Hey, surfer girl, hey.
Sure, have a seat next to me on the towel. You can put your board over there by the Surf Palette — yeah, that one with the linen packaging and the four glittery shadows, three shimmer shadows and beige matte shadow inside.
It’s cute, yeah? All of us in the group have one… You should totally get one, too!
We could always use another gal pal to charge the waves with us.
Nah, no worries if you can't surf for sh*t. It's not like any of us are going to win the Vans Triple Crown. We just like to hang out, catch a few waves and watch out for each other on the water.
Um, of course we also hang out on land. What do you think this is? One of those sisterhoods that stops when you get out of the water?
Rules? No, I wouldn't exactly say we have rules. Not really. I mean, we're all pretty mellow here, so there's no, like, Bravo-style backstabbing or anything. No one's gonna steal your beach bum boyfriend.
There is one thing, though… You do have to put up with a couple of the more eccentric members and their makeup habits.
Actually, to be more accurate, they're more like addictions.
I mean, you already know that Bobbi is totally into makeup, since you guys are acquainted, but you probably don't know that she also insists that we all put on at least a little bit of eye makeup whenever we go out for food, which we usually do after surfing.
Something about always looking polished no matter what...
You'll have to ask her.
And that girl over there? -- the one holding the huge tabby in her lap? That's Karen, another one of our member makeup fiends.
She's cool, but I have to warn you, if you start talking to her about makeup or cats, homegirl turns into a talking Terminator! She absolutely, positively will not stop.
Yesterday we were in the lineup waiting for the next set, and I just casually asked her about the Surf Palette. Next thing you know, I miss a glassy 6-footer as she’s going on and on about glitter…
Flashback to yesterday on the waves with Karen…
So, you now how I was telling you about the Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand collection, right? How there are 12 limited edition pieces with two eye palettes, two shimmery blush palettes, two liners, a cream shadow stick, a handful of sheer lip colors and a beach rollerball fragrance? Well, between the two eye palettes, Surf and Sand, the Surf Palette is the fun one.
Not that the other pieces aren’t fun, because they are! There’s a lot of shimmer, glimmer and glitter for eyes, cheeks and lips in this release, and that includes the Surf Eye Palette.
Half of the shades in it are glitters. If you remember the gold, teal, green and bronze on the right side? They’re all sparkly glitters in sheer tinted bases, whereas the shades on the left of the palette are more like your basic bases and highlighting shadows. There are three shimmers — a pink, beige and gold — and one matte beige.
I mean, it’s the kind of palette you reach for when you want subtle definition on your lids because among the basic colors on the left, there isn’t a lot of variation. It’s not something you’d grab when you want to do a lot of intense gradients or contouring. And then among the glitters on the right, you can’t really contour with those either.
I can see myself using this palette a lot when I need to get out the door in a hurry because it doesn’t require a ton of blending. One brush and fingers. That’s it.
Like, as my base, I’d sweep the matte beige all over my lids from lash line to brow bone with a soft tapered brush, then pat one or two of the glittery shadows on my lids with my fingers.
Your finger is the key, my friend. You really want to pack that glitter on your lids, and anything other than a finger or a flat eyeshadow brush just won’t do. You’ll get glitter all over the place. Hello, frustration!
So, after getting my lids all sparkly, I’d take the tapered brush I used to apply the base shadow, and soften the edges of the glitter with it.
Just a few swipes in the crease and at the outer corner.
Then, if I were in the mood, I’d highlight my brow bones and inner corners with one of the shimmers on the left side of the palette — using a finger, mind you — to gently blend the shadow into my skin.
A little liner worked into the upper lash line, followed by mascara, and that’s it! You’re good to go for the entire day.
To be blunt, girlfriend talks about eyeshadow a little too much.
Anyway, what do you think? Would you like to join? I think you’d be a good fit, and the group does currently have an opening.
Surf’s up! The $65 Bobbi Brown Surf Palette, along with the rest of the Surf & Sand collection, are available now at Bobbi Brown counters and bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,