Beauty, Makeup

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick 

I officially have a new favorite lipstick! That’s right – out of all the many lipsticks I’ve tried and reviewed and adored, I actually have a FAVORITE! Recently, I received a tube of the Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick in a lipstick set I bought from Sephora. When I looked at the retail price, I was kind of unnerved because it does retail for $37, which is pretty high for a lipstick. However, I was completely blown away by this lipstick!

I received a shade that I never would have picked for myself (seen above). The shade is “Brocade” and it’s a bright purple plum shade with a lot of depth to it, and I must say that it actually compliments my very pale cool-toned skin very well. It is extremely opaque and really only needs one layer of product to cover the lips completely and evenly. That was the first thing that impressed me because many lip products require more than one layer or they kind of need evening out after the first layer. With this one, I just had to do one swipe and I was good to go. Adding to its ease of application, there was no mess and it was easy to wipe away any mistakes I made without smearing everything.

As if that wasn’t already amazing enough, I was absolutely THRILLED by the lasting-power of this product. It lasts forever! Even when it begins to fade, it fades evenly throughout the lips. Most lipsticks fade most in the the center of the lips where the lips open into the mouth, and this creates a really uneven look throughout the day, but that didn’t happen at all with this product. The color faded evenly and still looked amazing even when it had faded. It went from looking like a bold lipstick to a lovely, even berry stain, which was just as pretty.

Uncomfortable anecdotal evidence: I was wearing this lipstick on a really bad emotional day (I found out my identity had been stolen – but don’t worry, I’m totally okay and it has all been resolved since then). My anxiety got so bad that I had two panic attacks (with lots of crying) and I vomited. When I was finally home and getting ready to take a shower, I looked in the mirror and saw my face – puffy from all the crying, smeared mascara everywhere, streaks of foundation that tears had almost washed away …. and perfect lips. That’s right, even at my absolute worst, this lipstick did not smear or completely fade and still looked gorgeous.

Most long-wear lipsticks tend to dry out your lips. This is just the nature of the beast because the properties that make them long-lasting are naturally drying, but this was very minimal with this product. I won’t saw that my lips weren’t a little dry at the end of the day. They were, but it wasn’t visually obvious at all. I believe this is because the lipstick is formulated with vitamins C and E to combat potential dryness.

Overall, this is absolutely the best lipstick I’ve ever tried. Despite the high price tag, I just ordered another one in “Retro Red” which is a gorgeous blue-red shade, and I’m so excited to try it. If it works just as well as this one, then I think I will have found the absolute best red lipstick, which has always been one of my life goals.

Do you have a very favorite lipstick that you want everyone to know about? If so, please let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

Bobbi Brown Eyes 

I love eye makeup. There’s something that is so mesmerizing about eyes. It’s the feature I stare at most in others, so it makes sense that most of my makeup routine revolves around creating different eye looks. I recently received two eye makeup samples from Bobbi Brown: the Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick and the Eye Opening Mascara. These can both be purchased from Sephora for $30 each.

First, let’s talk about the cream shadow stick. I loved the texture of this product – it’s very creamy  (as its name suggests). It’s easy to apply and does dry down. Unfortunately, without an eye shadow primer, it does tend to settle into the eye crease. Also, I was pleased with the staying power of this product. It definitely did last all day and still looked vivid and sparkly when I got home from work. I would definitely recommend this shadow, especially for people who prefer creams to powders for eye shadow. If you’ve never considered a cream shadow, I would recommend one if your eyelids seem to lack natural oils. If lids are too dry, it can make powder shadows look a bit patchy. If this frequently happens to you, maybe you should try a cream shadow which has a bit of natural moisture and might glide on well with a drier eyelid. People with oilier lids can use cream shadows too, although they might not last as long on an oily lid.

As for the mascara, it was definitely just okay. For $30, I expected a much better finish. It had a bold brush and deposited a nice amount of product, but while my eyelashes did seem to have more volume and were appropriately darkened, they remained very straight and would not hold a curl at all. My overall lash look seemed very lackluster with this particular mascara, so I will probably be giving this sample to a friend. I will not be purchasing the full size.

Have you tried anything from this brand? I’d love to know your thoughts on some of their other products!

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-XO Tiffy

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