I’m sure a lot of my fellow fair-skinned girls can relate to my struggle to find a decent bronzing powder. I’ve always shied away from bronzing products because I could never find something that looked natural enough on my skin, but I think I may have finally found a product that works for me. I ordered the Bobbi Brown bronzer in the shade Antigua after seeing swatches of it online and noticing that it seemed lighter and more pink toned than most bronzers. It balances the line between blush and bronzer, but I’m okay with this because any time I put a brown toned product on my face it ends in disaster. One thing I have to note is that there is some shimmer to the product, which I hadn’t noticed until I caught a glimpse of my face in the train window coming home from work one afternoon. If you’re looking for something a little more mild than your regular bronzing powder, this might just work for you. The Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Antigua retails for $66 AUD and is available for purchase from Bobbi Brown online.
After hearing the news that Katie Holmes had been appointed as the first celebrity face of Bobbi Brown, I felt the urge to buy some of their products (well played Bobbi Brown). I’m really happy with everything that I ordered except for the sparkle eyeshadow in bone, as it doesn’t seem to do much. There is no colour payoff and only a hint of glitter when applied to the eyelid. Out of everything I ordered this would be the one product I wouldn’t recommend. Other than that I really like what I bought, and the other items that I purchased were; blush in nectar, eyeshadow in shell, rich lip colour lipstick in sweet nectar and the illuminating bronzing powder in antigua. (disclaimer: all of these products were purchased by me prior to embarking on project 100 pan!)
As part of my new “spend money like a normal person” lifestyle attempt post-Project 50 Pan, I’ve decided to treat myself to a few seasonal items rather than spend frivolously throughout each month. We’ll see how long this lasts. My Winter treats this year are the Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory (this is a back up as I’m about 3/4 of the way through the bottle I’m currently using), Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Blank Ink, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface and the Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry. They’re not pictured but I also received samples of: the Stila Forever Your Curl Mascara, Lorac Face Selftantalizer (ha), Clinique Stay Matte Foundation in Neutral, Urban Decay Primer Potion and Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Half Baked & Evidence.
I’m not going to lie, the first thing that drew me towards the Bobbi Brown Peony & Python collection was the name. The second thing was the packaging (see above). Bobbi Brown teamed up with fashion label Tibi’s designer Amy Smilovic to create the Peony & Python collection, and I jumped all over the eye palette as soon as I laid eyes on it.
Sorry for the random looking swatches. The colours are: Opal (eye shadow), Cobra (shimmer wash eyeshadow), Lavender (metallic eye shadow), Plum Orchid (eye shadow), Cool Ivory (eye shadow) & Eclipse (eye shadow). I like the fact that there is a mix of different types of eyeshadow throughout the palette, because it opens a few doors as to the kinds of looks you can create with the colours. All of the eyeshadows are smooth and easy to apply, though the lighter shades are not very opaque (especially Opal) and take some building up to get any sort of colour payoff. I ordered my palette from the Sephora website using parcel forwarding service Hop Shop Go, but the Peony & Python Eye Palette is also available for purchase on the (new) Bobbi Brown Australian website for $150 AUD. (note: the markup on this product in Australia is huge, I purchased my palette for $50 USD)
I recently ordered some goodies from Sephora (once again via Hop Shop Go), and they arrived at my door on Wednesday afternoon. Cue happy times. The main purpose of the order was to replace my Givenchy foundation, but if I figured that I might as well order a few other things to make the postage fee worthwhile. I ordered: Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory, NARS Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil in Hollywoodland (at last!), a tube of the Urban Decay Primer Potion and the new Bobby Brown Peony & Python Eyeshadow Palette (which, by the way, cost $100 less at Sephora than it will be retailing for in Australia). I also picked up a couple of the Urban Decay Glitter Eyeliners for my co-worker, and shipping from Hop Shop Go to Australia ended up being around $30 AUD. Not bad, especially considering how much I’m saving on the Bobbi Brown palette alone!