara since it expires so quickly and it’s not something I wear every day.

Fashion&Beauty- What I learned this week…

Fashion & Beauty- What I learned this week.

1. The lovely Merona® top from Target will fit you a bit too long if you are petite. I bought it in size S because I thought XS might shrink. Although, XS was about the same length as the small.  If you are petite, you can wear it with a skirt and just make sure to tuck it in.  I wore it with jeans for a more casual look, but it didn’t work because it was way too long.

2. I had been searching for some comfy and simple flats for quite a while.  I found these ballet flats at Banana Republic several weeks ago. Finally, last weekend I decided to wear them. They were only half-comfy.  Half, as in it felt great on my left foot but not so much on the right one.  Maybe my feet are weird, but these flats really bothered the back of my right foot.  It left me with a blister on my Achilles tendon.  I tried to wear them again yesterday and as soon as I slipped my right foot in the pain started.  I read the reviews on Banana Republic and they are mostly positive.  There were a couple that also found them uncomfortable, but not many.  Like I said, maybe I have weird feet.

3. I just found out Katie Holmes is the Spokesmodel for Bobbi Brown. I had no idea.  I was at Nordstrom’s when I noticed the huge picture of Katie Holmes advertising Bobbi Brown cosmetics. Since I have not bought make-up in months, I decided to stop at the counter.  Has anyone tried Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation? I have only tried their mineral make-up. I thought I would try their compact foundation this time. The hip young gentleman at the counter tried a couple of shades on me and decided Natural Tan was a fit. We will see how much I agree with him after I wear it a couple of times.  Sometimes make-up looks good inside the store but once you get home it looks completely different.

4. No more Bobbi Brown tinted lip balm???? I need to visit the make-up counters at Nordstrom’s more often. I have no idea when they discontinued this great product, but I am sad.  I loved their tinted lip balm….

You can buy:

Peter pan collar top ($19.99) at Target

Abbey Ballet Flat ($79) at Banana Republic

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact ($46) at Nordstrom

Wear Red Day

Did you know this coming Friday, February 1st is National Wear Red Day? Or more importantly, that heart disease kills more women than all other cancers combined.  In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute started what has become the National Wear Red Day®.  This year they will be celebrating 10 years of raising awareness!
Support the cause by wearing your boldest of bold red this year! If it’s Casual Friday at work- wear a bright red cute top with jeans.  Or go for the red skinny jeans! You have a fancy date that evening? In that case, you could wear a simply stunning red dress or red chiffon skirt.  Or support the cause with just a hint of red with a scarf, handbag, earrings or even your nail polish!
Tell all of your friends  about National Wear Red Day®! You don’t want them to feel left out. You can all even join the America Goes Red Challenge!
Wear Red Day

Loft dress

Heart sweater

Zip bag