Set a Course for Adventure with Bobbi Brown’s Cabana Corals

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Most of the time when I’m out shopping for a new outfit, like I was yesterday at the mall, it takes a lot to knock me off course. Well, Bobbi Brown must have seen me coming because her new Cabana Corals collection stopped me dead in my tracks.


Now, Bobbi does a lot of variations on pink for lips and cheeks, but she decided to shake things up this time by devoting an entire collection to coral.

I happen to love coral makeup because I think it can look great with a tan, but Bobbi also recognizes that it can be a *bit* intimidating to wear, especially if you’re shy about brights.

So she varies the color’s intensity across the products in the release. If you’re color-shy, maybe start with a wash on your cheeks with one of the Pot Rouge cream blushes, or dust a hint of shimmer along your cheekbones with a Shimmer Brick.

If, on the other hand, you ain’t afraid of no bold, full-on coral fiends (I’m with ya, sistah!) can jump in with one of the more vibrant lipsticks or glosses.

From top to bottom: Shimmer Lip Glosses in Golden Nectar, Coral Sand and Sunset Beach (each $20)

From left to right: Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral, Cabo Coral (each $22)

Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick ($38)

Nectar Shimmer Brick ($38)

Top row lipsticks: Coral Reef, Coral Glaze, Cabo Coral; Bottom Row: Guava, Calypso Glaze, Salmon (each $22)

From left to right: Nectar Shimmer Brick, Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick, Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral, Pot Rouge in Cabo Coral

From left to right: Lipsticks in Coral Reef, Coral Glaze, Cabo Coral, Guava, Calypso Glaze, Salmon

From left to right: Shimmer Lip Glosses in Golden Nectar, Coral Sand, Sunset Beach

How do you think Bobbi did with this release? Not vibrant enough or just right? The Cabo Coral lipstick and Nectar Shimmer Brick are speaking volumes to my soul…

Speaking of soles

Finally yesterday, after several months of serious shoe drought, I found my new pair of heels at Anthropologie! They’re these Draped Olive Pumps by Miss Albright ($148).

I figured the olive green had a little bit o’ spice but was still muted enough to wear as a neutral.

Believe it or not, they’re pretty comfy! The heel looks a little higher than it really is. They’re actually covered platforms (you can tell from the front), so about an inch of that height comes from the sole.

Oh, and I learned a new shoe trick yesterday! One of the sales associates who helped me had some runway and print modeling experience, and she said that during shows and shoots they’d apply masking tape to the bottoms of their shoes to protect the soles from scuffing. So simple, right? But I’d never heard it before.

If you’re ever on the fence about a brand new pair of shoes, cover the bottoms with tape. Then, you can test drive ’em around the house for a couple of days (without scuffing the soles) and still have the option to return them if things don’t work out. πŸ™‚

I’m pretty sure I’m keeping these, though.


What do ya think of the thick runners socks? Those are to stretch out the area for my toes.

Sexy, I know. LOL!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Tiffany says:

    Love the new shoes! I ordered the nectar shimmerbrick last night, and I’m still really wanting the golden nectar lipgloss as well…

  2. Summer Staff says:

    I need that Pot Rogue in Cabana Coral, the Nectar Shimmer brick, the lipgloss in Sunset Beach and the Pink Quartz Shimmer brick! The minute I saw these in my inbox from Bobbi’s Newsletter I was reminded of why I love summertime so much! I am SO over dark smoky eyes and rosy lips for winter, heavy creams and pasty legs. I can’t wait to break out my Clinique Self Sun, shimmery golden eyeshadows, coral glosses and shorts. I wonder what the spring/summer beauty trend is gonna b?

    • Karen says:

      Color-wise I think very bright coral (almost neon) is gonna be one of the big ones. I keep seeing pop up in the makeup lines and in clothing lines in the stores!

      Summer needs to hurry up and get here!

  3. Devs says:

    I actually like this collection very much because first of all, coral is my favorite color (even my room is painted coral!) second of all I think that this is a great collection to transition in the makeup for spring. The heels are really cute! That picture with your socks on just made my day πŸ™‚ !

  4. Maggie says:

    I want that Calypso Coral Pot Rouge! πŸ™‚
    .-= Maggie’s last blog post… January 2010 Favorites! =-.

  5. Nina says:

    I am loving those three Shimmer Lip Glosses … so pretty and pretty wearable too!

    Those shoes are LOVE, Karen!!!

  6. Francesca says:

    I really do neet the Calypso Coral Pot Rouge.
    Since I have dry skin, I’ve been on a hunt and I’m totally up to try out the pretty coral color. Plus, at 22.00, it’s like paying 11 dollars each for a lip gloss and a cream blush! Thanks so much for taking pictures of the collection, now this is definitely going on my wishlist. xoxo

  7. Katie says:

    I’m not a big fan of the Bobbi Brown Cabana Corals collection. It’s a bit too blah. I do like the shimmer brick compacts though! πŸ™‚

  8. knownever says:

    The Nectar shimmer brick looks pretty cool. The lip products though don’t really grab me although Bobbi is known for her understated colors. Still with Chanel’s bold new coral lip in my mind there isn’t much room left for these shades.
    .-= knownever’s last blog post… Revlon|perle =-.

  9. Cas says:

    Oh my, I’m such a lip gloss freak so I’m LOVING their glossies!!
    .-= Cas’s last blog post… Healthy Fried Glass Noodle =-.

  10. Ellie says:

    Love the shoes!!! Green is a surprisingly useful “neutral.”
    Also, coral is the bomb! I’m loving the golden nectar lipgloss- it looks really pretty!

  11. Catherine says:

    I positively adore corals and I’ve been totally lemming that gorgeous Nectar shimmerbrick ever since it came out as a holiday exclusive! I think it’s too shimmery for my taste, but god it looks so pretty in the pan.

    Gorgeous new heels! πŸ˜€
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… SoftSurroundings Order Γ’β‚¬β€œ Paul & Joe Beaute =-.

  12. I am head over heels in love w/Cabana Corals!! Have you seen the CC lip & eye palette exclusive to NM & Bergdorf’s? i ordered that and both pot rouges. Can’t wait to get them!!
    .-= Cindy (Prime Beauty)’s last blog post… Smashbox Heartbreaker Spring 2010 =-.

  13. Ruth says:

    I think this is Bobbi Browns best collection ever & those shoes are majorly fierce, adore them !

  14. Hyzenthlay says:

    Oooo, I *love* those shoes. I’m lucky they’re out of my size! Otherwise, I’d be seriously tempted!

  15. amy says:

    I like the shimmer bricks! Those are great shoe tips because I have never heard of the tape trick or the sock trick to stretch out the shoe.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… FOTD Golds, Greens, Purple and Hot Pink Lips using Nars Schiap Lipstick and Nars Easy Lover Lipgloss =-.

  16. Karen B says:

    This is SO the perfect collection for you Karen πŸ™‚ I’m sure there are things in there that would be nice on me too. The Calypso Coral blush is one I’ll definitely try out.
    .-= Karen B’s last blog post… Eyeshadow Primer Potion =-.

  17. Tavia says:

    This collection is all about peachy coral shades that are really not my favorite colors. when can they make a collection based on pink shades ?:)

  18. gio says:

    I’m not a fan of Bobbi Brown but I’m digging this collection! I adore corals and those lipsticks look gorgeous!

    I LOVE the shoes too, they’re so pretty!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Gilty Pleasures Weekly Blog Tour, 31/01/10 =-.

  19. Marce says:

    Nice shoes! They look pretty comfy πŸ™‚
    I’m excited about all these coral releases, it’s a colour I love so much! I can’t wait to see all the coral part of MAC’s Spring Forecast, since I know that will be getting here. From this BB release, I’m loving Nectar Shimmerbrick and Calypso Coral Pot Rouge!
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… A look at the Grammys =-.

  20. Toni says:

    Love, love, love the shoes! Especially with the socks – you’re totally red carpet ready with that combo!

    The pink quartz shimmer brick is to.die.for. I love it! The lipsticks and lipglosses look fabulous too. I think I am getting over my MAC phase now and want to head over to the Bobbi Brown counter!

  21. LOL nice socks!
    I am absolutely drooling over the Nectar shimmer brick!!! <3 <3, I think I must have it!!!!
    .-= Never Enough Nails's last blog post… Chanel Summer 2010 Makeup Collection: Makeup and Beauty Blog: Makeup Reviews, Beauty Tips and Drugstore Beauty Finds =-.

  22. Debbie Tresselt says:

    The shoes are incredible! The socks with heels looks very 1930ish college girl!!
    Just ordered the Calypso Glaze lipstick and I think I’ll spring for the pot rouge in Calypso Coral and the Golden Nectar gloss!
    One of the many things I like about your site is the hand swatches-really helps me see the colors!

  23. Trisha says:

    I never thought of wearing thick socks to stretch out the toe area, but now I totally want to do that with some of my pairs.
    .-= Trisha’s last blog post… How to Apply Eye Shadow Wet =-.

  24. Alison says:

    Most corals don’t suit me as I’m so pale but I think the pot rouge in Calypso Coral may just work! I love the pot rouges so easy to blend and they look fresh and natural all day, I have pale pink which is a lovely flush but I think calyso coral will be beautiful through spring and summer.

  25. Vanessa says:

    Your swatches are the bestest! I bought all the glosses even though I already own a million and two of them. But I have to say that they are reeeeeally pretty in person.Just golden shimmery goodness. I really want the pot rougues too as I like how creamy and warm the colors look. I might go for Cabo coral first.
    And now, I’m considering the pallette at NM because you really tempted me in your other post! Can you swatch that baby , pretty please?!

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