Should You Take a Shine to Bobbi Brown Denim & Rose Raspberry Lip Gloss?

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If you catch yourself singing Prince’s Raspberry Beret (ya know, the kind you find at a second hand store) while wearing Bobbi Brown’s Raspberry Shimmer Lip Gloss ($20), maybe we could sing a duet! — because every time I apply this shimmery, non-sticky cutie, the sole lipgloss in Bobbi’s new Denim & Rose collection for fall, I feel like belting the song. Musical notes


Thematically, the Denim & Rose collection combines the toughness of denim and the softness of rose with makeup (and cute packaging!) for rock n’ roll smokey eyes and romantic lips and cheeks.

For more on Bobbi Brown Denim & Rose, check out these previous posts…

Like a study in contrasts, Raspberry’s reddish pink feels innocent yet a little naughty at the same time. It taunts and teases onlookers without hastily giving up the goods.

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Raspberry on NC35 skin

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Raspberry on NW20 skin

bobbi brown raspberry lipgloss reviews photos swatches

The moisturizing formula, made with hydrating aloe extract and the oils of jojoba and avocado, feels good on my lips, and the four-hour wear time’s not bad for a non-sticky gloss.

Some gals might not dig the light vanilla taste and scent (you never know about scented/flavored products until you’ve given them a try), but I like ’em fine. I don’t, however, like the $20 price, considering the amount of product you get, or the included applicator brush… This isn’t specific to Raspberry, but I would love to see Bobbi switch to a doe-foot applicator across the line, as these brush’s fibers feel short and (for me) difficult to control.

All that aside, color’s the name of this game, and I think Raspberry’s quite nommy! Might be worth a closer inspection when you can. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B

You might like Bobbi Brown Raspberry Shimmer Lip Gloss if…

  • You like/don’t mind brush applicators
  • You’ve been looking for a reddish pink gloss
  • You dig glosses with a light vanilla flavor and scent
  • You’re an existing fan of Bobbi’s glosses

From raspberries to strawberries

VICTORY! Yesterday’s strawberry ice cream experiment was a big success. 🙂 I’m not usually a fan of strawberry ice creams because I think many of ’em taste kinda artificial, but this batch was like a freaking paradigm shift for my taste buds. Fresh ingredients make a huge difference! I never knew strawberry ice cream could taste *this* good.

In all its delicious, muffin top-expanding glory!

Now, I fear that my new ice cream maker, while glorious on so many levels, might turn out to be the worst thing to happen to my muffin top since the discovery of Nutella.

If you’re interested, here’s the ice cream recipe I used. Well, actually, I tweaked it a tad by substituting another 2 cups of whole milk for the heavy cream just to keep the calorie count down…as if.

Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

1 pint fresh strawberries, stemmed and sliced
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup sugar, divided
1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a small bowl, combine the strawberries, lemon juice and 1/3 cup of sugar; stir gently, and let the mixture sit for two hours. Then, separate (strain) the liquid from the cut strawberries, and set both aside.


In a medium bowl, using a mixer or whisk, blend the milk and granulated sugar. Stir in the heavy cream, vanilla and strawberry juice, and pour them into your ice cream maker. Then, let ‘er rip! My machine takes about 25 minutes to work… Add the cut strawberries during the last 5 minutes to keep them firm.

If your machine works anything like mine, your ice cream will be very soft, almost like soft serve. If it is, you might want to let it sit overnight in the freezer to harden.

Enjoy! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Rae says:

    Mmm. God, that strawberry ice cream looks delish!

    P.S. Raspberry is cute, but what I’m really loving is your EOTD. Way to work those violets and blues, girl!!
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… FOTD- inspired by Scarlett at the Tonys =-.

  2. Steph B says:

    I never liked strawberry ice cream either until I had a friend’s home made version. I hesitate to send you this because ice cream makers are indeed dangerous, but you gotta try this nutella ice cream.

  3. Stephanie says:

    That lip gloss is gorgeous! But that eye IS gorgeous; I hope you can post a tutorial of some sorts. 🙂
    .-= Stephanie’s last blog post… Its Complete- =-.

  4. Ashley says:

    I used to have an ice cream maker by Baskin Robbins (for kids 10+) but I barely used it. I had to churn the darn thing by hand and how a kid is supposed to find fun in that, I have no idea.
    I rather a frozen yogurt machine with a complete topping bar over a real ice cream maker any day though… but that’s a dream that will never come true 🙁

    • Karen says:

      Ha ha, I had something similar called the Snoopy Snow Cone Machine. It was cool for about five minutes, and then me and my realized that it took about 30 minutes to whittle down enough ice to make a snow cone. UM, no.

  5. mkdallas says:

    Many thanks for showing the lip swatch on NW20 skin as well as your own. That’s a huge help in making purchase decisions for us paler chicks! Whatever you do, do NOT click on the Nutella ice cream link. It’s raining like crazy here, but now I’m heading to the grocery store, lol.

  6. Amber says:

    I looove homemade ice cream! But my philosophy is all heavy cream, all the time! 😀

    That gloss is gorgeous. BTW, I am actually making a substantial dent in my Nymphette. Do you know how seldom I get rid of a gloss by finishing it rather than tossing it after it has sat untouched for a few years? I am still kicking myself for getting rid of my first tube of Lipglass that way!
    .-= Amber’s last blog post… Nighttime at the Hilton Hawaiian Village =-.

    • Karen says:

      I can see why you subscribe to the heavy cream philosophy. While the strawberry ice cream tastes with the whole milk delicious, the consistency certainly isn’t as creamy as I’m used to.

      SO glad to hear that you’re putting your tube of Nymphette to good use! 🙂

  7. Marian says:

    Oh my….that looks delicious! I might have to buy an ice cream maker……

  8. snoopysteph says:

    The lipgloss actually looks less raspberry and more peachy on NW20 skin. Hmmm….if only I weren’t so pasty I might go for this one!

    Your ice cream looks yummy!

    • Karen says:

      It was delicious… I just finished the rest of it off.

      This ice cream maker is not gonna make getting in shape easy!

      Anywho, how was your Monday?

  9. Lindsay says:

    OMG I love homemade icecream. Mmmm. As for the lippie? Meh, pretty typical BB.
    .-= Lindsay’s last blog post… Giveaway Ends Soon- =-.

  10. Nina says:

    I worry what weight Hubs and I will end up at if we buy an ice cream maker — that looks fantastic, Karen! 🙂

    Wheres my bowl and spoon? Omnomnomnom!!!!

    • Karen says:

      Of course I saved you a little!

      I am itching to try the Nutella recipe that Steph B posted above!

      • Nina says:

        Anything Nutella must be yummylicious! 🙂 Let us know how it turns out.

        When we were at Williams Sonoma the Hubs was making noises about wanting an ice cream maker … now I think I want one too! 🙂

  11. Scientific Housewife says:

    Very pretty color!

  12. Michou says:

    Just bought this yesterday and loved it so much I wore it on the way home. 🙂

    SUCH a perfect pink for practically any skin tone!

  13. Lada says:

    Karen, hi.
    I want say you your blog is really incredible! I found it a few days ago and I was surprised by your posts. It have so many interesting products for me. In Ukraine we have only few lux marks, such as YSL, Chanel, etc, so it is lite in the dark for me)))
    Thank you, dear!

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