November 9, 2014
I originally was going to write one post about my four favorite brands but I decided I wanted to keep each one separate in order to give each one the attention it deserves (as well as keep you in suspense!) Also, that would be a really long blog post and I don’t want to do that to any of you. So here goes – let’s begin this blog series with the Queen – BB, B Squared, Bobbi, whatever you want to call her, she is Bobbi Brown.
Where.To.Start. When I was 23 entering my second job (with the first being HORRIBLE) I had a wonderful boss who was stylish, hilarious and quirky. Not to mention obsessed with Bobbi Brown. I admired this woman and she was a wonderful mentor for me as I started my career in corporate retail. I don’t remember how she got me started with Bobbi Brown but she was definitely the influence. At 23 I was making pennies but I remember managing to purchase a product here and a product there and at Christmas and my birthdays she would buy me Bobbi treats so I could add to my growing collection. Slowly I started reading more about Bobbi myself and becoming a fan on my own, not just because my manager was.
Why I love the line: In two words – polished and pretty. Bobbi comes out with new products each season obviously just like the other cosmetic lines but her brand and face remains true not trendy and I think that’s what I most admire. The Bobbi face is clean, classic but modern, and can never be accused of trashy or overdone. Even her packaging is classic – I love the black with the thin white writing – still do this day when I see a woman pulling out a Bobbi product I immediately think she is smart for choosing Bobbi.
As I started getting older I started getting my mother into Bobbi as well and little by little she also became a convert. Now besides a suggested mascara from myself or her staple Lancome lipstick, she only wears Bobbi. See below for her makeup drawer – (I got my father to sneak a couple of pictures for this post). Seriously – how amazing is that drawer full of Bobbi? When I come visit I’m like a kid in a candy store. I too have my own Bobbi collection (obviously as I’m writing this post about her) and my mother is very generous in treating me at Christmas to beautiful pallets of eye shadow and lip color as well as as the ever popular Beach perfume and lotion.
Yes, she’s pricey but yes she is worth it. You will have these products forever and the colors never go out of style. These are like classic investment pieces for your wardrobe – you only need a few to really change up your look. Be careful though – you too will become a convert. Thinking of trying Bobbi out? Here are some of my favorite picks that she is known for:
Shimmer Brick – comes in a handful of color ranges but this is the bronze. You use this for highlighting your upper cheeks, forehead and bridge of nose. Oh and bonus? You can use all those colors as eye shadows!
Bronzer – yep, I just plopped $40 down about a month ago for this but you know what? This is only the second one I have ever bought and its the best bronzer I have ever used. Its so natural looking, not muddy and blends well.
Long-wear cream eye shadow – this came out years ago and started the cream shadow craze. Its absolutely gorgeous on and the best part is there is no shadow fall like you get from powder shadow.
Long-wear gel eyeliner – yep she started this craze too. Apply with a brush to create a beautiful line and make it either dramatic or soft.
Rouge pot for lips and cheeks – I used this on my friend when I did her makeup for her wedding and ended up using it on her mother as well as myself. Such a great product and very versatile.
Ok these are it for now but really every Bobbi Brown product is beautiful – there are really too many to list individually. And don’t even get me started on how beautiful her new Scotch on the Rocks collection is – I want all of it (Kathy, I hope you’re reading this – Christmas is coming- just saying 😉