Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Collection

I am a bit of a browny, nudey, smokealicious fan – so when I saw the new Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate collection, I may have swooned just a little. Just how gorgeous!?

The initial item that stole my heart was the Rich Chocolate eye shadow palette (£39.50) – 7 varying chocolately brown shades housed in a slim brown mirrored palette, with a superb double ended eyeshadow and eyeliner brush included.

There are five matt shades, one Sparkle Eyeshadow and one Shimmer Wash. Bone is very light but great for creating a base or to add a little lighter tone to the inner corner of the eye. Stone, Frappe and Cocoa are gorgeous chocolate shades, with Rich Cocoa being perfect for the outer corner or a full on smokey eye. Caramel Sparkle adds definition to the eye, and Champagne Truffle is a truly beautiful gold. 

The Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Bittersweet (£20) is so deliciously creamy and easy to blend. It can be used to line the eyes then smudged out, all over for a smokey eye, or a base for other eyeshadows.

The lipsticks in the collection are Baby Pink and Berry (£19 each) – both gorgeous classic shades and perfect for this season. They compliment the brown eyeshadows perfectly and have a slightly orangey taste to them that takes me back to my childhood. I love the way that the lipsticks are shaped – making them super-easy to apply to your lips. 

The blush’s mirror the colours of the lipsticks. Pink Coral (£19) is a new shade which I am in love with! It’s such a flattering, universal shade. Berry (£19) is limited edition and really highly pigmented. Paler faces will only need a light dusting of this, and it will look beautiful on darker skin tones.

I also have the Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner (£17.50) from the collection in Dark Chocolate Ink, which is a very dark brown and a nice alternative to black gel liner. It’s so dark it’s almost black, but takes some harshness away for a softer look. The Extreme Party Mascara (£19) in Black Chocolate, again is really dark but softer than wearing black – and a really pretty shade on the eyes.

I have created a couple of looks to show how soft or bold these new products can be, depending on the occasion or what floats your personal boat!

For the look I used Champagne Truffle Shimmer all over my lid taking it up to the crease. I added a little Bone to the inner third of my eye, then used Cocoa on a blending brush in the crease. To add a bit more dimension I added Caramel Sparkle to the middle of my eye. I used the Dark Chocolate Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, and Black Chocolate Extreme Party Mascara to finish off the eyes. To complete the look I used Pink Coral blush on my cheeks and Bobbi Brown Baby Pink lipstick.

For this look I applied the Cream Shadow Stick in Bittersweet all over my lid, up to my crease, then blended the edges with a fluffy brush, then added some Frappe shadow at the edges to blend the colour out even more. I patted on some Caramel Sparkle to the lid, then using Rich Chocolate along the lash line with an eyeshadow brush to softly line the eyes. I also used the Cream Shadow Stick under my eyes and blended out, then finished with the Extreme Party Mascara. To complete the look I used a tiny bit of Berry blush (see what I mean about how pigmented it it!?) on my cheeks, and Berry lipstick on my lips.

I think this collection is absolutely gorgeous for Autumn and will definitely be getting a lot of use from me. What do you think of the Rich Chocolate collection?

Available at Bobbi Brown counters nationwide, and online.… and LIMITED EDITION!

Bobbi Brown ‘Pretty Powerful Pink’ Pot Rouge

Last night, I went to the Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Bloggers event – which was a great get together celebrating women and finding out about the latest news from camp Bobbi.

Pretty Powerful is a campaign which celebrates how beautiful every woman from every background is – and started with a book Pretty Powerful: Beauty Stories to Inspire Confidence. It’s a step by step book which shows before and after photos of all different types of women, from famous actresses, to singers, to ‘real women’ which includes inspirational stories about what beauty means to them, as well as some fantastic tips and tricks not only about make up, but about being confident and happy.

The latest release in the Pretty Powerful campaign is the Pretty Powerful Pink Pot Rogue, which is a multifunctional cream product which you can use on cheeks and lips.

It’s one of those colours that will suit everyone’s skin tones – a gorgeous dusky pink which is very buildable depending on how much colour you want. It adds a fab, natural but finished look and believe it or not, this is the first time in my 29 years I have actually used a cream blush on myself! I rather love it!

I am wearing it as a cream blush, and a lipstick – it’s so easy to apply using the finger, and easily blendable – the design of the packaging; a slim pot with a mirrored lid, makes it super easy to pop in your bag for touch ups on the go.

It’s launched today – National Women’s Day to further send out the message how powerful us women are – and a full 100% of the proceeds of sales (-VAT) will be going to Dress For Success UK – a charity set up to help women get back into the workplace, which I’m sure is a subject close to many of our hearts, especially since the recession. It’s about building up confidence in themselves, in their make up, in their clothes, in their knowledge – getting them out there and ready to work again. What’s not to love!?

You can view some of the Pretty Powerful stories on the Bobbi Brown Facebook Page  where you can also share who is a Pretty Powerful person to you, to be in with the chance of the pair of you winning an all expenses paid trip to New York for a makeover at Bobbi Brown HQ!

The Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Pink Pot Rogue is available from all Bobbi Brown counters and online costing £18.

Bobbi Brown Bellini Lip & Eye Palette

The Bobbi Brown Bellini Lip & Eye Palette is a gorgeous, limited edition piece they they have brought out as part of their Christmas 2012 collection. It’s very compact (think half a CD box in size but double the thickness) yet houses a whopping 10 eye shadows and 4 lip glosses, a large mirror and two brushes.

The eye shades included are, from left to right – top row – Navajo, Candlelight Gold (metallic), Petal (shimmer wash), Cement, Prosecco (new). Bottom row – Truffle, Bellini (shimmer wash), Bronze Stone (shimmer wash), Brown Sugar (metallic), Caviar.
They are all very soft, blend-able shadows – I’ve been using the palette for the past few weeks and haven’t experienced any fallout at all which is always a bonus! A lot of the colours are fairly neutral and pale but if you can work in some of the shimmer/metallic, or the Caviar, into your look you can totally vamp it up. Navajo is a great colour for all over the lid as a base, and although you may wonder what a pink shade (Petal) is doing with all these smokey colours, I have been wearing it with caviar and Candlelight Gold for a smokey eye and I think they’re gorgeous together! 
Here I am wearing a fairly strong, and fairly soft look done with this palette. In the top photo I have used a nude lipstick and put the Bobbi Brown gloss on top. The bottom look is done using just the Bobbi gloss (Bare and Bubble Bath mixed together)
The lip colours are very pretty, yet very sheer. They give just a hint of colour to the lips, but a gorgeous glossy finish. When I want a stronger lip, I have been wearing a lipstick with one of the glosses over the top.
The colours are, from left to right – Bubble Bath (new), Chrome Pink (shimmer) (new), Bellini (glitter) & Bare.

I have loved using the palette. It’s such a perfect size, slotting into my make up bag so easily, and the fact the brushes are ‘proper’ Bobbi Brown brushes, shrunk down is perfect too. Another thing I love is that the mirror is as big as the palette so you don’t have to contort yourself to be able to see what you’re doing which you so often get with palettes!

The Bellini Palette costs £59 from Bobbibrown.co.uk plus at the moment they are offering a free mini mascara duo with every order, free delivery (or free named day delivery today only) and a free silver make up bag when you spend over £50 with the code SILVER – bargain!

Party-Perfect Tips

Every girl loves an excuse to get done up but if your Christmas schedule is anything like mine then it means you need to do your nails at your desk and your make-up in the back of a cab. So for real glamour on the go, I’ve got some beauty solutions I plan on using that I thought I’d share which will have you looking party-fabulous in no time at all.




The Look-At-Me Lips



I am a massive fan of red lips – they will never go out of fashion, but more and more people seem to be wearing red lipstick these days. To be a little different and for a modern twist, opt for orange. Not only is it fun, it’s clever too as the eye-catching colour ensures people will look at your lips and not notice tired eyes. Two tangerine hues I have my eyes on are Tom Ford Lip Color in Wild Ginger and Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Matt version in Valencia Orange. One of my faves is Hibiscus by MAC, gutted it was limited edition. Here I am wearing Morange by MAC. 









The Sequin Manicure





It wouldn’t be Christmas without some sparkle. If you are yet to try glittery talons, now’s the time to give it a go. Get into the festive spirit with Ciaté’s show-stopping new Manicure kit in Sequin. It’s a quick fix from plain to sparkalicious – simply paint your nails with the Glitter Grip, roll them in the sequin pot and seal for a glitter-tastic manicure that will glamorise any outfit. I cannot wait to try this!

Fuss Free Hair

You want your hair to look ‘done’, yet don’t have the time or funds to keep getting a blow dry – Sleep-in Rollers are your friend! Pop them into dry, moussed hair at  night – the rollers have sponge in them so they squish right down when you lie on them. While they’re working their magic you can get your beauty sleep. When you wake (or leave them in for as long as you want) take them out, and voila – big, bouncy hair.




If you prefer wearing your hair up but a simple pony tail won’t do, cheat with a luxury hair-piece. There are loads of great styles to choose from – I particularly like the look of Hersheson’s hair bow as it seems quick and easy to put in and will make sure you stand out from the crowd.


Party-Proof Make Up



If you want your make up to last all night (who doesn’t!?) a setting spray will help ensure that your make up will last longer – I have put various sprays to the test, and always come back to my old faithful, Urban Decay -All Nighter. For extra staying power, spray it on between layers – after your moisturiser, after foundation then after powder.

Bobbi Brown Tube Tint Trio

Another offering from Bobbi Brown this Christmas, is the Tube Tint Trio – a new, limited edition set of three of their cult favourite lip glosses – Grape, Pink Mist, and Pink Violet.

Each 15ml tube showcases one of the different Bobbi Brown lip gloss finishes – Grape being the glitter, Pink Mist being shimmer, and Pink Violet for just a hint of colour.

When looking at the tubes, I thought Grape would be my least favourite, but on the lips, it is oh so special. This is the little black sequin dress of the lip gloss world; with the different parts of the lips twinkling when the light hits the tiny particles of silver and purple glitter. It’s a way of wearing that on-trend purpley red colour in a glam way, without looking too vampy.

Pink Mist is my next favourite. It is a very natural peachy nude gloss with a subtle hint of golden shimmer. It’s so pretty, perfect for pairing with a smokey eye.

Pink Violet is a jellyish colour which wasn’t quite as bright on the lip as I thought it would be – it’s a hint of cool toned pink which adds a sheen of colour to the lips. It’s fairly similar in Pink Mist in neutralness, but gives a different tone to the lips. It’s lovely for a soft day time look, or again, for a smokey eye.

The lip glosses are all easy to apply without having to use a separate brush, and I’ve found to be long lasting, even through drinking, they stay put for a while! They are rather thick but don’t feel sticky – I’ve loved using each of them, and the best thing is is that the set is only £28, making each gloss under £10 – bargain!
You can buy the Tube Tint Trio from BobbiBrown.co.uk

Bobbi Brown Uber Nude Lip & Eye Palette

I love this time of year – all the cosmetics brands start bringing out their special Christmas Gifts, and this is definitely one I can imagine is going to be on lots of women’s lists! Bobbi Brown’s Lip & Eye Palette in Uber Nude (there’s an Atomic Pink too if that’s more your thing) is a perfectly compact palette containing lip and eye colours perfect for nudey neutral lovers.

Housed in the sleek black plastic casing, are three eye shadows – Navajo, Downtown (a new shade), and Espresso, and three lip colours – Uber Beige, Blushed Heather Glitter Lip Gloss (another new shade), and Almost Nude Glitter Lip Gloss…. oh and a mirror too!
What I love about the whole palette is it can transform you from a day to night look, if you wanted to go quite light on the eyes for the day, then vamp it up for the evening, Espresso is dark enough to create a fab smokey eye look with Downtown to soften the edges.
Here I am wearing all three eye colours and Uber Beige.

The three eye shadows are very highly pigmented, matt, and easy to blend. 
L-R: Espresso, Downtown, Navajo
The two colours pressed into the lip palette are Blushed Heather, which is soft to the touch, and has a high shine, glittery (but not ott disco-ball territory – it’s more of a subtle gorgeousness that you catch when the light hits you in a certain way) finish, and Uber Beige, which has a lipstick finish and is the perfect warm nude colour.
L-R: Blushed Heather, Uber Beige
Uber Beige
Blushed Heather
In the photo below I am wearing all three eye colours and Blushed Heather lip gloss. 
There is also a mini gloss with a sponge applicator in the palette, Almost Nude Glitter Lip Gloss, which is much more shimmery as you can see in the photo below. It has a hint of caramel flavour to it which is devine, and lovely soft flecks of gold glitter. It has massive staying power too – ideal for Christmas Party season!

I love it, it’s so mini yet so perfect! What do you think?
The Uber Nude Lip & Eye Palette is £36 from Bobbi Brown.