If there’s a season to go crazy for shimmery glitter-full makeup, then this has got to be it. Even reserved, conservative lines like Bobbi Brown get in on the action. This month Bobbi debuts two glitzy new collections — Copper Diamond and Party, and both are high on shimmer, glitter and metallic finishes.
I wore glitter to the grocery store yesterday thanks to some shtuff from Bobbi’s two new collections. Hey, life is short, and I really wanted spaghetti and salad for dinner!
But my look wasn’t as crazy as it sounds… Although the four products I used do contain shimmer and glitter, they’re still pretty tame, so I didn’t look out of place as I manhandled butter lettuce heads in the produce section, LOL!
Shimmer Brick Compact in Copper Diamond, ($40, limited edition)
I was stoked to try this all-over highlighter. The pan contains five shimmery shades (candlelight, gold, copper, beige and sand) that literally glow on my skin. Bobbi claims that the combination of colors delivers a warm, golden, coppery glow, but on my cheeks I’d call it a transparent golden shimmer. If you’re lighter than I am, you might see more of the actual color than I do, but what I really get is shimmer — and LOTS of it.
Because the Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick packs so much shimmer, I use it with a light touch… Too much shimmer makes my skin look oily, so that’s my one big concern. For the picture above I brushed a MAC 187 duo fiber brush across the entire pan, picking up the combined color, and applied the mixed shade onto my cheeks. Another option would be to use a smaller eyeshadow brush to grab the shades individually and to maybe use them on the eyes as well. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Bobbi Brown versus Bobby Brown — Battle of the Bobbies
The Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick Compact looks a little like gold jewelry to me, and back in the ’90s, singer Bobby Brown had a penchant for wearing gold jewelry on stage. Coincidence? I think not.
Glitter Lip Balm in Crystal Diamond ($19, limited edition)
A clear, non-sticky lip balm with glitter and pearl pigments, Glitter Lip Balm in Crystal Diamond moisturizes my lips and gives them a bit o’ bling at the same time. I wore it by itself yesterday, and while I liked pop of silver glitter, I kept wishing that I wore a lip liner or a lipstick beneath it. I think the silver’s almost too frosty for me, but if you have lighter skin or like cool lip colors, I think this would look fab on you.
One layer feels good; two layers feel goopy. I used a MAC 316 covered lip brush to apply it, but you could also go low-tech and apply it with a finger. Another low tech — albeit kinda gross — way to apply it would be to take the pan, bring it up to your lips and kiss.
Years ago I actually saw a dude riding on the bus do it with a jar of Carmex, LOL. I have to admit I’ve resorted to this trick once or twice myself. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B-
Bobby Brown versus Bobbi Brown — Still Bitter About Whitney
Like the name implies, Glitter Lip Balm contains lots of glitter. When Bobby Brown’s ex-wife, Whitney Houston, was in her singing prime, her song I Wanna Dance with Somebody featured an awesome scene with glitter and confetti pouring down on her from the heavens.
Sadly, those glitter-filled days didn’t last forever. After meeting Bobby, Whitney’s career spiraled out of control… I still hope to see the day you make your big comeback, Whit!
Metallic Eye Shadows, in Bonfire and Indigo Night ($20, limited edition)
Two of the six Metallic Eyeshadows in the Party collection, Bonfire (a warm copper) and Indigo Night (a dark gray) look frosty and shimmery on my eyes.
At first touch, both of them felt coarse, with the texture like a grittier version of MAC’s Mineralize eyeshadow trios, but they don’t apply that way. Both colors applied and blended smoothly, with very little of the glitter falling onto my cheeks and the eye area. The overall look is shimmery but still wearable for day.
The shades have excellent color payoff, and it was easy to layer them for more intense shading. I used both colors in a simple day eye by applying Bonfire over the entire lid and Indigo Night onto the crease and along the lash line.
I like both of these, but I think I’ll get more use out of Indigo Night. It builds amazingly well, and I can wear it in my crease without my eyes looking dirty. It’s everything I wanted Prescriptive’s Twinkle eyeshadow to be. Makeup and Beuauty Blog Rating: A+
Bobby Brown versus Bobbi Brown — What’s the Better Deal?
At $20 each, Bobbi Brown’s Metallic shadows work all year ’round and never go out of style.
Bobby Brown’s metallics, on the other hand — aka his gold records and music awards (including gold records for his hit, Humpin’ Around, LOL!) — were sold at auction last year for $25 each.
I couldn’t stand to look at Bobby’s gold records on my walls. They don’t match my living room decor, ha! Besides, who wants to see the words “Humpin’ Around” before you leave for work every morning? That’s just bad juju.
From left to right: Copper Diamond, Indigo Night, Bonfire, Crystal Diamond
A Few Random Things
After going to hip-hop class last night, I stayed up late browsing the web…
Here’s Aretha Franklin singing Mariah Carey’s Touch My Body. It’s almost too good for words.
For you Twilight Fans, check out the music video from the movie’s soundtrack. The band here is called Paramore, and the song is called Decode. The vid’s got a few more scenes from the movie, which premiers November 21, yea!
AGH! My best friend’s wedding is the day after the movie premiers. I was hoping to make it to a midnight showing, but I don’t think Jen would forgive me if I fell asleep during her wedding ceremony. I can’t lie, though — I’m still tempted.
In class last night we danced to this song by Notorious B.I.G.:
My dance teacher choreographed the steps to the lyrics from the song and actually made us rap along to it a couple times. I’ve known the words to this song for a good 14 years, but I don’t rap in public (just as a general rule), so I ended up mouthing the words silently like a mime. Yes, weird.
Anyhoo, hope you had a fine Tuesday. I’m just sitting here in front of the tube waiting for the election results to come in. Tabs says he’s a Libertarian (just kidding).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,